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CL&P Says Most Power Restored to Westport Customers

UPDATE Connecticut Light and Power Company said today it had restored power to all but a handful of Westport customers.WestportNow.com Image
Utility crews work on Hillspoint Road near Spicer Road today. Power was restored to 61 area customers in early afternoon after at least a 26-hour outage caused by a tree falling on power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sixty-one customers in the Hillspoint Road-Spicer Road area got their power back within “the past hour,” said an official at 2:30 p.m. They had been out for about 26 hours since a tree brought down power lines at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

They and a few other Westporters were in the dark Monday night as temperatures plunged into the low 20s overnight. At 11 p.m., only one outage was reported.

CL&P said Monday night that because of the complexity of replacing a pole and wiring, the company did not anticipate being able to restore power to the Hillspoint-Spicer Road area until some time this afternoon.

Zazel B. Wilde, 93

Zazel Bentz Wilde, a longtime Westport resident and the wife of Edgar Wilde, died Dec. 27 at home. She was 93.

She grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and met her husband there when he was stationed at a nearby military installation during World War II.

After the war, they moved to New York City, and then to Westport. A member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield for many years, she was an avid golfer.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 66 years, include, her children, Zazel Loven of New York City, Jeffrey Wilde of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Pamela Stenberg of Rehoboth, Mass., and grandchildren, Hillevi, Sven, Kathryn, Alexander, Chloe and Paige.

“People’s Budget Workshop” Session Set for Jan. 10

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today announced the town will hold a “People’s Budget Workshop” session next month to provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and offer opinions as the 2011-2012 municipal budget process gets under way.

“Given the economic times and the need to be even more prudent in our spending and balancing needs with available resources, I wanted to initiate a new way for Westport residents to get directly involved early on in the budget process,” Joseloff said.

“Given our increased costs, the simple fact is we are unable to continue to offer the same level of services while keeping the tax rate the same. The people of Westport need to understand this and help their elected representatives prioritize our spending.”

The session will take place on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall Room 201. It will be carried live on Cablevision Channel 79 and streamed on the town website.

Police Await State Police Major Crime Unit

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UPDATE Westport police cordoned off a portion of Kings Highway North today as they awaited the State Police Major Crime Unit after the discovery of the body of a woman, later identified as Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, of Wesport, in the parking lot by a newspaper carrier. An autopsy determined that she died of hypothermia and her death was ruled accidental.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com