Friday, January 03, 2014
There was more shoreline flooding today along Westport’s coastline at the mid-day high tide. Waters closed off Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores and the entrance to Burying Hill Beach (above). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
Besides leaving 10 inches of snow on the ground in some places, Connecticut’s first winter storm of 2014 also is testing the state’s new effort to control flying ice on its highways.
According to a new law that took effect this week, truck drivers could be fined up to $1,250 if accumulated ice dislodges and causes damage to a person or to another vehicle.
What became known as the “flying ice” or “ice missile” law is the product of more than a decade of legislative debate over how to handle large sheets of frozen material that unexpectedly crash into the windshields of unlucky motorists each winter.
Sometimes drivers are only momentarily blinded. On other occasions, the ice actually crashes through the windshield.
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Annette Lynn White of Buxton, Maine died in Westport on Dec. 27. She was 45.
Born in Lewiston on March 24, 1968, she was the daughter of Roger and Barbara Louise (Merrill) Bean. She was raised and educated in Buxton and was a 1986 graduate of Bonny Eagle High School. She later received her Masters Degree in psychology and was currently working on her doctorate.
Beside her parents, one son, Nolan Jankiewicz, two daughters, Bailey and Kendra Jankiewicz, two brothers, William E. and Dean W. White as well as one sister, Sonya J. Ellis, survive her.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 755 River Road, Windham, Maine.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 16 - 20, 2013:
Rudolph J. Sabados to Divya Sant, 9 Sunny Acres Lane, $570,000
Scott J. and Susan H. Klau to Eric C. and Jennifer Roth, 13B Dogwood Lane, $2,085,990
SIR-16 Side Hill LLC to Andrew S. Lerner, 16 Side Hill Road, $2,525,000
Betty B. Stretton to Travis K. and Eileen T. Test, 44 Clinton Ave., $590,000
Canal Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area was closed at mid-day today because of flooding, police said.
By James Lomuscio
Snowplows today were doing final clean ups, and several hundred tons of salt and sand have been spread over Westport’s roads for the year’s first snowstorm, said Stephen Edwards, director of the Department of Public Works. Westport measured between 6 and 8 inches.
“My men have been on the clock, essentially working since 7 o’clock Thursday morning when they reported to work,” Edwards said. “When it was time to release them at 3, we held them over.”
Early evening, before the snow and wind kicked in, Public Works crews were busy putting down salt and pretreatment chemicals that prevent the roads from icing “in anticipation of the snow building up,” Edwards said.
“It makes the snow easier to scoop up,” he said.
The commuter parking lots at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck were clear of snow today, but few commuters made the trek into New York as the railroad operated on a Saturday schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
There was plenty of waiting room for the 9:02 a.m. train today at Westport’s Metro-North station at Saugatuck. Trains were operating on a Saturday schedule and many commuters decided to make it a long weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Seigert for WestportNow.com
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is open today, but there are no classes, no congregate luncheon and no home-delivered meals.
If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the staff at (203)341-5099.
Scenes from around Westport today as the clean up got underway from the overnight snowstorm. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center is snow-covered and deserted early today after the overnight snowstorm. The storm dumped 6-8 inches and forced closure of Westport schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library will open at 10 a.m. today because of the storm.
Metro-North said it will operate a Saturday schedule today—without the trains marked as Shoppers’ Specials in the timetable—due to the projected impact of the winter storm.
Depending on the time of day, this schedule provides approximately 60 percent of normal weekday trains, it said.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Chuck Close: About Face”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Westport public schools and offices will be closed Friday because of the weather, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said tonight.
Westport was one of the last schools in the area to announce a closing. Most others in the region had announced closures earlier in the evening.
UPDATE A male driver escaped injury tonight when his vehicle spun out and crashed into a pole on Westport’s Wilton Road at Marilane. The crash sent the pole across the roadway, forcing closure of the road from Newtown Turnpike to the Wilton line. It was reopened at 3:55 a.m. Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo
UPDATE Westport police tonight closed Wilton Road at Newtown Turnpike because of a one-car crash into a pole at Marilane. No one was injured, but the pole fell across the lane, blocking traffic in both directions. The roadway was reopened at 3:55 a.m. Friday after the pole was replaced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Traffic on I-95 at Exit 17 in Westport was light tonight as snow covered the roadways. State police reported a tractor-trailer was involved in an accident near Exit 5 in Greenwich. Also four persons injured in an I-95 crash southbound between Exit 18 in Westport and 19 in Fairfield—four vehicles and possibly a Greyhound bus involved. Westport police reported a car into a tree on Wilton Road at Marilane. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo