Friday, February 05, 2016
UPDATE Westport’s second snowstorm of the winter today intensified over the area, closing schools, causing slippery road conditions, bringing down trees and wires, and causing power outages.
Everrsource reported at 5 p.m. that four Westport customers were without power, down from 67 at mid-day.
Forecasters initially said the Westport area would get 4 to 6 inches of snow with a Winter Weather Advisory but at about 9 a.m. upgraded it to a Winter Storm Warning and said 4 to 8 inches would fall.
In late morning, the snow began tapering off and the storm moved out of the area completely by 1 p.m.
Clouds make way for blue skies as a snowstorm moved out of this Westport area today. View is looking west over I-95 from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
As storms which brought 6 inches or so of snow to the Westport area overnight and through the morning moved out, blue skies could be seen over the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in the Saugatuck area of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 18 - 22, 2016:
Gregory J. Sarno to Paul Bruneau, 28 Treadwell Ave., $590,000
Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Michael and Colleen Cuffaro, 20 Baker Ave., $580,000
Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000
36 Whitney LLC to Anthony Demeo, 36 Whitney St., $2,500,000
Officers arrested a Stratford man who filled his shopping cart and rolled it out of Westport’s Stop & Shop without paying, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, Christopher Flint, 44, was arrested on Monday on an outstanding warrant for the incident that took place on Dec. 3.
Video surveillance captured Flint placing items in the cart and leaving the superstore at 1790 Post Road East without paying.
“Flint was positively identified by Fairfield Police officers who viewed the video footage and are familiar with Flint as he has committed larcenies in their town,” Farrell said.
Westport police officers arrested a Fairfield man for allegedly altering a prescription to up his dose of Vicodin, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, On Thursday, Westport officers responded to CVS at 397 Post Road East, on a report that a male suspect had fraudulently changed his prescription given to him by his medical doctor.
He said the officers and pharmacist confirmed with the doctor that the Vicodin prescription was altered from 5 to 7.4 mg.
“The Pharmacist noticed the 7 was written in a different color ink,” Farrell said.
A worker clears snow today in front of Main Street stores. Most stores which did not open on time were expected to open later in the day as the storm moves out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow, which is in effect until 1 p.m. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.
It said snow accumulations will be 4 to 8 inches with winds north 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Visibilities at times will be one quarter to one half mile.
Moderate to heavy snow this morning will taper off early this afternoon, the Weather Service said.
Commuters wait for their train at the Metro-North Westport station today. Metro-North advised riders to take care when traveling during inclement weather and allow for additional travel time. “Customers should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases,” it said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meryl Newman Siff /Instagram photo
The Westport/Weston Probate court is closed due to snow. All hearings are canceled for today.
Please call the court on Monday to reschedule.
The Westport Arts Center is closed today due to inclement weather.
All events scheduled for today will be rescheduled.
A couple of inches overnight snow made for a winter wonderland look today at Rouund Pond off of Westport’s Compo Road South. The snow was enough to delcasre the first snow day of the winter for public schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library will open today at noon due to the snow.
Westport Public Schools are closed because of the snow.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be closed today.
The staff will be in the office should anyone need assistance. Call (203)341-5099.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist” Postponed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Enid Munroe with Alexandra Munroe Closed
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Google Drive Canceled
Noon - Westport Library - Teen Parent Book Discussion: “How to Raise an Adult”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Bedford’s Got Talent!” Canceled
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Center for Youth Leadership
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Thursday, February 04, 2016
By James Lomuscio
Rejecting an applicant’s claim of bias, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight said fire safety, traffic safety, and environmental concerns trumped the state’s affordable housing statute.
By a unanimous vote, the P&Z denied an application to build a five-story, 48-unit housing complex, 30 percent of the units designated affordable, at 122 Wilton Road—at the busy Kings Highway North intersection—proposed under the 8-30g statute. The state law allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.
The vote came with a Saturday deadline looming for the P&Z to act on the application. The applicant, Garden Homes Management of Stamford, repeatedly refused a commision request to extend the 65-day limit to act on the proposal and for the first time tonight gave its reason.
Attorney Mark K. Branse, filling in for attorney John Fallon, who could not attend the meeting due to a conflict, contended that the commission was biased against the 8-30g project from the start.
UPDATE The National Weather Service has updated and extended a Winter Weather Advisory for snow for the Westport area, now saying it is in effect from midnight to noon Friday.
It said to now expect snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches with localized higher amounts and winds north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Visibilities will be as low as one-half mile at times, the Weather Service said.
It said rain will mix with snow after midnight, and continue through the morning.
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