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Assessment Appeals Down Dramatically

By James Lomuscio

Despite a 13 percent decrease in property values, Westport Assessor Paul Friia said today that more property owners seem content with their assessments compared to five years ago.WestportNow.com Image
Paul A. Friia: more people “happier” with assessments. Contributed photo

He bases his observation on the fact that only 249 property owners are contesting their 2010 assessments before the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) compared to 850 following the 2005 revaluation —a more than 70 percent drop.

Of the 249 who have made applications to go before the BAA at Town Hall beginning Tuesday, 181 are residential property owners, 43 commercial owners, and 21 own assessed business personal property, such as office furniture and information systems, he said.

“Hopefully, it shows that there are more people who are happier with their assessments this time around, and it translates into less work for the Board of Assessment Appeals and less of a chance for litigation for the town than there was in 2005,” Friia said.

Comings and Goings: House of Clement to Main Street

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The House of Clement, an interior design studio with an emphasis on European furniture, opens Sunday at 181 Main St., Westport, in the facility previously occupied by Waterworks. French-born owner Gilles Clement said he has lived in the United States for 14 years and earned a Masters in design at Fairfield University. Now a Stamford resident, he retains interior design offices at 101 Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings and Goings: Blue Chip Eatery to Saugatuck

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A new casual dining restaurant, the Blue Chip, will open in the space formerly occupied for 14 years by Jasmine, 60 Charles St., in Westport’s Saugatuck area, until its closing last September. The site is just up the street from the 30 Charles St. building that soon will house celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali’s Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria. Partner Dean Marino said the Westport Blue Chip will be the second after the initial Blue Chip restaurant in Danbury which opened in May 2010. He said he is cautiously optimistic they can open by late June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings and Goings: Barber Club to Playhouse Square

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Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club, an upscale franchise barbershop, will open soon in Playhouse Square in the space above the Pierre Deux French country furnishings shop. According to its website, the company, has 152 franchised locations, including one in Ridgefield, and plans to open additional ones in numerous locations, including in Fairfield County. The website describes the businesses as a “gentleman’s membership club for unlimited haircuts and relaxing shaves.” It says the shops also offer a modern selection of grooming products, shoeshines, and complimentary drinks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Cairo Has Been Adopted

Cairo
Cairo. Connecticut Humane Society
Cairo would prefer a home with older children and adults.  – He would prefer to be your only pet so he can have all your love and attention.  Cairo was brought to us because his family was moving.  He is about 8-9 years old but you’d never know!  He has long hair but needed a grooming when he got here so we gave him a nice new lion cut and he’s ready to go to his new forever home. Cairo doesn’t seem to like other cats, so he should be your one and only! Cairo will need regular grooming so he doesn’t have problems with matted fur again. He is a bit shy at first, but appreciates affection and attention once he gets to know you. Come down to the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society to meet this handsome boy.

Bailey Found a Forever Home

Bailey
Bailey. Connecticut Humane Society
Bailey would prefer a home with adults only. – He would be willing to share his home with other dogs and maybe cats too.  Bailey is an active, goofy 2 year old dog in search of a forever home.  His parents were Boxer and Weimeraner, so this is one unique looking dog!  Bailey’s a goofball who’s legs flail around when he’s playing.  He looks like Gumby!  Bailey seems to get along with other dogs and enjoys the company of teens and adults.  He is fully housebroken and ready to work with a new owner to learn his basic obedience.  If you think Bailey is the pup for you, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!”

Goliath Has A Home

Goliath
Goliath. Connecticut Humane Society
Goliath would love a home with children of all ages. He would be happy to share his new home with other cats and calm dogs too. Goliath is a very special cat. This sweet senior guy is about 12 years young and searching for the perfect home! He seems to get along with other calm cats and would love a home with gentle children and adults. He’s looking for a place to call his own where he can lounge about on the sofa and get loads of petting while watching a movie with his forever people. Goliath loves to seek out attention and will push his head into your hand to be pet, reach his paws up your leg to get you attention and then smoosh his face into your chin when you pick him up to hug him. Goliath is truly an amazing cat who’s had a rough start. Can you be the perfect forever home for him? If you think this handsome boy could be the one for you, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with him just as we have.

Joey Has his Forever Home

Joey
Joey. Connecticut Humane Society
Joey would prefer to live in a home with children of all ages. He may be willing to share my home with other dogs and/or cats but would enjoy being your only pet so he can get all your attention. What a goofy boy! Joey is a handsome 2 year old neutered male. This big guy is looking for a forever home where he can be your one and only love. He seems to get along well with people of all ages, including children. Joey is fully housebroken and crate trained and he’s been working hard on his basic obedience during his stay here. But Joey is ready for a new home with experienced owners who are prepared to continue his training and give him lots of love. If you think Joey’s the one for you, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society.

Squeekers Has His New Home

Squeekers
Squeekers. Connecticut Humane Society
Squeekers would prefer a home with adults only.  – He would prefer to be your only pet so he can have all your love and attention.  He wants to be the only guy around so he is searching for a home with mostly women.  If you think Squeekers is the one for you, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society.

Jake Found a Family

Jake
Jake. Connecticut Humane Society
Jake would prefer a home with children 12 years and older.  – He may be willing to share my home with another dog but must live in a home without cats.  Jake’s a handsome Husky who came to CHS when his elderly owner was no longer able to care for him. Jake is searching for a home with an owner who has previously had Husky’s or Malamutes. Jake may have some special needs that a counselor would be happy to explain to any interested adopter. He is searching for a home with older children and adults but he must live in a cat-free environment. If you think Jake’s the one for you, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!