NORWALK, Conn. – A rudimentary approval for a school field trip was held up Tuesday night by the Board of Education due to racial concerns.
The board voted unanimously to give a conditional approval to a Ponus Middle School trip to Nature’s Classroom in Ivoryton on May 5-9. That meant that Ponus administrators could go ahead and arrange the trip if there is a deadline they have to meet before the next board meeting in two weeks. Otherwise, board members will consider the trip after researching a news story brought to their attention by a concerned citizen. Continue reading Norwalk field trip raises racial concerns
Norwalk Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera congratulates Brenda Williams after she was named the new Norwalk Public Schools communication director Tuesday night.
NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman said she is ready to “hit the ground running” Wednesday morning as the new communications director for Norwalk Public Schools.
The appointment of Brenda Williams to the position created by Superintendent Manny Rivera was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Board of Education. There were 25 applicants for the job, Rivera said, and Williams was “outstanding.” Board member Artie Kassimis called Williams’s resume “impressive,” while board member Shirley Mosby said it was a step in the right direction, that Williams would help him get out in the community more. Continue reading Norwalk BOE hires communication director
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Head Start children are going back to school, Norwalk politicians said Tuesday, alluding to the amount of time and effort it took to work out the differences between what the federal government would allow and local needs and concerns.
“Head Start will be opening on Thursday for sure, but we’re hoping for Wednesday,” state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) said, standing in Nathaniel Ely School with other local leaders for a press conference, almost six weeks since the federal government shut down the program run by Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) and brought in a Colorado agency to take over the care and education of NEON’s 275 children.
Continue reading Delays resolved, Norwalk Head Start set to reopen Wednesday
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) ajudicator Brendan Shain, right, listens as Diane Lauricella spells out her issues with the Norwalk sewage treatment plant and the Department of Public Works Monday.
NORWALK, Conn. – A Democrat-dominated public hearing held Monday night was as much about a public attack on a local activist as it was about reportedly offensive smells in East Norwalk and the possibility of sewage flooding into Long Island Sound during a storm surge.
The hearing on the renewal of the permit for Norwalk’s sewage treatment plant drew about 15 people to the Department of Public Works cafeteria on South Smith Street, where seven people spoke to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adjudicator Attorney Brendan Schain. They included a marina worker who said odors from the plant occasionally make him sick. Continue reading Norwalkers decry smell from plant and McCarthy editorial
NORWALK, Conn. — The promised Monday night announcement about the Head Start program turned into an informal response to a series of emails and Tweets inquiring about when the announcement might be forthcoming.
The answer — There will be an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to make an announcement.
Continue reading Tuesday morning press conference planned for Head Start announcement
(Updated 4:13 p.m. to add Christmas tree-lighting ceremony)
NORWALK, Conn. – There will be a menorah-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave. in East Norwalk.
Continue reading East Norwalk synagogue plans menorah-lighting ceremony
Ducks pass a Norwalk Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe recently at high tide.
NORWALK, Conn. – Smelly sewage is just one of the reasons some Norwalk residents and other concerned citizen have prompted the state to have a public hearing Monday night, to the consternation of Norwalk Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord, who said it is costing the city untold dollars.
A concern for transparency, civility and emergency management are some of the issues raised by people who signed a petition circulated by environmental activist Diane Lauricella requesting the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to hold the hearing on the city’s renewal of its sewage treatment plant water discharge permit tonight on South Smith Street. Continue reading Norwalk activist fears future storm surge would flood sewage treatment plant
By Diane Lauricella
To the Editor:
We all flush the toilet at one time or another. Even if you own a septic tank, as about 23 percent of Norwalk households do, you still may directly and indirectly use the sanitary sewer system if you go to a local store or restaurant. Continue reading Letter: Weigh in Monday night on sewage plant license renewal
NORWALK, Conn. – Almost one year after the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in which 26 people, including 20 children, were killed, some people say that tightened security at Norwalk Public Schools has created an entirely different atmosphere.
“Everybody’s on edge,” Angela Harrison said, describing the mood at Nathan Hale Middle School. “They’re not friendly any more. We’ve lost that friendliness with the staff and the parents.” Continue reading Some mourn innocence lost at Norwalk schools
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling conducts city business via the telephone on his third day in the mayor’s office.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s long-time police chief was still getting used to the title “mayor” as he sat in his new office recently expressing thoughts between phone calls.
“There’s a lot to do up front,” Mayor Harry Rilling said on his third day occupying a mostly undecorated room on the second floor of City Hall. “It’s very, very interesting, all of the things that need to get done.” Continue reading Rilling adapts to new routine