Elizabeth Teracino

, an alumni of the New Canaan High School class of 2000, earned her doctorate in the field of economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She publicly defended her Ph.D. dissertation Nov. 6 in the Academiegebouw in Groningen, Netherlands. Prior academic degrees include a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Tepper Business School at Carnegie Mellon University, and a master’s degree in computer science and security from the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University.

Teracino’s dissertation is entitled “Value Co-creation in the Cloud: Understanding Software-as-a-Service-Driven Convergence of the Enterprise Systems and Financial Services Industries.” The dissertation addresses innovation management and strategy in emerging technology markets, more specifically due to companies moving into the “cloud” and adopting a “Software as a Service” business model.

The physical book is available locally at the New Canaan Library and at the New York Public Library. The digital version of the book can be found online via rug.nl.

The annual Saxe Middle School seventh and eighth grade production this year will be the romantic comedy Guys and Dolls.

Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy filled with classic Broadway songs such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”, and “A Bushel and A Peck.” Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway.

Performance dates are March 23 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. Both performances will take place in the newly-renovated Saxe Middle School auditorium.

Under the direction and choreography of Lauren Nicole Sherwood, along with musical director Zachary Kampler, assistant musical director Joe Gergle, stage manager/assistant director/choreographer Matthew Blank, and orchestra director/conductor Janet Rosen, audiences will be transported from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Cuba and even to the sewers of New York City as created by production designer Maggie Pennoyer.

More than 75 Saxe students have dedicated themselves to practicing their singing and dance routines to dazzle audiences in this performance. Over 20 students are also building sets and props, working as stage crew, and providing live accompaniment in the pit orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased at saxeptc.org or in person one hour prior to each performance.

Two New Canaan natives have been named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade-point average is 3.71 or higher.

Ryan Rigione is a 2016 graduate of New Canaan High School and Victoria Dobbin is a 2014 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School.

While it was Michael O’Hara, of Norwalk, who took home the Best In Show award at the Rowayton Arts Center’s spring juried art show, two New Canaan residents were also recognized.

Over 80 pieces were chosen from almost 250 submissions.

Kimberly Henrikson, the interim executive director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, judged the exhibition and Andrea Letters, of Rowayton, and Kathleen Weinstock, of Darien, were the chairmen for the exhibition.

New Canaan’s Marianne Rothballer took second place for her watercolor, “Kindred Spirits.”

In the acrylics category, Roz Emmons earned honorable mention for her painting.

Artists from the spring juried show will talk about their work and inspiration March 14. The event, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the exhibition will be on view until March 31.

The Board of Directors of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has awarded a $2,250 grant to Person-to-Person.

The grant award, which resulted from a recommendation by two of the foundation’s board members, will be applied to general operating expenses.

This is the first time the foundation has made a grant to Person-to-Person, which was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The New Canaan Beautification League’s annual appeal letter for donations is in the mail.

The annual appeal helps supports the NCBL, which in turn supports the beautification of New Canaan.

NCBL provides and maintains over 200 hanging flower baskets in town, 34 roadway triangles, wreaths in town for the holidays, train station and Town Hall plantings and maintenance, as well as host programs that are open to the public. Lee Garden on Chichester Road is owned and maintained by NCBL as well.

Every spring brings news challenges, including rejuvenation of locations damaged by yearly storms as well as creating new landscapes, such as the garden in front of the Thrift Store. The annual appeal will help fund these programs.

The NCBL is a nonprofit community service and educational organization founded in 1939 for the purpose of the beautification of the community and to provide members with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of gardening, conservation and horticulture.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.

Stewart’s Market and Planet New Canaan have teamed up to promote the use of reusable bags and support The New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

From now until mid-March, for every reusable bag used, 5 cents will go to New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

This donation is in addition to the Stewart’s Market policy of a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag used by customers. Any reusable bag may be used for the donation and discount. Stewart’s Market sells a variety of their own bags, including an insulated bag, and customers can use their T-Bill points toward the purchase of bags.

Planet New Canaan is a non-partisan group, founded by local members of the community, committed to bringing awareness about the environmental issues that face New Canaan and the world, both today and in the future, through film screenings, presentations and community outreach.