Where Westport Meets the World

Rock Your Winter Blues Away

The Westport Woman's Club presents --                                                                              DNR -- Fairfield County's (Almost) All-Physician Rock Band -- playing your favorite Classic Pop and Rock selections.               
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:00-10:00 pm
Westport Woman's Club                                                                                                            44 Imperial Avenue, Westport
Tickets: $35.00                                                                                                                 Proceeds to benefit College Scholarships for Staples High School seniors

For tickets /information -- www.westportwomansclub.org

Staples Basketball Annual MLK Clinic, Boys & Girls 2nd-8th grade

Question:  Send them for two hours of basketball fun with the Staples JV and Varsity basketball team players as their coaches!

Answers:  Register for the Annual Staples Basketball Clinic-play basketball with the JV and Varsity team!

It's a great program that helps support the Staples basketball programs!  

WHEN:     MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

Clinics: BOYS - 9:00 -11:00 AM; GIRLS – Noon – 2:00 PM (registration is 1/2 hour prior to each clinic)

The boys and girls will be separated by skill/grade level to ensure more appropriate, personalized training and skill development!

Grades 2-5 will be in the Field House

Grades 6-8 will be taught in the Gym for more advanced skills

The fee for the clinic is $40 per player and $35 per additional sibling.  PAL players who wear their PAL jersey or shooting shirt receive an additional $5 discount.  We will provide the balls.  Each participant will receive a special T-shirt as well as a season ticket to all Staples Basketball home games!   The High School players are looking forward to working with your children while raising funds to support their Basketball teams at Staples.

Info can be found at www.staplesbasketball.com or www.staplesgirlsbasketball.com.

Questions?  Email: lisa.desmarteau@gmail.com for boys or mfairs@aol.com for girls.

FOR BOYS: Please make check payable to SBBA (Staples Boys Basketball Association); Send to: Suzanne Elkin, 1 Stoneboat Road

FOR GIRLS: Please make check payable to Staples Girls Basketball; Send to:  Sarah Fair, 40 Riverfield Drive


Westport Woman’s Club Holiday Meals Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Westport Woman's Club Holiday Meals program a success; planning, preparing and delivering warm meals to homebound Westport residents over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. The program, funded and coordinated by the WWC, would not have been possible without the contributions and support from the Town of Westport, In Good Taste, Sherwood Diner and the Jack and Jeanne Klinge family.

    The Human Services Department of the Town of Westport identified residents (about 24 residents each holiday) who did not have access to a special holiday meal.  In Good Taste (Southport), and Sherwood Diner (Westport) took time during the busy holiday season to plan and prepare delicious warm meals.  Jean and Jack Klinge, their extended family and friends delivered the meals.  The Klinges have coordinated  delivery of the Club's Holiday Meals for about more than 35 years.  This year deliveries on New Year’s Day were assisted by Westport Woman’s Club volunteers Leah Scherzer, Holiday Meals Chairwoman, and Patty Doyle, Member. 

    For all who supported the Westport Woman’s Club Holiday Meals Program, your generosity is deeply appreciated and we are grateful for your longstanding commitment and partnership.

Dorothy M Packer, President                                                                             

Westport Woman's Club

First Night Westport - Weston for all Fairfield County

First Night Westport-Weston invites all Fairfield County and visitors to the region’s largest, annual New Year’s Eve celebration, in downtown Westport, December 31, 2017.  Beginning at 3:30PM, First Night ushers in New Year’s with a variety of family-friendly activities in a joyous celebration of arts and culture including an array of musical performances; interactive children’s fun with sing-alongs, horse carriage rides, train displays, an indoor inflatable gym, magic, a hypnotist, psychics and more; spectacular fireworks.  A First Night button is the ticket to all performances and venues, on sale now for $10 online, at Westport Town Hall and other locations around town.  Button prices increase to $15 online and in all locations on December 15. More information and event schedule @ www.firstnightww.org.

LOST Orange Main Coon Cat, TOMAS...Our family cat, Tomas, an indoor cat, got out yesterday afternoon and we are desperately trying to locate him. He is very friendly, but I suspect very scared. If you see him in your yard, in a tree, in your garage or on the street, could you please contact me at 917-207-1234. He is 9 lbs. with a very fluffy tail. Thank you!

Donate Life Connecticut Launches Public Awareness Campaigns

The Connecticut Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation, dba, Donate Life Connecticut, has recently launched a series of public awareness campaign ads on cable television aimed at educating residents about the importance of organ donation, both living and deceased, clarifying misleading myths, and increasing the number of registered organ donors who can potentially give the gift of life to someone in need. Donate Life Connecticut is dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Connecticut and beyond through public education and awareness.

It takes just two minutes to register to be a donor and during this season of giving, the gift of an organ or tissue transplant may truly mean the gift of renewed health, the promise of more time with loved ones, and the miracle of tragedy turned into hope. There are currently more than 116,000 people waiting for organ transplantation in the United States and every day, 22 patients expire due to lack of available organs. Visit www.donatelifect.org for more information.

Westport Tree of Light Ceremony Set for December 7

 Westport’s 27th Annual Tree of Light ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 7 at Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East, Westport) from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The ceremony honors the memory of departed family members and friends and is hosted by Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS).  All are invited to participate in the candle and tree lighting, memorial roll and a brief reception following the non-denominational ceremony.  For information on having a memorial light on the Westport tree or submitting names for the memorial roll, please contact Lila Grimes of VNS at 203-366-3821.

The Nutcracker


Westport’s Academy of Dance presents the holiday favorite The Nutcracker for the 36th consecutive year. Performers include 1st-12th graders from Westport, Weston, Norwalk and Fairfield as well as guest dancer Ask la Cour, Principal dancer with the New York Ballet. 

Performances are at Staples High School, Westport on 

Saturday December 2nd at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday December 3rd at 2pm. 

Special Events: Enjoy a meet and greet with New York Ballet Principal dancer, Ask la Cour following the Saturday matinee performance.

Sunday:  12pm-1pm have your photo taken with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy and meet other dancers who will be available for autographs.  

Tickets are available online at www.westportdance.com

Social Media Experiment #4

This Saturday we are collecting gifts for the Raphaela House in Bridgeport. Participating students will be given "money" to shop for family members. We are hoping to stock the "store" with tons of gifts. We are looking for new items only. Some ideas are, art supplies, board games, sporting equipment, hats, gloves, frames, bubble bath, etc. We are collecting on Saturday November 18th from 1:00-2:30 in the upper library parking lot, close to the Levitt. For more details, check out What Up Westport™ on Facebook. We hope to see you then.

Congressman Jim Himes to Speak on Current Political Environment in Washington, D.C. Nov. 7th Election Results and Issues of Importance to Connecticut’s District 4 Voters

    Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) will address the membership of Indivisible Connecticut District 4 (ICT4), the local branch of the national organization formed to resist the Trump/Pence agenda, on November 21st in Westport. Now in his fifth term, Rep. Himes will draw on his experience as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chair of the New Democrat Coalition to share his views on the political environment in Washington, D.C., the tax plan, the Russia investigation, recent election results, and how grassroots organizations can bring about effective and meaningful change.

    The ICT4 meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at The Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st.  Although admission is free, there has been great enthusiasm for this event.  Seating preference will be given to those who have pre-registered online at ICT4.org.

    “Trump continues to play to the very worst instincts of anxious Americans with his discriminatory travel ban, heartless health care plan and tax plan that favors the wealthy,” Himes says. “But, thanks to the voices and actions of millions of grassroots advocates, he has not been able to deliver on his devastating promises.”

    Himes sees this fight as one that defines a lifetime and bends history. “Our work is more important than ever. Defending the basic institutions that define our democracy: checks and balances on our president from Congress and an independent judiciary, a free press, and basic decency, will take a lot of work, but I’m up for the challenge, and I know millions of Americans are too.” 

    Citing big wins in the November 7th election among progressive candidates who will protect and promote policies that are important to organizations like Indivisible, ICT4 Founder Roger Longman says that resistance groups have evolved into political powerhouses, here in Connecticut and across the U.S. “Over the last year, ordinary people have responded to this moment by standing indivisible against cuts to health care, against bigotry and against xenophobia, and have infused our movement with groundbreaking energy and numbers,” says Longman. 

    “This powerful constituent-led movement has taken it to the next level with members running for office—many for the first time—volunteering at record levels, and changing the political map in 2017. By this time next year, I hope I’ll be able to say that that grassroots advocates have established a powerful check on our President by electing people who share our values.” 

    During the November 21st meeting, Rep. Himes will answer audience questions about the issues that are of paramount importance in protecting our democracy. Those who register for the free meeting may submit their questions in writing at the event.