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Thursday, June 28, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Caroline Weber, ” Proust’s Duchess”
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Health & Human Services, Education, and Parks & Recreation Committees
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

SEEC Investigating Obsitnik Campaign’s Finances

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The State Elections Enforcement Commission voted unanimously today to investigate whether the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik of Westport has illegally raised campaign contributions or improperly coordinated activities with FixCT., Inc., an independent expenditure committee promoting Obsitnik.

The investigation indefinitely delays Obsitnik from obtaining public financing for his campaign, potentially a fatal blow given that that the five-way Republican primary is just six weeks away, on Aug. 14.

Obsitnik is one of three gubernatorial candidates, all Republicans, who sought public financing this year under the voluntary Citizens’ Election Program, which imposes strict limits on campaign contributions and spending.

The commission declined for the fifth time today to approve Obsitnik’s application for a $1.35 million grant for his primary.

Comings & Goings: The ‘Port to Close

By Dave Matlow

The ‘Port Restaurant, 2A Post Road West in National Hall, will close at the end of the business day on Saturday, according to owner, Sal Augeri, who has operated the family friendly eatery since May 2017.

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The ‘Port took over space in National Hall vacated by the Vespa restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Augeri cited the lack of parking as The ‘Port’s No. 1 problem. “And it got worse when construction began next to bartaco,” he added.

He said other contributing factors included “the very competitive restaurant scene in Westport which, in turn, led to labor challenges since many restaurants were competing for the same applicants.”

“All in all, we could not overcome the hole we dealt ourselves,” Augeri said.  “We didn’t have a chance to develop our brand as a community spot where everyone gets to know your name.

Real Estate Report: Every Property Has Three Prices

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Although one might think that there is one price for any home on the market in Westport, there are usually three.

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Featured Home: This home at 34 Little Fox Lane is listed at $1,729,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis Real Estate Westport

The difference in the three has to do with what the seller is hoping for, what an agent suggests, and what a buyer is willing to pay; and they are not always in sync with one another.

When a home comes onto the market and takes a deposit quickly, it’s because all opinions of price are essentially one and the same.

The majority of activity on any given home listing occurs within the first 30 days, and that is due to the buyers that are already in the marketplace who will look at new inventory as soon as they can.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

124 Riverside Ave Unit# 3     $399,900->$379,900
4 Saint George Place         $535,000->$495,000
7 Carlisle Court               $749,000->$699,000
23 Maplewood Avenue       $729,800->$719,000
6 The Glen                     $850,000->$800,000
6 Todds Way                   $875,000->$825,000
14 Wake Robin Road         $899,000->$849,000
29 Silent Grove               $949,000->$925,000
41 West Parish Road         $948,000->$945,000
105 Easton Road             $979,000->$949,000
12 Harbor Road             $1,149,000->$999,000
5 Marsh Road             $1,100,000->$1,050,000
87 Partrick Road           $1,195,000->$1,145,000
35 Greenlea Lane         $1,325,000->$1,289,000
75 Old Hill Road           $1,325,000->$1,298,000
41 Burr Farms Road       $1,435,000->$1,395,000
93 Easton Road           $1,495,000->$1,395,000
9 Wakenor Road           $1,549,000->$1,499,000
4 Timber Lane             $1,832,500->$1,749,900
104 Easton Road           $1,950,000->$1,750,000
7 Woody Lane             $1,980,000->$1,767,000
17 Edgewater Hillside     $2,085,000->$1,950,000
6 Surf Road                 $2,200,000->$1,950,000
10-12 Wakeman Road     $2,200,000->$1,999,998
32 Edgewater Hillside     $2,349,000->$2,249,000
19 Spriteview Avenue     $2,699,999->$2,549,999
213 Greens Farms Road   $2,799,000->$2,699,000
162 Cross Highway       $2,975,000->$2,795,000
34 Stonybrook Road       $3,845,000->$3,495,000

—Judy Szablak

500 Main St. Complex Construction Begins Next Month

By James Lomuscio

With a recent Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) 5 to 2 victory after four years of setbacks and denials, the developer of a 55 age-restricted complex at 500 Main St., site of the former Daybreak Nurseries, said today construction will begin next month.

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The former Daybreak Nurseries property will become residential. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Basically we’re starting to finalize all the plans to get started within the next three to four weeks,” said Peter Greenberg, principal of Norwalk-based Able Construction. “We’re meeting with all the departments to make sure we start off on the right foot.”

He and business partner Johnny Schwartz plan to construct nine condominium units, scaled down from an original proposal for 12, on the 2.2-acre property.

The project includes two duplexes and five single-unit structures set on a cul du sac accessible via Weston Road. Each unit is expected to sell for about $1.2 million.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Alpine Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Alpine Lane off Bulkley Avenue North is in process. Built in 1920, the two-story conventional has 2,561-square feet and is situated on a 1.38-acre property. 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 WestportNow.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: The Pop Ups!
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar