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Halley Posner

, of Southport, was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the semester ending in April. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade-point average is 3.71 or higher.

Posner, the daughter of Jordan and Beth Posner, is a 2014 graduate of Greens Farms Academy. She is majoring in history at Bates.

Two Fairfield natives have been named to the Marist College dean’s list for the spring semester.

Charlotte Blatt, a member of the class of 2019, is majoring in psychology and special education. Caitlin O’Brien, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in fashion merchandising.

The Sacred Heart University-owned Great River Golf Club in Milford has named a new grounds management team and staff to oversee course quality controls, day-to-day maintenance and future improvements. The new team consists of Superintendent Todd Tetreault, First Assistant Jeff Swanson and Second Assistant Roger Fox.

Tetreault is certified by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America as a “class A” superintendent. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in environmental horticulture and turfgrass management. Tetreault brings more than 20 years of experience from a number of noteworthy private and public clubs, including The Patterson Club in Fairfield and Country Club of Darien.

Swanson earned a certificate in professional golf turf management from Rutgers University and boasts experience from a number of regional and nationally-recognized courses.

Fox, also a graduate of Rutgers, has 17 years of golf course experience.

Great River Golf Club is a semi-private club. Its 18-hole course was recently named number two in the state by Golfing Magazine, number three in the state by Golfweek and number four by Golf Magazine.

The course serves as home to the Sacred Heart University men’s and women’s golf teams.

SHU purchased Great River Golf Club as part of a 150-acre acquisition along Milford’s Housatonic River in 2015. The university plans to use the club as an opportunity to develop academic programs in hospitality and golf course management to complement current programs in exercise science, sports communications and sports management.

Sacred Heart and Great River management have adopted a strategic vision designed to provide golf enthusiasts the best course, facility and member value in the region. Included in the plan is the goal to become a first-class home for businesses looking to hold events, entertain clients and reward or honor employees.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Aug. 31: 1 to 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road


Aug. 28: 1 to 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road


Aug. 30: 1 to 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 N. Benson Road

Aug. 30: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Aug. 31: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.


Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Aug. 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.


Aug. 25: 1:45 to 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 W. Broad St.


Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St.

Aug. 23: 1 to 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

Aug. 24: 1 to 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass health history questionnaire at

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of Connecticut and sharing that information with others?

Master Naturalist training is offered by different organizations around the country. Programs prepare people of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Master Naturalist Program at the Center at Fairfield provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks. All sessions will include a mix of indoor classroom presentations and outdoor, hands-on field experiences.

Classes are taught by field experts, including Bill Kenny, a fairfield ecologist and landscape architect, and James E. Biardi, the director of environmental studies at Fairfield University.

At the conclusion of the training, graduates receive certificates and apply their knowledge and individual skills in volunteer capacities to help maintain and support education activities and operations at the center and its adjoining Larsen Sanctuary.

Classes meet Tuesdays, Sept. 5 through Nov. 7, and on Saturday, Sept. 30,

Space is limited; the registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Program fee: $205 CAS members; $260 non-members (includes a CAS membership).

As part of the tuition, participants must be able to give 10 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class.

For more information about the Master Naturalist Training Program, including the application, visit or email

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.