Community Channel: Grants, music and more
Published 3:05 pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016
Four Westport natives graduated from Roger Williams University last spring.
Scott Booth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering, Jesse Currier earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Casey Haffner earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Andrew Miller graduated with a bachelor’s egree in construction management.
to be converted
The Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center is leasing 2,900 square feet of medical space at 1800 Post Road East in Westport.
The center was represented by Franco Fellah, executive vice president at HK Group. The space was previously occupied by People’s United Bank. The center also has locations in Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford and Fairfield.
The Westport space is under construction and should open in early 2017.
Newman’s Own aids UConn vets
The UConn Foundation received a $40,000 grant from Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation, which will be used to support the University of Connecticut School of Business Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
The EBV program provides small-business management training for post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from service. UConn is one of 10 business schools nationwide offering it.
Newman’s Own Foundation has donated $13.5 million to military nonprofit organizations since 2010.
NYC firm buys town retail site
Forstone Capital sold the Men’s Wearhouse property in Westport to an affiliate of New York City-based Earle W. Kazis Associates, which paid $5 million for the site, according to the Stamford-based brokerage firm RHYS and town records.
Built in 1988 at 950 Post Road East, the property totals 6,800 square feet of space as calculated by Forstone Properties, not including an underground parking garage. The sale was disclosed to the town of Westport in June.
Forstone also owns the Balducci’s shopping center at 1365-1391 Post Road East in Westport.
Strings at the library: The Pizzazz Strings Ensemble presents holiday selections that include Baroque master Vivaldi, Strauss waltzes and jazzy and pop Christmas and Chanukah favorites on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.
The program is free.
The quintet includes Pizzazz director and cellist Andrea Mills, violinists Andrew Smith and Jeanine Wynton, harpist Jane Zopf and violist Sarah Smale, the assistant director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange.
Doors for the event will open at 1 p.m., with complimentary refreshments at 1:30 and the show beginning at 2. Billed as a holiday concert, the Hall Family will be performing an eclectic mix of songs, including a Kurt Weill, some classical pieces, musical theater songs and a fun holiday sing-along for all.
The free Sunday Series is made possible by a grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. The Westport Center for Senior Activities is at 21 Imperial Ave. For information, call 203-341-5099.
A Chris Coogan Christmas Concert: Jazz pianist and vocalist Chris Coogan will perform at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The Weston-based musician will be joined by the Chris Coogan Quintet, and there will be a solo performance by special guest, vocalist Michele Grace.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets, priced $35 for adults and $30 for seniors, will be sold at the door. Admission is free for children 10 and younger. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Saugutuck Congregational Church’s local missions.
Staples High School students will host a bake sale after the concert to benefit Hope for Haiti.
Call 203-306-8830, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cooganmusic.com for details.
Police toy drive
The Westport Police Department Local Union #2080 and Police Benevolent Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Toy Drive, which provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond.
The program has been extremely successful in the past, allowing for thousands of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none.
Westport Police Officers will accept new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as cash donations, in the parking lot of ASF Sports & Outdoors, located at 1560 Post Road East, on Dec. 10, 11, 17, and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the case of inclement weather, please 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 be set up Dec. 5-16 at the following locations:
Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, 24 hours a day
Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., during business hours (weekdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, during store hours (Saturdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-7p.m.; and 10 a.m-6 p.m. the rest of the week)
Whole Foods Market Westport, 399 Post Road West, during store hours (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Renato’s Jewelers, 1765 Post Road East, during store hours (weekdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2p.m.)
Any questions can be directed to Sgt. Jill Ruggiero at email@example.com or 203-341-6000.
Giving program seeks donations
The Westport Department of Human Services will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents. In the past, the program has aided residents coping with foreclosures, layoffs and reduced work hours.
Following established guidelines for Westport 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.
This program has developed largely in response to calls from Westport residents and organizations who wish to share their holiday spirit with others. Over the years, the community has given generously with many individuals, clubs, schools, churches, book clubs and businesses participating in the program — many of them year after year.
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. If a resident wishes to “shop” for a family’s actual gift requests, this can also be accommodated at whatever level the donor feels comfortable.
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.
Westport residents and organizations who wish to donate to this effort are urged to contact Patty Haberstroh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-341-1069 as soon as possible. In addition, families who feel they will need extra support during the coming holiday season should contact the department at 203-341-1050.