The popular Fairfield Restaurant Week makes its return Monday and runs through Oct. 15.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau also announced that Bankwell has renewed its commitment as the lead sponsor of Fairfield Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year.

More than thirty restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s event with special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus showcasing their finest culinary offerings.

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its list of newly-enrolled students for the fall semester.

Among the new students are seven Fairfield natives. Jasmine Conduah’s major is mathematics. Madeline DeMartin’s major is visual arts. Jack Dowden’s major is sport and leisure management. Kalista Hainsworth’s major is visual arts. Morgan Kuryluk’s major is environmental earth science. Kyle Ross’ major is history. Brendan Tarney’s major is exploratory arts and humanities.

Save the Children’s Prep Step campaign won the Prepareathon in Action Award, one of the 11 distinguished 2017 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The Prep Step, part of Save the Children’s Get Ready Get Safe campaign, is a song and dance to help make preparedness accessible for child care providers, teachers, parents and communities and was designed to be fun for children.

In just 100 seconds, the Prep Step video teaches children three basic steps to help them prepare for any emergency:

Know your “In Case of Emergency” contacts;

Make a home emergency plan;

Gather disaster supplies and pack a “go-bag.”

The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards are national and recognize innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster. Additionally, the awards program helps to generate conversation at the neighborhood level, provides models of preparedness programs and demonstrates how to implement preparedness programs in any community.

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.

Lasell College proudly welcomed over 400 students from the U.S. and around the world to its Newton, Mass., campus in September. Included in the newest group of students was Fairfield’s Thomas Bernaschina, a graduate of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

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

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for its annual Fall Harvest Market, which will take place Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Old Town Hall Green, Old Post and Beach roads.

The green will be transformed into an outdoor, open-air shopping market, full of vendors providing a huge array of different products, clothing, food and household items. The chamber is looking for a local farm to supply pumpkins, apples, etc., to sell, as well. Also included this year will be some vendors from the Fairfield Farmers Market.

Exhibitors’ spots fill-up fast (starting at $150 for a 12-foot-by-12-foot space, $125 for chamber members), and the chamber’s goal is to feature more than 40 well-known and unique retail vendors. Nautical vendors are always a plus.

Vendors and exhibitors who would like to participate should email Krista at

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.