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Norwalk Early College Academy’s growing pains include ‘deep concern’ from Mellion

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A Norwalk Early College Academy classroom on Aug. 21 at Norwalk High School.

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk educators are looking forward to creating a template for future success with the just-opened Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), expressing confidence as a few concerned leaders worry about having enough support for the students.

While Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Technology, Innovations and Partnerships Ralph Valenzisi said at a recent Board of Education Finance Committee meeting that NECA will be used to develop a personalized learning model for all students, Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said that, given the makeup of the student body, intensive support is needed. Those thoughts were backed up by Finance Committee Chairwoman Rosa Murray and BoE member Jack Chiaramonte.

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Playing it safe: Emergency preparedness, distracted driving crackdown and a citizens academy

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Check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorwalkOEM

NORWALK, Conn. – Forewarned is forearmed, and that is what various Norwalk public safety agencies are hoping people will take advantage of this month.

Whether its getting an inside look at policing, being made aware of the dangers of distracted driving (hint – the dangers include damage to your wallet), or learning to be ready when emergencies strike, there is plenty to find out this month in Norwalk.

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DEEP plans to waive hearing on Norwalk Washington Village application

NORWALK, Conn. – There will be no public hearing concerning the 100-year flood plain at Washington Village if the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has its way.

DEEP has made a tentative determination that it will approve the Connecticut Department of Housing’s application to redevelop Washington Village, according to a post on its website. DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee also intends to waive the requirement for public hearing unless he gets a petition with 25 signatures asking him not to by Sept. 26. Continue reading DEEP plans to waive hearing on Norwalk Washington Village application

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Opinion: Labor Day isn’t just a vacation day

Lindsay Farrell

Lindsay Farrell

Lindsay Farrell is the executive director of the Connecticut Working Families Party. This column appeared Monday on CT News Junkie.

On Labor Day, many of us will have a day off. We’ll go to the beach, or host a BBQ, and enjoy the end of summer. But it is important to remember that today is not just a day off.

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Opinion: Norwalk schools ‘heading for greatness’

Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons is chairman of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The Norwalk Public Schools are heading for greatness. Recent news coverage focused on outsourcing of some custodial services and arguments among some Board of Ed members shouldn’t obscure that reality – our schools are making more progress than they have in decades, and this progress needs to be celebrated. Here are some highlights:

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Rivera looking to spend $200K to improve Norwalk student experiences

Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera

Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera.

NORWALK, Conn. – Plans to use more than $200,000 of the windfall uncovered for the Norwalk Board of Education have shifted away from construction in the Central Office and toward the services that will affect students.

Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera said in a memo to the BoE that the money should be used to shift the schools’ culture in accordance with the strategic plan approved by the board. While ideas and suggestions for spending the money came in from board members, Rivera said they either did not fit the criteria of avoiding using the money for recurring operational expenses or were already being addressed, just along a different time frame or via other funding. Continue reading Rivera looking to spend $200K to improve Norwalk student experiences

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Once Around the City: Lots going on as summer turns to fall

Author Jean Zimmerman will be speak at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.

Author Jean Zimmerman will be speak at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

NORWALK, Conn. – The kids are back in school, but there are still a few loose ends to tie up, not to mention a slew of things going on.

There’s a Back to School night planned by Norwalk Acts and Stepping Stones Museum, and the library is going to give away some prizes to kids involved in the summer reading program. There’ an author talk planned for Lockwood-Matthews that you need to register for by Sept. 5, and, if a fall cleanup is in the cards, a chance to dump hazardous household waste next weekend.

 

Norwalk Acts, Stepping Stones plan Back to School Night adventure

A free back-to-school night at Stepping Stones, filled with innovative school readiness and enrichment programs for children and parents with some of Norwalk’s most important community leaders, is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

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Norwalk council hoping to avoid a Xanadu-like debacle at 95/7 site

NORWALK, Conn. – Would a proposed mall in Norwalk be, as developer GGP suggests, a xanadu – an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty – or Xanadu, a long-stalled mall project in North Jersey that has been described as a white elephant?

The Common Council Planning Committee will review the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the former 95/7 site, now owned by General Growth Properties (GGP),  at its Thursday meeting. The company has been shopping around a concept for a mall, looking for feedback and support, but committee Chairman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) invoked the name of a long-stalled development project that is not in Norwalk – Xanadu, a partially built mall in the Meadowlands – when the review of the LDA for the former 95/7 site was suggested last month. Continue reading Norwalk council hoping to avoid a Xanadu-like debacle at 95/7 site

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Opinion: History shows going along to get along often does not work

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is a 36-year career journalist and is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.

When the race riots of the 1960’s were in full swing, I used to hear a lot of adults – well-intentioned people who supported anti-discrimination efforts – talk about how the black community was going about it in the wrong way. The blacks were just alienating people with their marches, their rallies and speeches, and that’s why people were expressing such anger toward them that often escalated to violence.

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Opinion: Who will celebrate Labor Day in 2034?

Leo Canty and James Hughes

Leo Canty and James Hughes

Leo Canty is a retired labor and political activist. James Hughes Ph.D is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College in Hartford.

For more than 100 years workers and their unions have designated a day to parade and celebrate labor, working people, the jobs they do and advances they have made. Over that time, the nature of that work has transformed dramatically from farms and factories to offices and cubicles.

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Opinion: Deficit the unspoken word in Malloy-Foley debate

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

In this week’s gubernatorial debate, moderator Ray Hackett didn’t ask — or get to ask — one of the most glaring issues facing the two candidates: What are they going to do about the projected budget deficit? Where will the money come from? Or what will they cut?

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Opinion: We treat third parties like pariahs, and our democracy suffers for it

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.

It looks like former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto will be left off of the ballot for governor this fall, which will be a relief to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election team. It’s also a sad commentary on the way we treat minor parties in this state, and how the two-party monopoly squeezes out much-needed competition.

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About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.