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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Joan Lunden Welcomes Guests to Pink Aid Luncheon

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Television personality Joan Lunden, a breast cancer survivor, today was featured speaker at the sixth annual Pink Aid luncheon and fashion show. at Mitchells of Westport. She told the crowd: “I’m cancer-free every day of the week. I fought like a warrior. I wanted to hold on.” Pink Aid’s mission is to help underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening to women in financial need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Warm Welcome From the Ladies

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The fashion show was the highlight of today’s sixth annual Pink Aid luncheon at Mitchells of Westport to support breast cancer patients and survivors. The male models received an especially warm welcome. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chowdafest Set for Sunday

Five Westport restaurants will square off against scores of others from throughout the state and region in the eighth annual New England Chowdafest competition set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Roz Carpentieri helped out son Steve at the Dunville’s booth last year. The Westport restaurant won first place in the traditional chowder competition with its Manhattan chowder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s nice to see Westport so well represented” said Jim Keenan, director of the event designed to raise funds to fight regional hunger.

“Chowdafest started in Westport eight years ago, and the town loves getting up for some great chowder, soup and bisque,” he added.

Keenan said that each year the event has attracted “thousands of discernible foodies from all over the tri-state and New England area.”

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Post Road Traffic Back to Normal

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Traffic was flowing normally early today on the Post Road’s Ruth Steimkraus Cohen Bridge after night-long often bumper-to-bumper traffic as I-95 southbound was closed by the sewage tanker truck crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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State Police ID Tanker Driver, Arrest Another on DUI Charge

UPDATE State police reopened I-95 southbound between exits 17 and 18 in Westport at 5:32 a.m. today following Wednesday night’s fiery sewage tanker crash that killed a 64-year-old Woodbury man.

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Ramses Rival: free on $10,000 bond. State Police photo

Westport police at the same time reopened Elaine Road and Underhill Parkway, which had been closed after part of the truck fell down an embankment in the area.

Emergency workers extricated the body of the driver, from the cab of the truck at 2:39 a.m. State police identified him as Thomas Patrick Reynolds.

They said the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford, was arrested for driving under the influence.

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Surf’s Up at Compo

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The surf was up at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday with overcast skies prevailing throughout most of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 29, 2016


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Transit District Directors Meeting
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. - Mitchells of Westport (670 Post Road East) - Pink Aid luncheon
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
5 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Gerry Snyder
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Committee (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Joint RTM Finance, Public Works, & Education Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Traffic Jams Late Into the Night

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Westbound traffic on Post Road East was bumper to bumper late tonight as I-95 traffic soundbound was detoured at Exit 18 and the Sherwood Island Connector because of the sewage tanker crash near Exit 17. View is near the intersection of Compo Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fire and Explosions Rock Saugatuck From I-95 Crash

UPDATE Explosions and fire followed a crash tonight of a tanker truck carrying sewage on I-95, sending the flaming driver’s cab tumbling down an embankment at the north end of the Saugatuck River bridge. The driver was killed, according to fire officials.

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Heavy smoke and fire from the crash could be seen from the other side of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

State police early Thursday identified the truck driver as Thomas Patrick Reynolds, 64, of Woodbury. They said another vehicle was involved in the crash on the southbound side of the bridge shortly before 7 p.m. and that the driver, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford was charged with driving under the influence. The highway was reopened southbound at 5:32 a.m. Thursday.

“There were three more explosions after it went off the highway,” one witness told News-12 Connecticut. “It was so loud – boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.”

Another man said: “There was a fire as high as the trees. And there was another boom.”

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‘It Was So Loud - Boom, Boom, Boom’

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UPDATE A passing motorist took this photo tonight moments after a sewage tanker truck southbound on I-95 was in a crash with a second vehicle, caught fire, overturned, and the driver’s cab went down an embankment on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck was traveling between exits 18 and 17 just before 7 p.m. The driver was killed, according to fire officials. One witness said: “There were three more explosions after it went off the highway. It was so loud –- boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.” The driver’s body was extricated from the wreckage at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

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Driver Killed in Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash

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UPDATE A firefighter at the scene tonight where the driver of a sewage tanker truck was killed when the cab of his vehicle (in bushes, rear) went off of I-95 at the end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck burst into flames and exploded following a crash with another vehicle and overturned. The cab of the truck went down an embankment on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway near the town’s sewage treatment plant. The highway was closed in both directions between exits 17 and 18 in Westport but northbound was reopened about an hour later. Police said adjacent town roads, as well as the Post Road, were jammed as a result of the highway closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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I-95 Crash Ties Up Highway and Local Traffic

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UPDATE The scene tonight on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway, just below the I-95 Saugatuck Bridge where a sewage tanker truck burst into flames and part of it went down an embankment. Westport police said local traffic in the area was backed up and the Post Road was jammed as southbound I-95 traffic sought to detour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash on I-95

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UPDATE A tanker truck hauling sewage was involved in a fiery crash tonight at the end of the Saugatuck River bridge in Westport. Part of the truck apparently went off the highway and down an embankment, ending up on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway. Fire officials said the driver was killed in the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out St. Joseph

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A power-head goal by Teddy Lawrence and a 20-yard blast by Anton Mahr lifted Staples to a 2-0 victory today at St. Joseph. The clean sheet was earned by keeper Ziggy Hallgarten and defenders Lawrence, Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Gabe Baltierra. In the photo above, midfielder Timmy Liles is sandwiched by a pair of Cadets. The Wreckers – now 3-2-3 – host Westhill Saturday, in a key FCIAC contest. Game time at Loeffler Field is 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Sikorsky Incentives Win Bipartisan Approval in Special Session

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut legislators today took a one-day break from re-election campaigns to give bipartisan blessing to a $220 million incentive deal for Lockheed Martin that would keep its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary and production of its next generation of helicopters in a state desperate to keep its storied aerospace industry.

At a State Capitol inured to economic gloom, most legislators embraced the Sikorsky deal as a cause for celebration, a victory that promises to pump $69.2 billion into the economy over 14 years, while saving thousands of jobs at Sikorsky’s sprawling plant in Stratford and at more than 300 suppliers throughout the state.

“Competition in today’s worldwide economic climate is fierce, and Connecticut is showing that we remain a valued leader where businesses can maintain a competitive edge well into the future,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said after final passage.

Passage came on votes of 35-1 in the Senate and 136-6 in the House.

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