Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Two-Car Collision Sends Woman to Hospital
Both Westport and Fairfield police and firefighters and Westport EMS responded today when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Sturges Highway and Westport Turnpike (the extension of Easton Road) around 9:30 a.m. A male driver from Easton attempted a left turn from Sturges Highway where there is a stop sign and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by a woman who had an infant child strapped into a car seat in the rear. The child was unharmed, but the driver was treated on the scene by Westport EMS personnel and transported to the hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay
Westport schools are on a two-hour delay due to Tuesday night’s storm.
An announcement said final exams will take place as scheduled at Staples High School but begin two hours later.
Police Urge Caution Following Storm
Westport police today urged residents to use caution due to numerous road closures resulting from trees and power lines downed by Tuesday night’s storm.
At 2 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power Company said 721 Westport customers were without power, down from more than 1,200 at midnight.
“The Westport Police Department is advising motorist to use caution because of the numerous road closures due to fallen trees and downed wires,” a police statement said at daybreak.
“CL&P crews along with the Westport Town Highway Department are working to clear the roads as soon as possible, but many roads will remain impassable until later this morning.”
Man Escapes Serious Injury in Bayberry Lane Crash
A young male driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the woods Tuesday night while approaching a sharp downhill across from 128 Bayberry Lane near Cross Highway.The crash followed a sudden heavy storm that caused slick wet roads and downed trees and power lines throughout Westport. The driver was able to extricate himself from the car and was treated on the scene by Westport EMS. More than 1,200 Westport customers were reported without power early today as a result of the storm. By daybreak, the number was down to just under 600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Max Wilk, “hey’re Playing Our Song: Conversations With America’s Classic Songwriters”
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!” preview
Thunderstorm Downs Trees and Power Lines
A powerful thunderstorm with winds up to 64 miles per hour whipped through Westport tonight downing trees and power lines.
Westport firefighters check out a tree across the road on Turkey Hill Road North tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
More than a dozen trees were reported down, some of them involving wires and causing power outages.
The storm raced through Westport at about 10:15 p.m. and was gone about 15 minutes later.
At 11 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power Company said 1,089 customers were without power.
Paul Newman Says “He’s Doing Nicely”
Westport’s Paul Newman, responding to a flurry of new reports that he is gravely ill with cancer, tonight issued a terse, cryptic statement that he is “doing nicely.”
“Newman says he’s doing nicely,” his spokesman, Jeff Sanderson, said in a message e-mailed to media outlets in answer to queries about the cancer reports.
Sanderson, who was in Los Angeles, declined to elaborate or give further details.
“This is what I got from him. He says he’s doing nicely, and this is the statement I wanted to share with you, and that’s what I have,” Sanderson said. “I spoke to his office. ... this is the statement that came directly from him.”
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and vicinity until 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Honored by Democratic Women
Long-time Westport resident Doris Shiller was honored by the Democratic Women of Westport today with its 2008 Silver Donkey Award for her service to the community. A one-time member of the Board of Education, Shiller currently serves as treasurer of the Democratic Women group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Nantz Talks of Westport at Jim McKay’s Funeral
At today’s funeral for ABC Sports legend Jim McKay, Westporter Jim Nantz, the main voice of CBS Sports, recalled that he moved to Westport because McKay lived here.
Jim Nantz: “People thought I was a stalker.” WN file photo by Larry Untermeyer
“People thought I was stalker,” Nantz told the almost 600 people attending the service in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.
McKay, who raised his family in Westport in a home on Compo Parkway, died Saturday in Monkton, Md. He was 86. (See WestportNow June 7, 2008)
Nantz was among speakers including McKay’s son Sean, who oversees CBS’ news and sports divisions, and Jackie Stewart, the legendary driver who worked with McKay on racing coverage.
Preparing for Yankee Doodle Fair Opening on Thursday
Work was underway today for Thursday’s opening of the 101st edition of the Yankee Doodle Fair, the Westport Woman’s Club’s largest fund-raiser. All proceeds from the event benefit local charities. The fair will run from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Woman’s Club is located at 44 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
In the Pink
Poocheeny, 2, and weighing three and a half pounds, models her brightly colored pink jacket with matching leash on the grounds of the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Arts Advisory Committee
2:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Land Acquisition Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - A Taste of Tuesdays: “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Pamela Weintraub, “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Disease Epidemic”
Talking Simon & Garfunkel at the Westport Public Library
Rock ‘n’ roll historian and veteran disc jockey Pete Fornatale addressed a Westport Public Library audience tonight, talking about himself, his career, and his seventh book, “Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends.” Fornatale, who has been a New York radio institution since the ‘60s, can be heard on WFUV and on “The Loft” on XM Satellite Radio. He co-hosted the 1991 HBO telecast of “Paul Simon Live in Central Park” and has regularly served as expert guest commentator on PBS music specials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Y’s Women Celebrate Despite the Heat
More than 120 members of the Westport/Weston Y’s Women attended today’s annual picnic at Sherwood Island State Park despite the scorching hot day. Business included election of new officers and the presentation of a check to the Westport/Weston Family Y for scholarships for its summer program at Camp Mahackeno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Y’s Women Elect New Officers
The Westport/Weston Y’s Women elected new officers during today’s annual picnic at Sherwood Island State Park. Pictured (l-r) are: Nancy Bloom, recording secretary; Past President, Ann Lloyd; Arlene Bloom, incoming president; Janet Roberts, treasurer, and Barbara Rogan, program chairman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 09, 2008
Circuit Problems Cause Momentary Power Outages
Connecticut Light and Power Company experienced “intermittent” circuit problems that caused momentary power outages to some Westport customers during today’s heat wave, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.
At 3:30 p.m., a bank temperature sign in Westport’s center registered 103 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
He said a utility company representative told him that the problems occurred at CL&P’s Greens Farms substation on Post Road East.
“The glitches were described as lasting no more than a couple of seconds but occurred over about a three-hour period from 1 pm. to 4 p.m.,” Joseloff said.
He said the company told him a switch causing the problem had been switched from automatic to manual and that appeared to solve the issue.
Friedson Says Dodig Has Facts Wrong, Threatens to Sue
By Dave Matlow
The Westport father arrested with his 17-year-old daughter for taking a pony to Staples High School as a senior prank today denied the school principal’s allegation they had gone there “to create a disturbance.”
Ronald Friedson and daughter Sarah on Friday with their pony Cocoa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“If he (Principal John Dodig) is really psychic and can tell what others are thinking, then his is not using his talents to the full extent,” said Ronald Friedson, 50. He threatened to file a civil rights suit against the school system.
“I will sue them on defamation of character and violation of our civil rights,” he said.
In a letter sent earlier today to Staples parents, Dodig said Friedson and his daughter Sarah were not intent on calling attention to the need for energy savings in the Friday incident as had been reported by the media. The pony had a sign on his side saying “Save Gas $.”
Westport Opens Senior Center for “Cooling Center”
Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities on 21 Imperial Ave. will be open to the community today and Tuesday, or until the current heat wave subsides, as a “cooling center” from the heat.
“All residents and their families are welcome to visit the center today,” said Butler.
The fully air conditioned building will remain open until 5:30 p.m. Cold beverages and activities are available.
For more information, call 341-5099.
The temperature sign in Westport’s center at mid-day today said 100 degrees. At Bedford Middle School, the weather station measured a high of 97 during the afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 37 Sturges Highway
The house at 37 Sturges Highway, off Long Lots Road was demolished today. Built in 1956, the 1½-story Cape Cod was 1,498 square feet and located on a 1.02-acre property bordered by a duck pond. The property was sold in December 2007 for $750,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 10, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Principal Defends Pony Prank Arrests
John Dodig: prank “intended to cause disturbance.” WN file photoUPDATE The principal of Westport’s Staples High School, in a frustration-filled letter to parents, today defended Friday’s arrest of a senior girl and her father for bringing a pony to school as a senior prank and said their intent “was to cause a disturbance.”
If Sarah Friedson, 17, and her father, Ronald, 50, had worked with the school’s environmental clubs to promote energy savings and wanted to park her pony on campus, that would have been fine, said John Dodig in the two-page letter.
“This was not their intent,” he said. “The intent was to cause a disturbance. The intent was for hundreds of students to file out of the school to watch the pony parade around campus. The intent was to put administrators in a position that would make them look silly.”
Friedson, responding to the Dodig letter, said that the principal had his facts wrong. He said they were not there to cause a disturbance, there was not a large crowd, and it was not a dangerous situation.
New WestportNow Feature: YouTube Links
WestportNow today introduces a new feature—links to Westport-related videos posted on YouTube.
The initial selections can be found in the right hand column under the comments summary box.
Links will be posted to videos deemed to have the widest interest to WestportNow readers and will be determined at our sole discretion.
Candidates Sought for RTM District 5 Vacancy
Candidates are being sought for a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 5 vacancy. The district includes most of Westport’s Greens Farms section.
The vacancy was caused by the resignation of member Chris Grimm. Under the Town Charter, a replacement will be appointed for a term that expires November 2009 by the three remaining RTM District 5 members: John Booth, Barbara Levy, and Richard Lowenstein
Applicant interviews will be scheduled later in June. Information about the RTM and a District 5 boundary map can be found on the town’s Web site.
After the Rains
Page 1312 of 1832 pages
It seemed more like August than June as temperatures soared into the mid-90s Sunday in Westport. But late afternoon thunderstorms cooled things off, dropping the temperature 20 degrees and making way for another spectacular sunset along Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
(Click image to resume)
Click for ConnDOT View
PROPERTY TRANSFERSWestport Property Transfers Nov. 9 - 13, 2015
ARTS & LEISURE
HEALTH & FITNESS
SPECIAL REPORTSMORE >>
Oops, I meant “in-patient hospice” ... AND I didn’t realize…
Oops, I meant “in-patient hospice” ... AND I didn’t realize…by Linda Gramatky Smith
Great to have a hospice here in lower Ffld County! …
Great to have a hospice here in lower Ffld County! …by Kendall B. Smith
Marcy is correct. Our press release was in error in…
Marcy is correct. Our press release was in error in…by lawrence weisman
Reader nominations welcome:
Metro-North Train Schedule
Real-Time MN Train Info
Westport Bus Schedule
Coastal Link Bus Schedule
Westport Town Web site
Westport Police Dept.
Westport Fire Dept.
Westport School District
Westport Public Library
Westport Parks & Recreation
PAL Ice Rink
Westport Health District
Animal Shelter Adv. WASA
Westport Arts Center
Westport Historical Society
Westport Crime Reports
We Green Westport
Neighbors & Newcomers
Westport Cinema Initiative
League of Women Voters
Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Merchants Assn.
Sherwood Is. Nature Center
National Weather Service
Weather Westport Fire HQ
Westport Tide Table
Tide Gauge RSC Bridge
Westport Area Restaurants
Westport Yellow Pages
Westport Area Movie Times
Westport Census Info
The Better Crumb
Crisis Management for Business
CT News Junkie
Dayle Brownstein Poetry
Dr. Annie Abram: Relationships
Fairfield Co. Real Estate
Fishing-Foto-Fun (Dick Alley)
Friends of Westport Parks/Rec
French Food & Me
Kosher Like Me
Living with Technology
Much Ado About Stuffing
Nancy on Norwalk
Nina Pomeroy Photography
Open the Door
Our Town Crier
Prill Boyle's Defying Gravity
RE Gem of the Week
Robert Steven Williams
Sherwood Island Friends
Taking the Kids
Westport Weather Website
Westport's Knitting Librarian
Who, What, When -- and Y
Suggest a Westport-area blog by sending email to