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Sunday, April 22 News

Community Buzz: Open space preserved, Waveny named one of the best...

The Fieber family donated 11.5 acres to the Woodbridge Land Trust.

James A. Fieber, of Wilton, William D. Fieber, of New Canaan, and Robert J. Fieber, of New Canaan, donated the land, which will be known as The Fieber Preserve in honor of Norman Fieber.

The property is located on Osborne Lane in Woodbridge, bordering the Naugatuck State Forest and adjacent to land currently owned by the Land Trust.

Conor Harris, of New Canaan, was recognized during the Dec. 13 mid-year graduates recognition ceremony for having completed the requirements necessary for graduation from Gettysburg College.

Harris will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

The students at St. Aloysius School took a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas spending their time and spirit with important people in their lives at the Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea held at the historic New Canaan Country Club Dec. 10.

Dressed in their Sunday best, mothers, grandmothers and godmothers were treated to a brunch that included tea sandwiches, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and nativity crafts and caroling.

St. Aloysius School is a coed elementary school in New Canaan serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

U.S. News & World Report released its official list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18, and Waveny Care Center of New Canaan was once again named among the nation’s best.

A leading expert in the evaluation of healthcare providers, U.S. News bases its nursing home ratings on data from Nursing Home Compare, a star-rating system developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that serves as the industry standard for assessing nursing home quality.

Waveny is one of only 13 Medicare- and Medicaid-accredited nursing homes in Fairfield County to boast an overall 5-star CMS rating, which is based on three separate categories of criteria: health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

To qualify as a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report this year, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during the 12 months of federal reports ending in October 2017, and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period, including earning at least 4 stars in CMS’s overall rating for all 12 months.

Waveny Care Center is part of Waveny LifeCare Network, a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas.

In December, blood donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, all those who give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:

Fairfield

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

Norwalk

Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards St.

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Dec. 27: 11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Ave.

Stamford

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Trumbull

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main St.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

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