Friday, February 05, 2016
In a sign of Westport’s improving economic health, Westport’s Grand List for 2015—reflecting the latest revaluation—jumped 7.8 percent or approximately $780 million to $10.876 billion, Assessor Paul Friia announced today.
This compared a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.
On Jan. 31, Friia signed the Oct. 1, 2015 Grand List as required by state statute. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.
Home values increased approximately 7.5 percent, while commercial values showed a healthy 10 percent jump, making the combined increase in the real estate categories 8.3 percent.
UPDATE Westport’s second snowstorm of the winter today intensified over the area, closing schools, causing slippery road conditions, bringing down trees and wires, and causing power outages.
Eversource reported this evening that all Westport customers had power restored. At mid-day, there were 67 without power.
Forecasters initially said the Westport area would get 4 to 6 inches of snow with a Winter Weather Advisory but at about 9 a.m. upgraded it to a Winter Storm Warning and said 4 to 8 inches would fall.
In late morning, the snow began tapering off and the storm moved out of the area completely by 1 p.m.
While it was snowing outside, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today joined Town Hall employees in wearing red as he proclaimed the day “Wear Red Day for Women” in Westport. The 13th annual event is promoted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Marpe told the group that women have made tremendous strides to make behavioral changes that have reduced the incidence of heart disease including weight loss, regular exercise, diet modifications and monitoring cholesterol levels. Director of Human Services Barbara Butler (next to Marpe) reminded the attendees “to listen closely to your body, familiarize ourselves with the specifics of your family’s medical histories and be aware that heart disease remains the number one killer of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Clouds make way for blue skies as a snowstorm moved out of this Westport area today. View is looking west over I-95 from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
As storms which brought 6 inches or so of snow to the Westport area overnight and through the morning moved out, blue skies could be seen over the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in the Saugatuck area of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 18 - 22, 2016:
Gregory J. Sarno to Paul Bruneau, 28 Treadwell Ave., $590,000
Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Michael and Colleen Cuffaro, 20 Baker Ave., $580,000
Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000
36 Whitney LLC to Anthony Demeo, 36 Whitney St., $2,500,000
Officers arrested a Stratford man who filled his shopping cart and rolled it out of Westport’s Stop & Shop without paying, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, Christopher Flint, 44, was arrested on Monday on an outstanding warrant for the incident that took place on Dec. 3.
Video surveillance captured Flint placing items in the cart and leaving the superstore at 1790 Post Road East without paying.
“Flint was positively identified by Fairfield Police officers who viewed the video footage and are familiar with Flint as he has committed larcenies in their town,” Farrell said.
Westport police officers arrested a Fairfield man for allegedly altering a prescription to up his dose of Vicodin, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, On Thursday, Westport officers responded to CVS at 397 Post Road East, on a report that a male suspect had fraudulently changed his prescription given to him by his medical doctor.
He said the officers and pharmacist confirmed with the doctor that the Vicodin prescription was altered from 5 to 7.4 mg.
“The Pharmacist noticed the 7 was written in a different color ink,” Farrell said.
A worker clears snow today in front of Main Street stores. Most stores which did not open on time were expected to open later in the day as the storm moves out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow, which is in effect until 1 p.m. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.
It said snow accumulations will be 4 to 8 inches with winds north 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Visibilities at times will be one quarter to one half mile.
Moderate to heavy snow this morning will taper off early this afternoon, the Weather Service said.
Commuters wait for their train at the Metro-North Westport station today. Metro-North advised riders to take care when traveling during inclement weather and allow for additional travel time. “Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases,” it said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meryl Newman Siff /Instagram photo
The Westport/Weston Probate court is closed due to snow. All hearings are canceled for today.
Please call the court on Monday to reschedule.
The Westport Arts Center is closed today due to inclement weather.
All events scheduled for today will be rescheduled.
A couple of inches overnight snow made for a winter wonderland look today at Rouund Pond off of Westport’s Compo Road South. The snow was enough to delcasre the first snow day of the winter for public schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library will open today at noon due to the snow.
Westport Public Schools are closed because of the snow.
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