Wednesday, January 28, 2015
After the Storm
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
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sunset to Skate By
Blowin’ in the Wind
Open and Awaiting Customers
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
I-95 Clear at Sunset
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
Back on Track
Getting Ready for Wednesday School Reopening
Schools to Open on Schedule Wednesday
A school administration email to parents today said Westport Public School will reopen on schedule Wednesday.
NWS Update: Winter Warning Becomes Winter Advisory; 1-2 Inches More
The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area and replaced it with a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight.
It calls for snow and blowing snow with additional snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches.
Winds will be northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, it said. Visibilities will be one mile or less at times with temperatures around 20.
The weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters registered a wind gust of 32 mph just after 4 p.m.
Winslow Snow Fun
A Little Push Helps
Ready to Ride
Westport neighbors George Lepska, 11, Natalie Lepska, 14, and Dylan Garra, 11, get set for a snow tube ride today near Westport’s Willowbrook Cemetery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pamela Garra for WestportNow.com
Plenty to Plow
Even though Westport did not get the worst of the storm, there were still plenty of streets to clear, including Kings Highway North. Even though the travel ban on local roads was lifted at 8:30 a.m., town officials urged residents to stay off the roads to make it easier going for the snowplows. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline O’Kane for WestportNow.com
Marpe: ‘Stay off the Roads a Few More Hours’
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today released the following statement on the storm:
It appears that the worst of the snow storm has passed out of the Westport area. We are fortunate that the snowfall has been much less than anticipated and that there have been no electrical outages, minimal shoreline flooding, and no significant public safety emergencies.
I want to thank the citizens of Westport for heeding our request to stay home and off the roads. This has really facilitated the town’s road clearing efforts and minimized traffic accidents.
I would ask Westporters to stay off the roads for a few more hours to allow road and parking lot clearing to be completed.
NWS Update: 1 to 3 More Inches
The National Weather Service, in a mid-day update to its Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area, said to expect an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow.
The Warning expires at 7 p.m.
Malloy: Statewide Travel Ban Lifted as of 2 P.M.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he is lifting the statewide travel ban as of 2 p.m.
Feeling at Home on Siberia-Like Main Street
Westporter Aaron Pisacane early today walks with Angel, 2, a Samoyed—a breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia—on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cop Biter Faces New Charges
A high-society, New York City and Palm Beach, Fla. woman arrested in November for biting a police officer and a paramedic and spitting in the face of another officer now faces new charges.
Westport police said today Alexendra Skiffington, 26, turned herself in at police headquarters Sunday night to be booked on charges of operating under the influence and taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Released after posting a $2,500 bond, Skiffington is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 2, said Capt. Vincent Penna.
She was originally arrested on Nov. 29 when officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Richmondville Avenue address where she was attempting to leave in her boyfriend’s car without his permission, police said. (See WestportNow Dec. 5, 2014)
Metro-North Details Resumption of Train Service Today
Metro-North today detailed resumption of New Haven Line train service as of 1 p.m. on a Sunday schedule. Trains transiting Westport include:
Westbound to New York
The first express train from New Haven will depart at 12:25 p.m. and is due to arrive at Grand Central at 2:15 p.m.
Eastbound to Connecticut
The first express train to New Haven will depart Grand Central at 12:04 p.m.
NWS: Expect 2-3 More Inches
The National Weather Service, in an update to its Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area, said to expect additional snow accumulations of 2-3 inches.
Marpe on Storm: ‘Town Dodged Bullet’
By James Lomuscio
With winds shifting to the east, less snow than expected, no power outages and virtually no coastal flooding, Westport and the region dodged the bullet of what had been forecast as an historic blizzard expected to cripple Southwestern Connecticut, First Selectman Jim Marpe said today.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe confers today with Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury at the Emergency Operations Center at Westport Fire Headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“I can say that we dodged the bullet compared to what we expected 24 hours ago,” said Marpe from the town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Fire Headquarters. “The governor a few minutes ago lifted the travel ban on local roads in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
“Another good thing is that there were no power outages, and virtually none in the state,” he added. “That must be the most important bullet we dodged. When you lose power and it’s 20 degrees out, that presents challenges, which fortunately we did not have to face.
Marpe said that instead of the expected two to three feet of snow, today’s totals would be far less.Page 1 of 1680 pages
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