Saturday, September 02, 2006
Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour whipped up the waters of Long Island Sound off Westport’s Compo Beach today as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto were felt throughout the tri-state area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A large tree fell at Westport’s Main Street and Canal Street shortly after 9 a.m. today, snapping power lines in the area and briefly touching off a fire as the live wires burned. Police blocked off Main Street from Kings Highway North and rerouted traffic. CL&P reported 2,752 Westport customers were without power at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Friday, September 01, 2006
Strong winds moved into the area today as Ernesto moves up the coast. The winds meant bigger waves, and it brought out the surfers at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport beaches reopened to swimming today after two days of being closed because of high bacterial counts in the water. But overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s kept this lifeguard at Compo Beach bundled and most beachgoers away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
There is a likelihood of new confirmed cases of humans infected with West Nile virus in Westport and other Connecticut shoreline communities in coming days, according to state officials who briefed municipal leaders today.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff participated in the conference call for municipal and health officials along with Sue Jacozzi, director of the Westport Weston Health District.
“We heard from Dr. Robert Galvin, the state’s public health commissioner, that we should not be surprised to see more cases confirmed in the coming days,” said Joseloff, who participated in the call while out of the office on vacation this week.
“Dr. Galvin said we should not be alarmed by this since there is an incubation period of 12 to 14 days and a time lag for laboratory work to confirm the presence of the virus.”
Westporter Dewey Loselle (r) chats with Westport firefighters at today’s weekly meeting of Westport Sunrise Rotary Club where he told of his harrowing escape from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Loselle, a member of the Representative Town Meetiing, had been attending a meeting on the 63rd floor of the North Tower when the first plane hit the building. Since that traumatic experience, he said he “tries to be a better person every day and I hug my kids every day.” Pictured (l-r) are: Chief Chris Ackely, Lt. John Plofkin, Firefighter Reggie Stone, and Lt. Bill Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s beaches are open to swimming today after being closed since Tuesday.
The beaches—which also included Sherwood Island State Park—were closed after heavy rains, which caused a high bacteria count.
The beaches reopened on Thursday, but health officials quickly closed them again after bacteria counts remained high.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff has put out a call for volunteers to fill openings on a number of town boards, commissions and committees.
“Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to serve our community as a volunteer,” he said. “Hundreds of Westporters already give their time in so many ways to the town, but there is always a need for new faces.”
Joseloff said about 20 vacancies exist or are anticipated in coming months on appointed boards, commissions, and committees ranging from the Architectural Review Board to the Youth Commission.
Terms range from one to four years. Some are for regular members while some are for alternates who fill in when regular members are not available for some reason.
Lori Hammer of Westport makes a new friend Thursday at the Westport Farmers Market. The market in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse continues every Thursday through October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Don Boehly, 51, of Grayson, Ky., arrived at the Westport Fire Department Thursday on a stop on his cross-country fund-raising bike tour. He is raising money on behalf of the surviving families of police, firefighters and soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Boehly will complete his ride on Sept. 11 when he arrives at the site of the former World Trade Towers. He started his cross-country fund-raising campaign on Sept. 1, 2004, and biked across 48 states, traveled 20,751 miles and wore out 36 tires and 40 tubes. Police and fire departments across the country have hosted him with food and a place to stay overnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Westporter Donna Haupt tonight finally met her namesake, famed World Series perfect game pitcher Don Larsen almost 50 years after she was born. When Haupt’s parents attended the Yankees-Dodgers World Series game on Oct. 8, 1956, her mother went into labor. Her parents left Yankee Stadium before the end of the game and headed for Lenox Hill Hospital where at 6:58 p.m. she gave birth to a girl who they were going to name Melody but instead named Donna in honor of the historic athletic performance of Larsen. They met at Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Post Road East where Larsen, 77, autographed baseball items. Haupt said the meeting fulfilled a lifetime wish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Westport firefighters and EMS responded tonight to an accident in the northbound lanes of I-95 just north of exit 17. A woman was injured when her car hit the center median. The crash tied up northbound traffic for about an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com