Tuesday, March 05, 2024

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Swinging Time

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The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today as many families headed there to take advantage of the mild weather while school is on vacation. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-40s, but rain is expected to move into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laurence Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Open House Scheduled for McLaury House

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Westport officials are planning to invest in restoring the Emily McLaury House, which is located on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place. The house would be rented to a municipal employee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Historic District Commission will hold a second open house at the Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave. in preparations for asking for funding to update the house.

The commission is asking the Representative Town Meeting to approve $268,000 to renovate the town-owned historic house before renting it as affordable housing to a town employee.

The open house is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the house.

Morley Boyd, commission chairman, said the open house is to show off the condition of the house and what needs to be improved before the RTM’s meeting on Jan. 9.

Getting Ready for New Year’s Eve

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Workers were at Westport Town Hall this afternoon hooking up the lighting necessary for performances that will take place in the auditorium for First Night of Westport-Weston. The annual New Year’s Eve event starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday with activities planned for a variety of downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

I-95 Tanker Truck Crash in Fairfield Stalls Westport Traffic

Traffic along Westport’s Post Road East came to a standstill today following an accident involving a tanker truck and a pickup that shut down Interstate 95 in both directions between exits 21 and 22 in Fairfield.WestportNow.com Image
Westport firefighters, including Chief Christopher Ackley, assisted Fairfield firefighters today at the scene of a tanker truck-pickup crash (r) on I-95 in Farifield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport firefighters assisted Fairfield fire units at the scene of the accident shortly after 9 a.m. State Police ordered the highway closed after fuel from the tanker spilled on the roadway.

Southbound I-95 was reopened about an hour later, officials said, but it was about 12:30 p.m. before northbound lanes were opened. Northbound traffic was backed-up to Exit 18 in Westport, and many trucks opted for Post Road East in Westport to get around the accident scene.

One report said the accident was touched off when a car rolled over the embankment off the highway’s northbound lane near Mill Plain Road. The pickup and the tanker truck then collided, a witness said.

Westport Firefighters Douse Truck Fire

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A floor contractor working at a house on Cob Drive looked out the window shortly after 9 a.m. today to see his truck on fire in the driveway. Westport firefighters found the truck engulfed in flames when they arrived. The truck, registered to a Stratford woman, was destroyed. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo