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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

CL&P Reports Power Fully Restored in Westport

Power was fully restored to more than 11,000 Westport customers late Tuesday night, according to Connecticut Light & Power Co.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, addressing Tuesday night’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session, said there were still three Westport homes in the dark when the meeting began at 8 p.m., more than three days after they lost power.

More than 4,900 Westport homes and businesses—more than 40 percent of the town—were blacked out by Saturday’s storm.

Joseloff said the storm underscored the need for all Westporters to be prepared for prolonged blackouts that could last 10 to 14 days during severe weather events. He also said he has ordered a study to add a generator to Westport’s Center for Senior Actiivities, one of the buildings that lost power during the storm.

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Talking Sex at the Rotary Club

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Westporter Robert Selverstone, a psychologist whose practice in Westport for the past 25 years has focused on adults, couples and adolescents, addressed the Westport Roatry Club Tuesday on “kids and sex.” His wide ranging talk included his efforts to get young people to define “hooking up” to citing a New York Times story Tuesday reporting that female praying mantises bite off the head of their male lover during sex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Fire Pension Board
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Wendy Kann
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Board of Finance public informational meeting
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Archbishop’s Ceiling”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Area Nine Cable Council
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Save the Children -  Caps to the Capital Event
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood and Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Digital Audiobook Workshop
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (Live coverage cable channel 79)

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RTM Briefed on Freedom of Information Act

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Westport Representative Town Meeting members were discouraged tonight from discussing items via e-mail because it could be considered a meeting under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tom Hennick, Freedom of Information Commission public information officer, gave the RTM an overview of the state Freedom of Information Act and answered questions. Many of the questions focused on e-mail.

He said public officials do not want to have a discussion over e-mail about an item that should be discussed in a public meeting.

It doesn’t mean public officials cannot use e-mail, Hennick said, but it becomes a public record.

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Fixing the Signs

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Clean-up from Ernesto was not limited to trees that had fallen. Crews were out in Westport today also fixing street signs that had blown over during the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Police Search for Robbery Suspect

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Westport police are searching for the man who robbed Palm Beach Tan on Post Road East near the Fairfield line this morning.

Police said the suspect made off with about $100.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6-foot-2 inches tall, slim build, short hair, a gap between his front teeth, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

Shortly before noon, employees reported the suspect came into the store at 1864 Post Road East and handed the clerk at the counter a note which indicated that he had a gun and demanded cash.

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Clean-up Continues

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Clean up from Ernesto continues today. Tree crews are a common sight around town, including at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Back to the Beach

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With their children back to school today, Greens Farms Elementary parents gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach today for the third annual “First Day of School Party.” The party was organized by Maureen Coogan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Capturing the Moment

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In a scene repeated all over Westport this morning, a father captures the moment as youngsters return to classes after summer vacation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Happy Faces

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These youngsters had happy faces today as they headed back to classes aboard a bus bound for Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Waving Goodbye

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Parents wave goodbye to their children this morning near Rafael Way off Compo Road North as the bus headed for Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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School Days

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A seventh grader waits for the school bus today near Westport’s River Lane. More than 5,000 students headed back to classes after the summer vacation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Students Head Back to School, Some from Darkened Homes

More than 5,000 students at Westport schools headed back to classes today from their summer vacation—but some had to do it from homes still without power from Saturday’s storm.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said three Westport customers were without power at 10 p.m.

At one point after the storm, more than 4,900 Westport customers—about 41 percent of all Westporters served—were in the dark.

Westport police urged caution in watching out for increased back-to-school bus, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic and reminded motorists that it is state law to stop for school buses

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Last Day of Summer Vacation

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Some youngsters played on the jetty at Compo Beach on Labor Day Monday, the last day of summer vacation before heading back to school today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Obstacle Course

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Members of Westport’s Staples High School Cross Country team take the damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto in stride as they approach a downed telephone pole on Berndale Drive at Leslie Lane late Monday. Residents along Leslie Lane were less sanguine about the situation. Along with many other Westport residents blocked on dead-end streets, they were unhappy that they were prevented from driving out of Leslie Lane from Saturday at about 5 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday. Town officials said the delays in clearing the roads were caused by the need for confirmation by CL&P that the wires involved were not energized and the widespread number of trees and wires down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
6:45 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Public Works Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special RTM Freedom of Information Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”

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Power Restored to Many Homes

(UPDATE)Utility crews working through the night restored power to hundreds of Westport homes which had been blacked out since Saturday’s storm.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 332 Westport customers were without power at 11 p.m., down from 3,366 at midnight Sunday.

A CL&P official said the company hoped to restore 99 percent of its customers by midnight and full restoration by mid-day Tuesday.

About 1,131 customers in the North Avenue-Long Lots Road area got their power mid-evening, accounting for much of the late day reduction in the numbers of those still in the dark, the utility said.

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Heading Home

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New York-bound traffic backed up on I-95 in Westport this afternoon as many travelers headed home at the close of the Labor Day holiday weekend. View is from the Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Banner Labor Day at Compo

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While some homes remained dark from Saturday’s storm, that did not prevent many people from making a Labor Day holiday visit to Westport’s Compo Beach today to mark the unofficial end of summer. There were some stiff breezes, plenty of sunshine, and the occasional passing advertisement in the sky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Enjoying the Last Summer Holiday

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Except for some sand on the roadways and boardwalk, Westport’s Compo Beach looked almost normal for Monday’s Labor Day holiday crowds. Parks and Recreation workers were cleaning up the beach hours after the storm passed through. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Up on the Roof

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Westport firefighters today cleared some trees which fell on the roof of a Canal Park unit of the Westport Housing Authority as a result of Saturday’s storm. The trees made a small hole in the roof. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cleanup Continues

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Town Public Works and utility crews worked throughout Westport today clearing streets of downed trees and repairing power lines. This actiivity took place late this afternoon at Berndale Drive and Leslie Lane (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Compo Moment

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A family pauses for a Labor Day photo today on Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Early Birds

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A couple waits outside Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park early today for the park to open. The park expected large crowds for the Labor Day holiday and the unofficial end to summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Accident Scene

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Police and firefighters confer at the scene of a one-car accident early today at Westport’s Greens Farms Road and Prospect Road. The driver went off the road and through a wood fence and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital but the extent of his injuries was not known. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Extricate Accident Victim

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Westport firefighters had to extricate a motorist from his car early today after he failed to negotiate a curve at Greens Farms Road and Prospect Road and the vehicle went through a wooden gate of a stone wall. The driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Monday, Sept. 4, 2006


7 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Yard Waste Site open for storm debris

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Westport Yard Waste Facility to Open Monday

Westport’s yard waste facility on Bayberry Lane will open Monday and fees will be waived for residents bringing in storm-related debris, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced tonight.

“Although it is a holiday, many Westporters will want to use the day to clean up their yards and get rid of the storm aftermath,” he said. “This will make it a little easier for them.”

Joseloff said fees for residents taking yard waste to the site at 180 Bayberry Lane will be waived throughout this week. The yard waste center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Compo Waves Into Parking Area

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Waters at Westport’s Compo Beach reached into the parking area during Saturday’s storm. Submission of the photo was delayed by the power outages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Working to Get Power Back

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Dozens of utility crews worked throughout southern Fairfield County today to restore power following Saturday’s storm. This crew worked on Westport’s Imperial Avenue and got the lights back on this afternoon after 25 and a half hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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