Wilton Packs 165,000 Meals for STOP Hunger Now

Once again, the Wilton community came together to take part in a philanthropic effort to help feed the hungry. Overseen by the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), a collaboration of 10 of Wilton’s religious institutions), 690 volunteers helped package more than 165,000 meals for the organization Stop Hunger Now.

According to organizers, those hundreds of thousands of meals will feed 452 children for an entire year. The event is held annually and takes place at the WEPCO facility every October.

Of course the effort could only happen with the hundreds of volunteers, Wi-ACT’s 32-member steering committee, the Boy Scouts and their adult leaders of Troop 125 (which did the full set-up shift from 7:15-9 a.m. hauling in 50-pound bags of rice and soy plus the boxes of other ingredients and the packaging equipment).

According to representatives from Stop Hunger Now, Wilton’s event is significant, as the largest collective effort in the organization’s New England region. The meals packed in one day make up 10-percent of the 1.7 million meals that get packed during a single year.

GOOD Morning Wilton was thrilled to participate with family, friends and the many volunteers. (some images courtesy Temple B’Nai Chaim and Wilton Woman’s Club)

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The Connecticut Alliance of YMCA‘s on Wednesday, Oct. 21 named State Senator Toni Boucher its “Legislator of the Year.”

boucher YMCABoucher was presented with a plaque in honor of her advocacy and leadership at the State Capitol.

“I am so appreciative to the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs for this wonderful honor,” Boucher said. “Our YMCAs are powerful advocates for the needs of children, families and individuals throughout Connecticut. I am pleased to have been able to help our YMCAs to better serve their members. I applaud the work they do to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children.”

According to a press release from her office, Boucher, who serves as ranking member of the legislature’s Education Committee, continues to focus on strengthening the state’s laws regarding on school readiness and concussion awareness.


Wilton to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday

The Wilton Conservation Commission is sponsoring Wilton’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 31. This event enables Wilton residents to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste by bringing it to the collection where a certified hazardous waste contractor will provide appropriate and responsible disposal of the unwanted products.

The collection takes place in the parking lot of Miller-Driscoll School, (217 Wolfpit Rd.) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m..

Nearly all households contain some household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW is generally defined as a household waste that is corrosive (such as acids and alkalis), flammable, reactive or toxic (poisonous). Common HHW includes paint thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury thermometers, and gasoline. When these products are no longer wanted or needed, they become hazardous waste and must be disposed of responsibly and safely so that they do not lead to personal injury and do not enter the food chain or contaminate drinking water supplies. Although the federal regulations do not prohibit a homeowner from disposing of hazardous waste in the garbage, household hazardous waste collection programs provide an opportunity to manage these wastes in an environmentally safe manner.

Common household products that should not end up in our household trash and will be accepted at the event include:

Aerosol Cans (not empty)
Arts/Craft Supplies
Asphalt/Roof Sealer
Bathroom Cleaners
Brake Fluid
Chemical Fertilizers
Chemistry Kits
Furniture/Car Polish
Hair Dyes & Sprays
Metal Polish
Moth Balls
Nail Polish/Remover
Oven Cleaners
Paint Strippers/Thinners
Drain Cleaners
Flea Powders/Sprays
Photo Chemicals
Pool Chemicals
Rodent Poison
Tile/Toilet Cleaners
Transmission Fluid
Floor Care Products

This event is for the collection of household hazardous waste only. Paint and electronics will not be accepted.

The collection is open to all Wilton residents, as well as residents of Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Stamford, Weston and Westport. Proof of residency (a driver’s license) is required. For more information, contact the Wilton Department of Environmental Affairs at 203.563.0180.