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Encouraging Voter Registration

Westport League of Women Voters encourage voter registration
Westport League of Women Voters (LWV) volunteers were present on Church Lane to encourage passers-by to register to vote and provide printed candidate information in support of the ongoing major election that culminates on Election Day, November 3. Celeste LaCroix (center), Westport LWV president said, “according to the Registrar’s office, as of October 14 approximately 8,000 absentee ballots have been requested and about 40% have already voted.” Pictured with LaCroix are Eleanor Lowenstein (l) and Cheryl McKenna. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Halloween Window Painting Contest Seeks Artists

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is seeking artists and businesses to take part in the eighth annual Halloween Window Painting Contest set for Saturday, Oct. 24, it was announced.

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According to Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director, the event in which children paint merchants’ windows for prizes is expected to to be the largest since the contest’s inception.

The contest is open to elementary, middle school and high school students and has three competition categories: most scary, best Halloween themed and most original.

Nine painters or teams of painters will win $25 gift certificates to Donut Crazy and have photos of them and their artwork posted on social media and local press, the announcement said.

Medicare Open Enrollment Help Available

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault reminds Medicare eligible residents that the Medicare Open Enrollment Period begins Oct. 15, 2020 and runs through Dec. 7, 2020. During this period, beneficiaries can change their Medicare and prescription drug coverage plans for 2021 to better meet their needs.

CHOICES Volunteer counselors trained through the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will be available by appointment to help Westport resident figure out their choices.

To make a virtual appointment with a CHOICES counselor, contact Kristen Witt in Human Services at 203-341-1067 or the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 203-341-5099 weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Library’s Fundraiser ‘Show of Shows’ Seeks Sponsors

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The Westport “Show of Shows” featuring dozens of local personalities in comedy sketches, humorous shout-outs, and musical numbers, is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The virtual event is designed as a Westport Library fundraiser in lieu of the library’s signature fundraiser “Booked for the Evening,” which had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

TV personality David Pogue will serve as the show’s emcee, with award-winning producer Andrew Wilk acting as creative director

Library officials describe the Show of Shows as a “first-of-its-kind community event” scheduled to be broadcast from the library’s Trefz Forum.

Police: Investigation Nets Two Possible Suspects for Threatening Signs

UPDATE —The Westport Police Department’s investigation into the threatening signs posted Sunday in the downtown has “yielded information on two responsible parties.”

“With that significant development, the department wishes to take this opportunity to assure all that there is currently no viable threat to the community relative to this incident,” Lt. Anthony Prezioso said.

He added that the investigation involved “close collaboration with federal law enforcement officials based on some of the statements directly expressed in these postings.” The signs, most of them posted on Church Lane, read as follows: “This Town is Ours, Kill Trump, Fight the White,” “Only Good Cop—A Dead Cop,” and “Kill Trump and Once We Win, We’re Coming to Westport.”

Another one is a picture of a bloody fist with the words “Black Lives Matter” on top and a message below stating “War Is Coming.”