Saturday, February 24, 2024


Westport Property Transfers March 9 – 13, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 9 – 13, 2009:

Wanda P. Codoner to Scott D. and Nancy A. Bierfeldt, 25 Whitney St., $720,000 WN property.jpg

SIR 31 Reichert LLC to Lynne A. Nolan, 31 Reichert Circle, $1,425,000

Imus Asks $30 Million for Westport Waterfront Mansion

Radio talk show host Don Imus has put his Westport waterfront property on Beachside Avenue on the market for $30 million—the same price he briefly asked almost four years ago before changing his mind about the Image
The Beachside Avenue home has 10,000 square feet and six bedrooms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

The property includes a 10,000-square foot white clapboard Georgian Revival main house with six bedrooms as well as a new two-bedroom guest house and a renovated two-bedroom gate house, according to the listing by Darlene Letersky of Fine Homes Connecticut.

There are 10 garage spaces and 215 feet of private beach. Taxes on the property are almost $132,000 a year.

Imus, 68, bought the property in 1997 for $4.6 million and completed his home in 2000, according to the listing. He briefly listed the home in 2005 for the same price.

New in Town: Another Pizza Restaurant—Julian’s Image
Across the street from the recently closed Conte’s Restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck area, a new pizza and pasta restaurant, Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, has opened at 539 Riverside Ave. The restaurant, owned by Mike Sias of Stratford, is located in the site formerly occupied by Arthur Avenue Italian specialties. There are two other brick Oven Pizza shops owned by Sias—the original shop in Bridgeport and one in Monroe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Friday, March 27, 2009

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Art of the Birdhouse”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Eric Hnatow w/ Bluebird Handwriting, IN, Kid Ginseng
7 p.m. – Mitchells of Westport – Staples Cheerleaders Varsity Vogue Fashion Show & Auction fundraiser
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Black Box Theatre – Staples Players, “12 Angry Men”

Celebrating the 75th Birthday of the Curry Frescoes Image
Students gathered in the auditorium of Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School to mark the 75th birthday of two frescoes painted in the auditorium by John Steuart Curry. Diane Yormak, a volunteer working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, described the history of the frescoes. Art teacher Tim Soper devised a project to introduce his students to the fresco technique. The two Curry frescoes, “Comedy” and “Tragedy,” each measuring 15 feet high by 8 feet wide, still reign as the crown jewels of the schools’ art collection. In 1934, during the Depression, Curry, a Westport artist, offered to paint frescoes in the newly built school’s auditorium. Curry donated his services and, although money was tight, the town raised the $1,000 needed for the materials and to pay a technician to apply the plaster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Landon Recommends Schools Seek $1.3 Million Restoration

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has recommended that the Board of Education ask the Board of Finance to restore $1.3 million cut from its 2009-10 budget. He said the cut will harm present and future Image
Elliott Landon: Cut will harm schoolchildren. Dave Matlow/WN file photo

The Board of Education will discuss the recommendation at its Monday meeting.

In a memo to the board released today with the agenda packet, Landon said the schools had found $100,000 in savings. Thus, he said he was not seeking the full $1.4 million removed from the budget by the finance board on March 18. (See WestportNow March 18, 2009)

The original $96 million requested education budget represented a 2.01 percent increase over the current year.

Anderson Reportedly GOP Choice for First Selectman Race Image
A published report said today that Westport Republicans will nominate Gavin Anderson, a former Board of Finance member, as its candidate for first selectman in November along with Kristin LaFleur, a Board of Education member. Anderson (l) is pictured withe First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff in August 2007 inspecting a place where mold had been found in the King’s Highway Elementary School gym. Democrat Joseloff, who has not formally announced his intention to run for re-election but has made clear he intends to do so, appointed Anderson to head a special committee investigating parental complaints about air quality at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Conte’s Closes in Saugatuck, Possibly Moving to Westport Inn Image
UPDATE In another indication of changing times, Conte’s Restaurant & Grill at 540 Riverside Ave. in the Saugatuck area has closed. A sign on the front door said the restaurant will relocate to the Westport Inn at 1595 Post Road East. But John C. Hunt, Jr., general manager of the Westport Inn, said: “The plans for a restaurant have not been solidified. We’ll have a better idea in mid-April.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for