Thursday, August 27, 2015
As Promised, Bridge Open for First Day of School
A Westport school bus crosses the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway today on the first day of school. Connecticut Department of Transportation and town officials worked out a plan to open one lane of alternating traffic on the bridge in time for school opening. The bridge will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and closed weekends while work continues with a completion date now projected for late October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Back to the Routine
Back to School
Scenes as Westport students went back to school today. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Westport Public Schools: first day of school
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker Series for Seniors: Turtle Art
2:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
5 p.m. - DownUnder Kayaking (575 Riverside Avenue) - Sunset Paddle To Support Earthplace Harbor Watch
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke: A Night at the Opry
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Fire Interrupts 81st Birthday Party
Westport firefighters at the scene tonight of a second floor bedroom fire at 6 Leslie Lane. A family member said the blaze broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner. All escaped unijured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Now the Clean Up
On the Scene
Westport Firefighters Douse House Fire on Leslie Lane
UPDATE Westport firefighters tonight quickly doused a second floor bedroom fire in a home on Leslie Lane. It broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner.
Everyone escaped from the home at 6 Leslie Lane without injury, according to firefighters.
A family member said someone heard a fire alarm go off on the second floor at about 11:30 p.m. as the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of homeowner Marion McAdoo.
One of the family went upstairs to investigate, saw a curtain on fire, screamed, and all fled the home, he said.
Pakistani Film Scene Set for Friday
A Pakistani film company will film a moving car scene Friday on the William F. Cribari Bridge, better known as the Bridge Street Bridge, it was announced today.
ARY Digital USA said it would be filming a moving vehicle scene on the bridge for Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar’s feature film “Dobara Phir Se” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The bridge will remain open to traffic; however motorists may encounter short periods of congestion and should expect delays in the immediate area of Bridge Street, an announcement said.
The Westport Police Department will provide officers to assist ARY Digital USA with traffic control, it said.
Back to School Children’s Concert at Levitt
Jay & Ray and their Back to School special concert headlined at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Special guests included Pete Francis, co-founder of Dispatch, and Randy Funke. It was the final concert in the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Packed Crowd for Levitt Children’s Finale
Surprise! CT Traffic Among Worst in Nation
By Ana Radaletwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Connecticut has some of the worst traffic in the nation, with snarls that cost drivers about 20 gallons of wasted fuel and dozens of hours of lost time each year — and things are likely to get worse, a new report says.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the traffic monitoring firm INRIX say the Bridgeport-Stamford area is the second-most congested area of its size in the nation, and motorists there spent an average of 49 hours in traffic tieups each year.
Among similar, medium-sized cities, only Honolulu had worst traffic, the study said. The “Urban Mobility Scorecard,” released today, said Hartford was the fifth most congested medium-sized city in the nation, with drivers’ spending an average of 45 hours a year in traffic delays. New Haven came in 11th, with an average of 40 hours a year in traffic jams.
Among large metropolitan areas, Washington, D.C., and its suburbs topped the list of the most congested cities, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif., and the San Francisco metropolitan area.
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Two Workers Injured in Bedford Square Accident
UPDATE Westport fire and EMS personnel tend to one of two workers injured today in a construction accident at the Bedford Square development site. The other worker was able to walk out of the building assisted by fire and EMS personnel. The accident occurred as the two construction workers were getting set on the second floor to cut steel as part of the ongoing renovations when the scaffold they were using tipped over, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. One worker was on the scaffold and the other was hit by it, he said. Both suffered non life-threatening leg injuries, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Wiese for WestportNow.com
Easy Does It
Westport firefighters carry down an injured construction worker today at the site of the Bedford Square development. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening leg injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. A second worker was also injured but managed to walk out of the site assisted by emergency personnel. He was transported in the same ambulance. The accident occurred on a scaffolding, which tipped over, Kronick said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Assisted by Westport EMS
Westport EMS personnel assist a construction worker injured today in an accident at the Bedford Square development site. He and another worker were transported to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com