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Category Archives: Weather
As the thermometer heads toward 95 — with plenty of that nice Westport humidity — it’s a good day to take note of some new signs around town.
Sure, we think there are too many. But a few new ones are well worth reading.
Last spring, Brandon Malin — a Coleytown Middle School 8th grader — spearheaded a drive to remind drivers not to leave children or pets in cars that quickly turn sweltering, even on mild days. He got the idea from similar signs in Fairfield parking lots.
With the help of the Staples High School art department — and the support of Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, First Selectman Jim Marpe and other town officials — he saw the project through to completion. (Brandon also raised money to produce the signs.)
They’re up now at Compo Beach and Longshore. Hopefully, downtown lots will be next.
The signs say: “If you love them, don’t leave them. Heat Kills!” Below that is the Police Department phone number to report a child or animal in a car, and the reminder: “One call can save a life.”
Heat like today’s makes all of us a bit fuzzy-headed.
Thanks to Brandon, we can focus a bit more clearly on the people and pets we love.
Call it a “dry run.”
Except a sudden, unexpected thunderstorm sent dozens of commuters, parents, kids and random Westporters scurrying for the safety of tents set up by food vendors, local organizations and the sponsoring Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce — while knocking out the live music that had just kicked in.
And except for a storm-related Metro-North overhead wire problem that created delays of up to 30 minutes, and caused trains to shuttle back and forth between Westport and Rowayton.
Apart from those glitches though, the 1st-ever “Tuesdays @ the Train” event went swimmingly, at Luciano Park next to the station.
The sun came out. There were games and eats. Everyone relaxed, went with the (still-wet) flow, and had a great time.
Mark your calendars for the next 2 Tuesdays @ the Train: July 18 and August 8.
Meanwhile, all around town, a rainbow lit up the skies. Here’s a sampling:
Sunday’s Candlelight Vigil for Climate Protection has drawn interest far beyond Westport’s beach-stickered citizens.
So organizers have moved the event — planned to protest President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord — to a spot accessible to everyone: Jesup Green.
The start time is changed too, to 8 p.m. (Sunday, June 4).
Click here for more information, on the group’s Facebook page.
It sure doesn’t feel like May 25.
Alert “06880” reader Matt Murray captured these shots at soggy Compo Beach a short while ago:
Canal Road is closed due to flooding. Police warn of potential flooding elsewhere in town.
Meanwhile, Cross Highway and Prospect Road were closed due to downed trees and wires.
More rain is forecast for tomorrow — but temperatures will rise to about 71.
The weekend — and Memorial Day — could be cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 70.
That’s okay. After last year’s rainout, we’re ready for a parade.
Weather or not.