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50 People Turn Out for Blue Zones Hike on Norwalk River Valley Trail

Approximately 50 hardy souls braved last Sunday’s frigid temperatures to learn more about the proposed Blue Zones Project for Wilton, and to hike the Norwalk River Valley Trail.

Beverly Brokaw, the resident spearheading Wilton’s pursuit of Blue Zone status, addressed the group before the start of the hike, outlining the health and well-being benefits the Blue Zone Project can bring to the town.

“Sunday’s good turnout in the cold weather is a good indication of the strong interest the Blue Zone concept is receiving in Wilton. Our team is excited about the building enthusiasm in town,” Brokaw said.

The collaboratively planned “Walk and Talk” tapped into Blue Zones core principles of movement and community building. Attendees commented that these kinds of activities should take place more often in Wilton, providing opportunities to meet other Wiltonians, benefit from the town’s amenities, and participate in a shared pursuit.

It’s something the NRVT officials are thrilled to support. “The NRVT is 100% behind making Wilton a Blue Zone and happy to do whatever we can to help make it a reality. It’s a perfect fit with the NRVT,” Charlie Taney, NRVT’s executive director, said.

Sunday’s hiking group included people of all ages, along with dog walkers and birdwatchers. The hardier members of the group hiked the entire east Wilton Loop of the NRVT, a bit over four miles round trip.

State Budget Panel Discussion–LiveStream

Our online news colleagues at CTNewsJunkie are hosting their first public policy panel discussion of 2019–a talk on the next state budget with an eye toward providing the new administration with some ideas on how to tackle the state’s fiscal problems. They are graciously sharing the livestream feed of the event with GOOD Morning Wiltonand you can watch it via GMW on Facebook.

Panelists include State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, executive director and founder Katie Roy, and Deputy House Leader Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford. The discussion will be moderated by CTNewsJunkie editor Christine Stuart.

This event is being made possible through underwriting by Dominion Energy and the event host, reSET, a co-working space operated by the Social Enterprise Trust at 1429 Park Street in Hartford.