Sunday, August 03, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Westport public works crews were busy today removing large tree branches that were downed during the mid-day heavy rainstorm. The rains caused some flooding and temporary streets closings, including Cavalry Road where a large branch fell on power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today’s heavy rains created large puddles on the golf course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. Westport received an unofficial 1.32 inches of rain during the day before the sun came out in late afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Paul and Holly Betts were in the house at Westport’s 44 Park Lane today when it was hit by lightning. They were in the kitchen at the time and heard what Paul Betts said was “a big boom,” with repeated flashes and a cloud of smoke rising outside the window. He found no damage outside but then saw this damage along the living room wall. Firefighters inspected the home and reported that no further damage was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
During today’s heavy rainstorm a bolt of lightning struck a tree at 46 Park Lane sending an electric current through the lawn on a path directly to the corner of the neighboring house at 44 Park Lane This caused damage to its living room wall and baseboard heating components. Firefighters inspect the corner of 44 Park Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A tree branch fallen onto power lines at the Westport-Weston town line caused closure of Lyons Plains Road. The heavy rain storm that hit the Westport area shortly before noon today contributed to several vehicle accidents and downed power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Due to weather condition’s, tonight’s Levitt Pavilion show featuring Old School Music’s Female Vocal Review will move indoors to the air-conditioned rain location at Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.
Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Further information is available on the Pavilion’s Web site.
Heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning hit the Westport area at mid-day today, causing some minor flooding. This is a view from a home along Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area in effect until 12:30 p.m.
The warning advisory issued at 11:30 a.m. ugraded an earlier thunderstorm watch issued until 6 p.m.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that $4.82 million for the replacement of the aging catenary system that powers commuter trains on Metro-North’s New Haven Line is expected to be approved by the state Bond Commission on Monday.
“This system is 75 years old in some sections and its reliability is continually declining,” Rell said. “When the lines do go down, they can cause great inconvenience to the thousands of commuters in this rail corridor.”
The $4.82 million in state funds will leverage $19.3 million in federal funds for the project. The work will be completed in two phases, first from Stamford to Norwalk and then from Norwalk to Bridgeport, and should be finished in late 2011, the governor’s office said.
New Haven Line trains have structures known as “pantographs” on the roofs of the rail cars, which are in constant contact with the overhead power lines above. The system suspending the lines and the lines themselves are being replaced.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
2 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Alice in Wonderland”
8 p.m. - UPDATE
Levitt Pavilion - Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave. - Old School Music’s Female Vocal Review
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Helene Weir, outgoing CEO of the Westport Weston Family Y, was presented with a framed t-shirt bearing the signatures of each member of the Y’s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors tonight at a farewell party at the Red Barn Restaurant in Westport. Weir has been named CEO of the YMCA in Calgary, Alberta, in her native Canada. Presenting the memento to Weir were board members Rosemary Halstead (l) and Ian Bruce (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house located at 15 Manitou Road, off Compo Road South, was demolished today. Built in 1954, the one-story ranch was 1,785 square feet in size, situated on a one-acre property and changed ownership in May 2008 for $1.25 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 3, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
You know the signs: “Make Mahackeno Happen” and “MahackeNO.”
Now, after almost a decade of division, wrangling, and placards surrounding the Y’s quest for a new home, the Westport Y’s planned move from its downtown location to Camp Mahackeno appears to be heading toward a resolution.
In a work session Thursday night, the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed that the Y’s proposed 102,000-square-foot structure on its 30-acre camp complies with each of the town’s 10 special permit standards.
“They went through each of the standards in the regulations one by one, and they voted on each one and made sure they were in conformance,” said Laurence Bradley, director of Planning and Zoning.
Friday, August 01, 2008
A large and appreciative crowd attended a reception at the Westport Public Library tonight for the opening of Larry Untermeyer’s photo exhibit, “In My View.” The show of more than 70 photographs will be on display in the main hall of the library for the next two months. After being introduced by good friend Neil Hardy, Untermeyer, a WestportNow contributing photographer, opened his remarks by thanking his wife of 56 years, Nikki, for all her support and encouragement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Dave Matlow for WestportNow.comThe Westport Police Department said today it is accepting applications for the position of police officer.
Applications can be filled out and submitted online at www.policeapp.com. The closing date to submit the application is Monday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m., an announcement said.
Candidates must be 21 by Nov. 1 and must have graduated from an accredited high school or must have completed a formal certificate equivalence program.
A Connecticut driver’s license is required at the time of the candidate’s appointment. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and will be required to reside within a reasonable distance from the Town of Westport prior to the completion of the candidate’s field training program.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 14 - 18, 2008:
Norma E. Perlman to Amy Sargeant Lang, 6 Crestwood Road, $1,350,000
Heritage 152 North LLC to Ann Reilly Tr., 152 North Ave., $2,050,000
Geoffrey M. and Dana Beringer to Bruce R. Becker, 3 Quentin Road, $3,000,000
Joshua W. and Nichole J. Witkin to Abby Safirstein, 4 Ivanhoe Lane, $1,060,000
The house at Westport’s 130 Hillandale Road near Turkey Hill Road South has been demolished. Built in 1948, the two-story colonial was 2,424 square feet in size, located on a 1.33-acre lot and changed ownership last month for $1,350,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 9, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Larry Untermeyer of Westport, a WestportNow contributing photographer, gets ready for today’s opening of “In My View” at the Westport Public Library featuring his images shot locally and around the world. Set to run for two months, the show kicks off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. today with the public welcome to attend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part I: A-K
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thelma Gordon Film Series presents “Teresa Stratus-Stratosphere”
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception for “In My View,” photographs by Laurence S. Untermeyer
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Alice in Wonderland”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Scratch
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