Community Channel: Parties, dean’s list and more
Jessica Fields, of Westport, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify for dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.6 semester grade-point average on a scale of 4.0.
Ithaca College students Ian Goodman and Nicholas Simpson, both of Westport, were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the New York school. Goodman, an accounting major, and Simpson, a business administration major, were named to the dean’s list in the School of Business.
Winter Farmers Market to close
On Saturday, the Westport Winter Farmers Market will close up shop for the season with a celebration. Full-time vendors, guest vendors and special food truck vendors will join with musicians and merrymakers to say so long to winter.
In recognition of its commitment to the community, the market invites attendees to bring a tote bag full of food and other goods to be shared with residents of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. As a special thank you for each donation, Spiked Seltzer, of Norwalk will give away one free beverage for every tote full of goods.
The market’s mission is to provide fresh, local, healthful and seasonal food in a fun, safe and healthy community-centered environment that promotes education about local food, local farms, and sustainable, healthy growing practices.
The end-of-season farm-to-food truck party will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane.
The event is free, and all ages are welcome.
For information, email Lori Cochran-Dougall at email@example.com.
Town investment firm honored
Catamount Wealth Management was recently awarded the Women’s Choice Award, which was developed to help women identify advisers and firms that provide quality service and a strong commitment to their female clients.
Advisers and firms must meet 17 criteria to be honored.
Catamount Wealth Management, a Westport-based boutique investment advisory firm, created and executes “Conversations with Catamount,” a series of financial wellness workshops focused on educating women in the community.
Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
March in the costume parade, enjoy a Purim play performed by the students and play carnival-style games. There will be pizza, prizes and a photo booth.
The family-focused event is a great way for Jewish or interfaith families who are interested in the congregation to learn more about the group and see the Sunday school in action. To register, call 203-293-8867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the congregation and its programs, visit humanisticjews.org.
Compass points to 2016 gains
Compass Diversified Holdings reported profits of $2 million for the fourth quarter and $56.5 million for 2016, with the Westport-based equity investor reporting revenue gains at several portfolio businesses to include Sterno Products, ErgoBaby and 5.11, which sells tactical apparel and gear.
In December, Compass raised nearly $100 million in a sale of stock to repay debt, also reaping $183 million in selling shares of Fox Factory, which makes suspension systems for bicycles and recreational vehicles.
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.
The trip is open to all interested travelers. Membership in the chambers is not required.