Friday, April 19, 2024


Reminder to Veterans to File for Tax Benefits

The Westport Assessor’s Office today reminded all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1. 

The exemption is $6,000 off of a real estate assessment and will be reflected in the July 2015 tax bill.

Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.

The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Note that this is an income qualifying program. 

Hole in One at Longshore Image
Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

James R. Conant, 60

James Rand Conant of Brookfield, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 13 after a long battle with ALS. He was 60. Image
James Conant: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo

Son of the late Barton C. and June K. Conant, he was born Sept. 14, 1953. He grew up in Westport and went on to study electrical engineering at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude in 1975 with a B.S.E.E. degree. He graduated from UCLA in 1977 with an M.S.E.E. degree.

Through a career that spanned three corporations, he worked on radar seekerhead analysis and design, programmable signal processing systems for passive sonar, and software development and research, and came to hold two U.S. patents.

Active in the local community, his volunteer efforts included coaching Math Counts at Whisconier Middle School in Brookfield, youth hockey, and soccer, and working for Citizens for a Better Brookfield, Friends of the Lake, and ALS-ETF (Emergency Treatment Fund). In addition, he was an avid ice hockey player, water skier, and stock market investor, and was an excellent trumpet player in his college years.

Aloysius J. Hribsek, 92

The Rev. Aloysius J. Hribsek, a retired priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport who lived for a time at Saint Luke Parish in Westport, died Sept. 14 at Stamford Hospital. He was 92. Image
The Rev. Aloysius J. Hribsek: lived at Saint Luke Parish. Contributed photo

He was pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish in Fairfield and was a resident of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford.

He died on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, notable because he served as pastor at Holy Cross Parish for 23 years and was responsible for the building of the new Holy Cross Church and Rectory in Fairfield in 1972.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1921 in Yugoslavia. He attended local schools there as a child. As a 23-year-old seminarian, he experienced the occupation of his homeland both by the Germans and the Russian Communists.

Medal of Honor Recipient: ‘Hold Leaders Accountable’ Image
Retired Army Capt. Paul W. “Buddy” Bucha, a Ridgefield resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 (which he is holding is his hand) for his heroism in Vietnam, told the Westport Rotary Club today that good leadership involves integrity, confidence, compassion, humility and a thirst for responsibility and accountability. He urged the audience to hold leaders accountable for setting meaningful and finite objectives.  And he encouraged people when they see a military person to do more than just thank them for their service. “Our most precious gift is time,” Bucha said. “Share it with a soldier on the street. Ask what you can do to help them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

New Sidewalks to Train Station Image
Work is under way to upgrade sidewalks along Riverside Avenue that lead to the Metro-North Westport train station. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r), the new walkway is “long overdue.” He said the project is a combined effort of the town’s Public Works Department and the Police Department’s Railroad Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island

By Judy Szablak

Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community. Image
Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside

It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.

Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.

The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.

Local Nonprofits Receive CHEFA Grants Image
The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies. Homes with Hope, Inc. received $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community. Positive Directions received $16,500 for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services. On hand for an awards ceremony were (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president, Homes With Hope; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; state Sen. Toni Boucher; Jeanette Weldon, managing director at CHEFA, and Martha Hauhuth, executive director, Positive Directions. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. – Westport Library – Game Night!
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Uco Wiersma on “Interview Charisma”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Getting Ready for Weekend Downtown Charrette Image
Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Downtown Steering Committee, addressed several dozen persons tonight in the Town Hall auditorium in an information session prior to weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event will involve Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. Click here for more details of the weekend events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for