NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling joined about two dozen other new mayors and mayors-elect from around the country for a three-day seminar this week at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and he checked in Thursday afternoon with Norwalk media members via conference call.
NORWALK, Conn. – In what was described as a “great bang for the buck,” the Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a $20,000 special appropriation for the Code Enforcement department.
NORWALK, Conn. – If you were waiting to see if POKO Partners was given another six months to get its finances in order for the Wall Street Place development, you’re out of luck – Thursday’s Plan Review Committee meeting was moved to Monday.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats are considering a push for an ordinance change to allow the city to take over maintenance of city sidewalks. In the meantime, there is a push for a study to see how much it would cost to repair the sidewalks in conjunction with paving programs.
Councilman David Watts (D-District A) brought up the topic at Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting. Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord attempted to discourage the initiative as being too costly. Councilman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) indicated support for looking into sidewalk repair, while Republicans were mute until finally agreeing to consider a study. Continue reading Norwalk council members look at sidewalk issue
NORWALK, Conn. – It’s the season of giving, and POKO Partners is hoping the Zoning Commission will be in the mood to give it another six-month extension to get things moving on its proposed Wall Street development.
In a letter to Norwalk’s Department of Planning and Zoning dated Nov. 12, POKO requested six more months “to secure zoning and building permits.” It would be the fifth extension of the performance deadline for the proposed development since the project won approval in 2008.
NORWALK, Conn. – A rudimentary approval for a school field trip was held up Tuesday night by the Board of Education due to racial concerns.
The board voted unanimously to give a conditional approval to a Ponus Middle School trip to Nature’s Classroom in Ivoryton on May 5-9. That meant that Ponus administrators could go ahead and arrange the trip if there is a deadline they have to meet before the next board meeting in two weeks. Otherwise, board members will consider the trip after researching a news story brought to their attention by a concerned citizen. Continue reading Norwalk field trip raises racial concerns
NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman said she is ready to “hit the ground running” Wednesday morning as the new communications director for Norwalk Public Schools.
The appointment of Brenda Williams to the position created by Superintendent Manny Rivera was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Board of Education. There were 25 applicants for the job, Rivera said, and Williams was “outstanding.” Board member Artie Kassimis called Williams’s resume “impressive,” while board member Shirley Mosby said it was a step in the right direction, that Williams would help him get out in the community more. Continue reading Norwalk BOE hires communication director
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Head Start children are going back to school, Norwalk politicians said Tuesday, alluding to the amount of time and effort it took to work out the differences between what the federal government would allow and local needs and concerns.
“Head Start will be opening on Thursday for sure, but we’re hoping for Wednesday,” state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) said, standing in Nathaniel Ely School with other local leaders for a press conference, almost six weeks since the federal government shut down the program run by Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) and brought in a Colorado agency to take over the care and education of NEON’s 275 children.
NORWALK, Conn. – A Democrat-dominated public hearing held Monday night was as much about a public attack on a local activist as it was about reportedly offensive smells in East Norwalk and the possibility of sewage flooding into Long Island Sound during a storm surge.
The hearing on the renewal of the permit for Norwalk’s sewage treatment plant drew about 15 people to the Department of Public Works cafeteria on South Smith Street, where seven people spoke to Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adjudicator Attorney Brendan Schain. They included a marina worker who said odors from the plant occasionally make him sick. Continue reading Norwalkers decry smell from plant and McCarthy editorial
NORWALK, Conn. — The promised Monday night announcement about the Head Start program turned into an informal response to a series of emails and Tweets inquiring about when the announcement might be forthcoming.
The answer — There will be an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to make an announcement.