Tuesday, January 17, 2006
CL&P Lists Westport Areas Still Without Power
Connecticut Light and Power Co. said late today its crews were still working to restore power to the last Westport homes in the dark from the weekend storm.
The utility gave town officials a list where service was still out as of 4 p.m. The outages included:
Pine Tree Drive neighborhood (3 customers)
Florian Court neighborhood (5 customers) *Restoration expected by 6pm.*
Kings Highway North at Woodside Avenue (3 customers)
Homeland Security Grant Funds Drying Up
Westport officials, like many across the state, will need to look for a new avenue to fund homeland security equipment and training as the federal grant money has practically dried up.
The news came not long before the town suffered power outages that affected up to one-third of the homes last weekend. As of 5 p.m. today, 226 homes were still without power as Connecticut Light and Power crews continued working.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials will now need to look for local funding to help pay for equipment and training to prepare for incidents like last weekends and emergencies.
“The money is trickling through,” he said. “The spigot is tight. This is something that will affect the whole state.”
Fire Marshal Warns of Chimney Sweep Calls
Westport Fire Marshal Fred Baker is warning residents about people calling homes allegedly representing themselves as chimney sweeper, and offers advice for those who want such a service.
“The callers have used misleading, high-pressure sales techniques,” Baker wrote in a letter. “Any reputable company will offer estimates prior to commencement of work.”
Baker recomends residents require references before hiring a chimney sweep.
Residents can also call the Better Business Bureau or the fire marshal’s office at (203) 341-5020 if they want to investigate further, he wrote.
Buckwheat Zydeco to Headline Levitt Pavilion’s Fundraiser
Buckwheat Zydeco will perform at Carnivale 2006 to support the Levitt Pavilion Contributed PhotoBuckwheat Zydeco will be the star of the the Westport Levitt Pavilion’s Carnivale 2006 Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Inn at Longshore.
The four-time Grammy Award nominee has been lauded as “one of the best party bands in America” by The New York Times. The man and the band have an international following.
Fourteen zydeco and soul-flavored records and incessant touring have won the group a reputation for some of the hottest music since James Brown.
The live show alone has kept fans on their feet since 1979, when Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural first launched his zydeco career.
Rotary Meeting Moved To Peppermill
Today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting has been moved to the Peppermill Restaurant on Post Road East.
The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m.
The meeting is being moved because the Inn at Longshore, where meetings normally take place, is without power.
Still Some Without Power, New Storm Coming
While most Westporters had their power back on today, there were still scores of homes awaiting restoration. Forecasters warned of more bad weather approaching that could bring new outages.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported at 5 p.m. that 226 of its 11,902 Westport customers, or about 2 percent, were without power.
Among those out this morning were the Inn at Longshore and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department building located on the grounds of Longshore Club Park.
Chris Swan, municipal relations manager for CL&P, said a large tree pulled down a power line near the entrance to the park. He said it might be mid-day before power to the area can be restored.
Senior Center Flashes Back to 1920s
Maybeth Wirz shows off some of the vintage dress that will be welcomed at Saturday’s “Speakeasy Social” with a Roaring 1920’s theme at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The event, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature a live performance by members of “The Golden Chordsmen” barbershop quartet and there will be awards for best costume and dancers. Light hors d’oevres will be served at the gathering which is open to seniors and their guests. Tickets are $5 per person, and reservations must be made by Thursday by calling (203)341-5099. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
All Gone: 14 Burr Road
The 1910 home at 14 Burr Road in Westport was demolished leaving rubble behind. The home was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 22, 2005. Burr Road stretches between Riverside Avenue and Post Road West adjacent to King’s Highway Elementary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Talking Transportation: Free Parking Isn’t Free
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Our obsession with automobiles is not only creating gridlock and ruining the quality of our air, but it is eating up our real estate and sending land costs upward. Because, once we drive our cars off the crowded highways, we assume it is our constitutional right to find “free parking.”
For decades, city planners and zoning regulations have shared with Detroit in a conspiracy to deliver on that dream. Consider the following:
According to the industry standard-setting Institute of Transportation Engineers, there are 266 kinds of businesses which should be zoned to require a minimum amount of parking. Quoting from the ITE “bible,” convents must have one parking space for every 10 nuns in residence. Hello? The residents aren’t going anywhere. Why do they need parking? Couldn’t the convents find better use for their land?
Or consider hotels. Why are parking regulations based on requiring enough parking for the few nights each year when the hotel is sold out, rather than the majority of nights when occupancy is 50 percent or less? Would we require a movie theater to require parking for an every-seat-filled blockbuster when its more typical offerings fill far fewer seats?
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Tree Board
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 79)
Monday, January 16, 2006
How Did You Cope With the Power Outage?
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Westport Firefighters Free Trapped Motorist
Westport firefighters worked for almost an hour today to free a woman motorist trapped in her vehicle after it crashed into a utility pole on Cross Highway.
Westport EMS transported the woman to Norwalk Hospital. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known.
The accident occurred at mid-afternoon near Victoria Lane between Roseville Road and North Avenue.
Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said there was extensive damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle in the 3:27 p.m. accident.
Giving a Push
CL&P: “Good Progress” on Westport Outages
Repair crews made good progress today in restoring power to several thousand Westport residents who have been in the dark since Saturday night’s storm, according to a utility official.
“It’s been slower than we would like but we are making good progress,” said Chris Swan, municipal relations manager for Connecticut Light & Power Co.
The utility’s outage Web site showed more than 1,400 Westport customers without power as of 6 p.m., but Swan said there may be a lag in updating the database. (The 9 p.m. update showed 1,196 customers without power.)
He said more than 25 crews were at work in Westport, some of them from as far away as Massachusetts, The utility set up an emergency command post outside Westport’s Public Works Department on the Sherwood Island Connector.
Working to Bring Power to the People
Utility crews work at the intersection of Westport’s Sasco Creek Road and Greens Farms Road today as efforts continued to restore power following the weekend storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Conferring at Emergency Command Center
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) confers today with Chris Swan, municipal relations manager for Connecticut Light & Power Co., at CL&P’s emergency command center on the Sherwood Island Connector. The utility set up the mobile center at the town’s transfer station to coordinate crews working to restore power. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
CL&P Continues Working to Restore Power
Connecticut Light and Power workers continue working today to restore power to Westport. A crew works near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street this morning. Power was out at the intersection, and police had set up temporary stop signs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Historical Society Elects New Presidents
The Westport Historical Society Sunday elected Dave Matlow and Allen Raymond as co-presidents for the next two years during its annual meeting. Raymond (r) also celebrated his 83rd birthday, which is today, with a cake. Also shown are (l-r) Donna Brody, society board member; Peter Jennings, society executive vice president; and Joni Andrews, outgoing president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Utility Crews Work to Restore Power
Utility crews worked in bitter cold temperatures today to restore power to thousands of residents in southwest Connecticut, including Westport.
CL&P said as of 9 p.m., 1,196 of its 11,914 Westport customers, or about 10 percent, were without power.
A CL&P spokesman said more than 100 crews were working in the region as the temperature dipped into the single digits.
The utilty today set up a special mobile headquarters at Westport’s transfer station on the Sherwood Island Connector to coordinate the 25 to 30 crews working in Westport, according to Chris Swan, municipal relations director for CL&P parent Northeast Utilities.
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Tips If You Leave Your House Without Power
The Westport Fire Department today issued tips for residents who have to leave their homes because of a power outage as well as those staying put.
For those leaving their homes, Fire Marshal Fred Baker said residents should make sure all appliances are turned off – stoves, toaster ovens, etc. Other advice:
Never leave any candles or lanterns burning.
Turn off the main water valve to the house so if pipes freeze and thaw there will not be significant water damage.
CL&P Giving Priority to Roadways, Restoring Feeder Lines
Connecticut Light & Power Co. is giving priority to opening roadways and restoring main feeder lines, Westport Fire Marshal Fred Baker said today.
In a news release, he said the power company will restore individual building services only after higher priority needs are taken care of.
“CL&P has advised that they are working to restore power as quickly as possible with priority given to opening roadways, restoring main feeder lines, restoring secondary lines and finally, restoring individual building services,” Baker said.
“If the service connection to your house has been pulled down, you will need to contact an electrician to reattach the service to the house.”
Mother Nature’s Fury
A large tree cut through a roof at 11 Hockanum Road in Westport Saturday night, heavily damaging part of the home. Branches of the tree can be seen in this room which took a direct hit. Some of the tree also protruded into the basement. Firefighters responded to eight calls of trees into houses during the height of the storm in the early morning hours. There were no reports of injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tree Falls into House
A tree rests on a house at 11 Hockanum Road in Westport where it came crashing down late Saturday night. The homeowner was sleeping in a different part of the house at the time and was not injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Close Call on River Lane
Two 100-foot pine trees came down on Westport’s River Lane during Saturday night’s storm. WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer said the trees, which he estimated to be about 75 years old, narrowly missed his home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A Scene Repeated All Over Westport
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Barricades block Westport’s Cross Highway near Quaker Lane today as utility crews get set to clear a downed tree and wires. It was a scene repeated throughout Westport today as a fierce winter storm hit the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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