The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is seeking public comment on the draft five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS outlines economic development strategies to enhance the economy of the Western Region of Connecticut, encompassing the municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

A 30-day public review comment period of this draft document is required prior to adoption and submittal of this report to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This public review comment period ends Sept. 20.

Anyone desiring to review the draft document may do so at the WestCOG office in Sandy Hook, 1 Riverside Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CEDS can also viewed at Printed copies are available upon request.

Comments should be received no later than 2 p.m., Sept. 20. Comments may be submitted by email to or in writing, addressed to Elizabeth Esposito and sent to the Sandy Hook office.

This fall, Carriage Barn Arts Center will hold a special juried exhibit Oct. 13-20 of art exploring the theme “Memories & Reflections.” Local artists are invited to provide artwork that represents their connection or feelings about Alzheimer’s disease and the themes of memories and reflections.

Artists can submit online at through Sept. 8. The entry fee is $21 for Carriage Barn members and $26 for non-members.

The exhibit is open a range of media including painting, illustration, collage, photography and sculpture.

Artists will donate 50 percent or more of sales to the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, 11-inch by 14-inch blank canvases will be provided to local elder care communities and invite artistic residents to create works of their art to be displayed and sold.

An opening reception for artists, collectors and supporters will take place on Oct. 13, with other special events, workshops, educational talks and a concert taking place throughout the exhibit.

NAMI Southwest CT, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers a free support group for families and friends of individuals living with mental illness at Silver Hill Hospital the second Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Sept. 12.

The group is led by trained facilitators. It offers an intimate, understanding environment to share experiences and gain insight from others in similar circumstances. The discussions are confidential.

The group is open to all area residents, not just New Canaan.

The meeting runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the hospital, 208 Valley Road., Jurgensen Building., Room 1.

For information, call 203-858-1477.

Federal, state, local offices, and courts will be closed. Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed. Post offices will be closed.

Banks will be closed.

New Canaan Senior Center will be closed.

All schools will be closed.

New Canaan library will be closed.

Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule. Coastal Link will run on a holiday schedule. Connecticut Transit buses to and from Stamford will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Liquor stores can open if they choose. Bars may be open.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.