Tax deadline extended, trash pickup and school delayed, and events are planned

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Updated Tuesday: The city lifted its Snow Emergency declaration at noon Tuesday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Property tax payment deadline has been extended one day, school opening will be delayed two yours, and trash pickups have been delayed a day due to the storm. Also, several events are planned in the upcoming week.

Tax deadline is now Tuesday, Feb. 3

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today signed an Executive Order that orders deadlines for Connecticut residents who pay property taxes on a semi-annual or quarterly basis to be extended due to the winter weather that has affected the state over the last week.

Feb. 3 will be the last day on which to pay without penalty.

“Between the significant snow we received last week, and now with today’s winter weather, extending this deadline will allow some additional time to help residents avoid accumulating interest fees Malloy said.

Malloy also authorized the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services to grant a similar extension for several other filings, a list of which can be found on that agency’s website.


Two-hour delay for Norwalk schools

Norwalk Public Schools will have a two-hour delayed opening Tuesday.  Any changes to that schedule will be communicated in the early morning, after school conditions have been confirmed. Parents and staff are asked to check back in the morning for any updates.

In a touch of irony, the slippery conditions mean Ice Skating Day for Rowayton School at SoNo Ice House has been postponed. Go figure.

Trash pickup scheduled delayed by snow

Due to the snow, there were no garbage and recycling collection services Monday, Feb. 2.

Garbage and Recycling collection services with follow the below schedule for the remainder of the week:

  • Monday pickup of garbage and recycling will be on Tuesday
  • Tuesday pick up will be on Wednesday
  • Wednesday pick up will be on Thursday
  • Thursday pick up will be on Friday
  • Friday pick up will be on Saturday

For more information, visit the Norwalk website  or contact the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200.


Community Conversations: When Smart Kids Can’t Learn

The Community Conversations series dealing with children with learning disabilities continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington St.

According to the flyer, this week’s session, “When Smart Kids Can’t Learn,” is “a free workshop including discussion by experts and parent representatives about learning disabilities and ADHD. Learn About the basics of addressing difficulties with reading, writing and math as well as beginning the process of getting effective help.”

Registration is required. Go to the website or call (203) 899-2790, ext. 15902.

Future sessions will be held March 4, April 2 and May 7. For topics and more information, click here: SONO Library Community Conversation Jan-May 2015


Black History Month: Local author offers reading

Norwalk resident Dorothy Mobilia will set the scene for her young adult historical novel, “How Jimmy John Won His Cloak of Freedom,” by bringing the audience to the South Norwalk of the 1860s through a series of slides during a presentation at the SoNo Branch Library, 10 Washington St.

The event will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Mobilia will relate how Jimmy John and Charley Hallock, the story’s young protagonists, met, endured the ordeals of the American Civil War, and how they came to South Norwalk. Jimmy John was a member of Bethel AME Church, Norwalk’s oldest African-American church.

The Rev. Margaret McCready and the Rev. Randy Hughes of Bethel AME will give a brief history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church nationally and its beginnings in Norwalk.

Mobilia will answer questions during the program. She will have books available for sale after the event.

Other events include freedom quilt craft, a screening of “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket,” a discussion with one of the authors of “The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream,” an African drumming performance and workshop with Henry Jones and Infinite Roots and an artist talk with Jo-Ann Claybourne, whose work will be on display at the library.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is available online or by calling (203) 899-2790, ext. 15902.

See the website or Facebook for more information.


Winston to address Norwalk Land Trust Feb. 9

Dave Winston, president and head steward of the Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Stamford since it was established in 2006 and a certified master gardener, is the featured speaker at the  annual meeting of the Norwalk Land Trust Feb. 9 in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall.

The meeting – rescheduled from Jan. 26 because of inclement weather – is open to the public, starting at 7 p.m., preceded by refreshments at 6:30 p.m. At the meeting, the land trust plans to honor Marny Smith for a lifetime of achievement as an environmental champion.


Local filmmaker, panel to address labor rights in food industry

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County will present a documentary about labor practices in the American food industry followed by a panel discussion Feb. 9 at the Silver Star Diner, 210 Connecticut Ave.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

The film, “Fair Tomatoes,” details the plight of farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., and their organized efforts to address wages and abuses.

Co-director Ernie Zahn, a Greenwich resident, will answer audience questions about the film. He will be joined by public health and nutrition educator Katherine Schwarz and public health researcher Yasin Khan to discuss the broader implications of labor practices.

The film was produced through Greenwich-based All Kicker, part of the nonprofit media group NPeaches. Screenings have been held around the country and locally, including at Yale University and at Franklin Street Works in Stamford.

Schwarz teaches about food security, food policy and our food system at Lehman College, New York Medical College, and at Long Island University in Rockland County, N.Y.

Khan has conducted regulatory research with the Service Employees International Union on a workplace violence prevention standard for health care workers in California. She is currently working on a FEMA funded research team through Drexel University to improve firefighter health and safety.

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County espouses reason and compassion, seeks to promote humanism and free thought in our community. It meets the second Monday of each month, with speakers, discussion, and social time. Learn more at meetup.com/HFFCCT.


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