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Once around the city… Mayor’s Night Out

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry W. Rilling will host his third Mayor’s Night Out on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Fox Run School Cafeteria, 28 Fillow St. Department representatives will join the mayor and invite Norwalk residents for their comments and input on city services.

Perone, Malloy join in launch online voter registration

State Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to show the public Connecticut’s new online voter registration system. Connecticut is now the 15th U.S. state to provide the ability to register to vote online.

“The ability to register to vote should be as easy as possible for anyone who is interested, especially our youngest voters, and this online program is a tremendous step toward universal access,” Perone said. “I was honored to stand with the governor and the secretary of the state to announce this convenient way to register to vote.”

The new online voter registration feature will be available to Connecticut voters who hold a valid Connecticut driver’s license or other ID issued by the DMV. The system is designed to have the voter enter their personal information which then populates a form that is sent via email to the registrar of voters where the new voter, or voter changing address, wants to register. The registrar of voters will then check the entered information and verify that it is accurate before adding the new voter to the statewide database.

Representative Perone serves Norwalk’s 137th Assembly district. He is chairman of the Commerce Committee, and a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.

Dine out for education

The Norwalk Education Foundation is partnering with area restaurants and resurrecting the Dine Out for Education fundraisers. This time around the Dine Out events will take place at one restaurant at a time.

The first restaurant to host a Dine Out event is Black Bear Saloon in South Norwalk on February 24. The public is invited to dine at Black Bear from 6 to 8 p.m. Diners simply let their server know they are there to support Norwalk Education Foundation. A portion of the sales will go to NEF.

Funds raised will go toward supporting Norwalk Public Schools. NEF provides funding for Teacher mini-grants, technology training, parent forums and is working closely with Norwalk Public Schools to develop a college/career program.

NEF is interested in hearing from other restaurants interested in hosting a Dine Out event. Our goal is to host a Dine Out event each month. Contact Executive Director Gloria Tenofsky at 203-854-4068.

Preserving Norwalk’s art and history

In the 1930’s, coming on the heels of the Great Depression and with millions of Americans struggling to find work, the federal government, as part of the New Deal created the Work Projects Administration (WPA). An outgrowth of that agency, designed to provide at least one income for every family in America, was the Federal Art Project (FAP), which employed artists.

In Norwalk, FAP artists created 46 murals, 31 of which are at City Hall. The remaining murals are located at the Norwalk Transit District, Norwalk Community College, the Maritime Aquarium, Ben Franklin School, and the Norwalk, South Norwalk and Rowayton Public Libraries.

Friday, to help people rediscover the historic works of art, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and the Mayor’s Arts Commission announced creation of a docent program.

“We want to introduce Norwalk residents and visitors to Norwalk’s hidden treasure,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “Norwalk has one of the largest restored collections of WPA murals in the country, but there are limited opportunities for the community to learn about the collection and appreciate this hidden treasure.”

Docents are defined as a teacher or lecturer and a person who leads guided tours especially through a museum or art gallery. The Norwalk Arts Commission is looking for people who have a love of lifelong learning, support the efforts of the arts and history in Norwalk and want to share this love with others.

To become part of this project, click here.

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