Introducing the second and final round of Close To My Heart: You've read the stories, and you've made your comments. Now it's time to choose a winner. Beginning today, Feb. 1, readers will be able to vote on their favorite stories once a day. Your votes, along with your comments, will help our panel of judges to determine the Top 10 stories and the grand prize winner.

Remember, the contest is still open, and we are still accepting story submissions, so send us yours today!

By commenting or voting, you'll not only be supporting the individuals who wrote the stories, but you'll also be showing your support for some of the finest and hardest-working nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County. Good luck to all submitters, and let the voting begin!