Hillside Cemetery Annual Open House

The Wilton Congregational Church is inviting residents to an Open House at Hillside Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4:30-6 p.m.

The event will showcase the newly-dedicated Virginia “Ginny” Rico Memorial Garden. Cemetery representative Pam Brown and other professionals will be available for any questions. Wine, cheese and fellowship will be provided.

Hillside Cemetery is located at 165 Ridgefield Rd.. Follow the balloons to the top of the hill for the gathering. For more information call 203.762.5591.

Vanderslice to Meet with Wilton Realtors Today

Lynne Vanderslice is hosting another open forum discussion today, this time to talk with Wilton realtors about issues on their minds. The discussion is going to be at Trackside Teen Center starting at 1:15 p.m.. Trackside is located at 15 Station Rd..

Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool Jazz Series Begins Oct. 4 

Wilton Library brightens with the cool sounds of jazz when the Don Friedman Harvie S Duo opens the Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert series on Sunday, Oct. 4, beginning at 4 p.m.. The two musicians are renowned in the jazz world, having performed worldwide, appeared on hundreds of recordings and even become educators to pass on their knowledge and passion for music.

Friedman started playing piano at age four. Though he had no exposure to jazz, Don taught himself to improvise. He eventually studied jazz at Los Angeles City College, while displaying his hard bop credentials by gigging with Dexter Gordon. He made his first records as a sideman with trumpeters Hank DeMano and Jack Millman. Buddy DeFranco hired him for a tour that included gigs at New York’s Birdland and Basin Street. He recorded as a leader for producer Orrin Keepnews at Riverside records in the early ’60s winning critical acclaim. By 1965, Friedman had been named a New Star in Down Beat’s annual Critics’ Poll. Late in the 1960s, Don began his association with Clark Terry, working in his big band; he still anchors Terry’s hard-working quintet. Don also began teaching at New York University as well as leading its jazz ensemble. Since then Don has continued to be in demand in New York City as a jazz pianist and educator, while regularly touring the United States, Europe and Japan with top-flight groups. His lyrical style, technical virtuosity and mastery of solo performance continue to draw critical acclaim and respect from his peers.

Harvie S has been an inimitable presence in jazz since the 1970s and has appeared on hundreds of recordings including classic dates with pianist Steve Kuhn, vocalist Sheila Jordan, and his own many varied ensembles. He is an award winning bassist, composer, arranger, educator and producer. He was selected as a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and has been a Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music since 1984. This is his fifth performance in the Brubeck Room.

The musicians will perform a compilation of jazz standards. An informal reception follows the concert at which CDs will be available for purchase and signing. The suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person.

The Hot & Cool jazz series is funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer, and Tish and Chris Brubeck. Advance registration is highly recommended for this very popular concert series. Those who are pre-registered should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be seated after 3:50 if space is available. To register, visit the Wilton Library website or call 203.762.3950, ext. 213. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..

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League of Women Voters’ Opening Lunch:  Let’s Talk About Town Government

Which types of town government are most efficient? What’s the difference between a town manager and a first selectman? Do all towns in CT require that their town meetings approve annual budgets? What are model practices for Connecticut municipalities?

The Wilton League of Women Voters welcomes Bloomfield, CT town manager Philip Schenck as its guest speaker for its Fall 2015 Opening Lunch Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Trackside Teen Center at 11:30 a.m. to discuss these questions. The agenda will include a brief business meeting, light lunch, with Schenck’s presentation at 12:30 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public with reservations in advance.

Schenck is past president of the CT Conference of Municipalities and an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven. He worked as town manager and as a consultant to various municipalities throughout New England. He is a co-author of a 2014 book, Local Government in Connecticut, and has contributed to numerous public administration journals. Schenck also serves as a mediator for the Department of Defense, assisting members of the armed forces with re-employment issues.

Schenck has a special relationship to Wilton:  his family once owned much of the land that is now Wilton Center. That land included Schenck’s Island, the town park across from Stop & Shop and Avalon.

Advance reservations are required for the lunch meeting. Send checks for $20—payable to the Wilton LWV—to Kim Nabulsi, Wilton LWV, Box 71, Wilton, 06897. For more information, contact Linda Fein at 203.762.5606.

Rotary Club Says ‘Thank You’ to Community for Carnival Support

The following is a message from Patrick Russo, carnival chair of the Rotary Club of Wilton:

“Thank You to the Wilton community and our sponsors for supporting the 26th Annual Wilton Rotary Carnival.

“Your generous support helped us have another successful event so that we can continue to fulfill our mission to answer the needs of the community, but also support our international missions, such as our student exchange program and the continued vaccination initiative against polio.

“Our Sponsors were:  Fairfield County Bank, Marlys Bistro, Vento Refuse, Realty Seven, Paul’s Prosperous Printing, MCL Ventures, Mills and Mills, Gregory and Adams, Ed’s Garage Doors, Vision Consultants, Tax Pro Man, Peoples United Bank, Agron Barbershop, Frank Spencer CPA, Fashion Floors, Wilton Hardware, SERVCO, Halstead, Wilton Villager, Wilton Auto and Tire Repair, Westy’s, Wilton Travel, Riverbrook YMCA, Sun Products, Wells Fargo and Glen Gate.

“See you next year, Sept. 16,2016.”