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
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 CommissionCanceled 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 CommitteeCanceled 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 HelpCanceled 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 HearingCanceled 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Budget MeetingCanceled 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Racquets Advisory CommitteeCanceled 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of AppealsCanceled
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.
The Westport Country Playhouse cast of tonight’s Script in Hand reading of “Lobby Hero” by Kenneth Lonergan celebrates in the green room with the play’s director, Anne Keefe (r). Actors (l-r) are Robert Eli, John Clarence Stewart, Elise Kibler and Charles Socarides. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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.