Thursday, December 18, 2003
Thursday, December 18, 2003
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Study Committee
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Health & Human Services Study Committee
8:15 p.m. - Room 201 - RTM Public Protection Study Committee
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Library - Library Board
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Helen Kowalsky McCoy of Westport, a longtime employee with her late brothers of the well-known Westport construction firm Kowalsky Brothers, has died at the age of 83.
McCoy, wife of the late Robert A. McCoy, Sr., died Monday in Norwalk Hospital, family members said.
Born in Westport, McCoy was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Cherub Kowalsky and had been a lifelong town resident.
Prior to retiring, she was the office manager for Kowalsky Brothers for 40 years. A graduate of Staples High School, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 and an avid gardener.
In addition to her husband Mrs. McCoy was also predeceased by three brothers, Paul, Joseph and John Kowalsky and one sister, Joan Gallo.
Survivors include a son, Robert A. McCoy, Jr., of Fairfield, three daughters, Carole MacIntyre of Weston, Susan Kokoska of Newtown, and Robin Burns of Sugar Run, Pa.; a brother, Edward J. Kowalsky of Westport, and a sister, Nan Petraskos of Boca Raton, Fla.
She is also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may attend the funeral Friday at 9:20 a.m from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Westport First Selectman Diane Goss Farrell scheduled a mid-day news conference today to announce a successor to retiring Police Chief William J. Chiarenzelli.
Deputy Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore, 47, appeared to be the leading candidate over fellow Deputy Chiefs Donald Brown and David Heinmiller, according to several Town Hall sources.
But Farrell was still talking to the candidates and other officials as late as Monday, the sources said, and her final choice was not known.
Farrell had said last week that she planned to appoint the successor to Chiarenzelli before the Christmas holidays and there was speculation she might use Wednesdays citizensҒ brown bag lunch for the occasion.
Chiarenzelli announced Nov. 26 that he would retire Jan. 1 after a 38-year career with the department.
Last week, the Police Pension Board approved a $89,810 annual disability benefit for Chiarenzelli.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9:45 a.m. - Job Site - Public Site & Building Commission Center for Senior Activities Building Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education work session with RTM committees
Monday, December 15, 2003Overnight temperatures remained below freezing after a weekend storm left three to four inches of snow on the ground. By Sunday night, the precipitation had turned to rain and sleet, leaving many roadways covered with a slushy mixture that iced over during the overnight hours. There was also some road ponding and minor flooding. The Westport school system announced a two-hour delay because of the slick road conditions and icy drizzle. State police reported slippery conditions on Interstate-95 and the Merritt Parkway. An accident near Westport’s exit 17 on I-95 backed up southbound traffic just before 6 a.m. The National Weather Service, in a wind advisory, said winds would reach 45 to 50 miles per hour later in the day toward evening as a low pressure area moved away from the region. Police reported only a few minor accidents during the storm. In the potentially most serious incident, a tree crashed into a house on Punch Bowl Drive at mid-evening. An elderly couple in the home was not injured, but there was extensive damage to the roof and a room where the tree smashed through a window. The tree was in an adjoining wooded area 50 yards or so from the house but was so tall and fell in such a way that it smashed directly into the structure. Westport firefighters, working in a heavy rain, managed to secure a rope to a large portion of the tree on the snow-covered and slippery roof and push it harmlessly to the ground. They then covered portions of the roof as well as the window with protective plastic sheeting. It looked like the tree just rotted at its base,Ӕ said Asst. Chief Jon Gottfried. They were very lucky it was not worse.Ӕ
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