In connection with the tenth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Fairfield’s First Selectman, Mike Tetreau, has officially proclaimed October 18 through 24, 2015 as Friends of the Fairfield Public Library Week in the Town of Fairfield, and encourages all Fairfield residents and elected officials who are not already members of The Friends to join at this time. Copies of the signed proclamation will be on display at the Main and Fairfield Woods Libraries throughout the week.
Six young men, five of them friends since their days at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, have banded together to raise funds for one of their buddies, Ryan Van Zandt, who has a rare form of cancer. Five members of the Ludlowe Class of 2008 — Zak Mallard, Craig Rittberg, Conor Roach, Will Secchi and Sam Winn, all 25 years old — have formed “Reps for Ryan,” a fundraising group that has raised more than $30,000 so far to help the Van Zandt family with Ryan’s medical bills, to donate money for cancer research, and to spread awareness about the disease. Van Zandt has insisted that funds the group raises also go to help melanoma research and to organizations that have helped him in his fight against his illness. Future fundraising projects include a golf tournament on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, 2390 Easton Turnpike, and a Tips for Ryan night Thursday, Sept. 3, at BJ Ryan’s restaurant, 57 Main St. in Norwalk, where Secchi is the manager and tends bar. The Reps for Ryan organizers all have been raising money at their jobs, simply by wearing the wristband and explaining their fundraising project. Van Zandt was a familiar sight at the Sunny Daes ice cream shop on Black Rock Turnpike where he worked throughout high school, and popular with the customers, according to Roach.