Monday, March 02, 2009
The Westport Country Playhouse has canceled today’s education classes due to the weather.
The Westport Public Library will open at 1 p.m. today due to the weather.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today.
All activities including the congregate luncheon program have been canceled.
The staff is in should there be a need for assistance and can be reached at (203)341-5099.
Metro-North said its New Haven Line trains were running with scattered delays today because of the snow. Commuters from Green’s Farms station in Westport found the 7:12 a.m. to Grand Central Terminal on time. Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com
A Westport driver barely made it out of his driveway on Charcoal Hill Road early today before his car slid into a utility pole, bringing down the pole and wires, police said.
A car came to rest near 35 Charcoal Hill Road early today after slipping off the roadway and crashing into a utility pole, bringing down the pole and wires. The driver was uninjured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The driver was apparently uninjured in the crash near 35 Charcoal Hill Road, according to emergency workers on the scene.
Fire officials called for a Connecticut Light & Power Company crew to shut off power before they could disentangle the wires from the car.
Police urged residents to stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary.
Westport pubic schools are closed today because of weather.
The snowy weather did not stop car thieves in Westport early today as police sought suspects who abandoned one stolen car and then apparently stole another in the downtown area.
Police said a stolen car was found abandoned and damaged on St. John Place shortly after 4 a.m. As police followed tracks in the snow, a short time later one officer spotted a white Jeep Cherokee speeding through the area.
Investigation led to a home on nearby Woods Grove Road where a homeowner reported his white Jeep Cherokee had been stolen from his garage.
Police issued a radio broadcast to neighboring police departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle with Connecticut plate 584MOM.
Former state Representative Jo Fuchs Luscombe, pictured with state Senator John McKinney, was among those honored at the second annual Westport First Awards held Sunday night at the Inn at Longshore. More than 150 people attended the event honoring Fuchs Luscombe, Allen Raymond, retired state Senator Judi Freedman, the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club. The Westport First Awards, sponsored by the Westport Republican Town Committee, honor individuals and organizations dedicated to improving the community and epitomizing the principle “Westport First.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. –
Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee Canceled
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
More than 200 persons, many of them Westporters, took part in today’s 10th annual SpinOdyssey at Fitness & Tennis Club, 490 Westport Ave., Norwalk. The event raised funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Today’s Westport Youth Film Festival’s (WYFF) Breakfast With Tiffany’s fundraiser at the Westport Arts Center featured the WYFF board members dressed by Lucy’s of Westport and gems from Tiffany & Co. The event was held in support of the sixth annual Westport Youth Film Festival which will be held on Saturday, May 9 at venues in Westport and feature films made by high school students locally, nationally and internationally. Contributed photo
Freshman Congressman Jim Himes (r) met today with constituents over coffee in Westport at the Sherwood Diner. More than two dozen persons took advantage of the chance to chat with the 4th District Democrat, including Jonathan Steinberg of Westport, a member of the town’s Representative Town Meeting. It was the first district one-on-one with Westporters by Himes since he was elected in November to succeed Republican Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Brownies from the second grade at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School paid a visit to Town Hall where they met with First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and toured the Town Clerk’s office where they saw some of their birth certificates. The girls from Troop 50178 were accompanied by leaders Julie Uman and Chandy Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated winter storm warning for heavy snow for Westport and area which is in effect from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Monday.
After a lull in the precipitation this afternoon, a steadier snow will overspread the region from southwest to northeast this evening. The snow will be heavy at times through the overnight and into Monday morning.
There may be enough warm air aloft for sleet to mix in across southeastern Connecticut and the Twin Forks of Long Island at the height of the storm. The snow will then taper off from southwest to northeast Monday afternoon.
The forecast for Westport and southern Connecticut called for snow mainly after 9 p.m. with new snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible. Monday’s forecast called for an additional 3 to 7 inches for a total accumulation ranging from 9 to 17 inches. Private forecasts called for 10 to 14 inches in all.
More than 50 Westport girls from kindergarten through third grade attended Saturday’s Westport Little League annual Softball Jamboree at Staples High School. The event is intended to introduce the youngsters to the sport in a fun, party-like environment. The Staples softball team took charge of the day, running the Little Leaguers through a variety of fun activities and softball skills. For many, the highlight of the afternoon was the high school team’s dizzy bat home run contest. The older girls first placed their foreheads on the end of a bat, ran around it until they were dizzy, then had to compose themselves and see if they could hit the ball to the home run wall. Sponsors for the event organized by Steve Axthelm, vice president of softball for Westport Little League, were Ben & Jerry’s and Athletic Shoe Factory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Fitness & Tennis Club (490 Westport Ave., Norwalk) - 10th Annual SpinOdyssey benefit for American Cancer Society breast cancer research
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Breakfast with Tiffany” Westport Youth Film Festival fundraiser
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Sherwood Diner - Congressman Jim Himes meets constituents
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: the Air Force’s New England Winds
4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - solo Spanish and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux (reception at 3 p.m.)
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner and “Westport First” awards presentation (dinner begins at 6 p.m.)
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated winter storm watch for Westport and area in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.
Snow, possibly mixed with sleet, will develop Sunday evening, an advisory said. A complete changeover to snow is expected by midnight with the
snow falling heavily at times through Monday morning.
The snow will become light by afternoon before ending late in the day. There is the potential for 4 to 8 inches of snow across the tri-state by the time the snow comes to an end. At this time, the highest amounts look to be across Connecticut and Long Island.
There is still some uncertainty as to the exact timing, strength, and track of this low so expect the forecast to change somewhat as details become clearer as the storm draws close.