Friday, April 12, 2024


White Christmas Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church was in a snow setting today just in time for Christmas, the result of snow squalls that moved through the area Tuesday night. The church, still recovering from a disastrous fire in November 2011, had to cancel its annual Christmas Day Community Feast today for lack of a venue. Instead, it and Temple Israel are sponsoring a community open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Snow Brings Crashes, Slippery Roads

Snow and slippery roads caused several crashes tonight in the Westport area, according to police and fire reports.

Westport police responded to a car into a building on Riverside Avenue and Sunrise Road shortly after 8 p.m. The crash occurred after witnesses said a pickup truck slid into the car and then took off.

Police said the pickup was traced to a Norwalk address. There were no injuries, but the car had to be towed from the scene.

Meanwhile, several crashes were reported on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway as snow-covered roads became extremely slippery.

White Christmas Eve After All

Christmas Eve snow squalls brought a touch of white to the Westport area tonight.

The National Weather Service said the squalls would continue through 9:30 p.m.

At 8:15 p.m. it said it was tracking a snow squall across southwest Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. moving south while another snow squall across western Suffolk County moves south east. Both are moving at about 25 mph.

Brief whiteout conditions and snow accumulations of up to 1 inch have been reported with this activity, the Weather Service said.

Robert F. Gammons, 93

Robert F. Gammons, a World War II veteran, business executive, and avid sailor at Westport’s Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, died Dec. 21. He was 93. Image
Robert F. Gammons: World War II vet, businessman, sailor. Contributed photo

Son of Philip and Ida Smith Gammons, he was born in Taunton, Mass. and grew up in Providence, R.I., where he was active in Boy Scouts. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he graduated in 1942 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. 

He Joined the Army Signal Corps as a second lieutenant, and was sent to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska working on radar sites at various islands.  He was discharged as a captain after four years

He married Lois H. Bugbee after the war, and moved to Washington state where his daughter, Marjorie, was born.  In 1953, they moved to New Jersey and joined AMF to work in military programs such as Tabs, Titan, Alts, and Minuteman.

James M. Hardin, 72

James Martin Hardin of Port Orchard, Wash. and Ridgefield, a former associate executive director of the Westport Weston YMCA, died Dec. 16 at the Connecticut Regional Hospice Center in Branford. He was 72. Image
James M. Hardin: former Westport Weston YMCA associate executive director.  Contributed photo

He was born March 8, 1941, in Belmont, N.C. to Robert and Estelle (Mullis) Hardin. He graduated from Belmont High School and went on to earn a B.S. from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Orlando, during the Vietnam era. After leaving the military, he spent the next 14 years in administrative management for CNA Insurance, transferring from Orlando to Pittsburgh to Chicago.

He was an exceptional manager who believed in “managing in a human world,” his family said. His career continued with senior management positions within the insurance industry in White Plains, N.Y. and West Hartford, culminating with ownership of his own agency in Norfolk, Va. in the late 1980s.