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“I Don’t Know What Hit Me”

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Firefighters and EMS personnel prepare one of two persons injured in a three-vehicle accident today at North Avenue and Easton Road for transport to the hospital. The woman told witnesses she was en route to a housecleaning job when her car was struck in the rear and pushed off the road. “I don’t know what hit me,” she said. Neither driver’s injuries appeared to be life threatening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Rear-Ended

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The damage to an SUV is evident after it was rear-ended by a second car (rear) on Easton Road near North Avenue today, according to witnesses. The contents of the car belonging to the female driver en route to a housecleaning job nearby were strewn around the accident scene. Both drivers were transported to Norwalk Hospital. The driver of a pickup truck clipped by one of the cars in the crash was uninjured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Schools: More Students, New Teachers and $$$ Challenges

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Public Schools will see 60 more students, 27 new teachers and three new principals as they open their doors on Wednesday.

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A school bus on the media of Post Road East at Long Lots Road reminds residents that Westport schools open on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The schools will also be doing more with less, school board members say, as the $94.6 million town approved school budget is a 1.6 percent increase over last year, less than contractual obligations for salary increases.

On a positive financial note, Donald O’Day, chairman of the Board of Education, noted that the school system will garner a $500,000 savings by switching its health plan for teachers from Anthem Blue Cross to Cigna, a switch permitted via the contract hammered out between the school board and the Westport Education Association, the teachers’ union.

“The good news is that the school system continues to be very well run from a financial standpoint,” O’Day said. “The board and the administrators are doing everything they have to do to keep the schools running as best they can with the budget they have been allocated.”

Monday, August 30, 2010


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Summer Group Members Show
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Stop & Swap summer reading club for adults
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Update: Keeping Close Track of Hurricane Earl

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UPDATE Forecasters say Hurricane Earl, now in the Caribbean, could impact the Northeast over the Labor Day weekend. It is too early to tell whether the storm could make landfall, they said. They said it is likely the storm will bring rough surf and swells between three and four feet as well as dangerous rip tide conditions along the shore at a time when the Westport area is expected to be in the throes of a late-summer heat wave. The map of Earl’s projected path has been updated as of 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) National Weather Service map

Westport Restaurant Week Kicks Off

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Business was brisk at Westport’s Matsu Sushi restaurant today as it and 11 other restaurants participating in Westport Restaurant Week kicked off a week of specially priced lunch and dinner menus. The event, the second of the year, is sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and runs through Sept. 4. Although it’s not on the special menus, Matsu Sushi offers the popular WestportNow Roll named after a certain local Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com