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Westport Property Transfers June 9 – 13, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 9 - 13, 2014:

SIR-32 Gorham LLC to Sean and Rosie O’Meara, 32 Gorham Ave., $2,465,000WNproperty.jpg

Robert N. M. and Dina M. Upton to Cheryl Ann Driscoll and John Donal Cooney, 278 North Ave., $2,799,000

Paul Walton and Lana O’Brennan to Shuisheng Shi and Li Zhu, 15 Sherwood Farms, $1,510,000

James W. Jr. and Anne F. Scanlan to Kevin G. and Olivera Couloures, 10 Timber Lane, $1,450,000

Harbor Watch Nets $25,000 Lab Grant

The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Harbor Watch, the water quality monitoring program at Westport’s Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center, to support its laboratory expansion project.

According to Harbor Watch, the grant matches an earlier one from the Jeniam Foundation, placing the fundraising for the 2015 lab expansion at more than 50 percent.

Harbor Watch officials say they plan to triple their current lab facilities, enhancing the group’s ability to conduct water quality research, pollution source detection and field science education, all with the aim of reversing the biological decline of Long Island Sound.

High on its list are restoring and protecting the Sound’s the biological diversity, commercial fishery operations and recreational opportunities. 

June 27, 2010: Gaining Attention

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Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years, today features this 2010 photo with the caption: The Field of Flags at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East has gotten increasing attention from visitors since it was installed on June 18. The flags will remain in place through July 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Friday,  June 27, 2014


8:30 a.m. – Westport Library – Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce & CBIA Legislative Wrap Up
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
10 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé – June
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Arduino Workshops
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Sing for Your Shakespeare”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: NEAT to Wilton Road

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NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails will open in August at Westport’s 6 Wilton Road, the former firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment, according to Bobby Werhane, owner of Experience Hospitality, with whom NEAT has partnered. According to Rowayton resident and owner Rachel Haughey, the Westport location is “a concept collaboration that will combine excellent offerings to serve both daytime and evening audiences—a coffee shop by day and a cocktail bar by night.” The former hedge fund analyst opened the original Espresso NEAT at 20 Grove St, Darien, in August 2009. Westport hours will be 7 a.m. until midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Real Estate Report: Summer Slowdown is Here

By Judy Szablak

The seasonal summer real estate slowdown has arrived in Westport—ask any Realtor in town.

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Featured Home: This home at 114 Morningside Drive South is listed at $2,595,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/ Sue Lieberman & Associates.

Only 20 single family homes have gone under the initial stage of deposit this month, and just three specified price pockets are enjoying 30 percent of all of the activity in town.

The $850,000-900,000 price point is one of the most active price ranges, and has the lowest average market time of just 41 days to reported deposit. The $1.1-1.4 million and $2-2.5 million ranges have also been just as active this month, with an overall average market time of 83 days

Don’t expect too much of a change in overall buyer activity in the next 60-90 days. If your home is on the market, or you are planning to sell your home, it must show at its very finest during this time to effect a timely sale. Buyers are looking, but they are finicky.

Foley, McKinney Find Common Ground at GOP Forum

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Republican gubernatorial contenders Tom Foley and John McKinney found more common ground than points of contention toight as they squared off for the first time in a campaign forum.

Addressing the Connecticut chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill, the GOP candidates pledged to reduce state spending and taxes while slamming Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for Connecticut’s sluggish recovery from the last recession.

They also found agreement on economic development and transportation issues, while taking modestly different stands on state employee concessions and highway
tolls.

“People are really upset. They are angry,” said Foley, a Greenwich businessman and the party’s 2010 gubernatorial nominee. “They think something has been taken away from them, … their prospects for the future.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 54 North Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 54 North Ave, near Staples High School, is in process. Built in 1906, the two-story conventional has 2,122 square feet and is situated on a 1.2-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Outdoors: Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo

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Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo , 43 Main St., is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months.  According to manager Lelo Arslanagic, Acqua, has been at its current location since 1998 and this is the third spring/summer season it has offered outdoor seating. He said the same menu is available outdoors as is for its indoor seating. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine the hours are Monday through Saturday noon – 2:30 p.m., 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday noon- 8 p.m. The restaurant overlooks the Saugatuck River and Parker-Harding Plaza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com