Noroton Heights Station Area Study

NEW CANAAN — A public information meeting for the Noroton Heights Station Area Study will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Mather Center, Cafeteria Extension at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien. Darien residents, businesses, commuters and other local stakeholders are encouraged to attend this meeting for an update on the study and to provide input on potential improvements around the Noroton Heights Station study area. RSVP by noon on Jan. 15 to

This event will provide citizens an opportunity to talk with members of the project team including Town of Darien representatives, WestCOG, as well as planners from the NV5 consultant team. The project team will share an update on the study, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in a discussion on recommendations for the study area.

Community participation is a key component of the Noroton Heights Station Area Study as it will help focus the study efforts and shape recommendations and strategies for the future of transportation around the Noroton Heights Station Area. For more information on this event, or to request special accommodations, please contact Western Connecticut Council of Governments, Kristin Hadjstylianos, Associate Planner at 203-965-4972 or

Building One Community seeks award nominees

STAMFORD — Building One Community, a nonprofit that provides resources for immigrants, is accepting nominations for its Land of Opportunity Award, which honors residents who immigrated to the greater Stamford area and whose accomplishments embody the spirit of the American Dream.

“The Land of Opportunity Award honors the perseverance and resilience demonstrated by the awardee in his or her pursuit of success and commitment to building one strong community,” according to the organization. “It was established in recognition of immigrant residents’ best talents, fresh perspectives, new ideas, businesses and vibrant diversity.”

Last year’s winner was Yelena Klompus, the Ferguson Library’s world languages and literacy librarian, who emigrated from Russia in 1993. She was the award’s third recipient.

The award will be presented at Building One Community’s annual spring benefit breakfast on May 31 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Eligible nominees live or work, or have recently lived or worked, in the greater Stamford area; were born outside the United States and its territories (including Puerto Rico); are at least 21 years old. The deadline is Jan. 31.

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