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Saturday, December 15 News

Community Postings: Fairfield Prep principal named, Legislators join fire/EMS caucus...

Thomas de Quesada

will become the next principal of Fairfield College Preparatory School on July 1.

The current Fairfield Prep principal, Robert Perrotta, is retiring at the end of June after 49 years of service as a teacher and administrator.

de Quesada is currently the dean of men at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, Fla. In addition to this role, he teaches Latin American history, annually guides a student group to Peru, chairs the committee for school branding, and directs the campus store. He also served as director of development and alumni relations, coordinated the Overseas Study Program, taught world history, coached basketball, and moderated the Student Council and Model UN.

Himself a graduate of Belen Jesuit, de Quesada went on to earn a bachelor’s in political science from Florida International University. He later completed a master’s degree in management and administration of educational programs, followed by a Doctor of Education degree in educational technology from Nova Southeastern University.

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

Fairfield residents from the class of 2018 include Megan Cannella, Judith Klinga and Natalie Spears. From the class of 2019, Ryan Gannon and Remi Smith also made the dean’s list.

Dean’s list status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to five Fairfield natives for the fall semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

From Fairfield, Elizabeth Buhrendorf, Nicolas DesGranges, Morgan McCuaig and Jason Nerreau all made the dean’s list, as did Danielle Fox, of Southport.

State Reps. Brenda Kupchick, D-132, Laura Devlin, R-134, and Cristin McCarthy Vahey, D-133, have joined the legislature’s newly formed bi-partisan Fire and EMS Caucus.

The caucus met in December and again on Jan. 9.

The committee will be divided into four subcommittees: Training/Education, Labor, EMS, and Fire Marshal/Regulations. It will hold monthly meetings going forward.

State Reps. Brian Ohler and Pat Boyd announced in May their plans to form the Fire and EMS Caucus. The caucus will focus on will specific public safety issues that first responders must navigate on a daily basis.

According to the Fairfield legislators the top issue is supporting the Regional Fire Training Schools, one of which is located in Fairfield.

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.

They can submit up to 10 images under two designations — professional/serious amateur or student. A student must be an active student and under the age of 24.

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

Two grand prize winners will be selected, one from each designation. The professional/serious amateur winner will have a gallery show in Southport Galleries. The student winner will receive a portfolio review with a professional in the photography field.

Photography categories are: landscape, portrait, architecture, nature and abstract. The photographs cannot be manipulated.

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

For more details and to enter the contest, visit fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images.

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.

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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