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Opinion: Journalists aren’t the ‘enemy of the American people’

Sarah Garrecht Gassen (Contributed)

Editor’s note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Arizona Daily Star.

 

When news flashed Thursday that there was a shooting in a newsroom — the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland — I had several competing thoughts:

It’s finally happened.

I hope this is a workplace violence shooting, not someone specifically targeting journalists. God, what a terrible thing to even think. Continue reading Opinion: Journalists aren’t the ‘enemy of the American people’

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In Congress, July 4, 1776

The American flag. (Contributed)

Editor’s note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence, which is on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.  The spelling and punctuation reflects the original. 

Happy Fourth of July!

 

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Continue reading In Congress, July 4, 1776

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Fireworks postponed to July 5th

A scene from the 2014 Norwalk fireworks. (Nancy Chapman)

This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

 

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk fireworks and music concert originally scheduled for tonight, July 3, at Calf Pasture Beach has been postponed until Thursday, July 5 due to forecasted thunderstorms.  The decision was made early in collaboration with various city departments to ensure the safety of the more than 15,000 people who attend the annual event.
Continue reading Fireworks postponed to July 5th

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Norwalk political notes: Appointments, Wilms and tax incentives

Norwalk Historical Commission Chairman David Westmoreland has been appointed to the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency. (File photo)

Updated, 6:47 a.m., 10:09 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some recent Norwalk odds and ends:

  • Two chosen for Redevelopment Agency
  • Three appointed to Oak Hills Park Authority
  • Remson named to Ethics Committee
  • Barbara Smyth to lead Personnel Committee
  • DiScala: ‘Smart money only goes where it is welcome’
  • Wilms announces perfect voting record

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Appointments, Wilms and tax incentives

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Norwalk emails tell hidden tale of ‘POKO’ restart efforts

A 2015 rendering of the planned Wall Street Place.

Updated, 6:33 a.m.: Copy edit

NORWALK, Conn. – E-mails between Norwalk officials, developers, and a developer’s lawyer reveal tensions around the long-stalled Wall Street Place Phase I project, from a “serious issue” stymying Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan in 2016 to his recent anger regarding a non-disclosure agreement.

Most of the emails in the two- to three-inch stack of papers obtained by NancyOnNorwalk through a Freedom of Information Act request were terse communications about setting up meetings in Mayor Harry Rilling’s office. A few were more revealing, illuminating the struggle to convert what many call the “Tyvek building” into the living, breathing life of Wall Street envisioned by City planners back in 2007. Continue reading Norwalk emails tell hidden tale of ‘POKO’ restart efforts

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McClutchy ‘needs to’ take over Wall Street Place while Malloy still governor

Gov. Dannel Malloy joins a host of Norwalk officials in 2014 to mark the beginning of demolition for POKO Partners Wall Street Place. (File photo)

Updated, 2:55 p.m.: Reply from Malloy spokesperson; 11:08 a.m.: Copy edit; 10:10 a.m.: Wilms comment added; 6:06 a.m.: Copy edit

NORWALK, Conn. – A developer who has made large campaign donations to Connecticut Democrats said he needs to take over the stalled Wall Street Place Project while Dannel Malloy is still governor, e-mails obtained by NancyOnNorwalk reveal.  City officials say that’s because the state is willing to “increase its investment” in the project.

In a January 9 e-mail to other City officials, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency director Tim Sheehan wrote: Continue reading McClutchy ‘needs to’ take over Wall Street Place while Malloy still governor

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Republican D’Amelio opens HQ in bid to unseat Duff

NORWALK, Conn. – Republican State Senate candidate Marc D’Amelio opened his campaign headquarters in SoNo on Saturday, sharply criticizing longtime District 25 incumbent Bob Duff.

“He is in charge. He walked step by step, side by side with Dan Malloy and all we know is that this state is not doing well,” D’Amelio said to supporters gathered at 132 Washington St. Continue reading Republican D’Amelio opens HQ in bid to unseat Duff

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Opinon: Spotlighting NPS student inventors

Fostering a healthy spirit for competition inspires students to do their best, while providing valuable skills that will serve them well throughout many aspects of their lives. At NPS, we realize the importance of giving our students the opportunity to enhance critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, NPS students participated in a variety of academic competitions including Invention Convention, the National Geographic State Bee, and the NPS district STEM Expo. Participation in these events represent the district’s commitment to providing rigorous learning opportunities. Continue reading Opinon: Spotlighting NPS student inventors

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Milligan offers to build 2007-era POKO Phase II

A 2007 rendering of “POKO Phase II.”

Updated, 7;12 p.m.: Additional information. Updated 7:34 a.m., 7:51 a.m., 10:05 a.m.: Copy edits, information added

NORWALK, Conn. – The Wall Street Place battle continues, with developer Jason Milligan announcing that he’s willing to build “POKO Phase II” as agreed to years ago, and city officials noting that he has presented no formal plans.

“As ill-conceived as Phase II may be, and with the understanding that there are probably better options for Wall Street and the city, I am nevertheless willing to proceed with the development as approved,” Milligan wrote in a Thursday afternoon email to Redevelopment and the City. Continue reading Milligan offers to build 2007-era POKO Phase II

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Walsh sworn in as Norwalk Deputy Police Chief

James Walsh, left, is sworn in a Norwalk Police Deputy Chief by Mayor Harry Rilling, right, at Norwalk Police headquarters. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — James Walsh was formally promoted to Norwalk Police Deputy Chief on Thursday in a ceremony held in police headquarters.

“It’s always nice when you have an opportunity to promote … from within the ranks of the department,” Mayor Harry Rilling said before administering the oath, calling Walsh “highly respected.”

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Walsh sworn in as Norwalk Deputy Police Chief

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Norwalk ‘reorg’ moves forward, with Parks and Rec under one umbrella

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling talks to Common Council members Wednesday in City Hall. At left is Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King.

Updated, 6:41 a.m., 9:58 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Common Council members on Wednesday moved forward what Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large) described as a “personnel realignment, not a true reorg.”

The Ad Hoc Committee voted four to one to authorize “option 2” from Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed reorganization, which would create a new Department of Public Property and Parks, and keep recreation and parks together under a Chief of Public Works and Operations.  The committee modified the proposal to omit a Chief of Community Service and a Chief of Economic and Community Development. Continue reading Norwalk ‘reorg’ moves forward, with Parks and Rec under one umbrella

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Norwalk political notes: Brinton registers as Republican, FOI tiff

South Norwalk activist Ernie Dumas thanks fellow Democrats on Wednesday for electing him to the Common Council.

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NORWALK, Conn. – Here are your latest Norwalk political items of note:

  • Cavallo hopes Brinton aims for 2019 Republican Mayoral candidate
  • Dumas chosen to replace Bowman
  • Melendez new Dem vice chair; Roberts falls short
  • Asmani’s tenure brief – he’s flying the coop
  • Burney to two critics: ‘No wonder people don’t talk to you’

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Brinton registers as Republican, FOI tiff

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