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Developer Offers $10,000 to Move Bradley House

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The battle between developers and preservationists over the Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield town line shifted to today’s Westport Town Hall brown bag lunch. Developer Mike Horvath said he would pay $10,000 to move the house off the property. Preservationists said such a move would be difficult. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Making Her Case at Brown Bag

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Eleanor Dickey, head of a coalition trying to save the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House from demolition, outlined her concerns at today’s Westport Town Hall brown bag lunch. She said her group was willing to provide a profit to developers but could not meet their asking price. A Superior Court judge will rule next month on a request for a temporary injunction against the demolition. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport PTA Council Presents Talk Tonight on “Hyper-Parenting”

The Westport PTA Council is sponsoring a talk this evening by a noted child psychiatrist about “hyper-parenting” and over-scheduled children.rosenfeld75.jpg
Alvin Rosenfeld: PTA speaker tonight.

The presentation by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Rosenfeld has taught at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities and worked on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He is the author of five psychiatric and parenting books and has his own private practice. He has appeared on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” NBC’s “Today Show” and Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated television program, among others.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 100 Beachside Ave

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Today’s WestportNow teardown is 100 Beachside Ave. The property, which actually is comprised of two parcels at 100-102 Beachside Ave. totaling just over 4.3 acres, changed hands earlier this month for $14.6 million—the most expensive property ever sold in Westport. A demolition application said only portions of the house would be demolished. Because the request concerns a structure more than 50 years old, it will be automatically considered by the Westport Historic District Commission. View is of the rear of the property facing Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow contributed reporting for this item. WestportNow.com photo

Westport’s $14.6 Million Record Property Sale Prompts Teardown Application

First there was the eye-popping $14.6 million Westport record property sale earlier this month. And now comes the teardown application also a record.100beachside03290504260-.jpg
Record teardown: the original 1929 portion of the main house at 100 Beachside Ave. is set for demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The application filed at the Westport Building Department specified only a portion of the 1929 main house of the property at 100 Beachside Ave. would be demolished. Parts of the structure were updated and expanded in 1980 and 1984.

Because it involves a building more than 50 years old, the application will automatically be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission.

The property ֖ actually two parcels at 100 and 102 Beachside Ave. covers 4.3 acres and contains a gate house, a tennis court, two swimming pools ֖ one indoor and one outdoor—and a 228-foot private beach.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning and Zoning Big House Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
5:30 p.m. – Turner Trailers – School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Elementary School – Westport PTA Council presents talk by child psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld on “hyper-parenting”

Westport Board of Finance Cuts $1.2 Million from Education Budget

The Westport Board of Finance tonight approved the 2005-2006 education budget but not before cutting $1.2 million from the amount requested by the Board of Education.

The approval of the $78,323,190 operating budget came on a 6-1 vote with only Democrat Kevin Connolly opposed. He said he thought the cut was too much. The amount represents about a 5 percent increase over the current year.

The Board of Education will have an opportunity April 13 to ask the finance members to restore any or all of the deleted funds prior to consideration of the budget by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in May.

At its March 16 meeting, the Board of Finance approved the $50,298,177 town side of the 2005-06 fiscal year budget. (See WestportNow March 16, 2005)

Westport’s Save the Children Aiding Victims of Asia Quake

Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to provide food, water, medicine and shelter to thousands of Indonesian children and their families impacted by a massive earthquake that rocked south Asia Monday.

Save the Children is focusing its latest emergency response efforts on Nias and Simeulue—two islands off the coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia—where hundreds of people were killed and many homes destroyed, the charity said in a statement. Nias has a population of more than 440,000 and Simeulue a population of 78,000.

It seems totally unfair that children and their families in Indonesia once again have been so heavily impacted by a second major earthquake in three months,Ӕ said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children.

We will continue to work throughout Aceh province and northern Sumatra to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of children as a result of the two earthquakes. The psychological impact that this second earthquake will undoubtedly have upon children cannot be underestimated.Ӕ