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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Post Road Traffic Back to Normal

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Traffic was flowing normally early today on the Post Road’s Ruth Steimkraus Cohen Bridge after night-long often bumper-to-bumper traffic as I-95 southbound was closed by the sewage tanker truck crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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State Police ID Tanker Driver, Arrest Another on DUI Charge

UPDATE State police reopened I-95 southbound between exits 17 and 18 in Westport at 5:32 a.m. today following Wednesday night’s fiery sewage tanker crash that killed a 64-year-old Woodbury man.

Westport police at the same time reopened Elaine Road and Underhill Parkway, which had been closed after part of the truck fell down an embankment in the area.

Emergency workers extricated the body of the driver, from the cab of the truck at 2:39 a.m. State police identified him as Thomas Patrick Reynolds.

They said the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford, was arrested for driving under the influence.

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Surf’s Up at Compo

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The surf was up at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday with overcast skies prevailing throughout most of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 29, 2016


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Transit District Directors Meeting
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. - Mitchells of Westport (670 Post Road East) - Pink Aid luncheon
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
5 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Gerry Snyder
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Committee (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Joint RTM Finance, Public Works, & Education Committees

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Traffic Jams Late Into the Night

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Westbound traffic on Post Road East was bumper to bumper late tonight as I-95 traffic soundbound was detoured at Exit 18 and the Sherwood Island Connector because of the sewage tanker crash near Exit 17. View is near the intersection of Compo Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlowe for WestportNow.com

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Fire and Explosions Rock Saugatuck From I-95 Crash

UPDATE Explosions and fire followed a crash tonight of a tanker truck carrying sewage on I-95, sending the flaming driver’s cab tumbling down an embankment at the north end of the Saugatuck River bridge. The driver was killed, according to fire officials.

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Heavy smoke and fire from the crash could be seen from the other side of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

State police early Thursday identified the truck driver as Thomas Patrick Reynolds, 64, of Woodbury. They said another vehicle was involved in the crash on the southbound side of the bridge shortly before 7 p.m. and that the driver, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford was charged with driving under the influence. The highway was reopened southbound at 5:32 a.m. Thursday.

“There were three more explosions after it went off the highway,” one witness told News-12 Connecticut. “It was so loud – boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.”

Another man said: “There was a fire as high as the trees. And there was another boom.”

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‘It Was So Loud - Boom, Boom, Boom’

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UPDATE A passing motorist took this photo tonight moments after a sewage tanker truck southbound on I-95 was in a crash with a second vehicle, caught fire, overturned, and the driver’s cab went down an embankment on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck was traveling between exits 18 and 17 just before 7 p.m. The driver was killed, according to fire officials. One witness said: “There were three more explosions after it went off the highway. It was so loud –- boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.” The driver’s body was extricated from the wreckage at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

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Driver Killed in Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash

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UPDATE A firefighter at the scene tonight where the driver of a sewage tanker truck was killed when the cab of his vehicle (in bushes, rear) went off of I-95 at the end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck burst into flames and exploded following a crash with another vehicle and overturned. The cab of the truck went down an embankment on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway near the town’s sewage treatment plant. The highway was closed in both directions between exits 17 and 18 in Westport but northbound was reopened about an hour later. Police said adjacent town roads, as well as the Post Road, were jammed as a result of the highway closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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I-95 Crash Ties Up Highway and Local Traffic

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UPDATE The scene tonight on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway, just below the I-95 Saugatuck Bridge where a sewage tanker truck burst into flames and part of it went down an embankment. Westport police said local traffic in the area was backed up and the Post Road was jammed as southbound I-95 traffic sought to detour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash on I-95

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UPDATE A tanker truck hauling sewage was involved in a fiery crash tonight at the end of the Saugatuck River bridge in Westport. Part of the truck apparently went off the highway and down an embankment, ending up on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway. Fire officials said the driver was killed in the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out St. Joseph

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A power-head goal by Teddy Lawrence and a 20-yard blast by Anton Mahr lifted Staples to a 2-0 victory today at St. Joseph. The clean sheet was earned by keeper Ziggy Hallgarten and defenders Lawrence, Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor and Gabe Baltierra. In the photo above, midfielder Timmy Liles is sandwiched by a pair of Cadets. The Wreckers – now 3-2-3 – host Westhill Saturday, in a key FCIAC contest. Game time at Loeffler Field is 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Sikorsky Incentives Win Bipartisan Approval in Special Session

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut legislators today took a one-day break from re-election campaigns to give bipartisan blessing to a $220 million incentive deal for Lockheed Martin that would keep its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary and production of its next generation of helicopters in a state desperate to keep its storied aerospace industry.

At a State Capitol inured to economic gloom, most legislators embraced the Sikorsky deal as a cause for celebration, a victory that promises to pump $69.2 billion into the economy over 14 years, while saving thousands of jobs at Sikorsky’s sprawling plant in Stratford and at more than 300 suppliers throughout the state.

“Competition in today’s worldwide economic climate is fierce, and Connecticut is showing that we remain a valued leader where businesses can maintain a competitive edge well into the future,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said after final passage.

Passage came on votes of 35-1 in the Senate and 136-6 in the House.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Storks’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

When an explosion on April 10, 2010, ignited the “Deepwater Horizon” oil rig, the blowout lasted 87 days, leaking 4.9 million gallons into the Gulf, resulting in the worst ecological disaster in American history.

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Told through the perspective of Chief Electronics Technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), it begins as he bids goodbye to his wife (Kate Hudson) and young daughter, hoping to snag a ‘dinosaur bone’ for her to show to her class in school.

Preparing to be transported to the enormous rig, just off the Louisiana coast, he greets co-worker Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) and reports for duty to Captain “Mr. Jimmy” Harrell (Kurt Russell), who, ironically, is presented with a workplace Safety Award, just before the “well from hell” bursts.

Conversing in terse, indecipherable, technical jargon, it’s obvious that certain “negative pressure tests,” along with other maintenance procedures, were not properly performed because of monetary pressure.

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Real Estate Report: Transitioning Neighborhoods

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

A few of Westport’s neighborhoods are in the transitioning stage, as evidenced by new construction in areas where there have not been any newly built homes in quite a while.

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Featured Home: This home at 4 Vani Court is listed at $1,435,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Pitt Sotheby’s Westport

These transitioning neighborhoods provide buyers with an alternative to purchasing pre-existing homes that may be in need of some remodeling that are in a similar price range, but in a more price-established area.

At the same time, these homes offer a ground floor opportunity to enter into a growing neighborhood.

It is interesting to note that when newer homes are built in these neighborhoods, nearby homeowners tend to remodel, surrounding property values tend to go up, and other new properties subsequently get built, all serving to further enhance the area.

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Sprucing Up Project Return

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Volunteers from Westport-based Triple Point Technology gathered today at Project Return, 124 Compo Road North, to clean up and beautify the property. The work is in preparation for the eight young women, ages 18-24, who will be occupy the house after the completion of the merger of Project Return and Homes With Hope, according to Jeff Wieser (r), president of the recently combined organizations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Project Return Takes Next Step in Transformation

Westport’s Project Return, which has aided teenage girls in crisis for three decades, took another step today in its transformation into aiding a slightly older female population in need.

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The Project Return house at 124 Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Board of Selectmen approved an amendment, and assignment and assumption of a lease agreement between Project Return, Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH), and the town as it relates to the lease for town-owned property at 124 Compo Road North to Project Return dated June 1, 2001.

Project Return announced on June 30 that with state budget cuts set to leaving it high and dry, it has joined forces with HWH, a local agency that addresses homelessness. (See WestportNow June 30, 2016)

“The board is very committed to continuing the mission of serving young women in crisis to help them rebuild their lives,” explained Kimberly Lake, co-chair of Project Return’s Strategic Action Committee.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 43 High Point Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 43 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split level has 2,019-square feet, is situated on a 1.11-acre property and changed ownership this month for $675,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Chief: Town Seeking Bomb Detection Dog

Westport is seeking a bomb detection dog to augment its three-dog K-9 corps, Police Chief Foti Koskinas told the Board of Selectmen today.

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Atlas, Westport’s third narcotics detection dog, vsited today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I am working very hard to get a bomb detection dog that is nationally certified at either no cost or minimal cost and tap into federal money,” he said.

“I feel between our train stations, our schools, and all the religious locations that we have it would be a huge asset to the town.”

The police chief said the bomb detection dog would work with the one of the existing handlers of the town’s three police service dogs.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Wine & Cheese Hour for potential members
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 2
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Family Winners in Photo Competition

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The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers Market tonight announced the winners of the second annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives Restaurant, Norwalk. The competition, jointly sponsored by the two Westport nonprofits, was designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the market.The winners included Claire Langdon (c), first place for “Fungal Forrest,” ages 15-18, and Emma Langdon (r), fan favorite, “Untitled,” for ages 11-14. At left is mom, Lori Langdon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Melissa Joan Hart Backs Gary Johnson

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Melissa Joan Hart: wants to “break away from two-party system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by ABC Family/Bob D’Amico

Westporter Melissa Joan Hart has joined Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign as the Connecticut chairperson, People Magazine reported today.

“I want to break away from this two-party system, and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” said the actress, who is a registered Republican.

“I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”

Johnson, 63, is the former governor of New Mexico – a position he held from 1995 to 2003. He previously ran for president in 2012.

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Comings & Goings: Sports Attic Opens

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Owner Gregory DiLenge stands outside his Sports Attic store which has opened at 26 Railroad Place. The store features both new and used sporting goods/gear. DeLenge, a former commodities trader, says it is based on the model of his family’s store in Westchester County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Watch Out, Westport, You Could Be Next on the Hit Parade’

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Transportation advocate Jim Cameron, whose “Talking Transportation” columns appeared for more than 11 years on WestportNow, warned Westporters today that the planned $1 billion Metro-North reconstruction of the railroad’s 120-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, involving state taking of property, could be followed by a similar costly construction plan for the 1905-built railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport with similar eminent domain issues. “Watch out, Westport, you could be next on the hit parade,” Cameron told the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club. The founder of The Commuter Action Group and Darien Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member said Connecticut residents should brace themselves for additional taxes in one form or another to pay for transportation upgrades as the state’s gasoline tax revenues continue to decline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Captains En Masse

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Staples High School team captains were featured at the Homecoming game on Friday night as the Wrecker footballers walloped Wilton 42-6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Usual Suspects”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Sugar & Olives (21 1/2 Lois Street, Norwalk) - Westport Arts Center/Westport Farmers Market Young Shoots Exhibition & Reception
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing the College Essay: from Blank Page to Story
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals [ADDITION]
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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