Sunday, February 12, 2006
Visibility was low and the sky gray as winds whipped the snow around Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge across the Saugatuck River early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Westport Winter Scene
Snowy Beach Romp
The cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach were almost obscured by today’s heavy snowfall but that did not stop a beach romp for this dog and master. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Spring is Only Five Weeks Away
A Day for the Dogs
Snowstorm Blankets Westport, Causes Some Flooding
Westport missed the heaviest snowfall amounts as an intense winter storm blanketed the Northeast today. Some shoreline roads were flooded as the area saw periods of near blizzard conditions.
Unofficial measurement of Westport snowfall amounts ranged from 16 to 19 inches. New York City measured a record snowfall of 26.9 inches in Central Park, the highest tally since records started being kept in 1869.
Westport’s Public Works Department deployed all its 17 vehicles and called in private contractors to help clear its 123 miles of roadways as well as parking lots at schools and train stations.
“We came through it relatively unscathed,” said Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who toured the town in the fire command vehicle and later spent several hours on a Westport snowplow.
An Amtrak train made its way slowly through Westport’s deserted Saugatuck Station today. Metro-North reduced service on the New Haven Line to one train every two hours, using only diesel locomotives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Great Day for Sledding
Snowmobiling on Newtown Turnpike
Main Street Virtually Deserted
Saugatuck Shores Flooding
Over a Foot
Quiet Snowy Streets
Westport streets were quiet except for plows during today’s snowstorm. Forecasters predicted one to two feet of snow before the snow was to end tonight. Pictured is Post Road East near Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Performance Canceled
The Westport Country Playhouse has canceled today’s performances of “Arabian Nights” due to inclement weather.
For information, call the Westport Country Playhouse at (203) 227-4177.
Democratic Forum Canceled
A Westport Democratic Party event featuring Mayors John Destefano of New Haven and Dan Malloy of Stamford at 4 p.m. today at the Westport Woman’s Club has been canceled due to the weather, according to Martha Aasen, Democratic Party town chair.
Snow Doesn’t Halt Habitat Benefit at Longshore
The bad weather did not dissuade guests from attending Saturday night’s seventh annual Hearts and Hammers Gala benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County held at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006
4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Democratic Mayors John Destefano and Dan Malloy -CANCELED
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Describing Ben Franklin’s Legacy
Actor Merwin Goldsmith, who has toured the country in a one-man show about Benjamin Franklin, speaks of Franklin’s legacy during a bus tour stop today at the Fairfield Historical Society. The tour was sponsored by the Fairfield and Westpot Historical Societies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tracing Benjamin Franklin’s Route
The Westport and Fairfield Historical Societies today jointly sponsored a bus tour to mark this year’s 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. The tour of areas in Westport and Fairfield covered places Franklin visited as deputy postmaster general as he measured the distances between post offices in New England. Town Historian and Westport Historical Society Co-President Allen Raymond was guide for the tour, the first in the group’s planned “Destination Westport” monthly events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Winners at today’s 6h annual Southern Connecticut Invitaional Science and Engineering Fair at Westport’s Staples High School posed for a group picture. They are (l-r) L-R: Miles Lubin, Staples HS; Katy Quintal, Darien HS; Jillian Rothman, Staples HS; Adam Krellenstein, Staples HS; Silvia Puma, Darien HS; James Moore, Staples HS; Tim Grejtak, Darien HS; Alyssa Ruggiero, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich; Sameer Mathur, Staples HS and Jonathan Sellon, Staples HS. The event was sponsored by the Westport Science and Engineering Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com
Staples Senior Wins Another Science Prize
Staples High School senior Jonathan Sellon explains to Dr. Anne Lintermans-Bertels, a board member of the Westport Science and Engineering Foundation, his entry at today’s 6th annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science and Engineering Fair held at Staples sponsored by the foundation. Sellon, who has been named a finalist in the nationwide Intel science talent search competition, won first prize in the physical science category for his project focused on the auditiory process of the inner ear. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
At the Ready
Westport Department of Public Works snowplows were at the ready today at the department’s headquarters on the Sherwood Island Connector. Snow began falling in early evening as a blizzard warning remained in effect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
“Downtown Rocky” Scrambling Before Storm?
WestportNow contributing photographer Ron Malone caught “Downtown Rocky Raccoon” hurrying around downtown in what he says was “obvious anticipation of a storm.” The animal is familiar to many early risers in the area, according to Ron, as he makes predawn predations on dumpsters. He is pictured climbing over a fence around Veterans Green which Ron says he usually goes around. “It’s assumed,” messaged Ron, “that he was in a hurry to get back to the Town Hall area where he nests.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Blizzard Warning, Coastal Flood Watch Issued
The National Weather Service today issued a blizzard warning and coastal flood watch for the tri-state area, including Westport.
The blizzard warning was in effect from 9 p.m. today to 4 p.m. Sunday. The coastal flood watch was in effect from Sunday morning until 6 p.m. Sunday. A mid-morning advisory today extended the blizzard warning from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and the coastal flood watch from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“Snow will begin this evening and become heavy at times overnight into Sunday morning,” an advisory said.
“Northeast winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, creating blizzard conditions along with considerable blowing and drifting of snow mainly after midnight and especially Sunday morning.”
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Ben Franklin Tour
Friday, February 10, 2006
Westport Prepares for Snowstorm
Westport’s Department of Public Works (DPW) spent today preparing for a major weekend snowstorm but hoped the forecast might turn into another “false alarm.”
Public Works Director Steve Edwards said that weather forecasts he had seen for the area varied from light snow to blizzard conditions.
An afternoon weather advisory from the National Weather Service forecast 6 to 12 inches with the highest totals most likely to occur across eastern portions of Long Island and southeast Connecticut.
DPW has coordinated with town contractors and have been assured of their availability and level of preparation, Edwards said.Page 1094 of 1282 pages
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