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Senior tax relief proposal headed to Norwalk Council

Th Common Council may vote on a tax break for senior Tuesday night.

Th Common Council may vote on a tax break for senior Tuesday night.

NORWALK, Conn. – Low-income Norwalk seniors would be eligible for increased property tax relief under a change that is expected to be voted on Tuesday by the Common Council.

The proposal, which was approved by the Ordinance Committee on Tuesday, is expected to cost the city $369,753, according to papers provided to the Council. Seniors age 65 and older who have an income of up to $38,700, in what is referred to as Tier 1, would see the maximum credit raise from $1,150 to $1,265. The maximum credit would not change for those in Tier 2, seniors with an income of $38,701 to $47,600. Continue reading Senior tax relief proposal headed to Norwalk Council

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Lavielle, Rodgerson state their cases in LWV Wilton debate

Gail Lavielle and Keith Rodgerson

Gail Lavielle and Keith Rodgerson

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

WILTON, Conn. – Pitches for votes were made Tuesday as two battling candidates for state representative – one an incumbent Republican, the other a Democratic challenger, ended their  League of Women Voters debate at the Trackside Teen Center in Wilton.

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Profs: Malloy could shine in Ebola prep, but risks politicizing public health scare

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s strict Ebola prevention protocols could resonate with voters but he and Democrats may walk a fine line between promoting responsible policy and politicizing a public health scare, two political science professors said Friday.

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Unions continue to express concerns over hospital conversions

A representative of a Dallad-based firm interested in buying some Connecticut hospital met recently with the Roundtable on Hospitals and Healthcare.

HARTFORD, Conn. – A senior official at the Dallas-based corporation trying to buy community hospitals in Bristol, Vernon, Manchester and Waterbury says privatizing them is the best way to keep them viable, but employee representatives have major concerns about the potential buyouts.

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New owners hope upscale concept is up Norwalk’s alley

Bowlmor Norwalk opens Dec. 5 in the former Rip Van Winkle Lanes spot on Connecticut Avenue.

Bowlmor Norwalk opens Dec. 5 in the former Rip Van Winkle Lanes spot on Connecticut Avenue.

NORWALK, Conn. — Hot lighting, cool drinks, big-screen video, mid-century throwback furnishings and a party-time atmosphere.

If that’s how you roll, you’re in luck – Bowlmor Lanes is coming to Norwalk, and the upscale sports entertainment spot wants you to, well, bowl more.

Bowlmor Lanes will become Connecticut’s first-ever boutique bowling alley when it opens Dec. 5 in the former Rip Van Winkle Lanes space at 701 Connecticut Ave.

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Norwalk Council moving ahead despite worrying about being bullied by neighboring towns

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From left, Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) and Glenn Iannacone (R-At Large) study paperwork at a recent Ordinance Committee meeting.

Updated 1:26 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, with links to bill and link to Andy Garfunkel opinion.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Council members say they feel they have no choice, they have to swallow a distasteful pill served up by the legislature.

“We really don’t want to do this but the hammer is we’re not going to get any state dollars in grants if we don’t join it,” Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) said of the Dec. 31 deadline for Norwalk to join a regional Council of Governments (COG). Continue reading Norwalk Council moving ahead despite worrying about being bullied by neighboring towns

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Malloy, Visconti square off on NBC in debate without Foley

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Joe Visconti (Christine Stuart photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Joe Visconti (Christine Stuart photo)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – NBC Connecticut’s Gerry Brooks reminded television viewers five times that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley declined to attend Thursday’s debate 12 days before the election.

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Nearly $1M in outreach planned for second insurance enrollment

It's open enrollment time for Access Health CT.

It’s open enrollment time for Access Health CT.

HARTFORD, Conn. – With the second round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act approaching next month, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace is budgeting nearly $1 million for outreach efforts to help consumers navigate the process.

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CT Dems ask judge to dismiss GOP lawsuit

David S. Golub, an attorney for the Democratic Party. (CT-N screen capture)

David S. Golub, an attorney for the Democratic Party. (CT-N screen capture)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawyer for state Democrats asked a Hartford Superior Court judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit from Republicans seeking to stop the party from using money designated for federal candidates to help re-elect Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Judge Antonio Robaina heard arguments on a motion to dismiss a request for an injunction on the party’s spending of federal dollars in support of Malloy.

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