Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Before the Storm
Monday, January 26, 2015
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Arduino Workshops
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Broadway Benefit for Orphenians
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Environment Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Honoring Dick Harris for 26 Years at Harbor Watch
Dick Harris, Harbor Watch founder and director, is awarded a gift from Julia Mally, Earthplace honorary trustee, tonight at a dinner in his honor attended by more than 100 people at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Harris announced last September he would retire at the end of the year after 26 years leading Harbor Watch. (See WestportNow Sept. 17, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro, Jr. for WestportNow.com
Westport Storm Wary and Ready
By James Lomuscio
Today, Howard Turner, manager at Westport’s Trader Joe’s, saw a blizzard of customers stocking up for this winter’s first big storm expected to hit Monday.
Trader Joe’s saw a 40 percent increase in Sunday shoppers, said Howard Turner, manager. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Diamond for WestportNow.com
“We’ve been very busy since nine o’clock,” said Turner, noting that business was up 40 percent over a typical Sunday. “There was a slight lull in the afternoon, but then it picked right up.
“They’re buying all the staples, meat, poultry and juices,” he added, saying that he expected the store to be packed until it closes at 9 p.m. “It’s going to be crazy, so we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow.”
It was a similar story at other food stores and hardware stores.
Busy at Hardware Stores Today
At Westport’s Crossroads Hardware, 345 Main St. today Patrick Ciquera, 13, an eighth grade student at Coleytown Middle School, selects a yellow shovel and his stepfather, Ken Litton, said he is purchasing batteries and other basic supplies as a backup in case of a power outage. According to owner A.J. Izzo (r), “We ran out of ice melt before the morning ended but expect another big delivery Monday. “(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Repeat on the Way?
An Amtrak train makes its way slowly through Westport’s deserted Saugatuck Station on Feb. 12, 2006 when the area received 17 to 19 inches of snow while New York City measured a record 26.9 inches in Central Park, the highest tally since records started being kept in 1869. Metro-North in 2006 reduced service on the New Haven Line to one train every two hours, using only diesel locomotives. Other heavy snowstorms to hit Westport in recent times included Feb. 9, 2013, Oct. 29-31, 2011 (Halloween N’oreaster), Jan. 27, 2011, Jan. 11-12, 2011, Dec. 26, 2010, Dec. 5-6, 2003, March 11-14, 1993, and Feb. 5-7, 1978. The greatest was the Blizzard of 1888 (March 11 – March 14, 1888). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
CL&P: We Are Prepared
Connecticut Light & Power Company -– soon to be known as Eversource Energy –- said today it is preparing to address any storm-related power outages from the predicted blizzard.
The company, which came under severe criticism about its slow response to the October 2011 Nor’easter that left more than 800,000 Connecticut homes and businesses without power for as many as 11 days, said it is pre-staging employees and materials in locations across the state.
In addition to CL&P’s approximately 400 line workers, the company has also secured outside crews in advance of the storm, a news release said.
CL&P customers can report power outages by calling (800)286-2000 or by visiting the mobile website m.cl-p.com.
Calm Before the Storm
Skies were partly cloudy today as the winter blizzard approached. View is looking east across the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center with the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Malloy: Be Prepared and Take Precautions
With forecasters calling for blizzard conditions across parts of the state beginning Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today asked residents to be prepared and take the necessary precautions for a significant snowstorm.
“Although storms can be unpredictable, this storm has the potential to have a significant impact on the state and we need to be prepared,” Malloy said in a statement. “Just as the state is monitoring and preparing, the public should do the same.”
“The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is monitoring this storm very closely and is prepared to coordinate any potential state response,” Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said.
DEMHS is also participating in National Weather Service conference calls to get the latest information on the storms track and is sending out regular updates to all municipalities and tribal nations.
Blizzard Warning: Up to 30 Inches Possible
UPDATE:The National Weather Service in New York has issued a blizzard warning for Westport and area, which is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday.
It predicted heavy snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions and likely snow accumulations of 20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts possible.
Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches late Monday night into Tuesday morning are expected, the Weather Service said.
Winds will be north 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph and will be strongest across eastern Long Island, it said.
Coastal Flood Watch
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a coastal Flood Watch for Westport and area which is in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday morning.
It said to expect tidal departures most likely 3- to 4-feet of surge above astronomical tide. There is a low probability of 4- to 4.5-foot surge above astronomical tide.
Flooding is possible during the times of high tide between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. early Tuesday morning.
It said 2- to 4-foot waves and high storm tide will cause beach erosion along north-facing shorelines open to Long Island Sound. A few exposed water front structures may be damaged.
Town’s Snow Policy Outlined
With blizzard conditions predicted for Monday night into Tuesday in the Westport area, here is the town’s snow plowing policy as outlined by Public Works Director Stephen Edwards:
Westport snowplows at the ready at the Public Works garage on the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“There are 123 miles of streets in the Town of Westport maintained by the Department of Public Works (DPW),” said Edwards. “Snow removal can cost up to $2500 per hour, therefore, it is important for the town to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to provide the appropriate response while minimizing the cost.”
PLOW ROUTES –- The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead end streets. A single pass will be made on side streets to keep them open, but primary emphasis will be placed on main roads until the storm has stopped. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead end streets, but main roads must remain open.
BLOCKED DRIVEWAYS—All snowplows angle the same way -– to the driver’s right. When going by they can not avoid pushing the snow in front of a driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his driveway. The only way to avoid extra shoveling is to wait until DPW crews have completed their final clean up on the street.
With Blizzard Coming, Where Do Westporters Go?
Westport’s Stop & Shop supermarket was very busy early afternoon today as Westporters prepared for what forecasters said could be an historic blizzard Monday night into Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com