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Friday, September 22, 2017

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Keyser Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Keyser Road, at the corner of Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1947, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,637-square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and last changed ownership in January, 2016 for $920,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/22/17 01:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Parks & Rec Friends Image
More than 90 golfers gathered at Longshore Park today in support of the fifth annual Club House Cup tournament fundraiser to benefit Friends of Westport Parks & Rec. According to co-organizer Chuck Haberstroh a goal of the event is to “raise awareness of the need for a new clubhouse.” Pictured is volunteer Kim Ebbesen handing a gift bag to Haberstroh.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/22/17 12:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Deputy Chief Penna to Retire Oct. 1

Deputy Chief Vincent Penna, a 23-year full-time officer of the Westport Police Department who served in multiple roles and helped earn the department’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council accreditation, is set to retire Oct. 1, police officials said today. Image
Deputy Chief Vincent Penna: retiring after 23 years. Contributed photo

In his career, Penna, 47, headed the detective bureau, and still as deputy chief oversees Westport EMS, building maintenance, internal affairs, public affairs, animal control, the training division and information management.

“Deputy Chief Penna takes with him a great deal of experience and knowledge,” said Chief Foti Koskinas. “We worked together for many years.  We came up through the ranks together, navigated through difficult times and shared countless laughs.

“He’ll certainly be missed by the men and women that worked with him,” he added. “We all wish him the best in his retirement.”

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09/22/17 12:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 4 - 8, 2017

Kenneth F. and Sandra K. Edwards to Michael and Lawrence Weiner, 19 Eno Lane, $1,170,000WNproperty.jpg

Richard A. and Laura E. White to Mark and Christine Buchanan, 23 Meeker Road, $885,000

K2 Westport LLC to Drew Aaron and Hana Soukupova, 279 North Ave., $7,000,000

Thomas G. Waller to Elizabeth Lehnard-Reilly, 33 Clinton Ave., $699,000

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - Autumn Begins

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4:02 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit Opening: “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Del Water Gap w/ Copilot
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Oct. 1 Playhouse Symposium Features Playwright

Laura Eason, writer-producer on the Netflix drama “House of Cards,” will be guest speaker at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium Oct. 1 following a 3 p.m. performance of her play “Sex with Strangers.” Image
Laura Eason: “House of Cards” writer-producer. Meredith Zinner photo

The program is free and open to the public.

According to theater officials, Eason will discuss her play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

“Sex with Strangers” explores the complicated new world in which every past relationship lives forever on the web, providing an entertaining, up-to-date take on love in the digital age,” says Patricia Blaufuss, Playhouse spokeswoman.

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09/21/17 07:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Route 136 Resurfacing Set for October

Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns next month as Westport’s Route 136 from the Post Road East-Compo Road South intersection all the way to the William F. Cribari Bridge to Charles Street is scheduled for resurfacing.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) project is expected to take one week from Wednesday, Oct. 18, through Wednesday, Oct. 25.

He added that CDOT officials told town officials during a preconstruction meeting that the intention is to commence work at 8 p.m. and to work continuously until 5 a.m. Edwards said traffic patterns will be set up each night beginning at 7:30.

The 2.14-mile section of road handles an average daily traffic count of 8,800 vehicles, Edwards said.

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09/21/17 05:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Penn State Cancer Fundraiser Returns to Westport Image
Students from Penn State will be back in Westport this weekend raising funds for children with pediatric cancer. Taylor Harrington (c), Staples Class of 2015, will be here with Delta Gamma sorority sisters Cailyn McCutcheon (l) and Sarah Domino. Called THON, it is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon. The students will be collecting donations outside of The Granola Bar, The Westport Library (rear entrance), and Dunkin’ Donuts in Bridge Square on Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/21/17 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mushroom Man Image
Drew Lambert of Wilton showed up at the Westport Farmers Market today offering vendors some edible wild mushrooms he spotted growing in Darien. Know as Chicken of the Woods, the mushrooms grow in trees and are so-named because some people think they taste like chicken. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/21/17 12:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

GOP, Dems Both Lack Solution to CT’s Cycle of Budget Deficits

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Despite their many disagreements over how the next state budget should look, Republican and Democratic legislators have one key element in common.

Neither of their respective plans would spare Connecticut from grappling with another massive budget deficit two years from now.

The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says the two-year budget crafted by Republican legislators and passed in the House and Senate late last week would balance the state’s books this fiscal year and next — wiping out a $3.5 billion deficit in the process.

But that same plan, unless adjusted, would run $3.31 billion in the red between 2019 and 2021.

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Winslow Sunset Image
Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Winslow Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Rosh Hashanah

Wesport Public Schools are closed.
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Enjoying the View Image
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach late today enjoys the sunset view.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Sand Play Image
Some Compo Beach visitors late today get in some sand play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


09/20/17 05:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Progress Image
Despite high tide flooding of the nearby Canal Road, workers were making progress today on the new Saugatuck Island Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/20/17 01:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police-Youth Club Seeks Students Members

Eighth and ninth grade students are invited to join Westport Police-Youth Club now in its second year, Westport Police Department and Westport Youth Services officials announced today.

Established last fall to encourage a better understanding between police and youths, the program is funded through the state Office of Policy and Management and its Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

According to local officials, club activities include monthly meetings, team building, and community service opportunities for youth and Westport police officers to work side by side.

“By bringing students and police together in a non-enforcement capacity for meaningful discussion, the group hopes to continue building off the success of the first year,” the announcement says. “Together we can further strengthen a healthy community with a foundation of mutual respect.”

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Flooding on Canal Road Image
Flooding on Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores just before the mid-day high tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/20/17 12:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Coleytown Area is Hot

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Sales activity levels in Westport are currently favoring buyers, however deposits in one particular neighborhood are strong. Image
Featured Home: This home at 3 Pheasant Lane is listed at $1,999,999.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis Southport/Fowler & Company

The Coleytown area is by far the most active in town, with homes in varying stages of deposits representing 22 percent of the buyer activity townwide.

According to the SmartMLS, there are currently 54 homes available with an average list price of $1,704,387. These homes are 5,014-square feet on average and have 1.76 acres of property.

New construction accounts for 10 of these homes and their average price is $2,352,300. Five have closed in the past year and were listed on average at $2,264,600.

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09/20/17 10:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

60 Clinton Ave.          $489,900->$449,900
103 Cavalry Road           $585,000->$529,000
8 Saint George Place         $659,000->$639,000
102 Bradley Lane             $685,000->$679,900
9 Vineyard Lane               $725,000->$699,000
132 Regents Park             $755,000->$752,000
1 Evergreen Parkway         $799,000->$759,000
296 Main St.              $848,000->$838,000
9 Old Orchard Road         $1,100,000->$997,500
4 Christmas Lake Lane     $1,025,000->$999,999
14 Darbrook Road         $1,295,000->$1,100,000
4 Jonathan Lane         $1,295,000->$1,195,000
55 Colony Road           $1,399,000->$1,279,000
12 Hedley Farms Road   $1,999,000->$1,695,000
79 Coleytown Road       $1,795,000->$1,775,000
12 Sandhopper Trail       $1,995,000->$1,829,000
3 Michele Lane           $1,990,000->$1,890,000
4 Mayfair Lane             $1,999,000->$1,925,000
98 North Ave.            $2,100,000->$2,295,000 *increased
41 North Ave.            $2,200,000->$2,300,000 *increased
312 Compo Road South   $2,695,000->$2,648,000
4 Mimi Lane               $2,799,000->$2,699,000
2 Brightfield Lane         $2,875,000->$2,799,000
18 Sturges Commons     $3,398,000->$3,298,000
—Judy Szablak


09/20/17 10:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting for a Train? ImageA praying mantis makes an appearance late Tuesday at the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Police: Canal Road Flooded

Westport police late tonight said flooding has covered Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores and urged drivers to avoid the area.


09/19/17 11:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Democrats Open Election HQ Image
Melissa Kane (l) Democratic candidate for first selectman, with other candidates at her side, addresses supporters tonight at the official opening of the Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) election headquarters at 1757 Post Road East opposite Stop & Shop. She and other party leaders said the key to a Democratic victory in November is turning out Democratic voters who normally do not vote in municipal elections.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


09/19/17 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: PPG Paint Store Closing Image
The PPG Paint Store, 413 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close at the end of the month according to store manager Bill Hagan (above). He said the location has been the site of a series of paint stores for more than 20 years, starting as Brandman Paints in 1994 followed by Painter’s Supply in 2003 and then PPG three or four years ago. Longtime Westporter Katie J. Phillis, who shares space and rent with PPG, said she would now have to move her wallpaper/design business to her Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/17 07:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ray Dalios’s ‘Principles’ in Bookstores Image
The book “Principles: Life and Work,” authored by Ray Dalio, founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, was released today to bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East. Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs.  According to the book flyer, “the book shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/19/17 05:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fishing With Jose Image
A fisherman tries his luck today at Westport’s Compo Beach amid wind-whipped waves from Tropical Storm Jose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


09/19/17 05:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Exhibit Envisions Town 50 Years from Now

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Friday will mark the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now.

The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

The architects’ visions include: compact smart homes with elevators; a high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan; a bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station; and out-of-the-way lots for self-parking, driverless cars, according to WHS officials.

Barbara Peck, WHS assistant director, said the participants range from independent architects to member of large firms.

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09/19/17 04:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes: ‘My Head Buzzing’ Over Trump U.N. Speech Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes today told a meeting of the Westport Rotary Club that “the political environment in Washington today is utter upheaval, confusion, and unpredictability.” Referring to President Trump’s U.N. speech today, he said, “I’m walking around my head buzzing a little bit because going in front of the General Assembly and threatening to destroy a country indicates an absence of prudence in the enormous (war-making) power the president has.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Discuss “Submission” by Michel Houellebecq
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Alexander Platt Pre-Concert Lecture
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos, Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Malloy: It’s Time for ‘the Courage to Compromise’ on Connecticut’s Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today reaffirmed his opposition to the new state budget, arguing it would raid the pension funds, decimate higher education and leave the City of Hartford vulnerable to fiscal insolvency.

And while the Democratic governor urged all sides to compromise — and said he probably would have to accept some GOP proposals he opposes — Malloy also said he would not accept a plan to scale back scheduled payments into the state employees’ pension fund.

“This is serious hard work to put the state back in balance with respect to its unfunded, long-term obligations,” Malloy told reporters. “And what do we get? We get an invitation to make it worse.”

That “invitation,” according to the governor, was included in the two-year budget that the Senate and House approved on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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