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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Baron’s South Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Health & Human Service Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Library Board of Directors Meeting

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: Again, Westport is Different

By Judy Szablak

November and December sales in Westport were both very strong in their own way, which is quite a pleasant disparity from the latest S&P/Case-Shiller indices. The much anticipated monthly report came out earlier today, and noted a consecutive decline in both November and December sales for the major metropolitan areas.

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This home at 12 Rayfield Road is listed at $1,795,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis - Westport

Real estate is so very hyperlocal, and what you see happening around the country is not necessarily occurring here in Westport.

During the month of November, we had 24 sales, including two of which were notable—one at 15 Yankee Hill, which closed at $5,720,000, and another at 38 Bermuda Road, which closed at $5,9 million. According to our Multiple Listing Service, there was more than $44.6 million in closed volume. 

December had 44 closed single family sales totaling more than $59 million in total sales, representing almost twice as much in unit volume.

Rudolph ‘Chip’ Damiani, 69

Rudolph “Chip” Damiani of New Haven, drummer for The Remains, a garage rock band with Westport roots, died Feb. 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He was 69.

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Rudolph “Chip Damiani: legendary Remains drummer. Contributed photo

He was born in Waterbury June 16, 1945 to Rudolph and Jeanette Long Damiani. He was most recently the president of Airtite Home Improvement, Inc.

He was the well known and respected drummer for the 1960s rock band The Remains. Formed in 1964 in Boston, while the band members were students at Boston University, they were eventually recognized as one of America’s finest hard rock bands.

The group included Westport’s Barry Tashian, who offered this tribute: “We skate along in life assuming something like this will never happen. When it does we’re left in a state of shock that’s very hard to reconcile.

Readying ‘Susan Malloy: In the Studio’ at Arts Center

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Preparations were under way today for the Westport Arts Center’s exhibit “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” opening Saturday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. It celebrates the esteemed and prolific work of Westport artist Susan Malloy (r) , who turns 90 on Friday. Malloy is a graduate of Skidmore College who attended the Arts Student League in New York City.  She is pictured with Ian Berry Dayton, director, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, who curated the exhibit, and Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Arts Center, who organized the show.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marina White for WestportNow.com

Parks & Rec Online Registration Begins March 10

Westport Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy has announced that online spring and summer program registration will begin Monday, March 10, at 9 a.m.

Walk-in, fax and mailed registration, along with online, will then continue at the Parks and Recreation sales office at Longshore during regular business hours beginning on Monday, March 17.

“Many programs will fill quickly and the fastest way to register will be online,” said McCarthy.

A login and password are necessary to access your account. If a resident needs to edit their account they should log into their account and make the necessary changes or contact Parks and Recreation by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than March 5.

Near & Far Aid Gala Friday Adds New Technology

Near & Far Aid’s annual spring gala Friday at Mitchells of Westport features something new this year – electronic bidding on charity auction items.

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The technology is called BidPal and it allows ticketholders to preview the auction catalogue on the Near & Far website and place bids on select items prior to the big event. 

On Friday, bidders will be able to enjoy the festivities without concern, organizers said, since BidPal alerts them right away if someone has outbid them on their favorite items.

“BidPal is truly revolutionizing charitable fundraising,” said co-chair Sarah Hale of Norwalk. “This will be a game changer for Near & Far Aid and all our gala guests.”

Back to School After Extended 12-Day Break

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It was back to classes today for Westport public school students after a snow-extended 12-day break. There was melting snow and some grass visible in the Staples High School courtyard today. With more cold weather and snow likely before spring, the topic of conversation for many at Staples was the loss so far of one day of April break due to snow days and the possibility of more to come. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Westport to Moscow: MakerSpace Diplomacy

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The Westport Library’s Maxine Bleiweis and Bill Derry are in Moscow today spreading the word about the library’s MakerSpace. In a posting on her Facebook page, Bleiweis said participants in a workshop are from Russia, Belarus, Egypt, Canada, and Macedonia. The invitation to Russia followed a visit by Russian librarians to the Westport Library last October. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo