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Undocumented Norwalk woman fights deportation, drawing local sympathy

A GoFund Me page for Nury Chavarria, in the early morning hours of July 21.

NORWALK, Conn. – Members of Stand Up Norwalk (SUN) on Friday expressed outrage that a Norwalk undocumented immigrant has been ordered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to leave the country.

Nury Chavarria has taken refuge in a New Haven church, according to multiple news reports. She is a single mother with four U.S. citizen children, ages 21, 18, 15, and 9, and works fulltime as a housekeeper, according to a press release sent by the office of U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Continue reading Undocumented Norwalk woman fights deportation, drawing local sympathy

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Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club pumps up the NRVT

Jacqui Dowd, President of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club; Charlie Taney, Executive Director of the NRVT; pictured with members of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club.
(NRVT)

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

 

The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club has donated $2,500 to the Norwalk River Valley Trail’s (NRVT) campaign to create the trail plan for the Ridgefield Ramble, the first two miles of the NRVT in Ridgefield.   The NRVT is now up to $10,000, halfway to the $20,000 goal for the trail plan. Continue reading Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club pumps up the NRVT

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Norwalk Dems endorse Rilling for reelection

Mayor Harry Rilling addresses Norwalk Democrats on Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed Mayor Harry Rilling for reelection Thursday, challenger Bruce Morris’s only non-District B support marked by abstentions.

The vote tally was 41-9-5, with all the votes for Morris, State Representative for District 140, coming from District B.   Continue reading Norwalk Dems endorse Rilling for reelection

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Opinion: Norwalk students deserve excellence

From left, Board of Education member Heidi Keyes. Sarah Lemieux, Barbara Meyer-Mitchell and Common Council member Bruce Kimmel.

Heidi Keyes, Bruce Kimmel, Sarah Lemieux, and Barbara Meyer-Mitchell have been endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee as its slate of Board of Education candidates. 

The Norwalk school system is in the midst of an exciting transformation. A variety of academic programs and initiatives, as well as a comprehensive long-term capital plan, could make our system a model for the state. These developments have inspired us to run for the four at large seats on the BOE this fall. We strongly believe in this transformation and would like to help shape its development. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk students deserve excellence

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Norwalk Dems endorse candidates

From left, Greg Burnett, Diane Lauricella and Barbara Smyth stand to be recognized as at large Common Council candidates at Thursday’s Democratic Town Committee nominating convention in City Hall.

Correction, 12:21 a.m. July 22: Diane Lauricella quote corrected.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats congenially crafted a slate for the fall election Thursday, even as a pair of incumbents were rebuffed.

Neither Board of Education member Shirley Mosby nor Common Council member Steve Serasis came out on top of the voting at the DTC convention in the City Hall community room. Neither showed any outward reaction, leaving at the end of the meeting without comment. Continue reading Norwalk Dems endorse candidates

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Man shot to death in South Norwalk

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

On July 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm, Norwalk Police were dispatched to the area of 236 Ely Avenue for a report of shots fired. Arriving officers found a single male victim suffering life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to the Norwalk Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin. Norwalk Detectives are investigating and the Crime Scene Unit is processing the scene for evidence. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Norwalk Detectives at 203-854-3011. Anonymous tips can be left at any of the below contacts. Continue reading Man shot to death in South Norwalk

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Norwalk debates upping the SoNo affordable housing requirement

Development in the Washington Village area on June 15. In the foreground is the construction on the new Washington Village; in the background is Spinnaker Real Estate Partners’ Maritime Village.

The SoNo Station Design District (SSDD).

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Zoning Commissioners are considering raising the workforce housing requirements near the South Norwalk train station.

The latest draft of new Zoning regulations for the South Norwalk Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district call for doubling the percentage of affordable required in new large apartment buildings, and would make that requirement applicable to more buildings. Continue reading Norwalk debates upping the SoNo affordable housing requirement

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Norwalk urges caution during summer heat

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release:

During the current summer heat wave, the City of Norwalk is reminding people to protect themselves during the extreme heat and seek out options to cool down, such as cooling centers at the public libraries and City hall. “Extreme hot weather can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, young children, and those who work outdoors,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “Remember to take frequent breaks if working outside and drink plenty of water to beat the heat.” Continue reading Norwalk urges caution during summer heat

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Thomson announces bid to be Norwalk mayor

A screengrab from the Lisa for Norwalk website.

Updated, 6:18 p.m.: Comment from Mayor Harry Rilling; updated 5:15 p.m.: Comment from James Cahn; deadline for signatures.

NORWALK, Conn. – Lisa Thomson’s Norwalk mayoral campaign will “focus on protecting neighborhoods, growing the grand list, and professionalizing city government.”

“A firm believer that partisanship is getting in the way of governance, she will petition onto the November ballot as an unaffiliated candidate,” a Tuesday morning press release said, announcing that “18 Year Civic Leader Lisa Brinton Thomson” is running for mayor. Continue reading Thomson announces bid to be Norwalk mayor

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Morris, defying illness, moves ahead with primary challenge to Rilling

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) explains his Norwalk mayoral campaign to District B Democrats on Monday in Calvary Baptist Church.

NORWALK, Conn. – Bruce Morris is moving ahead with a run for mayor, planning on challenging Mayor Harry Rilling in a Democratic primary, in spite of being told by a doctor not to do it.

“After I decided to run for mayor and I was putting all my plans together, I ended up being diagnosed with cancer,” Morris told District B Democrats on Monday. “It was a blip along the road, something unexpected. But I knew I felt led to do, when I made that decision in December and January, it was a self-less decision.”

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Morris, defying illness, moves ahead with primary challenge to Rilling

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Opinion: We are all in this together

Common Council member Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large).

Common Council member Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) is running for the Board of Education.

According to Connecticut state law, all Boards of Education are agencies of the State and have a certain degree of independence from other branches of municipal government. But no city agency, particularly one as large and important as a BOE, is totally independent and separate. This would not only be inefficient and costly, but would probably, over time, diminish the quality of education in any community. That’s why in Norwalk the Mayor is an ex officio member of the BOE.

Nevertheless, I regularly hear Norwalk residents talk about our schools as if they were operating in a void, totally on their own, with little oversight from anyone, including education officials in City Hall. Nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, even though the asbestos abatement project for Cranbury School and the windows replacement project for West Rocks Middle School were devised by the BOE, both required Common Council approval before implementation could begin this summer. Continue reading Opinion: We are all in this together

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Norwalk Dems’ slate lined up for Thursday’s vote

Diane Lauricella, left, addresses District B Democrats on Monday in Calvary Baptist Church. Listening, from left, are Jim Clark and Barbara Smyth.

Updated, 9:14 p.m., videos of Barbara Smyth, Doug Stern and Diane Lauricella added.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats have concluded a somewhat uneven process, recommending candidates for the Democratic Town Committee to endorse Thursday.

Last to vote on candidates was District B, which on Monday defied expectations from above and voted only to recommend people who live in the district. This burned Common Council hopeful Diane Lauricella, a District D resident who was hoping to have B be the one district out of the five recommend her for an at large seat. Continue reading Norwalk Dems’ slate lined up for Thursday’s vote

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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.