Once Around the City: Motown sounds, buckle up, museum money and an honor for Duff

Time Currie's Motown Band plays at 7 tonight (May 17) at Currie's Tire on West Avenue.
Time Currie’s Motown Band plays at 7 tonight at Currie’s Tire on West Avenue.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s showtime tonight (Saturday, May 17) on West Avenue.

Tim Currie’s Motown Band will play its first free outdoor concert of the season starting at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Currie’s Tires, 599 West Ave.

Currie’s 13-piece band played its first show at the store last year, and drew hundreds of people to hear the group – complete with horns, rhythm section and vocals – churn out covers of the great Motown hits by groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops and the Supremes. That debut was followed by more parking lot gigs, plus performances at the Oyster Festival and at Westport’s First Night celebration.

The convert is a BYOC event – bring your own chair – or you can stand, which might happen anyway, given that the music inspires dancing.


Duff honored by state agency that oversees NEON

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) was recognized Thursday by the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA) at the State Capitol for his longstanding support of the organization and its 11 Community Action Agencies across the state.

According to the press release announcing the honor, CAFCA and its subsidiaries seek to empower people in need and improve the communities in which they live by providing a variety of services to families, including child care, job training, health services, energy assistance, homelessness prevention, food pantries and senior support services.

“Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies are an integral component of each and every town in our state,” Duff said in the release. “They provide a wide variety of essential services to families in need, and I have been very proud to support their work over the years. It is an honor to be recognized by the statewide Association” as the recipient of the 2014 Community Action Senate Leader of the Year award.

May is recognized nationally and in Connecticut as “Community Action Month.” This year’s celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and the creation of the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, which called for local community action agencies to be established all across our country to address the causes and conditions of poverty.

The honor comes as the CAFCA affiliate that has served Norwalk and several other towns and cities, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), prepare to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy after months of very public struggles, including questions of improprieties.

Duff tip-toed around the situation in the release.

“Norwalk’s NEON has dealt with a number of problems in recent years, but the agency’s role in our community is absolutely vital. I am committed to working with the CAFCA and partners throughout our city and our state to ensure Norwalk and lower Fairfield County have a great Community Action Agency which families can rely upon for years to come,” Duff said.


Xerox Foundation gives Lockwood-Mathews $20K

The Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum has received a $20,000 grant from the Xerox Foundation in support of its educational and cultural programs.

“We are so proud to have the Xerox Foundation endorsing our programming at LMMM” said LMMM Chairman of the Board Patsy Brescia. “It is only with this kind of support that the museum is able to meet its mission of maintaining its cultural and educational programs.”

The museum’s 2014 season will feature a writing competition for students in Norwalk’s public schools, exhibits, lectures, community events, and programs that will explore American history, art, and architecture in the mid-to-late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Xerox has been a major supporter of the museum’s programs for the past five years and continues to be one its most philanthropic corporate donors.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Ave. For more information on educational tours and programs, see the website www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, call (203) 838-9799 or e-mail [email protected].


Get beach stickers today, Monday in 6th Taxing District

Sixth Taxing District residents can get their Baily Beach parking permits at the Rowayton Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon today or 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.

You can download applications and get other district news and information on the website. http://www.r6td.com


Mayor’s Night Out coming to Rowayton

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will host his next Mayor’s Night Out from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave.

Department heads and elected officials will be in attendance.  The mayor invites Norwalk residents for their comments and input on city services.


Click It or Ticket mobilization begins

The Norwalk Police Department wants to remind motorists to buckle up when they get in the car or risk becoming an enforcement target for the Click It or Ticket campaign, which will be stepped up in the city starting Monday, May 19.

While all officers will be increasing enforcement efforts, there will be Click It or Ticket checkpoints, focusing on Route 1, Main Avenue and Route 136.

The Norwalk Police Department’s efforts are part of a larger, national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs through June 01.

If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed. There will be no leniency.

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts.


Fair housing law seminar set for May 21

It’s against the law for a landlord to refuse to rent to your or to treat you differently from others based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, age, lawful source of income, familial situation, disability sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Find out more, and what you can do if you think you have been discriminated against, at a free fair housing law seminar  from 7 to 8 p.m. May 21 at the SoNo Community Center, 98 South Main St.

Call or email Margaret Suib at (203) 854-7820 or [email protected] for accommodation due to disability.



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