Community Postings: Ethics champs head to nationals, Giving Day...

The Fairfield College Preparatory School Philosophy Club won the third annual Manhattanville College Ethics Bowl Competition on Feb. 3.

Competing against a field of 10 other teams, Fairfield Prep went undefeated in the preliminary rounds en route to a difficult semi-final match against Poughkeepsie High School. After narrowly advancing in the semis, Prep came back strong in the finals and edged out Thornton-Donovan High School for the top prize in the competition.

The National Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supports more than 30 regional competitions nationwide in order to narrow the field for their national competition each April.

Students research and refine their arguments on moral issues that impact society such as driverless cars and gender roles in the workplace. Matches are judged based on both the validity and sound nature of a team’s argument, as well as their ability to respond to hypothetical questions about their position. Unique from a traditional debate, ethics competitions invite young men and women to think deeply about what is the right thing to do in each given situation as opposed to simply adopting a pro or con stance.

Fairfield Prep’s team was led by Ian Greenwalt and Will Richards, with strong contributions by Michael Hoben, Owen Gannon, Finn Mangan and Eric Ochsner. Lucas Hoin, the team scribe, kept detailed notes on each match in order to help the team refine their arguments in each round.

Having won the regional competition, Fairfield Prep heads to North Carolina to compete on the national stage April 20-22.

Brendan Canale, of Fairfield graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in history. The Bachelor of Arts was awarded in December.

Two Fairfield natives received degrees from the University of Alabama during the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 16.

Matthew Joseph Greenhut, of Southport, and Ryan Joseph King, of Fairfield, both earned a Bachelor of Science degrees in commerce and business administration.

March 1 is Fairfield County’s Giving Day and the Friends of the Bigelow Senior Center is in it to win it.

Hosted by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24-hour online event to “Give Where You Live” and celebrate the work of local nonprofits. Last year, $1.25 million was raised for 410 local nonprofits.

The Friends of the Bigelow Senior Center is a charitable entity whose mission is to raise and administer funds to enhance programs, services, and facilities of the Bigelow Senior Center and to support it on a broad basis in the community and through advocacy. There are more than 3,700 registered members of the center who participate in diverse, robust and engaging programs. Seniors from other cities and towns are welcome to attend.

This year, funds raised on Giving Day will enhance the capacity to offer social and cultural activities to large groups by installing audio visual equipment in the dining hall. Films, guest speakers, educational presentations and entertainment will provide a vital link, engaging seniors with their community.

Go to and search for the Friends of the Bigelow Senior Center to donate. The minimum gift is $10; online donations only. In addition,the tax-deductible donation may qualify the Friends to win additional grant prizes.

Two Fairfielders were named to the Western New England University fall dean’s list for achieving semester grade-point averages of 3.30 or higher.

Max Martel and Paul Santandrea are both majoring in mechanical engineering.

Four Fairfield natives were named to Clemson University’s dean’s list, having achieved GPAs between 3.50 and 3.99.

From Fairfield, Ryan Christopher Gove is majoring in pre-business, Patrick J. Harris is majoring in financial management and Anne Marie Moeder is majoring in communication. Lauren Claire Hilliker, of Southport, is majoring in communication.

Fairfield’s Casey Crowley was named to the dean’s list at Miami University for the fall semester. Crowley is earning a Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in marketing.

Dylan Fichera, from Fairfield, has been named to SUNY Geneseo’s dean’s list for the fall semester. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit

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.