Thursday, June 08, 2023


Flood Watch Remains in Effect

The National Weather Service Flood Watch remains in effect for Westport and area until 2 a.m. Monday.

Additional moderate to heavy rainfall is possible this evening, an advisory said.

Rainfall amounts of 1 1/2 to 3 inches have already fallen across the area with potential for up to an additional inch.

Many small rivers and streams are near bank full or just over. Additional rainfall and runoff will continue the flood threat along small rivers, streams, as well as urban and poor drainage areas, the Weather Service said.

Marcia Z. Lee, 66

Marcia Ziobro Lee of Westport died March 27. She was 66.

Born in Norwalk to the late Joseph and Mary Ziobro, she was a lifelong Westport resident.

Prior to her retirement, she was the executive assistant to the president of Air Express International and DHL Courier Services.

She is survived by her three sisters, Barbara Novak, Jody Elliott, Tracy Ellsworth and her younger brother, Joseph Ziobro as well as three nieces and nephews.

Comings & Goings: Opening Set for Sconset Sq. Dog Groomer Image
Snip Doggy Dog, an upscale grooming salon for dogs, will open within two weeks at 9 Sconset Square, near Christ &  Holy Trinity Church, according to Frank Ciambrielli, managing director. He said the Westport location will be its third with the others in Old Greenwich and Fairfield. He said the 1,000-square foot salon offers four groomers and a dog boutique. (See WestportNow Sept. 19, 2013) “The personalization of the salon features glass walls so our clients can view the grooming process,” he said. The space was previously occupied by Cursive, a New York-based retailer of fine paper, jewelry and home and personal accessories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Sunday,  March 30, 2014

Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Tween/Teen LifeShop
4 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) – Etherea Vocal Ensemble
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Dance Theatre of Harlem

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Flood Watch Extended, Coastal Flood Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service said a Flood Watch for Westport and area has been extended from 8 p.m. today until 2 a.m. on Monday.

An advisory said 2 to 3 inches of rain was likely with up to 4 inches in some areas. As of 11:50 p.m., the new weather station at Westport Fire Headquarters showed 1.11 inches had fallen today.

In addition, it said a Coastal Flood Watch has been issued as tides are expected to run around 1/2 to 1 foot above astronomical levels. High tide will occur between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. across the western portion of Long Island Sound.

A few areas may experience tide levels close to or at minor coastal flooding benchmarks, the Weather Service said.

Staples Grad Debuts First Novel, Skips Westport on Tour

UPDATE Ted Thompson, a 1999 Staples High School graduate, went on a whistle-stop train tour of independent bookstores in New York and Connecticut today – bypassing Westport because it has no such store – to promote his first novel, “The Land of Steady Habits,” set in a town much like Westport. Image
Author Ted Thompson reads from his debut novel, “Land of Steady Habits,” at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

His tour began in Grand Central Terminal and continued with stops in Larchmont, N.Y., Darien, and ended in Madison. Reviews have already compared the book (Little, Brown, hardcover, $25 Little, Brown, e-book, $12.99) to Cheever and Updike in recounting the life of a suburbanite.

Author and essayist Sarah Vowell said in her blurb on Thompson’s website: “It would probably never occur to New England white people that they are an ethnicity, but this sharp and funny saga of a Connecticut family unraveling is a detailed natural history of upper crust suburbanites and how they live (and drink). 

“The reader learns not to take good fortune and loved ones for granted—and also that a liquor store owner in Westport will never starve.”

Busy Out-of-Town Day for Westport Firefighters Image
Westport firefighters were busy today providing mutual aid to three nearby communiities—Norwalk, where a fire (above) destroyed a barn on Fox Run Road, Wilton, where flames heavily damaged an unoccupied home on Linden Tree Road, and Stratford, where a tanker oil truck overturned, spilling fuel oil. In Norwalk and Wilton, Westport engine companies filled in at fire stations in case of other calls. In Stratford, the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Hazmat Unit provided logistical support at the tanker accident. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. Off-duty Westport firefighters were called in to fill in for those called out of town. Norwalk Fire Department photo

Dudley P. Cotton, Jr., 77

Dudley Page Cotton, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Bremen, Maine, a former Westport resident, died March 8 from complications following surgery. He was 77. Image
Dudley P. Cotton: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born in Damariscotta, Maine on Oct. 26, 1936, son of Dudley Page and Josephine Norris Cotton, his childhood was spent on his parents’ mink farm in Bremen, Maine, where he attended the one-room Medomak School. During the war years, he lived with his family aboard the “Seamaid,” a 62-foot yawl, in Portland Harbor. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1955.

After two years’ service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965 as a member of the first class of the Department of Architecture when classes were held at an old Safeway store.

A few years later, he earned a Master’s degree in structural engineering. Holding registration for both architecture and engineering, he remained in Tucson for the remainder of his life, developing a successful engineering practice. He was hired by the University of Arizona to teach engineering to architectural students—a position he held for 30 years.