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Opinion: ‘Health’ of small towns threatened by DPH proposal

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.

“We didn’t ask for it; there’s no need for it,” Goshen First Selectman Bob Valentine told the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in October. “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”

It’s the kind of complaint you hear often from officials in small towns when the state, in its infinite wisdom, ponders the imposition of yet another unfunded mandate. It’s a tired refrain but a tentative proposal to abolish the state’s 70 local health departments and merge them into as many as eight larger districts, has suburban and rural towns up in arms. And they should be. Continue reading Opinion: ‘Health’ of small towns threatened by DPH proposal

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Opinion: How should Connecticut invest in youth? Listen to the experts

Toni Walker.

Toni Walker.

Toni E. Walker represents New Haven’s 93rd Assembly District. She is House Chair of the Appropriations Committee.

As co-chair of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, I have a central role to play in forming our state’s budget. Yet I have never been totally happy with the result.

No one is, because need always dwarfs resources. That does not mean, however, that we resign ourselves to inadequacy. We keep looking for ways to spend smarter – to do more good in our great state with what we have. I have found that the best way for the legislature to do its job better is simple: It always starts with listening. Continue reading Opinion: How should Connecticut invest in youth? Listen to the experts

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Opinion: Raising the minimum wage – good for working people, good for the economy

James Bhandary-Alexander.

James Bhandary-Alexander.

James Bhandary-Alexander is the Chair of Connecticut’s Low Wage-Employer Advisory board, an attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance, and a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School.

Connecticut legislators will return to Hartford this January facing a grim budget situation and difficult choices about how much austerity their constituents can bear. Yet lawmakers do not face only bad options. They also have a clear opportunity to improve the lives of struggling Connecticut workers and save the state money — by raising the minimum wage. Continue reading Opinion: Raising the minimum wage – good for working people, good for the economy

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Opinion: Proliferation of fake news underscores woeful lack of critical thinking

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School.

“Fake news” is all the rage now. Since Election Day, articles have appeared daily, outlining this latest scourge infecting the nation’s news landscape.

CT News Junkie was among the many news outlets to address the issue in two very timely and informative op-eds by Terry Cowgill and Susan Bigelow. More and more people are simply too willing or too stupid (or both) to believe whatever they read these days. Continue reading Opinion: Proliferation of fake news underscores woeful lack of critical thinking

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Norwalk Zoning Commission considers medical marijuana

From left, Zoning Commissioners Joseph Passero, Richard Roina and Louis Schulman, Thursday in City Hall.

From left, Zoning Commissioners Joseph Passero, Richard Roina and Louis Schulman, Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Someone has expressed interest in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Norwalk, according to Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin.

There are only five Norwalk Hospital cancer patients currently using medical marijuana but with no dispensaries in lower Fairfield County there’s an unmet demand, Norwalk Hospital Administrative Director of Network Pharmacy Services Bob Bepko told the Zoning Commission on Thursday. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning Commission considers medical marijuana

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NHA out as NEON replacement; Peña defends SoNoCC from ‘lies’

An open area at the South Norwalk Community Center. Formerly used as a lobby, it's now behind locked doors in a renovation paid for by federal Community Block Development Grant funding.

An open area at the South Norwalk Community Center, the first floor of 98 South Main St. Formerly used as a lobby, it’s now behind locked doors in a renovation paid for by federal Community Block Development Grant funding.

NORWALK, Conn. — Efforts to replace Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) continue, as some decry the use of the building formerly occupied by the defunct anti-poverty agency.

“We are not going to be the CAP (Community Action Program) agency,” Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis Law said Thursday.

In September, 2015, the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) named NHA as its choice to be the new Norwalk area CAP agency, a replacement for the bankrupt NEON. That was 14 months ago, and there is still no CAP agency. Continue reading NHA out as NEON replacement; Peña defends SoNoCC from ‘lies’

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Maritime Rowing Club expecting move upriver to King Industries

Attorney Elizabeth “Liz” Suchy of Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey explains aspects of the Maritime Rowing Club's proposal to the Zoning Commission on Thursday in City Hall.

Attorney Elizabeth “Liz” Suchy of Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey explains aspects of the Maritime Rowing Club’s proposal to the Zoning Commission on Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Maritime Rowing Club, being ousted from its Liberty Square location by the state, has found new digs.

The Club has been a tenant for 20 years at Coastwise Boatworks, a Goldstein Place property that is being seized by the Connecticut Department of Transportation as part of the Walk Bridge reconstruction project. Club owners Yan Vengerovskiy and Roman Vengerovski have faced angst as the eminent domain process has moved along, but the Club now has an arrangement to move across and up the Norwalk River to property owned by King Industries, north of Interstate 95. Continue reading Maritime Rowing Club expecting move upriver to King Industries

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Norwalk officials: ‘It’s situational’ when it comes to hiring felons to be firefighters

Mayor Harry Rilling, right, leads Monday's Mayor's Night Out, where he answered questions about the hiring of Norwalk firefighters. At left is

Mayor Harry Rilling, right, leads Monday’s Mayor’s Night Out, where he answered questions about the hiring of Norwalk firefighters. At left is Common Council member Faye Bowman (D-District B).

Updated, 1 a.m. Dec. 2, photo of Certificate of Employability added; Updated, 12:50 p.m., 1:03 p.m.: Responses from Novack Lazare, editing of story.

NORWALK, Conn. — There was only one criminal background check done on a would-be Norwalk firefighter who is now alleging discrimination, Norwalk Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said Wednesday.

This is part of Spahr’s rebuttal to one of the key points made by a West Haven man in his argument made to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO). Another rebuttal is the racial composition of the eight people now currently attending the fire academy as Norwalk’s next round of new hires: two African American men, one Hispanic man, one white woman and four white men, according to Fire Chief Lawrence Reilly. Continue reading Norwalk officials: ‘It’s situational’ when it comes to hiring felons to be firefighters

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Join us on Dec. 18 for holiday cheer

Correction, 12:37 p.m., the fundraiser is on a Sunday, not a Saturday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Just before the holiday revelry – Sunday, Dec. 18 – NancyOnNorwalk.com fans will be gathering at the Station House for a holiday season Meet, Greet and Eat event and to show some much-needed support for Norwalk’s government-focused news site. Food will be provided, and there’s a cash bar. Continue reading Join us on Dec. 18 for holiday cheer

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Fate of 98 South Main a topic at Norwalk Mayor’s Night Out

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South Norwalk Citizens for Justice President Ernie Dumas questions Mayor Harry Rilling at Tuesday’s Mayor’s Night Out in the South Norwalk library.

Mayor Harry Rilling's latest Mayor's Night Out gets started Tuesday in the South Norwalk library community room.

Mayor Harry Rilling’s latest Mayor’s Night Out gets started Tuesday in the South Norwalk library community room.

 

 

Correction, 12:32 p.m.: Elsa Peterson Obuchowski is a First Taxing District Treasurer, not a Commissioner. The treasurer is a non-voting role.

NORWALK, Conn. — Noise issues, blight complaints, the city’s website, water boxes covered up by a city contractor and the status of a city-owned building caught in a bankruptcy dispute were among the topics touched upon at Tuesday’s Mayor’s Night Out in South Norwalk.

The event at first appeared to be a dud, as department heads outnumbered citizens on the rainy night, but Norwalk’s frequent fliers – the committed few who keep an eye on things – continued to file in, eventually taking nearly all the seats in the South Norwalk branch library’s community room. Continue reading Fate of 98 South Main a topic at Norwalk Mayor’s Night Out

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Norwalkers press for fixed Walk Bridge

Project Manager Christian Brown of HNTB Corporation.

Walk Bridge Project Manager Christian Brown of HNTB Corporation.

NORWALK, Conn. — Arguments for “fixing” the Norwalk River railroad bridge in place have yet to persuade the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

An assortment of Norwalkers argued at the recent ConnDOT public hearing that there isn’t enough marine traffic to warrant putting in a movable bridge; others said that the federal government won’t be paying for dredging upriver of the Walk Bridge even if the river is still classified “navigable.” But ConnDOT Director of Communications Judd Everhart said Monday that, “At least as of today, a fixed bridge is not an option for us.” Continue reading Norwalkers press for fixed Walk Bridge

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Officials break ground at Norwalk’s Washington Village

NORWALK, Conn. – The construction of a new Washington Village is ready to begin, at long last.

This development was marked Monday with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

“Today is a very exciting first step in Phase One redevelopment of Washington Village,” Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis Law said in a press release. “This initiative represents total collaboration of Federal, State and Local agencies. We look forward to the completion of Phase One and the beginning of Phase Two and Three.” Continue reading Officials break ground at Norwalk’s Washington Village

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Norwalk political notes: No ‘hail Harry’ in new video

A screen capture from a new, Norwalk-based Internet meme

A screen capture from a new, Norwalk-based Internet meme

Executive Secretary Monique Cipriano sits at the Norwalk Department of Public Works reception desk Wednesday. The wall behind her is painted green as a background for Norwalk's new logo.

Executive Secretary Monique Cipriano sits at the Norwalk Department of Public Works reception desk Wednesday. The wall behind her is painted green as a background for Norwalk’s new logo.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Friday:

  • Hitler’s reaction to charter revision defeat
  • ‘Police extra duty’ ordinance returns to Committee
  • Inaccurate Council minutes
  • Wall Street train station given another shout out
  • ‘Political operative’ King speaks to Council
  • Mayor’s Night Out on Tuesday
  • ‘Former reading teacher,’ college student share Kodak moment
  • DPW offices given ‘welcoming’ facelift
  • Final tabulator results
  • Moccia invited to apply to Trump

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: No ‘hail Harry’ in new video

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