Sono's HamletHub Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:53:06 -0500 Free Open House for Teachers, March 1 at The Maritime Aquarium

Educators are invited to a free after-hours open house on Wed., March 1 to learn how The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s programs and resources ­­– including a new STEM-focused IMAX® movie – will enhance lessons to their students.

The event, called “Fish School,” runs from 4 to 7 p.m. The purpose of the free evening is to show teachers and other educators the many ways they can connect their students and curricula with the Aquarium’s unique educational programs, which help to fulfill state, Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.

“Our goal is for the Aquarium to be an extension of every classroom in the region,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education. “We consider teachers and students to be our priority audience, and our catalog of programs is designed to support and extend the school curriculum.”

Naiman added that educators of every variety are invited, including those who present educational content at libraries, community centers and other resources apart from schools.

During “Fish School,” educators can sample some of The Maritime Aquarium’s most popular programs, from microscope discoveries to squid dissections. They also can tour the Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound – the only research vessel in the country with hybrid-electric propulsion – and learn about opportunities with their students out on Long Island Sound. These include new “Oceanography” and “AP Environmental Science” programs for high-school students.

IMAX movies can be incorporated into classroom lessons through educational guides created by the films’ producers. On March 1, teachers can preview two films in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater. Showing on the six-story screen will be “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” at 5 p.m. and the new “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” at 6 p.m. The first giant-screen film made with a STEM focus, “Dream Big” celebrates engineering marvels around the world and also some of the inspired engineers tackling new challenges.

Admission, a light dinner and parking are all free for “Fish School.” However, advance registration is required. (As this is a professional event, for educators only, no children or spouses, please.)

Register now at or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Or find the link to register online by going to and clicking on “Upcoming Events.”

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:26:38 -0500
Person-to-Person Receives Grant from Near & Far Aid

A long-time supporter of Person-to-Person, the Near & Far Aid Association has awarded a $25,000 grant for the P2P Emergency Assistance Program. The Emergency Assistance Program is at the core of the P2P service offering, providing food, clothing, financial assistance, crisis counseling and referrals to clients.

With locations in Norwalk and Darien, P2P helps nearly 25,000 men, women and children each year. P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher highlights the fact that the high cost of living in Fairfield County makes it difficult for the working poor and those who have incomes above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost-of-living threshold to cover basic expenses. “The good news is that grants such as the one we have received from Near & Far Aid enable us to help individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.”

When Near & Far Aid President Joan Panagos informed P2P about the award, she noted that the all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization is dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. “We accomplish this mission by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those that seek to achieve lasting change. Since the year 2000, Near & Far Aid has granted more than $15 million to the area’s best non-profit agencies and programs that further our mission.”

“P2P is grateful for the continuing commitment and support of Near & Fair Aid,” says Maher, “which enables us to provide help, hope and opportunity to people living in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton.”

]]> (Troy Ellen Dixon) Charities Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:36:45 -0500
“Broadway Bound” Returns to Emmanuel Church Feb. 26

Weston High School has long been home to an array of aspiring young actors and singers, specifically, members of the student club, WHS Company ( Since the 1980s, the group has wowed audiences with both classic and contemporary shows; Emmanuel Church seeks once again, to salute their talent. The annual showcase and fun-filled afternoon, “Broadway Bound: A Tribute to WHS Company,” is back and will feature music from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (GBS) String Quartet -- drawn from past Company plays, coupled with a preview of Company’s March performance, Little Shop of Horrors. The tribute will take place on Sunday, February 26 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Emmanual Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston. Admission is free, “Broadway Bound” is family-friendly and will feature both door prizes and a bake sale.

The event will kick off with a several selections by the strings of The Greater Bridgeport Symphony. The ensemble includes: Larry Watson, principal second violin with the GBS and a string teacher; Corinne Metter, violinist and a regular member of the GBS, Ridgefield and Norwalk Symphony Orchestras; Suzanne Corey-Sahlin, principal violist of the Ridgefield and Norwalk Symphonies and viola instructor; and Gunnar Sahlin, principal cellist of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, cello instructor, and artistic director/conductor of the Fairfield County Symphony Society.

Part-two of “Broadway Bound” will feature this year’s Company players showcasing scenes and songs from their upcoming show, Little Shop of Horrors. WHS Company is a student-run theater organization founded in 1984, and the high school’s largest club. Company traditionally presents four productions per year: a drama, musical, one acts (student-directed) and dialogue (student-written and directed works). The March show is directed is Liz Morris and co-produced by Patricia Goodrich, Paul Levin and Lauren Rosenberg.

This spring’s play, Little Shop of Horrors, is a science fiction horror musical with a 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he names “Audry II,” after his current crush. The plant comes to life and promises Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for a constant supply of blood. Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz. Company will share a stage excerpt, giving attendees a glimpse of their full performance that will take place on March 23-26 (7:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee). Tickets will go on sale the week of February 26 ($15 adults; $10 students/seniors) via, or can be purchased at the door.

“WHS Company is both thrilled to be recognized by the community, and grateful to Emmanuel Church for bringing back ‘Broadway Bound.’ We’re also thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our cast, while promoting the arts at large in Weston and beyond,” said Liz Morris, Director, Little Shop of Horrors.

The Little Shop of Horrors cast includes: David Katz (Seymour Krelborn), Izzy Angeli (Audrey), Thomas Valenti (Voice of Audrey II), Lake Jacob-Skolik (Audrey II Puppeteer and Announcer), Rachael Buddenhagen (Crystal), Jane Burdett (Ronnette), Sophie Lane (Chiffon), Cameron Edgar (Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.), Josh Metchick (Mr. Mushnik), Grace Goodrich, Remy Young, Molly Morris, Ericka Schmiedeck, Payton Spandow, Momo Burns-Min, Amanda Maddox, Emily Andrade, & Erin Dillon (Do-Wop Girls), Matt Figliola (Wino #1), Lucas Casellas (Bum), Josh Ronai (Bum, City Person, Skip Snip), Hannah Dove, Abby Glasberg, Peyton Sander, Bella Sperry, Ben Rosenberg, Karina Warchick, Peri Ferdinand, Julia Kelly, Chelsea Greenberg, Charlotte Chen, Catie Morvillo, Julia Lawless, Jennifer Purcell, Ben Roasenberg, & Patrick Betsworth (City People), Ellen Relac (Cat Lady), Ben Greene (Biker, Dental Patient), Xavier Lewis (Biker, Interviewer), Peyton Sander (Shop Customer), Ben Rosenberg (Mr. Bernstein), Abby Glasberg (Mrs. Luce), and Garrett Landen (Martin).

“Broadway Bound” is Emmanuel Church’s most recent nod to the arts and newest installment to their annual happenings -- The Arts Bloom in Weston, Family Fair and summer concert series. With its renovated parish hall as the ideal backdrop, Emmanuel has become a hub for all things community and cultural, and is epecially pleased to support the theatrical work of Weston’s youth on the 26th.

“Emmanuel Church is delighted to host this salute to Company and thrilled to welcome back WHS Company and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. The event promises to be a fitting tribute,” said John Boys, Emmanuel Church Music Coordinator.

 For details, visit or call the parish office at (203) 227-8565. Inquiries for WHS Company may be directed to

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:33:35 -0500
“Quilt Stories”- A Family Program Celebrating Black History Month at Norwalk Historical Society

The Norwalk Historical Society is hosting the family program, “Quilt Stories”, in celebration of Black History Month. Families will learn about African American folk artist, Harriet Powers' storytelling quilts and make a paper story quilt craft. Long time quilter, Rita Phillips, will be the special guest. This program is ideal for families with children ages 4 – 10. “Quilt Stories” takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.  Admission is $3.00 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family and registration is required at or 203-846-0525.  If the event is canceled by the Norwalk Historical Society due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue. The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

For thousands of years, people have used images to pass down stories.  Harriet Powers used quilts. Born into slavery in 1837, once freed Harriet Powers used the quilting skills she had learned as a child to help provide for her family. Little did she know that one day her story quilts would become priceless examples of African American folk art. During this hour long program, families will hear the story of her journey from slave to artist and learn how she used quilts to tell important stories from her life. Special guest Rita Phillips, long time quilter and member of the Goodwives Quilters, will give families an in depth look at how quilts are made. Quilting tools will be on display as will a variety of quilts handmade by local children. The program will conclude with a crafting project, where families will create their own story quilts using paper.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Rita I. Phillips' interest in sewing began in California where her grandmother taught her to hand sew. After relocating to Norwalk with her family, Rita took up quilting with the Goodwives Quilters and since 1977 has been working with students of all ages to create quilts. She is active with several Fairfield County historical societies as well as CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Goodwives Quilters, Peace by Piece and Norwalk Senior Center. In 2011 she helped create the Norwalk Quilt Trail and her quilt, "Norwalk, Fabric of Diversity" graces the front of the book "Community Building in the 21st Century" edited by Stanley E. Hyland.

For more information and to register your family for “Quilt Stories” visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:16:10 -0500
SoNo Residents Invited to Free "South Norwalk Celebration" at The Maritime Aquarium

Residents of South Norwalk can come together for a fun, free evening of community unity on Sun., Feb. 26 in a “South Norwalk Celebration” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The special event, open to all South Norwalk residents, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and will include all Aquarium exhibits, an IMAX® movie, food, performances by neighborhood groups and individuals, and the chance to hear from community leaders.

The Norwalk Police Department is co-hosting the event with The Maritime Aquarium. It’s funded through a planning grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance to the City of Norwalk, with the purpose of helping to create safer, revitalized neighborhoods.

“I want to thank The Maritime Aquarium and the Norwalk Police Department for so generously hosting this ‘Safer South Norwalk’ event, and invite those of you who live South Norwalk to come out and celebrate your community, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the Aquarium. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, February 26th,” said Mayor Harry W. Rilling.

From 4 to 5:15 p.m, residents can tour the Aquarium, view community art, and stop by booths of local businesses. Neighborhood musicians, dancers, poets and others will perform from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., followed by positive words from community leaders, including Mayor Rilling, Councilwoman Faye Bowman, State Rep. Bruce Morris, Aquarium President Dr. Brian Davis, and Janet Evelyn of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Arts.

The event concludes with a screening of the IMAX movie “Dream Big,” starting at 7:10 p.m. on the Aquarium’s six-story screen. (Seating is limited to 310 on a first-come, first-seated basis.)

South Norwalk residents should enter for the event through the Aquarium’s main entrance.

Sponsors of the “South Norwalk Celebration” are the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Arts, the NICE Festival, the Foundation of Hope, Saraswati’s Yoga Joint, and AT&T.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:14:19 -0500
Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics at Norwalk Historical Society

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be presenting a new lecture entitled: Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics by local researcher and Norwalk Historical Commissioner, Eric Chandler, on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics will introduce some of the women who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to lift the yoke of British control of the 13 Colonies. Women who are missing from our history books, their stories as soldiers and spies left untold.  Admission is $5, payable at the door. An RSVP is required as seating is limited. RSVP to: Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept. If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

George Washington, Paul Revere, the Marquis de Lafayette are all names taught in school as having been heroes of the American War for Independence. Molly Pitcher is a name we see given to a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. But who was Molly Pitcher? Was she one person or a composite of two or even three women who performed similar acts of courage? Whether one, two or three, “Molly” was not the only example of women who served the cause of independence between 1775 and 1783. There are many tales of courage to be revealed in this 45-minute illustrated talk, about these largely unsung heroines of the American Revolution.

About Eric Chandler
Eric Chandler has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. Mr. Chandler has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider and both mounted and dismounted dragoons. He is a resident of Norwalk, CT, a Norwalk Historical Commissioner and a retired land title insurance underwriter. Mr. Chandler's artistic endeavors have included cartooning, working in local theater and decades as a musician playing saxophones in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands.

For more information: visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:30:46 -0500
Red Cross to Host Smoke Alarm Install-A-Thon

he American Red Cross in Connecticut is partnering with communities across the state for the first ever Red Cross Install-A-Thon. The City of Norwalk will be participating in the Install-A-Thon on March 7.

The Red Cross will be visiting homes to install free smoke alarms in Norwalk on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment visit: or call 1-877-287-3327 and choose option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.

During the event, Red Cross workers will be joined by the City of Norwalk, the Norwalk Fire Department and community volunteers to visit homes throughout the city. They will share fire safety and preparedness information and install free 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 case a fire breaks out in their home.

The Install-A-Thon is part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. In addition to the Norwalk event, the Red Cross is hosting this event throughout the state from March 6 – 10. A first-of-its-kind event, the Install-A-Thon will be taking place in the following locations:

* March 6: Torrington, CT

* March 7: Norwalk, CT

* March 8: New Britain, CT

* March 9: Tiverton, RI

* March 10: New London, CT

Residents of Install-A-Thon cities can schedule an appointment by visiting in Connecticut or by calling 1-877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat faced in the U.S.,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “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 know that for every 1,000 smoke alarms the Red Cross installs, one life is saved. Our goal is to save at least one life as a result of our Install-A-Thon.”

In addition to providing free smoke alarm installations and education, the Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help install the alarms, and to educate and provide safety information 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:

The Red Cross Install-A-Thon is made possible, in part, due to a grant from the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation.

Since October 2014, the Red Cross has worked with fire departments and community groups across the country as part of a multi-year campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States.

Sixty percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. This campaign is in direct response to the dire threat. The Red Cross is committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness. As of August 2016, the Red Cross and partners have saved at least 100 lives as part of this campaign. Since the program began, the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the Red Cross has installed more than 10,000 smoke alarms between the two states.

Residents who reside outside the Install-A-Thon cities can always make an appointment for a free Red Cross fire safety visit and free smoke alarms at any time. The program is free and open to anyone in Connecticut.

For more information on the Red Cross Install-A-Thon, visit:

]]> (David A. Heiden) Public safety Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:11:13 -0500
Rowayton Arts Center Seeks Artists for Upcoming Exhibit

The upcoming exhibit “Inspiration” is one of the Rowayton Arts Center’s largest and most popular shows. It is open to all artists.  Artists are free to work in any media and on any theme. Best in Show will be awarded a cash prize of $250. Dean Fisher, faculty member of the Silvermine Arts Center, will judge the art. Artists may submit two pieces and the drop off dates are: Tuesday, February 21 (4 - 7 p.m.) and Wednesday, February 22 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Opening reception is Sunday, February 26 (4 - 6 p.m.). The reception is free and open to the public.

Also on Sunday, February 26 (2 - 4 p.m.) is an Art Demonstration with art instructor, Lenny Moscowitz. This is a free 2-hour demonstration with a focus on abstract art.

“Inspiration” exhibition chairs are Chris Perry and Sandy Mills. Artists from the exhibit will hold an Artists Talk on Wednesday, March 15 (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.). Artists Talks are held at RAC and are wonderfully informative.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue.

For more information:                     ("Pink Steps" by Yuko Ike, Best in Show 2016)

]]> (Jeanne Hard) Neighbors Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:28:58 -0500
LinkedIn Marketing Workshop at Darien Library

SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsors the Darien Library and Pitney Bowes will present a FREE SCORE Small Business Workshop, “Marketing on LinkedIn for Small Businesses,” Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Despite being one of the most popular social platforms today, many business owners don't understand how to put LinkedIn to best use, and how their businesses and careers might benefit from being on it.


Jeff Seaver owns Seaver Interactive, a website design, internet marketing and communications firm in Westport, CT. He has over 25 years of experience building websites and in the communication arts.

Jeff is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer at schools, corporate  events and technology conferences. An adjunct professor, he has helped author software guides and technology journals. Jeff developed the internet marketing workshop series for SCORE.

Jon Dupree runs his own firm, Calibrate Marketing & Mentoring in Danbury, CT. Jon brings a unique perspective to internet marketing, combining over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in the B2B world with his extensive technological knowledge.

Along with collaborations with Seaver Interactive, Jon develops marketing strategies for start-ups and small businesses that improve results and ROI in e-mail, SEO and search and social media. Jon also provides extensive in-house mentoring and training for clients. He holds an Economics degree from Syracuse University and is a certified ISO 9000 auditor.

SCORE offers Free Business Counseling

Questions/Comments: or call 203-831-0065 or visit the website

]]> (SCORE Fairfield County) Events Mon, 13 Feb 2017 03:32:17 -0500
Norwalk Fire Department Asks Residents, Businesses to Adopt-a-Hydrant

With the amount of snow expected today- a main concern of the Norwalk Fire Department is keeping the 600+ fire hydrants in the City cleared. Winter storms can often hide fire hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to first locate and shovel out buried fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost and lives may be impacted. The City is asking that residents please assist us with keeping the fire hydrant closest to their residence or business clear of snow. By adopting a hydrant, participants will be helping to protect themselves, their family, and their neighbors.

Residents and business owners are asked to Clear a path from the hydrant to the street, Clear a 3-foot perimeter around the hydrant and Remove ice and snow.

All assistance is appreciated. This is a great volunteer project for youth groups at our many Houses of Worship as well as Scout Troop and community service groups.

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:12 -0500
Help The Maritime Aquarium with Local Frogs Survey

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking citizen-scientist volunteers who will … leap at the chance to participate in a new “FrogWatch” census this spring and summer.

This “FrogWatch” effort is a collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History to monitor area frog populations. The organizations are seeking volunteers willing to make regular visits to a wetlands in their neighborhood where frogs typically can be heard calling.

“FrogWatch” volunteers will visit their wetlands once or twice a week for about 15 minutes this spring and summer, beginning each night a half-hour after sunset. (Kids can help, but older children are recommended because, in summer, a half-hour after sunset can be after 9 p.m.)

You don’t have to know anything about frogs to sign up. Learn about our native species – and what will be asked of volunteers – during upcoming training sessions, each from 7 to 9 p.m. (You only need to attend one). Choose from:

•  Wed., Feb. 22 at The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk.

•  Wed., March 1 at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

•  Wed., March 8 at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven.

The trainings are free to members of the three organizations, or $10 for non-member families.

Pre-registration is required at least one week before your desired session. Sign up online at

“FrogWatch USA” is a nationwide citizen-scientist program that provides individuals, families and groups with opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Observations are reported to a national online database to contribute to amphibian-conservation efforts. “FrogWatch USA” has chapters all across America, hosted by zoos, aquariums, nature centers and other organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

For information about other programs, events, exhibits and IMAX® movies at the popular South Norwalk family attraction this winter, go online to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Wed, 08 Feb 2017 03:49:07 -0500
Message from Mayor Rilling Regarding White Supremacist Flyers

Dear Norwalkers,

 As many of you know, yesterday flyers were distributed with a white supremacist message and placed in residents' driveways.

I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms: it is divisive and hateful. It is not what Norwalk represents. Our City is diverse in its racial, ethnic and social makeup, and that is both a strength and part of our rich cultural heritage as Americans.          

We are blessed with a beautiful, historic coastal City, and dedicated citizens. We are moving forward together in Norwalk, working together to make sure that Norwalk is a welcoming and safe place to live, do business and raise our children. There is no place for racism here.

Yesterday I participated in an interfaith service at the First Congregational Church, and was happy to see the sanctuary filled with Norwalkers of all races, religions, ethnicities and ages supporting peace and inclusion - and each other. That is the spirit of Norwalk. I call for our citizens to stand together in solidarity against anyone who would divide us.

Please be assured that I have instructed the Police Chief to investigate this matter to the fullest extent possible. All efforts are being made to track down the person or persons responsible for this incident.


Harry W. Rilling
Mayor of Norwalk

]]> (Office of Mayor Harry Rilling) Public safety Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:46:46 -0500
"Google Keyword Planning for SEO" Workshop at Weston Library

SCORE Fairfield County and co-sponsor the Weston Library will present a FREE SCORE Small Business Workshop, “Hands-On - Google Keyword Planning for SEO,” Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Weston Library, 56 Norfield Weston, CT 06883.

Understand why you should develop a Keyword strategy first and how it relates to your website's SEO. It is critical to the success of being found on a Google search. In this workshop you'll learn how to create a strategy for your product and services by watching a live demonstration. Bring your laptop, tablet or iPhone and follow along on the web

Presenter: Bob Zukowski has been involved in marketing and strategic planning for over 26 years. His career has spanned from large corporations to his own startups. Over the past 12 years Bob has been a hands-on entrepreneur involved with 3 startup companies all of which were driven by the various tactics available in digital marketing. 

SCORE offers Free Business Counseling

Questions/Comments: or call 203-831-0065 or visit the website

]]> (SCORE Fairfield County) Events Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:42:59 -0500
Maritime Aquarium to Screen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 70mm IMAX® Format

The latest installment of one of cinema’s truly legendary franchises, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opens in 70mm IMAX® film projection for the first time in Connecticut on Fri., Feb. 10 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Tickets are on sale at to experience “Rogue One” as you’ve been unable to do until now: in full-frame 70mm film projection, which is big even by IMAX standards.

“Rogue One” premieres in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that’s six stories high, at 5 & 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 10. It then will play at 5 & 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays.

Director Gareth Edwards shot the movie using the digital equivalent of a 65mm camera. For audiences, as explains, “That means we’ll be getting quite the widescreen spectacle on IMAX screens, one that has a larger surface area of imagery that was captured by the camera and will be projected onto a massive screen for maximum visual potential.”

Dave Sigworth, spokesman for The Maritime Aquarium, said the popular South Norwalk attraction is excited to finally get its hands on one of only 13 prints of “Rogue One” released by Disney in the 70mm film format.

Other cinemas in Connecticut have shown “Rogue One” with digital projection onto screens smaller than the Aquarium’s. With its 70mm IMAX film projection, The Maritime Aquarium’s theater combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard-projection formats with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theater geometry to create the world's most immersive film experience.

“Even if you saw ‘Rogue One’ in your local moviehouse, you have not yet experienced ‘Rogue One’ as you will here at The Maritime Aquarium,” Sigworth said.

This all-new epic adventure is set in the “Star Wars” chronology between “Revenge of the Sith” (Episode III, released in 2005) and “A New Hope” (Episode IV, released in 1977). In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction.

The New York Post raved, “‘Rogue One’ is definitive proof: ‘Star Wars’ is back, baby.” The Chicago Sun-Times called the film “a bright light in the ‘Star Wars’ canon.” And The New York Daily News gushed, “It stands alone as the best ‘Star Wars’ entry since 1980s’ ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ Yes, it’s that good.”

“Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen and (cue “The Imperial March”) the voice of James Earl Jones.

The film is 2 hours and 14 minutes long, and is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

Tickets for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at The Maritime Aquarium are $15 for adults and $12 for children 3-12. Aquarium members receive $2 discounts.

Reserve your tickets or get more information by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:37:41 -0500
The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero – Ebenezer D. Bassett at Norwalk Historical Society

In celebration of Black History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by local historian and educator, Carolyn Ivanoff, entitled: “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero – Ebenezer D. Bassett” on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Light refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. and lecture will begin at 6:30pm. Admission is $5.00, payable at the door. Seating is limited, RSVP to: or 203-846-0525.  If the event is canceled by the Norwalk Historical Society due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue.  The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Ebenezer D. Bassett grew up in Derby, Connecticut in the 1850s. As a young man he taught school in New Haven. His early life in Connecticut would prepare him for the adventures of a lifetime as a pioneer black educator and the first black diplomat of the United States after the Civil War. Learn about the life of this extraordinary American.  “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero” received a Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in June 2010.

Carolyn Ivanoff is an assistant principal at Shelton High School in Shelton Connecticut. In 2003, Ms. Ivanoff was named Civil War Trust’s Civil War Teacher of the Year. As an educator and administrator, she is committed to providing professional development and education programs for students, educators, and community members that take education out of the classroom and into the community. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, her education programs received Awards of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations. In 2016, Ms. Ivanoff was the recipient of the Connecticut Council of Social Studies Bruce Fraser Friend of the Social Studies award. She writes and speaks frequently on American history at local, state and national venues.

For more information on “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero – Ebenezer D. Bassett” visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Photo Credit: Carolyn Ivanoff

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