Thursday, June 08, 2023


NWS Update: Blizzard Warning Dropped; Snow Totals Lowered

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area for heavy snow and sleet, which is in effect until midnight. The Blizzard Warning has been canceled.

In addition, the Weather Service has lowered predicted snowfall totals for coastal Connecticut to 4 to 14 inches, with sleet also expected.

It said snowfall rates will be 1 to 2 inches per hour at times.

The Weather Service said the snow will mix with and possibly change to sleet this morning. Rain may mix in at times closer to the coast.

Fairfield Accident Shuts Down I-95 Northbound Image
An accident early today on I-95 northbound in Fairfield at Exit 19 involved nine vehicles and three tractor-trailers and shut down the roadway. Firefighters had to extricate the driver of a car that was wedged under a tractor-trailer. That driver and the second of a tractor-trailer were sent to Bridgeport Hospital. Traffic, which was light, exited at Exit 19 and 18 in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Pi Day

Westport Town Hall, Schools, Library, Arts Center, Senior Center, and Historical Society closed due to the weather.
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission Canceled
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport School Days 1703–Present” Canceled
11 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Leonard Bernstein Music Lecture Canceled
Noon – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee Canceled
1 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Managing Your Cholesterol Workshop Canceled
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Florence Foster Jenkins” Canceled
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help Canceled
6:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Appalachian Mountain Club: “Journey Through France” Canceled
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals Hearing Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Budget Meeting Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Racquets Advisory Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Responding to State, BOE Proposes $967,000 Budget Cut

Due to the state’s fiscal uncertainty, Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer tonight recommended $977,000 in cuts from the schools’ proposed 2017-18 operating budget.

Board members later suggested the number be reduced to $967,000. The board will consider the recommendations before finalizing the proposed budget—possibly at $114,384,346—before sending it to the Board of Finance.

The finance board had recommended the school system cut an extra $1.7 million.

“If we thought they were 100 percent acceptable, they would have been in the original budget,” Palmer said about her proposed cuts.

Marpe: Westport Ready for the Storm

UPDATE Westport’s public works crews will be going to work at 3 a.m. Tuesday, “and they will probably go home when the roads get plowed,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said today.

That could be a long time as an estimated 18 to 24 inches of snow are expected to come down before the Nor’easter subsides.

Marpe met with his emergency management team to go over last minute storm preparations.

He, along with first responders and Public Works Director Stephen Edwards are scheduled to spend a good portion of Tuesday at the Emergency Operations Center at Fire Headquarters.

Hedy Kopecky, 92

Hedy Kopecky, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92. Image
Hedy Kopecky: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was the mother of retired Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 1 member Judy Starr.

Born in Romania on Sept. 5, 1924, she was the youngest of 12 children. She grew up in the Carpathian region of Czechoslovakia, where her family had a farm and a general store. 

She loved learning, and spoke four languages, teaching herself Hungarian. As a child, she dreamed of being a doctor.

Marpe Watchful as Ridgefield Plans to Sue State

By James Lomuscio

First Selectman Jim Marpe said today he is closely monitoring but not joining Ridgefield’s threat to sue the state over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s push to municipalities to pay 30 percent of teacher pensions.

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi threatened legal action last week if Malloy moves ahead with his proposal. Other towns have reportedly gotten behind Ridgefield.

“I’m in touch with First Selectman Marconi and a number of other town chief executive officers in the area who are exploring this option, and I will monitor their activity,” Marpe said.

“There is some belief it’s not legally possible for a municipality to sue the state, so it would be interesting what the research finds,” he added.