Tuesday, November 10, 2009
World War II veteran Ray Orr, 87, described for Westport Bedford Middle School students today the casualty toll of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Monday, November 09, 2009
A permit has been issued to demolish the remains of a carriage house, built about 1900, at 295 Greens Farms Road, Westport. The deteriorating structure was considered as hazardous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jerry Davidoff, a former chair of the Westport Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died Saturday at the Connecticut Hospice unit at Norwalk Hospital of complications from encephalitis, a virus of the brain. He was 83.
Jerry and Denny Davidoff in a 2006 photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Uua.org photo
Davidoff, an attorney by profession, was a champion of civil liberties and a nationally active lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist faith movement. He and his wife Denise lived in Westport from 1959 to the late 1990s when they moved to Norwalk.
Born July 1, 1926, in New York City, the son of a physician, Davidoff was raised in the Sunnyside section of Queens, N.Y., and educated at Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, Bronx High School of Science, the Horace Mann School in New York City, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale Law School.
While practicing law in New York City from 1950 to 1958, Davidoff met and in 1955 married the former Denise Ellen Taft of Brooklyn, N.Y., who later owned an advertising agency based in Fairfield and later in Westport.
Traffic northbound on I-95 in Westport was still backed up at mid-day today following an early morning tanker truck fire at Exit 19 in Fairfield. State police said they hoped to have all lanes reopened in time for the afternoon rush hour. View is looking north from the Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters today credited a working smoke detector for alerting a Richmondville Avenue resident that her home was on fire.
At about 7 a.m. the Fire Department received a call of an exterior wall on fire of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave.
Upon arrival at the one-story ranch, they found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the rear and attic area of the house, said Assistant Chief Andy Kingsbury.
“Initial investigation revealed an outside deck fire that had burned through an exterior wall, extended to the interior, and started to extend into the attic space,” he said.
Wilton firefighters, responding to aid Westport, checked out the roof of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave. early today after flames broke out on a rear deck. No one was injured in the blaze whose cause was under investigation. (An earlier version of this story erroneously said the fire was at 69 Richmondville Ave.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters quickly extinguished a fire which began on the back deck of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave. shortly before 7 a.m. today. The flames licked up an outside wall and burned an interior wall before it was knocked down. A resident was awakened by a smoke alarm and got outside without injury. Cause of the fire was under investigation. (An earlier version of this story erroneously said the fire was at 69 Richmondville Ave.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters responded with their Hazardous Material Unit and their Command and Communications Vehicle to aid Fairfield firefighters today at a chemical tanker truck fire on I-95 at Exit 19 in Fairfield. The chemical did not ignite and there were no injuries, but thousands of morning rush hour vehicles were diverted by the closure of all northbound lanes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers transferred methanol from a tanker truck (r) which caught fire early today on I-95 near Exit 19 in Fairfield. State police shut down the northbound lane for hours after the 4:30 a.m. incident. Westport sent a hazardous materials truck and communications vehicle to assist in the aftermath. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UPDATE A tanker truck carrying a flammable chemical caught fire early today on Interstate-95 near Exit 19 in Fairfield, forcing closure of all northbound lanes and extensive delays, state police said.
A chemical tanker truck sits on the side of I-95 northbound in Fairfield early today as it awaits its contents to be removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo
No one was injured and the chemical did not ignite.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames shortly after 4 a.m., but about 20 Fairfield families living in the area had to be evacuated, said state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. They were later allowed to return to their homes.
One northbound lane was reopened shortly before 7 a.m. but was closed down a short time later. Two northbound lanes were reopened by 11 a.m. and all lanes by about 1 p.m.
Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy will host the Westport Country Playhouse’s presentation of “Letters Home,” a dramatic production of actual letters written by U.S. troops serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Veterans Day, Wednesday.
The exhibit includes artist interpretations of the daily lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This one is by artist Paul Kaiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Produced by the Griffin Theatre Company of Chicago, the initial production last winter was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Outstanding New Play.”
In conjunction with “Letters Home,” the Westport Arts Center (WAC) will install an exhibition in the Playhouse lobby, “Daily Exchanges: U.S. Soldiers in Iraq - The Ordinary in Images.”
Curated by WAC’s Director of Visual Arts Terri C. Smith, with the guidance and input of artist and “Operation Enduring Freedom” veteran Paul Kaiser, “Daily Exchanges” will feature photographs and videos depicting the everyday lives of troops serving in war.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library
7 p.m. - Community Room, Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority Commissioners
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - SHS Teen Awareness Group special performance of “DIRT”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
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