Sunday, December 03, 2023
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Burritt’s Landing North, off Saugatuck Avenue, is in process. Built in 1958, the two-story contemporary has 3,714 square feet and is situated on a 1.25-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Though Hurricane Irene hit a month ago, its effect is still being felt on WestportR#8217;s Main Street, where U.S. Congressman Jim Himes got a first hand look today at business property damage and injury to the bottom line.
The sign in Chico’s window on Westport’s Main Street seemed to say it all as Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff toured businesses impacted by Irene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The sign in Chico’s window seemed to say it all: “Due to Hurricane Irene Our Boutique is Temporarily Closed.”
Chico’s was one of three businesses that remain shuttered due to Irene. The others are Lulumon Athletica at 91 Main St. and Theory at 89.
Himes, who was accompanied by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, state Rep, Jonathan Steinberg, and Tom Nocera, spokesman for the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), called the damage Irene caused to businesses upsetting, especially since most have been struggling since the economic downturn.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 12 - 16, 2011:
Jarvis and Michelle Bowers Trs. to Geoffrey R. and Emily Robb King, 7 Keyser Road, $1,485,000
Sharon and John L. Kurland Trus to Moneka and James J. Krouse, 16 Pier Way Landing, $1,350,000
Drumlin LLC and Christopher Kaminski, 48 Drumlin Road, $410,000
David P. Steinmetz to Sally R. K. and Stephen E. Fisk, 23 Maple Ave. South, $960,000
Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) toured Westport Main Street today to visit businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Joining him in front of the Chico’s clothing boutique still closed because of the storm were (l-r) state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Tom Nocera, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The officials stressed to business owners the availability of federal funds to help recover from the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Harvey Skolnick (r), owner of Main Street’s Liquor Locker, tells some official visitors today that Tropical Storm Irene caused only minimal damage because he was able to get much of his stock off the floor before flood waters rose several feet in his store. Listening are (l-r) Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Tom Nocera of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Theatre – Westport Community Theatre: “Moonlight and Magnolias”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie appear on a poster promoting Sunday’s pancake breakfast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A pancake breakfast and “pop-up” farmers market will take place at the Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center, 124 Cross Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday to raise funds for the town-owned facility.
Staples environmental science teacher Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie, who are returning to the farm to live and offer a teaching program there, will be on hand as will be volunteers who will help run the facility as part of a new town committee.
The $5 breakfast will feature a menu from Christie’s County Store that includes fresh pancakes, nitrate-free bacon and fresh maple syrup. The market will include local vendors and craftspeople selling everything from artisanal foods to handmade crafts.
The Aitkenheads were forced to leave the farm when GVI ended its lease of the farm last month. GVI had hired Michael Aitkenhead to run the farm but did not renew his contract, causing a flurry of objections from Staples students as well as criticism of GVI.