Nationally, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre galvanized groups to act.
Locally, last week’s near-tragedy at Staples High School sparked quick action too.
WestportMoms — the great parents’ resources organization — is sponsoring “Make It Stop,” a gun violence protection forum. It’s this Tuesday (March 6, 10 a.m., Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road).
Experts from CT Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and Sandy Hook Promise join Westport chief of police Foti Koskinas. Melissa Kane will moderate.
The event will be livestreamed; just follow “WestportMoms” on Facebook or Instagram. A dial-in number for people who cannot attend will also be available, via those platforms.
The event is free, and open to the public. To get a sense of the numbers though, attendees are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, superintendent of schools Colleen Palmer has announced that the Westport school district will host an informational session on school safety and security. It’s set for Wednesday, March 14 (7 p.m., Bedford Middle School auditorium).
An overview will be followed by a question-and-answer session. First responder representatives will be there too.
Foti Koskinas — Westport’s popular police chief — is a firm believer in the importance of community involvement. Under his leadership, the department is involved in a broad array of good causes.
As a leader, he knows the importance of walking the talk.
So it’s no surprise he’s part of Real Men Wear Pink. He’s honoring a friend fighting breast cancer — and advocating for his wife and 2 young daughters.
Foti’s goal is to raise $10,000. As of this morning, he’s nearly 40% there. (Click here to help.)
But he’s not the only cop raising awareness of the disease.
For the next few weeks, a pink Maserati will roll through town.
It’s not there to pull you over.
The eye-popping vehicle — courtesy of Maserati of Westport — reinforces that this October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You can see it tomorrow at the Saugatuck train station (Sunday, October 1, 8 a.m. to noon). The Concours d’Caffeine is a fundraiser for the Westport Police Benevolent Association Scholarship Fund.
What goes around, comes around.