Community Channel: Artists honored, Writer rewarded...

The winners from the exhibition,“Beyond Brushwork,” have been announced at the Rowayton Arts Center with two Westport residents taking home awards.

Amy Schott, of Wilton, won Best in Show as well as the Gale Parsons Memorial Award for her piece, “Twisted in Color,” created from tiny pieces of paper from packaging materials.

Other award winners include Westport’s Dan Long, who took second place for his drawing “Trying to Hold it Together.” Westport resident Judith Orseck Katz earned an honorable mention for her mixed media, “Beyond Bowls A & B.”

Laura G. Einstein, principal of LGE Fine Art Consulting, judged the show. The exhibition chairmen were Diane Weeks and Britt Bair.

The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 24.

Westporters Elizabeth Coogan, Alexander Ialeggio, Robert Jacowleff, Hannah Lewis, Stephen Rowland, Jack Zeldes and Arabella Crawford made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wake Forest University.

The dean’s list is issued at the end of the fall and spring semesters for students who have a grade-point average of 3.4 or better for a full-time course load and who have earned no grade below “C” during the same semester.

Westport resident and Azusa Pacific University student Ethan Dahlke made the academic dean’s list at APU. A cinematic arts production major, Dahlke is honored for a fall semester academic standing of a 3.5 or better GPA.

Seton Hall University announced Lauren Garcia, of Westport, has qualified for fall dean’s list. Qualifications for dean’s list include enrolling as a full-time matriculated student with a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, completing all courses with a GPA of 3.4 or above, and with no grades lower than “C.”

A Westport resident and student at Sacred Heart Greenwich will be honored for her writing skills at an upcoming ceremony.

Writopia Lab, in partnership with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Manhattanville College, announced the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region. The ceremony, to celebrate the creative excellence of writers in grades 7 through 12, will take place March 4 at Manhattanville College in Harrison, N.Y.

Seventh-grader Addie Purcell received an honorable mention award for her short story.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 through 12. Manhattanville College’s Creative Writing MFA students and faculty adjudicated the awards this year.

Writopia Lab is a national nonprofit focused on fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing. This is Writopia Lab’s sixth year of administering the awards for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region.

Staples High School journalism teacher Mary Elizabeth Fulco recently talked to Y’s Men about the confluence of traditional journalism and social media, but more about values, and about the need for traditional, mediated — and print — journalism.

Fulco is the faculty adviser for Inklings, the school’s award-winning student newspaper, for which she was recognized as Educator of the Year by the Deadline Club, New York’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2016. In 2017 she was named Westport’s Teacher of the Year.

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.

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

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 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.