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Selectmen Seek Exceptional Citizens

Do you have a neighbor who has done something extraordinary in the past year? Or have you encountered an unusually helpful town employee? If the answer is yes, then First Selectman Kenneth Flatto and the Board of Selectman want to hear from you. The board is looking for nominees for its annual "Fairfielder of the Year" and "Town Employee of the Year" awards.

"The selectmen wanted to find a way to honor some of the outstanding individuals who make significant contributions to our community," Flatto said in a statement. " We also wanted to show our appreciation to our outstanding town employees."

Last year's Fairfielder of the Year award went to Frank Rice, a retired biology professor at Fairfield University and former member of the Conservation Commission. Frank received the award because of his contributions to Fairfield's open spaces, both with the commission and in his 20 years as a volunteer with the Fairfield Audubon Society. He also wrote a guide to Fairfield's parks, trails and wetlands, called "Walking Through Fairfield's Open Spaces."

Barbara Hawkins won 2009's Town Employee of the Year Award, earning the honor through her contributions as the Fairfield Library's children and teen services director for nine years. In that time, she oversaw the renovation of the children's library at the Main Branch, tutored the first teen librarian and created dozens of new programs for young people.

Nominations for both awards are due at the first selectman's office by noon Oct. 29. For official applications and criteria, visit the town's website or Flatto's personal page .

Do you have someone in mind already? Sound off in the comments section.

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