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Wall Street design session; NFD offers safety tips; YWCA plans to honor women

Detail from a flyer.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Wall Street Design Kickoff
  • NFD offers grilling safety tips
  • YWCA to honor eight women

‘Reimagine Wall Street’

Public input regarding the impending Wall Street Corridor Improvements Project will be welcomed at the “Wall Street Design Kickoff,” an open house planned for 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday June 14 at the Wall Street Theater, located at 71 Wall St.

“We are looking for your ideas to reimagine the corridor,” Transportation, Mobility and Parking Director Jim Travers said in a news release, promising “interactive design stations where you can work with our project team to shape the future of this area.”

Stated goals are to

  • Build on and support the area’s existing strengths.
  • Create a dynamic setting for civic activities and private development.
  • Enhance connections to surrounding neighborhoods and attractions.
  • Reflect Wall Street’s unique community spirit.
  • Modernize Wall Street’s streetscape while paying homage to the neighborhood’s rich history.

 

Neighborhood restaurants will offer up “A Taste of Wall Street,” and welcoming remarks will be put forth by Mayor Harry Rilling, Common Council Reps Nicol Ayers and David Heuvelman, and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff at 5:15.

Detailed info on the project is at Wall Street Corridor Improvements Project  | Norwalk, CT – Official Website (norwalkct.org)

Grilling safety tips

Noting that nearly 60% of America’s 10,000 annual barbecue-related home fires occur between May and August, the Norwalk Fire Department urges the public to take these precautions:

  • Make sure that propane tanks have no leaks.
  • Position your grill in an open area, away from the house and overhanging eaves and branches.
  • Open the lid before lighting the grill.
  • With charcoal, use charcoal starter fluid only, and don’t apply more starter fluid once the fire has started.
  • Don’t let fat and grease accumulate on the grill surface or on the trays underneath.  Keep the surfaces clean.
  • Keep kids and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Let the coals cool down completely before disposing them in a metal container.

Women of Distinction

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk’s 2022 Women of Distinction will be feted at a luncheon on Friday June 10 at Woodway Country Club, located at 540 Hoyt St., Darien, according to a press release.  The honorees are Dr. Amanda Craig, Anne Downey, Allegra Erickson, Mary Forman Flynn, Dr. Katie Takayasu and Sarah Woodberry.  Under 21 awardees are Olivia Punishill and Colby Dineen. All are said to be “women who live or work in the community whose significant and unique contributions have made a difference and epitomize the mission of the YWCA.“  They were nominated by local business owners, nonprofit leaders, and residents.

“I want to congratulate our selected Women of Distinction and all women nominated,” said Board Member and Chair Aidan Welsh.  “This year we had more nominations than ever before and our slate of honorees, as well as all women nominated,  are an amazing group of accomplished and dedicated women and we are pleased to have the honor to recognize them.

Get tickets at www.ywcadn.org.  For more info, email [email protected], or call (203) 655-2535.

 

3 comments

David Muccigrosso May 28, 2022 at 10:00 am

I will never understand this obsession about Wall Street.

Washington is thriving despite every ounce of neglect and corruption being thrown its way. It’s clearly where the attention should be. But no one wants to touch it, outside of a handful of greedy developers trying to cash out on building high-rises, and a handful of land-speculator landlords who’d rather cash in on selling to the developers than bring in tenants that make the city stronger.

This is insane, people.

Piberman May 28, 2022 at 12:59 pm

No one in CT Hall interested in attracting major new businesses with good jobs to our long shabby depressing Downtown ? Not on the “agenda” ? Just more renters, apartment buildings “bringing growth” ? Not a single elected official interested in revitalizing our long distressed Downtown ?

Marc Alan June 13, 2022 at 7:05 pm

Speaking as a member of the Wall Street Neighborhood Association, who both works and lives in the Wall Street neighborhood, I am responding to the comment by David Muccigrosso, who questions why the city would foster such attention on Wall Street.

First let me say that this attention is very long over due; compared to the revitalization of Washington Street in SONO, which has taken place over the past twenty years, with major development in the last ten; all the improvements in Wall Street over the past five years have happened largely due to its local residents and business owners.

We banded together five years ago, saying “Enough is enough. We won’t wait for the city to turn this area around – we will do it for ourselves.” We formed the Wall Street Neighborhood Association, became a 501c3, under the website http://www.WallStreetCT.org

We have held monthly meetings for all of these years -even through the pandemic when the rest of the world shut down. We have operate a weekly newsletter that goes out every Thursday communicating to hundreds of people what diverse activities are happening all through the area. Our work is self-organized, self-motivated, and self-funded.

The success of our group, and the future success of our neighborhood, is in my opinion, a direct result of the passion of our members, who are all people who either live in the area, or who own businesses or property. You can blame us for this obsession you speak of.

Essentially we were tired of suffering, literally and figuratively, in the shadow of the failed POKO development, waiting for the lawsuits to be settled, and the Wall Street Place project to finally be restarted; we decided that it was up to us to roll up our sleeves and push things forward – and so we did. We came together as a true neighborhood association, with a mission that including reclaiming our long lost identity as the downtown city center of Norwalk proper.

Along the way, we forged a new culture and identity around music and the arts, that together with our local restaurants, and including such businesses as Wall Street Theater and Factory Underground Studio, have lead to a huge increase cultural tourism. That success is now poised to be even greater, having successfully drawn a two year performing arts college that will be open right on Wall Street in the next few months. We are close to becoming the Arts and Cultural District of Norwalk that we have always seen the potential to be.

Meanwhile, members of our group have opened new businesses in store fronts that had been vacant for the previous decade, revitalizing vacant buildings and turned them into affordable apartments. All of this has drawn new residents, young professionals, and families alike, who enjoy what the neighborhood has to offer.

Our efforts have not only helped each other; we sponsored the very first Make Music Day on behalf of the entire city of Norwalk, and were a part of kick starting the Norwalk Film Festival.

And here now finally is the City of Norwalk coming together with our group, inviting our residents and business owners into a conversation about how we can all finally start working together for the common good, to legitimately join forces to take this movement to next level, and continue the neighborhood improvement that began five years ago, to dramatically improve our streetscapes, traffic flow, and parking options — and you ask WHY would they do all of this for us, and give us so much attention?

Why not Washington Street? The answer is simple – It is our time now.

Wall Street is on the rise.

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