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Metro-North Says New Haven Line Trains Running Normally

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Metro-North said its New Haven Line trains were running normally today and that it would make every effort to keep tracks clear during today’s snowstorm. But a statement added that “Metro-North will be adjusting its train schedule according to blizzard conditions.” Many Westporters headed into New York on this mid-day train at the Saugatuck station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Get Your Cameras Ready, WestportNow Wants Your Snowstorm Pictures

With the snowstorm approaching, this is a good time to add another item to your checklist—your digital camera.

WestportNow, as always, welcomes photo and news contributions from its readers, but they would be especially welcome during the snowstorm.

And you don’t have to venture into the outside cold for all of them. Send us snaps of how your family is riding out the storm, too. Just be sure to identify who is in the pictures and where and when they were shot.

All contributions should be e-mailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thank you.

National Weather Service Issues Blizzard Warning for Westport Area

The National Weather Service said today a blizzard warning is in effect for the Westport area for this afternoon through Sunday morning.

The text of the 6 a.m. statement: “Snow will move in late this morning. The snow will become very heavy late this afternoon and evening and may mix with sleet tonight as warmer air moves in aloft.

“Total snow accumulations will be 14 to 21 inches by Sunday evening. In addition to the snow, northeast winds will increase this afternoon and will be quite gusty tonight and Sunday morning.

“Winds may gust up to 50 mph late tonight and Sunday morning, allowing visibilities to drop to near zero at times. These winds will result in significant blowing and drifting of snow as well as power outages. Wind chill values will be below zero at times.

Honored by Westport Sunrise Rotary

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club Friday presented its Student of the Month award to Rebecca Kamins, 17, a senior at Staples High School. Rebecca is very active in the community and next month leaves for India with two other Girl Scouts (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2005). She also is heavily involved with research through the Goddard Institute Space Studies at Southern Connecticut State University dealing with state of the art images related to bone density studies. With her is the Rev. John Branson, pastor of the Christ and Holy Trinity Church and secretary of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leo Cirino for WestportNow.com

No Calm Before the Storm for Some as Westport Prepares for Big Snow

There was no calm before the storm for some Westporters today as they and town officials prepared for the first major snowstorm of the season. stopandshop01210501260.jpg
Loading up at Stop and Shop: “It’s panic here,” said one store worker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Forecasters issued a blizzard warning and said the area could get as much as 15 inches before the system moves out Sunday.

“It’s panic here,” said one Stop and Shop employee as he watched food move off of the shelves in mid-afternoon at the giant supermarket on Westport’s Post Road East near the Fairfield town line.

“But if you think this is bad, wait until tomorrow morning.”

Kmart Expanding Martha Stewart Line

Kmart Holding Corp. plans to expand its reach into the domain of Westport’s Martha Stewart with a new line of nearly 2,000 home products, from kitchen towels to bed sheets to desk lamps.

The line will be called Essential Home—replacing Kmart’s current brand, Home Essentials. Part of the new collection goes on sale next month.

Kmart spokesman Caryn Klebba confirmed the company is overhauling its home line, but the company won’t unveil the new products and other details until next month.

The major overhaul of the discount retailer’s domestic wares comes after Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison last summer for lying about a stock trade.

Westport’s Inn at National Hall Files Application to Convert to Apartments

Westport’s Inn at National Hall, transformed 12 years ago from a rundown landmark 19th century building into a small luxury hotel, has applied to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to convert its second and third floors from hotel use to luxury condos.innatnationalhall01210501260.jpg
Inn at National Hall: application filed to convert from hotel to apartments. File photo

A legal notice said the application was filed for a special permit and site plan “for a change of use from hotel to apartments on the second and third floors of National Hall, and garage improvements.”

The commission opened the application at its meeting Thursday night but continued it until Feb. 17 with no testimony taken. The applicant requested the extension because it reduced from 10 to nine the number of luxury condos envisioned in the original plan and made other changes, according to Mary Young of the P&Z office.

Built in 1873 and once part of the thriving 19th century Westport waterfront, the Inn at National Hall was restored and transformed into a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993 by developer Arthur Tauck at a cost of about $2.5 million. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.