The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut

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

The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut
Looking for something to do this week? Check out Gratitude on the Green in Norwalk on Monday, Nov. 13. (Photo by Kelly Prinz)

Monday, November 13

Happy Monday! Southwest Connecticut is home to thousands of residents who commute to New York City for work. A new report, “Commuter Dividend: The Economic Value of Commuters for City and Suburbs in the New York–New Jersey–Connecticut Region,” outlines how these commuters connect the region and provide economic benefits both to NYC and their home communities.

Some key takeaways

  • About 47,000 Connecticut residents from Fairfield County and parts of New Haven and Litchfield counties commute to New York City, earning a total of $11.4 billion annually and supporting 76,000 jobs in Connecticut.
  • The tri-state area—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—remains interconnected, particularly economically, despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Commuters provide not only a benefit to New York City where they work, but also their home communities by using their earnings to support “businesses and jobs in home construction, retail stores, banks, professional services, and a range of other industries, and it generates income, sales, and property taxes for their states, cities, towns, and school districts.” 
  • The report recommended ways that local communities could be doing more to support commuters, including supporting housing near transportation and making it easier for residents to get to those transit centers.

Learn more about the report or watch our video highlighting some of the key points.

Community members are invited to the third annual Gratitude on the Green event today, Monday, November 13, in Norwalk at 6 p.m. on the Norwalk Green. 

“Hosted by organizations and faith communities located near The Green, all are welcome to join this annual event to celebrate community ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday,” a statement from the organizers reads. “The program will focus on the importance of gratitude and how it benefits us all emotionally, physically and spiritually.” 

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


Last week, proposed revisions to the city’s charter were soundly defeated by voters on Election Day, 11,101 to 8,485. However, at this week’s Steering Committee of the Board of Representatives, taking place on Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m., some board members are introducing a resolution to put the proposed changes back on the ballot next year. There would be a change—splitting up the proposed changes into multiple questions instead of just one.

“The Board of Representatives recognizes the hard work of the many volunteers involved in the 19th Charter Revision Commission and recognizes that it is possible that no additional work is needed to further revise the Final Draft of the 19th Charter Revision Commission,” the resolution reads. “The Board of Representatives has the intention to put that Final Draft of the 19th Charter Revision Commission to the public for referendum, via a 20th Charter Revision Commission, with multiple questions on the ballot and in the 2024 election.”

Mayor Caroline Simmons, who was against many of the proposed changes to the charter, issued a statement opposing this resolution.

“Stamford voters voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposed changes to the city charter,” she said in a statement. “Any attempt to reinitiate the Charter Revision process is disrespectful to the electorate, a waste of taxpayer money and resources, and a distraction from governing and making progress on the issues that matter most to Stamford residents.”

Other meetings this week include: 


On Thursday, November 16, the city is hosting “Norwalk Talks Housing – Community Listening Session: In Person Workshop” at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. This session will allow residents to weigh in on questions including: 

  • Does our current housing stock meet your needs?
  • What types of housing should be built to serve future generations?
  • What are your concerns about housing conditions and your neighborhood quality of life?

Other meetings this week include: 


On Thursday, November 16, there will be a Connecticut State Siting Council Meeting at 2 p.m. to review an application from the United Illuminating Company (UI) to relocate and rebuild its “existing 115- kilovolt (kV) electric transmission lines from the railroad catenary structures to new steel monopole structures.” 

The town, many environmental groups, and residents are opposed to the plan, and many will be testifying against it. In her testimony to the council, First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said that “the proposed project will have a detrimental impact to abutting and neighboring properties as well as to the Town as a whole,” because the monopoles will be built on some private properties and in environmentally sensitive areas. 

Other meetings this week include:


The Board of Estimate and Taxation will vote on allocating $338,000 for a multi-use path that will run through both Greenwich and Stamford at its meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will continue the public hearing for the Greenwich American Inc proposal to construct 248 new residential units on a 154-acres property located at 1 American Lane at its meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 4 p.m.

Other meetings this week include: 


On Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m., the Board of Selectmen will discuss and vote on allocating $2,067,250 for the Hanson Road Bridge Replacement and on an item to increase the amount of funding for the town’s sanitary sewer system from $2,357,300 to $4,697,300.

Other meetings this week include:


The Human Services Commission, Commission for Senior Services & Commission on People with Disabilities will come together for a joint meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 1 p.m. “to discuss relevant human services topics,” including the Westport Together Annual Mental Health Breakfast and grant funding updates.

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