Thursday, July 13, 2006
Westport Emergency Medical Service volunteers trained with Westport firefighters tonight in a simulated car accident. The EMS volunteers served as “victims” inside the car while firefighters cut them free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Driver Injured in Wilton Road Crash
As torrential rains fell today, a motorist veered off Westport’s Wilton Road near No. 362 and struck a tree, knocking it down. The Bridgeport man suffered minor injuries and declined to be transported to a hospital. The driver of a passing pickup truck bumped the car as he swerved to avoid a collision and manged to stop short before running into the tree. The accident tied up late afternoon commuter traffic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
All Gone: 14 Yankee Hill Road
Crews demolished the house at 14 Yankee Hill Road today. The house is off of Compo Road South and sold last month for $1.95 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A police car blocks the railroad underpass on Westport’s Compo Road South as flood waters recede following this afternoon’s heavy rains. Motorists were detoured to Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
What Can Happen When You Try to Drive Through High Water
A Westport police officer confers with a motorist after his car became disabled in flood waters on Imperial Avenue. The driver said he thought he could make it through but stalled out. More than 1 inch of rain fell during the afternoon torrential downpour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
There were about 100 children at the Westport Public Library when a tornado warning was issued this afternoon. The children’s librarians gathered them all away from the windows and presented an impromptu storytime. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The railroad underpass on Westport’s Compo Road South begins to flood during this afternoon’s heavy rains. Two cars became disabled in the water before police closed the roadway off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Storms Roll Through Westport
Thunderstorms with heavy rains rolled through Westport this afternoon. There was flash flooding on many local roads, including on South Compo Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Torrential Rains Hit Westport Area Amid Tornado Warning
A house at 27 Warnock Drive off of Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown section was struck by lightning during today’s storm. The strike beneath a gutter at rear side of the house charred a 3-foot section of siding and damaged the home’s electrical system as well as several appliances. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Heavy rains accompanied by a tornado warning hit southwest Connecticut including the Westport area this afternoon
A home in the Coleytown area was hit by lightning and one man was slightly injured when his car ran off a road and hit a tree during the downpour, officials said.
The Westport Fire Department said it responded to 13 storm-related calls, including the lighting strike of a home at 27 Warnock Drive.
The strike caused damage to the home’s exterior siding, electrical system and appliances, said Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfied.
Tornado Warning Issued for Southwest Fairfield County
The National Weather Service today issued a tornado warning for southwest Fairfield County.
An advisory said radar at 3:49 p.m. indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 15 miles west of New Canaan or near White Plains moving east at 25 miles per hour.
The storm will be near New Canaan by 4:25 p.m., Norwalk, Wilton and nine miles south of Georgetown by 4:30 p.m.
The storm has already produced a waterspout near the Tappan Zee Bridge, an advisory said.
Market Officials Give Tips on Parking
While the traffic may seem bad at the Westport Farmers Market, market officials say there is plenty of parking spaces and are giving advice on how to best visit.
Westport’s farmers market takes place each Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. Market officials have provided a map of where to park for the market.
Katherine Dyer, market manager, said it may seem parking is scarce but so far spaces have never run out.
“There is a quick turnover as shoppers come and go,” she said. “What’s important is that customers be considerate and not drive against traffic and the natural flow of the lot—it only creates congestion and frustration.”
Parking is also available at Saugatuck Congregational Church, she said. There is a path that skirts the park behind the church and leads right to the market.
Compo Beach Opened
Westport-Weston Health District officials opened Compo Beach at about 3 p.m. today.
They received tests back from state officials at about that time that showed no problems with the water.
Health officials closed Compo Beach to swimming on Tuesday after a malfunction at the town’s Sewage Treatment Plant.
Supportive Housing on P&Z Agenda
Westport Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) officials are slated to present their plans for an affordable housing project in the Saugatuck area, but neighbors want to see the project done a different way.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the project itself and two zoning regulation changes for it during a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Town Hall. One change is presented by IHA while the other is from Save Old Saugatuck.
The plan calls for six units of “supportive housing” on West End Avenue. The housing is part of a program from IHA to help those who need housing transition to living on their own.
Town Planner Mary Young said the text amendment from IHA, however, is less restrictive than what is in the zoning regulations and unique to the organization’s needs.
Republicans Nominate Bill Harris in 136th District Race
Bill Harris Jr.: will challenge Joe Mioli. Contributed photoWestport Republicans Tuesday nominated William R. (Bill) Harris, Jr. to face incumbent Democrat Joe Mioli in the 136th District General Assembly race in Westport.
“I am honored to be chosen,” said Harris. “I pledge to run a vigorous, dynamic and fun campaign that will do justice to the quality of our great town.”
Harris, 53, who grew up in Westport and is head of a Monroe-based publishing firm, replaces Pete Wolgast, GOP town chair, who was nominated for the position in May pending finding a permanent candidate.
Mioli, 68, is seeking his second term in the seat long occupied by Republicans until he narrowly defeated incumbent G. Kenneth Bernhard in 2004.
Running for Cover
Two children run for cover Tuesday afternoon at Westport’s Compo Beach. They were seeking shelter from the oncoming thunderstorms that soaked the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Excavation & Fill Regulations Committee
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – TEAM Westport Committee
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2:30 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – Policy & Planning Board
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Interfaith Housing Association Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Toe Jam Puppet Band
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Education/Finance Committees
Gorham Avenue Historic District Approved
Grayson Braun (photo from TV):“We wanted to preserve our streetscape.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.comWestport’s Town Hall Auditorium erupted in applause tonight following unanimous approval by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) of the Gorham Avenue Historic District.
Dozens of residents, in an outpouring of love for their neighborhood, lined up in the auditorium aisle to show support to make the area an historic district.
The district consists of 24 properties along Gorham Avenue and Main Street. The designation prevents the demolition of homes and preserves the exterior of the homes.
Grayson Braun, of Gorham Avenue, said the neighbors began talking about the district in 2005.
Two Injured in I-95 Rollover Accident
The driver of a car lost control of the vehicle while driving off Exit 17 on I-95 in Westport around 9 p.m. today. Her vehicle rolled over and landed upright 100 yards away from the exit ramp. Both the driver and her passenger, both from Stamford, suffered injuries and were taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Parents Hope Questions Answered
It remains unclear if the Westport Board of Education will engage the public and answer questions put forth in a petition Thursday night, but parents are hopeful it does.
The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford Middle School in a session forced by a petition filed under state statutes by parents, which included 20 questions they want answered.
The petition includes questions surrounding Ejay Clark, a Bedford Middle School science teacher who wants his job back, and many more on the board’s tenure process.
Thursday’s agenda includes two items—an introduction from board attorney Tom Mooney and public comment. There is no discussion item listed.
Seniors Hold “Aquacise” Workout at Longshore
Before today’s afternoon torrential downpour, seniors gathered at Westport’s Longshore Club Park pool for some “aquacise” workouts. The class meets most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. into August, led by Ruth Sherman an experienced Instructor. No sign up is required but participants must be Westport seniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Gorham Avenue Neighborhood May Become Historic District
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) votes tonight on a proposal to create the Gorham Avenue Historic District. The proposed district includes 24 homes in the neighborhood between Main Street and Compo Road North, several of which are up for sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pedestrian Hit on Riverside Avenue
A car struck a Wilton man jogging on Westport’s Riverside Avenue near Cross Street this morning, police said.
He was taken to Norwalk Hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
At about 7:45 a.m. the man was jogging along Riverside Avenue and was struck by the driver’s vehicle turning out of Cross Street, police said.
The victim was thrown over the hood of the vehicle, police said, and EMTs placed him on a backboard and in a neck brace as a precautionary measure.
The driver of the vehicle—a Bridgeport resident—was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
No Swimming Today
People still went to Compo Beach today although the Westport-Weston Health District ordered the swimming area closed. A malfunction at the town’s sewage treatment plant caused the officials to close the beach. Officials expect the results of water quality tests on Wednesday, which could lead to the beach reopening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Compo Beach Closed
The Westport-Weston Health District closed Compo Beach for swimming today because of a problem at the town’s sewage treatment plant.
The beach at Sherwood Island State Park was closed for swimming by state health officials as well.
Health officials will take water samples today and send them to the Connecticut Department of Health, according to a press statement. Results will be available on Wednesday.
Health officials will monitor the water samples and open the beach when it is deemed safe, officials said in a statement.
Westport’s Burying Hill Beach remains open.
Health officials said they would post updates on the district’s Web site.
A Good Day on the Water
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A large ship sails past Cockenoe Island Monday off of Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures reached into the 80s under sunny skies with more of the same forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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