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Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - BARRY LYTTON

WEST SIDE

The neigh­bor­hood’s first farm­ers mar­ket will kick off this month, in­tro­duc­ing five or­ganic-pro­duce-sling­ing farm­ers to the city streets at Fair­gate Farm, 129 Still­wa­ter Ave.

The mar­ket, open May through Oc­to­ber on Thurs­days from noon to 6 p.m. and Satur­days from 9 a.m. to noon, is sup­ported by grants from the city and U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The first mar­ket will be held May 31. Fair­gate is run by Char­ter Oaks Com­mu­ni­ties, the city’s housavail­able ing author­ity.

The mar­kets will “sup­port the ef­forts to im­prove the ac­cess to and in­crease con­sump­tion of fresh, lo­cal food to the Stam­ford com­mu­nity,” Char­ter Oak CEO Vin­cent Tufo said in the re­lease.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing farms, rooted in more than 500 years of or­ganic har­vest, in­clude Gil­ber­ties’ Herb Farm and Sport Hill Farm from Eas­ton; Ry­der Farm from Brew­ster, N.Y.; The Hick­o­ries from Ridge­field and Fair­gate Farm in Stam­ford.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit fair­gate­farm.com or email fair­gate­farm@gmail.com.

WATER­SIDE

Free kayak and pad­dle­board ren­tals are avail­able Sun­day as part of the SoundWaters Shake­down Week­end.

Sin­gle and dou­ble kayaks and pad­dle boards will be for free one-hour use from noon to 6 p.m. The last ses­sion will be at 5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

The launch site is Boc­cuzzi Park, 200 South­field Ave., on Stam­ford Har­bor. Only walk-up use will be avail­able.

SoundWaters will rent kayaks and pad­dle boards at Boc­cuzzi Park ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through La­bor Day. Reser­va­tions can be made in ad­vance on­line.

The cost for sin­gle kayaks and pad­dle­boards is $30 per hour. Dou­ble kayaks rent for $45 an hour. To re­serve a kayak or board in ad­vance, visit SoundWaters.org/rental.

Founded in 1989, SoundWaters is an en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on pro­tect­ing Long Is­land Sound and its wa­ter­shed. SoundWaters hosts ship­board and land-based pro­grams for 32,000 chil­dren each year.

TURN OF RIVER

Af­ter sev­eral de­lays, the Zon­ing Board is ex­pected to dis­cuss this week a pro­posed zon­ing code text change that paves the way for a new Life Time Fit­ness cen­ter in the High Ridge Of­fice Park.

A spe­cial meet­ing to dis­cuss the pro­posal — which calls for al­low­ing stand­alone gyms in of­fice parks — will be held 7 p.m. Tues­day in the city hall’s fourth-floor cafe­te­ria.

At the board’s most re­cent meet­ing on the plan, Chair­man Thomas Mills called for city at­tor­neys to pro­vide ad­vice about how much over­sight the board has if it ap­proves the change.

Ac­cord­ing to an agenda, that le­gal is­sue will be the topic of a dis­cus­sion with Jim Mi­nor, a city at­tor­ney, at 7 p.m. Mon­day.

The pro­posal has be­come a light­ning rod in the Turn of River area just blocks south of the Mer­ritt Park­way.

Res­i­dents have flooded pub­lic meet­ings to de­cry the pro­posal as bail­ing out a de­vel­oper’s poor in­vest­ment while harm­ing the neigh­bor­hood with traf­fic, noise and light pol­lu­tion. The de­vel­oper, New-York­based Ge­orge Com­fort & Sons, has ar­gued the change is nec­es­sary and will breathe life into of­fice parks with high-va­cancy rates.

SPRINGDALE

The Springdale Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion will hold a neigh­bor­hood walk through his­tory next month.

The walk­ing tour, based on in­for­ma­tion from the book "Springdale Re­mem­bered" by Rose­mary H. Burns, will take at­ten­dees back in time on June 16. The tour will start at 2 p.m. and will be­gin on the lo­cal li­brary porch, 1143 Hope St., ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“We will go back in time to when the State Cin­ema had bowl­ing al­leys in the base­ment, the Twin Rinks were an X-ray tube fac­tory, and a trol­ley car rolled down Hope Street,” the re­lease said.

CITY­WIDE

Three grass­roots po­lit­i­cal groups plan on join­ing forces at city hall Mon­day in an ef­fort to boost voter reg­is­tra­tion and turnout.

Women on Watch, Stam­ford League of Women Vot­ers, and In­di­vis­i­ble Stam­ford Plus will meet at city hall at 11 a.m. and will hold sev­eral voter reg­is­tra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Mayor David Martin is ex­pected to at­tend and pro­claim June as Voter Reg­is­tra­tion/ Voter Turnout Month.

“Voter turnout has been de­clin­ing for years,” Women-On-Watch mem­ber Ann Weiss wrote in an email “We were ap­palled that in the Novem­ber 2017 may­oral elec­tion, only 25 per­cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers both­ered to vote . ... We plan to do what­ever we can do to change this sit­u­a­tion.”

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The West Side’s first farm­ers mar­ket is set for May 31.

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