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Norwalk tax sale set for July 23

(Tax Illustration by Flickr user Donkey Hotey.)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

TAX SALE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, JULY  23;  $30.95 MILLION IN TAXES COLLECTED THROUGH TAX SALES

 

In accordance with the office of the tax collector’s commitment to efficient and effective tax collection enforcement, the City of Norwalk will conduct a tax sale of tax delinquent properties on Monday, July 23, 2018, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, in the Norwalk City Hall Concert Hall.    Continue reading Norwalk tax sale set for July 23

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State budget cancels planned bus and train fare increases

Train fares are not going up July 1.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

 

GOV. MALLOY AND COMM. REDEKER ANNOUNCE THAT TRANSIT FARE INCREASES AND SERVICE REDUCTIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELED

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today announced that with the signing of the state budget adjustment bill earlier this week, bus and train fare increases and service reductions that had been scheduled to take effect on July 1 have been canceled. Continue reading State budget cancels planned bus and train fare increases

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Planning Commission debates plan to sell All Saints’ 5.5 acres

Winnipauk Village Board of Directors member Steven Bentkover talks to the Norwalk Planning Commission on Tuesday in City Hall.

Updated, May 18: Video added; headline adjusted

NORWALK, Conn. — The All Saints Catholic School property would be subdivided and houses built on an unused ballfield in the back, under a proposal in front of Norwalk Planning and Zoning.

The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the subdivision on a 6-1 vote, with a majority of members saying it’s “as of right,” that their only decision concerned the division of the property, that the Zoning Commission will handle complaints from neighbors about expected flooding. Continue reading Planning Commission debates plan to sell All Saints’ 5.5 acres

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Opinion: Don’t forget education when reorganizing city government

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel is a Board of Education member and a former Common Council member. 

Mayor Rilling recently proposed a reorganization plan for Norwalk’s city government. The goal is to develop a more efficient governing structure. Having served on the Common Council for 14 years, I applaud the effort to overhaul the way our municipal government works. Circumstances change, and organizations need to change as well if they are to successfully navigate their way through an ever more complex world.

But I do have three concerns: I believe a city’s finance director should report directly to the Mayor. Also, from the Mayor’s remarks, it’s not clear what the role of the chief of staff would be; he’s characterized the position as something akin to a city manager, but city managers usually report to legislative bodies. Finally, I do not understand the proposed role of the corporation counsel, which technically is a part-time job. However, I am sure the Common Council will figure things out and do what’s best for the city. Continue reading Opinion: Don’t forget education when reorganizing city government

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Graduating Norwalk teens protest ‘sudden’ shifts in GPA rankings

From left, Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) seniors Aasim Vhora, Ryan Stelly and Tanyia Bynum talk to the Board of Education on Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Grade Point Averages have created controversy at Norwalk High School as the Norwalk Early College Academy, a subset of NHS, graduates its first class.

“Up until two months ago I was valedictorian of my graduating class,” Norwalk High School senior Katerina Karaiskos said Tuesday to the Board of Education. “Why the sudden change? I lost my slot because of the currently proposed method of calculating the NECA students into the traditional ranking system pool. This inequitable shift promotes an unfair learning environment that derails the futures of the overwhelming majority of the NHS student body.” Continue reading Graduating Norwalk teens protest ‘sudden’ shifts in GPA rankings

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Norwalk BoE eyes Council decision with suspicion

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Common Council members were “pretending” in January when they declined to authorizing paying a $150,000 legal settlement for the Board of Education, BoE Chairman Mike Barbis said Tuesday.

The Board of Education voted on Dec. 5 to settle the lawsuit filed by former Special Education Department Director Chrissy Fensore’s lawsuit against former Board of Education Chair Mike Lyons, which accused Lyons of defamation of character. In January, Council members tabled the authorization for Mayor Harry Rilling to settle the suit, which had already been settled. Continue reading Norwalk BoE eyes Council decision with suspicion

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Opinion:Bipartisan budget provides funding for seniors, education, towns and transportation

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25).

After months of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to produce another bipartisan budget that invests in our economy, restores funding for core services, protects seniors, rejects cuts to towns and local education, funds transportation projects, and rejects fare increases and service cuts for buses and trains. The bipartisan budget accomplishes all of this while not increasing taxes and putting over $1 billion in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Below is more information on the specifics of what we passed on May 9 at the close of the 2018 legislative session. Continue reading Opinion:Bipartisan budget provides funding for seniors, education, towns and transportation

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Himes wins Dem endorsement for reelection

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) speaks Monday in Bridgeport. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Bridgeport, CT – Last night, Jim Himes earned the Democratic endorsement to seek re-election to represent Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District at this year’s 2018 Democratic 4th Congressional District Convention. Continue reading Himes wins Dem endorsement for reelection

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West Norwalk Zoning approval draws resistance

A Google view of 7 Forest Hill Road.

Updated, 2 p.m. May 16: additional information.

NORWALK, Conn. – At least two West Norwalk residents object to an approval granted by Norwalk Planning and Zoning to a home for five unrelated senior citizens.

An appeal has been filed on the senior home, owned by an LLC, Planning and Zoning Director Steve Kleppin said.

NancyOnNorwalk has received two complaints about the home and the businessman who said he is only providing the home care for the senior residents, Gary Ferone. The emails point out that Ferone has a history of legal issues. Continue reading West Norwalk Zoning approval draws resistance

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Norwalk leaders celebrate state funding for school construction

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25).

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Senate Majority Leader Duff Hails School Construction Bill as a Win for Norwalk Students & Educators

HARTFORD, CT – Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today hailed the recent passage by the General Assembly of a bill funding school construction as a win for Norwalk students and educators. Senator Duff played a key role in ushering the legislation through the Connecticut State Senate.

Continue reading Norwalk leaders celebrate state funding for school construction

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Norwalk roundup: Collecting fees and fines along with taxes

Jacquen Jordon-Byron, left, and former Common Council member Sharon Stewart chat Tuesday during a break in the Common Council meeting in City Hall. Jordon-Byron is interested in the District B Council seat, should Council member Faye Bowman leave Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup of Norwalk items of interest:

  • Collecting blight fees through tax sale
  • Another candidate for District B’s Council seat
  • Voting against consent
  • Suspense tax list

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: Collecting fees and fines along with taxes

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The farce in Syria

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I recently met up with a gentleman who I have known for a number of years.  A gentleman who voted for the current occupant of the Oval Office.  “Well, what do you think now?,” he asked.  “Trump attacked Syria.”  Answer:  “It is not what I think, but rather yourself.  You voted for Trump, and you got Hillary.”  Reply:  “That is terrible.”  Riposte:  “So’s resorting to the use of force without including Congress and even worse, eschewing the Constitution or even the War Powers Act.”
 
Trump stated, at one point, that he was going to pull American troops from Syria.  Enter John Bolton; a dyed-in-wool Neocon (a persuasion to which Hillary subscribes) who now has the ear of Trump.  The same Bolton who favors bombing Iran and North Korea.  And so the “tough” maverick from Gotham wilted again.  Just as he did after he took office by taking on eight representatives from Goldman Sachs, on the heels of vilifying that omnipotent financial institution during the run up to the election in November 2016.  Indeed, the Philistine from Queens is just another prevaricator sailing under false colors.  But how successful was the strike?

Continue reading The farce in Syria

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Norwalk teens graduating NECA with college degrees, job offers

Correction, 2:30 p.m. May 14: Press release written by Madeline Barillo.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

TEENS GRADUATE NEW PROGRAM WITH NO-COST

COLLEGE DEGREES AND JOB OFFERS

Tech-savvy teens first in state to graduate from trailblazing program run by

Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College, and IBM

NORWALK, Conn. (May 11, 2018); Imagine completing a college degree at no cost, before you even graduate high school, and getting a dream job offer from IBM at the same time. Continue reading Norwalk teens graduating NECA with college degrees, job offers

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