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ENBA Is Looking For a Few Members!

It's Winter 2020 and our organization is vital!

ENBA will be holding more events with an eye on keeping members engaged, generating more news, encouraging more learning, encouraging more discussion and, ultimately promoting East Norwalk as a vibrant seaside business community.

We're also looking for as many sponsors as we can! Your generous contributions will help to keep us going... and our members in-the-know.

Won't you join us?

You are also inside our brand new, fully functioning member-based website, its aim to better connect members with members, with the community, and back again. We believe the more cemented business relationships, the more business, the more community good.




The Battle of Norwalk was a series of skirmishes between American and British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The attack was one part of a series of raids on coastal Connecticut towns collectively known as Tryon's raid. The main battle was fought in Norwalk, Connecticut on July 12, 1779. British forces under General William Tryon arrived on July 10, 1779. They marched in a two pronged attack on either side of the Norwalk River. They followed a path along what is today East and West Avenues burning everything along the way. Only six houses within the business district at Head of River were spared.

Most of Tryon's forces reached Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk after the sun had set. These included the Fifty-fourth, the Landgraf Regiment, and the Jaegers, made up of Hessian mercenary volunteers. General Tryon began the burning in East Norwalk when he fired a few houses which rebel snipers were using for shields. General Garth burned along West Avenue for the same reason. A total of eighty houses, two churches, eighty-seven barns, seventeen shops, and four mills were burned by the enemy.

In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king's birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy's hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.

After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation's emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political partiesFederalists and Democratic-Republicansthat had arisen began holding separate Independence Day celebrations in many large cities.

The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.



From "Highways and Byways of Norwalk, 1932: If it is your guess that this pleasant East Norwalk street, running from St. John Street, to Fort Point Street, was named for "Double E" Gorham and his son Leslie, you are only half right. The front end was named for the East Norwalk Commissioner, but the tail end stand for Leslie Gamble, his former real estate partner who passed away in California some years ago.

To Harold Olmstead of East Norwalk goes the credit for naming the street Edlie Avenue, some 30 years ago. And Mr. Olmstead received a five dollar prize for his trouble. When they bought the extensive Osborn farmlands bounded by East Avenue, St. John Street, Osborn Avenue and Fort Point Street. And cut a road through the center of the apple orchards Mr. Gorham and Mr. Gamble were at a loss for a suitable name. They offered a prize for the most satisfactory name which was submitted by Mr. Olmstead.

The Osborne home, seat of Enos Osborn, who owned all this property, was at 202 East Avenue, and is now occupied by the Gorham family. It is a fine square house, solidly built with brick-lined walls, Dutch ovens and a smokehouse. It was erected the same year as the famous Mathews house on West Avenue.



"An Act of Kindness" -- that's the way Tina Slie, manager at Team Epic of East Norwalk described the work the company offered to accomplish at the East Norwalk Association Library. One early morning last month, nearly a dozen Team Epic staff people arrived at the library to move more than 400 boxes of books from the library and the Van Zilen Hall into the temporary storage container in the Library's parking lot -- it was a Herculean task.

But there's more: Team Epic offered to continue Library support by helping paint, decorate and provide activity items for the newly created "The Third Space" within the Library for children and young adult activities. Additionally, Tina arranged "Eat for a Cause" -- a cooperative effort with Norwalk Pizza and Pasta where a portion of a particular day's receipts will be donated to "The Third Space" at the Library.

Team Epic, located at 230 East Avenue, provides sponsorship and lifestyle marketing solutions for brands to activate sports and entertainment properties. Team Epic offers strategy and campaign development services in the areas of event marketing, and associated programs www.anepiccompany.com; (203) 831-2100.

Norwalk Pizza and Pasta offers traditional and specialty pizza, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and deserts 236 East Avenue; Phone: (203) 854-9788; www.norwalkpizzaandpasta.com.


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