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Kitchen Stove Fire Quickly Exinguished

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A resident using a fire extinguisher mostly put out a kitchen stove fire tonight at 4 Baker Ave. before firefighters arrived, Firefighters completed the job on arrival when they found heavy smoke in the structure, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Blumenthal, Murphy Back McMahon for SBA Post

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington — Introduced by the two senators who crushed her political hopes in Connecticut, Linda McMahon today sailed through a confirmation hearing, placing her a step closer to becoming the next head of the Small Business Administration.

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Linda McMahon after her confirmation hearing today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ana Radelat for CTMirror.org

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, who both ran against McMahon to win their seats in the Senate, praised McMahon, the founder with her husband Vincent of the World Wrestling Federation, now the WWE, as a savvy businesswoman who would bring good policy and judgment to the Trump administration.

At her hearing before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Murphy introduced McMahon as “a fellow Nutmegger.”

“This visual is going to be a little amusing and surprising to folks in Connecticut, who saw the three of us duke it out during two long Senate campaigns, but politics can’t work if political grudges never die,” Murphy said.

Recalled Gas Range Top Causes Explosion

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A gas range top—recalled in 2011 because of the danger of causing an explosion—was pinpointed today by Westport firefighters as the likely cause of a fire and small explosion in a kitchen of a home on Rocky Ridge Road off of Valley Road. There were no injuries, but there was damage to the stove and cabinetry, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury. The resident had attempted to turn on the propane-supplied range top and immediately a small gas explosion occurred beneath the unit. This explosion was likely the result of a failure or leak in the unit, KIngsbury said. Quick action by the resident to shut off the burner control prevented further damage. The chief reminded residents to check the Consumer Products Safety Commission website for updates on recalls. He said six other reports involving explosions have been reported to the range top manufacturer, General Electric. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Consultants Chosen for Saugatuck Study

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Norristown, Pennsylvania-based BartonPartners Architects Planners Inc. today was selected to develop a transit-oriented master plan for the Saugatuck area. Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Catherine Walsh, a member of the subcommittee of the larger Saugatuck Study Committee, which chose the firm from 13 applicants, a short time later showed off a copy of its proposal during a luncheon talk to the Westport Rotary Club. “They really did their homework and am confident they will do a good job,” she said. Partnered with Barton will be Langan Engineering, 4ward Planning, and Becker + Becker, whose principal, Bruce R. Becker, an architect and developer, lives in Westport and will serve as their “ambassador” to the project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James B. Schryver, 93

James Burton Schryver of Fall River Mills, California, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 11. He was 93.

He was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Edson and Elizabeth Schryver. After graduating from Staples High School in Westport, he enrolled in the engineering program at Cornell University in 1941.

Before completing his degree, he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and ultimately became part of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and remained in Europe after the war as a first lieutenant., responsible for relocating German prisoners of war.

In 1946, he returned home and resumed his education at Cornell, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering. In 1949 he moved to Reno, Nevada, and worked for Dean Witter as a stockbroker.

Westport’s Justin Paul Gets Two Oscar Nominations

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Westport’s Justin Paul (c), composer Justin Hurwitz (l) and fellow lyricist Benj Pasek won two Oscar nominations today for best original song award for “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” in the film “La La Land.”  “La La Land” had a total of 14 nominations, including best original score—a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history. Paul, a 2003 Staples High School graduate, also won a Golden Globe (above) last month for best original song for “City of Stars.” The Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from NBC-TV

WN Flashback: Jan. 24, 2016

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One year ago today, Westport and the New York metropolitan area were digging out from a massive snowstom. Westport unofficially received 13 inches while New York’s Central Park got 26.8 inches, making it the second largest snowstorm since 1869 in New York City..The record setter was 26.9 inches in February 2006. View is in Westport’s Sconset Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winds Down Trees, Cause Power Outages

UPDATE High winds downed trees and caused some power outages in Westport Monday and today as a nor’easter moved through the area.

Eversource Energy reported 106 Westport customers were without power at 1 a.m. today (Tuesday) but the number was down to one at 8 a.m.

Trees were reported down in the area of 315 Bayberry Lane, Hillspoint Road at Burnham Hill, and on Greenbriar Lane on Monday.

The National Weather Service said the storm could produce winds of up to 60 mph and drop up to 2 inches of rain before ending. However, the rainfall total was little more than half an inch at Bridgeport on Monday with highest wind gusts officially recorded at 40 mph there.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Noon – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Saugatuck TOD Steering Subcommittee
1 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportREADS 2017 Movie: “The Boy Friend”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar