Mayor’s Ball, College Bowl Sunday and Lockwood Mathews Mansion events

From left, Robert Hemingway, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, State Sen. Bob Duff, Young Writers’ Award recipient Ashika Chavan and Board of Education member Heidi Keyes. (Sarah Grote Photography)

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NORWALK, Conn. – Beneficiaries for the Mayor’s Ball, scheduled for Jan. 25; College Bowl Sunday at NCC; Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum’ writers awards and holiday events.


The Mayor’s annual gala

It’s a seasonal tradition: every year we get to talk about the Mayor’s Ball for two or three months. This year’s “first announcement” is that the Norwalk Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) and Literacy Volunteers at Norwalk Public Library are the fortunate next beneficiaries.

Your next Mayor’s Ball will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Serafina at the Italian Center, in Stamford.

Here’s the public announcement from Mayor Harry Rilling:

“The Norwalk Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides services to adults and children.  DVCC’s professional staff of counselors gives crisis intervention, safety planning, individual and group counseling in both English and Spanish to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse.  The organization touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, culture, religion, sexual identity and socio-economic level or educational attainment.  Their mission is to rebuild self-esteem and self-confidence, and help empower them to move toward a more independent existence.  Domestic Violence Crisis Center has two locations in both Norwalk and Stamford, CT.

“Literacy Volunteers at Norwalk Public Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, teaches adults to read, write, speak and understand English so that they may achieve their personal, educational, employment and civic goals.  Monthly, they serve approximately 450 students who hail from over thirty countries.  Some students are well educated and others have had little access to education; however, all share the same goals of wanting to improve their English to better their lives and become better advocates for themselves and their families.

“…Reservations with payment will be accepted until January 18, 2019 or until the venue sells out, whichever comes first. Tickets are available at $150.00 per person.  Tables of ten can also be reserved.  Please make check(s) payable to the ‘Norwalk Community Benefit Fund.’ …  For more information about reservations, please Call Maritza Alvarado at 203-854-7950. To donate a silent auction item, please call Sally Johnson, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at 203-854-7707. Silent auction donations produce the major portion of the Mayor’s Ball proceeds.  Tax-deductible contributions to the Mayor’s Ball can be made at any time.”


College Bowl Sunday

Students and parents can receive free, hands-on assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Norwalk Community College. The session is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. in the East Campus Atrium.

A press release explains:

“College Goal Sunday is aimed at all students applying for financial aid, not just NCC students. NCC Financial aid advisors and faculty provide assistance for students and parents to complete the FAFSA as they pursue financial aid for college. Students walk away from this session with the satisfaction of having accomplished a major step in getting ready for college. In addition to FAFSA assistance, students can learn about state and federal financial aid programs.

“Those applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year will use 2017 Federal Income Tax information – referred to as ‘Prior-Prior Year.’ This change enables students to apply for financial aid months earlier than in the past, instead of waiting for a completed tax return for the prior year. Under this new formula, students can know their federal financial aid packages months earlier than was previously possible.

“No appointment is necessary to attend College Goal Sunday. For information, contact the NCC Financial Aid Office at (203) 857-7023.”


Young writers

Winners of the 2018 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition will be honored Nov. 18.

The voluntary writing contest for third and eighth graders is intended to hone the participants’ writing skills and challenge their knowledge of history, a press release said. This year’s competition, the fifth annual, asked students to write an essay about the contents of a mid-to-late 19th century trunk mysteriously found during a museum tour.

“While the stories submitted were fictional, the objects imagined had to be connected to real life events and the history of the Mansion, Norwalk, and mid-to-late 19th century America,” the release said.

Judging the entries were Steve Balser, Mike Brennan, Marilyn Bort, Monique Govil, Jeff Rogart, and Haroldo V. Williams, chair of the Museum’s Education Committee, the release said.



LMMM Christmas

Santa Claus and friends. Unseen but nearby: refreshments from Stew Leonard’s. (Sarah Grote Photography )

Santa Claus is visiting the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum on Dec. 9 to listen to children’s Christmas wishes; after the bearded one heads back to the North Pole with his elf, the Wilton High School Music Program will be on hand to entertain guests.

The annual holiday open house runs from noon to 4 p.m. in the museum, located at 295 West Ave., with Santa’s visit scheduled for 12:30 to 1 p.m., and the music program from 2 to 3:45 p.m. For your $5 entry fee you will also be able to enjoy the exhibit, A Magical Christmas Eve at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the museum’s holiday displays. The café will also be open, with complimentary refreshments – provided by Stew Leonard’s – served by costumed interpreters.

The holiday open house is partially made possible by “generous support” from USI Insurance Services (and Stew’s), the press release about all of this said. The 2018 season is assisted by “generous funding” from:

  • The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown (LMMM’s Founding Patrons)
  • The City of Norwalk
  • The Maurice Goodman Foundation
  • The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc

Wilton High School Orchestra. (Contributed)


Rick November 10, 2018 at 1:59 am

Thank you Harry for working with the DV shelter, Im wondering what Bob Duff can do now , In the last three fiscal years, CCADV reported more than $300,000 for shelter services alone were rescinded after they were set to be given out.(Hartford Courant)

Before that they were cut in half .

Not for nothing the democrats sent him to stand up and do what? The rest of the article clearly tells Bobs voters what needs to be done. Why not hit the road running bring Travis into this picture and lets get something done its time to go to work gentlemen. Toll money should not be spent on $27,000 a mile bike lanes besides who uses them in Dec?


This was not an attack on Duff its a wake up call for voters who sent Duff back to the country club.

Piberman November 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

Speaks volumes about the business climate in the “New Norwalk” that there’s no longer a place anymore in Norwalk to hold a Mayor’s Ball. Any other City in CT with such an absence of a large event facility.
Curious omission in “CTs Greatest City”. Call the Developers !

Rick November 10, 2018 at 9:21 pm

your right its a lie , i get my material from the Cheez Doodle press.

To argue this point and not be concerned with domestic violence , yet take the time to call someone out on facts can only lead to insults and its not going to happen both Nancy and Bob deserve better.

First of all great article Its a must we all support causes that have no political twist.

Honestly I get my material from what I read, then using simple recall I try and drive it home.This was a class in Va I took when I was younger that too was a grant.

Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord has pushed to coordinate bike lanes with the paving schedule, Mushak said, because that is the only budgetary allowance for striping.

“What we need is a striping budget that is independent of paving,” Mushak said.

There are 18 miles of bike paths in the plan, he said. The average cost per mile for striping, including signage and symbols, is $27,000, he said.

While there was talk about $500,000 of striping there was also a suggestion that much could be done with grants.

Grants are election votes grants are favors grants come from the Democratic money trees.

Now the 1.5 million Stantec got from the State to draw up bike plans cant be added per mile it was a grant paid by the Cheez Doodle fairy from the State of Ct.

Have I lost anyone?

You may be right lets not forget Nancy wrote about it in 2014 , one would expect the price has probably gone up, so instead of lying I may of been off on the current price due to inflation.

why so much money for water-based acrylics are the paint of choice for most parking lots as well as roads and highways?

4 inch lines are about 40 cents a foot a handicap stall or a bike symbol is about $40 dollars each. bike symbols in a mile add up just count them when you think about lies.

Now lets bring this response closer to fact I do enjoy facts.

Its about $30 dollars a gallon for mid priced paint.

To buy your own machine is about on the average $3,000 dollars.

If I had my way Id go to the next hazardous waste day grab some white paint find a 4 inch brush and give it to you so you can save the city some big money.


Now this was on the Mayors dime and even tho we are at odds over Firetree what he is doing is great with the raising of funds.

Would you like to match a donation to his cause where you insisted o taking away from his event?

I dont blame you a bit for not being informed the Democratic kool aid was passed around last election and as long as we have that threat I atke no one seriously.

Maybe I can break down what it cost to tyvek wall st,or what it cost to police the Green the other night.

Seriously the city is out of control and bike lanes is only one of them, one mile of bike lanes or an ac for our kids in school or a few rat traps at Washington Village or Meadow Gardens. Not to mention help at our own Norwalk Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

Thank you again Harry it was your dime.

Debora Goldstein November 12, 2018 at 10:20 am


Rick posted the link to the NON story in which the $27,000 figure is quoted. The source is former Bike Walk Task Force Member (formerly a Zoning Commissioner, and currently a Planning Commissioner)Mike Mushak. The link (again), for your reference is https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2014/10/bikewalk-task-force-drawing-up-a-plan-for-norwalk/

And the direct quote is: “There are 18 miles of bike paths in the plan, he said. The average cost per mile for striping, including signage and symbols, is $27,000, he said.”

For context, it appears it is very difficult to get a “typical” cost per mile for bike lanes, because often they are done as part of other infrastructure projects, but there are figures for a rural/urban “paint only” type of project.

But here is a report that shows costs assembled from state DOTs around the country for all kinds of bike infrastructure, that helps explain why the estimates go from $5,000 per mile to about $535,000 per mile, and how they intermingle with other road infrastructure projects.


For the record, sharrows (which is what appears on Beach Road) cost about half as much as a similar, dedicated bike lanes.

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