Sunday, March 03, 2024

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Getting Ready for First NIght

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Among those preparing today for Westport’s First Night tonight was Fairfield resident Jeffrey Pressler, owner of J&D Kettled Corn, who was setting up on Jesup Green. “This is my seventh time at First Night and that includes the night it was canceled because of heavy snow,” he said. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an antique car parade across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge and conclude at 10:30 p.m.  with a laser show over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Carl E. Schmid, 80

Carl E. Schmid, a former Westport resident and longtime Easton resident, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Horan Schmid. He grew up in Greens Farms area of Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Occupational Forces in Salzburg, Austria. He attended the University of Bridgeport and earned a BS in electrical engineering from New York University and a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

For more than 36 years, he was a senior staff engineer for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. He worked on aerospace and instrument group projects and has seven U.S. patents to his credit.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Parsell Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 6 Parsell Lane, off Westway Road in Westport’s Greens Farms section, is in process. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,584 square feet and is situated on a one-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

‘Black Ice’ Possible

With temperatures dropping below freezing across most of the area overnight, areas of black ice will be possible, especially on any untreated surfaces, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures will be slow to warm this morning so the icy conditions may last through daybreak into the mid morning hours, an advisory said.

Motorists should use caution for slick patches on the roadways if driving this morning.

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 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph are expected this afternoon, it said.

The strong winds could bring down tree limbs and scattered power outages may occur, the advisory said.

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