Wednesday, April 17, 2024


BOE Does About-Face on Redistricting

By Jarret Liotta

After months of meandering around possible redistricting and rebalancing scenarios, the Board of Education (BOE) Wednesday night indicated it would make no changes for at least two years. Image
Newest BOE members Youn Su Chao (l) and Lee Goldstein, suggested postponing any redistricting votes for two years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow. com

Prodded by what one member said were 200 public emails written to the BOE arguing against a split-feeder scenario that would have separated students graduating from Saugatuck Elementary School into the two middle schools, some members were ready to vote Wednesday night against making any changes.

But because it had posted an agenda inviting public comment next Monday — and scheduled its vote for Dec. 16 — members decided to go forward with the schedule, though instead it plans to send out an email solely to parents aimed at quelling emotion and dissuading unnecessary arguments against redistricting.

A new motion, which Chairman Candice Savin said she would be editing before sending it out in an email, will state that “upon the anticipated reopening of Coleytown Middle School (CMS) for the 2020-2021 school year,” the BOE will “revert to traditional attendance zones (and) will utilize an educational model that will include two four-teacher teams at CMS and three four-teacher teams at Bedford Middle School (BMS).

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – “Becoming Westport”
2:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Hands on Baking: Holiday Cookies French Palmiers
5 p.m. – 101 Myrtle Ave. – Town Hall Christmas Tree Lighting
6:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, &
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Sustainable Westport
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Pulitzer Prize Winner David Blight on “Frederick Douglass”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: Old vs. New

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

When it comes to purchasing a home in Westport, many buyers and agents can unfairly judge a home by the year it was built. Image
Featured Home: This home at 3 Tamarac Road is listed at $1,275,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group.

Many homebuyers are enamored with new or “newer,” homes while some older homes have been remodeled to such an extent that look and feel much newer than their foundation would lead you to believe.

Newer homes do come with advantages, including newer mechanicals, less initial exterior maintenance and repairs, and these components typically last on average about 20-25 years.

Then again, some buyers prefer older homes, which are thought to have much more charm and character than their newer counterparts. Some newer homes also have these features.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

5 Nassau Road           $699,000->$648,000
441 Main Street         $675,000->$649,000
10 Cedar Road           $729,000->$699,000
16 North Ridge Road     $959,900->$939,900
15 Turkey Hill Circle $1,349,000->$1,298,000
47 Westfair Drive     $1,645,000->$1,619,000
19 Otter Trail         $2,575,000->$2,275,000

CMS Principal Suspended Following Parking Dispute Arrest

Kris Szabo,  principal of Coleytown Middle School, has been placed on administrative leave following publicity about her arrest for allegedly slapping a man in a parking dispute in her hometown of Southbury. Image
Adam Rosen and Kris Szabo at a Board of Education meeting last September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for

Adam Rosen, principal of Bedford Middle School, informed parents of Szabo’s leave in an email today, a day after news of the incident became public even though it occurred last week.

According to the Waterbury Republican-American newespaper, Szabo, 49, struck a 71-year-old man after he verbally confronted her for parking in a “no parking” area at 775 Main St. South.

An on-scene investigation, including interviews with witnesses, found that Szabo hit the man multiple times with an open hand, the newspaper said.

Postal Service Extends Saturday Hours

The U.S. Postal Service said today it is extending lobby hours for the next three Saturdays to accommodate holiday shippers. Image
Days are getting busier at the post office in Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The main Westport post office at Playhouse Square will remain open until 5 p.m., an announcement said.

“We know this is the busiest time of year for some of our customers,” said District Manager Kevin Clark. “We wanted to relieve some of the stress of the holiday by adding some bonus hours for them.”

In addition to longer hours, the announcement reminded residents they can visit to schedule a pickup.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – UN Hospitality Committee
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Board
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – “Becoming Westport”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: Italian
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: German
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Avoiding Scams & Frauds: Cybersecurity for Individuals
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Staples – Coleytown Middle School Building Committee (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, &
7 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – Plum Pudding Workshop
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, &
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