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Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Commission on People with Disabilities
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – “Becoming Westport”
Noon – Westport Senior Center – Kings Highway School 5th Grade Chorus
6;30 p.m. – Westport Museum for History & Culture – Saugatuck Socials: Yule Stories
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Youth Commission

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Snow Squalls, Low Temperatures Likely

After a brief snow squall moved through Westport late today, the National Weather Service said a few snow squalls are possible into this evening.

They could produce brief significant reductions in visibility, higher winds than forecast, and a quick coating of snow, making for potentially hazardous travel conditions.

Temperatures will fall with a low around 16. Wind chill values between zero and 10 are likely.

It will be blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph, the Weather Service said.

Barbara N. DeMattia, 83

Barbara N. DeMattia of Westport died Dec. 17 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 83,

She was born in Norwalk on May 28, 1936 and was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Nappa. She was a proud lifelong resident and fourth generation Westporter.

She attended Parson Art School and Silvermine Art School. She was an accomplished sculptor and oil painter. She was also a great interior decorator and avid gardener. She loved animals, especially her dog Bobbi.

Survivors include two daughters: Diana L. DeMattia and Linda J. DeMattia, three grandchildren: Emma Parnes, Louis Parnes and Daniel Landan.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019


8 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Education Finance & Facilities Subcommittee (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – Westport Library – The World & US news discussion with Alex Anvari
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – “Becoming Westport”
11:45 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Christmas Luncheon (Rescheduled from Tuesday)
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: Italian
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: German
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria – Coleytown Middle School Building Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: Chinese
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

CT Defense Industry, Social Programs Gain in Spending Bill

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington — The U.S. House today approved a $1.4 trillion spending package that would significantly boost defense spending in Connecticut and increase funding for a slew of social programs as well, including Head Start and child care programs.

The spending bill would provide a total of $738 billion in fiscal 2020 funding for the military and $632 billion for nondefense departments such as Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, increasing spending for both “guns and butter” and adding to the federal deficit.

The 2,300-page bill, the result of a bipartisan compromise between congressional appropriators, also changes federal policy.

It would, for the first time in decades, fund federal studies of gun violence, a provision sought by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, who is the chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the budgets of the Labor Department, the Education Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Real Estate Report: Perils of the Season

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Available single family homes in Westport historically take a dip this time of year. However, there, are some artificial aspects that affect both home sellers and buyers.

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Featured Home: This home at 57 Crescent Road is listed at $1,349,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of the William Raveis Real Estate- WCBH Team

Some home-sellers withdraw their home from the market during the holiday season, only to reinstate its active status after the holidays.

As of now, almost 15% of the technically listed inventory is withdrawn, or temporarily off the market, which leaves us with just 259 homes actively for sale.

Changing a home’s status to withdrawn or temporarily off the market in the MLS also removes it from an active search from the various aggregators and real estate search sites.