Fairfield announces Fourth of July fireworks

The Town of Fairfield Fourth of July fireworks display will be July 2 with a raindate of July 3.

The fireworks will begin just after dark, around 9:15 pm, from a barge off of the Long Island Sound.

Residents should expect significant delays following the event on the Post Road and the streets leading to and from the beach area in Fairfield. Once the fireworks have started, the streets leading from the beach area will be turned into “one way” from the beach to the Post Road. No traffic will be permitted to go south of the Post Road into the beach area until all exiting traffic has cleared.

The Interstate 95 exit ramps at exits 22 South, and 22 North will also be closed once the event begins.

No parking will be allowed after 5 pm the day of the fireworks at Old Post Road; Reef Road, South of Richard White Way, One Rod Highway; Penfield Road; Lalley Boulevard; Rowland Road; Edward Street; South Benson Road; portions of Fairfield Beach Road; Riverside Drive and Turney Road.

All streets in the beach area will be enforced for all parking violations and cars in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.

More information is available at https://www.fairfieldct.org.

No fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are allowed on any of the beaches or parking areas. There is no alcohol, smoking, vaping or portable grills permitted at any town beach. Police will be strictly monitoring the beach areas for violations.

To ensure the most convenient exit, cars wanting to travel west, towards Westport after the event should park at Penfield Beach. Cars wishing to travel east, towards Bridgeport, after the fireworks, should park at Jennings Beach.

Beach Parking lots can be accessed either with a Season Beach Pass or by purchasing a Daily Pass for $50 per vehicle. Daily Passes will be limited to the first 300 vehicles at Jennings Beach and the first 100 vehicles at Penfield Beach. A Daily Parking Fee will also be charged to park at the Ash Creek Open Space Parking Lot on the day of the event.

Any person, who is picking up a spectator after the event, will not be permitted access to roadways South of the Post Read. It’s recommended they meet at the New York bound side of the Fairfield Center train station instead.

There will be an increased police presence in the beach area during the day of the fireworks. Report any suspicious or unusual activity to Police at 203-254-4800 or DIAL 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Fairfield Farmers Market returns

The Fairfield Farmers Market has returned. It is held is every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm rain or shine on the Sherman Green in Fairfield.

More than 30 local farms and small batch food producers are participating.

The market is also featuring live music on the first Sunday of every month of the market, which runs through Oct. 29.

There is also the Greenfield Hill Farmers Market at 65 Hillside Road in Fairfield that runs every Saturday through Oct. 29.

The farms and vendors for 2022 include: Bees Knees Ice Pops, Bella Alpacas, Bonkers Cupcakes, Carrot Top Kitchens, Charlie’s Chaga, Cloudy Lane Bakery, Cross Culture Kombucha, CT Biscotti, Dancing Barefoot Farms, Edgewise Kitchen, George Hall Farm, Herbal Deva , Hot Chicks Hometown Eggs, Kardamas Olive Oil, Little River Farm, Mill Pond Essentials, Molly & Murphy Irish Dog Biscuits, Nature View Farm, Oui Charcuterie, Provisions On State, Raus Coffee Company, The Bee Love Project, The Local Catch, Two Guys from Woodbridge, Unbakeables, Whole G Bread and Yalla Organic.

Local restaurant owner Bill Auer, in collaboration with Fairfield community and economic development director and the Fairfield Economic Development Commission began the market in 2016.

The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department oversees the market with the Market’s Manager Soctt Buckholz.

Visit fairfieldfarmersmarket.org, Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates.

Sacred Heart announces new business and technology dean

Sacred Heart University has hired Catherine McCabe as dean of the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology. McCabe will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to SHU when she takes her post July 1.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Anselm College in Goffstown, NH, and holds a master of arts degree in communication studies from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., and a Ph.D. in business administration and marketing from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

She worked at Suffolk University in Boston since 2000, most recently serving as associate dean of the university’s Sawyer Business School. Her many achievements there include increasing first-year retention, boosting the six-year graduation rate, and raising the percentage of business school honor students. She had similar success when she chaired Suffolk’s marketing department, increasing the number of students choosing marketing as a major, as well as the number of students placed in internships.

McCabe’s goals for SHU include partnering with faculty to enhance current learning experiences and designing next-generation, cutting-edge curriculum that integrates business discipline strengths with those of computer science and engineering. She also plans to expand current partnerships with local, regional, national and global organizations.

McCabe has designed or taught 18 undergraduate and graduate experiential courses, including sports marketing consulting, professional services marketing, marketing analytics and the business of global sports. She also has led curriculum revision successfully at the department, school and university levels. She is a learning partner and consultant with the Institute for Experiential Learning and works with educators across the globe as she focuses on experiential learning as a holistic, developmental process.

McCabe was selected to be dean after a comprehensive national search that was considered of numerous, highly qualified candidates.

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