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2015 In Review: Fairfield County Applauds Hometown Heroes, Stars

Kris Mann, a member of The Prospector Theater team, discusses baseball with Yankees third baseman Chase Headley at an event in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Kate Lindenberg of Ridgefield and Lexie Prendergast of Danbury were selected to represent Connecticut at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Contributed
Connecticut State Police and a Norwalk police officer deliver a baby off Exit 16 of Interstate 95 south in September. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
Pope Francis waves from his Fiat as he heads for Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. His motorcade went down Independence Avenue, right past the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Bishop Frank Caggiano Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — In the past year, the Daily Voice celebrated many notable residents of Fairfield County and their accomplishments.

Danbury High School student Lexie Prendergast got a chance to see how government operates when she worked as a U.S. Senate page in 2014, but last summer she got to try her hand at legislating through the Girls Nation program along with Kate Lindenberg of Ridgefield. Prendergast also took a first-place debate award at the Yale Model Government Europe event in Budapest, Hungary, as a member of the All-American Model UN team. 

Members of the New York Yankees surprised workers at the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield with a special visit this summer. The theater opened last year and provides employment to people with mental and physical disabilities all while showing first-run films. Brian McCann and Chase Headley, along with Manager Joe Girardi, General Manager Brian Cashman, and General Partner/Vice Chairman Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal surprised the workers and staff as part of a weeklong Yankees event called HOPE Week. 

State police delivered a baby on an exit ramp on Interstate 95 in Norwalk on Sept. 10. State police responded to the area near Exit 16 to help, briefly closing the ramp, as the healthy baby was born. He was named Ryan.

Who could forget the excitement among the area's Roman Catholics and others when Pope Francis visited the United States. Among those who sharing in the excitement: Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano as well as Daily Voice managing editor Karen Tensa, who saw the pope in Washington, D.C.

A Danbury father and daughter caught the acting bug and found a new calling in making television commercials since taking an acting course. 

Several paintings by impressionist J. Alden Weir were returned to their rightful home at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton and Ridgefield. His grandson Charles Burlingham and park Superintendent Linda Cook welcomed the gift from the Weir Farm Art Center.

Three Fairfield University graduates – Carly Beyar, Shannon Fay and Alanna Locast – transformed their popular @soccergrlprobs Twitter account into a successful brand. They now target merchandise for female soccer players.

Many of the state's veterans were honored with medals, including 92-year-old Stamford resident John Gaes, who served at Iwo Jima, and Stratford's Ralph Roballey, 77, who was deployed to Lebanon in 1958. And Stamford saluted dozens of veterans for their service in a fall ceremony.

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