Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Noel F. Dupont, 59

Noel Francis Dupont of Westport, owner of François du Pont Jewelers in Sconset Square, died unexpectedly at home on Nov. 15. He was 59.

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Noel Dupont: jeweler. Contributed photo

Born in Bridgeport on Nov. 11, 1959, he was the son of the late François DuPont and Marylou (Giard) Dupont.

He graduated from Staples High School and attended the Berklee College of Music. 

For the last 38 years, he has been proud to carry on his father’s legacy as the owner of François du Pont Jewelers.

CMS Crisis Committee Kills Some Options

By Jarret Liotta

Implementing a mindset of parity, the Board of Education’s new Community Advisory Committee (CAC) tonight pared down some of the options recently presented by Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer to address the crisis caused by closure of Coleytown Middle School (CMS) due to air quality issues.

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Saugatuck Elementary School teacher Jeanne Bowles was elected to chair the CAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

At the same time it is setting out to gather more information on the viability of the remaining options before it presents the board with its recommendation in the next few weeks. It assigned subcommittees that will conduct research and present to the full committee.

“It’s a herculean task,” said Jeanne Bowles, math specialist at Saugatuck Elementary School and Westport resident, who was voted to chair the CAC at the Town Hall auditorium meeting. “There are so many moving parts.”

“I think everyone feels in the community that this is a lot to take in a short time,” she said.

Kindness for Preschoolers Turns Into a Delivered Meal

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Preschoolers in Kelly Gipson’s The Learning Community Day School class on Hillspoint Road lately have been talking about kindness. They were also interested in cooking, So they came up with the idea of preparing a meal for Westport’s Gillespie homeless shelter. They created a menu and with the help of another class, made a meal that included macaroni and cheese, bread, stuffing, salad, pumpkin pie, and cookies, Gipson said, Pictured are Gipson (l), her assistant, Ghazala Lalani, and class members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Accident Leads to Shoplifting Arrests

Westport officers arrested two Bridgeport women on shoplifting charges following an accident in Fairfield, police said today.

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Arrested: Tajanique Watson (l) and Niajeha Green. Westport Police photos

The arrests stem a from a Sept. 28 accident in Fairfield when police observed a large amount of clothing in a vehicle, said Lt. Jillian Cabana. The clothing still had price tags attached.

The driver was identified as Niajeha Green, 23,  and the passenger identified as Tajanique Watson, 26, both of Bridgeport. 

Watson was also found to be in possession of a large magnet, known to be used for shoplifting from retail stores, Cabana said.

Real Estate Report: Cold Season Good Time to Sell

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

One major misconception about putting a Westport home on the market during the colder season is that it is not the best time to sell.

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Featured Home: This home at 159 Kings Highway North is listed at $1,199,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/KMS Partners

However, last year’s winter season from November through February was the best we have had in years, with an approximate 48 percent jump in residential home sales over the three prior years in the same time period.

In fact, of the 45 homes that were reported as sold over $5 million in the last 10 years, 12 closed during the colder months. That translates to over 26 percent of all the higher priced sales, and not something that should be underestimated or dismissed.

It is a fact that there are not as many buyers out at this time of year, and the colder season really isn’t the most convenient time to move, however buyers that are searching for their next home during this time are generally more serious. In other words, they aren’t just not “window shopping.”

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

20 Wild Rose Road         $545,000->$499,000
3 Half Mile Common       $620,000->$598,000
12 Fillow Street             $650,000->$619,000
6 Brookside Place           $699,000->$689,000
4 Robin Hill Road           $724,900->$694,900
4 Christmas Lake Lane     $825,000->$799,000
5 Davis Lane               $839,000->$799,000
15 Coleytown Road         $979,900->$934,900
1 Juniper Road             $995,000->$969,000
6 Hyatt Lane               $1,049,000->$999,000
215 Hillspoint Road     $1,200,000->$1,125,000
5 Bayberry Lane         $1,299,000->$1,249,000
8 Great Marsh Road   $1,379,000->$1,325,000
222 Wilton Road       $1,722,500->$1,550,000
100 Compo Rd. South   $2,649,000->$2,549,000
5 Michele Lane         $3,250,000->$3,500,000 **increased

—Judy Szablak