Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Funds SHAF loans

In The Senior Housing Assistance Fund (SHAF) provides interest free loans to income eligible people who are 60+ or disabled for the purpose of obtaining and/or remaining in safe, affordable housing. The funds can be utilized for security and utility deposits, moving expenses, furnace or roof repairs and renovations. The borrower determines the repayment schedule. SHAF was established by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and is managed by SWCAA in the following towns: Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. For more information and application assistance, contact Nancy Lombard at the SWCAA, 203-814-3671. Brochures also are available … Read more

Discovery Museum celebrates Whitehead’s ‘Firsts in Flight’

Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum today marked what many believe is the 117th anniversary of Gustave Whitehead’s historic half a mile flight at an altitude of 50 feet on Aug. 14, 1901. In 2013, Connecticut passed a law recognizing Whitehead’s achievement as the first to fly a powered airplane and Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Editor Paul Jackson declared that Gustave Whitehead flew two years prior to the Wright Brothers. And this past weekend, Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau issued a proclamation honoring Whitehead. “The Discovery Museum doesn’t determine who flew first, but we are proud to tell the story of Gustave … Read more

CT Audubon hosts naturalist-led bird migration walk

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street will hold a fall bird walk for ages 12 and up on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. The days are getting shorter and birds are heading south. Come hike the scenic trails of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary in Fairfield and learn about fall migration. On this naturalist-led walk we’ll observe the diverse variety of birds passing through our area, and learn about the habitats that appeal to them on the way to their tropical wintering grounds. Autumn migration stretches from mid-August to early December. Songbirds peak in September … Read more

Kennedy Center holds weekend events for Autism Project

The Kennedy Center Food, Wine & BrewFest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6-10 p.m., at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. The Kennedy Center Autism SpectRUN will take place the following day on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m., at Jennings Beach, 800 S. Benson Road. Both events will benefit The Kennedy Center Autism Project. On Saturday, there will be local samplings with food trucks from Brick & Wood Pizza, Taco Loco & Super Duper Weenie, and local breweries including Two Roads, Half Full, Aspetuck Brew Lab, Fairfield Craft Ales & Athletic Brewing. Local … Read more

Polo event to benefit Bridgeport Hospital Foundation’s REACH program

The Fairfield County Hunt Club hosts the first annual Tommy Glynn Invitational Polo Cup to benefit Bridgeport Hospital Foundation’s REACH program on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., at 174 Long Lots Road, Westport. Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), medication management and outpatient group therapy for adolescents ages 5-17. The program focuses on meeting the emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric health needs of children and their families. The Polo Cup features longtime rivals, Gold’s Dragoons vs. Squadron A. Attendees may pack a picnic or visit one of the onsite venues. During halftime guests are welcome to … Read more

Center for Family Justice names chief development officer

Robert S. Hojnacki

The Center for Family Justice, which serves victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in six Fairfield County communities, announces the appointment of Robert S. Hojnacki as its chief development officer. As a member of CFJ’s Senior Management Team, the Fairfield resident will lead all fundraising and development initiatives at the Bridgeport-based nonprofit, which last year served almost 10,000 women, men and children in the Greater Bridgeport area. Hojnacki brings extensive experience in business development as well as a long-term commitment to the region’s nonprofits to his new role. Before joining CFJ, his recent positions included his role … Read more

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