Sono's HamletHub Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:58:36 -0500 Wall Street Holiday Marketplace, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at the Norwalk Library

KICK OFF the Holiday Season with US! Come join us for Wall Street’s Holiday Marketplace!

It will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and December 1 12:30 - 5 p.m. It will be held at the Norwalk Public Library. 

There will be live music, gift wrapping, and holiday family photos with Photographer Hector Pachas! Local vendors will be joining us that may include novelty items, toys, art, jewelry, fashion, holiday decor, artisan products and more! 

There will be a Gingerbread House contest for children, teens, and adults!

Please email: for a sign up form.

]]> (Megan Kellyn) Events Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:24:46 -0500
New Maritime Aquarium Lab Seeks to Solve Secrets of the Horseshoe Crab

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is inviting guests to follow along as it seeks insights into horseshoe crabs, a favored marine creature whose mystique and environmental importance make up for what it rather lacks in charm.

The Maritime Aquarium recently opened its new “Horseshoe Crab Culture Lab,” where staff will investigate the creatures’ physical processes, food preferences, breeding behaviors and more. A lab window lets Aquarium guests check out the work, especially following along as tiny young horseshoe crabs molt their exoskeletons to grow.

“I look at this exhibit and I see a perfect marriage of everything that The Maritime Aquarium does well: from our exhibits to our education programs to our conservation work in the field,” said Aquarium President Jason Patlis.

The lab was created thanks to a gift from Richard and Kim Alexander of Rowayton and their family’s Ballard Foundation.

More closely related to spiders than to crabs, horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are readily recognizable for their domed brown bodies, pointed tail and “book gills” underneath. Their nine eyes and other light receptors aren’t obvious, and – as any beachcombing child on Long Island Sound knows – their pincers and tail are harmless.

Despite lacking a personality (and even a face), horseshoe crabs are among the most popular creatures on display at The Maritime Aquarium. “Citizen scientist” nights for placing census tags on horseshoe crabs at a Norwalk beach draw more participants than any other Aquarium volunteer field program. Perhaps it’s a special appreciation for an animal that has been crawling the oceans since before the dinosaurs, or for the unique properties in its blood that are critical in testing for bacterial contamination of medical devices.

Unfortunately, horseshoe crabs on the East Coast are listed as “vulnerable,” primarily because of overharvesting for research and for use by fishermen as whelk bait. Management plans are in place to try to stabilize populations.

“This facility lets us dig down into what makes these animals tick early in life, and how we can apply that to their conservation in Long Island Sound,” said Dr. Dave Hudson, research scientist for the Aquarium.

In the new Culture Lab, tanks contain horseshoe crabs of various ages – from several 2-inch-long 2-year-old crabs to hundreds of 2019 hatchlings barely the size of peas. Water-quality measurements should reveal details about horseshoe crab respiration and metabolism, giving insights into growth rates and feeding patterns.

Eventually, light, water temperature and other variables will be adjusted in hopes of encouraging mature crabs to breed. Learning how to grow large numbers of horseshoe crabs in labs would eliminate medical companies’ need to harvest them from the Sound and the Atlantic. While most horseshoe crabs are returned to the water, an estimated 30 percent do not survive.

Richard Alexander called the lab just a first phase of collaboration on horseshoe crabs between The Maritime Aquarium and the Ballard Foundation.

“It is the vision of this partnership to enrich our science and understanding of this amazing animal, as well as to identify sound biological and biomedical best practices, ultimately leading to the development of a sustainability medical-use model while also establishing a true horseshoe crab conservancy,” Alexander said.

The Ballard Foundation was established in 2014 by Richard Ballard Alexander in memory of his grandmother, Helen Ballard Klugesheid. The Foundation’s mission is to support programs and institutions that ensure global environmental sustainability/stewardship, enhance education and enrich the quality of life of all peoples. It has a particular focus on initiatives in the United States but will also assist organizations globally to enable them to achieve their full potential.

Learn more about The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits, events and IMAX movies at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:13:06 -0500
Keeping Norwalk Warm: Person-to-Person Hosting Annual Winter Coat Drive Through Nov. 6

Person-to-Person (P2P), in coordination with the Office of the Mayor in Norwalk, and Beiersdorf Inc., the US affiliate of global skincare company Beiersdorf AG, with  deep roots in the Norwalk community, is hosting its Annual Winter Coat Drive.


Residents of Norwalk and surrounding communities are being asked to drop off new or gently-used winter coats and jackets now through November 6 at the P2P Norwalk location (76 South Main Street) anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


The Annual Coat Drive benefits individuals in the Greater Norwalk area who may not have the financial resources to provide cold weather gear for themselves or their children. Last year P2P distributed more than 1,000 winter coats and jackets and they anticipate increased demand this year. For information about hosting a coat drive or donating items, please contact Steve Callow, Assistant Norwalk Site Manager for P2P, at or (203)621-0723.


All donations will be sorted by volunteers – including members of the Beiersdorf Cares Team – for distribution to the public on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Norwalk Police Department. No registration is necessary. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, state Senator Bob Duff, and state Representative Lucy Dathan are all scheduled to attend in support of the initiative.


During the year, the Beiersdorf community takes part in several local initiatives designed to help people in Norwalk and throughout Fairfield County. According to Denise Zenevitch, HR Operations Specialist, “The Annual Coat Drive benefits many people in the Norwalk area who do not have the resources to purchase winter coats and jackets. Beiersdorf employees understand the importance of this effort and are proud to contribute to its success each year. From collecting and donating winter outerwear, preparing the shopping racks with the donations and distributing to those who are in need, our employees make a difference. Caring for our community is fundamental to our core values.”

]]> (Rebecca Cosgrove) Charities Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:10:39 -0500
Westport Winter Farmers’ Market To Open with a Party at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, Nov. 16

The Westport Farmers’ Market invites friends and families to the biggest opening-day market party of the year on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center. Join us for lawn games, to celebrate the transition from a phenomenally successful summer market to the beginning of the best indoor winter market in the area (if not the country!).

Food trucks will set up outside the garden center for adults and children alike, while adult beverages will flow. The party will feature live music so you’ll want to get there early and stay all day.

Of course, this season’s bevy of vendors will not disappoint. In addition to many of your favorites, the winter market will introduce new vendors and sponsor a program of scheduled vendor presentations.

“We’re stepping it up for this year’s winter market!” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, “We are celebrating our mission as a true community hub with food, activities, and education about local farmers and ingredients. What better way to do so than with a party?”

Mark your calendars now for Saturday November 16 from 10 to 2 at Gilbertie’s, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport. This is one party – and one weekly market – you don’t want to miss!

For more information, visit

]]> (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Mon, 04 Nov 2019 04:34:41 -0500
Lecture: Jewish Participation in the American Revolution – Red, White and Jewish, Nov. 10 at Mill Hill Historic Park

In honor of Veteran’s Day, local historian Eric Chandler will do an encore presentation of his lecture entitled: “Jewish Participation in the American Revolution – Red, White and Jewish” on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park Townhouse – 2 East Wall Street Norwalk, CT. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased in advance at or can be purchased at the door. Free admission for Veterans and Active Military. Handicapped and Limited Mobility parking on site only. For general parking, please follow signs to parking across the street. This event is co-sponsored by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County:

“Jewish Participation in the American Revolution – Red, White and Jewish” will share the stories of the Children of Abraham who fought for separation from England. Explore the role played by those Jews who took up arms and endured the hardships and hazards alongside their Christian neighbors and endangered themselves as intelligence gatherers, toiled to ensure a steady supply of food and war materiel and worked tirelessly as financiers to bring about the Noble Experiment that still endures two-hundred and forty years later. Although the Jews in Colonial America represented a small minority of the overall population, their contributions, individually and collectively, were significant beyond their meager numbers.

For more information: visit, e-mail, or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Photo Credit: Eric Chandler

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:29:44 -0400
Sensory-Friendly Evening, Nov. 7 at The Maritime Aquarium

On Thurs., Nov. 7, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering another of its occasional events for guests with sensory-processing differences – but instead of the usual “Sensory-Friendly Morning,” the Aquarium is hosting a “Sensory-Friendly Evening.”

During “Sensory-Friendly” events, the Aquarium makes simple changes to offer guests with sensory-processing differences a fun, comfortable and accepting environment. On Nov. 7, the Aquarium will close at the normal time of 5 p.m. but reopen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with discounted admission, lighting lowered and sounds turned down or off. A “quiet room” will be available for guests that need a place to calm.

In the IMAX® Theater, the movie “Born to Be Wild” will be shown at 7 p.m. with the volume lowered and the theater lights dimmed less than usual.

The Maritime Aquarium’s “Sensory-Friendly” events are offered several times a year, after being designed with input from staff members who have children and siblings with special needs. Training of Aquarium staff and volunteers was conducted by Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull (CES).

Reduced admission for the “Sensory-Friendly Evening” on Nov. 7 (including the IMAX movie) is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65+), and $10 for children (3-12). Children under 3 are free.

Besides offering occasional “sensory-friendly” events, The Maritime Aquarium recently partnered with 10 other attractions in Fairfield County on an initiative to be more accommodating to guests with special needs. Information on planning a visit to any of the 11 sites can be found on a new website:

For more details about the popular Connecticut family attraction’s events, exhibits, programs and IMAX movies, call (203) 852-0700 or go to

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Mon, 28 Oct 2019 05:26:42 -0400
Scouts and Soldiers - Native American Living History Event at Mill Hill Historic Park, Nov. 3

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month!

Drew Shuptar-Rayvis, locally well-known living historian of Algonkian life, will run a family friendly living history program, “Scouts and Soldiers - Native Americans in the Colonial Wars” on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Learn about Native Americans and their crucial involvement in the colonial wars of the 18th century. Explore a Native American soldier’s campsite with living historian of Algonkian life, Drew Shuptar-Rayvis. View 18th century Native American artifacts, learn about Native American survival techniques and discover the Native American tradition of wampum belt making. There will also be a live musket demonstration. Drop in anytime between 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to discover Native American life.

Event takes place at Mill Hill Historic Park – 2 East Wall St. Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and Limited Mobility parking on site only. For general parking, please follow signs to parking across the street.  

Early Bird Kid (6 - 12) tickets: $4.00. Kids Day of & at the door: $5.00. Early Bird Teen/Adult Tickets: $8.00. Teen/Adult Day of & at the door: $10.00. Kids under 5: Free! Purchase tickets at or at the door.

For more information on visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525.  


The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Photo Credit: Drew Shuptar-Rayvis

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:00:07 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: Diane James Home

You're IT Diane James Home!

Four questions with Carolyn James McDonough, owner of Diane James Home.

Discover the best luxury faux floral arrangements available anywhere. Masterfully handcrafted in our Connecticut studio, our artificial flowers and plants are made from the finest fabrics, providing a truly natural look and feel in a design that you can enjoy for years to come.

Why did you start your business?

Our mother, Diane, started the business in 1997 when Bergdorf Goodman in New York saw the opportunity to sell luxury faux floral bouquets and plants.  Since childhood, Diane has always had a passion for floral arranging and she would create bouquets using fresh flowers from her mother’s garden.  After spending 15 years in Europe where she cultivated her “fresh from the garden” style, Diane moved to the United States where she discovered realistic and very lifelike faux flowers.  Fresh flowers are beautiful but time-consuming as they need to be maintained.  Not to mention the fact that many people have allergies to fresh and would prefer to decorate with faux!  Our mother saw the opportunity to translate her talent into faux floral arranging and her first collection at Berdorf’s sold out in a week.  We (her twin daughters) are now running the business as Co-CEO’s and continuing the tradition of creating handmade arrangements in our production studio in Norwalk.  We design two seasonal collections a year which capture the trends we see in home décor and floral design.  These limited-edition creations are sold through high-end retail stores, top interior designers and on eCommerce platforms including our own.  We also opened a new showroom in Norwalk so that customers can see our collections and admire their beauty in person.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...

We wish we could...convince those customers who say they’d never buy faux floral arrangements to give us a try.  Artificial flowers have come a long way and they are now so lifelike that it’s hard to tell them from the real deal.  Our commitment to quality is undeniable and the beauty of our designs speaks for itself.  Each one of our creations is handmade to order, with love and attention to detail, using the best materials available in the industry.

Bestselling products?

As the season change, so do our best sellers but hands down, our bestselling design is a white hydrangea bouquet in a glass cylinder.

Local businesses you support?

  • Canaan Technology provides us with our technology needs (computers and phone)
  • Calla Studio (Calla McNamara) designed our showroom designer
  • Teroforma/1 Pt provides us with custom cocktails for our events
  • First County Bank provides us financing
  • We partner with Cottages & Gardens whenever we can!

We tag Anna & Andrew Hellman from Teroforma!

Learn more about Diane James Home by visiting them online here.

Diane James Home is located at Diane James Home 112 Main Street in Norwalk.

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Organist Tyrone Whiting to Perform at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Oct. 27

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is delighted to announce that Tyrone Whiting will play the first concert in the Music at St. Barnabas Concert Series for the 2019-2020 season, which will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27.

Under the creative leadership of J. Michael Roush, Director of Music of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Mr. Whiting will play the Richards, Fowkes organ in a program that will include works by Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach and Sweelink, among others.

Tyrone Whiting, Music Director of Grace Church, Newark NJ, is a London UK native and winner of multiple prizes. He began his studies at the age of 16 and graduated from the Royal College of Organists.

Ticket are $30 for general seating and can be purchased at the door.

A meet the artist reception is graciously sponsored by Happiness Is Catering.

In 1988, St. Barnabas Church commissioned a “Classic” organ, representing the style prevalent during the 1600s in northern Germany and Holland, which was the type of organ that Bach and Handel played and composed upon.

Mr. Roush remarked, "What makes this performance so special is that Mr. Street studied in Europe on instruments just like our organ at St. Barnabas.

]]> (J Michael Roush) Events Thu, 17 Oct 2019 05:16:55 -0400
Family Sleepover, this Saturday Night at The Maritime Aquarium

Sleep with the fishes – and the sharks, sea turtles, jellies and other creatures – on Sat., Oct. 19 during a fun “Family Sleepover” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

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

“Sleepovers are a special chance for parents and children to share a deeper, more immersive Aquarium experience than is available during a typical family visit,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Any budding marine biologist will love the special access and special attention available from our staff.”

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

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

After breakfast the next morning, participants enjoy a private seal-training demonstration and an IMAX movie before heading home at 10 a.m.

Space is limited so advance registration is required. Tickets are $85 for adults and $80 for children 5-12. Maritime Aquarium members get a discount.

Sign up by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Events Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:37:44 -0400
Westoberfest Returns to Downtown Westport, Oct. 19

Over 30 New England craft breweries will serve up their favorite seasonal beer tastings at Westoberfest on Saturday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the heart of downtown Westport. The Westport Downtown Merchants, in partnership with The Grapevine, downtown’s newest wine and spirits merchant, have built on last year’s successful inaugural event and added more breweries with more than 50 unique pours of the best local and regional craft beer for three hours of unlimited sampling.

The perfect complement to flavorful craft brews is delicious food, and Westoberfest will feature two local favorites, Kawa Ni and Rothbard Ale + Larder with options to satisfy any appetite. Line up early to experience traditional brats and pretzels from Rothbard’s, or satisfy your culinary craving with spicy miso ramen, tofu pockets and sesame noodles from Kawa Ni.

Westoberfest has everything you need to enjoy a perfect October afternoon with friends. The best craft beer experience happens around live music, and this festival delivers with the soulful sounds of Massachusetts based StompBoxTrio playing all afternoon presented by The Princeton Review.

If you are looking for family fun, Westoberfest has a designated kids and family area that will feature fun fall crafts. The Goddard School pumpkin giveaway sets up the little ones to head over to the Artist Collective of Westport for some seasonal decorating fun. Play historical games with the Westport Museum of History and Culture, and stop by the One River tent for monster making crafts. Meet live animals at the Earthplace exhibit, and finish the experience with complimentary face painting presented by Gault Family Companies.

Spend time walking around the expanded pop-up artisan market organized once again by The Westport Farmers Market, and stick around for a classic car rally and exhibition by The Small Car Company of Westport.

Westoberfest food and family activities open at 1:00 PM. and are free to the public. The tasting area opens at 2:00 p.m. and requires a ticket for entry. The festival closes at 5:00 p.m. Tickets at the gate will be $45, so purchase early for the best savings!

This year Westoberfest is proud to partner with The Grapevine, downtown’s newest wine and spirits merchant.

With over 50 tastings from a variety of award-winning and innovative breweries, an assortment of fun fall activities, and a location steps away from the best shops and restaurants Westport has to offer, Westoberfest is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon with friends and family.

Westoberfest will take place in the Sigrid Schultz parking lot on Elm Street, and in the turning circle outside of Bedford Square. It is a rain or shine event and will have a tent in place in case of inclement weather.

Tasting Ticket Info:
Tasting tickets are available now at for 21+
Early Bird
$40 single ticket price
$70 for a pair
$320 for a party pack of 10
$45 day of event
Tasting participants receive an age verified wristband, unlimited tastings, and a take-home commemorative Westoberfest tasting glass.

Participating breweries (new breweries updated daily on our website):
Aspetuck Brew Lab
Back East Brewing Company
Black Hog Brewing Company
Castle Island Brewing Company
Champlain Orchards Cidery
Collective Arts
Counterweight Brewing Company
Craft Beer Guild of CT
Devil's Purse Brewing Company
Fairfield Craft Ales
Fishers Island Lemonade
Gun Hill Brewing Company
Jack's Abby Craft Lagers
LIC Beer Project
New England Brewing Company
Night Shift Brewing
No Worries Brewing Company
Nod Hill Brewery
Springdale Beer
Stony Creek Brewery
Two Roads Brewing Company
Veracious Brewing Company
Lawson’s Finest Liquids

]]> (Colleen Wiedmann) Events Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:13:16 -0400
The Maritime Garage Gallery Seeks Peace-Themed Works of Art For Winter Exhibit

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions of art from artists 18 and over for its winter exhibit that will run from December 10, 2019 through February 29, 2020.          

The Maritime Garage Gallery’s “Seeds of Peace” exhibit is seeking works of art that embrace the idea of harmony, tranquility, generosity, calmness, and peaceful feelings. Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, are welcome. Nadia Martinez will be curating the exhibit. For guidelines and submissions, go to Please e-mail  with any questions. The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2019.           

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

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Neighbors Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:00:55 -0400
2019 Chowdafest Champions Announced

The 12th Annual Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, was another record breaker. Both Pike Place Chowder from Seattle, Washington and Our House Bistro from Winnooski VT won for a fifth straight year in the New England clam chowder and creative chowder categories respectively, each tying the record for consecutive wins. Gates of New Canaan won the soup/bisque category as a rookie in the event while Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar, also a first time entrant, won the vegetarian category with a soup aptly named after the restaurant.

Event attendance figures aren’t available yet looks to equal the event’s all time high of 12,000 as people attended from all over Connecticut, New England and all over the country to determine this year’s winners! The top three in each category are listed below:

New England Clam Chowder:

- 1st: Pike Place Chowder from Seattle Washington

- 2nd: Our House Bistro from Winooski VT

- 3rd: Hub & Spoke from Bridgeport CT

Creative Chowder:

- 1st: Our House Bistro from Winooski VT – Drunkin Pumpkin Chowder

- 2nd: Ribbon Cafe from Saratoga NY – Southwest Shrimp & Corn Chowder

- 3rd: Tarry Lodge from Westport CT – Montauk Chowder


- 1st: Gates from New Canaan CT – Crab & Roasted Corn Soup

- 2nd:  Vazzy’s from Stratford CT – Savory Sausage Soup

- 3rdL Geronimo of Fairfield and New Haven CT – Shrimp Posole


- 1st Cast Iron Chef Chop House & Oyster Bar In New Haven CT – Cast Iron Soup

- 2nd: Saybrook Sandwich & Soup Company in Old Saybrook CT – Roasted Butternut      Squash and Seared Pumpkin Bisque

- 3rd: Mystic Market in Westport & Mystic CT – Ginger Carrot Soup

Special thanks to those volunteers who have helped at all 12 events along with the student athletes from Sacred Heart University who pitched in in this annual tradition. Thanks to the National Honor Society students and Service League of Boys from Staples High /School plus the park personnel who make Sherwood Island State Park the unofficial home to the New England Chowdafest.

The big winner when all is said and done will be the charity, Food Rescue US and the fight against hunger. Over two million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past four years alone and the event hopes to add another half million meals to that number. For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit or email event director, Jim Keenan at

]]> (Jim Keenan) Events Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:05:42 -0400
Norwalk pizza shop donates all specialty pizza to American Cancer Society during October

The American Cancer Society is excited to be the recipient for Letizia’s Pizza 3rd annual “Gertie’s Pie of Hope” for breast cancer awareness during the month of October.  A local favorite for more than 50 years, Norwalk-based Letizia’s has created a specialty pie named in honor of the owner’s grandmother who succumb to breast cancer. Gertie’s Pie made with macaroni and cheese, bacon and breadcrumbs on Letizia’s award-winning pizza, and available from October 1 to October 31.  The cost of a pie is $14.

“Everybody at Letizia's has lost a loved one due to cancer,” says Letizia’s Pizza’s Danny Segers, “Because of this, a few years ago we decided we wanted to do something in their honor. Being that October is National Pizza Month, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we created a specialty Mac & Cheese pizza that we would only sell during the month of October. We named this pizza Gertie's Pie of Hope, in honor of Dennis' mother who succumbed to breast cancer.”

Unlike many promotions, 100 percent of the proceeds from Gertie’s Pie support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.  Since Letizia launched the campaign nearly $10,000 has been donated to the American Cancer Society.  “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,” according to Katie DiVenuto of the American Cancer Society.  This year, 3490 women in CT will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 430 residents will succumb to the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

The public is encouraged to purchase “Gertie’s Pie of Hope” or donate to their fundraising efforts throughout the month of October.  For more information and to order, visit Letizia’s Pizza at 666 Main Avenue in Norwalk, call (203) 847-6022 or visit

To join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 10:00AM, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT please register via email at, call (203) 563-1513 or visit us online at

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.  The Fairfield County event is expected to have more than 7,000 walkers supporting the Society’s breast cancer programs and services. 

]]> (Patrice Lestrange Mack) Charities Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:49:27 -0400
9th Annual "A Haunting at Mill Hill" Begins Oct. 18

As the sun sets, the spirits come out to play...Take a lantern-lit tour through the old Mill Hill graveyard! Among the crooked gravestones of Mill Hill, ghostly entities are waiting to share their true stories of death, murder, insanity and destruction at the Norwalk Historical Society's 9th annual, “A Haunting at Mill Hill”. Friday, October 18, 2019 and Friday, October 25, 2019 with tours at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 and Saturday, October 26, 2019 with tours at 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. Each tour is approximately one hour and not recommended for children under 8 years old. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. No parking onsite. Follow signs to parking across the street.  

A murderous train conductor, a heroic soldier from the Battle of Norwalk, and a young girl who perished on the trolley tracks at Mill Hill are some of the ghosts you will encounter along the way. At the end of the tour, celebrate your survival with refreshments in the 1826 one-room schoolhouse and take a photo with the spirits in the new “Hauntagram” Photo Booth...if you dare! Created by local haunted house and special effects experts, George Holomakoff and Greg Kling, bone-chilling surprises await!  Bring a flashlight and a friend!

Early bird tickets available through October 17 - Adults/Teens: $18.00 & Child (8-12): $15.00.  Tickets purchased after October 17 or at the door (if available) - Adults/Teens: $20.00 & Child (8-12): $18.00. The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and cultural exhibits. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Thank you to our generous sponsors. Silver Level Sponsor: Collins Funeral Home; Bronze Level Sponsor: M.F. DiScala & Company, Inc. & People’s United Bank; In-Kind Sponsors: Cain Management, Inc., Costco, Crystal Theatre, Devine Bros. Inc, Ester Stefanidis, Happy Daze Costumes, Stew Leonard’s and Trader Joe’s.

For more information visit,, e-mail =, or call 203-846-0525.


Photo Credit: Justin Fargione

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