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Wednesday, December 13 News

Community Channel: Maker madness, Officer honored...

The Westport Library and Remarkable STEAM welcomed Dale Dougherty to the library on Nov. 13.

Dougherty, the founder of the Maker Movement, Maker Faire, and Make: Magazine, discussed the inspiration behind creating the Maker Movement and its impact on schools, libraries and communities of all ages.

In 2016, there were 200 Maker Faires in 38 Countries worldwide. Maker Faire Westport attracted 10,000 attendees in 2017 putting it in the top 10 percent of Maker Faires worldwide.

The team at the ASF Sports & Outdoors store and members of the Westport community conducted a breast cancer awareness month fundraiser on Oct. 17 in celebration of breast cancer survivor Jennifer Bonitata, a retail associate at the store.

On that day, a portion of the store’s retail sales were donated to Norwalk Hospital’s Smilow Family Breast Health Center.

Westport Officer Ned Batlin was a recipient of the United States Attorney’s Community Policing Award.

Batlin was recognized as an officer and community leader who has used the power of collaboration and partnership to make the Westport community safer. He was nominated by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association as being an officer who embodies the best of community policing.

The award ceremony was held at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Haven Oct. 25.

Over the course of his 16-year career, Batlin has continuously worked to improve the relationship between the police and the community. He is a member of the Westport Youth Commission, which he was instrumental in creating. The Commission has held multiple events to bring police officers and kids together in a positive environment. After the Commission’s success, Batlin pioneered the Westport Police Youth Collaborative. This collaborative is a club for high school students and officers to work together on community service projects, team building and some instructional information about a career in law enforcement.

In the spring, Batlin was the program coordinator for our first ever Westport Youth Citizens’ Police Academy.

Batlin has also been an instrumental member of the Community Policing Panel. He is the first patrol officer to be named president of the Police Athletic League in Westport. The Westport P.A.L. provides multiple organized sports for boys and girls as well as a host of other community-based programs.

In addition to coaching football and lacrosse at the youth and high school level, many young children know Batlin as “Officer Friendly,” who has spoken to their classes about what a police officer is and “stranger danger.”

Batlin has also sat on the Norwalk/Westport Juvenile Review Board, a diversionary program for juveniles, since its inception.

Author Ann Malaspina, an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens, gave Lower School students tips on tapping into characters’ authentic stories during a visit to New Canaan Country School Nov. 2.

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Malaspina gave first- through fourth-grade students a peek inside her writer’s toolkit, which includes a notebook, camera, audio recorder, library card, passport and a small container of cinnamon, which reminds her to “spice up” her stories.

She told them of the places she has traveled in order to research the subjects of her many biographies, including to India to learn about Mahatma Gandhi, to Hawaii for a book on tsunamis, and to Rochester, N.Y. to research women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony for her book, “Heart on Fire.”

She also talked about her book, “Touch the Sky,” a biography of Olympic high jumper Alice Coachman, which fourth-graders had recently studied.

Lower School students are exploring their own authentic writer’s voices through the new Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop curriculum, which was piloted last school year and is being fully implemented this year.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in pre-K through ninth grade.

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan will hold a special benefit concert — The Great American Songbook — on Saturday at the KARL Chevrolet showroom in New Canaan.

The theater company is turning KARL Chevrolet’s showroom on Elm Street into a theater for the evening and will feature its summer stars from past musicals. For the past seven years, KARL Chevrolet has been a sponsor of the Summer Theatre.

The evening will include the classic hit songs from America’s legendary composers including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.

Summer Theatre stars performing include New Canaan residents Kate Simone (Legally Blonde, Big River) and Allison Gray (Sound of Music, Camelot), Westport’s Chris DeRosa (Joseph), New York City resident Daniel Klein (South Pacific), Weston’s Jodi Stevens (Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and Norwalk’s Richard Weidlich (Camelot, The Music Man).

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception including drinks and dessert, followed by the concert at 8 p.m. A live auction at intermission will offer hard-to-get Broadway tickets and backstage tours, among other items.

Proceeds go to support the company’s award-winning education programs and their TYA (theatre for a young audience) school touring program.

For tickets, visit the STONC.org or call 203-966-4634.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bridgeport

Nov. 18, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cesar A. Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave.

Fairfield

Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Public Schools Central Office, 501 Kings Highway

Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road

Greenwich

Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road

New Canaan

Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.

Norwalk

Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave.

Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.

Stamford

Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive

Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The Westport Department of Human Services reminds seniors the department offers a list of middle and high school students willing to work small outdoor jobs such as raking leaves or shoveling walkways.

There is a suggested fee of $10 per hour.

Seniors needing assistance may contact the department at 203-341-1050.

Students interested in helping a senior and earning extra money can contact the department or email humansrv@westportct.gov. Students already registered for the program are requested to contact the department if they wish to remain on the list. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary.

Compact smart homes with elevators. A commute-busting high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan. A bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station. Out-of-the-way lots for self-parking driverless cars.

Welcome to Westport in the year 2067.

A new exhibit, 06880+50, brings together the the innovative imaginings of a select group of Westport architects at Westport Historical Society.

The participants range from independent architects to members of large firms and include works from David Adam Realty, Inc., Peter Cadoux Architects, Robert Cohen, Roger Ferris & Partners, Michael Greenberg & Associates, Juresko Herman, Frederick William Hoag, John Jones, Dierdra O’Farrelly, Leigh Overland, Roundtree Architects, Sellars Lathrop Architects, Scott Springer, Robert Storm and Vita Design Group.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.

Residents may take advantage of this program by bringing latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac (no spray paint) to the Westport Transfer station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

There is no charge for recycling paint at the Transfer Station site for Westport residents, nor are any local tax dollars expended. The program is funded by a PaintCare Fee of 75 cents per gallon, which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in Connecticut. This fee is used to fund all aspects of the PaintCare stewardship program. Collected fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach and program administration.

The addition of this program to the town’s recycling efforts is expected to reduce annual hazardous waste processing by $3,000 to $4,000 annually.

The paint dropped off at the transfer station is packed into large, plastic-lined boxes and transported to PaintCare’s facility. If possible, the paint is recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.

PaintCare Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by paint manufacturers to plan and operate paint-recycling programs in states that have passed paint stewardship laws. Connecticut is one of only seven states in the country to pass the legislation.

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.

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