Once Around the City: Cedar Street in spotlight, a small-biz chat, books, butterflies and more

Mike Camacho and Friends will bring their jazz sounds to the Norwalk Inn from 6 to 9 Thursday, Sept. 25, for the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser.
Mike Camacho and Friends will bring their jazz sounds to the Norwalk Inn from 6 to 9 Thursday, Sept. 25, for the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser.

NORWALK, Conn. – Tuesday is Small Business Day in Norwalk, and there will be a Coffee & Conversation with the mayor. Small business will be on the agenda in a big way Saturday as the grand unveiling of the Cedar Street makeover takes place. Also on the docket: A Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations meeting, a books-and-film program kicks off at the library, and a bid to beckon butterflies in Rowayton.

Oh, yes: Don’t forget the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser with live jazz, a silent auction, great food and a cash bar from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. Suggested donation is $30. Help NoN help you stay informed about what’s going on with your tax dollars and elected and appointed officials.

CNNA meets Monday night

The monthly meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) gets underway at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 22) at Norwalk City Hall, Room 101.

Agenda items include:

  • Continued discussion on 95/7 mall project
  • Solid waste operations and permits
  • Zoning issues
  • Upcoming election forums
  • Coastal permitting
  • Neighborhood and parkland preservation.

The CNNA seeks to provide a common voice on larger Norwalk issues by providing information to members on important issues, meetings and events and to solicit fair and equal participation of neighborhood association and residents.

Member associations are encouraged to attend, and all Norwalk residents are always welcome.

For more information see the website.


Small Business Day in Norwalk

“Coffee & Conversation” with Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and company starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Norwalk City Hall’s Community Room, 125 East Ave. Rilling and the United States Conference of Mayors will host this special event for Norwalk business owners, focusing on the challenges small businesses face today, how to take advantage of a growing economy, along with city and state economic opportunities.

In addition, Partner America will honor the mayor by presenting him with the 2014 PartnerAmerica Small Business Advocate Award for his contributions to the business community in Norwalk.

The event is free. SCORE, CT SBDC, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, WBDC, SBA, P Tap, CT DECD and others, including Norwalk Director of Economic Development Elizabeth Stocker, will be on hand to answer questions. For more information and to RSVP, call (203) 854-7948.


“Read to Reel” at SoNo Branch Library

Read the book, watch the film.
Read the book, watch the film.

Read to Reel, a program that blends books and their film versions, will be underway Saturday, Sept. 27, at the SoNo Branch Library, 10 Washington St. Each month the program will feature a different book and its movie counterpart. Beginning with Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Participation in both parts of the program is not required, but encouraged.

Registration is required and available online or by calling (203) 899-2790 Ext. 15902. This program is free and open to the public, and multiple copies of the book are available at the SoNo Branch Library. Contact Christie Sillo for more information or visit us on the web. 


Cedar Street prepping for grand opening

After 11 years, spanning three mayoral administrations, Norwalk’s Cedar Street has been transformed. There will be a grand opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, rain or shine, for the completely redesigned and renovated Cedar Street, the gateway to SONO from Connecticut Avenue and I-95 exit 14.

Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on the Cedar Green at Cedar Street and Fairfield Avenue, will be the three Norwalk mayors who have supported the project — Alex Knopp, Richard Moccia and Harry Rilling. The event will celebrate the completion of Norwalk’s newest Village District and officially proclaim it “open for business.”

The Cedar Street merchants and the Golden Hill Neighborhood Association have combined forces to plan a gala celebration, with live music by the Jim Clark Quartet, attractions, food, giveaways and a prize drawing. The public is invited to attend and experience Norwalk’s newest and most exciting streetscape.


Butterfly ‘seeds’ are free

The Norwalk Land Trust is preparing packets of milkweed seeds to distribute to the public free of charge in a campaign to reverse the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterflies are becoming scarce.
Monarch butterflies are becoming scarce.

It has become apparent there are far fewer of the iconic insects this season in the Norwalk area, the Northeast and the entire U.S.

The full extent of the decline has not been scientifically calculated, but the loss is significant. eNature estimates it could be as much as 90 percent from a 20-yrear average.

One reason is the absence of milkweed. The plant is largely regarded as noxious and invasive and property owners generally pull it out of the ground. But the plants, with their pink blossoms, are vital as a depository for eggs and a source of food that sustain the four-stage life cycle of the monarch butterfly and its yearly migration.

A team of environmental activists from the Norwalk Land Trust assembled last fall and planted swaths of milkweed in the meadow at the Farm Creek Preserve in Rowayton. Now the volunteers expect to harvest the pods in a few weeks and intend to separate the pods and package the seeds for distribution by mail with planting instructions. Apply for seeds online at  [email protected].

Seeds will be available to plant milkweed to provide Monarch butterflies with a proper habitat.
Seeds will be available to plant milkweed to provide Monarch butterflies with a proper habitat.


2 responses to “Once Around the City: Cedar Street in spotlight, a small-biz chat, books, butterflies and more”

  1. Joe

    “Give the drummer some!”

    That’s great that NoN published that cool photo of Mr. Camacho playing his drums. And you guys plug his band good too!

  2. Oldtimer

    Visited in Omaha recently at Midtown crossing, an upscale apartment/condo complex with retail on ground floors. Includes a hotel, movie theater, grocery store, a number of restaurants, and secure underground parking for all residents and a number of guests. Looked like a good way to develop 95/7 for those who can afford upscale living and are looking for a good location. Website is below:

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