After being passed over as treasury secretary, the president of Bridgewater Associates reportedly is the front-runner to become deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, according to a Bloomberg report.

David McCormick has worked since 2009 for Westport-based Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, where he is firm president under founder Ray Dalio.

Prior to joining Bridgewater, McCormick was Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, previously holding the post of deputy national advisor for international economic policy.

McCormick is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, later serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, including duty in the 1991 invasion of Iraq leading a mine-clearing unit.

He has a doctorate from Princeton University.

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John W. Everets has been elected to the board of directors of Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation, whose charities include the SeriousFun Children’s Network of camps for children with medical conditions requiring continuing care.

Everets is a partner at Arcturus Capital in Boston and was lead investor, chairman and CEO of The Bank of Maine, which merged into Camden National Corp. He was also CEO of HPSC, which was acquired by General Electric, and then chairman of Yorkshire Capital.

Recycle your Christmas tree

As a community service for Westport families, Boy Scout Troop 39 will hold its seventh annual Christmas tree pick up on Jan. 7.

Families looking for help in having their trees removed and recycled simply reserve a spot online and take their tree down to the end of their driveway the night before. Once picked up, the trees will be recycled as mulch.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree. The collected funds go toward Boy Scout Troop 39’s activities, such as food drives, community service Projects, and backpacking trips.

Reservations are being accepted at troopmasterweb.com/troop39westport. Sign up, tape your donation in cash or check (made out to Boy Scout Troop 39) to your front door and have your tree down at the end of your driveway no later than 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 7. Or better yet, take your tree down the night before and then sleep in while the scouts collect your tree.

Reservations are limited so go online and sign up today.

Safety reminders

Westport has experienced numerous vehicle break-ins during the month of December. In all cases of vehicles being entered, which resulted in thefts, the doors were unlocked. The recent thefts have occurred overnight.

The Westport Police Department reminds residents to please lock your car and bring your keys inside. Please remember to take valuables out of your car for the night, such as cash, purses, wallets and electronics. It is also good practice to keep outside lights on and motion lights activated.

Please notify the police department if it appears your vehicle was entered or you observe anything suspicious in your neighborhood.

Get your flu shot

The Westport Weston Health District still has flu vaccine and would like to remind students returning home for the holidays that it is a good time to get vaccinated as the flu season will peak around February.

This is a good time for older adults to also get vaccinated. Recent studies endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that the standard flu vaccine tended to wear off more quickly in older adults. Therefore, waiting to the end of the calendar year to be vaccinated helps ensure the vaccine lasts through flu season, which runs from October to May.

This year, the types of flu vaccines offered will include injectable vaccine for people three years and older, and high dose vaccine for persons 65 years and older.

The CDC does not recommend using the nasal flu spray this year due to low efficacy rates for the past two flu seasons.

The injectable flu vaccine for those under 65 years of age is quadrivalent, which means it contains four influenza strains; two influenza A and two influenza B strains. The high-dose flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age is a trivalent vaccine and contains two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain.

High dose vaccine has been shown to improve the production of antibodies, thus providing a stronger immune response against the flu. The most important issue is to get vaccinated.

To schedule an appointment call 203-227-9571, ext. 231.

Unclaimed money in Westport

Stamford heads a list of unclaimed property issued Dec. 8 by the state treasurer with 66,135 bank accounts and other property worth a total of $51.1 million unclaimed.

That 66,135 lost or forgotten accounts is about half the population of Stamford, indicating that many residents have lost track of more than one account.

Bridgeport was fourth on the list, with 55,945 accounts worth a total of $32.9 million going unclaimed.

Greenwich, Norwalk, Waterbury, Danbury, Westport and Fairfield round out the list.

To see if the state treasurer is holding money for you, go to ctbiglist.com.

The state treasurer’s office has paid out more than $119 million to nearly 34,000 claimants since 2014.

Most of the outstanding balances are relatively small: there are 595,443 accounts worth between $50 and $100, and 611,187 worth between $100 and $500. There are 10 unclaimed accounts that are each worth at least $500,000.

There are 95,000 new names on the updated list, the first since 2013.

A claim form, which is available online, must be signed and notarized, and sent along with the required documents listed on the form to State of Connecticut, Office of the State Treasurer, P.O. Box 5065, Hartford, CT 06102.