Roundup: Kings Highway El, Farmers’ Market, Ryan Price …

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In October 2020, Kings Highway Elementary celebrated National Walk to School Day. Hundreds of youngsters walked that day.

Because there were no “School Zone” signs on Post Road West, parents made sure the event went smoothly.

A year and a half later, signs are up. There are flashing signs too.

The KHS PTA thanks 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker, State Senator Will Haskell, RTM member Christine Meiers Schatz, Public Works director Pete Ratkiewich, PTA past president Kim Ceman and the school’s parents for making the signs a reality.

“As the only elementary school in town on a state road with a playground bordering it, these new safety measures give parents a huge feeling of relief,” the KHS PTA says.

Kings Highway PTA co-presidents Jeni Bianco and Lindsay Shurman flank principal Tracey Carbone, at the new Post Road West sign and flashing light.

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The Westport Farmers’ Market is very direct. They bring fresh produce directly from the farm to you. They directly impact our environment and lifestyles, in positive ways.

And the name of their fundraiser is very direct too. Not to mention quite clever.

“Fork It Over” is set for April 24 (noon to 3 p.m., The Whelk). Highlights include auctions of the very popular #WhoGrowsYourFood photo exhibit by Anne Burmeister and Ashley Skatoff, and other great items.

Can’t attend? The same images will be for sale, starting April 1. They’re at the same link for tickets (also April 1).

Money raised at “Fork It Over” directly supports vendors, reduces operating expenses, helps expand educational programming, and funds philanthropic efforts.

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Ryan Price — a 1995 Staples High School graduate now living in Fairfield — is an avid and experienced mountain bike rider. Earlier this month, at the end of a business trip in Austin, Texas, he fractured his neck in a cycling accident. He was airlifted to a trauma center, in underwent 10 hours of surgery. He has no feeling from the chest down.

He is now at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. A long road of physical and occupational therapy lies ahead. Fortunately, Ryan did not suffer a head injury. He is focused on the hard work ahead.

While he and his wife Janice have a hard time asking for and accepting help, his many friends and colleagues have offered donations for medical costs not covered by insurance, modifications to their home, transportation, childcare, and the many other challenges they will encounter. Click here for Ryan’s GoFundMe page.

The family is researching cutting-edge treatments including STEM cells. Funds will also help provide access to new technology and treatment options.

Ryan is an enterprise sales executive at Khoros, and loves working with clients to solve problems. Outside of work Ryan enjoys music (at Providence College, he played in a band). He loves trips to Maine with his family and friends, and has a passion for coaching his two boys who enjoy sports of all kinds.

Ryan and Janice have been overwhelmed by the support so many have shown. Janice will provide updates about Ryan’s progress soon, via CaringBridge.

Ryan and Janice Price, and their boys.

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Westporter Barbara Ross-Innamorati owns Evocateur, the East Norwalk artisan jewelry company. Every piece is designed and made by hand.

They created a collection of Sunflower jewelry — in honor of Ukraine’s national flower — and are donating 100% of the profits to Save the Children Ukraine.

The response has been excellent, from retailers and customers. The jewelry can be purchased online, or locally at Lux Bond & Green.

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Jane Wright Wolf — a member of the prestigious Salamagundi Art Club of New York — has donated a number of stunning pieces, for a special sale. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Weston Senior Center.

Wolf’s work is available for purchase at the Weston Senior Center (9 School Road), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays throughout April. A special opening is set for this Saturday (April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Jane Wright Wolf, and 2 of her works.

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The caption for today’s gorgeous “Westport … Naturally” image is succinct and strong.

Photographer David Vita says simply: “It’s that time of year at the Unitarian Church in Westport.”

(Photo/David Vita)

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And finally … in honor of Barbara Ross-Inamorati’s sunflower fundraiser for Ukraine:

 

5 responses to “Roundup: Kings Highway El, Farmers’ Market, Ryan Price …

  1. I’ve previewed the Jane Wright Wolf art work sale at the Weston Senior Center – OUTSTANDING collection of art – an astonishing array of subjects. Buy for yourself, for gifts. Opening 10:00 – 4:00 Sat April 2, then weekdays 9:00 – 3:00. thru April. Enter, then right.

  2. Jacque O'Brien

    To Ryan Price,
    Miracles happen every day; we pray that one will come your way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The O’Brien Family, Westport

  3. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    Not the prestigious Salamagundi Art Club of New York!!!

    • With 3 exclamation points, I am guessing you are questioning Dan’s choice of the word prestigious (or more likely his repeating of the material passed along by the artist). Perhaps you should have googled Salamagundi before assuming it was not prestigious or broadly known in the art community. Membership is awarded to select few and past members include artists Frederick Church, William Merritt Chase, Norman Rockwell and Louis Comfort Tiffany (if unfamiliar, you can google them as well). I did not know of Jane Wright Wolf’s work before reading about her here, but was indeed impressed with this credential.

  4. Carl Addison Swanson

    Curious to find out WHO paid for the blinking lights at KHS? People are finally waking up on North Avenue and putting out all sorts of signs. Sadly, the cars don’t pay much attention and without enforcement, why would they?

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