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Thursday, March 22 News

Community Postings: Lawyers honored, Taekwondo champs...

Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, graduated 460 students from 38 states and 36 countries on May 29, including Fairfield natives Isobel Curtis and Freddie Ulbrick. Cumulatively, the class of 2017 performed 80,000 hours of community service, exemplifying Bates’ commitment to community learning and civic action.

The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants is kicking off of its celebration of 100 years of empowering new Americans to thrive in Connecticut with a sunset dinner on Sunday at the Black Rock Yacht Club.

CIRI will honor Peter A. Penczer with the Circle of Achievement Award and Krishna Patel with the first Legacy Award, as a part of an evening that will also recognize the achievements and contributions of the many refugees and immigrants the nonprofit has helped start new lives.

Penczer is a lawyer and real estate developer, a member of CIRI’s board and its former chairman. He has a long history of work with and for the immigrant community, for which he received a Certificate of Achievement from the Connecticut Bar Association in 2004.

He has provided leadership to CIRI for decades through his board services; he has championed CIRI in the community and in the Fairfield Rotary Club; he has made strategic introductions to prospective board members, volunteers, donors and vendors for a range of essential services; he and his wife, Lynne Penczer, are loyal and generous donors.

Penczer has also served on the board of the Fairfield Theater Company, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Klein Memorial and the Science Park at Yale in New Haven. He is the current chairman of the Fairfield Economic Development Commission and was named Fairfielder of The Year in 2015.

Penczer is also vice president for international service in the Fairfield Rotary Club and a trustee of its Foundation.

Patel is a former federal prosecutor in New York and in Connecticut and now general counsel and justice initiative director at Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan. She has been engaged in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crimes globally for over 18 years.

Margaret Siebert, a native of Fairfield, has enrolled at the University of Iowa for fall semester.

St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., welcomed new students to the class of 2021, including three Fairfield residents. Fall semester classes began Aug. 30.

Bryan D. Azarian and Brian L. Gannon attended Fairfield Warde High School, while Megan Grady attended Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. officially welcomed the class of 2021. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 30 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service.

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Incoming Citadel cadet recruits include Fairfielders Theodore Coppola, George Saulnier and Kyle Staudt.

Fairfield World Champion Taekwondo sent eight students to compete in the 2017 USA Taekwondo National Championships held in Detroit, Mich. over the summer.

Fairfield students captured many first, second and third place medals in most of their events.

Even after arriving in Detroit, the intensive training and coaching from Master Kwangjin Ha continued at least twice a day.

This year the 2017 USAT National Championships spanned a week and hosted over 3,600 athletes and more than 500 coaches from across the nation. There were over 2,058 sparring matches, which required more than 200 referees and over 6,000 boards broken during board-breaking events.

Over 4,000 medals were awarded to USAT athletes.

Master KJ earned silver in individual and pair poomsae in the under age 40 division.

Brian Meagher earned sixth place nationally in individual and seventh place nationally in pair poomsae in the age 14-17 division.

Sean Choi earned silver in poomsae and breaking in the age 10-11 division.

Jennifer Meagher earned gold in poomsae in the under age 60 division.

Mikey Choi earned silver in poomsae and fifth in Sparring in the age 12-14 division.

Emile Racquet earned silver in poomsae and fifth in sparring in the age 12-14 division.

Mattias Bassler earned silver in poomsae and silver in breaking in the age 8-9 division.

Jake Ha earned gold in poomsae and breaking and earned silver in sparring in the age 6-7 division.

Master KJ Ha, who owns Fairfield World Champion Taekwondo, and Brian Meagher achieved World Class and National Rankings in both, individual poomsae and mixed pair poomsae, placing within the top eight in the nation.

University of Alabama student Julia Josephine Palmieri, of Fairfield, was named to the dean's list for the summer semester having earned an academic record of 3.5 (or above).

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, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (203) 259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for its annual Fall Harvest Market, which will take place Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Old Town Hall Green, Old Post and Beach roads.

The Green will be transformed into an outdoor, open-air shopping market, full of vendors providing a huge array of different products, clothing, food and household items. The chamber is looking for a local farm to supply pumpkins, apples, etc., to sell, as well. Also included this year will be some vendors from the Fairfield Farmers Market.

Exhibitors’ spots fill-up fast (starting at $150 for a 12-foot-by-12-foot space, $125 for chamber members), and the chamber’s goal is to feature more than 40 well-known and unique retail vendors. Nautical vendors are always a plus for Fairfielders.

Vendors and exhibitors who would like to participate should contact the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce office or email Krista at Krista@fairfieldctchamber.com.

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.