Saturday, February 24, 2024


All Gone: 35 Silent Grove North Image
The house at Westport’s 35 Silent Grove North, off Cross Highway, was demolished today. Built in 1919, the 1 1/2-story cape had 1,118 square feet, was situated on a .57-acre property and changed ownership in October, 2011 at $409,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 12, 2012. This the the 11th residential teardown this month in Westport, a sign of a recovering real estate market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Getting Ready for Tonight’s Birdhouse Auction Image
Staff members and volunteers put the finishing touches on the birdhouse auction displays for tonight’s Project Return 17th annual fund-raiser at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. Susan Basler, Project Return executive director, said more than 400 persons are expected to participate in the event featuring more than 150 original birdhouses created by a mix of artists, builders and hobbyists. Westport-based Project Return, established in 1986, meets the specialized needs of adolescent girls in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport Property Transfers March 5 – 9, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 5 - 9, 2012:

Bluewater Minuteman LLC to Peter A. and Chasity A. Santoro Jr., 1 Minute Man Hill, $5,150,000WN property.jpg

Peter A. and Chasity A. Santoto Jr. to James B. and Patricia L. White, 34 Edgewater Hillside, $3,400,000

Margret L. Krakowiak to Scott A. and Christine Meiers Schatz, 14A Marion Road, $1,660,000

Craig F. Edwards and Amy Matton to Rosemary Hallgarten, 219 Compo Road South, $695,000

Looking for Bargains at Goodwill Image
Crowds looked for bargains today as the new Westport Goodwill and Career Center opened at 1700 Post Road East. Ken Bennett, who has been the Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut Chief Operating Officer for the past four years, said the new store’s 8,000 square feet of inventory display space, its 40 employees and more than 60 parking spaces compares with the lesser 4,500 square feet, 25 employees and only 22 parking spaces in the former location. “We have a larger inventory, more housewares and it’s a beautiful store that will attract more consumers,” he said. The Career Center offers free client assistance for job hunting, including Dress for Success instruction, building a resume, finding and applying for a job through the Internet, and follow-up monitoring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Cutting the Ribbon at New Goodwill Image
Cutting the ribbon at today’s grand opening of the Westport Goodwill and Career Center were (l-r, front row))  Ken Bennett, chief operating officer; David Turner, CEO; Michael Murphy and William Ridolfi, board members, Morag Vance, board vice chair, and John Ostaszewski, treasurer and board member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Lining Up for Goodwill Opening Image
Crowds lined up as early as 7 a.m. today for the grand opening of the new Goodwill store and Career Center at 1700 Post Road East, relocated from 1572 Post Road East. The new site was the longtime home of the former Pepper Mill Restaurant and in the early 1920s was the Westport Greyhound bus station. It was sold to Goodwill in January 2011 for $3 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Temple’s Sweeping Changes Now Softened

By James Lomuscio

The sweeping changes at Westport’s Temple Israel announced in late January—and that caused upset congregants to launch their own website in opposition—have been softened following a series of information sessions, the Board of Trustees told members. Image
Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf: offered extended contract. Contributed photo

The biggest pullback is the announcement that Associate Rabbi Alyssa Mendelson Graf, who had been scheduled to leave at the end of June, has been offered a three-year contract to stay until June 30, 2015. And Cantor Richard Silverman, who had been scheduled to retire at the same time, “is not leaving us,” Diana Muller, board president, wrote in a letter to the temple’s 850 congregants on March 16.

“He will transition to a new, part-time role when he becomes Cantor Emeritus this July,” she said. “Our goal and his is to create a home for him at Temple Israel, one that enables him to continue to contribute and be part of our congregation.”

Rabbi Robert Orkand, who has headed the congregation for more than 30 years, is still scheduled to retire effective June 30, 2013. In January he said he plans to move to the Boston area “to be with our kids and granddaughter.”