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3D Printer Malfunction Forces Evacuation of Bedford MS

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Westport firefighters leave Bedford Middle School today after a smoldering and odor in Room 136 caused a 45-minute evacuation of the school. The problem was traced to a malfunction of a 3D printer maker box in which a plastic connector melted from the heat, according to fire officials. Principal Adam Rosen said the school was evacuated as “the safety and security of our students is the priority. When situations such as this occur we act on the side of caution.”  He said parents were immediately notified of the situation via the school’s database communication system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Talking Transportation: Promises Still Not Kept

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Someone once said:  “Judge me by my actions, not my words.”  So let’s do just that comparing recent rhetoric to reality when it comes to Metro-North.

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Expanded Service: During the election campaign much was made of a promised expansion of off-peak train service, growing from one train an hour to two.  But when the new timetable came out Nov. 9, riders found that the 14 newly added weekday trains don’t stop at five stations:  Southport, Greens Farms, East Norwalk, Rowayton and Noroton Heights.

Despite pleas from the Connecticut Rail Council, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) chose to skip those stations to save 10 minutes running time between New Haven and Grand Central Terminal. There was never an expectation that the new trains would be semi-express, just a promise of expanded service.  What happened?

Adequate Seating: Though we now have more rail cars than ever before, thanks to delivery of the new M8s, many trains still don’t have seats for every passenger. The railroad’s own “Passenger Pledge” promises every effort to provide adequate seating, and Metro-North’s statistics claim that 99.6 percent of all trains have enough cars.  So why the standees? 

Monday, December 1, 2014


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. – Staples Room 333 – Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Village District Steering Committee
7 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar