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Rilling lauds Norwalk BoE’s transparency regarding its $2.9 million surplus

Mayor Harry Rilling.

Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s remarkable that the Norwalk Board of Education has come forward with a $2.9 million surplus, Mayor Harry Rilling said, promising to consider the list of possible expenditures Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera has developed.

“I find that the $2.9 million surplus – I think it’s remarkable and it shows complete fiscal responsibility on the Board of Education and transparency that perhaps we never had before, where they contact the city and say ‘Look, we have some extra money and here is what we’d like to do,’” Rilling said.

There will be a meeting to discuss Rivera’s ideas, he said. Continue reading Rilling lauds Norwalk BoE’s transparency regarding its $2.9 million surplus

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Mill Hill ADA upgrade underway

From left,

From left, architect Patsy Gill, Mayor Harry Rilling, state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25), Norwalk Historical Commission Chairman David Westmoreland, Recreation and Parks Department Director Mike Mocciae and Norwalk Historic Society Executive Director Diane Jellerette break some ceremonial ground Thursday on Mill Hill.

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s a new vista in Norwalk that is being made accessible for disabled people so everyone can enjoy a glimpse of Norwalk history.

Construction has begun to bring Phase I of the Mill Hill master plan to fruition, a project funded with $144,000 of capital budget money.

“The primary goal is to provide ADA (American Disabilities Act) access,” Norwalk Historical Commission Chairman David Westmoreland said. Continue reading Mill Hill ADA upgrade underway

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Opinion: Norwalk should sign on to Western Connecticut Council of Government

 

Andy Garfunkel

Andy Garfunkel

Andy Garfunkel is the Democratic candidate for state representative in the 142nd District.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here in Norwalk, a pretty seaport, we have much in common with the other 62% of Connecticut’s population who live along Long Island Sound. The coast accounts for many of our jobs, for our recreation and for the tourists that help boost our economy.

Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk should sign on to Western Connecticut Council of Government

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Alvord explains Norwalk schools recycling ‘test’

Brookside Elementary School

Recycling containers sit behind Brookside Elementary School, which has had a recycling program run by students for years.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk schools have two months to prove they’re serious about recycling.

If, after two months of effort, Norwalk school personnel come up with proof that there’s been a serious switch to recycling in the 19 school buildings, a move will be made to make the effort permanent and bring additional revenue to the school system, Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord said. Continue reading Alvord explains Norwalk schools recycling ‘test’

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Erroneous election report filed by registrar of voters office

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

NORWALK, Conn. – The recent primary race for Republican Registrar of voters was all about personality, professionalism and competence, and may well have turned on an election-week error by the John Federici campaign when a mailing went out with incorrect information about where to vote in the 142nd District.

Incumbent Karen Doyle Lyons based her campaign on her reputation in the state as one of Connecticut’s best when it comes to running elections, and she and her supporters took full advantage of the error.

It turns out, Federici’s campaign is not the only one to make a mistake.

Continue reading Erroneous election report filed by registrar of voters office

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No surprise candidates, but ballot jockeying is underway

Petitioning for a second line (from left): Bill Dunne, Bruce Morris, Fred Wilms

Petitioning for a second line (from left): state Senate candidate Bill Dunne, Bruce Morris (D-140), Fred Wilms, GOP state rep candidate in the 142nd District.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

NORWALK, Conn. – With time running out for people to petition their way onto the ballot for the November election, there appears to be no surprise candidates in store for Norwalk.

Prior to the Aug. 12 primary, there was some talk and a few rumors about petitions being circulated to add candidates to the ballot. One of the most prominent rumors was that, should five-term incumbent Chris Perone (D-137) lose to challenger and two-term Common Councilman David Watts, the Republicans would offer their reserved ballot spot to Perone.

Continue reading No surprise candidates, but ballot jockeying is underway

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Without spending changes, CT will continue downhill trend

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To the Editor:

With elections to the Legislature not far off, it might be helpful to review some themes from a recent report from the Yankee Institute in Hartford.

Over the past 45 years, CT’s state government has expanded by almost 350%. That’s twice as fast as the state’s real economy has expanded, or the rise in state median income. In contrast, the state’s population has held fairly steady during this period, rising only about 20%.

Continue reading Without spending changes, CT will continue downhill trend

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Feds stopped Medicaid payments in January; Barnes says small surplus still possible

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director reported Wednesday that the state would end the 2015 fiscal year with a small, $300,000 surplus if the federal government agrees to begin reimbursing the state hundreds of millions of dollars for care provided to some Medicaid recipients.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services stopped payments to the state in January when it found discrepancies in the numbers the state was reporting. Connecticut decided to accept the federal government’s initiative to expand Medicaid eligibility up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level and reimburse the state 100 percent of the costs for some of those individuals. Others in Medicaid would still receive a lower reimbursement rate.

Continue reading Feds stopped Medicaid payments in January; Barnes says small surplus still possible

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Malloy boosts education funding, defends Pryor’s decision to leave

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Standing with his outgoing education commissioner, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday new funding for troubled school districts participating in a state-run improvement program.

Continue reading Malloy boosts education funding, defends Pryor’s decision to leave

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Health care advocates call for outreach workers

HARTFORD, Conn. – Health care advocates told the Access Health CT Board of Directors Thursday that they need to consider hiring a group of outreach workers to help people enroll in health insurance.

The second round of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins in mid-November, but advocates say there’s been no steps taken by the board to renew the in-person outreach program.

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Around the Region: Amistad in receivership; Fairfield hot for young professionals; SoNo eats and more

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The organization that owns Freedom Schooner Amistad is going into receivership in an effort to keep the historical tourist attraction in business. Amistad’s contract with the Maine-based Ocean Classroom Foundation, which has operated and insured the ship for the past 20 months, ends Aug. 31. See the story in the New Haven Register.

 

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Fairfield County is No. 12 in the nation when it comes to best places for young professionals, according to Forbes Magazine. Who’s No. 1? Des Moines, Iowa. Raleigh, N.C. is No. 2. In fact, out of Forbes’ Top 15 Cities, only Raleigh and Fairfield County are east of the Mississippi. See the story in Forbes Magazine.

Continue reading Around the Region: Amistad in receivership; Fairfield hot for young professionals; SoNo eats and more

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About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.