Community Channel: A new CEO, library events and more
Published 9:30 am, Friday, August 12, 2016
High Watch Recovery Center’s Board of Directors announced that following a national search, they have elected Matt Walton of Westport to serve as their new president and CEO. A non-profit that provides evidence-based treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, High Watch is located in Kent, Conn.
Before joining High Watch, Walton enjoyed an extensive career as a healthcare executive and an entrepreneur. He was involved in starting, developing, financing and selling products to improve the quality and efficiency of organizations dedicated to healthcare. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and then went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Yale University.
At the library
Outdoor messy crafts: There will be a craft program outside on Jesup Green on Monday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for all ages. Participants should wear old clothing. In case of rain, call 203-291-4810.
Storytelling at Farmer's Market: Come listen to children’s stories in the library’s booth at the Westport Farmer’s Market on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sketching on the Saugatuck: The annual summer sketching program with local artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton and friends will be on the Riverwalk Patio on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Paper, easel and drawing instruments provided. For further information, contact Deborah White, firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required. For children in grade 3 through adult.
Pajama party: A pajama party for incoming kindergartners (and their families) will be on Thursday, Aug. 25, and Monday, Aug. 29, at 7:45 p.m. in the Smilow Family Children’s Library. For more information, contact Mary Parmelee at email@example.com, call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For further information or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit westportct.gov/seniorcenter.
Meet & greet: The mission of the Commission for Senior Services is to provide an open forum for the study and discussion of the community’s senior needs and to advocate for appropriate change.
Seniors are welcome to attend this open forum and speak with Bob Fatherly, chair of the Westport Commission for Senior Services, and other members of the commission to express their ideas and concerns on senior topics. Friday, Aug. 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: No charge.
Strengthening pelvic muscles: Physical therapist Lisa Curley from Rehabilitation Associates will be speaking about the benefits of strengthening of the pelvic muscles on balance, bladder/bowel control and bone health. Curley will also share helpful tips on bowel and bladder function. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Curley’s areas of specialty are general orthopedics, spine disorders and pelvic floor rehab. She is the developer of one of the few pelvic rehab programs of its kind in Connecticut. Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: No charge.
Art and finance: Art and finance have long been closely associated in the most obvious way, through the art market, which continues to grab headlines with record-breaking sales of major paintings. Westport native Bonnie Lee, an art consultant, will speak about the history and cultural context of this relationship on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6-7 p.m. Cost: No charge.
Wait till 8
With the summer months upon us, Energize Connecticut partners are asking customers to “Wait till 8” to help decrease energy consumption and demand during peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.
Extreme peak demands occur only 100 hours each year, or about 1 percent of the time, between late May and early September during hot, humid weather. To accommodate demand, additional power plants are on standby, ready to operate during these hours. These back-up plants often run on dirtier fuels - such as oil - that produce more air pollution and offer power at a price that drives up the cost of electricity.
To reduce energy usage, Energize Connecticut representatives recommend lessening the use of discretionary appliances and electronics during peak hours. Examples include:
Running pool pumps earlier in the day or later in the evening
Using dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers in the morning or later in the day
Programming thermostats to increase the temperature when a home is not occupied
Using energy efficient products like Energy Star LED lights and Energy Star air conditioning
Yellow Pages distribution schedule
The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about September 22. Residents who have any questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.
Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting YellowPagesOptOut.com.