Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Another Power Failure Hits Westport
For the second day in a row today, large parts of Westport near the Fairfield town line as well as north to the Coleytown area were were hit by a power failure that lasted about 90 minutes.
Traffic moves along Post Road East today with traffic lights out due to the power failure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Power went out shortly after 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 2,271 Westport customers were without power, or 19 percent of all customers in town. All areas appeared restored by 2:40 p.m.
The blackout occurred in the same area where CL&P said more than 1,700 customers were left without power Tuesday. That failure, up to five hours in some places, was due to transformer problem at the utility’s Green’s Farms substation.
There was no immediate explanation for today’s outage which came as mid-day temperatures soared into the mid-90s. Areas affected were Post Road East from Maple Avenue North to the Fairfield town line and north to the Coleytown area.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309, SBC Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Trent Arterberry: Mime Out Loud
Update: Power Outage Leaves More Than 1,700 Westport Customers in Dark
A five-hour power outage hit parts of Westport near the Fairfield line today, Connecticut Light & Power Co. said.
Emergency power lit Westport’s Stop & Shop during today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A CL&P spokeswoman said the outage—which came as mid-day temperatures soared into the 90s—was caused by a transformer problem at the utilty’s Green’s Farms substation.
“We had 1,727 customers out at about 10:30 a.m.,” said the spokeswoman, Mary Ingarra.
She said power was restored to more than 500 customers by mid-day but 1,054 were still in the dark at 3 p.m. The llights flickered on in most homes and businesses shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Not a Good Day
The driver of a Porsche pulled over in front of 156 North Ave. today as flames erupted from his car’s rear engine compartment. A passing pickup driver sprayed the flames with a fire extinguisher before Westport firefighters arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Checking the Damage
Westport firefighters check a Porsche after flames erupted in the engine compartment on North Avenue. The driver, (rear, on the phone), pulled over and escaped without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, August 01, 2005
Honoring Dick Foot
Richard Foot, who is retiring this month as executive director/CEO of the Westport Weston Family Y, was honored by colleagues Monday night at the Cobb’s Mill Inn in Weston. Foot, who has served in the position since 1996, announced June 30 that he will become a consultant to 25 Y’s in Connecticut effective Aug. 15. (See WestportNow June 30, 2005) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005
8 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Representative Town Meeting (cable coverage channel 79)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Concert Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
Former Town Attorney and Wife Make Spanish Pilgrimage
Former Westport Town Attorney Andy Fink and his wife Helen will address a Michigan meeting Wednesday about their 500-mile trek across northern Spain retracing a pilgrimage route.
Fink, who served as town attorney from 1993 to 1997 under former First Selectman Joe Arcudi, moved with his wife, a former special ed teacher, to his native Michigan where they operate a bead and breakfast, The Finch Nest, in Whitehall. (See WestportNow July 28, 2003)
They will address the Montague Friends of the Library about their walk on the centuries-old 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain to Compostela where the bones of Spain’s patron saint, St. James, are reported to be buried, according to the White Lake Beacon, a weekly newspaper in Whitehall.
The Finks hiked 300 miles of the route and traveled the rest by bus, the newspaper said.
Save the Children Expanding Aid to Niger
Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to expand its emergency response to the food shortage crisis in the West African country of Niger, where tens of thousands of children and their families face starvation.
A Save the Children aid plane arrived in Niger last week with enough food and equipment to support one month of therapeutic feeding for severely malnourished children and those recovering from malnutrition, the humanitarian organization said.
With more than 40 tons of essential supplies now on the ground, Save the Children is working to provide nutritional assistance to children under 5 who are facing severe food shortages following the lethal combination of poor rainfall this year and a locust infestation in the sub-Saharan African country.
Almost a third of Niger’s population of 11.3 million people risk starvation in the already desperately poor West African nation, hit first by a locust invasion and then by drought. Children are the most vulnerable - some 800,000 under age 5 are suffering from hunger, including 150,000 faced with severe malnutrition.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Monday, Aug. 1, 2005
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Room 201/201A � Golf Advisory Committee
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Staples High School Orphenians
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
7 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, big band, jazz
Little Boys and a Big Fire Engine
The Westport Public Library welcomed about 200 children to its Big Wheels to the Rescue day. Youngsters were able to see a fire engine, ambulance, police car and police dog close up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynne Perrigo for WestportNow.com
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 43 Sturges Highway
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 43 Sturges Highway. Built in 1916, the property changed hands this month for $847,000. A demolition application is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 29, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
7:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
8 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - 3rd Degree, rock and R&B
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
8:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 201 � Westport Transit District Directors
8 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke, country music
8:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
Rell Travels to Southport for Bill Signings
Gov.M. Jodi Rell traveled to Southport today to sign into law four bills that will protect the state’s environment and safeguard the health of Connecticut’s residents.
Protecting the environment: Gov. M. Jodi Rell signs bills in Southport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Greenburbs.com photo
During a bill signing ceremony at historic Southport Harbor, Rell said, “Enacting these laws means that we are taking new and stronger steps to protect our air, our water, our land and our wildlife.
“It also means we are taking additional steps to protect the health and well being of our citizens.
“These new initiatives will benefit us all right now. But they will also make certain that our children and our grandchildren are able to enjoy the natural beauty of Connecticut and live full and healthy lives in our state.”
Farrell Seeks Energy Plan Delay
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell has written to Connecticut’s congressional delegation seeking a delay in implementation of what opponents say will be a costly energy plan for southwest Connecticut, it was announced today.
In a letter released by Farrell’s office, the Westport official called on delegation members to support legislation which would delay for two years a two-zone energy pricing scheme the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to impose on Connecticut and all New England states.
“The Locational Installed Capacity Market Proposal (LICAP), proposed by FERC, is ill-conceived,” Farrell said.
Earlier this month, Rep. Christopher Shays said he had written to Rep. Joe Baron, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, to request a one-year delay of LICAP.
James Hardin Resigns as Westport Downtown Merchants President
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) today announced the resignation of James M. Hardin as its president due to the “press of work” and “some health issues.”
The group’s board of governors elected David Waldman, current vice president, to fill out Hardin’s term, and elected Lee Papageorge as vice president, an announcement said.
Waldman is a principal in the realty firm of David Adam Realty, and Papageorge is the owner of Westport’s Oscar’s Deli.
Hardin, associate executive director of the Westport Weston YMCA, first joined the WDMA board of governors July 1, 2002.
Westport Firefighters Assist in Wilton Parking Garage Fire
Westport firefighters today assisted the Wilton Fire Department at a fire in a parking garage.
The mutual aid call came in at 10:07 a.m. for a fire in a three-story parking garage at 50 Danbury Road, according to Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried and Lt. Ken Lombardi.
Westport’s Engine Co. 2, led by Lombardi, arrived on the scene and assisted Wilton units in extinguishing two vehicles that were on fire on the garage’s second floor, a news release said.
Multiple vehicles as well as the parking structure sustained smoke damage, fire officials said. There was also possible structural damage to the parking deck in the area of fire origin.
Compo Lifeguard Competition Canceled
A lifeguard competition scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Westport’s Compo Beach has been canceled, according to Kristen Kelley, waterfront director for the Parks and Recreation Department. “The reason was there were not enough entries,” she said.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
A Postal Smile for the Camera
A Norwalk-based production company was shooting on Westport’s Wakenor Road Wednesday for a 10-part children’s series on “The Community.” The show is aimed at teaching children about people who work in their community. Roy MdDonald, the series’ producer-director, captured Sheresha Rainey delivering mail to Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 28, 2005
7 p.m. � Town Hall Room 309 � Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Planning and Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Armstrong Chamber Ensemble
8 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding” (opening night)
Rell Calls for Energy Conservation
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today urged Connecticut residents to reduce energy consumption, especially in a large area of southwestern Connecticut, as power demands have risen due to extraordinarily high temperatures and humidity levels.
“With temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and humidity in the low 70s, the demand for power is reaching all-time highs particularly in southwestern Connecticut,” Rell said in a statement.
“That area of the state � from Waterbury to New Haven to Greenwich � has been put under a power watch by the region’s power grid operator, ISO-New England, and by Connecticut Light & Power.
“I am asking everyone to immediately begin conserving power � please turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and anything else you can to help, especially if you live in the region of the state where the power watch is in effect,” the governor said.
Westport Weston Health District Issues Heat Warning
By James Lomuscio
With more than 90-degree temperatures that have thinned even beach attendance, the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) today cautioned residents to be aware of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and to take steps to protect themselves.
Hot: the temperature sign at the Bank of America branch on Post Road East told the story this afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
“Most heat-related deaths occur during the summer,” said Sue Jacozzi, WWHD health educator. “By knowing your risk and what prevention measures to take, heat-related illness and death can be prevented.”
Jacozzi added that the WWHD has not yet received any reports of heat-related illnesses in town, and she hopes that an awareness campaign will keep it that way.
Maura Romaine, spokesperson for Norwalk Hospital, said while there have been no emergency room admissions for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, “We are seeing a lot more people coming in with respiratory problems, such as asthma, because of the heat.”
WestportNow Gas Price Survey: Prices Soar With Temperature
In the heat of the summer, gas prices in Westport are at a high along with the temperature. Here’s a rundown of current gas prices around town compared to a WestportNow survey in August 2003. By shopping around, Westporters can save 17 cents per gallon on regular at self-serve stations and a whopping 47 cents per gallon over highest full-service station. The * denotes a full-service-only gas station. All prices were rounded to the nearest hundredth and they are subject to change on a daily basis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Reporting and Graphic by Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
10:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 102 � International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mother Goose Jazz Band
Summer Play Westport-Style
Today’s summer play for Bennet, 8, and Rose, 10, Propp included watching the house at 5 Ambler Road come down. Featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day April 22, 2005, the property sold in May for $725,000. Ambler Road is off of Turkey Hill Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rell Says Sherwood Island State Park to Get Modernization Funds
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park will benefit from a $600,000 modernization study to upgrade utilities at three of the state’s major beaches.
The funds are expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets Friday, an announcement said.
The funding will help create comprehensive mapping and utility masterplans for Sherwood Island as well as for Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison and Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, the announcement said.
“Reinvigorating our state park system is a massive undertaking and we must start by assessing the long-term physical needs at our largest beaches,” Rell said.
Westport’s Marks Shuttle Launch With its Own Rocket Launch
On the day that NASA successfully launched space shuttle Discovery, Westport had a rocket launch (box) of its own today. Isabelle Palmer pulled the trigger to launch a water-powered bottle rocket at Bedford Middle School Her father, Richard Palmer, is a high school science teacher from Ansonia who is teaching the inter-district Space Camp at Westport Continuing Education’s summer school. The campers will be launching several types of bottle rockets over the next few days at Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Bridgeport Talk in Westport
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Nancy Hadley, Bridgeport’s recently appointed director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, gave members of the Westport Rotary Club today a rapid-fire update on efforts underway to improve Bridgeport’s economy. Addressing a luncheon at the Inn at Longshore, she said Mayor John Fabrizi’s drive to put a new face on Bridgeport includes $100-a-day-fines for anyone who fails to clean up blighted areas. She also said no developer in Bridgeport has to “pay to play” and upon meeting them, gives them a card with phone numbers of the FBI and U.S. Attorney in case someone did not get the message. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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