Three Westport natives are part of the James Madison University class of 2021.

Matthew Kashetta is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in engineering, Victoria Orlin has not yet declared a major and Claire Tiefenthaler is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences.

Tickets are available for The Westport Library’s 2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts, “Falsettos: In Conversation.”

The Sept. 11 event will be a panel discussion on the Broadway hit “Falsettos,” featuring the men behind the show — Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine — and the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block.

The evening,at 7 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse, will be moderated by five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center and Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk.

The event is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets are now available through the Westport Country Playhouse box office online or by calling (203) 227-4177.

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy. The Westport Library created the lecture series in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Written by both Finn and Lapine on the cusp of the AIDS crisis, “Falsettos” chronicles the life of a gay man Marvin, his ex-wife, his lover, his son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door as they navigate the often-choppy waters of modern, middle-class family dynamics. Lapine directed its original run on Broadway in 1992 for which both he and Finn won Tony Awards for best book of a musical. Finn also won a Tony for best original score.

The film version of “Falsettos” stars Tony-nominated actor Stephanie J. Block as Marvin’s ex-wife Trina. Block will join Finn and Lapine at the Westport Country Playhouse on the panel and will delight the audience with a live performance of selections from “Falsettos” as well as some of her other notable Broadway roles.

The Malloy Lecture will be a panel discussion centered around selected scenes from the film of “Falsettos.” The evening will also include an opportunity for audience Q&A.

Town residents interested in learning about the local police department are invited to register for the Citizens’ Police Academy.

The program begins Sept. 29 and will run for nine weeks. The first five weeks of classes will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays. The final four weeks of the program will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Those who participate in the program, which can accommodate up to 24 community members over the age of 21, will learn about various aspects of law enforcement and how the department operates, the release said. Participants will also be allowed to have access to some hands-on experiences.

Police officers from the Westport Police Department will be the instructors of the program. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a ride-along with an officer within the Westport police patrol division.

All participants will leave the program with more knowledge about the police department and with CPR/AED certification.

Registration for this program runs until Sept. 12. Applications can be picked up at the Westport police headquarters.

Interested participants can also reach out to Lt. Jillian Cabana at 203-341-600 to receive an application or more information about the academy.

The Weston/Westport Hebrew after-school program will open its doors with a Sweet Shoppe & Bee Keeper from 4-5 p.m.Sept. 12 at Norfield Grange 12 Good Hill Road, Weston.

The Hebrew program is accepting registration for its new fall semester which begins Sept. 12. Parents and children are welcome to enjoy the Rosh Hashanah Sweet Shoppe & Bee Keeper presentation, meet the teaching staff and tour the classrooms.

The Hebrew after-school program meets on Tuesday afternoons and features the Aleph Champ Hebrew reading and writing program for first- through- seventh-graders with a special “First Taste of Torah” program for kindergarten-age children. The Hebrew after-school program also prepares students for Bar and Bat Mitzvah and includes fun, hands-on activities, art, music and a thematic curriculum that imparts the joy of Judaism to its students. Synagogue membership is not required.

For more information,, email or call 203-493-6505.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Aug. 31: 1 to 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road


Aug. 28: 1 to 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road


Aug. 30: 1 to 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 N. Benson Road

Aug. 30: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Aug. 31: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.


Aug. 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass health history questionnaire at

The Community Service Corps is an after-school program available to Westport students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Agency placement is made based upon the student’s interests and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student volunteers work one afternoon each week, Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. At the end of the 10-week program, there is a wrap-up event at Toquet Hall, where student volunteers reflect on and discuss their experiences.

Applications for the fall session of the Community Service Corps are available. A copy of the student’s medical form must be submitted with the application.

Registration forms are available at, as well as in the Department of Human Services office in Town Hall Room 200.

Contact Youth Services Program Director Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or or Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 with any questions.

The people spoke and Westport Cinema Initiative is delivering.

After a sell-out/standing-room-only/had-to-turn-some-away crowd on July 15, a second screening of “The High School That Rocked” documentary is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall.

The documentary takes a look at Staples High School, which somehow managed to lure a slew of classic-rock legends — including Cream, the Doors and the Yardbirds — to perform at the high school.

The screening will be followed by a talk-back with the film’s producer, Fred Cantor, and local filmmaker Douglas Tirola.

This is a joint effort, benefiting Westport Cinema Initiative and Westport Historical Society. Tickets are available for $10 online only at and include free popcorn.

Seating is limited. For information, visit or

The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is seeking local salons willing to donate gift certificates for haircuts and color treatments.

The gift certificates would benefit the two local Domestic Violence Crisis Center shelters.

The women and children residing in these shelters have fled violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs. Many women in these shelters have been out of the workforce for a while and want to prepare themselves for job interviews or they are looking to change their appearance to avoid an abuser. The gift certificates would be used anonymously at later dates for that purpose.

The gift certificate drive is being conducted through Sept. 30.

Donating salons will be named and thanked at the task force’s October awareness event and at the Unitarian Church’s October Voices Cafe.

Donors are asked to complete a donation form available at, which will be used to provide them with an official receipt for tax purposes, as the crisis center is a public charity.

Gift certificates and submission forms can be dropped off to task force co-chairwoman, Lt. Jillian Cabana, at Westport police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or arrangements can be made for salon pick-up.

For information, contact or call 203-341-6009.

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.