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Porta potties have been burning in Rowayton

This generic picture of Porta Potties - which has nothing to do with Rowayton - is courtesy of Flickr user Rusty Clark.

This generic picture of Porta Potties – which has nothing to do with Rowayton – is courtesy of Flickr user Rusty Clark.

NORWALK, Conn. — Rowayton’s been having a problem lately – burning Porta Potties.

Sounds funny, but Sixth Taxing District Commissioner Mike Barbis said the Rowayton Community Association’s tent was also the target of an arsonist over the weekend. Continue reading Porta potties have been burning in Rowayton

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Interim Norwalk DPW director begins work

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Interim Department of Public Works Director Bruce Chimento chats with Water Pollution Control Authority member Jim Clark on Monday at the Public Works Center.

Updated 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 7th paragraph: Adds Alvord severance, pension figures.

NORWALK, Conn. – Bruce Chimento returned to his “old hometown” Monday evening to spend his first hours leading a department he left more than 30 years ago, the Norwalk Department of Public Works.

Chimento, who was named by Mayor Harry Rilling last week to replace departing DPW Director Hal Alvord on an interim basis, said he met with DPW Operations Manager Lisa Burns and Supervising Environmental Engineer Ralph Kolb for 1½ hours Monday before sitting through the Water Pollution Control Authority meeting. Continue reading Interim Norwalk DPW director begins work

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Norwalk Schools losing another top administrator

Chief Financial Officer Rich Rudl.

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Rich Rudl.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk school system is losing Rich Rudl as its chief financial officer.

The Weston Board of Education on Monday night appointed Rudl to be its new director of finance and operations, according to the Weston Public Schools website. He will replace Jo-Ann Keating, Ed.D., who is leaving Weston to become the director of finance and operations for New Canaan Public Schools, the website states. Rudl will begin work in Weston on July 6, after the close of this fiscal year. Continue reading Norwalk Schools losing another top administrator

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Shellfish bed closures stir concerns about Norwalk sewage treatment plant

NORWALK, Conn. – An unusual number of shellfish bed closures this winter brought an unusual number of people to Monday’s Water Pollution Control Authority meeting.

“To have closures in the dead of winter, especially the number we were having, it was just unusual. Also, with all the development that’s going in, the apartments they’re putting in, we’re just a little concerned that the sewer plant can handle everything. It’s the storm water, the run off and all of that,” Tim Cramer said, explaining why he had come with three compatriots, including Norm Bloom of Norm Bloom and Sons Oysters, to the meeting. Continue reading Shellfish bed closures stir concerns about Norwalk sewage treatment plant

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New Norwalk app lets you make complaints fast, monitor your neighborhood

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A photo submitted to Norwalk’s Department of Public Works through the new “Click & Request” app shows a pothole on Woodchuck Court.

NORWALK, Conn. – The next time you smell an odor from Norwalk’s sewage treatment plant, you are encouraged to use your smartphone to tell the city right away. No need to make a phone call.

“Smell something, say something,” Water Pollution Control Authority member Jim Clark said Monday when discussing the new “Click & Request” web portal and app available for your iPhone, Android device or PC.

Not only can you use your phone to report something you see – or smell – but the app will note your location for you. And you can check on the status of the complaint via the web portal. And you can get updates for your neighborhood, to see what your neighbors are reporting. Continue reading New Norwalk app lets you make complaints fast, monitor your neighborhood

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Jazz up your weekend and support Nancy on Norwalk

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Mike Camacho will lead his jazz combo from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday night at the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser at Hilton Garden Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s a long weekend coming – Memorial Day weekend – and a great way to start it off and go kick off summer is with the Nancy on Norwalk Casual Jazz Party.

The music and merriment begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 560 Main Ave. Mike Camacho & Friends will play live from 7 to 10 p.m., with complimentary food and a cash bar available.

Continue reading Jazz up your weekend and support Nancy on Norwalk

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Brien McMahon on way to offering International Baccalaureate diploma, NPS says

Brien McMahon High School Principal Suzanne Koroshetz.

Brien McMahon High School Principal Suzanne Koroshetz.

NORWALK, Conn. – Some of the kids going to eighth grade this year in Norwalk are likely to be the first Norwalkers to graduate from Brien McMahon High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma, which is held in high regard by colleges and universities, according to a Norwalk Public Schools press release.

BMHS has been officially accepted as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, a high school diploma program based on international standards of achievement, the Monday press release said. McMahon will pursue authorization as an IB World School. Creating a Norwalk International Baccalaureate progam was an initiative of former Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera. Continue reading Brien McMahon on way to offering International Baccalaureate diploma, NPS says

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Connelly: Norwalk is not alone in Special Education ‘crisis’

Special Education Director Christine Fensore

Norwalk Special Education Director Christine Fensore talks to Board of Education members last week in City Hall.

Updated, 4:43 p.m., comment from DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s not just a crisis in Norwalk, it’s a crisis across the state and the nation, Norwalk educators say.

“It’s like a steam train that just came up so fast that nobody was ready for it,” Special Education Director Christine Fensore said last week of the number of students who have been diagnosed with mental illness – part of the reason special education costs have risen significantly. Continue reading Connelly: Norwalk is not alone in Special Education ‘crisis’

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South Norwalk given HUD slum/blight designation

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s official – the Common Council bit the bullet and has designated South Norwalk as a slum/blighted area in accordance with the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“I am not happy with it, but unfortunately it’s a balance trying to figure out how can we bring more funds, outside of city of Norwalk funds, into an area and make it better,” Planning Committee Chairman and Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) said at last week’s Council meeting. “… We have to accept that if we want to open the window of opportunity to bring in federal funding.” Continue reading South Norwalk given HUD slum/blight designation

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We play, you pay: The finances and the fantasy of the Oak Hills Park Authority

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To the editor:

The Oak Hills Park Authority (OHPA) recently received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the taxpayers of the state that it intends to use to upgrade the golf course and prepare the ground for a large commercial driving range that it euphemistically refers to as a “golf learning center.”

Now it is seeking another $1 million from Norwalk taxpayers in the form of loan forgiveness.

Continue reading We play, you pay: The finances and the fantasy of the Oak Hills Park Authority

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John Cafferty, Smash Mouth, Dennis DeYoung to headline 2015 Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will headline opening night of the Oyster Festival.

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will headline opening night of the Oyster Festival.

NORWALK, Conn. – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will be the opening night headliner at the 2015 Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival, scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at Veterans Park.

Continue reading John Cafferty, Smash Mouth, Dennis DeYoung to headline 2015 Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival

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Opinion: Politicians agree to limits on spending, but hate them

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

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.

It would be funny if it weren’t such a travesty. In order to appease taxpayers, lawmakers reluctantly agree to limits on revenue or spending. Then they while away the ensuing years trying to avoid the very limits they supported.

Continue reading Opinion: Politicians agree to limits on spending, but hate them

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