The City of Norwalk plans to pave the intersection at Water Street/Washington/Stroffolino Bridge during the evening on Tuesday, May 28. The road will be milled and paved during the same night to minimize disruption.
The time to find your new best friend is finally here. Saturday and Sunday more than 70 adoptable, family-friendly dogs are coming to Norwalk for Pupppy Palooza 4, the pet adoption extravaganza taking place at Petco, 431 Westport Ave. Those interested in meeting the canines seeking forever homes can do so between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Puppy Palooza 4 is the annual pet adoption event sponsored by The Alliance in Limiting Strays (T.A.I.L.S.), the Fairfield County-based not-for-profit organization that promotes the spay/neutering of animals and provides financial support to humane organizations and individuals in pursuit of this goal. The Petco Foundation, the presenting sponsor, made the event possible through a generous grant of $3,500.
“With 80 adoptable pups, Puppy Palooza is the perfect place to find a new best friend,” said T.A.I.L.S. President Dorrie Harris.
“In addition to coordinating the logistics for this large event, all the pups will have already been provided with needed checkups, shots and other necessities to prepare them for adoption. All they need now are families ready to share their homes and hearts.”
The adoptable dogs were rescued and are being transported to Norwalk by Colbert Veterinary Rescue Services, Inc., a Georgia state licensed, non-profit organization providing care for abandoned, sick and injured dogs and cats in Madison County and surrounding counties in the area. All animals in its care are vaccinated, dewormed, spayed or neutered and tested for appropriate diseases like canine heartworm disease and feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Photos of the dogs up for adoption can be viewed at www.tailsct.org. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit the website in order to make sure they bring what is necessary to the adoption event.
Serina Cordelli, who was adopted by Mike and Anna Cordelli of Easton as a result of Puppy Palooza 3, is the official “spokesdog” of Puppy Palooza 4. Serina has become a bit of a local celebrity since her 2012 adoption. She documents her adventures in suburbia on her rapidly-growing Facebook page, which features pictures, video and updates on the fun she has while chewing up her stuffed toys.
Most of the Puppy Palooza dogs up for adoption were rescued from abuse and/or being euthanized at shelters throughout the southeastern United States.
For information about Puppy Palooza 4 and T.A.I.L.S., visit www.tailsct.org, call 203-222-1992, or email email@example.com
The Mission of T.A.I.L.S. is to serve the community as a charitable organization that promotes spay/neutering of animals and provides financial support to humane organizations and individuals in pursuit of this goal. It is dedicated to promoting and educating the community about the importance of spay/neuter to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the killing of unwanted dogs, cats and other animals.
The eighth annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll will be held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Sunday, May 5. The walk and family fun day is a celebration and fundraiser to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities and programs offered by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:30 a.m., with two walking routes suitable for any ability (walkers, strollers, wheelchairs and baby joggers are welcome) to choose from: 5K (3.1 miles) and 1.6K (a mile). Approximately 800 walkers and volunteers are expected to attend. The event benefits infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwestern Connecticut.
To obtain information about the walk, visit the STAR web site at www.starinc-lightingtheway.org or call Megan Johnson at STAR at 203-846-9581 ext 339. Admission to the walk is a suggested donation of $25 per person, $65 per family or $100 or more in fundraising.
Human Services Council (HSC) needs your help in taking steps towards brighter tomorrows for children and young adults in lower Fairfield County. The fifth annual SoNo Stroll is currently underway and we are looking for sponsors and auction item donations. By purchasing a sponsorship package you will help HSC continue providing five valuable programs in the community — Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers, which offer free on-site medical / behavioral healthcare to youth in Norwalk’s three high schools and three middle schools (mental health only); Children’s Connection, which works with public and private resources to investigate, substantiate and treat cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse in New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston; Norwalk Mentor Program the first school based mentoring program in the country that matches at risk students in the Norwalk public schools with positive adult role models; Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition, established to prevent and address substance abuse and 40 South Main Street Supportive Housing.
All are critical services needed to support the well-being of more than 8,000 children, families and individuals in the community. It is more important than ever to reach out and sponsor this incredible event. Become a sponsor or donate an auction item and help HSC meet its goal as we continue providing these critical services to people living and working in the greater Norwalk community. For information go to www.hscct.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-849-1111.
Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. NEON, will be sponsoring two job fairs this month. The agency’s Stamford job fair will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at NEON’s Stamford office located at 34 Woodland Ave. The Norwalk fair will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at NEON’s Ben Franklin Center, 165 Flax Hill Road in Norwalk.
In addition to local companies attending both job fairs to recruit new employees, a Career Resources/WorkPlace Career Coach will be available at each site to speak with job seekers. Those attending the job fairs will also find a community resource table and recruiters from Whole Foods Market who are seeking applicants for the company’s newest Connecticut store in Danbury.
Companies participating in the Stamford job fair on Wednesday, April 10 include: AXA Advisors; Express Personnel; Le Pain Quotidien; Compass Group; Security Services of CT; Sheraton Hotels; Whole Foods Market, Stamford Tent and more.
Companies participating in the Norwalk job fair on Thursday, April 11 include: Adecco; AXA Advisors; Express Personnel; Le Pain Quotidien; Microtech Staffing; Norwalk Community College; Security Services of CT; Sheraton Hotels; Oak Hills Park Golf Club; Whole Foods Market and more.
For information call: 203-663-7448 (Norwalk) or 203 352-4824 (Stamford)
NEON, serving low income families in lower Fairfield County, operates numerous services and programs in the areas of early childhood development; adult and youth employment and training; energy assistance; neighborhood community centers; wealth and asset development; after school activities; family services; community corrections and substance abuse residential facilities.
Norwalk from the point of view of students involved in the Norwalk Housing Authority’s Learning Center Photography Club will be on display at the Maritime Garage Gallery this month.
“Photo Voices,” part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s Art in Parking Places, will open on Tuesday, April 9 with a reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 11 North Water St. The event is free and open to the public. The show will run until May 24.
Kindergarten through seventh graders, residents of the Norwalk Housing Authority’s Washington Village, were asked to uncover their sense of identity and raise awareness of issues they face in their community through their photography. The “Photo Voices” exhibit includes more than 40 works that explore multiple facets of community life including the topics, “A Positive Look At My Neighborhood”, “The Change I Want To See” and “The People of My Neighborhood.”
“The photographs are unique, moving and beautiful,” saidPatricia Mardsen-Kish, director of the Learning Centers for the Norwalk Housing Authority. “The students really worked hard and produced thought-provoking pieces that visitors to the Maritime Garage Museum will learn from and enjoy.”
The Maritime Garage Gallery is a collaboration between the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission in an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information call 203-831-9063, or e–mail: email@example.com.
The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital is gearing up for its 10th anniversary walk/run on Saturday, April 27 at Calf Pasture Beach. Event proceeds support patient care initiatives, research, clinical trials and extensive support services.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Norwalk Hospital will be honoring the late Tony and Jean Whittingham of Stamford, longstanding friends and supporters who were instrumental in the creation of the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center.
“Tony and Jean provided the seed money required to turn our dream of creating a leading community cancer center into a reality,” Dr. Pradip Pathare, medical director, Whittingham Cancer Center and chief, Radiation Oncology, said in a release. “Their generosity allowed us to bring the state-of-the art technology and medical expertise of a national cancer center right to our own community, eliminating the need for patients to have to commute long distances for care. The Walk/Run is an annual reminder and homage to the memories of our founding benefactors,”
The 3K walk and 5K fun run start and end at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk/run starting at 11 a.m.
Register, build a team or donate online at www.norwalkhospitalfoundation.org or call 203-852-2216. Registration is $30 per person and includes a free t-shirt. There is no charge for children under 12.
The walk route is lined with tribute signs that can be purchased for $100. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available; call 203-852-2022.
Community volunteers are needed. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there is a High School Teen Board. Local teens can help by hosting fundraisers, building a high school team and recruiting students and friends to walk or run. Teens can also help by distributing flyers and brochures to help get the word out. For more information, call 203-852-2022.
The Whittingham Cancer Center is a comprehensive community cancer center offering patients superior care, close to home. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the center offers a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure patients have the best available treatment options. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, advanced clinical trials, complementary medical therapies, genetic counseling and extensive support service are centralized in one convenient location. Additionally, the center offers early detection and prevention programs, cancer education, navigator program and a survivorship program. To learn more, visit www.norwalkhealth.org.
America’s zookeeper Jack Hanna delivered in so many ways at the Maritime Aquarium Thursday.
Jokes, an amazing array of rare creatures — an echidna (one of only two egg-laying mammals), a lesser anteater, fennec foxes, a Siberian lynx, and a king vulture — as well as insight and education about wildlife in a fun engaging way…much like the aquarium itself. Hanna was encouraged by all the families in the audience, especially the young kids, because it showed the love they have for animals. And speaking from experience, he said if there’s love for animals there’s a willingness to protect them.
If you missed him at the aquarium you can catch him on Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild” on Saturday mornings on ABC.
Kudos to the aquarium for starting its new “Global Insights” lecture series and including Jack in the lineup. It continues with a visit by Jean-Michel Cousteau on May 20.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, an ocean explorer/defender, is carrying on the legacy of his father, Jacques Cousteau. He’ll have much to say about what we’re doing to the oceans … and what we should be doing instead.
Tickets for his 8 p.m. talk are $35 ($30 for Aquarium members).
Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of 7 with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been exploring the ocean realm. Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life.
Honoring his family heritage, Cousteau founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. The non-profit marine conservation and education organization serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by communicating the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. As chairman of the Board and president of the Ocean Futures Society, he is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
He has produced more than 80 films, received Emmy and Peabody awards, and is presentor of the IMAX movie “Sharks,” now playing in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater. Cousteau continues to produce environmentally oriented adventure programs and television specials, multi-media programs for schools, books, articles for magazines, newspaper columns and public lectures.