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Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Westport and area in effect from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

It said moderate to heavy rainfall along with warming temperatures may result in urban/poor drainage flooding along with potential for flooding along rivers and streams due to ice jams.

Rivers and streams could see locally sudden rises in vicinity of any ice jams, the Weather Service said.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

201 Main St. Sells for $3.25 Million

The property at 201 Main St., which has 13 apartments and until recently housed a business doing glass and screen repairs, has sold for $3.25 million, the HK Group announced today.

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The property at 201 Main St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

HK was the only broker involved in the transaction for the seller, the estate of Anna Nappa, who died in 2009, and buyer Belden Place, LLC.

According to HK, Belden Place plans to redevelop the property “into a first class residential property” with 14 apartments and a retail store. Three of the apartments will be classified as affordable, the announcement said.

The .39-acre property is in a restricted business district and has three separate buildings totaling 10,050 square feet.

Going Down: 36 Elm St.

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The building at Westport’s 36 Elm St. was demolished today. Built in 1900, the 1-1/2 story building had 3,866-square feet, is situated on a .15-acre property, and most recently changed ownership in February 2017 for $4.9 million. The building has housed the Villa del Sol Mexican restaurant and Design Within Reach. Developer David Waldman purchased 36 Elm St. as part of a land swap with the town that would see construction of a retail and residential building across the street behind Lux Bond & Green. The building was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 31, 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
Noon – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Play With Your Food
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Woody Sez”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 – Adult
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Business: Achieve Your Business Goals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

RTM Approves Funds for ‘Main to Train’ Study

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight voted unanimously to approve $37,500 for a “Main to Train” multimodal transportation study.

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Westport’s downtown traffic lights don’t “talk” to each other, the RTM was told tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The approval came despite some public pushback that the study’s focus was too narrow, and that a townwide traffic study was in order.

The funds to come from the Railroad Parking Expense Account represent Phase 2 of a study to identify vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle travel concerns between Main Street and the Saugatuck train station.

The study to be conducted by the Florida-based engineering and consulting firm NV5 Holdings, Inc. will also explore synchronizing traffic lights at the intersections of Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza and East Main Street and Route 33.

Malloy, a Lame-Duck, Takes Aim at ‘Bump Stocks’

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Middletown — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today rolled out the first legislative initiative of his last year in office: A ban on the bump-stock accessories that enabled the Las Vegas shooter to convert a dozen semi-automatic rifles into machine guns he used in an assault that killed 58 and wounded 500 in 11 minutes.

Malloy, 62, a Democrat winding down two terms in office as one of the most unpopular incumbent governors in the U.S., said neither his lame-duck status nor Connecticut’s continuing budget issues would limit his agenda for the three-month General Assembly session that opens Feb. 7.

“I have had budget issues from the day I was elected,” said Malloy, who took office seven years ago facing a deficit of more than $3.6 billion. “I’ve proposed legislation. We have been successful in passing that legislation, and I anticipate we’ll be successful again.”

(Related data: Connecticut has more firearm-related law provisions than most other states.)

‘Woody Sez’ Debuts at Playhouse Tonight

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Tonight is the opening performance at the Westport Country Playhouse of the recent off-Broadway musical, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” The limited engagement runs through Jan. 20.  Featured in the title role is David M. Lutken, the show’s deviser, who won Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson awards for his performance. Pictured: Lutken (front) with (l-r) Katie Parton, David Finch and Leenya Rideout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police Athletic League Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Police Athletic League (WPAL) presented its annual Ellis Family College scholarships to 24 college students. Pictured: (front row, l-r) Mariah Ventrella (Sacred Heart), Maria Chappa (Southern Ct), Juliana Verrelli (Salve Regina), Kristen Godin, Jayme Thompson (Western CT), Nicole Thompson (Pace); (back row, l-r) Officer Ned Batlin, president, WPAL, Login Rice, Ben Thaw (Wesleyan), Trip Backus (U of Maine), and Howard Friedman, president, Scholarship Committee. Absent from the photo are Alex Frawley (Melissa & Doug Award), Matthew Librandi, Emma Mikesh (Marist), Samantha Schwartz, Kelsey Bobrow (Cornell), Tucker Bobrow (Cornell), Allison Librandi, Lindsay Sampson (UConn), Sam Arciola (U of Alabama), Adam Friedman (Florida Atlantic)Brittany Kelley (Sacred Heart), Andy Palaia (Holy Cross), Charles Sampson ( UConn), Matt Kashetta (James Madison U), and Matt Schwartz (Southern CT)  Conributed photo