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Saturday, December 16 News

Community Channel: Westport attorneys aid nonprofits, Patriot Bank opens kiosk...

Three Connecticut nonprofit agencies were the recipients of Halloran & Sage LLP’s firm-wide donation drive in October.

Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk received toiletries, Hands on Hartford got winter accessories and basic necessities and New Haven Community Soup Kitchen was given Halloween candy and fruit.

The firm’s more than 180 attorneys and staff from offices in Westport, Hartford, New Haven, Danbury, Middletown and New London joined together to support the three nonprofits.

Leading the initiative at the firm’s Westport office was Pamela Askinazi, a legal assistant and dependable volunteer for Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) of Norwalk. With their mission to partner with individuals, families, organizations and communities to build better lives, FCA serves clients through every stage of life. The October drive provided over 150 toiletries for FCA’s homeless clients.

Stamford-based Patriot Bank celebrated the opening of its new Westport branch location while presenting a $1,000 check to the Westport Sunrise Rotary 21st Century Foundation.

The new branch location, at 415 East Post Road, will also offer one of Patriot’s advanced “Live Banker” ATM machines, which extend the banking day for customers beyond traditional hours by allowing live interaction with local Patriot bankers via video terminals.

Users of the Live Banker ATMs can open new accounts, apply for loans and banking products, make payments, get financial product advice, and much more. Patriot is the only community bank in the region to offer this advanced technology.

For 20 years, Patriot has maintained a local branch directly across the Post Road.

The Department of Human Services’ annual Holiday Giving Program benefitting Westport residents is underway.

Following established guidelines for Westport’s Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver.

Some of the most appreciated gifts are grocery and gas gift cards of any amount, as well as gift cards to local stores where residents may shop. In addition, cash donations are always welcome as they allow for the purchase of last minute gift cards for clients. Checks may be made payable to “DHS Family Programs” with “Holiday” on the memo line and may be mailed or dropped off in Room 200 at Town Hall (110 Myrtle Ave.). If a donor wishes to “shop” for a family’s actual gift requests, this can also be accommodated at whatever level the donor feels comfortable.

Westport residents and organizations who wish to donate to this effort are urged to contact Patty Haberstroh at hsyouth@westportct.gov or 341-1069 as soon as possible. In addition, families who feel they will need extra support during the coming holiday season should also contact the department at 341-1050.

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Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s Keeping Warm annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes through Dec. 31.

Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

Finally, Bankwell is helping Kids Helping Kids and its annual Gift of Giving collection.

Through Dec. 7 Bankwell is collecting gently used and new toys, sports equipment, games, crafts, puzzles for kids, and jewelry, frames, household items, wallets, like-new clothing, accessories for adults. Label bags and boxes “KHK Gift of Giving Event.” KHK creates a pop-up store on Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Stamford.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

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 City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.

For online guidelines and submissions, go tonorwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.

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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