Darien’s Ian Crane was selected for a juried art show at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Crane is studying communication and creative media.

The second annual campus-wide juried student art exhibition opened March 30. The art featured 34 student artists selected by a jury made of faculty and industry professionals, in a variety of mediums, including video, 3D modeling, graphic design, digital painting, photography, illustration, and painting.

Artistic talent

Two Darien residents were among the winners of the Rowayton Arts Center’s “Abstraction” exhibit.

The winners, selected by juror Riad Miah, an educator and award-winning abstract painter from New York City, were announced at the opening reception of Abstraction on April 2.

In the drawings, prints, paper cuts category, Dana Goodfellow won third place for “Negative Space.”

For her watercolor “Dante’s Teacher,” Bridget Cusak took home second place.

The show runs through April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For an in-depth look at Abstract art, the Norwalk Arts Commission, in partnership with the Rowayton Arts Center, is hosting this year’s SLOW Art Day program on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rowayton Arts Center. Miah will lead the conversation about the artwork. Space is limited and the fee is $5.

Tech trophies

On March 25, the Darien High School Technology Student Association (TSA) attended their first state conference and competed against high schools from across Connecticut in various engineering, technology, and problem-solving activities.

The DHS TSA has been preparing for the competition for the past few months and did not know what to expect at the conference. Their dedication and hard work paid off as the members from the team were awarded nine trophies at the competition.

Those awards included:

1st Place in Extemporaneous Speech: Clifford Blaze

1st Place in Prepared Presentation: Tanmay Mehta

2nd Place in Debating Technical Issues: Bailey O’Mara and Clifford Blaze

2nd Place in Structural Engineering: Barak Mustafa and John Harron

3rd Place in Flight Endurance: Evan Tong

3rd Place in Debating Technical Issues: Evan Tong and Tanmay Mehta

Furthermore, Teddy Nolan was recognized as a high school senior member of TSA.

The students are already discussing plans to attend this year’s national conference in Orlando, Fla.,in June and plan to recruit more members to the club next year.

Meeting the author

Holmes Elementary School welcomed Alyssa Satin Capucelli, author of the very popular “Biscuit” and “Katy Duck” series on March 20.

Capucelli met with the kindergarten-second grade classes and talked to the students about what it is like to be an author, how she turns her ideas into a story and the steps involved with publishing and illustrating books. The children also learned a fun fact: the idea for the “Biscuit” series came from her daughter when she was babysitting a neighbor’s dog.

P2P gets a grant

Officers and members of the Northeast Region Corporate Industry Liaison Group recently approved a $20,000 grant request for the Person-to-Person Scholarship Program.

NERC ILG is a nonprofit that partners, collaborates and maintains a working relationship with government agencies to help ensure equal employment opportunity within the private industry.

Part of the NERC ILG mission is to support non-government organizations having objectives that align with those of NERC. The grant award letter noted that, through the scholarship program, P2P works to enhance opportunities for students from low-income families.

With 79 percent of P2P Scholars graduating college — well above the national average of 20 percent for college students from low-income households — the Scholarship Program offers a pathway out of poverty and supports the students’ journey toward self-sufficiency.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found p2pHelps.org.

Collegiate honors

Four Darien residents were awarded faculty honors for the fall semester at Trinity College in Hartford: William F. Mackie, Katarina Pesa, Olivia A. Hoyda and Erin K. Karczewski.

Bulk pickup program

The Darien Department of Public Works will continue its bulk pickup program by appointment again this spring.

Pickup will be by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays ending June 7. Each residence is restricted to a single pickup per calendar year.

Residents should have their debris placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. No pickups will be made at addresses on private streets (unless property has road frontage on public street and material is placed along public road frontage).

Items are limited to those too large for transport by a passenger car or SUV.

The following items will not be accepted:

Hazardous waste.

Sealed containers or barrels.

Liquid wastes or paint

Propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other pressure vessels

Pathological or medical waste

Logs, stumps, leaves, grass clippings or brush

Batteries (bring to Transfer Station).

Drywall (gypsum board, sheet rock or wall board)

Wood items must be less than four feet long and six inches in diameter.

Refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners require a refrigerant sticker with an additional fee of $15, which may be paid at the Department of Public Works in the Town Hall (2 Renshaw Road) or at the scale house. If purchasing the refrigerant sticker at the scale house, please bring exact change. Please remove refrigerator doors for safety and affix sticker onto device.