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Friday, February 26, 2010

Westport Arts Center Closed Today

The Westport Arts Center is closed today.

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Westport Library Closed

The Westport Public Library is closed due to the snowstorm.

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Westport Schools Closed

Westport public schools are closed today due to the weather.

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02/26/10 10:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Warning Update

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said in a morning advisory update that snow, heavy at times, will continue across western Fairfield
County through the morning hours. Light to occasionallymoderate snow can then be expected for the area through tonight.

In addition to the falling snow, wind gusts of up to 35 mph will result in near whiteout conditions at times across Long Island this morning, the advisory said. The winds will decrease late this morning.

Storm total snowfall of 7 to 12 inches across western Fairfield County and 4 to 8 inches across eastern Fairfield County can be expected, the advisory said.

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02/26/10 10:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Day of Rain, Not Snow

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While New York City and points west got snow on Thursday, Westport got only rain and plenty of it—almost 3 inches. The rain caused minor flooding on roadways. The forecast called for snow overnight with accumulation by daylight of 4 to 8 inches. View is along Post Road East near Turkey Hill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, February 26, 2010


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Transit District
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafe
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fridays in February: Internet, Email, and Downloadable Audiobook Training
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 - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night Closed

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Neighbors Assail Zoning Change for Linxweiler Property

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the construction of at least 12 units of supportive housing for individuals battling mental illness or substance abuse at a Post Road East property in Westport was laid bare at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing.

Linxweiler Homestead
The Linxweiler Homestead, bequeathed to the Town of Westport by Joanna Linxweiler upon her death in 1981. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Richard Redniss, the Stamford land use consultant who wants to develop the 1.3-acre, town-owned Linxweiler property for Homes for Hope, formerly known as Interfaith Housing Association, at 655 Post Road East began his appeal by trying to clarify supportive housing to the 60 residents who had gathered in the Town Hall auditorium.

“Child molesters and sex offenders are not allowed to be in supportive housing,” Redniss said. “They must be able to live independently, and conducting any illegal activities on the property is grounds for release.”

His assurances, as well as his conditional site plans for the development of the property did little to quell myriad concerns from residents who live on nearby Crescent Road and Sue Terrace. From 1984 to 2008, Interfaith Housing had operated Linxweiler House as a home for men recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse.

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Winter Storm Warning Update

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

An updated advisory issued late tonight said snow will continue over western Long Island tonight and rain will change to snow overnight across Fairfield County.

Total accumulations by daybreak will range from 4 to 8 inches over Nassau and western Fairfield Counties and 1 to 3 inches mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces over eastern Fairfield and western Suffolk counties.

The snow will then continue into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday.

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Metro-North to Run Special AM Peak Schedule on Friday

Metro-North Railroad said tonight it will run a special morning peak schedule on Friday due to escalating weather conditions north of the city.

An announcement said the railroad would be combining and eliminating select trains.

It also said customers may experience 5-10 minute delays in service due to changes in service and the impact of the winter weather.

Train changes impacting those getting on in Westport include:

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beautiful Lengths: Before and After

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Westporter Ann Karrick had her hair shorn today to share it with a less fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. Stylist Michelene of Greg & Tony Salon is pictured at left with Karrick before the cut and the “after” look is shown at right. Karrick is donating her locks to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. Contributed photos

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

A late afternoon advisory said rain will change from southwest to northeast to a rain-snow mix this evening then to all snow after midnight.

The snow will then continue into Friday night with the heaviest snow during the day on Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday, the advisory said.

The Weather Service said it expects accumulations of 7 to 11 inches of snow in Fairfield County and 5 to 10 inches in western Suffolk County through Saturday morning.

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Westport to Get Additional Ticket Vending Machine

Westport will get an additional ticket vending machine at the Metro-North station in Saugatuck as the railroad moves to close out its ticket windows at the station, according to a Department of Transportation official.WestportNow.com Image
DOT will add a fourth ticket vending machine to the Westport station.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James P. Redeker, head of the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Public Transportation, disclosed plans for placing the fourth ticket machine at the Westport station at a meeting Wednesday night of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council in Stamford.

His remarks were reported today to the regular monthly meeting of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at Norwalk Transit District headquarters. The MPO heard a report on New Haven Line ticket window closings affecting Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Fairfield.

The closings were initially disclosed as part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed 2010-11 budget with a projected savings of $400,000 annually. (See WestportNow Feb. 5, 2010)

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Winter Weather Advisory Update

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Westport area until 6 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

A mix of rain and snow will continue through this afternoon with periods of all rain especially over Suffolk County and eastern Fairfield County, an advisory said.

The precipitation is expected to change to all snow during the evening and become heavy at times. The snow will then gradually become less steady and lighter into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers by Friday evening.

For now, expect accumulations to range from 3 to 6 inches in Fairfield County with locally higher amounts possible especially across far southwestern parts of the county where upto 8 inches of snow could fall, the Weather Service said.

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02/25/10 06:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going to Beautiful Lengths for Cancer Patients

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Westporter Ann Karrick is sending her hair to Beautiful Lengths. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Just for the record, Westporter Ann Karrick likes her long hair, those brown, wavy, bouncy locks that not only frame her face but flow down past her shoulders. In fact, she likes her hair so much she wants to share it—with a less-fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. So today Karrick, media consultant and former host and producer of “For the Record,” a national weekly talk show on ION Media Networks, is scheduled to have her signature locks shorn at Westport’s Greg & Tony Salon, 231 Post Road West. She plans to have her hair donated to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. “The reaction from others surprised me at first,” said Karrick. “Typically with long hair, when you mention cutting it, there are gasps of horror.

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Recession Squeezes Staples Grants Program

By James Lomuscio

Even the Staples High School Tuition Grants Program, the single largest donor of college financial aid in Westport and a community mainstay since 1943, is feeling the squeeze of the recession.WestportNow.com Image
A Staples Tuition Grants recipient receives a check at a previous ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Application are up, and donations are down, only 50 percent of what the organization plans to award in June.

The STG Committee, which relies on contributions from PTAs, civic organizations, local businesses, trusts and more than 100 individuals, has raised only $100,000 of the $200,000 it hopes to give away, a shortfall that does not bode well as applications continue to rise.

“In 2009, we saw a 35 percent increase in applications, many from kids who had not even applied for grants as graduating seniors who then needed funding once they were in college due to new family situations or decreased funding from schools,” said Peggy Kamins, committee chairwoman. “We expect applications to be up again this year based on increased unemployment and the economy.”

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