The Unquowa School’s student literary magazine, Pen & Paper, has earned top honors in two national competitions.

In the American Scholastic Press Association 2017 Literary Magazine Contest, Pen & Paper won the highest possible award, “First Place with Special Merit.”

In addition, two Unquowa student editors received individual awards. Ryan Cawley won the “Outstanding Poetry” award for his work entitled “Two-Faced.” Samantha Renzulli earned the “Outstanding Story” award for “Time After Time.”

Unquowa’s competition included public and private middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities nationwide.

Unquowa’s 2017 Pen & Paper also won praise from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In their annual review it earned a “Gold Medal Rating” in every evaluation category.

George Seferidis, a humanities teacher, is the publication’s advisor.

The Unquowa School, a coeducational, independent day school, draws students from Fairfield, Easton, Westport, Bridgeport, Stratford, Darien, Greenwich, Shelton, Norwalk, Weston and Wilton.

Sixty-three Fairfield natives made the fall dean’s list at the University of Connecticut: Olivia Anderson, Heather Anderson, David Bachoy, Mary Ball, Grace Bentley, Brandon Bisack, Cella Blumenfield, Sarthak Bothra, Carly Bria, Julia Butzko, Renee Castro, Nora Chov, Samin Chowdhury, Sowon Chung, Fikreta Cirikovic, Michael Connelly, Matthew Crowe, Natalie De La Garrigue, Alexandra Deangelis, Nicholas Demaso, Kelly DeMeo, Kristin Errett, Adela Fejzaj, Michael Fox, Andres Galindo, Nicholas Godfred, Ana Hardiman, Zoe Hochberg, Sean Homa, Valerie Jarret, Jisoo Kim, Jared Klukas, Joseph Lapreay, Ian Leighton, William Mandelbaum, Dana Mansour, Nicole Marino, Sadie Moncayo, Daniel Munteanu, Amy Nelson, Justin Ng, Ari Nishimura-Gasparian, Julia Oppenheimer, Michael Pehota, Richard Perret, Carlee Pickering, Alyssa Pierne, Iqra Qureshi, Jenifer Repaci, Leslie Rojas, Jacob Routhier, Kiara Sardinha, Thomas Scheller, Gabrielle Sharbin, Brooke Siegel, Nicholas Stanton, Eric Styrcula, Bao-Anh Tran, Nicole Triunfo, Bernston Valenzuela, Sofia Wall, Corbinian Wanner and Morgan Wyckoff.

From Southport, Jason Hsieh, Brendan Layne, Griffin Love and Alexander Scott also made the dean’s list.

The UConn students were registered for at least 12 credits, received no grade below a “C,” had a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and were in at least the upper quartile of their school or college.

Five Fairfield natives have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have a semester GPA of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School graduates Meghan Maciejewski, class of 2018, Edward Magi, class of 2020, and Elizabeth Revay, class of 2018, made the dean’s list, as did Colleen McGuinness and Jacquelyn O’Brien, both members of the class of 2020 and graduates of Fairfield Warde High School.

Curry College in Milton, Mass. announced four Fairfield natives were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester: Abigail Benyon, Khaila Fitzgerald, Michael Hughes and Matthew Katz.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester.

Luke Vitale, of Fairfield, was recently named to the President’s List at The State University of New York at Potsdam. Vitale, whose major is exercise science, achieved the honor of being on the President’s List by satisfactorily completing 12 numerically-graded semester hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Carson G. Goos, daughter of Kerry Berchem and Craig Goos of Fairfield, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. for the 2017 fall semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

Goos, a first-year student, is a graduate of Hopkins School.

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.

They can submit up to 10 images under two designations — professional/serious amateur or student. A student must be an active student and under the age of 24.

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

Two grand prize winners will be selected, one from each designation. The professional/serious amateur winner will have a gallery show in Southport Galleries. The student winner will receive a portfolio review with a professional in the photography field.

Photography categories are: landscape, portrait, architecture, nature and abstract. The photographs cannot be manipulated.

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 more details and to enter the contest, visit

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.