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Unplanned Detour for Classic Car Show

By James Lomuscio

The co-founder of Westport’s celebrated summertime antique car show, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, today said he only learned two weeks ago the show could no longer be held at the Fairfield County Hunt Club.WestportNow.com Image
The grand prize winner in the 2007 show was this 1931 Duesenberg. Event co-founders Bill Scheffler (l) and John Shuck looked over the car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“The president of its Board of Trustees sent us a letter about two weeks ago stating that it was stressing the staff and the facility,” said John Shuck, who in 2004 co-founded the event with fellow Westporter Bill Scheffler, show chairman.

The annual four-day show, which started out Veterans Green across from Town Hall and moved to the Hunt Club in 2007, drew more than 10,000 visitors this past September.

“It kind of reached critical mass, and we had thought about downsizing it a bit because we had traffic difficulties and neighbors complained about parking,” Shuck said. “We had to have people park off site at St. Vincent’s (Behavioral Health Services) down the road, and we had shuttle buses.”

First Night Still Needs Volunteers

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The First Night Committee met tonight to complete plans for the family, nonalcoholic event in Westport’s center on New Year’s Eve that will feature two fireworks shows. The committee said volunteers are still needed and urged anyone interested to call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704. Pictured (l-r) are Barbara Pearson-Rac, president; George Underhill; Nancy Sherter; Frank Rac; Allen Bomes; Robert Hauck and Bill Meyer. For more information visit www.firstnightww.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Callista D. Healey, 94

Callista D. Healey of Fairfield, a teacher at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School for 33 years, died Dec. 19. She was 94.

The wife of the late George J. Healey, Jr., she was the daughter of Frank and Isabella Donlon and was born on Dec. 8, 1917 in Stratford.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a graduate of Harding High School, Bridgeport Normal School, New Haven State Teacher’s College and received her Master’s Degree in education, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia University.

She taught 33 years at Green’s Farms School and was active in many organizations both educational and charitable.

Real Estate Report: Flawed National Numbers

By Judy Szablak

While Westport’s real estate market may have been faring reasonably well over the last few years with all things considered, nationally it may be worse than first thought.

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This home at 219 Compo Road South is listed for $699,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property, Westport.

This week the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Lawerence Yun, disclosed that estimates of previously-owned home sales have been erroneously inflated going back to 2007.

He said this “double counting” which occurred through October of this year has given a false picture of the state of the national real estate market. NAR’s reports are closely followed as a gauge of the health of the housing industry.

This week’s market stats: there was a 6.5 percent drop an inventory last week alone, and there are now just 258 single family homes that are actively on the market.

‘Penny War’ at Bedford Middle Aids Charities

Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School raised $6,400 for charities by collecting pennies in a competition they called Penny War.

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Some of the Bedford Middle School students who participated in the “Penny War.” Contributed photo

Classes competed to raise the most money as part of the “‘Tis the Season” holiday fund-raiser sponsored by the Westport Department of Human Services, a school announcement said today.

Of the $6,400 raised, eighth graders donated $1,300 to the Department of Human Services. Graduation dresses and camp sponsorship were two items earmarked for the money, the announcement said.

The students used the remainder, $5,100, to purchase gift cards for the 36 individuals (12 families) that BMS “adopted,” the announcement said.

Wrapping for a Cause

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A shopper at Westport’s Barnes & Noble, Stuart Woods of Norwalk, has his purchases gift wrapped today by Julia Broder, a volunteer for Westport-based Clasp Homes. Various local nonnprofit organizations provide the service at the book store during this final shopping week before Christmas Day. Customers are asked to donate to the respective charity. Woods said he was buying a gift for giving tonight, the second night of Hanukkah. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Hires New Actuary Firm

The Town of Westport has hired Milliman, Inc., a nationally known consulting and actuarial firm, as its new actuaries.

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A Board of Selectmen agenda published today said the board is scheduled to approve a contract with Milliman at a special meeting on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. as recommended by Finance Director John Kondub.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff told a Board of Finance meeting on Dec. 7 that a search for a new firm was under way and was expected to be completed shortly.

Milliman, based in Seattle and with offices nationwide, including Hartford, will take over from White Plains, N.Y.-based Pentegra Retirement Services.