At the University of Rhode Island’s 130th commencement in May, three Westport natives earned Bachelor of Science degrees. Dan Kowalsky graduated cum laude from the Kingston, R.I. school and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering. Fellow Westport natives Mario Lisanti and Sam Grosso earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting, respectively.

Best lawyers in America

Lawyers at two Westport-based law firms have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the list of the best lawyers in America in 2017 in the area of family law

Edward Nusbaum and Thomas Parrino, of Westport-based family law firm Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., were among those chosen. This year marks 21 consecutive years for Nusbaum to be included and 11 consecutive years for Parrino to be included in the list of best lawyers, which is compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

The Westport-based law firm of Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC also announced that partners Arnold H. Rutkin, Sarah S. Oldham and David W. Griffin were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of family law. Rutkin has been listed annually in every edition since 1995, Oldham since 2006, and Griffin since 2013.

For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 38 attorneys were selected for family law.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

Nusbaum & Parrino P.C. is a leading family law firm based in Westport, representing individuals with substantial assets in all areas of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division, child custody and relocation cases. A significant portion of Nusbaum & Parrino work is concentrated in Fairfield County, yet its geographic reach often extends throughout the state.

Rutkin, Oldham and Griffin represent clients in the negotiation and litigation of all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, relocation and complex property division. They have acquired decades of experience within the field of family law, which has earned them a global reputation.

At the senior center

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For further information or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit

Politics, trends and forecasts: Dr. Gary L. Rose will be speaking on Friday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. about the 2016 presidential election. Rose, a professor at Sacred Heart University, has taught political science for 38 years and is a widely quoted political scholar and commentator and the author of eleven books.

Feng shui: Westport resident Tracy Boyce will share tips and suggestions on bringing positive energy into the home to create a new and vital space during a three-part, step-by-step seminar on using feng shui. On Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20, and 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: No charge. Pre-registration is required.

Ask the pharmacist: Monica Wheeler, RN, and Loren Pace, RN, of the Westport Weston Health District and pharmacist Catherine Revzon will be available on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions about medications. Cost: No charge. Pre-registration is required.