Tuesday, March 30, 2010
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
1:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Conference Room - 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Journalism Today: “How Two Young Documentarians Tackle the Story,” Annabel Symington and Vasilios Sfinarolakis
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Monday, March 29, 2010
State police have identified a Weston man, Lawrence Simonoff, 35, as the fatality from an I-95 crash today at Exit 17 northbound in Westport. They said Simonoff’s car (r) was sideswiped as he drove in the center lane, hit the median, and then was struck on the driver’s side by a tractor-trailer. Two other cars were also involved in the accident but their drivers escaped serious injury. The roadway was slick from rain at the time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE State police closed I-95 northbound for three hours today following a fatal crash at Exit 17 in Westport involving a tractor-trailer and three other vehicles.
Lawrence M. Simonoff: 35-year-old Weston man was killed. File photo
The roadway reopened shortly before 2 p.m. after being shut down since shortly before 11 am. because of the crash between the off and on-ramps northbound at Exit 17 in the Saugatuck area.
The victim was later identified by state police as Lawrence M. Simonoff, 35, of Weston. They said his car and another sideswiped in the center lane, causing him to crash into the median. He was then hit on the driver’s side by the 18-wheeler. It was raining at the time.
One of the other cars hit the right guardrail and was rear-ended by the third car, state police said. Their drivers escaped serious injury.
Flood waters washed over Westport’s Richmondville Avenue today as rains continued throughout the day. By late afternoon, almost 2 inches had fallen since midnight and forecasters said another 3 inches or so could fall by Wednesday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 10 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Tuesday.
In addition, a coastal Flood Watch has also been issued from Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon.
Tides ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 feet above normal will cause additional minor coastal flooding with the high tide cycle tonight. High tide in Westport is at 11:35 p.m.
Tidal departures of 2.0 to 2.5 feet above normal may result in moderate coastal flooding Tuesday morning.
Westport Parks & Recreation Department’s Stuart McCarthy (yellow slicker) points out tree damage today at Winslow Park to a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Inspectors were in Westport and other Fairfield County municipalities today inspecting damage from the March 13-14 storm to see if the area qualifies for federal emergency funding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE State police accident investigators inspect a vehicle involved in a fatal I-95 accident with a tractor-trailer on I-95 northbound at Exit 17 in Westport today. The victim was later identified by state police as Lawrence Simonoff, 35, of Weston, employed at Bloomberg Financial in Stamford. They said his car was sideswiped by a car from the center lane, hit the median and then was struck on the driver’s side by the 18-wheeler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters look over a vehicle involved in a fatal crash with a tractor-trailer truck today on I-95 northbound at Exit 17 in Westport. The accident during rainy weather shut down the highway northbound and caused traffic jams throughout the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Traffic on I-95 northbound in Westport today was at a standstill because of an accident at Exit 17 in Westport that killed one person and injured an unknown number of others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
One person died today in an I-95 crash northbound at Exit 17 in Westport, according to emergency workers on the scene. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and several vehicles. The roadway was closed down in all lanes as a result of the accident. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo
A crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at Exit 17 in Westport’s Saugatuck area forced closure of the roadway and all traffic was being diverted off at Exit 17. The diversion backed up Riverside Avenue and adjacent roads. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. COT photo
It was a slower morning at the Westport Parks & Recreation offices at Longshore Club Park today compared to prior years on the first day of walk-ins for summer program passes. Westporter Peter Orkin has all the attention of staff member Jean Trimboli as he picks up his golf hand pass. Steve Rubin of the Parks & Rec staff attributed the lighter than normal turnout to the success of the online registration system that many residents used starting a week ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday’s Fairfield Community Theatre presentation of “Breaking Upwards,” an award-winning low budget feature film by Westport’s Daryl Wein (l) attracted a large crowd. Answering audience questions were Wein, fellow Staples High School classmate Peter Duchan and co-writer, co-producer Zoe Lister-Jones. The film debuts in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for WestportNow.com
Part of the capacity audience that turned out for the Fairfield Community Theatre showing of “Breaking Upwards,” a low budget feature film by Westporter Daryl Wein being released in theaters this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Pisarro for WestportNow.com
By Jacqueline Rabewww.ctmirror.org
While leaders of the General Assembly struggle—so far unsuccessfully-to close a half-billion dollar gap in this year’s state budget, a small group composed mainly of legislators has come up with a series of more modest proposals that could mean long-term savings for the state.
Now the question is whether the legislature will take the time to act on them while facing nine- and ten-digit deficits over the next several years.
“We’ll see if anything happens,” said Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, admitting that several of the proposals have failed in previous years.
Holding a list of 51 budget-saving proposals crafted by the Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes, Slossberg said, “Many of these are ready to go now. Let’s pass some of these as soon as possible.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated flood watch for Westport and area through Tuesday afternoon.
An advisory said rain will continue to fall heavy at times today. Another round of heavy rain should then continue into tonight and Tuesday morning.
The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The potential exists for 3 to 6 inches of rain through Wednesday morning with locally higher amounts possible. The axis of heaviest rainfall is currently forecast to run from the New York City metro area into central Connecticut.
Rainfall of this magnitude combined with nearly saturated soils poses a serious flood threat. As a result significant river and small stream flooding is likely. Urban and basement flooding are also significant threats. Residents should take action to protect property now.
Strong winds and dark clouds converged on a cold, damp Cockenoe Island off Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday evening as a storm approached with rains that forecasters said could dump as much as 8 inches of rain on the Westport area, touching off flooding of rivers and streams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
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The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated flood watch for Westport and area from 2 a.m. Monday through Tuesday afternoon.
An evening advisory said rain will begin tonight and could become heavy at times after midnight. Heavy rain should then continue into much of Monday and Monday night.
The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday into Tuesday night. The potential exists for 3 to 6 inches of rain through Wednesday morning with locally higher
The axis of heaviest rainfall is currently forecast to run from the New York City Metro area into central Connecticut.
There was fun for Westport Brownies and Daisies today at the “My Hero and Me Dance” at Saugatuck Congregational Church. Brownies Sarah Berkowsky, Jae’l Jean and Theo Openshaw danced with their “heroes.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Governor M. Jodi Rell, cautioning that southwestern Connecticut will bear the brunt of a storm expected to hit Monday and possibly dump as much as 8 inches of rain causing the flooding of rivers and streams, today ordered the state’s Emergency Operations Center to be activated on Monday at 4 a.m.
“This storm will bring two straight days of heavy rain to Connecticut and could cause widespread urban and small stream flooding beginning Monday,” Rell said. “We will make certain that cities and towns have all the help they need.”
“Southern and southwestern Connecticut will once again bear the brunt of the storm, and we will be in constant contact with local emergency management officials,” she added.
Rell said that the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security held a conference call tonight with emergency management officials from 10 Fairfield County towns, including Westport, where the heaviest rain is expected.
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Winslow Park where she spotted a visitor playing on a fallen tree. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This was the last weekend for dogs at Compo Beach until October and a few braved the cold temperatures and rain to take advantage. Dogs are banned from the beach beginning Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Arthur Emerson Allen of Virginia, formerly of Westport and Weston, passed away on March 26. He was 77.
Born on Jan. 12, 1933, in Norwalk, Arthur was the son of the late Ralph and Viola (Bay) Allen. He was raised in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1951.
Following high school, he honorably served his country as Airman 1st Class in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. He served two years overseas as a Tail Gunner on the B-29 Superfortress 307th bomb wing 372nd Bomb Squadron during the Korean conflict and later in the Air Force Reserves.
Upon his return from the service, Arthur met and married his beloved wife of 40 years, Marion A. (Mantie) Allen. Together, they raised three children in Weston.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an updated flood watch for Westport and area from late tonight through Tuesday afternoon.
An advisory said rain will begin tonight and could become heavy at times after midnight. Heavy rain should then continue into much of Monday and Monday night.
The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday into Tuesday night. The potential exists for 3 to 5 inches of rain through Tuesday afternoon with locally higher
Rainfall of this magnitude combined with nearly saturated soils poses a serious flood threat. As a result, significant river and small stream flooding is likely. Urban and basement flooding are also significant threats. Residents should take action to protect property now.
By Dave Matlow
An Oreck store selling and servicing vacuum cleaners, air purifiers and home cleaning appliances will open in mid-April at 1801 Post Road East in Westport.
The Oreck store at 1801 Post Road East opens mid-April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The owner, R. J. Bunch, said he owns four other Oreck shops in Connecticut—North Haven, Milford, Clinton, and Canton.
As far as the timing for opening in Westport, Bunch said, “There’s no recession in our business and there’s opportunity in the down economy – good people who need work – landlords who need tenants.”
He added that many of his customers in his Milford store come from the Westport area.
Westport’s Daryl Wein (r) brings his “Breaking Upwards” award-winning low budget feature film to the Community Theatre in Farifield at 2 p.m. today. The New York Times, in a story on Friday, called it ” Sweat Equity, The Movie.” It said: “There are low-budget films, there are micro-budget films, and then there is ‘Breaking Upwards.’ It may be hard to imagine how someone could make a feature-length romantic comedy in New York City for just under $15,000, but Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones managed to do it.” Following the Fairfield showing, Wein, his co-writer, association producer and Staples classmate Peter Duchan, Westport actor Toby Burns, and co-writer, co-producer Lister-Jones (l) — who is also Wein’s girlfriend — will lead a question and answer session. IFC Films is releasing it in theaters this week and a trailer is available here. Contributed photo