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Police: Election Season Signage Policy Reminder

With election season and the proliferation of candidates’ signs, plus temporary signs posted for charitable events, the Westport Police Department today issued a reminder of the town’s signage policy.

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A campaign sign vandalized on a Westport roadway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police also warned that the vandalism and theft of these signs as experienced in the past are crimes that could lead to charges of larceny, trespassing and criminal mischief.

“Unfortunately we have experienced vandalism and theft regarding temporary signs in the past,” said Lt. David Farrell. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Farrell said that while election and one-time-only charitable event signs may be placed on public property, signs advertising a private business will be removed. Town property includes traffic islands and road rights of way. He added that the town may not approve, nor is it responsible for, any signs erected on state property.

A Rare Lithograph Comes Home

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Westport community leader Sam Gault (r) today donated a rare Stevan Dohanos lithograph “Hose Company No. 4” to the Westport Public Arts Collection (WestPAC) at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Fire Station, 555 Riverside Ave. The lithograph, depicting the historic Riverside Avenue fire station, was acquired in an online transaction by art appraiser Pat Kery through coordination with Kathie Bennewitz (l), WestPAC curator and Gault who provided the funding. Said Gault: “It’s so good to keep these kind of things in our town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Unitarian Church to Rededicate Black Lives Matter Banner

By James Lomuscio

The Unitarian Church in Westport announced today it will rededicate its Black Lives Matter banner on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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The banner was ripped from its frame sometime during the night of Aug. 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo (top) and WestportNow.com photo

The previous banner was ripped down and stolen during the night of Aug. 23. (See WestportNow Aug. 25, 2017)

When the first banner was dedicated on Oct. 9, 2016 Senior Minister the Rev. John Morehouse said, “It is our intention for this banner to open a dialog with others in our community about race and our role in ending racism.”

An announcement said: “That is exactly what happened as people called in support of, questioning, and disagreeing with the banner and all of the conversations were respectful and civil. That is until August 23.”

Real Estate Report: Banner Week for New Listings?

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

It’s been a banner week for new listings in Westport, or has it?

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Featured Home: This home at 9 Blind Brook Road North is listed at $2,300,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty — Westport

A common myth of the market is perception, which is not always reality.

Forty-two new listings have come on the market in the last seven days, which is a significant amount by anyone’s standards, and they represent almost 12 percent of our entire single family inventory.

However, upon a closer look, 20 of those properties have recently been on the market, and were just re-listed.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

6 Highland Road                 $569,012->$549,999
8 Saint George Place           $659,000->$639,000
18 Saint George Place           $750,000->$699,000
14 Catamount Road             $735,000->$699,000
7 Highwood Lane               $745,000->$725,000
110 Roseville Road             $849,000->$799,000
1 Hickory Hill Road             $840,000->$799,000
12 Tupelo Road                 $860,000->$829,000
60 Long Lots Road               $925,000->$900,000
9 Old Orchard Road           $1,100,000->$997,500
4 Christmas Lake Lane         $1,025,000->$999,999
14 Darbrook Road           $1,295,000->$1,100,000
10 Terra Nova Circle         $1,198,000->$1,135,000
11 Terra Nova Circle         $1,165,000->$1,149,000
28 Silver Brook Road         $1,269,000->$1,199,000
21 Duck Pond Road         $1,299,000->$1,224,000
1 Windrush Lane             $1,349,000->$1,249,000
166 Roseville Road           $1,300,000->$1,250,000
87 Partrick Road             $1,399,000->$1,295,000
40 Bauer Place Extension   $1,519,000->$1,499,000
67 West Parish Road         $1,599,000->$1,575,000
20 Minute Man Hill           $1,995,000->$1,795,000
4 Mayfair Lane               $1,999,000->$1,925,000
11 Partrick Road             $2,075,000->$1,975,000
7 Gault Park Drive           $2,370,000->$2,239,000
32 Edgewater Hillside         $2,500,000->$2,399,000
18 Sturges Commons         $3,398,000->$3,298,000
8 Burnham Hill               $4,150,000->$3,895,000
10 Stonybrook Road         $5,299,000->$4,950,000
—Judy Szablak

LobsterFest Production Line

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Westport Rotary Club members today formed a production line to assemble 1,500 packages of forks and knives for guests at the sixth annual LobsterFest fundraiser on Saturday at Compo Beach. The 3 to 7 p.m. event, which is usually sold out, goes on rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are available from any Rotary Club member, at Joey’s By the Shore, and online HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Granger at the Movies: ‘It,’ ‘Tulip Fever’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

After the film industry’s weakest Labor Day weekend ever, the release of “It,” the new Stephen King-based thriller made the box-office sizzle, more than doubling the record set by “Hannibal” for the biggest horror movie opening of all-time.

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Helmed by Argentinean director Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), it relates Chapter One of a story about a demonic clown that starts in 1989 in Derry, Maine, and will, eventually, end in the present day.

The terrifying tale begins with the disappearance of 6-year-old Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), who vanishes down a storm drain in a town that has a missing-persons rate six times the national average. It’s where “Nightmare on Elm Street 5” is playing at the local theater and, behind closed doors, psychological, sexual and physical abuse run rampant.

Searching for Georgie are his older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and his misfit middle-school pals who call themselves the Losers Club.

Innovation Fund an Educational First for Westport Schools

For the first time, the Westport Public Schools have established an Innovation Fund, with $50,000 available for students, faculty and staff, school officials announced today.

The money is earmarked “to energize projects that encourage new ways of thinking and doing that are not constrained and have promise of a positive impact,” the announcement said.

“Innovation and creativity are integral components of the core beliefs of the Westport Public Schools and our community at-large,” said Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer.

“Our goal is to inspire the imagination of our students, faculty, and staff to think out-of-the-box and pursue new ideas that make a difference in the lives of our students and our work. We are eager to foster this important work and learn from it.”

Farmers Market Party in Parking Lot Postponed

The Westport Farmers Market has announced that its scheduled Party in the Party Lot fundraiser scheduled for Thursday has been postponed to Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of the WFM, said: “Hurricanes Irma and Jose are having an impact on everyone.

“Though far from us geographically, our neighbors, friends and family in Florida, the Islands and throughout the South are being pummeled by these storms.”

In addition, she said the forecast for Thursday will change in the coming days to rain and high winds – especially given Jose’s expected impact so soon after Irma.