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Friday, April 20 News

Community Postings: Rugby club gives back, Among the grads...

The Fairfield Yankees Rugby Club participated in the Holiday Bear Project through the Connecticut Education Foundation for the second consecutive year.

As a sponsor, the Fairfield Yankees was responsible for purchasing holiday gifts for 18 children. The children were ages 7-13, and their wish lists included Beyblades, Legos, action figures, footballs, winter sleds, backpacks, clothing, and more. The Yankees raised $1,800 to fund the gifts and personally went out shopping for all the gifts.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Fairfield Rugby Club got together for a holiday gift wrapping party. Youth players, parents, high school players, and men’s and women’s players wrapped the gifts at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 1494 Post Road in Fairfield. Grace O’Malley’s generously offered their back room for the festivities and wrapping activities.

The Fairfield Rugby Club offers rugby to all levels including youth, high school, men’s and women’s competitive teams (the Yankees), and social touch rugby.

Tyler Gracon, of Fairfield, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in marketing during commencement exercises held Dec. 15 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Fairfield native Chelsea Varella-Lee was recognized during the Dec. 13 midyear graduates’ recognition ceremony for having completed the requirements necessary for graduation from Gettysburg College.

Varella-Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in computer science.

Three Fairfield natives have been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2017 semester: Karim Elzanaty, Jackson Hamburg and Michael Rembish.

In December, blood donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, all those who give blood or platelets through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:


Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road


Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

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).

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes through Dec. 31.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

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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 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 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15.

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.

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.