Thursday, September 01, 2011
The house at Westport’s 312 Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1964, the one-story raised ranch had 2,375 square feet and was situated on a .32-acre property. The owners, who recently received FEMA approval for federal aid to rebuild in a flood area, will rebuild their new residence on this site. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 7, 2011. Neighbor Denise McLaughlin video records the demolition as a favor to the owners, Per and Viveka Kjellgren, who could not be present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The text of a CodeRed emergency telephone notification tonight to Westport residents from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff:
“There were more signs of return to normalcy today in Westport—this despite more than 1,500 CL&P customers without power for the fifth night.
“As many of you know, we finally did get schools open two days later than scheduled. As expected many buses ran late.
“As to power restoration, I am as frustrated as you are by the pace. It is no comfort that we are doing better than many other communities.
Two teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited Westport today to make preliminary damage estimates from Tropical Storm Irene. FEMA Project Specialist Michael Cullivan inspects the damaged sea wall at Westport’s Longshore Sailing School. A separate team visited individual home owners and businesses in several areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
Despite a two-day delay due to toppled trees and downed wires caused by Hurricane Irene, opening day of the 2011-12 academic year for Westport’s 5,000 school children went perfectly, says Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon.
“It was a great opening day in all the schools,” said Landon. “In fact the (Staples) high school principal (John Dodig) wrote that if there were a textbook example of what the perfect first day of high school is, this was it.”
Landon praised town officials, particularly Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, the town’s emergency management director, for making sure that the roads were safe following the hurricane.
“They all did a yeoman’s job and made us do test runs with buses the day before to make sure there weren’t any low hanging wires or trees down,” he said.
A CL&P representative today provided this update to a resident of northwest Westport inquiring about power restoration—including an explanation that restoration by Tuesday night some residents are hearing is a “worse case” scenario for all residents back in service in the entire six-town region around Norwalk.
“We have crews working on the two circuits that supply Westport north of the Merritt Parkway which are connected to a Weston substation located on Route 57 in Weston, one-quarter mile north of Broad Street,” Chris Swan wrote in a note to Robert LaFleur.
“They started today on the 21M1 circuit, which supplies the NE corner of town—Easton Road and Coleytown Road over to the top end of North Avenue, Bayberry Lane and Sturges Hightway all of these main roads and side roads, north of the Merritt.
“Hoping to restore that part of town by tonight. You are on the other circuit, 21M3, and we expect to have crews working on that circuit starting this afternoon. Your home is located at very nearly the end of the circuit, which explains why you may not get power restored until after today -but hopefully before the end of the day tomorrow.
Imogene Ann Wimer of Weaverville, N.C., a former resident of Westport and wife of James Harold Wimer, died Aug. 29 at home of heart failure after being weakened for more than 10 years by a rare blood disorder. She was 72.
Born Nov. 9, 1938 in Buckhannon, W.Va., she was the daughter of Ethel Gladys Green Moss and James Raymond Moss. She graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1956 and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in her native Buckhannon.
After she married, she lived in Baltimore, Md. and Bridgeport, W.Va., before relocating to Westport where she was an active volunteer in the schools. She was dedicated youth leader at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston and she volunteered for several local clubs.
Once her children were teenagers, she worked as a Realtor for various agencies in Westport during the 1970s and 1980s. But her passion was always bridge, a game she learned in college.
Joanne Carol (Renzulli) DeLuca, wife of the late Francis James DeLuca, died Aug. 27 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 77.
A loving woman who filled every room, and touched everyone who was fortunate to be in her company, she was a good friend to all, she lived with dignity, and died with grace, her family said.
Born Dec. 12, 1933 in Norwalk the daughter of the late John and Florence (Valiante) Renzulli, she was a third generation Westport resident and a graduate of Staples High School Class of 1951.
She and Franny were co-owners of the Saugatuck restaurant Franny’s for more than two decades. She also worked at King’s Highway Elementary School.
King’s Highway Elementary School Principal Susie DaSilva welcomes students on the first day of school today. DaSilva is starting her second year at Kings Highway having been a principal in Waterbury for seven years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Twins Morgan (l) and Lucas Flood board the school bus on Westport’s Compo Road South today as they head to Saugatuck Elementary school where they start fourth grade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A student gets a warm welcome today at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School from Assistant Principal Megan Clarke while Principal Rex Jones (rear) greets another student off a bus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Power Up @ the Playhouse!
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Thursday Tours of the Library
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Suddenly Last Summer”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) today issued power restoration estimates for its service area, saying Westport and five other hard-hit communities in the Greater Norwalk region should have full power back by 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The estimate, published on the utility’s web page, did not break down the estimate by individual towns or cities, which in addition to Westport and Norwalk includes Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, and Redding.
Of the six communities listed, as of 11:30 p.m. today, Westport had the second fewest customers in the dark—2,089 or 16 percent. Redding had the fewest—1,543—but that was 39 percent of the town’s total.
New Canaan had the most customers out—5,316 or 63 percent. Next highest number-wise was Wilton with 4,280 or 58 per cent; Norwalk was next with 3,222 or 10 percent, followed by Weston with 2,827 or 74 percent.
By James Lomuscio
One indicator of how Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is doing restoring power following Hurricane Irene is the number of plugged-in laptops clicking away at Starbucks or the Westport Public Library.
The number of those in search of an electrical outlet is slowly receding as power has been restored to more of the town today, Day Four, since the hurricane hit.
“I’m only here for the coffee,” Westporter Patrick McCord, who had power restored Tuesday, said today at Starbucks at 925 Post Road East.
As he sipped his coffee and clicked away at the keyboard, McCord paused to acknowledge how much different the coffee house looked from Monday.
Area residents who are still without power can recharge their cell phone and/or laptop batteries during Power Up @ the Playhouse! on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse lobby.
The Playhouse is offering the community an opportunity to power up electronic devices and have coffee free-of-charge.
Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch and have a chat with actor Annalee Jefferies, who currently portrays “Mrs. Venable” in the Playhouse’s current production of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer,” now playing through Sept. 10, an announcement said.
“The Playhouse will provide the power strips, beverages and wonderful conversation!,” said David B. Byrd, Playhouse director of marketing.
The Westport Arts Center said today it is open for area residents who are without power for free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and an opportunity to view the final week of the exhibition by internationally acclaimed environmental artists Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude.
The exhibition features two works in progress by the artists: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado,” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.” The exhibition closes Sunday.
For more information, contact Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070, http://www.westportartscenter.org. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Ave.