University to host communion breakfast


FAIRFIELD — Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., a leading expert on immigration and founding director of Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Communion Breakfast for Business Leaders on Sunday, October 28 in Fairfield University’s Oak Room.

Business professionals Brendan Fisk of Fairfield and Barnet Phillips IV of Greenwich will be honored by the Fairfield County Chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) at the breakfast. Fr. Ryscavage’s talk, “Faithful Citizenship: Catholics and the Presidential Election,” will touch upon very topical issues as Election Day approaches.

Fisk and Phillips will be honored with the Business Leadership Award for their work in co-founding Shepherds Inc. in 1997, as well as for their ongoing involvement in the program. Shepherds is a nondenominational nonprofit that provides the funding for disadvantaged inner city Connecticut youth to attain a quality college preparatory education at Catholic high schools while pairing them with a mentor who serves as a role model over the four-year high school journey.

For 23 years, Fisk was an FBI agent who upon retirement from the bureau pursued a career as a business owner and consultant to a number of major corporations and banks. Phillips is a recently retired partner with the New York City law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and affiliates.

There is limited seating. To register, phone 203-254-4000, ext. 2927.

BRIDGEPORT — For the third quarter of 2012 the People’s United Community Foundation has awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and the remainder of New England. Eighty-four organizations received $467,000 in funding in support of programs that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing projects to education and job training programs. The funding was distributed within the foundation’s three areas of focus: 49 percent allocated to youth development, 36 percent to community development, and 15 percent to affordable housing initiatives.


Of that sum, $272,500 was awarded to Connecticut non-profits. The largest single grants included $25,000 each to the Barnum Museum Foundation in People’s United’s hometown of Bridgeport and the Kennedy Center in Trumbull, as well as $20,000 to New Haven-based Teach for America/Connecticut.

NEW HAVEN — Just in time for the new school year, New Haven will get its very own Shake Shack. The chain purveyor or burgers, fries, hot dogs and of course milkshakes will open for business at 986 Chapel Street, hard by the Yale campus. The company began as a food cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park eight years ago and has since grown to 15 restaurants.


Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti was expected in town for a September 12 preview party featuring the Yale a cappella group Something Extra (which of course is not what you may have on your burger at nearby legend Louis Lunch).