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Thursday, June 29, 2017


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Cribari Bridge Subcommittee
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – Tick Presentation
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Steven Simon: The United States & the Mideast
7 p.m. – Beechwood Arts (52 Weston Road) – Edelio finale
7:30 p.m. – Saint Luke Church (84 Long Lots Road) – Father James Martin on his book “Building a Bridge”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Sessioners

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Angela P. Chiaia, 89

Angela Palmer Chiaia, a former Westport resident, died June 21 in Tucson, Arizona. She was 89.

She was born in Westport on Sept. 11, 1927 and attended Staples High School. She married Nicolas Chiaia in 1952, and they had five children and a wonderful life together, married for 59 years. She was active in the community.

Nick and Angela went on a five-year trip in which they lived in their motor home and had the opportunity to visit every state and all of the National Parks, Canada and Mexico. They also spent a significant amount of time vacationing in Europe.

In 1980, they settled in Donna, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Angela was a mentor and taught elementary students reading and language arts. They also loved to dance and would often travel to different parks to show off their considerable dancing skills.

Aquarion Details High Capacity Water Tanks Plan for North Ave.

By James Lomuscio

The 1.5 million gallon water tank on North Avenue across from Staples High School has served Westport well since it was built in 1956, Aquarion Water Company officials said tonight.

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Jeff Ulrich, director of supply operations at Aquarion Water Company, addresses tonight’s meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Martlow for WestportNow.com

But now the steel structure is in poor condition with a rusted roof “and in desperate need of rehabilitation,” Mark Fois, Aquarion senior engineer, told 16 persons in the Town Hall auditorium.

“Currently there is no way to take it out of service to provide maintenance, so what we’re proposing is a replacement tank next to it,” Fois said.

The replacement tank planned is actually two cement tanks, twin tanks each with a 2.5 million gallon capacity. A total capacity 5 million gallons would address future storage needs based on town growth, Fire Department needs and overall usage, Fois said.

Levitt First Children’s Night of Season

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A large crowd tonight attended the first performance of the season’s weekly Children’s Series at the Levitt Pavilion for Performance Arts. Entertainment was provided by Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players. The series is sponsored by Melissa & Doug, the children’s toy manufacturer noted for wooden puzzles, arts and crafts products, plush toys and other types of educational toys. Its owners are Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Real Estate Report: Westport Listings Lag in Online Marketing

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There are 380 single-family homes available in Westport, and it appears that we are somewhat behind the curve with online marketing for almost half of them.

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Featured Home: This home at 1 Windrush Lane is listed at $1,349,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/Westport

That’s according to the 2017 Homebuyers and Sellers Generational Trends report recently published by The National Association of Realtors.

Some very interesting data in the report included the top five website features that buyers and sellers look for when shopping for a home.

Photos were number one on the list, followed by detailed property information, floor plans, virtual home tours, and recently sold home data.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

42 Cross Highway           $689,000->$675,000
19 Woods Grove Road         $779,000->$749,900
3 Cottage Lane               $795,000->$765,000
1 Hickory Hill Road           $899,000->$869,000
242 Bayberry Lane           $939,000->$869,000
185 Compo Road. South     $925,000->$920,000
60 Long Lots Road         $1,069,000->$965,000
34 Woods Grove Road       $1,049,000->$999,000
110 C Imperial Ave.      $1,299,000->$1,275,000
7 Eno Lane               $1,348,412->$1,299,412
7 Boxwood Lane           $1,375,000->$1,325,000
14 Darbrook Road         $1,449,000->$1,345,000
25 Westfair Drive         $1,525,000->$1,399,999
35 Greenlea Lane         $1,595,000->$1,495,000
36 Westfair Drive         $1,675,000->$1,499,999
72 Newtown Turnpike     $1,685,000->$1,585,000
47 North Ave.            $1,699,000->$1,589,000
62 North Ave.            $1,675,000->$1,599,000
34 Sturges Commons     $1,649,000->$1,625,000
11 Old Hill Road           $1,699,000->$1,649,000
6 Wheeler Gate           $1,810,000->$1,785,000
7 Dogwood Lane           $1,999,999->$1,949,000
8 Marilane                 $2,299,000->$2,125,000
86 Bayberry Lane         $2,249,000->$2,145,000
42 Sylvan Road           $2,349,000->$2,295,000
7 Gault Park Drive         $2,450,000->$2,370,000
6 Gault Park Drive         $2,650,000->$2,499,000
32 Edgewater Hillside     $2,799,000->$2,599,000
5 Forest Drive             $2,749,000->$2,699,000
88 Morningside Drive South $2,999,000->$2,799,000
41 Burnham Hill           $4,399,000->$4,299,000
—Judy Szablak

Rea: Work Commitments Preclude Running for First Selectman

Michael Rea, vice chairman of the Westport Board of Finance, said today that work commitments were the reason that he has suspended his 2017 exploratory committee to run as the Republican candidate for first selectman.

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Mike Rea: can’t make time commitment. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I just didn’t have the time to commit to this effort as was required at this point,” said Rea, vice president of corporate services and global real estate for General Re.

Rea who had filed with the State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) in early March, said that he was “overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from Westporters across the political spectrum,” and that he would continue to serve out his term of office on the Board of Finance.

“I have a passion for Westport and for service in town government, and I expect to continue to do so,” said Rea, a lifelong town resident with more than 35 years of town volunteer service.

Gallery: First Look: Savannah Bee Company Opening


Savannah Bee Company, known for its premium artisanal honeys and honey-based health and beauty products, today applied finishing touches for its grand opening in Westport on Friday. It is located at 47 Church Lane in the newly constructed and recently opened Bedford Square complex anchored by the Anthropologie store. According to Hillary Mack of the Savannah-based company’s management team, Westport will be its eight location; others are in Georgia (4), South Carolina (2) and Florida (1).  Mack said the business, founded by Ted Dennard in 2002, distributed its bee products through wholesale channels before opening its first retail operation in Savannah in 2008. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com