Norwalk Land Trust
National Estuary Week, Sept. 16-23
In Rowayton we are lucky to live alongside two tidal estuaries. The very large Long Island Sound; and the smaller Farm Creek. To create a tidal estuary a fresh water source is required and it flows along the Rowayton Elementary School property; and a salt water source is required. The resultant brackish water creates and supports diverse and abundant plant life which attracts birds, marine life and small land animals.
The Norwalk Land Trust, which owns 30 properties throughout Norwalk, invites you to come take a walk on the trails of the Schoendorf Preserve at Farm Creek, look out on the special Spartina grasses that wave in the water at high tide. Small animals hide throughout the acreage, crabs, mussels and many birds, local and visiting use this safe habitat. It is truly a place of wonder, and the Land Trust appreciates the wonderful ongoing support of the Rowayton Community. Watch for specific celebrations on our web site: www.norwalklandtrust.org.
A note from Fire Marshal Ed Carlson
- Check to see if your heating system has been serviced within the last 12 months.
- Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every 12 months or sooner depending on how much they are used.
- Be sure not to leave candles unattended during a power outage. They are a leading cause of fire in a home.
- If you have a fireplace, does it have a screen or door to catch sparks?
- Space heaters need to be at least three feet away from walls and combustible items.
- Test your smoke alarms every month and change the batteries, spring and fall.
- Practice your fire escape plan with your family. If you do not have a plan, it’s a good time to start one.
- Install smoke detectors on every level and in every sleeping area.
- It is recommended that you have a CO detector on the main and sleeping level (s) of your home.
Within the past year I have seen a number of homes in Rowayton that do not have working smoke or CO detectors in the residence. As your Fire Marshal this is a great concern of mine. If you need assistance in installing them or have questions regarding the placement of detectors, please call me at 203-854-6666 ext. 2.
The Rowayton Fire Department
Have you ever considered joining our all-volunteer fire department? Not only do they always welcome additional firefighters, but you can help as a driver, radio operator or in other functions. Rowayton’s all-volunteer department keeps our property taxes about 10% lower than they would be if we had a paid department. Training is ongoing so you can join at any time of the year. The fire department is always looking for new recruits. Call Chief DeKlyn at (203) 853-9411 for more information.
Rowayton Fire Department Holiday Toy Collection
Sunday, December 3rd 1:00-3:00pm
Members of the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department will be collecting new toys for at-risk children in our area this holiday season. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or other gift to the Rowayton Fire Department as the Rowayton volunteer firefighters will be collecting toys for the Carver Center’s holiday party. For more information on the toy collection, call (203) 853-9411.