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Opinion: All ‘independent practice’ for APRNs is not created equal

As Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seem intent on passing a bill to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to “practice independently,” I would urge some caution.

The lobby pushing for this change in state statute has repeatedly made it appear that Connecticut is “behind the times” since 19 other states already allow independent practice for APRNs. And the sky is not falling in those states with any epidemics of sub-standard care being provided by APRNs, so how can there be any problem with allowing the same in Connecticut?

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Opinion: Surviving on just above the minimum wage

My name is Josh Griffin and I’ve worked at the McDonald’s on the Tolland Turnpike in Manchester for more than two years. Eventually, I’d like to go back to school to study graphic design, but making less than $10 an hour, just a bit above the minimum wage, I can’t afford to get the training I need to launch a career in graphic design. In fact, money is so tight that I am sometimes forced to go to a food pantry when I can’t afford groceries.

With a spotlight shining on what’s been happening to fast food workers, everybody has our backs. Elected officials like President Barack Obama and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and most Americans, all agree that the system is broken. The rich stay rich as the rest of struggle. Connecticut’s current minimum wage, $8.70, is not enough to live on. Low wages hurt our economy.

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UConn graduate assistants vote to form union

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 2,100 graduate assistants working at the University of Connecticut have won the right to form what will be the largest bargaining group at the school.

The State Board of Labor Relations certified the petitions submitted by the group last Thursday. The vote means graduate assistants, research assistants, and teaching assistants will be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

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NEON, SoNoCC leaders defend their positions in ongoing dispute

Michael Roman takes the doorknob off a common area at the home of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now and the South Norwalk Community Center as requested by SoNoCC Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino.

NORWALK, Conn. – Sparks flew almost instantly between the latest leader of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) and the latest leaders of the South Norwalk Community Center, resulting in a power outage on just about the one year anniversary of a previous utility-based confrontation between the two agencies.

NEON transitional CEO and President the Rev. Tommie Jackson said the nasty conversations began in December with an ill-fated meeting in Mayor Harry Rilling’s office, in which he felt sandbagged. In seeking to explain their side of the story, of which the latest chapter includes breaking and entering, SoNoCC leaders also are going over the history between the two agencies. Continue reading NEON, SoNoCC leaders defend their positions in ongoing dispute

Norwalk’s SoNoCC looking at major step

South Norwalk Community Center board Chairman Warren Peña

NORWALK, Conn. – If Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) folds next month, as it is rumored to be doing, the South Norwalk Community Center may try to take on the failing non-profit’s responsibilities.

Leaders of the center, who are expecting a cash influx this summer, are planning to resume investigating becoming a Community Action Program (CAP) agency, Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino said. This would mean SoNoCC would pick up the pieces when NEON is decertified, which state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) recently said is inevitable. Continue reading Norwalk’s SoNoCC looking at major step

Opinion: Are Wall Street values right for schools?

Last week on a flight back from England, I read Michael Lewis’ latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I found myself highlighting passages, struck by parallels with the corporate education reform movement. It’s not surprising as both industries involve players from high tech and hedge funds — and, of course, the politicians who enable them.

Upon reading this quote from Constantine Sokoloff, a Russian who helped develop NASDAQ’s matching system for buyers and sellers: “The old Soviet educational system channeled people away from the humanities and into math and science,” a political sound bite started playing in my head:

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Oak Hills numbers up; restaurant rent paid

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Golfers enjoy an early season day at Oak Hills Park.

NORWALK, Conn. – Efforts to market golf Oak Hills Park are paying off, putting the course’s revenue well above where it was last year, Oak Hills Park Executive Director Shelley Guyer said.

Revenue from sales of ID cards is up $14,000 from where it was in mid-April last year, and while the revenue from cart rentals is down $4,700 from last year, the overall picture is that the course’s revenue is about $19,000 more than it was at this time last year, Guyer said at Thursday’s Oak Hills Park Authority (OHPA) meeting. Continue reading Oak Hills numbers up; restaurant rent paid

Opinion: As the weather warms, Norwalk needs to chill a bit

NORWALK, Conn. – Spring is in the air – finally. Well, it’s in the daylight air. Some of the hours in the darkness have been pretty chilly.

And speaking of darkness and chilly, there seems to be a dark cloud hovering over Norwalk – especially South Norwalk – and maybe people need to chill out a bit.

Here are a few of our observations:

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Opinion: Easing restrictions on nurse practitioners will improve access to care

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, more Connecticut residents than ever before have access to some form of health insurance. But insurance coverage doesn’t always guarantee access to care. By passing Senate Bill 36, Connecticut lawmakers can ensure that more Connecticut residents have access to the care they need.

Senate Bill 36 will allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training after three years of working in collaboration with a physician.

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Nancy came to Norwalk more than 2 years ago as the Norwalk reporter for the Norwalk Daily Voice and resigned in October to begin Nancy On Norwalk. She is married to a career journalist, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website) and two middle-aged cats who are still trying to work out a peaceful co-existence.