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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Assessment Appeals Process Begins Monday

Beginning Monday, taxpayers wishing to appeal their properties’ assessments can file applications in the Westport Assessor’s Office, town officials announced today.

The hard copy appeals, which may not be faxed nor emailed, can be made until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

According to the Assessor’s Office, the Westport Board of Assessment Appeals will conduct meetings in March, hearing appeals for the 2014 Grand List for real estate, personal property and motor vehicles, as well as the 2013 Grand List for motor vehicle supplemental.

Taxpayers can obtain appeal applications at the Assessor’s Office in Town Hall or online at http://www.westportct.gov.  Anyone who files an application will receive written confirmation of his or her appointment by Feb. 27, officials said.

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NY Observer: Horrors of Westport Living

The New York Observer in its latest issue focuses on New Yorkers who move to the suburbs, including Westport, and then can’t wait to get back to the city.

“Lynn Shanahan loved Westport, Conn.,” the newspaper’s article began. “It was restful, beautiful and close to New York—an ideal escape from the city on sticky summer days. And then she moved there.”

It goes on to quote her as saying:  “I was standing on the train platform in the dark at 6:15 a.m. when I realized I had made a mistake.”

Among her complaints: “the house and yard required constant tending, weekly grocery shopping trips proved a chore compared to casually picking things up throughout the week and dinner options after 9:30 p.m. dwindled to pizza or Chinese takeout.” Read the full article here.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Violent Year,’ ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Wedding Ringer’

By Susan Granger

Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history, J.C. Chandor’s intense noir-thriller “A Most Violent Year” combines political intrigue with industrial corruption.

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Ambitious, idealistic Hispanic immigrant Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) started as a fuel truck driver for a heating oil distributor. When he married the mob-connected boss’s daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain), taking over the family business, he discovers it’s not easy being honest in the crime-riddled city.

After making a deal to purchase a waterfront storage facility, Morales is faced with a series of brutal anonymous attacks.  His drivers are hijacked and his fuel is stolen.

Egged on by Anna and his lawyer (Albert Brooks), he turns to desperate measures to protect his property, his family and his chunk of the American Dream.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Owenoke Park

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Owenoke Park, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story colonial has 2,163 square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in November 2013 for $3,175,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seeing Red

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A resident of Westport’s Lansdowne condominiums spotted this visitor outside his window. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marc Litvinoff for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  January 29, 2015


10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The French Connection”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS: Neighbors & Newcomers Discuss “Dubliners”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Environment Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Metro-North: ‘Minor Derailment’ Caused Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line Service is on or close to schedule after delays caused by a minor derailment in Grand Central Terminal that blocked train equipment.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 30 Charcoal Hill Road

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The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the house at 30 Charcoal Hill Road. Matt Magsig, his wife Lily and daughter Charli, 19 months, moved into the house in May 2014. It was built by architect Frazier Peters in 1930 and is known as the Frazier Peters House. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house historian. He said of the 41 Westport houses that have been documented as designed by Frazier Peters, “this house is especially significant in that it was Peters’ own house, his actual residence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Westport Mirrors National Trends

By Judy Szablak

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Price Index points out a lack of inventory across the country along with slower price appreciation. This sounds a lot like Westport’s real estate market.

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Featured Home: This home at 89 Morningside Drive South is listed at $2,995,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside/ M & D properties

Lower than average inventory coupled with stricter lending standards appears to have had an impact on single family home appreciation in November.

Matching the expectations of many analysts, the 20 metropolitan areas saw gains that mirrored October 2007 at 4.3 percent,  as compared to a 4.5 percent annual increase in October.

Although Chairman David Blitzer felt that “prospects for a home run in 2015 aren’t good,” we have already seen the market pick up ever so slightly in Westport, and initial deposits are on the rise, as are multiple bids on properties in certain price pockets.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Hillandale Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 48 Hillandale Road, near West Parish Road, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split has 1,856 square feet and is situated on a 1.22-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Inside Baron South’s ‘Golden Shadows’


Wesport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been asked to designate the home of the late Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff on the town-owned Baron’s South as a local historic landmark property. The Austrian-born chemist, who founded Evyan Perfumes Inc. and created its White Shoulders fragrance, purchased the property in 1967. Its main Georgian-style brick house became known as “Golden Shadows.” He died in 1983, and the town purchased the 23-acre property in 1999. In recent years, the house has been used by the Friends of the Westport Library for storage and sorting prior to its book sales. Photographer Dave Matlow provides this glimpse inside. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Malloy’s Plan to Widen I-95

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Be careful what you wish for. After years of pleading, we finally have Gov. Dannel P.  Malloy’s full attention on the problems of transportation. But his recently announced plan for the state sound like he’s been reading from the book of Moses—Robert Moses, the New York City planner who never met a highway he didn’t like. 

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Malloy has announced that he wants to widen our interstate highways. All of them, everywhere! “Look at New Jersey,” he said recently. “They were smart enough to build parallel highways to existing highways,” evoking images of the six-lane wide New Jersey Turnpike where cars and trucks run in their own lanes.

Great, perhaps, for the swamps of Secaucus, but Malloy says he wants to replicate that on all of I-95 from Rhode Island to New York, adding lanes that would eat into some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

Imagine the decades of construction and the billions of dollars in cost. The exit 14 widening on I-95 in Norwalk alone cost $41 million, and it’s still not done.

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‘Your Downtown’ Open House Rescheduled to Monday

The “Your Downtown” open house on the proposed Westport downtown master plan originally scheduled for today will he held Monday due to the storm, organizers announced.

It will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. The public is invited to attend at any point to view exhibits on key plan projects and question master plan consultants.

At 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be guided presentations of the draft plan. These will be televised on public access Channel 79 (Cablevision) and Channel 99 (ATT)

Public comments on the draft plan are welcome until Feb. 5. The plan may be downloaded here.

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Ready for Shoppers

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Westport’s Main Street was clear of snow early today, ready for post-storm shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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A Priority

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The Main Street sidewalk cleanup was top priority for merchants today as they readied to open after being closed by the storm on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Parking Lots Clear

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Parking lots in Westport’s center were clear early today, some with large mounds of snow waiting to be taken away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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After the Storm

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Tuesday’s post-storm sunset as viewed from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
7 p.m. - Spotted Horse Tavern - WestportREADS 2015 Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Spotted Horse Tavern

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunset to Skate By

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Today’s post-storm sunset provided a spectacular backdrop for skaters at Westport’s P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Blowin’ in the Wind

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The entrance road to Westport’s Compo Beach was obscured late today by wind-driven snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Open and Awaiting Customers

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Tutti Ristorante, 599 Riverside Ave., was among Westport restaurants open today and awaiting customers. Maria Funicello, co-owner with her chef husband Pasquale, said, “We opened at 4 o’clock, but we don’t have a single reservation for tonight and the phone has not rung even once. I don’t think anyone knows we’re open, but we plan to stay until our usual closing time at 9 p.m.” Their phone is (203)221-0262. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Mountain Climber

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Helen Klisser During, artistic director of the Westport Arts Center (and contributing WestportNow photographer), took to a mound of snow in the Center’s parking lot today in an annual ritual to practice mountain climbing and to get ready for serious skiing. The New Zealand native is a former member of her country’s national ski team.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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I-95 Clear at Sunset

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I-95 through Westport was clear of snow late today. View is looking southbound from a Department of Transportation camera at the Hales Road overpass just after sunset. DOT photo

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Back on Track

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A Metro-North train leaves the Westport station today after resumption of service on a Sunday schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Wednesday School Reopening

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Workers clear sidewalks at Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue today in advance of Wednesday’s reopening of Westport schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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