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Helping a Crash Victim

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Westport firefighters, EMS personnel, a Norwalk Hospital paramedic, and police help extricate a passenger from one of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash near 1431 Post Road East during the evening rush hour today. Three persons were taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Three Hurt in Post Road East Head-On Crash

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A head-on collision today at about 5 p.m. near 1431 Post Road East, between Balducci’s Market and Izzo’s Garden store, resulted in injuries to all three persons who were transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The impact of the accident required firefighters to extricate the driver and passenger from their Honda Odyssey. The other vehicle, a Nissan Altima was occupied only by the driver. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winners

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Most of the 15 finalists were on hand at Westport Town Hall today for to pose with their submissions at a ceremony announcing the three winners in a contest to design a logo for a Westport reusable bag. The contest was held to promote reusable bags following passage of a ban on retail checkout use of plastic bags in Westport beginning March 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winners Announced in Reusable Bag Design Contest

Three winners of Westport’s reusable bag logo design contest were announced today at a Town Hall ceremony. WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff congratulates reusable bag logo design winners (l-r) Anna Daytz, 10. of Westport; Ross Gengels, 17, of Westport, and Sandra Neva Schultze of Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

They included a 10-year-old fifth grader who said winning was “cool;” a Staples High School senior who hopes to be a graphic designer, and a Stamford woman who learned only hours earlier she had been laid off.

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced the winners in a crowded conference room alongside four members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) who initiated the town’s plastic bag ban ordinance that led to the contest.

Anna Daytz, 10, a twin who attends Kings Highway Elementary School, won in the K-8 category. “It feels really cool,” she said, remembering to credit her friend Brynly Marsh who helped her come up with her winning design featuring letters representing the earth.

Senior Center Open as “Warming Center”

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The Westport Center for Senior Activities was open to the community at large today as a “warming center” in view of the extreme cold temperatures. Acting in response to a request from Gov. M. Jodi Rell, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the center will be open to 8:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and longer if necessary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Citizens Police Academy Training Begins Feb. 19

The Westport Police Department has announced it will be hosting another Citizens Police Academy class beginning Feb. 19 and running for seven weeks. 

Classes will be held on Thursdays at police headquarters from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Anyone interested in participating in the academy must submit an application to police headquarters by Monday, Feb. 9. Applications are available at the Police Department and at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Participants in the Citizens Police Academy must be a Westport resident, a U.S. citizen, and be at least 21 years old. 

Winter Weather Advisory Update

UPDATE The winter weather advisory for Westport and area is now in effect until 2 p.m.

Light snow will gradually taper off to flurries and end early this afternoon with total accumulations from 2 to 3 inches, an advisory said. Gusty northwest winds will develop as the low departs, which may cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

The gusty northwest winds will also bring an Arctic air mass into the region with sub-zero wind chills both tonight and Friday night.

The frigid air will grip the area through Saturday and untreated roadways will remain hazardous into the weekend.