Friday, July 12, 2024

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Helping St. Jude Hospital

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Two fifth grade students at Green’s Farms Elementary School, Abby Straight (l), 10, and Karalyn Hood, 11, sold bracelets for $4 each at Compo Beach today on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Karalyn, who created the bracelets, said she was inspired to do the project by being in the school play, “Thanks and Giving.” It is based on the book by the same name by Marlo Thomas, the well known Westport resident who is an actor, producer, social activist and an active volunteer for the hospital. Karalyn , who calls he work “bracelets for the brave,” said, “If you can spend $5 on frozen yogurt then you can spend $4 to help cure cancer.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saugatuck Church Celebrates Easter

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Congregants of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today joined more than two billion Christians around the world in the celebration of Easter Sunday. The service was conducted at Temple Israel, one of the congregation’s alternate sanctuaries following the fire of the church on Post Road East on Nov. 20, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Power Outage Affects Hundreds

UPDATE An Easter morning power outage blamed on equipment failure today briefly affected hundreds of Westport households.

Connecticut Light and Power said at mid-day that all customers had their power back. Earlier, as many as 1,317 customers, or 10 percent of the town, were out.

The utility said 19 customers in the Hillspoint Road area were the last to have power restored.  Earlier the affected areas also included the Compo Beach and Compo Road South areas, the official said.

The outage began with an equipment failure about 6:45 a.m. with about 100 customers out as a primary phase went down. But it grew as other circuits were taken down to try to isolate the problem, the official said.

Compo Easter Sunrise Service

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About 150 persons today attended an Easter sunrise service at Westport’s Compo Beach. The service was organized by the Green’s Farms Congregational Church, Saugatuck Congregational Church, and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. Attendees warmed themselves on a bonfire in the sand and as they watched the sun rise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Brian Allen for WestportNow.com