An I-95 car crash in Westport sent four people to the hospital tonight.
Westport Fire Department officials said the 9:15 p.m. accident between exits 18 and 17 in the southbound lanes involved two cars from New York, a 2001 Honda Accord with four occupants and a 2004 Honda Odyssey.
All four passengers in the Accord were treated at the scene by Westport firefighters and EMTs from Westport EMS and American Medical Response, officials said.
They were taken to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation, officials said.
State police are investigating the cause of the crash, officials said, and the left lane was closed for about a hour while crews worked at the scene.
Stilt walkers lead a parade today of visitors to Sherwood Island State Park and a Caribbean steel band as part of celebration of the park’s 70th birthday organized by the Friends of Sherwood Island group. The celebration also included park visitors planting trees and a birthday cake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Cutting a cake marking the 70th birthday of Sherwood Island State Park today at festivities at the park were Winnie Balboni, who founded Friends of Sherwood Island 12 years ago, and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays responds to a question from the audience during a community forum today at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com By Jennifer Connic
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, addressed a variety of topics at a Westport Public Library community meeting today, but most of the time was spent on questions and concerns about the war in Iraq.
Shays told the crowd in the McManus Room that he would spend the final 30 minutes of his scheduled 90-minute community forum on the topic, but some disagreed with his decision and walked out and voiced concern with it.
“I spend a lot of time talking about Iraq,” he said. “I have no reluctance on talking about Iraq, but I have other issues I need to address. People say Iraq clouds other issues, and I have a long list of other issues here.”
In addition to Iraq, Shays took on a change in the flight patterns for LaGuardia Airport, term limits, global warming and illegal immigration. But the war in Iraq dominated his time.
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays today (r) presented awards for the 4th Congressional District’s 2007 Congressional Art Competition at a ceremony at the Westport Arts Center. Kylie Collins (c), a senior at Westport’s Staples High School, won with her pastel drawing “Purple Man.” They were joined by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. The work by Collins will hang in the passageway between the House office buildings and the U.S. Capitol for one year. Another Staples student, Sarah Moss, received one of two runners-up awards, for her self-portrait, “Power.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Rain fell through most of the day in Westport on Friday, including at Longshore Club Park. Temperatures were only around 50 degrees. Showers are still in the forecast for today, but temperatures are expected to warm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – 70th Anniversary Celebration 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – Green Earth Fair 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Chris Shays Community Forum 4 & 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “All About Us” 6:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Concert for a Green Earth
Westport’s Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund presented the deed to the wetlands to Earthplace officials during the Green Earth Gala tonight at Earthplace. Involved in the ceremony were Arthur Cohen (l-r) from the preservation fund, Earthplace Board of Directors President Rob Chasin, preservation fund Co-Director Sean Timmins, preservation fund Co-Director Matthew Mandell and Earthplace Executive Director John Horkel. The preservation fund received the 22 acres of land from ARS Partners as part of a settlement over development of the property located between Newtown Turnpike and Partrick Road. As part of the settlement, the preservation fund was required to find a new steward for the property and announced last month they had chosen Earthplace (See WestportNow March 30). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Rep. Christopher Shays will hold a community meeting Saturday at the Westport Public Library.
The session in the McManus Room is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is one of 17 community meetings he will be holding in the district beginning today in Ridgefield and Greenwich and ending Sunday, May 6 in Norwalk, Monroe and Oxford.
“Community meetings are a wonderful opportunity for me to hear the views of 4th District residents on issues that affect our district, state and nation,” Shays said in announcing the sessions. “I hope residents will be able to set aside some time to attend one of these meetings to share their thoughts, questions and concerns.”