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Opinion: A transportation wish list for 2015

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said that his big focus for 2015 is going to be transportation infrastructure. This is excellent news; our state has lagged behind in transportation for too long. We don’t yet know where he’ll focus transportation spending, so here’s a list of suggestions:

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Opinion: Torture and police shootings – finding the balance between liberty and security

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

Last week after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program — more commonly called the “torture report” — former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden did the rounds on the cable and network news shows defending himself and others for the parts they played in the program in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Opinion: Collapse of the Tenet deal an ominous sign

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

The apparent collapse of a deal allowing a for-profit company to buy five hospitals in Connecticut could deal a devastating blow to the patients who depend on those facilities — and to the healthcare access of hundreds of thousands across the state.

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Norwalk BoE again chooses PROACT for superintendent search

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons leads a brief BoE meeting Friday in City Hall.

Update, 12:24 Dec. 20, story is complete.

NORWALK, Conn. – PROACT is returning for another Norwalk superintendent search, this time at a higher price tag than before.

The Board of Education voted unanimously, 7-0, Friday night to select PROACT as its superintendent search firm at a fee of $33,500 plus costs. PROACT led the search that netted Manny Rivera as Norwalk superintendent for about $19,000, Board Chairman Mike Lyons said. The three other firms that bid for the work all wanted between $18,000 to $19,000, according to information from Lyons.

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Norwalk Fire Dept. hosting Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at the Firehouse on Saturday

Admission to Fire Department event is one new toy or gift card for underprivileged children.

Admission to Fire Department event is one new toy or gift card for underprivileged children.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Fire Department, in partnership with the Human Services Council (HSC) – Children Connection, is hosting Disney’s ‘Frozen’ at the Firehouse from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Fire Headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave. to collect new toys and gifts for children in need.

Doors open at 3:30 and the movie should start about 4 p.m. Admission is a new toy/gift or gift card.

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Dali with ‘Alice’ at the library, catch up on neighborhood news, and watch your health

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – If you like art and literature, you don’t want to miss the “Alice in Wonderland” celebration at the Norwalk Public Library at 1 Belden Ave. In addition to various books and pictures, there are original Salvador Dali drawings.

Also around the city, the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations meets Monday, the health department wants you to get vaccinated, and a youth group trying to bring police and youth together will benefit from a $30K grant

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Congress offers hope to parents of children with disabilities

Shannon Knall, Connecticut advocacy chairwoman for Autism Speaks (Hugh McQuaid Photo)

Shannon Knall, Connecticut advocacy chairwoman for Autism Speaks (Hugh McQuaid Photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut’s congressional delegates and advocates for people with autism celebrated Friday’s passage of a bill creating a new tax-free savings program for people with disabilities.

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