Saturday, January 23, 2016
Steve Anastasia of Bridgeport’s Black Rock section, visiting family in Westport, walks on Greens Farms Road near Hillspoint today in the snow with Yukon, a 9-year-old Husky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Despite today’s snow, it was business as usual at the Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Road East. Said cashier Dora Papachinstou,:“We’re always open even when everyone else is closed.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Center is closed today due to inclement weather.
Additionally, the Westport Arts Center’s jazz concert featuring New Duke, scheduled for Sunday at the Pequot Library, will be postponed to a later date.
A man tries to keep a sidewalk clear today at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center on Post Road East. The National Weather Service said Westport could get 12 to 18 inches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
State plows make their way along the southbound lane of I-95 in Westport today as the Westport area was under a blizzard warning. View is from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library is closed today due to the weather.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market Canceled
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist” Closed
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest Postponed to Jan. 30
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
6 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - WestportREADS 2016: Keynote Talk with James McBride Postponed to Jan. 30
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - MMVS Showcase w/ Almost July & Coley O’Toole Canceled
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, January 22, 2016
The National Weather Service (NWS) tonight upgraded a Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning for southern Fairfield County, incuding Westport.
The warning is in effect from 2 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
It said to expect 12 to 18 inches of snow with locally higher amounts from the storm, along with strong and potentially damaging winds.
Blowing and drifting snow with near zero visibilities is expected Saturday and Saturday evening, the NWS said.
The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted a reception to mark the opening of its “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist” exhibition featuring paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional “bling boxes” composed with found objects by the Westport artist. Munroe is pictured with Westport Arts Center Executive Director Cindy Armijo in front of Munroe’s “Studio Still Life,” acrylic on canvas. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 27, was curated by Helen Klisser During, the center’s artistic director emeritus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie Lasala for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 4 - 8, 2016:
Maureen D. Lyons to Jennifer Speciale and Lorenzo Agnoloni, 69 Newtown Turnpike, $659,800
Lillian Rossen Estate to Patricia Ryder, 35 Bridge St. Unit 205, $207,834
Damien P. and Sandra E. Angulo McClave to David Adamo, 9 Forest Drive, $780,000
18 Dover Road LLC to Eric Swanson, 18 Dover Road, $2,050,000
Mike Stiskal, an employee of Crossroads Hardware store, 345 Main St., today helps Westonite Anna Vranos with a bag of ice melt she purchased. Said Crossroads owner Jimmy Izzo: “Warm winters are not good for our business. It may be better for golfers but not for us. So today was a good day for us and we needed it after the warmer than usual November and December. ” He said customers bought ice melt, fire logs, batteries, lanterns and shovels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Meriden man who admitted taking holiday packages left in Westport and Fairfield driveways in December has turned himself in on an active warrant, Westport police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, Sidney Nelson, 43, had been employed by a construction company doing work in Westport in December, and while working in town, he took packages from a home.
A home surveillance video recorded his vehicle in the residence’s driveway.
“Westport detectives were able to track down Nelson and interview him regarding the video,” Farrell said.
“Nelson confessed to the theft of packages and further admitted to multiple other package thefts in Westport and Fairfield.”
A Westport man whose verbal argument escalated to the point where he pulled out a pocket knife and waved it around was arrested on disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment charges, police said today.
Kyle Owen, 44, was arrested Jan. 15 at a local residence after officers responded to a complaint by someone who showed up at headquarters.
“During the argument, Owen had a pocket knife in his hand and was recklessly waving it around,” Lt. David Farrell said.
Owen was released after posting a $5,000 bond and on Tuesday appeared in Norwalk Superior Court.
The National Weather Service today issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area from 4 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
It said to expect snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches with winds north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Temperatures will be in the 20s, the NWS said.
It said there will be hazardous travel due to reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. Blowing and drifting of snow with near blizzard conditions are expected due to strong winds.
The NWS also said a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.
With 6 to 8 inches of snow expected from the weekend storm along with high winds and rising tides, First Selectman Jim Marpe today sent a CodeRed emergrency telephone notification to neighborhoods prone to flooding.
He issued the alert following a meeting of department heads and emergency workers who listened to a National Weather Service (NWS) webinar held at the town’s Emergency Operations center (EOC) at Fire Headquarters.
“All of our emergency response and snow response teams are ready and fully prepared for the storm that will start moving in late tonight or early tomorrow morning,” said Marpe.
“They (NWS) indicated that there would be an earlier onset of the snow and wind.”
Westporter Danny Horelik fills sandbags at Compo Beach today for longtime Soundview Drive resident Paul Lane, the former Staples High School coach who marked his 88th birthday two days ago. He said Lane wanted to place the sandbags around his house, which suffered water and sand damage from Super Storm Sandy in 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Westport former lifeguard Michael Collins today pleaded not guilty to 431 counts of voyeurism, 431 counts of eavesdropping, and a single count of third-degree possession of child pornography.
Appearing in Stamford Superior Court, Collins, 29, of Arrowhead Road, entered the pleas in a brief hearing before Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford. The judge set March 4 for the next hearing after Collins’s attorney, Andrew Bowman, said his client was undergoing a mental health evaluation and wanted more time to get the results.
Collins allegedly placed mini-cameras hidden in clocks inside the lifeguard shack at Burying Hill Beach to photograph female workers.
He turned himself into police on Dec. 28 after learning there was an active warrant for his arrest stemming from an Aug. 14 Parks and Recreation Department report that two cameras had been found in the lifeguard shack, police said. (See WestportNow Dec. 29, 2015)
A scheduled Saturday talk by bestselling author and musician James McBride, whose book “Miracle at St. Anna” is this year’s WestportREADS selection, has been rescheduled a week later because of the storm, organizers said today.
McBride’s keynote address for the month-long community reads program will now be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.
An aerial view of today’s I-95 accident at the Sasco Creek Road overpass in Westport. State Police said Issiaga Isaac Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass., was driving a tractor-trailer truck owned by United Natural Foods of Providence, R.I., northbound on I-95 in the right hand lane of the three-lane highway. THey said he drifted off the road to the right, going through a metal guard rail, then hitting a lamp pole and a metal sign before hitting a bridge support for the overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12 Connecticut photo
UPDATE Westport firefighters work today at the scene of a fatal tractor-trailer accident in the northbound lane of I-95 at the Sasco Creek overpass. Reports from the scene said one person in the truck died in the crash. He was later identified as Issiaga Isaac Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass. Northbound traffic was tied up for miles, sending many trucks on to local Westport streets. State police opened one lane of traffic several hours after the 11:43 a.m. accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rescue workers at the scene of today’s fatal I-95 northbound tractor-trailer crash at the Sasco Creek Road overpass in Westport. Firefighters had to use ladders to reach the top of the truck which upended against the bridge abutment. State police later identified the driver as Issiaga Isaac Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A fatal tractor-trailer accident today in the northbound lane of I-95 at the Sasco Creek overpass in Westport backed up traffic for miles. Diverted traffic tied up Greens Farms Road and the Post Road in Westport. State police said the tractor-trailer hit the overpass, killing the driver, later identified as Issiaga Isaac Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass. View is looking south from the Beachside Avenue overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Westport Department of Public Works employee today gets the town’s salt supply ready at the Sherwood Island Connector garage in advance of the weekend storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com