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Norwalk BoE approves plan, laying guidelines for Adamowski

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left, and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speak with the public at Tuesday's BoE meeting in City Hall.

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left, and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speak with the public at Tuesday’s BoE meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The direction of Norwalk Public Schools was affirmed Tuesday with a less-than-unanimous vote.

After months of discussion, the Board of Education’s 2016-19 Strategic Operating Plan (SOP) was approved 5-0-3, with Sherelle Harris absent. Of the three abstainers, Artie Kassimis said he thought some things needed to be fleshed out, while Yvel Crevecoeur sat silent, and Shirley Mosby conveyed her thoughts by rolling her eyes numerous times and shaking her head.

The conversation also touched on complaints of a lack of communication, as Board members said – in the wake of comments from Norwalk High School band mothers – that more outreach had to be made. Continue reading Norwalk BoE approves plan, laying guidelines for Adamowski

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Norwalk High moms: ‘No one knew’ about High Road School plan

Norwalk High parent Tracy Richards responds to Board of Education member Mike Barbis at Tuesday's BoE meeting in City Hall.

Norwalk High parent Carol Freding responds to Board of Education member Mike Barbis at Tuesday’s BoE meeting in City Hall.

Correction, 11:44 a.m.: Carol Freding responded to Mike Barbis, not  Tracy Richards. Also, a quote mistakenly attributed to April Guilbault was removed.

NORWALK, Conn. — There’s a cloak and dagger feeling to recent changes at Norwalk Public Schools, Erin Herring said Tuesday.

Herring was part of a cadre of Norwalk High School parents adding their voices to the chorus of complaints about a lack of communication from the school system – while expressing fear and condemnation of the plan to bring High Road School students back to Norwalk High. Continue reading Norwalk High moms: ‘No one knew’ about High Road School plan

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National gun access standards, major penalties for illegal gun possession ought be our first ‘call to duty’

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To the Editor:

The Orlando shooting again raises the American dilemma, unique amongst the major Western countries, of resolving the seemingly intractable problems of occasional mass shootings, roughly 6,000 gun homicides annually, mostly in our inner Cities, and occasional shootings of law enforcement.

Our unique circumstances include an estimated 300 million guns in circulation, millions held illegally and/or accessed by criminals, non-uniform “access statutes” across the various states, generally moderate penalties for illegal possession, generally low cost of domesticity made weapons, access to weapons across a porous Mexican border, a “hunting culture,” 2nd Amendment granting gun ownership rights and a long history of civilian and military gun use against the native peoples, the British, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc.

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Opinion: Will Clinton turn her back on public education if elected president?

Joseph Ricciotti

Joseph Ricciotti

Joseph Ricciotti is a retired educator.

It would appear more than likely that Hillary Clinton will be elected as the next president of the United States come next fall.

She can be thankful in no small part to the major role that the teacher organizations in the nation such as the National Educational Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) played in their early endorsement of her presidency. Public school teachers and parents are fighting the battle of their lives in attempting to hold off the forces of privatization along with the onslaught of charter schools in the nation.

Continue reading Opinion: Will Clinton turn her back on public education if elected president?

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Norwalk Redevelopment Agency touts $18M benefit, but “25 students” claim doesn’t fly

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan begins Monday's meeting in the Lockwood Mathews Mansion.

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan begins Monday’s meeting in the Lockwood Mathews Mansion.

NORWALK, Conn. — Estimates of an $18 million benefit to Norwalk between 2005 and 2014 from projects guided by the Redevelopment Agency are conservative, an independent consultant said Monday.

The estimates don’t take into account jobs created by construction of the developments, nor user fees nor personal property taxes, W-ZHA managing member Sarah Woodworth said in a meeting held in the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion, where pushback from the public centered on the low estimate of school children brought to Norwalk by development. Continue reading Norwalk Redevelopment Agency touts $18M benefit, but “25 students” claim doesn’t fly

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High Road report gets positive reaction from Norwalk BoE chairman

High Road School of Norwalk

High Road School of Norwalk is a state-approved alternative special education placement specializing in instructional and behavioral interventions for students with multiple disabilities including the Emotionally Disturbed classification, interim Special Education Department Director Joseph Russo said in a report to the Norwalk Board of Education.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk child got a scratch on his arm got after trying to elbow the staff at High Road School, according to the school’s staff members. Another child, whose grandmother recently complained that her grandchild had gotten a burn on their arm while attending High Road School, told school staff members that the burn came from her father’s cigarette.

A report compiled for the Norwalk Board of Education about alleged abuse of students at the school for students with special needs came to a different conclusion than the one pushed by parents and one grandparent in a recent complaint to the Board.  Continue reading High Road report gets positive reaction from Norwalk BoE chairman

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Norwalk property tax bills are on the way

Tax bills are due July 1, and delinquent after Aug. 1.

Tax bills are due July 1, and delinquent after Aug. 1.

NORWALK, Conn. –  Statements for real estate, motor vehicle, and business personal property taxes and sewer use charges are in the mail – or in your mailbox.

Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli announced Monday that the bills were put in the mail Friday, June 17, with payment due July 1.

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Norwalk to continue preschool push with three ELLI classrooms

at the June 7 Norwalk Board of Education meeting in City Hall.

Margie Gillis, Ed.D., founder and president of Literacy How talks about preschool education at the June 7 Norwalk Board of Education meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The goal of preventing a preparation gap from turning into an achievement gap is fueling Norwalk Public Schools’ move to expand its pioneering preschool program this year, according to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

The Early Language and Learning Initiative (ELLI) preschool, founded at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children and tested at Fox Run Elementary School, is slated to spread to Naramake and Tracey Elementary schools, depending on a vote at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. Continue reading Norwalk to continue preschool push with three ELLI classrooms

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AMEC lawyers lay out history of ‘cease and desist’ orders

NORWALK, Conn. — AMEC owner Guy Mazzola acquired some of his South Norwalk properties in response to suggestions from the Planning and Zoning staff, his attorneys said last week.

“There has been a lot of talk like they are some rogue Zoning violator. Well, going back, AMEC has been working with your staff to do the right thing with these properties,” Attorney Christopher Smith said at Wednesday’s Zoning Commission public hearing, where the Commission turned down AMEC’s application to consolidate 10 adjacent Chestnut Street-area parcels into one big contractor’s yard. Continue reading AMEC lawyers lay out history of ‘cease and desist’ orders

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Opinion: Gun control – the ‘silence’ is deafening

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.

After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it’ll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I’m hoping for the latter.

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Opinion: After Orlando – pain, fear, and resilience

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

I wish I knew how to feel after Orlando. I’ve felt so many things, from shock to horror to anger to grief to a deep, worried sadness that refuses to fade, days later. I’ve seen the people around me react with fury, with political slogans, with hate, and with resignation.

But I think I mostly just feel an aching helplessness in the face of the worst mass shooting in our country’s modern history, not just because I know there’s zero chance we’ll actually change our gun laws, but also because this one was aimed at the LGBT community.

Continue reading Opinion: After Orlando – pain, fear, and resilience

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Norwalk political notes/briefs: Of Ryan Park, East Norwalk Revolutionary War monument, Zoning…

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Norwalk Zoning Commissioners Jill Jacobson, left, and Linda Kruk.

A monument at Fitch's Point. (Photo by Rich Bonenfant.)

A monument at Fitch’s Point. (Photo by Rich Bonenfant.)

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Saturday:

  • Court: Norwalk can have its way with Ryan Park
  • Dry egress remains a contentious topic anyway
  • Reader: Council goofed, Revolutionary War monument is on public property
  • Kruk leaves Zoning ‘with a bang’
  • Zoning had deadline with AMEC
  • AMEC’s tab
  • Feel free to grow medical marijuana – if you’re fast
  • Santo again accuses Mushak in Great Flowerpot Scandal
  • Himes seeks stronger firearm safety laws

  Continue reading Norwalk political notes/briefs: Of Ryan Park, East Norwalk Revolutionary War monument, Zoning…

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