Building One Community seeks award nominees

STAMFORD — Building One Community, a nonprofit that provides resources for immigrants, is accepting nominations for its Land of Opportunity Award, which honors residents who immigrated to the greater Stamford area and whose accomplishments embody the spirit of the American Dream.

“The Land of Opportunity Award honors the perseverance and resilience demonstrated by the awardee in his or her pursuit of success and commitment to building one strong community,” according to the organization. “It was established in recognition of immigrant residents’ best talents, fresh perspectives, new ideas, businesses and vibrant diversity.”

Last year’s winner was Yelena Klompus, the Ferguson Library’s world languages and literacy librarian, who emigrated from Russia in 1993. She was the award’s third recipient.

The award will be presented at Building One Community’s annual spring benefit breakfast on May 31 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Eligible nominees live or work, or have recently lived or worked, in the greater Stamford area; were born outside the United States and its territories (including Puerto Rico) and are at least 21 years old. The deadline is Jan. 31.

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Darien police, fire units rescue dog

from Five Mile River

DARIEN — A dog pulled from the water off Five Mile River Road on Tuesday was reunited with its owner on shore without any injuries, police said.

Darien police and fire personnel responded to Five Mile River Road for a report of a dog in distress in the icy water of the Five Mile River.

Police said the dog made its way to a small patch of grass, but became stranded as the tide came in.

Firefighters quickly put on their cold water gear and, using a nearby dinghy, were able to reach the dog and return it to shore, where its owner was waiting.

The dog did not have any injuries, police said.