A Norwalk forum on tolls, a workshop on Opportunity Zone investing and the St. Patrick’s Day parade

The 2019 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade route.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some events you might want on your radar screen, one of them happening Tuesday:

  • Lavielle and Wood to present toll info
  • Chamber offers free Opportunity Zone workshop
  • League offers Pie & Politics
  • St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 9; fundraiser Thursday

Norwalk lawmakers to host informational hearing on tolls

State Reps. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Terri Wood (R-141) invite you to an informational forum on tolls, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26) at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, located 99 East Ave.

“The legislators will be joined by Transportation House Ranking Member Laura Devlin (R-Fairfield, Trumbull) along with Transportation Senate Ranking Member Henry Martin (R- Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston). Other area lawmakers will be invited to attend the forum,” a press release said.

Lavielle, House Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee, has been informed by the committee’s leadership that public hearings on toll-related bills will soon be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the press release said.

You can share your concerns, ask questions and/or discuss possible alternatives to tolls at the forum.

For more information, contact Lavielle’s office at 1-800-842-1423.



Opportunity Zones

As you may have heard, federal lawmakers in December created an Opportunity Zone program for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds – private investment vehicles dedicated to community, business, real estate, and economic development activities in America’s lowest-income communities, in the words of a Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce press release.

The Norwalk census tracts that were declared Opportunity Zones in December.

Norwalk’s census tracts 441, 437 and 434 have been declared Opportunity Zones.

“The Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, CERC, Pullman & Comley, DECD, along with the City of Norwalk and Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, invite you to learn more about the new federal Opportunity Zones program and how to grow business through long-term investments in low-income communities,” the press release said.

“This event will provide a comprehensive background and expert analysis of the new program, as well as recommendations for cities, philanthropies, advocates, and private sector representatives interested in Opportunity Fund creation, operation, and management and equitable development outcomes throughout our nation’s newly designated Opportunity Zones,” it concluded.


Ask your state legislators questions

The League of Women Voters of Norwalk plans its annual Pie & Politics event for 8:30 a.m. March 2 in the Norwalk Police Department Community Room, located at 1 Monroe St.

Invited are State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and State Reps. Lucy Dathan (D-142), Gail Lavielle (R-143), Chris Perone (D-137), Travis Simms (D-140) and Terri Wood (R-141); the League advertises “a morning of information, discussion, and—of course—pie (quiche and light breakfast.”


2019 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Norwalk Police Emerald Society is presenting the 2019 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. March 9 in SoNo.

A fundraiser is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) at Colony Grill, located at 515 West Ave. This features all you can eat pizza and Irish raffles; no admission fee is advertised.

The parade is slated to begin at Veteran’s Park, proceed up Washington Street, onto North Main Street and end at Pine Street.

“A ceremony will immediately follow under the tent at O’Neill’s Pub at 93 North Main Street,” a press release said. “The parade will feature the music of the Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums and much, much more. Anyone wishing to participate should visit norwalkemeralds.com and complete the Parade Participation Request form.”

The Norwalk Police Emerald Society is a 501c3 charitable organization.


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