Yearly Archives: 2019

Annual Food & Toy Drive!

Your gift of a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy will go a long way to brighten the holiday for those in need.

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Sponsored by Third Taxing District Electric Department.

The following locations in East Norwalk will be accepting non-perishable food and unwrapped toy donations from November 13 to December 14, 2019:
• Third Taxing District Office, 2 Second Street
• East Norwalk Library, 51 Van Zant Street
• Partner’s Café, 1½ Cove Avenue
• Fisherman’s World, 2 Fort Point Street
• Jimmy’s Mediterranean Deli, 65 Van Zant Street

Cash contributions for the purchase of toys and food will also be accepted at the TTD office at 2 Second Street.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting + Food & Toy Drive!

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 5pm at the Roger Ludlow Triangle, East Norwalk, CT.
Rain Date: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6PM – Cancelled due to inclement weather.

Enjoy Christmas music performed by Summertime Band!

Annual Food & Toy Drive
Your gift of a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy will go a long way to brighten the holiday for those in need.
Sponsored by Third Taxing District Electric Department.

The following locations in East Norwalk will be accepting non-perishable food and unwrapped toy donations from November 13 to December 14, 2019:
• Third Taxing District Office, 2 Second Street
• East Norwalk Library, 51 Van Zant Street
• Partner’s Café, 1½ Cove Avenue
• Fisherman’s World, 2 Fort Point Street
• Jimmy’s Mediterranean Deli, 65 Van Zant Street

Cash contributions for the purchase of toys and food will also be accepted at the TTD office at 2 Second Street.

Refreshments will be served as we await Santa’s arrival!

2019 Christmas Poster

TTD’s Organization Pick: Malta House

Malta House: “Hope For Life”

Malta House, Inc., started 20 years ago when a young father learned that there was no safe place to live in Fairfield County for women who were pregnant and homeless. He felt “struck by lightning” with an idea and mission to open a home for these young mothers. After 3 years of planning, they opened their doors in December 1998 at 5 Prowitt Street, Norwalk, CT.

Now, after nearly 21 years, Malta House is planning to move to a new home and start their next chapter. Their new home will allow them to serve fifty percent more mothers and babies. The new home will provide on-site support for moms such as parenting classes, career services, and healthcare. There will also be a chapel, classroom space, a full kitchen, a nursery with both an infant and toddler area, and more. Executive Director Carey Dougherty speaks passionately about the work she and her staff do. “The moms who come to us are pregnant, and we also invite mothers who may already have a child under the age of one. Our mothers typically stay with us for up to 18 months.

While they are with us, they must either be in school or working, and we offer a lot of support to our mothers working on their education and career goals to further their opportunities, and provide free childcare, which is a critical component to their career and educational plans,” says Carey. Apart from Malta House’s “Residential Program”, their 24/7 transitional living program, they also offer a post-residential program called the “Partnering Success Program”. The transition back into day-to-day life can be quite difficult, so Malta House continues to support those mothers after they leave Malta House, especially within that first year. The final program is their Outreach Program”. Carey says, “Mothers in need can call in twice a month and place their order for basic necessities, such as diapers, wipes, formula or food.

In addition to our partnership with The Diaper Bank of Connecticut, we are blessed by the support of many within our community, and are grateful for the opportunity to give our excess to support over 1,000 low-income families per year .” Carey says, “Malta House serves as a haven for the mothers and babies who stay with us, and as a hub for families in need to connect to vital resources in our community. Once part of our family, always part of our family.”

Fisherman’s World: Where Great Fishermen Are Born

Owner Richard (“Rick”) Mola grew up working in his father’s business, Fisherman’s World, which is a bait and tackle shop that was established in 1974 in East Norwalk, CT. Rick’s father, Vincent “Vinny” Mola was a WW2 veteran and an “exceptional man”. Both Vinny and his wife, Lillian (Rick’s Mother) worked tirelessly to provide a family run business and received a lot of support from the local community. They incorporated their son, Rick, as a child and quickly shifted the ownership of the business to him after recognizing his passion. One of Rick’s earliest memories is being woken by his father in the middle of the night, when the weather was damp, to help him pick nightcrawlers to sell in the store as bait.

After Lillian passed, Rick’s wife, Gloria, joined the family business. Shortly after, Fisherman’s World turned into a third generation family business when their daughters, Ashley and Sherri, became involved at a young age. Since then, Ashley and Sherri have integrated an online presence expanding their customer base worldwide. Rick’s history of understanding fishing, command of water habits and research of the best tools have consistently made him a resource for both nationally televised fishing episodes and seminars (Saltwater Sportsman).

Fisherman’s World has been in business for 60 years now, and fishermen come from all over the world to learn how to fish. Rick says, “Training is part of our business plan and it’s a passion. I always say to customers, it is to our advantage for you to become a good fisherman and have confidence in yourself.”

Learn more: Fisherman’s World

TTD October 2019 Tree Lighting

The tree is lit in pink to symbolize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The supporting foundation is Susan G. Komen. Founded in the 1980s,
Susan Komen launched the breast cancer movement. Komen works diligently on acquiring more funding for breast cancer research. In 2000, Komen worked to develop genetic testing to help determine which patients need more treatment. In 2010, Congress passed the EARLY Act, requiring
breast cancer education for women under 40. In the U.S. by 2026, Komen’s goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by fifty percent.

View the full story: Komen.org

TTD September 2019 Tree Lighting

The tree is lit in Gold to symbolize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The supporting foundation is Caring With Grace. Caring With Grace was
started by an 11 year-old girl in 2014, Grace Targonski, when she found out her younger brother needed surgery to remove a cyst in his brain, while Grace’s Aunt was fighting cancer. This was when Grace started to raise awareness and collect donations to help children and their families battle cancer.“ Caring With Grace is dedicated to bring support to pediatric cancer patients and their families in any way possible.

There was an event on Thursday, September 12th around the tree at the Roger Ludlow Triangle in East Norwalk, CT. Grace Targonski joined the Third Taxing District Commissioners and Staff to light up the tree in Gold and speak about her organization.

Learn more: Caring with Grace

TTD’s Organization Pick: East Norwalk Business Association

The East Norwalk Business Association (“ENBA”) was started in 2003. Its origins sprang out of a need to address political issues that were affecting East Norwalk, and businesses in particular. Founder and President of ENBA, Winthrop E. Baum says, “we felt in order to gain a voice we needed to galvanize our group of businesses in East Norwalk which totaled about 500 enterprises, ranging from small offices to travel agencies, accounting firms, manufacturers, restaurants and a host of other businesses that did not have a collective voice prior to the formation of ENBA.” The East Norwalk Business Association gives these businesses that voice by speaking to authorities on a variety of subjects such as the Walk Bridge Project, transit-oriented design, CT Department of Transportation on repairing or replacing roads, bridges and more. Mr. Baum says, “Speaking as one business owner, we can only go so far, but speaking as a group we can really have a much greater impact.” ENBA has positively impacted businesses by example of the creation for the plan of a four-lane roadway on East Avenue passing under the 120 yearold bridge which is being rebuilt. Mr. Baum says “Join us! We are all in this together and surely it makes sense for all businesses to participate with us.
Again, individually our voice is muted, but collectively our voice is strong.”

Visit: East Norwalk Business Association

TTD Business Pick: Rise Up Fitness

Rise Up Fitness: Personal and group training for Norwalk “I started Rise Up Fitness in January 2018 and my trainers and clients followed me from the previous gym I trained at,” says owner Bruce Ceja. “I have always loved fitness. I started in boxing at twelve years old, and from there on
fitness became my career.” Rise Up Fitness is a one-of-a-kind private fitness studio that coaches small groups and offers private training.
Everyone who joins classes will eventually know one another well. Bruce says, “It’s like I am training my friends every week, because a lot of
my clients have been training with me for five years.” Rise Up Fitness not only trains in boxing, but also Pilates, weight lifting and cardio
workouts. Bruce also has two dogs that stay with him at Rise Up. His first dog’s name is Brooklyn and she is twelve years old. His second dog’s
name is Crush and she is six months old. Bruce feels good change for Rise Up. His classes are expanding, which means he will offer more
classes and more on the schedule. The current schedule is Boot-camp on Monday, strength training on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday is for boxing. Bruce says, “we do all our scheduling through an app called MindBody.” Bruce, his trainers and his students participated in a Spartan Race near West Point in August which is an obstacle course three to four miles long and is very challenging. “I am here to
help and support my students, in any way possible,” says Bruce.

(203) 939-7552 • 242 East Ave, Norwalk

Learn more: Rise Up Fitness

Public Power Week 2019

In October 2019, we celebrate and thank our public power utilities.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment.

View the full story: TTD September and October 2019 Newsletter

TTD Community Spotlight: East Norwalk Cemetery

East Norwalk Cemetery is filled with the lives of the original settlers of Norwalk. Thirty families, who are known as the planters and original settlers of Norwalk are buried in East Norwalk Cemetery. These settlers arrived at Norwalk in the spring of 1651 and were preceded by
Norwalk and Hartford Settlers, Nathanial Ely and Richard Olmstead. The East Norwalk Cemetery was built in the middle of East Avenue for the purpose to be surrounded by these settlers’ homes, to provide protection from marauding Indians and wild animals. This cemetery is the resting place of our founding fathers and families. The Honorable Governor Thomas Fitch of colonial fame, his son Col. Thomas Fitch, Jr., outstanding military leader known also as Yankee Doodle (“Dandy!”), are buried here. Soldiers who took part in defending the lives of their brethren from Indian Wars down through the many periods of later wars are also buried here.