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Showing 11/26/2014 to 11/12/2014

Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O'Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, introduces an ordinance to join the

Norwalk Council gives in to Connecticut’s ‘un-American’ tactic

NORWALK, Conn. – Concerns about a “very loose” piece of state legislation dominated discussion at Tuesday’s Norwalk Common Council... (Read more)

11 / 26 / 2014

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Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, nominates Councilwoman Sharon Stewart (D-At Large) to be Council president Tuesday in City Hall.

Petrini elected Norwalk Common Council president

NORWALK, Conn. – Doug Hempstead passed the baton to a new leader Tuesday night, as Jerry Petrini was elected... (Read more)

11 / 26 / 2014

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Assistant Corporation Counsel Brian McCann, right, talks about the ramifications of

Norwalk Council reluctantly moves to join regional planning group

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is poised to enter into a Council of Governments in spite of fears that its... (Read more)

11 / 25 / 2014

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Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left;

Watts decries ‘Fake Dem’ Kimmel

NORWALK, Conn. – Games surrounding the election of the next Norwalk Common Council president on Tuesday have been occupying... (Read more)

11 / 24 / 2014

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Norwalk Council ‘report card’ wrapped up

Correction, 8:21 p.m. Petrini has perfect attendance; update, 4:30 p.m., comment from Bob Barron, chart made by Barron added.... (Read more)

11 / 24 / 2014

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Manny Rivera listens as three Norwalk Board of Education members fight his recommendation for an English Language curriculum at the Feb. 27 BoE meeting.

Rivera stresses that it’s personal, but also cites problems with Norwalk BoE

NORWALK, Conn. – Manny Rivera would like everyone to know that his primary reasons for resigning his post as... (Read more)

11 / 23 / 2014

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Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera

Rivera lauds Rilling, says racism allegation hurt

NORWALK, Conn. – Harry Rilling is a “great education mayor,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera said Saturday, refusing... (Read more)

11 / 23 / 2014

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Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera

Norwalk NAACP president: Believe Rivera, ‘a bigger man than that’

NORWALK, Conn. – Manny Rivera’s title is changing soon, as the New London Board of Education has unanimously appointed... (Read more)

11 / 22 / 2014

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Lawmakers during a budget hearing.

Republicans Call For Special Session On Budget Deficit

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican lawmakers called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Friday to convene a special legislative session to... (Read more)

11 / 22 / 2014

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Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera.

Norwalk leaders hint at super’s reasons for departing, say they’ll try again

NORWALK, Conn. – Hours after the news of the resignation of Norwalk’s highly touted superintendent of schools started reverberating... (Read more)

11 / 21 / 2014

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Norwalk citizens pack a City Hall meeting room to hear General Growth Properties (GGP)

GGP wants to build hotel, NCC space into its SoNo mall

Updated 1:30 a.m., complete story. NORWALK, Conn. – The developers of a hoped for-mall in SoNo said Wednesday that... (Read more)

11 / 20 / 2014

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Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.

Rilling looks back on first year as Norwalk’s mayor

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s been a “quick year,” Mayor Harry Rilling said, looking back on the first half of... (Read more)

11 / 19 / 2014

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Councilman Jerry Petrini (R-District D), left,

Norwalk Council members’ attendance surveyed

Updated, 7:55 a.m., completed list. NORWALK, Conn. – In the year since taking office, some Norwalk Common Council members... (Read more)

11 / 19 / 2014

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Democrat-dominated Norwalk BoE retains Republican leadership

NORWALK, Conn. – Leadership of the Norwalk Board of Education was soundly endorsed as all three key players were re-elected... (Read more)

11 / 19 / 2014

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Norwalk political notes: Petrini pans iPad usage; Kimmel slams Watts, Simms

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk-funded iPads are not helping a pair of Norwalk Common Council members be informed about the... (Read more)

11 / 18 / 2014

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DPW: Norwalk has been overcharged by Third Taxing District

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s years of complaints to the Third Taxing District have finally gotten results – there’s been... (Read more)

11 / 18 / 2014

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Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord

Burns: Criminal investigation of Norwalk sewage treatment plant turns up nothing

NORWALK, Conn. – The state has found nothing in its investigation into possible wrongdoing at the Norwalk sewage treatment... (Read more)

11 / 18 / 2014

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Zoning Commissioner Nora King.

Norwalk Zoning Commissioner calls Commission chairman ‘a child’

NORWALK, Conn. – It all boils down to a childish “tit for tat,” Norwalk Zoning Commissioner Nora King said,... (Read more)

11 / 17 / 2014

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Construction on extended stay SoNo Hotel expected next summer

NORWALK, Conn. – There will be less rooms in the SoNo Hotel than originally planned under a proposal to... (Read more)

11 / 17 / 2014

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Zoning Commission Vice Chairman Adam Blank

Blank: Norwalk Zoning Task Force hasn’t met yet

NORWALK, Conn. – An effort to reform Norwalk Zoning regulations has not yet lifted off the ground. Zoning Commission... (Read more)

11 / 15 / 2014

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Suikang Zhao

Norwalk West Avenue facelift plans unveiled

NORWALK, Conn. – The competition is over – an artist has been selected for a publicly funded facelift for... (Read more)

11 / 15 / 2014

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Norwalk Common Council Minority Leader Travis Simms (D-District B).

Norwalk Councilman’s trial will begin Tuesday

NORWALK, Conn. – If you were anticipating the start of the Travis Simms trial Friday, you’ll have to wait... (Read more)

11 / 14 / 2014

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Finance Director Thomas Hamilton

Norwalk Council members indicate willingness to forgive Oak Hills debt despite Hamilton’s objections

NORWALK, Conn. – Serious reservations, with “yellow caution flags,” about the financial aspects of the Oak Hills Park Master... (Read more)

11 / 14 / 2014

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Republican Registrar of Voters Karen Doyle Lyons

Norwalk registrars say school’s professional day caused Election Day problem

NORWALK, Conn. – There were voters who could not find parking at Fox Run Elementary School on Election Day... (Read more)

11 / 14 / 2014

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DPW issues snow removal policy refresher

NORWALK, Conn. – The following is a verbatim statement issued by Norwalk Department of Public Works Director Hall Alvord:... (Read more)

11 / 14 / 2014

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Norwalk DPW chief delivers Walk Bridge, East Avenue update, in spite of McCarthy’s objection

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman got the answers she was seeking Tuesday about the East Avenue widening project,... (Read more)

11 / 13 / 2014

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Economic Development Director Elizabeth Stocker

Economic development action plan quietly develops

NORWALK, Conn. – There are brainstorming sessions going on all over Norwalk, under the radar screen of public scrutiny.... (Read more)

11 / 13 / 2014

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Darnell Crosland, left, and Tony DePanfilis have "fun" on Election Day

Norwalk registrars investigating things that ‘might’ have happened

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Registrar of Voters office is investigating possible irregularities on Election Day by a Democratic... (Read more)

11 / 13 / 2014

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Norwalk marks Veterans Day

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk honored its “national treasures” Tuesday with the traditional rifle volley at the appointed time –... (Read more)

11 / 12 / 2014

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An artist's rendering of the proposed Esplanade at Aventura that is proposed to replace the Big Box Sears store.

Sears looking at a new twist in malls, starting in Florida

NORWALK, Conn. – Consider this in your ruminations about a potential mall in SoNo – Sears, looking to rebound... (Read more)

11 / 12 / 2014

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