The Child & Family Guidance Center announced Dana Scinto Colangelo of Fairfield as chairperson of its Board of Directors and Mindee Blanco of Fairfield as vice chairperson. The center’s main office is in Bridgeport, Conn., with clinics in Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stratford.

Colangelo, a proud mother and community volunteer, has helped organize creative fundraisers for nonprofits throughout the area. Colangelo works part-time for R.D. Scinto, Inc., a family-owned real estate company, as director of public relations. She is also on the president’s council of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center. Colangelo has been a member of The Child & Family Guidance Center’s board of directors for nine years and most recently held the position of vice chairperson.

Blanco has been a member of the board of directors for the last six years. She currently serves as Barnum Financial Group’s chief operating officer, responsible for leading a wide range of important areas that each contribute to the success of the organization. She directs Barnum’s wealth strategies division and oversees Barnum’s lead management and client relationship management technology initiatives, advisor teaming, training and development, and the firm’s physical infrastructure management. Blanco and her husband Paul reside in Fairfield with their three children, Jennie, Sydnee, and Paul.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation announced new board members, including Joel Green of Fairfield, who will serve a three-year term. Green will serve on the governance committee and the education and economic opportunity program committee as an FCCF board member.

For more than thirty years, Green has practiced law in Bridgeport, concentrating on civil litigation and land use matters, successfully representing countless individuals, neighborhood and community groups in an effort to promote responsible development throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County. He lives in Fairfield with his wife Erica and two daughters.

Adopt a pet

The Stratford Cat Project will be hosting a cat and kitten adoption at Petco located at 340 Grasmere Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many cats and kittens for adoption. The SCP is seeking food and supply donations of Friskies and Fancy Feast Cat Food, Friskies Surfin Turfin Dry Food, Purina One Dry Food, paper towels, Lysol and bleach wipes, scoopable litter, latex gloves, copy paper and gift cards to H3 Pet Supply, WalMart, Staples or Stop and Stop. For more information, email

Awards and honors

The Watermark at 3030 Park recognized a number of outstanding employees with Thrive Awards, including four from Fairfield. Ann Sertl , Carly Smolick , Peg Giambalvo and Denise Rozelle , all employees at the Bridgeport retirement community, were given the awards because they exemplify the company’s vision of creating extraordinary communities where residents thrive.

Among the graduates

Fairfield native Nicole Salamone graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. at a commencement ceremony held at the iconic Radio City Music Hall. Salamone earned a degree in communications and package design.

On the dean’s list

Carolyn Carr Sohmer , a senior majoring in digital media studies and psychology at the University of Rochester, has been named to the dean’s list for academic achievement for the spring 2016 semester. Sohmer is the child of Robert Sohmer and Kathleen Walsh and a graduate of Fairfield-Ludlow High School.

At the library

Happiness Club meeting: Hear from Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara , the lead negotiator in 2002 at Fairfield University where he successfully negotiated the release of 27 students and a professor held hostage on the campus, by a subject claiming to possess an explosive device. He will present on “Wellbeing and connection for our community,” followed by the presentation “It’s about time to be Happy, your time is Now,” by Lionel Ketchian , who will share his secrets to living a happier life. Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Library volunteers needed: The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library needs volunteer helpers for their receptions. This entails setting up the food table, pouring wine at the beverage table, and helping with cleanup. The receptions are held on Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the reception help arriving at 4 p.m. Receptions are held every seven weeks. If available, send a note to

Ludlowe H.S. reunion

Members of the Roger Ludlowe High School class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th class reunion on Oct. 1 at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. For information and more details, go to the Roger Ludlowe High School 50th Reunion Page on Facebook or email The reunion will be from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The price will be $65 per person for a buffet dinner with a DJ and cash bar.

Yellow Pages distribution schedule

The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about Sept. 22. Residents who have any questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can email Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.

Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting