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Real Estate Report: Spring Market Looks Promising

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

While Westport has seen a slower real estate recovery than the rest of the nation on average, the deposit activity is better than it has been for months, and the spring market looks promising.

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The most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows the national price index rose 5.6 percent for the year, with the New York MSA experiencing a 2.4 percent gain.

Westport’s prices have managed to remain constant year over year, even with a slight drop of approximately 4 percent in unit sales. Even more optimistically, Westport sales have not seen an impact at all.

The most recent mortgage rate increases that had not occurred yet due to the two-month lag time of reporting these national statistics are expected to have an effect on affordability and unit sales on a national basis. However, we are not expecting that here.

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Comedian,’ ‘20th Century Women’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Back in 1983, Robert De Niro played a sociopathic wannabe celebrity in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” starring Jerry Lewis.  Obviously, the delusional character intrigued De Niro because in “The Comedian,” he’s a former TV sit-com star, Jackie Burke.

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Aging Burke has hit hard times, unable to move beyond nostalgic references to “Eddie’s Home.” One night when an obnoxious heckler with a web-cam taunts him at a comedy club in Hicksville, Long Island, he clobbers the guy in a scuffle that winds up on YouTube.

After spending 30 days in the slammer, Jackie reports for community service at a homeless shelter, where he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), who is also atoning for an angry outburst.

Despite their obvious age difference, they connect. He takes her to the Comedy Cellar and his lesbian niece’s wedding; she takes him to a birthday dinner for her domineering father (Harvey Keitel).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit” Grade 4 to Adult
4 p.m. – Earthplace – Citizen Science Brigade
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Strategies for a Career Change
7 p.m. – 5 Canal Park – Westport Housing Authority
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar