News everywhere this week has been marked by the Boston Marathon Bombings and we have seen evidence of its impact locally. Stamford has increased security around the downtown area and the train station.
Norwalk City hall held a moment of silence Friday morning to honor the bombing victims.
In Stamford, the town's Citizen of the Year Committee honored high school seniors and veterans. Five students received a $7,500 scholarship and were recognized alongside veterans for their service to the community and country. The Citizen of the Year, Jami Sherwood, along with the student scholarship recipients and veterans will be honored at the City's Citizen of the Year Awards dinner May 7th at the Italian Center.
In Norwalk, The Maritime Aquarium is being recognized as one of the best in the world. The aquarium was granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, otherwise known as AZA. Out of the 2,800 zoos and aquariums in North America, just over 200 are AZA accredited. The aquarium must re-apply for accreditation every 5 years.
In Greenwich, a woman is pushing to raise awareness and funds for a learning academy farm that would benefit adults with autism. Brita Darany Von Regensburg, founder of Friends for Autistic People, has been working with local legislators, activists, and volunteers to raise 2 million dollars for the 20 acre organic farm. She says she decided to take a stand after nearly all of her autistic daughter's services were terminated after she turned 21. She tells us so far the organization has raised $200,000.