Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 19-23, 2004:
Mark and Valerie Spellman to Nanette J. Buziak, 10 Court of Oaks, $1,460,000.
Michael S. and Allison Dayan Juceam to John R. Coykendall and Gail L. Mordacq, 28 Ostend Ave., $975,000.
Ronald and Amy Goldberger to Jorge M. and Tori S. Soltero II, 27 Blue Ribbon Drive, $871,000.
Theresa L. and Steven Lewis to Patrick H. and Gina O. Beranek (name corrected), 31 Gorham Ave., $1,600,000.
Westport Home and Land LLC to Carole C. Berkowitz, 52 Terra Nova Circle, $1,051,853.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 12-16, 2004:
James M. and Margaret M. Pendry to Peter and Catherine Russell Harbottle, 28 Bulkley Ave. North, $667,500. .
Mary Pisaturo McGlynn to Kim Cavalier Alianiello, 55 Woodside Ave., $800,000.
Estate of Ruth Adams to Bernard X. and Leona O. McGeady, 412 Harvest Commons, $710,000.
John M. and Carolyn Greene Miller to Thomas Y. and Marion S. Howard, 63
Bulkley Ave. North, $805,000.
James S. and Linda C. Keeler to Sara H. and Ranjit Ahluwalia, 3 Squire Lane, $1,000,000.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 6-9, 2004:
Kathleen A. Buckley to Pamela Owens-Kennedy, 8B Cross Highway, $455,000.
Claudio Souza to Kevin J. Gumpper Trust, 11 Fragrant Pines Court, $480,000.
Joy Cooper Yinger to Louis H. and Susan P. Cozzi, 22 St. John Place, $561,000.
Susan I. Rosen to Cendant Mobility Financial Corp., 57 Sylvan Road West, $1,279,000.
Amy Ringer to Peter & Diane Plaut, 216 Bayberry Lane, $2,280,000.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 28-July 2, 2004:
Clifford P. and Jane L. Lamotta to Brian L. and Leslie S. Gold, 26 Rices Lane, $1,849,500.
Laurence H. and Shari A. Midler to Adam T. and Kerrie S. Weisman, 15 North Ridge Road, $1,825,000.
Melinda Mooney to Ron M. and Jane W. Tarsy, 2 Diamond Hill Lane, $1,746,000.
Charles A. and Mary Durakis Sr. to Caroline H. and Michael Gantz, 11 Burnham Hill, $2,425,000.
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
The backlog of building permits in Westport’s assessor’s office that led to postponement of the town’s real property revaluation update has almost been cleared, according to a report presented Tuesday night to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
Helen Garten, the RTM representative on the town’s Revaluation Working Group, told the meeting that the firm hired to clear the backlog had almost completed a physical inspection of the 1,187 properties involved.
It was discovery of a backlog of about 1,700 building permits in the assessor’s office some going back to 1998 ֖ that led to First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell’s March 4 announcement she would seek to postpone the revaluation.
The state later approved legislation allowing municipalities to postpone revaluations for up to three years.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 21-28, 2004:
George S. and Trish M. Lawrence to Daniel E. and Shirley A. Smith, 8 Arrowhead Road, $2,595,000..
Christian J. Trefz to Phyllis F. Trefz, 18 Playhouse 20 60%, $111,000.
Sir Maple LLC to David B. and Lori Beth Sochol, 47 Maple Ave. North. $1,899,999.99.
Owen E. and Virginia B. Landon Jr. to Paul Fonteyne, 4 Deepwood Lane, $1,385,000.
Louis P. and Patricia Ann Cirillo to Shine Group Holdings LLC, 175 Post Road East, $675,000.
Pequot Development LLC to Hilary P. Califano Trust Joseph A. Califano Jr. Trust 42 Morningside Drive South, $3,300,000.
Friday, June 25, 2004
Housing construction in Westport slowed slightly in May from the month earlier and is down compared to 2003, the state Department of Economic and Community Development said today.
State housing activity also slowed in May compared to April, but unlike Westport, overall Connecticut activity is up year-to-date compared to last year, the department said.
The agency said Westport authorized 10 new housing units in May compared to 13 in April. Westport year-to-date in 2004 has authorized 44 new units compared to 50 in the same period in 2003.
The department said all Connecticut towns and cities authorized 942 new housing units, a 2.8 percent increase compared with 916 in May 2003.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 14-18, 2004:
Mark P. and Marilyn Johnson to Chistmas Lake Associates LLC, 336 Wilton, Road, $1,500,000.
Pauline W. Preston to Ron Marin, 127 Newtown Turnpike, $600,000.
Westbank Shopping Center Associates to Westbank Shopping Center Associates LLC, 221 Post Road West, $3,400,000.
Robert S. Charney to Gregory B. and Dana R. Pearce, 17 Ferry Lane East, $2,020,000.
W R M LLC to Brian Keith and Robyn Wright Green, 22 Crawford Road, $1,800,000.
Nancy Anne Pinkham to Thomas Pinkham, 27 Turkey Hill Road North, $491,539.85.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
The Westbank Shopping Center at 221 Post Road West has been sold to Westbank Shopping Center, LLC, a local investor, for $3.4 million, it was announced today.
The 8,400-square foot retail center built in 1966, has four tenants a dry cleaner, liquor store, nail salon and restaurant.
Westbank Shopping Center: sold for $3.4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The announcement was made by HK Group, the Westport-based commercial realtor.
Westbank had been owned since 1986 by Westbank Shopping Center Associates, a partnership with Vasilios Nikifordis of Norwalk as general partner.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 7-11, 2004:
Christos Menenlaou Ioanna Pinotsi to Andrew Case Braskamp, 6 Drumlin Road, $555,000.
Kara Riggle Edwards to Darlene and Paul Letersky, 19 Roosevelt Lane, $1,520,000.
William J. McGuinness to Mary Ellen Sullivan, 15 Remlin Court, $604,000.
Michael J. Geraghy Trust to Richard A. and Margaux G. Fuchs, 79 Clinton Ave., $750,000.
Susan Oliver Trust to Richard A. and Margaux G. Fuchs, 79 Clinton Ave., $750,000.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 1-4, 2004:
Brett H. and Jennifer L. Dennett to Robert J. Halderman, 6 Renzulli Road 8.54 percent Westport, $420,000.
Amy M. Chan and Ka-Bun Lam to Elena and Philip Mironova, 26 Crescent Park Road, $332,000.
Mark A. and Ann Tegen Hill to Scott Lavina Ind & Trust, 12 & 6 Cockenoe Drive, $2,400,000.
Elaine S. Horelik to David D. Squires, 20 Cross St., $225,500.
Lena Rodino to Carol S. Weissenberg, 241 Sturges Highway, $679,100.
Friday, June 04, 2004
One of Westports best known landmarks, the former Westport Public Library building, was sold today for $11.95 million, according to a filing in the Town ClerkҒs office.
The old library: pricetag $11.95 million. WestportNow.com photo
A Westport-based partnership, whose principals include real estate investors David Waldman and Drew Friedman, sold the building at the intersection of Post Road East and Main Street to Winwest Library LLC of Greenwich.
The Winwest group also owns the former Eddie Bauer building diagonally across the street where a new Tiffany store will open in the fall.
The old library building tenants include Starbucks, a furniture store and a clothing store.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 24-28, 2004:
David A. and Victoria Vance Harrell to Peter Jiser, 21 Guyer Road, $624,900.
Kenneth and Jacqueline Gattoni to John C. and Amanda J. Wilson IV, 5 Pebble Beach Road, $899,000.
Irene E. Cosgrove Trust to William G. Cohen, 19 Baker Ave., $381,250.
Irene E. Cosgrove to William G. Cohen, 19 Baker Ave., $381,250.
Michael and April Book to Royal Bank of Scotland, 1 Crawford Road, $2,010,000.
The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight approved postponement of the towns real property revaluation to 2005.
It acted by unanimous vote after First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, in a reversal of her previous position, promised an independent, third-party audit of the assessorҒs office.
It was discovery of a backlog in building permits in the assessors office Җ some going back to 1998— that prompted Farrell to announce March 4 that she would seek to postpone the revaluation.
Since then, Gov. John G. Rowland has signed a law enabling Connecticut municipalities, by action of their legislative bodies, to postpone revaluations for up to three years.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 17-21, 2004:
Jill and Maarten Nederlof to Stephen Kent Curry, 41 Old Road, $1,425,000.
Brooke M. Dojny to Eric and Jennifer Ross, 39 Burr Farms Road, $985,000.
Waler and Karen Joelson to Wikram and Ashima S. Nair, 28 Colony Road, $938,500.
Ruth Solway to Richard C. Montanaro, 15 St. John Place, $614,250.
Wanda J. Knoebel to Jeanne W. DeSalvo, 12C Cross Highway, $475,000.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 10-14, 2004:
Phyllis Komansky to Ileen Thomas, 2 Evergreen Ave., $750,000.
Richard F. and Kara P. Williams to Jennifer B. Kleiner, 4 Keyser Road, $1,105,000.
Curtis A. Maddock to Elmer VanBuren and Phyllis Jean Crager, Unit 105 35 Bridge St., $151,385.30.
John David and Linda L. Duebendorfer to Thomas H. and Cynthia S. Bonafair, 111 Sturges Highway, $3,350,000.
Land Goup Inc., to Panagiotis Ninios and Lori-Ann Belcastro, 50 Gorham Ave., $1,650,000.
The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Finance Committee Tuesday night recommended postponement of the 2003 property assessment to no later than October 2006 as permitted by a new state law.
The vote was 5-1. The full RTM will consider the request at its June 1 meeting.
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who Monday announced the appointment of William Gaffney, the current assessor in Milford, as the new town assessor, came under intense committee questioning before the vote.
She said the goal when Gaffney is aboard in June is to work toward a full physical revaluation by Oct. 1, 2005, but no later than 2006. She said it would have to be done by an outside firm and estimated the cost at about $700,000.
Monday, May 17, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today announced she has hired William H. Gaffney, III, assessor for the town of Milford and 2003 “Assessor of the Year,” as the town’s new assessor.
“I’m delighted Bill is coming aboard,” she said. “He has spectacular credentials and will bring stability to the department that will now be focused on implementing a full physical revaluation in 2005.”
She said Gaffney will begin work June 21.
Gaffney, assessor in Milford since 1992, was among four finalists for the position and accepted the job Friday, Farrell said.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Westport and other Connecticut communities will have the option of delaying property revaluation for up to three years under a bill passed by the General Assembly.
The House and Senate passed the measure Tuesday in a special session as part of an amendment tacked on to an omnibus funding bill.
The new option comes as Westport debates how to proceed on reval after receiving state permission to delay the 2003 property assessment by one year.
The Reval Working Group appointed by First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell has indicated its preference to conduct a full physical revaluation rather than a less accurate statistical update.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 3-7, 2004:
Courtney Daly and Chris B. Caldwell to James and Andrea Pouliot Rourke, 34 Bridge St., $622,000.
Sandra E. Messinger to Corina Baumann Doebeli, 16 Lone Pine Lane, $830,000.
Estate of Sheila C. Tchitcherine to Marc and Cathy Lasry, 40 Sylvan Road North, $1,325,000.
Bishop Design and Development LLC to James P. Burke, 91 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,900,000.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 26-30, 2004:
Westport Home and Land Co. LLC to Michael and Barbara Levy, Terra Nova Circle Unit 12, $806,853.
R.B. Benson and Co. Inc. to David and Jacqueline Kaplan, 5 Buttonwood Lane, $2,395,000.
Thomas A. and Elizabeth A. Beauregard to Jesse Harte, 5 Dexter Road, $540,000.
Robert and Joy Ann Seskin to Kurt H. and Eileen M. Tiefenthaler, 22 Juniper Road, $800,000.
Kerstin J. Warner and Louis P. Weinberg to Marvin and Sheila H. Weinberg, 20 Bauer Place, $40,000.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 19-23, 2004:
Pamela Burke Camarda to Richard V. and Maureen Dooley Bortolot Jr., 14 Mill St., $563,000.
S & L Homes Inc. to Michael A. and April L.. Book, 28 Crawford Road, $3,512,500.
Estate of Elvira McCarthy aka Louise to Elizabeth Shelton, 9 Cedar Road, $550,000.
Alice E. Friedman to Michael O. and Ann W. Pettee, Unit 66 Regents Park, $667,500.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Westport First Selectman Diane G. Farrell today told her Revaluation Working Group she was considering a full physical revaluation of town properties instead of a statistical reval for the postponed 2003 property assessment. She said she was thinking about the alternative because it might be more cost-effective and ensure a more fair and accurate assessment. The committee agreed to consider it as an option pending further investigation. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
By Jessica Bram and Dave MatlowWestportNow Community Correspondents
Westport has lost another independent bookstore Hannslik & Wegner International Bookstore on Railroad Place.
Johanna Straczek has closed her popular Hanneslik & Wegner bookstore on Railroad Place after 17 years. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“It just got too much,” said Johanna (ne֩ Hannslik) Straczek, who has run the store with her late husband, John, at the site opposite the Westport railroad station since 1987. She closed it last week.
For almost two decades, it has been a reliable and unique source for Westports many inquisitive global travelers, as well as mail order customers around the world.
Its surprisingly tranquil storefront facing the busy station was prized by customers for its exhaustive inventory.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 12-16, 2004:
Bernard S. Berkoff to J. Brooks and Joyce Colburn, Unit 44 Whitney Glen, $305,000.
Estate of Stephen W. Lindemann to Residential Development Group Pheasant Lane, 2 Pheasant Lane, $750,000.
Antony J. and Stephanie M. Lantier to Christian Lum and Rachel Haber, 10 Maplewood Ave., $512,000.
Vesta Development Corp. to Summer Hill Associates LLC, 17 Summer Hill Road, $1,580,000.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Garson Heller, a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals, announced his resignation today from Westport’s Revaluation Working Group which is reviewing the postponed 2003 property assessment.
In a letter to First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell dated Wednesday and distributed at today’s second meeting of the now nine-member panel, Heller said, “In order to avoid the appearance of conflict, I am resigning from the Revaluation Working Group effective immediately.”
Heller, who was at the meeting, said he had been asked by Finance Director Don Miklus, chair of the working group, to act “in an advisory manner which I am happy to do.”
The longtime member of the Board of Assessment Appeals said he planned to attend committee meetings but would not participate when the group evaluates the assessment model used to determine values.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 5-9, 2004:
Vavel Enterperises Inc. to William Dudley and Betty Jo Schleier, 84 Roseville Road, $1,800,000.
Melvin Howard Suc Tr to Fergal and Susan McGillion Moore, 42 Red Coat Road, $1,595,000.
John and Marie Garofalo to Robert C. and Leslie Q. Wheeler Jr., 11 Surf Road, $5,900,000.
RFK Development LLC to Bruce and Celeste Amlicke Trust, 6 Cob Drive, $2,212,500.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
Westport’s Revaluation Working Group met for the first time today to oversee the town’s 2003 aborted property assessment.
The 10-member committee, made up of town department heads, elected officials, and members of the public, decided to meet weekly on Thursdays as it aims to prepare an interim report for First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell by June 15.
Farrell appointed the group following her decision to seek a one-year delay in the town’s property revaluation because of a backlog of 1,700 building permits going back at least five years that had not been included on the town’s Grand List. (See WestportNow.com March 30, 2004)
There were also complaints by residents that many of the values published in the initial draft of the property list were unfair either too high or too low.
Westport’s Revaluation Working Group held its first meeting today at Town Hall. Members will review events leading to the one-year delay in the 2003 property assessment and make recommendations. The group is chaired by Finance Director Don Miklus (end of table, blue shirt) and includes (clockwise) Helen Garten of the Representative Town Meeting; Audrey Magida, a real estate agent; attorney Mike Laux; Tax Collector George Underhill; Rick Benson of the Board of Finance; Acting Assessor Kevin Murowsky; Selectman Carl Leaman, and Garson Heller of the Board of Assessment Appeals. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 29-April 2, 2004:
8 Hedley Farms LLC to John J. and Sandra M. Fleming, 8 Hedley Farms Road, $3,425,000.
Andrian T. Paolini to Gary and Amy Goldberg, 82 Compo Road North, $1,399,000.
George W. Scott aka George W. Sr. to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 43 Gorham Ave., $770,000.
Charles H. and Diane A. Reach III to Thomas and Elizabeth Beauregard, 1 Spruce St., $790,300.
Estate of Flora E. Kopstein to Margherita Basili, Unit 34 Whitney Glen, $425,000.