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SoNoCC: NEON should be evicted

Michael Roman and Pat Ferrandino turn the power back Thursday at the South Norwalk Community Center.

NORWALK, Conn. – Pat Ferrandino spent time – again – Friday morning getting the lights back on at the South Norwalk Community Center, which he says is reason for the failing Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) to be evicted from the city-owned building the two South Norwalk non-profits have shared since it was built.

“I believe that by impeding on the services of two social services agencies that NEON has violated the terms of the covenant and should therefore be evicted from this building. They should lose their right to this building” said Ferrandino, the SoNoCC deputy director. Continue reading SoNoCC: NEON should be evicted

Boost in Legal Aid funding sought

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – NEW HAVEN—Debbie Diaz was in tears in a New Haven courthouse when she learned she was being evicted because the apartment she rented was being foreclosed on by the bank.

That’s when she learned about New Haven Legal Assistance. She said they sent an attorney to meet her at the courthouse that same day and saved her and her children from being illegally evicted.

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Nursing home disclosure bill: Transparency or intrusion?

HARTFORD, Conn. — The state’s nursing homes call it excessive and intrusive. The Malloy administration calls it a move towards transparency.

At issue is a proposed bill that would require nursing homes to disclose the financial status of any “related party” businesses that contract with the homes – such as associated companies that own the facility properties, or spinoff businesses that provide rehabilitation or management services. The bill would require that the nursing homes report profits and losses for any side businesses that receive more than $10,000 a year from them.

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NEON shuts off power for SoNoCC; Ferrandino breaks in, restores it

South Norwalk Community Center Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino holds a flashlight up as Michael Roman tries to turn the power back on Thursday at 98 South Main St.

NORWALK, Conn. – An ongoing disagreement about utilities in the building shared by two South Norwalk non-profits led to a break-in Thursday that was labeled as vandalism by one leader and crime prevention by another.

South Norwalk Community Center Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino used an iPhone app to light up darkened corridors at 98 South Main St. at about 7:15 p.m. as he led handyman Michael Roman to the building’s mechanical room, which was locked. Roman broke into the room and turned the circuit breakers back on. About two hours later Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) employees, under the direction of NEON transitional CEO and President the Rev. Tommie Jackson, called Norwalk Police to document damage done to doors for insurance purposes, Jackson said.

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Once Around the City: Mayor’s Night Out is April 29

NORWALK, Conn. – When Mayor Harry Rilling and his band of department heads and other city officials had to cut their last Mayor’s Night Out gathering short, Rilling pledged to return to South Norwalk within the month to continue what had been a productive, and earnest, meeting at Columbus Magnet School.

True to his word, the mayor will hold his next community gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Rilling’s old stomping ground – the Norwalk Police Station. Rilling was Norwalk’s chief of police for 17 years before retiring and later running for mayor.

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Republicans release a budget, but will anyone take notice?

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate unveiled an alternative budget that nonpartisan fiscal analysts say will slightly decrease the deficit in future years.

The Republican budget doesn’t eliminate the more than $939 million deficit in 2016, but it reduces it by $34 million. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget and the budget put forth by the legislature’s two budget writing committees increase the deficit in 2016 by about $130 million and $181 million, according to nonpartisan fiscal analysts.

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Bill to give adult adoptees access to their birth certificate advances

HARTFORD, Conn. – Rep. David Alexander stood outside the House chamber Thursday morning and listened as his colleagues debated whether he should be permitted access to his original birth records.

Alexander, an Enfield Democrat in his first term, was adopted as a young child and adoptees in Connecticut and most other states are only allowed access to amended birth certificates which omit the names of their biological parents.

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Attorney General’s report on hospital facility fees encourages legislative action

HARTFORD, Conn. – According to a report from Attorney General George Jepsen, 22 of the state’s 29 hospitals are now charging separate facility and professional fees along with services at their newly acquired outpatient departments or clinics.

Facility and professional fees, which can range from $100 to $1,000, are separate from a patient’s co-pay and they often take patients by surprise. Although hospitals have always charged facility fees for the use of the hospital itself, Jepsen’s report identifies the relatively recent phenomenon of hospitals charging patients such fees for services rendered in offices they own outside the main hospital building. This means that as more previously independent clinics and physicians are acquired by hospitals, more patients are charged hospital facility fees.

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Nancy came to Norwalk more than 2 years ago as the Norwalk reporter for the Norwalk Daily Voice and resigned in October to begin Nancy On Norwalk. She is married to a career journalist, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website) and two middle-aged cats who are still trying to work out a peaceful co-existence.