NORWALK, Conn. — Not in your purview, a Norwalk staffer said Tuesday to a member of the Conservation Commission objecting to the proposed development on the White Barn property in the Cranbury section.
While Conservation Chairwoman Karen Destefanis said she agreed with Conservation Commissioner Bill Nightingale’s repeated assertions that Special Properties II is simply looking to cram as many homes as possible onto the sensitive property at the border of Norwalk and Westport by creating a “conservation development,” she also said she thought it was the least of the evils possible. Nightingale’s concerns were more of a Zoning Commission issue, Norwalk Senior Environmental Engineer Alexis Cherichetti said, reinforcing the “purview” concept. Continue reading Norwalk staffer reminds agonized Conservation commissioners of limitations regarding White Barn
Two and a half years ago, Latinos Unidos de Connecticut was formed to unite and organize the Hispanic community in Norwalk. LUC’s overarching mission is to empower the growing, diverse Latino community through information and educational forums, while simultaneously promoting respect among different cultures.
LUC also seeks to provide community service while obtaining proper representation and resources for the community. The dedicated Board of Directors, in conjunction with a large group of volunteers and partners, have allowed LUC to engage more with the Norwalk community at large.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday, “Over the next five years, Connecticut will invest billions in transportation, so we can revitalize our aging system.”
Updated 10 p.m. with addition of non-transit grants
NORWALK, Conn. – An idea that has been bandied about for several years got out of the starting gate Tuesday when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State Bond Commission approved a $400,000 expenditure to review how the state can implement a bus rapid transit corridor for Route 1 between Norwalk and Stamford.
But that’s not the only piece of change the state approved for Norwalk – nor was it the biggest.
The Commission approved $4 million for the design, engineering, and construction of a new dockyard on the Danbury Branch Rail Line in Norwalk that will allow the state to increase capacity and service on the Danbury Line.
Carol Andreoli takes one last turn leading Norwalk Republican Town Committee District A on Monday at the Norwalk Inn. At left is Joe Perella, an unaffiliated voter running on the Republican ticket for District A Board of Education representative. Town Clerk Rick McQuaid took over the District A chairmanship at the beginning of the meeting, but turned the honors over to Andreoli for the evening.
Correction: In the caption, the people talked about are from District A. The original caption misidentified their district.
NORWALK, Conn. — The most exciting and competitive race in this fall’s municipal elections – other than the mayoral race – might just be for the five at-large seats on the Common Council.
Norwalk Republican mayoral candidate Kelly Straniti heads to the lectern Monday to accept the nomination at the Republican Town Committee meeting at the Norwalk Inn.
Former Common Councilwoman Kelly Straniti, left, watches as the Republican Town Committee meeting gets underway Monday, with her son, Emerson, at her side at the Norwalk Inn.
Updated, 5 p.m., additional video of Kelly Straniti
NORWALK, Conn. – Kelly Straniti said Monday that she’s made good on the promise she made three months ago, delivering a report outlining why she feels Norwalk needs a new mayor – without mentioning Mayor Harry Rilling or concretely slamming him – as she accepted the Republican nomination at the Norwalk Inn.
Straniti promised in April that she’d reach out to Norwalk citizens; now she says she has knocked on hundreds of doors all over Norwalk and gotten a feel for what people want.
NORWALK, Conn. – Times change and so do urban land economics, Ernie DesRochers said.
“This is not your grandfather’s Norwalk mall,” DesRochers said, of the developing proposal for The SoNo Collection. “In fact, there are only a few properties in the U.S. that approach the high-end concept that is being proposed to you. … The SoNo Collection represents a 2015 vision of what that site can be, not a 2005 or a 1995 or an 1885 vision.” Continue reading Norwalker: SoNo mall would be ‘highest best use’ even with ‘tunnel’
Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, and former Councilman Steve Serasis disagree at a May meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – David Watts and Steve Serasis are both showing around a conversation they had by text.
Watts, a Common Councilman and Democratic District A chairman, showed NancyOnNorwalk the conversation 11 days ago, saying he would go public with it but not right then. Serasis asked the reporter to take out a camera and take photos of the conversation after District A voted to recommend candidates last Wednesday, saying that it caught Watts in a lie. He expressed surprise to hear that Watts had also shown the conversation. Continue reading Watts to Serasis: Let’s make a deal
NORWALK, Conn. – There are reasons Briggs High School is becoming the Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs.
“We keep trying to get the word out but people aren’t seeing Briggs for what we are truly doing inside of our building. We want the community to know what we are doing for our students and we believe a name change would assist us in reflecting what we are doing with our students and what our students are doing in their own lives,” Principal Marie Allen said Tuesday before the Norwalk Board of Education members unanimously approved the name change. Continue reading Norwalk BoE: Briggs High School has come a long way
Democrat Bruce Kimmel is an at-large member of the Common Council.
Partisan concerns, heated discussions and the tendency to treat legislative outcomes in terms of winners and losers often obscure the importance of trust in governing. Without trust, it’s difficult to go from A to B on straight-forward matters, like fixing sidewalks or buying textbooks. Over the last two years, as chair of the Common Council’s Finance Committee, I’ve come to appreciate how trust can cut through partisan and personal barriers and lead to solutions for otherwise intractable problems.
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.
As longtime observers can tell you, Connecticut can be slow to respond to commands from on-high. Whether it’s the court-orderedSheff vs. O’Neilldecision to end “racial isolation” in the state’s public schools or the federal Fair Housing Act — both well intentioned, to be sure — we independent-minded Yankees don’t especially like being told what to do.