Once Around the City: Norwalk’s Republican lineup all but set

Correction 10:25 a.m. March 10: David Jaeger’s reported district was incorrect. It is District A.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Democratic Town Committee meets Monday night to sort out its muddled leadership picture, but the Republican Town Committee’s 2014 team appears to be set going into its Thursday night meeting.

With longtime RTC head Art Scialabba stepping down, Peter Torrano is set to move into the chairman’s role.

In fact, Torrano confirmed via email Saturday what “most likely” will be the incoming slate of RTC officers:

• Peter Torrano, chairman

• Peter Nolin, vice chairman

• Fred Wilms, corresponding secretary

• Sarah Mann, recording secretary

• Brian Smith, treasurer

Diana Paladino has chosen to step down as recording secretary to become vice chairman of District A, Torrano said. Emily Wilson has stepped down as assistant treasurer — a non-officer’s position, but still an important office, he said — and will be replaced by Andrea Light.

Brenda Penn-Williams is the name most prominently heard as the next chairwoman of the DTC, replacing Amanda Brown, who is stepping down. There is word, however, that there will be another name or names nominated from the floor Monday night. David Jaeger, who had planned on running for the top spot, withdrew after a contentious District A delegate election left him on the outside looking in.

Harry Rilling and the Wizards of Harlem

It won’t be Quidditch, but there will undoubtedly appear to be a touch of sorcery afoot  Sunday afternoon when the Harlem Wizards come to Norwalk to take on Mayor Harry Rilling and a group of local notables in what might resemble, at times, a basketball game.

The Wizards, a collection of trick shot artists and ball-handling magicians, will match hoop skills with Rilling, Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera, state Sen. Bob Duff and a team of school administrators and teachers.

The exhibition, sponsored by Fox Run PTO, tips off at 3 p.m. at Brien McMahon High School. Tickets at the door are $14, $12 for students.

“Renagade naturalist” at the Aquarium

Dr. Daniel Botkin, professor emeritus of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UC-Santa Barbara and founder and president of The Center for the Study of the Environment, will speak at 8 p.m. Monday (March 10) at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

On his website, he says, “I believe we are mostly on the wrong track in the way we try to deal with the environment. Everything I do, study, learn, and advise about the environment is different from the status quo.”

His talk Monday is titled “What I’ve Learned in 45 Years as an Ecological Scientist About How to Solve Environmental Problems” and is part of The Maritime Aquarium’s 2013-14 lecture series.

Aquarium gets grant to promote new hybrid research vessel

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk can broaden efforts to promote its unique new hybrid-powered research vessel, thanks to a $30,000 state challenge grant according to an Aquarium press release.

The $30,000 Marketing Challenge Grant from the Department of Economic & Community Development and the Connecticut Office of Tourism will be matched by an equivalent contribution from the Aquarium. The additional state money lets the Aquarium expand a promotional campaign for the new research vessel, which will begin running on Long Island Sound this summer.

Named the R/V Spirit of the Sound, the privately funded $2.7 million catamaran will be bigger, quieter and greener than the Aquarium’s current boat. The 65-foot catamaran will be powered by a hybrid engine made by Northern Lights Inc. It will consume 75 percent less fuel than the Aquarium’s current diesel-powered trawler, and hold 65 passengers compared to the current 29.

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) said state Marketing Challenge Grants are designed to assist non-profit tourism entities in their efforts to promote attractions and events that are open to visitors.

For more information about The Maritime Aquarium and its new research vessel, go to the website.

A little bridge work

The following areas will be subject to lane closures as the Connecticut Department of Transportation continues its program of bridge safety evaluations:

• Tuesday, March 11: Single right lane closure from 9 a.m. to noon on I-95 North between exits 9 and 11; single left lane closure from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on I-95 South between exits 9 and 11.

• Tuesday, March 11: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lane shift on Parry Avenue between Springwood Court and Rae Lane.

• Wednesday, March 12: Single right land closure from 9 a.m. to noon on I-95 North between exits 19 and 21; single left lane closure from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on I-95 South beteen exits 19 and 21.

• Wednesday, March 12: Lane shift from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Richards Avenue between Connecticut Avenue and Flax Hill Road.


2 responses to “Once Around the City: Norwalk’s Republican lineup all but set”

  1. justMe

    David Jaeger lives in District A & had a problem with District A not District B. Please correct.

    1. Mark Chapman


      Thank you for pointing his out. The correction has been made. We apologize for the error.

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