Vehicle Crime
There have been a series of car break-ins as well as vehicle thefts over the past few weeks in Rowayton. These have occurred in many parts of town including Burchard Lane, Highland Avenue, Covewood Drive and Ridgewood Road.

There is one and only one answer to this problem – residents need to lock their cars. If cars are locked, the perpetrators will lose interest and will stop coming to Rowayton. The majority of these incidents are conducted by teens and young adults that appear to be more interested in the thrill of the crime rather than profiting from the activity. 

If you are the victim of such a crime, please call 911 immediately and report the incident. This will get the Norwalk Police Department to respond. We are in constant contact with our Norwalk Community Police Officer Jeremy Salley about these events and our response to them. If you have any questions, please contact him at jsalley@norwalkct.org

Bayley Beach Opening
The 6TD is working on re-opening Bayley Beach following its closure in the name of public safety on April 10 th . We are working on a plan to limit the number of visitors and to ensure physical distancing standards are met when the beach is re-opened. We expect to be making an announcement next week. Cars will require a Bayley Beach permit to enter – 2019 permits will suffice until May 30 th when 2020 permits will be required. Please see the section below on getting your 2020 Bayley permit.
Yard Waste
The 6TD is back to re gular weekly Wednesday pick ups. Due to the South Smith Street site having been closed for over a month, there was a large backlog of material at residents' curbs. The 6TD's contractor is trying to catch up as quickly as they can.

The City has now decided to have the South Smith Street yard waste site open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-2 for both residents and commercial users. Thus, residents can drop off any of those 3 days and Rowayton's contractor, AFK, will have its regular weekly pickup on each Wednesday.

Food Composting
The Composting Pilot is now in week #2 of operation. Bring your compost to the Community Center -- in the back of the building opposite the garage. Look for the brown bins and follow the instructions as to what can and cannot be included (see photos). The bins will be there on Wednesdays only from 830 AM to 130 PM.
  • Please review the graphics to understand composting and to determine what can and cannot be included in this program. Plastic bags and pet waste are not allowed. The food waste may be dropped off in paper, BPI compostable bags or loose in the bins.
  • If you have questions/concerns about something that can be collected, please email composting@Norwalkct.org

Bayley Beach permits
The 6TD has cancelled the walk-in sessions for Bayley Beach permits scheduled for May 9 th and 11 th . We urge all residents to mail in their applications with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The application and instructions can be found on our website https://www.r6td.com/bayley-beach/

In place of the walk-in sessions, we will have a drop off box and a collection box in the outside foyer of our offices at the Rowayton Community Center. Look for the sign for our office at the foot of the outdoor stone staircase to the left of the Library’s driveway entrance. If you have any questions, please contact our District Clerk awoodworth@Rowayton6TD.com
 
U.S. Census
The census is out and all residents are urged to return the form you received in the mail. Completing and submitting the form only helps Rowayton and Norwalk so please don’t forget to do so!! There is also an online option – just go to www.2020Census.gov
Rowayton Historical Society
The RHS is hard at work on our new maritime museum – the Frank E. Raymond Boathouse- as well as our summer exhibit in the Pinkney House. We had planned to open both after the Memorial Day parade, but obviously, that is not a reality. We are excited to share both with our community and will keep you updated on new opening dates. In the meantime, please check out our website for lots of great history. www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org . We are sharing virtual historical events with our email list. If you would like to sign up for our emails, please contact us at  infor@rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org . We so appreciate your support during these challenging times and hope you are all keeping safe.
The Rowayton Library
Although our physical location is closed indefinitely, The Rowayton Library has a full slate of online programming for both kids and adults. To see the daily schedule please visit the website at rowayton.org
Rowayton Arts Center
RAC is extending an invitation to artists during this unprecedented time of separation with the COVID-19 virus. Online submissions for the  Shutdown Throwdown    for the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) online gallery are accepted now until   Monday, May 18, 2020 . The show is open to all artists interested in exhibiting their artwork online. More info online at  rowaytonarts.org/events/shutdown-throwdown/

All art entered is accepted to the show and will be uploaded to our online gallery every few days as received. View artwork in all our current exhibitions here!  racgallery.carbonmade.com
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Check out new online art classes for kids – kindergarten through age 12. From "Art Explorations" and "Art Adventures" to "Cartooning" RAC has it covered! For more info and to register, visit  rowaytonarts.org/youth-classes-and-worshops/
Shakespeare on the Sound
For 24 years Shakespeare on the Sound has delighted in sharing Shakespeare’s plays with you.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of our 25th Anniversary production of  The Tempest  in Pinkney Park this summer.  The decision to postpone was difficult and painful but one we felt necessary to ensure the safety of our patrons, artists, staff, and community at large.

Additionally, we have suspended our educational tours, in-school workshops, and will be unable to perform our beloved pre-show  Shakespeare in 30 Minutes  this June. We are disheartened to not be able to share live Shakespeare with our local children and families.

Theatre’s beauty lies in the gathering of the people it brings together to participate in the creation of the play: actors, designers, directors, musicians, carpenters, to name a few. But theatre would not be the powerful art form it is without an audience, it would not exist without you: our audience, our community, our family.

Conscious of the ever-changing information regarding Covid-19, we are hopeful that we will be able to find new ways to connect with you over the course of the coming months. Currently, we are working with schools and libraries to provide virtual educational programming for students and adults. As of now, we are uncertain as to whether we will be able to hold summer camps.  We will communicate programming update in future newsletters and on our website.

We have exciting programming scheduled for this coming fall, including our  Macbeth  reunion reading and our holiday reading of  A Christmas Carol . We are working on new and exciting partnerships with local organizations and cannot wait to share what we have in store.

With the cancellation of our 2020 summer production, our educational tours and workshops, and our spring fundraising event, we are projecting a significant loss that threatens our livelihood as an arts organization. These uncertain times are difficult for everyone; if you have it in your means, your financial support would mean the world.  If you value Shakespeare on Sound in your community and would like to ensure a 25th season, please consider a tax-deductible donation of any amount.

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe, and we cannot wait to see you all again someday soon.