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Slice of Saugatuck Goes Virtual

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The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Library have published a video virtual Slice of Saugatuck, as a way to celebrate what would have been the ninth festival on Saturday which was canceled by the pandemic. The video features Saugatuck scenes and interviews with local personalities, including Maria Funicello, co-owner of Tutti’s Ristorante, 599 Riverside Ave. See video HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Vimeo photo

Tax Collector Reminds Second Quarter Taxes Due Oct.1

Tax Collector Harry Whiteley reminded residents that second quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due Oct. 1.

Taxpayers have until Nov. 2 to pay taxes without penalty. Accounts will be subject to an 18% (1.5%  monthly) penalty charge if paid late. Minimum interest charge is $2.

Failure to receive a bill does not abate the charges or interest.

Real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary use and assessment bills may be paid by credit card, debit card, or direct withdrawal from a checking account online at http://www.westportct.gov.

Checks should be made payable to “Town of Westport” and mailed to: Tax Collector – Westport,  P.O. Box 350, Westport, CT 06881.

A drop box in the rear of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, may be used for payments.

Tax Collector: Deferred Applicants Have Oct. 1 Deadline

Westport Tax Collector Harry Whiteley reminded eligible “Deferred Date Applicants” that they have until Thursday, Oct. 1, to pay the first quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges that were due July 1.

Whitely said that if paid late, accounts will be subject to an 18% (1.5%/month) penalty charge from the original due date of July 1, 2020. The minimum interest charge is $2, he said. 

He added that failure to receive a bill does not abate the charges or interest.

According to Whiteley, real estate taxes, personal property taxes and sanitary use and assessment bills may be paid by credit card, debit card, or direct withdrawal from a checking account online at westportct.gov/taxes.

Checks should be made payable to Town of Westport and mailed to: Tax Collector – Westport, P.O. Box 350 Westport, CT 06881.

Second CES Staffer Tested Positive for COVID-19

A second staff member at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School (CES) has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Thomas Scarice told parents today in an email.

As a result of contact tracing, two additional staff members have been notified they will be excluded from school and recommended to quarantine for 14 days, he said.

The new disclosure has prompted a decision to begin remote learning for two additional first grade classrooms, Scarice said.

No additional students require quarantine, he said.

Disclosure of the initial CES staffer found positive for COVD-19 forced closure of the school on Friday.

Here is the text of the latest Scarice email:

Dear Westport Families and Staff:

As an update to my letter yesterday afternoon, we have since become aware of one additional staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19 at Coleytown Elementary School. Again, we worked closely with the Westport/Weston Health District, and our medical advisor, to support the appropriate contact tracing. 

As a result of this contact tracing, two additional staff members have been identified as “close contacts” and notified that they will be excluded from school and recommended to quarantine for 14 days.  There are no additional students that require quarantine at this time. 

Without question, the absence of these staff members in our building significantly impacts our ability to appropriately staff our classrooms and provide the quality of instruction that we expect.  The quarantine addresses the health and safety of our students and staff, but we are also committed to addressing the quality of instruction. 

Therefore, to provide instructional continuity for our students so that each student continues to receive daily instruction from his/her classroom teacher, we have decided to implement remote learning for these two additional Grade 1 classrooms at Coleytown Elementary School.  This measure will allow all students in those two classrooms to remain connected with their classroom teacher and to continue to receive meaningful instruction on a daily basis, albeit remotely.  Again, these students do not require quarantine.  However, the decision to move to remote instruction for these two classrooms is intended to provide the best instructional experience possible during the time of the classroom teachers’ quarantine. 

Mrs. Sirowich will contact each family that will participate in remote learning in these two classrooms today via email. 

Some parents have questioned whether or not families and siblings of those in quarantine should also isolate themselves for the same period of time.  We have been told multiple times by public health officials at the local and state level that only those defined as a “close contact” should quarantine.  Siblings and family members are not considered close contacts unless they themselves have had direct contact with a positive case within the criteria set forth by the state Department of Public Health.  This may sound counterintuitive, but this is the consistent direction that we have been provided by those we count on for public health guidance. 

The challenges of educating our students amidst this global pandemic are very real, and we are doing our best to maintain the health and safety of all members of our school community while also focusing on providing high quality instruction.  We will continue to keep you updated and thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020


Westport Senior Center is closed.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – lower Main Street – Westport Downtown Merchants Association Health & Fitness Expo
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “Helmut Lang: 41.1595° N, 73.3882° W”
Noon. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Open for limited services
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest (rain date Sept. 13)

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

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 24-28, 2020

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 24-28, 2020:

Thomas F. Conroy Est. to Andrey Kolotov & Viktoriya Borisova, 4 Deletta Lane, $431,200Westport Property Transfers

Hector J. Emmanuelli to Gregory Manty & Caroline Guerriere, 14 Cardinal Lane, $976,350

Brian Horn & Cornelia Parchment-Horn to Thomas & Lyons Lyons, 80 Easton Road, $1,030,000

Thuy & Mitchell Rieder to Pamela Duckworth, 8 Scofield Place, $790,000

Robert A. Devellis Tr. to Bluewater Beachside LLC, 18 Beachside Common, $1.160,000

Christophe A. & Valerie V. Nurit to Cartus Financial Corp., 143 Riverside Ave., $1,085,000

Cartus Financial Corp. to Thomas M. & Ann E. Feeley, 143 Riverside Ave., $1,085,000

Fadey & Tania E. Dimyan to Carissa & Keith Siegner, 65 Whitney St., $1,370,000

Barbara C. McGrath to Michael & Melissa Cahaly, 9 Plumtree Lane, $387,500

Barbara C. McGrath to Michael & Melissa Cahaly, 9 Plumtree Lane, $387,500

Wendy & Brian Maeda Tr. to Mark & Joan C. Nordstrom Tr., 46 Hillspoint Road, $1,320,000

Lucy McShane Est. to Mary O’Bryan Seidman, 303 Harvest Commons, $615,000

Paul & Anne Burmeister Tr. to Kirigin LLC, 10 Northgate, $1,575,000

Timothy R. West to Yaju & Roi Ben-Yehuda, 1 Tiffany Lane, $1,285,000

Harry Kerames Et al. to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 6 Laurel Road, $584,258.79

Raul Manzo Chardome & Rosa Ojeda Escarcega to Seth Weissman & Meredith Jarblum, 14 The Mews, $1,052,000

Monique Lions-Greenspan to Jeffrey D. & Nicole Goldstein, 9 Peaceful Lane, $1,030,000

David & Marsden Kline to Teona Pipiya & Ryan Johnson, Trs., 22 Pequot Trail, $1,752,000

Paul & Emma Turner to Michael Zitomer, 14 Hilltop Trail $1,982,000

T W I Y Solutions LLC to SIR-25 Treadwell LLC, 25 Treadwell Ave., $580,000

Thomas Cgybivuc & Janis-Bleair-Chunovic to Anthony Perrotta & Jacqueline Ferrentino, 2 Tulip Lane $1,500,000

13 Morningside Drive North LLC to Catherine Cook, 13 Morningside Drive North, $725,000

David James & Allison Renee Keisman to David Michael & Hallee Altman, 4 Hawthorne Lane, $2,500,000

Kelly Schnabel & Andrew L. Lee to Bryan P. & Megan Goff, 264 Bayberry Lane, $1,310,000

David & Linda Campbell Lipner to Sean O’Neal & Barbara Myers, 6 Willow Walk Road, $1,215,000

Jonathan S. & Natalie J. Kroft to National Residential Nominee Services Inc., 14 Franklin Ave., $1,800,000

National Residential Nominee Services Inc. to Melissa R. Constantiner, 14 Franklin Ave., $1,800,000

Yvonne Ferris to 31 Stony Brook Westport LLC, 31 Stony Brook Road, $3,595,000

Spa Inc. to Matthieu Milgrom & Caroline Smith, 15 Fresenius Road, $1,660,000

US Bank NA-Tr. to Jason Ritzzo, 3 Nassau Road, $671,000

Santiago R. Alfageme & Leah Gambal to Adam Christian Ganser & Mia Markley Sage, 43 Evergreen Ave., $1,650,000

Joseph J. Santarsiero III to Mattera Brothers 6 Quarter Mile LLC, 6 Quarter Mile Road, $589,000

Alana Fuscaldo to Twelve Twenty One LLC, 16 Manitou Road, $4,242,000

Patrick Keenan to John Thomas Jacobsen & Nina Lorusso, 5 The Fenway,  $640,000

Athena Venture LLC to Joseph & Naomi Spak, 49 High Point Road, $750.000

Bruce D. & Mona Brown to Julie D. Blume, 7 Bonnie Brook Lane,  $1,280,000

Bernard & Barbara Z. Dorogusker to 20 Drumlin LLC, 20 Drumlin Road, $551.000

Police: Bicycle Thief Caught

Westport Police arrested a Bridgeport man for stealing two bicycles totaling $5,000 from a detached garage that had been burglarized, police said today.

According to the arrest report, Jose Velasquez, 58, was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny upon his arrest Wednesday. He had turned himself in on an active warrant at Police Headquarters.

The case dates back to July 17 when officers responded to a report of a burglary the previous evening, according to Lt. Anthony Prezioso.

“Through an extensive investigation by members of the Detective Bureau, a suspect was developed in this case,” Prezioso said, adding that detectives were able to recover one of the two bicycles.

Velasquez was unable to post a $7,500 bond, and he is scheduled to be arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 20