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Westport Whiteout

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As forecast, a strong snow squall accompanied by high winds passed through Westport late today, downing trees and power lines. This was the view of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center as the squall line moved through. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Resources Available in Weather Emergencies

Westport’s Department of Human Services (DHS) reminded residents today that there are resources available to those who may need additional assistance in cases of weather emergencies. 

The DHS works closely with emergency services personnel (police, fire, EMS and the Health District) to help seniors and people with disabilities who require special assistance. 

It encouraged residents to plan ahead by registering with DHS before a storm or emergency hits.

Westport residents can contact the DHS at 203-341-1050, or find information online at http://www.westportct.gov to register with DHS for the following programs:

Rink Solo

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Westport resident Merritt Juliano has the PAL ice rink at Longshore Club Park all to herself today on a cold, clear January morning while her 5-year old son attends school. Juliano, who moved to Westport in the past year having lived in New York and then New Canaan for one year, said, “Where else but Westport can you skate on an ice rink all by yourself and be able to look at the beautiful Sound on the horizon?” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

NWS: Expect High Winds, Snow Squalls, Low Temperatures

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

It said to expect winds west 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines, the Weather Service said. Scattered power outages are expected.

Meanwhile, it said an arctic cold front will pass through the region this afternoon into the early evening hours.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Otocast Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – CT DOT Cribari Bridge PAC (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
6:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Countdown to College: Thinking Ahead… Getting Your 9th & 10th Graders Ready for the College Process
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westporter A. E. Hotchner, 101, Keeps Word to Friend Ernest Hemingway

Westporter A. E. Hotchner is 101 now and has finally made good on a six-decade-old promise to his friend Ernest Hemingway.

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A. E. Hotchner: kept 1958 promise.  Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Associated Press spotlights that promise in a story previewing Hotchner’s stage adaption of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” opening Feb. 1 at the newly renovated playhouse at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

The story recounts how Hotchner and Hemingway attended and walked out of a 1958 film adaption of “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Hemingway later that night urged his friend to do his own adaption of the book. Hotchner promised he would try.

Comings & Goings: Real Estate Firm Opening in Former Bank

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Houlihan Lawrence, a luxury real estate brokerage, will open at 50 Charles St. by March, according to an employee.  An affiliate of Home Services of America and headquartered in Rye Brook, New York the company operates in Fairfield County as well as New York’s Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. The space was previously occupied by a TD Bank branch which closed in November 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Schools’ ‘Top 10’ Pay List Includes 22 Administrators

Twenty-two Westport school administrators, including principals and assistant principals, made the district’s 2018 “Top 10” list of highest paid employees, with Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer taking the top spot, according to a report released today.

Palmer received total pay of $318,608.70, which included $13,804.40 in vacation pay and a $4,392.90 in an annuity on top of her $300,411.40 salary.

The second high paid was Elio Longo, the schools’ chief financial officer who released the report. He earned a total of $249,486.50, including a salary of $224,572.40, $9,914.10 in vacation pay and $15,000 in other earnings.

The third highest paid was Staples High School principal James D’Amico with a salary of $200,369.98.

Lawmakers Take Aim at New and Revived Gun Bills

By Clarice Silber

www.ctmirror.org

As Connecticut lawmakers tackle the 2019 legislative session over the next five months, legislators are pushing an array of firearm bills that highlight issues regarding gun safety, rights, and reforms.

Connecticut has more firearm laws than almost every other state, according to an inventory by Boston University researchers. Many of those laws emerged in response to the Sandy Hook School massacre in 2012, and have been touted as some of the nation’s strongest restrictions on guns.

Democrats will likely use their majority in both legislative chambers to help shepherd a number of additional gun-control bills backed by advocates.

On the campaign trail, Gov. Ned Lamont said he would ensure Connecticut remains a leader in combatting gun violence through legislation. The governor has also expressed support for banning 3D-printed guns, and so-called ghost guns, which are firearms parts used to make untraceable weapons.

Comings & Goings: Romanacci Pizza to Expand

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Romanacci Pizza Bar, 54 Railroad Place, will expand its business in early March into the adjoining space currently occupied by Winfield Espresso & Panini Bar, which will close at the end of February, according to Maurizio Ricci, Romanacci co-owner with his brother Graziano. Ricci said the newly expanded eatery will offer more seating, a broader menu and project a “European feeling.” He said the expanded enterprise will offer coffee for morning commuters and, in the evening, prepackaged fresh takeout dinners including chicken parmesan, lasagna and other popular Italian cuisine specialties. Winfield Espresso & Panini Bar opened in February 2016 in space occupied by Bonjo Coffee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com