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Tag Archives: Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge
Heavy rain, high winds, a full moon and high tides made for a messy Westport this morning.
Be prepared for more this afternoon.
Westport schools are closing 2 hours early. Stay safe and dry!
In 2014, an odd contraption appeared on the side of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.
It was a tidal gauge and and storm surge monitor. The US Geological Survey installed it, to help improve the town’s warning, mitigation and prevention capabilities. It was funded entirely by the federal government.
Well, it was nice while it lasted.
Extremely alert “06880” reader Thomas Quealy spotted this on USGS website:
Data collection at the following gage [sic] will be discontinued on December 31, 2017 due to funding reductions from partner agencies. Although historic data will remain accessible, no new data will be collected unless one or more new funding partners are found. Users who can contribute funding for the non-Federal share of costs to continue operation of this streamgage [sic] should contact Timothy Sargent at the USGS New England Water Science Center – Connecticut Office (860-291-6754) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which “gage” was listed?
You guessed it: “01209510 Saugatuck River at Route 1 at Westport.”
Westporters love the American flags lining the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge downtown. Every jUNe Day (and UN Day), the bridge flies flags from all over the globe.
And every Christmas, the well-traveled bridge over the Post Road is … not lit. A golden opportunity — decorating downtown with holiday lights — is lost.
Colleen Angione-Wiedmann — community and communications director for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association — just returned from the New Haven state Department of Transportation office. She’s holding a permit to light the bridge this year.
And … she hopes it will be done to coincide with tomorrow’s tree lighting at Town Hall (5 p.m.).
She’s just waiting for ace electrician Jim Izzo to confirm that he’s finished — and for the town to approve the installation of 4 outlets on the lampposts on both sides of the bridge (so there are no unappealing extension cords).
With those outlets — and the DMA’s purchase of lights — the bridge will offer a wonderful, warm welcome this year.
And every year to come.
PS: Kudos to Tracy May in the DOT office. She came here recently to meet with the WDMA and the electrician, to expedite the process.
For decades, the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge — the Post Road span named for Westport’s tireless UN and peace advocate — has been the site of social justice protests.
This afternoon, several dozen folks of all ages thronged the bridge. In the aftermath of yesterday’s horrific anti-black, anti-Semitic, Nazi-infused demonstration and murder in Charlottesville, the group had a united message: Hate has no place here.
“Honk against hate!” they chanted.
Many drivers obliged.
As they did, the protesters cheered and smiled.
Then they chanted even louder.
The rain stopped. The skies cleared.
And several dozen people gathered downtown last night, showing their disgust at President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.
They held candles and signs, and sang songs like Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
The bipartisan crowd included 1st Selectman Jim Marpe, 2nd Selectman Avi Kaner, State Representative Jonathan Steinberg — and plenty of Fairfield County residents, grateful for the break in the weather after many days of rain.
In the 1960s and ’70s, it was the Vietnam War.
Then it was nuclear disarmament. Later, Iraq and Afghanistan.
These days, it’s Trump’s immigration policy.
This morning, protesters were out in force on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.
You know — the one named for the Westport woman who spent her life working with the UN, trying to bring the world closer together.
Alert “06880” reader — and longtime political activist Estelle Margolis — writes:
I turn 90 years old this Friday (May 6). The next day, I will be back on the Post Road (Ruth Steinkraus Cohen) Bridge. My return is a birthday present to myself.
Many medical issues prevented my being there in 2015. Also, we had no specific message. It seems like the whole world is spinning out of control. We could not find one message for our signs to make sense.
There are currently 9,800 of our troops in Afghanistan. The plan is to reduce this number in half during 2016. It costs $79.4 billion for one year.
I found the perfect poster. It was done in 1969 by Sister Mary Corita to protest the Vietnam War. It says, “War is not healthy for children or other living things.” That universal message is as valid now as it was then.
It is also appropriate to say “Out of Afghanistan and Iraq NOW!”
The mental and physical harm being done to our young women and men in these 2 countries is devastating. 22 vets come home, can’t deal with life as they left it, and commit suicide every day.
I’m sorry I lost a whole year on the bridge. I know what I’m doing does not save one life, but I feel compelled to do it anyway.
Come join me.
Every year, to celebrate UN Day, dozens of flags flutter on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Post Road bridge.
This year, to celebrate the construction of Bedford Square, a crane dominates the downtown skyline.
Alert “06880” reader Robert Mitchell captured the scene yesterday: