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Once Around the City: Pickups, pumpkins, politicians and more

Tonight at the Fat Cat: Sax standout Bennie Wallace fronts a jazz quartet, including Norwalk drummer Mike Camacho, guitarist Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Alex Tremblay, tonight (Saturday) from 9 to midnight at Fat Cat Pie Co., 9-11 Wall St.
Tonight at the Fat Cat: Sax standout Bennie Wallace fronts a jazz quartet, including Norwalk drummer Mike Camacho, guitarist Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Alex Tremblay, tonight (Saturday) from 9 to midnight at Fat Cat Pie Co., 9-11 Wall St.

NORWALK, Conn. – Start the long weekend off with some jazz at Fat Cat Pie Co., then kick back and relax, with a weather forecast that is somewhat spotty, with the possibility of rain today and Monday. Time to catch up on some reading (especially on NoN!).

 

Talking trash on Columbus Day

As Norwalkers celebrate Columbus Day on Monday, they will make their own discovery: Their garbage and recycling will have been picked up. Collection services on Oct. 13 will follow the normal schedule.

The Transfer Station and Yard Debris Site will also be open.

For more information, visit the Norwalk website or contact the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200.

 

Ola! Granola Tour for Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) will visit and tour Ola! Granola, a small business founded by Redding resident Dina Houser and located in an expanded facility in Norwalk, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Ola! makes all natural granola products and donates all net profits to the BeFoundation, which provides grants to support education, arts and wellness initiatives for disadvantaged youth. Ola! Granola is located at 155 Woodward Ave., #6.

 

Norwalk students prepare to meet their mentors

Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) and IBM will kick-off the school’s new mentoring program at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Norwalk Community College.

NECA is the state’s first P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program,  a grades 9-14 Model School. The program is a collaboration among IBM,  Norwalk Public Schools and Norwalk Community College, and pairs each student with an IBM mentor, providing students with support and guidance to develop the employability skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.

At Friday’s event, nearly 90 students will work with their IBM mentors to build and launch balloon-powered rockets.

P-Tech is the nation’s first school to directly connect high school, college and career. Students who successfully complete the six-year program graduate with a no-cost Associate in Applied Science degree and will be first in line for available jobs at IBM.

 

It’s the great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown          

Wolfpit Elementary School’s annual Pumpkin Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 (rain date is Sunday) at One Starlight Drive in Norwalk.

There will be carnival games and rides, a tractor hay ride, food, drinks, seasonal baked goods, face painting, music, and a Pumpkin Patch suitable for photos – and finding the right pumpkin from which to create your jack-o-lantern. Unlimited ride bands are $20, and there will be $1 carnival games.

Wolfpit PTO is offering a free  Amber Alert registration booth where parents can have an identification card printed for their child or children – just in case. The Connecticut State Police recommend all children be registered.

The money raised from this event from years past have helped purchase smart boards for every classroom, a new computer lab, and enhanced security features to help keep students safe.

 

Reducing your bulk

The time has come to rid yourself of those bulk items that have been lying around (although some will have to wait until April…).

Residents of the 4th Taxing District must have their Bulky Items curbside by 7a.m. of their scheduled day:

  • Saturday Oct. 18: Residents with Monday garbage collection
  • Saturday Oct. 25: Residents with Tuesday garbage collection
  • Saturday Nov. 1: Residents with Wednesday garbage collection
  • Saturday April 18: Residents with Thursday garbage collection
  • Saturday April 25: Residents with Friday garbage collection

Bulky Items are furniture, appliances, and other household items that are not part of normal weekly collection.

Bulky Item collection is offered to residential properties only (up to four units).

Items must be neat and orderly placed curbside by 7 a.m. on the collection day (no more than 48 hours prior). Items should not be placed by a mailbox, fence, or utility pole. Do not block sidewalks or street.

Amount of bulky Items is limited to 6 cubic yards per residence (about the size of a couch and large chair with small items placed on top; or 6 feet long by 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall).

Bulky Items will only be collected from the residence where it is generated. Do no place items on a neighbor’s bulk items pile – this is considered illegal dumping.

Do not put out cardboard boxes, either empty or filled with items.

Place like items together. For example, place metal items together, rugs together, etc.

A bulky item pile will be stickered or tagged and nothing will be collected if these guidelines are not followed.

If you believe you are missed for a bulky item collection, call Customer Service on Monday of the following week.

Acceptable items

  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Rolled rugs/ carpets (no more than 4 feet wide)
  • Metal Items
  • Electronics
  • Lumber (cut into pieces no more than 4 feet)
  • Large Toys
  • Household appliances and furnishings – air tight doors must be removed per state law

Unacceptable items

  • Hazardous and liquid waste
  • Vehicles and motor parts or anything with a title of ownership (e.g. motorcycle, trailer, etc.)
  • Propane tanks (can be disposed at Norwalk Transfer Station)
  • Yard waste
  • Tires
  • Construction and remodeling debris (e.g. concrete, sheetrock, masonry, toilets, sinks, pipes, shingles, tiles, furnaces, etc.)
  • Single-stream recycling
  • Clothing and textiles

 

The schooner “SoundWaters” in full sail on Long Island Sound.
The schooner “SoundWaters” in full sail on Long Island Sound.

SoundWaters to celebrate a milestone

Len Miller
Len Miller

SoundWaters will mark its 25th anniversary with a Tall Ships Ball on May 9, and plans to honor its founder, Len Miller, whose vision has turned Long Island Sound into an environmental laboratory for upwards of 250,000 students, 27,000 of them in the last year alone, according to a SoundWaters press release.

From his home now in the Connecticut River community of Essex, Miller, 72, describes the number of young people engaged over the years as “significant because while not everyone will grow up with an interest in the sound, by enlarging the pool we expand the core of young people” with a potential commitment to conservation.

The ball to recognize Miller’s visionary passion and quarter-century of accomplishment inspired by his leadership is set for the Stamford Yacht Club (97 Ocean Drive West) as a fundraiser to support the SoundWaters outreach in science enrichment to more than 150 schools in the area.

Ticket information for the ball is available online or by calling (203) 323-1978.

 

Identifying Norwalk’s public trees: Bill Levin (left), a volunteer with the Norwalk Tree Alliance, and Dan Landau, the president of the Alliance, install a sign identifying this tree in Cranbury Park as a red oak. At least 85 trees in five city parks – Calf Pasture Beach, Shady Beach, Mathews Park, Rosa Parks Arboretum and Cranbury Park ­– are being identified with signage in a campaign to elevate public awareness about the diversity and value of the urban forest. The campaign is funded by a $7,000 grant provided by the Forestry Department of the U.S. Agriculture Department through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Identifying Norwalk’s public trees: Bill Levin (left), a volunteer with the Norwalk Tree Alliance, and Dan Landau, the president of the Alliance, install a sign identifying this tree in Cranbury Park as a red oak. At least 85 trees in five city parks – Calf Pasture Beach, Shady Beach, Mathews Park, Rosa Parks Arboretum and Cranbury Park ­– are being identified with signage in a campaign to elevate public awareness about the diversity and value of the urban forest. The campaign is funded by a $7,000 grant provided by the Forestry Department of the U.S. Agriculture Department through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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2 responses to “Once Around the City: Pickups, pumpkins, politicians and more”

  1. Scott

    I applaud the implementation of this much needed program. The ultimate goals are to curb illegal dumping and remove blight from properties. My hope is that it can somehow be expanded to more than once a year. It is difficult to hold onto these items for an entire year. Maybe one or two a year per household vouchers that can be called into customer service to schedule a pick up. This would cut down on the overtime expense of the once a year. I also hope that this program has no impact on the one ton residential allowance as suggested by Mr. Alvord to the DPW committee. If it did it would be a poor trade off for property owners and be no more than a straight out revenue grab by the city. I believe this has been Mr. Alvord’s goal all along. He dropped our allowance from 3 tons (combined yard debris and solid waste for pick ups and trailers) to 1 ton and then dwindled curbside collection of yardwaste from twice a month down to 3 times a year. This motion was tabled by the committee but I am unsure if it his dead.

  2. Suzanne

    First time to read this particular section – I love it and it makes me feel good about Norwalk.

    A comment about Norwalk, specifically, with no reflection on NON: once again, a service is being provided to the 4th taxing district that is not extended to others who pay as much or more in taxes to the City. Why can’t these services be offered equally? Why do outlying areas that pay a LOT of property taxes get eliminated from such things as bulk waste pickup?

    The excuse that there is only so much in the coffers is a hollow one since we see millions being spent on other possible, contracted and non-approved contracted projects through the DPW.

    Provide the service equally or not at all: those that live in the 4th taxing district can pay for garbage collection just like we have to do or not have to if all of the Norwalk citizenry is included in this “special” bulk pick up.

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