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Westport Schools Closed on Thursday

Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer announced today that Westport public schools will be closed Thursday due to the anticipated storm.

“Offices will also be closed, and activities scheduled for tomorrow will be canceled or rescheduled for a later date,” she said in an email to parents.

Himes Meets With Staples Students

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) today met with members of the Junior State of America (JSA) chapter at Staples High School. He fielded questions from the students on a range of topics including the budget, guns, climate, pro-life, government and citizen polarization. Himes was later holding a town hall-style meeting at Westport Town Hall. The JSA is a nonpartisan youth organization aimed at helping students acquire leadership skills and the knowledge necessary to be effective debaters and civic participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winter Storm Warning Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. It had earlier issued a Winter Storm Watch.

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Westport is under a Winter Storm Warning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) National Weather Service graphic

It said heavy snow and blowing snow is likely with snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up   to 10 inches .

Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. A few tree limbs and power lines may be downed, causing scattered power outages.

Opioid Antidote Training Set for Jan. 11

Westporters next week will have the opportunity to train on the use of the life-saving, overdose antidote naloxone.

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Narcan will be provided to the first 30 registrants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

The Westport Prevention Coalition,  a partnership of Westport residents and professionals, said today it has teamed up with Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan to host the training session on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault said that naloxone, more commonly known by its brand name Narcan, will be provided to the first 30 registrants who attend the training session.

She said the workshop will teach participants how to identify an opioid overdose and administer the antidote.

Jeanette Prybylski, 74

Jeanette Kay Prybylski died Dec. 30 at her home in Westport. She was 74.

She was born July 19, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio to Dr. Carl C. and Joanne Feldhake. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in education in 1965.

She married her college sweetheart, James, in 1965 and moved to Rockville Centre, New York. After graduation, she pursued a career in education, later moving on to retail management.

She is survived by her husband, James, of Westport, her sister, Barbara Hulett and family of Columbus, Ohio, her son Gregory, his wife and grandchildren Morgan, Ryan and Sophie of St. Augustine, Florida, and her grandson Travis of Norwalk.

Coastal Residents Urged to Move Cars to Higher Ground

UPDATE The Westport Emergency Management Team today urged Westport residents living in flood-prone areas near the shore to move their cars to higher ground in advance of Thursday’s storm.

A news release said with a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, “We are recommending that vehicles in flood-prone areas move to higher ground before it gets dark.”

The release cited a National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch for Fairfield County “with possible snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches along with winds gusting upwards of 40 to 45 mph with temperatures near 0 degrees.”

The Westport Senior Center at 21 Imperial Ave., initially announced as open Thursday as a warming center and place to recharge phones, later said it would be closed Thursday.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 – Adult
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Dig into Databases: Business Edition—Foundation Center Databases
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board & Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar