Roundup: Junior Prom, Caitlin Parton, Michael Bolton …

Last November, the cast of Staples Players’ “Grease” sang “It’s Raining on Prom Night.”

Last night, many of those actors gathered for parties, then the junior prom.

And guess what?

It was raining.

Staples Players and dates (from left): Sebastian Gikas, Raia Badurina, Tess Feldman, James Dobin-Smith, Zoe Schwartz, Charlie Watson. (Photo/Danielle Dobin)


In 1988, Caitlin Parton became the youngest person ever to receive a cochlear implant.

After graduating in 2003, she headed to the University of Chicago. She interned for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, worked at the Department of Justice and spent 2 years as a paralegal for a Washington civil rights firm, before earning a law degree from City University of New York.

Caitlin — the daughter of longtime Westporters Steve Parton and Melody James – is now general counsel for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

On May 24 (4 p.m., Zoom), she’ll receive the Center for Hearing and Communication’s Sheldon Williams Leadership Award. Click here for details and registration.

Caitlin Parton


Award-winning singer-songwriter– and Westporter — Michael Bolton gets asked to support many causes.

He’s said yes to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

This Thursday (May 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tokeneke Club, Darien), he’ll  be a guest speaker at the 20th annual Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon.

Westport Police Lieutenant Jillian Cabana is head of the Westport chapter.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Marie Gross spotted these little guys in her garden. It’s amazing what pops up in “Westport … Naturally.”

(Photos/Marie Gross)


And finally … happy birthday to Brian Eno, The English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, producer — and favorite of crossword constructors everywhere — turns 74.

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