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Friday, May 26 News

Community Channel: Artists honored, Study abroad...

Five Westport residents recently won Community Sponsored Awards at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Lee Potter Findlay of Findlay Galleries in Manhattan selected the winners, who were awarded prizes totaling almost $4,000. Exhibit chairs were Andrea Letters and Richard Koleszar.

Joanne Leaman won first place in the oils category for “Engage” and Michael Brennecke earned third place for “Passengers.”

For her porcelain statue “Three Score & Ten,” Judith Orseck Katz took home second place.

Susan Spivack’s watercolor “Steven King’s Garden” earned her a first-place award.

Tom Kretsch won second place in the photography category for his photo “Island Boy - Dreaming of the Sea.”

The community sponsors for the exhibit included Down Under Kayaking in Westport and Rowayton.

Study abroad

Miami University student Sydney Crossfield spent the winter semester in Thailand as part of a study abroad group.

Crossfield, from Westport, is majoring in early childhood education at the Ohio school.

An artist to watch

The Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts, is exhibiting the 28th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show through May 21. The juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists features about 100 works all executed in grayscale.

Hilary Wittmann, Carriage Barn Arts Center Executive Director worked with guest juror and contemporary art specialist Adrienne Ruger Conzelman who reviewed about 450 submissions in all media rendered in grayscale. All works were created in the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn

The Carriage Barn recognized three “Artists To Watch,” selected by Conzelman, at the opening reception: Linn Cassetta of Westport, Mary Janacek of Fairfield and Anouk Krantz of Darien.

See the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy complimentary coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on May 6 and May 20.

Staples students to entertain

The Staples High School Chamber Orchestra will entertain Y’s Men on May 11 at the Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East.

Spouses and significant others are invited to join the group for coffee, donuts and schmoozing, at 9:30 a.m. in Hoskins Hall. The performance will follow, in the sanctuary.

The orchestra is under the direction of Adele Cutrali-Valovich, who has been the director of orchestral music at Staples High School for more than 30 years.

At the library

The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.

Author talk: Local children’s author and illustrator Clare Pernice will run “A Day At the Circus” — a storytime/craft workshop May 11 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Pernice, a Weston resident, will read from her acclaimed book, “Circus Girl,” then invite children to create circus puppets. Attendees are welcome to dress up in circus costumes or simply bring their imaginations. The workshop will be followed by a book signing.

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The program, which is free, may appeal to children six and under but all are welcome.

Youth Volunteer Expo: The semi-annual Youth Volunteer Expo is set for May 10 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The volunteer expo is free and open to the public and will host local nonprofits from in and around Westport. The goal is to help connect middle and high school students with local nonprofits in search of volunteers.

Organizations represented include: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Westport Historical Society, Toquet Hall Teen Center, Volunteer Square, Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, Family & Children’s Agency, Wakeman Town Farm, Builders Beyond Borders, League of Women Voters of Westport, Person-to-Person and Westport Senior Center.

Get your beach pass

Parking emblems arerequired on all vehicles entering Westport beaches.

Parking emblems can be purchased at WestportRecreation.com or at the Parks and Recreation Department office, Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Career counseling

The Westport Library will be offering free one-on-one, career counseling sessions to local job seekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling, as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance.

Patrons may schedule one-hour sessions on Mondays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, contact Ellen Janpol, the business librarian, at ejanpol@westportlibrary.org.

Join the Library Board

The Westport Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. The library is particularly interested in meeting with candidates with experience in the fields of development, fundraising for capital and annual campaigns.

Trustee appointments will be for a four-year term beginning July 1. There are 20 members on the library loard, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting and half of whom are appointed by the library board. More information about the role of the Library Board is available at westportlibrary.org.

Those interested in applying should email a resume and letter of interest by May 12, indicating how their past work and prior experience qualify them as a trustee for the library, to Robin Powell at rpowell@westportlibrary.org. Following receipt of the material, library staff will arrange a meeting to share information about the library and role of the trustees.

Be in the parade

The theme for the 2017 Memorial Day float contest will be “Honoring veterans now and forever.”

The Westport Veterans Council will award certificates for best development of theme, best youth organizational float, most creative, best community organization, most colorful, and the best overall float.

On Memorial Day, May 29, the parade will begin on Riverside Avenue at 9 a.m. The Memorial Services will be on Veterans Green immediately following the parade.

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

A new town website

Westport’s Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the town’s website this year. The site will be designed and coded to be usable on smartphones, tablets, as well as desktop computers.

First Selectman Jim Marpe assembled a Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee that will participate in the process and offer guidance and oversight from vendor selection through website implementation and rollout.

The committee consists of a group of highly experienced internal and external information technology professionals, along with representatives of major town user departments and the Representative Town Meeting’s IT committee.

Westporters and other users have an opportunity for feedback on the current website and suggestions for the future by completing a brief online survey of seven questions at westportct.gov/websurvey.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at Imperial cities along the way. Departure is

Sept. 28; return is Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts its own unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.

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