HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut’s poor pavement conditions and lack of highway safety features cost motorists $5.1 billion annually in additional operating costs and lost time, according to a report from a national transportation organization.
NORWALK, Conn. — It’s looking, at this preliminary date, like the Norwalk Board of Education’s Special Education (SPED) account will come in more than $2 million short, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said Monday.
That information at what BoE Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek called the “kickoff” of the 2015-16 budget process is just one of the hurdles to be jumped in what BoE member Mike Barbis predicted will be a “very difficult budget year.” Continue reading Norwalk BoE looking to ‘very difficult budget year’ simultaneously with ‘cultural sea change’
Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.
Just what we need: another elected volunteer commission.
There is an agenda-driven cry going up in some quarters calling for an elected Planning and Zoning Commission. What a wonderful idea. We need another elected panel chosen by a small group of citizens who often vote the party, or the person’s origin of birth, or ethnicity, or personality, or high school popularity, rather than qualifications.
NORWALK, Conn. — History has been unfolding in front of Frank Farricker’s eyes as piece after piece has been removed from what has been called The Regent, The Norwalk Theater, The Globe Theater and The Roxy.
“Now it looks like progress, right?” Farricker said Friday, looking toward the now cavernous interior space, a decidedly different look from what most recently served as a dance club, with little storefronts facing Wall Street. “…It hasn’t been like this in 100 years, just open like this.” Continue reading ‘Wall Street Theater’ to become ‘hive of activity’
NORWALK, Conn. — Cars parked in front yards and notifications to neighbors about pending developments are among the things being discussed by Norwalk zoning commissioners.
“It’s one of those emotional issues in the city, and has been for years, that you are protected from because it’s usually dealt with on a staff level,” Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene said to commissioners at their Nov. 12 committee meeting. “We do not allow, in the residence zones, people to park in their front setback other than in their driveway as they pull into the garage – that’s allowed. We get a lot of complaints on that. What we find is the people who complain about it think the staff doesn’t act quickly enough on it and remove that parking in the front setback. The people who are complained about think the staff is overzealous and we shouldn’t be bothered about trivial matters, and, ‘You see it all over the city.’ So we spend a lot of time on this.” Continue reading Norwalk zoners talk illegal parking, neighborhood notifications
Long-time Connecticut newspaper editor James H. Smith, is president of the nonprofit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are to be commended for their 2015 “Second Chance Society” legislation, reversing racist laws that filled our jails with nonviolent drug users, most of them African-American and Latino.
Transcript of an Byrd Brayne interview with Tom Turkey
Byrd Brayne: Lets, get right to the meat of the issue, Tom. Why are you hiding?
Tom Turkey: Now I know how you got your name, BB.
TT: Soon it will be Thanksgiving.
BB: You don’t have anything to be thankful for?
Mike Lyons (R-District C) was recently re-elected to the Norwalk Board of Education and was unanimously re-elected chairman.
After making significant progress in the last few years, the Norwalk Public Schools are poised to make major leaps forward toward becoming a great school system. My last status report can be found here: Opinion: Norwalk schools moving forward with Rivera’s strategic plan
This is to update you on what’s been going on lately, and what the next steps will be for the Board of Education.
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
Connecticut’s “period of permanent fiscal crisis,” so-called by Malloy administration budget chief Ben Barnes last fall, sounded like something of an exaggeration. Though he has recently renounced the comment, Barnes simply blurted out the truth when he used the now-famous phrase.
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
This week Democratic leaders floated the possibility of suspending public financing of campaigns as a way to close the current budget gap. Even though they backed down under pressure, it’s just one more sign that the vital and necessary campaign finance reform laws passed after Gov. John G. Rowland’s resignation are being eroded down to nothing.
Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.
For 23 years, Connecticut’s legislators have ignored the will of the voters by not fully implementing the state’s constitutional spending cap.
NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a look at the most-read and most-commented on stories on Nancy on Norwalk for the week covering Nov. 15-22.
- Norwalk Council names Kimmel, Kydes and O’Toole Giandurco to leadership roles
- Norwalk activists push for zoning reform
- Time is running out for NoN: Make your voluntary subscription today!
- Norwalk Zoning Commission approves Beinfield’s waterfront Rowayton home proposal
- McCarthy takes on RTC vice chairmanship
- Norwalk political notes: Council to announce who got what; is disappointment in the air?
- Lyons is re-elected as Norwalk BoE chairman, expresses optimism for new board
- Disappointed Perpignan rues Norwalk voter ‘apathy,’ plans to mentor youth
- Rilling, McQuaid sworn in for another term as Norwalk leaders
- Opinion: Experiment that spawned NoN is at the crossroads and Norwalk zoners green-light AMEC for increased truck traffic (tie)
NORWALK, Conn. — The deep-pocketed folks who just took over Dreamy Hollow plan to mint more money by turning the troubled Norwalk co-op into moderate-income apartment rentals, Frank Farricker said Friday.
No one is doing that, pointed out Farricker, president of Exit Realty and the developer of the Globe Theater.
“If you have a moderate income place, you can guarantee you’re going to have 100 percent occupancy, especially if it’s nice. Nobody is ever going to want to leave,” Farricker said. Continue reading Farricker: Buyer plans to keep Dreamy Hollow a rental ‘forever’