Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Metro-North said customers traveling on the New Haven Line should expect delays of up to 10-15 minutes due to crowded trains and weather-related severe and continuing equipment shortages.
The Westport Public Schools are opening at normal times today.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
It said heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain can be expected with 5 to 10 inches of snow and sleet accmulaton and ¼ to ½ of an inch of ice accumulation by late Wednesday.
It said the highest snow amounts will occur across interior portions of Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley. The highest ice amounts will be across interior northeast New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley.
There will be snow this morning, transitioning to a wintry mix late this morning and this afternoon from south to north before becoming a period of freezing drizzle and light sleet this evening.
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Book Chat
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -
Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs” CANCELED
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 -
Shellfish Commission CANCELED
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Westport Public Library -
Authors at the Library: David and Andrea Reiser, “Letters From Home” POSTPONED to 4/5/11
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium -
Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov) CANCELED
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Westport Public Library is readying a new exhibit, “Cuba 2010, an Impression: Photographs by David Kalman,” opening Friday. And today Leonard Everett Fisher (l) and Neil Hardy were busy hanging the exhibits. Kalman is president of David Kalman LLC, a food broker for Newman’s Own Food service, Sabrett Hot Dogs and Alle Processing to Sysco in Houston, Texas. While traveling around the world for business, he has pursued his serious avocation for photography for more than 30 years. His work has been shown in many local venues and has earned plaudits and prizes. Kalman was the official still photographer for “Monet’s Palate,” a documentary with Meryl Streep shot on location in France. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE The Westport Board of Education tonight unanimously approved a more than $98.34 million operating budget for the 2011-2012 year—a $2.26 million increase—that will now head to the Board of Finance.
The proposed budget, which represents a 2.36 percent increase over this year, is $415,417 less than the $98.76 million that Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon had originally proposed.
The board trimmed Landon’s initial request by eliminating two staff positions to save $116,000, saving $114,000 on health and medical insurance, and by allocating electricity and technology costs totaling $185,417 to Continuing Education.
The board agreed to the new budget after eight separate line item votes of 7 to 0 on salaries, benefits, supplies, equipment, property and purchase services.
Westport officials, including First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r), and several residents were on hand in Norwalk today as Mayor Dick Moccia (l) dedicated Fairfield Country’s first electric vehicle charging station at the Metro-North South Norwalk station. Joseloff congratulated Moccia and said Westport’s plans are advancing for electric charging stations at its Metro-North Westport station, With them is state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), who represents part of Wilton and Norwalk and sits on the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee. The orange car behind them is a Tesla Roadster belonging to an employee of a Westport firm which was the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle in serial production available in the United States. The other cars are Chevrolet Volts, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, which went on sale last month. The charging station was installed by Miami-based Car Charging Group, Inc. which provides electric vehicle charging stations at no charge to property owners/managers while retaining ownership and sharing a portion of revenues generated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 16 Hilltop Trail, off Morningside Drive South, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,035 square feet and is situated on a .26-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, January 31, 2011
The latest storm is still hours away, but Westport police were kept busy tonight with two multiple vehicle accidents that tied up evening rush hour traffic.
The first involved several vehicles at Post Road East and Cedar Road at about 5:30 p.m. At least one person was treated for what emergency workers described as a broken arm.
A second accident about an hour later on Saugatuck Avenue under the I-95 overpass involved three vehicles. No one was reported injured.
The accidents on Westport roadways followed earlier accidents on I-95 in Norwalk and the Merritt Parkway between Fairfield and Westport which also backed up traffic.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain which is in effect from 6 a.m.Tuesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Icicles covered a building at Westport’s 25 Sylvan Road South today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
The Weather Service said the area can expect 6 to 9 inches of snow accumulation and up to a half an inch of ice accumulation by late Wednesday.
It said the snow begins after midnight tonight, transitioning to a wintry mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain late Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon before becoming intermittent Tuesday evening.
Then a mix of heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain develops late Tuesday night, transitioning to mainly freezing rain late Wednesday morning into early Wednesday afternoon before tapering off late Wednesday, the Weather Service said.