Archive for March, 2012
The Norwalk YMCA and Christian Community Action are joining forces to present a Prom Dress Extravaganza. Along with the New Canaan High School Fashion Show Committee and the Wilton Women’s Club, cleaned prom dresses are being collected on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Norwalk YMCA, 370 West Ave. The dresses will be given away to high school students in need living in the towns of Norwalk, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at the Norwalk Y.
Each student will be able to choose one dress.
Shoes and bags appropriate for such an occasion will also be collected and available to the students. Anyone wishing to donate dresses, shoes or bags should bring them to the Y on Friday afternoon, or may drop them off anytime before then at the Human Services Council, 1 Park St., Norwalk during regular business hours. For information, contact Christi Pope at CCA, 203-939-1650.
The PAWS Animal Shelter, 504 Main Ave., is hosting a special “Senior Sunday” cat adoption day on Sunday to try to find homes for some of its adult cats before kitten season kicks into full swing. Adopters will receive a reduced adoption fee of $75, a handcrafted pet bed and a kitty “swag bag” filled with items to help your new friend feel at home. To check out some of the cats visit the gallery on the PAWS website, www.pawsct.org. The event is from noon to 4 p.m.
Several area businesses are teaming up with Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center to help local residents with cancer.
On Thursday, March 29, Tony Aitoro of Aitoro Appliances will once again host a spring wine and food tasting from 6 – 8 pm. One hundred percent of ticket sales will benefit the 2012 Whittingham Cancer Center Walk & Sally’s Run, which raises funds for patient care initiatives, innovative therapies, research, clinical trials and extensive support services. The walk is slated for March 12.
Kudos goes out to community members and businesses for their overwhelming support – especially Tony Aitoro, World of Beverages, B.J. Ryan’s, BANC House, Brasitas, A Dash of Salt, Kazu, Tuscan Oven and Wave Hill Breads, Bakery & Café.
The Aitoro Showroom is located at 401 Westport Ave., Norwalk.
Tickets are $50 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.norwalkhospitalfoundation.org or call 203-852-2216.
And mark your calendar for the 3K walk and 5K run, which will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Registration begins at 9 am, with the walk/run starting at 11 am. Guests will enjoy a great day of outdoor fun, prize drawings, kids’ activities and entertainment by DNR – Fairfield County’s (Almost) All Physician Band, featuring Dr. Richard Frank, the director of cancer research at Norwalk Hospital.
Residents can register, build a team and 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. Additionally, the walk route will be lined with tribute signs that can be purchased for $100. Tribute signs are a great way to honor or remember a loved one, recognize a special physician or nurse, or promote a local business. Event sponsorship opportunities are available, please call 203-852-2350.
The Norwalk Education Foundation, Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia, the Norwalk School District and the Norwalk PTO Council are asking city residents, businesses and organizations to lend their support as they advocate for greater equity in the state funding for education.
The organizations are asking concerned Norwalkr residents to sign a petition asking lawmakers to reconsider the formula for allotting education money to the state’s towns. Currently, Norwalk receives a much lower allotment from the state than similarly sized towns in Connecticut. The group is also asking supporters to join them at a rally for the cause led by Rep. Gail Lavielle, a representative on the state’s Education Committee, in Hartford on March 15.
The education cost-sharing formula is on the agenda as part of a larger Education Reform bill (Senate Bill 24) that is being considered in Hartford. Currently, the formula weighs property values heavily. For example, Danbury, which has lower property values but is in other respects directly comparable to Norwalk, currently receives more than twice as much ECS funding as Norwalk. The Norwalk group wants the formula changed to reflect changing demographics — increases in students who speak English as a second language and public housing students — as well as the higher costs to run schools required in lower Fairfield County, including salaries.
According to Superintendent Susan Marks and Board of Education Chairman Jack Chiaramonte, additional ECS funding for Norwalk will be used in the classroom to achieve academic results.
“We would focus these resources on closing the early reading gap by expanding to all Norwalk elementary schools the state’s literacy pilot program for K-3, which uses a literacy assessment tool to tailor reading instruction. Currently, the program is in two elementary schools. To bolster the use of these tools, a portion of the ECS funds would be used to provide targeted professional development in the area of literacy to K-3 teachers.”
Concerned Norwalk citizens and businesses are urged to sign the petition and show their support in person at the rally in Hartford on March 15. Visit the Norwalk Education Foundation website, www.norwalkeducation.org, to access the petition and sign up for free bus transportation.
Did you ever want to know what kind of stuff Andy Rooney, the noted CBS News reporter, author and curmudgeonly “60 Minutes” commentator, accumulated over a career that spanned seven decades before his death at age 92 last November?
Well, here’s a chance to check out some of Rooney’s personal and professional possessions: an estate sale is taking place this weekend at the home in the Rowayton section of Norwalk, where he lived with his family for more than 60 years.
The sale takes place Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day, according to notices advertising the event placed in area newspapers by Elizabeth Jackson Estate Sales.
Among the items up for sale, according to the ads, include his antique Underwood typewriter and vintage desk chair, as well as furniture made by Rooney himself, and vintage press and World War II memorabilia.
A large collection of American prints and oils also is on sale, such as paintings and drawings by Ralston Crawford, Joseph Stell, Gertrude Fiske, Sheldon Pennoyer, Isabelle Bishop and Adolfo Rolla, as well as a signed Berenice Abbott photo, “Tredwell House” and original cartoons.
Furnishings include a gilt “grapevine” mirror and overmantle mirror, both from the 19th century; an early New York sideboard; 19th century tambour secretary with tiger maple and tiger maple side chairs; a Thomas Moser bowback stool; a double pedestal dining table with five leaves and set of 8 dining chairs; Persian and Chinese carpets; a Portugese grospoint rug, a Tiffany sterling coffeepot, circa 1930; Venetian glass and antique crystal and a unique collection of early 19th century cast iron cookie molds.
Visitors to the sale will also find a vintage sleigh bed, Federal twin beds, vintage dolls and toys and a library collection with many vintage art books.
The sale features three floors of collectibles, including old brass, vintage clothing and jewelry, programs from the New York Giants and Superbowl souvenirs.
For directions and more details on the sale, check www.ejacksonllc.com
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