Wakeman’s Torch Club, a Fairfield youth group, raised money to buy personalized holiday gifts for families in need at the Alpha House shelter this holiday season. The Torch Club raised money, purchased and wrapped, and even delivered all the gifts to the transitional housing shelter.

The Torch Club is a youth group held by Boys and Girls clubs throughout the United States. The unique club offers 7th and 8th graders a chance to volunteer at local events and plan larger events that give back to the community.

Wakeman’s Torch Club organized a holiday movie night that 140 children attended to raise the funds to purchase the gifts. Additionally, Torch Club members, parents, and Wakeman families and staff all donated proceeds to the cause.

After the money was raised, the Torch Club visited the Trumbull Mall and shopped for all the gifts.

Then, on on Dec. 22, club members delivered the presents to Alpha House in Bridgeport.

Tetreau joins Bigelow Center

On Jan. 3, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau celebrated his birthday by becoming a member of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities at 100 Mona Terrace. Since the Bigelow Center accepts Connecticut residents over the age of 50, Tetreau was officially welcomed as a new member and encouraged other residents over the age of 50 to join.

Fairfield residents can join the center at no cost. A few programs and activities have nominal fees, but most are free of charge.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. On Thursdays in March, the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From April to June, on Thursdays, the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. From March to June, the center will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information on becoming a member, call 203-256-3166.

Studying abroad

Two Fairfield natives who attend Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. will be studying abroad this spring.

Through the Siena College Center for International Programs, students pursue international internships, do original research, engage in meaningful service learning and form lasting bonds and friendships, all while improving their employment prospects.

Pamela Harrison of Fairfield will be studying in London, England and Isabel Kaczegowicz of Southport will be studying in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

On the dean’s list

Assumption College in Worchester, Mass. has announced that Sarah Reilly, a member of the class of 2019 from Fairfield, is one of 486 students named to the college’s prestigious undergraduate dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To earn a spot on the dean’s list, Assumption students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for a five-class, 15-credit semester.

Four Fairfield natives have been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2016 semester at the Burlington, Vt. school.

Maxwell Hamburg is majoring in marketing; Skylar Paulik is majoring in early childhood/elementary education; Michael Ronzitti is majoring in business administration; and Auguste Taylor-Young is also majoring in business administration.

Dean College in Franklin, Mass., is pleased to announce that Ben Kruse, of Fairfield, has earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Keene State College in New Hampshire announced that 1,400 students have been named to the fall 2016 dean’s list, including seven Fairfield natives: David Annunziato, Elizabeth Buckley, Peter Clark, Tatiana Fernandes, Jaime Kelly, Brittany Smith and Stephan Zadravec.

Three Fairfield natives attained dean’s list recognition in fall 2016 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Nicholas Gans, Meredith Nerreau and Megan Overby earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

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:

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

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

Property sold in $4M deal

A Westport mixed-use property near the Fairfield line has sold in a deal worth more than $4 million.

Avison Young this week announced its local office arranged the $4.16 million sale of the property at 1835 Post Road East, which includes three buildings totaling about 10,700 square feet.

Built in 2001, the buildings were fully occupied. Tenants include Walpole Woodworkers, Fjord Fisheries and Shoreline Pharmacy, which recently signed a long-term lease for the front building.

It is the third recent acquisition Avison Young has arranged on behalf of the buyer, Blackshaw Hunchar. The new owner has appointed Avison Young as property manager for the assets, which feature a mix of retail, office and residential space. The seller was Green Farm Associates, represented in-house by Gary Bellard.

The property at 1835 Post Road East features modern retail and office space on a high-visibility corner location with traffic light next to Shake Shack and across from Stop & Shop, HomeGoods and Panera Bread. The 0.63-acre plot includes 34 parking spaces and is not far from exit 19 of Interstate 95.

Sporting license buyers beware

Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two active non-Department of Energy and Environmental Protection websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license or receive hunter education training: Fishinglicense.org and Hunting-license.org

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife posted on its Facebook page that, “among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a CT fishing license or hunting license.

“Though some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, these sites also offer a consumer the ability to purchase time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services that are specifically NOT affiliated with the CT DEEP. The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license. Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a ‘credit’ toward the purchase of any CT fishing or hunting license.”

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.

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.