Sono's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/sono Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:18:49 -0400 HamletHub.com Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works Annual Touch-a-Truck Open House, Sept. 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2803-norwalk-fire-police-and-public-works-annual-touch-a-truck-open-house-sept-292803-norwalk-fire-police-and-public-works-annual-touch-a-truck-open-house-sept-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2803-norwalk-fire-police-and-public-works-annual-touch-a-truck-open-house-sept-292803-norwalk-fire-police-and-public-works-annual-touch-a-truck-open-house-sept-29

The Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works Departments along with Norwalk Hospital EMS and Norwalk Health Dept invite the community to a free Open House and Touch- a- Truck on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Public Works Center and NFD Training tower on South Smith Street.

All the Departments will feature hands-on activities, give-aways and demonstrations for all ages. Children and adults will learn how the City departments prepare and respond to all types of events to keep residents safe and can explore different fire, police and public works vehicles.
 
In support of the Person to Person Food Pantry in South Norwalk, all visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items; especially peanut butter, jelly, pasta/pasta sauce, soup and kid-friendly snacks. Last year, approximately 800 pounds of food was collected.

Light refreshments will be provided, the event will be held rain or shine. For questions, please contact Norwalk Customer Service at 203-854-3200.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Michele DeLuca) Events Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:31:00 -0400
Westport Farmers' Market Chef Cooking Competition Semi-finals, Sept 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2808-westport-farmers-market-chef-cooking-competition-semi-finals-sept-202808-westport-farmers-market-chef-cooking-competition-semi-finals-sept-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2808-westport-farmers-market-chef-cooking-competition-semi-finals-sept-202808-westport-farmers-market-chef-cooking-competition-semi-finals-sept-20

The semi-final round is here for the event that has taken the Fairfield County foodie community by storm,  the Westport Farmers’ Market’s Chef at the Market Cooking Competition! Which local chef will advance to the finals to be held in October? Will it be Ben Freemole of GrayBarns? Or Dan Sabia of Wood Fired Food? Or Jeff Taibe of Taproot? Or Anthony Rinalidi of Kawa Ni? To find out, join your friends at the Westport Farmers’ Market Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 sharp.

“The WFM 'Chef at the Market Cooking Competition’ highlights what the Westport Farmers’ Market is all about,” said Bill Taibe, co-organizer of the event and owner of Jesup Hall, Kawi Ni, and The Whelk. “It’s a great way to get our chefs in front of their customers in a hands-on quick competition and show how they utilize fresh ingredients on the spot while supporting the farmers who work so hard to grow these products.”

On the third Thursday of every month, chefs from local restaurants have competed. Each gets $20 and 45 minutes to shop from vendors at the market to create an appetizer-sized dish.

Volunteer judges, selected at random from shoppers that day, have selected one winner from each month’s competition to move to the next round and the semi-final round Thursday, September 20. The top two chefs from the semi-final round will move on to a final competition on October 4 at the WFM’s biggest event of the year, “Fork it Over”.

As has been the case throughout the summer, in the semi-final round, chef contestants will be judged on:

1.      Their use of market products

2.      Taste of the dish

3.      Cleanliness and presentation of their entry, and

4.      Originality of recipe  

Participants – all of whom volunteered after an invitation went out to chefs who support the WFM – are: Geoff Lazlo, Ben Freemole, Christian Wilki, Jeffrey Taibe, Matt Storch, Adam Roytman, Brad Spence, Anthony Kostelis, Anthony Rinaldi, Moises Aguilar, Dan Sabia, and Carlos Baez.

Of these, four have advanced, and only one will win on October 4!

“We have had so much fun with this competition,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall. “Not only is it exciting to watch these great chefs exhibit their talents, the Chef-at-the-Market competition encourages one-on-one conversations with many of their regular patrons. People loved it; it's a not-to-be-missed community event!”

Don’t miss the semi-final competition Thursday, September 20, at the WFM. Bring your family and friends, and root for your favorite local restauranteur!

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:35:38 -0400
Weston College Essay Coach at Westport Library Expo, September 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2807-weston-college-essay-coach-at-westport-library-expo-september-222807-weston-college-essay-coach-at-westport-library-expo-september-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2807-weston-college-essay-coach-at-westport-library-expo-september-222807-weston-college-essay-coach-at-westport-library-expo-september-22

Westonite Liz Waltzman will be a featured expert at Westport Library’s “Countdown to College Expo”on September 22 between 9:00-1:00 p.m. at Toquet Hall Teen Center, 58 Post Road East, Westport. The open house will offer assistance from local academic tutors and college counselors, plus practice standardized tests and a Common Application review with pre-registration (see www.westportlibrary.org for the program’s varying locales). Waltzman, founder of Write Ahead College, LLC, will assist attendees with their college essays and supplements. The event is free and open to the public.

Liz Waltzman founded Write Ahead College in 2013 and has since worked with high school juniors and seniors throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties on the Common Application and required essays. Waltzman guides students through the process of brainstorming, composing and editing personal statements, supplemental essays and all other application writing. An essay expert and encouraging coach, Waltzman recognizes it’s the student’s story and voice that are paramount and ensures both are prominent.

Waltzman holds Masters Degrees in Art History, Education and Library Science and is Scarsdale High School’s librarian with experience twenty-five years strong. Among her many responsibilities, she most enjoys helping students formulate, research and organize ideas, and often proofreads essays and research papers. These aspects of her position prompted her to launch Write Ahead College to help teens thrive during the often overwhelming task of applying to colleges.  

“Liz Waltzman provided validation, support and a level of comfort and confidence that truly resonated with my daughter. Her practical, professional approach and thoughtful guidance made Liz a trusted advisor in a very short period. She entered our lives at just the right time,” said client, Janet Schuman.

“Reducing Common Application stress is my main objective. I work with clients at any stage -- focusing on the creative and technical aspects of the writing process, providing guidance on the personal statement, supplemental essays and activities section. It’s such rewarding work; I look forward to assisting eager students at the College Expo and beyond,” said Waltzman.

“Countdown to College Expo” aims to answer questions, provide resources and ultimately, prepare students for their college journey. For additional details, visit www.westportlibrary.org or to contact Liz Waltzman directly via her website, www.writeaheadcollege.com.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Aline Weiller) Events Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:32:05 -0400
Good Folk Coffeehouse Presents: Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway's Deeper Than The Skin https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2810-good-folk-coffeehouse-presents-reggie-harris-greg-greenway-s-deeper-than-the-skin2810-good-folk-coffeehouse-presents-reggie-harris-greg-greenway-s-deeper-than-the-skin https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2810-good-folk-coffeehouse-presents-reggie-harris-greg-greenway-s-deeper-than-the-skin2810-good-folk-coffeehouse-presents-reggie-harris-greg-greenway-s-deeper-than-the-skin

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rowayton United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, CT 06853 - Tel: 203-858-7791

WHAT: Two of today's top singer-songwriters team up to present an afternoon concert of their music, addressing the issue of Race in America. Deeper than the Skin is an extremely relevant musical experience that engages communities in conversations on race in our time. Greg and Reggie, using the power of music and storytelling, take audiences on a journey following their divergent backgrounds. Along the way, audience members have the opportunity for self-reflection, are united through musical participation, and have the chance to dialogue with the musicians and each other about their own experiences of race and their thoughts on where we go next as a community. Reggie and Greg are incredibly talented performers who provide an entertaining evening of music filled with messages of justice and hope.

TICKETS: At the door, no reserved seating; Suggested donation: Adults - $20; Children under 12 - $10; Children under 7 - free.

Proceeds go toward the missions of the Rowayton United Methodist Church, and through it's denomination, sends aid around the globe through UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief

ADDITIONAL INFO: Light entrees desserts and beverages will be served, handicapped access, additional parking in the Rowayton municipal parking lot behind the post office, entrance off Wilson Avenue, left past the cannon as you drive south into Rowayton center.

CONTACTS & FURTHER DETAILS: www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com; www.deeperthantheskin.com; goodfolkcoffeehouse@gmail.com

No open mic at this Sunday afternoon concert.

Our next Good Folk Coffeehouse concert will feature Bill Staines on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 p.m.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Bill Hayden) Events Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:56:41 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Discount Duct Company https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2811-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-discount-duct-company2811-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-discount-duct-company https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2811-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-discount-duct-company2811-why-small-businesses-matter-in-norwalk-discount-duct-company

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Discount Duct Cleaners!

Three questions with Christon Williams, owner of Discount Duck Cleaners.

Why did you start your business?

I started my company to be able to provide a great service with personalized experiences. Our motto is "We clean, you save". Our company believes in doing efficient work for a fraction less than the "Big" chain companies.

Do you use any local businesses to support your business?

Yes, I use a local sheet metal company, Casey Sheet Metal.

How many people do you employ?

I have a total of 3 employees including myself. 

Discount Duct Cleaners is located on Merwin Street in Norwalk. Visit them online here.


The Hartford makes it easy to get a commercial or business insurance quote online. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Tara) Places Sat, 15 Sep 2018 06:57:02 -0400
It’s time to Fork it Over for the Westport Farmers’ Market Party in the Parking Lot! https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2804-it-s-time-to-fork-it-over-for-the-westport-farmers-market-party-in-the-parking-lot2804-it-s-time-to-fork-it-over-for-the-westport-farmers-market-party-in-the-parking-lot https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2804-it-s-time-to-fork-it-over-for-the-westport-farmers-market-party-in-the-parking-lot2804-it-s-time-to-fork-it-over-for-the-westport-farmers-market-party-in-the-parking-lot

The Westport Farmers’ Market annual Fork it Over Party in the Parking Lot is back! The event will be held at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens on October 4, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. and is the largest WFM fundraiser and tribute to supporters. Adults from all over Fairfield County and beyond gather in a magical scene of music, café lighting, and the almost-unbearable aroma of local food to celebrate WFM’s programming and the bounty of the season.

Why a “Party in the Parking Lot!” you might ask? Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM, explains: “The Westport Farmers’ Market is fortunate to host our weekly winter market at Gilbertie’s. This location provides a welcoming space for shoppers and vendors alike. When we considered a location to host a fundraiser, it simply seemed logical to transform the Gilbertie’s lot into a party.”

Logical perhaps, but this party promises to be like no other. Guests will be greeted with an espressotini featuring Raus coffee. Mecha will furnish seasonal cocktails in a bar truck sponsored by Olive + Julep while WFM ensures the flow of beer and wine, with music by a jazz trio and local favorite Big Yachty.

Signature dishes will be served cocktail-party style by celebrity chefs, including:

Matt Storch of Match, Nom-eez, and Match Burger + Lobster

Christian Petroni of Fortina

Sono Bakery

Jessica Bengston of Terrain Garden Café

Barcelona

Jay Leblanc of Knot Norm’s and

Anthony Kostelis of The Whelk

Mecha Noodle Bar 

The Party in the Parking Lot! will be this year’s largest fundraiser in support of the Westport Farmers’ Market, a 501c3 organization that reaches over 30,000 consumers per year throughout Fairfield County. People are encouraged to mingle and take their chances on drawings that highlight items such as dinners, music, travel, home goods, design consultations, and lots of surprises. This year will also feature the final round of the Chef at the Market Competition, where three finalists will compete for the Best of the Westport Market chefs.

“WFM operates numerous educational and influential programs that impact the lives of chefs, farmers, adults, and children in the Westport and surrounding communities,” said Cochran-Dougall. “We couldn’t do any of it without the support of generous donors and supporters. This is going to be a beautiful and fun evening!”

Tickets for the event are $110 per person which includes a WFM metal straw and may be purchased at the following link:

https://forkitover.brownpapertickets.com/

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Charities Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:34:03 -0400
Norwalk Department of Public Works Announces Updated Single-Stream Recycling List https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/2806-norwalk-department-of-public-works-announces-updated-single-stream-recycling-list2806-norwalk-department-of-public-works-announces-updated-single-stream-recycling-list https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/life/2806-norwalk-department-of-public-works-announces-updated-single-stream-recycling-list2806-norwalk-department-of-public-works-announces-updated-single-stream-recycling-list

Today, at a special press conference, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling was joined by the Norwalk Department of Public Works and City Carting to announce that beginning Monday, October 1, 2018, the city’s single-stream recycling collection list will be updated. Some items that were previously recyclable will no longer be accepted. For example, plastic bags and thin plastic film (including bubble wrap); Styrofoam; paper and single-use coffee cups; and straws are no longer recyclable.

This is not a decision made solely by the city, but rather, outside influences which are dictating changes. After China announced a ban on imported plastic, the recycling market was disrupted across the globe. Additionally, the State of Connecticut proposed a universal recycling list, which all municipalities are encouraged to follow.

“We want the public to know that throwing waste, or non-recyclable items into the recycling container can contaminate all of its contents. We ask that everyone pay attention to what’s in, and what’s out, to help keep our city clean,” said Mayor Rilling. “I encourage residents, as well as all city and school employees, to recycle as much as possible. Not only is it good for the environment, but it also saves taxpayer’s money by reducing what the city pays to dispose of its waste.”

Residents are encouraged to move to reusable products, like travel coffee cups and canvas tote bags, instead of relying on paper and plastic items. While not recyclable through the city, plastic bags can be returned to local supermarkets for disposal.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the City of Norwalk on these important changes to the city’s single-stream recycling program,” said Anthony Farina, Chief Operating Officer at City Carting.

The City of Norwalk launched single-stream recycling in July 2013 and distributed over 25,000 wheeled recycling bins, also called toters, to residents. After the first year of single-stream recycling, the city’s curbside recycling tonnage increased almost 2,000 tons, resulting in $200,000 in savings. Over the last five years, the city’s recycling tonnage continued to increase to nearly 9,000 tons collected annually.

“Launching single-stream recycling more than five years ago was a great move for the city,” said Bruce Chimento, Director of the Norwalk Department of Public Works.

In addition to knowing what is acceptable to recycle, residents can improve curbside single-stream recycling collection by:
- Putting all items, including cardboard, in the toter and not placing items on top of or outside of the toter;
- Keeping all items loose and not bag, wedge or jam items into the toter;
- Following the instructions on the lid of the toter about how to place it curbside to ensure it is easily accessible for automated truck collection;
- Not mixing garbage, liquids or other non-recyclable materials in the toter.

Large rigid plastic items, clothing, shoes, electronic items, light bulbs (fluorescent or regular), scrap metal, waste oil, antifreeze, and batteries are not recycled curbside. Most of these items are recyclable at the Norwalk Transfer Station with a valid City of Norwalk Recreation and Parks Resident Pass or permit.

For a complete recycling list, see the attached Norwalk Guide to Single-Stream Recycling flyer or visit www.norwalkct.org/recycling. For more information contact the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Josh Morgan) Life Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:58:30 -0400
Weekly Marine Science Series for Homeschool Students Begins Sept. 24 at The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2799-weekly-marine-science-series-for-homeschool-students-begins-sept-24-at-the-maritime-aquarium2799-weekly-marine-science-series-for-homeschool-students-begins-sept-24-at-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2799-weekly-marine-science-series-for-homeschool-students-begins-sept-24-at-the-maritime-aquarium2799-weekly-marine-science-series-for-homeschool-students-begins-sept-24-at-the-maritime-aquarium

Homeschool students can explore the marine world in a new weekly series of standards-based programs utilizing the vast educational resources of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

A “Marine Animal Adaptations” series for ages 7 to 9 and a “Marine Biology” series for ages 10 to 13 will meet on Monday mornings from Sept. 24 to Nov. 12. Each session in the eight-week series runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Times may vary on the days of a coastal beach exploration and a study cruise onto Long Island Sound.)

“We’re happy to include and involve homeschool students in these unique explorations of Long Island Sound and the marine world, all of which help to fulfill Next Generation Science Standards,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of Education. “While these classes will be impactful as students discover together, an additional side benefit is the chance for homeschool parents – during drop-off and pick-up – to connect and share as well.”

For ages 7 to 9, “Marine Animal Adaptations” will explore the relationships between structure and function in a variety of marine animals, including sharks, squid and a host of invertebrates observable only through microscopes. Students’ investigations into behavioral adaptations will include the cruise out on the Aquarium’s research vessel to consider the adaptations of animals found in Long Island Sound. Class size is limited to 15 students.

For ages 10 to 13, the “Marine Biology” series will delve into such topics as marine biodiversity, water-quality monitoring, fish anatomy, conservation and more. Additionally, students will go behind the scenes of the Aquarium to learn about the diverse careers needed to operate a modern aquarium, and also will collect data about animals and water quality during the cruise out on the Sound. Class size is limited to 20 students.

Cost of each series is $275 ($250 for Aquarium members). Deadline to register is Wed., Sept. 19.

Get more details and sign up at www.maritimeaquarium.org/homeschool-students.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Wed, 12 Sep 2018 05:05:40 -0400
Norwalk Residents Get Free Admission to The Maritime Aquarium on Sunday, September 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2805-norwalk-residents-get-free-admission-to-the-maritime-aquarium-on-sunday-september-162805-norwalk-residents-get-free-admission-to-the-maritime-aquarium-on-sunday-september-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/events/2805-norwalk-residents-get-free-admission-to-the-maritime-aquarium-on-sunday-september-162805-norwalk-residents-get-free-admission-to-the-maritime-aquarium-on-sunday-september-16

On Sun., Sept. 16, Norwalk residents can receive free admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk during the popular attraction’s “Salute Norwalk Day.”

During its annual “Salute Norwalk Days,” the Aquarium expresses thanks for its hometown support by offering free admission to city residents, as well as 10 percent discounts in the gift shop. Proof of residency is required. (Another “Salute Norwalk Day” is planned for Sat., Dec. 1.)

Admission – which includes a spectacular 40-minute IMAX® movie – regularly is $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12). Thus, free admission for a family of four is an $85.80 value.

For some Norwalk residents, not only is admission to The Maritime Aquarium free on Sept. 16 but so is transportation to the Aquarium. Wheels2U, a new on-demand shuttle service operated by the Norwalk Transit District, currently is offering free transportation during its pilot period. By using an app called MicroTransit, riders within the Wheels2U travel zone can request a pickup and drop-off location. Get more details, including times and area of service, plus a link to download the app, at https://wheels2unorwalk.com.

No matter how guests get to The Maritime Aquarium, they’ll all enjoy close encounters with some 300 species of marine animals, including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, river otters, sea turtles and jellyfish – all native to Long Island Sound, its watershed and the oceans beyond. New this fall is “Just Add Water,” an exhibit that tracks habitats from desert to rain forest and includes such animals as tamarin monkeys, quail, a screech owl and prehensile-tailed porcupine.

“Salute Norwalk Day” also lets Norwalk’s citizenry enjoy their hometown IMAX movie theater, whose six-story screen is the largest in Connecticut. On Sept. 16, choose between “Backyard Wilderness” (filmed in nearby Westchester County, NY) at 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., and “Pandas” at noon, 2 & 4 p.m.

Additionally on Sept. 16, as part of the regular demonstrations each Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, scuba divers will be in among the Aquarium’s big sharks at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m., presenting a program that dispels some of the common misperceptions about sharks.

And, special just for “Salute Norwalk Day,” the seal-training demonstrations at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. will be narrated in both English and Spanish.

“Salute Norwalk Day” is just one of many contributions The Maritime Aquarium makes to Norwalk and its citizens. The Aquarium offers dozens of educational programs and other marine-science opportunities that supplement the education of Norwalk's students, sometimes at no cost to the schools. And the Aquarium and its 500,000 visitors inject more than $20 million annually into Norwalk's economy.

For more information about Maritime Aquarium offerings this fall, call (203) 852-0700 or go online to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:37:19 -0400
New Microtransit System ‘Wheels2U’ Launching This Week in Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2802-new-microtransit-system-wheels2u-launching-this-week-in-norwalk2802-new-microtransit-system-wheels2u-launching-this-week-in-norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/places/2802-new-microtransit-system-wheels2u-launching-this-week-in-norwalk2802-new-microtransit-system-wheels2u-launching-this-week-in-norwalk

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation and the City of Norwalk are proud to announce the launch of Wheels2U, a new form of public transportation allowing residents to request rides and be picked up in shuttles, creating an on-demand transportation service. Using a smartphone app called Microtransit by TransLoc, riders can request a pick-up and drop-off location and watch the vehicle as it approaches. While on the shuttle, other riders may be picked up and added to the ride. Along the ride, the app will consistently display the current location of the bus and projected time of arrival.

Microtransit is a very new form of transportation that is rapidly growing in large and small cities across the United States such as Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and New York. The best way to describe Microtransit is “like Uber, but for public transit.” Norwalk is among an elite group of transit agencies across the nation participating in microtransit pilot programs. The city and state in partnership are leading the way by implementing this innovative, on-demand service.

“Norwalk is the first city in Connecticut to launch a microtransit service. This innovative and modern approach to transportation is an investment in Norwalk. Residents and tourists can explore many of the amenities Norwalk has to offer without having to worry about parking. I encourage the public to take advantage of this wonderful new service.” - Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.

This modern approach to mass transit takes advantage of the efficiencies that can be gained from picking up one rider and then others that are on the way as it drives the first to their destination. The technology provides the driver with assistance as well. For the driver, the app offers navigation directions and a sophisticated algorithm to determine the optimal route to pick up and drop off riders in a timely manner.

The Norwalk Transit District, in partnership with the City of Norwalk, State of Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, is implementing the service. It is currently a six-month pilot program beginning on Thursday, September 13 and will run four days a week – Thursday through Sunday. The service does not have routes or stops like a typical bus system. There is a designated service area where the bus operates. The cost of a ride is free during the pilot period but will have an associated ticket price if the service is successful and rolled out permanently or on a larger scale.

“The Wheels2U microtransit service is an excellent example of how we are utilizing technology to improve efficiency and the rider’s experience. Our goal for this pilot program is to better understand how a public transportation service can take advantage and leverage the mobile technology that is in our hands every day.” - Kim Morton, Chief Executive Officer, Norwalk Transit District.

Funding for the pilot transportation program, including allowing it to be free, comes from a partnership with TransLoc and their parent company Ford Smart Mobility, SoNo Collection mall developer Brookfield Properties, The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, The Norwalk Transit District, and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation as part of its pledge to improve transportation services in Norwalk’s urban core. The vehicles used for the service are part of the Norwalk Transit District’s paratransit fleet. The vehicles will be used during hours when the vehicles are off peak for the paratransit service. These vehicles are funded 80 percent by the Federal Transit Administration and 20 percent by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. 100 percent of the operating expenses are supported by the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation.

“Public Transportation in the State of Connecticut is growing and changing rapidly. One of our chief goals is to create “Strategic Partnerships” that foster coordination and expand service provision. We are thrilled to provide financial resources and support to the Norwalk Transit District to provide this microtransit pilot. By growing our partnership with the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, we are able to maximize the benefit provided by the public funds that we spend, and improve the mobility and quality of life for all of our residents.” - Dennis Solensky, Public Transit Administrator, Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The Wheels2U brand was developed by local Norwalk firm Silver Creative Group. Because the service is unique and unexpected, the brand needs to be visually interesting with clear communication to educate the community about the service. The strategy behind the creative is focused on conveying both technology and approachability. The goal was to portray a look and personality that was modern and tech-friendly as well as being recognizable and inviting.

For fast facts, schedule of operating times, and more information visit www.wheels2uNorwalk.com.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Josh Morgan) Places Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:28:00 -0400
American Cancer Society Announces Fairfield County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2800-american-cancer-society-announces-fairfield-county-s-making-strides-against-breast-cancer2800-american-cancer-society-announces-fairfield-county-s-making-strides-against-breast-cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2800-american-cancer-society-announces-fairfield-county-s-making-strides-against-breast-cancer2800-american-cancer-society-announces-fairfield-county-s-making-strides-against-breast-cancer

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will occur on Sunday, October 14 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, uniting communities across Fairfield County, honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.
 
The Fairfield County event is expected to have more than 5,000 walkers supporting the Society’s breast cancer programs and services. 
 
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer and provide hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.  Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.  In 2017, ACS staff helped guide more than 40,000 cancer patients through every step of their journey as they moved through the health care system, including helping with insurance problems, referring them to ACS and other local services, assisting caregivers and addressing obstacles to care.
 
“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” said Patti Lestrange Mack, Director of Communications for the American Cancer Society.  “At the event, communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer.”
 
To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can become involved, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org or call 800.227.2345.
 
Making Strides Facts:
•  Making Strides raises more than $60 million for the American Cancer Society each year, with more than $870 million raised for the fight against breast cancer since 1993. 
•  ACS has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer breakthrough in recent history.
•  ACS is available 24 hours a day, providing valuable information, answers and emotional support for those touched by breast cancer. 
•  Through their advocacy affiliate, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the ACS works with lawmakers to increase funding for breast cancer research and ensures access to mammograms for women who need them.
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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Patt Lestrange Mack) Charities Mon, 10 Sep 2018 04:10:39 -0400
Norwalk Fire Department: September is National Preparedness Month https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/publicsafety/2796-norwalk-fire-department-september-is-national-preparedness-month2796-norwalk-fire-department-september-is-national-preparedness-month https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/publicsafety/2796-norwalk-fire-department-september-is-national-preparedness-month2796-norwalk-fire-department-september-is-national-preparedness-month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The event, now in its fifteenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort encouraging households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Throughout the month, residents and business owners are encouraged to take time to develop a plan and supply kit for emergencies, learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid. Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, fire, and weather events and make sure all members of your family, can stay informed and in touch during emergencies.
 
The devastating hurricanes of 2017, on-going wildfires, tornadoes and heat waves, remind the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, our residents we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
 
The City of Norwalk provides safety tips and resources on its website  www.norwalkct.org<http://www.norwalkct.org>. On September 29, Norwalk Fire, DPW, Police, Health and EMS are hosting an open house and touch a truck from 10-1 at 15 South Smith Street. Departments will have free safety tips and resources to help you stay safe.
 
Residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notifications from the City Emergency Alert System (Code Red). Sign up on the City's website by clicking on the 'How do I sign up for Emergency Alerts" on the bottom of the page. The Health Department encourages residents to visit thttp://www.dispenseassist.net or the Dispense Assist app and familiarize themselves with this online screening tool that could be used in some public health emergencies.
 
The City of Norwalk encourages our community to be better prepared and invites community members to join us in this effort. For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov.
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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Fri, 07 Sep 2018 05:42:54 -0400
Tix on Sale! Kitchen Crawl 2018 Culinary Fundraiser: 4 Fabulous Chefs/ Mixologists + 4 Designer Kitchens https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2798-tix-on-sale-kitchen-crawl-2018-culinary-fundraiser-4-fabulous-chefs-mixologists-4-designer-kitchens2798-tix-on-sale-kitchen-crawl-2018-culinary-fundraiser-4-fabulous-chefs-mixologists-4-designer-kitchens https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/charities/2798-tix-on-sale-kitchen-crawl-2018-culinary-fundraiser-4-fabulous-chefs-mixologists-4-designer-kitchens2798-tix-on-sale-kitchen-crawl-2018-culinary-fundraiser-4-fabulous-chefs-mixologists-4-designer-kitchens

Experience 4 of CT's hottest chefs in 4 of Westport's most beautiful designer homes, while helping to feed the hungry in our community. SAVE THE DATE: September 29th. Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual Westport Kitchen Crawl.

Here's how the Kitchen Crawl works. Guests purchase a $85 ticket and proceed to 4 different Westport houses, where chefs from The SpreadMecha Noodle BarMatch Burger Lobster, and Jesup Hall will be cooking just for you. Cooking demos and specially prepared bites will be enjoyed alongside wine and beer provided and paired by Stew's Wines... all in spectacular designer kitchens. This year, the chefs are bringing their mixologists so get ready for some killer cocktails. 

All proceeds benefit Food Rescue USUsing technology, Food Rescue US empowers communities to reduce hunger and food waste through direct-transfer food rescue. Our vision is a hunger free and food waste free America.

Kitchen Crawl has been a sold-out event the past two years so don't wait to get your tickets!

Kitchen Crawl isn't just a fun event - your support makes a difference to our mission. Every $1 rescues 12 meals for people in need. If you can't make the event, consider donating.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Stephanie Webster) Charities Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:31:14 -0400
Weston's Class of 1983 Holds 35th Reunion On October 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2797-weston-s-class-of-1983-holds-35th-reunion-on-october-132797-weston-s-class-of-1983-holds-35th-reunion-on-october-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2797-weston-s-class-of-1983-holds-35th-reunion-on-october-132797-weston-s-class-of-1983-holds-35th-reunion-on-october-13

Acid-washed jeans, Madonna songs, neon accessories and television's Dynasty marked the early 80s -- a time when Weston's Class of ‘83 left School Road for college and other life endeavors. Class members will revisit their youth at their 35th Weston High School Reunion on Saturday, October 13 at the Weston Field Club, 38 Ladder Hill Road South, Weston at 6:30 p.m. Many former Westonites have returned to raise families back in town or Fairfield County at large. Classmates near and far are invited to celebrate this milestone and help spread the word.

Varied weekend reunion festivities are planned for October 12-14. On Friday, October 12, there will be a cash bar gathering at 323 Bar and Restaurant, 323 Main Street, Westport at 7:00 pm, while Saturday, October 13 will be the main event for ’83 graduates. The Field Club evening will feature cocktails and a buffet dinner; the cost per person is $125 and the dress is casual. Checks should be made out to Derek Dominici and mailed to his attention at D & S Export, 24 Broad Street, Norwalk, CT 06851 by October 1. If not, payment for 1983 alumni will $150 at the door. Friends and siblings in neighboring classes are invited to “crash” on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. for a $30 admission at the door. Details regarding a possible Sunday, October 14 brunch to be announced on the Class of ’83 Facebook page named “Weston High School Class of 1983.”

Should you be a relative or friend of a WHS Class of '83 graduate and live locally, we are seeking their contact information. Please e-mail Reunion Co-Chair, Aline (Doino) Weiller at wordsmithllc@optonline.net. For reunion inquiries, to join the planning committee, or to e-mail photos of high school or past reunion photos, please contact Ms. Weiller as well.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Aline Weiller) Neighbors Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:46:05 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Seeks Volunteers; Training Sessions On Sept. 12 and 19th https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2795-maritime-aquarium-seeks-volunteers-training-sessions-on-sept-12-and-19th2795-maritime-aquarium-seeks-volunteers-training-sessions-on-sept-12-and-19th https://news.hamlethub.com/sono/neighbors/2795-maritime-aquarium-seeks-volunteers-training-sessions-on-sept-12-and-19th2795-maritime-aquarium-seeks-volunteers-training-sessions-on-sept-12-and-19th

Pursue your interest in marine animals and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others by becoming a member of the volunteer staff at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Interviews for potential volunteers ­– with details provided about an October training course – will be held on Wed., Sept. 12 and Wed., Sept. 19, on both days at 5 p.m. You need attend only one.

“Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling The Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service. “If you’re retired, the Aquarium offers a great way to stay active and connected. A weekday-morning shift could be perfect for stay-at-home parents after they get their kids off to school. And serving as an Aquarium volunteer is a great experience for high-school students thinking about a career in marine science.”

Prior knowledge about marine animals isn't necessary to be a Maritime Aquarium volunteer. That's what will be taught in a four-week training course, which will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tues., Oct. 2 to Thurs., Oct. 25.

You must be at least 15 years old to sign up.

After completing the course, most volunteers serve as gallery ambassadors, helping Aquarium guests to learn more about the represented animals of Long Island Sound, from crabs and jellies to seals and sharks. Adults are especially needed for weekday time slots.

The minimum time commitment required from volunteers is 100 hours, at four hours per week for weekday volunteers and four hours per month for weekend staff. Letters of recommendation and other service-award forms will be signed by Aquarium staff at the completion of 100 hours of service.

A $40 fee helps to defray the costs of training materials and uniforms. Volunteers receive discounts in the Gift Shop, Cascade Café and on many programs.

Advance registration is required for the interview sessions and volunteer training course.

To get more details and learn how to sign up, go online to www.maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2225.

The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about – and to create stewards for – Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 250 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals. One of the top places for family fun in Connecticut, the Aquarium also features hands-on educational programs and displays, public study cruises out onto the Sound, and Connecticut's largest IMAX movie theater, with a screen that's six stories high. TripAdvisor.com reviewers rate The Maritime Aquarium as one of the Top 20 aquariums in the U.S. and No. 1 in New England.

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andrewjd331@yahoo.com (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:32:53 -0400