Five people were presented with Community Spirit Awards on

March 13 in a program sponsored by Bank of Fairfield and Chip's

Family Restaurant.

The five were selected from among a total of 20 nominations on the basis of service to the community.

Winners and their categories were: Volunteer, Ellen Redgate, a volunteer with Operation Hope, which provides services to the homeless; Government, state Rep. Tony Hwang, R-123, cited especially for helping residents after Tropical Storm Irene; Youth Volunteer, Samantha Strelzer, a Fairfield Woods Middle School student who has been active supporting soldiers abroad and local veterans, youth literacy and animal shelter programs; Education, Sister Maureen Ulatowski of St. Catherine's Academy, cited for fundraising through the Ducky Derby; Not-for-Profit, Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.