Yearly Archives: 2019

May 2019 Tree Lighting

The tree is lit in PURPLE to symbolize Lupus Awareness month. Building awareness of Lupus is essential to improve early diagnosis and
treatment of this unpredictable and misunderstood disease, and ensure that people with Lupus are aware of the support and resources available
to help them manage their disease. Wear purple and tell people why you are showing your support of Lupus research. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). “Chronic” means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer
than six weeks and often for many years.

For more information about Lupus, and to get involved please visit:

For more information about the Association, visit:

TTD’s Featured Organization: East Norwalk Neighborhood Association

The mission of the East Norwalk Neighborhood Association is to foster and preserve the residential character, natural & historic resources, and quality of life in East Norwalk, and to encourage East Norwalk residents to actively participate in achieving this goal.

The East Norwalk Neighborhood Association advocates on behalf of East Norwalk residents by interacting with city and state government entities and agencies to preserve and enhance quality of life. ENNA Board members and volunteer residents regularly attend government meetings, prepare position statements, suggest legislation, and monitor quality of life ordinances that require local and state enforcement. Residents in 06855 East Norwalk are strongly encouraged to stay informed on important issues by signing up for ENNA emails. Do so by emailing us at or by using the “contact us” link on our website Folks can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ENNA06855.

ENNA celebrates over 15 years of community advocacy for residents of 06855 East Norwalk. We are proud to be a 501(c)3 non-profit and encourage residents to support our efforts by attending our meetings, volunteering at events, and supporting us with tax-deductible donations.

TTD Business Pick (May/June): Ripka’s Beach Café

THE place to eat and enjoy the beach – all year long!

When Clyde Ripka, Owner of Ripka’s Beach Cafe opened the business in 2002, he envisioned it to be the place for everyone to enjoy. Clyde grew up literally in the water. “I ran a restaurant at 18 years old in Paia, Maui where I could walk out of the back door and jump in the water for a short surf session after serving breakfast, ” says Clyde. Ripka’s Beach Cafe serves fries, hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, and a raw bar for seafood.
Clyde says, “We will continue to draw locals in for our ‘Aloha Friday’ happy hour under the tent with music and specials.” Ripka’s
also gives back to the community through fundraising walks, working with the Norwalk Senior Center, and the schools. “I contribute
full chef meals for 8 to 30 people for several local organizations yearly. I’m also sponsoring cooking classes for ‘Star,’ a local charity helping handicapped children and adults. That was and is probably the most inspiring thing I do.” — Clyde R.

Ripka’s Beach Café: (203) 956-6060
99 Calf Pasture Beach Rd, Norwalk, CT

TTD’s Summer Concerts Great music and dancing at Calf Pasture Beach!

The Third Taxing District FREE summer concerts have always been fun for the residents of Norwalk.

For more than 25 years, TTD has held these summer concerts at Calf Pasture Beach, averaging 200-300 people per show enjoying the amazing music. Do the math! Assistant General Manager of TTD, Ron Scofield, has been in charge of arranging the concerts for the past 20 years. Ron says, “I look forward to planning the concerts because of the enjoyable experiences that our concert-goers have each year. This is really to give back to the East Norwalk community. Each and every concert attracts people from all over Norwalk and beyond, many of whom spend their time dancing on the grassy fi eld, right in front of the Showmobile.” This year there will be eight Sunday concerts. Each Sunday concert starts at 5pm and is a great event for individuals and families. The mix of music for 2019 is rock, jazz, country, oldies and tribute bands. Lastly, Ron says, “For those who have not yet attended our summer concerts, we hope that you will join us this year at Calf Pasture Beach. We look forward to seeing you there!”

TTD 2019 Summer Concert Series

TTD’s 2019 Summer Concert series is here!

Summer-Concert-Series-2019-1b2019 Summer Concert Schedule

Sunday, July 7th   Billy and The Showmen

Sunday, July 14th   Last Call Experience

Sunday, July 21st   Summertime

Sunday, July 28th   Fairfield Counts

Sunday, August 4th   The Barons

Sunday, August 11th   River of Dreams (Billy Joel Tribute Band)

Sunday, August 18th   Big Beat Oldies Band

Sunday, August 25th   Beginnings (Chicago Tribute Band

All concerts will be held at Calf Pasture Beach, East Norwalk, CT in the Showmobile.

Sunday concerts will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

No Rain Dates

April 2019 Tree Lighting

The tree is lit in BLUE to symbolize National Child Abuse Prevention month with the supporting organization being Norwalk Exchange Club.
“Believe in Blue”is an annual campaign with an effort to reach families across the nation with positive parenting tips. Joe Tamburro, President
says, “The Norwalk Exchange Club, through its support of parent mentor programs, educational programs and community service activities, continually
strives to prevent child maltreatment by reducing the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect.“ For more information on the cause please visit

The “Believe in Blue” event will take place on Wednesday April 3rd at 6PM at Roger Ludlow Triangle in East Norwalk.

March 2019 Tree Lighting

The tree is lit in ORANGE to symbolize National Multiple Sclerosis Society during National Multiple Sclerosis month. Lisa Gerrol, President of the
CT branch says,“We are here to help families address the complex challenges of living with an incurable, unpredictable disease through our
comprehensive network of local programs and services and by funding cutting-edge research to stop the progression of Multiple Sclerosis, reverse
the damage, and end MS forever. Additionally, we drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education, and help those with MS and their families connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.” For more information about MS, and to get involved please visit

2019 Free Trees for East Norwalk

Free Tree Lottery Returns This Spring!

Homeowners in East Norwalk will have a chance to win a free tree for their front yard again this year. Third Taxing District’s tree lottery
held last year was such a success, they’re funding one again this spring. Through a grant to the Norwalk Tree Alliance, a non-profit organization, trees will be planted in East Norwalk neighborhoods at no cost to homeowners – for the tree or for planting it. The program’s goal simply put is to help beautify East Norwalk neighborhoods and to enhance the quality of our environment. In fact, TTD and Norwalk Tree Alliance have worked together for the past four years and have already planted approximately 50 trees throughout East Norwalk. Planting trees is particularly important, as our area has been identified as in need of enhanced tree canopy by a recent West COG planning study.

If you’re an East Norwalk homeowner and interested in a free tree for your front yard, please email with your name, home
address and telephone number. If you entered your name last year and did not win a tree, you do not have to do anything. Your name will
remain entered in this year’s lottery. As there are a limited number of trees available, qualified homeowners will be selected at a drawing at the end of March. The lucky winners will be contacted in early April.

Why plant a tree?
Trees provide many personal, neighborhood and town benefits throughout the year. Besides adding value and beauty to your property, trees provide a habitat for songbirds and other wildlife. They absorb pollution and provide cooling shade. By holding in soil, trees reduce erosion and stormwater runoff.

TTD’s Business Pick: March/April

At Station House, everyone is considered family! Carol Goodchild, Owner of Station House Bar and Grille has been working since she was
16 years old with her father in the restaurant business. Carol’s family also owns two other businesses in Norwalk — Harbor Lights and
Overton’s Seafood. “Norwalk is my town. My family and I live here and I am staying till the end,” says Carol. Station House has many employees,
andCarol treats each one like her own family. “Our employees have been here for a long time. Some have been here 10-20 years,” says Carol.
Head Chef, Luciane Velinski says, “I have been working here for eight years, and to this day I am very happy.” Not only does Station House
serve great food and drinks, they also serve the community. Carol says, “we have space upstairs at Station House and we do lots fundraising events for Norwalk. Our next event is March 14th for Mayor Rilling, and the next is on April 27th for Nathan Hale Middle School. Come join us!”

Welcoming Johnnie Mae Weldon TTD’s Newest Commissioner

At the January 7, 2019 Commission meeting, Commissioners Debora Goldstein and Pamela Parkington appointed Johnnie Mae Weldon to the Commission to
fill the vacant seat from the recently retired David Brown. She was then sworn in by Richard McQuaid, Town Clerk. Following her appointment, she was elected Chairperson of the Commission. Johnnie Mae began with the Commission when she was elected Treasurer in November 2017. She has attended all the meetings over the past year and is aware of all the issues facing the District. Johnnie Mae said, “We are now an all-woman Commission, and I am looking forward to working side-by-side with Commissioners Goldstein and Parkington.”

Johnnie Mae graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her work experience includes case management and administration for Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (“NEON”), and Pacific House. Johnnie Mae also serves as Selectman of Norwalk, Member of the Democratic Town Committee, City Constable, Board Member of the Norwalk Police Athletic League, and Membership Chair of the Norwalk Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is also actively involved in the Friendship House and Bethel AME Church.
Lastly, Johnnie Mae said, “I am a community person. I like helping and working with people.”