The interior of 45 Wall St., under renovation. (Photo by Norwalk building inspectors)
Workers remove construction debris from 45 Wall St. on Wednesday. (Contributed photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — It might have looked like nothing was happening at a notoriously blighted Wall Street building, but on Wednesday there was a “full crew” on the premises making the progress within public view, according to Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland.
The workers removed the construction debris they had created by installing floors at 45 Wall St., owned by Ganga Duleep, and filled two industrial trash containers, Ireland said. Continue reading Norwalk official: Burned-out Wall Street building on way to recovery
This Main Avenue former gas station is slated for demolition, Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland said.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s blight ordinance, drafted by the 2011-13 Common Council and strengthened by the 2013-15 Council, is creating great results, according to Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland.
“I am very pleased with it. I know a lot of taxpayers think I am too slow, but we do get results on a continual basis,” Ireland said. Continue reading Norwalk building official touts blight ordinance’s success
Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Lynn Toper, left, and Chief Talent Officer Cherese Chery, at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
NORWALK, Conn. — It’s official – Norwalk Public Schools has a new director for its Special Education Department and a new human resources director.
The Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to hire Cherese Chery as its Chief Talent Officer and Lynn Toper, Ed.D., to be its Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services.
Continue reading Norwalk BoE adds to Adamowski’s cabinet
Glock 17 Gen 4 9mm pistol
NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department received approval Thursday night from a Common Council committee to proceed with the purchase of new service pistols for all of its 179 officers.
The issue now goes to the full Council for final approval.
The department intends to acquire 210 Glock semi-automatic pistols that would fire a 9-millimeter cartridge.
Continue reading Norwalk Police get prelim OK for better bang for their bucks
Martha Dumas confronts Early Childhood Council leaders Wednesday for taking away the Norwalk Housing Authority’s School Readiness program.
NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Housing Authority has been notified that it will not continue to offer the School Readiness program. The notification comes five months after losing Head Start.
This was discussed in a contentious NHA Board meeting Wednesday, as about 40 people packed a conference room and shouted questions and protests at Norwalk Early Childhood Council Co-chairwoman Cathy DeCesare and Norwalk Early Childhood Coordinator Mary Oster. Continue reading Norwalk Housing Authority loses School Readiness program
Sixth Taxing District Commissioners solicit Rowaytons opinion about traffic Wednesday in the Rowayton Community Center.
NORWALK, Conn. — The only thing missing on Rowayton Avenue is a checkered flag, Ted Storb said Wednesday, speaking about the area just north of the railroad bridge.
“Years ago, a police officer used to park his vehicle at the top of our driveway because this is an actual speedway. Since they have redone that section it has even gotten worse,” Storb said at a Sixth Traffic District meeting that focused on traffic. “… I think it really is one of the most dangerous roads in Rowayton.” Continue reading Rowayton vents about its traffic woes
Letter to the Editor:
I’m pleased to announce that I will be running again for state representative in the 141st District, Darien and Norwalk. Many thanks to Belinda Metzger and Ralph Depanfilis for nominating and seconding me and to the delegates for their support on Monday night. It has been my honor and truly a privilege to be your voice and vote in Hartford.
Continue reading Wood thanks district for GOP backing for re-election
Regina Russell speaks Tuesday on her behalf of her daughter, right, also named Regina Russell, about techniques used by High Road School in Norwalk.
3:30 a.m., May 21, Correction: High Road School, not High Roads.
NORWALK, Conn. — The treatment at High Road School is not therapeutic, it’s abuse, a Norwalk grandmother told the Board of Education on Tuesday.
Regina Russell was one of three women to publicly allege abuse at High Road School, a private special education facility located on North Avenue in Norwalk; Nancy Michel also told a story about a child being forced to urinate on themself while being kept in an overly long timeout – one of two complaints of that nature.
Barbara Prefit kept it short. Her 10-year-old daughter is in a timeout every day at High Road, she said. Continue reading Norwalk moms allege child abuse at High Road School
Former Norwalk Board of Education member Steven Colarossi makes a return appearance Tuesday in City Hall, to protest a change that will make his wife’s life easier.
NORWALK, Conn. — Brookside parents say they have been blindsided by planned changes to a preschool program there.
“Did you know that Brookside Staff were told earlier this school year that our existing program would be placed under ELLI (Early Language and Learning Initiative) program? But just a few weeks ago we were told the opposite. Last month, Brookside staff completed all the steps for another five years’ accreditation (for the existing program). Why was that allowed to happen if NPS management knew this change was coming?” Brookside Parent Teacher Organization President Shiloh Martin-Adam said to the Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting. Continue reading Brookside parents slam Norwalk Public Schools’ lack of communication, planned change
DARIEN, Conn. – Randy Klein of Darien accepted the Democratic Party’s endorsement Tuesday night to represent Connecticut’s 141st Assembly District. The 141st District includes Darien and the Rowayton neighborhood of Norwalk.
Klein will challenge three-term Republican incumbent Terrie Wood, also of Darien. Wood was endorsed Monday night by the district Republicans.
Continue reading State Rep races: Dems endorse Klein; Wood, Wilms, Lavielle backed by GOP
Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), right, leads the February committee meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — A proposed change to Norwalk’s ordinances to ensure that Norwalk Police get dibs on traffic control on private jobs has been tangled in concerns about companies that are in arrears on their bills, and concerns about attracting lawsuits if doubts are expressed about the competency of flagmen.
“I was shocked to see the contractors who hire police owe the city hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Common Councilman Michael Corsello (D-At Large) said at last month’s Ordinance Committee meeting. Continue reading Norwalk pays ‘extra duty’ police even if contractor does not
The latest plan put forward by AMEC Carting LLC.
NORWALK, Conn. — A heavily debated proposal to expand a non-conforming South Norwalk contractor’s yard has been changed with the surprise addition of an adjacent piece of land with usable buildings.
AMEC Holding LLC — a.k.a. AMEC Carting — had, until early last week, containers stacked three high on an assortment of adjacent properties in the area of Lubrano Place, although no containers were allowed, according to Acting Planning and Zoning Director Michael Wrinn. The company, in seeking to address the latest of several cease and desist orders on the property, had presented a plan to consolidate 10 properties into one and suggested that the city abandon part of a road to help it connect the parcels. But on Wednesday, AMEC said it had obtained a new property, and a big one – the Pac Kit property at 57 Chestnut St., which includes a large usable building. Continue reading AMEC comes up with new plan for beleaguered South Norwalk neighborhood
Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Manager of Facilities and Transit James Fallon, right, listens to Patsy Brescia on Wednesday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — “Sixty percent design” is a very important phrase when it comes to rebuilding the 120-year old railroad bridge over the Norwalk River – as in, “we can’t tell you anything yet” until they get to 60 percent.
“Your answer is, ‘We’ll figure it out and we’ll let you know later’?” a woman said to Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) officials at last week’s public information meetings on the Walk Bridge in City Hall, after getting what had become a familiar refrain. Continue reading Norwalkers suffer through ’60 percent’ answers from ConnDOT on Walk Bridge