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Saturday, December 16 News

WN: Community Channel: Staples Players perform Newsies, CHJ celebrates 50 years...

Disney’s smash-hit musical Newsies took that the stage at Staples High School Nov. 10-18.

Staples was one of a select few high schools handpicked to pilot the Tony Award-winning show. Based on the newsboy strike of 1899, Newsies tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to New York newspaper giants William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer.

Traditionally a male-heavy show, Staples got permission from Disney to incorporate female newsies, one of the first schools to do so.

Staples alumni David Roth, class of 1984, and Kerry Long, class of 1997, co-directed the cast of 69.

A tech crew of 32 helped out with senior Michael Dodd serving as stage manager. Dodd coordinated with professional scenic designer Reid Thompson, who graduated from Staples in 1997, to create the set of Newsies.

To prep for the show, the cast got a visit in September from Players alumnus Adam Kaplan. A 2008 graduate, Kaplan shared insights from his experience in Newsies on Broadway. Kaplan estimated he appeared on Broadway as a newsie 600 times, including 35 times in the lead role as understudy for the character Jack Kelly.

Mason Pajolek was one of more than 500 Miami University students who earned a degree during Miami University’s summer term.

Stockinger, from Westport, earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the Ohio school.

An organization founded in Westport in 1967 which has grown and expanded to attract members from all over Fairfield County and beyond is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, the second such congregation in the country, helped spawn the movement now consisting of a constellation of such groups across the U.S., Canada, and Israel under the aegis of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, members of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County met at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull earlier this month.

The evening featured a historic overview of the organization presented by Dana and Deirdra Preis, of Easton, Rochelle Green, of Westport, George Rockmore and Donna Soucy, of Fairfield, John Levin, of Norwalk, and Steve and Beth Ulman, of Fairfield.

Further commemorating the Nov. 4 event was a film by Laura Snow, of Westport, introduced by President Alexandra Mack, of Monroe, and organizer Emily Shufrin, of Trumbull. Adam Feder and the Shul Band provided live musical performance.

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.

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Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

Finally, Bankwell is helping out Kids Helping Kids and their annual “Gift of Giving” collection.

Through Dec. 7 Bankwell is collecting gently-used and new toys, sports equipment, games, crafts, puzzles for kids, and jewelry, frames, household items, wallets, like-new clothing, accessories for adults. Please label all bags and boxes “KHK Gift of Giving Event.” KHK creates a pop-up store on Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Boys and Girls Club in Stamford.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Fairfield

Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road

New Canaan

Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.

Norwalk

Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.

Stamford

Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive

Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.

For online guidelines and submissions, go tonorwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.

The Westport Department of Human Services reminds seniors the department offers a list of middle and high school students willing to work small outdoor jobs such as raking leaves or shoveling walkways.

There is a suggested fee of $10 per hour.

Seniors needing assistance may contact the department at 203-341-1050.

Students interested in helping a senior and earning extra money can contact the department or email humansrv@westportct.gov. Students already registered for the program are requested to contact the department if they wish to remain on the list. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary.

Compact smart homes with elevators. A commute-busting high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan. A bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station. Out-of-the-way lots for self-parking driverless cars.

Welcome to Westport in the year 2067.

A new exhibit, 06880+50, brings together the the innovative imaginings of a select group of Westport architects at Westport Historical Society.

The participants range from independent architects to members of large firms and include works from David Adam Realty, Inc., Peter Cadoux Architects, Robert Cohen, Roger Ferris & Partners, Michael Greenberg & Associates, Juresko Herman, Frederick William Hoag, John Jones, Dierdra O’Farrelly, Leigh Overland, Roundtree Architects, Sellars Lathrop Architects, Scott Springer, Robert Storm and Vita Design Group.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.

Residents may take advantage of this program by bringing latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac (no spray paint) to the Westport Transfer station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

There is no charge for recycling paint at the Transfer Station site for Westport residents, nor are any local tax dollars expended. The program is funded by a PaintCare Fee of 75 cents per gallon, which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in Connecticut. This fee is used to fund all aspects of the PaintCare stewardship program. Collected fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach and program administration.

The addition of this program to the town’s recycling efforts is expected to reduce annual hazardous waste processing by $3,000 to $4,000 annually.

The paint dropped off at the transfer station is packed into large, plastic-lined boxes and transported to PaintCare’s facility. If possible, the paint is recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.

PaintCare Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by paint manufacturers to plan and operate paint-recycling programs in states that have passed paint stewardship laws. Connecticut is one of only seven states in the country to pass the legislation.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

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