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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Burritt’s Landing N.

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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

Himes Tours Irene’s Toll on Downtown Businesses

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.

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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 Sept. 12 – 16, 2011

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, $1,485,000WN property.jpg

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

Himes Tours Irene-Impacted Businesses on Main Street

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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

Post-Storm Tales from the Liquor Locker

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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

Pancake Breakfast Sunday Supports Wakeman Farm

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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.