Fairfield Prep

seniors Alex McMullen and Jack Llewellyn have been named commended scholars in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 3.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly-competitive state of Connecticut.

While at Prep, McMullen has earned summa cum laude honors recognition every year, achieving a 4.16 GPA. He is the recipient of the prestigious Harvard Club Book Award, given at this year’s National Honor Society ceremony. He is a Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist and speaks fluent Spanish.

He is president of Prep’s Student Government and the multicultural organization ASPIRA, sings with the Encords acappella group, is a member of the Prep Players drama group, is an accomplished musician on the piano and has been a member of Prep’s swimming and tennis teams. Outside of school, he volunteers with the Bridgeport KEYS service organization, teaching children piano lessons. He has also served in the Prep Peer Tutor program.

Llewellyn, with a 4.03 GPA, has also earned summa cum laude honors every year at Prep and was recognized with the Xerox Award sponsored by the University of Rochester, given at this year’s National Honor Society ceremony. Jack has taken the strongest course of study offered at Prep and has achieved a 4.03 GPA.

Llewellyn is a leader on Prep’s Math Team and Robotics Team, an athlete, a dedicated member of Prep’s Campus Ministry program and an innovator who initiated Prep’s Engineering Club this year. Llewellyn has volunteered in the community teaching robotics to children at both the Cardinal Shehan Center and McGivney Center in Bridgeport. He also shares his abilities with others in Prep’s Peer Tutor program.

The Fairfield Department of Community & Economic Development has awarded the latest micro-enterprise assistance grant awarded to Swim ‘n Surf of Fairfield. The $5,000 grant will enable Swim n’ Surf to expand and diversify its product offerings to include a new collection of activewear.

Swim n’ Surf has been a fixture in downtown Fairfield since 2006, providing swim-related apparel and accessories to competitive swim programs as well as the general public. Childhood friends from Westchester County, owners Kathryn Kirton and Kelly Kegan-McGee bring over 20 years of experience in the retail industry primarily in merchandising, advertising and sales, combined with their love of swimming and fashion. The shop carries top-of-the-line swim products and caters to swimmers of all ages, genders, and skill levels with its wide range of product offerings.

To meet the year-round needs of both the fitness-oriented and fashion-conscious consumer, the store recently launched its “SWEAT x Swim ‘n Surf”, a new curated collection of activewear that will appeal to those looking to go straight from their favorite workout to the street in style.

Swim ‘n Surf is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is intended to provide entrepreneurs with training, technical assistance, and startup capital in order to create and sustain viable and productive small businesses in Fairfield. The program seeks to strengthen and enhance these small businesses, with the ultimate goal of increasing employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a recognized form of commercial enterprise that employs five or fewer employees, have its primary operations in Fairfield, and be current on all tax obligations.

Five people won prizes in connection with this year’s Fairfield Holiday Shop & Stroll on Dec. 7.

At a drawing held last week, Diane Manderville, of Fairfield, won the top prize of a downtown shopping spree valued at $500.

Other prize winners included Fairfielders Kim and Steve Fetko who won $100 in “ShowBucks” to the Fairfield Theatre Company and Melissa Hill, of Fairfield, who won a holiday tree display from No. 200 valued at $85.

Deb Lomma earned a $50 gift card to Saltwater and Deirdre Ullman won a $35 giftcard to Soundrunner and a Camelbak water bottle.

Sponsors for the fifth annual Fairfield Holiday Shop & Stroll organized by the town and Chamber of Commerce included Kleban Properties, Fischel Properties, Charles Schwab and Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers. At the evening event, carolers and musicians from Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlow and Fairfield Prep serenaded attendees and Scott Hartley and Greg Roberts from Nauti Dolphin, provided pizza for the student musicians.

The town’s Community and Economic Development Department, which has spearheaded this event and similar retail-based initiatives, is asking community members to fill out a post event survey by going to surveymonkey.com/r/17Stroll.

In December, blood donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, all those who give blood or platelets through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:

Fairfield

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

Norwalk

Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards St.

Dec. 27: 11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Ave.

Stamford

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Trumbull

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes through Dec. 31.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

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.

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.