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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 the Norwalk Housing Authority’s (NHA) STEM Coordinator Sheiree Powell who was asked to present at the National After School Convention (NAA) on one of NHA’s STEM programs, Urban Birding: Scientific Discovery that Protects the Planet. This program allows students in Kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in national research from Cornell University.

Every year, thousands of after school professionals and leaders from all over the United States gather to get inspired, connected, learn and share at the NAA. Of the nearly 170 sessions at NAA, participants rated Sheiree’s workshop on Urban Birding as among the top 35 at the conference. With this recognition, Sheiree has been invited to present as part of the Virtual Convention, as well as being part of NAA’s podcasts and webinars, and submitting contributions to NAA’s e-news and AfterSchool Today magazine. NHA after school programs continue to provide learning and networking opportunities on both a national and local level. The top 35 presenters and honorable mentions will be featured in the NAA’s May e-news. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Time to renew your dog’s license

Any Norwalk dogs who are more than six months old are required to have a dog license.

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

2018 DOG LICENSES

NORWALK— Last year the City of Norwalk issued close to 2700 dog licenses. All of these licenses must be renewed for 2018. Any new dogs over six months of age or currently unlicensed, must also register at this time. Continue reading Time to renew your dog’s license

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Lockwood Mathews showcases Gilded Age collecting

Alfred Bierstadt’s trips west in 1859 and 1863 resulted in grand paintings including his 1867 ten-by-fifteen-foot canvas, Domes of the Yosemite, which LeGrand Lockwood bought for $25,000. Three years later, the painting was translated by German artisans into a popular chromolithograph, a new printing technique that used sequential printing of hand-drawn lithographic stones, each bearing one of the sixteen colors needed to build the image. Produced in large editions, the prints were comparable in price with stereographs and cabinet cards, and sold for few dollars apiece, LMMM Permanent Collections. (Sarah Grote Photography)

Rare gold bracelet with a lock of hair given by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria Adelaide, Princess Royal to her governess Madame Rollande de la Sauge, circa 1850s, private collection. (Sarah Grote Photography)

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Travel photography, maps, rare objects, Victorian era jewelry, and curiosities of the natural world to be featured in new exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

 

Norwalk, Conn. April 27, 2018 – A new exhibit entitled, Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age, curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz will open at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on Wed., July 11, 2018, 12-4 p.m. with a reception on Thurs., July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is included with the Mansion’s tours: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students 8-18 years old/45 minute tour; $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students 8-18 years old/90 minute tour. Reception: $10 non-members, $5 members. Continue reading Lockwood Mathews showcases Gilded Age collecting

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Rilling, King, greet skepticism of proposed Norwalk reorg

The flow chart for the proposed Norwalk government restructuring. New positions are in green.

NORWALK, Conn. – If it’s not broken, break it.

So said Mayor Harry Rilling on Tuesday in explaining the governmental reorganization proposed by his administration Monday, with a hoped-for implementation by July 1.

The plan would give Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King the title she deserves, Chief of Staff, he said, explaining that she functions as a city manager – a role talked about a lot during the last election cycle as independent Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton advocated for a change in Norwalk’s governmental structure. Continue reading Rilling, King, greet skepticism of proposed Norwalk reorg

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Norwalk man sentenced to 41 months in federal prison

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NORWALK MAN SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING COCAINE AND ILLEGALLY POSSESSING GUNS

 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEPHEN MAZZO, 34, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine and illegally possessing firearms.  Judge Bryant also ordered MAZZO to pay a $5,000 fine. Continue reading Norwalk man sentenced to 41 months in federal prison

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Norwalk Housing Authority faces $18 million lawsuit

The Norwalk Housing Authority in January 2016 is shown plans to update Colonial Village, a public housing project, by representatives of Vesta Corporation. (File photo)

Updated, 2 p.m.: PDF added.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Housing Authority is being sued by one of its partners.

The Authority in 2015 chose Vesta Corporation, which manages the Authority’s Monterey Village, to renovate Colonial Village and help it buy Cedar Court. In October, the Authority terminated Vesta as its partner in Colonial Village; Vesta has since sued, claiming a “bait and switch” move subject to a Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice claim and seeking $18 million in damages. Continue reading Norwalk Housing Authority faces $18 million lawsuit

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Funding for Norwalk school projects boosted with state approvals for reimbursements

From left, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142) and State Rep. Terri Wood (R-141) beam Wednesday after passage of a bill to authorize state grant commitments for school building projects. (Rick Joslyn)

NORWALK, Conn. – The state legislature has awarded Norwalk more than $14 million for the Ponus Ridge school construction project.

The $14,395,981 in state reimbursement for Ponus – as quoted in a press release sent late Wednesday on behalf of Norwalk’s Republican state representatives – compares to $13,819,731 projected as reimbursement in February 2017 by Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron. Continue reading Funding for Norwalk school projects boosted with state approvals for reimbursements

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Man accused of sexually abusing Norwalk child

Antonio Lazaro Torres-Rodriguez, 39, with no fixed address. (Norwalk Police)

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 Sex Assault Arrest

On December 22, 2014, Norwalk Department of Police Service received information that Antonio Lazaro Torres-Rodriguez had been sexually abusing a child in Norwalk over a prolonged period of time.

Continue reading Man accused of sexually abusing Norwalk child

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Council moves South Norwalk school plan forward, against objections

Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) objects Tuesday to plans for a land swap, taking open space from South Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Many angry words were spoken at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, most against taking South Norwalk open space land to build a new school but some from a property owner promising to fight eminent domain in the project.

The Council went ahead with all three items regarding construction of the new Columbus School on the Nathaniel Ely property, after a lengthy executive session, on a 12-2-0 vote. Continue reading Council moves South Norwalk school plan forward, against objections

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Rilling proposes Norwalk reorganization

Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King explains changes proposed by Mayor Harry Rilling to Norwalk’s administrative structure, Monday in City Hall.

Updated, 4:51 p.m.: Pdfs of PowerPoint presentation added.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling has proposed a comprehensive reorganization of the city government’s administrative structure, changes said to be unprecedented in modern Norwalk history.

“This is the Mayor’s first proposal of his best effort to attempt to make the city more efficient and to improve communications, find efficiencies both in the amount of time it takes the city to perform its tasks and the amount of money that we spend on doing tasks, and to best use resources that we have,” Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King said Monday to a newly formed Common Council committee, whose members acknowledged that they have a big task ahead of them should they decide to proceed. Continue reading Rilling proposes Norwalk reorganization

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