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Going Down: 21 High Point Road

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The house at 21 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, was demolished today. Built in 1954, the one-story ranch had 2,644 square feet, was situated on a 1.08-acre property and changed ownership in June, 2010 at $1,127,500.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 6, 2010. This is the eighth house demolition in Westport this month. Each will be replaced by a new house, suggesting a more favorable real estate market in Westport than is reported in most other sections of the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings and Goings: Down Under Opens

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Down Under, a new shop at The Saugatuck Center, 575 Riverside Ave., has opened for business. It provides paddle board and kayak rentals and sales as well as programs, classes, and instruction for youngsters and adults. The Westport store is open year round while another store in Rowayton is open seasonally. For more information, visit http://www.downunderct.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Reviewing a Decision to Cancel the Parade

By James Lomuscio

William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, found himself in the odd position today of having to defend his decision to cancel Monday’s Memorial Day parade due to a severe weather that included a lightning strike.WestportNow.com Image
Bill Vornkahl observes a moment of silence at Monday’s ceremony. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Vornkahl, who has been dubbed Mr. Parade for his 41-year tenure running the event, spoke following several postings on WestportNow that criticized his call to cancel the parade at 8 a.m., an hour before it would have started.

“I’ve been working on this parade for close to a year, and the last thing I wanted to do is cancel it,” he said.

He noted that early morning heavy rains and lightning—including a strike that transformed a white pine “into wood chips” on Imperial Avenue across the river from the parade starting point—influenced his decision.

Real Estate Report: Westport Defies National Trend

By Judy Szablak

The latest Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller Home Price Index out today shows national prices falling for the eighth consecutive month –- but not in Westport.WestportNow.com Image
Westport sales improving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Moreover, with major metropolitan areas showing no end to the declines in sight, the first five months of Westport’s real estate market show an upward movement.

Defying the national trend, Westport is even showing a fairly steady increase since its five-year low in 2009.

And that can very well be because our town is much unlike any other metro area in the country. Westport has exceeded national housing sales activity, and remains quite an attractive town for home buyers.

Twins Are Top Staples Scholars

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Eric Brett Lubin (l) and Todd Andrew Lubin were named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two twins are the top scholars at Westport’s Staples High School.

The school announced today that the top two places in the Class of 2011 have been earned by twin brothers Eric and Todd Lubin.

As valedictorian, Eric Brett Lubin will speak at commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, June 22.  Salutatorian Todd Andrew Lubin will address the audience at baccalaureate the prior evening.

“Staples High School and the Westport Public Schools community at large congratulate Eric, Todd, and their family on this unique occasion,” a news release said.

Mixing It Up In a Softball Jamboree

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While others may have been on the beach or at the barbeque, members of the Westport Little League Girls Softball were taking part in a Memorial Day Softball Jamboree Monday at the fields behind Westport Town Hall. Organizers took the AAA and Major League players (grades 5 – 7), mixed them up, and drew four teams which played two games each for fun. There was no winner—just ice cream between games. Pictured are the players, coaches and Commissioners Amy Bauer and Mike Lustbader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

UPDATE: Brown Manx Cat Bob was Victim of Coyote

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Bob the Manx kitten

UPDATE: Bob’s family found him—he was, unfortunately, a victim of a coyote.

We have a lost Kitten. His name is Bob and he is a brown Manx cat (meaning he has a stub for a tail). He is a year old and knows our neighborhood very well. He is dearly loved and we fear that perhaps someone has taken him. Bob lives in the Punch Bowl Area off of Cross Highway. If you spot or are able to catch Bob (he is very sweet), please contact John at (203) 858-5403.

End to Memorial Day Weekend

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Crowds lingered at Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night in balmy, summer-like weather as the Memorial Day weekend came to a close. After heavy thunderstorms started the day and caused cancellation of Westport’s Memorial Day parade, the balance of the day was more like summer with sunny skies, high humidity, and temperatures in the 80s.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar