Community Channel: Playhouse elects new trustees...

Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse during 2017. They join the current 31 trustees, led by chairman Barbara Streicker, of Westport.

Athena T. Adamson, of Easton, is a graduate of Yale College. After graduation she worked for the Yale Office of Development. She is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and worked for Food and Wine Magazine. During her time in Los Angeles, Adamson pursued screenwriting.

She is most passionate about the world of theater, which takes her back to her roots — growing up in New York City with a father who was a stage actor. Adamson also serves as co-chair of the Playhouse’s annual fundraising gala.

Amy C. Corn, of New Canaan, is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate law and governance. She retired in 2016 as vice president, secretary and chief governance officer at Pitney Bowes Inc. She has served as a board member of the Society for Corporate Governance, as well as chairman of its National Corporate Practices Committee. She is the 2016 recipient of the Bracebridge Young Award, the highest honor conferred by the Society for Corporate Governance. She is also a past president of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and has served on the boards of the United Way of New Canaan and the Volunteer Center of Southwest Fairfield County.

Corn received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and her law degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, where she was an editor of the Law Review.

Ellen H. Petrino, of Westport, is a principal and senior investment consultant in the Norwalk office of Mercer Investments. She joined Mercer through the 2011 acquisition of Evaluation Associates, of which she was a founding partner, and she brings over 35 years of investment and consulting experience to her work with clients. She is a member of Mercer’s U.S. Investment Policy Committee and the Endowment & Foundation Investment Committee.

Petrino graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and received an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. She is a former trustee of Mount Holyoke College and serves as member and former chairman of its Investment Committee. She is a director, treasurer and co-chairman of the Finance Committee of Norwalk Community College Foundation, Inc., and director emerita and past treasurer of the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc.

Barbara Samuelson, of New York City, is a senior vice president at Merrill Lynch where she has been for over 40 years. She oversees a team of investment professionals who manage client portfolios. Early in her career, she wrote investment articles for Barron’s and The New York Times.

A lifelong New Yorker, she is very interested in improving the environment where she lives. As a result, she is on the Executive Committee of Grow NYC whose predecessor organization was the Council on the Environment. She is also on the board of the American Israel Cultural Foundation, the President’s Commission at Wheaton College, the Finance Committee of the Ronald McDonald House NY, and a senior member of the Financial Women’s Association. She graduated from Wheaton College and received her MBA from NYU.

In December, blood donations decline, but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, those who give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:


Dec. 30: 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road


Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards St.

Dec. 27: 11:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Ave.


Dec. 23: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

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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.

Compact smart homes with elevators. A commute-busting high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan. A bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station. Out-of-the-way lots for self-parking driverless cars.

Welcome to Westport in the year 2067.

A new exhibit, 06880+50, brings together the the innovative imaginings of a select group of Westport architects at Westport Historical Society.

The participants range from independent architects to members of large firms and include works from David Adam Realty, Inc., Peter Cadoux Architects, Robert Cohen, Roger Ferris & Partners, Michael Greenberg & Associates, Juresko Herman, Frederick William Hoag, John Jones, Dierdra O’Farrelly, Leigh Overland, Roundtree Architects, Sellars Lathrop Architects, Scott Springer, Robert Storm and Vita Design Group.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be 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.

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.