Nine Connecticut funeral homes have earned national 2017 Pursuit of Excellence Awards from the National Funeral Directors Association, including one in Fairfield.

The national award is presented by NFDA annually to firms that have demonstrated a commitment to raising the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to strict ethical and professional standards and providing outstanding service to families and communities.

Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home is one of only 164 funeral homes in the world recognized with a 2017 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award for innovative community service programs, dynamic public relations efforts and professional integrity.

In addition, Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home will be inducted into the NFDA Hall of Excellence this year. NFDA-member funeral homes are inducted into the Hall of Excellence upon receiving their 10th Pursuit of Excellence Award, in recognition of their consistent display of professional and ethical excellence.

All of the Pursuit of Excellence awardees will be formally honored by the NFDA Oct. 30 at an All-Star Recognition Ceremony during the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Boston from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.

Emily Veronica Wyckoff and Anthony James DePalma were united in marriage Aug. 5 at St. Joseph’s Church in Newport, R.I. She is the daughter of Brian and Julie Wyckoff, of Southport. He is the son of James and Lisa DePalma, of Fairport, N.Y.

The couple celebrated at a black-tie reception at OceanCliff before leaving for a honeymoon in Italy. The two reside in New York City.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Fairfield Ludlowe High School and Syracuse University. She received a master’s in education from Touro College. She is a first-grade teacher at Avenues: The World School in New York City.

The groom also graduated from Syracuse University and earned a master’s in finance from Pace University. He works in real estate private equity for Amherst Capital Management in New York City.

The Fairfield Police Department helped a veteran check off an item on his bucket list recently.

The resident, who the department said is “93-years-young,” is Donald Murray. Police said Murray is a World War II veteran. During him time in the war, the department said he was a B-25 pilot.

An item on Murray’s bucket list — a list of activities a person wants to accomplish during their lifetime — was to take a ride on a police boat and the Fairfield Police Department made that item on his bucket list a reality when they invited him for a ride-along.

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.

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, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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.