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Monday, May 21 News

Community Channel: CT Humane earns $10k prize...

A $10,000 donation from Hill’s Pet Nutrition will support medical care for pets at the Connecticut Humane Society — pets like Kira, a young husky whose story led to the award.

Hill’s representative Andrea Sands recently presented the check to Connecticut Humane Society Executive Director Gordon Willard and was joined by Kira and her owner, Renee Gordon, for the celebration at the CHS Pet Wellness and Adoption Center in Westport.

CHS received the donation for being a national winner in Hill’s Shelter Tales Contest this fall with a video about Kira and her journey toward adoption as a pup with a deformed leg. People across the country voted for the video in the online contest.

Kira had been born with a deformed front leg and landed at a local municipal animal control shelter this past summer. Because she would need extensive medical care for her leg, Kira came to CHS through a partnership program with local animal control officers.

Kira struggled to get around with the deformed leg, her paw often dragging on the ground. CHS veterinarians examined her and determined an amputation would give her the freedom she needed to run and play. The surgery was a success, and within a few days, she was taking brief walks and learning about life as a tri-paw dog.

After a several weeks of recovery, monitoring and follow-up examinations with CHS veterinarians, Kira was ready to find her new family. Gordon had seen her photo online, brought her family to meet Kira, and decided to welcome her into their home.

While the video contest entry about Kira highlighted her individual story, it is also spreading awareness about the importance of pet adoption, giving second chances to pets in need, and the efforts that go into preparing a pet for a new home.

Nine Westport natives have been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the fall semester: Timothy Schroeder, Ruby Steinberg, Natasja George, Emily Stanford, Kathryn Petersen, Sasha Arellano, Noah Schwaeber, Alexis Wetmore and Ashton Dedona.

To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade-point average of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

To be included on the University of Rhode Island dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality-point average.

Westporters Raymond Niver, Elizabeth Mcvaney, Mikaela O’Kelly, Madison Lavoie and Mary Luciano made the list.

Caroline Didelot, a graduate of Staples High School majoring in music theatre, and Michelle Pauker, a graduate of Staples High School majoring in music theater, were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Baldwin Wallace University. Students who receive at least a 3.6 GPA for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the dean’s list.

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Two Westporters have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester. Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester GPA of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose GPA is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Both Sarah Mahoney and Haley Burns made the list with high honors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute named two Westport natives to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall semester.

Kyle Ehrlich is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in computer science and Conrad Mera is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in industrial engineering.

The criteria for the WPI dean’s list differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a GPA. Instead, WPI defines the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester, including four Westport natives.

Camille Cross, from the class of 2021, is majoring in exploratory professional studies. Rebecca Cyr, from the class of 2019, is majoring in social work. Angelique Greenberg, from the class of 2019, is majoring in communication. Laurence Greenberg, from the class of 2020, is majoring in mathematics and economics.

Westport’s Benjamin Lovewell and Joshua Rosenberg have been named to the fall dean’s list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the dean’s list that semester.

Westporters Christopher Denton, Zachary McCarthy and Anabelle Porio have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the fall semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

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.

PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, is 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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