NAACP honoring ‘black excellence;’ immigration talk at SoNo Branch Library


Human Relations & Fair Rent Department Director Adam Bovilsky, left; John Mosby, center; Ernie Dumas, right.

Human Relations & Fair Rent Department Director Adam Bovilsky, left; John Mosby, center; Ernie Dumas, right.

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. — Awards in honor of Black History Month; a talk about executive orders on immigration; and NCC named a healthy workplace.

NAACP to honor prominent Norwalkers on Saturday.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Across the nation heroes are recognized for their contributions to this great nation.

The Norwalk Branch of the NAACP is honoring our local heroes who have contributed so much to our great City,” an NAACP press release said.

The Norwalk Branch NAACP Is holding its First Annual Black Excellence Awards at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Grace Baptist Church, located at 17 West Ave.


The Norwalk Branch NAACP Is holding its First Annual Black Excellence Awards.

“These awards are given to unsung heroes, who make Norwalk a better place,” the press release said. “… Black History Month is not only the history you read about in books, but it also exemplified by people across the nation, who every day work hard for their communities. Black Excellence is an adjective that is shown by actions; and this year’s awardees are personifications of Black Excellence.”

Recipients are:

Ernest and Martha Dumas – Community Service Award

  • “The Dumas’s are being honored for their selfless service to the community. The Dumas’s have a more than 20-year tradition of giving back to the South Norwalk community during the holiday seasons; with their Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas toy giveaway, in addition to providing coats to the needy; which they have services more than 300 people per event. The Dumas provide more than food and toys, they also provide coats to the needy; as well as being strong advocates for social change.”  

Chronne Rodgers – Sports Award

  • “Chronne Rodgers is being honored because of his dedication to the young men of Norwalk. Chronne’s service to the Carver and the city of Norwalk has impacted hundreds of people.  Chronne has coached many young men, and not only on the court but passing down lifelong lessons that they still carry with them today.”

Adam Bovilsky – Champion of Civil Rights

  • “Adam Bovilsky is being honored for his work as Human Relations & Fair Rent Director. When someone feels like they have been wronged it is good to have someone at City Hall that will listen, and stand up for Justice; Adam Bovilsky is that person that you can turn to.”

Mellodye Ragin and John Ragin – Entertainment Award

  • “SoNo Entertainment & Recording Studios co-owners Mellodye “Sweets” Ragin and John “Deyo” Ragin own a recording studio that offers an innovative program for all people that gives them experience in various factions of the entertainment industry while promoting a positive message.  Many people aspire to be entertainers, and the Ragins show them the way, many look at the studio as a safe haven. The Ragins have opened the doors to their studio to the community, and has not only entertained, but most importantly they have served their community.”

Tremain Gilmore – Maurice Tomlin Award

  • “Tremain Gilmore is being honored with the Maurice Tomlin award, which is given to someone who has given back to the community, and impacted the life of the youth. Tremain Gilmore has given so much to the community being a Security Guard at Norwalk High School, and also working at the George Washington Carver; both roles in which he is a mentor to everyone he comes in contact with. Tremain, in the face of adversity continued to work hard for the youth of Norwalk. Mr. Gilmore host many events from clothing drives, to toy drives. Everything that Tremain does is in the spirit of ‘Mo Positivity.’”

John Mosby – Lifetime Achievement Award

  • “Mr. John Mosby is getting an award for his lifetime of service to the people of the City of Norwalk. For decades Mr. Mosby has fought tirelessly for fairness and equity of life for all people. From Union Leadership to Seasoned Community leader,  Mr. Mosby has made a lifelong commitment of ensuring the voices of the community are heard.”


Mosby noted this at the Feb. 7 Board of Education meeting.

“They honored me with the biggest award in the history of this country for all of my standing up for all the people,” Mosby said.  “I’m very proud to accept that.”


What the Executive Actions on Immigration Mean to You,’ at SoNo Branch Library

“The new Executive Actions raise questions about immigrant rights under U.S. immigration laws and the Constitution,” said a press release announcing a program, What the Executive Actions on Immigration Mean to You: Your Rights, Risks and Options, scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the SoNo Branch Library, located at 10 Washington St.

“Immigration and Naturalization Attorney Ana Siscar will address fears about what these executive actions could mean to immigrants rights under the laws and the immigration options and risks to be aware of,” the release said. “Siscar will also cover: Asylum; Immigration relief; Green card applications for victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other violent crimes; and a potential path to obtain a green card for children who are younger than 18 and are abandoned by one or both parents. Q & A will follow the information session.”

The free program will be repeated at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, the release said. Registration is available online, or by calling 203.899.2790 ext. 15902


NCC a ‘Platinum Level Healthy Workplace’

“For the third consecutive year, Norwalk Community College has been selected as a Platinum Level Healthy Workplace by the Business Council of Fairfield County (BCFC),” a press release said.

The release said:

“The BCFC hosted its Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program on Feb. 14 at the Marriott Hotel and Spa in Stamford.  It honored 47 local organizations in four categories of distinction—Platinum, Gold, Silver and Innovation.

“Research demonstrates that employers realize increased productivity and reduced healthcare costs when they offer health and wellness programs to their employees.

“The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program honors employers who have implemented a diverse range of programs to promote a healthy workplace and help their employees lead healthier lives.

“Norwalk Community College has been a leader in workplace health initiatives for nearly a decade. NCC was one of the first community college campuses in Connecticut to become smoke-free and tobacco-free.  NCC’s Wellness Committee engages the campus community in events throughout the year, including Wellness Walks, Health Fairs, exercise boot camps, and a  Wellness Series of lectures on topics including heart health, diet and stress reduction.

“In January, NCC was honored at the White House for completing the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, an initiative to inform students about the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period.”


From left, Matthew Fair, Co-chair of the Business Council of Fairfield County’s Wellness Roundtable, is shown at the Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition breakfast with Paul Gallo, Ph.D., NCC Director of Exercise Science and Wellness Programs; NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D.; Therese Marrocco, NCC Chief Operating Officer; and Nicole Hafner, NCC Group Exercise Instructor Certificate Coordinator. (Contributed photo)

One comment

Mitch Adis February 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Lifetime Achievement – John Mosby? Really? What a disappointment for the others to be in the same company.

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