Sono's HamletHub Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:39:16 -0400 Chef Brian Lewis Announces the Naming of His New Restaurant

From Lewis: “I have been really inspired by Japanese cooking techniques, culture and ingredients for a very long time, studying and layering Japanese influences into my cooking for many years, but it was the introduction of the Okonomiyaki at The Cottage that was my real ‘a-ha’” moment in defining the direction for my next restaurant.

Introducing the Okonomiyaki, a savory, Japanese pancake filled with seasonally-inspired ingredients, was a whimsical addition to our menu - Japanese street food with some rarefied touches. Our guests absolutely loved this dish and it quickly became a Cottage favorite, which will likely stay on the menu as a Cottage Classic.

Ordering the Okonomiyaki had proven to be a bit of a tongue-twister for our guests and our staff, and anyone calling or responding to the ticket would add their own personal ‘flair’ to the word, so we finally gave the dish a nickname which really just stuck, calling it “oko,” which we used often and with affection, if not a chuckle. To pay homage to the spark behind this entire concept, I’m excited to share with you that the new restaurant is named OKO. 

Truth be told, once my four-year-old twin boys – Jude and Jax were asked how they felt about the name OKO, they screamed it all day long…it was a natural fit!

Since making the announcement last summer, my team and I have been busy focusing on this new concept. I truly feel that OKO is a heartfelt vision and interpretation of the ingredients, cooking methods, cuisine and culture of all things Japanese, paired with both amazing local ingredients from Connecticut and throughout the United States. I’m excited to share this vision with you when we open in a few weeks!”

OKO will be opening soon in a treasured Westport landmark, The Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse, at 6 Wilton Road. Please see attached for the image of the official sign being installed on the building this afternoon.

Stay tuned for updates at, and via the restaurant’s new social media pages, which are now live:

Facebook: OKO Westport

Instagram: OKOWestport

]]> (Shelly Kapitulik) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:30:01 -0400
Dr. Brian Davis to Step Down as President of The Maritime Aquarium

Dr. Brian Davis will step down as President and CEO of the Maritime Aquarium on May 25 to rejoin his family in Atlanta.

Davis came to Norwalk in December 2014 as the seventh president of The Maritime Aquarium, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. In the time that Dr. Davis has been at the helm, the Aquarium has opened several new exhibits including the Dragons exhibit, the Coral Reef Exhibit, the Jellies Cultivation Lab, the new Journey with Jellies exhibit, and the “Catch and Release” interactive digital wall experience. The Aquarium has also seen the addition of a Research and Conservation Scientist and continual growth in membership and attendance.

Davis came to The Maritime Aquarium from the Georgia Aquarium, which he joined in 2003 as an executive staff member before the Atlanta facility had even opened. There, he was integral in the Aquarium's design and the development of its guest experience at what was then the world's largest aquarium. His final title there was vice president of education and training.

Davis’s ties to Atlanta remain strong – primarily because his wife, Dr. Andrea Davis, has remained in Georgia for work. His three adult children and extended family reside there as well. After three years of commuting between Norwalk and Atlanta, Dr. Davis will be returning to rejoin his family in Atlanta. Last month with the arrival of his first grandchild, the need to return to be closer to his family grew even stronger.

Dr. Davis states, “I don’t want to miss a minute of his growth and development. Three years has been a long time to be apart from my family, I am looking forward to spending some quality time with them.”

Dr. Davis will depart having helped in negotiating an agreement with the City of Norwalk and State of Connecticut that will allow The Maritime Aquarium to respond to – and survive – the coming replacement of the Walk railroad bridge that is directly adjacent to the Aquarium.  The agreement will go before Norwalk’s Common Council for final approval in the coming weeks.

“Brian arrived here and stepped right into the fire of the Walk Bridge,” said Michael Widland, chairman of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. “This is not something that the president of any private, non-profit aquarium expects to have on their plate. The replacement of that bridge could be fatal to The Maritime Aquarium, which is an important economic driver for Norwalk and for the state.”

Widland praised Davis for leading the Aquarium’s response, which involves a redesign to account for the loss of the IMAX Theater and for exhibit changes necessary to ensure the safety of guests and animals.

Rob Rohn, the Board former chair, said the exhibit changes are thoughtful, exciting and further the Aquarium’s mission.

“Brian led the creative process for all that, while at the same time fighting for the ‘functional replacement’ funding to make it possible,” Rohn said. “He did 10 years of work in three, and we are incredibly impressed and appreciative.”

“It was important to see the Walk Bridge negotiations through,” Dr. Davis said. “But now – as clichéd as it sounds – I want to reconnect and spend time with my family.”

Davis stressed confidence in the executive team in place at The Maritime Aquarium. “The Aquarium is in excellent hands. The senior leadership team is incredibly strong and the Board of Trustees continue to serve the Aquarium in an amazing capacity. I am truly pleased with the direction of the Aquarium. “

Widland and Rohn said the selection process for a new president is already underway. A special committee of Aquarium trustees is leading the search process.

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:42:10 -0400
Norwalk Parking Authority Adding Daily Parking Spots to East Norwalk Railroad Station

The Norwalk Parking Authority has announced that it has entered into a temporary arrangement with the state on the eastbound side of the East Norwalk Train Station, allowing it to offer additional daily parking. The 117 newly available spaces are located alongside the tracks and the building. These spaces are temporary and for daily parkers only, not permit parkers. The Parking Authority will be monitoring daily activity and capacity and may offer to monthly parkers as well at a later date. 

The cost of daily parking in these spots will be $8 per day, and will be available as of April 1, 2018. Daily customers will need to use the pay-by-cell app Parkmobile for payment. The zone number to use in Parkmobile will be 2034.

These spaces will be available up until the State of Connecticut needs them during the East Avenue Bridge Improvement Project. The State has not set a definite date when the bridge project will begin, but the Parking Authority expects that it will be sometime in 2020-2021. The Parking Authority is also working with the owner of the building and surrounding area to offer additional parking in the near and long term.

The Norwalk Parking Authority, comprised of five local citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, is a financially self-sustaining organization responsible for the operation and maintenance of the municipal parking system in Norwalk. Its annual budget is not financed by taxpayer dollars. In addition to the oversight, operations, security and maintenance of the city’s parking system and facilities, the Parking Authority works to promote and support economic development in Norwalk and provide opportunities to the community through new programs, new technologies, including smart parking, and collaboration with community organizations and businesses. The Norwalk Parking Authority can be reached at (203) 831-9063 or at the website,

]]> (Carolyn Ripp) Places Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:18:30 -0400
Trinity Episcopal Church Hosts Evening of Elegant Jazz, March 17

Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT will host an evening of elegant jazz by the renowned Alex Levin Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, March 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the performance. No affiliation with the Church is necessary. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Levin has been performing jazz in the New York City area for more than a decade.  A native Philadelphian, he studied at The New School Jazz Program in the 90's before graduating from Brown University and moving to Berlin. His quartet, The Living Room, performed throughout Europe.  Alex returned to New York City in 2001 and quickly established himself as an in-demand solo pianist and bandleader.

Over the course of the last decade, Alex has released a series of critically acclaimed CD's, including Night and Distance, A Reason for Being Alone, New York Portraits, and, most recently, Refraction. With his trio in high demand in New York and the surrounding area, Alex continued to explore new sides of his musicianship. He established The Smoke Rings, a vintage-style swing band from Brooklyn, and The Lovesome, a swinging cool-jazz quartet.  

WHAT: Evening of Elegant Jazz by the Alex Levin Jazz Ensemble
WHEN: March 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm
WHERE: Parish Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890 (Exit 19 off I-95)
HOW:  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at
COST: $15 for students and seniors; $20 for adults; $65 for families.
CONTACT: Chris Rieck, 

The group’s website is:

]]> (Christopher Rieck) Events Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:30:55 -0400
Mayor’s Multicultural Council Afternoon of Jazz, March 18

Don’t miss the Mayor’s Multicultural Council Afternoon of Jazz on  SUNDAY, MARCH 18! 2 - 4:30 p.m. (doors open 1:30 p.m.)
Host Location: Unitarian Universalist Society at 20 Forest St (across Avon Theatre)), Stamford
Free admission and refreshments. Free public meter and lot parking on Sundays. 
RSVP Suggested: Seating is limited so please call to reserve your seat(s).
Performers include vocalist Dennis Collins accompanied by pianist Josh Sette, multilingual singer Barbara Occhino accompanied by guitarist Carmine Marino, Maria Tiscia and her "Rio Bound Band" featuring Brazilian Jazz and the multi-talented Altruistic Band.  These performers have amazing credits --Dennis Collins sang with legends like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, George Benson, and more. The Altruistic band members have played with and/or opened for jazz artists such as: Marion Meadows, the late Dizzy Gillespie, and others.
]]> (SCORE Fairfield County) Events Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:52:13 -0400
Buy a "Fish," Add Your Name to the New Donor Wall at The Maritime Aquarium

Secure your place on a new donor wall consisting of shimmering fish in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and be part of the school of supporters helping to sustain the popular family attraction through the years ahead.

The large donor wall will feature fish of different sizes and shapes, with contributors’ names etched on each creature. Titled “Our Sound Future,” the installation will be revealed near the large shark exhibit this summer as part of the Aquarium’s 30th-anniversary celebrations.

Because donors decide what is written on their fish, the installation offers the chance to declare individual or family support for the Aquarium, or to perhaps honor a relative or friend in memoriam, said Alicia Wettenstein, the Aquarium’s director of development.

“The donor wall is a great, lasting way to declare your support for The Maritime Aquarium and our efforts for marine education and environmental stewardship,” Wettenstein said. “Celebrate what the Aquarium has meant to you and your children, or even to the City of Norwalk and the region over the past 30 years, in a fun way that will be seen by all of our guests in the years ahead.”

Fish are available at three levels: large fish for $3,000; medium for $300; and small fish for $50.

Because The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution, all purchases for the “Our Sound Future” donor wall are entirely tax-deductible.

“Catch” and inscribe your fish at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Charities Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:50:42 -0500
Winter Storm Elsa Reminders from the Norwalk Fire Department

With another nor'easter on the way, the Norwalk Fire Department urges families to take precautions ahead of the storm. Fortunately temperatures will quickly warm following this storm, but residents should still be mindful of cold and hazardous conditions including the potential for power outages.

*  Create a disaster supplies kit and a disaster plan - Get together lifesaving items in both your home and vehicle. Create a disaster plan for all hazards that will help your family stay connected during emergencies.
*  Be careful with candles - Do not use candles for lighting if the power goes out. Use flashlights or glowsticks only.
*  Give space heaters space- Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. Do not use stoves and ovens to heat your residence.
*  Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors - Make sure alarms and CO detectors are working properly and replace batteries as necessary.
*  During a winter storm, don't drive unless its necessary. Stay home during the height of the snowfall for your own safety and to make it easier for snowplows a chance to clear streets.
*  Maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter season and keep an emergency supply kit in your car.
*  Brush off your car before your drive. Remember to completely clean off your vehicle, especially the windows and rooftops before driving to prevent accidents.
*  Be a good neighbor- check on family, friends or neighbors who may need help shoveling snow. If possible, please clear fire hydrants to allow firefighters quick access during a fire.

For additional safety tips visit The city's website will also be updated regarding closures and the garbage/recycling schedule.

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Wed, 07 Mar 2018 03:04:19 -0500
Chowdafest Tips Off Chowda Madness

Chowdafest presented by Stop & Shop, started their fun Chowda Madness this week. “All our Chowdafest fans seem to hoop it up every fall at our event so we thought why not hoop it up now when everyone is about to fill out brackets for the upcoming NCAA college basketball tournament” said Jim Keenan, event director. All the restaurants over the past 10 years were ranked by their achievements (1st, 2nd or 3rd) and the top four ranked restaurants in each of the four competition categories were entered.

This online “one & done” competition will take place over the next four weeks:

  •          Round One – Sweet 16: March 5 to March 11 at midnight
  •          Round Two – Great Eight: March 12 to March 18 at midnight
  •          Round Three – Final Four: March 19 to March 25 at midnight
  •          Round Four – Championship: March 26 to April 1 at midnight

Fans of these restaurants and their chowders can vote as often as every 5 minutes at The most votes per match-up will move the winning restaurant into the next round.

“There are four and three time Chowdafest champions in this event who may very well get upset depending on how passionate the fans of the opposing restaurant may be” Keenan said. It's all for fun. The real competition of course takes place at the 11th annual Chowdafest competition on Sunday Sept 30, 2018 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

Here are the sixteen restaurants entered in Chowda Madness by category:

Classic New England Clam Chowder:

#2 seed: Pike Place Chowder from Seattle WA – Three time champion

#6 seed: Donovan's of Westport – Three time champion

#10 seed: Sedona Taphous in Norwalk - 2nd and 3rd place finishes

#14 seed: B.R.Y.A.C. from Bridgeport CT – Finished 2nd last year

Traditional Chowder (reserved just for Rhode Island and Manhattan clam chowders)

#4 seed: Dunville's in Westport CT 3 championships to their name!

#8 seed:: Donahue's Clam Castle in Madison CT – One championship so far

#12 seed: Gray Goose Cafe in Southport – One championship to their name

#16 seed: Chef's Table of Fairfield – a 3rd place finish to their credit

Creative Chowder:

#3 seed: Our House Bistro from Winooski VT – a threepeat champion

#7 seed: The Gingerman of Greenwich – another three time champ

#11 seed: The Spread of Norwalk – 1 championship to their name

#15 seed: Smithsonian Chowder House of North Hampton MA – a 3rd place finish


#1 seed: The Crab Shell of Stamford – 4 championship trophies so far – a record

#5 seed: Old Post Tavern of Fairfield – 1 championship trophy and a 2nd place finish

#9 seed: SBC of Milford – 1 championship plus numerous runner ups

#13 seed: Simply Delicious of Norwalk – A championship to their credit

Restaurants that have been sold or are now closed weren't considered in the field of 16

For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit or email event director, Jim Keenan at

]]> (Jim Keenan) Life Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:11:45 -0500
Carrie the Musical at the Crystal Theatre at Ben Franklin Performing Arts Center, March 16-17

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Crystal Theatre at Ben Franklin Performing Arts Center, 66 Bayview Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors

Tickets at Tickets are also available at the door.

*Show contains adult subject matter and language

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it…

Carrie the Musical is based on Stephen King's bestselling novel. Set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie the Musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

This Crystal Theatre production is directed and choreographed by Stacey Curti with musical direction by Cheryl Kemeny. This production is performed by High School students.

]]> (Crystal Theatre) Events Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:00:20 -0500
City Provides Nor'easter Safety Tips

A powerful Nor'easter is expected to impact our area on Friday and Saturday with a rain/snow mix, strong winds and some coastal flooding. High winds increase the potential for power outages and downed trees and wires. Fortunately temperatures will remain in the low to mid 40s and while severe, this storm is not expected to stall.

*  Make sure to have an emergency preparedness kit, which includes flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies and a battery powered radio. Go to to learn more.
*  Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
*  Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations.
*  High Winds may produce power outages, know the number of your electric provider and make sure to report any outages. Don't assume they know you're out of power or assume a neighbor has reported the outage. Eversource customers can also sign up to receive restoration updates.
*  After a significant power outage, the first priority is to clear blocked roads to allow access for emergency vehicles and utility work (restoration) to proceed.
*  Before the storm make sure mobile devices are fully charged, this is especially important for homes that no longer use landlines.
With the threat of coastal flooding also a possibility beginning Friday follow these flooding safety tips:
*  Stay away from floodwaters. If you are walking and encounter flooding, stop, turn around and go another way.
*  If you are driving, turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through flooding or drive around barricades set up by police or DPW.
*  Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
*  Keep children out of the water.

Additional safety tips can be found at, as well as

]]> (Michele DeLuca) Public safety Fri, 02 Mar 2018 18:38:49 -0500
Norwalk World War I Digitization Day

Photos, letters, documents and souvenirs help bring the story of World War I back to life. In an effort to help preserve these memories and this significant part of our history, the Norwalk Historical Society, the Norwalk Public Library and the Rowayton Historical Society will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library to hold a WWI Digitization Day on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT. Limited parking on site, follow signs to overflow parking.  Norwalk area residents are being asked to find their WWI related items and stories and bring them to this event to be digitized so they can be included and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive. The stories, photos, letters and keepsakes can be from anywhere in the world, as long as the person bringing them to the event is a Connecticut resident. Please register at or call 203-846-0525.  

Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One Digitization Days, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, give Connecticut residents an opportunity to have their WWI photos, letters, keepsakes and stories preserved for future generations. During these events State Library staff record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects saved by the men and women who served over here and over there. Their stories and digital images are then made freely available online and will be preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive so that their efforts and sacrifices are never forgotten. The Remembering World War One project has been holding WWI Digitization Days at libraries, museums and community centers around the state since 2014.

For more information about this event please contact the Norwalk History Society at 203-846-0525, or To learn more about the Remembering World War One project or other upcoming events please visit:


Photo Credit: Henry Charles Reardon, Norwalk History Room, Norwalk Public Library

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:15:24 -0500
Look & See: A Cinematic Portrait of Writer, Farmer, and Activist Wendell Berry

The Westport Farmers’ Market, Fleishers Craft Butchery, and Patagonia Provisions will present a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers.  The film will be screened on March 5 at Fairfield Theater Company.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life.

“It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where urban consumers remain so completely disconnected from the rural producers whose work sustains their very lives,” says director Laura Dunn. “Wendell shows us with extraordinary sensitivity, just what fidelity to a place and to one's own community can truly mean.”

That community spirit is evident in the planning of this special Sundance film. “This is the second collaboration this winter between the Westport Farmers’ Market, Fleishers, and Patagonia to bring our own community together around such an important message,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of the Westport Farmers’ Market. “And this event promises to be even better – with food, drink, giveaways, and a meaningful panel discussion Wendell himself would be proud to participate in.”

Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, and filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life and interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  

“To sponsor a showing of this film narrated by Berry himself is an honor,” noted Cochran. “Berry has been a keen observer and defender of agrarian life, and an inspiration for so many of us working toward a better food system."

LOOK & SEE will be shown at the Fairfield Theater Company and tickets are only $5.00. Refreshments will be provided by Patagonia Provisions, Fleishers Craft Butchery, Black Hog Brewery, Cross Culture Kombucha, and Fairfield Cheese Company. A discussion will follow, and all proceeds benefit the Westport Farmers’ Market. Tickets are available at

]]> (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:10:43 -0500
Westport Farmers’ Market Seeks Donations for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission at the Last Winter Market, March 10

Anyone who attended even a single Westport Winter Farmers’ Market this year will attest to its ever-growing importance to the Fairfield County community. On Saturday, March 10, the market will close up shop for the season with a special request: market attendees are asked to bring food and other items to help residents of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

According to Christi Pope, Director of Compassion Ministries for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, residents are in most need of healthy soups, peanut butter, jam, tuna, prepared foods, spaghetti sauce, other canned items, and men’s briefs. “Unfortunately, we cannot use anything in glass containers. We are okay with new coats and blankets at this point, but if people want to spend money on something besides food, we really need men’s boxer briefs in various sizes.” 

Closing out another successful winter market by giving back to the Westport and surrounding community is integral to the mission of the Westport Farmers’ Market. In addition to providing fresh, local, healthful, and seasonal food to the community, WFM promotes education about local food, local farms, sustainable growing practices, and responsibility to people in need.

“This year we’ve witnessed such dedication from Westport-area shoppers to the local food movement and our local farmers and vendors,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, market manager. “What better way to recognize that commitment than by helping others?”

This Saturday, March 3 bring your friends, neighbors, family, and bags full of donations to the WFM end-of-season market and celebration held from 10 to 2 at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane.

The mission of the Westport Farmers’ Market is to create and maintain a regional hub where real farmers connect with consumers over real food. In facilitating these interactions, the Westport Farmers' Market strives to help food producers and food consumers forge lasting relationships that celebrate education, sustainability, healthy living, and just plain delicious food!   

For more information, visit, or email Find the WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too! #realfoodrealfarmers

]]> (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Charities Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:00:07 -0500
Volunteer with the Norwalk Health Department's Emergency Response Team

The Norwalk Health Department needs adults who live or work in the Norwalk and New Canaan areas for key positions on its Emergency Response Team (ERT). This team of volunteers—which includes people with both medical and non-medical backgrounds—donates their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and to promote healthy living year-round.

The goal of the ERT is to extend the resources of the professional Health Department staff. ERT volunteers work with public health officials to spread preparedness messages within the community and assist with other public health programs and events. The Health Department provides training and insurance, while volunteers provide their time and skills.

This latest cohort of volunteers will join a dedicated and diverse group of people who’ve already been trained and serve on the ERT.

Sign up now. Group interviews for this cohort will be held on February 27 at 7 p.m. or March 8 at 4 p.m. Training starts March 13. Advanced registration is required.

Call (203) 854-7979, or email to sign up and get more information.  

]]> (Theresa Argondezzi) Neighbors Mon, 26 Feb 2018 03:46:18 -0500
Norwalk Health Department Opens Additional Appointments for Flu Shots

In response to the continued intensity of this flu season and the concerns of our community, the Norwalk Health Department will offer additional appointments for flu shots in the coming weeks. If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and would like to be vaccinated, please call the Health Department at (203) 854-7776, and staff will work to schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you.

“We continue to be a resource for the Norwalk community during this terrible flu season,” explained Norwalk Director of Health Deanna D’Amore, MPH. “We are still offering vaccines, and we are closely monitoring flu activity.”

The flu vaccine offers protection against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and everyone older than 6 months is encouraged to be vaccinated.

Children between 6 months and 18 years of age can receive the vaccine free of charge. Flu shots are free for adults who have Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, and United. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Otherwise, standard flu shots cost $25 per person, and high-dose shots (an option for patients 65 and older) cost $50. No one will be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Health Department also holds regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. without an appointment, while vaccine supplies last.

Preventing Flu

In addition to getting your flu shot, you can take other steps to stay healthy this year:

  • Wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Seek care early. See your healthcare provider right away if you develop flu symptoms (see below). Antiviral medications can help if taken early in the illness.


Recognizing Flu Symptoms

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports these important signs and symptoms of flu to look out for:

  • Fever (though, not everyone with flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Emergency Symptoms

Get medical help right away if you experience any of these symptoms or notice them in your children:

In Children

In Infants

In Adults

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

All symptoms listed for children, plus…

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Bluish skin color

Has no tears when crying

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Not drinking enough fluids

Being unable to eat

Sudden dizziness

Not waking up or not interacting

Has trouble breathing


Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

Severe or persistent vomiting

Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Fever with a rash

Source: CDC

If you have a question about the flu or the flu vaccine, call your physician. If you do not have a physician, or if you have questions about getting your flu shot at the Health Department, please call us at (203) 854-7776.

For more information about the flu, visit:

]]> (Theresa Argondezzi) Life Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:13:33 -0500