Ellen Jennings of New Canaan has been named to the University of Dallas, Texas dean's list for the spring 2016 semester for earning a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Jennings is majoring in psychology.

Binghamton University announced New Canaan native Caroline Brickley made the dean's list for the spring 2016 semester. This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at the State University of New York school.

Exchange Club presents grant

The Exchange Club of New Canaan recently presented a $3,000 grant to Liberation Programs to support its Families in Recovery Program in Norwalk. Families in Recovery is the only inpatient substance abuse treatment program serving parenting and pregnant women in Fairfield County. The grant will be used to help mothers overcome their substance abuse problems and acquire the skills and resources they need to provide safe, nurturing homes for their children.

Alan Mathis, Liberation Programs’ president and CEO, will be the guest speaker when the Exchange Club of New Canaan meets on Sept. 20 at the Roger Sherman Inn.

The Exchange Club of New Canaan was chartered in 1952 as a local chapter of the National Exchange Club, which is the oldest service organization in the country. The Exchange Club of New Canaan donates to local nonprofit charities, supports local organizations in their fundraising efforts and participates in community events.

Alerts on an app

Connecticut residents can now stay prepared as blizzards, hurricanes and other emergencies approach. On Thursday, Aug. 11, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the launch of a new app that will give Connecticut residents information and alerts on emergency situations.

Developed by Connecticut Interactive and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “CT Prepares” can be downloaded to most smartphones and uses texts, emails and social networking to allow residents to alert friends and family of their safety during emergencies. Users will also receive notifications about emergency news, state office closings and public safety messages. It can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Apple store for Apple devices or from Google Play for Android devices.

The app also allows users to get alerts about weather and traffic, view National Weather Service forecasts, access Connecticut Emergency Management Agency news and events, view preparation guides for different types of emergencies and access emergency resources and contacts.

Wait ’til 8

With the summer months upon us, Energize Connecticut partners are asking customers to “Wait till 8” to help decrease energy consumption and demand during peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.

Extreme peak demands occur only 100 hours each year, or about 1 percent of the time, between late May and early September during hot, humid weather. To accommodate demand, additional power plants are on standby, ready to operate during these hours. These back-up plants often run on dirtier fuels - such as oil - that produce more air pollution and offer power at a price that drives up the cost of electricity.

To reduce energy usage, Energize Connecticut representatives recommend lessening the use of discretionary appliances and electronics during peak hours. Examples include:

Running pool pumps earlier in the day or later in the evening

Using dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers in the morning or later in the day

Programming thermostats to increase the temperature when a home is not occupied

Using energy efficient products like Energy Star LED lights and Energy Star air conditioning

Yellow Pages distribution schedule

The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about Sept. 22. Residents who have any questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can email sbconcerns@teampdc.com. Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.

Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting YellowPagesOptOut.com .