Thursday, December 31, 2009
The redevelopment of Westport’s Hales Court has begun with the demolition of some of the initial 17 houses. The houses will be replaced with new upgraded affordable units consisting of of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units serving families at or below 60 percent of area median income ($70,680) for a family of four. Twenty-five percent of the 78 units will be reserved for senior citizens 62 and older. The project will also include a 2,000-square foot community center. Development costs are anticipated to be $24 million. The existing 40 units were built in 1950. (See WestportNow, Sept. 28, 2009) (Picture taken before today’s snow.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A man accused of firing at two Westport police officers from the back of a pickup truck has been found not guilty on grounds that he was in a “mixed manic state” during the 2008 incident.
Louis Bovino: suffers from bipolar disorder. WestportNow photo from Cablevision News-12
Judge Richard Comerford issued the ruling Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court and ordered Westport resident Louis Bovino moved to a state mental hospital.
Bovino, 44, was arrested on July 18, 2008, after he shot at police officers responding to a domestic complaint call at his home at 236 Wilton Road. (See WestportNow July 19, 2008)
The officers, who were not hit, returned fire, their bullets penetrating the tailgate of the truck before inflicting superficial flesh wounds on Bovino, according to police.
Westport emergency workers were kept busy today with numerous spin-outs and minor accidents as snow began falling in the area shortly after 8 a.m. The National Weather Service said 2 to 4 inches could be expected. This is a view along Weston Road near Exit 42 of the Merritt Parkway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A year after bad weather seriously disrupted New Year’s Eve Westport Weston First Night activities, today’s weather threatened to do the same thing.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the area and light snow began falling in Westport at about 8 a.m. Police reported numerous spin-outs and accidents due to slippery roadways.
What was initially forecast as a light snow turned into a much heavier snowfall in the first couple of hours, covering many roadways with snow and ice with temperatures in the upper 20s.
The snow turned light again shortly after 10 a.m. and radar showed a snow squall had moved to the east. But another squall again produced heavier snow for a period shortly after 11 a.m. before the snow returned to occasional flurries half an hour later and soon ended.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area until 6 p.m.
The leading edge of precipitation has reached central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and is moving rapidly to the northeast, an advisory said.
Snow will develop in northern New Jersey and New York City early this morning, spreading east through southern Connecticut by late morning. The steady snow will continue throughout the day mixing with rain over eastern Long Island and the New York metro area this afternoon.
By the time the steady snow ends this evening, 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected across most of the area with 2 to 4 inches of snow expected over the lower Hudson Valley and interior Connecticut, the advisory said.
A couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach seemed undeterred by the freezing temperature as they paused to take in the view Wednesday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center—“The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
3 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Downtown Westport - First Night (Schedule - PDF)
7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Battle of the Bands
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it continues to schedule appointments for the H1N1 flu vaccine.
Parents of children under the age of 10 years are reminded that a second dose, administered at least 28 days after the first, is recommended to provide full protection, the District said.
H1N1 vaccination at WWHD clinics is free. There is no charge for the vaccination and no co-pay.
As the supply of H1N1 vaccine is no longer limited, the restrictions for vaccination have been removed.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A Westport-based animal rescue group is gearing up for what it calls a “Puppy Palooza Adoption Event” in which it hopes to place 100 homeless animals in new homes.
Dorrie Harris of Westport (kneeling) and her brother, Walter (behind her), participated in flying dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill to Connecticut last April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Jan. 9 and 10 event will be at Best Friends, 528 Main Ave., Norwalk from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and feature 75 “family- friendly puppies and young dogs” and 25 kittens and cats, said Dorrie Harris of Westport, president of TAILS, the rescue group.
“These animals have really been given the gift of life—they’re the lucky ones,” she said. “This is the end result of pets not having been spayed or neutered. Even though they’re so young and family oriented, they would be on death row right now had they not been rescued.”
Harris said the pups were rescued from certain death by Colbert Veterinary Rescue, based out of Colbert, Ga., where they were cared for, spayed/neutered and socialized.
In the aftermath of Westport’s heavy winds over recent days, two trees were downed on a Blue Ribbon Drive property off North Avenue, pulling the electrical box away from the house. The residents were out of town and the trees were only discovered today when a cleaning service arrived to perform scheduled maintenance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Two trees which came down on a Blue Ribbon Drive property during Tuesday’s windstorm pulled an electrical box away from the housed but spared major damage to the structure. The damage was discovered today when a cleaning service showed up while the owners were away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There were full military honors today at Westport’s Willowbrook Cemetery for Charles M. Rochlin, the 24-year-old U.S. Marine from Westport who died in an automobile accident on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s St. Luke Church was overflowing today as friends, family, and strangers said goodbye to Charles M. Rochlin, the 24-year-old Westport Marine killed in a car crash on Sunday.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stood silently outside Westport’s St. Luke Church today as mourners arrived for a service for Charles M. Rochlin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Family members recalled the hockey player who showed compassion for all he met, including a crippled man in a wheelbarrow he gave a Pop-Tart to during a patrol while on his seven-month tour in Iraq.
Taylor Rochlin, the Marine’s 9-year-old sister, said she was glad he did not die on Christmas, adding, “But we all wish he didn’t die at all.”
Outside the church, 20 members of New Mexico-based Patriot Guard Riders stood silently at attention holding U.S. flags. Later, they went to Willowbrook Cemetery.
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