Community Postings: A book drive, an open house and more

October 21, 2016 GMT

Book drive for BridgeportThe National English Honors Society at Fairfield Ludlowe High School is holding the inaugural Book Box Drive in support of pediatric trauma victims at Bridgeport Hospital.Caroline Wolstenholme initiated the drive after personally experiencing pediatric trauma followed by a lengthy wait in the emergency department while awaiting treatment from a specific surgeon who was en route. In an effort to alleviate mounting fear and anxiety for children facing the same, the senior hopes to provide each and every pediatric trauma patient at Bridgeport Hospital with a story book distraction that they can later bring home.The drive begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 12. The community is encouraged to donate new or gently used books for children in need.Drop box locations include:The Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road;The Fairfield Recreation Center, 75 Mill Plain Road.The NEHS would like to thank their supporters: Spic and Span Market, Trinity Church Preschool and the Southport Congregational Church and greatly appreciates all donations and support.Notre Dame H.S. open houseOn Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m., Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield will be hosting an open house for prospective students and their families. This open house will give students a comprehensive look at Notre Dame, its academic, athletic and extracurricular programs and ND’s partnership with Sacred Heart University.Notre Dame is a co-ed high school located in Fairfield that has been educating students since 1956. The student body of 510 students represents 36 area cities and towns.Prospective students can also meet the principal, faculty members and current students and tour the building. Tours will begin starting at 1:30 p.m.On Oct. 29, at 8 a.m., Notre Dame’s entrance exam will be given. All eighth-grade applicants must take an entrance exam at one of the five Diocesan high schools. All applicants must complete an online or a paper application. Complete information can be found on the school’s web site, notredame.orgEighth-grade students interested in “shadowing” are invited to participate in our Experience Notre Dame Fairfield program. Parents should contact the admissions office to schedule a visit at 203-372-6521.In the world of businessFinancial expert Mark Ritter, of Westport, recently took on a new position at Sacred Heart University as executive-in-residence at the Jack Welch College of Business. Ritter was previously chief operating officer of Global Credit Trading at Deutsche Bank AG. He also held positions as global head of commodities and head of foreign exchange for North America at Deutsche Bank. Ritter also was global head of commodities and head of credit exposure management at UBS AG. Ritter graduated with honors from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.The UConn Foundation introduced Mark A. Beaudoin of Westport as one of three new members to the board of directors. A 1982 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Beaudoin earned a business degree. Beaudoin is a part of Ziff Capital Partners, after previously serving as partner and managing director at Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC in New York City. He also served as the company’s chief operating officer and treasurer. Beaudoin received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988 and serves as president of the Board of Trustees at Fairfield Country Day School.Election-based fraudConnecticut Better Business is warning about election-related fraud that is being reported. Politics and passion often go together and criminals know that when passion is involved people tend to let down their guard.The run-up to Election Day offers fertile ground to con artists, who use email and telephone calls to obtain personal and financial information.With the approach of the elections, residents can expect calls from polling firms, charities and political parties. The situation, however, is complicated by exemptions to the Do Not Call Registry rules. Charities, politicians and pollsters are exempt from the registry, allowing criminals to pose as callers from those three categories. Telephone caller ID can be faked, so it is difficult, if not impossible, to discern with any degree of certainty exactly who is on the other end of the telephone asking for money or information that can be used to commit identity theft.Here are some of the methods criminals use to engage their victims:Phony fundraising: Crooks sometimes make random calls claiming to represent a political party, an election committee member or an actual candidate. They will ask you to make a donation. Contact the political party directly or through their website if you want to offer financial support.Fake public pollsters: They will contact you claiming they are doing a political survey. The first few questions sound legitimate, but shortly after, they tell you that you are eligible to win a prize for your participation. Polls do not work that way. The criminals are not interested in your opinion. They want you to give them your credit card number for shipping, handling or taxes on the prize.Offers to “re-register” you as a voter: Impostor callers will tell you they represent a political commission and that you have to re-register to vote if you did not in the last election. In this case, they are looking for personal information.Vote-by-telephone opportunities: There is no such thing as voting by telephone. You may also receive this solicitation by email, too. It is fraud, so hang up the phone or delete the email. Once again, what they are really going after is personal information.If you are the victim of a pre-election scam attempt, you can report it to the State Elections Enforcement Commission by telephone at 860-256-2940, by email at seec@ct.gov or on the SEEC website at www.ct.gov/seec.