Leone to speak at Sunrise Rotary meeting

Westport Sunrise Rotary will host state Sen. Carlo Leone as the guest speaker for its July 15 meeting in Bobby Q's Restaurant, 42 Main St. The program starts at 7:30 a.m.

Leone was elected in a special election in February to represent the 27th Senate District towns of Stamford and Darien. He previously served in the House of Representatives' 148th District in Stamford since 2003. He was appointed by House Speaker Chris Donovan to serve as deputy majority whip and served in the House as a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Regulations Review and Transportation committees. Leone, a Stamford resident for the past 20 yearsm, is also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

The public may attend the meeting; fee is $12 per person, which includes a breakfast buffet.

For information about Westport Sunrise Rotary, visit westportsunriserotary.com, contact Sheila Keenan, membership chairwoman, at 203-856-9172 or sheilafkeenan@aol.com; or attend any Friday meeting at Bobby Q's Restaurant.

Lauritas win top real estate awards

Jerry and Mary Ann Laurita, agents with Prudential Connecticut Realty's Westport office, won the Top Service Provider award for 2010.

This award is presented to the team in each region with most instances of "Excellent" feedback on customer-service surveys by clients.When a client rates the services they received as "Excellent" or writes a letter acknowledging extraordinary service, the sales executive earns a key. The Lauritas earned the most keys among teams in Region 1.

Town man named

to company post

A Westport resident has been named chief information officer of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

Robert Garrison joined the organization in October 2010 as a managing director and chief development officer of its information technology division. He will be responsible for development of the technology supporting the firm's post-trade infrastructure, which includes data centers, communications networks and processing and messaging systems which receive and respond to more than 2.4 billion messages a day. Garrison reports to Chief Operating Officer Michael C. Bodson.

Prior to joining DTCC, Garrison spent 25 years at Morgan Stanley, working in senior technology-leadership positions.

Town home wins architects' award

A new Westport residence, designed by Austin Patterson Disston Architects based in Southport, is the 2011 winner of the American Institute of Architects Connecticut's Alice Washburn Award.

The prize cites new construction in Connecticut. Under the design guidance of partner McKee Patterson, "the manor-like Westport residence exhibits a picturesque play of forms and materials," wrote the jury. "The overall asymmetrical massing of elements is balanced and comfortable."

American Institute Architects Connecticut is the New Haven-based Connecticut chapter of American Institute of Architects. Based in Washington, D.C., the institute has been a professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners since 1857.

Information on Austin Patterson Disston Architects can be found at www.apdarchitects.com.

Staples grad publishes `FUNemployed' book

A Westporter recently published "FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn," an eBook that takes an optimistic view on being jobless in today's bad economy.

Kerry Quinn, a 1992 graduate of Staples High School who lives in Los Angeles, wrote the 140-page book after getting laid off in 2009 when the advertising agency she was working for closed down. The book offers tips to help some of the nearly 14 million unemployed find the silver lining in a bleak situation and chronicles her travails with unemployment.

A graduate of Michigan University, Quinn also has a blog at lovingfunemployment.blogspot.com.

Published in May 2011 by Smashwords, "FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn" sells for $7.99 at Sony, BN.com, Kobo, iBookstore, BookieJar, Diesel, Smashwords and Amazon.

Westport-based firm leases warehouse

EcoLogic Energy Solutions, a Westport-based maker of spray foam insulation, has relocated its distribution center into an 8,800-square-foot warehouse on Commerce Drive in Bridgeport.

The company has signed a lease with the building owner, Brentwood Extension, LLC.

Bruce Wettenstein with the Westport-based commercial real estate firm Vidal/Wettenstein, represented the tenant and was the listing broker. Sam Rost of the law firm Green & Gross in Bridgeport was counsel for the property owner.

The company will maintain its existing offices at Bridge Square in Westport, and use the Bridgeport facility for warehousing and distribution of its insulating materials.

Lawyer named to Guide Dog Foundation board

A lawyer with the firm of Cohen and Wolf has been appointed to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Board of Trustees. He previously served on the board from 1997 to 2000.

G. Kenneth Bernhard of Westport and his wife, Alice Mulligan, have volunteered for Fidelco since 1989. They've raised seven guide dogs, and Mulligan was Fidelco's marketing director in the late 1990s.

Bernhard, a former state representative and Wilton's town attorney since 1992, is a member of the board of directors of the Westport Public Library, Nursing & Home Care, the Westport Chamber of Commerce, the Norwalk Human Services Council, Earthplace, the Westport Historical Society and the Aspetuck Land Trust.

Fidelco is a Bloomfield-based non-profit organization that breeds, trains and places German shepherd guide dogs with people who have visual disabilities.