City plans NPD traffic stops, waste acceptance; elsewhere, a museum talk and a film festival

Kate Lockwood, granddaughter of LeGrand Lockwood, Sr., (far left, top row) tours Egypt by camel with the Ferguson family in the1880s. (LMMM Collection)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • NPD plans ‘zero tolerance’ traffic stops
  • Hazardous Waste Day is Aug. 28
  • LMMM: ‘Secret Lives: Untold Stories’
  • Norwalk Film Festival invites submissions


‘Back to School Slow Down Days’

Norwalk Police say they’ll be conducting zero tolerance motor vehicle enforcement throughout the city starting Monday, Aug. 23. “Multiple officers will fan out across the city over the next two weeks to conduct speed enforcement in preparation for the start of school.”

You’re reminded to expect increased pedestrian traffic when school starts on Monday Aug. 30, and to obey directions given by school crossing guards.


Your chance to dispose of hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste Day 2021 is Saturday, Aug.  28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwalk High School (corner of Strawberry Hill Ave and County Street), rain or shine, according to a press release.  The event is open to residents of Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford, Westport and Wilton.

Have your driver’s license readily available.  You cannot be a commercial business. Commercial loads will be turned away.


Acceptable items include:

  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Auto care products
  • Oil based or alkyd paints, stains, thinners, spray paints
  • Insect killer
  • Weed killer
  • Fungicide (rose dust)
  • Chemical fertilizer
  • Garden lime
  • Cleaners, polishes
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Pet care products
  • Pool chemicals
  • Latex paint (not considered HHW, but still acceptable).   Thoroughly dry, completely solid  latex paint can also be disposed of in regular trash.


Items not accepted:

  • Motor oil and antifreeze*
  • Electronics*
  • Cooking oil*

*The Crescent St. Transfer Station will accept these materials from Norwalk Residents Only.

  • Ammunition, Flares, Explosives:  Call Norwalk Police (203) 854 3000
  • Asbestos–Contact CT Dept. of Health or Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • CFL bulbs–Bring unbroken bulbs to Lowes or Home Depot
  • Medical or biological waste
  • Radioactive material


Important guidelines:

  • Sort and pack different materials separately.
  • Don’t mix chemicals.
  • Leave the material in its original labelled containers.
  • Pack securely. Tighten the caps and lids.
  • If your load exceeds 40 pounds or 30 gallons, or if you have questions, call Norwalk Customer Service at (203) 854-3200.


Visit Household Hazardous Waste | Norwalk, CT – Official Website (norwalkct.org) for more info.


Daryn Reyman-Lock, Ph. D. (Courtesy of Shannon Sorenson)

Hidden family stories, photos, and documents at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will be revealed in “The Mansion’s Secret Lives: Untold Stories, 1865-1960,” a talk by historic preservation specialist Daryn Reyman-Lock, Ph.D. at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

Reyman-Lock, an accomplished archaeologist, is a first-call collection curator and municipal consultant whose expertise includes historic landscape and building research.  Her work encompasses phenomenology, i.e. the study of experience and consciousness.  She said, “The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a historically significant building whose history has been created, destroyed, changed and shaped by those responsible for its inception, construction and use.”

Mansion’s Driveway, circa 1868. (Stereograph by Whitney & Beckwith, LMMM Collection)

Get tickets at the Events page on the Museum’s website www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.comMembers tickets cost  $10, non-members $15.  The Museum phone is (203) 838-9799.



Upcoming film festival

Submissions for The Second Annual Norwalk Film Festival can be made at https://filmfreeway.com/NorwalkFilmFestivalaccording to a press release.  Under the banner “Unity through Diversity through Film,” the festival’s stated goal is to present a cinematic “window into Norwalk residents’ lives.”

The festival will take place Friday Dec. 17 through Sunday Dec. 19 at multiple locations including Norwalk Public Library, The Wall Street Theatre, Factory Underground and the Norwalk Art Space.  Filmmaker panel discussions, interactive workshops, and presentation of the 2021 “Standing Ovation Award” are planned.

The Festival’s co-founder, filmmaker Marge Costa said, “I am thrilled to be part of the grass roots team bringing back the festival for its second year. The festival will reassert a focus on the vitality and diversity of Norwalk. The unique storytelling of filmmakers from around the country, and the world, will resonate with our lives and bring voice to different people and the diverse visions of our community.”

The initial festival was held in 2019, with over 80 films exploring such topics as single parenting, the LGBTQ community, the Special Olympics, Alzheimer’s, and life in other cultures.  At that time, Mayor Harry Rilling said, “The Norwalk Film Festival, with its recognition of our city as a unique, multicultural community, is a welcome addition to our vibrant arts scene.”

Norwalk Arts Society, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 will accept donations and sponsorships on behalf of the festival.  Email them at [email protected]Volunteers wishing to join the Festival team should email [email protected].


Bryan Meek August 19, 2021 at 7:57 am

That’s a neat LMM photo, but isn’t that the exact type of history we’ve been removing from Government funded buildings?

John O'Neill August 19, 2021 at 9:22 am

Regarding NPD Traffic Stops — #1) Kudos to our Norwalk Police Department for a job well done over the last 18 months. In spite of current wokeness culture they’ve been able to keep Norwalk from turning into Portland or Seattle. No Thanks to Mr. Duff and his acolytes. #2) I have a driveway NPD can use to wait for speeders in West Norwalk – In my opinion, the revenue from just those tickets would enable Norwalk (thru state funding) to hire 12 next teachers.
#3) I’d like to give a shoutout to Tony Martinelli, Father of Terri Carlo of Norwalk. Tony taught me to give back to kids thru basketball and I’ll be forever grateful. I hope someone says the same thing about me one day. We should never underestimate the impact of team athletics on school age kids. Especially as they go thru what they’ve gone thru over the past 18 months. We don’t need social workers, we need COACHES and support of athletics. AND, I mean COACHES NOT $1 million fields. So Thank You Tony M. as well as the Carlo family.

Margaret August 19, 2021 at 10:39 am

Glad they are doing Traffic Enforcement for back to school. To bad they do little to none the rest of the year. Speeding through out the town is out of control

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