When the April showers come ,do we ever think about where all of the rain goes, and if we should save the water? Well, we should be concerned about saving the rain water. An easy solution to conserving water is by a rain barrel. The rain barrel collects water from the rooftops and stores it for later use. The captured water would otherwise be lost to storm drains, but the barrel will divert the water back to your yard, save on your water bills, and conserve on clean drinking water.
A rain barrel can easily be hooked up to the downspout of a rooftop gutter. It has a spigot at the bottom that can be attached to a garden hose. The barrel is closed, so that open sitting water is not an attraction to bugs and wildlife. The average rain barrel holds about 40-75 gallons of water. The barrel come in variety of earth colors, and materials.
Did you know that 1/4 of an inch of rain water can yield up to 150 gallons of water from a 1,000 foot rooftop? Since April showers are here, it is time to think of August drought and how a rain barrel will help to eliminate flora thirst.
West Norwalk Association along with Keep Norwalk Beautiful will have our annual Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 13 during the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm. As we did last year, we will invite the Norwalk Land Trust and Meeting House Association to work with us to make sure that all areas are cleaned up. The procedure would be: Come to Fox Run School, receive free gardening gloves, trash bags, and use of a picker. Select from a map of the area to clean-up and return filled bag of trash back to us. We will dispose of the garbage. We welcome all students with community service hours to be fulfilled. Should be a beautiful spring day, come out and join the fun.
Well, it is post turkey time and on to our next holiday feast. A regular tradition within the West Norwalk area is the Holiday Party sponsored by the West Norwalk Association.
The West Norwalk Association was founded in 1947 and acts as a “quality of life” organization. The board of directors and volunteers provide their time for “Good Deeds”, such as cleanups, scholarships beautification projects, aiding neighbors in need, welcome baskets to new homeowners and important issues including zoning, roads, traffic and historical preservation. This year was a busy with awarding two BMH seniors with scholarships, a forum introducing political candidates, a desperately needed Spring cleanup post one suprise snow storm and another cleanup after hurricane Sandy.
After a tough year economically and weather-wise, it is a joy to look forward to a holiday party and forget all of the woes of the world. Here are the details for the party:
WNA Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 6, 2012
32 Weed Avenue, West Norwalk
For all member who have paid their 2012 fees, the party is free. For those that have not, the fee is $5 per household.
They will be having a food drive this year, because most of the food pantries have bare cupboards and need help.
Looking forward to seeing friends and neighbors!
Time for the West Norwalk Association’s Annual Meeting on September 23rd 2012 The event will be from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Sons of Italy , 162 New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk. The meeting will offer the following agenda:
- Brief overview of the Association
- Treasury Report
- Introduction of the New Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and his Deputy Chief David Wrinn
- A forum for the running Republican and Democratic candidates to present their message
- Introduction of current WNA board members
Encouragement of residents to join the WNA association and apply for board position
Plenty of light refreshments, chance to mingle with neighbors, ask candidates questions, and hear from the New Police Chief of Norwalk
The WNA Association was officially started in 1947, but records show it started much earlier as a group of farmers getting together to discuss issues. Many of the earlier farmers could not sign their names, but indicated their membership by signing an X. Today the association offers, scholarships, donations to schools, 3 adopt a spots, a Spring clean-up, aids neighbors in need and gives welcome baskets to new neighbors. The associate communicates by email/website/facebook /newsletter(s) and post cards. We are a civic group with our ears to the ground, helping our neighbors and on top of local events.
We are all volunteers who work and raise families. Every penny of the annual dues goes to our projects/events. Many of the board members dip deeply in their pockets to cover costs as we did for the most recent scholarship for two BMHS seniors.
Come check out us out and join us at the annual meeting this Sunday….we will have lots of cookies so bring the kids..
Hello West Norwalk residents,
Please come and join us for the West Norwalk annual meeting. We will have the new Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and his Deputy Chief David Wrinn introduce themselves and briefly speak. In addition, because of the upcoming election, we will offer the running candidates an opportunity to state their platforms. This is also the time when the West Norwalk Association will confirm the present board members and look for new West Norwalk residents to join the board.
Here are the details:
West Norwalk Association annual meeting:
- Sept. 23rd
- Sons of Italy, 162 New Canaan Avenue, Norwalk
The following candidates will briefly speak:
Bob Duff, Kate Tepper, Jim Himes, Chris Murphy
Larry Cafero, Steve Obsitnik, Jack Chiaramonte
Look forward to seeing you ..
What makes West Norwalk so beautiful… all of the various tree species that flourish in our yards, along our roads and schools.
The city of Norwalk with its own Tree Warden , Deputy Tree Wardens, Tree Advisory Committee, Tree Alliance, and Tree Liaisons reflects a city serious about protecting its trees. The city has been designated by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation as Tree City USA for eight consecutive years.
As part of Norwalk’s desire to educate its residents about trees, the 6th annual Norwalk- Wilton Tree Festival will take place rain or shine on May 19th (Saturday).
May 19th at Cranbury Park
Free admission, food, and parking!
For more information, contact the City of Norwalk Customer Service Center, 203 854-3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tree Festival showcases an array of environmentally oriented exhibits and demonstrations on tree care by Arborists. The Arborists will offer free advise on care and identifying trees. There will be live animals, and adventuresome “safe” tree climbing for the younger set.
Over 30 organizations will be present and last year’s attendance was about 1,500. One of the organizers will be giving away free saplings of blue spruce and red cedar.
The festival will be family friendly and help to promote the idea that trees have a value to our city of Norwalk, and are a natural resource that enhances the quality of life.
I will be at the festival all day, and will be found in the Department of Public Works Tent. Come visit me and learn about being a Tree Liaison and much more by walking around.. Oh and it is dog friendly..
Spring Clean Up
Date: Saturday, April 21st 2012 (Rain Date April 22nd)
Time: 10:ooam through 1:00pm
Location: Fox Run School
Time for one of our signature events. The West Norwalk Association will again join up with the Norwalk City wide Keep America Beautiful Spring Clean-Up. This year we will invite the Norwalk Land Trust /West Norwalk Meeting House Association to work with us, and make sure that designated areas such as Nursery Road (along the parkway) and the West Norwalk Meeting House are free of trash. We will direct volunteers to particularly messy areas such as school grounds and Richards Avenue. We are open to hearing about any hot spots ( trash filled areas) in our neighborhood.
- Come to Fox Run School on Saturday, April 21st between 10:00am -1:00pm
- Receive free gardening gloves, trash bags and snacks
- Select from a map of West Norwalk, a street or area to clean-up
- Bring back the filled trash bag to Fox Run School
We welcome all students will community service hours to be fulfilled!!!
Thanks and we look forward to a sparkling clean neighborhood!!
Spring jumped in fast, but quickly retreated with the recent frost. Restless as most others.. I started raking, pulling weeds and sprinkling a few seeds in some pots. The sudden freeze snap caused me to glance at the calendar again, remind myself of the month and keep the pots warm and protected. When Spring finally is here temperature wise, let me know which gardening activity you attack first. Is it pulling the weeds, or thatching the lawn or….?
My husband’s first activity is to pull out the lawn furniture, pour a cold drink and sit on the chair.. Hopefully all of you gardeners will do this after the chores are done…
So let me know which gardening activity is your first in the Spring?
Meet the Authors:
Ken D’Arinzo is a 23+ year resident of Norwalk, living 18 years in West Norwalk with his wife, Debbie and teenage daughter Lauren. Currently a Real Estate Agent and Technology Coordinator/Trainer for Keller Williams Platinum Properties, Norwalk CT. Ken is also a board member of the West Norwalk Association.
Former educator within the Norwalk school system and Eagle Hill, Southport CT
Gay Mac Leod
Gay Mac Leod is a 10 year resident of West Norwalk and lives with her husband Joel and teenage son Bryce. An Advertising/Marketing professional with 20 plus years, she launched her own media/marketing firm two years ago.
Currently a board member of West Norwalk Association, Keep Norwalk Beautiful, and the city appointed Tree Advisory Committee.
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