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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Mary Ann Genuario, Health & Wellness Director of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, for expanding the Race4Chase Triathlon Summer Program to 32 students, 23 of which have never participated in a summer program of any kind. The children participating in this free, summer enrichment program — named for Chase Kowalski, a little boy lost in the Newtown tragedy who loved to swim, bike, and run — are ethnically diverse and are from a lower socio-economic population. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Maritime Aquarium draws attention, pinkly

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s a rolling billboard advertising the Maritime Aquarium to a core Fairfield County audience base, Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth said.

“A regional bus line has a bus going back & forth on Route 1 between Norwalk & Milford this summer that’s covered in pink and has flamingos in the windows,” Sigworth’s press release said. Continue reading Maritime Aquarium draws attention, pinkly

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NFT, Norwalk BoE reach agreement – ending budget crisis

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, left, and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons sign an agreement Friday in City Hall. (Contributed photo)

Updated, 4 a.m. Saturday: Information added about NFT’s original proposal.

NORWALK, Conn. — There will be no layoffs of Norwalk Public Schools personnel this year, the Board of Education announced Friday evening.

Specifically: kindergarten aide positions will not be eliminated, nor will middle school music teachers. The middle school music program will continue in the same form it’s been in. Continue reading NFT, Norwalk BoE reach agreement – ending budget crisis

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Norwalk education news: Dyslexia clinic set to open

Projected Tuesday on a screen over Board of Education Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek’s head, are, from left, Norwalk Special Education administrator Stacy Heilgenthaler, Fairfield University Reading and Language Development Director Jule McCombes-Tolis, Norwalk Curriculum and Instruction Site Director Janine Goss and Norwalk Director of Technology and Innovations Ralph Valenzisi as they explain plans for Norwalk’s first Dyslexia Clinic.

Correction, 1 p.m.: Side by Side students have always been bused by Norwalk. 

NORWALK, Conn. — Some more education news for you:

  • Dyslexia clinic opening
  • Marie Allen to stay in Norwalk
  • Norwalk to bus Side by Side kids – a first
  • NCC ‘graduation snapshots’

Continue reading Norwalk education news: Dyslexia clinic set to open

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Definitions of Wicked

Graham Stevens, Jessica Van Niel, Meghan Grover and Beatrice Shannon perform in Shakespeare on the Sound production of “Macbeth,” now playing in Pinkney Park. (Maxx Serpica; Courtesy Shakespeare on the Sound)

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By the pricking of my thumbs

Something wicked this way comes

 

Yep, thanks to Shakespeare on the Sound from Tuesday till Sunday until July 2, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters will all be heading to Pinkney Park in Rowayton at 7:30 p.m.

And you don’t want to miss them. Continue reading Definitions of Wicked

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Norwalk BoE moves some projects along, not others

Brien McMahon High School Principal Scott Hurwitz, left; former Brien McMahon High School Principal Suzanne Koroshetz, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup from Tuesday’s Norwalk Board of Education:

  • No deal yet on proposed food service changes
  • No votes on West Rocks Middle School window project
  • New Brien McMahon principal
  • Ed specs approved
  • Middle school music thoughts
  • English Language Learners’ gap closing
  • Center for Global Studies plans

Continue reading Norwalk BoE moves some projects along, not others

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Norwalk leaders hopeful that BoE budget cuts can be avoided

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon speaks to the Board of Education on Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Too much money has been spent on needless fights, Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon said Tuesday, expressing hope that proposed budget cuts can be lessened with continuing negotiations.
Mayor Harry Rilling also expressed hope – using the word “optimistic” – at the Norwalk Board of Education meeting, where recommended budget cuts were a topic even if the BoE tabled the matter until next week, as expected. Continue reading Norwalk leaders hopeful that BoE budget cuts can be avoided

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Adamowski: State questions Center for Global Studies format, after 16 years

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Good news: Norwalk will not have to cough up $450,000 because of a last-minute state decision, after all.

The Center for Global Studies has been operating for 16 years with a state-approved plan, but on May 31 the state informed Norwalk that CGS is non-compliant with the rules by which it gets state funding, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Tuesday. Continue reading Adamowski: State questions Center for Global Studies format, after 16 years

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Norwalk BoE delays budget cut vote to consider ongoing negotiation

Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King talks to the Common Council in November. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — A vote on potential cuts to the Norwalk Public Schools budget has been pushed back a week, pending the results of an ongoing negotiation with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers.

Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King, sometimes called Mayor Harry Rilling’s “Chief of Staff,” is credited with the last-minute glimmer of hope. Continue reading Norwalk BoE delays budget cut vote to consider ongoing negotiation

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Mammoth Norwalk BoE meeting to tackle new schools, food service, CGS, middle school music…

Educational Specifications at two proposed new Norwalk schools are just part of the agenda for Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Board of Education is taking on a “colossal” amount of work at its Tuesday meeting, in the words of its chairman, Mike Lyons.

BoE member Shirley Mosby put it another way: the packet for the meeting is 350 pages long, she said.

While the BoE won’t be voting on controversial budget cuts after all, thanks to the mayor’s office prompting another effort at negotiations, it’s facing an unusually heavy load, all of it of significant import. That includes educational specifications for two new schools and efforts to upgrade the schools’ food service. Continue reading Mammoth Norwalk BoE meeting to tackle new schools, food service, CGS, middle school music…

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Walk Bridge update: IMAX transition, changing SoNo landscape

A potenial Walk Bridge design, as presented by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to the Norwalk Design Advisory Committee.

NORWALK, Conn. – Plans are being made to build a new IMAX Theater, on the other side of the Maritime Aquarium.

So said Norwalk Economic Development Director Elizabeth Stocker last week, after giving an update to the Redevelopment Agency on developments with the state’s planned reconstruction of the Walk Bridge, the antiquated railroad bridge over the Norwalk River.

Stocker told the Redevelopment Agency that:

  • The Maritime Aquarium IMAX Theater will be demolished
  • A very visible upgrade is planned for the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum
  • An “issue” with the Pine Island Cemetery: any burial remains need to be handled “carefully”
  • The aesthetics consensus is: 2-story towers on the bridge
  • Both the Danbury Dockyard and “CP-243” projects have been moved back to the fall

Continue reading Walk Bridge update: IMAX transition, changing SoNo landscape

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Redevelopment hires Stantec to size up SoNo corner

A potenial Walk Bridge design, as presented by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to a Norwalk Design Advisory Committee.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s an opportunity to look at the SoNo Wharf site a whole new way.

“The street wall that we know on Water Street, which is the IMAX Theater, is going to no longer exist,” Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan said Tuesday, in requesting additional work for Stantec. Continue reading Redevelopment hires Stantec to size up SoNo corner

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