Volunteer EMS gets $80K grant

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service has received an $80,000 grant from the Daniel Edward Offutt, III Private Foundation Trust to purchase a new state-of-the-art cardiac monitor/defibrillator and to help fund the purchase of a new paramedic fly car, according to a news release.

A new Physio-Control Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator, costing $30,000, will replace a 12-year-old Lifepak 12 unit. The new unit features advanced functions such as carbon monoxide and meth hemoglobin monitoring, as well as numerous other advanced functions ranging from vital signs monitoring to heart pacing. In addition, $50,000 is allocated to the replacement of a paramedic fly car that has reached the end its useful life after 16 years of service.

“We rely primarily on numerous individual donations each year from the community to purchase supplies and fund long term capital acquisitions necessary to run the ambulance service. Nevertheless, large grants like the one from the Daniel Offutt Trust have become essential because of new technology and super inflation in our costs,” said Yves Cantin, president of Westport Volunteer EMS.

Pictured below are members of the Green’s Farms Garden Club who continued their tradition of creating wreaths to donate to community and non-profit organizations in Westport, Fairfield and Norwalk. I hope you might be interested in sharing this news with your readers.

Winter Solstice Storytelling at historical society

Throughout history, the first day of winter has always been a time to gather and share tales and food with friends. This year, the Westport Historical Society revives the Winter Solstice tale-telling tradition invites the community to join in Yule traditions and honor the Winter Solstice.

Participants are asked to take part in reading a story the society has selected, or bring your own to share. Those in attendance will also learn about the origin of celebrations around the world associated with the winter holidays.

The Winter Solstice Storytelling event takes place Dec. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Online registration is $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers. At the door is $10 members, $15 for nonmembers. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 5 and under. Reservations strongly recommended, register online or call 203-222-1424, ext. 5.

Local financial advisor wins wealth manager award

Steve Sherman, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley’s Westport office at 500 Post Road, has been named a 2018 Five Star Professional Wealth Manager.

This award recognizes a select group of wealth managers in Connecticut.

“I am extremely proud that Steve Sherman is representing Morgan Stanley on this list,” said Complex Manager Brad Barber. “This listing recognizes the top wealth managers in Connecticut who are committed to providing exceptional wealth management services to clients.”

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

Arts Center names new events and membership manager

Longtime Westport resident Andrea Pouliot has been named to the new role of manager of events and membership at the Westport Arts Center, according to a news release.

The center produces opening receptions for curated exhibitions, chamber and jazz concert series, annual galas, art talks and lectures, family art experiences and regional and international art excursions for members and the public, attracting attendees from Fairfield County and beyond.

The nonprofit arts organization brings Pouliot onto staff as it plans to expand the reach of membership and audiences by offering new programming to resonate with its constituents. Among many projects, Pouliot is currently planning a members’ excursion to the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Pouliot has over 25 years of event experience, ranging from professional sports for both basketball and golf, as well as regionally-based wedding and event planning. She continues to volunteer for the Westport chapter of the National Charity League where she will co-chair the Annual Tea for the next two years. Pouliot’s other philanthropic ventures include Homes with Hope’s Gather ‘Round the Table, The Westport Playhouse, Person to Person and CT Quest For Peace.

“As a 15-year resident of Westport, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the arts in our community. Now that my children have grown, I am able to shift my focus on professionally supporting this creative culture so that it reaches the next generation,” Pouliot said.

Pouliot can be reached at andrea@westportartscenter.org or by calling 203-222-7070 to discuss events and membership information.