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Thursday,  November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving


Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed.
8:15 a.m. – Wakeman Boys/Girls Club (385 Center St., Southport) – Start of 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race that includes route through Greens Farms
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) – Saugatuck Congregational Church 44th Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Firefighters Will Arrange for Santa to Visit Your Home

The newly formed Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) is bringing Santa Claus to Westport neighborhoods.

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It said on three days next month—Friday, Dec. 19, Saturday Dec. 20, and Sunday Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. -– it will bring Santa on a fire engine to neighborhoods to deliver gifts to children of all ages.

Families are able to sign up online here to have Santa visit their home.  Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. an announcement said.

This fundraiser will benefit local charities and groups. For further information, contact Lt. Brett Kirby (203) 673-6003 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Storm Dumps Wet, Not White

Even though temperatures “are just north of freezing,” causing rain, not snow, to fall throughout most of Westport today, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said his department is not taking any chances.

So far about 20 tons of salt have been put down in case temperatures drop.

“Now it’s just wait and see,” Edwards said at mid-afternoon. “We have some slush on the road, but no accumulation, and I don’t anticipate any accumulations.

“The question is what happens tonight,” he added. “The temperature is just north of freezing.”

Winter Weather Advisory: 1 to 3 Inches Expected

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued an updated Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area which continues to 1 a.m. Thursday.

In an early afternoon advisory, it called for snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches but said portions of southern Fairfield County north of the Merritt Parkway may see higher snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches.

The Weather Service said a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet this afternoon should change to primarily snow this evening. The snow should then taper off toward midnight.

Inland portions of Connecticut were under a Winter Storm Warning with predicted accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.

Sleet, Snow Cause Slippery Road Conditions

UPDATE Westport police reported slippery road conditions as a result of today’s storm, especially in the northern parts of Westport.

A three-car accident at Cross Highway and Punch Bowl Drive closed down the roadway at about 1 p.m. and police asked motorists to avoid the area. It was reopened at 1:45 p.m.

The storm brought mostly rain through the morning but snow began sticking at mid-day, causing slippery conditions.

Westport was under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 a.m. Thursday with the National Weather Service predicting the storm would dump 1 to 5 inches of snow on the southern Connecticut coastline.

Selectmen Okay $10K to Create ‘Virtual Westport’

The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved a $9,800 four-year agreement to create a “Virtual Westport” online that will enable a wider gathering of opinions on such controversial issues as improvements at Compo Beach.

First Selectman Jim Marpe acknowledged the initiative with Socialmentum LLC, a Kansas City startup doing business as Mindmixer was his idea and would be controlled by his office.

“I view that (questions as to who would govern the project) as my responsibility, quite frankly,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is an initiative coming from the selectman’s office.”

“I look at this as a relatively low cost investment in a sense experimenting with virtual government, if you will, or at least a feedback mechanism,” Marpe added.