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Saturday, March 17 News

Community Channel: Newman’s awards $10k grant, LWV kicks off new year...


has received a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides food, clothing, financial assistance and casework counseling to the working poor and people experiencing a situational crisis.

For nearly 30 years, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have supported the work of Person-to-Person, whose mission — providing emergency assistance for basic needs and support for individuals and families as they move toward stability — aligns with the foundation’s focus on empowering those less fortunate.

Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, 100 percent of the profits from the sale Newman’s Own products, now totaling more than $500 million, has been contributed to thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The League of Women Voters of Westport invites the public to “Pie & Politics,” an information session with state legislators to be held Jan 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Westport VFW Post at 465 Riverside Ave.

The meeting will be moderated by Pat Porio, vice president for program/advocacy of the League.

Participating will be state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26, state Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-143,; and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-136. The legislators will first be asked to respond to questions developed by the League and from the audience, and then will discuss their priorities for 2018.

A variety of pizzas will be featured along with a cash bar.

There is no charge for the event. Parking will be available in the lot at the rear of the building.

The League of Women Voters of Westport, now in its 66th year, is a non-partisan organization of women and men that promotes informed and active participation in government and community. The LWV neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

Westporter Olivia Kalb from the class of 2018 made the dean’s list.

Westport residents from the class of 2019 include Amy Liu and Noah Prince.

From the class of 2020, Cecily Hutchison and Ben Popkin made the dean’s list.

Finally, Tia Zajec and Sara Zurmuehle — both from the class of 2021 — made the dean’s list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Dean’s list status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to seven Westport natives for the fall semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

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Eliza Donovan, Sarah Duvall, Sophie Epstein, Evan Hruskar, Jackson Livingstone, Renee Reiner and Tyler Scanlin all made the dean’s list.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For further information or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit westportct.gov/seniorcenter.

To Broadway and Back: On Sunday, noted singer Frank Mastrone will light up the stage with a show entitled “To Broadway and Back.”

The audience will be treated to songs from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Man of La Mancha,” “South Pacific,” “Wicked,” and “Hamilton,” as well as music made famous by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Mastrone will be joined by long-time collaborator and musical director Frank Spitznagel, as well as soprano Krista Adams Santilli and violinist Darwin Shen.

This is the third in a series of Levitt Indoor Concerts, which is sponsored by the Westport Center for Senior Activities and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation.

The series is offered free of charge and is appropriate for all ages.

Doors will open at 1 p.m., followed by complimentary refreshments and the show beginning at 2 p.m.

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.

They can submit up to 10 images under two designations — professional/serious amateur or student. A student must be an active student and under the age of 24.

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

Two grand prize winners will be selected, one from each designation. The professional/serious amateur winner will have a gallery show in Southport Galleries. The student winner will receive a portfolio review with a professional in the photography field.

Photography categories are: landscape, portrait, architecture, nature and abstract. The photographs cannot be manipulated.

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

For more details and to enter the contest, visit fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images.

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.