- East Norwalk opinions sought at T.O.D. forum
- Discussion about vaping
- A Taste of Fairfield County
- Cooking for Charity
East Norwalk’s reactions to TOD sought Monday
A community forum on recommendations for the East Norwalk Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planis being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday .
“We will present the proposed recommendations, and strategies developed with the help of the Community Workshops to date,” a Norwalk Tomorrow flier states. “How would you prioritize these? What did we miss? What are the next steps and how can you be part of East Norwalk’s future?”
You can read about the recommendations here. They include encouraging “appropriately scaled development:”
- Allow additional height and increased density at gateway/corners to allow active uses on the ground floor (three to three-and-a-half stories, 40-45 feet)
- Develop design guidelines that reflect community preferences for massing, scale, façades, site treatments
- Link proposed increase in density required for new development to amenities desired by the community; consider bonus/menu structure in Zoning; i.e. additional height allowed in exchange for one or more amenities
Seaview Avenue could be promoted as a pedestrian promenade and the East Norwalk Cemetery could be known as a respectful open space, consultants say. A parking permit program could be developed.
The meeting will be held in the City Hall community room, located at 125 East Ave.
Vaping will be the topic
A panel discussion for parents and students on youth vaping will be co-hosted by State Representatives Gail Lavielle and Tom O’Dea from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Trackside Teen Center, located at 15 Station Road in Wilton. The dialogue will address vaping’s dangers, community impact, and potential solutions.
Panelists will include Insight Counseling LLC director Elizabeth Jorgensen, Wilton School Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith, New Canaan School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi, Wilton High Principal Dr. Robert O’Donnell, Wilton High Student Body President Rishabh Raniwala, Wilton Police Chief John Lynch, and representatives from Wilton Youth Services and Wilton Youth to Youth.
“If you are unable to attend the discussion, but would like to learn more about this issue or offer your comments, please contact me. I’m always happy to hear from you,” Lavielle is quoted as saying. She can be reached at (800) 842 1423 or [email protected]
Savor culinary delicacies while helping others less fortunate
“A Taste of Fairfield County,” the annual food and drink tasting event sponsored by Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Aitoro Appliance, located at 401 Westport Ave. Attendees will enjoy lively music by the New Orleans Beatniks while sampling delectable offerings from The Blind Rhino, Cask Republic, Fiesta Express, FlipSide Burgers & Bar, Haruki, Local, Saltwater, Washington Prime, and The SoNo Collection’s new Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill. Fun prizes will be raffled courtesy of BJ Ryan’s, The Blind Rhino, Fiesta Express, Mecha Noodle Bar, and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door and can be purchased online.
Proceeds will support FCA’s Community Connections programs, helping hundreds of homeless adults and families achieve self-sufficiency. In addition to its housing services, FCA maintains a South Norwalk day center offering laundry assistance, cooking classes, computer access, and other amenities. FCA is Norwalk’s 211 Coordinated Access Network (CAN) site, benefitting families undergoing homeless crises. To learn more about CANs, go here.
Culinary delights to support Norwalk non-profits
A dozen local chefs will prepare small plates of their specialty dishes at the “3rd Annual Cooking for Charity Holiday Season Kick Off” from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Aitoro Appliance, located at 401 Westport Ave. The event will benefit two non-profits: Human Services Council and the Norwalk Rotary Club. Featured restaurants include: Blind Rhino, Dry Dock Bar & Grille, Cask Republic, Copps Island Oysters, Don Carmelo’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, El Segundo, Forever Sweet Bakery, Planet Pizza, Steel Sharpens Steel Catering, The Spread, Washington Prime and Winfield Street Coffee. Desserts will be donated by La Dolce Bakery and Wave Hill Breads.
Plentiful wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee will be on hand. A high point in the festivities will be a chance raffle and the 50/50 raffle.
Human Services Council’s programs include substance abuse prevention, child advocacy, school-based mentoring, school-based health, and supportive housing. Norwalk Rotary Club is long-known for awarding scholarships to graduating high school students, providing dictionaries for all third grade students, volunteering each year at the Oyster Festival, and performing many other community services.
Generous sponsors are Norwalk Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Fairfield County Bank, Key Bank, Webster Bank, HomeServe USA, and Lesko Funeral Home. Many other kindhearted local businesses bought ads in the program book and donated over $7,000 in auction items.
For more info, contact Kim Killoy at [email protected] or (203) 849 1111 x3023