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DEEP promises to levy $1K a day fine over Vets Park violations

The sediment pile at Veterans Park.

The sediment pile at Veterans Park.

NORWALK, Conn. – The state is planning to levy a $1,000 a day fine due to violations made by a contractor working for Norwalk in Veterans Park.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) “will be seeking a consent order with civil penalty” because Norwalk violated two sections of its Certificate of Permission for the Veterans Park boat ramp work, being performed by Holzner Electric, DEEP Communications Director Dennis Schain said in a Friday email to NancyOnNorwalk. Continue reading DEEP promises to levy $1K a day fine over Vets Park violations

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East Avenue concept design eliminates crazy turn lane configuration

Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association (ENNA) leader Diane Cece explains East Avenue options at Saturday's meeting held by ENNA, the East Norwalk Business Association (ENBA) and the Third Taxing District.

Eastern Norwalk Neighborhood Association (ENNA) leader Diane Cece explains East Avenue options at Saturday’s meeting held by ENNA, the East Norwalk Business Association (ENBA) and the Third Taxing District. (Photo by Dan Verel.)

NORWALK, Conn. — East Norwalk has been heard: the “zig zag” on East Avenue has been removed from the design sent to the state last week.

The Department of Public Works sent the Connecticut Department of Transportation a “30 percent design” on Friday, for work connected to the expected rebuilding of the Walk Bridge, DPW Senior Civil Engineer Vanessa Valadares said Thursday. Removed, because of a series of meetings that began in January, was the alternate turn lanes East Norwalkers call “the slalom,” she said. Continue reading East Avenue concept design eliminates crazy turn lane configuration

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Rilling’s $120M spending plan would fund two new schools

Mayor Harry Rilling expresses support for Norwalk Public Schools during February's joint meeting of the Common Council Finance Committee and the Board of Education, in City Hall. Listening at right is Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large).

Mayor Harry Rilling expresses support for Norwalk Public Schools during February’s joint meeting of the Common Council Finance Committee and the Board of Education, in City Hall. Listening at right is Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large).

Updated, 10:18 p.m.: Additional information; 6:12 p.m.: Comment from Bruce Morris.

NORWALK, Conn. — Work would begin this summer on designing two new Norwalk schools, under the capital budget recommendation submitted Wednesday by Mayor Harry Rilling.

Rilling’s $120.7 million 2017-18 capital budget would allow Phase I of the Board of Education’s Facilities Plan to proceed, with a new school at Ely and the Ponus conversion to K-8 funded in 2017-2018. Jefferson Elementary School and the building currently housing Columbus Magnet School would be rebuilt with funding in 2018-2019, and with $35 million of the various Priority projects at other schools funded over five years (starting with $6.3 million of work funded this year).  Continue reading Rilling’s $120M spending plan would fund two new schools

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NASH surprises Zoning with two rebuttals to ‘BJ’s’ traffic study

 Attorney Joel Green addresses the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Wednesday in City Hall.

Attorney Joel Green addresses the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — A one-two punch was delivered to the Main Avenue big box store proposal Wednesday with not one, but two traffic studies presented by the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners (NASH).

You may have guessed: they’re the opposite of what the applicant’s traffic engineer said, and what the independent traffic consultant working on behalf of the city said. But they go beyond the traffic on the roads to paint the development, in the words of NASH Attorney Joel Green as having an unacceptable design. Continue reading NASH surprises Zoning with two rebuttals to ‘BJ’s’ traffic study

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Cold storm prompts hot comments

A picture of Jefferson Elementary School, posted Wednesday on Facebook.

A picture of Jefferson Elementary School, posted Wednesday on Facebook.

NORWALK, Conn. — Sidewalks were the issue Wednesday for many people, in the wake of Tuesday’s less-than-blizzard.

Parents on Facebook decried the “unsafe” conditions their children were subjected to in going to school, with the unusual twist being a back and forth between State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and Board of Education member Mike Barbis about the state’s Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. Continue reading Cold storm prompts hot comments

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Morris, in CHRO complaint, seeks better pension, improved diversity efforts

An excerpt of a letter sent June 23 by Attorney Dan Angelone to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, on behalf of State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), from a file compiled by Norwalk Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr.

An excerpt of a letter sent June 23 by Attorney Dan Angelone to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, on behalf of State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), from a file compiled by Norwalk Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr.

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140). (File photo)

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140). (File photo)

Updated, 12 p.m.: Story edited.

NORWALK, Conn. — State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) was denied $79,740 in wages since 2011 because of discriminatory practices by Norwalk Public Schools, his lawyer said in a June 23 letter to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

The resultant complaints Morris filed with the Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) are “an attempted shakedown … to feather his own nest and to boost his retirement package at the expense of the Norwalk taxpayers,” according to Norwalk Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr. Continue reading Morris, in CHRO complaint, seeks better pension, improved diversity efforts

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Norwalk leader agrees with Malloy: Homelessness is on the decline

A screengrab from a video on the Open Door Shelter's website.

A screengrab from a video on the Open Door Shelter’s website.

NORWALK, Conn. – Connecticut’s housing efforts are leading the nation in eliminating chronic homelessness, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced recently.

The executive director of The Open Door Shelter, Jeanette Archer-Simons wholeheartedly agrees.

“Since we started tracking, as we worked to end chronic homelessness, we worked to resolve 3,467 verified chronically homeless individuals in Connecticut,” Archer-Simons said, adding that “1,018 were in Fairfield County. I can only estimate Norwalk. However, it was around 120, I believe.” Continue reading Norwalk leader agrees with Malloy: Homelessness is on the decline

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‘BJs’ opponents press on in Norwalk Zoning battle

A rendering of "The Village."

A rendering of “The Village.”

NORWALK, Conn. — Opposition continues to the application for a big box store on Main Avenue, with work underway to present a new traffic study at Wednesday’s Zoning Commission public hearing.

The Commission on March 1 continued its public hearing on The Village, planned for the Superfund site at 272-280 Main Ave., specifying that the focus would be limited to traffic concerns and that the public could still weigh in. The Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners (NASH) has since worked to update a study it commissioned in 2013, so it can be presented to the Commission on Wednesday, NASH President Heather Dunn said Friday.  Continue reading ‘BJs’ opponents press on in Norwalk Zoning battle

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Jefferson tour impresses some

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Jefferson Elementary School Principal Nicholas Brophy, right, shows off the school’s cafeteria/auditorium/gymnasium to elected officials last week.

A closet made out of a bathroom. There's still plumbing in the stall in the rear, a staff member said.

A closet made out of a bathroom. There’s still plumbing in the stall in the rear, a staff member said.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s a game of 15 minutes, Jefferson Elementary School Principal Nicholas Brophy said last week, as he escorted Common Council members, Board of Education members and Mayor Harry Rilling on a tour of the notoriously overcrowded conditions at the school.

You’ve heard all about the 10 portable classrooms at the school, but Brophy and Norwalk Public Schools Director of Facilities Bill Hodel lingered in the combination gymnasium/cafeteria/auditorium for a bit, as Brophy described his effort, as a new principal last summer, to create a new lunch schedule so children are not lingering and “escalating” their behaviors. Continue reading Jefferson tour impresses some

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Proposed Norwalk noise ordinance change

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My name is Vernon Howard and I live in SoNo on Washington Street.

Norwalk is in the process of updating its noise ordinance and there seems to be some confusion as what kind of noise is being debated. This is a bit long, but I think it’s important that everyone understands what is going on and since I’ve been the topic of discussion on many forums concerning this issue I feel I need to write this letter to add clarity to some of the false assumptions being made. I believe you should be aware of both sides of the issue at hand and the facts in order to make an informed and educated opinion on what is really being considered and why. Continue reading Proposed Norwalk noise ordinance change

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTs.

A BIG Shout Out to the Norwalk Board of Education for unanimously approving the new district Wellness Policy, providing a solid framework within which we can promote health and wellness for all Norwalk children. The policy, mentioned in the 2016-2019 NPS Strategic Operating Plan put forth by the Superintendent last year, establishes the district’s commitment to health and wellness, and enables clearer opportunities for community agencies to align with the goals of the District as well as those of the Norwalk ACTS’ Health and Wellness Workgroup. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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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.