Fairfield native Luke Vitale was recently named to the president’s list at The State University of New York at Potsdam. Vitale, whose major is exercise science, completed at least 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Lasell College in Newton, Mass. recently named Katherine Bouloubasis of Fairfield to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. Bouloubasis, whose major is fashion and retail merchandising, is a member of the class of 2020. To achieve the dean’s list, each student must be full-time, carrying 12 or more graded credits for the semester with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

Garden Club spreads cheer

The Greens Farms Garden Club helped provide a festive touch to area organizations and local train stations with its fresh, hand-decorated holiday wreaths.

Gathering to decorate and then donating the wreaths is an annual tradition for the 87-year-old club.

Recipients of wreaths this year include Grasmere Eldercare Center in Fairfield, The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities in Fairfield, Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield, Clasp Homes of Westport, Star Inc. Lighting the Way in Norwalk and the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, as well as the Fairfield Center, Fairfield Metro, Southport and Greens Farms train stations.

High school honor

Christopher Kral of Fairfield was named to the honor’s list at Pomfret School, an independent college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. To achieve this level of distinction, LaShelle, a member of the class of 2019, earned a grade-point average of at least 3.330 and received no grade lower than a B minus.

2017 Economic outlook breakfast

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual 2017 Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield on Jan. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Sponsors include, People’s United Bank as the event sponsor, and United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas. The guest speaker will be John Traynor, chief economic strategist for People’s United Bank. Traynor will give an overview about the current economy — national, state and local — and what the trends may be for the year ahead, post-election.

Traynor joined People’s United Bank in 2011 as a senior vice president and chief investment officer. Traynor directs the overall investment process and has ultimate responsibility for the work of the various investment committees. He also serves as the chief spokesman for the People’s United Wealth Management Group and provides investment outlooks through regular strategy briefings.

A full buffet breakfast will be served.

To attend, please RSVP by Jan. 9 and reserve your ticket for this very informative speaker series event by calling the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce office at 203-255-1011 or register at FairfieldCTChamber.com. Tickets for chamber members are $40 and $45 for non-members.

Blood donations needed now

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. About 90 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,000 blood donations going uncollected.

Currently, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

Find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets.

Overall, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Nearby scheduled blood drives include:

Wilton — 1/9: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 404 Danbury Road

East Norwalk — 1/11: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Norwalk Library, 51 Van Zant St.

Shelton — 1/13: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

Fairfield — 1/20: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road

Stamford — 1/21: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Hold off on donations to P2P

Person-to-Person is in the process of conducting a comprehensive inventory in the Darien Clothing Center. During that time — due to the generosity of so many in the community — the center will be unable to accept any new donations of clothing, household items, toys, etc.

P2P, a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, will begin accepting donations again starting Jan. 23.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at www.p2pHelps.org.

Stress reduction through music

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and the Norma Pfriem Breast Center will host its fourth lecture in the new 2016-17 series, “Evenings of Wellness” on Jan. 11.

Cassandra Mulcahy, a graduate of Berklee School of Music and Temple University, will discuss stress reduction through music.

Specifically, she will cover the following topics:

Music’s effectiveness in relaxation.

Music’s role in stress management.

Music’s unique link to emotions.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center on Beach Road.

The event is free. Because of limited seating, however, anyone interested should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 203-255-1011 to reserve a seat. The registration deadline is Jan. 9.

Call for photos

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will host its ninth annual IMAGES Juried Photography Show to celebrate the exceptional work of talented photographers in the region.

Entries will be accepted through Feb. 5.

Professional, serious amateur and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are invited to participate.

The show will be on display from March 9 to April 30. The photography of Joe Standart will also be on display.

Visit fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images for information or to enter.

EMT course offered

Fairfield University’s Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with Trumbull Emergency Medical Services, will offer the skill-enhancing Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course from Jan. 18 to May 6.

The course will take place at Fairfield University on Monday and Wednesdays, from 6 to 10 p.m., and some Saturdays. The course meets education requirements established by the state and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is requisite for EMT certification.

State-certified instructors lead students through a semesterlong course focusing on patient assessment and emergency care of the pre-hospital patient.

With approximately 160 hours of classes, this comprehensive EMT course meets the state requirement of instruction and practice necessary for registration for the two-part EMT National Registry examination. Successful completion of the course and, by extension, the exam, ensures EMT certification through the National Registry in participating states.

Areas of instruction covered through lectures and hands-on practice include: CPR, general pharmacology, respiratory emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies and OB/GYN emergencies, musculoskeletal, head and spine trauma, soft tissue injuries, hazardous materials, ambulance operations, emergency medical techniques for children and scene safety.

The cost is $985, not including textbooks. Upon completion of the class, there is an additional state testing fee of approximately $100.

For information or to register, contact Frank Ficko of the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety at 203-254-5524 or visit fairfield.edu/emt.