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Wednesday, May 24 News

Community Channel: Gardening, Maker Faire returns...

Representatives of the Westport Garden Club stopped by Wakeman Town Farm to hand-deliver a check in the amount of $5,000 to members of the Wakeman Town Farm Committee April 7. The funds, which were raised by the Westport Garden Club’s annual plant sale last May, will go toward creating perennial gardens at Wakeman Town Farm’s new community center, set to open in July.

This year, the Westport Garden Club’s plant sale will take place May 12 on the great lawn of the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The event is open to the public.

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.

Maker Faire returns

Maker Faire Westport is returning to town for its sixth year.

This year’s faire will be held on Earth Day, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Library, on Jesup Green, in the Taylor Parking lot and at other locations in downtown Westport. Because this year’s Faire falls on Earth Day, the theme is “Earth.”

The event is free to attend.

Organizers are looking for creative, innovative people to showcase their skills and talents at this year’s Maker Faire. Makers include artists, woodworkers, builders, musicians, people who sew, engineers, comedians, jugglers and more. All ages are welcome. Students, hobbyists and even businesses are invited to showcase at the event.

The application is at westport.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers.

Maker Faire Westport began in 2011 as the first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut. It has grown to become Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Over the past six years, Maker Faire Westport has become a catalyst for tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities.

More than 35,000 people have attended Maker Faire Westport and many thousands more have benefitted through educational programs, maker spaces, employment opportunities and business growth. This year, organizers expect to welcome a record 10,000 people to the Faire.

Companies that wish to be a sponsor can contact Mark Mathias.

Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. For more information, go to westport.makerfaire.com.

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.

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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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