Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Save the Children Sending Aide to Chile

Westport’s Save the Children said today it is readying to send its emergency assessment team to Chile, site of a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

The quake struck near Chile’s second-largest city, Concepción, and has caused extensive damage. The capital Santiago, about 200 miles north of the epicentre, was also badly hit. Powerful aftershocks continue.”

“Any disaster increases the vulnerability of children,” said Charles MacCormack, Save the Children’s president and CEO. “And we know from experience that an earthquake of this enormity — with widespread destruction of homes, schools, infrastructure and piece of mind — will put thousands of children at risk.”

He added, “It is critical to reach affected children and families now in the early hours and meet their immediate survival needs. At the same time, we must also ensure that children, because they are at greater risk, are protected and nurtured as their country begins the difficult relief and recovery process.”

Everybody is a Revenue Target When State is in the Red

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Fed up with telemarketing calls? The next one could help Connecticut pay its bills.

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Looking to buy a used gun? The state might get in the business of selling weapons seized by the police.

And if you’re not paying your fair share of taxes—at least in the state’s view—lots of folks in Hartford are thinking of ways to take care of that, too.

There’s no shortage of ideas circulating at the Capitol to help erase the red ink that’s plaguing state finances, as legislators test options never considered before, or revisit ones abandoned long ago, in hopes of striking fiscal gold.


Green Talk: Realizing the Organic Lawn

By Monique Bosch

Spring is coming. That means lawn care companies across the country are gearing up to spread more than 90 millions pounds of pesticides on our lawns.  WestportNow.com Image

These companies are also fighting legislation to study the effects of these pesticides on our children.

They’re worried that the results may lead to a ban of the chemicals they can now spray all over our yards at rates two to four times greater than amounts used for agriculture.

Luckily, we now have organic alternatives to the dangerous “chemical lawn” approach, which is proving hazardous to the health of our children, pets and drinking water. 

Four Hurt in Six-Car I-95 Crash

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Four persons were injured early today in a six-car crash on the Saugatuck River Bridge on I-95 in Westport. State police, three Westport police cars, and two ambulances responded in addition to Westport Fire Department units. Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin said all injuries appeared not to be life threatening. He said state sand trucks were called to spread sand over icy conditions and deal with fluid spills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Weather Conditions Contribute to Six-Car I-95 Crash

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Light snow was falling at the time of a six-car crash early today in the southbound lanes of I-95 on the Saugatuck River Bridge. In addition to Westport fire units, state police needed the help of three Westport police units and two ambulances to transport four injured to Norwalk Hospital. Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin reminded drivers that bridges tend to freeze over faster than roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Saturday, February 27, 2010

11 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Making Extraordinary Films—in High School,” Michael Mittelstaedt
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Earthplace – Critters and Crafts (ages 3-10)
2:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Family Program: “Pig Out at the Library,” Paul Minor & Daisy
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Staples Field House – 5th Annual Westport Softball Jamboree (Girls, grades K-3)
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Videogame Tournament

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Winter Weather Advisory Update

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., said a winter weather advisory is in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

A late evening advisory said light to locally moderate snow will continue overnight with additional accumulations of 1 to 2 inches with as much as 3 inches possible.

Snow will be more continuous over eastern sections of the tri-state and more periodic over western sections, the advisory said.

In addition, temperatures will fall well below freezing overnight. Any slush and water from today’s snowfall will refreeze forming black ice in places. This will make travel very hazardous in spots, especially on untreated roadways and sidewalks.