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Back Norwalk’s Dem ‘Dream Team’ to ensure progress

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To The Editor:

Connecticut is known as the land of steady habits. One habit that Norwalk seems unable to shake is a rigid provincialism. A “we know what’s best for Norwalk” approach pervades every arena, even as half our population is complaining that the City can be run better.

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Aquarium gives back, helping the hungry, voting for books and more

Norwalkers get free admission to the Maritime Aquarium Saturday, Nov. 2

Norwalkers get free admission to the Maritime Aquarium on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Maritime Aquarium photo)

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Upcoming events around Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers get a free pass at the Maritime Aquarium, voters and peace lovers can help feed the hungry, and kids can get in on the voting action by choosing their favorite books and authors. Plus, it’s time to make reservations for the Norwalk Education Foundation’s “Taste of Norwalk,” set for Nov. 12.

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Opinion: Changes are needed to the Affordble Care Act

Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace is the executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.

A year ago the news was consumed with the flubbed rollout of Obamacare. Long wait times, unresponsive websites, the system had a rough start, and more than a few experts wondered if the Affordable Care Act would survive.

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Candidates for state treasurer spar in their only debate

State Treasurer Denise Nappier and Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst. (Courtesy of NBC Connecticut)

State Treasurer Denise Nappier and Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst. (Courtesy of NBC Connecticut)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The one and only 25-minute debate between Democratic State Treasurer Denise Nappier and her Republican challenger Tim Herbst wasn’t long enough. The two candidates sparred after the debate at NBC Connecticut’s West Hartford studio.

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Malloy rallies the troops

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Christine Stuart photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Christine Stuart photo)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Before he arrived to give the Working Families Party volunteers a five-minute pep talk, the head of one of the state’s largest unions and a local state representative reminded the crowd of all the progressive things Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did during his first term.

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Reports: Transition from AT&T to Frontier has been bumpy

Frontier offers customers advice on resetting their devices. (Courtesy of the Frontier Communications Facebook page)

Frontier offers customers advice on resetting their devices.
(Courtesy of the Frontier Communications Facebook page)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Customers who previously had AT&T Inc. land line, Internet, and video services were switched over to Stamford-based Frontier Communications over this past weekend and, for many, it’s been a bumpy transition.

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Social Enterprise Trust honors entrepreneurs who hope to change the world

Will Haughey, of Tegu Corp., talks about how he and his brother launched their company. (Rob Kavaler / www.robkavaler.com)

Will Haughey, of Tegu Corp., talks about how he and his brother launched their company.
(Rob Kavaler / www.robkavaler.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Entrepreneurs interested in making social changes across the world as well as growing their bottom line are an important part of Connecticut’s economy, and their dedication and hard work should be rewarded.

That was the message of the evening Tuesday at The Society Room in Hartford for the fourth annual Social Enterprise Awards, where prizes were awarded to several Connecticut-based social enterprises — businesses focused not just on making a profit, but also on spreading positive social changes throughout the world.

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Poll finds race for governor is still a dead heat

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley (CTNJ file photos)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley (CTNJ file photos)

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The race for governor in Connecticut is still dead heat with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent of the vote. Third-party challenger Joe Visconti received 7 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

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New honorary road naming policy prompts Norwalk Council’s latest dustup

NORWALK, Conn. – A new procedure for honorary road namings in Norwalk has similarities to racist Jim Crow laws, according to Councilwoman Phaedrel “Faye” Bowman (D-District B), who cited a “difference in values” as accusations flew back and forth at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Bowman and Councilman David Watts (D-District A) said, many times, that a church had been turned down when it requested that a corner be named after its pastor after a milestone had been reached. Watts said Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) had been insensitive about that. Hempstead said he was offended, both by the reference to Jim Crow and to having words put in his mouth. Continue reading New honorary road naming policy prompts Norwalk Council’s latest dustup

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Norwalk Council sends message about bullying

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Norwalk Public Works Committee Chairman David McCarthy (R-District E) unveils a consciousness awareness raising tool at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. McCarthy said he hoped to see the bumper stickers all over Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Everything was beautiful for a while at the Norwalk Common Council Tuesday as an anti-bullying resolution was unanimously approved, without any comment as to why the sponsorship of the resolution had been changed.

Councilman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), who said before the meeting that two of the sponsors of the resolution were themselves guilty of bullying, offered no resistance. Continue reading Norwalk Council sends message about bullying

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Norwalk Aquarium’s new lease approved, over Watts’ objections

Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A) speaks at Tuesday's Council meeting in City Hall.

Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A) speaks at Tuesday’s Council meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Maritime Aquarium finally has a new lease with Norwalk, about a year after a new lease was initially approved the Common Council. But it’s a shame, Councilman David Watts (D-District A) said repeatedly, that the aquarium will not give something back to the city. It’s also a shame, he said, that other Council members would not support a program for Norwalk’s children.

The Maritime Aquarium will pay the city $1 a year under the new lease, which is effective through 2031. In return, the Aquarium will pay for all the upkeep on a building that Planning Committee Chairman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) said is more than 100 years old, which was rehabbed more than 30 years ago. It’s a “physical structure that’s going to need a lot of TLC,” he said, calling it a “fair lease.” Continue reading Norwalk Aquarium’s new lease approved, over Watts’ objections

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