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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shepherd Jerry Has a New Family

Shepherd Jerry needs a new home
Shepherd Jerry needs a new home. Westport Animal Control

In order to keep this handsome one-year-old boy out of the shelter system, a Westport Animal Shelter Advocates volunteer will begin fostering Jerry at the end of February. Jerry’s family is experiencing financial difficulties and can no longer provide adequate care and time for him. According to the family (including three children), Jerry is good with people of all ages and other dogs as well. We will know more about him once he spends more time in foster care. Jerry is up-to-date on shots, neutered, and housebroken. For additional information about Jerry, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

   

02/25/10 06:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Petite Lab Mix Allie Found Her Forever Home

Petite lab mix Allie is looking for a home
Lab mix Allie is looking for someone to love. Westport Animal Control

Allie is a lovely, sweet, and gentle petite lab mix approximately eight months old. She is currently being fostered by a Westport Animal Shelter Advocates volunteer. She does very well with children and people of all ages. Allie would do best in a home with another dog.  We are looking for a home where she will not be left alone for prolonged periods of time. Allie is housebroken, up-to-date on her shots, and is spayed. If you would like more information about Allie, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

   

02/25/10 06:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Martin is Lost—UPDATE: He came home!

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LOST: Martin. White Cat w/Tabby (grey,black & white) splotches. 7 Guyer Road; lost on Thurs. 2/18/10. Martin was wearing an orange collar & i.d. tag. Please call: 203-226-5144.

   

02/25/10 06:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going to Beautiful Lengths for Cancer Patients

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Westporter Ann Karrick is sending her hair to Beautiful Lengths. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Just for the record, Westporter Ann Karrick likes her long hair, those brown, wavy, bouncy locks that not only frame her face but flow down past her shoulders. In fact, she likes her hair so much she wants to share it—with a less-fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. So today Karrick, media consultant and former host and producer of “For the Record,” a national weekly talk show on ION Media Networks, is scheduled to have her signature locks shorn at Westport’s Greg & Tony Salon, 231 Post Road West. She plans to have her hair donated to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. “The reaction from others surprised me at first,” said Karrick. “Typically with long hair, when you mention cutting it, there are gasps of horror.

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02/25/10 11:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Recession Squeezes Staples Grants Program

By James Lomuscio

Even the Staples High School Tuition Grants Program, the single largest donor of college financial aid in Westport and a community mainstay since 1943, is feeling the squeeze of the recession.WestportNow.com Image
A Staples Tuition Grants recipient receives a check at a previous ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Application are up, and donations are down, only 50 percent of what the organization plans to award in June.

The STG Committee, which relies on contributions from PTAs, civic organizations, local businesses, trusts and more than 100 individuals, has raised only $100,000 of the $200,000 it hopes to give away, a shortfall that does not bode well as applications continue to rise.

“In 2009, we saw a 35 percent increase in applications, many from kids who had not even applied for grants as graduating seniors who then needed funding once they were in college due to new family situations or decreased funding from schools,” said Peggy Kamins, committee chairwoman. “We expect applications to be up again this year based on increased unemployment and the economy.”

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02/25/10 07:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, February 25, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Revaluation Liaison Committee
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Retirement Financial Planning workshop
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee Postponed
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Creating Buzz for FCBuzz.Org

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Actor James Naughton was among area luminaries from the arts who tonight celebrated the launch of www.FCBuzz.org, a Web site created by the newly formed Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. The site, a collaborate effort of the arts and cultural organizations of Fairfield County, provides a calendar as well as ticket and event information for music, theater, dance, visual arts, history, lectures, literature, kids and families, classes, workshops, and special events. Among Westport representatives attending the event at the Barcelona Restaurant in South Norwalk were First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Michael Ross, managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse, Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, and Helen Klisser During, visual arts director of the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/25/10 03:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Calling All Ducks

Flooding in Westport by Larry Untermeyer
Heavy downpours and warmer temperatures today turned some untrammeled roads around town, like this one at Compo Beach, into reflecting pools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

02/25/10 01:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trust Fund for Bill Palladino, Staples ‘68, Seeks Donations

By Michelle Sciarappa

If Bill Palladino could speak, what would he tell you? About the throat cancer that stole his trachea? About his wife’s tragic death from a heart attack not even two weeks ago? About his expected loss of health insurance for the chemotherapy he is receiving at Danbury Hospital?

Bill Palladino and wife Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino
During happier times, Staples High School graduates Bill Palladino and wife Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino. A fund has been set up for Bill, who remains hospitalized with throat cancer. Janice Anne, his sole caregiver, died of a massive heart attack Feb. 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.

No. He would probably tell you about his two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Sarah, who are both in college. And he would probably tell you about his supportive friends, Staples High School alumni whose bond transcends time as they recently have set up the Billy Palladino Trust Fund at the Danbury branch of Newtown Savings Bank. “I’m trying to reach out to as many people as I can to help a friend from Staples High School (who) is going through a really tough time,” said Shelby Goodlett Pike, who is spreading the word about the fund. Palladino, Staples Class of 1968 and a resident of Sandy Hook, was first operated on in November, and then again Feb. 6 when throat surgery left him without the ability to speak. He has been at Danbury Hospital ever since. Compounding his illness, he lost his wife and sole caregiver, Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino, Staples 1983, to a massive heart attack Feb. 11.

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02/24/10 11:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Three Weissmanns” Author Returns to Hometown

By Larry Untermeyer

Native Westporter Cathleen Schine returned to her hometown today to address an overflowing audience at the Westport Public Library about her new book, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.”WestportNow.com Image
Cathleen Schine today signs a copy of her “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” for Dick and Paula Leonard. He was her former Staples High School English teacher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Schine thrilled her enthusiastic listeners by reading a selection from her book which has garnered outstanding reviews including a front page rave on The New York Times Sunday Book Review (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2010). 

When asked about her reaction to this accolade, Schine said she was overwhelmed and virtually speechless.

In the lengthy question and answer period which followed the reading, Schine described growing up in Westport as an idyllic childhood, followed by teenage ennui when she and her peers regarded their hometown as a small cage, and then later happily returning to visit family and friends with her own children.

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02/24/10 11:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Author Describes “Idyllic” Childhood in Westport

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Cathleen Schine, author of the acclaimed novel “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” addressed an overflow audience today at the Westport Public Library today, her first hometown appearance since its publication earlier this month. She described growing up in Westport as an idyllic childhood, followed by teenage ennui when she and her peers regarded their hometown as a small cage, and then later happily returning to visit family and friends with her own children. But she said she could not live here permanently. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

02/24/10 11:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow for the Westport area which is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.

A mixture of rain and snow will develop during the morning rush hour Thursday and gradually change to all snow during the overnight hours on Thursday, an advisory said.

The snow will continue into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers by Friday evening.

For now, the Weather Service said to expect accumulations to range from 3 to 7 inches in Fairfield County with locally higher amounts possible especially across far southwestern parts of the county where up to 10 inches of snow could fall.

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02/24/10 09:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

More on J.D. Salinger’s Westport Connection

A former Westport artist’s anger with his longtime pen pal J. D. Salinger over his refusal to sign a copy of his “Catcher in the Rye” led to the artist’s decision to sell the cache of letters exchanged with the reclusive author over 40 years, according to The New York Times.WestportNow.com Image
J.D. Salinger: Unhappy with Westport neighbor. File photo

In a follow-up story on Salinger’s relationship with E. Michael Mitchell, the Times said Salinger had a long, close relationship with his one-time Westport neighbor who designed the original “Catcher” cover in 1951. He even told him that he had several of his paintings in his home in Cornish, N.H.

But that relationship later soured and while it was reported earlier that Carter Burden, a prominent collector of 20th century American literature, had gifted the letters to New York’s Morgan Library—where they will go on display next month—how he came to possess them was unclear.

In its latest report, the Times said that Burden had paid roughly $35,000 for the letters in 1994 when he bought them from Ralph Sipper, a rare book dealer in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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02/24/10 03:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gone Fishing

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Fishermen try their luck along Westport’s Hillspoint Road before more wintry weather came in on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/24/10 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Cathleen Schine, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Baseball Skills Clinic, Grades 2-5
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Baseball Skills Clinic, Grades 6-8
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Financial Health and College Planning Workshop

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Finance Members Wrestle With Pension Issue

The Westport Board of Finance tonight wrestled with the issue facing many municipalities across the state and country—how much do you tax residents to keep up with rising pension costs.

“It’s the nub of the issue,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, whose preliminary 2010-11 municipal budget of $96.3 million with a 7.6 percent increase provides for funding of pensions at half the $8.3 million recommended by actuaries.

One board member, Democrat Ken Wirfel, said he would not vote for a budget that does not fully fund pensions. Others said they had not made up their minds. Joseloff will formally present his budget on March 3.

Joseloff said fully funding the pensions and maintaining services Westporters expect could mean a 6 or 7 percent tax increase which he said combined with no tax increase this year could mean a 3 percent annualized increase over two years.

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02/24/10 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sexual Assault Suspect Arraigned

A judge ordered New Yorker Brian McIntrye held on $400,000 bond today at his arraignment on charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault of a woman at a Westport home last week.WestportNow.com Image
Brian McIntyre: unable to post $400,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Unable to post bond, McIntyre, 49, of Pleasantville, N.Y., was ordered by Judge Brian Hudock of Norwalk Superior Court to be held for a Stamford court appearance on March 5. He was charged with sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and interfering with an officer.

McIntyre was arrested Friday night by Mt. Pleasant, N.Y. police hours before co-suspect Kevin Larkin, 44. turned himself into Westport police on Saturday. Larkin posted $250,000 bond on charges of sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and hindering prosecution. His court date is March 2.

As McIntyre was arraigned, court documents were released that detailed the alleged sexual assault that occurred at 28 Stony Brook Road in the early hours of Feb 17.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gregory J. Smith, 46

Gregory John Smith, 46, of Brookfield, Conn., soared to the great beyond Sunday, Feb. 21 in Danbury Hospital.

Greg was born April 22, 1963 in New York City, son of Lillian Smith and the late Harry L. Smith. Greg, who was also known as “Dingo” to his friends, marched to the beat of his own drum.

He grew up in Westport and attended Staples High School before setting his sights on adventure, and building a life for himself in Norway.

When he came back to Westport after several years abroad, Greg, who had a heart as big as the world when it came to animals, decided to combine his passion and his work.

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02/23/10 11:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Teen Awareness Group Seeks Help for Drunk Driving Film

The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) group at Westport’s Staples High School is seeking help in filming its fourth drunk driving documentary. WestportNow.com Image
A wrecked car was placed in front of Staples High School on an earlier Grim Reaper Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for WestportNow.com

“Every 30 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-related automobile accident,” said Elaine Daignault, Westport’s Coordinator of Youth Services. “Unfortunately, many young people discard this statistic as one that does not pertain to them.”

To raise awareness among young people, TAG annually organizes an alcohol prevention program called Grim Reaper Day and is seeking community input for the effort, she said.

Held just before the prom and graduation season, Grim Reaper Day is the group’s signature event. It attempts to underscore how easily a classmate or friend could be killed in an alcohol-related automobile accident. 

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02/23/10 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shirley K. Mecklin, 89

Shirley Karr Mecklin died Feb. 7 in her sleep at her home in Westport. She was 89.

Born in North Dakota in 1920, her family moved to Chicago when she was very young. Mecklin graduated from the University of Chicago in 1942.

She married journalist John Martin Mecklin in April of 1943 in Washington, D.C.  His work took them to live in many cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beirut, Rome, Hong Kong, Bonn and Saigon.

Upon returning to the United States, they lived in Westport for many years. After her husband’s death, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the University of Chicago until she returned to Westport in the late 1970s.

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02/23/10 09:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

William (Bill) M. Heineman, 84

William (Bill) M. Heineman of Westport, 84, died Feb. 21, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, after complications from brain surgery.

Born Nov. 3, 1925, in New York City, he attended The Horace Mann School. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was subsequently transferred to the Air Corps, where he trained as a B-29 flight engineer in the 20th Air Force. Upon discharge, he graduated in 1949 from Williams College.

In later years, Heineman served as president of his class and as chairman of its 50th reunion fund drive. He was president of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity his junior and senior year, and belonged to the Purple Key and the Interfraternity Society. He also played soccer while at Williams and became team manager.

After graduation, he joined Heineman and Seidman, a textile brokerage firm. He later helped form Heineman and Company, where he became a senior partner until his retirement, after 55 years, in 2004.

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02/23/10 09:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shays Won’t Run for Governor

Former Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays said today he has decided not to run for governor.WestportNow.com Image
Christopher Shays: can’t afford to run for governor. WN file photo by Dave Matlow

Shays told CTCapitolReport.com:“I would love to be part of the debate. I believe I would win. And I would dearly love to serve and help get our state out of the huge mess it is in.”

But the former representative from the 4th District, which includes Westport, said he and his wife Betsi “simply can’t make it work financially.”

“After quitting my job to run for governor and serving four years in office, we would be nearly bankrupt, the very problem I would be helping to get the state out of,” he said.

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02/23/10 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mary W. Franco, 81

Mary Wilhelmina Franco, formerly of Plymouth, Mass., died peacefully Friday, Feb. 19, in Southport. She was 81.WestportNow.com Image
Mary Franco: founder of Youth Museum. Contributed photo

Mary was born July 20, 1928, in Duluth, Minn. She was the wife of Vincent Franco, and daughter of the late Sadie and Holbrook Coulter.

Mary leaves two daughters, Elaine Williamson and Jeanmarie Klitzner, and a son, Robert Franco. She also leaves two granddaughters, Sydney Klitzner and Jennifer Heatly, three great grandchildren, Landon, Pace and Campbell Heatly, a brother, Daniel Coulter, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a gentle, calm, and charming woman who was liked by everyone. She met the man who became the love of her life in grammar school and they began dating as teenagers.

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02/23/10 03:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

New York Sports Club Reopens After Fire

It was back to business almost as usual today at Westport’s New York Sports Club after a fire in the sauna on Monday.
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“As of 5 a. m. today we are open for business as usual, thank God,” said Stehanie DiNoi, master trainer.

She said the only areas closed were the men’s and women’s saunas.

Fire investigators said they traced the fire at the business at 427 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center to an electrical problem above a sauna. Damage was limited to the immediate area.

   

02/23/10 02:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reaching Out

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A couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today made friends. A second successive day of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-40s attracted many hoping for an early start to spring. But a winter weather advisory for the area overnight reminded all that winter is still very much here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Baseball Skills Clinic, Grades 2-5
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Baseball Skills Clinic, Grades 6-8
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Conference Room – Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: “Significance of Ethnicity in Afghanistan”

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02/23/10 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Preliminary Westport Budget Increase Projected at 3.9%

The Westport Board of Finance tonight opened two nights of hearings on the 2010-11 budget with a projected preliminary combined municipal-Board of Education request amounting to a 3.9 percent increase over this year.

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff told the board his preliminary requested municipal budget of $63.6 million amounted to a 7.6 percent increase. But he said it would be further modified by the time of his formal presentation to the board on March 3.

The Board of Education earlier had approved a 2.1 percent increase over the current year, requesting $96.9 million. The Board of Finance will hold a second night of budget hearings on Tuesday.

The municipal budget costs were driven by sharp increases in health care costs and public works paving and $4 million in contributions to the town’s pension plans, according to documents distributed at the meeting.

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02/23/10 03:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Taking a Bow at the Playhouse

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An almost sold out crowd showered applause tonight on the cast of the reading production of the Agatha Christie play “And Then There Were None” at the Westport Country Playhouse. In his welcome comments to the audience prior to the evening’s performance, Michael Ross, the Playhouse’s managing director, announced that the next play reading scheduled for March 22 will be “Harvey” the 1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama written by the American playwright Mary Chase. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/23/10 03:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 22, 2010

Veteran Director Freedman to Direct “Anne Frank”

Veteran director Gerald Freedman will stage the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” it was announced today.WestportNow.com Image
Gerald Freedman: credits include “Hair.” Contributed photo

The production, with cast still to be announced, will run Sept. 28 to Oct. 16.

Freedman was an artistic force at Joe Papp’s Public Theater, where he directed a wide variety of groundbreaking productions, including “Titus Andronicus” in Central Park as well as the original production of “Hair.”

“Gerald Freedman brings a lifetime of accomplishment to his directorial leadership of our production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’” said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.

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02/22/10 10:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area for an icy mix of precipitation which is in effect from 8 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Light to occasionally moderate precipitation will overspread the region from west to east tonight, an advisory said.

The precipitation will start as a mix of snow and sleet, then transition to a mix of sleet and freezing rain in the early morning hours. The icy mix will then change to all rain by late morning, the advisory said.

Snow and sleet accumulations of around one inch with ice accretion of one-tenth of an inch or less can be expected with this system, it said.

   

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