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Westport Property Transfers April 13-17, 2020

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 13-17, 2020:

SBR Management LLC to Brent D. & Alexis H. Lawton, 7 Tranquility Lane, $1,215,000Westport Property Transfers

Miri Safian to Miriam Oviasu-Egege & Michael Egege, 17½ Hale St., $568,000

Susan S. Bernstein to Charles E. & Mary Lou Roels, 7 Webb Road, $1,442,000

Westport Fine Arts Festival Postponed

The Westport Fine Arts Festival, a signature summer event in downtown Westport, has been postponed due to the new coronavirus, organizers said today.

Now in its 47th year, the festival had been announced to take place on May 30-31, moved from its traditional July dates because cooler weather was anticipated.

More than 170 diverse fine artists had been expected to participate.

There was also to be live music, food and drinks and creativity-focused family activities.

Douglas S. Cornwell, 77

Douglas Stephen Cornwell of Norwalk died April 24 in Norwalk Hospital due to complications from a stroke brought on by COVID-19.  He was 77.

He was born in Riverside, California on Sept. 22, 1942 but spent most of his life on the East Coast.

After initially attending Manhasset High School on Long Island, he graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Columbia University.

An Air Force veteran, he served in Sevilla, Spain as an air traffic controller; one of his favorite stories from that time was of being one of the last to communicate with the plane that accidentally dropped a bomb into the Mediterranean, eventually discovered by a toothless Spanish fisherman after professional searchers had failed to locate it.

Heroin Arrest Follows Traffic Stop

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man on narcotics possession with intent to sell after 44 folds on heroin and .7 grams of cocaine were found on him following a traffic stop on Post Road East, police said today.

Owen Hines, 23, was arrested Tuesday after his car was pulled over for several vehicle violations, including a suspended registration following a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“In the course of speaking with Hines, he admitted to recently purchasing narcotics,” Lt. Anthony Prezioso said, adding that 44 heroin wax folds weighing about 10 grams were found, plus the cocaine.

Police said he also had two cellphones and $800 in cash.

Real Estate Report: Active Market During Pandemic

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

While sales are lower than they were this time last year, the Westport real estate market is experiencing activity throughout the pandemic and during the month of April.

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Featured Home: This home at 19 Saint John’s Place is listed at $1,769,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Compass Connecticut/ M & D Properties.

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, predicted in a recent meeting that he anticipates that the normally traditional spring market which we experience at this time should continue into the summer months due to pent up demand, and anticipated eased restrictions.

Locally, we have only had a net gain of seven homes that entered our inventory in April, as 28 homes came on the market, and 21 homes entered into the initial stage of deposit.

Twenty-three homes have either been temporarily withdrawn or canceled since the beginning of April and that also is a contributing factor to the lack of inventory which actually benefits those who continue to stay on the market during this time.

Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

220 Lansdowne                 $649,000->$639,000
16 Fillow Street                 $699,000->$679,000
20 Lone Pine Lane             $979,000->$899,000
143 Riverside Avenue     $1,200,000->$1,100,000
24 Jennings Court         $2,395,000->$2,295,000
125 Harbor Road           $2,999,000->$2,399,000
73 Turkey Hill Rd South     $3,300,000->$3,200,000

—Judy Szablak

Levitt Cancels Season

Westportt’s Levit Pavilion for the Performing Arts announced today it has canceled its 47th summer season because of the novel coronavirus.

“Please know that this decision is first and foremost based on our commitment to your safety, and the safety of our artists and audiences, staff and stakeholders, and the community at large,” it said in an email to subscribers.

“2020 would have marked our 47th Summer Season under the Stars. This will be the first time in our history that we will not produce a season and sharing this news is difficult—but we know it is the only responsible thing to do.”

The announcement said fundraising will continue so the Levitt can continue to “light up Westport once more, when it is safe to do so.”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Westport Town Offices, Schools, Senior Center, & Library are closed.
5 p.m. – Westport Virtual Museum – Live Author Talks: Marty Podskoch

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Stuck at Home Activities
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar