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Monday, February 19 News

Community Postings: Tetreau named chairman of regional council...

First Selectman Mike Tetreau has been unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG). He previously served as the secretary.

MetroCOG is a multi-discipline, regional planning organization with six member communities — Fairfield, Bridgeport, Easton, Trumbull, Monroe, and Stratford. The chief elected official of each member municipality serves as part of the governing body of the council.

As one of nine planning regions in the state, MetroCOG is responsible for planning, project management, services and programs related to transportation, economic development, land use, housing, public facilities, open space, environment, and energy for the region.

Fairfield has benefited from MetroCOG’s support, advocacy and assistance with funding on many important projects over the years. Recent examples include the Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study; pedestrian improvements to King Highway; partial or full bridge replacements; and resurfacing/safety improvements along the Merritt Parkway.

Additionally, many town departments cross reference key data and provide information to the public using a Geographic Information System (GIS), a mapping technology that allows interaction with a variety of maps and data sources. Fairfield’s GIS is provided by MetroCOG and funded through the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.

Five Fairfield natives have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester.

Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade-point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose GPA is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Kathryn Sondheim and Justin Wang made the list with high honors and Maggie Stopa, Erika Zadravec and William Goodchild earned honors.

Dean College announced Ben Kruse, of Fairfield, has earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Siena College named Pamela Harrison, of Fairfield, Christina Noeldechen, of Southport, and Kate Scimeca, of Fairfield, to the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Also from Fairfield, Gregory Beckwith, was named to the Siena College President’s List for the fall semester. The President’s List requires a 3.9 GPA or higher.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announced Nicholas Mears, of Fairfield, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in physics, was named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall semester.

The criteria for the WPI dean’s list differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a GPA. Instead, WPI defines the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Fairfield natives have been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the fall semester: John Cogan, Jennifer Hoffman, Alexa Tillis, Kristen Young, Paul Arancio, Katherine Kovaleski, Emily Seraphin, Leah Epstein, Victoria Gallati, Stephen Tortora, Matthew Wittstein, Caroline Helgans, Tressa Ross, Katey McCarthy, Meghan Lynch, Clare Burns, Olivia Lauterbach, Kiera McNeil, Nicole Pierpont, Eliza Elliot, Elizabeth Haney, Heather Smith, Caroline Wolstenholme, Jordan Michaels, Carly Baldyga, Jessica Robbin, Samuel Rothman, Adrianna Atiles, Sofia Bramante, Jacob Mallon and Gabriella Zarlenga.

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To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester, including four Fairfield natives.

Jake Kiremidjian, from the class of 2018, is majoring in business administration. Thomas Luckner, from the class of 2018, is majoring in mathematics and economics. Lily Smith, from the class of 2019, is majoring in social work. Jessica Sullivan, from the class of 2020, is majoring in history and English.

Select students have been named to the fall dean’s list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the dean’s list that semester.

The students from Fairfield who made the list were Jessica Block, Sydney Burr, Acacia Longley, Caroline Naspo, Liam Raftery, Brian Schiller and Katherine Vaugh.

Patrick Agonito, of Fairfield, Jillian Giandurco, of Fairfield, and Nikki Baptist, of Southport, have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the fall semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

To be named to the University of Vermont dean’s list, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Fairfielders Katherine Fain, Blaise Kirby, Cameron Marrelli, Samuel Nardone, and Damien Socia made the list.

To be included on the University of Rhode Island dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality-point average.

From Fairfield, Samantha Bloch, Stephanie Schramm, Megan Mirgorodsky, Emma Wilkinson, Madeline Burtt, Katherine Penkala, Michael Foley, Jana Spiegel, Madelyn Weinstein and Lian Ngaopraseut made the list. Maeve Story, of Southport, was also named to the dean’s list at the Kingston, R. I. school.

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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