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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Town Hall Employees Receive CPR Certificates

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) passes out certificates of completion of a CPR course to Town Hall employees this morning. Westport Volunteer EMS CPR instructors Jay Paretzky and Alan Stolz were also on hand for the presentation to 27 employees who completed the training, which lasted six to eight hours. Each person was also trained to use an automated external defibrillator, which are stationed in 10 public locations in Westport including Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Weather Expected to Improve

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While skies brightened at times on Tuesday, the rain stuck in Westport for the third straight day. The rain wasn’t nearly as bad as when the nor’easter pushed through the region on Sunday and Monday. The weather is expected to improve through the remainder of the week with sunny skies and 60-degree weather expected this weekend. Above view is of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Police Pension Board
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen 80’s Night
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “All About Us”

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Compo Drainage System Passes Test

By Jennifer Connic

The height of the tide on Sunday night and Monday morning in the Compo Beach area was comparable to the one from the 1992 nor’easter that left the surrounding neighborhood under water, but this time the neighborhood dried out much quicker.

It was the first major test for the new drainage system that was installed in the Compo Beach area in 2002 at a cost of $1.2 million, and Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said Compo did very well.

“The water did not go over Compo Beach Road because of the berm we put there,” he said. “Bradley Street was free of any flood water. We didn’t lose Bradley at all.”

While there was water in backyards and basements, he said, the drainage system worked well.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Flood Waters Recede

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Many homes were flooded in Westport during a nor’easter that hit the region on Sunday and Monday. Included were homes along Kings Highway North along the Saugatuck River on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathryn Van der Kloot for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

While the Saugatuck River is still swollen and tides were high today, Westport has been free of significant flooding today.

Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried said this afternoon that all of Westport’s roads were open and the tides, while high, have not caused serious flooding.

“We are beyond the onslaught,” he said.

Westport suffered significant flooding along its coast and along inland rivers and streams on Sunday and Monday because of a nor’easter that pushed through the region, and many people suffered from flooded basements.

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Transfer Station Fees Waived Through Saturday

Westport officials have waived the residential dumping fee at the town’s transfer station on Sherwood Island Connector for flood-damaged items until Saturday.

Saturday hours will also be extended to 3 p.m. The waiver applies to residential dumping fees and not commercial dumping fees.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said residents will be able to dispose of household items that were damaged during the flooding associated with the nor’easter that pushed through the region on Sunday and Monday.

“In view of the extensive flooding, we want to provide every possible service to our residents to help alleviate the stress and inconvenience caused by this storm,” he said.

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P&Z Begins Draft Town Plan Discussions

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission expressed concerns that it hasn’t discussed an overall vision for the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development and discussed formatting issues during a discussion on the first draft of the plan.

The commission held its first discussion on the draft, which has yet to be released to the public, during its meeting Monday night. Glenn Chalder, Planimetrics principal who is working on the plan with the commission, said he was seeking feedback from the commission.

“It’s a lump of clay right now and it needs to take shape,” he said.

The commission expressed concerns about formatting and linking the new plan to the 1997 Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

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Library Hosts Two Teen Events This Week

The Westport Public Library is hosting two events for teenagers this week.

On Wednesday at 6:30-9 p.m., the library will host an 1980s party for teens in the McManus Room. Teens will be able to see the 1986-movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” There will also be pizza, 80s music and prizes for the best 80s outfit.

On Saturday, the library will host a game afternoon for teens and parents at 2-4 p.m. in the McManus Room. Families are invited to bring their favorite board games, but the library will provide its own games for the afternoon.

For more information on either event, contact Jaina Lewis, teen service librarian, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 291-4809.

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Senior Center to Hold Cole Porter Program

The Westport Center for Senior Activities will host “The Best of Cole Porter” on Sunday as part of its series of musical events.

Doors for the free event open at 1 p.m., refreshments are served at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

Soprano Nancy Fox and baritone William Thorpe will sing Cole Porter’s music, and they will be accompanied by William Merrill on piano.

The songs to be sung include “All of You,” “Anything Goes,” “Easy to Love,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “You Do Something to Me.”

For more information or to reserve a seat, call (203) 341-5099.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: Spinning Straw into Gold
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “All About Us”

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P&Z Rejects Proposal to Change Christie’s Garage

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Tim Purcell, Christie’s Garage owner, won’t have to move his business because the Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a proposal to change the garage into a home decor store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight unanimously rejected an application to change Christie’s Garage on Cross Highway into a home decor store.

The owner of the site and the tenant asked for a “transformation,” which allows the property owner to change a use of a building that does not conform to zoning regulations to another nonconforming use. The property is in a residential zone. The new use, however, needs to be similar to the old one.

Neighbors and garage customers expressed opposition to the garage disappearing during a hearing earlier this month (See WestportNow April 5).

“Usually we are flexible with our nonconforming uses, but this goes over the line,” said David Press, a commission member, during the work session to discuss the application tonight. “There is no correlation between the proposal and what is there.”

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Going Down: 8 Oak Ridge Park

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Construction crews today demolished the house at 8 Oak Ridge Park in Westport. The 1952 house sold in December for $725,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Arrest Third Suspect in Home Invasion Robbery

Westport police said today they have arrested a third suspect in a home invasion robbery early Saturday in which a 29-year-old man was attacked with a knife and hammer. (See WestportNow April 14, 2007)

Thomas J. Modla, 23, of 131 Wilkens Ave., Bridgeport, was identified Sunday night following his arrest by Bridgeport police on several unrelated outstanding warrants, police said.

Bridgeport detectives had been helping Westport police in searching for him since the Westport robbery, detectives said. They said no other suspects were being sought.

Detectives were preparing an arrest warrant for Modla charging him with robbery, burglary, assault, and larceny in connection with a robbery, a press release said.

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Coastal Flooding Recedes, Saugatuck River Floods North

By Jennifer Connic

Many roads were covered with dirt this afternoon as water receded and people started to pump water out of their basements, but some areas of Westport were still suffering from flooded roads and homes because of a rising Saugatuck River.

Westport was hit with the worst coastal flooding it has seen since a 1992 nor’easter today and Sunday, and the tidal waters today rose higher than they did during high tide on Sunday night. Today’s storm surge pushed water into downtown Westport flooding Parker-Harding Plaza and bringing the water to the doors of downtown businesses.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the storm was different than the 1992 storm because that storm had mainly coastal flooding although downtown was also flooded by the Saugatuck River.

“The 1992 nor’easter didn’t affect many people inland,” he said. “It was mainly a coastal event. This time we had shoreline and inland residents under water.”

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Rescued Safely

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A Weston woman who tried to drive through the raging waters of the overflowing Saugatuck River on Westport’s Clinton Avenue near Ford Road today had to be rescued by Westport firefighters and a Connecticut National Guard vehicle. The woman, who said she thought she could drive through the water safely,  was unhurt.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Woman Rescued from Vehicle Along Saugatuck

By Jennifer Connic

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Stranded driver: “I was afraid I was going to get sucked into the water.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com

A road barricade fell down this afternoon, and it meant a water rescue for a Weston woman who tried to traverse the high waters on Clinton Avenue near Ford Road.

While the flooding has receded along the coast and many roads were opened this afternoon, the upper areas of Westport along the Saugatuck River and its tributaries were still under water.

The Saugatuck River was rushing by Ford Road swollen from the heavy rains of the nor’easter that pushed through the region Sunday, and today the water flooded one home at the bottom of the hill from Clinton Avenue.

The waters had risen to thigh level on Ford Road, and a Weston woman, who wished not to be identified, said she didn’t think the flood waters were that deep because the barricade was down and it was shallow at the bottom of the hill.

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“The Barricades Were Down So I Thought It Was Okay”

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A Weston woman’s car sits in the waters of the overflowing Saugatuck River on Westport’s Ford Road today following her rescue from the vehicle by Westport firefighters using a Connecticut National Guard vehicle. “The barricades were down so I thought it was okay,” she said afterwards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com

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Kings Highway North Among Streets Flooded

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Westport’s Kings Highway North was among streets flooded today during the morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wilton Road Closed

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Westport police were out blocking Wilton Road today. The Saugatuck River rose and covered a portion of the road near Save the Children. On Sunday, a motorist was caught in the water on Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck River Floods Downtown

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The Saugatuck River spilled over its banks and into downtown Westport again this morning, including along Main Street and Parker-Harding Plaza. Many of the roads in the downtown area are blocked with flood waters. Westport emergency officials said coastal flooding will recede this afternoon, but the Saugatuck River has yet to crest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Downtown Westport Blocked by Flood Waters

Emergency workers helped a Saugatuck Shores resident out of flood-blocked streets today as new coastal flooding hit Westport and the Saugatuck River spilled over its banks in the town’s center at high tide, emergency officials said.

In an 11:45 a.m. update, Westport emergency officials urged residents to avoid downtown Westport, which was only accessible at the time via Route 1. Most downtown streets were back to normal less than two hours later.

Fire officials said a woman resident of the Saugatuck Shores area requested assistance in leaving her home blocked by flood waters. A National Guard vehicle with high water capability took her through to higher land, they said.

As waters rose in advance of the 10:51 a.m. high tide, numerous roads were closed, they said, including Kings Highway North at Canal Street, Canal Street at Main Street, Riverside Avenue, Parker Harding and Jesup Parking Lots, all of Saugatuck Shores, Compo Road South and most roads around Compo Beach.

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Minor Flooding in Compo Beach Area

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Cars make their way around the Minuteman statute near Westport’s Compo Beach today as high tide approached. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Compo Area Roads Flooded

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Some roads in Westport’s Compo Beach area flooded this morning, and residents were out surveying the damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Willow Brook Continues to Flood Neighborhood

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Willow Brook was over its banks along Westport’s Richmondville Avenue this morning. One home owner’s kayak drifted into the brook during the night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck River Overflows its Banks

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The Saugatuck River surged over its banks in Westport’s center today as high tide approached. This was the scene in the Taylor Place parking lot adjacent to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridgen over the Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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