Sono's HamletHub Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:40:23 -0500 Norwalk Minority Women Business Enterprise Website Launches

The Norwalk Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in partnership with Mayor Harry W. Rilling and the City of Norwalk Human Relations Commission announce the launch of the Norwalk Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification Program.

Although Norwalk has many thriving businesses owned by women and minorities, many are not registered as “Minority/Woman Business Enterprises” with the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services. By registering with the state, these businesses will be added to a public list that is used by local and state government as well as private companies seeking to hire MWBE organizations. They will also qualify for projects that require a percentage of contracts to go to MWBE organizations such as the new mall currently under construction in Norwalk.

Speaking of the goals of the program, Mayor Harry W. Rilling stated, “we believe that this MWBE registration drive will give a boost to our local businesses and stimulate our local economy. Norwalk has several large construction projects in process and even more in various states of planning, so we want as much of the capital going into those projects to benefit our local businesses as possible. In addition to construction, businesses in a wide range of fields can register as MWBE organizations including those in consulting and other professional fields.”

Brenda Penn-Williams, President of the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP added, “Many our small minority owned businesses are not aware of the opportunities that come with registration or have trouble with all the red tape, we hope to spread the word and help folks with the registration process. We have selected Rushmore Consulting who we believe can organize and implement this drive quickly and efficiently, so as many MWBE organizations as possible can reap the benefits of registration and can participate in the mall construction and other future projects as well.”

Adam Bovilsky, Director of Human Relations and Fair Rent for the City of Norwalk commented on the mall project currently under construction, “the mall developers have been pointing out that although they are required to award 10% of their construction projects to MWBE organizations, there are relatively few Norwalk MWBEs in the construction fields registered with the state. We are very pleased to support the MWBE registration project and to work with the NAACP to the benefit of local minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.”

For more information, see the Norwalk MWBE Certification Program website at:

]]> (City of Norwalk) Life Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:49:08 -0500
Red Cross and City of Norwalk to Offer Free Smoke Alarm Installations

The American Red Cross in Connecticut and the City of Norwalk are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to residents. The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. Residents can schedule a visit by visiting or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation. Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested. Volunteers will help families understand the importance of fire safety and help them develop personalized family escape plans to use in the event a fire breaks out in their home.  

“Our mission at the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering caused by disasters,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat faced in the U.S. On average, in our region, we respond to about two home fires each day. Our goal is to reach as many homes as we can with this program to help ensure people know what to do and are prepared in the event they experience a home fire. We want people to be safe.”

In addition to providing free smoke alarm installations and education, the Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help install smoke alarms for this event and in their community throughout the year. Home Fire Campaign Volunteers are trained by the Red Cross, can volunteer during the day or on weekends and can help make a difference in their community. For more information on volunteering visit:

]]> (David A. Heiden) Public safety Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:59:54 -0500
Special Holiday Pop-up Westport Winter Farmers’ Market, Dec. 21

With the overwhelming response, we have stacked the stalls and covered every nook and cranny with vendors. In addition, we will be open from 10:00 – 2:00. Bells will certainly be ringing and food flowing at a special holiday Westport Winter Farmers’ Market on Thursday, December 21. Join your favorite vendors from 10 till 2:00 at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Avenue, for all your last-minute shopping, decorating, and entertaining needs. We will be closed on December 23 so be sure to visit ahead of the holidays on Thursday morning. We will be open again on December 30. The following vendors will be in attendance at this special holiday market:

Holiday Market Vendors:

1. Fort Hill Farm

2. Nutty Bunny 

3. Huckleberry Pastry

4. Wave Hill Breads

5. Oxhollow Farm

6. Aradia Farm 

7. Two Guys from Woodbridge

8.  Raus Coffee

9.  Muddy Feet Flower Farm – preorders offered

10. The Bee & The Baker

11. Raus Coffee

12. Om Champagne Tea

13. Simply Local

14. Paul’s Custom Pet Food 

15. Oui Charcuterie

16. Tynne’s Tinctures

17. Riverbank Farm

18. Kontoulis Olive Oils

More to come….


Our mission is to create and maintain a regional hub where real farmers connect with consumers over real food. In facilitating these interactions, the Westport Farmers' Market strives to help food producers and food consumers forge lasting relationships that celebrate education, sustainability, healthy living, and just plain delicious food!   


For more information or email

]]> (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:02:22 -0500
City Continuing to Provide Support for Richards Avenue Fire Victims

The news and photographs from Monday's fire on Richards Ave are stunning and the damage to the building was extensive. While there is never a good time of year to experience a life-changing event like a fire, having the fire this close to the holidays are especially hard. A total of 54 units (approx 100+ people) were affected by this fire and all residents are displaced. The City is also  working to access SBA assistance (Small business Administration) which can provide assistance after major fires and can be another resources for displaced residents.

As with other fires, the City is providing assistance to fire victims through the Fire Dept- Emergency Management. This assistance includes gift cards as well as information and community referrals. The American Red Cross will also provide financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of residents.  "We've received calls and emails offering assistance and the outpouring of support and generosity has been amazing." Said Michele DeLuca from the Fire Dept- OEM. "We are reaching out to the residents to offer support and assistance as they begin their recovery. The greatest need is donations to the NFD- fire victims fund or gift cards so they can purchase what they need when they are ready for it."
We'll be meeting with the residents on Saturday to offer support and drawing down our current balance in the fire victims fund to provide gift cards before the holidays. They'll also be able to access Red Cross assistance and receive comfort/hygiene kits and other supplies.  Additional referrals and information will be provided and more assistance can be provided as they move forward with their recovery. This is the largest structure fire with the most number of residents displaced in at least 20+ years.
In addition to the outpouring of support from residents and businesses, the Mayor and Common Council will be making a donation to support residents. At Tuesday nights, Common Council meeting, the Mayor spoke about the fire and encouraged residents to also donate if they were able. The Mayor acknowledged that although the loss of contents and homes was tragic and residents face a long recovery, no residents or firefighters were killed or injured in this fire. "We hope that our donation will encourage others to do the same and help those families displaced by the fire during this holiday season." Said John Kydes, Common Council president.
Numerous businesses have come forward to help coordinate donations or collect/ distribute used items. Forever Sweet Bakery and the Animal Hospital at CT Ave, have become fantastic partners. Ripka's café at Calf Pasture will be donating 50% of sales over the coming weekend. NBC Sports is donating new items for the residents, these are only a few of the many offers of business and individuals offering to help their neighbors through this disasters.
To make a donation, please make checks payable to Norwalk Fire- Fire Victims fund. Checks or gift cards (any amount) can be mailed or dropped off to the Norwalk Fire Dept- 121 CT Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.
]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:58:18 -0500
How You Can Help Victims of Richards Avenue Fire

The Norwalk Fire Dept and Red Cross will be providing assistance to the residents affected by last night's condo fire and will work with the property management company. People wishing to assist can make donations via gift card or check. Those can be mailed or dropped off at the Norwalk Fire Department, C/O Deputy Emergency Management Director Michele DeLuca 121 Connecticut Avenue Norwalk CT 06854. For questions, call (203) 854-0238.

We're also working with the State to access the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster programs as another resource to help the residents. A recovery center will be set up to assist residents with information and referrals as they recover from this fire.

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Neighbors Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:31:48 -0500
Book Signing and Photography Sale at Westport’s LOFT

The holiday season is in full swing at LOFT with a special “Ladies Night Out” on Thursday, December 14. The evening features a “Books and Photos” theme, celebrating local talent: Westporter Sally Allen PhD, author of Unlocking Worlds A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, and Ridgefield-based photographer, Jessica Collins. Allen and Collins will be part of the pop up book signing and photography sale from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and guests are welcome to enter the drawing for a door prize gift basket. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. LOFT is the popular women’s clothing store located at 17 Main Street, Westport; reservations are encouraged (e-mail, but walk-ins and shoppers are welcome.

An avid reader, writer, college instructor, book group moderator, and founder and editor of the book news website, Books, Ink at Hamlethub, Sally Allen loves books. Allen’s experiences as a reader, writer and teacher collectively led her to the creation and release of Unlocking Worlds, which contains carefully chosen lists, separating books by theme. What sets Unlocking Worlds apart is the author’s chapter by chapter personal reflections; Allen captures the essence of the reading experience.

“Reading is both highly personal and deeply communal. My book is about both of these aspects. I enjoy sharing the reads that have enriched my life and to inspire readers to reflect on the books that have enriched theirs,” said Allen.

For more information on Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers or to book the author for an appearance, visit

Jessica Collins is a photographer whose work ranges from family sessions, events and celebrations, to photo series of things she finds interesting. She began studying photography more than a decade ago, and loves to use her camera to find beauty in the unexpected. Her work has appeared in exhibits at the Rockefeller Preserve, Wilton Library and in Scholastic Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, and several newspapers. In her work, Collins likes to explore the balance between lightness and dark and beauty and decay; she is currently working on a photo series of forgotten places. Collins is pleased to share an eclectic mix of her photography at the December 14 “Books and Photos” holiday happening, where she’ll showcase many pieces -- which may double as holiday gifts. She is part of the administration of Fordham University and is a contributing editor at Books, Ink at Hamlethub, where she pens On the Children’s Shelf, the column which is three years strong.

“I’m thrilled to team with Sally Allen at this exciting LOFT event to display some of my favorite shots. I love seeing the world through my camera and sharing my vision with others. It promises to be a fun night to help kick off the season,” said Collins.

Jessica Collins is available to photograph memorable moments and can be contacted via her e-mail,

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:39:04 -0500
City of Norwalk to Host International Human Rights Day Event, Dec. 12

The City of Norwalk’s Human Relations Commission in partnership with Keystone House will hold its annual International Human Rights Day event on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Community Room.

This year’s topic will focus on mental illness. One in twenty five adults live with a serious mental health condition. One in five adults suffer from some sort of mental health condition. The impact on families and friends can be dramatic. On hand, will be Katie Mattias of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Kathy Flaherty of the CT Legal Rights Project and Valerie Williams of Keystone House to facilitate a community conversation to help lift the silence and raise awareness about mental health.

Mayor Rilling said, “Understanding mental health and the challenges faced by our residents with hidden disabilities is vital to the overall health and well-being of our community.”

]]> (Adam Bovilsky) Events Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:35:41 -0500
Norwalk FIre Department Provides Christmas Tree Safety Tips

As you deck the halls this holiday season, the Norwalk Fire Department reminds residents to be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. The NFPA reports that one quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and though not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. For a video showing what can happen when a dry Christmas tree catches fire, visit:

A few tips to help residents stay safe:
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
After Christmas
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:00:20 -0500
Norwalk Parking Authority Offers Holiday Discount

The SoNo and Wall Street areas of Norwalk offer plenty of holiday shopping and entertainment, and this holiday season, shoppers and foodies will get an added bonus – savings on parking. From December 8 – January 1, the Norwalk Parking Authority is offering a holiday discount of $2 off their parking session at any on-street parking meter or lot pay station when using a mobile app to pay for parking. To get the discount, when paying with the Parkmobile app, people should use the promo code NWHOLIDAY17. The offer is valid for a one-time use only.

“We are offering this holiday discount to encourage people to take advantage of all that Norwalk’s downtown districts offer in terms of shopping, dining and entertainment – and this holiday season, they’ll have a little more spending money,” says Norwalk Parking Authority Chairman Dick Brescia. “Using the Parkmobile app is easy to use and convenient and we encourage our customers to use it and save.”

The free smart phone app by Parkmobile USA, Inc. saves time and provides a seamless parking experience when paying for parking at any Norwalk Parking Authority meter or pay station. The Parkmobile app even notifies users 15 minutes before their parking time is ending, allowing them to increase their time remotely without running back to their vehicles. Parkers can download the app via most smart phone app stores or at

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Neighbors Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:06:04 -0500
City of Norwalk to Host Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony, Dec. 7

Mayor Harry Rilling will host a Pearl Harbor 76th Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. 

The Mayor stated, “I invite citizens of all ages to honor the American soldiers and sailors who died or were injured in the December 1941 attack on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor near Honolulu. Veterans, City officials, and the Color Guard will participate in this tribute to them.”

]]> (Donna I. King) Events Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:41:57 -0500
Westport Downtown Merchants Announce 2017 Holiday Activities

The Holidays are upon us and the Westport Downtown Merchants Association is pleased to share the festive and convenient activities happening in Downtown Westport this season. Expect to see the return of seasonal valet parking on Main Street, Holiday horse and carriage rides, additional lighting and festivities on the West Side of the Saugatuck, and the debut of the Nutcracker Festival at Branson Hall. 

The WDMA has partnered with Valet Park America for the second year in an effort to support our merchants during the busy holiday season. Patrons will enjoy the convenience of valet parking as they shop and dine at downtown Westport’s 125+ retailers and our renowned restaurants and cafes. 

The beloved Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides will also return this year on Saturday, December 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Passengers can board the carriage at the Bedford Square turning circle on Elm Street, located across from Serena and Lily, where they will enjoy warm beverages provided by the Westport Historical Society, and a festive holiday environment while waiting to take a ride up Main Street. 

Alongside the horse and carriage rides, the WDMA is supporting The Connecticut Theater Dance Nutcracker Festival, happening in Branson Hall at Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Saturday the 16. Inside Branson Hall there will be two Nutcracker Tea seatings, the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Snowflake Boutique featuring local businesses and artisans, and two child-friendly performances of “Land of the Sweets” at the Seabury Center next door. Santa will arrive aboard a Westport Town Fire Truck at 9:00 a.m. to kick off the festivities. 

In addition, the Downtown Merchants are sponsoring a Holiday Window Contest for our merchants awarding the best holiday windows across three categories: national chains, independent retailers, and restaurants and cafes. The winners will receive a cash prize, one year free WDMA membership, and promotional opportunities on WDMA owned properties. Our West Bank merchants have taken the competition to heart, exhibiting beautiful lighting and window displays for shoppers and travelers to enjoy, and hosting their own “Holiday Strolls” on Wednesday and Saturday nights throughout the holiday season. On these evenings shops will stay open until 8 PM offering various events and promotions. 

Valet parking will be available from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. beginning on Black Friday and running every Saturday through December 23. The drop off point is located at the junction of Main Street and Elm, and the charge is $5 per car plus discretionary gratuity.

Christ and Holy Trinity Church is located at 75 Church Lane, Westport. The Nutcracker festival doors will open at 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 16. Tickets available at

Please visit the WDMA website at for more information on Holiday activities in Downtown Westport.

]]> (Colleen Wiedmann) Events Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:15:57 -0500
Maritime Aquarium's Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises Start Dec. 9

December brings annual visitors from the north into Long Island Sound, and you can chance to see them during “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” offered this winter by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Aquarium’s 2017-18 season of “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises” begins Dec. 9 and 10, and will run on many weekends through March 31, 2018.

These invigorating 2½-hour outings seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that migrate down into Long Island Sound from northern waters – such as off Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine – which serve as their summer breeding and pupping areas. During the Aquarium cruises, seals often can be seen near the Norwalk islands resting on rocks and shoals exposed at low tide. Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories.

These cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.

“Although we’ve been displaying seals for nearly 30 years now – and explaining to guests that seals are out there in the Sound during the winter – it’s still a revelation for participants to actually see them during our cruises,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s associate director of communications. “It is these exciting first-hand experiences that really emphasize that Long Island Sound is an important habitat to protect.”

Dates and departure times of the cruises vary by low tide. Initial cruises on Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10 both depart at 10 a.m. Most cruises occur on weekends, although outings also are planned during the Christmas-break week Dec. 27-29. For the full schedule, go to

The cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided.

Also during each cruise, participants can help Aquarium educators with plankton samplings. Data collected during the cruises is added to the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, which is an ongoing census of the Sound’s animal species. This online database, sponsored by the Aquarium, makes data on the physical and biological contents of Long Island Sound available to students, educators and researchers.

The Maritime Aquarium’s cruises offer memorable family fun but please note that all passengers must be at least 42 inches tall.

Tickets for a “Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruise” are $24.95, or $19.95 for Aquarium members.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.  

Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:50:00 -0500
Christmas in Leipzig Concert at St. Barnabas Greenwich, Dec. 10

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is delighted to announce Christmas Vespers which will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

Imagine celebrating Christmas as it was done in the early 1700’s in Leipzig, Germany. You can do just that right here in Connecticut, in Greenwich on December 10.

Featuring instrumentation of the period in a Vesper setting, the St. Barnabas Choir and the Bach Collegium will present Bach Cantatas No. 62 & No. 10, under the joint direction of Bálint Karosi, award wining composer and Michael Roush, Director o Music at St. Barnabas.

Ticket are $40 for general seating and can be purchased at the door or online at: (concertgoers age 16 and under, free of charge)

Meet the artist receptions for the 2017-2018 Bach@415 concert series is graciously sponsored by Happiness is Catering and Horseneck Wines & Liquors. The companies will host short receptions immediately following the concerts so that guests can have a special opportunity to meet the musicians.

St Barnabas Episcopal Church is located at 954 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. (One mile north of the Merritt Parkway)

]]> (Michael Roush) Events Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:38:40 -0500
Mayor’s Ball Beneficiaries Announced

Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling announced that the Norwalk Community Health Center and Under One Roof /The Marvin will receive proceeds from the 2018 Mayor’s Ball.

The Norwalk Community Health Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been delivering quality, innovative care that enriches the lives of our community for more than 17 years, regardless of their ability to pay. As a federally qualified health center, the Community Health facility relies on patient fees, grants and contributions to serve the residents. The Community Health Center has added affordable pediatric and adult dental health to their roster of health services such as: adult medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and behavioral health.  In 2018, NCHC will be expanding to a second facility in Norwalk to accommodate the growing number of residents.

Under One Roof/The Marvin, a 501(c)3 nonprofit housing and day care facility, has been providing services to the elderly since 1997. The Marvin has become a national model for successfully providing affordable housing for the elderly in need of supportive services which incorporate and promote a strong intergenerational program. The Marvin also provides senior housing with optional assisted living services along with an accredited school readiness and childcare program. The community activities dispel stereotypes and build relationships, educational experiences for all age groups, exercise programs, gardening, holiday activities and more. In 2009, the Marvin was awarded the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. The Marvin Children’s center is owned and sponsored by Under One Roof, Inc. and is managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

The Mayor’s Ball, established as a non-profit charitable institution is held each January to benefit local charities. The 2018 Mayor’s Ball will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at the Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. The well attended event has traditionally been held in larger venues like the Italian Center that is currently under renovations. Due to the smaller seating capacity, guests are encouraged to send in reservations early.

Reservations with payment will be accepted until January 17, 2018 or until the venue sells out, whichever comes first. Tickets are available at $125.00 per person. Tables of ten can also be reserved.  Please make check(s) payable to the “Norwalk Community Benefit Fund.”  For more information about reservations, please Call Maritza Alvarado at 203-854-7950. To donate a silent auction item, please call Sally Johnson, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at 203-854-7707. Silent auction donations produce the major portion of the Mayor’s Ball proceeds. Tax-deductible contributions to the Mayor’s Ball can be made at any time. 

]]> (Sally Johnson) Charities Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:48:07 -0500
Maritime Aquarium Offers Free Admission to Norwalk Residents on Salute Norwalk Day, Dec, 2

Norwalk residents can get close to seals, sharks and sea turtles for free on Sat., Dec. 2 in a special admission offer from their grateful hometown jewel, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

During its annual “Salute Norwalk Days,” the popular family attraction thanks Norwalkers for their support by offering free admission to city residents. Proof of residency is required.

Admission – which includes one of four spectacular 40-minute IMAX® movies – regularly is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for youths (13-17) & seniors (65+), and $15.95 for children (3-12). Thus, free admission for a family of four is a $77.80 value.

In addition to free admission on Dec. 2, Norwalk residents receive 10 percent discounts in the Aquarium Gift Shop.

Visits to The Maritime Aquarium bring families closer as they get close to some 300 species of marine animals, including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, river otters, sea turtles, octopuses and sea horses – all native to Long Island Sound, its watershed and the oceans beyond. New to The Maritime Aquarium this fall is “Journey With Jellies,” an expanded display of local and exotic jellyfish, and the “Sea Turtle Nursery” featuring an adorable 2-month-old loggerhead sea turtle.

“Salute Norwalk Day” also helps Norwalk’s citizenry take pride in their hometown IMAX movie theater, whose six-story screen is the largest in Connecticut. On Dec. 2, choose between “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., “Dream Big” at noon and 4 p.m., “Beavers” at 1 p.m. and “Amazon Adventure” at 3 p.m.

In addition to welcoming Norwalk residents on Dec. 2, the Aquarium also will be hosting Santa Claus. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Santa will be aboard a festive fishing boat (in what normally is the “Go Fish!” exhibit) to greet children, accept wish lists and pose for photos. Please note that, from noon to 12:45 p.m., Santa will take a break from the Fishing Village to become “Shark-Diving Santa,” joining the Aquarium scuba team to swim among the sharks in the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit at 12:15 p.m.

(“Santa in the Fishing Village” also will be offered, with paid admission, Dec. 3, 9-10 and 16-17. And “Shark-Diving Santa” is offered, with paid admission, on most Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in December at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.)

“Salute Norwalk Day” is just one of many contributions The Maritime Aquarium makes to Norwalk and its citizens. The Aquarium offers dozens of educational programs and other marine-science opportunities that supplement the education of Norwalk's students, sometimes at no cost to the schools. And the Aquarium and its 475,000 visitors inject more than $20 million annually into Norwalk's economy.

For more information about Maritime Aquarium offerings this holiday season, call (203) 852-0700 or go online to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:30:49 -0500