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Freight Derailment Disrupts New Haven Line Service

UPDATE Metro-North said in early afternoon today that New Haven Line trains are operating on or close to schedule following a freight train derailment near Bridgeport late Friday night that disrupted service for 14 hours.

An advisory issued shortly after 1 p.m.announced the resumption of normal service and added: “We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of the earlier incident near Bridgeport.”

Service between Fairfield and Bridgeport was knocked out until about 8:30 a.m. because of the derailment and Metro-North set up a shuttle bus service. The disruption caused delays of up to 45 minutes in both directions.

Amtrak said trains in the Northeast Corridor were also disrupted with service between Stamford and New Haven temporarily suspended because of the freight train derailment late Friday night in Bridgeport that blocked four tracks on the New Haven Line.

Horse Love

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A young rider and her mount share a moment on Friday at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The five-day event at 174 Long Lots Road in Westport ends today at 11:30 a.m. with the $25.000 Grand Prix presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos.The show which benefits The EQUUS Foundation is the only national horse show in Fairfield County that is open to the public free of charge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Saturday, June 25, 2011


10 a.m. – Saugatuck Elementary School – jUNe Day ceremony
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
11:30 a.m. – Fairfield County Hunt Club (174 Long Lots Road) – June Benefit Horse Show $25,000 Grand Prix
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Top Chef Ice Cream Challenge
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle” (last day)
5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – WWC’s “Waiting in the Wings Cabaret: Midsummer Night’s Dreamin’” benefit

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

New Haven Line Delays

Metro-North said New Haven Line train service is suspended between Fairfield and Bridgeport.

An unconfirmed report by Clever Commuter said there had been a derailment.

Westbound trains will terminate at Bridgeport and eastbound trains will terminate at Fairfield, Metro-North said.

Limited bus service is being provided between Fairfield and Bridgeport. Customers should be prepared to find alternative transportation, the railroad said.

Writing the Business Finale After 34 Years

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After 34 years, Printemps custom stationers at 18 Avery Place in Westport is closing its doors on Saturday. Pictured (l-r) are staffers Diana Bell, owner Sandy Rosenberg, and Heli Stagg. Bell and Rosenberg, Easton residents, said they worked alongside each other for 34 years. Rosenberg said the business has fallen victim to the times, especially the use of electronic communication. Bell said that they have served families “through the life cycle – birth announcements, bar mitzvah invitations, engagements and weddings.”  Stagg has worked there for the past four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Schools, Town Consolidate Information Technology

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon today sent a memo to town elected officials saying that consolidation of school and town Information Technology (IT) services is under way to net savings.

Landon’s memo, addressed to the Board of Education and circulated to Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members, followed up on a report to the Board of Education at its Monday meeting by Nancy Harris, assistant superintendent of business,

He said the IT consolidation plan expected to be implemented within the next few weeks is “a major breakthrough.”

Under the plan, the school board will assume full responsibility for all town and school mailroom operations run by IT and will work to develop a new model governing town and school Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone responsibilities.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 30 Ellery Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 30 Ellery Lane, off Prospect Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story split has 2,147 square feet and is situated on a 1.07-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com