Community Channel: National Merit, book sales and more
McCollum, who has lived in Fairfield since 2007, worked as a computer engineer for Northrop Grumman and Priceline.com before leaving work to raise her family of three children.
In 2011, after the birth of her second daughter, McCollum discovered she carried the BRCA gene, which has been associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer.
Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma Pfriem Breast Center has served more than 30,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999.
For information, call 203-255-5300 or visit bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.
9 National Merit finalists named
Nine Staples High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
As Merit Scholar finalists, JiSu Ahn, Isabelle Amlicke, Alexander Ialeggio, Nicole Kiker, Lindsey Marks, Grace McGinley, Ulyana Piterbarg, Tia Pogue and Phoebe Spear have a chance to earn one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $35 million.
To become a finalist, these students met the following criteria: have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.
The semifinalist and a school official then had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included the student’s essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.
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.
‘Almost Spring’ book sale
The Westport Library’s 2017 Book Sale schedule begins with the annual “Almost Spring” Book Sale in March. The first sale, featuring hundreds of items for all ages and interests, will take place in the library’s McManus Room Saturday through Tuesday.
Titles will be available in a wide range of categories, including fiction and mystery (hardcover and paperback), travel, biography, history, cooking, home, crafts and spring sports, as well as test prep books.
The Westport Library book sales are in the 25th year; proceeds support the Library.
Sale hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (everything half price); Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon (suggested donation $5 per bag).
The library will host its annual Summer Book Sale July 15 to 18.
For information on library book sales, sign up for e-news and select “Book Sales” or check westportlibrary.org for updates.
TEAM Westport and the Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades nine, 10, 11 and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
The focus of the contest is the issue of “white privilege,” which surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election.
This year’s invitation states, “In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege.’ To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life — whatever your racial or ethnic identity — and in our society more broadly?”
Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website. The deadline has been extended to March 6 Essays are due Feb. 27. The winners, set to be announced on April 3 at public ceremony yet to be determined, will have the option to remain anonymous.
Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded.
The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750 and the third prize is $500.
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.
Trip reservations that are made by March 3 will receive a $200 discount off the regular tour price. With the early bird discount, the starting price is $3,999, double occupancy.
Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.
The trip is open to all interested travelers. Membership in the chambers is not required.