Monday, December 27, 2010
Hazel I. (James) Powers, of Sabattus, Maine, passed away peacefully on Dec. 24 at d’ Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine. She was 92.
Hazel Powers: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Hazel was the widow of James (Chick) A. Powers, Sr., who passed away in May of this year.
She was born on April 17, 1918 in Stamford, the daughter of the late Andrew M. James, Sr. and Hazel I. (Storms) James, and had resided in Westport for many years before moving to Sabattus in 1995.
She loved doing many different types of crafts, gardening, tag-saling and spending time with her friends and family. She was a long-time member of the Fairfield Emblem Club in Fairfield.
As Westport and area dug out today from more than a foot of snow, the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. ended its blizzard warning and issued a winter weather advisory for wind and blowing snow which is in effect until midnight.
A worker clears the sidewalk in front of the old library on Post Road East early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The advisory said there will be strong winds causing areas of blowing and drifting of snow with poor visibility. But it said there will be little if any additional accumulation in lingering snow showers across eastern Long Island and southeast Connecticut.
There will be hazardous travel conditions in spots due to blowing and drifting snow, the advisory said. Strong winds may still bring down some power lines, tree limbs, and unsecured Christmas decorations.
There will be northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph through this afternoon. Winds will diminish tonight, but gusts up to 35 mph are still possible this evening, the Weather Service said.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 6 - 10, 2010:
Douglas J, Fierro to Leslie M. Hahn, 11 Old Hill Road, $1,730,000
MNG LLC to Christopher C. and Belinda A. Chakford, 21 Bulkley Ave. North, $1,500,000
Jim and Annalisa Harding to Alan Scott and Jennifer M. Adams, 2 Turtleback Lane, $975,000
IK Design Build LLC to 2 Joanne Circle LLC, 2 Joanne Circle, $675,000
With more than 23,000 state residents without power due to the worst blizzard in recent history, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has directed that the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hartford remain open today to address the ongoing needs of cities and towns.
“We continue to implore the public to not venture out on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary,” Rell said.
“The high winds continue to blow snow onto freshly plowed roads, making the clean up a lengthy process. We also want to enable state utilities crews to be able to respond as quickly as possible to the thousands of residents across the state who are without power.”
More than 21,000 Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) customers and more than 2,200 United Illuminating Company (UI) customers are reported to be out of power today.
UPDATE A tree which took down wires in the area of Westport’s 257 Greens Farms Road at about midnight Sunday was still blocked today with power out in the area. Connecticut Light and Power Company crews originally responded in the early morning hours, then left, saying work would have to await daylight. Crews did not return until about 8 a.m. A CL&P official said 31 area customers were affected and power was not likely to be restored until mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Metro-North said shortly before 9 a.m. that train service on the New Haven Line is temporarily suspended in both directions while it inspects tracks and switches in the Bronx.
The MTA urged its customers to stay home today if at all possible.
The Westport Public Library, a sanctuary during past power outages and storms, is closed today due to the blizzard.
Library officials say it will reopen Tuesday at 9 a.m.
All activities at the Westport Center for Senior Activities including the home delivered meals program are canceled for the day due to the storm.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., issued the following special statement at 6:18 a.m. :
Dangerous blizzard conditions continue this morning. Bands of moderate to heavy snow will continue across the region through around 8 a.m. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected during this time.
North winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph will accompany the heavy snow through this time.
The combination of snow and strong winds will create frequent blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting of snow and whiteout conditions.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said the blizzard warning is now in effect until noon today.
A radar picture of Connecticut at 6:15 a.m. AccuWeather.com graphic
It said there will be bands of moderate to heavy snow and strong winds with considerable blowing and drifting of snow with near zero visibility at times this morning.
Accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with locally higher amounts up to 2 feet are possible. It said the heaviest snow bands will taper off early this morning.
Strong northwest winds will persist through this afternoon. They will be out of the north 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Metro-North said at 4:40 a.m. all New Haven Line service is currently suspended in both directions due to switch and equipment failures from the blizzard.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 1:21 a.m. It said:
Dangerous blizzard conditions continue overnight. Bands of moderate to heavy snow will continue across the region through 4 a.m. Snowfall rates of 1 to locally 2 inches per hour are expected during this time.
North winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph will accompany the heavy snow through this time.
The combination of snow and strong winds will create frequent blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting of snow and whiteout conditions
UPDATE Mechanical trouble caused a Metro-North train to become stuck for about two hours late Sunday night and early today at the Westport station, police and passengers said.
The scene at the Westport train station early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eduard Grebe via Twitter.com
A replacement train arrived at about 2 a.m. and the passengers boarded it.
Passengers said the train was full—one estimated there were about 500 persons aboard—when it broke down at the station sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight.
Police opened the waiting room on the westbound side for passengers who wanted to wait there.
Winds gusting up to an estimated 60 miles per hour whipped the Connecticut shoreline Sunday night. Scene is the basketball court at Westport’s Compo Beach. Winds in this clip were sustained at approximately 40 miles per hour for the duration with gusts estimated in excess of 60 mph at about 0:16 and again at 0:44. The time was 9:45 pm. WestportNow.com video by Sam Sagnella
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 - “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Judith Lunt died Dec. 25 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with her loving husband at her side. She was 78.
She was a daughter of the late Max and Esther Roche of Brooklyn, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Sanford Lunt; daughter, Pamela Lewis and her husband, Jean Lewis; son, Michael Lunt; grandchildren, Andrew Lewis, Sarah Meir her husband, David Meir, great-grandson, Eli Meir; twin sister, Julia Moonitz; and brother, Michael Roche.
She resided in Westport for 40 years and for the past 16 years lived in Oronoque Village in Stratford where she was very active in Village activities.
William Leach, 65, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former teacher in the Westport schools system, died Dec. 24 after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was 65.
William Leach: taught in the Westport schools. Contributed photo
Bill fought a courageous battle and spent his final days surrounded by family and friends at the home of his daughter in Southington, Conn. He was formerly of Southington and moved to Las Vegas in 2005.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1945 in Jeffersonville, Ind. and was raised in Waterbury. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from University of New Haven and later taught in the Westport school system.
He was a master craftsman and owned his own custom woodworking business. He had a love of cars and the outdoors.
Winds whipping more than 50 miles per hour tonight plunged dozens of Westport homes into the dark in sub-freezing weather.
A radar map just before midnight shows southwest Connecticut getting slammed. National Weather Service graphic
At 11:30 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power Company said 50 Westport customers were without power.
The temperature just before midnight was 17 degrees, but the wind made it feel 1 below zero.
Neighboring Weston was especially hard hit with almost 1,000 customers in the dark, or about 25 percent of all Weston customers.
The Westport Weston Family Y will open at noon on Monday due to the winter blizzard.
The Y asked members to call (203)226-8981 to check the voice message before leaving for the Y in case the weather overnight causes the opening time to be moved to a later time.
Workers trying to clear the parking lot of Fresh Market on Westport’s Post Road East tonight created large snow piles. About 10 inches of snow had fallen by late tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. issued the following special statement shortly after 8 p.m.:
Dangerous blizzard conditions exist across southern Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island.
Bands of moderate to heavy snow—possibly mixing with sleet—will continue to move northwest across the region through 11 p.m. Snowfall rates of around 1 inch per hour are expected.
North winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph will accompany the heavy snow through the evening.
Due to the blizzard, Westport’s Malone’s Refuse said its refuse and recycling collections will be postponed until Tuesday.
Tuesday’s collections will be done on Wednesday, said Jim Malone, and the rest of this week’s collections will be on their regular days.
He said it is the first time in more than a decade that Malone’s has had to cancel collections because of weather.
For further info or if customers have questions, call Malone’s at (203)222-0091.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. issued the following special statement shortly before 6 p.m.:
Dangerous blizzard conditions developing in the New York City metropolitan area and parts of the lower Hudson Valley and southwest Connecticut.
Bands of heavy snow will continue through 8 p.m. The heaviest band setup now extends from northeast New Jersey and New York City northward into western Putnam County.
Other bands of heavy snow were forming just to the east over Nassau and southern Fairfield counties. These bands may remain nearly stationary over the next few hours.
By Dave Matlow
When the going gets rough on Westport roadways, Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan and his men in Westport’s Public Works Department Highway Division are in the thick of it. Today they were out doing what they do best—battling high winds and blowing snow.
A truck leaves the Westport Department of Public Works facility on the Sherwood Island Connector late today to do some plowing and spreading of salt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sullivan was at his command post in the Public Works garage on the Sherwood Island Connector orchestrating a fleet of 14 town trucks as they struggled to keep Westport’s 123 miles of roads open as a blizzard bore down on the Northeast.
The trucks, backed by a number of local contractors, are plowing and spreading a salt mix on roadways and will operate 24 hours a day until the job is done, he said.
There are no shifts—the same drivers will work throughout the night with breaks for food and rest. Each truck has a capacity of about eight tons of salt mix and “in a storm such as this, we might fill some trucks three or four times,” Sullivan said.