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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Real Estate Report: Condo Sales on Upswing

By Judy Szablak

After a rough beginning this year for condos, this segment of the Westport real estate market has been going under deposit at an unusually brisk pace.

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This home at 13B Dogwood lane is listed at $2,250,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/Fran Burger Realty Group

In fact, in the last 90 days, 13 of the 16 sales recorded through our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) year-to-date were reported as closed. Compared to the two units that sold in the first quarter of the year, this is quite a significant jump.

Also worth noting is that two condominiums sold at their listing price with no negotiations, and one unit sold in Harvest Commons for $47,500 more than the asking price.

Right now, the condo supply is very low, with only six units available throughout town, and demand remains high. 

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08/07/13 11:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Cannon Play

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Children played on the cannons ask dusk fell over Westpoort’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rich Turcsany: How to Produce & Air Your Program on Public TV
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Sewer Extension Committee
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Zak Morgan (Children’s Series)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Deer Management Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Stand-Up Comedy on Jesup Green

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Eric Tartaglione was one of three comedians appearing tonight at the Levit Pavilion’s Treehouse Comedy Club performance at its temporary home on jesup Green.  Tartaglione will appear in “Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat,” opening in October off-Broadway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/07/13 01:23 AM Comments () • Permalink

Smiles All Around

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The Treehouse Comedy Club performance at the Levitt Pavilion tonight on Jesup Green drew laughs and smiles all around. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/07/13 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Laughter Reigns

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Laughter reigned at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion’s temporary stage on Jesup Green tonight as three stand-up comedians of the Treehouse Comedy Club entertained an audience on a clear and low humidity night.  Brad Axelrod, a former Westporter and owner of the Treehouse Café and Comedy Club in the Westport Inn from 1983 to 1989, was the producer of the program and attended the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Teenflix Outdoor Movies Return to the Levitt

Human Services Outreach Counselor Elaine Daignault announced today that the Westport Youth Commission’s ninth annual outdoor movies series will start on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Jesup Green, the temporary Levitt Pavilion site.

The outdoor movies series this year starts with “Happy Gilmore” as the feature film

“Teenflix has become a Westport tradition for many young people and their families over the years,” said Daignault.

“It is a free event and begins at 8:30 p.m. This year we have invited the Pizza Truck Company to sell pizza, salad, coffee and gelato at the event as well.”

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It’s Back: West Nile Arrives in Westport

By James Lomuscio

The mosquito-borne West Nile virus has arrived in Westport, the director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) announced today. He urged residents to take precautions via repellants and clothing during the insect’s early morning and dusk, prime biting hours.

WWHD Director Mark Cooper said that a mosquito trapped in Westport tested positive for West Nile, as have others caught in surounding towns.

“It happens every year around this time,” he said.

The mosquito, identified as a Culex restuans mosquito, is primarily a bird biting mosquito, Cooper said, ” but is reported to bite humans when abundant and when emerging from hibernation in the spring.

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After Second Suspension, Plastic Surgery Center Reopens

Westport plastic surgeon Joel Singer, whose Center for Ambulatory Surgery (CAS) on Imperial Avenue was shut down by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) in June due to rusty instruments and equipment, plus a non-working fire alarm system, has been permitted to re-open once again effective July 31, CAS officials said.

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The Center for Ambulatory Surgery at 32 Imperial Ave. reopened July 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Singer had agreed in June to the license suspension of his center located at 32 Imperial Ave. after a several month inspection by the DPH’s Connecticut Facility Licensing Inspection Section (FLIS) determined conditions there posed risks to public health.

That suspension came on the heels of another one that racked up $29,000 in fines in 2011 from the DPH and the state Medical Licensing Board for dirty equipment and poor record keeping.

According to CAS officials, the fire alarm was not working because of electrical system damage caused by Storm Sandy.

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08/06/13 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Madewell Opens on Main Street

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Madewell, 155 Main St., next to Oscar’s, opened today. According to a spokesman, the Westport store is its 57th in the country, having opened its first one in Dallas in 2006. She said the store caters to “fashionable, buttoned-up women in the 25-35-year-old category with jeans, cool T’s, jackets and accessories.”  A grand opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A division of J. Crew Group, Inc., Madewell also has stores in Greenwich, Farmington, and White Plains. The Westport location was formerly occupied by Coach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/06/13 04:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Majority of RTM Seeks Another Term

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that 29 of the 36 members of Representative Town Meeting (RTM), 80 percent, plan to seek re-election in the fall.

According to Strauss, Districts 4, 7, and 8 each have all four incumbents running., Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 each have three incumbents returning, and District 9 has two candidates.

Members not running for re-election are: Cornelia Olsen of District 1; Sean Timmins, District 2 ; Melissa Kane, District 2; Richard Lowenstein, District 5; Chris Urist, District 6; and Gilbert Nathan and John McCarthy, District 9.

Kane is not seeking re-election in District 2 since she is running as the Democrats’ second selectwoman candidate alongside first selectwoman candidate Helen Garten.

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Craig Matheson, 81

Craig Matheson of Westport, founder of the Staples Players, died Aug. 3 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 81.

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Craig Matheson: Staples Players founder. Contributed photo

The husband of Annetta (McCartney) Matheson, he was born Sept. 22, 1931 in Middleboro, Mass., son of the late Jack and Verna (Dunphy) Matheson. He has been a Westport resident for 56 years.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, he received his Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University, and did his doctoral work at Columbia University.

He was a longtime member and former deacon at the Saugatuck Congregational Church and a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston.

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08/06/13 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pink Purple

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The sky after sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Chat
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School playground - PTA: Kindergarten Meet & Greet
7 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Comedy Club II

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Westport LL All Stars Roll Over Rye, N.H. 12-2

UPDATE The Westport Little League 12-year-old all stars tonight defeated Rye, N.H. 12-2 in their third victory in the New England Regionals at Bristol, assuring them a place in the semifinals.

Westport next faces Newton, Mass., on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Bristol. The all-stars all but assured themselves of the top seed going into the Thursday semifinals.

Westport opened with six runs in the first inning and added five more in the third. Winning pitcher Harry Azadian went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, ending the game with an RBI single in the fifth when the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The winner of the New England Regionals moves on to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa., with the opening game Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. against the Southeast Regionals winner.

   

08/06/13 01:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Mill Pond Reflections

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Reflections at sunset today on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Enjoying Low Tide

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Visitors to Westport’s Old Mill Beach enjoyed the low tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/13 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Bridge Street Bridge Closure Tuesday

The Town of Westport has been notified that the Bridge Street swing bridge, whose official name is the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge, will be temporarily closed on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The contractor, Cianbro Corporation, will be testing bridge operation procedures following repairs. “The opening will be done as if it was for a vessel,” said Cianbro Field Superintendent Gary Nash. 

The duration of the closure is estimated to be 15 minutes. If needed, a second bridge opening, identical in procedure to the first, will be conducted one half hour later, he said.

“The town regrets any inconvenience the bridge closure will cause.  We thank citizens for their patience and cooperation,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

   

08/05/13 07:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Select Candidates Won’t Top Ballot in November

By James Lomuscio

For the first time in 14 years, Westport’s candidates for first and second selectman will not top the ballot in November, a matter that may cause confusion to some voters as the first column is reserved for the Judge of Probate candidates, said Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.

“They will be in Column One,” Strauss said today about probate candidates Kieran Costello, a Democrat, and Lisa Wexler, Republican.

Also likely to be on the ballot is probate judge petitioning candidate Neil Phillips. Strauss said her office is waiting to receive notice from Secretary of State’s office that Phillips’ needed signatures have been certified.

After the probate judge candidates, the ballots will have the names for first selectman: Republican Jim Marpe and Democrat Helen Garten. They will be followed by second selectman candidates, Republican Avi Kaner and Democrat Melissa Kane.

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08/05/13 07:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shellfsh Beds Closed, Voluntary Recall Under Way

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE More than 1,000 acres of shellfish beds in Westport and Norwalk have been closed by the state Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Aquaculture (BOA) due to a naturally occurring bacteria that so far has resulted in five cases of severe stomach illness, state officials announced today.

“It’s important to realize it has nothing to do with water quality; it’s a natural occurring bacteria in all waters that historically has been at low levels,” said David Carey, BOA director.

The problem is that the bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, has multiplied in certain areas due to the warmer water, said one health official.

Consumption of oysters, clams, steamers, mussels and other types of shellfish harvested from the affected areas between July 3 and Aug. 2 has been linked to the five acute stomach illnesses characterized by diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills, Carey said.

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Westport Shellfish Beds Impacted by Closure

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Recreational shellfish beds in Westport waters. The recall does not include all shellfish commercially harvested from the waters of Westport and Norwalk but only specific locations. Westport Conservation Dept. map

   

08/05/13 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Commuter Parking Lot Closed for Repairs

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Railroad commuter parking lot No. 5 on Riverside Avenue closed today for approximately 10 days.  The closure is required due to the replacement of a large storm drain conduit from Riverside Avenue to the river which runs through the lot, police said. During the construction, needed repair work to the parking lot will also be conducted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/13 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Downed Power Lines Close Cedar Street

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UPDATE  A dump truck backed into a tree today on Cedar Street, bringing down power lines. There were no injuries. Police closed off Cedar Street between Long Lots Road and Post Road East while utility crews worked to repair the damage. The street was reopened at about 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/13 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday Late Sail

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A sailboat sets out on Long Island Sound off Westport’s Compo Beach late Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, August 5, 2013


10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Another Win for Westport in LL Regionals

Westport’s 12-year-old Little League All Stars tonight defeated Saco, Maine 8-0 as Chad Knight and Max Popken combined to throw a perfect game in New England Regional Little League pool play at Bristol.

The two threw a total of 14 strikeouts, Knight striking out 10 in four innings and Popken four in the final two innings.

Westport improved to 2-0 and next faces Rye, N.H. at 8 p.m. on Monday in the quest to make the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

   

08/05/13 02:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Swinging on Jesup Green

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Emil Stucchio and The Classics attracted a large crowd to the Levitt Pavilion’s temporary home on Jesup Green tonight. The group’s repertoire ranged from hits of the 1950s, Italian specialty numbers to current dance sounds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/05/13 01:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Remembering the Sounds of the Past

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A clear and comfortable August night helped atract a crowd to tonight’s performance by Emil Stucchio and The Classics in a Levitt Pavilion performance on Jesup Green.  In addition to Stucchio (l), entertainers included Teresa McClean and Al Contrera. The Classics, a popular attraction at the Italian Festival in prior years, released their first million selling recording of “Till Then” in 1963 followed by many more including “PS I Love You” and “You’ll Never Know.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/13 01:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dancing Across the Generation Gap

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Music by Emil Stuccio and The Classics on Westport’s Jesup Green prompted a dance lesson for a young member of the audiences. A dance lesson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/05/13 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thanking Westport

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Emil Stuccio tells the audience on Jesup Green tonight he’s delighted to be back in Westport where he performed for many summers at the Italian Festival, which ended its run in 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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