Community Postings: SHU graduation speaker, a gala...
Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 51st undergraduate commencement exercises May 14 at 10 a.m. He will also receive an honorary doctor of theology degree.
The university’s graduate commencement will take place the day before. Both ceremonies will be at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
Sacred Heart’s class of 2017 includes 890 undergraduates who will have earned bachelor’s degrees and 1,026 graduate students who will have earned master’s degrees, professional certificates and doctorates.
Members of Sacred Heart’s first graduating class — the class of 1967 — will participate in the procession to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.
Sacred Heart was founded in 1963 as an independent, Catholic university by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. It is the second-largest Catholic university in New England and was the first in America to be led and staffed by laypeople.
SHU Horizons gala on April 22
Horizons at Sacred Heart University marks its sixth year with a special celebration featuring folk singer Tom Chapin and honoring a Fairfield couple on April 22.
Horizons at SHU’s second annual gala will feature a night of food, drink and songs, including a special presentation from the Horizons students at the Sacred Heart’s Martire Business and Communications Center.
Chapin, a three-time Grammy winner, will perform classics such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “This Land is Your Land” with Horizons SHU students. Chapin will end the night with “Pretty Planet” to honor Earth Day.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://alumni.sacredheart.edu/HorizonsGala.
Help clean up Fairfield
In celebration of Earth Day, which is April 22, Fairfield-based nonprofit Humanity Now will sponsor a town-wide cleanup.
Students, residents and community groups will work together, picking up trash and collecting donations tied to the students’ service work.
Clean-up locations include, but are not limited to:
The three Fairfield train stations;
The Gould Manor Park area (including the underpasses).
Humanity Now is seeking volunteers from the community to adopt pre-designated areas or join existing groups of volunteers. Work gloves are recommended and trash bags will be provided by the town.
During the cleanup, Humanity Now will also be raising both awareness and collecting donations to support bringing clean water to undeveloped countries. Proceeds from the recycling of collected bottles and cans at area Stop & Shop stores, which will be generously matched by Aquarion Water Company, will be used to buy water filters for a partner community in Ecuador. Each $35 filter is capable of turning one million gallons of river water into clean, drinkable water, removing the risk of diseases like cholera and typhoid.
Recycled bottle receipts will be collected on April 22 from volunteers and at the Stop & Shop at 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff in Fairfield. Donations are also accepted.
The clean-up is also being held in anticipation of the Fairfield Earth Day Committee’s celebration, which will be held the following weekend, on April 30 from 10 to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.
For more information on volunteering and donations, contact Don Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-256-0353.
Rotary raises $17,000 for scholarships
The Rotary Club of Fairfield raised more than $17,000 during its most recent “celebrity luncheon” event at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn last month, featuring Jon Miller, president of programming for the NBC Sports Group.
With hundreds on hand for the 14th annual event, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for Fairfield Rotary, Miller talked about the evolution of television sports.
Thanks to the successes of the “celebrity luncheon,” Fairfield Rotary has been able to award thousands of dollars each year in the form of grants to local charitable groups, and additional scholarships to graduating high seniors who demonstrate a commitments to the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.”
Running for cancer research
Along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, they will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to collectively raise $5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This year marks the 28th annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.
Each team member must fulfill a basic fundraising commitment of at least $4,000.
Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019
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.
Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.
Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.
Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.
Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.
The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.
If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.