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Treading water

Common Council Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large).

During last year’s operating budget discussion, in the midst of the BOE-Common Council workshop in the community room of Norwalk City Hall, Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski stated that the district did not have a multi-level remedial intervention program for students who were academically below grade level.

I was chairing the meeting and expressed my concern using a rather strange choice of words, based on my experience as a teacher in New York City: “But that’s impossible.” Next I noted that the absence of these critical remedial programs was essentially a guaranteed, and patently unfair (and in many states illegal) ticket to special education for a fair number of students. Continue reading Treading water

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Decisive Day: April 6, 1917

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It came and went with very little reference.  The day in question being April 6, which marked the centennial of America’s entry into what is generally referred to as the First World War.  In essence one of THE most decisive days in the history of this Nation.  A day of greater significance than either December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001.  For April 6, 1917 is the day Congress codified the fact that America was a Global Power.
 
By 1917, the economic-political-strategic posture of the globe was in the throes of change of the most irrevocable type.  The British and French Empires were mired in irreversible decline; while at the same time, America, a young and virile power, was emerging ascendant,   For instance in 1865, America boasted 144,000 factories and centers of production.  By 1900, 335,000.  In 1860, this nation produced some $2 billion in manufactured goods; by 1900, $11.5 billion.  Already by the mid-1890s, America had displaced Britain as the world’s ranking economic power.  In 1898, the United States, having linked Chesapeake Bay with the Golden Gate stood on the precipice of redefining Manifest Destiny; that from a program of Continental expansion to that of an agenda for Globalism.  For in 1898, the United States defeated a declining colonial power, Spain.  The result was the aggrandizement of the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico and the political and economic bondage of Cuba.  The long, slow decline of America as a Republic was now assured as the Nation took its place within that inglorious clique of imperialist powers. 

Continue reading Decisive Day: April 6, 1917

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Nancy is sick

Hi, it’s Eric.

 

As you may know from a recent column, my mother, Nancy, has been sick lately. Last night things came to a head and I found a message waiting for me on my phone this morning saying she was in the hospital. I’ll let her fill in the details if and when she chooses, but I will say that she had a procedure today and is recovering. I don’t have much in the way of details since that procedure ended.

(Update: The doctors say it went well and she’ll likely be sent home tomorrow)

Because Nancy is the chief content producer for this website, and often the only content producer, things will probably be quiet for a few days. I’m confident that she’ll be back as soon as she’s able, most likely early next week.

She also mentioned in that column that because of some general bureaucratic dumbassed-ness (I’m not a journalist) this has happened in a moment where she, through no fault of her own, has no health insurance. In short, they wouldn’t let her sign up for insurance after Mark (her husband and my father) died, because he was dead and she was listed as a dependant or something ridiculous like that. They made her wait for months in limbo, promised calls that never came and so forth. She was able to sign up recently, but that insurance is effective May 1st.

If you’re thinking there’s a fight coming about that, I agree with you. In the meantime, if you can help, please use the helpful (and fixed, I hope) donation widget here to give what you can.

 

Thank you for reading and let’s all wish Mom a speedy recovery.

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ConnDOT explains its first Walk Bridge-related work

Walk Bridge Project Manager Christian Brown of HNTB Corporation explains the Danbury dockyard project, Wednesday in City Hall.NORWALK, Conn. — The first construction related to the replacement of the Walk Bridge is slated to begin in July.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will begin work on the Danbury dock yard, just south of Science Road, and on the “CP-243 Interlocking,” a series of switches about 1.5 miles east of the Norwalk River, officials said Wednesday during a presentation at City Hall. Continue reading ConnDOT explains its first Walk Bridge-related work

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Morris drops CHRO complaint

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140). (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) has withdrawn his complaints of discrimination against the Norwalk Board of Education, Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said in an email to BoE members.

“He has the option of filing suit (if he chooses to pursue his claims) within 90 days of the date of release (i.e., by June 28),” BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said. Continue reading Morris drops CHRO complaint

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Norwalk settles lawsuit over ownership of 98 South Main St.

The building at 98 South Main St. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. –The legal tussle over the ownership of 98 South Main St., former home of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON), appears to be over.

The Common Council approved a legal settlement early Wednesday, concerning the South Norwalk Community Center, the building, and the NEON bankruptcy. Continue reading Norwalk settles lawsuit over ownership of 98 South Main St.

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Details hard to come by with The SoNo Collection

The SoNo Collection will move ahead without a hotel, Norwalk officials say.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s premature to provide specifics about the changes to The SoNo Collection, Mayor Harry Rilling said Wednesday.

“We’ve got documents they have been presented to us so it’s really too early for us to talk about the specifics,” Rilling said. Continue reading Details hard to come by with The SoNo Collection

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Latinos meet with Rilling, Himes

Norwalk Hispanic leaders meet Wednesday with Mayor Harry Rilling in City Hall. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — Latino community leaders met Wednesday with Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King for a roundtable discussion.

“Leaders from community organizations, the Hispanic Chamber, Attorney’s, politicians from both political parties, teachers and community organizers shared their experiences and concerns while working in the community,” a press release said. Continue reading Latinos meet with Rilling, Himes

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Norwalk Council approves $120M capital plan

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski speaks to the Common Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk voted Tuesday to fund a new school for South Norwalk, against the wishes of its South Norwalk representatives.

Faye Bowman (D-District B) and Travis Simms (D-District B) were the only Council members voting against the $120.7 million 2017-18 capital budget, which includes appropriations to build a schools at the Nathaniel Ely site and an addition onto Ponus Ridge Middle School. Continue reading Norwalk Council approves $120M capital plan

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Grasso given a go on $3.4 million paving contract

Joe Grasso, Jr., center, watches Tuesday’s Common Council meeting in City Hall, flanked by his mother and his lawyer.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Grasso Companies LLC was greenlighted Tuesday for a $3.4 million paving contract, over the objections of some of its neighbors.

The conversation sparked a testy exchange between Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) and Mayor Harry Rilling. Continue reading Grasso given a go on $3.4 million paving contract

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Norwalk Council refuses to raise budget cap

From left, Common Council member Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), Mayor Harry Rilling and Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola chat Tuesday during a brief recess of the Council meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – The sausage making was in full public view Tuesday in City Hall, inspired by state budget uncertainty, described as “bizarre.”

The Common Council voted 8-5-2 to increase its 2017-18 budget cap, thereby denying a request from the Board of Estimate and Taxation as a two-thirds majority was needed. The Council then voted to reconsider. After 80 minutes of additional discussion, the Council voted again to not increase the cap, this time 8-6-1. Continue reading Norwalk Council refuses to raise budget cap

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Norwalk announces: ‘Agreement Reached for SoNo Collection to Move Forward’

The SoNo Collection will move ahead without a hotel, Norwalk officials say.

Updated, 11:59 p.m: Public comment invited; 7:46 p.m., comment from Doug Hempstead; 5:40 p.m.: Common Council Planning Committee plans to meet next week.

NORWALK, Conn. — Construction on The SoNo Collection is expected to start soon, but the project will be simply a mall, no hotel included.

Norwalk will receive a $3.5 million payment from mall developer GGP as compensation for the change in plans, a press release from the city said. Continue reading Norwalk announces: ‘Agreement Reached for SoNo Collection to Move Forward’

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About this site

NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.