Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Smokey Fire at Transfer Station

Firefighters Wednesday night quickly extinguished a fire in some garbage at the Westport transfer station on Sherwood Island Connector, officials said.WestportNow.com Image
Westport’s tower truck was used to put out Wednesday night’s fire at the Sherwood Island Connector transfer station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Dept. photo

No one was injured in the 7:30 p.m. blaze that originated in dumped garbage, and was contained to one of the station’s compactor units, according to Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.

On arrival, firefighters found heavy fire in the garbage pit held in check by the building’s deluge sprinkler system, a press release said.

Smoke belched from the building and the initial fire attack crews said there was zero visibility inside the structure, the release said.

Westport Police Cite Three in Tobacco Checks

Three Westport businesses received violation notices in an unannounced tobacco inspection carried out Wednesday by Westport Police and state authorities, police said today.

Cited were CVS Pharmacy, 397 Post Road East, and employee Thelma Latorre, 72; Walgreens, 880 Post Road East, and employee Crystal Smith, 18, and Mobil Self-Serve, 1060 Post Road East, and employee John Roddenberry, 71, a press release said.

The clerks were issued an infraction in the amount of $200 for illegal sale of tobacco to minors under 18. The businesses face additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the agency that issues cigarette dealer licenses, the release said.

Police said under the direction of investigators, an underage youth entered the business and attempted to purchase tobacco products.

Compo Playground Pre-Build This Weekend

The pre-build for the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach will take place this weekend, and volunteers are still needed.

The pre-build will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crews of volunteers will be setting the posts of the new playground and completing site work to get it ready for the April construction.

Volunteers are most in need for the 5:30-8:30 p.m. shifts.

To volunteer, contact Kristin Ehrlich at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (203) 341-0511.

Community Gets a Glance at Staples

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After almost three years of construction, the community got its first taste of the new Staples High School tonight.

The Westport PTA Council hosted “Staples at a Glance” that allowed the community to get a glimpse of not only the building but the classes that take place inside.

“What makes this school so great is the teachers and students,” said Faith Taylor, PTA Council co-president.

Staples Principal John Dodig said he wanted the crowd of about 100 people—which included a number of elected officials—to leave with a sense that building the new school was worth it.

Staples Hosts Community Members

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The hallways of Westport’s Staples High School were filled with community members tonight as the Westport PTA Council hosted a “Staples at a Glance” night. The event was held to introduce the community to the almost completed school. Visitors toured the school and saw classrooms that featured the latest technology. Principal John Dodig welcomed guests in the auditorium and said the facility was the finest he had seen in his 38 years as an educator.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo