Community Channel: A toy drive, military honors and more
McCormick, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served in the first Gulf War with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2009, he was under secretary for international affairs in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and prior to that the White House deputy national security adviser for international economic policy.
Police toy drive
The Westport Police Department Local Union No. 2080 and Police Benevolent Association will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive, which provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond.
The program has been extremely successful, and thousands of toys have been 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, at 1560 Post Road E., on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 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 Police Department as soon as conditions allow.
Collection boxes will be set up Dec. 5 to 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 E., 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 W., during store hours (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Renato’s Jewelers, 1765 Post Road E., during store hours (weekdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2p.m.)
For information, contact Sgt. Jill Ruggiero at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-341-6000.
To honor the 30th year of the Westport Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour, six historic houses in Westport and Easton, all built before 1850, and the Adams Academy, Westport’s one-room schoolhouse, will be on view with festive seasonal decor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Highlights include a circa 1760 house that received a restoration award this year from the Westport Historic District Commission; a home noted for its many hearths, all of which will be ablaze, and features a mystery mural in the stairway; the former residence of H. Daniel Webster, who designed the Minuteman Monument at Compo; an expanded renovation that includes a tavern room; the circa 1700 John Platt House, documented as one of the oldest houses in Westport; a home featured on the tour 25 years ago and the Adams Academy.
Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 day of the tour.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, a Holiday Soiree will take place at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Limited tickets are available at $150 in advance.
Proceeds raised from these two fundraising events will benefit the Historical Society.
For information, and to purchase tickets to one or both events, visit westporthistory.org, stop in at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, or call 203-222-1424.
The American Job Center Southwest (formerly CTWorks) Career Coach is returning to Westport Town Hall.
The Career Coach is a “training center” tour bus equipped with 10 wireless computer labs offering free computer classes to residents in the Greater Norwalk area. The mobile unit operates on a monthly schedule of visits to various community locations and is accessible to people with disabilities.
On Thursday, the coach will offer a beginner’s class in Word 2007 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate class in Word 2007 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Contact the Westport Department of Human Services for specific course description information and to register at 203-341-1050 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Career Coach classes will be canceled if schools are canceled or delayed due to inclement weather.