Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A CL&P crew worked late today near 107 North Ave. to open the roadway and restore power to the area. A CL&P official said crews were making progress in clearing roads, but Public Works Director Steve Edwards said 13 Westport roads without alternate access were still blocked by trees and wires down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today extended the quarterly real estate tax payment deadline to Nov. 15 because of Hurricane Sandy, his office announced.
This means Westport taxpayers who have not paid their taxes due Oct. 1 by the Thursday, Nov. 1 deadline to pay without penalty now have until Nov. 15 to pay without penalty.
Malloy’s office said he signed Executive Order 26 that extends the property tax deadline for those Connecticut residents who pay property taxes on a quarterly basis.
“Getting life back to normal is going to take some time, but this Executive Order will give residents some breathing room to avoid accumulating interest fees,” said Malloy in a statement. “Local leaders and legislators have advocated strongly for their communities—this is important in the effort to help people recover from Hurricane Sandy.”
Westport Staples High School Soccer Team members help cleanup after storm Sandy today at Julia and Jim Hood’s home on Soundview Drive. Son Sebo is captain of the junior. The team acted after learning of the need and that another son, Austin, died on Friday. Members moved the sand back to Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
A little more than a year ago, U.S. Congressman Jim Himes and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff walked the same path of storm damage at Compo Beach. Only today it was far worse with Hurricane Sandy packing a stronger punch that Tropical Storm Irene.
“You can tell how powerful the waves were,” said Himes pointing to a blown out brick wall, wide enough to drive a small truck through, to the right of the beach pavilion.
“That’s quite a punch, Jim,” chimed in state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg who accompanied Joseloff and Himes on the tour.
“This is extreme damage, said Joseloff outside the pavilion which the storm filled with sand 4 feet high.
Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that special office hours are scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the election to be held on Nov. 6.
Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and will be available through Monday, Nov. 5 until 4:30 p.m.
Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 when the polls officially close. The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave in Room 105.
Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town website at http://www.westportct.gov
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today Westport schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, according to the town website.
After receiving notification of the federal assistance available to cities and towns, businesses, individuals, and nonprofits in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that residents in those counties who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid.
“This declaration will bring much-needed financial assistance to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Malloy.
“But it is critical to note that you must register with FEMA to begin the process of accessing possible federal assistance. We will continue to work to get the rest of the counties in the state declared.”
To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.
Westport’s ladder truck was put on a tractor-trailer at Westport fire headquarters today to be taken to Enfield for service after it was knocked out of action when salt water got into the air intake of the engine while on an emergency call. There was no word about the extent of damage or when it will be back in service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The following is an update on public transit services in Westport.
Due to the suspension of Metro-North rail service, all connecting Westport service commuter shuttles are not operating. The commuter shuttles will resume with Metro-North operations.
After school shuttles will resume when the public schools reopen.
The door-to-door services for the elderly and persons with disabilities are back to full operation.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities has canceled all programming through Friday.
The Center will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. beginning Thursday for those wishing to charge any electronic devices, watch television or just relax in a facility that has electricity.
On Saturday, the Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Center classes and for the general public who wish to come in and charge electronic devices, etc.
If you need assistance and it is not an emergency, you can call (203)341-5099 during our normal operating hours or you can leave a message after hours.
Life was beginning to return to Westport’s Main Street today but power was still out. Merchants were asked to be prepared to meet with town fire and building officials at noon today as they visited the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said a decision on whether to open schools on Thursday will be made this afternoon, according to the town website.
The Town of Westport did not officially cancel Halloween like last year but is urging parents to use caution tonight and to stay away from Compo Beach and other areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
“Our position is use your best judgment of where it might be safe,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in a CodeRed emergency telephone message Tuesday night.
“And have the kids home before dark. Stay away from shoreline areas hard hit by the storm and obviously any place there are trees and power lines down and it is unsafe.”
Westport police today will continue to divert traffic into the Compo Beach and Saugatuck Shores area, limiting access to only residents of the area.
Westporters without power had several places to charge phones and laptops today.
The Westport Public Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free Wi-Fi.
Westport Town Hall has free Wi-Fi in the lobby and auditorium.
The Westport Country Playhouse is offering a free charging station and coffee beginning at 11 a.m.
Metro-North Service remains suspended due to significant damage on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines from Hurricane Sandy, the railroad said.
Repairs are currently underway to tracks, power and signal systems.
Fred Grossman died Oct. 26 in Westport. He was 91.
A veteran of two world wars, he was owner of F.G. Asset Management.
He was husband of his late wife, Shirley; father of Lynn and Steve, and grandfather of Chandra, Jordan, Samantha, Dina, and Ben.
Westport Public Schools are closed today.
Westport Public Library is open.
Westport Country Playhouse lobby is open for electronics recharging and coffee.
Westport Family Y is closed due to basement flooding.
Westport Arts Center is closed due to lack of power.
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
Despite causing fewer power outages, Hurricane Sandy appears to have taken a deeper toll on Connecticut residents and properties than last year’s Tropical Storm Irene, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said late today.
Following a day of touring much of Connecticut’s shoreline, Malloy said he fears as many as four lives were lost and estimated that “hundreds” of homes were left uninhabitable by the storm. He added that officials won’t know for certain until after several days of damage assessment.
Meanwhile, the governor announced that his request for a disaster declaration in four Connecticut counties along the shoreline was approved. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will determine the need for relief for the state’s other four counties after damage assessments are more developed.
Also today, about 550,000 homes and businesses remained without electrical power by early evening. And though restoration efforts are under way, the first day after Hurricane Sandy was spent primarily clearing blocked roads, assessing damage and setting up staging areas for repair crews.
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Thousands of Westport homes were without power today in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
At 9:55 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 10,362 Westport customers were without power or 83 percent of the town.
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington —President Obama has fast-tracked approval of a declaration of a major disaster in four storm-hit coastal counties—and two Connecticut tribes—to allow their residents to apply for a variety of federal aid.
Under the declaration announced late today, residents of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribal Nation in New London County are eligible for temporary housing payments, grants to repair homes, extended unemployment benefits and low-interest loans to businesses and farms.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he would continue to press the Obama administration to declare the entire state a major disaster area and that “in the coming days” state officials and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will be conducting damage assessments to determine if additional counties may be eligible for assistance.
But Malloy said “it was crazy to ask for a survey” to declare the coastal counties disaster areas.
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