Read with Matt Davies


Wilton Library is excited to welcome back local author/illustrator Matt Davies! Davies⎯who has written and illustrated several children’s books, and is the editorial cartoonist for Newsday⎯has partnered with author Aaron Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) on his latest book, Nerdy Birdy. Nerdy Birdy is not a cool bird ⎯ he loves playing video games and reading. He is very lonely until he finds out he is not the only nerdy birdy out there.

Davies will share his new book, answer questions, and show how he creates his fabulous illustrations Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.. There will also be a book signing after the event. Books will be for sale at this event provided by Elm Street Book of New Canaan.

The book signing is at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..

Wilton Kiwanis to Host First Selectman Candidates

2-shot first selectman candidates

On Wednesday, Oct. 14 the Kiwanis Club of Wilton will be hosting Deb McFadden and Lynne Vanderslice, the two candidates running for the position of Wilton’s first selectman at their weekly luncheon. The lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. with the candidates coming on at 12:45 p.m..

Each candidate will have 15 minutes to present her plans for the town if elected, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers. The Q & A will be moderated by John Kalamarides, Kiwanis club vice president.

Non members are invited to join the event for lunch and speakers, but reservations are required. To make reservations call Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208. The cost is $15.00 per person.

Wilton CERT Offers Disaster Preparedness Training

Wilton’s volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), in conjunction with the Wilton Department of Emergency Management, has announced their annual disaster preparedness training program. Citizens are invited to take advantage of training to prepare for, respond, and help family, friends and neighbors in the event of natural or man-made emergency or disaster.

CERT Instructors are certified by the CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Instructors from Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service will assist in the training. The training will cover a variety of emergency skills, such as how to prepare for when a disaster strikes, fire safety, including how to extinguish small fires, how to evacuate a smoke filled building, basic first aid, disaster psychology, hazardous materials response, and terrorism awareness. The training involves classroom and field practical exercises.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible and invited to join Wilton CERT. As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Wilton CERT regularly provides assistance to first responders at large emergency incidents and public events. Wilton CERT has performed a broad range of deployment activities, including missing person searches, traffic and crowd control duties, staffing Wilton’s emergency shelter, and distributing emergency food and water.

The initial class begins Wednesday, Oct. 21 and is limited to 25 people, so interested persons should register as soon as possible. Please visit the CERT website for information and to register online. Course participants must be 16 years or older. Upon successful completion of the program, participants 18 or older are eligible to join the CERT Team. There is no cost for this training.

For further information, please email John Stewart.

Wilton Artist Gini Frank Fischer Unveils Oil Portrait of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling

Gini Frank Fischer Rilling portrait

An oil portrait of retired police chief (and current Norwalk mayor) Harry Rilling that was painted by Wilton portrait artist Gini Frank Fischer, was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Norwalk Police Department.

Fischer, who grew up in Norwalk, is the daughter of retired Norwalk police Captain John Frank, who served the department for 24 years. He and his wife, Louise, were there for the event.

The painting will be on permanent display at the station house in the conference room near the main entrance

Rilling joined the Norwalk Police Department in 1971, and served as Chief from 1995-2012.