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Wilson sticking close to her roots with run at Cafero’s state rep seat

Zoning Commission Vice Chairwoman Emily Wilson

Zoning Commission Vice Chairwoman Emily Wilson is the endorsed Republican candidate for state representative in the 142nd district, which includes part of New Canaan.

NORWALK, Conn. – Emily Wilson has an unusual qualification in her quest to take over the territory being ceded by state Rep. Larry Cafero (R-142) — she’s already got experience following in Cafero’s footsteps: Wilson sits at Cafero’s old desk when she’s at work in her East Avenue office.

The Republican Wilson, a zoning commissioner, is an attorney, like Cafero. Resemblances to the lifelong Norwalker end there, as Wilson grew up in Portland, Maine, but, she said, she has the qualifications needed to represent the 142nd after Cafero retires, a skill set that will work in Hartford. Continue reading Wilson sticking close to her roots with run at Cafero’s state rep seat

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Norwalk NECA students get first taste of IBM-collaboration

Steven Reps

Steven Reps of IBM leads a group of Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) students Thursday at Norwalk Community College.

NORWALK, Conn. – Stephen Reps shared engineering expertise with Norwalk high school freshmen Thursday, using spaghetti noodles, chocolate and marshmallows. First comment: The most stable element in architecture is a triangle.

Reps was one of many IBM volunteers working for the first time with Norwalk High School freshmen enrolled in the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), the first P-Tech (Pathways in Technology) academy in Connecticut. The kids were divided into groups of five and six, sitting at tables in the Norwalk Community College (NCC) West Campus cafeteria and working together, in their fourth day of a week-long student orientation, to build bridges out of the noodles, using marshmallows as glue and making platforms out of graham crackers. Continue reading Norwalk NECA students get first taste of IBM-collaboration

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Rowayton sanctuary not quite out of the picture yet

NORWALK, Conn. – The effort to keep Rowayton’s old trolley line from being built upon isn’t necessarily over, even if the Norwalk Land Trust (NLT) has voted to terminate its contract with architect Bruce Beinfield to purchase 2 Nearwater Road.

Two Sixth Taxing District commissioners, new NLT President John Moeling and Dan McHugh of Save Farm Creek all expressed optimism Wednesday that perhaps there is a different route to make open space out of the half acre property that protrudes into Farm Creek. Continue reading Rowayton sanctuary not quite out of the picture yet

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Ironworks SoNo changing neighborhood’s vibe

"Don't worry, I'm fine," Rilling said.

From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, former Mayor Bill Collins, Common Councilwoman Phaedral “Faye” Bowman and architect Bruce Beinfield react as the ribbon suddenly succumbs to the big scissors Wednesday at Ironworks SoNo. “Don’t worry, I’m fine,” Rilling said.

NORWALK, Conn. – The pounding in SoNo has moved down the block, with a consensus from those on the street: Development has brought new energy to the struggling district.

Norwalk leaders marked the opening of Ironworks Sono Tuesday with a ribbon cutting meant to thank those involved, they said. Neighbors of the development agreed there’s been a little energy shift, which is great, they said, even if they’re struggling with the beginning stages of the construction of next big thing, the coming apartment building known as The Pearl.

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Hat trick for Norwalk: Top bond ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, S&P

Norwalk Finance Director Thomas Hamilton, left, and

Norwalk Finance Director Thomas Hamilton, left, and Director of Management and Budgets Bob Barron.

NORWALK, Conn. – Citing strong management practices, lower-than-average unemployment and a stable economy, all three major bond rating agencies have maintained Norwalk’s Aaa/AAA bond ratings.

The news was announced Wednesday afternoon by Norwalk’s Director of Finance, Tom Hamilton.

“I have now received confirmation from all three bond rating agencies that Norwalk’s Aaa/AAA bond ratings have been maintained,” he wrote in an email. “We are very pleased that Norwalk has retained the highest bond rating available in the municipal bond market, which means that Norwalk will realize the lowest interest rates that are prevailing in the municipal bond market on the date that we sell our bonds (Aug. 5).”

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Foley, opponents argue outside a closing paper mill in Sprague

Tom Foley and Mike D’Aurio argue (Madeline Stocker photo)

Tom Foley and Mike D’Aurio argue (Madeline Stocker photo)

The general election is Nov. 4

The general election is Nov. 4

SPRAGUE, Conn. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley was met with opposition outside a closing paper mill Tuesday, where his efforts to blame the plant’s failure on Democratic policies turned into 40 minutes of debate.

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Malloy on MSNBC: Obama welcome to campaign in Connecticut

The general election is on Nov. 4

The general election is on Nov. 4

HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite some recent “rocky days” for President Barack Obama, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told MSNBC’s “The Morning Joe” Wednesday the president is still welcome to come to Connecticut and campaign for his re-election.

“The president’s had some rocky days, there’s no doubt about it. But I think fundamentally, and certainly people in Connecticut, understand hard work, diligence and that he’s handling some tough issues,” the governor said during the Wednesday morning appearance.

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