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Heavy Rains Cause Power Outages

UPDATE Heavy rains today led to power outages in Westport, Connecticut Light & Power Company said.

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Westport firefighters at the scene of a downed power line in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At 11 p.m., CL&P said all Westport customers had their power back after earlier reporting as many as 196 customers were affected.

Residents in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike lost electric power in the late afternoon when a heavy rain downpour caused a tree branch to snap, pulling down a utility line.

John Albano, a resident around the corner on Columbine Lane, Norwalk said that the his power went off at 4:40 p.m. 

Getting Ready for ‘Love Night’

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Associate Artistic Director for Westport Country Playhouse, David Kennedy, and Westport Arts Center Director of Visual Arts, Helen Klisser During, prepare for next week’s “Love Night.” The program is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and will be a collaborative presentation from the two organizations, exploring the common language of visual art and theater. Actors, reading scenes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” will help to weave together conversations, and to make powerful connections between Shakespeare’s words and “Love: In The Eye of The Beholder,” WAC’s current exhibition. “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” will open at the Playhouse on Oct. 11.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for WestportNow.com

Special Weather Statement

A line of heavy showers and thunderstorms will impact Fairfield County in late afternoon, a National Weather Service advisory said.

At 4:05 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking heavy shower and thunderstorms in Westchester County moving east.

Winds up to 40 mph are expected with these storms. In addition, very heavy rain with rainfall rates of up to one inch an hour is occurring with these storms, the advisory said.

This could cause ponding of water on roadways and minor flooding of poor drainage areas.

Real Estate Report: Availability of Financing is Key

By Judy Szablak

For those of you that are in the process of selling your home, or thinking about selling, one very important factor to keep in mind is that the availability of financing has a great impact on your sale. Most buyers will need to obtain a mortgage, and they will need access to reasonable loan programs.

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This Saugatuck Island contemporary home at 116 Harbor Road is listed at $1,395,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Prudential CT Realty

What initially appears like a very minor change in interest rates or loan limits might seem inconsequential to you, but it might make all the difference in the world as to whether a buyer can obtain a loan for your property.

Over the past few months, we have heard about a number of changes that were possible on the financial front. Probably the biggest change to affect mortgages was that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were to adjust loan limits downward as of Oct. 1 for government-backed mortgages. 

While some industry experts had thought (and hoped) that this would not be the case, it is now going to be a reality.

Armed Robber Gets $200 from Merritt Country Store

A man showing a handgun robbed Westport’s Merritt Country Store of about $200 early today, police and the victim said.

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Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the robber made off with about $200, adding: “It was a horrible experience.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the man, described as under 40 years old, entered the store at 337 Main St. about 3:30 a.m. wearing a mask and large sunglasses, showed a black handgun and demanded money. 

The Pakistan native said he handed over about $200. “We don’t have much money here at night,” he said, adding: “It was a horrible experience, but I am fine now.”

Police said the man fled northbound on Main Street and that a K-9 dog from the Monroe Police Department was unable to pick up a trail.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – CT Money School: “The Basics of Probate and the Ever-Changing Tax Landscape”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

All Gone: 128 Beachside Ave.

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The house at 128 Beachside Ave., Westport’s “Gold Coast,” was demolished. The 1930s almost 10,000-square foot home included 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and was built by H. Smith Richardson, a Richardson-Vicks pharmaceutical company scion. The $20 million sale in October of three adjoining parcels on almost seven acres overlooking Long Island Sound was Westport’s second largest residential real estate transaction. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2010).  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 15, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Edges Ridgefield 1-0

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Jake Malowitz (shown above) was a defensive key in the Staples boys soccer team’s 1-0 win over Ridgefield today at home. Ben Root’s goal in the fourth minute was the difference. Also starring for the Wreckers were Steve Smith, Alex Tonsberg, Taylor McNair and keeper James Hickok. Staples is now 5-0-0, and hosts Norwalk on Friday at 4 p.m. in an important FCIAC contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

Reese’s Found Her Forever Home

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Reese’s. Connecticut Humane Society

Reese’s is one large, gorgeous gal. She can be a bit temperamental and would do best with an experienced cat owner, but she does love to be pet on her terms! She had to be groomed when she arrived but her beautiful coat is growing in! She would probably be willing to share her home with another pet or two. She loves to talk and give head butts and would love a sunny windowsill to curl up on and watch the world from! If you think you have the forever home Reese’s needs, stop by the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society and meet her.