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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Westport Responds to I-95 School Bus Crash

Westport fire and EMS units responded today to an I-95 school bus accident in Norwalk involving a Rhode Island school bus carrying 25 students and chaperones which was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

Seven persons aboard the bus were taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS and a Norwalk ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. Six of the injured were students and one was a chaperone.

The bus, from The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, was on a field trip to New York City when it was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer at about 11:37 a.m., Conklin said.

The accident occurred in the southbound lanes between Exits 17 and 16. He said because of traffic, the bus was traveling about 10-15 miler per hour at the time.

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Honored for Service to Older Adults

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The Westport/Weston Chapter of AARP honored Westporter Paul Green, 84, with its Senior Star of the Year Award at its annual holiday luncheon. A Westport resident for more than 40 years, Green was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 12 years ago and conducts a Parkinson’s support group at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. He has also started a nonprofit organization with a Web site offering tips and motivation for others facing the challenges of life with Parkinson’s—nevahsurrendah.org—homage to his hero Winston Churchill. He is pictured with Barbara Stemmer (l), AARP president, and Stacy Enyeart, past president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Passport to Westport Debuts Today

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Passport to Westport, a business promotion effort by a group of Westport retailers calling themselves Locals for Locals, is available beginning today at the 15 participating businesses and their Web sites. The brochure features offers and discounts at each of the participating retailers. Robin Scarella, (c), of PR firm Connections, looks over the publication with representatives of the participating businesses, Steve Knowles (l) of Allegra Printing, and David Gerard, owner of Born of Earth Spa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joyce Laitman photo

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Twilight Sailboat

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Westport awakened to snowfall Wednesday, then rain came, and finally at the end of the day, the sun came out amid the clouds. This sailboat is battened down for the winter near Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 18, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission

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Winter Storm Watch in Effect

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said a winter storm watch for Westport and nearby area remains in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening.

Snow is expected to overspread the region Friday morning and could become heavy at times, especially in the afternoon, an advisory said.

Snow could also mix with sleet during Friday afternoon in areas closer to the coast. There is the potential for snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with the highest amounts farther inland, the advisory said.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Firefighters Rescue Construction Worker

Westport firefighters today rescued a construction worker who had fallen from a third floor to the second floor at a house under construction in Westport’s Saugatuck area.WestportNow.com Image
This house at 47 Treadwell Ave. was the scene of today’s construction accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney said firefighters responding to a 12:18 p.m. 911 call to 47 Treadwell Ave. found the injured worker, who was not identified, lying on the plywood sub-floor of the second level of the home.

Fellow workers at the site reported their co-worker was working on the third floor of the home and fell to the second floor, he said.

Staircases have not yet been installed in the home, and access to upper floors was limited to ground ladders, Maloney said.

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Fall Off Ladder Sends Westporter to Hospital

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A resident of Westport’s Catamount Road was hospitalized today after falling off a ladder while checking the condition of his house roof following the overnight storm.  Firefighters and Westport EMS personnel immobilized the injured man and secured him to a backboard for transit to Norwalk Hospital. According to Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney, the victim fell about 10 feet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory Update

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said the winter weather advisory for Westport and nearby areas is now in effect until 8 a.m. today.

Sleet and freezing rain will continue early this morning, changing to plain rain by mid-morning, the advisory said.

Total snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches will be topped by around one to locally two tenths of an inch of ice.

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Slick Roadways

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Snow and ice-covered roads in Westport and the region caused several accidents Tuesday night and early today. Westport police, fire and EMS units, along with Fairfield personnel, responded to this accident on Route 136 just over the Westport line in Fairfield near Aspetuck Terrace Tuesday night. A pregnant woman driver was removed from the vehicle after it hit a utility pole. She was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees

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Alzheimer’s Expert: “Use It or Lose It”

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An expert on Alzheimer’s disease told the Men’s Club at Westport’s Temple Israel tonight that the best way to avoid the illness is to follow the same rules for preventing heart disease. Dr. Howard Fillit, executive director of New York-based Institute for the Study of Aging Inc. and its public charity, The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, said: “Eat properly, don’t smoke, drink in moderation, exercise regularly and use your brain.” He also said, “Use it or lose it,” applying the advice to exercise and brain power. Fillit said 40 percent of those 80 and over will have Alzheimer’s, and the hope is that in the near future a drug will be developed that will either prevent the illness or help to slow its progress. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation was established in 2004 to expand upon the programs initiated by the Institute for the Study of Aging, a private foundation founded by the Estee Lauder family in 1998. The organization’s sole mission is to accelerate drug discovery research to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and cognitive aging through venture philanthropy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Spreading Holiday Cheer at the Senior Center

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The Camereta choir from Westport’s Coleytown Middle School performed holiday songs today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. It was the fifth successive year that the ensemble under the direction of Amy Laurino visited the center for the holiday performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 13 Caccamo Trail

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The house at 13 Caccamo Trail in Westport’s Gorham Avenue area was demolished today. Built in 1964, the raised ranch had 1,604 square feet, was situated on a 0.61-acre lot and changed ownership last month at $825,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service at Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, sleet, and freezing rain for Westport and nearby areas from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The advisory said light snow and sleet this evening will change over to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain after midnight.

The snow will accumulate 1 to possibly 2 inches, followed by a trace to up to a tenth of an inch of ice. The precipitation is forecast to change to rain late tonight.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving, the advisory said.

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