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A Day of Rain, Not Snow

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While New York City and points west got snow on Thursday, Westport got only rain and plenty of it—almost 3 inches. The rain caused minor flooding on roadways. The forecast called for snow overnight with accumulation by daylight of 4 to 8 inches. View is along Post Road East near Turkey Hill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, February 26, 2010


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafe
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Fridays in February: Internet, Email, and Downloadable Audiobook Training
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Movie Night Closed

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Neighbors Assail Zoning Change for Linxweiler Property

A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the construction of at least 12 units of supportive housing for individuals battling mental illness or substance abuse at a Post Road East property in Westport was laid bare at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing.

Linxweiler Homestead
The Linxweiler Homestead, bequeathed to the Town of Westport by Joanna Linxweiler upon her death in 1981. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Richard Redniss, the Stamford land use consultant who wants to develop the 1.3-acre, town-owned Linxweiler property for Homes for Hope, formerly known as Interfaith Housing Association, at 655 Post Road East began his appeal by trying to clarify supportive housing to the 60 residents who had gathered in the Town Hall auditorium.

“Child molesters and sex offenders are not allowed to be in supportive housing,” Redniss said. “They must be able to live independently, and conducting any illegal activities on the property is grounds for release.”

His assurances, as well as his conditional site plans for the development of the property did little to quell myriad concerns from residents who live on nearby Crescent Road and Sue Terrace. From 1984 to 2008, Interfaith Housing had operated Linxweiler House as a home for men recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse.

Winter Storm Warning Update

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

An updated advisory issued late tonight said snow will continue over western Long Island tonight and rain will change to snow overnight across Fairfield County.

Total accumulations by daybreak will range from 4 to 8 inches over Nassau and western Fairfield Counties and 1 to 3 inches mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces over eastern Fairfield and western Suffolk counties.

The snow will then continue into Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday.

Elaine Lewis, 76

Elaine Lewis died Jan. 30 at home in Westport, surrounded by family. She was 76.

Born on Jan. 21, 1934, in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Milton and Sylva Goldman. Following public school in Mount Vernon, N.Y., she attended New York University.

In 1954, she married Daniel B. Lewis, from whom she was subsequently divorced. She never re-married. Her ex-husband attended to her in her final months.

She lived in various places before settling down in Weston in 1960, before moving to Westport in 1977. She was an avid gardener who obtained her master gardener’s certificate from the University of Connecticut Agricultural Cooperative. She loved to play bridge and spend summers at Compo Beach.

Hugh B. Kennedy, 71

Hugh Brian Kennedy of Westport died Feb. 22 at his home. He was 71.

Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late Rev. Brian Kennedy and Cherie Kennedy. An international executive, he worked for major multi-national firms in Scotland and Ireland and later relocated to the United States in 1973.

In the U.S., he held numerous executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International. He subsequently started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Kennedy was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

Metro-North to Run Special AM Peak Schedule on Friday

Metro-North Railroad said tonight it will run a special morning peak schedule on Friday due to escalating weather conditions north of the city.

An announcement said the railroad would be combining and eliminating select trains.

It also said customers may experience 5-10 minute delays in service due to changes in service and the impact of the winter weather.

Train changes impacting those getting on in Westport include:

Beautiful Lengths: Before and After

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Westporter Ann Karrick had her hair shorn today to share it with a less fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. Stylist Michelene of Greg & Tony Salon is pictured at left with Karrick before the cut and the “after” look is shown at right. Karrick is donating her locks to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. Contributed photos

Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Saturday.

A late afternoon advisory said rain will change from southwest to northeast to a rain-snow mix this evening then to all snow after midnight.

The snow will then continue into Friday night with the heaviest snow during the day on Friday before tapering off to light snow or snow showers on Saturday, the advisory said.

The Weather Service said it expects accumulations of 7 to 11 inches of snow in Fairfield County and 5 to 10 inches in western Suffolk County through Saturday morning.

Westport to Get Additional Ticket Vending Machine

Westport will get an additional ticket vending machine at the Metro-North station in Saugatuck as the railroad moves to close out its ticket windows at the station, according to a Department of Transportation official.WestportNow.com Image
DOT will add a fourth ticket vending machine to the Westport station.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James P. Redeker, head of the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Public Transportation, disclosed plans for placing the fourth ticket machine at the Westport station at a meeting Wednesday night of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council in Stamford.

His remarks were reported today to the regular monthly meeting of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at Norwalk Transit District headquarters. The MPO heard a report on New Haven Line ticket window closings affecting Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Fairfield.

The closings were initially disclosed as part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed 2010-11 budget with a projected savings of $400,000 annually. (See WestportNow Feb. 5, 2010)