Fairfield Morning Briefing: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Local events, announcements, and reminders to start your day.

Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. On this day in 1867, the United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the land from Russia for $7.2 million.

Famous birthdays include Lee Harvey Oswald – 1939; Mike Ditka – 1939; Ne Yo – 1979; Zac Efron – 1987.



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  • Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast: 8 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, free. Join the Center for Women & Families of Eastern Fairfield County for" a community breakfast and roundtable discussion to learn, inform, and collaborate on the impact of domestic and sexual violence in our communities and what you can do to help!"
  • Chico's Fairfield Fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chico's. "On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chico's will donate 10% of all sales proceeds to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We are supporting their walk event, which takes place on Sun Oct 21. Come out during Fairfield's Restaurant Week and shop to support a great cause. Refreshments are being provided by Starbuck's @ Fairfield Univ. Bookstore."
  • Free Social Media Training for Small Businesses: 6 p.m., Town of Westport Library, free. "Westport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Weston and Wilton Patches are pleased to announce the launch of a free, two-hour event designed to teach business owners how to improve their connection to customers online."
  • Talking About Books - "The Iliad" with Dr. Mark Schenker: 7 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, free. " Dr. Schenker is an Associate Dean at Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs, and a part-time lecturer in the English Department.  He has led book discussions at the Fairfield Public Library for over a decade, and has given numerous lectures on writers and their works." Dr. Schenker will discuss books 7 - 12 of "The Iliad" tonight.
  • Lecture on Beautiful Skin after 35: 7 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, free. "In this lecture you will learn nutritional aspects of healthy skin including nutrients to reduce wrinkles and eliminate blemishes."





  • Conservation Commission: 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Independence Hall (725 Old Post Road) second floor conference room (agenda)


FORECAST as of 3 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Thursday: "Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph."
  • Thursday night: "Showers likely after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible."



See also Fairfield Patch’s "Commute” page.



  • High tide: 1:35 a.m.
  • Sunrise: 7:08 a.m.
  • Low tide: 7:43 a.m.
  • High tide: 1:53 p.m.
  • Sunset: 6:07 p.m.
  • Low tide: 8:25 p.m.


Forecast obtained from the National Weather Service; tide information obtained from saltwatertides.com (calibrated to the closest selection to Fairfield, Bridgeport Harbor).


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