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We Are Norwalk Now–How we are getting through Covid-19 together

Spring is upon us, nourishing us with sunshine, rain, longer days, fragrant green grass, and those purple crocus flowers that have an uncanny way of popping up in the most obscure places. This time of year is typically filled with a sense of rejuvenation, positive vibes, and the anticipation of Norwalk’s peak seasons filled with an abundance of social activity.

Alas, I am confronted with a blank page to communicate all these fantastic things Norwalk has on tap in the coming months, but I am challenged with doing so as Covid-19 has taken us all by surprise. in addition to the pandemic itself and the politics involved on every level, including the economic repercussions, on a local level, we are navigating our way through social distancing while coming together as a community. As I write this, I do not know what’s next. I do not have an event to pro-mote, nor do I have any dates to share as to when changes will take place. But I do know that Norwalk is fierce and resilient. Our roots run deep as a fishermen’s harbor. our history shows us emerging from fires and floods.

Today, Norwalk continues to evolve. The Norwalk Now brand is built upon “a city on the move.” When Covid-19 became a worldwide reality, ultimately hitting our home, Norwalk dug its heels in and got to work. Thank you to our leadership. Communications from Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk’s city government departments, the Norwalk parking Authority, Norwalk public Schools, and our local agencies are consistent and pro-active, providing residents and businesses with on-going updates, resources, and support systems. And to our first responders for keeping us safe, your presence is always an uplifting one. We are blessed to have Norwalk Hospital/Nuvance Health and AFC urgent Care Norwalk in our community.

Thorough online updates and resources are readily available, and their team of top-notch healthcare providers remains steadfast and courageous. For this, we are grateful. Small businesses and the self-employed are devastated by the mandated closings. Most notably, our restaurants are facing an unsure future. Many have closed their doors in hopes of rebuilding when the fog lifts. Take-out and delivery are the new norm. Restaurateurs are doing a superb job of implementing online ordering, take-out packages, curbside pick-up, and providing consumers with generous deals.

To our readers: purchase a Gift Card now so you can celebrate with it later when we all return to these amazing restaurants and bars. I also know that amid this economic hardship, restaurateurs continue to give back, many donating a percentage of their delivery sales to local hospitals.

Thank you, Dave Kuban, of Planet Pizza Norwalk and Norwalk High School teacher Matt Corry for banding together to make sure students who rely on school meal programs have another option available to them in addition to the Norwalk public Schools’ meal program during the school closing. Nicole Straight of Norwalk’s Food Rescue Us, your Food for The Front Lines program continues to raise money, delivering meals from local restaurants to first responders on the front lines of this pandemic.

Bravo, to our supermarkets, for keeping the shelves full for all of us. Stew Leonard, your daily video updates are full of great information, a fun behind-the-scenes peek into the Stew Leonard’s culture, and, most of all, full of warmth. The early opening for senior shopping is smart and thoughtful.

To our local musicians, thank you for all your Facebook Live concerts. You rock! Glenn Roth, your guitar magic is comforting and Ivy Spillman, your talent fills us with joy. Paul Green Rock Academy, remote music lessons for the kids—right on!

Cheers to Son0 1420 distillers! But we’re not toasting with their small-batch spirits. Instead, we are raising a droplet bottle to their homemade WHO- and FDA-approved hand sanitizer, which they continue to hand-out complimentary. To all the fitness trainers and workout studios through-out Norwalk, we appreciate those online workouts and motivational talks. Orange Theory Fitness Norwalk, thank you for holding us accountable while maintaining the fun-to-torture ratio. To OTF trainer Anthony Crowder, none of us will ever be able to look at a bag of potatoes quite the same way again, thanks to news 12 CT’s training at home segment.

A big shout out to our local social-media platforms and influencers who continue to spread the word by posting resource links, light-hearted giggles, restaurant offers, and so much more. You are all a significant news resource with your finger on the pulse of our city. We appreciate all of you. Keep it going. @203local, @ilovenorwalkct, and @Fairfieldcountyit, to name a few.

“Norwalk businesses have shown real determination during this pandemic. Things are changing daily, and we all know Covid-19 is having an impact. Still, our businesses continue to do great things,” says Mayor Rilling, “From providing take-out food to residents and donating food to first responders, to sharing inspirational messages across social media, Norwalk businesses are fantastic at supporting the community—and I encourage the community to keep supporting them during these difficult times.



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