Monday, April 12, 2010
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that based on new information she is expanding her request to President Obama for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the March storms.
The request broadens the area hardest hit and seeks financial assistance to individual homeowners and businesses in five counties—Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham.
“This is critical news for homeowners and employers,” Rell said. “It offers them a financial lifeline to recover from storm damage.
“If this request is approved –- and I have every reason to believe it will be –- then the federal government will step in to help hard-pressed Connecticut residents and business owners recover from these devastating storms.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said a combination of low humidity less than 30 percent, sustained northwest winds of 10 to 15 with gusts of 15 to 20 mph and dry fine fuels have led to an increased risk of fires this afternoon in Westport and surrounding areas.
These conditions are forecast to persist through this afternoon, an advisory said.
Residents should keep vehicles out of grassy areas and ensure proper disposal of any smoking materials, the Weather Service said.
UPDATE Westport is ahead of the nation in its 2010 U.S. Census participation rate but lagging behind the 2000 rate, Census Bureau statistics showed today.
Westport is lagging behind its 2000 participation rate. U.S. Census Bureau illustration
Today marks the six-day countdown for residents across America to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires, according to the Census Bureau.
Households that return their forms after Friday may still be visited by census workers, who begin going door-to-door to collect census responses on May 1.
The Census Bureau said Westport’s overall participation rate as of today was 70 percent, down from 78 percent at this time in 2000. (Check the right hand column of WestportNow for a continuously updated running total of Westport’s participation rate.)
UPDATE A track fire near the New Haven Line Westport station at Saugatuck briefly delayed rush hour traffic today.
The fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. and the all clear was reported at 8:11 a.m.
Firefighters on the scene requested that Metro-North shut down three of the four tracks while they doused the flames in some track ties.
The flames were put out quickly but firefighters remained on the scene to saturate the ties, according to reports from the scene.
There’s a new fountain in Round Pond off Westport’s Compo Road South—part of an effort to keep the pond healthy by putting oxygen into it. Owners Mark Steffen and Helen Cusa have gotten rid of algae in the water by introducing corn gluten. (See WestportNow July 12, 2008) They also put in a kind of microbe frequently that is harmless but eats the sludge at the bottom of the pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Public Hearing, CT Probe of Utility Response to March Storms (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Business Special: “Getting Found on the Web—Simple Strategies for Improving Your Online Search Ranking”
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Malloy Lecture in the Arts: “New Yorker” cartoonist Roz Chast
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Transit Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
It was a nearly full audience of music lovers today who came to hear Rita Lapcevic and Sandra Shaw Murphy play “An Afternoon of Piano Duets” at the Westport Public Library. The selections included music by Debussy, Dvorak, Franz Liszt, Hoagy Carmichel and ended with a toe tapping “Fiddle Faddle” by Leroy Anderson. They played a concert at the Westport Library a couple of years ago and were brought back by popular demand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
You think things are bad now? Just wait.
We could be inches or minutes away from a global economic crisis that will make the current recession look like fun—the day we realize we’re running out of oil.
For decades we’ve lived (and driven) in denial, somehow assuming we have the “right” to cheap gas, and therefore, low-cost transportation. Now it’s time to face reality and consider what will happen when (not if) gas hits $10 a gallon.
The following are my and others’ hypotheses. These things haven’t happened, yet:
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Several dozen people today participated in a three- mile walk to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger and poverty known as a CROP Walk. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. High School students from various churches, synagogues, clubs, and organizations in Westport and Weston united to reintroduce the CROP Walk to this area after a three-year absence. The walkers are pictured on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Participants in a three-mile CROP walk to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger and poverty today posed before Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, the starting and ending point. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Dave Matlow
The restaurant at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club debuts this week under new ownership and a new name.
It’s the first restaurant for experienced chef John Holzwarth. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
John Holzwarth, former chef at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant for the past two years, is the owner of the new restaurant, The Boat House at Saugatuck.
“I’ve always been looking for the right opportunity and this is it,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve been a restaurant owner and it’s a good feeling.”
Holzwarth who spent 13 years as a chef although he graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a B.A. in economics and Spanish literature, said that the menu will be seasonal and the food will be acquired from local and artisan producers.
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Longshore Club Park golf course today where golfers were enjoying the warm spring weather. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com
Adorned with fairy lights and spring blossoms, the trees along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center were a pretty sight against the early evening sky on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Create Footprints Run/Walk Lyme Disease research fundraiser (run/walk starts at 11 a.m.)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
Noon - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Wesport/Weston CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk (1 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “The Westport Indoor Music Festival:” Jodi Keogan & Mark Watson in Concert
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects: “Consigned to Death,” Jane Cleland
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Sandra Murphy and Rita Lapcevic
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Hound of the Baskervilles”
4 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School Auditorium - Westport Community Band Friends & Family Concert
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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