News Briefs: Nonprofit hires new executive director, Kids and the dangers of sexting

Nonprofit hires new executive director

WESTPORT — The Westport-based nonprofit Positive Directions has appointed a new executive director.

Jennifer Hrbek spent the last four years at the Women’s Business Development Council, where she was instrumental in leading program development and community partnerships in support of female entrepreneurs throughout the state. She also spent a year as a therapist and worked at Silver Hill Hospital.

Hrbek holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and is a certified financial social worker.

Positive Directions provides alcohol and substance misuse prevention and individual counseling services to residents in Fairfield, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Attorney to discuss dangers of sexting

WESTPORT — Center for Children’s Advocacy attorney Leon Smith will offer a free presentation on children and the dangers of texting on Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport.

“This is an extremely important issue for kids and for their parents and school communities,” Smith said.

The Rev. Dr. John Morehouse, senior minister at the church, said, “The importance of understanding the dangers of sexting cannot be underestimated. Programs like this are essential in educating children, teens and parents in developing the skills necessary to bridge the gap between global social media and healthy personal social relationships.”

The Unitarian Church is at 10 Lyons Plains Road. For information, email