Fairfield University

’s Counseling and Psychological Services received a $10,000 grant for opioid awareness initiatives as part of the Statewide Healthy Campus Initiative, launched by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled from 1999 to 2015.

On Nov. 7, Fairfield University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Collegiate Recovery Program, Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA), Campus Ministry, the Student Health Center, and the Dean of Students office will co-sponsor an Opioid Awareness and Prevention Day, to highlight the national crisis with activities and education to heighten prevention as well as increase access to treatment and recovery. The theme for the day will be “Everyone Knows Someone.”

Fairfield University’s Campus Opioid Education and Awareness Program will focus on:

Increasing awareness of the potential for fatal overdose.

Increasing access to treatment through education about the availability of resources on campus.

Informing the campus community of the availability of Narcan on campus to save lives. All public safety and Health Center employees have been trained to administer Narcan.

Highlighting the value of a Collegiate Recovery Program, which pairs education with recovery.

To remember all of those who died of overdose deaths in Connecticut last year, 917 purple flags will be placed on the campus’ traffic circle and there will be a vigil at the traffic circle at 6 :30 p.m.

Other events during the day include a demonstration on administering Narcan — the brand name for the overdose-prevention drug naloxone — at 12 and 5 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center. There will also be information booths set up in the Dolan School of Business from 1-3 p.m. and at the RecPlex from 3-5 p.m. and a screening of the documentary “If They Had Known” at 7 p.m. in the Aloysius P. Kelley Center, followed by a panel discussion. The documentary is about the fatal overdose of a University of Denver sophomore and the tragic risks of today’s party culture.

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.