Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Foundation Launches ‘Newmanitarian’ Campaign

The Newman’s Own Foundation founded in 1982 by the late actor and Westport resident Paul Newman has launched a #Newmanitarian campaign, calling for acts of kindness.

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An announcement today said the campaign celebrates the recently reached $500 million milestone of charitable donations.

“This can include small gestures of being kind, doing good deeds, and extending generosity towards others,” the Westport-based Foundation said.

It added: “Inspired by Paul Newman, who was the quintessential humanitarian and philanthropist, the Foundation is challenging people to be ‘Newmanitarians’ by giving back because, as Paul Newman said, ‘It’s just the right thing to do.’”

Artist to Artist at Library

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The Westport Library’s Great Hall tonight was the venue for painter Susan Fehlinger being interviewed by Miggs Burroughs, the library’s former artist-in-residence, in the fifth of a series of artist-to-artist conversations. The event was held In conjunction with Fehlinger’s current exhibit, “From City to Sea.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Malloy, Fasano Heat Up Transportation Debate

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Senate’s top Republican today intensified their debate over an issue expected to be the focal point in Malloy’s final budget proposal: transportation.

The Democratic governor accused Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, of misleading the public about an impending transportation crisis.

Fasano countered the governor and his fellow Democrats were rushing forward without sufficient information.

Though Malloy hasn’t disclosed specifics, the governor is expected to urge lawmakers to support higher gasoline taxes and tolls to fund a major transportation investment program.

Comings & Goings: Happy Town Nails Relocates

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Happy Town Nails, manicure, pedicure and waxing salon, has opened at 719 Post Road East, having closed its operations at 380 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center in August when its lease expired, according to an employee. Happy Town Nails’ new space was formerly occupied by Effi’s Salon which relocated to 484 Riverside Ave. in October after 18 years at that location.  (See WestportNow Oct. 25, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

TOD Committee: More Time Needed, Less Name Calling

By Jarret Liotta

More time needed to review the final report and less “name calling” on social media were among the items discussed at the Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee meeting today.

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Mary Young, Planning and Zoning Director and TOD Committee co-chair, addresses today’s meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

At the morning meeting in Town Hall, Co-Chair Mary Young, Planning and Zoning director, bemoaned online statements criticizing the committee and its work.

“I appreciate that there’s a forum for that,” she said. “What I don’t appreciate is the name calling.”

Co-Chair Craig Schiavone defended the committee’s process, noting that “probably 1,000 comments” had been incorporated into the report, which is scheduled for presentation to First Selectman Jim Marpe in a public meeting on Feb. 12.

Real Estate Report: Final Walk Through Important

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

One very important safeguard for Westport homebuyers is commonly referred to as a “final walk through.”

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Featured Home: This home at 26 Clinton Ave. is listed at $699,900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport

Yet many purchasers do not necessarily realize just how important the ramifications of its timing can be.

The intended purpose of a final walk through is for the buyer to ensure that the home is in the same condition as it was when the offer was originally made, that any items that were supposed to stay have remained, and verification of the absence of items that were to have been removed.

It is understood that what remains and what goes can seem somewhat trivial in scope to some, however there are other reasons for the walk through that should not ever be overlooked.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

36 Weston Road           $459,900->$437,000
102 Bradley Lane         $659,000->$649,950
2 River Oaks Road         $749,000->$699,000
300 Greens Farms Road   $799,000->$765,000
9 River Oaks Road     $1,300,000->$1,200,000
49 Partrick Road       $1,329,000->$1,299,000
47 North Ave.        $1,450,000->$1,375,000
6 Linden St.          $1,569,000->$1,499,000
7 Dogwood Lane       $1,899,000->$1,799,000
5 Court Of Oaks       $1,899,000->$1,859,000
27 Stonybrook Road   $2,200,000->$1,999,999
—Judy Szablak