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Emily Centinaro of Westport signs the guest book at the opening of artist Allesandra Macbeth Mossa's show at the Darien Library on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Westporter Ramin Ganeshram has been selected as the new Westport Historical Society executive director.
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Volunteer Doug Robinson from Westport gets some chicken out of the oven while helping to prepare dinners at the Open Door Shelter on Dec. 24 in Norwalk. The homeless shelter fed nearly 200 people a hot meal Volunteer Doug Robinson from Westport gets some chicken out of the oven while helping to prepare dinners at the Open Door Shelter on Dec. 24 in Norwalk. The homeless shelter fed nearly 200 people a hot meal prepared by staff with help from volunteers.

Two Westport natives have been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2017 semester: Cyrus Burris and Kaela Kowalsky.

After an extensive search this fall, Westporter Ramin Ganeshram has been selected as the new Westport Historical Society executive director. She will replace outgoing Susan Gold, who served for 11 years as the head of the historical society.

Born and raised in New York City, Ganeshram moved to Westport, along with husband Jean-Paul Vellotti and daughter Sophia, and promptly fell in love with the town. She quickly threw herself into community service when she organized Food4Haiti, a fundraiser at Saugatuck Congregational Church for the UN’s World Food Programme after the Haitian earthquake of 2010 — an effort that raised nearly $10,000.

Ganeshram has worked as an executive level cultural strategist for a major market research firm, as well an executive level editor in publishing companies such as Ziff Davis Media, CMP Media, AMI, and others.

In addition to her business and management background, Ganeshram studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has spent her career researching and writing about culture and history as both a features writer and editor and through the context of food and travel. She is also a professionally trained chef.

A proponent of grass-roots activism, Ganeshram was a co-founder of the Food Access Coalition, providing food subsidy coupons to underserved communities at farmers markets in Norwalk. She has also served as a board member for My City Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to providing cooking skills and nutrition learning to at-risk youth in Meriden.

She is also a member of TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity action committee

Ganeshram will assume her new post officially on Jan. 8.

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

To encourage donations, 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:

Fairfield

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

Stamford

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

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

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 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.

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