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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Author of Inklings Cheerleader Baking Story Wins Award

Alex Nitkin, a Staples High School senior and managing editor of the school newspaper Inklings, has been named the 2010 Connecticut Student Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association.WestportNow.com Image
Alex Nitkin: put heat on cheerleaders.  Contributed photo

According to Stacey Wilkins, a journalism teacher at Darien High School and the association’s state director, Nitkin will represent Connecticut in the National High School Journalist of the Year competition.

Wilkins said Nitkin, 17, was selected after the committee examined a portfolio of his work “that demonstrated the hard work, creativity and tenacity.”

“I think a big part of it was this past October I wrote an article about the Staples cheerleaders,” said Nitkin about a story that reported how the cheerleaders baked goodies for football players. “To our great surprise, Mr. John Dodig (Staples principal) asked them to stop doing it.” (See WestportNow Oct. 19, 2009)

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CL&P: 1,584 Westport Customers Without Power at 7 P.M.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 1,584 Westport customers were without power as of 7 p.m., or 13 percent of all customers.

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03/17/10 11:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 18 Sunnyside Lane

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A crew is at work on the aftermath of the demolition of the house at 18 Sunnyside Lane off Meeker Road.  Built in 1959, the one-story split level had 1,842 square feet, was situated on a two-acre lot and was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 29, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Seeks Trustees

The Westport Public Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees.

The appointments will be for a four-year term beginning on July 1. There are 20 members on the Library Board, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting and half of whom are appointed by the Library Board itself.

More information about the role of the Library Board is available on the Library’s Web site. There also is a link to the Library’s Strategic Plan, which guides the Library in decision-making and budgeting.

Two information sessions are scheduled for interested candidates. Sessions will take place on Thursday, April 8 at either noon or at 7 p.m.  It is strongly recommended that prospective candidates attend one of these sessions.

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03/17/10 10:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

CL&P: 1,792 Westport Customers Without Power at 6 P.M.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 1,792 Westport customers were without power as of 6 p.m., or 15 percent of all customers. 

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03/17/10 10:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Loading On the Poles

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Utility workers load poles on a truck at the Sherwood Island Connector commuter lot today for transport to Westport locations needing pole replacements. Connecticut Light & Power Company estimated as many as 100 poles will be needed in Westport alone to repair storm damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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03/17/10 10:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

CL&P: 2,020 Westport Customers Without Power at 5 P.M.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 2,020 Westport customers were without power as of 5 p.m., or 16 percent of all customers.

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03/17/10 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Storm Update at 5 P.M.

Here are the latest storm-related developments in Westport at 5 p.m:

—Westport public schools will reopen on Thursday. Some bus stops may still be impacted by downed tree residue and caution is advised.

—Staples High School will administer the last CAPT assessment on Thursday. Buses will transport sophomores to school at the regular starting time and will pick up all other students two hours and 50 minutes later than their normal pick up times.

—CL&P now estimates 500 customers in Westport will not have their power restored by midnight tonight. The utility had earlier promised 99 percent restoration of its 12,000 Westport customers by that deadline.

—CL&P also estimates that by midnight Thursday, there still will be about 100 Westport homes without power because they have downed wires between their home and the street.

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Westport Schools to Reopen on Thursday

Westport public schools will reopen on Thursday after being closed for three days because of the weekend storm, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.

In an e-mail message to parents, he said: “Some bus stops may still be impacted by downed tree residue. Where such a condition exists, I urge you to have your children exercise caution as they await the arrival of their school buses.

“Staples High School will administer the last CAPT assessment tomorrow, Thursday, March 18. Buses will pick-up and bring sophomores to school at the regular starting time and will pick-up all other students two hours and 50 minutes later than their normal pick-up times.”

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Making Progress on Opening Roads

Utility crews working with the town’s Public Works crews and those from out of town were making good progress today in reopening roads which have been impassable since Saturday’s storm, said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

“We’ll be meeting this afternoon to get an exact count, but we’ve managed to open such roads as Salem Lane, Colony Road, Pumpkin Hill, Gault Park Drive, Jenny Lane, Woody Lane, Pine Tree Drive, and Forest Drive,” he said.

“I know how frustrating this is for residents, but we are doing our best,” Joseloff said. “The weather is helping out as well.”

He again appealed to residents not to disregard barriers and tape across roads. “We’ll remove them when it’s safe to go through,” he said.

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03/17/10 06:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nice Sunny Day Except for a Hole in the Roof

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This home on Westport’s Salem Road was among those with its roof damaged by Saturday’s storm and awaiting repair today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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03/17/10 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Giving Instructions on Clean Up

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Westport Parks & Recreation Department director Stuart McCarthy (c) gives instructions to volunteers today at Westport’s Compo Beach on cleaning up the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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03/17/10 06:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Volunteers Help Clean Up Beach

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Volunteers helped clean up Westport’s Compo Beach today after Saturday’s storm. Students from Staples High School and other schools pitched in shoveling sand off the boardwalks and out of the pavilion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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03/17/10 06:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Working to Clear North Avenue

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Utility crews work on Westport’s North Avenue at Northside Lane today to repair power lines vital to reopening Staples High School and Bedford Middle School on Thursday. A decision on school opening will be announced later today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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03/17/10 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Utility Aiming for Power Restoration by Midnight

Connecticut Light & Power Co. has told town officials they are still confident that 99 percent of Westport customers will have power restored by midnight tonight, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today.WestportNow.com Image
Utility crews staged on the Sherwood Island Connector early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com

After a morning meeting in the town’s Emergency Operations Center with CL&P, Joseloff said he was told crews were making headway on replacing almost 100 utility poles and other equipment destroyed by the Saturday storm.

“Our emphasis is getting schools open on Thursday and making sure that school bus routes are safe and passable,” he said. A decision on school opening will be made later today.

Joseloff said he understands the frustration of the several thousand homes still in the dark, but he said the destruction was even greater than initially believed.

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