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Vehicle Flips off I-95

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A vehicle (box) flipped off of Interstate-95 today and ended upright in a culvert between the highway and Westport’s Green’s Farms Road opposite an office building at No. 55. All occupants of the car managed to get out safely and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to emergency workers on the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Public to Hear Emergency Plans Tonight

By Jennifer Connic

Residents will have the opportunity to hear the town’s emergency plans and ask questions during a meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Westport Public Library.

First Selectwoman Diane Farrell called the meeting at the urging of RTM Moderator Gordon Joseloff, District 8, and RTM Public Protection Committee Chairman Richard Lowenstein, District 5. The meeting will be videotaped for later replay on the town’s cable channel.

“We’re going to talk about what would happen if we had a disaster here,” Farrell said at Wednesday’s Town Hall brown bag lunch. “Our emergency management team will be available to answer questions.”

Joseloff said the information to be shared is not intended to scare residents, but rather it is to make them think about their own plans.

Residents Plan Hurricane Collection at Mitchells

A group of residents from Westport and Weston said they will be collecting donations for hurricane victims for three days beginning Saturday at Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road East.

They said they will have a “You Care, Your’re There” truck which, with the help of the Connecticut National Guard, will deliver the goods to the stricken areas.

The collection is being done in cooperation with Mitchells, the Connecticut National Guard, and the Thomas Keenan Foundation, according to a news release.

It will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Local Agencies Respond to Hurricane

By Jennifer Connic

Westport’s Save the Children is active throughout the South providing for children while the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the Red Cross is preparing to send area volunteer to the region early next week.WestportNow.com Image
Explaining response: Michele DeLuca, director, emergency services, for the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, addresses today’s brown bag lunch. Westport Fire Chief Chris Ackley listens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Representatives from Save the Children and the local Red Cross were on hand at today’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch.

Rudy von Burnuth, Save the Children vice president of emergencies and crisis, said the American team is not used to handling disasters, so the agency is not serving as a first responder by handing out food and providing shelter as it does in other countries.

Instead, Save the Children is developing programs to help children because the agency knows how to handle their needs, he said.

Westporters Donate More Hurricane Supplies

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Westporters donated more supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims today at the Westport Fire Department. The donations are being trucked several times a day to the Norwalk Armory. The donations included water, breakfast cereals, canned soups, and other food items, toiletries, blankets, children’s games, and even a large tent. Supplies will continue to be collected at the station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Selectmen to Rescind ARS Sewer Approval

The Westport Board of Selectmen is poised to rescind a sewer extension approval that was needed for ARS Partners development on the Partrick Wetlands.

The selectmen will meet next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said the vote is an effort to clean up issues around the project.

“Norwalk decided to rescind its approval,” she said. “They concluded (ARS Partners) could not have the connection because the P&Z had rejected the application here.”

Baron

Westport officials met today about opening the homes on the town’s Baron’s South property to those who may be displaced from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.

First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said it was suggested to her by Ann Marie Flynn, RTM District 6, and Human Services Director Barbara Butler about opening the homes on the property, which is also home to the Center for Senior Activities.

“We want to see if we can quickly provide some housing for some of the refugees,” she said during today’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch. “We want to help the displaced families if we can.”

Ridgefield Selectman Di Masters was also visiting the meeting, and said her town had adopted Pass Christian, Miss., a small community outside of Gulfport, one of the communities that had taken a huge hit by the hurricane.