Integrated recovery coaching programs launched To kick off National Recovery Month 2020, Shelton\u2019s Progressive Institute has launched a landmark study to measure integrated recovery coaching\u2019s ability to improve outcomes for people diagnosed with alcohol and other substance use disorders. The study provides over 400,000 Connecticut residents who are fully insured members of five largest commercial insurance providers with access to Progressive Institute\u2019s Recovery Coaching program. Westporter Curt Kuliga, CEO and founder of The Progressive Group said, \u201cOur early studies are showing that recovery coaching programs that are designed to address specific individual needs and is integrated into the patient's overall treatment plan with therapists, medical doctors and family members improves the success rate of long-term recovery while reducing the total cost of care.\u201d For further information about the pilot program or any of Progressive\u2019s Recovery Coaching opportunities, visit www.progressive-institute.com\/recovery-coaching or call (203) 816-6424. Storyfest goes digital The Westport Library\u2019s StoryFest, its annual multiday literary festival, will be going digital this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From Sept. 15-29, the library will premiere 13 live and pre-recorded events. All events are free, and because they are recorded, can be accessed wherever and whenever the viewer choses. Featured guests include award-winning authors Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay, and international best-selling author Josh Malerman, who wrote \u201cBird Box.\u201d Health and Fitness Expo downtown The Westport Downtown Merchants Association has announced announce a mini event on lower Main Street \u2014 its first Health and Fitness Expo. The WDMA is partnering with JoyRide, RowHouse, Pure Barre and Athleta to stage their live program classes outdoors on Main Street during the day. The classes will demonstrate how different levels of fitness and ability can be included. The classroom workout spaces will be set up as exhibition areas \u2014 open for all the community to see as they visit Main Street. There will not be any walk-up opportunities to join a class. Each gym will be recruiting its own members and following COVID-19 requirements and gym policies for participating members. If you are interested in taking a class and are a member of one of these gyms, contact them for details. Back-to-school and after-school programs underway Director of the Westport Department of Human Services Elaine Daignault announced that back-to-school and after-school programs are underway. Ms. Daignault states, \u201cThis is not a typical fall. COVID-19 has disrupted the usual back to school enthusiasm with a sense of anxiety, and the fear of the unknown. Still, you can help to reinforce a child\u2019s sense of hope and stability by ensuring that they have tools they need to excel in school and an opportunity to participate in afterschool activities.\u201d Last year, 192 children benefitted from Westport\u2019s Back to School Program, and many families were able to access affordable afterschool childcare. 100% of all donations benefit families directly. Families who may qualify for this program are urged to contact the Department of Human Services. If you have any questions regarding this program, please call DHS Youth and Family Social Worker, Michelle Bottone, MA, LMFT at 203-341-1068 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. \u2018Visiting Artist\u2019 online courses at Suzuki Music Schools Despite challenges brought on by the pandemic, Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange has enhanced and expanded their course structure. SMS is adding multiweek online specialty courses with accomplished artists. The "Visiting Artists Classes\u201d series includes a fiddling class with Ben Dean of \u201cCaravan of Thieves\u201d beginning Sept. 19; an origins of jazz course with Grammy award winner Joe McCarthy on Sept. 17; and a film soundtrack composition class with renowned composer\/violinist Dr. Andrew Smith (Ron Howard\u2019s \u201cGenius\u201d) on Sept. 16. Supper & Soul does Grateful Dead The Westport-Weston Chamber of Concert and Westport Library are presenting the next concert in their Supper & Soul series \u2014 Terrapin, A Grateful Dead Experience \u2014 on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. on the Imperial Parking Lot. Having performed over 200 concerts utilizing state-of-the art equipment to create an incredible concert experience, Terrapin is considered the best New England band featuring the iconic music of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. Tickets for the show are $100 per car (five-person max) and are curently on sale at www.westportwestonchamber.com\/supper The rain date is Sept. 13. Local entrepreneurs are finalists for awards Westport-based, home and pet e-commerce business Gorilla Commerce has announced that its co-CEOs, Jennifer Bernstein and Marissa Saporta, were named as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New York Award Finalists. This program is now in its 34th year and recognizes entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses. Bernstein and Saporta started Gorilla Commerce in 2014 with limited industry experience and used a customer-centric and data-driven approach to identify existing gaps between consumer needs and available products in the home and pet markets. Gorilla Commerce is now a multimillion-dollar business that ranks in the top five of private label sellers on Amazon U.S. to offer functional household and pet products.