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Gov. Lamont Denounces Eversource for Slow Storm Response

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Politicians led by Gov. Ned Lamont today used a Westport Town Hall news conference to denounce Eversource for what each termed its “unacceptable” storm response. Lamont promised harsh repercussions for the utility which has left hundreds of thousands without power. The politicians toured some hard hit areas of town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Tornado Touchdown Confirmation

The National Weather Service said today a tornado touched down in Westport during Tropical Storm Isaias.

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Tree damage on Saugatuck Avenue may have been caused by a tornado. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com

A statement said the finding of a category EF1, the second lowest category, was based on radar evidence, video of a waterspout nearing Saugatuck Shores, and damage to a home under construction on Surf Road that had its roof blown off. Winds may have reached the EF1 level of 104 mph, it said.

The NWS said its finding also was based on an eyewitness report by a UPS driver. The twister came ashore at about 1:40 p.m. and did not last long, traveling only about 50 yards, the NWS said.

The tops of several pine trees were either sheared or snapped off. The tornado likely quickly lifted and possibly tracked north as a funnel cloud for another 1 to 2 miles, before dissipating, according to the NWS.

Lamont: Feds Approve National Guard COVID-19 Funding

Gov. Ned Lamont today announced that, following his telephone call late last night with President Trump, the State of Connecticut has been approved to receive an extension through Sept. 30 of its full federal funding for its use of the National Guard in the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, the state was approved by the president to receive full federal reimbursement for all costs associated with activating the Guard in support of the state’s emergency response operations, however that agreement had been set to expire on Aug.  21.

“The men and women of the Connecticut National Guard deserve applause for the work they’ve done in response to this pandemic, and I have to credit their efforts as one of the reasons why we’ve been able to significantly reduce the positivity rate here over the last several months,” Lamont said.

“They’ve not only been providing state government with valuable resources, but their work also extends to the town level, as well as support for our hospitals and long-term care facilities. I thank the Guard for their ongoing commitment to the people of Connecticut. And I also thank President Trump for extending the authority to deploy them at full federal cost share.”

Westport Property Transfers July 20-24, 2020

Deirdre Price to Jeremy & Jennifer Swetzoff, 6 Dexter Road, $1,565,000

Athanasious P. Zafiropoulos Trust to Catherine Kling, 7 Sterling Drive, $585,000

Suzanne Shapiro to Catherine Kling, 7 Sterling Drive, $585,000

David K. & Leslie Lewis Kirshner Trs. to Seth & Lindsay Kerschner, 20 Burnham Hill, $3,400,000

Christopher L. & Lauren O. Casazza to Adam & Rebecca Zipkin, 35 Burr Farms Road, $2,850,000

Millette Alexander to Seth Bardelas & Elizabeth Zara Alexandre, 157 Roseville Road, $1,050,000

32 Owenoke Park LLC to Adam & Melanie Smith, 32 Owenoke Park, $1,800,000

Matthew C. & Susan Vanech Brodtman to Michael & Sarah Weidner, 41 West Parish Road, $975,313

Carter/Yang 2014 Trust to G. Lawrence & Maryann Y. Grimaldo, 169 Riverside Ave., $550,000

Lisa & William A. Schwartz to Jeffrey Green, 42 Spriteview Ave., $2,300,000

Ann Christina Zimmerli-Haskel Rev. Trust to Michael & Allison Dwork, 13 Sprucewood Lane, $2,100,000

Adam & Phyllis Kurzer to 5 Roosevelt LLC, 5 Roosevelt Road, $3,275,000

Bluewater Burnham 29 LLC to James & Nikki Williams, 29 Burnham Hill, $3,800,000

Jennifer Herrmann to Joseph & Tiffany Weitzer, 58 Maple Ave. South, $1,799,000

John R. Dahl & Amy P. Lundy to Shawn O’Mara & Kasey Panetta, 3 Sky Top Road, $1,150,501

US Bank NA-Tr. to Benitez & Galloway Real Estate LLC, 1 Charcoal Hill Road $577,500

Brooke L. Coniglio to 3 Keenes LLC, 3 Keenes Road, $2,199,000

SIR-49 Colony LLC to John Dahl & Amy Lundy, 49 Colony Road $2,525,000

Deirdre Price to Jeremy & Jennifer Swetzoff, 6 Dexter Road, $1,565,000

Athanasious P. Zafiropoulos Trust to Catherine Kling, 7 Sterling Drive, $585,000

Suzanne Shapiro to Catherine Kling, 7 Sterling Drive, $585,000

David K. & Leslie Lewis Kirshner Trs. to Seth & Lindsay Kerschner, 20 Burnham Hill, $3,400,000

Christopher L. & Lauren O. Casazza to Adam & Rebecca Zipkin, 35 Burr Farms Road, $2,850,000

Millette Alexander to Seth Bardelas & Elizabeth Zara Alexandre, 157 Roseville Road, $1,050,000

32 Owenoke Park LLC to Adam & Melanie Smith, 32 Owenoke Park, $1,800,000

Matthew C. & Susan Vanech Brodtman to Michael & Sarah Weidner, 41 West Parish Road, $975,313

Carter/Yang 2014 Trust to G. Lawrence & Maryann Y. Grimaldo, 169 Riverside Ave., $550,000

Lisa & William A. Schwartz to Jeffrey Green, 42 Spriteview Ave., $2,300,000

Ann Christina Zimmerli-Haskel Rev. Trust to Michael & Allison Dwork, 13 Sprucewood Lane, $2,100,000

Adam & Phyllis Kurzer to 5 Roosevelt LLC, 5 Roosevelt Road, $3,275,000

Bluewater Burnham 29 LLC to James & Nikki Williams, 29 Burnham Hill, $3,800,000

Jennifer Herrmann to Joseph & Tiffany Weitzer, 58 Maple Ave. South, $1,799,000

John R. Dahl & Amy P. Lundy to Shawn O’Mara & Kasey Panetta, 3 Sky Top Road, $1,150,501

US Bank NA-Tr. to Benitez & Galloway Real Estate LLC, 1 Charcoal Hill Road $577,500

Brooke L. Coniglio to 3 Keenes LLC, 3 Keenes Road, $2,199,000

SIR-49 Colony LLC to John Dahl & Amy Lundy, 49 Colony Road $2,525,000

UPDATE: Cell Service Restored in Many Areas

Temporary signage and other warning devices have been deployed as equipment inventory allows in the areas determined to be of greatest need.

However, please understand that the Police Department cannot safely or effectively provide personnel to manually direct traffic at all of the main intersections.

Attempting to do so only creates more traffic back up and further disruption. Motorists should continue to proceed through intersections with caution and obey temporary signage where posted.

Please allow extra time to reach your intended destination to account for increased traffic on our roadways.

AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless teams have been working around the clock to restore cellular service in Westport. Last night, Verizon successfully deployed a spot cell at the Compo Beach area.

AT&T has deployed a mobile cell tower at the Police Station. Many of the surrounding cell sites are back on line.

The charging station is currently down at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Charging stations and Wi-Fi can be accessed at the rear of Town Hall (110 Myrtle Ave. via access through St. John’s Place) and at the Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) in addition to Wi-Fi access at the Library (20 Jesup Road).

Non-potable water filling stations are available at all fire houses.

On Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state of Connecticut has received approval for emergency disaster declaration from FEMA.

This emergency declaration allows for direct federal assistance in support of the ongoing state and local response effort.

The governor’s office will continue to work with municipalities to determine if Connecticut meets the threshold for a disaster declaration.

Temporary signage and other warning devices have been deployed as equipment inventory allows in the areas determined to be of greatest need.

However, please understand that the Police Department cannot safely or effectively provide personnel to manually direct traffic at all of the main intersections.

Attempting to do so only creates more traffic back up and further disruption. Motorists should continue to proceed through intersections with caution and obey temporary signage where posted.

Please allow extra time to reach your intended destination to account for increased traffic on our roadways.

AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless teams have been working around the clock to restore cellular service in Westport. Last night, Verizon successfully deployed a spot cell at the Compo Beach area.

AT&T has deployed a mobile cell tower at the Police Station. Many of the surrounding cell sites are back on line.

The charging station is currently down at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Charging stations and Wi-Fi can be accessed at the rear of Town Hall (110 Myrtle Ave. via access through St. John’s Place) and at the Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) in addition to Wi-Fi access at the Library (20 Jesup Road).

Non-potable water filling stations are available at all fire houses.

On Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state of Connecticut has received approval for emergency disaster declaration from FEMA.

This emergency declaration allows for direct federal assistance in support of the ongoing state and local response effort.

The governor’s office will continue to work with municipalities to determine if Connecticut meets the threshold for a disaster declaration.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020


Westport Town Offices, Schools, Library, & Senior Center are closed.
Noon – 4 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “Helmut Lang: 41.1595° N, 73.3882° W”
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Open for limited services CLOSED
5:30 p.m. – Imperial Parking Lot – Supper & Soul Socially Distant Tailgate Concert POSTPONED to Aug. 9
8:30 p.m. – Wakeman Town Farm – Outdoor Movie: “The Pollinators” (gates open at 7:30 p.m.; rain date Aug. 8)

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Small Fire Extinguished, Dog Rescued

Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a kitchen blaze at a Westport Housing Authority unit at 1655 Post Road East and rescued a dog in the complex.

First arriving firefighters said it appeared food was left on the stove, Heavy smoke was coming from a second floor window as neighboring units were evacuated.

The dog found on the third floor was safely evacuated, said Assistant Chief Brett Kirby.

“Due to the early notification from a neighbor, rapid response from fire department personnel and working fire protection systems, this fire was contained to a small area of the building and damage was kept to a minimum,” he said.

Terence W. Coen, 73

During the 20 years working with Warner Brothers and Epic Records, he had an active role in the success of recordings by varied artists, including George Benson, Pat Metheny, Fleetwood Mac, Foghat, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, Dire Straits, Van Halen, U2, ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Spin Doctors, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Sade, Queen, Foreigner, Mountain, REO Speedwagon, Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross, Living Colour, Gloria Estefan, The Radiators, The Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 1992, he moved into the jazz arena with Palmetto Records, where he helped build and develop a deep artist roster, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Andrew Hill, Will Bernard, Bobby Watson, Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough, Larry Goldings, Chico Hamilton, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Javon Jackson and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

He then created Soundview Jazz Promotion, established himself as an independent promoter and continued to work with Jazz labels and individual recording artists.

A modern-day renaissance man, Terence was a prolific artist, songwriter, and photographer, with many of his works being displayed at galleries over the years.

His warm, relaxed personality, and encyclopedic knowledge enabled him to easily connect and build an immediate rapport with musicians across all genres. He was a trusted mentor to both established and aspiring artists who regularly sought guidance on their latest recordings and career direction.

Terence’s home was a frequent haven for decades of music luminaries and provided a welcoming space that nurtured their creative spirits. With a knack for forging relationships at all levels of the industry, he was generally regarded as one of the most gracious and approachable people in his field.

Terence received numerous national awards and honors during his near half century in the music business and left an indelible mark through his efforts.

He was an avid record collector, vintage auto enthusiast, multi-instrumentalist, and loyal Yankee baseball fan. Also a devoted husband and loving father, he cherished holidays and any occasion for gatherings with family and friends.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Gail Cunningham; son Trevor (Julie); son Davis (Julia); granddaughter Lily Claire; sisters-in-law Sheila C. Perry (Bob) and M. Blithe Dotson (Fred); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Elynore Stinson Coen. father Robert Joseph Coen, and brother Robert Joseph Coen, Jr.

Burial was private. Donations may be made in his memory to Jazz Foundation of America (http://www.jazzfoundation.org), 247 W 37th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10018, or The Blues Foundation (http://www.blues.org), 421 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

A Celebration of Life will be set at a later date, when it is safe for all to gather.

During the 20 years working with Warner Brothers and Epic Records, he had an active role in the success of recordings by varied artists, including George Benson, Pat Metheny, Fleetwood Mac, Foghat, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, Dire Straits, Van Halen, U2, ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Spin Doctors, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Sade, Queen, Foreigner, Mountain, REO Speedwagon, Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross, Living Colour, Gloria Estefan, The Radiators, The Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 1992, he moved into the jazz arena with Palmetto Records, where he helped build and develop a deep artist roster, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Andrew Hill, Will Bernard, Bobby Watson, Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough, Larry Goldings, Chico Hamilton, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Javon Jackson and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

He then created Soundview Jazz Promotion, established himself as an independent promoter and continued to work with Jazz labels and individual recording artists.

A modern-day renaissance man, Terence was a prolific artist, songwriter, and photographer, with many of his works being displayed at galleries over the years.

His warm, relaxed personality, and encyclopedic knowledge enabled him to easily connect and build an immediate rapport with musicians across all genres. He was a trusted mentor to both established and aspiring artists who regularly sought guidance on their latest recordings and career direction.

Terence’s home was a frequent haven for decades of music luminaries and provided a welcoming space that nurtured their creative spirits. With a knack for forging relationships at all levels of the industry, he was generally regarded as one of the most gracious and approachable people in his field.

Terence received numerous national awards and honors during his near half century in the music business and left an indelible mark through his efforts.

He was an avid record collector, vintage auto enthusiast, multi-instrumentalist, and loyal Yankee baseball fan. Also a devoted husband and loving father, he cherished holidays and any occasion for gatherings with family and friends.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Gail Cunningham; son Trevor (Julie); son Davis (Julia); granddaughter Lily Claire; sisters-in-law Sheila C. Perry (Bob) and M. Blithe Dotson (Fred); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Elynore Stinson Coen. father Robert Joseph Coen, and brother Robert Joseph Coen, Jr.

Burial was private. Donations may be made in his memory to Jazz Foundation of America (http://www.jazzfoundation.org), 247 W 37th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10018, or The Blues Foundation (http://www.blues.org), 421 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

A Celebration of Life will be set at a later date, when it is safe for all to gather.