Permits, resident passes, assistance with grief, contest for pets, an emergency grant

The Norwalk River Valley Trail is holding a virtual Mutt Strut.

NORWALK, Conn. – A roundup of announcements:

  • Outdoor dining and retail permit process announced
  • New parks’ parking pass and disposal pass system launched
  • Red Cross offers help to mourners
  • NRVT virtual Mutt Strut
  • FCCF awards grant to Malta House



Outdoor dining and retail permit process begins, survey advertised

Norwalk restaurants and retail stores planning to open for outdoor business on May 20 will need to obtain City approval.  The application for approval will be available online at noon Monday May 18.  Instructions and information, plus business guidelines are at https://www.norwalkct.org/ 1929/COVID-19-Business- Resources.

Norwalk restaurants are asked to put forth their needs and capabilities in a survey  at https://survey123.arcgis.com/ share/ d49838180fd24bc2a9caedc302952f d4

All Connecticut restaurants and retailers planning to open for outdoor business on May 20 must self-certify their willingness to comply with state guidelines via a form available at

https://service-ct.force.com/ recovery/s/




Get your new pass

Norwalk’s new Parks Parking Pass and Disposal Pass system is up and running.  Here’s how it works:

  • Residents whose vehicles are registered in Norwalk and whose Norwalk taxes are current get free access to parks and beaches, the Transfer Station, and the Yard Waste Site. To verify your vehicle’s status and to print your pass, go to www.norwalkct.org/passes and enter your license plate number plus the last 4 digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Residents whose vehicles are registered elsewhere can buy a Seasonal Parks Parking Pass for $250 and a Seasonal Disposal Pass for $100 at the City Hall walk-up window 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
  • Residents whose vehicles were registered after Oct. 31, or who have company cars should bring their info to City Hall for manual system entry.


License plate readers will verify eligibility in the main lots at parks and beaches.  At the Transfer Station, the Yard Waste Site, and the Marvin School lot, your pass must be displayed on your driver’s side windshield.



Help for grief-stricken state residents

A Virtual Family Assistance Center for Connecticut families or individuals beset with loss and grief amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has been established by American Red Cross in Connecticut, according to a press release.  Behavioral health counseling, spiritual and emotional support, medical resources, and financial information are at http://www.RedCross.org/vFAC, or (833) 492 0094.

The Red Cross also maintains a national disaster distress hotline at (800) 985 5990, and a suicide hotline at (800) 273 8255.



Virtual Mutt Strut

Layla reads. (NRVT)

Pets get a chance to win fame and prizes in the Virtual Mutt Strut Contest conducted by The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT), according to a press release.  Prizes include Cannondale/Mongoose Bikes, Joy Food Company Fresh Pet Food, and Doggie Services from Passage East Kennels.

Entry is free at http://muttstrut.nrvt-trail. com/.   Once the pet is entered, his/her fans, friends and family can cast votes for $1 each at that same site.  The contest is underway and will continue through Friday June 5.

The contest sponsor is – BLT (Building and Land Technology), featuring North Seven (https://north-seven.com/).  Other NRVT sponsors include Passage East Kennels, Joy Food Company, Ancona’s Wines & Liquors, The Greens at Cannondale, Village Market (Wilton), Bayer & Black, Perfect Pools & Property, Pet Pantry, Orem’s Diner, Wilton Kiwanis, and Devon Chevrolet Buick.  Family Sponsors are the Fox Family and the Jansen Family.

The NRVT reports a 150 percent increase in trail usage during the past few months, and states that funds from the Mutt Strut will help build an additional trail.

Friends of the NRVT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the creation of a thirty-mile, multi-use, soft surface trail running from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding, terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury.  http://nrvt-trail.com/



Malta House gets emergency grant

Malta House, a 24-hour care facility and  home for pregnant mothers and their babies, announces receipt of a $15,000 emergency grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation’s newly-created  COVID-19 Resiliency Fund, after having to postpone all its in-person fundraiser activities including the Annual Spring Gala which usually raises nearly $250,000.

“We applied for funding as soon as we could,” Malta House Executive Director Carey Dougherty said.    “Thankfully, we were awarded $15,000 within two weeks. We want to thank you, Fairfield County Community Foundation, for this emergency grant funding.  You have shined a bright light in ‘the worst of times’ and given us help and hope. We are so grateful, and we will never forget your generosity.”

Located in Norwalk, the nonprofit Malta House Inc. is Connecticut’s only transitional living program for vulnerable pregnant and parenting women over the age of 18. Offering housing and wrap-around services to assist mothers in establishing financial independence and housing stability, it has helped more than 600 mothers and babies transition from homelessness to stability and independence in the last 21 years.  More information is at  https://www.maltahouse.org


Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes philanthropy, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community.   Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation complies with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. More information is at https://www.fccfoundation.org



Milly May 16, 2020 at 7:46 am

Norwalk has had for many years the residential pass available for printing on line. This is a story that was invented that you had to go to city hall to get the beach pass – this story wax used as a way to explain why the city was now paying $150,000 a year for license plates to be checked once cars were already parked at the beach. Nobody for years had to go to city hall for the permit, it has been easily available to be printed from any computer – so this is not anything new.

Curious May 16, 2020 at 8:25 am

Permits to reopen your already permitted business….

What is wrong with Government? Are they so clueless that they assume every store owner will become a new “Typhoid Mary” duping an ware public? Or is this another way to grab more power and control. This is happening at all levels of government.

Name one government official in Norwalk the owns and runs a successful small business? Yet these same City Staff people, who have not suffered any lost income during the shutdown, are going to have veto power over who gets to open and when.

Our mayor has been on the public payroll his entire career. He has no clue on what it takes to run a business. This is why Norwalk’s operating budget is approximately $1.0 million dollars per day. God forbid Rilling would share the pain and furlough none essential City staff.

Further delay to our small business will result in many being forced to close their doors permanently. That will be a heavy burden on our tax rolls as commercial values go down.

We need new leadership That looks out for all of Norwalk

We need a balanced Common Council, 14-1 can only lead to problems.

We need fresh ideas such as “all business can open right now because we trust that the large majority of people will act responsibly”.

Bryan Meek May 16, 2020 at 10:28 pm

And the war on private sector jobs continues. When your rent is 30% of your operating cost, 25% capacity is just their way of telling us we can open, but it will bankrupt you. If a restaurant isn’t selling 75% of capacity on a weekend night, it is going out of business in normal times. If this wasn’t such a calamity, it would be laughable how incompetent the decision makers are right now.

Tom Belmont May 17, 2020 at 9:10 am

Security Alert-Malware threat on Parks Pass and Yard waste/ Recycle Pass License Plate and VIN Number entry Page. Not very encouraging.

Tom Belmont May 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

Property Tax payment on schedule….Business as usual from all of the usual suspects. Without work = no money. Where are we, and at what time? Is this the forest of Nottingham? Is the Sheriff ready to collect taxes? Where is Robin Hood?

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