On Nov. 10, Sacred Heart University dedicated two buildings — its Student Success Center and Wellness Center — in memory of SHU alum Brian Hamilton’s mother, Sheila Hamilton, and his former wife Maureen Hamilton, also a SHU grad.
Brian Hamilton, a member of the University Board of Trustees, is the chairman and co-founder of Sageworks, a financial information company whose mission is to help small businesses.
He also invented ProfitCents, an artificial intelligence system used by financial institutions, accounting firms, privately-held companies and government institutions that converts financial data into plain language so people can make better decisions.
The Student Success Center focuses on enhancing student learning, testing and achievement. Brian Hamilton chose to name the Student Success Center after his mother, Sheila, a native of Stratford, in thanks for her commitment to his education and the role she played in his success.
Brian Hamilton chose to name the Wellness Center after his deceased wife, Maureen, who graduated from SHU in 1984. A social worker especially focused on the welfare of children, Maureen Hamilton enjoyed helping families with adoption services and working with foster children.
Brian Hamilton graduated summa cum laude from SHU’s School of Business in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree. A Milford native, he later attended Duke University, where he earned his MBA. While at Sacred Heart, Hamilton was student government president and a member of the debate team. He also served as an intern for Thomas Melady, then-president of SHU, who later moved to Washington, D.C., to become U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, to Uganda and then to The Holy See.
An organization founded in Westport in 1967 which has grown and expanded to attract members from all over Fairfield County and beyond is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, the second such congregation in the country, helped spawn the movement now consisting of a constellation of such groups across the U.S., Canada, and Israel under the aegis of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, members of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County met at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull earlier this month.
The evening featured a historic overview of the organization presented by Dana and Deirdra Preis, of Easton, Rochelle Green, of Westport, George Rockmore and Donna Soucy, of Fairfield, John Levin, of Norwalk, and Steve and Beth Ulman, of Fairfield.
Further commemorating the Nov. 4 event was a film by Laura Snow, of Westport, introduced by President Alexandra Mack, of Monroe, and organizer Emily Shufrin, of Trumbull. Adam Feder and the Shul Band provided live musical performance.
Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.
For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.
Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.
Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.
Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.
Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield
Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike
Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.
Finally, Bankwell is helping out Kids Helping Kids and their annual “Gift of Giving” collection.
Through Dec. 7 Bankwell is collecting gently-used and new toys, sports equipment, games, crafts, puzzles for kids, and jewelry, frames, household items, wallets, like-new clothing, accessories for adults. Please label all bags and boxes “KHK Gift of Giving Event.” KHK creates a pop-up store on Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Boys and Girls Club in Stamford.
Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.
Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.
The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road
Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.
Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.
Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive
Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.
By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.
Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.
A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.
For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.
The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”
The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.
Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.
For online guidelines and submissions, go tonorwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.
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.