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Once Around the City: A bit of bridge work

NORWALK, Conn. — If you didn’t find last week’s snow and ice disrupted traffic enough, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has a couple of curve balls for you.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, there will be shoulder closures and lane shifts on Maple Street between Route 1 and Berkeley Street. The disruption is to accommodate bridge safety inspections and evaluation.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Burnell Boulevard between Belden Avenue and Main Street will be closed. This closure is required to replace the span over the Norwalk River and a city parking lot.

Connecticut is for lovers

In what has become something of a Valentine’s Day tradition in southwest Fairfield County, the fourth annual Valentine’s Vow Renewal and Wedding Celebration will be hosted by the Waters Edge at Giovanni’s.

The Norwalk connection? Norwalk’s Mary Pugh, the state’s most prolific justice of the peace, according to a press release, will handle the hitchings, as she has every year since the event’s inception.

Pugh marries more than 300 couples annually, the release said. Her recent honors include recognition in the Top 5 Percent of Officiants in Wedding Wire, as well as two Best of the Knot awards.

The ceremony allows couples in Connecticut to renew their marriage vows — or get married — free of charge. Since 2011, more than 100 people have come to the Waters Edge at Giovanni’s to reaffirm their love.

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s provides a complimentary champagne toast, and a prix fixe dinner is available throughout the evening. Also provided are picturesque floral arrangements and professional photographers.

The $55 prix fixe menu highlights include Gnocci with a Lobster Truffle Sauce, Osso Bucco Milanese with Gorgonzola Risotto, and a succulent Seafood Risotto. To see the full menu, click here.

Anyone is welcome to enjoy the dinner, and the ceremony is open to all kinds of couples: married, same-sex, unmarried couples seeking a legal marriage.

Ceremonies will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. To register, call 203-325-9979 or visit the website. On-site registration will be available, though space is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s is located at 2748 Boston Post Road, Darien.

Marriage licenses are not required for vow renewals, but are required for marriages. A marriage license can be obtained for $30 at Darien Town Hall, located at 2 Renshaw Road. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on weekdays, but getting there by 3p.m. is recommended.

Courage to Speak

The 10th annual Courage to Speak event is scheduled for March 18 (snow date March 20) at the West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road.

The event is an “Empowering Youth to be Drug Free” family night, with dinner served at 5:15 p.m. The program begins at 6:15 p.m.

State House Minority Leader Larry Cafero (R-140) will be the master of ceremonies. Guest speakers will be Mayor Harry Rilling, Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera. There also will be student speakers and a raffle. Child care is available with RSVP.

Look who’s talking…

Chiquita Stephenson, former president and CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) will be posting and hosting on March 1 “educational information around health, wealth, economic growth, worship, inspiration and a renewed commitment of you loving you,” according to her Facebook page. According to the item, “March 1, 2014 will forever be life changing. The Chiquita Stephenson Show — REAL TALK.”

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