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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 15 – 19, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 15 – 19, 2008:

Eleanor M. Mylott Est. to 323 Lansdowne LLC, Unit 323 Lansdowne, $891,500 WN property.jpg

Sylvia M. and Gert D. Thorn to John C. and India V. Penny, 20 Cranbury Road, $839,000

Mattera Construction 3 Sprucewood Lane LLC to David and Andrea Reiser, 3 Sprucewood Lane, $3,165,500

Ann E. Sheffer and William L. Scheffler to Anthony Rizza, 19 Stony Point Road, $10,000,000

Ted Hampe Leaves HK Group

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Ted Hampe: future plans to be revealed. Contributed photo
Ted Hampe, longtime chairman of Westport’s HK Group Commercial Real Estate, has resigned his position and his partner, Matthew Keefe, president, will be the sole operator of the company, it was announced today.

The company will now be known officially as HK Group II, Inc. Hampe’s resignation was effective Dec. 31, a news release said.

The firm has experienced five straight years of continuous growth and is well-positioned to face the challenging future with 10 brokers in sales, leasing and property management, the company said.

Hampe, a graduate of Iowa State University and Harvard Business School, said he is not retiring and “his plans are yet to be revealed.”

Thursday, January 8, 2009


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Record Retentions Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abandoned Warehouse”
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Overcoat Film Series: “Sullivan’s Travels” (1941)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Educators’ Panel “Creative Connections” moderated by Barbara Rothenberg
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – “Poe at 200 – Natural Supernaturalism: A Perspective on the Enduring Appeal of Edgar Allan Poe” by Mark Schenker

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 570 Riverside Ave.

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The application for a permit to demolish the property at 570 Riverside Ave., now occupied by Doc’s Café, is under review by various town departments including the Historic District Commission at its Jan. 13 meeting. The property, owned by William Gault, will be part of a Saugatuck Center development project approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission last year. The approved plan calls for a mix of retail space and residences. The commercially-zoned property built in 1954 has 1,950 square feet and is situated on a half-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Plastic Bag Design Finalists Unveiled

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (c) welcomed guests to a reception today at HSBC Bank at which the 15 finalists were unveiled in a contest to design a logo for a “unique” Westport reusable bag. The winners will be announced Jan. 15. The bags will be widely available in March to coincide with the implementation of a Westport ordinance that bans plastic bags at retail checkout. Looking on are (l) Gene Seidman, District 4 member of the Representative Town Meeting, and Kevin Lally, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Author Julia Glass Delights Library Audience

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In spite of the nasty weather today, the Westport Library was filled with an enthusiastic audience who came to see and hear best selling author Julia Glass, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for “The Three Junes.”  She discussed her new book, “I See You Everywhere,” the candid story of life and death, companionship and sorrow over 25 years. She later signed copies of the book. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Rell Warns of Tough Times Ahead

Gov. M. Jodi Rell opened the 2009 legislative session today with a warning that cuts to the new state budget will have to be deep and will affect every state agency and program.

In her annual State of the State address, Rell said government must shrink because Connecticut’s taxpayers are seeing their personal budgets shrink. (See full text here)

“As families struggle to pay their monthly bills, so will we,” she said. “As they cut back on expenses and forego new purchases, so must we. And we must do it at a time when, as is the paradox of government, more and more families will be looking to us for help.

“Our revenues are declining, but the need for government services is increasing. As jobs continue to be lost or wages cut or frozen, our citizens will need our help for basic necessities: food and heating assistance, unemployment assistance, child care, health care.”

Candidates Sought for RTM District 5 Vacancy

Candidates are being sought for a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 5 vacancy. The district includes most of Westport’s Greens Farms section.

The vacancy was caused by the retirement of eight-term representative John W. Booth, the RTM’s senior member. (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2009)

Under the Town Charter, a successor will be appointed for the remainder of Booth’s term, which expires in November, by the three remaining RTM District 5 members: Barbara Levy, Richard Lowenstein, and John Suggs.

Any registered voter in District 5 who would like to apply for the vacancy should send a resume to Lowenstein at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 372 Greens Farms Road, Westport. Because Westport’s RTM is non-partisan, no party affiliation is required.