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Tuesday, December 12 News

Community Channel: Salons for Survivors, Career Coach coming...

The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force (WDVTF) is looking for local salons willing to donate gift certificates for a haircut and color.

These gift certificates would benefit the two local Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) shelters.

The women and children residing in these shelters have fled violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs. Many women in these shelters have been out of the workforce for a while and want to prepare themselves for job interviews or they are looking to change their appearance to avoid an abuser. These gift certificates would be used anonymously at later dates for that purpose.

The gift certificate drive will be held Aug. 1 through Sept. 30.

Donating salons will be named and thanked at the WDVTF October awareness event and at the Unitarian Church’s October Voices Cafe.

Donors are asked to complete a donation form available at westportct.gov, which will be used to provide them an official receipt for tax purposes, as the DVCC is a public charity.

Gift certificates and submission forms can be dropped off to WDVTF co-chair Lt. Jillian Cabana at Westport Police Headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or arrangements can be made for salon pick up.

Please feel free to contact us with any Questions?

Contact wdvtf06880@gmail.com or 203-341-6009.

American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach returns to Westport Town Hall from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 with social networking classes. The classes will focus on the increasing necessity for an online presence to be a credible employment candidate in the current hiring environment. Emphasis is on the most popular social networking sites and how to use the resources and tools of those sites.

The Career Coach is a “training center” tour bus equipped with ten wireless computer labs offering free computer classes to residents. The mobile unit operates on a monthly schedule of visits to various community locations and is accessible to people with disabilities.

Area residents interested in registering should contact the Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or via email at humansrv@westportct.gov. For more information, including the current Career Coach schedule, check the website for American Job Center Southwest at www.ajcswct.com.

The District 9 polling place location will be changed to Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave. for the Nov. 7 municipal election.

The change is due to the construction schedule for renovations to the Westport Library.

All registered voters can check their scheduled polling place on the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s website, sots.ct.gov.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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