A Fairfield resident started 2018 with a bang by winning a million-dollar prize playing a Connecticut lottery game.

Robert Dowd, of Fairfield, won $1,384,816 on a Lotto ticket.

Dowd bought the ticket at at 5-O Food Store and Deli on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. He cashed in his winning ticket at the lottery’s headquarters in Rocky Hill on Jan. 12.

Other winners in January included Gregor Steger, of Stratford, who won $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at News Express in Fairfield and Sarah Stelzel, of Fairfield, who won $20,000 on a Lucky Times ticket sold at Fairfield Woods Mobil.

To be named to the University of Vermont dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Fairfielders Katherine Fain, Blaise Kirby, Cameron Marrelli, Samuel Nardone and Damien Socia made the list.

Dean College announced Ben Kruse, of Fairfield, has earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall semester.

George Saulnier, of Fairfield, was named to The Citadel’s dean’s list for academic achievements during the fall semester.

The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose GPA is 3.20 or higher, with no incomplete grade and no grade below C for work in a semester.

Cadets and students who achieved a 3.7 GPA or higher during the fall semester are awarded Gold Stars, which Matthew Coppola and Kyle Staudt did. They were also placed on The Citadel’s dean’s list.

Muhlenberg College students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for their academic achievement and named to dean’s list for fall 2017.

Local students receiving this recognition include Rachel Wolfeiler, Gabriella Petrone and Jane Mafale from Fairfield. Southport natives Samantha de Lannoy and Aidan Myers also made the dean’s list.

Fairfielders Megan Frillici and Caroline Rooney made the University of Dayton fall dean’s list for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the semester.

Fairfield resident Victoria Faye Godfred has been named to the president’s list at James Madison University for the fall semester. Students who earn president’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.

Godfred is majoring in accounting.

JMU students who carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.899 are named to the dean’s list, which Fairfielders Emma Catherine Gulick, Nicholas Matthew Innaimo, Evelyn Sarah Johnston and James Bartholf Surrick did.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2017-18 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence, including Fairfielders Casey Crowley, Mason Jennings, Julia Lajeunesse, Alec Sjodin, Tj Hardiman and Sarah Jennings.

The University of Hartford announced the following Fairfield natives have been named to the dean’s list for fall 2017: Katherine Muldoon and Rachel Rival.

Peter Nesbitt, of Fairfield, has been named to the Cedarville University dean’s honor list for the fall semester. Students achieving this recognition maintain a 3.75 GPA for the semester while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Jake Haney, of Fairfield, achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester, earning a spot on the provost’s list at Hofstra University.

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

Alexandros Alatakis is a member of the class of 2021 and is majoring in liberal arts.

Emily Henry is a member of the class of 2021 and is majoring in psychology and special education.

Julia Mangan is a member of the class of 2021 and is majoring in liberal arts.

Olivia Mangan is a member of the class of 2021 and is majoring in liberal arts.

Katherine Murnane is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in political science.

Dylan O’Brien is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in psychology and special education.

Seamus O’Rourke is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in history adolescence education.

Sarah Rexford is a member of the class of 2020 and is majoring in fashion design.

Five Fairfield natives enrolled during the fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

Devin Hall was named to the president’s list, while Emily Devine, Jackson Longley, Isabella Alfieri and Julia Palmieri were all named to the dean’s list.

Sarah Roussel, of Fairfield, was named to dean’s list at Muhlenberg College for the fall semester. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

Aspetuck Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving open space in Westport, Easton, Weston and Fairfield since 1966, is welcoming new leadership.

Four new members have been added to its board of directors: Tracy Pennoyer of Weston, Joe Schnierlein of Norwalk, Maria Dempsey of Weston and Robert McHugh of Fairfield.

The trust provides recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature.

Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.

The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.

The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:

Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;

Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton

Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;

Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;

Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;

Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;

Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;

Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.

For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.

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.