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Rain Postpones Tess Meisel Skate Birthday Salute

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UPDATE Heavy rain and winds tonight forced postponement of a skating birthday tribute at the Longshore P.A.L Ice Rink for Westporter Tess Meisel, the 12-year-old Coleytown Middle School student killed in a Maine crash in August. Her mother, Suzanne Tanner Meisel (4th r. aqua cap) posed with family and friends outside the rink. The skating tribute was rescheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport 2010 Christmas Fire Tied to Fireplace

A Stamford Christmas Day fire that killed five persons and whose cause today was said to be fireplace ashes recalled a Westport Christmas-related fire a year ago that started under similar circumstances.

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The mud room of a Westport home where a fire broke out the day after Christmas 2010 in fireplace ashes placed there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A small fire broke out on Dec. 26, 2010 in fireplace ashes left in the mud room of a home at 82 Hillspoint Road, the Westport Fire Department said. (See WestportNow Dec. 26, 2010)

The homeowners managed to douse the flames with a portable fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.

He said the homeowners stated that they had taken the ashes from the fireplace the day before, Christmas evening, and placed them in a bag and a cardboard box and put them in the mud room.

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 5 – 9, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 5 - 9, 2011:

Theodore R. Brown to 250 Hills Point LLC, 250 Hills Point Road, $2,050,000WN property.jpg

Silas and Melissa M. Abraham to Now Brands LLC, 22 Strathmore Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $292,000

Bradley Commons Development LLC to Adrienne S. Ettinger, 402 Bradley Lane, $485,000

Marco D. Pelletier to Nicolas A. and Valerie L. McNamara, 7 River Oaks Lane, $445,000

Working to Improve Retaining Wall

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Work was under way today on Westport’s Compo Road South at Narrow Rocks Road on a retaining wall there. According to a supervisor on site, because of a deteriorating section of the retaining wall, it is being replaced with an architecturally concrete wall tooled to match the adjacent ledge “with esthetic consistency.”  He said the work would be completed by the end of the week and the final stage of the reconstruction will be scheduled for next spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Boy Scouts Will Pick Up Your Xmas Tree

Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 want to pick up your Christmas tree for recycling and do some fund-raising at the same time.

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Members of Troop 39 will participate in the Christmas tree recycling on Saturday, Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The troop will pick up trees on Saturday, Jan. 7. To arrange a pickup – with a requested $15 donation – residents must reserve on line and take the tree to the end of your driveway near the mailbox the night before.

The funds collected go toward Boy Scout Troop 39’s character-building activities, such as food drives, community service projects, and high adventure backpacking trips, an announcement said. 

Reservations are being accepted now, online at http://www.troop39scouts.com/treepickup.htm. “Sign up, tape your donation in cash or check (made out to Boy Scout Troop 39) to your front door and have your tree down at the end of your driveway no later than 6:30 a.m.,” the announcement said.

Construction Work Closes Compo Road South

Westport’s Compo Road South is closed to traffic today until 4 p.m. between Greens Farms Road and Vani Court due to construction activity at Narrow Rocks Road, police said.

All traffic for points south—including Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach—is being detoured via Hillspoint Road.

As previously announced, the Westport Public Works Department is repairing a retaining wall adjacent to Compo Road South and Narrow Rocks Road.

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 6 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The Weather Service said winds are expected from the south at 20 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 to 50 mph.

It said small tree limbs may be downed causing isolated power outages. The Weather Service urged residents to secure or bring indoors any loose outdoor objects.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring.