Many Eastern Connecticut State University students — including four Westport natives — participate in Eastern’s clubs during the academic year. The student club programs range from social to educational, physical to spiritual and civic engagement programs that benefit and enrich the Eastern community.

Rebecca Cyr, a member of the class of 2019, participated in the Social Work Club during the fall semester. Cyr’s major is social work.

Angelique Greenberg, a member of the class of 2019, participated in the Harry Potter Club during the fall semester. Her major is communication.

Laurence Greenberg, a member of the class of 2020, participated in the Gamer’s Guild during the fall semester. His major is mathematics and economics.

Johan Wichmanna, member of the class of 2019, participated in the Martial Arts Club during the fall semester. Wichmann’s major is exploratory professional studies.

A Westport foundation will be honored at the 9th Annual Housatonic Community College Foundation Gala on April 21 in the Lafayette Atrium in Bridgeport.

The Allison Family Foundation will be honored for its philanthropy and will receive the Friend of The College Award.

Also, Robert D. Scinto will receive the Community Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Judge Eddie Rodriguez Jr. and the Young Alumni Award will be presented to Dr. Yusuff Abdu.

Tickets, beginning at $150, are on sale for the gala, which will feature a lively new format with a spirited cocktail party, music, dancing, food tastings, inspiring speakers and exciting student performances.

The evening will provide important funds for student scholarships and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college. Additional event proceeds will provide funds for student advising and academic programs of the college.

Corporate sponsors include Bigelow Tea, People’s United Bank, Premier Graphics, Brewport, and media sponsor, Hearst Media.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 203-332-5156.

Students who receive a term grade-point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Three Westport natives earned this honor at Colgate University.

Jaclyn Berkowitz, a member of the class of 2020, is a graduate of Hopkins School. Berkowitz’s current major is psychology.

Katherine Bundy, a member of the class of 2020, is a graduate of Greens Farms Academy. Bundy’s current major is history.

Alyson Rackson, a member of the class of 2018, is a graduate of Staples High School. Rackson’s current major is computer science.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is holding a new event for the town and its residents: the Great Westport Pizza Contest.

The contest, to take place throughout the month of March, will have 14 pizza-making restaurants compete in seven different categories to be crowned Best Pizza Maker in Westport. Judging will be done by town residents by voting online for each category. Furthermore, by voting, each participant is entered into a drawing to win a free pizza from one of the seven winning restaurants.

The 14 restaurants competing across the town are: Angelina’s, Cuatro Hermanos, Joe’s, Jordan’s III, Julian’s Brick Oven, Julian’s Kitchen, Planet Pizza, Rizzuto’s, Romanacci Express, Tarry Lodge, Tuscano’s, Tutti’s, Via Sforza and Westport Pizza.

The seven categories are: Best Slice, Best Personal Pizza, Best Meat Pizza, Best Gluten Free Pizza, Best Veggie Pizza, Best Plain Pizza and Best Delivered Pizza. East restaurant is entered in four.

Residents will have until March 31 to visit all the venues, enjoy the offerings, then go to the Chamber’s Pizza Contest web page to vote. As the community participates throughout the month, the Chamber is encouraging participants to use the hashtag #greatwestportpizza in posts.

Sponsoring the event is Westport law firm Berchem Moses PC.

The winning restaurants will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement.

For more information and to access the voting pages, go

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.

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.