Westport educator one of nearly 4,000 new certified teachers

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently celebrated 3,907 new National Board Certified Teachers and another 4,446 board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2018.

These teachers join a growing community of board-certified teachers, now more than 122,000 across all 50 states.

This year, the state of Connecticut had one teacher who achieved board certification — Ann Neary, an English teacher at Staples High School. Neary is now one of three board-certified teachers from Westport public schools, the other two being Kristina Rodriguez and Paul Zajac.

Local Halloran Sage attorneys receive accolades

Two Westport-based Halloran Sage attorneys, Stephen Fogerty and Leslie Grodd, were recently named to the 200 Outstanding Lawyers of Fairfield County list of 2018. Both received the highest rankings from at least two organizations with highly regarded selection criteria that serve the legal profession.

Fogerty, managing partner of the firm’s Fairfield County office in Westport, received recognition in the Alternative Dispute Resolution practice area.

Grodd received recognition for his taxation practice, which focuses on income and estate tax matters for high net worth individuals and their businesses. He combines forty-five years as an attorney with previous experience as a member of the tax department at a nationally-known accounting firm based in New York City.

Podcasting the focus of WestportWRITES conference

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WestportWRITES will be hosting a mini-conference on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Toquet Hall, focusing on narrative podcasting.

Maker in residence Anthony Desiato (documentary filmmaker and host of the “My Comic Shop History” podcast) will discuss what it takes to create a podcast and make it stand out during his discussion titled “Behind the Mic: The Art and Tech of Podcasting.”

Desiato will break down a quartet of key components for a successful podcast: style, hardware, delivery, and marketing. Desiato will guide participants as they develop their show ideas and record demos using actual podcast equipment.

WestportWRITES is a yearlong series designed to take writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

Staples High gets $500 as part of STEM initiative

Ken Kronberg, president of Westport Realty, LLC, operators of several Exxon and Mobil gas stations in Fairfield County, recently presented Staples High School Principal James D’Amico with a check for $500 to use for STEM-related initiatives at the school, according to a news release.

“This type of community support allows us to expand on the tremendous opportunities that Staples students have, helping fund experiences beyond the school curriculum,” D’Amico said. He anticipated the money would be used to support student publication of their own scientific research, and to help students explore STEM-related careers.

Global Partners, LP announced earlier in December that it would once again participate in the Educational Alliance Program, contributing $228,000 to 456 schools across the Northeast. Each school will receive $500 from a local Global-affiliated gas station to apply towards a STEM-related item of their choice, including lab supplies, field trips and more.

‘Fractured’ exhibit to open at Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center presents the “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt” exhibit, opening Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on view through March 2.

“Fractured” is the first solo exhibition of award-winning photographer Platt. The photojournalistic works are curated by art critic Kenneth Baker, presenting the human narratives behind news headlines in a fine art context for the first time.

Baker joins an extensive roster of curatorial talent over recent years, including Elizabeth Gorayeb (Wildenstein Plattner Institute), Joe Amrhein and Susan Swenson (Pierogi Gallery), Alexandra Munroe (Guggenheim Museum), Lisa Phillips (New Museum), Gerry Snyder (Pratt Institute), and Douglas Hyland (New Bristain Museum of American Art).

Call open for Maker Faire participants

The call for participants for the eigth annual Maker Faire Westport is now open.

Celebrating its eighth year, the theme this year is 8: Cre8, Innov8, Educ8. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire Westport is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.

All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire Westport to show what they are creating and to share what they are learning. Started in 2012, Maker Faire Westport has grown to become Connecticut’s largest single day event, attracting an estimated 13,500 attendees at its event in 2018.

Highlights for the 2019 edition already committed include drone racing and the world’s largest globally crowdsourced 3D-printed duck. Maker Faire Westport will be held in downtown Westport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27. The event is free to attend.

Makers who want to be a part of Maker Faire Westport 2019 should apply online at westport.makerfaire.com/callfor-makers. The deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information, contact Mark Mathias at mark@remarkablesteam.org, 203-226-1791 or westport.makerfaire.com.