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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.

Wizard of Oz. Bedford Middle School seventh and eighth grade students present “The Wizard of Oz,” on Friday December 1st at 7:30 p.m., Saturday December 2nd at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday December 3rd at 2 p.m Tickets are available online at: http://www.bedfordactinggroup.com — $10 for children and $12 for adults. Children 2 and under are free. Seats are also available at the door. Children with their parents are welcome to join the cast on stage after the matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Each performance lasts approximately two hours.

Westport Woman's Club Clothing Tag Sale This Week

The sale will be held at the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport this Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM and Sunday  12 Noon to 3 PM. Woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing including gently-worn suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, sweaters, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags will be available at bargain prices.

Westport Woman's Club Clothing Tag Sale

All invited                                     ..  Clothing Tag Sale...... Fri. Nov.10 10am -- 3pm                                                                                                        Sat. Nov.11 10am – 3pm                                  Sun.Nov.12 12pm – 3pm

Sponsored By...                                                               The Westport Woman’s Club                               44 Imperial Avenue                                      Westport

.......Great Prices .....                                   Cash and checks only                              .....Women’s Men’s Children’s .... 

Moving Towards Healthy Bones – A Community Education Program presented by HSS

Join us for a FREE lecture!

In the U.S. today, over 40 million men and women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis or osteopenia.  Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Join us for this workshop that will address the importance of keeping your bones healthy in order to prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis and for an introductory class of Chair Yoga.

Program will include:

(1)  an overview on bone health as well as how to build and maintain strong, healthy bones

(2) demonstration of Chair Yoga practice

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

WHERE: HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, 06902

SPEAKERS:  Gabriela Zea, MSN, RN, CNL and Maria Kansy, BSN, LVCYT

Space is limited, register early!

To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at villagomezp@hss.edu.


Programs are Free of Charge and open to the public!


Family Art Day at the Westport Arts Center

We will be offering up family-friendly activities all about Halloween!

Create at three different activity tables, each facilitating an arts experience 
inspired by our upcoming Winter Session I class offerings with a spooky 
Halloween twist! Pumpkins, masks, and some more surprises! 

COSTUMES encouraged and TREATS included!

$10 per student
Parents and children under 2 years old create for free!

Westport Woman’s Club – JOIN US - New and Prospective Member Reception

Women of all ages interested in joining The Westport Woman's Club are invited to a wine and cheese reception Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport.

The Westport Woman's Club is one of just two women's clubs in Connecticut with its own Clubhouse and use of its historic property for meetings, social events, fundraisers, rentals, public-private partnerships support numerous grants to non-profits and scholarships in our community.

Prospective members wishing to learn more about the WWC or have a tour of the Westport Woman's Club may contact Membership Director Robin Clark (203-254-6307) to register. Westport residence is not required. Additional information about the Westport Woman's Club may be found online at http://www.westportwomansclub.org.

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.