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Litigation between Independent Party factions threatens ballot access for 2014

Primary election is Aug. 12; general election is Nov. 4

Primary election is Aug. 12; general election is Nov. 4

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Independent Party has the ability to endorse a candidate for governor, but if two factions within the party can’t stop litigating each other or come to an agreement on a candidate, then no one will get the ballot line in November.

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It’s all good at Oak Hills: Players are happy, restaurant is busy and the state check’s (almost) in the mail

Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green

The view from the Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green patio Monday included this woman hitting golf on the 13th hole.

NORWALK, Conn. – The good news is pouring in at Oak Hills Park – revenues continue to be up, the restaurant is doing better and renovations to the 45-year-old golf course appear to be set, with the approval last week of a $1.5 million no-strings-attached gift from the state.

“We will be doing a lot of the renovations, fixing and moving tee boxes, bunkers, cart paths, nature trail markings and school set-up, new welcome center/pro shop … tennis renovation and looking to make sure all the mechanicals that we have not fixed are updated, like the boiler in the restaurant,” Oak Hills Park Authority (OHPA) Chairman Clyde Mount said.

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Embattled Alvord proud of Norwalk DPW’s accomplishments

Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord

Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord speaks to the public at a recent Mayor’s Night Out.

NORWALK, Conn. – It comes as no surprise to Hal Alvord that many people in Norwalk don’t believe the things he says.

“I have a credibility problem with a lot of people,” said Alvord, the director of Norwalk’s Department of Public Works, Friday. “I look at 10 years that I have been here and I have had to make a case for how under-resourced the city’s infrastructure and this department have been for decades,” he continued, explaining why that is, in response to this reporter’s question. Continue reading Embattled Alvord proud of Norwalk DPW’s accomplishments

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Congress reaches deal on new VA funding

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers in Congress reached a bipartisan agreement over the weekend for a bill approving billions in emergency funding to reform the struggling Veterans Affairs healthcare system, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, said the agreement is the “beginning of really good news” for veterans and the federal VA. The agency has been under intense scrutiny for weeks following revelations of long patient wait times and efforts by staff to cover up the system’s shortcomings.

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In crowded primary, Somers touts her business credentials

Heather Bond Somers shakes hands at Pepper Pot Restaurant in Southington. (Christine Stuart photo)

Heather Bond Somers shakes hands at Pepper Pot Restaurant in Southington. (Christine Stuart photo)

The primary election is Aug. 12.

The primary election is Aug. 12.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Heather Bond Somers of Groton may have been an unknown candidate for lieutenant governor several months ago, but due to some high-profile missteps by at least one of her opponents Republican voters are giving the newcomer to state politics a second look.

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Foley leads Malloy in poll from New York Times and CBS

The primary is on Aug. 12.

The primary is on Aug. 12.

HARTFORD, Conn. – An Internet-based poll by the New York Times, CBS News and a research firm called YouGov suggests that Republican Tom Foley has a 42 to 33 percent advantage over incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The Connecticut results are a small part of a nationwide online polling project, the first wave of which was published Sunday in the New York Times.

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State makes loans available to weather-proof coastal homes

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Madeline Stocker photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Madeline Stocker photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Shoreline property owners can now apply to a state-funded loan program that provides financing for coastal home and business owners to protect their properties from future severe weather and flooding, Gov. Malloy announced Monday.

The program, called Shore Up CT, will mainly finance property elevations, but also offers additional retrofitting for flood protection and wind proofing.

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Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force zooming along

The new bike lane on Strawberry Hill Avenue at Nathan Hale Middle School will be tweaked soon, Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord said.

NORWALK, Conn. – A plan for bike lanes in all of Norwalk is expected by November, Bike/Walk Task Force Co-Chairman Mike Mushak said, just one indicator of the “full steam ahead” approach taken by bicycle advocates.

A wish list has been delivered to Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord that includes five major areas that the task force would like to have bike lanes or sharrows put in, based on recommendations in studies paid for by Norwalk. A summary of the plans, that includes a priority list, is expected by the end of the year, Mushak said. Continue reading Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force zooming along

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Alvord explains delay in traffic signal replacement, no-bid radio system contract

Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord

Norwalk Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord.

NORWALK, Conn. – The word “emergency” applies to only one of the two incidents that have been drawing negative attention to the Department of Public Works, DPW Director Hal Alvord said.

• “We’re doing the Main and Wall thing, I want to say, on an emergency basis,” Alvord said, in reference to a traffic signal pole that corroded from within and collapsed. “It’s taking longer than I would like.” Continue reading Alvord explains delay in traffic signal replacement, no-bid radio system contract

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Norwalk Police: Man carried loaded handgun onto Island Belle

Norwalk Police swarm

Norwalk Police surround a man whose hands were bound behind his back early Sunday in Veterans Park as passengers disembark the Island Belle.

Updated, 5:26 p.m., name of man arrested.

NORWALK, Conn. – A man was arrested early Sunday morning in Veterans Park after security officers on the Island Belle party boat discovered that he had a loaded handgun, Norwalk Police said.

Sgt. Kevin Markert said security officers found the gun in a bag after the boat left the Veterans Park visitor’s dock for a pleasure cruise. The man was arrested at about 3:15 a.m. Markert did not know the man’s name, or the type of gun. The police arrest report available Sunday lists Rodney Howell, 34, of Bridgeport as having been charged with carrying a gun without a permit. His bond was $2,500.

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