Where Westport Meets the World

The Great Migration and African Americans in CT

Join Westport Historical Society on Thursday, Nov. 15th, from 6 to 7 pm, when Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern CT State University will discuss the Great Migration of African Americans to Connecticut and the lives of the African American community in Connecticut in general and Fairfield County in particular.  This event is part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition.

A native of Georgia, Dr. Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT.  Also a professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. Dr Close has taught courses and frequently lectures on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. Students $5 with ID. No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5.

Community Health and Sports Seminar


10:00-10:30 Chris Kalisz will talk about Fascial Stretch Therapy

10:40-11:10 Ryan Kassim will talk nutrition

11:15-11:45 Phil LiCastri exercise and the aging body

11:50-12:30 Tom George injury prevention and rehab

12:35-1:15 Yuri Petunov youth sports and fitness

1:20-2:00 Beatrice Macaluso training for speed

2:05-2:35 Phil LiCastri high school coach/parent perspective on college recruiting

 Trainers  will be available for body composition and blood pressure testing


Saturday October 27th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

It may rain tomorrow, but that doesn't mean there won't be family fun. Go to the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston tomorrow and get some treats.

A FUN and SAFE family experience inside our Halloween-decorated church halls.

Diwali: The Indian Festival of Lights

Kick-off WHS’ Holly Days season of events with a celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights to watch dances and costume performances on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5 pm at the Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Branson Hall. A celebration and activities follow at Westport Historical Society, where a wide range of family activities and Indian snacks will celebrate the beginning of a joyful season.

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year which over the centuries, has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians throughout the diaspora regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

  • In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu pantheon) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

  • In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. $5 Student (with ID). No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online at www.westporthistory.org call (203) 222-1424 x5.


Petition Opposing Re-Zoning and Development of 20/26 Morningside Drive S

Please see the link below to access the petition opposing the re-zoning and development of 20 & 26 Morningside Drive, South in Westport.  Developers want to take this single family property located in bucolic Greens Farms across from Greens Farms Elementary School and develop it into 19 high density apartments, including income restricted units.


Follow or paste the link in your web browser to access the petition, or alternately go to www.change.org and search 26 Morningside Drive South.

Free Virtual Summit - Create an Online Course

Online courses are booming.  Learn how to create and sell your own online course at this FREE virtual summit sponsored by Teachable.  Participate in ALL or SOME of the programs.  It's all happening this week!


Debates: Ask a Candidate a Question!

What would YOU like to ask the Candidates? This year, the League of Women Voters of Westport is seeking questions from the community prior to the evening of the debate. This debate features all candidates for CT Senate Districts 26 and 28 and CT House of Representatives Districts 134 and 143. Additionally, the unopposed candidate for Probate Judge will make a statement.

Please submit your questions to:


All questions are screened by three League members who represent Democrat, Republican & Unaffiliated voters. Please make your questions applicable to any of the candidates. We look forward to hearing from you.

Westport Town Hall

Monday, October 29


LLHHGA Supports Smilow

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On October 4th, the Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association (LLNHGA) held a fundraiser golf tournament to benefit the Smilow Family Breast Health Center of Norwalk Hospital. The picture was taken when LLNHGA board members presented the money raised to Jeanne Capasse, MD and Mary Heery, APRN from the Smilow Center. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Capasse, Julie Gray, Mea Anderson, MJ Fusaro, Anne Haymon and Mary Heery.

Boy Scout Troop 36 Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 36 will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on November 10th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event will be held at Saugatuck Congregational Church located at 245 Post Road East. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to support Troop 36 ongoing activities and the CT. Yankee Council Camps and programs.

Community Health and Sports Seminar