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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Bridge Street Bridge (William J. Cribari Bridge) closed for maintenance
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee Subcommittee on Downtown Plan
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Pavilion”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectman (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Police Department Training Room – Westport Community Emergency Response Team meeting and training

Pedestrian Hit by Car on Post Road East

A 76-year-old Westport man was hit by a car today on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.

He was taken to Norwalk Hospital with apparent non-life-threatening injuries, according to Westport Fire Lt. Kevin Lombardi

He said Westport’s ladder truck was returning from another call when it came upon the accident at 311 Post Road East at 4:34 p.m.

Westport police were investigating the incident, Lombardi said.

Resident Surprises Burglar

A Westport woman came home today to find a man running out the back door of her house, police said.

The resident of Sunrise Road, in the Saugatuck area, did not get a good look at the man and no items were taken from the home, detectives said.

Police issued a radio alert to area departments to be on the lookout for a man driving a tan Ford Taurus with New Jersey plates.

Weather Service Issues Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. today issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in Westport and parts of Fairfield County.

It said the flood advisory was in effect until 6:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m.

Up to three quarters of an inch of rain had already fallen from previous thunderstorms and up to an additional half inch is expected late this afternoon, an advisory said.

Minor flooding of highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots, will likely continue, it said.

Woman Loses Control of New Car After Dropping Cell Phone

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A Westport woman was uninjured today when she lost control of her car on Hillandale Road, severed a fire hydrant, and came to rest atop a stone wall in front of 52 Hillandale Road. The Chevrolet Cobalt was only one day old, according to the woman’s husband, who said his wife told him the accident occurred when she dropped her cell phone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y.  has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and southern Fairfield County until 4:15 p.m.

The Weather Service said at 3:32 p.m. radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing penny-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. heading to the Westport area.

This is a dangerous storm, an advisory said. If you are in its path, prepare immediately for damaging winds, destructive hail, and deadly cloud
to ground lightning.

People outside should move to a shelter, preferably inside a strong building but away from windows, the advisory said.

Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle, Warn Parents

UPDATE The Westport Police Department said today it is investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint that occurred on South Compo Road Sunday and urged parents to remind their children of the importance of not speaking to strangers.

A police news release said two young females were approached by a male driving a navy blue vehicle on South Compo Road near Park Lane Sunday at about 3:45 p.m.

The man asked them if they wanted a ride. The girls said “no” and then ran from the area while observing the vehicle heading south on South Compo Road, police said.

The “females alertly contacted a family friend to come and pick them up from the area,” the news release said.