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Tuesday, August 14 News

WN: Community Channel: Westport foundation gives to HCC, Operation Fuel receives grant...

Housatonic Community College received a two-year, $500,000 grant from a Westport philanthropic foundation to fund scholarships, a program to enhance economic security for families and a men’s center at the two-year college.

This is not the first time the Allison Foundation Scholarship Fund has given to Housatonic. An initial gift of $400,000 during the 2012-13 academic year helped fund general scholarships for students who otherwise would lack financial resources to pursue higher education.

The new grant will be used to support three initiatives of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, the Bridgeport community college’s philanthropic arm.

Some $80,000 annually over two years will fund general scholarships. Another $130,000 each year will help sustain a HCC Family Economic Security Program, helping HCC students manage the competing pressures of pursuing higher education while earning a family-sustaining income. And $40,000 each year will help establish a part-time coordinator position for the Housatonic Men’s Center.

The University at Albany congratulated Yael Dror, from Westport, on being named to the fall dean’s list. Students named to the dean’s list earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Two Westport natives have been named to the Marist College dean’s list for the fall semester.

Samuel Ahlgrim is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in communication and Diana Zogheb is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in psychology and special education.

Three Westport natives enrolled during the fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 or above: Samuel Arciola, Charles Cummins and Madeline Mann.

Operation Fuel recently received the donations from several Fairfield County foundations for its energy assistance programs, including from The Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust.

The Wilton-based trust awarded a grant of $2,500 to be used for energy assistance for residents of Wilton, Westport, Norwalk and Weston.

Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org.

Aspetuck Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving open space in Westport, Easton, Weston and Fairfield since 1966, is welcoming new leadership.

Four new members have been added to its board of directors: Tracy Pennoyer of Weston, Joe Schnierlein of Norwalk, Maria Dempsey of Weston and Robert McHugh of Fairfield.

The trust provides recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

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The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.

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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