Former principal gets City Hall recognition; political events, Norwalk cleanup and DREAMers

From left, David Eldred, Karen Eldred, Samantha Eldred, Ruth Craffey, and Mayor Harry Rilling mark Craffey’s donation of a portrait of long-time Norwalk High School principal Eric Malmquist. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Former NHS principal honored
  • Pie & Politics set for April 23
  • Norwalk Dems offer ‘Politics 101’
  • City-wide cleanup planned for April 27
  • DREAMers offered college aid


Portrait of Eric Malmquist unveiled in City Hall

Mayor Harry Rilling welcomed the family of the late Eric Malmquist to City Hall on Monday for “a special presentation and acceptance of a one-of-a-kind portrait of the long-time Norwalk High School principal,” according to a statement.  The portrait was commissioned by the 1958 graduating class of NHS and painted by Raymond Pease.

A portrait of long-time Norwalk High School principal Eric Malmquist,handing in City Hall. (Contributed)

Malmquist was Norwalk High School principal from 1939 to 1969, when the high school was what is now City Hall.

Malmquist’s daughter, Ruth Craffey of Massachusetts, donated the portrait to the City and was in attendance, as was Malmquist’s granddaughter Karen Eldred, her husband David and their daughter, from Washington, D.C. Also at the formal unveiling were members of the Norwalk High School Alumni Association, family, and friends.

“The City thanks Ms. Craffey for her generosity in donating the portrait,” the statement said. “It is the City’s privilege to display this beautiful portrait at the main entrance of City Hall for all to enjoy.”


League reschedules legislators’ event

The League of Women Voters of Norwalk will hold its annual “Pie and Politics” event on Tuesday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Norwalk Community College, in the GenRe Forum, East Campus, at 188 Richards Ave.

“Norwalk’s State legislators will be in attendance to answer your questions and to talk about the current legislative session,” a press release states. The event is free and open to the public.

The event had been scheduled for March 2 but was postponed due to snowy conditions.

For more information contact 203-394-1710 or [email protected]


‘Politics! Real Talk About How to Get Involved in Norwalk’

The Norwalk Democratic Town Committee is offering what it calls “Politics 101,” at 5:30 p.m. April 25 in the Norwalk Public Library at 1 Belden Ave.

The panel discussion will feature State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142), Common Council member Darlene Young (D-District B) and DTC corresponding secretary Esther Murillo.

“Join us for an open house, panel discussion, and Q&A to learn how our city’s political process works,” the DTC states. “Learn about Commissions, the Common Council, the Democratic Town Committee, how to help local candidates or run for office yourself!”



City-wide clean-up slated for April 27

Rilling’s fifth annual City-Wide cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 27.

“If everyone would commit to adopting a small spot around their homes or businesses, it would truly make a difference in our community. This is a continual effort – not just one day a year. An everyday effort is required to help keep our city clean,” Rilling is quoted as saying in a press release. “This annual event is one of my favorite days of the year. It shows the spirit of community and camaraderie in Norwalk. I hope the public will come out and join us for this great event.”

“The annual event began in 2015 and is held each year around Earth Day. Since the first event, this volunteer cleanup day has collected more than seven tons of trash and debris from locations around the city,” the release said.

You can join in at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, outside City Hall, where Rilling will hand out gloves, bags, T-shirts, and litter pick-up tools, while supplies last. If the weather’s bad, the event will be rescheduled for May 4.

“Individuals or teams can choose a location such as a neighborhood, local park or beach, business area, schoolyard, or shoreline for cleanup. Those who send in before and after photos of a cleanup location will be entered into a gift card drawing,” the release said.

“The Citywide Spring Cleanup is a day for us to team up and demonstrate our common interests for a cleaner Norwalk. Volunteerism is important for Norwalk,” David Shockley, Chairman of Keep Norwalk Beautiful, is quoted as saying. “We have observed remarkable progress from these annual volunteer cleanup events in Norwalk. Our everyday choices and actions collectively have a huge impact on our surroundings. Please join us on Saturday, April 27!”

For more information, call Shockley at (203) 854-7810 ext. 46782 or email [email protected]


PS4D invites DREAMers to apply for aid

Undocumented students can now apply for the Parents of Students for a Dream (PS4D) College Aid Program.

“The PS4D assistance program primarily aimed to help DREAMer students in their last year of high school who plan to start college in the fall, as well as for full-time DREAMer students who are already college students and wish to continue with their career in the fall 2019,” according to a statement from PS4D.


“Careful consideration will be given to the applicant’s academic and career goals, community involvement, and other indications that the applicant has a strong desire to achieve his or her goals through higher education,” the release states. “College Aid will support expenses such as tuition and fees, course related books, and supplies. Students will be required to submit a current transcript as well as a copy of their acceptance letter and proof of registration for the fall of 2019.”

Applications must be received no later than May 31 and applicants will be notified of scholarship status by end of June, the release states. An address is provided in the application, or you can email a PDF to [email protected] Incomplete applications, or applications received after the due date, will not be considered.

PS4D recently celebrated its Fifth Annual Dinner to benefit its financial aid fund, in Stamford, with 140 guests, including some from Norwalk.


Piberman April 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

Can Nancy’s provide information on CT college aid for our CT Veterans and their families. Veterans are American citizens who merit first preference.

Bob Welsh April 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm


Publicizing information about college aid is important. Unfortunately it’s not core to NoN’s mission of watchdog journalism. NoN didn’t go looking for the scholarship information in this report, PS4D sent it to us.

Most days, financial aid news wouldn’t make it onto the site. This information happened to fit into a “Once Around the City” column which was already in progress.

If NoN is provided with info about college aid for veterans, it may find its way into a future OATC. You and others are of course also welcome to post college aid resources for veterans here today.

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