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City should OK mall plan to allow developer to meet timeline

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Clay Fowler is chairman and CEO Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC

To the Editor,

We wholeheartedly support Senator Duff’s appeal to the City of Norwalk to move this project expeditiously through the approval process. As SoNo’s largest property owner, we believe the SoNo Collection will enhance the community and create value for the city, its residents, local businesses and stakeholders.

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Watts taking aim at Barbis in primary-heavy Norwalk

A Monday evening Facebook Post from Norwalk Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A).

A Monday evening Facebook Post from Norwalk Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A).

Updated 11:35 a.m. Aug. 4 with District E Co-Chairwoman Nora King’s comment.

NORWALK, Conn. – It does indeed appear that there will be “primaries all over the city” as David Watts (D-District A) complained last month, but it’s not Mayor Harry Rilling who is behind them.

Watts, who in announcing the possibility of a mayoral run said Rilling was forcing “primaries all over the city” to replace some candidates with people he prefers, is now looking for a candidate to primary incumbent Board of Education member Mike Barbis (D-District E). That primary would be in addition to the one expected in Watts’ own District A, which he is largely responsible for, and in District B, where incumbent Councilman Travis Simms is seeking to get on the ballot in the fall and Migdalia Rivas will duke it out with Erik Anderson for the BoE seat.

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Norwalk Council members’ attendance surveyed – again

The Norwalk Common Council Republican caucus enjoys a lighthearted moment recently before heading into an executive session to discuss the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the 957 site.

The Norwalk Common Council Republican caucus enjoys a lighthearted moment recently before heading into an executive session to discuss the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the 95/7 site. From left are Council members Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), Glenn Iannaccone (R-At Large), Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), Michelle Maggio (R-District C), David McCarthy (R-District E), Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) and Doug Hempstead (R-At Large).

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s an election on the way and NancyOnNorwalk thought it time to update the record of Norwalk Common Council members attendance at committee meetings throughout their current two-year term.

NoN surveyed the city’s minutes to come up with the following scorecard: Continue reading Norwalk Council members’ attendance surveyed – again

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Stealth campaigns, broken robots, bad bookkeeping and a caring cop

wanna knowNORWALK, Conn. – So today we begin with something you should know, and some folks have suggested, sort of, they wanna know:

Why hasn’t NancyOnNorwalk offered up more background information on District A Democrat-endorsed candidates Nicol Ayers (Board of Education), and Rhonda Teel and Jalin Sead (both Council)?

The answer, of course, is that we have been struggling to find information, including simple contact information for two of the three.

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Opinion: Reforming Connecticut’s juvenile incarceration facilities and policies

Christopher Lyddy & Julian Ford

Christopher Lyddy and Julian Ford

Christopher Lyddy is a licensed clinical social worker and the chief operating officer of Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. He previously served two terms as a state representative for Newtown in the Connecticut General Assembly. Julian Ford is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Sexual abuse. Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Neglect. Sex Trafficking. Community violence. Violent deaths of family and friends. This is just a partial list of the traumas that many — if not most — youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system in Connecticut have experienced in their short lives.

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Today in the state…

Conn. Capitol

It’s happening in Hartford.

Blumenthal, Murphy: No background check, no gun sale: Connecticut’s U.S. Senators called for stricter gun laws Monday, demanding that gun dealers across the country refuse to sell the hardware before a background check is completed.

 

State on track to end 2015 in the red:  Connecticut is on track to end fiscal year 2015 with a $70.9 million deficit, according to state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.

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Opinion: An impressive record

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel

Updated 11:37 p.m.

Bruce Kimmel is a Democratic  at-large member of the Common Council and a candidate for re-election.

​Every two years, as the municipal election campaign kicks into higher gear and the partisan rhetoric heats up, we begin to hear and read queries such as, “What has the Mayor accomplished?” It’s not an easy question to answer for any Mayor, whether Republican or Democrat, because of the nature of our local political system, particularly the Common Council.

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Editorial: No more hiding for elected, appointed officials

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.

NancyOnNorwalk’s stated mission is to shine a light on Norwalk’s government, to let taxpayers and voters know how their government is functioning, how it is spending their money and how the elected and appointed representatives and taxpayer employees are behaving in the performance of their duties – in the names of the taxpayers.

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Norwalk Public Schools promotes one, loses another

 Joseph Russo, shown giving a presentation to the Board of Education in 2013, has been named Norwalk’s Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services.


Joseph Russo, shown giving a presentation to the Board of Education in 2013, has been named Norwalk’s Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services.

NORWALK, Conn. – Joseph Russo, who has been a part of the Norwalk Public Schools system for four years, has been named Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services, effective Aug. 1. Russo will lead the department responsible for overseeing Special Education services in Norwalk Public Schools, while the search is underway for a permanent director.

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Norwalk harbor keepers call Veteran’s Park $1.1M dock plan ‘silly’

The existing Veterans Park dock left; the planned replacement, right.

The existing Veterans Park dock left; the planned replacement, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – A whopping 122 piles would be used to give the Veteran’s Park boat docks the super strength needed to withstand a 100-year storm – even in the unlikely scenario that there were boats tied to every slip – in a plan being considered by the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission.

“This seems like overkill to me, unless there is a plan to do something much larger than those docks,” NHMC Chairman Jose Cebrian said at a recent Commission meeting, where a plan to make the parking lot was also considered. The two projects add up to a $2.1 million price tag. Continue reading Norwalk harbor keepers call Veteran’s Park $1.1M dock plan ‘silly’

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Norwalk District A Dems want answers; ‘super slate’ forming

Nicol Ayers, left, tells Norwalk District A Democrats why she should be chosen as a Board of Education candidate.

Nicol Ayers, left, tells Norwalk District A Democrats on July 22 why she should be chosen as a Board of Education candidate. Listening are Acting Fire Marshal Broderick Sawyer, center, and Jalin Sead, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – The developments in District A are disappointing and unfair, said one Norwalk Democrat whose vote was ignored.

Another district member fruitlessly continued to seek information about the candidates chosen by five Democratic Town Committee members.

Meanwhile, the jilted trio of candidates supported by the district membership has formed a “super slate,” with papers ready to be submitted Monday. Continue reading Norwalk District A Dems want answers; ‘super slate’ forming

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Opinion: Beware the devil you don’t know

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.

In most places, the summers are slim pickins’ for state political junkies. And truth be told, except for the lively mayor’s race in Hartford, it’s pretty slow here in Connecticut as well — even with the party conventions, caucuses, and primaries.

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NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

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.