On May 10, ABRI/Homes for the Brave accepted the donation of a brand new 2017 Nissan Altima from the Norma F. Pfriem Foundation in Southport through Paul Miller, of Paul Miller Nissan in Fairfield.

The vehicle will be used to transport residents to appointments, job interviews and other endeavors that help them in their efforts to regain and sustain long-term independence.

ABRI/Homes for the Brave, a nonprofit dedicated to providing safe housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to homeless individuals, primarily veterans, has served over 1,100 men and women experiencing homelessness in Connecticut.

Among the graduates

New graduates received their bachelor degrees from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. on May 21.

Christian Barral-Arteta, of Southport, received a Bachelor of Arts. Barral-Arteta, who attended Westminster School, majored in economics and business in the liberal arts.

Isabelle R. Munro, of Fairfield, received a Bachelor of Science. Munro, who attended Brooks School, majored in psychology.

Ryan W. Orvis, of Fairfield, received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. Orvis, who attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, majored in environmental studies and business in the liberal arts.

Charlotte R. Sandberg, of Fairfield, received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. Sandberg, who attended Fairfield Ludlowe High School, majored in economics and business in the liberal arts.

Eastern Connecticut State University's annual graduation ceremony was held at the XL Center in Hartford on May 16.

From Fairfield, Taylor Espinel graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies in professional studies; Nicholas Fernandes graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in social work; Allyson Gyarfas graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education; Gregory Hyman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in sport and leisure management; Stephanie Kovis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology; Mary Parise graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology; Miguel Restrepo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration; Christina Rossomando graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in communication; Lauren Shannon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communication; Roi Shukrun graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business information systems; and Andrew Visser graduated with a Bachelor of Science in labor relations and human resource management.

Also, Stephen Horvath, of Southport, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communication.

In South Carolina on May 11, Graham James Boatwright, of Fairfield, graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering.

Two Fairfield natives graduated from The University of Scranton on May 28, one earning a bachelor’s degree and the other a master’s degree.

Nicholas W. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing and Garett Colin Roberts earned a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management.

Uma Dieffenbach, of Southport, and Hanhee Song, of Fairfield, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. on May 28.

Dieffenbach earned a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience and behavior and theater and Song earned a Bachelor of Arts in math and music.

Peter Detrik, of Fairfield, earned a Bachelor of Science in applied exercise science from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Nine Fairfield natives graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. the weekend of May 19.

Jacqueline Deleo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology; John Kryspin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information technology and systems; Kara Millington received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication; Christopher Sanfilippo received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; Lucy Watson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in educational psychology, childhood studies; Joshua Dow received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication; Olivia Aller received a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising; William Fulda received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; and Andrew Salveson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

Six Fairfield natives participated in the University of New Hampshire Commencement Ceremony held May 20 in Durham, N.H.

Christian Tortora graduated with a Associate of Applied Science in civil technology; Harrington Duval graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science; Samantha Park graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science, medicine and veterinary science; Timoney Campbell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication;

Sydney Kay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in mechanical engineering; and Jocelyn Thibault graduated with a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies.

Also, Southport natives Christopher Logan and Daniel Silvestri both graduated with a Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration, finance.

Fairfield’s Hyunsoo Kim and Brian Peterson graduated May 13 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts.

Kim was awarded a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering with distinction and Peterson was awarded a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with high distinction.

Share your thoughts

The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities wishes to invite members to attend one of its scheduled focus groups. The purpose of these groups is to elicit feedback from members: How are we doing? How do you hear about us? What should we do differently?

The center is in the process of preparing for national accreditation.

The next focus group will be held on June 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Call 203-256-3166 and let the center know if you plan to attend.

Calling all teen volunteers

Summer help is needed at the Fairfield Public Library.

Do you enjoy working with young children? Do you like spending time at the library?

Apply to be a summer volunteer at the Main or Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

The library needs teenagers to help children sign up for the online summer reading game, hand out prizes, show movies, help at story times and special events, and more.

A minimum time commitment of two hours per week is requested from June 19 to Aug. 12. Each volunteer will choose their own schedule from available hours each week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and occasional evenings until 9 p.m. when there is a special event.

Interested volunteers must complete an application, and, if selected, attend a mandatory one-hour training session in June, dates to be announced. This volunteer opportunity is open to students entering eighth grade and up in September. Apply online at bit.ly/FPLVolunteer.

For more information, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160.

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

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.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.