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CT Deserves better

* Some facts
    * CT ranks amongst highest in country for resident tax burden
    * CT ranks dead last in the nation for job creation
    * CT ranks very poorly as a place to do business in the U.S.
    * CT has the 3rd worst debt rating in the nation and on watch for downgrade
    * CT state government has underfunded it’s pension liabilities
        * CT teacher pension underfunding is amongst worst in the country
        * CT state pensions are indexed to grow at 6.9% per year
            * While interest rates are 1.5%
            * 6.9% is just a random number not indexed to anything
    * Four CT cities ranked in top ten worst real estate markets in the nation
    * CT has declining state tax revenue
        * CT suffers a daily net outflow of residents
        * CT talented young see limited job opportunity in the state
            * WSJ 3rdApr17
                * CT university students are a net outflow from the state in search of jobs
        * With the very public exit of large companies from CT, CT is creating a persona of anti private sector
        * The recent exit of two billionaires would alone require near 1,800 job created to replace the state taxes they were paying
    * CT state government in the largest employer in the state
        * Hard to sustain with a declining population and shrinking private sector
    * 2017 state pension bill to grow from $1.2b to $6.2b over next 15yrs
        * How do you pay this with less taxpayers and less revenue?
    * CT has few natural resources to tax
    * CT lack’s a major tourism business to tax
* A further kick in the pants is that commuter trains to NYC are the slowest they have been in many years and ranks amongst the slowest of the G7 countries
    * This needs to be addressed urgently to attract city people out to the gorgeous CT towns
* Proposed fix
    * Increase taxes on fewer residents
        * This will only result in more residents deciding to leave the state
            * Property values will decline
        * Even less people and businesses will consider moving to the state
        * Tax revenue will decline further
        * Default….

Current home owners and tax payers don’t want to live in fear of rising property tax, sales tax, income tax, declining services and decaying infrastructure which will simply destroy their equity in their homes.

Our children need to be excited about the future of CT

CT residents - please WAKE UP as the state is headed in the wrong direction
The good thing is the problems can be fixed but they need to be addressed now!

Please join Fiscal ImpaCT on Facebook and join in supporting the movement to save CT

I want CT to be an inspirational story of success not failure.

Weston Historical Society to Host Civil War Encampment

The Weston Historical Society will host Company F of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry re-enactors for a Civil War Encampment, on Saturday October 21st, from 10am - 3pm at the Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road, in Weston.

Throughout the day there will be many different demonstrations reflection military life as it was during the Civil War from 1861 - 1865.  In addition children can participate in Civil War military drills using wooden muskets.

For more information and a full schedule of events go to:  www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

WWC Accepting Clothing Donations

The Westport Woman's Club at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport is currently accepting clothing donations. Donations of  ladies, men's and children's gently used clothing are being collected Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

The Clothing Sale will be Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday, November 12, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.


WWC Accepting Grant Proposals

The Westport Woman's Club is accepting grant proposals for 2017-2018 from Fairfield County nonprofit organizations. Proposals are being accepted until October 31, 2017.

Grant requests for projects that will make a continuing difference in the community may be in the form of funds or use of the Westport Woman's Club House for events. Grants are given each year to deserving organizations in education, health and safety-related programs and in the arts. Last year, the Club awarded 28 Community Service Grants to non-profit organizations.

The application is available on the Westport Woman's Club website: http://www.westportwomansclub.org/wp-content/uploads/WWC-GRANT-APPLICATION-2018doc-8pdf.  Community groups should submit their proposals by October 31 to the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

For information, contact the Club at 203-227-4240 or visit www.westportwomansclub.org.

NIC+ZOE Store Opening Makes A (Fashion) Statement in Westport

NIC+ZOE, an American fashion brand rooted in Boston proudly announces its newest store opening, and its first retail location in the state, located at Bedford Square in the heart of downtown Westport.

Shoppers will find that the area’s newest boutique is brilliantly filled with unique colors, prints, silhouettes and styles for the season. Known for its craftsmanship, innovative knitwear and impeccable fit and function, NIC+ZOE clothing and accessories features creatively inspired style enkindled by the needs of real women, life experiences and innovation.

“NIC+ZOE is focused on dressing real women for the moments that matter in their daily lives. We want to make it easy for them to feel like their best selves no matter what they are doing,” says Susie Mulder, Chief Executive Officer of NIC+ZOE. “We’re thrilled to become part of downtown Westport and join the Bedford Square community as it continues to blossom into a top retail, dining and residential destination.”

Addressing the need for easy alternatives to take women from day to night and from work to weekend, NIC+ZOE provides generations of women with easy style solutions that move with them throughout all they do.

The Bedford Square store is conveniently located at 7 Church Lane in Westport, CT with store hours Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The store telephone number is (203) 557-8178.

While NIC+ZOE plans to continue its national retail expansion with two additional store openings this fall in Highland Park, Illinois and Princeton, New Jersey, the brand can also be shopped online and within major department and specialty stores across the US.

About NIC+ZOE: Founded in 2006, NIC+ZOE is an American fashion brand rooted in Boston and has quickly become a leader in the women’s apparel market. The close-knit company reflects the spirit and wanderlust of its founder and designer, Dorian Lightbown, who saw an overly structured uniformity of dress stifling active, busy women.  Inspired by real moments, travel, art, design and textiles, the brand designs elevated essentials and novel statement makers tailored to dynamic and layered women. NIC+ZOE has approximately 800 points of sale throughout the U.S. and Canada in major department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay and Neiman Marcus Direct as well as 600+ specialty stores. The full collection is also available online at www.nicandzoe.com


Natural Beauty Workshop at Red Bee Apiary

Spend an inspiring day in the relaxed environment of Red Bee’s Honey House Barn with Marina Marchese and local beekeeper & designer Melissa Gryspeerdt, at Red Bee’s Natural Beauty Workshop learning how to create your own plant-based skin care products.

About the Workshop: Marina and Melissa will demonstrate and guide you through the recipes and techniques to create lip balms, salves, body oils, body scrubs and linen sprays using all-natural ingredients (many found in your own kitchen cupboard) including pure honey, vegetable-based oils and butters, beeswax and essential oils – skin care products good enough to eat! We will also provide decorative papers, stamps, twine, gift tags etc for you to customize your goodies. Each attendee will work on their own with guidance to make products that you will take home. You will leave this workshop with new knowledge, skills and recipes plus a basket full of gorgeously scented handmade goodness that you will have created, bottled & decorated for yourself or as holiday gifts. A delicious seasonal lunch will be provided for guests along with beverages and healthy snacks throughout the day. No experience is necessary – just come along for a fun, creative day out before the holiday season is upon us!

The Details:

9:30 – 10:00 am Welcome, sign in and short garden walk, refreshments
10:00 - 11:30 am Introduction to ingredients and recipes, demonstrations;  Bath salts • Body oils • Body scrubs • Linen-sprays
11:30-12:30 pm Independent workshop
12:30 - 1:15pm Light seasonal communal lunch
1:15 - 3:30 pm Demonstration & independent workshop; Lip balms • Foot rubs • Healing balms
3:30 - 4:00 pm Decorate and label, wrap up and depart

Space is limited so early booking is recommended

Lessons & Demonstrations; Recipes & Ingredients; Containers & Decorative Bits' Tea & Cake; Light Seasonal Lunch; Organic coffee, herbal tea and healthy snacks provided throughout the workshop

Marina Marchese is the designer and beekeeper behind the iconic brand Red Bee Honey, and the author of Honeybee: Lessons from An Accidental Beekeeper and the co-author with of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She began this journey with one beehive thinking this would be a simple weekend hobby. Seventeen years later a simple hobby grew into a full-time business of designing and creating products for culinary, home, bath and work.

Melissa Gryspeerdt is a local beekeeper, designer & avid organic gardener, specializing in vegetables and herbs. She is a qualified Master Gardener, has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture & completed a Floral Design Course in Monaco. She has traveled extensively working in private gardens from Sydney to London & now calls Westport home with her family, bees and chickens.

Earthplace Festival

Sunday, October 8 from 10AM-3PM Join us for a day of outdoor family fun! There will be nature crafts, games, animal encounters, seasonal activities, food trucks and more!

Tickets: $10 Kids | $5 Adults | Kids Under 2 FREE

For Addition Information:  Visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400

WWC Presents Sip & Savor

SIP & SAVOR, a wine tasting fundraiser event, will be held on Friday, October 27, from 6:00 -8:00 PM at The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport. A wide variety of wines will be provided as well as an array of seasonal hors d'oeuvres. Profits from the evening will benefit WWC need-based college scholarships for Westport's Staples High School Seniors and other charitable, educational, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. Bring your shopping lists and order wines for the upcoming holiday season as well as gift-giving.

Tickets are $60.00 each and available at www.spipandsavor2017.com.

Westport Inn Art &Craft show TODAY SAT 9/30