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State Trooper Injured in Crash

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UPDATE A Connecticut state trooper driving an unmarked car was injured today in a two-crash on the Sherwood Island Connector at Greens Farms Road. His injuries in the 9:30 a.m. accident were non life-threatening, police said. Police said the female driver of an Audi involved in the crash was found at fault and issued an infraction for making an improper left turn and failing to obey the control signal. News-12 Connecticut photo

8-Hour Power Outage Affects Hundreds

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Traffic lights at Main Street and Avery Place were out until about 9 a.m today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

UPDATE A more than eight-hour power outage affected hundreds of customers in Westport’s downtown and Post Road West areas today.

The outage, which early on impacted more than 1,400 customers in Norwalk as well, hit at about 12:30 a.m. and power was not restored to portions of Westport’s Main Street until about 9 a.m. However some customers, including Oscar’s said power was still out at 9:30 a.m., but it came back on a short time later.

“It was caused by an equipment issue that also required a utility pole replacement in a right of way that affected two circuits that deliver power to Westport,” said Mitch Gross, an Eversource spokesman. “We had to bring in special all-terrain vehicles to transport our people and equipment to the location off of the Post Road. Power was restored just before 9 a.m.”

Just before 1 a.m., Eversource Energy said 528 Westport customers were without power and more than 1,400 in Norwalk. An hour later, Norwalk had no reported outages while Westport dropped to 336.

Westport Fire Department to the Rescue

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When some ducklings fell into a drain on Compo Beach Road Monday, the Westport Fire Department came to the rescue. After a lengthy operation, firefighters managed to retrieve the ducklings safely from the drain. Once all the ducklings were safely secured in a bucket, the search was on for the mother duck. She was finally located at a nearby pond with her other ducklings and all were reunited. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Making a Rescue

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Westport Fire Lt. Brett Kirby and his crew from Engine Co. 4 managed to rescue some ducklings that fell into a drain Monday on Compo Beach Road.  Firefighters spent over an hour prying up drain covers and retrieving all of the stranded ducklings using a metal basket they borrowed from the Westport Police Marine Division at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
Noon – Westport Library – Books with Buzz Group: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
2 p.m. – Westport Library – More Oscar-worthy Films: “Still Alice”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. – Westport Library – Game Night: All Ages!
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “And a Nightingale Sang”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Citizens Transit Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

From Author Jane Green, a Different Kind of Sizzle

By James Lomuscio

When Westporter Jane Green’s first novel titled “Straight Talking,” debuted in 1996, she was 27, single and living in London. The Sex and the City-styled, across-the-pond novel about a woman looking for “Mr. Maybe” put her at the forefront of a new genre dubbed “chick lit, really important in fiction,” she says.

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Jane Green (at the Westport Library today): ‘“chick lit” is now “commercial women’s fiction.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Today, 16 novels later and married with children, she eschews any “chick lit” label on her later and current work, preferring to call it commercial women’s fiction. As her adult perspective has changed over the years, so has her writing, Green says.

“I’m 47 years old, and I defy anyone to call me a chick, and I think what it’s evolved into is women’s fiction,” said the best selling author, native Brit. “A lot of my readers are in their 40s and 50s, so chick lit does not apply.

“They’re about real women, real lives and emotional honesty,” Green added about plots choreographing the human condition of characters such as suburban moms.  “I haven’t written a sex scene, an explicit sex scene, in over 15 years.”

Westport Police Marine Unit Aids Sailboat in Distress

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A Westport Police marine unit went to the assistance of a sailboat in distress tonight in rough waters off of Compo Beach, according to reports from the scene. A U.S. Coast Guard vessel also was on the scene to render assistance. All aboard were later reported in good condition, the reports said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

YMCA Establishes Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund

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UPDATE The Westport Weston Family YMCA today drew a large crowd at its 91st annual meeting, its first in the new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane. Newly appointed CEO Pat Riemersma used the occasion to announce creation of the Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund. It will use proceeds of a $40 million bequest from the late Ruth Bedford as well as funds from the late Allen Raymond to give it a beginning $5 million balance. The first funds will be available for distribution in June 2016 and will be focused on community-based programming and meeting the most pressing social issues and needs of local individuals and selected groups, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com