Saturday, June 15, 2024


WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Spriteview Ave. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Spriteview Ave., in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1967, the one-story conventional has 1,944-square feet. is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in January for $750,000. 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

Honoring Our Heritage: Project Return Image
Bob Weingarten (c), plaque historian of the Westport Historical Society, today presented a historical plaque to Project Return, 124 Compo Road North. Accepting on behalf of Project Return, now part of Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH) were Jeff Weiser (l), president of HWH, and Tessa Gilmore-Barnes (r) , program director at Project Return. Project Return, which aided teenage girls in crisis for three decades, now focuses on a slightly older population, 18- to 24-year-olds.  The plaque notes the house was built in 1824 on property that now is the Westport Country Playhouse. It was moved to its present location in 1864 and has been owned by the town since 1901, once serving as its official almshouse. On hand for the presentation were local officials and those associated with its history. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

CT’s Tax Revenue Plunge Bottoms Out at $1.5B

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut’s latest budget nightmare became reality today.

Analysts for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis downgraded anticipated revenues for the next two fiscal years by $1.46 billion — nearly $600 million next fiscal year and $865 million in 2018-19 — largely because of eroding income tax receipts.

Projected revenues now fall $2.2 billion, or 11.3 percent, short of the funding needed to maintain current services in 2017-18. And with the potential deficit swelling to $2.7 billion, or 13.6 percent, in 2018-19, the biennial shortfall approaches $5 billion.

Further complicating matters, revenues for the current fiscal year are $413 million below anticipated levels. This pushes state finances more than $380 million in the red and threatens to deplete the $236 million in the emergency budget reserve with less than nine weeks remaining before June 30.

Beach Emblems Required for Vehicle Entry Image
Beach emblems were required beginning today for vehicle entry into Westport beaches. At Compo (above), Parks and Rec employee Austin Miles (l), said most of the vehicles attempting entry early today had the required emblem. “Some drivers without emblem display said they were did to know of the May1 requirement, he said.  According to Barbara Vornkahl, manager of the department’s customer service, more than 60 walk-ins at its office at Longshore purchased emblems and handpasses by 11 a.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Staples Names Students of the Month Image
Staples High School today announced its latest Students of the Month. The award program recognizes students who help make the school a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are nominated by their teachers, who are asked to select all-around good school citizens. Pictured areback row, l-r)  Eli Debenham, George Kane, Enrique Pesantez, Ethan Vosper, Conner Frank, Alexandra Milberg and Spencer Stefani; (middle row) Claire Meehan, Kristin Amato, Zachary Kornbluth, Conor Hanley and Philip De Munck; (front row) Maria Hodge, Art Kelly, Kate Lewis, and Federica Nagar​; (front) Peyton Anderson; missing from picture: Katie Simpson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Traffic Down to One Lane Near Compo Image
Compo Road South traffic, in the area of the Minute Man Monument, was reduced to one lane today during replacement of underground culvert pipes related to water drainage of nearby Gray’s Creek, according to workers on the scene.  A worker said because the process must be done at low tide there are limited hours when the work can be completed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Monday, May 1, 2017

9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – P&Z Commission Special Sub-Committee & ZBA
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Workshop for May Artist-in-Residence Challenge
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar