Sono's HamletHub Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:15:25 -0400 King Middle School Team Takes Top Prize in Cooking Competition

The heat was on, the timers were set, and all eyes were on seven Middle School students competing in the King Cares Cooking Competition earlier this month. Two hours later and three courses consumed, the King team was announced as the winner.

Two years ago, Lelio Vieux, King Director of Dining Services, pitched an idea of offering cooking classes to MS students, with the meals students prepared being served to people in the local community. The Middle School was excited to integrate more service projects into the students’ day, so King Cares Cooking was born! Over the course of the school year all Grade 6 students took a cooking class and then had the opportunity to go to either Inspirica or New Covenant Center to serve the meals. The idea of the cooking competition, in a similar format as Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, was the next part of the cooking program. The classes and competition went so well last year, that there was no doubt we had to make this a tradition. This year the competition grew to include four schools: Wooster School, Christian Heritage School, Fairfield Country Day School, and King School.

Seven students representing King were accepted into the competition. They worked with Chef Estwardo after school in the weeks leading up to the competition to learn additional skills, but not just related to cooking. “The Cooking Competition was a wonderful opportunity for students to work as a team, and discover the best ways to collaborate and communicate with each other, especially while performing under pressure. They also got the opportunity to practice and develop their cooking skills, doing it all in a fun, supportive environment,” said Karen Raidt, Director of King Cares Service. 

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila promoted team building as the basis of the competition. He met with students before the competition and discussed the meaning of the event and that the purpose is not just to win. "Winning is great but that's not why we do these things. The idea is to have fun, work together and raise money for local organizations," he said.

“It was exciting to watch all of the Grade 6 students this year during the cooking classes in the US dining room. They learned various cooking techniques and about kitchen safety while preparing and then serving meals that would help others in the Stamford community,” shared Raidt. Congratulations to our MS team!

Learn more about King School by scheduling a tour or by attending Coffee and Conversation on July 23. Click here for information.

King Cares Cooking Competition 2019

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Help Wanted: Maritime Aquarium Seeks Part Time Projectionist

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking a part-time weekday projectionist to operate its IMAX Theater through the theater’s final year and a half.

Needed is a candidate to operate the 15perf/70mm IMAX film projection system on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“The IMAX Theater will be open through December of 2020, so we still have a good 18 months of spectacular movies to present,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The Aquarium is an equal-opportunity employer, of course. But this position might be perfect for someone who’s not looking to launch a career but who wants to earn some money a couple weekdays each week.”

There is a physical aspect to the work, especially in changing the large reels of film, and technical or mechanical experience is a plus.

Initial employment would be five days a week for intensive training, until the projectionist is ready to solo Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Details about the projectionist position, and an application, are available on the Aquarium’s website:

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 05:00:12 -0400
Tips on Traveling Local This Summer

BBB Serving CT and Connecticut Office of Tourism offer tips on how to create the perfect Connecticut getaway
Summer is officially here and vacation is on everyone's mind—but you don't have to travel across the country or even out of state to have the perfect vacation. Whether you're looking to take a day trip, long weekend or week-long summer vacation, Connecticut has destinations for all ages, families and budgets.
With 169 cities and towns, over 250 miles of scenic coastline, more than 100 craft breweries and wineries, 18 world-class museums, 2,000 miles of hiking and biking paths, and more—residents can spend less time getting to their destination and more time enjoying their time off in Connecticut.
A getaway closer to home can be relaxing, or extremely adventurous, or both, and the glory is that you get to decide! You can stay in your own city or visit one nearby. Regardless, the goal is to get away from your day-to-day life, discover something new and have fun.
Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut and Connecticut Office of Tourism have teamed up to bring you tips on how to create the perfect local getaway.
  • Figure out what you want to do. Are you a foodie looking to discover a new restaurant or are you looking for a relaxing spa getaway? Do you want to stay in your area or explore other cities and towns? Browse a variety of activities, experiences and destinations at
  • Make a budget. Determine how much you are able to spend. Staying closer to home may allow you to optimize your budget since you don't have other added travel expenses.
  • Search online. So much can be found online including local festivals, restaurant weeks, free events or even a place that you never knew existed. You can also check social media geotags to see where popular destinations are plus see photos from past travelers. Check out #CTvisit for inspiration.
  • Look for discounts. Traveling local may already seem like a money saver but there are sometimes extra discounts or packages available for families, couples, military or general travelers. You can check for current discounts on local travel destinations.
  • Check reviews. Read customer reviews and search for information on a local attraction, restaurant or business before you visit. Know the cancellation policy if you book an excursion or activity especially if you have to reserve with a credit card.
Residents can go to, the state’s official tourism website, for travel ideas and inspiration, and for the latest information and reviews of Connecticut businesses.
]]> (CT Better Business Bureau ) Public safety Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:00:06 -0400
Maritime Aquarium to Display Apollo 11 Memorabilia Including a Tiny Piece of the Moon

Turn the clock back to July 1969 and see newspapers, collectibles, rocket models and other items celebrating the Apollo 11 mission to the moon – including a piece of the moon itself – in a special display coming to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Open from July 1 through Labor Day (Sept. 2), the special Apollo 11 display will commemorate the historic moon landing on July 20, 1969, and also enhance the Aquarium’s daily presentations of the IMAX movie “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.” Among the items to be displayed are newspapers from the day, buttons and patches, View-Master® slides, spacecraft models, NASA documents, booklets and other items relating to the infamous giant leap for mankind.

Most interestingly, the collection includes a book autographed by Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, as well as a small piece of the moon: part of a lunar meteorite found on Earth.

There’s no extra charge for Aquarium guests to view the display in the IMAX Theater lobby. (It also can be viewed for free by entering through the IMAX Theater entrance.)

The display ties perfectly with the IMAX movie “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” which lets audiences relive the wonder and drama of the first mission to land men on the moon, presented daily on The Maritime Aquarium’s six-story screen – the largest IMAX Theater in Connecticut.

With never-before-seen 70mm footage and newly discovered audio recordings, director-editor Todd Douglas Miller reconstructs the Apollo 11 mission in seat-gripping detail: the final preparations, countdown, liftoff, moon landing and splashdown return. The movie has no narration; for its 47 minutes, audiences follow the mission just as the entire world watched it unfold during those incredible eight days in 1969.

Show times through June 30 are 1 & 3 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays, and 2 & 4 p.m. on weekdays. From July 1 to Labor Day, show times will be 1 & 4 p.m. daily, with one exception: on Sat., July 20 (the actual 50th anniversary of the moon landing), “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” will be the only film to play in the IMAX Theater.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

An IMAX movie is included with Aquarium admission: $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12).

July 16: “Apollo 11” Screening & Moon Viewing

Re-live the first moon landing and get a close look at July’s full moon in a special evening astronomy event at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

On Tues., July 16 – the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 – the Aquarium is offering a special evening screening of “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” at 8 p.m.

Following the 47-minute film, weather permitting, audience members are invited out to the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard for a moon viewing led by the astronomy team of New Pond Farm in Redding. Peer through telescopes as July’s full moon rises in the eastern sky. See if you can find the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo 11 touched down four days after its launch.

Tickets for the July 16 evening movie and astronomy event are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (65+), and $10 for children (3-12). Aquarium admission is not included.

Get tickets and more details about “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” and the special offerings relating to the movie at

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7th Annual Norwalk Art Festival, June 29 - 30: More than 100 Artisans on the Grounds of Mathews Park

Over 100 juried artisans showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a huge array of other fine arts and crafts will be featured at the 7th Annual Norwalk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free.

The Norwalk Art Festival is a premier cultural two day fine art and craft festival located in a beautiful park setting nestled between two Museums and a nationally recognized Art Center. This wonderful community festival occurs annually, on the last weekend in June.

Artists will exhibit original works of art in a wide variety of media - painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and drawing will be some of what presented.

Children’s Art Activities, live music, a food court, Museum tours at a reduced price, and poetry readings will be scheduled throughout the weekend as well making this a true family event.

Again, the event is free and parking is nearby at marked West Avenue locations.

Visit for more information or to get involved.                                   

List of upcoming events for Gordon Fine Arts:
Norwalk Art Festival - June 29 - 30, 2019 -  
Westport Fine Arts Festival - July 13 - 14, 2019 -
Stamford Art Festival, at Harbor Point, July 27 - 28, 2019
SoNo Arts Festival -  August 3 - 4, 2019 -
Saratoga Arts Celebration - Aug. 17 - 18, 2019 -
Bruce Museum Fine Arts Festival - October 5 - 6, 2019 -
Saratoga Holiday Art Fair at the Dance Museum - Nov 16 - 17, 2019 -
Bruce Museum Crafts Festival - May 16 - 17, 2020 -
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Revolutionary Connecticut Beer & Cider Tasting at Mill Hill, June 20

Beer connoisseur, Gregg Glaser, is back at the Norwalk Historical Society to host a revolutionary beer and cider tasting! Step back in time to the 1700s for a “Revolutionary Connecticut Beer & Cider Tasting” on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park Townhouse.

Explore the history of beer, cider, the Colonial era tavern and its connection to the American Revolution! A curated variety of Connecticut based beers and ciders will be sampled throughout the night and hearty appetizers will be served. Sponsored by BJ Ryans, Peaches and Winfield Street Coffee.

Tickets are $45.00 per person before June 17, 2019; $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. Handicapped and Limited Mobility parking on site only. For general parking, please follow signs to parking across the street. Net proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and exhibitions.

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, Mead & Sake Competition, the largest professional beer and cider competition on the East Coast. He also conducts spirits, beer and saké talks and tastings around the world and has consulted for breweries, importers, wholesalers and restaurants.  


Image Credit: Aloysius Partimonio/

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Find Out Where King School Grads are Headed Next

The Journey Continues: King School Class of 2019 Matriculation

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. One of the key benefits of a King education is the many different opportunities we offer students to discover and pursue their passions as they grow as learners and people. Thanks to the tireless guidance and support of their teachers, college counselors, and families, the successes they created for themselves in the classroom, on the field, and on the stage helped them earn acceptances to the best schools in the country and abroad. Just as importantly, they achieved these successes while prioritizing their relationships with each other to create a strong, healthy social culture in their class.

Class of 2019 Matriculation:

Belmont University
Boston College (2)
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University (2)
Bryant University (2)
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University (2)
Chapman University
Clemson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary (2)
Columbia University (2)
Cornell University
Dartmouth College (3)
Davidson College
Dickinson College (2)
Duke University (2)
Elon University (5)
Fairfield University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College

Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Merrimack College
Middlebury College
Muhlenberg College
Nazareth College
New York University
Northwestern University (2)
Oglethorpe University
Pace University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University (2)
Providence College
Purdue University (2)
Sacred Heart University 

Santa Clara University (2)
Savannah College of Art and Design
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
SUNY Morrisville
Syracuse University (3)
Trinity College (2)
Tulane University
Union College
University of Chicago
University of Delaware
University of Miami (2)
University of Michigan
University of New Haven
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond (2)
University of South Florida
University of St. Andrews (2)
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University (2)
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis (2)

The College Counseling program at King is guided by our Mission to ensure King graduates are "equipped to succeed in college and to pursue lives of ongoing inquiry, learning, accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and social responsibility." The four-year developmental program centers on empowering students as they reflect on their passions, capabilities, and ambitions and on discovering the most competitive match for each individual. The college counselors have deep expertise in colleges and the college process as well as strong relationships with college admissions officers nationwide. The productive partnership among college counselors, students, teachers, parents, and colleges helps students discover the most competitive fit based on each student's achievements and aspirations. 

For more information on College Counseling at King visit our webpage.

Class of 2019 College Matriculation

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Sono Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Sono area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Sono are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Cason G. Stone Darien Engineering National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship Darien H. S., Darien
2019-06-05 12:00 Nicholas C. Perez Greenwich Academia National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship King School, Stamford
2019-06-05 12:00 Joseph P. Farrell Greenwich Undecided National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Rye Country Day School, Rye, Ny
2019-06-05 12:00 John L. Petit Riverside Finance National Merit Boston College Scholarship Greenwich H. S., Greenwich
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Andrew Moy Westport Business Administration National Merit University Of Richmond Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport
2019-06-05 12:00 Joshua C. Zhang Westport Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport


Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

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. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named 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.


]]> (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Chef Brian Lewis Partners with Stonington Kelp Co. to Bring Connecticut-Farmed Sugar Kelp to OKO

Chef Brian Lewis has partnered with Suzie and Jay Flores, owners of Stonington Kelp Co., to bring their Connecticut-grown sugar kelp to the table at OKO in Westport, CT (and soon, Rye, NY).

OKO is the only restaurant in Connecticut serving their product. Cultivated using organic farming practices in the Fisher’s Island Sound off the shores of Stonington, CT, the kelp grown uses zero inputs while being farmed (no fresh water, no fertilizer or pesticides) and helps absorb chemicals that are damaging our local waters.

Suzie and Jay partnered with Greenwave, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the next generation of ocean farmers, and participated in the organization’s ocean farmer training program to learn “3D ocean farming,” a farming system that utilizes the entire water column to grow a mixture of seaweed and shellfish that require zero inputs while providing important ecosystem services. While Stonington Kelp Co.’s product will be integrated into several dishes at OKO, it is the star ingredient of a new signature OKO Seaweed Salad, featuring this Stonington Sugar Kelp, Umeboshi and Miyoga, which recently launched at the restaurant.

About OKO: 

OKO is the heartfelt interpretation from Chef Brian Lewis of Japanese ingredients, cooking methods and cuisine, paired with seasonal, local ingredients from New York, Connecticut, the United States and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Showcasing Lewis’ innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi, casual, small plate dining meant for sharing is encouraged, in a lively and charming atmosphere.  

With its first location in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse in Downtown Westport, Connecticut (6 Wilton Road), OKO is opening its second location in the heart of Rye, New York in 2019 (29 Purchase Street). For more information, including hours and reservations, visit

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Maritime Aquarium's Second Annual Car Showcases Unique Cars Named for Fish, June 8

For one day only – on Sat., June 8 – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is expanding its collection to include a “whale,” an “orca special,” Barracudas, “fish mouth” Darts and more.

But the additions aren’t fish. They’re automobiles named for fish, on display in the Aquarium’s second annual car show, “Barracudas, Marlins & More Show Cars from the Sea.”

Appropriately for the event, The Maritime Aquarium welcomes only rare and exquisite car models whose names or nicknames were inspired by aquatic animals.

Must-“sea” cars expected to be reeled in are:

• 1937 Gougeon Streamliner, a futuristic teardrop-design concept car often called a “whale”

• 1954 Frazer “Orca Special,” another rare custom-built show car

• 1958 Austin Healey “Frog Eye” Sprite

• 1965 Rambler Marlin

• two 1970 Chrysler-Plymouth Hemi ’Cudas

• 1968 Barracuda Formula S

• 1962 and 1963 Daimler Darts known for their “fish mouth” front ends.

• 1979 Porsche 930 “Whale Tail”

• 2005 “Shark Face” Porsche Carrera GT

“There haven’t been a whole lot of car models over the years named for fish, and so our collection will feature some of the best and rarest examples of what already are rare automobiles,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth.

“With the show scheduled the weekend before Father’s Day, it will be a fun timely outing with your dad,” he added.

Cars for the show are being provided by Black Bridge Motors in Norwalk, Red Line Restoration of Bridgeport, Undiscovered Classics of Tampa, FL, and from personal collections.

The “Barracudas, Marlins & More Show Cars from the Sea” auto show will be outside on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard, rain or shine, from 10 a.m,. to 5 p.m. It’s free with admission: $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12).

Learn more at

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Norwalk Community College Student Art On Display At The Maritime Garage Gallery in SoNo

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery opens its latest exhibit on May 30. The exhibit entitled, “From A Student’s Perspective,” features art created by students of Norwalk Community College.  The exhibit runs from May 30 through June 29, 2019 with an opening reception on May 30 at 5:00 p.m.

“From a Students Perspective” presents a variety of artworks from students who are pursuing a degree in the Studio Arts from the Art, Architecture and Design Department at Norwalk Community College. A selection of works in drawing, painting, design, photography, ceramics and sculpture will be exhibited. NCC offers two-year Associate Degrees in Studio and Fine Arts, Architectural Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Web Design.  

“A majority of our students are just beginning to explore their interest in art and a possible career in some type of creative field,” says Joe Fucigna, Chair of the Art Department at Norwalk Community College. “We cannot under estimate how important it is for students such as this to have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional art gallery. It confirms to them and their family and friends that they have skill sets that are proficient enough to be juried into a professional gallery.”  

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is located at 11 North Water Street in the SoNo district of Norwalk. It is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit

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Maritime Aquarium Cautions About Turtles On the Move in Your Town

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is asking folks to be mindful of turtles on the move at this time of year, and only to interact with them if necessary.

Barrett Christie, director of Animal Husbandry, said several recent well-meaning callers have “rescued” hatchling diamondback terrapins, a protected coastal species. One hatchling was even delivered to the Aquarium.

“Often, upon being handled by humans or brought in to human care, turtles cannot be returned to their natural habitats,” Christie said. “We’re glad that people are concerned for the welfare of turtles as they find them, but it’s important to know what to do and what not to do.”

Listed in Connecticut as a Species of Special Concern, diamondback terrapins are the state’s only turtle that spend their lives in the brackish waters of Long Island Sound’s tidal rivers and marshes. Hatchlings might be encountered now heading for water, from shoreline nests.

“Hatchlings are small and adorable, but the best thing to do is to just let them be on their way,” Christie said. “The only help they might need is to be safely carried across a road in the direction they were heading. But first you should make sure that you’re not putting yourself at risk by stopping on the road.”

That advice also holds true for Connecticut’s freshwater turtles, whose females look for places on land to lay their eggs in spring. Of particular note are snapping turtles, which can deliver a powerful maiming bite.

“If you come across a snapping turtle on a road, do not try to pick it up,” Christie said. “Even if you think your hands are safely out of its reach, snapping turtles’ necks can extend much further than you expect. The best thing to do is find a long stick to nudge it across the road in the direction it was facing.”

Of course the best place to see some of Connecticut’s turtles is The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, which displays diamondback terrapins, spotted turtles, painted turtles and Eastern box turtles. Sea turtles on exhibit are one loggerhead and two green sea turtles.

(The hatchling terrapin will not be displayed at the Aquarium. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is seeking a permitted organization to accept it and provide proper care.)

Learn more about exhibits, programs, IMAX movies and more in the popular family attraction at

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Public Forum to Address Flooding, May 28 at City Hall

A special Public Forum and Listening Session on flooding in Norwalk is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall.

The public is invited to learn more about the initiatives the City has taken to address flooding and hear about the latest schedule of activities. This special session also provides residents an opportunity to express their opinions and concerns about flooding in the Norwalk before the City embarks on the next Storm Drainage System Evaluation.

“A partnership between residents and the City is the best way we will be able to address flooding promptly. We need their help identifying issues. I hope the public will join us at this special forum and let their voices be heard,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “These problems cannot be solved overnight, and we are doing everything we can to address the causes of flooding in Norwalk proactively. We take these issues seriously and welcome feedback from the public.”

This special meeting will be recorded and posted on for those who cannot attend. The meeting will also be replayed locally on Government Access Channel 79, which is available to Altice cable subscribers.

Residents are asked to report flooding and drainage problems to the Norwalk Customer Service Center. They can be reached via phone at (203) 854-3200 or email at Residents can also use the Customer Service Click & Request smartphone app (available on iOS and Android) or an online portal ( to submit a request.

For more information, visit

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Low Cost Rabies Clinic, June 2 at Norwalk Animal Control

Through the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, the Norwalk Town Clerk's Office and Norwalk Animal Control Division will be co-sponsoring the fifteenth annual low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic. The vaccination shot is available to all dogs or cats for $20 per shot. Payment is cash only.

All dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in carriers.

This event is open to Norwalk residents and non-residents and is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

Norwalk residents may also purchase 2019-2020 Dog Licenses on this date. Per Connecticut State Statute 22-349, all dogs must be licensed with the City. If unlicensed, a person can be subject to a $75 fine.

Cost for Licenses:
Neutered/Spayed Dogs: $8
Unneutered/Unspayed Dogs: $19

For more information call:
Norwalk Animal Control: 203-854-3240
Norwalk Town Clerk's Office: 203-854-7747

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Rave Pools

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 Rave Pools!

Three questions with Jaime Garcia and Jessica Rave-Garcia, owners of Rave Pools, LLC.

Why did you start this business?

It all started back in 2013 when Jessica was 5 months pregnant with our first child and was recently laid off because her employer closed the New England office.  Jaime had been working with a pool company for several years and learned all the ins and outs of the business.  I decided to start working on my own during my "off" hours to bring home some extra income. My business took off and experience rapid growth so Jessica stepped in to run the “office”.  It soon became very clear, that starting our own company would be in the best interest for our customers and for the future of our growing family.  Collectively we agreed on using Jessica’s last name “Rave”, due to its already well-known catchy marketing phrases.  This is how Rave Pools started!

Best selling product/service?

Merlin Liners, Diamond Brite Plaster, Raypak Heaters, Hayward Filter/Pumps, Jandy and our full service and maintenance pool package. Rave Pools services, maintains and renovates all Lower Fairfield Counties inground pools.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We use several local businesses to support our own, including Nucci Bros in Bridgeport, CT and Mermaid Pool Water in Stamford, CT

Visit us online: 

Like us on Facebook here or call: 203-856-4842

Rave Pools tags Damato Landscaping.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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