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Showing 9/26/2016 to 9/2/2016

Common Council member Steve Serasis (D-District A) extols the virtues of the "zip line" in June at a District A meeting held in Cranbury Park. The Council Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee was not consulted about dropping the proposal, Serasis said this week.

Rilling: ‘Zip line’ doesn’t belong anywhere in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. — If the Common Council had approved a Go Ape! treetop adventure for Cranbury Park, Mayor Harry... (Read more)

9 / 26 / 2016

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Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B).

Simms calls for disbanding of Norwalk Redevelopment Agency

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency (RDA) should be replaced with an economic development corporation, Common Council member... (Read more)

9 / 26 / 2016

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The Rev. Dr. Sonya Merrill-Williams leads the invocation Friday in Darien.

Norwalk NAACP, at annual fete, takes note of North Carolina shooting

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt about in the 1960s, Darius Williams said Friday.... (Read more)

9 / 25 / 2016

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Pols visit South Norwalk to highlight benefits of T.O.D. – new apartments, expected hotel

NORWALK, Conn. – Proximity to the South Norwalk train station was touted Friday as being key to Norwalk’s economic... (Read more)

9 / 24 / 2016

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Robin and Vincent Penna fight to keep their business last month with a rally at 10 Goldstein Place, the Norwalk home of A.J. Penna & Son.

Pennas given new hope in Walk Bridge project, as state gives Norwalk more time to comment

NORWALK, Conn. – A new home may have been found for a Norwalk business being displaced for the construction... (Read more)

9 / 23 / 2016

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Kleppin named new Norwalk Planning and Zoning director

Updated 2 p.m.: Steve Kleppin’s resume added; 12:45 p.m.: Comments from Fran DiMeglio; phrasing of related changed for the... (Read more)

9 / 21 / 2016

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State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)  speaks to the Board of Eduction on Tuesday in City Hall.

Knopp, Wilms look to future with Norwalk BoE as state appeals CCJEF ruling

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s leaders are pondering their next steps as the Connecticut Supreme Court considers an appeal of... (Read more)

9 / 21 / 2016

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Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia.

Moccia’s back at work politically – in Ridgefield

NORWALK, Conn. – You can take the boy out of politics but you can’t take the politics out of... (Read more)

9 / 19 / 2016

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Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director Merrill Gay, Rep. Gail Lavielle and children from Room to Grow, who helped present the award. Photo courtesy: CT Early Childhood Alliance.

Norwalk political notes: Who’s that P&Z director?

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Saturday: GGP waiting on state Mum’s... (Read more)

9 / 17 / 2016

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Samuel “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz shows off a modern "transportation device" - a smartphone - Wednesday in the Maritime Aquarium.

‘Gridlock Sam’ offers NYC wisdom to Norwalkers concerned about Walk Bridge

NORWALK, Conn. — Perhaps a design competition could be held to come up with alternative ideas for the Walk... (Read more)

9 / 16 / 2016

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From left, architect Bruce Beinfield, Mayor Harry Rilling and former Mayor Bill Collins chat Tuesday in the Maritime Aquarium after a presentation by Samuel Schwartz.

Rilling: Vets Park idea not a go

NORWALK, Conn. — There might be an idea to help an East Norwalk business that is losing its property... (Read more)

9 / 16 / 2016

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Zoning Commission Chairman Adam Blank. (File photo)

Blank: Time’s up on attempted Norwalk Zoning regulation change

NORWALK, Conn. — An effort to change the Zoning regulations to prevent a big box store on Main Avenue... (Read more)

9 / 15 / 2016

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No need to Go Ape! – Council drops idea for Norwalk park

Updated, 9:57 a.m.: Additional information, including that a woman died in August at a GoApe! course. NORWALK, Conn. —... (Read more)

9 / 14 / 2016

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R. Richard Roina

Republican Norwalk Zoning appointments sail through, with bit of protest

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Zoning Commission now has a full complement of members, although none are from District... (Read more)

9 / 14 / 2016

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Third Taxing District Commissioner Deb Goldstein addresses the Norwalk Common Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

Council OK’s ‘new way’ for ConnDOT to do business with Norwalk

Correction, 9:42 a.m.: Deb Goldstein said “unreasonably withheld,” not “reasonably withheld.” NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk will have even less... (Read more)

9 / 14 / 2016

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Developers floating new idea for ‘BJ’s site’

NORWALK, Conn. — There’s a new plan brewing for that piece of Main Avenue land where developers had hoped... (Read more)

9 / 13 / 2016

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Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force members Mike Mushak, left, and Peter Libre, right, spar

Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force members blame parking for Strawberry Hill Avenue woes

NORWALK, Conn. — Just about everyone agrees: the bike lanes on Strawberry Hill Avenue, north of Interstate 95, are... (Read more)

9 / 12 / 2016

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Sources: Loss of IMAX would actually be a gain for Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – It won’t exactly be a tragedy for the Maritime Aquarium if Connecticut tears down Norwalk’s IMAX... (Read more)

9 / 12 / 2016

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Rilling submits new Norwalk Zoning appointments to Common Council

NORWALK, Conn. — The Common Council on Tuesday will consider two new Republican appointments to the Zoning Commission. “Both... (Read more)

9 / 10 / 2016

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Adamowski expects appeal of CCJEF decision; Duff says ‘no winners or losers’

NORWALK, Conn. – Cautious optimism marked Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski’s reaction Thursday to a landmark court decision... (Read more)

9 / 9 / 2016

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Connecticut ordered to reform educational funding, given 180-day deadline

Updated, 2:47 p.m.: Comment from Artie Kassimis; correction, Sept. 9: decision was 90 pages long. NORWALK, Conn. – A... (Read more)

9 / 8 / 2016

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Robin Penna of A.J. Penna & Sons speaks as a member of Norwalk Harbor Keeper at Wednesday's rally on the family's property next to the railroad tracks in East Norwalk.

Connecticut accused of ignoring cheapest, most practical option for Walk Bridge replacement

NORWALK, Conn. — Connecticut is arbitrarily discarding a cheaper option to replace Norwalk’s Walk Bridge, Robin Penna said Wednesday.... (Read more)

9 / 8 / 2016

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Republican state representative candidate Darline Perpignan.

Perpignan scores Connecticut grant in drive to unseat Perone

NORWALK, Conn. — Darline Perpignan, a Republican, has qualified for a Citizens’ Election Program Grant in her drive to... (Read more)

9 / 8 / 2016

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State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142), left; former Norwalk City Sheriff Anna Duleep, right.

Republican Wilms scores endorsement of Independent Party, faces surprise opponent in bid for re-election

NORWALK, Conn. — Fred Wilms will be on the ballot on two lines this fall in his bid for... (Read more)

9 / 7 / 2016

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Duleep: Why I’m Un-Retiring From Public Service

NORWALK, Conn. —  Anna Duleep, a Democrat, is a former Common Council member and former City Sheriff.  When I... (Read more)

9 / 7 / 2016

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Connecticut DOT releases Walk Bridge assessment report, declaring its design choice

NORWALK, Conn. — The most expensive option for the replacement of the aged Norwalk River railroad bridge would be... (Read more)

9 / 7 / 2016

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POKO Partners has been given a list of Wall Street Place assets that need to be protected, Norwalk

Norwalk Council members question POKO’s ‘default’

NORWALK, Conn. – No one is lined up to take over the construction of Wall Street Place, Norwalk Redevelopment... (Read more)

9 / 6 / 2016

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Ryan Park after the clean up. (Contributed photo)

South Norwalk cleanup called a great success

NORWALK, Conn. — South Norwalk is looking mighty spiffed up, volunteers say. “It went swell,” Ernie Dumas of the... (Read more)

9 / 4 / 2016

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Once Around the City: Pennas to protest Walk Bridge; kids’ Fish Parade precedes print show opening…

NORWALK, Conn. — Citizens plan a rally about the Walk Bridge on Wednesday. Woodcuts by a resident of Redding... (Read more)

9 / 4 / 2016

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Report: Norwalk choosing New Canaan town planner for P&Z director

Updated, 3:20 p.m., Sept. 5, comment from Adam Blank. NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk has lined up a new Planning... (Read more)

9 / 2 / 2016

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