Wednesday, December 01, 2004
For the second time in four days, high winds lashed the Westport area today, toppling trees and power lines and knocking out power to hundreds of homes and businesses.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said as of noon, 530 Westport customers were without power. By 11 p.m., the number was reduced to 65.
A weather station at the Longshore Sailing School registered wind gusts on the coast up to 56 miles per hour in early afternoon while a station at Bedford Middle School inland registered gusts up to 37 miles per hour.
Down the road, Coleytown Middle School recorded gusts up to 46 mph.
The National Weather Service said a wind advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. and warned that gusts in some places could be as high as 55 mph.
Almost an inch of rain had fallen in some parts of Westport by mid-day and flooding was common in low-lying areas. Two hours, later, however, the winds had died down and the sun was out, but later in the afternoon the winds picked up again.
A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for using the Internet to link up with a Westport teenager.
Theodore Wells, 47, was sentenced Tuesday in Bridgeport federal court for kidnapping a 15-year-old Westport girl in October of 2002 at the Bridgeport bus station.
Police said Wells met the girl on the Internet and, during a 10-hour telephone conversation, persuaded her to go to the bus station.
According to court documents, Wells met the girl and took her to his New Jersey apartment, where he had sexual contact with her. Eventually she called a friend and was rescued.
Westport’s Saugatuck train station is open again after a lengthy multi-million dollar makeover courtesy of the state Department of Transportation. A new tunnel underneath the Metro-North rail lines is still under construction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday night’s Class L semifinal game against Newington, which Staples won 21-14, was only the fourth time in recent years that temporary lights had been used at the field. The $15,000 cost was donated by members of the Gridiron Club. Football supporters are once again mounting efforts for permanent lights, which some neighbors oppose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Education Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood and Erosion Control Board
Staples junior Brian Levine crosses the goal line after hauling in a 34-yard second quarter pass from D. J. Stefkovich as the Wreckers edged Newington tonight in the Class L semifinal under lights at home. Staples will play in the state final Saturday against East Lyme. The 2 p.m. game will be played in West Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Staples cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about tonight as Staples edged Newington 21-14. But the Wreckers had fans worrying at the game’s open as the Indians scored two quick touchdowns but then failed to score any more as the Wrecker defense held them in check. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com