Norwalk's HamletHub Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:24:34 -0400 Tony’s at the J House Introduces New Brunch Menu

Tony’s at the J House, Greenwich, CT – Sunday Brunch Menu and Patio Dining

Tony’s at the J House made a splash this past fall when restaurateur Tony Capasso and Executive Chef Denis Radovic transformed the hotel’s stunning dining room into and Italian-American restaurant and gathering place replete with robust Italian wine, tomahawk steaks, and Capasso’s always engaging and entertaining hospitality. This spring the property’s patio undergoes a major renovation complete with a retractable roof, cascading lights, and an expansive garden trellis. Sunday afternoons on the patio will now feature Tony’s new brunch menu garnished with bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys. In true Tony’s fashion, menu standouts include; Lobster Eggs Benedict with avocado and cilantro hollandaise: The Greenwich Waffle with smoked salmon and caviar; The Fostered Waffle with caramelized bananas, rum, and vanilla gelato; Steak & Eggs, 18oz dry aged Prime NY strip, 2 eggs any style, plus hash browns; and Crêpe Pancakes served with mixed berries, chocolate glaze, and New England maple syrup.

 Brick Walk Tavern, Fairfield, CT – Spring Menu

Voted Best New Restaurant in Fairfield County (Moffly Media, Best of the Gold Coast 2019), Chef David Snyder of Brick Walk Tavern in Fairfield has become known for his bold flavors and contrasting ingredient combinations. Chef offers comforting tavern fare along with more refined dishes and seasonal highlights. Spring Menu highlights includes; Bourbon and Spice Smoked Salmon served with poached potato, pickled radish and onion, micro arugula, and lemon yogurt; Wild Mushroom Caviar  with warmed goat cheese, truffle emulsion, atop arugula toasts; New England Style Pot Pie filled with Maine lobster, shrimp, bay scallops, English peas, potatoes, leeks, and tomato, all housed in a buttery puff pastry shell; Whole Grilled Fish with  tomato and rapini orzo, charred lemon, and a toasted garlic white wine drizzle; and Shrimp and Pork Belly Udon with Asian vegetables, toasted sesame seeds, and spicy ginger sauce.

Spiga Restaurant Group, Greenwich, New Canaan, Fairfield – Spiga Restaurant Group Week, April 22-25

This family owned and operated group of Italian restaurants throughout Fairfield County are celebrating spring with a 4-day restaurant week event featuring 3-course lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. Special menus feature a selection of 3-4 appetizers and entrees plus decadent dessert choices. Dishes being offered include; Molto’s popular house made meatballs and Chicken Florentine with prosciutto cotto, spinach cream and white wine sauce, served with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes; Spiga’s creamy burrata with sliced to order prosciutto,  roasted peppers, and olives, and a main course of Stripe Bass Oreganato rolled with prosciutto and seasoned bread crumbs, in a golden saffron sauce with white wine over mashed potatoes; and at Lugano, Fig Bruschetta with goat cheese, fig puree, and crushed honey walnuts, and Gnocchi Bolognese  with their classic three meat ragù. Italian dessert selections include tiramisu, panna cotta, and Lemoncello cake.  Lunch $20.19 Dinner $30.19

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How to Tidy up Your Digital Life
After the windows are squeaky clean it’s now time to make sure you do your digital spring cleaning. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) have teamed up to remind everyone that when clearing out clutter, don’t forget about the critical need to take action and protect your volumes of valuable digital information. Whether you are tidying up your home or sprucing up your office space, everyone needs to spend a few minutes to help keep personal online data more secure.
Taking some simple, proactive steps will go a long way in safeguarding you against any number of potentially disruptive issues like identity theft or credit card fraud that can cause mayhem by compromising your data. Now is the time to review all your digital activity in the last year from your phone, computer and even social media.
Here are some tips to remember when doing your digital spring cleaning.
Delete unused apps: More and more cases of identity theft and security breaches originate from downloading cell phone apps and computer programs. Sharing information with the wrong entity can mean your information is taken and sold to people who misuse it. Actively manage your privacy setting which include apps being allowed to access your location services, Bluetooth, microphone, camera and contacts. Make sure only appropriate apps have access to these extremely personal features.
Update system and software: Don’t procrastinate any longer! Having the latest updates, security software, web browser and operating system is one of the easiest ways to keep devices secure and protect data. This simple “digital to do” will help keep cybercriminals at bay and keep your devices as secure as possible.
Review social media presence. Review and update your online profiles on social media sites. Review your privacy and security settings on social media sites and other sites you use. Set them at your comfort level for sharing. Delete old photos, posts, etc. that are embarrassing or no longer represent who you are. Review friends on social networks and contacts in your phone. Does everyone still belong?
Clear out stockpiles: If you have a stash of old hard drives or other devices, even if they’re in a locked storage area, information still exists and could be stolen. Don’t wait: wipe and/or destroy unneeded hard drives as soon as possible.
Decide what to do with old devices: If you plan on getting rid of your old cellphone or laptop this is an important step. Remember to always wipe all memory and hard drives on old devices first before giving it to someone else. Once the device is wiped clean, you can then sell it, trade it in, give it away, recycle it or have it destroyed.
Back It Up: Protect your personal and workplace data by making electronic copies or backups of your most important files. Whether it's family photos, health records or employee contacts, back up your files this spring and set a schedule to do so regularly throughout the year. Treat these hard drives just as you would important paper work. Keep it in a secure place.
"Another tip for digital spring cleaning is tackling your inbox. One thing I see too often are people who have thousands of unread emails. Getting your email under control is one of the simplest ways to monitor fraud," said Luke Frey, associate director of communication for BBB Serving Connecticut. "By screening, reading and deleting junk emails you prevent fraud by potentially catching a fraudulent order confirmation for a purchase you may have not authorized."
Fore more tips on digital spring cleaning visit
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Norwalk River Valley Trail receives $20,000 in grants from Newman’s Own Foundation

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) has received $20,000 in grants from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

The NRVT is a multi-use trail with a vision of extending for 30 miles, connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding and terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury. The NRVT will be a 10 foot wide, handicap-accessible trail creating recreation opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids and pets.  The NRVT will offer a healthy transportation alternative to access rail stations, schools, offices, and businesses. To date, eight miles of trail have been completed in Norwalk and Wilton.

Patricia Sesto, President of the Friends of the NRVT, said: “It’s very exciting for the NRVT to be recognized by Newman’s Own Foundation, a leader in philanthropy. These grants will be a big help in meeting our 20% match for the WilWalk section connecting Wilton and Norwalk, and with increased operating expenses resulting from the strong growth of the NRVT.”

Newman’s Own Foundation uses all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products for charitable purposes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $540 million to thousands of charities around the world.

“Newman’s Own Foundation is pleased to support Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail in their efforts to extend a trail from the Norwalk Coastline to Danbury,” said Kelly Giordano, Managing Director of Newman’s Own Foundation. “It will be a great asset to the local communities, providing recreation and alternative access opportunities through the central section of Fairfield County.”

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Fairfield County Bank Hosts First Time Homebuyer Seminar in Norwalk this Wednesday

Learn the homebuying process – from application to closing

Fairfield County Bank hosts First-Time Homebuyer Seminar on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue in Norwalk.

You will learn:

• Down payment program options

• How much can you afford

• What your monthly payment may be

• What you need to do to be prepared for the future

You will receive a $200 closing cost credit* when you attend one of the first-time homebuyer seminars to use when you obtain a mortgage with Fairfield County Bank.

To receive a personalized home buying action plan click here.

RSVP to Kevin McMahon via phone 203.854.7617 or email

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Rowayton Arts Center Offers New Adult Class “Intro to Painting” Starting May 6

The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is offering a new adult class, “Intro to Painting,” on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, beginning May 6, 2019. This class has been designed for the student interested in painting, but not quite sure where or how to begin.  The class will cover everything from palette set up and basic supply needs to the principles of color mixing, value studies, paint handling and composition.  Emphasis will be placed on learning to “see” color and form objectively and how to render them in paint.  Students will be working from still life and photographs.  This class is perfect for the beginner or someone looking to gingerly make their way back to painting.

Fee for the seven-session class is $225. The instructor, Denise Minnerly, has worked with students of all ages for over 25 years through her own school and as an art teacher at Greens Farms Academy. Her paintings and installations are displayed by public corporations and art venues throughout the Northeast. Please note there is a supply list for the class posted online. Visit or call 203-866-2744 (x-2) for more information.

RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. For almost 60 years, the RAC has been a cultural gem in the Norwalk 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 overlooks the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. For more information, please visit

Image: Denise Minnerly, “Here Today”

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Christian Science Lecturer Enrique Smeke, CSB, to Present Two Talks at Norwalk Community College on April 27

The Christian Science church in Darien and CS church in Westport co-host two talks - one in English and another in Spanish - at Norwalk Community College on 4/27Christian Science Lecturer Enrique Smeke, CSB, to Present Two Talks at Norwalk Community College on April 27

 The Christian Science churches in Darien and Westport are jointly sponsoring two talks given by Enrique Smeke, CSB, on Saturday, April 27 in the GenRe Forum at the East Campus of Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue. The talk, entitled “Are Your Ready to Take the First Step,” will first be presented in English at 2:00 p.m., followed by the same talk in Spanish at 3:30 p.m.

 His lecture focusses on how to turn to God and choose the best approach to handling every challenge that confronts us in our daily experience. How can we take that first step towards a more harmonious relationship with friends or relatives? And what is that connection with God that enables us to enjoy better, more stable health? Where can we turn when faced with a financial crisis or lack of employment? It may seem difficult to break through resentment, self-doubt, self-pity, or fear; sometimes we may feel stuck in a problem and can’t see how to advance forward, but God’s loving guidance is always at hand.

 In this talk you will hear how to take that first step towards a solution. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, God is there to support and guide us. And as we look to Him for help, we witness how God unfolds the path to resolution.

 Mr. Smeke will illustrate how the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, can show us the way out of any difficulty. Highlights of his lecture include an explanation of how God keeps an open channel of communication with every one of us that we all can access to find inspiration, healing, and progress in our lives. He will show us how to pray by reasoning with the heart and letting God have the last word, which will help each of us to discover that we all have been graced with a unique path in life which God unfolds as we advance spiritually.

 Mr. Smeke was raised in Argentina, where his early studies included telecommunications, electrical engineering, and journalism. He eventually came to the United States, where he graduated from Principia College in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration. Since then he has worked for the Christian Science Church in Boston in a variety of capacities, including the Spanish radio and print editions of the Christian Science Herald. In 2007, he became a full-time Christian Science practitioner, who are people devoted to assisting patients in healing any difficulty. In 2012, he earned a designation as a Christian Science Teacher. Currently, he resides in Newburyport, MA.

 For more information about these talks, which are free and open to the public, please call the First Church of Christ, Scientist in either Darien (203-655-2772) or Westport (203-612-1010).

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day! It is a day where people around the world take a closer look at protecting our environment and appreciating the world we live in. 

Find out more about Earth Day through the Earth Day Network. Here is an excerpt from their site:

Earth Day Network works year-round on projects, programs, and campaigns that support environmental conservation, environmental protection, climate activism and advocacy, and advancing the green economy. Our education work focuses on efforts to green schools — from energy efficiency upgrades to improving school food — and supporting educators with resources to teach and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. Our conservation and greening efforts include planting trees to reforest environmentally critical areas of the globe and increase the urban tree canopy, and protecting clean air and water. Our advocacy efforts focus on engaging local leaders and global citizens of all ages and from all walks of life with campaigns: to end plastic pollution, to protect our species, to act on climate and advance clean energy, and more.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism. Learn more here

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:52:29 -0400
Norwalk City Hunt April 27 - Are you up for the challenge?

Norwalk Now Presents a City-Wide Adventure - The 2nd Annual Norwalk City Hunt

An Entertaining and Interactive Afternoon of Clues, Challenges, and a Race to the After Party!

Saturday, April 27, Meet-up 10:30 AM, Hunt 11 AM-2 PM, After Party 2-3 PM

Norwalk Now presents Norwalk City Hunt, an interactive “Amazing Race” throughout the Wall Street and SoNo neighborhoods of Norwalk, CT. This high-spirited afternoon of clues and challenges takes place Saturday, April 27 with a meet-up time of 10:30 AM at O’Neill’s Irish Pub.

Participants (21 and older) compete in teams of 4 and are guided through the hunt on the City Hunt phone app. From there, a series of location clues, questions, and challenges are tackled with the successful completion of these activities being answered, recorded, or photographed on the team leader’s phone and submitted. Participants will be walking, running, or catching a Norwalk Now Circulator Van or Wheels2U bus, which will shuffle them between neighborhoods to the over 40 destinations participating in the hunt.

“Here we go again, “says Norwalk Now Director Linda Kavanagh, excited for another entertaining afternoon of crazy antics and camaraderie, “The hunt challenges participants on all levels, from how well you know the city of Norwalk, to solving mind-bending clues and completing unusual tasks, most of which result in hilarious pandemonium.”

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Norwalk City Hunt April 27 - Are you up for the challenge?

Norwalk Now Presents a City-Wide Adventure - The 2nd Annual Norwalk City Hunt

An Entertaining and Interactive Afternoon of Clues, Challenges, and a Race to the After Party!

Saturday, April 27, Meet-up 10:30 AM, Hunt 11 AM-2 PM, After Party 2-3 PM

Norwalk Now presents Norwalk City Hunt, an interactive “Amazing Race” throughout the Wall Street and SoNo neighborhoods of Norwalk, CT. This high-spirited afternoon of clues and challenges takes place Saturday, April 27 with a meet-up time of 10:30 AM at O’Neill’s Irish Pub.

Participants (21 and older) compete in teams of 4 and are guided through the hunt on the City Hunt phone app. From there, a series of location clues, questions, and challenges are tackled with the successful completion of these activities being answered, recorded, or photographed on the team leader’s phone and submitted. Participants will be walking, running, or catching a Norwalk Now Circulator Van or Wheels2U bus, which will shuffle them between neighborhoods to the over 40 destinations participating in the hunt.

“Here we go again, “says Norwalk Now Director Linda Kavanagh, excited for another entertaining afternoon of crazy antics and camaraderie, “The hunt challenges participants on all levels, from how well you know the city of Norwalk, to solving mind-bending clues and completing unusual tasks, most of which result in hilarious pandemonium.”

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Carver's Child of America Gala on Friday, May 3

Carver's Child of America gala will be on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk, CT. Cocktails 6PM; Dinner, Program and Auction 7PM. The event website is:

Our Keynote Speaker will be Tarik A. Brooks, Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Combs Enterprises. Mr. Brooks oversees the team that directly supports Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs who received Carver’s Child of America award last year, and he serves as the primary interface across the Combs Enterprises companies and new business opportunities. Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates. Mr. Brooks is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School and he serves on the Carver Board Development Committee.

This year we will be honoring Ms. Theresa Rangel, Principal of Tracey Elementary School, with our Child of America award. Ms. Rangel personifies and illuminates everything the Child of America award represents.

In her fourth year as Principal, Tracey School has gone from one of the lowest achieving schools in the district to one of the highest performing. Tracey Elementary School was one of only 14 in Connecticut to earn the “Distinction” moniker this year for both high performance and high growth in ELA and Math, for all students and for high needs students as a separate category., a national advocate and leader for character education based in Washington DC, also recently named Tracey a 2019 Connecticut School of Character.

Since 2017, Carver conducts an after school enrichment program for 5th grade students attending Tracey Elementary School and provides a Summer Transition Program for these students who enter West Rocks Middle School in the fall.

Governor Ned Lamont recently visited Tracey Elementary School on January 16th to help the Dalio Foundation announce an education report from The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) titled, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope. Tracey’s Character Education program incorporates core values into academic instruction. A Tracey teacher was selected as Norwalk’s Teacher of the Year last August. Joining the governor was James Comer, a past Child of America award recipient. Comer is the founder of Yale’s Child Study Center and is considered to be the father of social-emotional learning.

Tracey demonstrates that social, emotional, and academic development are inextricably linked. Theresa Rangel is a Carver hero!

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Show Off Your Mutt on May 18 in Norwalk and Wilton!

2nd Annual Mutt Strut Challenge!
Saturday, May 18, 2019
9 AM - 12 Noon

Meet Largo and Luna, who both love to walk the NRVT and are looking forward to the Mutt Strut!

They are both German Shephard rescues from California. Largo is a 100 pound, black and tan protective male, who is very loyal.  Luna is a black and silver female, who was rescued a year later. They are like a married couple!  They enjoy NRVT for its peace and tranquility, the scent of the woods and all its natural beauty. The footing is soft, making it comfortable for paws and feet!  They prefer NRVT to other parks and trails because all dogs are on leashes.
Two Locations:
The Wilton Loop at Rte. 7 & Wolfpit Rd &
Norwalk at Lockwood Mathews-Maritime Aquarium

Show off your Mutt on May 18th!
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Geary Gallery Features Jim Malloy in May

Darien, CT - This May, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present “Abstract Expressions,” featuring the unique and colorful abstract paintings of New Fairfield, CT artist, Jim Malloy. His exhibit runs May 1 - 31 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.

May Featured Artist: Jim Malloy

Jim Malloy is a national award-winning author, songwriter and gold record recipient who now expresses his creative ideas with the medium of acrylic paint. His artwork is known for its raw style, vibrant colors and bold, abstract style.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in southern New Jersey, he graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He now resides in bucolic New Fairfield, Connecticut where he works from his studio in a quintessential New England town.

Known for exploratory methods, vibrant colors and bold, abstract style, Malloy’s current catalog includes more than 200 original works.       

Malloy is also an award-winning author of children’s books and is currently working on several projects. He has designed covers for novels, including Pins & NeedlesLet’s Try This AgainLifelineSurrenderRainbow’s Redress and others.

He has displayed his art at Ridgefield Guild of Artists in Ridgefield, CT, Society for Creative Arts in Newtown, CT, Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT, the CCNS Art Show in Rowayton, CT, and more. 

He is a participating member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Society for Creative Arts in Newtown, Stamford Art Association and Carriage Barn Arts Center: New Canaan Society for the Arts.

Malloy’s exhibit runs May 1 - 31 and his paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free. To view some of his work, visit our online gallery.

Gallery Location & Hours

Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633 or visit

 About Geary Gallery

Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing were founded in 1984, and today are Fairfield County’s preeminent art gallery and frame shop, featuring an extensive collection of original artwork, and custom framing services. With four elaborate display rooms, Geary Gallery maintains an ambitious exhibition schedule to showcase both Connecticut-based artists with national reputations as well as well-known artists from along the Eastern seaboard. The public can enjoy a new show virtually every five weeks. The Gallery also offers a Custom Original Portrait Service, which matches their favorite artists with customers wishing to commission an original portrait of their family, an individual, pet or home. With an extensive inventory of over 2,000 corner samples, Accent Picture Framing and Restoration is a service that is highly regarded for its master framing techniques as well as precision art restoration services for leading museums, auction houses, and historical societies. For more information about Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing, call (203) 655-6633 or visit

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Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Norwalk

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Norwalk! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Ashley J. Xu
Industrial Engineering
Aon Corporation is an international, strategically-diverse company headquartered in Chicago, meeting the insurance and financial services needs of individuals and corporate clients with a broad range of innovative and specialized insurance products marketed through a wide variety of distribution channels. Its brokerage and consulting services are directed toward helping companies, institutions and associations manage risk in a complex and challenging commercial world.
Angela Xulei Ji
S&P Global provides these scholarships for children of its employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-

representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

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Mutt Strut Challenge Along The Norwalk River Valley Trail on May 18

2nd Annual Mutt Strut Challenge is planned for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 AM - 12 Noon

Come out with your canine companions for some fresh air and fun, while raising money to extend and improve the Norwalk River Valley Trail!

  • Complete the Challenge-a 1-mile hike-and be entered to win a grand prize 
  • Or, pass on the challenge and enjoy a leisurely walk along the trail with your best friend 
  • Form a personal or company team and compete to raise funds for the NRVT. The team raising the most money wins a prize! 
  • Preserve your memories at the dog selfie station 
  • Enjoy food truck refreshments
  • Make new friends-both hound and human 
  • Have fun!

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut at 2 Locations:

Wilton: Wilton Loop (Rte. 7 & Wolfpit Rd) 

Norwalk: Lockwood Mathews-Maritime Aquarium

Learn more and register HERE.

See snapshots and maps of our trails by clicking on the town name below:

Norwalk             Wilwalk               Wilton              Ridgefield               Redding                 Danbury

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut 2018

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Volunteers Remove Over 3,700 lbs. of Debris from Norwalk River Valley Trail

Over fifty volunteers gathered for a cleanup on April 11th on the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT). The cleanup was conducted on a half-mile stretch of the NRVT along the Norwalk River from Broad Street to Route 123.

The volunteers came from groups including the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Norwalk Watershed Association, Grace Farms and Frontline Marketing. Norwalk’s Department of Public Works pitched in by hauling away the 3,700 lbs. of debris, including eight auto tires and a Freon device.

Jim Carter, the NRVT’s town leader for Norwalk said; “It’s really inspiring to see how much good work can be accomplished by a committed group of volunteers. This stretch of the NRVT along the Norwalk River is now more beautiful and user-friendly as a result of this major cleanup.”

About Friends of the NRVT

Friends of the NRVT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the creation of a thirty-mile, multi-use, soft surface trail running from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding, terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury.

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