The Tiny Miracles Foundation, a Darien-based nonprofit, will hold their 12th annual gala — “America’s Got Preemies” — at The Inn at Longshore in Westport on April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s gala is being co-chaired by Michelle Hogue, of Westport, and Grace Duplinsky, of Milford. The event will honor Leelee Smith Klein, of Darien, a former TTMF president and mother of premature twins.

The money raised will aid the nonprofit’s mission to help families with premature babies through comprehensive support and assistance

Guests will enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres, dinner and entertainment by Oz Pearlman — a mentalist, magician, and finalist on America’s Got Talent — and up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica Allossery, a preemie herself. Guests will peruse auction items while enjoying cocktails from beverage sponsors: DIAGEO North America, Ketel One Vodka, Nestlé Waters North America, San Pellegrino, Latis Imports, Palm, Radeberger, and Schofferhofer Grapefruit.

Some community sponsors include: Bankwell, Barnum Wealth Management, Broder & Orland LLC, J.P. Morgan, Jefferies, S&P Global, Stamford Health, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Yale New Haven Health.

Local businesses that are donating their time and services to the event include: Westport Magazine/Moffly Media, William Oakley Imaging, Trader Joe’s, and TWOHOMERUNS Production Group LLC.

More information can be found at or by calling 203-202-9714.

Get a tree

The Westport Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away native saplings on April 29.

In conjunction with Earthplace’s Green Day celebration, the Tree Board will be at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, 2 Woodside Lane, from noon to 3 p.m. to hand out the saplings, direct visitors on tours of the Arboretum, and conduct a free raffle — the lucky winner will receive a wooden bench, hand-made from black locust wood harvested on the Arboretum property, and created by Tree Board member Dick Stein.

This is the fourth consecutive year that tree saplings will be given away by the Westport Tree Board. The seedlings will come with planting instructions and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The seedlings are provided through a generous donation by Eversource Energy.

Get your beach pass

Parking emblems will be required on all vehicles entering Westport beaches starting May 1.

Parking emblems can be purchased at or at the Parks and Recreation Department office, Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Taste of Westport

CLASP Homes of Westport is hosting its 13th Annual Taste of Westport on May 4 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East.

Indulge in oysters from Hummock Island and try specialties from more than 20 of the Westport area’s finest restaurants, including the new Amis Trattoria in Bedford Square and old favorites like Matsu Sushi and Pan e Bene. Sample from SoNo’s The Spread, seasonal American cuisine from the Pearl at Longshore, and farm to fork delicacies from Harvest Wine Bar and many more.

There will also be wine from Greens Farms Spirits, desserts from Dough & Co. and Le Rouge Chocolates and music courtesy of Green Eyed Lady.

To benefit CLASP, a nonprofit providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, there will also be a silent auction, including skincare items, art and jewelry.

Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit or call 203-226-7895, ext. 144.


The Suzuki Music School of Westport will be holding its inaugural Perform-a-Thon, open to community members, whether they are professional musicians or not. This event, which will happen on April 29 and 30, is a sponsored performance opportunity for students, teachers and musicians of every age. There will be multiple performances through the performance days, in different venues.

Musicians not affiliated with the Suzuki Schools are asked to limit their performances to the new “Blake Recital Room,” at the school’s premises in Westport. If you are not a student of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport & Orange, you will be charged a $20 entry fee. You may choose to participate in the fundraising, in addition to the entry fee.

Fees and donations are a fundraiser for a new piano for the school, benefiting all the school students and the community at large.

For more information, visit or call 203-227-9474.

Career counseling

The Westport Library will be offering free one-on-one, career counseling sessions to local job seekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling, as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance.

Patrons may schedule one-hour sessions on Mondays and Saturdays starting May 1. To schedule an appointment, contact Ellen Janpol, the business librarian, at

Join the Library Board

The Westport Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. The library is particularly interested in meeting with candidates with experience in the fields of development, fundraising for capital and annual campaigns.

Trustee appointments will be for a four-year term beginning July 1. There are 20 members on the library loard, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting and half of whom are appointed by the library board. More information about the role of the Library Board is available at

Those interested in applying should email a resume and letter of interest by May 12, indicating how their past work and prior experience qualify them as a trustee for the library, to Robin Powell at Following receipt of the material, library staff will arrange a meeting to share information about the library and role of the trustees.

Be in the parade

The theme for the 2017 Memorial Day float contest will be “Honoring veterans now and forever.”

The Westport Veterans Council will award certificates for best development of theme, best youth organizational float, most creative, best community organization, most colorful, and the best overall float.

On Memorial Day, May 29, the parade will begin on Riverside Avenue at 9 a.m. The Memorial Services will be on Veterans Green immediately following the parade.

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

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.

A new town website

Westport’s Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the town’s website this year. The site will be designed and coded to be usable on smartphones, tablets, as well as desktop computers.

First Selectman Jim Marpe assembled a Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee that will participate in the process and offer guidance and oversight from vendor selection through website implementation and rollout.

The committee consists of a group of highly experienced internal and external information technology professionals, along with representatives of major town user departments and the Representative Town Meeting’s IT committee.

Westporters and other users have an opportunity for feedback on the current website and suggestions for the future by completing a brief online survey of seven questions at

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at Imperial cities along the way. Departure is

Sept. 28; return is Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts its own unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.