Community Postings: Pepe’s Pizza gives back, Fairfield U. earns $75k grant...
A Fairfield pizzaria is giving back to the community with a “Good Neighbor Day” program.
On March 26, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of Fairfield, located at 238 Commerce Drive, will donate 10 percent of all lunch and dinner sales to Operation Hope.
Built on a family tradition of hard work and customer loyalty, Pepe’s has long been inspired to help support their neighbors. Knowing its success comes from the community’s love of Pepe’s coal-fired pizza pies, the restaurant is thrilled to help the neighbors who have made Pepe’s such a great place.
While eating for a special cause on “Good Neighbor Day” from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests are welcome to enjoy a variety of classic creations from Pepe’s such as the fresh white clam pizza and Frank Pepe’s original tomato pie.
Founded in 1925 in New Haven, locations now include Fairfield, Manchester, Danbury, West Hartford, Waterbury, and Uncasville, Yonkers, N.Y., and Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Students who receive a term grade-point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Two Fairfield natives earned this honor at Colgate University.
Caroline Simon, a member of the class of 2021, is a graduate of Hopkins School. Simon’s current major is mathematical economics.
George Crawford, a member of the class of 2019, is a graduate of Westminster School. Crawford’s current major is economics.
Stacey Zygmant, a student from Southport, has earned a spot on the Goodwin College dean’s list for the fall semester.
Dean’s list inclusion requires a student to earned a minimum 3.5 GPA, the equivalent of an A- average, during a given academic session. The student must also be enrolled in a minimum of six academic credits to qualify.
Fairfield University has received a $75,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the “Conduct Unbecoming: Toward a Code of Publication Ethics in Philosophy” initiative.
Enabled by this support, the project team will spend the next seven months engaging with the philosophy publishing community on the development of best practices, and recommendations of a code of publication ethics that journal editors, publishers, and professional societies both in philosophy and in the humanities could adopt and adapt. The team will be led by Kris Sealey, a Fairfield University associate professor of philosophy and co-director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program.
Sealy will be joined by a group of collaborators that includes editors of philosophy journals, university presses, and members of key American Philosophical Association committees that work on issues of publication, diversity, and inclusion. The team will include Amy E. Ferrer, executive director of the American Philosophical Association; Rebecca Kennison, executive director and principal at K|N Consultants; Yannik Thiem, associate professor of philosophy and director of Graduate Studies at Villanova University; Adriel M. Trott, associate professor of philosophy and chairman of the Gender Studies Steering Committee at Wabash College; and Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick chairman in the humanities and associate professor of philosophy and community sustainability at Michigan State University.
Many Eastern Connecticut State University students — including eight Fairfield natives — participate in Eastern’s clubs during the academic year. The student club programs range from social to educational, physical to spiritual and civic engagement programs that benefit and enrich the Eastern community.
Kamran Chaudhry, a member of the class of 2018, participated in the Peace and Human Rights Club during the fall semester. Chaudhry’s major is philosophy.
Michael DePinto, a member of the class of 2018, participated in the Eastern Outdoors Club during the fall semester. DePinto’s major is environmental earth science.
Brian Lisk, a member of the class of 2018, participated in the Biology Club during the fall semester. Lisk’s major is biology.
Thomas Luckner, a member of the class of 2018, participated in the Math Club during the fall semester. Luckner’s major is mathematics and economics.
Both Jennifer Porpora, a member of the class of 2019, and Jessica Sullivan, a member of the class of 2020, participated in the Repertory Dance Troupe (RDT) during the fall semester. Porpora’s major is business administration and Sullivan’s major is history.
Deja Seawright, a member of the class of 2019, participated in the 180 Christian Fellowship during the fall semester. Seawright’s major is political science.
Peter Vasone, a member of the class of 2019, participated in the Martial Arts Club during the fall semester. Vasone’s major is theater.
Cindi Bigelow, president & CEO of Bigelow Tea, will receive the 2018 Caroline House Award for her support over the past decade of programs that benefit low-income women and their families by providing literacy training and life skills.
Founded in 1995 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Caroline House has a mission of helping immigrant women and children to reach their full potential through education in the English language and life skills. To date, more than 1,600 women and children have been served by the Bridgeport center.
Caroline House is one of 21 local nonprofit organizations that receive funds raised through the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge. Since it began 30 years ago, the Bigelow Community Challenge has raised more than $1.5 million for organizations that provide shelter, food, educational services, counseling, crisis management, after-school tutoring and recreational programs.
Bigelow will be honored at the center’s Starry Night Gala on April 6 at the Inn at Longshore in Westport from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The evening will include cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $195. For more information, visit thecarolinehouse.org or contact Christine Paine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigelow is the third-generation president and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, the U.S. market leader of specialty teas that produces more than 2 billion tea bags annually. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and honorary doctorates from the University of New Haven and Fairfield University.
Socially- and community-minded, she frequently makes appearances, speaking to students and industry leaders and sharing insights on business ethics and career development. She has received numerous awards for her years of community service.
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 elderhouse.org/events.
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.