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Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan leads a teleconference Saturday in City Hall. Consultant Robert Gibbs is shown at right on the Council chamber’s white board. Gibbs was in Michigan.

NORWALK, Conn. – A properly executed mall design would be a boon to most businesses in SoNo, according to an urban planning consultant hired by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.

“The mall should create a tremendous demand for the existing businesses and restaurants near it,” said Robert Gibbs at Saturday’s Joint Committee meeting in City Hall, where leaders of the Redevelopment Agency, the Common Council Planning Committee and the Planning Commission met with representatives of General Growth Partners (GGP) for what Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) called “contract negotiations” for the long-vacant 95/7 site. Continue reading Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

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Norwalk Zoning Task Force set to get going

Mayor Harry Rilling and

Mayor Harry Rilling and Zoning Commission Vice Chairman Adam Blank, right, announce the Zoning Task Force in October. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The previously stalled, recently created Norwalk Zoning Task Force has its first meeting scheduled for this week.

“We are finally starting to move forward and hopefully we’ll get into a good groove and start pumping some stuff out,” Zoning Task Force Chairman Adam Blank said. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning Task Force set to get going

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Q&A: Council’s Kimmel questions BoE about proposed school budget

Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel vets the school budget request with BoE's Rich Rudl.

Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel vets the school budget request with BoE’s Rich Rudl.

NORWALK, Conn. – (Editor’s note: The following is a question-and-answer exchange between Common Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) and Board of Education Finance Director Rich Rudl, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Kimmel with Rudl’s consent. The Q&A focuses on the whats and the whys of the BoE budget request for the upcoming 2015-16 cycle. Kimmel’s words are in normal type; Rudl’s responses are bold italic):

 

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‘Sno kidding: Weather service calling for ‘historic’ storm

NORWALK, Conn. – Are we ready for Snowmageddon?

All indications are that, at least to some degree, the region is going to get whacked by Mother Nature, and this time – for Norwalk and environs – it’s personal.

Norwalk often escapes these “weather events” (as meteorologists are wont to call them), given our geographic characteristics, stagnant property values and punitive tax rate.

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CNNA postpones, board members coming and going, and a band fundraiser

Marny Smith whose life-long commitment to the ecology is to be recognized by the Norwalk Land Trust Jan. 26.

Marny Smith whose life-long commitment to the ecology is to be recognized by the Norwalk Land Trust Jan. 26.

 

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – A longtime Norwalk Land Trust director is retiring, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is adding a trustee, and Old Well-St. John’s #6 Masonic Lodge has a new slate of officers. Norwalk High’s marching band has a fun night out planned, the library wants to keep you healthy, and the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations planned to hold its monthly meeting, but then the storm threatened.

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‘Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea’ to be featured at Darwin Day Dinner Celebration

Two penguins await with interest the Darwin Day talk on “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea.”

Two penguins await with interest the Darwin Day talk on “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea.”

NORWALK, Conn. – “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea” will be addressed at the 7th Annual Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Dinner celebration Saturday, Feb. 7, in Norwalk.  The event will include cocktail hour, dinner, humorous science quiz with prizes, and an entertaining presentation.

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Opinion: Proposed mall should come with built-in re-purposing

Gordon Tully is the owner of Tully Architectural Consulting.

Regarding our mid- to long-term future, people seem to fall into three groups. Liberals (in the European sense – we call them conservatives) believe that the market will take care of our problems if we just get government out of the way. A middle group is quite worried, but believes that with sufficient effort (solar panels, that sort of thing) we can solve the problems and coast to a stable global system.

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Opinion: Does paid sick leave work? Proving it is not easy

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.

Paid sick leave is back in the news, thanks to a mention in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Mandated paid sick days are already a reality in our state. But do they actually do what they promise?

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Opinion: Dealing with reality – licenses for unauthorized immigrants

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.

Judging by the fevered invective that passes for discourse on this controversial topic, you’d think allowing unlawful immigrants to have driver licenses would open the door to all manner of mischief and chicanery — to say nothing of the fact that “Giving licenses to illegals is wrong! Deport all illegal aliens!” as one commenter on this website declared last month.

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Norwalk tax assessor is now owner of home won in tax sale, which brought in $5.1 M

This home at 4 Hawkins Ave. in East Norwalk is now owned by

This home at 4 Hawkins Ave. in East Norwalk is now owned by Norwalk Tax Assessor Michael Stewart.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s official – the big prize in last fall’s tax sale has gone to Norwalk Tax Assessor Michael Stewart.

The 2014 Tax Sale yielded $5.1 million in tax collections – a big prize for the city – with eight properties deeded to new owners, Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli said in a Friday press release. Three of those properties were dwellings, the priciest of which was 4 Hawkins Ave., won by Stewart with a bid of $215,000, according to the city’s website. Continue reading Norwalk tax assessor is now owner of home won in tax sale, which brought in $5.1 M

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