What’s going on in your part of Norwalk
Live in East Norwalk 06855? Want to get and stay informed on important issues impacting quality of life? Join your fellow residents at the East Norwalk Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
East Norwalk residents are strongly encouraged to get involved in learning about important issues and working with city departments on improvements and long-term planning. If you care about the future of East Norwalk, it's especially important to know about the upcoming city study of Transit Oriented Development at and around the Train Station and East Avenue area. This study will only be successful, relevant, and produce an actionable plan if residents provide feedback on what is wanted or not wanted for future development.
Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in The Marvin Senior Housing Community Room, 60 Gregory Blvd. Free/ample parking and accessible. Park and enter from the Third Street side of the building. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to eastnorwalk.org. Also on Facebook and Twitter.
Skip the Plastic Norwalk will go before the Common Council’s Ordinance Committee Tuesday night to appeal for a city-wide plastic checkout bag ban.
The group has worked to eliminate single-use plastic in the city and has worked with local restaurants to move away from plastic straws. They’ve begun an online petition to support the bag ban. Exemptions to the ban would include noncheckout product bags such as those used to protect or contain dry cleaned garments, curbside newspapers, and wet or food items.
The Ordinance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall Room 231.
The League of Women Voters will host two candidate debates at Norwalk City Hall Oct. 25. from 7 to 9 p.m.
The first debate will feature state Rep. Chris Perone, D-137, and his challenger, Republican Fred Page. The second debate of the night will be between incumbent state Senator Bob Duff, D-25, and Republican challenger Marc D’Amelio.
The City Hall debate is one in a series organized by the League of Women Voters in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., incumbent Gail Lavielle and challenger Stephanie Thomas will square off for the state house seat in district 143 at Wilton Library. U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, D-4, will debate his Republican challenger Harry Arora 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Wilton High School. And state Rep. Fred Wilms, R-142, will debate Lucy Dathan at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at New Canaan Town Hall.
The Coast Guard has heard from the owner of a 14-foot kayak found adrift off Norwalk. The Coast Guard sent out an alert Friday seeking information about the yellow kayak, which had a Bayley Beach rack permit sticker.
The Coast Guard reminds people to label paddlecrafts and small boats with owner contact information. It has investigated several similar incidents on Long Island Sound this boating season.
Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis will be joined by state Senate Candidate Marc D’Amelio, state Representative Fred Wilms, R-142, and Brien McMahon graduate and UConn freshman Darius Williams for an “Education in Norwalk” question and answer forum Oct. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m at Nathan Hale Middle School, 176 Strawberry Hill Avenue.
The panel will discuss state and local funding, strategic plan update, educating for 21st-century jobs and creating opportunity in a diverse district. The discussion will be moderated by former mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton.
Cub Scout 97 will hold an open house for boys and girls at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cranbury Elementary School, 5 Knowalot Lane.
See what Scouting is all about — there will be crafts for the kids and a Q&A session for the parents.
Pack 97 is an active Family Scouting (boys and girls) pack. Dens meet weekly. The whole pack meets the third Tuesday of each month at Cranbury School, September through May.
Cub Scouts is now for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Kids can join Scouting any time of the year. The meetings are at Cranbury, but the pack is open to children from any school.
Students and parents dressed in traditional clothes and enjoyed food from Central and South America at Fox Run School’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Wednesday.