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Thursday, April 26 News

Community Postings: Lucky in the lottery, Galas...

Two Fairfield residents recently scored big in the Connecticut lottery.

Sandra Ann Nolfo, of Fairfield, hit the jackpot, winning $1.5 million on a “Win Up to $7,500 a Month For Life ticket” that was sold at Five-O-Food Store and Deli in Fairfield.

Also, Frank Druskoczi, of Fairfield, won $10,000 on a Keno ticket sold at Scooter’s Deli Mart in Shelton.

SHU gala raises $893k

Sacred Heart University’s annual Discovery Gala once again broke its record for the amount of money raised, bringing in $893,000 for student scholarships.

The success of this year’s gala was largely credited to the honorees, Board of Trustees Chairman Frank R. Martire, from the class of 1969, and his wife, Marisa Martire, who split their time between New Canaan and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. They put forward a tremendous effort in raising money from their network of colleagues, friends and family, according to William Reidy, vice president for University Advancement.

On April 21, more than 300 people attended the speakeasy-themed event at SHU’s West Campus (the former GE corporate headquarters).

Gala celebrates volunteers

More than 50 local women who volunteer each week at the Fairfield Women's Exchange in Southport were honored May 4 with a gala celebration at the Southport Gallery.

Attendees enjoyed homemade canapés and wine donated by Exchange's Board of Directors.

In addition to "Cocktails and Conversation," the volunteers heard from the director of EMERGE, a charity supported by the Exchange that helps women who are homeless survivors of domestic violence to transform their lives.

The Fairfield Women's Exchange is a nonprofit, retail gift shop that features custom hand-made clothing for children, accessories for men and women, jewelry from local artists, gourmet food items and antiques.

Happiness Club meeting

The Fairfield Happiness Club’s next meeting will feature Lynette Turner, a motivational speaker who will present “The Gift of the Present.”

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. May 18 at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Anyone is welcome and admission is free.

Calling all teen volunteers

Summer help is needed at the Fairfield Public Library.

Do you enjoy working with young children? Do you like spending time at the library?

Apply to be a summer volunteer at the Main or Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

The library needs teenagers to help children sign up for the online summer reading game, hand out prizes, show movies, help at story times and special events, and more.

A minimum time commitment of two hours per week is requested from June 19 to Aug. 12. Each volunteer will choose their own schedule from available hours each week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and occasional evenings until 9 p.m. when there is a special event.

Interested volunteers must complete an application, and, if selected, attend a mandatory one-hour training session in June, dates to be announced. This volunteer opportunity is open to students entering eighth grade and up in September. Apply online at bit.ly/FPLVolunteer.

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For more information, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160.

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

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.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.