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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Changing of the Guard

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell poses with new Police Chief Alfred Fiore and his wife Kim along with Fire Chief Denis McCarthy following today’s announcement of the appointment of Fiore to his post. photo


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Alfred Fiore Named New Westport Police Chief

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell today announced the appointment of Alfred R. Fiore, 47, as the town’s new police chief. He succeeds William J. Chiarenzelli who retires Jan. 1 after 38 years with the department. photo


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New Westport Police Chief to be Named Today

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.


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Westport Night Scene

Westport’s YMCA building has a festive look Monday night on a deserted Post Road East. photo


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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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


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Monday, December 15, 2003

Icy Slush Covers Roads, Wind Advisory Still in Effect, Schools Delayed

Westporters awoke today to icy slush covering many roadways, making driving dangerous, and a wind advisory in effect through the afternoon. Westport schools delayed classes by two hours. High winds downed trees and power lines Sunday, leaving more than 1,000 Connecticut Light and Power customers without power for several hours. By 7 a.m. today, the utility reported only 15 Westport customers still out. An hour later, it reported all customers restored.
A home owner gets help from Westport firefighters in assessing the damage after a tree fell on a house Sunday night on Punch Bowl Drive. No one was injured. photo
Overnight 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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Monday, December 15, 2003

Monday, December 15, 2003

5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Planning & Zoning Study Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education


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Snowstorm Coats Roads, Causes Power Outages

The second pre-winter snowstorm in a week moved through the Westport area today, coating town roadways and downing trees and power lines.

The storm dumped three to four inches of snow on roads before turning to a mixture of sleet and rain early in the evening.

Police and fire units were kept busy responding to reports of trees and power lines down tonight.

Affected areas included portions of Turkey Hill Road North, Prospect Road, Maple Lane near New Creek, and Valley Road.

High winds caused a tree to fall on a house on Punch Bowl Drive at mid-evening. An elderly couple inside escaped injury, but there was extensive damage to the roof and an interior room where the tree knocked out a window.

As of 11 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported 1,011 Westport customers were without power. By midnight, the number was down to 227.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch and a wind advisory for the area. It predicted wind gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour and said rain combined with melting snow raised the danger of ponding of water in some areas as well as some street flooding.


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Close Call on Punch Bowl Drive

Westport firefighter Brett Kirby surveys the damage after a tree fell on a house on Punch Bowl Drive tonight. An elderly couple inside escaped injury but the roof and portions of the house interior were damaged. photo


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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Noon - 3 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Police Athletic League children’s holiday party
2 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - New York Times art critic Grace Glueck introduces and comments on film “Frida”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Theatre - Westport Community Theatre presents “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”
7 p.m. - Christ and Holy Trinity Church - Westport Arts Center presents Pro Arte Singers


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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Back to the Horse and Buggy Days

The horse and buggy era has long been gone from Westport’s Main Street but made a brief reappearance today. Local merchants arranged for buggy rides around the downtown area to add to the holiday spirit. photo


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Along for the Ride

The horse and buggy rides sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce traveled along Church Lane today. photo


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