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Rilling: Norwalkers should heed statewide travel ban; some flooding possible

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has been under a storm emergency since noon, said Mayor Harry W. Rilling at a news conference Monday afternoon inside the city’s Emergency Operations Center at Fire Department Headquarters.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting of city department heads and representatives from other affected organizations, such as Norwalk Hospital and Connecticut Light and Power, Rilling said all non-essential city employees would go home at 2 p.m. and City Hall will be closed Tuesday.

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Snow emergency declared in Norwalk effective as of noon today; state institutes travel ban

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City, state impose emergency conditions.

NORWALK , Conn. – A snow emergency went into effect at noon, Monday, Jan. 26.

All vehicles should be removed from streets. In order to assist drivers in this, the Norwalk Parking Authority is offering free parking during a declared snow emergency at the Maritime Garage and at the Yankee Doodle Garage. You may park at these two facilities for free during the snow emergency declared by Mayor Harry Rilling until the emergency is lifted or ends. Parking at all open parking lots is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to allow for snow plowing services.

In accordance with City Code:

  1. No vehicle shall park or otherwise remain standing upon any snow emergency route when there is present an accumulation of two or more inches of snow or ice for a period of one hour or more between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. of any day.
  2. A declared snow emergency shall remain in effect until terminated by announcement of the Mayor.
  3. No person shall park a vehicle or otherwise allow a vehicle to stand upon any portion of a snow emergency route. No person shall park a vehicle or otherwise allow a vehicle to stand upon any street in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to vehicular or pedestrian traffic or to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing snow or removal of ice.
  4. Vehicles in violation of these restrictions may be ticketed and/or towed at owner expense.

There will be no garbage and recycling collection services on Tuesday or Wednesday, Jan. 27 or 28. Garbage and recycling collection services with follow the below schedule for the remainder of the week:

  • Tuesday pickup of garbage and recycling will be on Thursday
  • Wednesday pick up will be on Friday
  • Thursday pick up will be on Saturday
  • Friday pick up will be on Sunday

The Norwalk Transfer Station, located at 61 Crescent St., will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information on these services, please visit the Norwalk website or contact the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200.

City Hall and libraries are closed to the public effective 2 p.m. today and all day Tuesday. Non-essential personnel should not report to work on Tuesday. Schools and all school offices will be closed Tuesday. Check back on Tuesday to get update on status of School on Wednesday.

The Norwalk Transit District is suspending operations today at 8 p.m. until further notice.

Also, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard, which is anticipated to heavily impact the state tonight through Tuesday.  In addition, the governor announced that a travel ban for all roads is in effect beginning at 9 p.m.

To add your contact information to the Notify Norwalk database, please visit CodeRed, a community notification enrollment service provided by the Emergency Communications Network (ECN).

 

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Land Trust, CNNA postpone meetings

NORWALK, Conn. – Due to the blizzard snow conditions predicted for Monday and Tuesday,  the Norwalk Land Trust (NLT) annual meeting scheduled for Monday evening, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.

Also, the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) monthly meeting planned for Monday night has been postpone. No makeup date was given.

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Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan leads a teleconference Saturday in City Hall. Consultant Robert Gibbs is shown at right on the Council chamber’s white board. Gibbs was in Michigan.

NORWALK, Conn. – A properly executed mall design would be a boon to most businesses in SoNo, according to an urban planning consultant hired by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.

“The mall should create a tremendous demand for the existing businesses and restaurants near it,” said Robert Gibbs at Saturday’s Joint Committee meeting in City Hall, where leaders of the Redevelopment Agency, the Common Council Planning Committee and the Planning Commission met with representatives of General Growth Partners (GGP) for what Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) called “contract negotiations” for the long-vacant 95/7 site. Continue reading Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

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Norwalk Zoning Task Force set to get going

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Mayor Harry Rilling and Zoning Commission Vice Chairman Adam Blank, right, announce the Zoning Task Force in October. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The previously stalled, recently created Norwalk Zoning Task Force has its first meeting scheduled for this week.

“We are finally starting to move forward and hopefully we’ll get into a good groove and start pumping some stuff out,” Zoning Task Force Chairman Adam Blank said. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning Task Force set to get going

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Q&A: Council’s Kimmel questions BoE about proposed school budget

Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel vets the school budget request with BoE's Rich Rudl.

Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel vets the school budget request with BoE’s Rich Rudl.

NORWALK, Conn. – (Editor’s note: The following is a question-and-answer exchange between Common Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) and Board of Education Finance Director Rich Rudl, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Kimmel with Rudl’s consent. The Q&A focuses on the whats and the whys of the BoE budget request for the upcoming 2015-16 cycle. Kimmel’s words are in normal type; Rudl’s responses are bold italic):

 

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‘Sno kidding: Weather service calling for ‘historic’ storm

NORWALK, Conn. – Are we ready for Snowmageddon?

All indications are that, at least to some degree, the region is going to get whacked by Mother Nature, and this time – for Norwalk and environs – it’s personal.

Norwalk often escapes these “weather events” (as meteorologists are wont to call them), given our geographic characteristics, stagnant property values and punitive tax rate.

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CNNA postpones, board members coming and going, and a band fundraiser

Marny Smith whose life-long commitment to the ecology is to be recognized by the Norwalk Land Trust Jan. 26.

Marny Smith whose life-long commitment to the ecology is to be recognized by the Norwalk Land Trust Jan. 26.

 

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – A longtime Norwalk Land Trust director is retiring, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is adding a trustee, and Old Well-St. John’s #6 Masonic Lodge has a new slate of officers. Norwalk High’s marching band has a fun night out planned, the library wants to keep you healthy, and the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations planned to hold its monthly meeting, but then the storm threatened.

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‘Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea’ to be featured at Darwin Day Dinner Celebration

Two penguins await with interest the Darwin Day talk on “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea.”

Two penguins await with interest the Darwin Day talk on “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea.”

NORWALK, Conn. – “Darwin’s Really Dangerous Idea” will be addressed at the 7th Annual Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Dinner celebration Saturday, Feb. 7, in Norwalk.  The event will include cocktail hour, dinner, humorous science quiz with prizes, and an entertaining presentation.

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Opinion: Proposed mall should come with built-in re-purposing

Gordon Tully is the owner of Tully Architectural Consulting.

Regarding our mid- to long-term future, people seem to fall into three groups. Liberals (in the European sense – we call them conservatives) believe that the market will take care of our problems if we just get government out of the way. A middle group is quite worried, but believes that with sufficient effort (solar panels, that sort of thing) we can solve the problems and coast to a stable global system.

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