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ZBA chairman explains meeting cancellation

Firetree LTD Vice President Amy Ertel, second from left, sits with her legal team at the May 4 Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing in City Hall.

Correction/clarification, 4:10 p.m.: Second email was from Rich Bonenfant.

NORWALK, Conn. — A mistake led to the cancellation of Thursday’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, ZBA Chairman Andy Conroy said Friday.

Commissioner Keith Lyon sent an email to a Zoning Inspector Aline Rochefort, telling her he agreed with her decision to deny Firetree LTD a Certificate of Occupancy for its Quintard Avenue facility, Conroy said. Since his mind was made up before the end of the hearing, Firetree demanded that he recuse himself, according to Conroy. Continue reading ZBA chairman explains meeting cancellation

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NFT files labor complaint against Norwalk BoE

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Federation of Teachers has filed a prohibited practices complaint against the Board of Education.

The BoE has attempted to intimidate the union membership by making inaccurate public comments, NFT President Mary Yordon said in a statement late Tuesday, confirming information received by NancyOnNorwalk that the union has filed a complaint with the State Board of Labor Relations. Continue reading NFT files labor complaint against Norwalk BoE

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ZBA cancels Firetree hearing, looks to reschedule

Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s really just a matter of not being able to get a quorum, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy said Thursday evening, after Quintard Avenue residents suffered another disappointment.

The ZBA abruptly cancelled part two of its emotional public hearing regarding a potential Quintard Avenue federal prisoner halfway house Thursday afternoon, less than three hours before it was to begin. Continue reading ZBA cancels Firetree hearing, looks to reschedule

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Correction: No funding yet for Wall Street train station study

A Danbury line Metro North train passes the Mechanic Street parking lot recently.

NORWALK, Conn. — A press release announcing funding for a $250,000 study on the feasibility of a Wall Street train station was a mistake, an aide to State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) said.

The funding has not yet been authorized, he said. Continue reading Correction: No funding yet for Wall Street train station study

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Norwalk students sent home due to mechanical failure

NORWALK, Conn. — Brien McMahon High School students were sent home early Thursday due to a problem with the school’s air conditioning.

The school’s windows do not open, Norwalk Public Schools Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams explained on Facebook, after a parent pointed out that other schools do not have air conditioning and yet the children are in school. Continue reading Norwalk students sent home due to mechanical failure

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Firetree, Norwalk neighbors, to continue argument to Zoning Board of Appeals

The former Pivot House at 17 Quintard Ave., renovated by Firetree LTD to become a halfway house for federal prisoners.

Updated, 6:16 p.m.: Meeting cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

NORWALK, Conn. – Attorneys representing Firetree LTD have plenty to respond to when they make a second pitch to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Neighbors of the former Pivot House at 17 Quintard Ave., a building renovated by Firetree with the intention of opening a halfway house for federal prisoners, on May 4 presented an organized, well-researched argument against a Zoning approval for the facility before being cut short by the lateness of the hour. More arguments against approval are expected at the continuation of the public hearing, some of them targeted at Firetree’s claim that a Zoning denial would be discrimination against disabled people. Continue reading Firetree, Norwalk neighbors, to continue argument to Zoning Board of Appeals

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Norwalk BoE ‘proud’ of improving graduation rate

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski shares good news Tuesday in City Hall.

Updated, 1:47 pm.: Information added regarding the Pathways Academy at Briggs. 

NORWALK, Conn. – The graduation rate at Norwalk’s public high schools has gone up for the second year in a row, Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Tuesday.

“You will recall the class of 2015 – this was first time Norwalk met or exceeded the state graduation rate. We were concerned about whether or not we could maintain that, given how great the increase was for 2015. … Our wonderful news here is that we have done that,” Adamowski said to the Board of Education. Continue reading Norwalk BoE ‘proud’ of improving graduation rate

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NFT leaders challenge BoE’s public talk of layoffs

Norwalk Federation of Teachers leaders applaud sentiments issued by NFT President Mary Yordon on Tuesday in City Hall.

Update, 1 p.m.: Comment from Bryan Meek; correction, 12:35 p.m.: Description of BoE Finance Committee meeting revised.

NORWALK, Conn. – The approach taken to this year’s Norwalk Public Schools budget shortfall is disheartening and disrespectful, Norwalk Federation of Teachers leaders said to the Board of Education on Tuesday.

“To publicly call for layoffs, to attack our leadership, to ignore and belittle our attempts to solve the budget shortfall is wrong,” NFT First Vice President Joe Giandurco said as a public speaker to the Board. Continue reading NFT leaders challenge BoE’s public talk of layoffs

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Norwalk Council set to consider GGP’s hotel-less mall next week

Sally Marsico speaks to Norwalk Common Council members Monday in City Hall, as Attorney William Hennessy, representing GGP, listens.

NORWALK, Conn. – Opinions from the public Monday were weighted against building The SoNo Collection, as currently desired by GGP.

“The presence of a hotel on the city’s skyline speaks volumes. It’s welcoming and it speaks to the city’s success… what would compensate the city for the loss of this status symbol?” Sally Marsico asked members of the Common Council Planning Committee at the latest public hearing on the topic. Continue reading Norwalk Council set to consider GGP’s hotel-less mall next week

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Opinion: Support human needs, not a war economy

Diane Keefe, left, and Mary Therese “Missy” Conrad march Saturday in South Norwalk. (Contributed)

A small group of brightly dressed people with umbrellas stood with a banner Saturday on the Stroffolino Bridge, despite continuous rain and an inaccurate notice via email from the League of Women Voters saying that the march was canceled, and then walked along Washington and Main Streets chanting slogans like:

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Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.