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Opinion: Affirmative consent bill could help tear down rape culture

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.

Connecticut is poised to finally do something about the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. The legislature needs to see this through, because more than just the safety of the next generation of students is at stake.

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Opinion: Two bills threaten to take power from local governments

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.

Today the state’s Planning and Development Committee passed two bills that — if they become law — will create vast new powers for state and regional bodies over local governments in Connecticut.

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Opinion: Yes on MBR relief, but school funding crisis looms

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.

Common sense isn’t a quality in great supply at the Capitol, but when House Republicans and their Democratic speaker can find common ground on the solution to a problem, then you know you’re really onto something.

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Norwalk political notes: Once more with feeling – it’s city property, times two; Kimmel apologizes

General Growth Properties Senior Developer Doug Adams

General Growth Properties Senior Developer Doug Adams talks to the Norwalk Parking Authority on Wednesday in the Maritime Garage.

NORWALK, Conn. – It looks like General Growth Properties has made a faux pas, not too dissimilar to the one made by Trinity Financial a few weeks ago, though not nearly at the same magnitude.

GGP Senior Developer Doug Adams said Wednesday that the city might want to charge for parking at Mathews Park, where children use a specially designed playground complete with a water feature, once GGP’s upscale mall is built. Not so fast, Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan said Friday. Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Once more with feeling – it’s city property, times two; Kimmel apologizes

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Rowing Club food drive today; Mayor’s Night Out set for Tuesday

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum season begins with two new exhibits April 8-9. Above, Betty Ball's Anemones In Blue No.1 from April 9's opening, "Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals."

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum season begins with two new exhibits April 8-9. Above, Betty Ball’s monotype, “Anemones In Blue” from April 9’s opening, “Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals.”

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – Members of the Maritime Rowing Club and New Canaan High School Crew Team will be on hand from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Saturday, March 28) at the entrances to the Stop & Shop, 380 Main Ave., Norwalk, to collect food for those in need. The rowers will deliver all donations to the Norwalk Food Pantry at Person-to-Person.

 

Mayor’s Night Out heads for Jefferson Elementary

Mayor Harry Rilling will host Mayor’s Night Out from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Jefferson Elementary School Gymnasium, 75 Van Buren Ave.

Department heads and elected officials are invited, and the Mayor invites Norwalk residents for their comments and input on city services.

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Housing Authority, Friends of Ryan Park in tug of war over Washington Village site changes

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From left, Norwalk Housing Authority Commissioners Larry Katz, the Rev. Jeffery Ingraham and Board Chairman Cesar Ramirez listen to Diane Lauricella on Thursday in NHA’s Monroe Street office.

NORWALK, Conn. – There isn’t enough time to “move the pieces around” at Washington Village without jeopardizing the $30 million federal grant in support of the project, Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis Law said Thursday, while an ardent opponent of the current plan emphatically stated that change is, indeed, possible.

“I read the Choice Neighborhoods project,” Diane Lauricella said at Thursday’s NHA meeting. “As a consultant, I look at these detailed words and it is not true that you cannot amend it. It would not take – it would be mediation, it would be a compromise. Nobody wants to talk about viable alternatives and that is a darn shame because it’s the staff that are holding up the process, not the Friends of Ryan Park.”

A plan to "flip" the current Washington Village proposal.

A plan to “flip” the current Washington Village proposal.

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Final step in Norwalk sidewalk repair is laid with new ordinance

Update, 3:21 p.m., video added

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk, you have a new sidewalk ordinance. The upshot is that if the city fixes the sidewalk in front of your property, you have a maximum of 10 years to pay the city back.

The Common Council on Tuesday passed the ordinance amid many kudos flying back and forth, with acknowledgements of the amount of time that was put in and a nod to the seeming impossibility of the feat a year ago. Continue reading Final step in Norwalk sidewalk repair is laid with new ordinance

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A statement regarding Rep. Morris’ claim that he was racially profiled

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Sgt. David R. Orr is the president  of the Norwalk Police Union, AFSCME Local 1727

To the Editor:

A statement regarding CT State Rep. Bruce Morris’ claim that he was racially profiled:

On March 20, 2015, Connecticut State Representative Bruce Morris made comments about a recent interaction he had with a police officer. On that date, during a hearing of the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Morris made a claim that he was recently the victim of racial profiling when he was stopped by a Norwalk Police Officer. Mr. Morris claimed that he was returning home from late night meetings in Hartford, and that he had just gotten off of the highway and “was in an area of town that isn’t HIS area of town” when he was stopped by the officer. Mr. Morris claimed that he is certain he hadn’t done anything wrong to justify being stopped.

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Norwalk Parking Authority eyes Wall Street’s impending parking woes

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Norwalk Parking Authority member Dick Brescia talks about Wall Street on Wednesday in the Maritime Garage.

NORWALK, Conn. – The development that seems certain for the Wall Street area is going to carry a surprise issue for Norwalk as the “empty space” that has plagued the area suddenly becomes “no space left” in terms of parking, Parking Authority member Dick Brescia said Wednesday.

Brescia led a discussion of Wall Street parking issues at the Parking Authority meeting, where Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan also chimed in with concern.

“Spaces over time are going to begin to disappear,” Sheehan said. “The value of on-street parking and the garage parking is going to quickly escalate. Then the whole premise of what is being put forward is that we want to be in front of that and trying to incrementally advance that rather than being on the back end of it.” Continue reading Norwalk Parking Authority eyes Wall Street’s impending parking woes

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Norwalk mall developer: Is there an app for that (parking issue)?

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A PowerPoint slide shows a schematic of the possible traffic design around a possible mall on West Avenue.

 

NORWALK, Conn. – One side effect of a mall in SoNo might be the end of free parking at Matthews Park, General Growth Properties Senior Developer Doug Adams said Wednesday.

“I think at the end of the day Matthews Park needs to charge for parking and maybe to validate museums or whatever needs to be worked out. Because otherwise you will have hundreds of people on a nice day parking there and walking,” Adams said to the Parking Authority as he discussed parking issues in relation to the mall, including the idea that the mall’s parking pricing would not undercut the city’s parking rates. Continue reading Norwalk mall developer: Is there an app for that (parking issue)?

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Adams delivers ETA on traffic study for SoNo mall

NORWALK, Conn. – The much talked-about traffic study for the potential SoNo mall will probably be done within about three months, General Growth Properties Senior Developer Doug Adams said Wednesday.

As some Norwalkers clamour for a traffic study for the mall now being pushed for the property at the intersection of Interstate 95 and West Avenue, NancyOnNorwalk asked Adams what made GGP confident enough to spend $35 million to buy the property, knowing, as Adams has said, that a mall would not be successful if customers find gridlock. Continue reading Adams delivers ETA on traffic study for SoNo mall

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Opinion: It’s way past time to put BOE racism claims to bed

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.

The absurdity of allowing racism claims to linger against certain members of the Board of Education by at least two other members is obvious to most of the community.

The claims of racism by BoE members Shirley Mosby, an at-large Democrat who cannot be held accountable by voters until 2017, and Migdalia Rivas, (D-District B), whose term expires in November, have been hanging in the air like a pollution cloud for 10 months. And, while Jack Chiaramonte may have demonstrated part of what those charges were all about, no one knows for sure because the finger-pointers aren’t talking.

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