Sunday, July 21, 2024


Snowstorm Produces Blizzard-Like Conditions

Todays snowstorm produced blizzard-like conditions this afternoon in the Westport area, reducing visibility on roadways and shutting down most downtown retail stores on normally one of the busiest days of the holiday season.
Many stores opened for business this morning after an overnight snowfall left up to six inches of snow on roads and then gave way to clear skies for a while.
But by mid-afternoon, with winds gusting up to 39 miles per hour along the shore, most retailers in town shut down. The temperature dipped to 20 degrees and the winds made it feel like 2 degrees.

Most downtown Westport stores opened as usual this morning but closed early as blizzard-like conditions set in. photo

By evening, a foot of snow was common in many areas of town, but totals were hard to measure because of the blowing winds.
The National Weather Service shortly after 9 p.m. canceled its blizzard warning but said a winter storm warning would continue until morning.
It said light snow would continue through the night with occasional bands of heavier snow possible.
Steadier snow would taper off by morning with occasional snow showers continuing but with no additional accumulation, a statement said.
Unlike at the start of the storm just before Friday afternoonҒs rush hour, police reported only a few accidents.
Compared to yesterday, today is a piece of cake,Ӕ said one EMS volunteer.
The Westport Public Library opened for business as usual, featuring its holiday book sale. But officials decided to call it a day at noon, just as the winds and heavy snow began whipping through the area.
Many Westporters stayed home or took walks in the snow.
Last night, I went cross-country skiing on Compo Beach, waves breaking right next to me,Ӕ WestportNow reader Susan Farewell wrote in an e-mail.
Then I skiied all over the neighborhood, right on the roads, before the plows ӑruined the snow.  It’s wonderful at nighttime; the lit-up houses look like dioramas.
ғI do this every time we get a snowfall in Westport. I like to ski over to the golf course at Longshore as well, which I’ll be doing every day there’s snow. It’s an easy way to get your ski legsђ back for more challenging terrains.
Reader Bonnie Adler had a tale of woe from Friday:
ԓI had planned a very special mother-daughter weekend at the Norwich Inn and Spa near Foxwoods with (of course) my mother and sister. We Never Do Extravagant Things like this!
My sister, a teacher at Horace Mann, got here from the Bronx without incident, arriving by 1:15 p.m.
ӓMy mother, who had a driver take her to Westport, was late because the driver took a mid-morning nap and overslept and left late. He was supposed to get her at noon, but arrived at her home in northern New Jersey at 1:30 instead.
They reached Greenwich via I-95 at about 3 p.m. She was stuck in Greenwich for more than two hours, finally crawled to Stamford, got off I-95 and was not allowed to re-enter I-95 when the local roads proved impassable.
ӓShe finally got here after six hours and 15 minutes. Normally, its a one-hour ride. Needless to say, our weekend is canceled. Perhaps we will go to Dream Spa instead.Ҕ

Not the HotӔ Toys

Not the HotӔ Toys Just the Best


By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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Just one simple construction you can build with Magz Ŗ this one by an 11-year-old from the Age of Reason. photo

Believe it or not in this age of mega-stores that have put the mom-and-pops out of business (think Toys R Us), Westport still has a few toy store owners and managers who know and love toys. 
WestportNow surveyed these wonderful souls to find out what one or two items in their stores they really love to sell this season.  Not the ֓hottest toys Ԗ but just the best. 
Notice theres not a single video game among them.
Age of Reason
ғMagz magnetic construction toy – $15 – $75. Learning Express sells something similar called ԓGeomags.  Adults and kids fight for a turn.  Also: Rocket Balloons, $15, a year-round favorite.
Learning Express
“Dread Pirates Treasure Game.” Keep it out on your coffee table for the whole family: $99.99
Radio Shack

Tiny but fast: Zip Zaps from Radio Shack. photo

OK, itԒs a national chain, but the Westport sales people are local, friendly, and have great hearts especially when it comes to selling the fun stuff. ֓Zip Zap micro racing cars are as great as ever: $19.99 (not including accessories).
The Right Start
ԓThe Teething Book at $5.95 gives babies something to chew on.
Silver of Westport
Movie trivia game ԓScene-it is a DVD and board game: $49.99. Also surprisingly popular is ԓShuffleball Ԗ good old-fashioned shuffleboard: $49.99.
You may notice that not included among the above is Zany Brainy, whose manager was incredibly rude to this reporter on not one but two separate occasions (one to take a holiday photo, one for this survey.) 
But wouldnt you would be cranky too if your parent company (in this case FAO Schwarz) had just filed for Chapter 11?