Community news: Talk to look at substance use in Fairfield, and more – Danbury News Times

The Fairfield CARES Community Coalition and Fairfield’s Local Prevention Council, are hosting a presentation, “Today’s Cannabis/Marijuana and Fentanyl: What Parents Need To Know Now,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The event will be a free seminar for community members, especially parents of adolescents and teens.

It will be at the Penfield Pavilion, located at 323 Fairfield Beach Road in Fairfield.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Deepa Camenga, associate program director for the Yale University School of Medicine’s Pediatric Addiction Programs and an associate professor of emergency medicine.

Cathy Hazlett, Fairfield CARES’ program director, will also provide a brief description about Connecticut’s cannabis law.

Matt Hlavna, clinical supervisor for American Medical Response; Fairfield Police Chief Robert Kalamaras and Michael Zerrella, a Fairfield narcotics detective, will also share their observations about drug use in the Fairfield community.

Register at whatparentsneedtoknow2022.eventbrite.com.

Wedding announced for Fairfield native

Dr. Robert J. Banco and Margaret D. Rielly of Medfield, Mass. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Darcy M. Banco to Donald E. Carnicky, son of the late John J. Carnicky Jr. and Judy Carnicky of Falmouth, Mass., formerly from Fairfield.

Donald Carnicky graduated magna cum laude from Fairfield Prep in 2011 where he played four years of varsity hockey and was captain his senior year. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2015 with a degree in economics and philosophy. He played four years of club hockey. He will graduate from Columbia University School of Business in May 2022 and has accepted a position as an investment banker for Evercore Inc. in New York City beginning in August.

Darcy Banco graduated cum laude from Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. in 2010 where she played four years of varsity soccer and hockey and was captain of the soccer team her senior year. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. in 2014 with a degree in anthropology. She played four years of varsity soccer and was team captain her senior year. Darcy was named University Athletic Association Academic all-league 2011-2013. She graduated from Tufts Medical School in 2018 with an MD/MPH degree. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 2021 at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York City where she is currently chief resident of the medical service. She will begin her cardiology fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in July 2022.

The wedding and reception are planned for June 10 at The Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, Mass.

Sacred Heart University receives program grant

Sacred Heart University has received a Lilly Fellows Program grant to develop, and host a three-day regional “Vatican II and Catholic Higher Education: Leading Forward,” conference next fall.

Thinkers, writers and leaders will gather to discuss the Second Vatican Council and Catholic higher education at the event. The conference will be held Oct. 13-15 on the 60th anniversaries of the Vatican II and the founding of Sacred Heart University.

There will be several leading keynote speakers including: Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University; Patricia McGuire, president of the Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C.; Grant Kaplan, a professor of theology in the department of theological studies at the St. Louis University in St. Louise, M.O.; and Susan Bigelow Reynolds, an assistant professor of Catholic studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

Michelle Loris, associate dean of the Sacred Heart University College of Arts & Sciences, and Catholic studies department chair is the conference director.

Visit sacredheart.edu to learn more.

Rep. Devlin has a special Valentine’s Day delivery

In what has become an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, state Rep. Laura Devlin recently worked with two of the elementary schools in the state’s 134th House District: Burr Elementary in Fairfield, and Frenchtown Elementary in Trumbull. She created Valentine’s Day cards with the students for residents at the Ludlowe Center for Health & Rehab and Cambridge Health & Rehab Center, in Fairfield.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Devlin could not hand deliver each valentine to the residents and instead dropped the cards off to the front desks.

Fairfield resident shares weather photo

Fairfield resident Matthew Podolsky recently shared a weather photo that he took Feb. 12 at Penfield Beach.

The photo shows the mild, but slightly chill breeze overlooking the Long Island Sound, according to Podolsky.

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