Good news for NPS teachers; road flips, NCC doings, shots offered at Health Department

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – While Norwalk Public Schools may be struggling with the administration of some grants, the city’s teachers are seeing opportunities increase, thanks to their union and Fund for Teachers. Also this coming week, the city will turn the beat around on Haviland and Elizabeth streets, the Health Department will begin offering walk-in flu shot sessions, Jelani Cobb will visit NCC and there’s activity in the arts.


NPS, NFT hook up for fellowships

Norwalk Public Schools and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers have announced an expanded partnership with Fund for Teachers (FFT) for 2016 fellowships. Teachers determine what they want to study, where they want to study it and how their learning will meet the needs of their students.

Fund for Teachers recently honored eight Norwalk teachers awarded FFT grants in 2015 totaling more than $34,000.

Grant recipients for 2015 include:

  • Melissa Giandurco – Wolfpit Elementary School
  • Louis Schede – Norwalk High School
  • Susan Quatrella, Joseph LaPrad & Kelsey Murphy – Brien McMahon High School
  • Diana Manousos – Brien McMahon High School
  • Smith Mowry – Columbus Magnet Elementary School
  • Andy Pearce – Columbus Magnet Elementary School

“What’s remarkable about Fund for Teachers is that the teachers come back from summer fellowships and immediately apply their learning for students in the classroom,” said NFT President Mary Yordon. “Not just for one year but every year, for the rest of their careers, their students will benefit from these teachers’ fellowships.”

The online grant application is now live. Applications are due by Jan. 28, and recipients are notified in April. Two information sessions for teachers interested in applying will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. at West Rocks Middle School.


There’s one way, now there’s another way

The traffic patterns on Haviland and Elizabeth streets will be reversed starting Monday, Oct. 5. The new traffic pattern on Haviland Street will be one-way traffic flow from Water Street to South Main Street and the new traffic pattern on Elizabeth Street will be one-way traffic flow from South Main Street to Water Street. Staff from the Norwalk Police Department and Norwalk Public Works Department will be on-site Monday to assist motorists.


Fight the flu: Health Dept. offering three dates for shots

The Norwalk Health Department will hold three clinics at the Health Department, 137 East Ave., this month to provide seasonal flu shots to the public:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 to 7 p.m.

The Health Department also will be open for walk-in hours from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 13.

Flu shots through the Health Department are covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, HealthyCT, and United. Bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard seasonal flu shots cost $25 per person.

The Health Department also offers the high-dose flu vaccine to clients age 65 and older. These clients can choose between the high-dose vaccine or the standard seasonal flu vaccine. The high-dose version of flu vaccine is designed to boost older patients’ immune response to influenza, because these patients tend to have a weaker immune response to the standard flu vaccine compared with younger patients, and they are at greater risk for serious complications from influenza. This high-dose vaccine costs $50 per person and is covered by Medicare Part B and some other insurances.

The flu vaccines protect against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and anyone older than 6 months of age is encouraged to get their flu shot. When coming for their flu shot, all clients should try to wear short sleeves for easy access to the injection site.


Jelani Cobb to speak at NCC

Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, will speak held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Gen Re Forum on the Norwalk Community College East Campus, 188 Richards Ave. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Cobb, a professor of history and head of Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut and author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress” and “To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic,” will be the featured speaker on a panel discussion of issues facing black Americans today.

Books will be available for purchase and the author’s signature.


NCC to present the “The Cultural History of Islam”

Norwalk Community College will host the 12th annual History Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the East Campus Gen Re Forum.

The featured topic this year will be Islam as both a major religion and a world culture.


“Expressions” reception set for the Rowayton Arts Center

The Rowayton Arts Center will hold an opening reception for the exhibition “Expressions” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

Meet the artists, see their work and enjoy the refreshments. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will present the first-ever “Mayor’s Choice Award” to his personal favorite work of art.

Art is available for purchase. The exhibit runs from Oct. 4 to 25.

The Best in Show winner will receive the $250 Fenner Memorial Award.


LMMM Gala set for Oct. 10

The LMMM Gala will be held in the Rotunda.
The LMMM Gala will be held in the Rotunda.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its inaugural Gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, marking the opening of the Servants’ Quarters to the public for the first time in its 49 years of history. The event will take place at the Mansion, 295 West Ave., and features a black-tie dinner, silent and live auctions, and an exclusive preview of two new exhibitions.

The keynote speaker will be Drew Denbaum, a writer/actor/director/teacher with credits in theater, film, and television. Mr. Denbaum’s original screenplay, “Caught in the Act,” won a 20th Century Fox Screenwriting Competition.

The black-tie evening includes cocktails, a silent auction and dinner catered by Michael Gilmartin of Outdoor Cookers Catering and Event Planning. Gala tickets are $200 for Rotunda seats and $150 for the adjoining room. For information or to purchase tickets, call 203-838-9799 ext. 4, or email [email protected]. RSVP by Oct. 2.


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