Bridgeport, CT Real Estate News

By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Please j oin us Tuesday November 10 on Veteran's Day Eve for the opening night reception of this first in a series of art exhibits at the Black Rock Branch Library. Date: Tuesday, November 10th Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Bridgeport resident Peter Konsterlie credits a single painting class with deciding his artistic direction. He earned a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. His series One Week's Casualties, 240 portraits of U.S. soldiers who died during one week of the Vietnam War, was shown at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, and on the news program 20/20 with John Stossel. His work has been seen at venues such as the Aldrich Contemporary Museum, The Drawing Center Viewing Program, NY, Housatonic Museum, and most recently at the Wes...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-3655) - Musik Club on Thursday at 9 PM, Electric Mayhem on Friday at 9 PM.  Elaine La Chica, ODEI, Tim Walsh  on Saturday 9 PM.  Open Mic on Tuesdays at 8 pm.  John Torres/Phil Marchisotta on Wednesday at 9 pm.  http://www.acousticafe.com Ray Kelly's Pub, 2720 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (333-6278) - Karaoke on Thursday at 9 PM.  Shakedown on Friday evening.  Analog Kids acoustic on Sunday evening. Source:  www.blackrockonline.org   Black Rock's Community Blog Black Rock is one of Connecticut's Most Beautiful Waterfront Communities
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Get ready for the cold.... and mark your calendars! Burroughs' 3rd Annual "Freezin' for a Reason" will be Saturday, February 13th!In 2009, with 70 plungers, we raised over $53,000 in less than a minute. ~ We challenge YOU to help make the plunge even bigger this year!  We are looking for teams and individuals to TAKE THE PLUNGE and help support Burroughs' programs. Interested in being one of the 2010 plungers? Please email Laura@BurroughsCC.org for more information or sign up now at www.firstgiving.com/burroughs .
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Thursday November 5th 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m: Meet the Author at a Reading & Signing for: Bridgeport Tales from the Park City.  Join Professor Eric D. Lehman for a reading and signing for his book  Bridgeport Tales from the Park City. From P.T. Barnum to the brave women of the Black Rock Lighthouse to war heroes of "the nation's arsenal," Professor Lehman's book  captures our city's natural beauty and richly eccentric history. Come join us for a look at Bridgeport's fascinating past.    Black Rock Branch Library  2705 Fairfield Avenue  Bridgeport, CT 06605  203.337.9676  A Gathering Place for the Entire Community
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Wednesday  November 4th  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: Learn how you can save money on your healthcare costs.  This is a Medicare Presentation to discuss the changes to Medicare and the new Medigap, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Drug plans available for 2010 as well as the programs to help people save money on their Medicare costs.   Sponsored by the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging & Independent Living "Choices Program" and the Black Rock Branch Library   For more information please contact John Soltis at jsoltis@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org or by phone at (203) 337-9676.   John Soltis Community Librarian   Black Rock Branch Library 2705 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06605 203.337.9676 A Gathering Place for the Entire Community   Source:  www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Did you receive an invite to our Fall Event?  If not, sign up at www.blackrockonline.org for your e-mail update.  We will be showing the Nature video "Crash: A Tale of Two Species" which shows the delicate ecological balance between migrating shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. This one hour video will be followed by a Q & A with a renowned expert on horseshoe crabs, Professsor Mark Beekley of Sacred Heart University who runs Project Limulus.  The event will be held at the Fayerweather Yacht Club.  Space is limited to 40 attendees. 6:30-7:30 PM  Social Hour 7:30-8:30 PM  "Crash: A Tale of Two Species" video 8:30-9:00 PM  Q & A Event is free for members.  Non-members can attend and join on-site for $5 senior, $10 individual, or $20 household.  Membership forms will be available. To register...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
The Black Rock Homeowners Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM at the Black Rock Library at 2705 Fairfield Avenue. Guest speakers will be Pat Fardy, Chairperson for the Master Plan Steering Committee and Peter Hance, Director of Development, Bridgeport Housing Authority Topics on the agenda: Overview of the updated Bridgeport "Master Plan", the central planning document for development in Bridgeport. Presentation on the new $26 Million development proposal on Albion St. (Across from the Stop & Shop in Black Rock) Update on the Ellsworth Park proposal and information on next community meeting. Plus . . . a brief update on the Metro Center/Fairfield Train Station and the St. Mark's property on Brewster Street. Source:  www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-3655) - Darian Cunning soulful singer/songwriter on Friday at 9 PM.  Quicksand Collective, Doug M.  on Saturday 9 PM.  Open Mic on Tuesdays at 8 pm.  Boissiere and Friends on Wednesday at 9 pm.  http://www.acousticafe.com Little Joe's Cafe, 2770 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-2395) - Reva and Ron on Friday evening.  Wrathchild (Iron Maiden tribute) on Saturday. Ray Kelly's Pub, 2720 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (333-6278) - Karaoke on Thursday at 9 PM.  Funk Brotherhood Band on Friday evening.  Ejay Clark acoustic on Sunday evening.
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
You are invited to participate in Bridgeport's Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, October 24 from 9 AM to 11 AM at Blackham School (corner of Thorme Street and Amsterdam Avenue - see map).   This annual event is a n opportunity to safely get rid of your household hazardous wastes.  Common household hazardous wastes include: Adhesives, Aerosols, Ammonia, Antifreeze, Artist's Paints, Batteries (household), Brake Fluid, Charcoal Lighter Fluid, Cleaning Solvents, Compuers, Computer Monitors, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaners, Epoxy Products, Floor Care Products, Fungicides, Gasoline, Glues, Herbicides, Insecticides, Kerosene, Moth Balls, Oven Cleaners, Paint Stripper/Thinners, Polishes, Pool Chemicals, Spot and Stain Removers, Transmission Fluid, Turpentine, Televisions, VCR's, W...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Thursday October 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM the Black Rock Branch Library will be sponsoring a Halloween Parade and Neighborhood Party.  Gather at Ellsworth Park at 4:00 and march to the library with a Mounted Police escort.  Costumes required.  Please bring a can of food for the food banks.  Once at the Library there will be:  ·        Bewitching Food ·        Spooky Stories  ·        Scary Movies  ·        A Child ID program sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Company ·        Music and much more   COME AND JOIN THE FUN!  (Rain Location: St. Ann's School Gym - 521 Brewster St.)   Black Rock Branch Library  2705 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605 (203) 337-9676   A Gathering Place for the Entire Community   Source:  www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
  October 6: Explorers Club-- Enjoy  books, readers theater, poetry, crafts, short films and more. October 13: Pajamarama! Come in your p.j.s for bedtime stories!  For ages 6 and under October 20: Drop In Craft-A craft in honor of autumn and pumpkins! October 27: Family Fun Night-Join your neighbors  and us as we decorate the library for Halloween! Black Rock Branch Library, 2705 Fairfield Ave. Bpt, CT 06605(203) 337-9676 A Gathering Place for the Entire Community      Bina Williams, MLS, Children's Librarian Bridgeport Public Library 925 Broad St., Bridgeport CT 06604 203-576-7409 bwilliams@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org  
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Works by printmakers Liz Squillace, Jahmane, Jane Lubin, Will Corprew.  Hours:  Thurs-Sat  11 AM - 5:30 PM or by appointment. The Gallery at Black Rock2861 Fairfield AvenueBridgeport CT 06605203.814.6856  www.thegalleryatblackrock.com     Source:  www.blackrockonline.org
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Framemakers at 3142 Fairfield Avenue will present Ms. Jill Nichols on October 9th with a reception from 6-8 pm.  Please join us and meet the artist.  Landscapes and Seascapes and more !   Fused glass jewelry will also be available.   Original oils, pastels and watercolors. The show will run through November 13th. There will also be works by Patricia Warfield, Maureen D. Buckley, Jon Puzzolo, Richard Dana Kuchta, and "Creative Names by Sue." Don't forget we have a full artisan boutique open daily from 8:30-5:30 Tuesday - Saturday and Monday 8:30-3:30.  Free Consultations and designs available. Come and see our new mouldings and our specials for your framing needs. Specializing in Sports Memorablia and Shadowboxes !     Framemakers Picture Framing and Art Gallery 3142 Fairfield Ave Bridg...
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By Mike Tetreau, ABR, CRS, GRI, Sales Vice President
(William Raveis Real Estate - Fairfield, CT)
Bridgeport is an interesting Real Estate Market.  Home Sales are running 8% ahead of last year with 330 Homes sold through September 30th of this year.  We are still down from the 410 homes that had sold by this time in 2007.   It appears that Bargain Hunters are behind this surge in Units Sold.  The Average Selling Price is only $153,157.  This is 27% lower than last year at this time and 40% lower than the 2007 Selling Price of $257,184.   There are 327 Single Family Homes on the market ranging in price from $29,9000 for a Bungalow to $2.995 Million for a 1929 Georgian Colonial.  To see all the homes on the market, please visit www.tetreau.com.   This data is supplied by the Greater Fairfield County MLS.
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
If you play tennis, you know that there is a "sweet spot" on the racket where you can gain the most control and power when the ball touches the strings.  There is also a sweet spot in real estate markets if you dig a little deeper than median price and start to look at how homes are selling by price bracket.  Black Rock is a small market area, so these numbers are in the single digits.  They represent the number of single family detached homes that are actively on the market, under deposit or pending, and sold (from January to today, October 2, 2009). As you can see the sweet spot is in the $250,000-$299,999 range.  More homes have sold in that price range than in any other price bracket.  If you are pricing your home to sell, it helps to know whether your price range is one that is in...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-3655) -  Musik Club, Mercury Seed  on Thursday evening at 9 PM.  Pat Lattin Quartet, Jay Bethea on Friday evening at 9 PM.  I Anbassa on Saturday evening at 9 PM.  Open Mic on Tuesdays at 8 pm.  www.acousticafe.com   Little Joe's Cafe, 2770 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-2395) - The Alpha Males on Friday.   Ray Kelly's Pub, 2720 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (333-6278) - The LPC Band on Friday evening.  Shakedown on Saturday evening. 
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
LinksBlack Rock BlogPhoto GalleryDescriptionEnjoy the Black Rock community lifestyle in this spacious 8 room, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial near the water with 2,350 SF and a two car attached garage. Built in 1947 this home has been updated with a large eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and sliders to a very large deck. The deck spans the entire length of the house and has several levels and seating areas. There is also a lovely yard with gardens. The 26 foot long living room has a fireplace and bay window. There is also a formal dining room, office/den, half bath, foyer, and sunroom on the first floor. Second floor laundry room. Two room master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and large master bath with both whirlpool tub and shower. Third bedroom is in the finished attic with sk...
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-3655) -  Various Artists, Kari Bunn to open on Friday evening at 9 PM.  Metal Night on Saturday evening, doors open at 8 PM.  Open Mic on Tuesdays at 8 pm.  www.acousticafe.com Captain's Cove, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Black Rock (203-335-7104) - Chris Barber on Friday at 6 PM. Penfield Reefers on Sunday at 3 PM.   Ray Kelly's Pub, 2720 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock (333-6278) - Spiral City on Friday evening.  Wave Rider on Saturday evening.   
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Beginning Wednesday, Sept 9, we will begin our Fall program at The Black Rock Pilates Studio. See the attached flyer for details.  We are honored and grateful to be able to join Laura Pennock & Tara Collins' cadre of friends and practitioners offering health-enhancing activities (and a lot of fun too!).  Please spread the word to your family and friends.  We hope to add a late afternoon or evening class, once our schedules settle in.  We'll certainly keep you posted!!! I am working on my website.  But, until then, please visit www.qi-and-tea.com for more Qigong & Tai Chi practice opportunities. Also, feel free to contact me at 203-856-8837 if you have questions or suggestions. Qi-fully yours, Darryl Manning Source:  www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog  
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By Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
  The next meeting of the Black Rock NRZ Board will be on Monday, September 21, 2009  at Cathedral of Faith Church at 2319 Fairfield Avenue  at 7:00 pm,  The Agenda for the meeting and the Minutes of the Meeting of June 22, 2009 can be downloaded at www.blackrockonline.org     Please note:  The Black Rock NRZ Board meetings are open to the public.  A summary of the Black Rock NRZ activities will be given.  Also, Scott Hughes will discuss the Library Referendum that will be on the November ballot. Source:  www.blackrockonline.org  Black Rock's Community Blog
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