A Westport resident won an award in the Rowayton Arts Center's Focus Under Forty on June 4.

The exhibit, for artists ages 18 to 39, was a showcase of new regional artists and young talent.

Julia Byrne earned first place for “Lion #2,” an encaustic -- hot wax painting -- piece in the drawing, digital art/mixed media, pastels and prints category.

Paul DeRuvo, an associate printer and manager at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, judged the contest, while the exhibit chairs are Eunice Roy and Yuko Ike and the co-chair is Karen Kent

The exhibit is up until June 25.

Other exhibits now at RAC include “Paint Rowayton” and the RAC Junior Members Show, both in the Portside Gallery.

“Paint Rowayton” was a two-week competition for plein air artists, judged by John Harris, a well-known artist in Fairfield County. For “Pinkney Park,” Jo Ann Davidson, of Westport, won first place in the watercolor/pastels category.

Among the graduates

Two Westport natives received a Bachelor of Arts degrees from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 21.

Dana E. Getschow, who majored in economics and mathematics, attended Hopkins School and is the daughter of Gregory and Susan Getschow.

James F. Manning V, who majored in mathematical sciences and physics with a concentration in astrophysics, attended Staples High School and is the son of James and Kimberly Manning.

Four Staples High School graduates received diplomas May 21 at the 196th Colgate University Commencement.

Savannah Donahue graduated cum laude with an English major; Jake Hirschberg majored in history; Ryan Kirshner majored in economics major; and Max Kurzner graduated cum laude, majoring in astronomy and physics.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. presented degrees to 895 graduates at commencement on May 21, including several from Westport: Marianne Foss-Skiftesvik, Alexandra Greene, Kelly Harris, Ashley Hutchison and Haley Tighe.

David R. Swanson, of Westport, graduated from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, on May 26.

Lucky in the lottery

Area residents won some extra cash last month when they got lucky playing Connecticut lottery games.

Susan Barna, of Westport won $10,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at Westport Amaco.

Help out a grad

The Human Services Department’s “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program is now underway and will continue through the month of June. Developed in response to requests from school staff for assistance in purchasing new clothing for graduating middle and high school students, 2017 marks the program’s 14th year.

Last year 34 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school.

Those wishing to help out can do so in remembrance of a special teacher or person in a student’s life. Donors are asked to note the teacher’s name and the donor’s or student’s name with the donation. A formal letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the honored individual.

If donors prefer, gift cards of any amount (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Trumbull Mall/Westfield Shopping Center) are welcome as well.

Checks should be made payable to “DHS Family Programs” (memo line: Ceremonies). Donations may be mailed or delivered to DHS, Westport Town Hall, Room 200, 110 Myrtle Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Westporters who are aware of individuals who could benefit from this program should contact Family Program Coordinator Patty Haberstroh at hsyouth@westportct.gov or 341-1069. Social work staff there will assure that families in need meet financial and program criteria and are helped.

Get your beach pass

Parking emblems are required on all vehicles entering Westport beaches.

Parking emblems can be purchased at WestportRecreation.com or at the Parks and Recreation Department office, Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Career counseling

The Westport Library will be offering free one-on-one, career counseling sessions to local job seekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling, as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance.

Patrons may schedule one-hour sessions on Mondays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, contact Ellen Janpol, the business librarian, at ejanpol@westportlibrary.org.

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

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.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at Imperial cities along the way. Departure is

Sept. 28; return is Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts its own unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.