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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 westportlibrary.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Following receipt of the material, library staff will arrange a meeting to share information about the library and role of the trustees.
Get a tree
The Westport Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day and Green Day with two special events:
On Arbor Day, April 25, sapling trees will be given away in front of Town Hall, from 2 to 5 p.m.
On Green Day, April 29, in conjunction with festivities at Earthplace, the Tree Board will be at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, 2 Woodside Lane from noon to 3 p.m. for an additional giveaway of native saplings, to direct visitors on tours of the Arboretum, and to 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
Westport firm makes donation
Gilman Hill Asset Management decided to become a sponsor for The Impact Vine’s “ProjectPitch” shark tank-style online competition for nonprofit agencies, taking place this month, in partnership with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.
The Impact Vine is a free online crowdfunding site, developed by the Community Fund of Darien, which allows donors to support projects they care about, and provides a platform for local nonprofits to use as a tool to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community. One hundred percent of each donation goes to the nonprofit organization when the project is fully funded; no fees are taken out.
Gilman Hill Asset Management, located in Westport, is a boutique investment management firm that seeks to protect and grow client assets through capital appreciation and consistent income generation.
For information, visit CommunityFundDarien.org or TheImpactVine.org.
At the library
The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.
Healthy teenage relationships: Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force will host a presentation focusing on healthy teen relationships on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
In 2015, Westport Police responded to 91 domestic violence-related calls.
Utilizing a series of short films from the One Love Foundation, panelists will cover important nuances of teen dating relationships and provide practical advice that every young person should hear before embarking on a dating relationship.
Learn about Havana: New York Times-bestselling author Mark Kurlansky will present an insider’s view in “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium,” on the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than 30 years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky’s own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, the book celebrates the city’s singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.
Kurlansky will speak Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the McManus Room. The event is free and registration is not required, but seating is limited.
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.
Maker Faire returns
Maker Faire Westport is returning to town for its sixth year.
This year’s faire will be held on Earth Day, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Library, on Jesup Green, in the Taylor Parking lot and at other locations in downtown Westport. Because this year’s Faire falls on Earth Day, the theme is “Earth.”
The event is free to attend.
Organizers are looking for creative, innovative people to showcase their skills and talents at this year’s Maker Faire. Makers include artists, woodworkers, builders, musicians, people who sew, engineers, comedians, jugglers and more. All ages are welcome. Students, hobbyists and even businesses are invited to showcase at the event.
The application is at westport.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers.
Maker Faire Westport began in 2011 as the first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut. It has grown to become Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Over the past six years, Maker Faire Westport has become a catalyst for tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities.
More than 35,000 people have attended Maker Faire Westport and many thousands more have benefitted through educational programs, maker spaces, employment opportunities and business growth. This year, organizers expect to welcome a record 10,000 people to the Faire.
Companies that wish to be a sponsor can contact Mark Mathias.
Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. For more information, go to westport.makerfaire.com.
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 westportct.gov/websurvey.
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.