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Norwalk to decide where on Oak Hills $1.5 million would be spent

State Rep. Larry Cafero (R-137)

State Rep. Larry Cafero (R-137).

NORWALK, Conn. – The State Bond Commission’s apparently imminent $1.5 million gift to Norwalk’s golf course comes at the behest of outgoing state Rep. Larry Cafero (R-142).

Cafero announced this week that the commission will likely vote at its meeting Friday to award Norwalk $1.5 million to support the Oak Hills Park master plan, a surprise to many as the plan has not yet been approved by the Planning Commission and the Common Council and some city officials have expressed concerns about the funding.

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Sumpter predicted to succeed in Norwalk Zoning reappointment, even if it’s been bumpy

Norwalk Zoning Commissioner Nate Sumpter.

Norwalk Zoning Commissioner Nate Sumpter.

NORWALK, Conn. – Tuesday’s Norwalk Common Council meeting may feature the first public note of disagreement on an appointment made by Mayor Harry Rilling.

There have been rumblings that some people would work against the reappointment of Democrat Nate Sumpter to the Zoning Commission, a source said, calling it “an undercurrent of people trying to keep him off” by lining up votes against the appointment.

All of Rilling’s appointments to this point have been smoothly approved by the council, the dirty work of sausage making having been done behind closed doors. Continue reading Sumpter predicted to succeed in Norwalk Zoning reappointment, even if it’s been bumpy

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Norwalk DTC struggles with BoE racism charge, sniping

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Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho reacts to contentious comments at Monday’s DTC meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – A rift on the Norwalk Board of Education stoked simmering resentments Monday night at the Democratic Town Committee meeting.

DTC Chairman Ed Camacho said it is important for members to try to work together to overcome lingering hard feelings left over from his rise to leadership over long-time active DTC member Brenda Penn-Williams, but his efforts to organize the troops – and provide a way for resentments to be aired in an organized way – hit roadblocks.

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Himes calls for major, long-term infrastructure funding in Norwalk visit

Mayor Harry Rilling

U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Conn.), center, and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, right, chat near Monday near the Yankee Doodle Bridge.

NORWALK, Conn. — The nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, and Connecticut is in the forefront of the dubious movement that is threatening the nation’s global economic standing.

That was the message U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and a gaggle of state and local politicians and union leaders attempted to drive home Monday while standing near Norwalk’s deteriorating Yankee Doodle Bridge.

A recent study showed Connecticut and Rhode Island have the worst roads in the country. A White House report says 41 percent of state roads are in poor condition.

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Norwalk tax sale yields $5.1 million for city coffers

This property belonging to Jacob J Kozar Jr. & Debra Jane Kozar & Betts Island Oyster Farm LLC II had a minimum bid of $61,650 and sold for $150,000.

This property at 0 Betts Island had a minimum bid requirement of $61,650 and sold for $150,000.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s biennial tax sale ran the gamut Monday, from in-demand properties that drew high bids to some apparent bargains to some properties that drew no interest at all.

Some of the properties drew bids eight to 10 times what was owed in back taxes. A property at 14 Oakledge Circle with a minimum bid of $35,345 required went for $250,000. A property at 4 Hawkins Ave. with a minimum set at $27,245 brought $254,000. A property at 234 East Ave. with a minimum bid of $28,730 went for $255,000.

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Letter: Norwalk needs state money for more important things than golf

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Kathleen Mary Tepper is a member of the Democratic Town Committee

To the editor:

I don’t object to paying taxes, they are a necessary part of a civilized existence. And part of that civilized existence means that I should be able to have some small say in how my tax money is spent.

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New Jersey’s lightning rod visits Connecticut to stump for Foley

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Christine Stuart photo)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Christine Stuart photo)

The primary will be held Aug. 12.

The primary will be held Aug. 12.

HARTFORD, Conn. – He’s the head of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential nominee. And controversy seems to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wherever he goes.

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State delays collection of health care union fees

HARTFORD, Conn. – Plans to begin collecting representation fees for a recently-formed home health care workers union have been put on ice while state officials grapple with a Supreme Court ruling that may have made those fees illegal.

“The union requested that the state not collect agency fees given the uncertainty created by the recent Supreme Court decision, Harris v. Quinn,” Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said Friday.

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Opinion: All eyes on England

Valerie Dugan

Valerie Dugan

Valerie B. Dugan, CFP, is a senior vice president and financial advisor in the Hartford office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

With a huge percentage of Connecticut’s economy dependent upon the defense and aerospace industries, all eyes turned toward England over the past week.

The international air show at Farnborough, England, concluded July 20. In 2012, $712 billion in new orders were announced at this biannual event.

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Letter: Former RTC chairmen seek change in the registrar of voters office.

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To the editor:

We as former RTC Town Chairmen, Jeffrey Konspore and Art Scialabba, fully support the Republican nominated and endorsed candidate for the Registrar of Voters Office, John Federici, and encourage all Republicans to vote for him in the Aug. 12th primary.

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Norwalk council debates liens vs. fines in sidewalk ordinance

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Councilman David Watts (D-District A) advocates for distressed Norwalk homeowners during a discussion about a developing sidewalk ordinance.

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Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, leads last week’s meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk council members have “grabbed something easy” while they wrestle with the can of worms inherent in revising Norwalk’s sidewalk ordinance, sending a revision related to construction permits to the full council for a vote on Tuesday.

That was after a prolonged discussion at last week’s Ordinance Committee meeting concerning the ramifications of liens and fines. Chapter 95 is still a thorn in the committee’s side – although Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) said much progress had been made – and members voted unanimously to go with a suggestion made by Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large): “Can we grab something easy here to move it forward?” Meaning, separate Chapter 96 from Chapter 95 and send it for a vote on its own. Continue reading Norwalk council debates liens vs. fines in sidewalk ordinance

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Spahr: Mosby’s complaint against Norwalk BoE is clearly false

NORWALK, Conn. – You be the judge, Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said, in reference to the latest complaint filed by John Mosby against the Norwalk Board of Education.

Spahr obtained videotapes of two BoE meetings to rebut Mosby’s latest charge of racial discrimination, to show, he said, that Mosby did not receive “disparate treatment” from that shown to white Norwalkers who spoke to the board. Continue reading Spahr: Mosby’s complaint against Norwalk BoE is clearly false

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