Sono's HamletHub Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:30:31 -0400 M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions Prepares to Open in Westport

An exciting unveil this spring will present itself to the town of Westport. M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions is setting up their butchery in the stunning new retail, residential, and dining locale of Bedford Square. M.EAT, which specializes in providing the highest quality beef and lamb from, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia, brings a new flavor to Fairfield County’s robust food-centric offerings.

An old-school meat market with new school fundamentals, M.EAT is all about healthful, flavorful, quality meats that fit today’s educated and enthusiastic food lifestyles. From ribeye, flank steak, and brisket, to rack of lamb, leg, and shoulder, hand butchered to your liking. Additional market highlights include a burger bar where customers can choose their own grind of meat types, fat content, and flavor profiles, as well as a variety of organic cheeses and produce to accompany that perfect burger. Provisions run the gamut from grilling and seasoning products to kitchen equipment and cooking aids. M.EAT will also carry domestic organic meat and chicken, as well as ingredients from CT’s local farmers and artisans. 

M.EAT believes in the nurturing of animals in their natural environment where Mother Nature guarantees a 100% certified organic product. From field to table, the primary meat source Is Uruguay, located in the South American Pampas where more than 80% of its territory is dedicated to livestock. The breathtaking terrain is where each animal lives in the open air all year round and has a pasture space equivalent to 2 soccer fields. Uruguayan production and export of beef is a 400-year-old business, and currently, exports two-thirds of its meat throughout the world.

Uruguay’s traceability practices are mandatory and one of the strictest and most progressive in the world, ensuring that consumers, and butchers, know exactly where their beef comes from and how it was raised. Every single producer takes part in this traceability system - from the farmer with just two cows to those with 2,000, or even 20,000 head of cattle, and it is paid for entirely by the state. The beef is butchered, packaged, refrigerated, and transported by ship and arrives in the US within 30 days. During the course of importing the maturation process occurs, contributing to the tenderness of the beef.

M.EAT comes to Connecticut by way of Fair Trade International, Inc. and is a member of the Organic Trade Association as well as the Meat Importers Council of America (MICA).

M.EAT Organic Beef & Provisions
29 Church Lane
Westport, Connecticut

]]> (Linda Kavanagh) Places Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:31 -0400
Vaccine Info Available at Norwalk Health Department During National Infant Immunization Week

Visit the Norwalk Health Department during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) this week to get valuable information about childhood vaccines. A representative from the Immunization Action Program will be in the Health Department lobby today until 2 p.m., and again on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide information about the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), childhood vaccines, vaccine safety, and the whooping cough vaccine.

NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

The Health Department provides several common vaccines for children, adults, and travelers. In addition to offering routine childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles, polio, and chickenpox, the Health Department also offers free whooping cough vaccine to people who care for infants. If you are 11 to 64 years of age and are a family member or caregiver of an infant younger than 12 months old, the Health Department can provide you with a free vaccine to protect against whooping cough. Also, the Health Department participates in the Connecticut Vaccine Program (CVP), which offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children.

For more information about vaccines or Health Department immunization services, please stop by the Health Department on April 24 or 26, call (203) 854-7776, or visit

]]> (Theresa Argondezzi) Public safety Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:46 -0400
Family Sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium on May 5!

Sleep with the fishes – and the sharks, sea turtles, jellies and other creatures – on Fri., May 5 during a fun “Family Sleepover” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

This night of special access is open to children age 5 & older with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18.

“We do lots of sleepovers with Scout groups during the school year, but we want to make these memorable nights available to more than just Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The ‘Family Sleepover’ lets parents share with their children a deeper, more immersive Aquarium experience than is available during a regular visit.”

After check-in at 6 p.m. and a tasty dinner, Aquarium educators fill the evening with a fun- and fact-filled behind-the-scenes tour, an IMAX® movie, snacks and more.

“Lights out” is at 10:30 p.m. Participants sleep in sleeping bags (BYOSB) throughout the Aquarium galleries. Air mattresses are allowed for adults.

Breakfast the next morning is at 8 a.m., followed by a private seal show. Participants will be on their way home by 9:45 a.m. on the 6th.

Advance registration is required. Space is limited to 100 participants and expected to fill up fast. Tickets are $90 for adults and $80 for children 5-12 ($75 and $65 for Aquarium members).

Sign up by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go online to and click on “Upcoming Events.”

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:26:59 -0400
Westport Historical Society to Host Bob Dylan Tribute Concert, May 12

The Westport Historical Society’s very popular folk music series, Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s, has a hit! Singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and her band will pay tribute to American rock poet Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Westport Historical Society’s first Dylan concert was an immediate sell-out so a second date has been added which is Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Society’s Sheffer Gallery.

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901" when the first Nobel’s were awarded.

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk, blues and country to rock, English folk, jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the 60’s, Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title "To Make You Feel My Love" before Dylan's version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats. Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, but she especially likes “Make You Feel My Love” for the “sensitivity” displayed by it. Another of her favorites is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which shows the cynical side of Dylan’s personality. His output has always been characterized by what Sheridan calls “telling the truth to power” and by a “poetic spirituality.” Dylan’s list of accolades is a long one. In addition to the Nobel, he has received 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He is also a member of several music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sheridan will be covering the Dylan songs that “really appeal to me” and that capture “the essence of who Dylan is.” These most likely will include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “I Shall Be Released,” “Forever Young,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Just Like a Woman” and “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man.” The Coffeehouse might even see Sheridan trying an imitation of Dylan’s scratchy, high-pitched vocalizations, she says.  

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; and Paul Horton on lead guitar, a well-known Nashville studio musician.

Sheridan did her first Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s in 2012. She has done concerts featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (her personal favorites), Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Pete Seeger in addition to singer-songwriter circles.

The "Bob Dylan Tribute Concert” will be on Friday, May 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. There is a $20 donation, which includes wine and light refreshments. Please call for reservations at (203) 222-1424. For more information visit

]]> (Rozanne Gates) Events Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:24:14 -0400
Top 3 Local Food Trends Take Fairfield County by Storm

Recent food trends have taken the internet by storm and created long lines in front of popular restaurants/cafes in not only large cities, but also Fairfield County. Our local restaurants and cafes are taking on trends and attracting people from near and far. From unique takes on Asian cuisine to sugar rushes from giant milkshakes, these trends have become accessible to us nearby.

Here are 3 local food trends you have to try!

  1. Cookie Dough | Cookie dough has become a huge trend. The egg-free recipes are served in cups and cones with sprinkles, different sauces, and whipped cream to top it off - just like ice cream! The trend, which gained popularity in New York is now available at our very own Stew Leonard’s at the ice cream stand outside! With locations in Danbury and Norwalk, Fairfield County folks are lined up to get their cookie dough the way they like and snap their pictures.

  2. Crazy Milkshakes | Massive milkshakes have taken the internet by storm. Also starting in New York City, the trend of these themed shakes has reached Bethel! Creme and Sugar Cafe in Bethel serves monstrous milkshakes with unique themes ranging from S’mores to Candy Crush.

  3. Ramen | No longer the “broke college student’s dinner”, Ramen has attracted worldwide attention. Ramen noodle restaurants are opening all over the country, including our Fairfield and SoNo! Mecha Noodle Bar is a modern take on noodles with three locations in Connecticut, bringing together many dishes from all over Asia. Their most popular dish, the Ramen, is completely customizable with so many toppings to choose from!

Head over to these local cafes and restaurants and see for yourself what the hype is about!

]]> (Amber Bodeur) Places Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:19:03 -0400
Amore Cucina Stamford to Donate 100% of April 24 Sales to Susan G. Komen® New England

Restaurateur Bruno DiFabio andhis entire team at Stamford’s popular neighborhood Italian restaurant and gathering place, Amore Cucina & Bar, are gearing up for a very special lunch and dinner service this Monday, April 24 when 100% of the day’s sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen® New England.

“We are so blessed here at Amore, “Says DiFabio, “And we live in a time where everyone has been effected by breast cancer in some way. We want to do our part and use our good fortune to help others.”

For the second year, DiFabio and Susan G. Komen® New England will turn Amore  into  support central; a place for customers to get together over great food and drink, knowing that 100% of their business will be donated to SGKNE.

Patrons can learn more about the organization, preventative measures, and upcoming events, including the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® taking place on Saturday, May 6 at Sherwood Island Park in Westport, CT.

Join Us!
921 Hope St, Stamford, CT 06907


About Susan G. Komen® New England

Our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Experts estimate that as many as one-third of women dying of breast cancer today could be saved without a single new medical breakthrough. That’s why we take a two-pronged approach: first, ensuring that all people have access to, and receive, timely, high-quality breast cancer care. And second, funding the research that will drive new treatments, and ultimately, the cures.

]]> (Linda Kavanagh) Charities Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:42:13 -0400
Norwalk 7th & 8th Graders Can Apply for Free Weeklong Summer Camp at The Maritime Aquarium

Current 7th- and 8th-graders in the Norwalk Public Schools can apply now for a free week of fun explorations of our marine world this summer at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Up to 50 youth can participate in the 2017 Mayor’s Student Engineering & Science Program, presented as part of The Maritime Aquarium’s summer camps. Half of the students will participate June 26-30; the other 25, July 31-Aug. 4.

It’s a free opportunity – of significant value – for the selected students. (The price of summer camp programs at The Maritime Aquarium ranges from $350 to $670 a week, depending on the age group and program.)

Applications are available now from 7th- and 8th-grade science teachers in the Norwalk Public Schools, as well as from those at All Saints Catholic and Side by Side Charter schools. Teachers also may recommend that certain students apply, although a teacher recommendation does not guarantee selection.

Completed applications are due back to designated science teachers on Fri., May 12. Students must be in good academic standing and will be chosen based on need, their interest in engineering and/or marine sciences, and other criteria.

This will be the third summer of the Mayor’s camp program. Initial funding came from money raised in energy-efficiency evaluations available to Norwalk homeowners, through a program begun in 2014 by the Mayor’s Energy & Environment Task Force (MEETF). The 2017 summer-camp programs will be funded by generous contributions from Bankwell and other local corporations.

Norwalk Councilman John Kydes, chairman of the MEETF, called the camp a great opportunity for 7th- and 8th-grade students.

“The demand for acceptance into the program has dramatically increased over the years so I recommend to parents that you get your child's application in before May 12,” Kydes said.

Mayor Harry Rilling praised the program.

“This camp is a wonderful experience for our students as it helps them to develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for, Long Island Sound,” Rilling said. “I wish to thank The Maritime Aquarium and Councilman John Kydes for bringing this opportunity to our students.”

Norwalk Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Adamowski called the camp “an important summer learning opportunity for middle-grade students who learn best through 'hands-on' exploration activities.”

“It is a wonderful example of what leadership through partnerships can accomplish in our asset-rich city,” Adamowski said.

Dr. Brian Davis, president of The Maritime Aquarium, cited the camp as a positive connection between the Aquarium and the Norwalk community.

“In an obvious way, through interactions with live marine animals and our local environment, this program will be eye-opening to many of these students,” Davis said. “But we want it to also be eye-opening as they discover opportunities here at the Aquarium – perhaps as a volunteer, or the amazing things happening with high school students in our nationally recognized TeMPEST program. We want them to see themselves here for years beyond one week this summer.”

In the Mayor’s summer program, Maritime Aquarium educators will lead students in such activities as: building and testing a hydrophone; learning about SCUBA diving from the Aquarium’s Dive Team; participating in a hands-on study cruise aboard the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art new research vessel; creating “enrichments” to keep the Aquarium’s river otters engaged; and making discoveries about marine animals during an exploration at Calf Pasture Beach.

The programs will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aquarium, with pre- and post-care available to help working parents. Lunch is included, but transportation to and from the Aquarium is not.

The Mayor’s Student Engineering & Science Program is just one of many youth programs offered this summer at The Maritime Aquarium. To learn more about the Aquarium’s summer-camp programs for ages 6-15, which start the week of June 19, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:39:10 -0400
Panel Discussion at Silvermine Arts Center: The Landscape of Collecting

Second Lecture in the Series: The Landscape of Collecting

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Silvermine Arts Center present the second panel discussion in the Cultivating Collectors series: The Landscape of Collecting, to be held on Thursday April 27, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Silvermine Arts Center.

The discussion will focus on the education of collectors: sources of information about trends, rising artists, what to look for in artists’ resumes, how to develop and trust one’s own eye, how to gauge an investment, and more.

The lively discussion will be moderated by Evan Beard, National Art Services Executive, and speakers include Marty Baron, art collector; Robin Jaffe Frank, independent writer, curator and former Chief Curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum; Terri Smith, Creative Director at Franklin Street Works; and Dimitri Wright, painter and member of the Silvermine School.

The Cultivating Collectors Series is open to the public and is free of charge; advanced registration is required.

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Silvermine Arts Center are co-producing a series of panel discussions in recognition of the need to develop and cultivate art collectors in our area, and to help further establish the credibility of Fairfield County as a strong arts and cultural community where art is created, discussed, enjoyed, bought and sold. The series complements a Silvermine Arts Center course currently being offered on collecting.

Jeffrey Mueller, Gallery Director at Silvermine Arts Center, commented: “Collecting is a complex and rewarding relationship between artists, galleries, museums and collectors. In the decade that I have been in Connecticut it has become evermore apparent to me that this is something a lot of people don’t fully understand and how they might take part in it. It is much more than just buying art; it’s a relationship, a potential investment and an emotional experience. With more education, I think more people might find a desire to be a part of the experience.”

The Cultivating Collectors Series, sponsored by U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, kicked off on March 30, with a sold-out crowd of collectors, would-be collectors, curators, artists, gallerists, and real estate developers. The panel discussion focused on the “State of the Union,” the state of the business of art collecting and art sales locally and nationally.

Gallery owners Fernando Luis Alvarez (Stamford), Eric Ben-Kiki (Hartford), Fred Giampietro (New Haven), and Amy Simon (Westport) discussed why they located their galleries in the area, how they connect with and cultivate collectors, their relationships with their artists, the impact of the Internet and the rise of art fairs on their business, and the demise of in-depth local critical writing about their exhibitions. The intersection of the local, the national and the global in their businesses and how this has affected their relationships with collectors was one of the most fascinating part of the panel.

A video recording of the panel discussion is available at

The Cultivating Collectors Series will culminate in May with an art showcase representing local galleries presenting a mix of local, New York and national artists.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County supports cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses in Fairfield County through marketing, professional development and advocacy. For more information, visit

]]> (Meri Erickson) Events Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:58:16 -0400
Tequila Tasting at Mill Hill

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early at the Norwalk Historical Society's Tequila Tasting at Mill Hill Historic Park on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Gregg Glaser, a spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher/editor of Modern Distillery Age will lead the tasting. Learn about and try six to seven different styles of tequila and mezcal. Hearty Mexican appetizers provided by Tacos Mexico. Tickets are $45.00 per person before May 1, 2017, $50.00 per person after that date and at the door. Purchase tickets at Must be 21 or over, IDs checked at the door. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Follow signs for parking.

It's tequila time!  Gregg Glaser, a nationally recognized spirits and beer connoisseur, will uncover the history and myths of tequila. Learn about how Mexico's national drink is made, what the different styles are and the story behind its curious history.  A curated variety of tequila and mezcal will be sampled throughout the night. Tacos Mexico of Norwalk, CT will provide Mexican appetizers. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Norwalk Historical Society's educational programs.

Gregg Glaser is the Publisher/Editor of Modern Distillery Age, Editor in Chief of Yankee Brew News, contributor to Modern Brewery Age, and conducts monthly tasting panels for these publications. For 14 years he was the News Editor for All About Beer Magazine. Since 1996, he’s been the Competition Director for the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, the largest professional beer and cider competition on the East Coast. In New York City, he conducts spirits and food tastings, working with Food Karma Projects. He also conducts spirits, beer and saké talks and tastings around the world and has consulted for breweries, importers, wholesalers and restaurants.  Gregg has a degree in Communications with concentrations in Cinema, Television and Radio from Ithaca College. He studied comparative media in Britain at the BBC, IBA and Pinewood Film Studios and in Italy at RAI and Cinecittà. Gregg was the presenter for the Norwalk Historical Society's Beer Tasting in 2012 and Whiskey/Bourbon Tasting in 2014.

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 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400
Norwalk Health Department Offers Free Tests on Select Dates During STD Awareness Month


Get Yourself Tested: Mayoral Proclamation Tomorrow,
Free STD Testing Next Week at Norwalk Health Department

Join Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling and Norwalk Health Department officials tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 3 pm at the Health Department (137 East Avenue) for a proclamation to recognize April as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month.

In addition, the Health Department will offer free STD testing next week, with no appointment necessary:

  •          Monday, April 17, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  •          Wednesday, April 19, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  •          Friday, April 21, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Importantly, the Health Department offers a walk-in STD clinic at these same times year-round. No appointment is necessary during these times, and the fee is $10.

STDs are a serious public health concern nationwide, as well as right here in Norwalk. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, and many of these cases go undiagnosed. Almost half are young people, ages 15 to 24.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH), approximately 13,269 new cases of chlamydia, 2,092 new cases of gonorrhea, and 99 new cases of syphilis were reported statewide in 2015. Although chlamydia and gonorrhea continue to have the highest numbers of annual cases, syphilis rates are increasing rapidly (a 19% increase in syphilis cases from 2014 to 2015).

“STD testing is crucial because often there are no signs or symptoms to serve as a warning,” says Norwalk Director of Health Timothy Callahan. “Early detection is key and can help prevent the spread of STDs and reduce the number of the major complications.”

For more information about the Health Department’s STD testing services, call (203) 854-7776 or visit

]]> (Theresa Argondezzi) Neighbors Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:05:54 -0400
Open House at Rowayton Arts Center, April 20

Interior designers! Decorators! Home stagers! Join us in the gallery to get an up-close, intimate look at new contemporary art at the Rowayton Arts Center’s Abstraction Exhibit. Find creative inspirations for your interior designs and an up-to-date fine arts resource.

Refreshments served.

Date: Thursday, April 20

Time: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton


(Photo by David Lindsay)

]]> (Jeanne Taylor Hard) Events Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:02:59 -0400
Norwalk Rallies to Provide Summer Learning for Each Child

TEAM Summer Launches New Interactive Database of Summer Programs

TEAM Summer, a Norwalk ACTS initiative led by 20+ summer learning providers and dozens of Norwalk community members, is working collectively to ensure that all Norwalk children are learning, experiencing and discovering during the summer months.

To help parents find summer learning and enrichment opportunities for their children, TEAM Summer has launched an interactive, online database of summer programming that can be searched by type of program, age of child, dates offered and more. TEAM Summer Portal

The mission of TEAM Summer’s members is to engage more children in summer learning opportunities and experiences. In doing so, TEAM Summer aims to not only reduce summer learning loss for all of Norwalk’s children, but also to help boost student achievement and foster healthier, safer and more confident children.

“We are providing a vehicle for parents to guide their children toward a meaningful summer experience,” noted Norwalk’s First Lady, Lucia Rilling, TEAM Summer ambassador. “These experiences will help them emotionally, intellectually, socially and more. The kids are counting on us,” she added.

TEAM Summer members include A.C.H.I.E.V.E, Carver Foundation, CDI Headstart, City of Norwalk, Family & Children’s Agency, Horizons at New Canaan Country School, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Norwalk, Maritime Aquarium, Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Norwalk ACTS, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education, Norwalk Health Department, Norwalk Housing Authority, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Recreation and Parks, Norwalk River Rowing Association,Odyssey Early Learning and Enrichment Programs, Person-to-Person, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Silvermine Art Center, South Norwalk Community Center and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

It is well documented that all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational and enrichment activities during the summer months, and according to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income students are disproportionately at risk of losing academic skills during the summer school vacation.

“We know that more than half of the achievement gap can be attributed to unequal access to summer opportunities,” says Anthony Allison, Executive Director of Norwalk ACTS. “A significant part of our work as a team is focused on engaging those children who are not benefiting from some type of summer opportunity and on building a better system in Norwalk to provide opportunity and experience for all.”

Norwalk ACTS identified summer as one of the key time periods to improve academic, social/emotional and health/wellness outcomes for children. TEAM Summer is developing a community-wide, collective action plan and believes that intentional and holistic efforts to engage children during the summer can lead to greater success during the school year .

The Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) also speaks to summer learning as a top priority in its three-year strategic operating plan.

“It is our dream, our goal, our vision, that all Norwalk children have access to summer learning opportunities and that we are effective in reducing the achievement gap,” stated Dr. Steven Adamowski, NPS Superintendent. “Our vision is that Norwalk becomes the most successful school district in the state, and with this initiative, we are well on our way.”

According to a TEAM Summer landscape scan, there are close to 14,000 children ages 3-18 in Norwalk, all of which could benefit from a summer learning experience. However, last summer only about 3,500 children engaged in some type of summer programming.
One of TEAM Summer’s goals is to leverage the city’s many assets and build capacity over time to engage more children, better.

In the meantime, parents, family members and caregivers can play an important role in keeping children engaged and learning throughout the summer months.

• Visit the library and encourage children to participate in summer reading programs with weekly activities and incentives.

• Encourage children to keep journals of their summer activities or to write stories. Have them draw pictures to illustrate their stories or journals.

• Math may seem like a tougher subject to review over the summer, but math skills are used by everyone in daily life. Parents can help younger children review basic math concepts like counting, addition and subtraction during typical daily activities. Older children can help parents pay for items and count the change at the grocery store, or assist with the family’s banking.

• Take educational trips to parks, a zoo or a museum. Many museum websites have online exhibits that help children learn about many different things, from art to zoology.

• Children can learn a lot from just going outdoors. Go to a local park or take a hike, and talk about the different plants and how they grow.Point out the different insects you see. If your park has a stream, look at underwater life.

• Academics are not the only things that contribute to children's learning and development. Creativity and expression are also important.. Use crayons and draw together, or sign your child up for a summer art or drama camp. For musical activities, listen to music, play some of your favorite songs with your children, make up your own songs or learn how to play a musical instrument.

• Summers are great for informal learning as well. If kids are interested in animals or cars, expose them to as much as possible to allow them to become real experts in their areas of interest.

• As always, it is important to make sure children get time outside for free play – whether it is running around in the backyard or a day at the beach. Children need movement,fresh air and unstructured time to thrive..

Norwalk ACTS is part of a national StriveTogether network, with more than 100 individual and organizational members engaged in taking collective action to enrich and improve the lives of all Norwalk, Connecticut children and youth, from cradle to career.

To learn more about Norwalk ACTS, visit our website

]]> (Meri Erickson) Life Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:01:27 -0400
Cask Republic Stamford to Host Whiskey Dinner on April 25

Cask Republic in Stamford is hosting an amazing 5-course whiskey dinner on 4/25 at 7 p.m. $200/person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Limited seats and reservations required by calling 203-348-2275.

Here's the menu:

Amuse: Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year
Veal Heart Tartar
-shaved egg, fried capers, parsley dijon mayo
1st Course:  Four Roses Elliot's Select Single Barrel Limited Edition
Braised Beef Tongue 
-arugula salad, sweet cippolinis, maldon sea salt, meyer lemon vinaigrette
2nd Course:  WhistlePig Boss Hog Third Edition
Pan Seared Shad Roe
-kholrabi slaw, crispy onions, spring pea puree
3rd Course: Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year 
Maple Bourbon Pork Belly
-asparagus tempura, potato salad, maple glaze
Dessert Course:  Glenmorangie 18 Year Extremely Rare
Foie Gras Creme Brulee
-dried cherry biscotti


]]> (Ria Rueda) Events Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:32:39 -0400
NorWALK Your Way to Health this April!

The Norwalk Health Department is celebrating the American Heart Association’s push to move more during the month of April by helping Norwalkers find more opportunities to walk than ever before. Walking is a fun, easy way to be active and connect with your neighbors, especially through the NorWALKer program, which maps more than 40 safe, accessible walking routes in 17 Norwalk neighborhoods.

The Health Department, the Healthy for Life Project, and the Norwalk Bike/Walk Taskforce have teamed up to update and enhance the NorWALKer program, and community walking groups are emerging all throughout town. Utilizing NorWALKer routes, community walking leaders in three neighborhoods—Silvermine, South Norwalk, and West Norwalk—lead at least one walk each month in their neighborhood. Walkers meet at a central location and enjoy each other’s company while exploring their neighborhood on foot. In addition, Mayor Rilling and his wife Lucia walk each Saturday morning as part of their “Walk with Us” initiative. The Rillings choose a different NorWALKer route to explore each week and invite the public to join them as they tour the city.

Why walk?

Incorporating walking into your daily routine can help prevent or manage chronic health conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes and can boost your mood, improve coordination and balance, and strengthen your muscles.

“As part of the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan, one of the Health Department’s goals is to help everyone get more physical activity,” explained Theresa Argondezzi, Health Educator. “For kids, the goal is 60 minutes every day, and adults should aim for about 30 minutes a day on most days. If we can fit a few walks into our week, we can get much closer to those recommendations, all while spending time outdoors, de-stressing, and exploring our communities.”

In addition to its growing popularity locally, the NorWALKer program is gaining praise on a national level. In September 2016, the program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony J. Foxx as a recipient of a Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets award for creating safe and accessible pedestrian networks. This Fall, Kaitlin Latham, Health Department Health Education Associate and NorWALKer coordinator, will be presenting on the success of the program at the National Walking Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Join Us!

Announcements about the “Walk With Us” program and the three NorWALKer neighborhood walks are posted on the Health Department calendar ( and the Healthy for Life Facebook page ( For more information about the NorWALKer program, including access to all the NorWALKer maps, visit the Health Department’s website (

If you are interested in forming your own neighborhood walking group, please contact Kaitlin Latham at, and/or Deborah Lewis at

About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information is available at

About the Healthy for Life Project: The Healthy for Life Project is a coalition of organizations, agencies, and community members from the Greater Norwalk area working to make their community healthier by encouraging people to Eat Well, Move More and Live Better. The Project originated from a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement plan conducted in 2012 by Norwalk Hospital and Norwalk Health Department. More information is available at

About the Bike/Walk Task Force: The Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force was formed in 2014 by Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and is comprised of local residents and business owners charged with helping to make our streets and sidewalks safer for everyone. The Task Force’s mission is to create safe roads, sidewalks, and trails in Norwalk that make bicycling and walking desirable and easy while promoting healthy lifestyles. More information is available at

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Food For All, A Benefit To End Food Insecurity, April 26

Food Rescue US, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, is thrilled to present their signature fundraising event, Food for All, this year presented by Whole Foods Market. The event highlights the Food Rescue US goals for the coming year, celebrates its accomplishments, and pays gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters who share in the desire to put an end to food insecurity in our community.

Food for All has become one of Fairfield County's most popular strolling, eating events and this year features the hottest restaurants and artisans on the local dining scene. This year’s craft cocktail bars will be presented by the mix masters of Match, Cask Republic and Room 112. Food Rescue US is grateful for the generous sponsorship of this year's event: Naming Sponsor Whole Foods Market, Northern Trust, MAV Foundation, Moffly Media, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Nestle Waters, CTbites and The Elizabeth and Joseph Massoud Family Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased here:

"Every year we are able to make a larger and larger dent in Fairfield County hunger because of this fun and delicious event. This year our sights are set on raising the funds necessary to rescue and deliver 2.5 million meals and because of our game changing hunger relief platform and the generosity of those who attend Food For All that's a real possibility!" said Kevin Mullins, Executive Director and co-founder of Food Rescue US.

Event Details:

6:30-9 p.m.

Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock

375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

Tickets: $100

Featured Restaurants:

Abigail Kirsch


Broken Symmetry


Fjord Fish Market

Fleisher's Craft Kitchen


Hapa Food Truck

Harlan Publick


Killer B


South End

Village Tavern

Whole Foods Market

Craft Cocktail Bars:


Cask Republic

Room 112

About Food Rescue US

Founded in January 2011, Food Rescue US is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Food Rescue US is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families. Food Rescue US currently operates in thirteen locations and plans to be in 25 sites by the end of 2017.


Photos by Andrew Dominick

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