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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Fairfield County until 6:45 p.m.

It said at 5:34 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing penny-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

This storm was located 13 miles west of Danbury or about near Lake Carmel and moving southeast at 20 mph.

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Westport Property Transfers July 24-28, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 24-28, 2006:

Wayne E. Allen to Stuart W. and Donielle F. Hawley, 60 Center St., $1,035,000WN property.jpg

Robert N. M. and Dina M. Upton to Ping and Jianmei Zheng, 12 Sandy Hill Terrace, $1,500,000

Maureen McBride to Anil Nagar, 34 East Main St., $849,000

Axis Point Group Holdings LLC to Dina and Stephen Phelps, 17 Ledgemoor Lane, $2,876,500

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Temperatures Soar for Third Successive Day

Westport and the tri-state area endured the third successive day today of a heat wave with temperatures soaring into the 90s.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported scattered heat-related outages.

Shortly after 6 p.m., power went out in the Post Road East area near the Sherwood Island Connector, shutting down the Sherwood Diner, Walgreen’s and other nearby businesses.

At 8 p.m., CL&P reported 338 Westport customers were in the dark.

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Clark Searches for New Job

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Ejay Clark, a former science teacher at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, has been interviewing for a new teaching position, but it remains unclear if he has found a new job.

Lewis Brey, Clark’s attorney, said today his client has interviewed for a new position, but would not say if he has a new job.

“It’s Aug. 3, and he needs to secure employment elsewhere,” he said. “He has a family to take care of.”

Clark resigned from his position in March—which was effective at the end of the school year—when he was told he would not receive tenure after two years with the district. Parents and Clark have been battling for his job, but Westport school officials have ruled there is no avenue for Clark to appeal for his job.

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Levitt Show Moves to Saugatuck Again

Tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance has again been moved inside at Saugatuck Elementary School because of the heat.

CT Meets NY Dance Fest Preview will perform starting at 7 p.m.

The school is located on Riverside Avenue.

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Grant to Help With Reverse 911

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Westport officials will use the town’s 2006 homeland security grant to institute a reverse 911 system, which will allow emergency workers to notify residents in a time of crisis.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the town will receive approximately $24,600 this year as part of the town’s ongoing participation in the federal homeland security grant program.

Town officials have purchased equipment for emergency workers with previous grant funding including satellite phones for the police and fire departments, night vision goggles for search and rescues, barricades and traffic cones, and automated fingerprint technology known as AFIS—for Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Ackley said this year’s funding—which is smaller than previous year’s award—will most likely go towards implementing a reverse 911 system.

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Making the Market Scene

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Actress Joanne Woodward, accompanied by husband Paul Newman, visited the Westport Farmers Market today at the Westport Country Playhouse. Newman was a prime mover in establishing the market, open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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No One Injured in Nail Salon Accident

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No one was injured today when a car went into the front of the Star Palace Nail Salon, 536 Post Road East. Westport firefighters survey the damage, which was minimal. The salon continued business after the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Setting Sail

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Future sailors spend the day learning the craft with the Longshore Sailing School in the water off of Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Wednesday. The youths spend three hours per day for two weeks learning to sail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District directors meeting
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - film@the library: “Beau Geste”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 203 – Zoning Board of Appeals anticipated executive session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance/Public Works/Parks and Recreation Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - CT Meets NY Dance Fest Preview

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Scattered Power Outages Hit Westport as Temperatures Soar

Heat-related power outages left several hundred Westport customers simmering on one of the hottest days of the year today.

Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported 311 Westport customers were without power as of 7 p.m. but said the number had been cut to 20 by 11 p.m.

A CL&P spokesman said most of the outages appeared heat-related.

The temperature reached 99 at mid-afternoon at the weather station at Bedford Middle School with a heat index of 111.

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Cooling Off at Sherwood Island

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A visitor to Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park cools off today with some late afternoon fishing. The temperature along the shore approached 100 during the day. That’s the Met Life blimp in the sky over Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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No One Injured in Truck Fire

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No one was injured in a truck fire on the exit 18 off ramp on I-95 southbound in Westport today. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the Four Seasons Landscaping truck. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

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Levitt Show Moved to Saugatuck

Due to the heat, tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion children’s show has been moved indoors.

The Geist, Visual Comedian show will be held at Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

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Town Complies with Overseas Ballot Laws

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Westport is not among the communities that failed to send ballots to voters living in other countries or currently serving in the military.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against several communities that did not follow the proper procedures for the ballots, but reached an agreement to ensure all would be able to participate in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

The agreement allows those who did not receive a ballot to go online to download one and grants extra time for those ballots to be returned.

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, however, said she mailed out all the ballots overseas last month.

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Record Heat?

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Temperature records were falling throughout the region today as the heat climbed to over 100 degrees, including at 105 degrees in downtown Westport. A record of 101 degrees was set at LaGuardia Airport earlier today. The record for Sikorsky Airport in Stratford was 96 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Urged to Call About Those in Need

With temperatures expect to climb close to 100 degrees again today, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley is urging Westporters to notify town emergency workers of those who may need assistance.

Adderessing Tuesday night’s Representative Town Meeting session, Ackley said residents should contact the Westport Weston Health District or the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross if they know people who may have health issues due to the heat.

“If you know people who may need help, let us know so we can avoid potential problems,” he said.

About a dozen Westport customers were without power late Tuesday. Ackley said during the day Tuesday there had been a number of emergency calls of wires down.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hazy Golf

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The hot weather didn’t keep golfers away from Westport’s Longshore Golf Course on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Excavation & Fill Regulations Committee
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission/Beautification Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  Geist, Visual Comedian

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RTM Approves Boiler, Firefighter Overtime Funding

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The Westport Representative Town Meeting tonight approved funding for a new boiler at Coleytown Elementary School and firefighter overtime.

Members approved $350,000 for the boiler and $76,715 for overtime. Both items drew few comments before unanimous approval.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the Coleytown boiler was 54 years old, and school officials have wanted to replace it for some time.

“It’s been functional through a lot of work,” he said. “It has been put off because other major projects were given a higher priority.”

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Westport Firefighter Deployed to Oregon Forest Fire

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A Westport firefighter is among those from Connecticut who are in Oregon helping fight forest fires.

Mike Kronick was among the 20 firefighters assembled by the state Department of Environmental Protection that left last Thursday. He’ll be out west for two weeks.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said initially the firefighters were under the impression they were going to San Diego to fight a fire there, but they were sent to Oregon.

Lightning had sparked the fires in Oregon, including in Ochoco National Forest. Ackley said Kronick is on the forest side of the fire, which has crept close to a number of buildings.

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Westport Senior Center Extends Hours Because of Heat

Westport’s Center for Senior Activities stayed open later than usual today to accommodate residents seeking relief from the heat.

Temperatures in the area soared into the mid-90s during the afternoon with the heat index hitting 111, according to the weather station at Bedford Middle School.

“The air-conditioned Senior Center is an ideal place to cool off not just for seniors but for anyone in Westport seeking respite from the heat,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

Sue Pfister, Senior Center coordinator, said seven or eight residents had taken advantage of the Senior Center’s cool hospitality by late afternoon.

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Voluntary Energy Conservation Urged

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) today joined with ISO New England, the operator of the region’s electric grid, in calling for voluntary energy conservation because of the heat wave.

In a statement, the DPUC urged all Connecticut homes and businesses to conserve energy especially in the critical period from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The department notes that this request is presently voluntary in hopes that mandatory action will not be needed,” the statement said.

The department recommended citizens to:

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Westport and the tri-state area until 9 p.m. today.

An afternoon advisory said hail to 1 inch in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 miles per hour and dangerous lightning are possible in the area.
A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Persons in the area should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings, the advisory said. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

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Rell Removes Fees at Sherwood Island Due to Heat

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A bank sign registers an unofficial 101 degrees at mid-day today in Westport’s center. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park as well as all other state parks and beaches will be open free of charge today and Wednesday to help people beat the heat.

“A great way to stay cool and healthy during the heat wave is to wade into Long Island Sound at one of our four state beaches, or take a refreshing dip at a beautiful inland state park,” Rell said in a statement. 

“This is an especially good option for families with young children. To make it easier for everyone, I am directing the Department of Environmental Protection to suspend admission fees at all state beaches and parks today and Wednesday.”

The other state beaches on Long Island Sound in addition to Sherwood Island State Park are Rocky Neck in East Lyme, Hammonasset in Madison, and Silver Sands in Milford.

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Going Down: 6 Windrush Lane

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The house at 6 Windrush Lane was demolished this morning. The 1923 house sold last month for $962,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Compo Waves

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The waves on Long Island Sound crash against two chairs left unattended at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday afternoon. While it heated up into the 90s there was a cool sea breeze along the beach. Temperatures are expected to heat up close to 100 today and Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a heat warning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006


9 a.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gary Nichols & the Ballistic Bovine Boys

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Movie Night at the Levitt

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The Westport Youth Commission kicked off its summer movie series tonight at the Levitt Pavilion with “Anchorman” starring Will Ferrell. The Aug. 7 movie will be “Jurassic Park,” and the Aug. 14 showing will be “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Heat Warning Issued for Tuesday Through Wednesday

The National Weather Service today issued an excessive heat warning for Westport and the tri-state area from noon Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A late afternoon advisory said the decision to elevate the alert from a watch to a warning was based on a forecast calling for high temperatures to climb into the mid 90s to near 100 degrees across the area Tuesday.

Combined with oppressively high humidity levels, this will result in heat indices climbing to between maximum levels of 105 to 110 degrees Tuesday afternoon, the advisory said. The highest heat indices are expected to occur between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This dangerous heat wave will continue through Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be similar to or even a degree or two hotter than Tuesday, climbing to the upper 90s to 102 degrees, the advisory said.

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