Westport ambulances will be better equipped to save the lives of those in cardiac arrest while keeping EMS personnel safe. The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service ambulances now have Stryker/Physio-Control LUCAS 3 chest compression systems to aid in the care of patients suffering from cardiac arrest.

The local nonprofit, Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, purchased the mechanical CPR devices after being awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation in September. The grant was given in honor of the Westport foundation’s 35th anniversary and was awarded to some of the original recipients of Paul Newman’s generosity.

The updated technology gives EMS workers a quicker, safer way to care for patients.

LUCAS 3 is an automated system that provides and assures optimal, high-quality chest compressions to a patient in cardiac arrest, a deadly condition when a patient’s heart no longer pumps blood effectively.

The state-of-the-art system can be deployed in seconds and will make it easier to perform quality chest compressions while moving patients and in difficult access points, such as narrow hallways or staircases. The system improves safety during transport to the hospital by allowing personnel to stay seat-belted, rather than standing to perform chest compressions (CPR), and allows them to focus on other tasks such as medication administration, airway management, or hospital notification.

A special, holiday pop-up Westport Winter Farmers’ Market will take place Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Ave.

Holiday market vendors include:

Fort Hill Farm

Nutty Bunny

Huckleberry Pastry

Wave Hill Breads

Oxhollow Farm

Aradia Farm

Two Guys from Woodbridge

Raus Coffee

Muddy Feet Flower Farm

The Bee & The Baker

Raus Coffee

Om Champagne Tea

Simply Local

Paul’s Custom Pet Food

Oui Charcuterie

Tynne’s Tinctures

Riverbank Farm

Kontoulis Olive Oils

The Westport Farmers’ Market will be closed Dec. 23 and reopen Dec. 30.

For more information, visit westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

In December, blood donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, all those who give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:

Bridgeport

Dec. 20: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St.

Fairfield

Dec. 20: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

Norwalk

Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards St.

Dec. 27: 11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Ave.

Stamford

Dec. 16: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Trumbull

Dec. 16: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St.

Wilton

Dec. 21: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road

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 Westport Police Department Local Union #2080 and the Police Benevolent Association will be hosting their annual holiday toy drive, which provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond.

Westport police officers will accept new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations, in the parking lot of ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, Dec. 16, and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, call the Westport Police Department at 203-341-6000 or check with the local news services. Should the weather not allow a trip to ASF on any one of those days, the donations can be brought to the Westport Police Department as soon as conditions allow.

Collection boxes will also be set up through Dec. 17:

Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, 24 hours a day

Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and other days 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Renato’s Jewelers, 1765 Post Road East, Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Sgt. Jill Ruggiero at jruggiero@westportct.gov or 203-341-6000.

The Department of Human Services’ annual Holiday Giving Program benefiting 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.

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.