Maritime Rowers get new boathouse, Frank honored, NCC studies history

The site plan for the Maritime Rowing Club’s new boathouse. (Claire Schoen)

NORWALK, Conn. – Maritime Rowing Club marks milestones; honoring John Frank; NCC offers history symposium.


Rowers look forward to new boathouse

The Maritime Rowing Club, which was displaced by the Walk Bridge project, will have a new boathouse to call home this spring.

The relocation of the club has been several years in the making.  When it became clear that the boatyard would be taken by eminent domain due to Walk Bridge construction, Maritime Rowing Club’s owners worked with city and state officials to find a suitable new home. Located off Jennings Place, on the western shore of the Norwalk River, the new boathouse will be state of-the-art, and will include workout space for winter training.

The concrete foundation was poured last week, and construction of the building should start within the next week. The club expects to move into the new boathouse in January or February, and is temporarily operating out of the Norwalk River Rowing Club.





In memory of John Frank

The John Frank memorial. (Contributed)

The John Frank Memorial at Calf Pasture Beach will be the focus of a  “special unveiling” at 6:15 p.m. today, Monday Sept. 24.

“The public is welcome to share in recognition of Frank’s contributions to Norwalk during a brief ceremony,” according to a press release.

“Frank retired as Captain from the Norwalk Police Department in 1985. He then served on the Norwalk Shellfish Commission from 1987 to 2010,” the release reads.  “As chairman for many years, Frank always stood up for the public’s rights and interests and was a valiant steward of Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound. Frank believed he had a responsibility to help care for this vital ecosystem and help ensure that its natural values are not just used for short-term gain but instead are sustained for future generations.”

Frank passed away on May 30, 2016, at age 81.

The Norwalk Shellfish Commission, in conjunction with the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission, are making the announcement about the memorial plaque located near the pier.

“The memorial describes the history of shellfishing in Norwalk as well as the evolution of shellfish grounds management, which was led into the modern era by Frank,” according to the release.



NCC considers Russia…

Norwalk Community College has scheduled its 15th annual History Symposium for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the GenRe Forum, according to a press release. The title of this year’s symposium is “A Time of Fear: From the Russian Revolution to Joseph McCarthy.”

The symposium features two sessions, according to the release:


Session I (10 to 11:20 a.m.)

  • President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. – Introduction: The Relevance of the ‘Red Scare’ for Today
  • Robert Howard – The Red Summer of 1919 (Return of Afro-American Veterans and Race Riots in America)
  • Steve Glazer – Communist Infiltration of the American Labor Movement (1930’s)
  • David Lincoln – From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs (Increasing Animosity between USA & the USSR)


Session II (11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.)

  • John Shields – The Red Scare and Hollywood (from Blacklisting to Attacks on the Media)
  • Steven Berizzi – LGBT McCarthyism: Reflections on David K. Johnson’s The Lavender Scare
  • Hannah Moeckel-Rieke – The impact of McCarthyism on American Feminism
  • David Mann – Profiles in Courage: Three Who Spoke Up Against McCarthy

For more information, contact Professor Robert Howard at [email protected]


Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. Board member Claire Schoen, a rowing club member, contributed the top segment of this article.

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