The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut

The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of May 13.

The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut
We're inching closer to the unofficial start of summer later this month. (Photo by Kelly Prinz)

Monday, May 13

Happy Monday! A special shoutout to all the mothers—hope you had a great Mother’s Day. This week we’re highlighting our Getting Around series, which we launched Part 1 of last week. ICYMI: Part 1 in our Getting Around Series looks at challenges on roads in southwest Connecticut.

Check out the full landing page for the series and keep an eye out for Part 2 next week. 

And welcome to our new readers! We had the chance to meet a few of you at a great event on Washington Street in Norwalk this week. Thanks for signing up. 

Let’s see what’s happening around the region this week.


There will be a Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. where the board will officially set the mill rate—or the tax rate—for the city for the upcoming fiscal year, starting in July.

Other meetings this week include: 


At this week’s Planning and Zoning Commission, on Wednesday, May 15  at 6 p.m., there will be three public hearings: one on a proposed contractor’s storage yard at 34 Meadow Street; one on a proposed new hotel at 25 & 31-35 South Main Street; and one for turning part of Norden Place into a transportation maintenance terminal for the MTA.

Other meetings this week include:


The Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and review a draft of the Board of Education Long Range Facilities Plan and discuss an update to the district’s racial imbalance plan.

Other meetings this week include: 


On Thursday, May 16, the town is hosting a  Backcountry (RTM Districts 10, 11) Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Community Input Meeting at 6 p.m. This is the latest in a series of meetings that aim to gather public input on issues related to traffic and safety in the town. 

The Representative Town Meeting will meet on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. to approve the recommended budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

On Wednesday, May 15 at 11 a.m., there will be a Public Tree Hearing for Central Middle School 9 Indian Rock Lane to discuss removing 188 trees.

Other meetings this week include: 


On Monday, May 13 at 8 p.m., there will be a Representative Town Meeting to vote on the 2024-2045 budget.   

Other meetings this week include: 


The RTM Education, Public Protection & Parks & Recreation Committees will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 to discuss a request from a community petition to overturn the Selectwoman’s decision related to the hours for the community garden during school days.

Other meetings this week include: 

Please note: All of these agendas and information here are current as of Sunday night. Meeting times and agendas may get adjusted throughout the week.

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Have a great week,

Kelly Prinz

Founder, Reporter at Coastal Connecticut Times