Sunday’s 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park is expected to attract thousands, according to organizers.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m.
Last year, nearly 15,000 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants raised over $1 million across Connecticut for the American Cancer Society (ACS), an announcement said.
The funds go for investing in groundbreaking research, providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer, and helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable, organizers said.
The photographic work of Westport-based photographer Richard Frank was on display tonight at the opening of his exhibit, “Always Looking,” at the Westport Library’s Great Hall. A freelance photographer for 40 years, Frank specializes in shooting people on location and depicting them in a natural, authentic style. Among his prized photographs is one of world heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali at Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio in 1969. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Town officials said today absentee ballot requests and registrations show high Westport voter interest in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said absentee ballot traffic in her office has been heavy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“The traffic in my office is unusually heavy,” said Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, who is in charge of absentee ballot distribution. “People are very excited and very emotional.”
She said in the five days since absentee ballots became available on Monday, her office has distributed 1,382 ballots with 320 returned so far by the end of business today.
Absentee ballot requests have come from a wide-ranging geography, including Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom (“many,” she said), Sweden France, Denmark, Canada the Netherlands, Israel and Portugal.
Wetport artist and illustrator Miggs Burroughs was guest speaker today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, tracing his career, which has been intertwined with Westport for decades. He showed some of his designs, including a t-shirt for Save the Children in support of the children of Kosovo. He has produced award-winning designs for the American Red Cross, covers for Time magazine, a U.S. Postage stamp, an Easter Egg for the White House, and the the Town of Westport flag among many others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Soles4Souls campaign is underway in Westport with collection boxes set up at Town Hall and the Westport Center for Activities.
Attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard is leading the Soles4Souls campaign again this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Through this month, in-kind donations of serviceable shoes may be placed in the boxes located in the lobbies with donors asked to either tie the laces or use rubber bands to insure that the pairs stay intact, an announcement said.
Local attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard has once again taken on the effort to place the collection boxes and will arrange for pickup and delivery to the organization.
Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Further information is available at http://www.soles4souls.org.
The house at 35 Elm St. is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Chris Moran, Moran Construction Management. Known as the Queen Anne style Kemper-Gunn House, circa 1885, the structure was relocated from 35 Church St. in 2014. The HDC cited the owners for its “adaptive re-use and restoration. A link to the historic center of Westport, it was shifted across the street, sensitively renovated and endowed with a new purpose.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport officers arrested two Waterbury men for stealing a car from a Silver Brook Road driveway back in February, police said today.
Arrested: Malachi Johnson (l) and Marcus Singleton. Westport police photos
Malachi Johnson, 18, and Marcus Singleton, 20, were arrested in Norwalk Superior Court Wednesday where they were being held on other charges, police said.
According to Lt. David Farrell, officers had responded to the residence on the morning of Feb. 24 on the report of a Honda CRV being stolen overnight. The keys had been left in the ignition, and the car was unlocked, he said.
“Waterbury had a vehicle stolen out of their city which was left in Westport, not far from where the Honda was stolen,” Farrell said.
Working with the Waterbury Police, Westport detectives were able to interview the suspects and complete arrest warrants based on their confessions.
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Inc.: “The Impact of LD & ADHD on Family Relationships and Family Life” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max” 11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Pinterest 11:45 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Sally Allen on health benefits of reading 1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Miggs Burroughs: “From TIME Covers to T-shirts” 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Reception for Richard Frank & the Great Hall Exhibit: “Always Looking” 7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Open Mic Night 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot”