HomeFront offers free home repair for low-income families

HomeFront is looking for residents in need of home repairs for its upcoming 32nd annual repair blitz in spring 2019. Interested homeowners must apply before Nov. 16 in order to be considered for help in the 2019 season. HomeFront offers help with faulty windows, doors, steps, railings, leaky roofs, painting, plumbing and electrical needs at no cost to qualifying, low-income … read more

Operation Fuel preparing for winter energy assistance program

Despite relatively mild temperatures, Operation Fuel is already preparing for its winter energy assistance program as more than 300 people attended its annual Energy Assistance Conference Tuesday, Sept. 25. Operation Fuel held the meeting in partnership with Eversource Energy and Avangrid subsidiaries: United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas. There were representatives from fuel banks throughout Connecticut and … read more

Successes & weird finds at International Coastal Cleanup Day

Foam and tires at Seaside Park, Bridgeport

An estimated 900 Save the Sound volunteers hit 31 Connecticut beaches last Saturday and Sunday for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Local land trusts and conservation groups, a SCUBA club, Bridgeport’s US District Court, businesses, and hundreds of high school and college students came out to pick up trash from their favorite spots across Connecticut’s shoreline. Unusual finds included a carburetor … read more

Maritime Aquarium offers marine science series for homeschool students

Avalon Bunge, STEM education specialist for The Maritime Aquarium, lets students touch a flounder during a recent Marine Life Encounter Cruise on Long Island Sound.

Homeschool students can explore the marine world in a new weekly series of standards-based programs utilizing the vast educational resources of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. A Marine Animal Adaptations series for ages 7 to 9 and a Marine Biology series for ages 10 to 13 will meet on Monday mornings from Sept. 24 to Nov. 12. Each session in … read more

Maritime Aquarium seeks volunteers

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking volunteers to help interpret the “Intertidal Touch Tank” and other animal exhibits for visitors. Interviews will be held Sept. 12 and 19 — choose one — for anyone over age 15 interested in signing up for a four-week Volunteer Training Course that begins Oct. 2. For details and to sign up, visit maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer or call 203-852-0700, Ext. 2225. —Photo provided by Maritime Aquarium.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is conducting interviews for potential volunteers — with details provided about an October training course — on Wednesday, Sept. 12 or Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. Volunteers only need to attend one session. “Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling The Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring … read more

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo seeks donations for Browse Garden

Prairie dogs —Photo by Jack Bradley

With more than 300 animals making the Zoo their home, animal welfare is at the top of the priority list for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Animal welfare includes a species appropriate habitat, veterinary care, regular enrichment to keep mind and body in peak physical condition, and proper nutrition. In addition to the human-grade food prepared daily as animal meals in the … read more

AAA: Gas prices expected to fall after Labor Day

Like autumn leaves, the national average for a gallon of gas is expected to fall after Labor Day. Cheaper production, stable August crude oil prices, and an anticipated drop in consumer demand after Labor Day will contribute to a $.25 cent price drop compared to this year’s recorded high of $2.97 set in May; predicts AAA Northeast. A September switchover … read more

Bike the Beach fund-raiser supports disabled community

Riders and walkers assemble at Jennings Beach.

Bike the Beach has been an annual fund-raiser for more than 25 years. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. An additional option, Hike the Beach, a 5K fitness walk, is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area. Bike/Hike the Beach … 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 … read more

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