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Zaremby Ups the Ante in W. Norwalk

Joel Zaremby was volunteered by his wife, Gay McLeod, to become a board member for the West Norwalk Association. And half a decade later, he's still at it. Zaremby is now in his second year as president of the group, which will hold its annual meeting Sunday afternoon at the Dolce Center on Ponus Avenue.

"The meetings used to be mostly social events," said Zaremby, who decided to spice things up two years ago by inviting Congressional candidates Chris Shays and Jim Himes to speak. It was so well received, he's repeating it this year but adding state legislative candidates. In addition, Mayor Richard Moccia will answer questions submitted in advance by West Norwalk residents. "We've received a lot of emails," said Zaremby. "The issues that concern people vary by where in the neighborhood they live."

The association lobbies for solutions and has had succeeded in at least one area. At the meeting, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy will report on the purchase of new hoses that will increase fire protection for homes in the area, with a commensurate rerating of insurance costs.

The group's primary mission is to improve the quality of life in West Norwalk, whether by lobbying for better traffic control or by planting flowers and cleaning up litter along the roads.

In addition to this weekend's annual meeting, it also sponsors a holiday gathering in December, as well as monthly board meetings, which all residents are welcome to attend. The next meeting will be Oct. 4 at Fox Run School. For more information go to the association's website .

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