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Opinion: Candidates must commit to saving Social Security

Nora Duncan

Nora Duncan

Nora Duncan is state director of AARP Connecticut. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives, with offices in every state as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

There is a pressing need for our presidential and congressional candidates to declare a commitment toward updating and saving Social Security. Doing nothing to keep Social Security strong and solvent is not an option. If our nation’s leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year.

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Norwalk tax sale results in 12 property sales; boat slip list remains open

A potential bidder browses the day's offerings.

A potential bidder browses the day’s offerings.

Updated, 1:37 p.m.: Lodge members have paid the taxes on 92 Lexington Ave.; correction, A1Z7 LLC won the first auction with a bid of $160,000.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is slated to own Dog Island, the Redevelopment Agency fell short and a habitual bidder scored again.

Norwalk’s tax sale drew more than 40 bidders Monday, and most properties drew bids, one getting as high as $500,000. The boat slips, ignored in two previous sales, received interest, but there was one prolonged note of unhappiness, as a man protested that he was there to pay the tax, even going so far to call Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli “a liar.”

In all, 12 of 16 available properties were sold, with the remaining four taken by the city when no bidders surfaced. (See list below) Continue reading Norwalk tax sale results in 12 property sales; boat slip list remains open

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Opinion: Republican platform on education is still very concerning

Opinion searchLizeth Sebastian, Carolina Ramirez, Jesus Limon, Yi Zhang, Esteban Plata are graduate social work students at Cal State Long Beach.

 

As Republican nominee Donald Trump continues to make shocking and idiosyncratic statements about immigration and gun control, few voters are thinking about the Republican platform on education. This is not surprising. Education is a vital, yet often overlooked, item in presidential elections.

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Opinion: To dream or not to dream

Mark Ojakian

Mark Ojakian

Mark Ojakian is president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System.

As leaders in Higher Education, we understand that education is intrinsically connected to achieving the American Dream. At Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU), a system of public institutions, we educate approximately 90,000 students a year, the majority of whom live and work in in our state.

These students are the future workforce, future leaders, future upholders of our democracy. At CSCU, we have always believe that education should be accessible to anyone who wants it and we are committed to eliminating any barriers students may have to achieving that American Dream. We are fortunate to live in a state that supports this principle.

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Norwalk political notes: A cop story, tax sale, Washington Village

Mayor Harry Rilling, left, reacts as Norwalk Branch NAACP President Darnell Crosland, right, elaborates on a story told by Rilling, at Tuesday's NAACP rally at City Hall.

Mayor Harry Rilling, left, reacts as Norwalk Branch NAACP President Darnell Crosland, right, elaborates on a story told by Rilling, at Tuesday’s NAACP rally at City Hall.

This story was altered at 2:04 p.m. Monday to change the incorrect name Tom Hickey to Tom Ivers in items about Washington Village. Also a partial quote from city Finance Director Bob Barron regarding bond refunding was expanded.

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

  • Rilling recounts dangerous situation
  • Tax sale said to be good for investments
  • Washington Village tax ‘fixing’
  • Fear expressed for South Norwalk property owners near Washington Village
  • New grant for Washington Village
  • Bonds to be refunded
  • Potts on ‘no sign in’

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Norwalk tax collector touts success of Monday’s tax sale

Boat slips available in Monday's Norwalk tax sale. (Contributed photo)

Boat slips available in Monday’s Norwalk tax sale. It’s expected the bids will be $3,000 for each slip, Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli said. (Contributed photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – More than $3.6 million has been collected through Norwalk’s latest tax sale, which will take place Monday, according to Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.

Of the 169 properties originally listed in the sale, there are 18 properties remaining for Monday’s auction, as well as 52 marina slip units, Biagiarelli said in a Friday press release. The tax collector’s office will close at 2 p.m. Monday so the staff can open the doors for the tax sale at 3 p.m. in Concert Hall. Continue reading Norwalk tax collector touts success of Monday’s tax sale

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Opinion: Malloy, Sanders, and the most progressive Dem platform ever

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.

Every four years, delegates gather to draft platforms for their respective parties, creating documents that will eventually be approved by their conventions and then ignored by everybody. So why does this year’s democratic platform matter?

The party platform is supposedly a uniform statement of belief that both unites a political party and provides a framework for governing should that party actually win an election. And yet it’s a document that very few in the public actually read, and its impact on the fall elections seems to be virtually nonexistent.

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Opinion: Sanders delegates fight for public ed, civil rights in Dem platform

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at t hee Writopia Lab.

While Bernie Sanders supporters mourn his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, they should take real comfort that his delegation helped public education activists make an impact on the Democratic Party platform.

After years of being cheerleaders for policy based on flawed ideas promoted by hedge funds and Silicon Valley, it looks like Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party platform committee have been forced to take a good hard look at education reality. Even Sen. Chris Murphy has finally woken up to the fact that schools in Connecticut are segregated: this week he and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge introduced the Stronger Together School Diversity Act 2016.

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Opinion: UConn’s alternate universe

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.

Why do smart people do dumb things? I ask myself that very question every time I do something stupid, which fortunately isn’t that often. But UConn President Susan Herbst, a successful college administrator who holds a Ph.D. in communication theory and research from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, has really taken the concept to new level.

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Norwalk High gets main focus as facilities engineers begin their work

Silver Petrucelli & Associates Senior Project Manager John Ireland and his associate, Michelle Miller, present the findings of their facilities feasibility study to Norwalk Board of Education members Wednesday in City Hall.

Silver Petrucelli & Associates Senior Project Manager John Ireland and his associate, Michelle Miller, present the findings of their facilities feasibility study to Norwalk Board of Education members in January.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk High School is slated to get a top to bottom review with an eye toward making it a “world class educational learning and teaching environment for the 21st century,” in the words of Silver Petrucelli & Associates Senior Project Manager John Ireland.

Ireland’s related statement asserting that decisions had been made regarding building a new school on the Ely school site in South Norwalk is false, Board of Education member Mike Barbis said. Continue reading Norwalk High gets main focus as facilities engineers begin their work

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Norwalk NAACP rally – in pictures

NAACP black lives matter 16-0712 Norwalk (71)

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), left, speaks at the rally.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk should not fall victim to the idea of a race war, Norwalk Branch NAACP President Darnell Crosland said Tuesday, at a rally organized by the NAACP.

Up to 100 people attended the rally, and you can see a video at this link. Here are some pictures to further our coverage. Continue reading Norwalk NAACP rally – in pictures

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Once around the city: New farmers market opens, Chinese swim team in town, and lots more

Steven Nezas and Francesca Forlivio

Steven Nezas and Francesca Forlivio

NORWALK, Conn. – A new Farmers market opened today. Also, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum announced two new board members, there’s an opening of Lighthouse art at the Mayor’s Gallery, the Chinese Olympic Swimming Team is training Norwalk, parking got cheaper for some Aquarium users, Mandela Day at NCC, and Terie Wood (R-141) slates dates for updates.

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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.