FEMA awards $1M to SHU for COVID testing and more

The annual Memorial Sea Service will kick off the weekend’s events. It takes place on Saturday at 10am at the South Benson Marina.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast is Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Memorial Day Hot Air Balloon Ride at the First Church Congregational will be held Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is holding a tag sale Monday from 9am to 2pm at the Old Academy near Old Town Hall.

The annual Memorial Day parade begins Monday at 10 a.m. It begins at the corner of Post Road and South Pine Creek Road and ends at Old Post Road in front of Old Town Hall.

Memorial Day picnic and concert on Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.

FEMA awards $1M to Sacred Heart University for COVID-19 testing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Sacred Heart University in Fairfield nearly $1.05 million for COVID-19 testing costs.

The school receives the money through FEMA’s public support grant program to reimburse it for diagnostic screening tests and rapid test kits.

FEMA has provided nearly $403 million in public assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for expenses related to the pandemic so far.

Visit fema.gov for more information.

First Congregational Church celebrating the Lead Pastor

The First Congregational Church of Fairfield will celebrate its senior pastor, Rev. David W. Spollett, in a festive service at 10:15 am June 5 at the Shrine for Parishioners and Leaders. A gala lunch with live entertainment will follow at 11:45 am on the grounds of 148 Beach Road in Fairfield.

Spollett is retiring after 38 years of ordained service, all of which have served in the Church.

He has taught at Fairfield University, the University of Bridgeport and Yale University Divinity School. He was also a co-founder of Operation Hope and a partner in the city’s annual Holocaust Memorial, held at the church each April.

His other outreach includes Mercy Learning, Project Learn, the Merton House, Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together in Greater Bridgeport.

Everyone is welcome to join the congregation to commemorate the significant transition for the pastor.

SHU Media Exchange Presents Fundraising Telethon Event

SHU Media Exchange is hosting Slava Ukraini, a fundraiser telethon on June 2nd to raise funds for the citizens of Ukraine.

The SHU Media Exchange is operated entirely by graduate students enrolled in programs at Sacred Heart University’s School of Communications and Media Arts. The event will consist of prayers, live performances and speakers, as well as food, drinks and a fundraiser raffle.

Participants can attend in person or via live stream.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s Martire Center for Business and Communications.

Visit http://shu-mediaexchange.com/shu-media-exchange for more information.

Band from Fairfield County 9 performs on site

The band Fairfield County 9 will perform at the Sherman Green Gazebo on Post Road in Fairfield on June 8th from 6:30pm to 8pm as part of the city’s summer concert series.

Visit https://fairfieldcounty9.com for more information.

The band was formed by a group of local musicians looking for a musically creative outlet during the coronavirus pandemic.

SHU Community Theater to introduce the author of Hartford Whalers

Sacred Heart University Community Theater presents author Patrick Pickens on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his book about the Hartford Whalers professional ice hockey team.

Pickens is also a sportswriter, covering the National Hockey League for a number of outlets since 2013, including The New York Times, nhl.com, The Associated Press, sportsnet.ca and Bleacher Report.

Prior to that, he was the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen and sportswriter for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Pickens graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2007.

Visit https://shucommunitytheatre.org/ for information on tickets to “Author’s Talk: The Whalers: The Rise, Fall and Enduring Mystique of New England’s second Greatest NHL Franchise.”

The theater is located at 1420 Post Road in Fairfield.

Work on water infrastructure begins in Fairfield

Aquarion Water Company launched a water infrastructure project at the intersection of Stratfield Road and Suburban Avenue in Fairfield on May 24.

The project is designed to help maintain system pressure and fire flow capacity in the Greater Bridgeport area, which includes Fairfield. Completion is scheduled for this summer.

During the usual working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., households and companies must expect minor traffic disruptions and possible diversions due to the construction work.

Butterworth and Scheck of Stratford is acting as general contractor for the project.

Aquarion encourages customers to sign up for its free Everbridge alerts service at aquarionwater.com/alerts to stay informed of scheduled or unscheduled work.

Information on all of Aquarion’s construction projects can be found at aquarionwater.com/projects.

Customers with project-related questions can contact Aquarion’s project manager, Phat Phung, at 203-337-5957.

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