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Community Forums coming your way!
At a Special Meeting on Saturday, April 15, Norwalk City Council requested that community meetings be scheduled to give residents the opportunity to be heard in their "own backyards," at locations more accessible and less formal than City Hall. As part of the city's effort to strengthen community connections, these meetings will be offered each quarter to provide an open forum for the people of Norwalk to share concerns, questions and comments.
The Community Forums will be special City Council meetings open to the public,with a more relaxed format than regular meetings. To make it more convenient and easier for residents to attend, they will take place at locations throughout Norwalk.
The first Community Forum, scheduled for Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m., was held at New River Elementary School's Multi-Purpose Room.
The second meeting took place on Tuesday, August 22 at 6 p.m. at Sanchez Elementary School's Multi-Purpose Room.
The City has scheduled the third meeting for Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Moffitt Elementary School. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served, and translation services will be available for our Spanish speaking residents.
For more information, please call (562) 929-5735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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City of Norwalk Gives Back to Resident Vets
Free Programming for Servicemen and Women
To highlight the sacrifice and service of Norwalk veterans, the City provides resources and programs year-round and honors local veterans through an annual tribute on November 11.
The City of Norwalk's Veterans Day Tribute gathered community members, veterans and local officials to hear messages of gratitude for sacrifices made by those who served, as well as their families. The day began with a ribbon cutting at the site of the City's first Combat Wounded Parking Stall. This space, reserved for veterans wounded in the line of duty, was dedicated in honor of retired Army Specialist Roger Higgins, who was exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Mr. Higgins was the first to park in this special stall. Two more will be installed at City facilities before the end of the month.
Earlier in the week, City Council established an enhanced pet adoption program geared towards active military and veterans living in Norwalk. Through the "Pets for Troops" program, residents currently serving or who have served in the United States Armed Forces may adopt a shelter pet through the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority completely free of charge. The free adoption includes spaying/neutering, microchipping, first set of vaccinations and a six week obedience course for canines. The program is scheduled to begin in early December.
In September, City Council reinstated the Norwalk Hometown Heroes program, which honors active duty and active reservists living in Norwalk with a personalized banner displayed along a main corridor of the City. These banners fly for a period of one year, when they are removed for a formal presentation to the service person or his or her family during a regular City Council meeting. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by visiting norwalk.org.