Operation Hope elects Rosten as chairman

Operation Hope, a nonprofit operator of a Fairfield homeless shelter, has elected Michael S. Rosten, an attorney and Realtor, as its board chairman for the 2013 fiscal year.

Rosten, an Operation Hope board member for the past four years, has represented the agency in a professional volunteer capacity for 18 years in the acquisition and development of its affordable housing portfolio. He also has served as a volunteer for the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County, Congregation Beth El, Habitat for Humanity and the Volunteer Center of Greater Bridgeport.

Since 1998, Rosten, a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's executive committee of the real property section, has maintained a Fairfield law practice focused on commercial and residential real estate. He is a licensed real estate agent affiliated with Remax Heritage in Westport.

Smith chosen to take part in library program

Kai Alexis Smith, a Pequot Library staff member studying for a master's of library science degree at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, has been chosen to participate in the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program.

The program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and association member libraries, provides internships at association member libraries to master's of library and information science students from underrepresented groups.

AARP, WorkPlace start employment program

AARP Connecticut and The WorkPlace have initiated a new program that will provide training and assistance to local unemployed workers age 50 and over in Bridgeport and Stamford seeking to rejoin the workforce.

Called "Bridges to Employment," the program is being offered with funding from AARP Connecticut. The program is modeled on WorkPlace's Platform to Employment Program.

For information, visit workplace.org.