Community Channel: A lifetime of photographs, Bike the Beach...
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Westport Arts Center presents “Vivian Maier — a Lifetime of Photographs” on view from Sept. 15 to Nov. 10. The exhibition features over seventy color and black-and-white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.
The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Friday, from 6—8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Maier’s story has been pieced together only from the images she made and from the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. For over five decades while she served as a nanny in Chicago and New York, she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. Maier captured both revealing self-portraits and casual, unposed images of people in urban America; she was interested in the fringes of society, and had special interest in the poor and the forgotten.
In 2007, two years before Maier’s death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives and undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at an auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim.
Maier’s life is also the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, “Finding Vivian Maier.” Currently available on Netflix, it will be screened at the Westport Arts Center in October.
Bike the Beach has been an annual fundraiser for over 25 years.
This year’s festivities will be held Sunday at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. An additional option, Hike the Beach — a 5K fitness walk — is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area.
Bike/Hike the Beach is designed for bikers or walkers of all ages.
The bike tours feature a variety of routes from leisurely to challenging, accommodating serious cyclists as well as families out for a Sunday ride. Riders start and finish at Jennings Beach and may choose a 10-, 20-, 45-, or 62-mile route. All routes are along the scenic Connecticut coastline, with the longest passing through Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Norwalk, and Darien.
Bike the Beach supports the charitable activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting housing, training, and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities.
The first 350 registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt.
Detailed information and registration forms can be found at bikethebeach.com.
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. The opening reception is Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. 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.
Westport 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 12:00 pm.
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 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 Westport’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 if recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.
PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit 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.
The Western Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking public comment on the draft five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The CEDS outlines economic development strategies to enhance the economy of the Western Region of Connecticut, encompassing the municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
A 30-day public review comment period of this draft document is required prior to adoption and submittal of this report to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This public review comment period ends Sept. 20.
Anyone desiring to review the draft document may do so at the WestCOG office in Sandy Hook, 1 Riverside Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CEDS can also viewed at westcog.org. Printed copies are available upon request.
Comments should be received no later than 2 p.m., Sept. 20.
Comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing, addressed to Elizabeth Esposito and sent to the Sandy Hook office.
The Community Service Corps is an after-school program available to Westport students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Agency placement is made based upon the student’s interests and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Student volunteers work one afternoon each week, Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. At the end of the 10-week program, there is a wrap-up event at Toquet Hall, where student volunteers reflect on and discuss their experiences.
Applications for the fall session of the Community Service Corps are available. A copy of the student’s medical form must be submitted with the application.
Registration forms are available at westportct.gov, as well as in the Department of Human Services office in Town Hall Room 200.
Contact Youth Services Program Director Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or email@example.com or Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 with any questions.
The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is seeking local salons willing to donate gift certificates for haircuts and color treatments.
The gift certificates would benefit the two local Domestic Violence Crisis Center 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. The gift certificates would be used anonymously at later dates for that purpose.
The gift certificate drive is being conducted through Sept. 30.
Donating salons will be named and thanked at the task force’s 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 with an official receipt for tax purposes, as the crisis center is a public charity.
Gift certificates and submission forms can be dropped off to task force co-chairwoman, Lt. Jillian Cabana, at Westport police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or arrangements can be made for salon pick-up.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-341-6009.
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.