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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 Norwalk ACTS’ member, Person to Person (P2P) and its Campership Program, which expanded to Norwalk this year with the help of investors such as Norwalk-based Datto and hundreds of individual donors who supported the 2017 Campership Appeal. This summer, 22 students are attending camp at Odyssey Early Learning & Enrichment Program in Norwalk, and three students attended Camp Aspetuck (operated in Weston by Girl Scouts of Connecticut). Next year, P2P plans to grow the Norwalk Campership Program to reach even more children. Over the years, P2P’s program has sent hundreds of Stamford elementary school children to summer camp, providing an invaluable learning experience. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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News Junkie opinion: Ending the threat from North Korea

Scott Bates.

Scott Bates was Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, President of the Truman Center for National Policy, and taught at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Bates has taught at the University of Tokyo and met with national security officials across Asia. He lives in Stonington, CT and currently serves as Connecticut’s Deputy Secretary of the State.

For 25 years, America has sought to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of one of the world’s most brutal regimes. We worked to ensure that North Korea would never have the ability to launch a nuclear warhead that could reach the American homeland. Those efforts have been unsuccessful, and now judgment day is at hand. Continue reading News Junkie opinion: Ending the threat from North Korea

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News Junkie Opinion: CCM initiatives reflect municipal leaders’ commitment to collectivity

Joe DeLong

Joe DeLong is the Executive Director of CCM, which is Connecticut’s largest nonpartisan, statewide association of towns and cities, representing 158 member municipalities.

Something remarkable happened last fall in a crowded conference room in Meriden. Municipal leaders from across the state gathered to discuss community-based economic growth with reform from the General Assembly. The committee, on the heels of a discussion point, were taking a short break when Leo Paul, First Selectman of Litchfield, began to speak. Continue reading News Junkie Opinion: CCM initiatives reflect municipal leaders’ commitment to collectivity

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Three flee Norwalk fire

Fire burns Saturday at 67 Fair St. (Norwalk Fire Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a structure fire today at 12:17pm, at 67 Fair Street. The cities combined communications center received a 911 call, saying there was smoke coming from a white house at the corner of Tindall Avenue and Fair Street. Upon arrival firefighters found  heavy smoke pouring from the 2nd floor windows of the 2 story home. An initial report from a bystander was that he could hear someone inside banging on the window of the 2nd floor. That report fortunately turned out to be wrong, but prior to FD arrival he did escort the 1st floor occupant out of the home. Firefighters searched the home as hose lines were being advanced, locating 2 occupants in a basement apartment and quickly bringing the fire quickly under control. Continue reading Three flee Norwalk fire

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Norwalk Police arrest Eric Frank in overdose investigation

Eric Frank, 29. (Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

On July 22, 2017, Norwalk Police responded to a drug overdose at 142 Suncrest Road. Officers located a male victim at that address. The male was transported to Norwalk Hospital and survived. Norwalk Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. On July 22, 2017, at 9:45 pm the Special Services Division arrested Eric Frank on narcotics charges. Because of this arrest, Eric Frank quickly became a suspect in the overdose investigation. Due to Detective Kougioumtzidis investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Eric Frank. Frank was arrested at the Norwalk Courthouse today, August 11, 2017. Continue reading Norwalk Police arrest Eric Frank in overdose investigation

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Norwalk BoE struggles with state’s unpredictable education funding plans

From left, Norwalk Board of Education member Erik Anderson and BoE Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek on Thursday discuss state budget concerns in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — It looks like Norwalk will be penalized for being fiscally responsible, frustrated Board of Education members said Thursday.

“Here we are, we thought we had a healthy reserve fund balance. We’re saving and it looks like we are going to be penalized for saving,” BoE Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek said, using what little information there is regarding the still uncertain state budget to formulate an opinion. Continue reading Norwalk BoE struggles with state’s unpredictable education funding plans

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Norwalk BoE ends 2016-17 with money left over

Norwalk Public Schools Budget Coordinator Kristen Karzcmit, left, explains the 2016-17 budget reconciliation to Board of Education members Mike Barbis, Erik Anderson and Bryan Meek, Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Fiscal year-ending addition and subtraction show that Norwalk Public Schools has a surplus from 2016-17, Norwalk Public Schools Budget Coordinator Kristen Karzcmit said Thursday.

Since state statutes allow a Board of Education to carryover an amount equal to 1 percent of its budget, the BoE is going to request that the city allow it to keep $435,000, against the wishes of city Finance Director Bob Barron, she said. It’s expected that NPS will return the remaining $225,000. Continue reading Norwalk BoE ends 2016-17 with money left over

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Morris fails to force mayoral primary; Mosby’s fate uncertain

The 2017 Norwalk mayoral candidate lineup: From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy, Lisa Brinton Thomson and State Rep. Bruce Morris.

Updated, 1:31 p.m.: No Rowayton Cowboy.

NORWALK, Conn. — A flurry of activity Wednesday on City Hall’s first floor netted the following developments in this fall’s election:

  • There will be no Democratic primary for mayor
  • There will be four candidates for mayor listed on the ballot Nov. 7, as State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) has secured a petition candidacy for the general election
  • The only city-wide primary would be for Democratic Board of Education seats – BoE member Shirley Mosby has submitted petitions but they have not been validated yet
  • Common Council member Steve Serasis is seeking re-election as a petition candidate
  • Diane Lauricella and Sharon Stewart will be on the ballot as Council petition candidates Republican Marilyn Knox has withdrawn her BoE candidacy.
  • There will be Working Families Party candidates in every district, for the first time

Continue reading Morris fails to force mayoral primary; Mosby’s fate uncertain

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Opinion: Norwalk needs a strategic plan

Lisa Thomson

Lisa Brinton Thomson is an unaffiliated mayoral candidate.

Lacking a state budget, Governor Malloy took it upon himself to create his own.  Fair enough. The bad news is Norwalk is getting hit hard. On the Norwalk Parents for Education Facebook page, BOE Chairman, Mike Lyons announced that the Governor plans $4.4M in cuts from our already short-changed ECS funding. This would be on top of a potential off-loading of teacher retirement expenses, possibly later this year.  These cuts will have a devastating effect on our schools and would be tragic in light of the real progress made in closing the achievement gap and providing school and curriculum choice to our families, due to the efforts of our more functional, non-political Board of Education. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk needs a strategic plan

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Opinion: SEBAC agreement does not go far enough

State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)

Last week the State Senate put the final seal of approval on Gov. Malloy’s SEBAC (State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition) agreement. The agreement will, at best, save Connecticut $1.5 billion, which is marginal compared to our looming $5 billion deficit.

Sadly the SEBAC deal locks in all unionized State employee benefits for the next TEN years. It also locks in wages and prevents layoffs for the next FOUR years. Combined these expenses comprise 40% of the entire State budget. In exchange for these serious restrictions, we received only a portion of the labor concessions we needed. In high school I ran the mile on our track team. A mile was four laps around the track. This SEBAC deal only gets us 1.5 laps in a 4.0 lap race. Continue reading Opinion: SEBAC agreement does not go far enough

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Norwalk Police arrest seven in stolen car chase

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

On August 9, 2017, at 3:42 am the Westport Police Department contacted the Norwalk Police Department regarding a stolen vehicle that had fled from their officers into Norwalk along Route 1. A short time later, a Norwalk Patrol Officer observed the GMC Acadia travelling westbound on Westport Avenue near Dry Hill Road. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle however; the driver accelerated and turned off the headlights. The officer lost sight of the stolen vehicle but broadcast a description and a last know direction of travel. Moments later officers observed the vehicle travelling northbound on the Route 7 connector without headlights on. Officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle however; they lost sight of it near exit 3. Officers then checked the Merritt Parkway and the remainder of the Route 7 Connector for the vehicle. When officers arrived at the end the Route 7 Connector, they observed the vehicle on its side along the shoulder of Grist Mill Road. Officers observed two males outside the vehicle and quickly placed them under arrest. Five more males exited the vehicle and were arrested. The investigation revealed that all the occupants were juveniles from the New Haven area. Due to their age, all were transported to the Norwalk Hospital for evaluation; however, none of them sustained injuries. Three of the males arrested had active Take into Custody Orders in New Haven. Another male had an active arrest warrant in New Haven and another male had been reported missing out of New Haven. Continue reading Norwalk Police arrest seven in stolen car chase

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Norwalk Dems up against deadline for fall election

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), in his bid to unseat Mayor Harry Rilling, is trying to get enough petition signatures to force a Democratic primary – and also to be a petitioning candidate, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said.

Updated, 8:48 p.m.: Lisa Thomson changed to Lisa Brinton Thomson.

NORWALK, Conn. – The race to get election petition signatures is ending Wednesday, with four would-be Norwalk Democratic candidates for municipal office trying both to force a Democratic primary and to get on the ballot this fall as a “petitioning candidate.”

The deadline to file enough petitions to qualify is 4 p.m. Aug. 9.  State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), who is seeking to be Norwalk’s next mayor, Board of Education member Shirley Mosby and Common Council at large hopefuls Sharon Stewart and Diane Lauricella have all taken out petitions to run for election this fall as petitioning candidates, in addition to their attempts to force a Democratic primary, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said Tuesday. Continue reading Norwalk Dems up against deadline for fall election

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Duff touts Long Island Sound clean up efforts

NORWALK, Conn. — Governmental investments in Long Island Sound have paid off, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said Tuesday.

The water looks very clear, and there’s “lots of new marine life that we haven’t seen in a long time,” Duff said, after leading a tour of the Sound with Norwalk oysterman Norm Bloom.

Not only are there whales but lobsters are being seen in a wider area, he said, attributing the resurgence to 30 years of investments from state, federal and local governments.

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