Norwalk: ‘Bathing,’ beer and books

From left, Norwalk Land Trust Board members Peggy Holton, Mary Verel, JoAnne Jackson, Kate Davies, Midge Kennedy and NLT president Seeley Hubbard. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk doings:

  • Norwalk Land Trust debuts forest bathing
  • Try a new beer, support Harbor Bridge Academy
  • Norwalk granted $15,000 for new books


‘Forest Bathers’ enjoy walks in the woods


From left, Norwalk Land Trust member Kate Davies with walkers Margaret O’Connell, Saorise Cronin (front) and Finnuala Cronin. (Contributed)

Last weekend, the Norwalk Land Trust (NLT) introduced the Japanese concept of “forest bathing” to the public with free walks in the woods at the White Barn Preserve.  Forest bathing is said to lower stress, high blood pressure, and depression.  A campaign is under way to add the White Barn acreage to the 100 acres of woodlands and meadows that the NLT has dedicated to passive recreation.


Raise a glass for students’ automotive career training

“Black Bridge Brew,” a new beer on tap at popular SoNo bistro Saltwater, has been crafted to benefit Harbor Bridge Academy (HBA), where for the past three years, select Norwalk high school students have been prepped for automotive-related technical careers.  A portion of proceeds from each glass served will be donated to the Academy, at which rigorous training occurs under the auspices of prestigious Norwalk auto restoration firm Black Bridge Motors.

“More than just learning a trade, our students are encouraged to love the work they do,“ said HBA instructor/foreman Stan DiGuiseppi.

Candidates may apply through their high school guidance counsellor.  According to Brien McMahon High School Principal Scott Hurwitz, the HBA program is BMHS’ first automotive-focused option among the school’s numerous extra-curricular vocational opportunities.

“A terrific beer and support for a great cause!  What’s not to like?!”  proclaimed HBA founder Scott Gilbert.


A windfall of new books for Norwalk youngsters

First Book, a nonprofit enterprise focused on quality education for needy children, has awarded $15,000 to Norwalk for new books.

Working with community partners including Family and Children’s Agency, Norwalk Public Library, Fox Run Elementary School Family Resource Center, and Norwalk Housing Authority, the city’s Early Childhood Office will distribute the books to children ages 0-5  via existing programs such as the library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, and Norwalk ACTS PK-K transition initiatives.

“A home with books helps to encourage reading for pleasure,” said Mayor Harry Rilling in a press release. “With this award, we will be able to bring new, high-quality, contemporary books to Norwalk children.”

First Book will provide 1.5 million new books and ebooks across the U.S. and its territories.  “Children do not thrive in deeply under-resourced environments, and too many of the schools and programs have far too little” asserts First Book CEO and cofounder Kyle Zimmer. “First Book and the City of Norwalk are investing not only in the future of the kids we’re reaching, but in the overall well-being of our nation.”

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