The Westport Police Department’s latest donation of excess used equipment — including communication devices, and much-needed hats — has been delivered to their counterparts in our sister city of Lyman, Ukraine.
It is much needed, as the war grinds on and heads into a second winter.
NOTE: Donations to Lyman are always welcome. Click here; then click the “I want to support” box; then select “Support for the City of Lyman.” Scroll down on that page for other donation options (mail, wire transfer and Venmo.)
Lyman police officer, with a Westport Police walkie-talkie — and hat.
The town of Westport has hired a human resources director.
Candice Holley’s appointment is effective immediately.
She has over 20 years’ experience in human capital and human resources implementation, with a strong background in talent acquisition, recruitment and retention.
Most recently, Holley served as an independent HR consultant. Previous positions include vice president, people and operations, for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, and global director, human resources, with Barnes Group.
She graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in social and behavioral Sciences. She also attended the University of Mississippi to earn a degree in Psychology, and the University of Cincinnati for political science.
One of Westport’s favorite holiday toy drives — the Westport Police Department’s, in partnership with the Police Benevolent Association and Police Athletic League — is open for donations.
Toys will be provided to children in need throughout Fairfield County, and at area hospitals.
Officers will accept new, unopened and unwrapped toys — and cash donations — in the ASF Sports & Outdoors parking lot (1560 Post Road East), between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., on the next 2 weekends (Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3 and 9-10).
There will also be toy collection boxes at:
• Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road
• ASF Sports & Outdoors Store, 1560 Post Road East
• Awesome Toys & Gifts, 429 Post Road East
• The Toy Post , 180 Post Road East
Questions? Contact Craig Bergamo by phone at (203) 341-6000, or
More than a dozen teams — each including Staples students, and at least one Westport Police Department officer — battled last night, in the high school fieldhouse.
A portion of the large group of students and cops. (Photo/Dan Woog)
It was all in good fun. The annual “Dodge-a-Cop” event was a way for teenagers and cops to meet and bond — and for the Westport Youth Commission to raise funds for the Homes with Hope and Westport Woman’s Club food pantries.
Kevin Godburn, longtime Youth Commission member through the Department of Human Services (2nd from left) with (from left) members Jake Shufro, Cabry Lueker (president) and Anaam Olasewere (secretary, Dodge-a-Cop manager). (Photo/Dan Woog)
Gault Energy and Mitchells co-sponsored the evening, which included prizes, pizza and drinks.
And plenty of good, clean, cops-and-kids competition.
The winning Dodge-a-Cop team included Corporal (and Westport PAL president) Craig Bergamo (right). (Photo/Cabry Lueker)
Club 203 — Westport’s social group for adults with disabilities — celebrates the holidays next week.
The party is set for MoCA, next Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s a “hoedown,” so Western-themed attire is suggested.
There’s square dancing, a Western photo area, food and giveaways. Parents are invited to stay and celebrate too.
Click here for reservations, and more information. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westporter Rosie Jon — who paints with her toes better than nearly anyone can using hands — celebrates 10 years as an artist with her first-ever exhibition.
It’s set for the gallery at Green’s Farm’s Church, from December 1 to January 12.
Opening night begins at 6 p.m., and includes a chance to watch Rosie create her beautiful art, and a Q-and-A.
Attendance is limited. Click here to register.
Speaking of art:
The Westport Library welcomed Norm Siegel last night.
The noted local artist discussed his new exhibit, “Visual Curiosities.” It’s on view through January 8.
Norm Siegel (far right) with (from left) admirers Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs and Lynn Untermeyer Miller, last night at the Westport Library. (Photo/Carole Erger-Fass)
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” subject is getting ready for winter, at Winslow Park?
Are you as industrious?
And finally … on this date more than 80 years apart, 2 key entertainment events happened.
In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph: a machine that can record and play sound.
In 1959, disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularized the term “rock and roll,” was fired from New York’s WABC radio over allegations he had participated in a payola scandal.
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