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Opinion: To heck with the trains — make the DMV run on time

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

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.

I’ve always been amused by a favorite expression of good-government types: “Making the trains run on time.” But since relatively few people ride trains anymore — and even fewer remember Mussolini — perhaps the metaphor-mongers should adopt, “Keeping the lines moving at the DMV.”

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Opinion: To improve democracy, lower the voting age

Kiernan Majerus-Collins

Kiernan Majerus-Collins

Kiernan Majerus-Collins, 20, is a student at Bates College and a Democratic Town Committee member from West Hartford. He can be reached on Facebook

Why is our political system so shortsighted? On so many issues, from global warming to fiscal responsibility, our government seems focused on short-term benefits, while it ignores long-term consequences. Our infrastructure is falling apart, our schools are underfunded, and all the while special interests make out like bandits. Why?

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Eversource cuts trees regularly on White Barn Property

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I was very surprised to hear the White Barn developer’s lawyer state that the developer was not aware of Eversource ever visiting the White Barn Property to trim or remove trees.

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State Hispanic chairman promises to campaign with Melendez

Common Councilwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A).

Common Councilwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A).

Correction 2:51 p.m., Melendez is not an NCC graduate

NORWALK, Conn. – The expectant joy has turned to confused frustration when it comes to Norwalk’s youngest Common Councilwoman in years, a member of the Latino community.

“It’s truly unfortunate,” said Joe Rodriguez, chairman of the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic caucus, referring to the struggle Eloisa Melendez is having to get re-elected in spite of positive feelings among a majority of her colleagues. Continue reading State Hispanic chairman promises to campaign with Melendez

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Oak Hills redesign plan coming soon

Oak Hills Park Authority member Elsa Peterson Obuchowski follows along as a defibrillator tells her what to do in a mock emergency, at the Aug. 20 OHPA meeting.

Oak Hills Park Authority member Elsa Peterson Obuchowski follows along as a defibrillator tells her what to do in a mock emergency, at the Aug. 20 OHPA meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Upbeat assessments continue regarding Oak Hills Park, as professionals work on a plan for its redesign, although some numbers caused at least one OHPA member to raise a red flag.

The Oak Hills Park Authority expects a “solid presentation” from McNeil Design Cooperative by its next meeting in September, with suggestions in line with implementing the master plan, Chairman Ernie DesRochers said recently. A contract should be signed by mid-month for a consultant to review the feasibility of a golf school (driving range) in the park, he said. A report would come 60 days after that, he said. Continue reading Oak Hills redesign plan coming soon

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Education officials say low test scores matched expectations

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Click to enlarge; more charts with full story.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The statewide test scores for the new Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment exam show that 55.4 percent of Connecticut’s students are meeting or exceeding the “achievement level” in English, and 39.1 percent are meeting or exceeding the achievement level in math.

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Tom Hamilton to become schools’ chief financial officer, first move in BoE-city plan

Tom Hamilton is ready to switch offices in  City Hall.

Tom Hamilton is ready to switch offices in City Hall.

Updated 4:04 p.m. with new lead, comments from Mayor Harry Rilling and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons; COO candidate information added at 4:33 p.m.

NORWALK, Conn. – Tom Hamilton, currently Norwalk’s finance director, has been selected for the position of Chief Financial Officer for Norwalk Public Schools, the first step in a longer-range plan to combine the city and Board of Education financial management under one department.

The BOE will vote on Hamilton’s proposed appointment at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1. He would fill the position vacated by Rich Rudl, who accepted a similar position with the Weston Board of Education that began in July.

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Watts, Fuller, defend choice of District A Dem candidates

NORWALK, Conn. – The debate about democracy continued Thursday as Norwalk District A Democrats fought about the dos and don’ts of last month’s vote to endorse candidates.

Members of the African American community take their votes very seriously, Democratic Town Committee members Carolyn Fuller and David Watts said, while never answering the question asking why the votes of district members were ignored. Rather, Watts stressed that the people who voted at the Democratic Town Committee were themselves elected “on a real ballot, at a real school” by people who understood what they were doing when they cast their ballots. Continue reading Watts, Fuller, defend choice of District A Dem candidates

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Norwalk Public Schools kicks off a new year with call for new beginning

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion shrugs after recognizing that almost all the Norwalk Public Schools administrative staff is gone.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion shrugs after recognizing that almost all the Norwalk Public Schools administrative staff is gone as the convocation begins Thursday in Brien McMahon High School.

NORWALK, Conn. – Inspirational words mixed with honest appraisals of the year just passed at Thursday morning’s annual Norwalk Public Schools convocation, a gathering of teachers and administrators meant to kick off the new year.

“In the last year, since we were here last, virtually the entire central office administration is gone,” Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said.

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Former top Cafero aide sentenced to year and a day in kickback scheme

George Gallo   (Christine Stuart photo)

George Gallo (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Former House Republican Chief of Staff George Gallo was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison Thursday in federal court in Hartford for steering Republican candidates to a direct mail company in Florida in exchange for kickbacks.

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White Barn developer hits back hard at Zoning Commission public hearing

NORWALK, Conn. – Point by point, representatives of a developer looking to build on the controversial White Barn property rebutted  arguments Wednesday made by opponents in an effort to persuade the Zoning Commission to greenlight the plan.

The Commission sent the proposal to build a 15-home conservation development at 440 Newtown Ave. back to committee for review after Attorney Liz Suchy led nearly two hours of assault on the assertions made last week by neighbors of the property on the Cranbury/Westport line, members of the Norwalk Land Trust and Save Cranbury and their lawyers. Continue reading White Barn developer hits back hard at Zoning Commission public hearing

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Duleep’s work removed by Norwalk in Friends of Ryan Park ‘nightmare’

The Ryan Park butterfly garden on June 30. Above, the butterfly garden on Wednesday.

The Ryan Park butterfly garden on June 30. Above, the butterfly garden on Wednesday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has mowed the butterfly garden at Ryan Park and removed everything associated with the tire playground.

Both the butterfly garden and the tire playground were installed by the Friends of Ryan Park, an organization that is responsible for their maintenance and is embroiled with the city and the Norwalk Housing Authority in a legal challenge to the plan to rebuild Washington Village. Continue reading Duleep’s work removed by Norwalk in Friends of Ryan Park ‘nightmare’

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