The Westport Library — the town’s savior after tropical storm Isaias, thanks to its life-giving free WiFi available on Jesup Green and in the upper parking lot — reopened yesterday, primarily for device-charging and internet access.
The great space looked different. Users wore masks, and were spaced far apart. Most “touch surfaces” are unavailable.
But it was another godsend for Westporters. No one complained.
The library will be open again today from 12 noon to 6 p.m., for browsing and device-charging. There is curbside service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As soon as Breno Donatti’s phone camera alerted him last night that the power was back on at Winfield Street Coffee, the owner hustled to his Post Road West deli.
He and his staff spent hours cleaning the store, and calling vendors to get deliveries this morning.
“We hope customers hang in there. We may not have some items, but we’re replacing all of the food inventory.”
What a year this has been, for small businesses like Winfield Street. And what great lengths they go to serve us, whenever and however they can.
Because of COVID, it was already going to be a smaller scale wedding than expected. Then Isaias blew in.
But love conquers all. Despite the devastation (and lack of power), Tammy Barry’s nephew Nicholas married Audrey here on Friday evening.
It was intimate. It was beautiful. It was “love”-ly.
Life may be dark. But we can always find silver linings.
The other day, “06880” ran a photo of signs at the Colony Road/Pumpkin Hill intersection, pleading for Eversource post-Isaias help.
Yesterday, the signs changed. As the one on the left noted, they are now “signs of happiness.”
Meanwhile, I’m not sure if this sign predates Isaias, or has been up for a while. But its message is powerful.
The free masks are equally helpful too.
And finally …
What a great post, Dan!! Exemplifies why we choose to live in this community. A huge thanks to you and 06880 for getting us through this tough time. Your updates were not only informative but motivating. Cheers!
Any sense on when traffic lights will return to normal (and why, if they have power, they haven’t yet)? I live near the intersection of Main Street and North Compo. The light is on, but for some reason is still flashing yellow on Main and red on Compo. I’ve heard multiple near misses (complete with screeching tires, honking horns, and screaming drivers) both yesterday and today. No surprise – it’s a completely blind left turn from North Compo to Main heading into town. Someone is going to get killed or seriously injured.
Once power gets restored the traffic signals need to be reset for time of day – that returns them to normal – those are State DOT traffic signals and controls
Great song choice, Dan 🙂 !!!!
Thank you sir! 🙂
I live by Wakeman Farm and we still are in the dark. This is an absolute disgrace and I cannot wait to get out of this town.
Dermot. Anywhere you go something is going to happen. No place is perfect.
A million people are without power and one dead in the mid west.
Derecho, astorm with straight line winds also called an ‘inland hurricane’ nailed Iowa and surrounding states with 90 to 100 mphs winds. I saw this article on AccuWeather of the destruction this caused. I thought you and maybe others on the blog would find this an informative read.
The Library and people associated with it are a town treasure.
Winfield Deli is great! I go there often and can attest to the quality people there and the food that they serve.