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South Norwalk developer looking to modify zoning regulation re affordable housing

NORWALK, Conn. – A South Norwalk developer has taken it upon itself to suggest an amendment to Norwalk zoning regulations.

“I think it makes sense,” Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene said at last week’s Zoning Committee meeting of the proposed change to create a “middle tier” of lower cost housing, based on the state’s median income, and combine that with a change in the height requirements.

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Stonegate: Settlement would protect beleaguered Norwalk neighborhood

Stonegate Condominiun Association board member Israel Herskowitz

Stonegate Condominiun Association board member Israel Herskowitz urges the Common Council to accept the proposed settlement to the lawsuit filed against Norwalk by the Al Madany Islamic Center, last week in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – The word, from a layman who couldn’t be closer to the situation, is that Norwalk would be likely to lose the lawsuit filed by the Al Madany Islamic Center if it went ahead without a settlement or another location found for the proposed mosque.

Israel Herskowitz, who looked at last week’s Common Council meeting like he had been through the mill, said he was hurt by all the suspicions voiced online here and in other places. There has been no deal to get the Stonegate Condominium Association’s blessing of the proposed settlement, he said. Norwalk is very lucky to have Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola, he said. Norwalk needs to change its antiquated zoning regulations, he said.   Continue reading Stonegate: Settlement would protect beleaguered Norwalk neighborhood

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Norwalk mayor’s task force touts groundbreaking state program

Robert Hartt

Robert Hartt, managing member of Hartt Realty Advisors, talks Wednesday at an event sponsored by the Mayor’s Energy and Environmental Task Force at the Shore and Country Club.

NORWALK, Conn. – Bob Hartt is singing the virtues of being a “crash dummy” for the state in Norwalk.

“The bottom line is this is free money and it makes sense to take advantage of it,” Hartt said to a crowd of up to 40 people Wednesday at the Shore and Country Club in an event sponsored by the Mayor’s Energy and Environmental Task Force.

Hartt was talking about Connecticut’s Commercial & Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which had a debut of sorts in April 2013 when Gov. Dannel Malloy visited the shopping plaza at 542 Westport Ave. to highlight the energy-saving projects made possible by financing through the nation’s first green bank – the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) – which administers C-PACE. Continue reading Norwalk mayor’s task force touts groundbreaking state program

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NORWALK, Conn. – Who said summers are slow in the news business?

Between the primary election, the proposed mosque settlement and the Farm Creek controversy, things have been hopping at NancyOnNorwalk.

We have been with you every step of the way, breaking news, debunking myths, responding to questions and supplying documents to keep you informed and up to date.

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It’s not about the mosque

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To the Editor:

It is not about the Mosque that the Al-Madany Islamic Center wants to build at the intersection of Fillow Street and North Taylor avenues.

Mosques are magnificent structures.  Have you seen the Blue Mosque in Istanbul?  I have. So I thought: Wow. Al-Madany has proposed a Mosque on Fillow Street. That should be something really special. Think about giving friends directions to my house.  “If you reach the Mosque you have gone three quarters of a mile too far.”

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Opinion: Connecticut’s inversion and the treasurer’s race

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.

All of this talk about people leaving Connecticut to move to cheaper places to live has me thinking about the national conversation on corporate inversions.

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Opinion: Pendulum swings back on standardized tests, history repeats itself

Barth Keck

Barth Keck

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Email Barth here

It’s easy to dismiss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recent plea to “reduce the time Connecticut students spend taking standardized tests” as an election-year ploy, given the most recent public polls on the topic.

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Opinion: Foley & Malloy – ‘Pessimistic’ beats ‘desperate’ every time

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist 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.

At this point, it’s almost become a cliche to label your political opponent “desperate.”It evokes images of a boxer on the ropes lashing out lamely at a superior fighter who is destined to roll over the injured warrior. But it’s hard to find another word to describe the tactics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who personally and through surrogates, has unleashed a torrent of ugly attacks on Republican nominee Tom Foley.

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POKO beginning demolition Monday for Norwalk Wall Street Place

Gov. Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel Malloy joins a host of Norwalk officials Friday to mark the beginning of demolition for POKO Partners Wall Street Place. All of the buildings behind the group will be taken down.

The first of two windows is pulled out of a Wall Street building Friday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a new one for you Norwalk – a ceremonial window smashing.

Friday, workers pulled out two windows on the backside of the old Merchant’s Bank on Wall Street, a tease for the real demolition work to begin Monday at POKO Partners Wall Street Place. This came after celebratory remarks and politicking by Gov. Dannel Malloy, local officials and POKO’s partners, marking the start of the project made possible finally by a combination of government funding, private financing, and the controversial extension granted recently by local government of the Land Disposition Agreement Continue reading POKO beginning demolition Monday for Norwalk Wall Street Place

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New Norwalk P-Tech academy christened by Malloy

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Gov. Dannel Malloy gets a reaction Friday after successfully cutting the ribbon for the Norwalk Early College Academy.

NORWALK, Conn. – A select group of Norwalk High School freshmen was given a vow of support from a potential employer Friday along with a visit from Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Malloy performed the ribbon-cutting honors for the new Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) at the morning event, attended by about 10 “NECA scholars” – freshmen who are already on their way to Norwalk Community College (NCC) associates degrees. The freshmen led adults on tours of the facilities whiile their classmates attended classrooms after Stanley Litow of IBM promised them all the help they need. Continue reading New Norwalk P-Tech academy christened by Malloy

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Himes plans three October debates

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

NORWALK, Conn. – U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-4) said Friday he plans three debates this fall – including one in Norwallk – presumably with Republican challenger Dan Debicella.

The press release announcing the debate schedule did not mention Debicella by name or party.

The release said the debates will provide an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates on a wide range of issues including the jobs and the economy, foreign affairs, and the economic development opportunities in Southwestern Connecticut.

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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.