The Princeton Review singled out Sacred Heart University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and named its community service and theater arts programs in the country’s top 20.

The education service company features SHU in its new 2018 edition of its college guidebook, “The Best 382 Colleges,” and includes the school on its Best College Theater and Most Engaged in Community Service listings. Each list contains 20 schools from around the country.

For more than two decades, The Princeton Review has created the guidebook as a way to showcase the nation’s best colleges. The book’s purpose is to highlight exceptional institutions that represent about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 382. Instead it uses students’ rating of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 137,000 students (358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences.

Becker College’s Josh Styrcula, of Fairfield, has been named to the spring dean’s list.

Molly Long, a resident of Fairfield and an integrated marketing communications major, was named to the dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Communications for the spring semester.

Laura Shattuck, an attorney and partner at Westport-based Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., was recently recognized for lifetime achievement among America’s Top 100 Attorneys.

In addition, she was recognized by the American Registry with a 2017 America’s Most Honored Professionals Award Top One Percent. This award is given to the best of the best, including CEOs, doctors, attorneys and individuals from every industry and profession.

Shattuck joined Nusbaum & Parrino in 2006 and became partner in January 2016. She devotes her practice to representing clients in all manners of family law.

The Fairfield resident is actively engaged in litigation and has substantial experience working on large, sophisticated cases. She practices in all areas of family law matters, including divorce, alimony, child support, property division, child custody, post judgment modification and post judgment contempt.

Shattuck, a graduate of ABA-NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, was named as one of ALM’s 2015 Women Leaders in the Law. She also was named 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Connecticut by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

Connecticut residents who got lucky playing lottery games last month include Maher Mahairi, of Fairfield. Mahairi won $10,000 on a Money ticket sold at Five-0 Food Store and Deli in Fairfield.

Two Fairfield natives were awarded degrees in May from Ithaca College.

Thomas Anania graduated cum laude from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a degree in athletic training.

Elizabeth McNamara graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences with a degree in psychology.

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of Connecticut and sharing that information with others?

Master Naturalist training is offered by different organizations around the country. Programs prepare people of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Master Naturalist Program at the Center at Fairfield provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks. All sessions will include a mix of indoor classroom presentations and outdoor, hands-on field experiences.

Classes are taught by field experts, including Bill Kenny, a fairfield ecologist and landscape architect, and James E. Biardi, the director of environmental studies at Fairfield University.

At the conclusion of the training, graduates receive certificates and apply their knowledge and individual skills in volunteer capacities to help maintain and support education activities and operations at the center and its adjoining Larsen Sanctuary.

Classes meet Tuesdays, Sept. 5 through Nov. 7, and on Saturday, Sept. 30,

Space is limited; the registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Program fee: $205 CAS members; $260 non-members (includes a CAS membership).

As part of the tuition, participants must be able to give 10 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class.

For more information about the Master Naturalist Training Program, including the application, visit or email

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.