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To the Editor:

Thanks to the enormous generosity of so many in the community, 700 families enjoyed a bountiful meal on Thanksgiving Day that included turkey, stuffing, gravy, fresh produce, canned goods and desserts.

Individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and schools donated turkeys, stuffing mix, supermarket gift cards, reusable grocery bags and more.

Because of this generosity - from the Girl Scout troops that accepted the Instant Potatoes Challenge and collected 500 boxes, to the young woman who raised money and purchased 200 aluminum roasting pans, to the companies that organized food drives, and the postal workers who picked-up grocery bags filled with donated food - P2P utilized community resources to feed our neighbors.

And the turkey and fixings were sorted, bagged and distributed by corporate volunteers and elected officials.

So, thank you to everyone who made a difference in the lives of 700 families. You truly are Thanksgiving All-Stars.

Darien Donors: Abby Reber; Ballet Etudes Company; Darien Girl Scouts; Darien High School Band; Hindley Elementary School; Middlesex Middle School; New Canaan Congregational Church; New Canaan High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs); Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School; Pepperidge Farm; Royle Elementary School Kids Care Club; Saint Luke's Parish School; Stop & Shop Noroton Heights; Walter Stewart’s Market.

Darien Volunteers: Deloitte; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; MAV Foundation; Point72.

Norwalk Donors: Betsy Bianco (P2P Volunteer); Campbell Soup Company; Christ and Holy Trinity Church; Church of the Good Shepherd; Community Baptist Church; Cornerstone Community Church; Cranbury Elementary School; CT RoughRiders Hockey Club; DATTO Inc.; Discovery Capital Management; FEMA Grant; Goodwill Industries; Jean Kaiser (P2P Volunteer); Marcus Partners; Merritt 7; Norwalk Packers Youth Cheerleading; Parkway Assembly of God; Pepperidge Farm; Saint Joseph Church; Sheffield SoNo Apartments; Stew Leonard's; Stop & Shop Norwalk; UBM; Wilton Postal Food Drive; Word Alive Bible Church; Zion's Hill Preschool.

Norwalk Volunteers: DATTO Inc.; FactSet; Tauck; Senator Chris Murphy; Senator Bob Duff; Representative Gail Lavielle; Representative Fred Wilms; Representative Terrie Wood; Mayor Harry R. Rilling.

With the support of the community, P2P helps our neighbors in need.

Ceci Maher

Executive Director


To the Editor:

The Westport Historical Society’s Heritage Tree is now up in the Westport Town Hall lobby. It’s better than the sugar plum fairy’s wildest dream. It is trimmed with 140 hand made ornaments donated by Westport artists. Five new ornaments have been added this year. I am one of the few people still alive who helped collect the ornaments for the very first Heritage Tree.

The tree has been added to each year for over 35 years—and the collection of artists is really amazing—many of our early artists (many no longer with us) are represented. It is a truly historic collection—totally unique and very, very Westport.

Among the artists from the past are: Steve Dohanos, Howard Munce, Robert Lambdin, Bernie Burroughs, Mel Casson, Naiad and Walter Einsel, Neil Hardy, Gordon Mellor, Jim Sharpe, Dolli Tingle, Al Willmott and Barbara Wilk to name just a few. If you’d like the full list, I’d be happy to send it to you.

Five new ornaments have been added this year:

1. A diamond-shaped acrylic lenticular featuring the Saugatuck bridge, with and without its Christmas lights by Miggs Burroughs

2. A wonderfully whimsical glass ornament, "100% Santa approved", by Nina Bentley

3. A glass-domed, “Carrot: Building a Snowman in Westport” by Tammy Winset

4. A large multi-faceted 20-view polygon by Elizabeth Devoll featuring historical Westport photographs

5. A delicate pine cone, subtly embellished with text and color by Katherine Ross

The new ornaments are hung center and front on the tree—and are tied with red bows.

Everyone is invited to make a town hall visit, walk up the center stairs to the auditorium entrance to view the tree. All ornaments are identified.

This is really an incredible historic collection.

Eve Potts