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Super Bowl Tailgate Party Slated for Senior Center

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will hold its second annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday at 1-4 p.m. at the center.

“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and lots of fun,” said Bill Meyer, co-chairman of the party. “We expect this year to be even better.”

There will be food and drink, music, and live streaming video of sports events on several TVs.

Staples soccer coach Dan Woog will act as master of ceremonies, as he introduces the Staples High School football team and soccer team, both of which finished No. 2 in the state last year.

Volunteers Needed for Mentor Program

By Jennifer Connic

A few caring, patient people are needed to help mentor Westport students.

Patti Haberstroh, who oversees the Westport Mentor Program, said the program has grown tremendously in the four years she has been in charge, and she is in a real need for mentors to work with young boys who have single moms.

“These moms do a great job raising their children, but once they hit puberty they want a male voice in their lives,” she said.

She has four elementary-school-aged boys who need male mentors, she said, but she has no one to match them.

Singers and Songwriters Series Continues Saturday

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Josh Ritter: Performing at the Westport Arts Center. Contributed photo
Josh Ritter will perform contemporary ballads about love, restlessness and longing as part of Westport Arts Center’s Singers and Songwriters series on Saturday at 8 p.m., at Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Myrtle Avenue.

Following the concert, an after-party will feature singer/songwriter Laura Meyer at the Westport Arts Center Gallery on Riverside Avenue. Tickets for the Ritter concert are $35, and tickets for the Meyer after-party are $10.

Ritter recorded his most recent album, “Hello Starling,” in an old dairy barn in the French countryside. The 11 songs include “Kathleen,” a summer anthem about waiting around a party to drive a girl home, and “Baby That’s Not All,” suggesting an artist at the peak of his new-found powers.

Meyer’s “Love Isn’t Enough” was recognized as a finalist by VH1 as “Song of the Year” in the folk category.

For information and tickets, contact Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070, purchase online at www.westportartscenter.org, or visit the gallery on Riverside Avenue.

Fuel Assistance Programs Available for Westporters

Westport’s Department of Human Services is accepting applications for fuel assistance programs.

“The Department of Human Services is currently offering Westport residents an opportunity to apply for energy awards through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is administered through Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), a private nonprofit community action agency serving the greater Norwalk area.

Families who are eligible may receive an award of from $300 to $675.  Eligibility is determined by income, and assets.

Library to Hold Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest Feb. 3

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A Look Back: Crossword puzzle players compete in the annual contest at the Westport Public Library a year ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux/WN File photo
Test your skills at Westport Public Library’s Eighth Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at the library.

New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz will be on hand like in years past to watch the players and play word games between puzzles.

Both novice and veteran players are welcome.

The contest is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Registration can be done online at www.westportlibrary.org or by calling Joan Hume at (203) 291-4818).