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Sunday, December 17 News

Community Postings: TaeKwonDo champs, Looking forward to spring...

Students from Fairfield World Champion TaeKwonDo on Mill Plain Road competed last month for the 2017 International President’s Cup in Las Vegas.

More than 1,600 athletes competed Oct. 6-7 and the Fairfield crew took home multiple awards.

Kwangjin Ha — known to his students as Master KJ — won gold in the “Male under 40” category. He also won another gold medal as part of the “Male team over 30,” along with Jason Guk and Johnny Nguyen. In the over 18 category, Heny Kim and Sky Choi won gold, as did Brian Meagher’s junior team with Kyle Tanimura and Elian Ortega. Mattias Bassler medaled twice in the 10-11 year olds category: gold for breaking and silver for poomsae. Instructor Jason Guk in the under 40 category took home a bronze medal.

Next September, Ha will compete and represent team USA at Pan America Championship in Mexico.

On Oct. 26, members of Fairfield Garden Club planted over 3,000 bulbs in Reeves Park at the intersection of Pequot Avenue and Westway Road in Southport.

Reeves Park was donated to the Pequot Library by family friends in honor of William Reeves. His wife, Libby Reeves, was a longtime member of FGC.

Daughter Ann Reeves showed up to cheer while club members expertly planted the bulbs.

Extra help was contributed by Oliver Nurseries’ Scott Jamison and his team.

The planting plan was conceived by fellow member and landscape designer Kristina Gates. Come spring, there should be a magnificent display of white daffodils, purple muscari and pale lavender crocus.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bridgeport

Nov. 18, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cesar A. Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave.

Fairfield

Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Public Schools Central Office, 501 Kings Highway

Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road

Greenwich

Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road

New Canaan

Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.

Norwalk

Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave.

Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.

Stamford

Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive

Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

How did government-sponsored messages about World War I affect those who lived through it? See how the federal government used posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints to inspire support and sacrifice — on the home and military fronts — at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Fairfield and the Great War.”

This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where wartime manufacturing made the city a boomtown. Also on view are uniforms, memorabilia, letters from locals serving in WWI and more.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 21 in the Spaght Gallery.

The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signs direct people to and fro and call attention to specific places, events and locations. Beyond the words they carry, they use symbols, color and design to communicate their message.

Explore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Signs of the Times.”

The collection of Fairfield-related signs on display range from commercial signs to informational pamphlets. In addition, visitors can learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, and try their hand at making their own signs.

The exhibition runs through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26.

The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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.

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