Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that the Westport Youth Commission is seeking

nominations for the annual James S. Bacharach Service to the Community Award. “All qualified

Westport high school seniors are eligible for this award,” said Butler. “This honor, given to one or more

Westport high school seniors, recognizes their significant community service contributions in our town.”

Citations have been given annually since 1989 as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, founder and

past-president of the Youth Adult Council, predecessor of the Westport Youth Commission which

Bacharach and other concerned citizens founded in 1974. “Eligible nominations must demonstrate the

student’s exemplary leadership ability and high standards of community service to Westport,” Butler said.

“Either adults or students may nominate a deserving high school senior for their contributions to our


Applications will be available online at and at the counseling offices at Staples

High School, Greens Farms Academy, Hopkins School, Laurelton, Fairfield Prep, at Toquet Hall, the

Westport Public Library and from the Department of Human Services at Town Hall. The application

should be submitted along with a maximum of two references or letters of support attesting to the

student’s contributions to the town. Applications must be faxed to 203-341-1073; e-mailed to; or mailed to Department of Human Services, Attention Bacharach Awards

Committee, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport CT 06880 by May 10, 2014.

Finalists will be chosen by a subcommittee of the Westport Youth Commission. Winners will be

announced at the annual end-of-year awards presentation at the recipients’ school.

The Westport Youth Commission, appointed by the First Selectman and staffed by the Department of

Human Services, is comprised of 15 Westport high school students and an equal number of Westport

adults. It serves as a catalyst for programs and activities that promote the positive development of youth

in their families, schools, community and among their peers. For further information, contact Elaine

Daignault at 203-341-1165, or via e-mail at

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