Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe appointed Deputy Tax Collector Harry Whiteley, Jr. to the position of tax collector effective immediately. Whitely, a Fairfield resident, assumes the role previously held by Peggy Klein, who retired Sept. 1 after 30 years of service.

About a decade ago, Whitely joined the town of Westport as a part-time tax data processing clerk. In 2014, he was promoted to deputy tax collector, helping to form a team environment committed to customer service and internal improvements.

Most of Whiteley’s career has been in information technology (IT) programming systems and performance management. For 35 years, he worked for UST Inc., located at the time in Greenwich, where he was an IT manager in its corporate headquarters. He ran the corporate data center for over seven years and the IT performance and analysis division for another four years. In those roles, he ensured data support and security and was responsible for the measurement and analysis of all IT activities, performance and service delivery.

Whiteley graduated from IBM Training School in New York City and, while at UST Inc., obtained an Associate of Arts in Business from Fairfield University.

Whiteley has been a volunteer for the Fairfield PAL as a coach and referee for soccer, softball and basketball leagues.

While they didn’t win the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot last month, a number of Connecticut residents did get lucky playing Connecticut lottery games.

John Melnick, of Fairfield, won $20,000 on a Diamond Bingo ticket sold at Shell in Fairfield.

Holy Cross Church is having their annual picnic Sept. 10.

The day starts with a polka Mass at 11 a.m., followed by music at noon.

Slovenian and American foods prepared by the parishioners will be available, including pig and lamb — roasted right on the grounds of the church by the parishioners — as well as stuffed cabbage, noodles,hot dogs, hamburgers, roast beef sandwiches, kielbasa, sauerkraut, apple strudel, and more.

There will also be games, crafts and raffles at Holy Cross Church, 750 Tahmore Dr.

The free event, from noon until 6 p.m., will take place rain or shine.

Parking, including handicap-accessible spots, is available.

The annual St. Pius X Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at 834 Brookside Dr.

Highlights include live music from the Highland Rovers and the Bedlam Brothers, a raffle, a tag sale and inflatable games.

There will also be a vendor tent, a bake tent with homemade sweets and Micalizzi’s Italian Ices and food trucks such as Fire Engine Pizza Co., 2 Bills Grill, and Milkcraft.

Fairfield police and fire will be on hand for a touch-a-vehicle display.

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.

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is launching a new master’s concentration in informatics nursing, and is accepting applications for the fall semester.

This cross-disciplinary graduate program offers students the opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills while partnering with experts in informatics, analytics and computer engineering at Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business and School of Engineering

The concentration, which targets nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests, will provide nurses with the ability to apply informatics theory through clinical practicum experiences in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of this program meet all the qualifications to register for the national Informatics Nursing Certification Exam.

The new program requires a total of 39 credits, including 12 courses and a clinical informatics practicum. The rigorous curriculum includes courses in nursing leadership, information and database systems, and is currently the only program in the state to offer “hands-on” learning experiences in the field for Informatics students.

For detailed program and admission information, visit fairfield.edu/informatics or attend Fairfield’s next graduate information session at the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center on campus Sept. 23 from 8:30-11 a.m. RSVP to this event at fairfield.edu/grad.

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.