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Monday, March 29, 2010

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 10 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition, a coastal Flood Watch has also been issued from Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon.

Tides ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 feet above normal will cause additional minor coastal flooding with the high tide cycle tonight. High tide in Westport is at 11:35 p.m.

Tidal departures of 2.0 to 2.5 feet above normal may result in moderate coastal flooding Tuesday morning.


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Under Water Image
The roadway to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was under water today as heavy rains pelted the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Burying Hill Beach Closed Because of Flooding Image
Today’s heavy rains and high tide caused closure of Westport’s Burying Hill Beach because of flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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FEMA Crews Inspect Storm Damage Image
Westport Parks & Recreation Department’s Stuart McCarthy (yellow slicker) points out tree damage today at Winslow Park to a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Inspectors were in Westport and other Fairfield County municipalities today inspecting damage from the March 13-14 storm to see if the area qualifies for federal emergency funding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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UPDATE State police accident investigators inspect a vehicle involved in a fatal I-95 accident with a tractor-trailer on I-95 northbound at Exit 17 in Westport today. The victim was later identified by state police as Lawrence Simonoff, 35, of Weston, employed at Bloomberg Financial in Stamford. They said his car was sideswiped by a car from the center lane, hit the median and then was struck on the driver’s side by the 18-wheeler.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tragedy on I-95 Image
Westport firefighters look over a vehicle involved in a fatal crash with a tractor-trailer truck today on I-95 northbound at Exit 17 in Westport. The accident during rainy weather shut down the highway northbound and caused traffic jams throughout the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Caring for the Injured Image
UPDATE A Westport EMS crew gets ready to transport one of those involved in today’s I-95 crash to Norwalk Hospital. One person died in the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/29/10 04:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stuck in Traffic Image
Traffic on I-95 northbound in Westport today was at a standstill because of an accident at Exit 17 in Westport that killed one person and injured an unknown number of others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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One Dead in I-95 Crash Image
One person died today in an I-95 crash northbound at Exit 17 in Westport, according to emergency workers on the scene. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and several vehicles. The roadway was closed down in all lanes as a result of the accident. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo


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I-95 Crash Causes Traffic Jam in Saugatuck Image
A crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at Exit 17 in Westport’s Saugatuck area forced closure of the roadway and all traffic was being diverted off at Exit 17. The diversion backed up Riverside Avenue and adjacent roads. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. COT photo


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Light Turnout for Parks & Rec Walk-In Registration Image
It was a slower morning at the Westport Parks & Recreation offices at Longshore Club Park today compared to prior years on the first day of walk-ins for summer program passes. Westporter Peter Orkin has all the attention of staff member Jean Trimboli as he picks up his golf hand pass. Steve Rubin of the Parks & Rec staff attributed the lighter than normal turnout to the success of the online registration system that many residents used starting a week ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Q & A on “Breaking Upwards” Image
Sunday’s Fairfield Community Theatre presentation of “Breaking Upwards,” an award-winning low budget feature film by Westport’s Daryl Wein (l) attracted a large crowd. Answering audience questions were Wein, fellow Staples High School classmate Peter Duchan and co-writer, co-producer Zoe Lister-Jones. The film debuts in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for


03/29/10 01:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for “Breaking Upwards” Showing Image
Part of the capacity audience that turned out for the Fairfield Community Theatre showing of “Breaking Upwards,” a low budget feature film by Westporter Daryl Wein being released in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for


03/29/10 01:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Modest Ways to Cut the State Budget

By Jacqueline Rabe

While leaders of the General Assembly struggle—so far unsuccessfully-to close a half-billion dollar gap in this year’s state budget, a small group composed mainly of legislators has come up with a series of more modest proposals that could mean long-term savings for the state. Image

Now the question is whether the legislature will take the time to act on them while facing nine- and ten-digit deficits over the next several years.

“We’ll see if anything happens,” said Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, admitting that several of the proposals have failed in previous years.

Holding a list of 51 budget-saving proposals crafted by the Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes, Slossberg said, “Many of these are ready to go now. Let’s pass some of these as soon as possible.

More "Modest Ways to Cut the State Budget"


03/29/10 12:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Watch Update

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated flood watch for Westport and area through Tuesday afternoon.

An advisory said rain will continue to fall heavy at times today. Another round of heavy rain should then continue into tonight and Tuesday morning.

The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The potential exists for 3 to 6 inches of rain through Wednesday morning with locally higher amounts possible. The axis of heaviest rainfall is currently forecast to run from the New York City metro area into central Connecticut.

Rainfall of this magnitude combined with nearly saturated soils poses a serious flood threat. As a result significant river and small stream flooding is likely. Urban and basement flooding are also significant threats. Residents should take action to protect property now.


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