Fairfield Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic outlook

Ashley Nechaev, academic director and curriculum coordinator for Horizons at Sacred Heart University, has been promoted to executive director of the Horizons program there.

Nechaev will work closely with the program’s board of directors. She will manage all aspects of the program and transfer the majority of her responsibilities from her previous role to her new position.

Nechaev grew up in Westport and currently resides in Sandy Hook.

Nechaev was the college’s assistant academic director for the Horizons at Green Farms Academy program, prior to her move to the program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.


She has also worked as a literary specialist, teacher, as well as teaching assistant in first and second year. She also taught sixth grade at Six-to-Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport.

Fairfield University introduces program on pogoms

Fairfield University is hosting a virtual lecture “In the Middle of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Beginning of the Holocaust,” via Zoom webinar at 7:30 p.m. on January 31.

It will be directed by Jeffrey Veidlinger, professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of Michigan and director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Veidlinger will explain how the pogoms between 1918 and 1921 created the conditions for the Holocaust. Veidlinger will reference archival documents, testimonies and minutes in the lecture.

The conference is sponsored by Fairfield University’s Judaic Studies Program in conjunction with the school’s Bennet Center for Judaic Studies.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required at fairfield.edu/bennettprograms. People can also register by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-254-4000 ext. 2066.

Visit fairfield.edu/bennett for information on other Bennett Center events.

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Hosts Economic Outlook Breakfast

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2022 Economic Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on February 9.

It will be at the Patterson Club, located at 1118 Cross Highway in Fairfield.

The public is invited to attend. It costs $50 for chamber members and $60 for non-members.

Tickets must be reserved by Feb. 4 by calling the chamber office at 203-255-1011, or registering online at fairfieldctchamber.com.

There will be networking, and a full breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. A presentation and a question-and-answer session will then take place from 8h to 9h.

The Chamber requires that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols be followed and attendees adhere to the Municipality of Fairfield’s mask guidelines, for COVID-19 protocols for the event.

The event will feature two guest speakers: People’s United Bank Chief Economic Strategist John Traynor and Fairfield First Elect Brenda L. Kupchick.

The event is sponsored by People’s United Bank.

Contact Beverly A. Balaz, President of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, at [email protected] for more information.

Money is raised for the Genny Reilly Journalism Fellowship

Fundraising is underway for a new scholarship established to honor the life and memory of Geneviève “Genny” Reilly. Reilly died suddenly in September at the age of 62.

Reilly was a former employee of Hearst Connecticut Media. She was a longtime reporter for the Fairfield Citizen and the Connecticut Post.

Her father, the late John Reilly, was the former editor of the Norwalk Hour. His grandfather was editor of the Bridgeport Post and his great-grandfather was editor of the Meriden Journal.

Those interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can make checks payable to the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (CTSPJ) Foundation with the memo Genny Reilly Journalism Scholarship.

The mailing address is: CTSPJ, PO Box 5071, Woodbridge, CT 06525

Donations can also be made online through the Bob Eddy Scholarship Fund at https://www.cfgnh.org/funds/bob-eddy-scholarship-fund?FundID=EDDY.

All donations must be received by April 1.

The Chamber of Commerce welcomes an administrative and marketing manager

Kendra Wingate, a Fairfield resident for 30 years, has been named the new Administrative and Marketing Director of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Wingate fills the position previously held by Krista McCormack, who recently moved with her family to Austin.

Wingate is raising her five children with her husband in the city.

Wingate has been a journalist and member of the press for over 20 years, a professional photographer, marketing manager and communications manager. She also has experience in retail management, public relations, event planning and fundraising for both nonprofits and for-profit businesses.

Contact Wingate at [email protected], or by calling the chamber office at 203-255-1011.

Art/Place Gallery hosting a reception for the exhibition “Assemblage”

The public is invited to a reception at the Art/Place gallery in Fairfield from 2 to 5 p.m. on February 6 for an “Assemblage” art exhibition.

The show can be seen from noon to 5 p.m. daily at the gallery from January 31 to March 27. It is located at 70 Sanford St. in Fairfield.

Visit artplacegallery.org or call 203-374-0720 or 646-258-6912 for more information.

The exhibition will present the works of three new members of the gallery: Lynne Arovas, Julie Leff and George Radwan.

Art/Place is a non-profit organization and artist-run gallery that has been around for over 35 years.

Rep Devlin and Senator Hwang to Host Legislative Coffee and Conversation Event

State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) host a legislative coffee hour and conversation event at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 on key issues facing the state is confronted.

The event will take place at the Panera Bread Restaurant at 2320 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.

Residents are encouraged to share their ideas for proposed legislation.

Devlin and Hwang will also discuss the upcoming 2022 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly, which begins Feb. 9.

People can also contact Devlin at 1-800-842-1423 or [email protected], and Hwang at 1-800-842-1421 or [email protected]

Local and commercial COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Outspace hires a new person for the business coaching team

Kervin Yu has joined the coaching team at business coaching firm Outspace, at 1499 Post Road in Fairfield.

The company is made up of committed business coaches, who teach, facilitate and coach businesses to help them successfully break through the ceilings of the general business world.

Yu has over 15 years of experience building an online travel business with an international footprint, as well as over 10 years in enterprise technology consulting.