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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a second Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport today. The latest is in effect until 3 p.m.

It said at 2:19 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms across southwest Connecticut. These storms are capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

These storms were located six miles south of Norwalk and moving east at 10 mph.

Helene J. Duffy, 95

Helene J. Duffy of Trumbull, formerly of Westport and wife of the late Westport Fire Capt. Edmund T. Duffy Sr., died July 16 while watching a New York Yankee baseball game. She was 95.

Born at home in Westport’s Greens Farms area, she had been a Westport resident for 90 years prior to moving to Saint Joseph Manor five years ago. She was a communicant of St. Luke Church. She was an avid Yankee fan, loved gardening, cleaning, cooking and baking.

Survivors include three sons, Edmund T. Duffy Jr. and his wife Susan of Milford. Charles Duffy and his wife Rose of Westport, and Denis Duffy and his wife Mary of Trumbull; two daughters, Anne Carol Sutton of Hanover, N.H., Donna Duffy of Monroe, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She was also one of seven brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. meeting directly at Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road,. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 79 Greens Farms Road.

Flood Advisory Issued

he National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for southern Fairfield County until 1:45 p.m.

At 12:50 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated several thunderstorms over the area that have produced rainfall rates up to 1 inch per hour. Minor flooding of poor drainage areas and small streams is possible.

Minor flooding means that although streams and creeks may rise out of their banks, property damage will be minimal. Inconveniences can be expected but the flooding will not be immediately life threatening.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Turn around and find another route.

Jane J. Wotring, 68

Jane Jessop Wotring, a former Westport resident, died July 13. She was 68.

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Jane Wotring: memorial planned in Connecticut. Contributed photo

Born in 1944 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of Leah Rivitz and Morris Jessop, she studied art before moving to New York in 1963. She was Madame Helena Rubinstein’s personal secretary and later the crafts designer at Good Housekeeping, until moving to Connecticut, where she had a successful career in real estate.

She was married to Richard P. Wotring, who died in 2009, for 41 years.

She is survived by her sister, Honey Lazar (David Lazar), nephews Matthew and Zachary Lazar (Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune), brother, Henry Goodman (Lois Goodman), her beloved Aunt Ruth Moss, nieces Mara and Dana Sidney (Raoul Bain), great nieces Livia and Phoebe, as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, a legion of devoted friends, and her constant companion, Lulu.

Levitt Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the severe thunderstorm warning for tonight, Recess Monkey, the third show in the Levitt Pavilion’s Children’s Series, will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave. 

The performance, which is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Family Y, will begin at 7 p.m. Pre-show festivities begin at 6 p.m.

With the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed inside the school.  For more details, visit www.levittpavilion.com

Severe Thunderstorms Expected

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said strong to severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon in the Westport area.

A strong cold front will push south across the area this afternoon, a special weather statement said. The heat and humidity of the past several days has created a very unstable atmosphere across the region, and this will lead to the development of widespread thunderstorms by early this afternoon.

These storms will reach New York City and coastal locations between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. before moving offshore by early this evening.

Some of these storms will be severe with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and large hail. Flash flooding is also possible as the moist atmosphere will allow these storms to produce 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in a short amount of time. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is also expected, the Weather Service said.

Real Estate Report: Waterfront Properties Still Tops

By Judy Szablak

Waterfront properties and homes close to the water continue to be some of the hottest properties in town.

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This home at 5 Minard Drive is listed for $1,845,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Higgins Group/Westport

Almost 10 percent of the homes available in Westport have direct water frontage of some type, according to the local MLS. There are 37 homes listed for sale that feature direct waterfront, and 73 properties listed as having a view of the water. Just 16 homes presently available have dock or mooring rights.

The average list price for a home directly on the water, which could be either the sound, harbor, lake or lagoon is $3,557,970 and the entry level price for this category is $639,000.
Thirty two homes were sold in this group within the last year, and their average sale price was $2,284,453.

Finding a home with a water view can be more affordable, but not by as much as one would think. While the entry level price is just $405,000, the average list price is $2,298,955. Average sales price for homes with a view over the last year is $2,109,036.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


10 a.m. – noon – Westport Public Library Patio – Along the River on Summer Wednesday Mornings: Knit/Crochet
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
Noon – Westport Historical Society – Gil Kernan, Water: The Fiber of Life
12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Public Library – 3D Printer in Operation
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Molière’s “Tartuffe”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: Recess Monkey
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Deer Management Subcommittee C
7:30 p.m. – Wesport Public Library – Westport Public Library Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar