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Thursday, September 1, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot – Westport Farmers Market
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Power Up @ the Playhouse!
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Thursday Tours of the Library
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Suddenly Last Summer”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

CL&P Estimates Full Area Restoration by Tuesday

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) today issued power restoration estimates for its service area, saying Westport and five other hard-hit communities in the Greater Norwalk region should have full power back by 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The estimate, published on the utility’s web page, did not break down the estimate by individual towns or cities, which in addition to Westport and Norwalk includes Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, and Redding.

Of the six communities listed, as of 11:30 p.m. today, Westport had the second fewest customers in the dark—2,089 or 16 percent. Redding had the fewest—1,543—but that was 39 percent of the town’s total.

New Canaan had the most customers out—5,316 or 63 percent. Next highest number-wise was Wilton with 4,280 or 58 per cent; Norwalk was next with 3,222 or 10 percent, followed by Weston with 2,827 or 74 percent.

The ‘Power Hungry’ Decline with Restored Service

By James Lomuscio

One indicator of how Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) is doing restoring power following Hurricane Irene is the number of plugged-in laptops clicking away at Starbucks or the Westport Public Library.

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Carolyn Wilsey of Darien appreciated the Wi-Fi service at Starbucks, 925 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

The number of those in search of an electrical outlet is slowly receding as power has been restored to more of the town today, Day Four, since the hurricane hit.

“I’m only here for the coffee,” Westporter Patrick McCord, who had power restored Tuesday, said today at Starbucks at 925 Post Road East.

As he sipped his coffee and clicked away at the keyboard, McCord paused to acknowledge how much different the coffee house looked from Monday.

Power Up @ The Playhouse on Thursday

Area residents who are still without power can recharge their cell phone and/or laptop batteries during Power Up @ the Playhouse! on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse lobby.

The Playhouse is offering the community an opportunity to power up electronic devices and have coffee free-of-charge. 

Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch and have a chat with actor Annalee Jefferies, who currently portrays “Mrs. Venable” in the Playhouse’s current production of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer,” now playing through Sept. 10, an announcement said.

“The Playhouse will provide the power strips, beverages and wonderful conversation!,” said David B. Byrd, Playhouse director of marketing.

Arts Center Offers Wi-Fi, A-C, and Art

The Westport Arts Center said today it is open for area residents who are without power for free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and an opportunity to view the final week of the exhibition by internationally acclaimed environmental artists Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude.

The exhibition features two works in progress by the artists: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado,” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.”  The exhibition closes Sunday.

For more information, contact Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070, http://www.westportartscenter.org. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Ave.