Friday, July 12, 2024


New Website Promotes Long-Term Care Options, Jobs

By Arielle Levin Becker

The state has launched a website and media campaign to increase awareness about the choices Connecticut residents have for receiving long-term care and the career options for caregivers.

The campaign, called My Place CT, is part of an effort to expand the ability of seniors and people with disabilities to live in communities, rather than institutional settings like nursing homes. The move to reshape the state’s long-term care system also includes trying to help the nursing home industry broaden its business model to serve the needs of people living outside their facilities.

One of the major challenges in expanding the use of home and community-based long-term care options is a shortage of workers, and the My Place CT campaign is aimed in part at promoting the home care field.

“Making choices about long-term care and support just got easier,” Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said in a statement. “In fact, the online resources and campaign are based on the theme of personal choice across the full spectrum of care—from the many options for staying healthy at home to receiving skilled nursing facility care.”

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities recently held its annual meeting. Pictured are Friends Board Members: (back row, l-r): Bill Meyer, Judy Hardy, Gloria Stashower, Neil Hardy, Stu Rogan, Al Balas, Thelma Gordon, Carol Gluckman Betty Lou Cummings, Sue Pfister and Sue Kane; (front row) Carol Fisher, Fran Reynolds (secretary), Jack Klinge (chairman), Leslie Wolf (senior vice chairman), and John Thompson (treasurer). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Flash Flood Watch Through Tonight

The National Weather Service said the Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Westprt and area through this evening.

Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon along a nearly stationary frontal boundary to the west, the Weather Service said.

The potential still exists for heavy rainfall.

Localized rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could result in flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and small streams, the Weather Service said.

Friday, June 28, 2013

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Baron’s South Committee Work Session
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
10 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
8 p.m. – Jesup Green – Levitt Pavilion: Sultans of String
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Show-Off”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Insider Arts: ‘The Show-Off’ Ends Its Run

By Ina B. Chadwick

Westport is a town that is ferociously loyal to its art institutions. Even when we disagree, it’s almost like family. Shush! Image

And that is exactly why I have waited until close to the end of the play, “The Show-Off, “now running until Saturday at the Westport Country Playhouse, to post this opinion essay. 

It’s important to remember that ticket sales and subscriptions keep the Westport Country Playhouse viable, and our town relies on that venerable creative institution to keep all of us zip-code-proud.  And well we should.

While I have at times asked difficult questions for these “Insider Arts” pieces, more often questioning the “why” of a play, I have always applauded the courage of the creative team to put “it” out there and take the heat if it’s not what the audience likes.

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The 8U Westport All Star team tonight won the championship in a Trumbull tournament, defeating Weston 13-10. Proudly showing their trophies: (top row, l-r) Head coach Jeff Green, Coach Louis Alfero, Coach Tony Lantier, Coach Jeff Schwartz; (middle row) Allyson Currier, Katie McGillion-Moore, Ava Vincini, Eliza Lang, Allison Schwartz; (bottom row) Gaby Lantier, Amanda Green, Sydelle Bernstein, Madeline Hill, Grace Alfero,and Morgan Carnahan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Autism Doesn’t Deter Black Belt

By James Lomuscio

Westport martial arts instructor Mark Wilkinson says he was more nervous than the student he tested two hours recently for an adult black belt. Image
Mark Wilkinson congratulates Kyle Derman on his achievement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“When I started the test, I was more nervous than he was,” Wilkinson, owner of Dynamic Martial Arts on Post Road East, said about Kyle Derman, 20, of Westport.

Kyle, who has studied with Wilkinson for 13 years, is autistic and his instructor’s first special needs student.

“But when he got through the fitness part of it, there was stuff where he would just not quit,” Wilkinson said.