Thursday, June 20, 2024


Police Issue Updated List of Road Closures

Westport Police tonight released an updated list of road closures from today’s storm:

106 Beachside Ave.
Beachside Avenue @ Sasco Creek
6 Clapboard Hill Road
34 Colony Road
Compo Beach Entrance
Compo Road South @ Bradley
Ford Road @ Michele Lane
235 Greens Farms Road
23 Hillandale Road
119 Hillandale Road
30 Hillspoint Road
90 Hillspoint Road
Long Lots Lane
1 Long Lots Road
30 Long Lots Road
Long Lots Road @ Morningside Dr North
30 Morningside Drive South
Rabbit Hill @ Sipperley’s Hill
16 Salem Road
Spicer Court @ Spicer Road
Warnock Drive @ Easton Road
Weston Road @ Lyons Plains
60 Weston Road

Updates can also be found on the WPD Instagram  and Facebook pages as roads reopen.

Fire Official: Full Power Restoration Could Take 24 Hours Image
Among buildings damaged in today’s storm was this house on Westport’s Colony Road. Officials declared it no longer habitable after a large tree sliced through it. One minor injury was reported. The Westport Fire Department said it was among 80 calls for service during the brief but powerful storm that ranged from power lines burning, trees resting on power lines, carbon monoxide calls, and trees that had fallen on buildings and across roadways. Many roads remain impassable tonight, said Deputy Chief Mike Kronick. He said many areas around town remain without power and full restoration is not expected for at least 24 hours. An amateur weather spotter for the National Weather Service measured a wind gust of 61 mph during the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

Remembering the History of African Americans in Westport Image
To mark the closure of the award-winning Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit “Remembered:The History of African Americans in Westport,” the society today hosted an unveiling ceremony of the names of over 200 enslaved persons who made up an essential, but often overlooked part of Westport’s history. Each name has been inscribed on a brick in the WHS brickwork as a permanent part of the town’s heritage. Descendants of enslaved African-American Westporters were in attendance as guest of the WHS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Names Added Prominently to Westport’s History Image
The brickwork displaying the names of enslaved African Americans unveiled today to mark the closure of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport.” They are known only by their first names in historical records. Said TEAM Westport Director Harold Bailey: “May the memories be celebrated as prominently as the Coleys, Staples, and Sherwoods to whom they were bound.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Family History Remembered Image
At today’s Westport Historical Society event marking the end of the exhibit “Remembered:The History of African Americans in Westport,” three descendants of slaves Tim and Lill viewed bricks with their names. They are (l-r) Kali McMillan of London, England, Kyle Bass and Diane Ciccone, both of New Jersey. McMillan is Ciccone’s daughter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for