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Three Escape Lansdowne Kitchen Fire

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A fire today at the Lansdowne condominiums at 1630 Post Road East damaged a kitchen, but three persons inside, including an elderly invalid, escaped without injury. Westport Police Sgt. Fotios Koskinas was the first on the scene and used two fire extinguishers to knock down most of the flames before firefighters arrived. Fire officials said the blaze began when grease in a pan on the stove caught fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Hall of Famer Rod Carew Makes Westport Stop

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Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew made a stop at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Westport’s Post Road East today. Carew, who will attend the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, played in 18 All-Star games during his career with the Minnesota Twins from 1967-1978 and the California Angels from 1979-1985. Carmela Fortin of Seymour photographed her husband Bob with Carew. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Stuck in the Mud at Low Tide

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Two couples in their rubber boats decided to motor up the Saugatuck River Friday planning to tie up at the boat landing at Jesup Green to walk around and have lunch in downtown Westport. But in planning their river cruise, they did not count on the low tide. Luckily they had a pair of oars and were able to pole the boats close enough to shore to walk the last few yards through the mud and muck to the stone steps where they tied the boats to some rocks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Saturday, July 12, 2008


9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Downtown – Annual Sidewalk Sales
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – Myth and Legends Day
10 a.m. – noon – Westport Senior Center – “Cooking Light in the Summertime” series by Cecily Gans
11 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Technology at the Library: “Talking about iGoogle” 
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Solos Show”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Cover Story”
Noon – 11 p.m. – Luciano Park – Festival Italiano 2008
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Compo Beach – Polar Bear Empathy Day (rain date July 13)
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Train Station (NY-bound side) – Westport Historical Society, Walking, Wine Tasting in Historic Saugatuck
7 p.m. – Luciano Park Festival Italiano – Deja-Vu
8 p.m. – Luciano Park Festival Italiano – The Duprees
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Aztec Two-Step
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Scramble” opening night

Report: Westport Commercial Real Estate Takes Hit

Reflecting tough economic times, the Westport office vacancy rate stayed at around 7.5 percent for the third period in a row but availability rates went up to 12.5 percent as of July 1, a long-time Westport commercial real estate broker said today.WestportNow.com Image
Ted Hampe: office market showing “disturbing trend.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

Ted Hampe, chairman of HK Group, said his company tracks some 172 office buildings, with square footage totaling about 2,620,000 square feet, of which 191,300 was vacant on July 1.

However, Hampe said an additional 131,000 square feet was being offered for sub-lease or future direct lease, reflecting planned tenant moves. Therefore, the office availability rate was 12.5 percent on July 1, he said.

“The Westport office market is showing a disturbing trend with relatively few leases in the first half of 2008, predictive of higher vacancy rates in future periods,” Hampe said.