Seaview Avenue; Holiday celebration; Wildlife encounters

A harbor seal rests on a rock in Long Island Sound, as seen during a “Seal-
Spotting & Birding Cruise” of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. (Maritime Aquarium)

Announcements of interest.

Updated Dec. 20 to reflect changes in Maritime Aquarium plans for wildlife cruises.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • TMP seeks input on Seaview Avenue redesign
  • Stew Leonard’s schedules Menorah Lighting
  • Maritime Aquarium plans winter sightseeing cruises

Seaview Avenue a topic

You can state your views regarding Seaview Avenue’s future design when Norwalk Transportation, Mobility and Parking (TMP) Department hosts the first Seaview Avenue “Complete Streets Project” Public Information Meeting on Monday Dec. 12 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Walk Bridge Welcome Center, located at 24 Marshall St.  Consulting firm VHB will be represented.  According to a news release, attendees will get free parking next door at the Maritime Garage.

Address questions to Greg Pacelli, TMP planner at [email protected] or (203) 854-7275.

Seal Spotting & Birding Cruise

You’ll see seals and waterfowl that spend their winters just off Norwalk’s shoreline when you come aboard a Seal Spotting & Birding Cruise this February on the Maritime Aquarium’s research vessel “RV Spirit of the Sound.”  According to a news release, eight two-hour cruises attended by the Aquarium’s celebrated educators will give views of such creatures as harbor seals, gray seals, buffleheads, mergansers and long-tailed ducks.  You should dress for the weather, because although the Spirit of the Sound’s cabin is climate-controlled, the best viewing will be outside on the deck.  A limited number of binoculars will be available, or bring your own.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Sunday Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m.


Tickets cost $36, or $20 for Aquarium members.  Advance reservations are recommended; walk-ups will be accommodated if there’s room.  You have to be at least 42 inches tall, and anyone under 18 years old must be with a parent or guardian.  Masks may be required.  Get more info and reserve your tickets at  www.maritimeaquarium.org or (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Festival of Lights

Stew Leonard’s 31st annual Menorah Lighting celebrating Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is planned for Sunday Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.

Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht of Beth Israel Chabad, accompanied by Norwalk and Westport dignitaries, will light an 18-foot Menorah.

A news release promises live music and complimentary pre-packaged Kosher refreshments.  There will be hot potato latkes, traditional dreidels and chocolate gelt for everyone.

Stew Leonard’s is located at 100 Westport Ave., Norwalk.  Beth Israel Chabad’s website is at www.bethisraelchabad.org.  Their phone is (203) 866-0534.


Bryan Meek December 1, 2022 at 8:22 am

The construction traffic pattern to have 18 wheelers go down Seaview and up First to make a left turn on Gregory will make the East Ave / Morgan Ave one lane job look like a stroke of genius. Seriously it’s tough driving a car down there. People who plan truck traffic should have to drive a truck at least once.

Tom Farrington December 5, 2022 at 11:28 am

Apparently, the contractors are looking for more work ruining East Norwalk???? We have the questionable Walk Bridge rip off boondoggle. We have the highly profitable planned destruction of East Ave to Gregory Blvd. We have the ongoing rape of the environment at Exit 16. Enough is enough.

East Norwalk can not stand any more “improvements”. Perhaps the contractors will be interested in more unneeded projects to total screw up the other parts of Norwalk.

All these projects are highly profitable to contractors from all over the area. But I don’t see Norwalk contractors involved. Could it be they didn’t contribute enough to the candidates?

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