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Monday, November 20 News

Community Channel: Gala nets $720k, Teen photo contest...

More than $720,000 will be available to help present The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s environmental-education programming to students in the tri-state area, following the Aquarium’s “Cirque de la Mer” fundraiser April 20.

The annual gala replenishes a scholarship fund that helps to make the Aquarium and its unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to schools in the tri-state area regardless of their ability to pay.

More than 400 guests attended this year’s gala, which featured cocktails in the Aquarium galleries, a sit-down dinner, and silent and live auctions.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Red Apple Seedling Award to Elena Levin, of Westport, in appreciation for an animated video she and friends made for the Aquarium about water conservation. The new Seedling Award will celebrate conservation and/or environmental efforts of young people.

Teen photo contest open

The Westport Library is calling for submissions for the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest.

In preparation for the library’s transformation project, explore transformation through photography.

The contest is open to Fairfield County residents in incoming grades 6-12.

Email high-resolution jpgs to westportteenphoto@gmail.com. Photos should be titled in “first name last name” format and numbers if submitting more than one photo (maximum three). Example: “JainaShaw1.jpg.”

Entries must be received by May 24.

Photographs will be judged by local illustrator/photographer and artist-in-residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Riverwalk Hallway through June 29.

Winners will be announced June 5. An award ceremony and art opening will take place June 7 from 6-7 p.m.

State of the town

Y’s Men will hold its final meeting of the 2016-17 season on May 18, 2017 at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

As usual, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Weston First Selectwoman Nina Daniel will give their “State of the Town” presentations.

Spouses and significant others are invited to join the group for coffee, donuts and schmoozing at 9:30 a.m.

Get your beach pass

Parking emblems are required 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.

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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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