Community Channel: Among the graduates, At the library...
Three Westport natives graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. the weekend of May 19.
Molly Elliot received a Bachelor of Science in business administration; Gregory Shikowitz received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology; and Cameron Meyer received a Bachelor of Science in computer science.
Rebecca M. Raab, who attended Staples High School, was one of more than 600 students who were awarded bachelor’s degrees from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. on May 21. Raab, who majored in environmental studies and sociology, received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude.
Shannon Connors, of Westport, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Matthew George, of Westport, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in health sciences.
Leigha Grushkin, of Westport, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Three Westport natives participated in the University of New Hampshire Commencement Ceremony held May 20 in Durham, N.H.
Alexandra Bookbinder graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management; Margaret Mills graduated with a bachelor’s degree in math education, elementary; and Morgan DiDonato graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Five Westport natives graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. on May 28.
Anne Cooperstone earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and film; Nick Daley earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance; Rachel Guetta earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Integrative Sciences in hispanic literatures and cultures and psychology; Edward Hoy earned a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and math; and Adam Mirkine earned a Bachelor of Arts in film.
At the library
The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.
Law & Order: Jeff Pegues, a Staples High School graduate and justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News, will be dropping by the library June 8.
Pegues will discuss his book, “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America,” which examines the growing crisis between law enforcement and people of color as well as his access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including former FBI Director James Comey, who used to live in Westport.
Joining him for a discussion will be Westport Chief of Police Foti Koskinas.
The discussion will be held in the McManus Room from 7 to 8 p.m.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.