Saturday happenings: A busy day in Norwalk

The improvements to Cedar Street have been completed.
The improvements to Cedar Street have been completed.

NORWALK, Conn. – We’ve mentioned these events before, but they bear repeating. There’s a lot going Saturday (Sept. 27), and we don’t want anyone to miss anything on our account!


Touch a Truck at the DPW

A free open house and Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Center and NFD Training tower on South Smith Street.

The Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works departments will feature hands-on activities, giveaways and demonstrations for all ages. Children and adults will learn how the City departments prepare and respond to all types of events to keep residents safe and can explore different fire, police and public works vehicles.

In support of the Person to Person Food Pantry in South Norwalk, the departments are sponsoring a food drive as part of this year’s open house. All visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, especially peanut butter, jelly, soup and kid friendly school snack.

Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Costco and Stew Leonard’s. The event will be held rain or shine.

For questions, contact Norwalk Customer Service at 203-854-3200.


It’s all grand on the new-look Cedar Street

After 11 years, spanning three mayoral administrations, Norwalk’s Cedar Street has been transformed. There will be a grand opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, for the completely redesigned and renovated Cedar Street, the gateway to SONO from Connecticut Avenue and I-95 exit 14.

Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on the Cedar Green at Cedar Street and Fairfield Avenue, will be the three Norwalk mayors who have supported the project — Alex Knopp, Richard Moccia and Harry Rilling. The event will celebrate the completion of Norwalk’s newest Village District and officially proclaim it “open for business.”

The Cedar Street merchants and the Golden Hill Neighborhood Association have combined forces to plan a gala celebration, with live music by the Jim Clark Quartet, attractions, food, giveaways and a prize drawing. The public is invited to attend and experience Norwalk’s newest and most exciting streetscape.


Triangle Community Center kicks off major fundraising initiative

Fairfield County’s only resource center for the local LGBTQ community, Triangle Community Center (TCC), is hoping to raise more than $100,000 and will announce its new case management program at its 8th annual “Visionary Party: A Night at the Speakeasy” at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency.

The event includes a 100-guest VIP dinner and live auction that begin at 6 p.m., and a general admission program that runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight featuring a silent auction, dancing and an awards ceremony honoring local residents who have dedicated their time and service to the LGBTQ residents of Fairfield County.

TCC recently secured two grants, one in the amount of $15,000 from the Richardson Fund and an additional grant in the amount of $100,000 from Norwalk-based World Health Clinicians to fund its new case management program, which will more efficiently navigate clients to appropriate services, programs and professional or health services either offered by TCC or by local professionals and other organizations.

Local honorees include Scott Gretz, executive director of Norwalk-based CIRCLE CARE Center  and World Health Clinicians for his commitment to the health and well-being of the Norwalk and Fairfield County community. Janis Stahlhut will be honored for her decade of service to TCC. And Lester and Elaine Sharlach, who were both involved in the founding of TCC, will be honored for their commitment of the local LGBTQ Community, having pioneered the first chapter of PFLAG in Southwestern Connecticut. For 23 years, the Sharlachs held monthly support meetings for the parents and friends of lesbians and gays in the local community.

General admission tickets are available online for $100 per person ($125 at the door on the day of the event). VIP tickets are limited to 100 guests and are available at $250 per person and include general admission to the Visionary Party.

To learn more about the 8th Annual “Visionary Party: A Night at the Speakeasy” or Triangle Community Center, visit www.ctgay.org.


‘Read to Reel’ at SoNo Branch Library

Read to Reel, a program that blends books and their film versions, will get underway at the SoNo Branch Library, 10 Washington St.

Each month the program will feature a different book and its movie counterpart. Beginning with Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Participation in both parts of the program is not required, but encouraged.


5 responses to “Saturday happenings: A busy day in Norwalk”

  1. michael foley

    What No Bike Lanes ???

  2. TLaw

    The Cedar St renovations look great – an asset to Norwalk. Is there anyway to press that house overlooking i95 to clean up? Coming from Conn ave that’s one of the first places you see and it’s a total dump.

  3. Ms Ruby McPherson

    What!!!! No mention of” A BETTER SOUTH NORWALK” event from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
    Meet and Greet/Kids Prizes/ Basketball/ Information tables/ face painting/ Bouncing House, and more going on Saturday September 27,2014.

    There is also a walk “Ferguson Walk 9:00 am9:30 am ending at 3:00 Nathaniel Ely School, hosted by the Parents Union I hear with Deidra Davis and Chiquita Stephens .

    1. Mark Chapman


      OMG! I meant to include those, and, well, no excuses. I’ll get something up tonight (we did do a big separate on the Ferguson event last week)

  4. Kevin Di Mauro

    Is there anyway the city can renovate that eyesore of a firehouse near the intersection of Conn. Ave and Cedar St.? That thing looks 10 times worse than any building near that intersection. What a statement to the people who pass by on I-95.

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