Seen and Heard in Norwalk: Stay inside

NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk:

Under the thunderdome

Thursday’s storm was noted on Facebook by two prominent Norwalk residents in totally different ways. Bike/Walk Task Force co-chairman Mike Mushak posted the above photograph, taken from the porch of his home. What a view, huh?

“Now that’s what I call a summer thunderstorm that looks like the Apocalypse,” Mushak wrote. It was part of a 2,00- mile long front of storms from Nova Scotia to Georgia, Mushak wrote, adding that Norwalk needed the rain.

Town Clerk Rick McQuaid only had to post seven words and three question marks on Facebook to draw a lot of comments. “Is it safe to come out yet???” he wrote after the storm came through.

That drew a series of “Not for you” replies for McQuaid, now nicknamed Sparky after he was hit by lightning in 2011 and escaped major injury.

A Rick McQuaid Facebook post.
A Rick McQuaid Facebook post.

Other replies included, “Everything is all clear come out on the back porch and talk to me I never seen a man get struck by lightning tonight might be my lucky night,” from Frank Mauro, and “Rick my roof antenna got turned can u go up and fix? Gonna get cable next year” from Blake Billmeyer.

This was followed Friday by another post from McQuaid, shown at left. “Always thought you’ve been more electrifying since that scary night,” Bob Duff wrote. And later, Bryan Marucci posted “Severe Thunderstorm Warning was just issued! Stay inside Rick !”

Finally McQuaid posted, “This is not funny anymore. … I want to light sparklers, not be the sparkler!”


Mike Mushak draws praise from Mayor Harry Rilling at the recent NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser.
Mike Mushak draws praise from Mayor Harry Rilling at the recent NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser.

Sparks of friendship

Mushak attended the recent NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser where Mayor Harry Rilling lauded his efforts. “Mike is of the same mold as I am,” Rilling said. “(Fellow Bike/Walk task force member) Bruce Kimmel is, too, but we understand there are some people who want to maintain the status quo.”

Rilling also lauded Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera. “He’s the most visionary superintendent we’ve ever had,” Rilling said.

He went on to talk about the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) lawsuit against Connecticut. Norwalk joined it under former Mayor Alex Knopp, but former Mayor Richard Moccia withdrew Norwalk from the suit, he said.

But that was when Republican Jodi Rell was governor, he said. When Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, was elected governor, Moccia signed Norwalk up again.

Finally, a philosophical comment: “I don’t want Norwalk to be a Stamford,” Rilling said. “I want Norwalk to be a Norwalk.”


Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons was busted recently.
Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons was busted recently. (Contributed.)

What’s in a word?

Also at the fundraiser, Mushak talked about how he met his partner, David Westmoreland, while living on the beach. They went on to buy a house together in Norwalk, where they got “a Homo Improvement Loan” to fund the renovations of the home, he said.


Mayor Harry Rilling
After 41 years as a Norwalk policeman, Mayor Harry Rilling gets a look at life from the other side of the bars.


Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons and Rilling were among those “arrested” recently at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Lock-Up fundraiser. Rilling said he was only able to stay half an hour and raised $455 from nine people. No word on how much Doyle Lyons raised but she did relay a quip from her husband: “Will they keep you for four days if I don’t raise the bail?”

Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Jim Clark
Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Jim Clark took this photo of Mayor Harry Rilling getting ready to cut a ribbon celebrating the new Calf Pasture Beach pier recently. Why the small scissors? Well, because. (Rilling said the Chamber of Commerce owns the big ceremonial scissors often used for ribbon cuttings.)
Work being done in South Norwalk recently.
Seen in Norwalk: Work being done in South Norwalk recently.


5 responses to “Seen and Heard in Norwalk: Stay inside”

  1. Auntie Mae

    Best quotes; Duff “electrifying”. lol. Mushak “Homo Improvement,” lol, lol. and Harry’s tiny scissors, lol, lol, lol. Thanks Nancy, great way to start the weekend, with a smile.

  2. Gordon Tully

    If you are caught out in a thunderstorm, do not follow the stupid and dangerous Red Cross advice to lie in a ditch, for two reasons. First, you may drown. Most important, you want to create the smallest possible footprint, so lying down is the worst possible strategy. A lightning strike creates millions of volts of electric voltage potential in the ground that falls off rapidly to zero with distance away from the bolt. This means that two points that are different distances from the bolt will have a big difference in voltage. If your feet are spread and a strike lands near you the difference in voltage between one foot and the other can kill you (lying down makes you much more vulnerable). If you are caught in the open, crouch down with your feet close together and avoid standing too close to a lone object that might attract lightning.

  3. Jubilantjudy

    I don’t care how worthy the cause, these Lock-Up fundraisers are IGNORANT ON SO MANY LEVELS!!! Let’s see… Why pretend that it’s fun to be arrested??? Because it isn’t!!! Is it a giggle to get “stuck in jail”?? Well, many poor people REALLY DO GET STUCK FOR MONTHS!!! And what’s with the “convict costumes”??? Mocking the incarcerated IS NOT CUTE!!
    Don’t be smiling and making $$$ with “enjoyable Lock-Up Fundraisers”. Please, go make brownies and have a bake sale instead

  4. Karen Doyle Lyons

    I raised almost $800.00. Thank to all that assisted me getting my Bail. Yes, my husband Bailed me out right away. We were joined by a young boy who has MD and kept us motivated. What a great cause. I would be happy to go to Jail and raise Bail agin in the future.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @Karen Doyle Lyons

      Congratulations! Nice to see local officials go to jail for all the right reasons!

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