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Real Estate Report: Direct Waterfront Homes Are Scarce

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Available direct waterfront homes are really not aplenty in Westport. Currently, there are only 28 homes that fit that bill.

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Featured Home This home at 7 Sandpiper Road is listed at $6,989,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property/Westport.

Don’t let an initial look fool you into thinking there are more. If one performed a search using direct waterfront as their only parameter, 45 homes would be included, however this grouping also includes lakes, ponds, brooks, rivers and/or streams.

What it truly boils down to is that in fact, there aren’t that many to choose from at this time.

These 28 homes equate to less than 8 percent of all single-family homes for sale in Westport, which are marketed through our Multiple Listing Service, and have descriptions that include Long Island Sound, harbor, ocean or frontage. The average price of these waterfront homes is just under $5.6 million.

Sketching on the Saugatuck

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Local artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton today mentored a group of about 40 aspiring and accomplished artists in the sixth annual Sketching on the Saugatuck event. The class, along the banks of the Saugatuck River adjacent to the Westport Library, is in honor of the late Westport Illustrator Tracy Sugarman. Paper, easels and drawing materials were provided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Market Find

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Westporter Steve Halstead today shows off a celeriac, also called turnip-rooted celery or knob celery, he purchased at the Westport Farmers Market from the Roxbury-based Riverbank organic vegetables stand. Halstead’s wife, Rosemary, said she roasts and slices celeriac with other roasted vegetables for salads. “It’s the ugliest vegetable in the market but it’s really tasty,” she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Showing Off Computer-Grown Lettuce at Farmers Market

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James O’Brien, 17, a senior at Staples High School and founder of Workshop Garden Technologies, shows a leaf of lettuce today at the Westport Farmers Market, which is growing in his “food computer.” O’Brien said the concept for his device came from MIT where researchers designed an automated farming system that can be used to grow crops in computer-controlled, specialized environments. O’Brien, who had demonstrated his device at the Wakeman Town Farm, was making his first appearance at the Westport Farmers Market.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Carl E. Fosberg, 62

Carl Eric Forsberg of Westport died Aug. 20 in Norwalk Hospital from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. He was 62.

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Carl Forsberg: Westport resident. Contributed photo

He was born in Revere, Mass. to the late William and Mary Forsberg.

He is survived by his daughter Brittany Forsberg of Westport; three sisters Linda and her husband Randy Chiarenzelli of Shelton, Karen Davidson of Westport, Sandra and her husband Jeff Young of Shelton, one brother, Richard Forsberg of Bridgeport and predeceased by brother Kurt Forsberg, several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Friends may greet the family on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Indignation’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Reminiscent of “Unforgiven” and “No Country For Old Men,” “Hell or High Water” is a gritty, contemporary Western, set in West Texas, focuses on the Howard brothers, who concoct a plan to wreak revenge on the greedy bank that swindled their dying mother out of her land.

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Divorced dad Toby (Chris Pine) is determined that his sons inherit the oil-rich family ranch which is under threat of foreclosure. So he turns to his sociopathic, ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) for help.

Toby devises a clever plan to rob several small small-town branches of the Texas Midlands Bank, then launder the money through an Indian-run casino, just over the state line in Oklahoma. With untraceable casino checks made out to Texas Midlands Bank, he can settle their debt.

Wearing hoodies and ski-masks, Toby and Tanner start the heists. Which draws the attention of about-to-retire Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) who surmises that these aren’t your usual bank robbers, not meth-heads or sociopaths, since they take small denomination bills from the cash drawers.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. 3 p.m. – 44 Imperial Ave. – Curio Cottage sale (extended)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show
1 p.m. – Westport Library – HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – #ThrowbackThursdays
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Last Chance Book Expo
3:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Sketching on the Saugatuck
6 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show Reception
6:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Westport Youth Commission Executive Meeting
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Writing Scripts for Television
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance, Public Works, Parks & Rec, & Environment Committees
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “What the Butler Saw”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Jeff LeBlanc & Friends
8 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Beechwood Arts & Innovation High 5 Fundraiser

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar