YMCA hosts charity open water swims and more

YMCA hosts charity open water swims and more | Pro Club Bd

The 43rd Westport Weston Family YMCA Point-to-Point Compo Beach Charity Open Water Swim will be held July 10 from 7am to 11am.

The swim is one mile long and starts near the Compo Beach Cannons, located at 60 Compo Beach Road in Westport.

All proceeds go to Westport Weston Y’s water programs to improve water safety in the community such as: B. Swimming lessons for children and adults.

The event is divided into four runs based on ability. Intermediate swimmers have the first run at 8:00am, Intermediate the second run at 8:05am, Beginners start at 8:10am and the Special Needs run starts at 8:15am with the My Team Triumph group.

The Westport Weston Family Y partners with My Team Triumph, a national non-profit ride-sharing organization created for children, youth, adults and veterans with disabilities who would otherwise be unable to compete in endurance events such as the open water swim. road races or triathlons.

Athletes with special needs who wish to participate must register with the organization in advance.

Early registration is $50 and can be completed online at westporty.org/43rd. In-person registration on the day costs $60 and can be completed from 7am at Compo Beach

The top three men and women will be awarded. Registered swimmers receive an official point-to-point swim cap and t-shirt.

Sixth Annual Photo Contest Announced

The Westport Farmers’ Market, in partnership with The Artists Collective of Westport and the Westport Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, has announced the sixth annual Young Shoots Photography Contest as part of the market’s popular youth photography program.

Budding photographers aged 6 to 18 will be taking photos at the Farmers Market through July 31st. Submitted photos will be judged in three age groups by Anne Burmeister, a WFM board member and Who Grows Your Food photographer, and a panel of judges made up of local artists and the public.

A private viewing for all Young Shoot photographers will take place on August 13th on the lawn in front of Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center at 7 Sylvan Lane. The sugar and olive business will take care of that.

As in previous years, age group winners and one “fan favorite” will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to attend an art class at the MoCA of Westport.

Register at https://youngshoots.artcall.org.

The Farmers Market is located at 50 Imperial Ave. in Westport.

Visit https://www.westportfarmersmarket.com for more information.

First responders remind residents of pedestrian safety

The Westport Fire and Police Department is reminding residents that pedestrian safety is a two-way street and offering tips for pedestrians and motorists to stay safe.

Drivers are reminded to look out for pedestrians everywhere as they may not be walking where they should be or may be difficult to see. Motorists should always stop in front of pedestrians at the crosswalk, be prepared to stop at a crosswalk, and never overtake a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.

Motorists should also obey the speed limit and slow down for pedestrians, especially in places where children may be present, such as school zones and neighborhoods. Persons should never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Pedestrians should walk on a sidewalk or path if one is available. If no sidewalk or path is available, walk on the hard shoulder and face the traffic. Pedestrians should also remain vigilant and not be distracted by electronic devices that distract their eyes and ears from the road.

Pedestrians should also exercise caution when sharing the road with vehicles and never assume a driver can see you – maintain eye contact with drivers as they approach. People should be visible through light-colored clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

People should cross the streets at zebra crossings or intersections whenever possible. If none is available, pedestrians should seek a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows time to cross safely, and continue to be aware of traffic while crossing.

Westport resident receives honorable mention in art exhibition

Westport resident Michael Brennecke received an honorable mention in the Big and Small art show for his painting Sis Boom Bah.

The show runs through July 24 at the Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave. seen in Norwalk. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The all-media exhibit features artworks by art center members that are large, between 40 and 60 inches, or small, 12 inches and under.

Visit https://rowaytonarts.org for more information.

Law firm appoints new managing partner

The law firm Verrill has appointed Scott Anderson as Managing Partner. He takes on the role of Keith KC Jones.

The law firm has 140 attorneys and seven offices in the Northeast, including 355 Riverside Ave. in Westport.

The announcement comes a year after the firm welcomed its new COO, Jim Durham, and six months after it merged with Boston-based law firm Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster.

Anderson, is based in the Portland, Maine office. Over the course of nearly two decades with the company, Anderson has held a variety of leadership roles, including six years on the company’s Board of Directors and a stint on the company’s Compensation Committee.

Visit https://www.verrill-law.com for more information.

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