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Norwalk snow emergency ends at 5 a.m. Wednesday

Update 1:17 p.m.: Statewide travel ban ends at 2 p.m.

NORWALK, Conn. – The citywide snow emergency will be lifted at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and city services will return to normal, according to Michele DeLuca, Norwalk Fire Department’ deputy director, Emergency Management.

City Hall and other municipal buildings should open at their scheduled times. The Norwalk Public Schools will make a decision later today regarding Wednesday’s schedule.

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Where’s The Beast? Norwalkers awake to find ‘fake blizzard’

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Update 1:17 p.m.: Statewide travel ban ends at 2 p.m.

Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents expecting to wake up to mounds of snow, howling winds and no electricity got a surprise this morning – it was just another snow storm.

It isn’t over ‘til it’s over, but the 2 to 3 feet of gale-driven snow looks more like your typical New England snowfall that happens a couple times a year.

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Watts attempts to police Norwalk Democratic Party, defends ‘fake Dem’ label

Updated 1:50 p.m. Tuesday with comment from Councilman John Kydes (D-District C)

NORWALK, Conn. – While Norwalk Republicans try to figure out who would be a willing mayoral candidate, one Democratic district leader is attempting to define for the party what a Democrat should be.

This, despite Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho reportedly using said leader’s behavior as an example of what not to do. Continue reading Watts attempts to police Norwalk Democratic Party, defends ‘fake Dem’ label

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Norwalk Board of Ed paying $230K for study of school facilities

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Children who live in the Waypointe development, which is still under construction, are going to Tracey Elementary School instead of Jefferson Elementary, because of overcrowding.

NORWALK, Conn. – A $230,000 study is expected to help prepare Norwalk Public Schools for the future.

“This is a very broad study, $230,000 is a pretty significant project,” Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said at last week’s BoE meeting. “It’s probably going to give us a better baseline sense of what we need in the school system than we have had in maybe 20 years.” Continue reading Norwalk Board of Ed paying $230K for study of school facilities

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Nonpartisan analysts: 2015 budget is just shy of deficit mitigation

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The budget deficit will likely not require a mitigation plan.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis estimated Monday that the 2015 budget deficit is about $3.7 million shy of requiring Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to issue a deficit mitigation plan to the General Assembly.

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November turnover boosts Connecticut’s seniority in U.S. Senate

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (Christine Stuart photo)

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Six retirements and a Republican wave that ousted five incumbents in November cost Connecticut its place with the majority party in Washington. But the turnover has lifted up Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy from their previous standings near the bottom of the seniority list in the U.S. Senate.

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State adds jobs in December

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new report from the Connecticut Department of Labor shows that the state added 4,800 positions in December 2014 and more importantly is just 22,800 jobs away from a full recovery.

In 2014, the state gained 26,700 jobs, which is up from the 18,400 it gained in 2013. This means that state has regained 96,300 positions, or 80.9 percent of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost during the recession.

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Norwalk Fire Department asks residents and businesses to ‘Adopt-a-Hydrant’

NORWALK, Conn. – Winter storms often bury fire hydrants, making it difficult to locate quickly. If a fire hydrant is buried under snow, it takes firefighters extra time to locate the fire hydrant and another 4 to 6 minutes to uncover the hydrant and gain access. Fire doubles in size every 20 seconds. The Norwalk Fire Department has launched the 2015 Adopt-A-Hydrant program to help keep the City’s fire hydrants free of snow, and the community safer!

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Rilling: Norwalkers should heed statewide travel ban; some flooding possible

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has been under a storm emergency since noon, said Mayor Harry W. Rilling at a news conference Monday afternoon inside the city’s Emergency Operations Center at Fire Department Headquarters.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting of city department heads and representatives from other affected organizations, such as Norwalk Hospital and Connecticut Light and Power, Rilling said all non-essential city employees would go home at 2 p.m. and City Hall will be closed Tuesday.

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Snow emergency declared in Norwalk effective as of noon today; state institutes travel ban

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City, state impose emergency conditions.

NORWALK , Conn. – A snow emergency went into effect at noon, Monday, Jan. 26.

All vehicles should be removed from streets. In order to assist drivers in this, the Norwalk Parking Authority is offering free parking during a declared snow emergency at the Maritime Garage and at the Yankee Doodle Garage. You may park at these two facilities for free during the snow emergency declared by Mayor Harry Rilling until the emergency is lifted or ends. Parking at all open parking lots is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to allow for snow plowing services.

In accordance with City Code:

  1. No vehicle shall park or otherwise remain standing upon any snow emergency route when there is present an accumulation of two or more inches of snow or ice for a period of one hour or more between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. of any day.
  2. A declared snow emergency shall remain in effect until terminated by announcement of the Mayor.
  3. No person shall park a vehicle or otherwise allow a vehicle to stand upon any portion of a snow emergency route. No person shall park a vehicle or otherwise allow a vehicle to stand upon any street in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to vehicular or pedestrian traffic or to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing snow or removal of ice.
  4. Vehicles in violation of these restrictions may be ticketed and/or towed at owner expense.

There will be no garbage and recycling collection services on Tuesday or Wednesday, Jan. 27 or 28. Garbage and recycling collection services with follow the below schedule for the remainder of the week:

  • Tuesday pickup of garbage and recycling will be on Thursday
  • Wednesday pick up will be on Friday
  • Thursday pick up will be on Saturday
  • Friday pick up will be on Sunday

The Norwalk Transfer Station, located at 61 Crescent St., will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information on these services, please visit the Norwalk website or contact the Customer Service Center at (203) 854-3200.

City Hall and libraries are closed to the public effective 2 p.m. today and all day Tuesday. Non-essential personnel should not report to work on Tuesday. Schools and all school offices will be closed Tuesday. Check back on Tuesday to get update on status of School on Wednesday.

The Norwalk Transit District is suspending operations today at 8 p.m. until further notice.

Also, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard, which is anticipated to heavily impact the state tonight through Tuesday.  In addition, the governor announced that a travel ban for all roads is in effect beginning at 9 p.m.

To add your contact information to the Notify Norwalk database, please visit CodeRed, a community notification enrollment service provided by the Emergency Communications Network (ECN).

 

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Land Trust, CNNA postpone meetings

NORWALK, Conn. – Due to the blizzard snow conditions predicted for Monday and Tuesday,  the Norwalk Land Trust (NLT) annual meeting scheduled for Monday evening, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.

Also, the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) monthly meeting planned for Monday night has been postpone. No makeup date was given.

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Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan leads a teleconference Saturday in City Hall. Consultant Robert Gibbs is shown at right on the Council chamber’s white board. Gibbs was in Michigan.

NORWALK, Conn. – A properly executed mall design would be a boon to most businesses in SoNo, according to an urban planning consultant hired by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.

“The mall should create a tremendous demand for the existing businesses and restaurants near it,” said Robert Gibbs at Saturday’s Joint Committee meeting in City Hall, where leaders of the Redevelopment Agency, the Common Council Planning Committee and the Planning Commission met with representatives of General Growth Partners (GGP) for what Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) called “contract negotiations” for the long-vacant 95/7 site. Continue reading Consultant: Mall would be a boon to SoNo

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