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Norwalk BoE moves Ely/Ponus new schools plan forward

From left, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, Tuesday in City Hall.

From left, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, and BoE members Erik Anderson, Sherelle Harris (back to camera), Heidi Keyes and Yvel Crevecoeur discuss, during a recess of Tuesday’s meeting in City Hall, the possibility of waiting to choose an education theme for a new school to be built on the Nathaniel Ely School property.

Updated, 5:11 p.m.: Mosby and Harris abstained on $118 million capital budget vote. 

NORWALK, Conn. — Four Norwalk Board of Education members had no luck Tuesday in slowing down two critical education choices as Norwalk moves to build new schools, even if they were parroting comments made by Mayor Harry Rilling.

Their five compatriots instead went with the proposal outlined by Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, approving it without any amendments. That vote set up a subsequent vote, sending this proposal forward through the city’s capital budget process: Continue reading Norwalk BoE moves Ely/Ponus new schools plan forward

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Norwalk BoE seeks ‘attention’ with its unheard of requested 10.1 percent budget increase

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

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

Correction, 1 p.m. Jan. 19: Total drawdown from the insurance reserve in 16-17 was $3.57 million, according to Mike Barbis

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s a formality, Norwalk Board of Education members said, in moving forward with requesting a 10 percent increase in their operating budget.

Further, rubber stamping the $194 million budget developed by Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski will give Norwalk the opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by the Board, in a transparent way, they said. Continue reading Norwalk BoE seeks ‘attention’ with its unheard of requested 10.1 percent budget increase

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Barron lays out ‘pro forma’ challenges with upcoming Norwalk budget

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron speaks to Common Council members last week in City Hall.

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron speaks to Common Council members last week in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk ended the last year with $5 million more in its “Rainy Day Fund” than anticipated, Finance Director Bob Barron said, offering thoughts in his beginning stages of coming up with a recommended budget for the coming fiscal year.

Some might jump to the conclusion that the $5 million could go to the Board of Education – which is expected to request $17 million more this year than last – but Barron said that’s not how the math works out. Continue reading Barron lays out ‘pro forma’ challenges with upcoming Norwalk budget

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Norwalk BoE has big item on plate – decisions regarding new schools

Norwalk Board of Education member Yvel Crevecoeur

Norwalk Board of Education member Yvel Crevecoeur

Updated, 3 p.m.: More reasons why a STEAM school is not recommended.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s time for the Norwalk Board of Education to make decisions, after a year’s worth of discussions, regarding new school construction and what kind of educational programs will be offered in the new buildings.

The BoE, on Tuesday evening, is set to vote on the proposed Phase I Facilities Master Plan – the recommendations made by Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski to build both a new school in South Norwalk and to expand Ponus Ridge Middle School into a K-8 facility – and to request the money from the city to carry out the planned construction.   Continue reading Norwalk BoE has big item on plate – decisions regarding new schools

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Dream Keepers:  It’s time to remember;  It’s time to assess;  It’s time to act

A United States postal stamp issued in memory of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. (Courtesy of Flikr user US Embassy New Delhi.)

A United States postal stamp issued in memory of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. (Courtesy of Flikr user US Embassy New Delhi.)

(This is a reprint of a column written by Norwalk Board of Education member Sherelle Harris and first published in 2013.)

When I visit my mom, my only living parent, I often discuss my disappointment in what my generation is doing for the next.  When I am “home” I am surrounded by Black lawyers, judges, nurses, teachers, and university professors, those who did their parts for my generation.  Many are retired.  Some are still going strong.  All, a generation or three from sharecropping, used education to gain access to a higher level of life and have remained humble as can be.  They tutor school children, mentor the newbies in their respective fields, volunteer at shelters, deliver meals to the shut-in, etc. They understand unselfishness. They demonstrate community. Continue reading Dream Keepers:  It’s time to remember;  It’s time to assess;  It’s time to act

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Adamowski touts progress in Norwalk Special Education

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

NORWALK, Conn. – The thought now is to open a dyslexia clinic next summer, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said last week.

“I am thrilled to death,” self-described Special Education advocate Joanna Cooper said in response to that idea and two other developments described by Board of Education leaders, claiming progress being made on Special Education reform. Continue reading Adamowski touts progress in Norwalk Special Education

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Once around the city: Honored Norwalkers, language immersion for kindergartners, NCC

Former Board of Education member Rosa Murray attends a school event last week at Ponus Ridge Middle School.

Former Board of Education member Rosa Murray attends a school event last week at Ponus Ridge Middle School.

NORWALK, Conn. – Justice Sunday, Silvermine’s Mano a Mano, a Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest, and grants for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) and Person-to-Person.

Plus, three items about Norwalk Community College – cosponsor of the Fairfield County Game Jam, named a White House Healthy Campus, and offering a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test prep class.

Continue reading Once around the city: Honored Norwalkers, language immersion for kindergartners, NCC

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No legal justification for Seaside Place ‘no trespassing’ signs

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To the editor:

In May of 2016, NancyOnNorwalk ran a couple of articles on Seaside Place and a Revolutionary War monument that was thought to be put out of reach due to a Common Council and DPW decision the previous year.

I am a 23-year resident of Cove Avenue, and I happened to attend the Common Council DPW meeting on May 3rd 2016 where the post-agenda topic of the monument had been added by Councilman Bonenfant.  At that meeting, area residents with interest were urged by the Council to do their own land records research, and having now done that to a fairly extensive degree, I thought it might be good to share what I learned. Continue reading No legal justification for Seaside Place ‘no trespassing’ signs

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Donald Trump and the ‘Monty Hall Problem’

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In the film the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, played by 16-year-old Judy Garland and her dog, Toto, are picked up by a tornado and dropped in a land ruled by a wicked witch.  Then with the help of the Munchkins she sets out along a yellow brick road in search of a Wizard who can show her the way home.  Along the way she meets a scarecrow (Ray Bolger) who complains he hasn’t got a brain.

“How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?”  Dorothy asks him.

“I don’t know,” the scarecrow replies, “but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.”  And, we might add, TwitteringContinue reading Donald Trump and the ‘Monty Hall Problem’

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Norwalk Redevelopment Agency’s involvement with Head of the Harbor North is ‘only’ with design review

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano.

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano.

This story is a correction on a previous story

NORWALK, Conn. – Jackie Lightfield did not intend to bash the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency last week, she said.

The Redevelopment Agency’s involvement over the DiScala plan for Head of the Harbor North is limited to design review, Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano said. Continue reading Norwalk Redevelopment Agency’s involvement with Head of the Harbor North is ‘only’ with design review

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Nancy Pratt, Director of the Norwalk Mentor Program (NMP) for organizing a celebration for mentors, mentees and their families on Tuesday, January 17, as part of National Mentor Month. Celebrating 31 years in 2017, the NMP is the first school-based mentoring program in the country and is a partnership between the Human Services Council and Norwalk Public Schools (NPS).

Last year alone, there were 252 mentor/mentee matches, providing nearly 10,000 hours of mentoring, according to Nancy. All 13 senior mentees graduated from high school with plans to further their education. “We’re proud of the longevity of our mentoring relationships: 88% of our mentors returned from the previous year,” she added. If you or anyone you know would like to be a mentor, please contact Nancy at [email protected]. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director weekly shout outs

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Bloomingdale’s presents its design for SoNo Collection store

The latest rendering of The SoNo Collection. (Courtesy General Growth Partners)

The latest rendering of The SoNo Collection. (Courtesy General Growth Partners)

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s been a challenge to design the Bloomingdale’s façade but the result is a unique, quiet subtle elegance, an architect told the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Thursday.

Kevin Kennon of Kevin Kennon Architects spoke of a series of 4-foot square metal panels along the western and southern façade, creating an “interplay of silver and white” and offering a shimmering glow at night with the use of LED lights of varying size. Continue reading Bloomingdale’s presents its design for SoNo Collection store

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GGP denies ‘delay’ of The SoNo Collection

A page from GGP’s plans on file in Norwalk Planning and Zoning.

A page from GGP’s plans on file in Norwalk Planning and Zoning.

NORWALK, Conn. – Developers of The SoNo Collection deny that their mall is going to open later than planned.

Although a press release from Macy’s Inc. revealed an opening date of Fall 2019 and developers said in April that the mall would open in October 2018, General Growth Properties (GGP) Associate Developer Rob Jakubik said the opening date has always been “fluid.” Continue reading GGP denies ‘delay’ of The SoNo Collection

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