Friday, July 31, 2009
New figures from Metro-North rail show the commuter line is experiencing a rare decline in ridership after years of rapid growth.
The light blue lines indicate 2008 monthly traffic while dark blue are 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Metro-North graphic
The culprit is a combination of rising unemployment and cheaper gas, according to rail officials and economists.
Passengers on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line took 14.5 million rides from January through May, 400,000 fewer than in the same period last year, the railroad said.
It was the first decline for that period in more than a decade.
Traffic lights at Lyons Plains and Weston Road in Westport were dark late today as storm-related outages left more than 400 Westport CL&P customers without power. Police, fire and utility crews were kept busy responding to reports of trees down or trees on wires. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 13 - 17, 2009:
Toth Investments LLC to W. Glen Major Tr., 36 Prospect Road, $3,500,000
Boris and Luba Libman to Sachin and Anuja Lawande, 157 Compo Road South, $2,010,000
Ann Covalt to Jabez Disbrow LLC, 36 Narrow Rocks Road, $1,350,000
Elliot Associates LP to Ann Covalt, 117 Harvest Commons, $835,000
Today’s heavy late afternoon rains sent a tree branch crashing into a house on Westport’s Greenwood Lane off Sturges Commons A resident was reading in the den and suffered minor injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A large tree branch broke through a roof of a home on Westport’s Greenwood Lane off Sturges Commons today during a heavy afternoon rain storm. A resident sitting in the den where the branch came down suffered minor injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Dark clouds moved over Westport in late afternoon today just before torrential rains drenched the area. The rains knocked down trees and sent a large limb through the roof of a home on Greenwood Lane, off Sturges Highway. An occupant suffered minor injuries. View is of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for.Westport and area until 4:45 p.m.
An advisory said the National Weather Service was tracking numerous heavy showers and thunderstorms developing over the area with rainfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour.
A series of heavy rain storms have weighted down trees and branches such as this one at 22 Hiawatha Lane in Westport’s Saugatuck area where a falling branch today pulled down utility cables causing a power outage. Firefighters cordoned off the area until CL&P workers reached the scene shortly after 9 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Due to the severe weather statements, tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion performance featuring E.T.A. will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave.
The dynamic and versatile E.T.A. plays a high-energy mix of R&B, reggae, funk and rock.
Show time is 8 p.m and admission is free. For more details, visit www.levittpavilion.com.
Two fishermen relax in their boat on a hot muggy July afternoon Thursday while an oblivious gull poses on a rock at the end of the breakwater off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermey for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “Grease” presented by the Staples Players and the Westport Continuing Education Summer School program
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School (255 North Avenue) - MTC School of Performing Arts, “Disney’s High School Musical”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - E.T.A.
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves” preview
UPDATE The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight cleared the way for permanent lights for the Staples High School football field with conditions.
The six to one approval of text language that would allow for a special permit to be issued for the lights came after an earlier informal survey of members by Chairman Ron Corwin to see whether they should proceed to approve the town’s application for lights on the field—a longtime controversial subject.
Only commission member Ellie Lowenstein indicated she was not in favor of approval under any conditions, and she later voted against the text amendment.
Many neighbors of Staples High School had testified in opposition of the application, as they had in previous years, saying the lights and noise were inappropriate for a residential area.
The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities tonight hosted an annual lobster/clambake at Longshore Club Park. Guests dined in Evan Harding Park overlooking the E. R. Strait Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut School of Performing Arts presents Disney’s “High School Musical” Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m at Coleytown Middle School. Tickets are: $12 for children. and $15 for adults in advance, $18 for children and adults at the door. Reservations are suggested. For tickets, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at (203)454-3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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