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Music and fireworks in the air; a ribbon cutting and a gala fundraiser

The Air National Guard’s Band of the Northeast from the 193d Special Operations Wing in Middletown, Pa., will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Calf Pasture Beach (rain site is Norwalk Concert Hall).

The Air National Guard’s Band of the Northeast from the 193d Special Operations Wing in Middletown, Pa., will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Calf Pasture Beach (rain site is Norwalk Concert Hall).

 

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk takes a break to celebrate the birth of the nation with an Air National Guard Band of the Northeast concert Wednesday night, then music and fireworks over the weekend at Calf Pasture Beach and in Rowayton. Recently, a former Westport restaurant staple celebrated its move to Norwalk, and the Norwalk Senior Center held its annual gala to raise money for its social services.

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Supreme Court Fair Housing ruling can apply to Norwalk

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Attorney Margaret K. Suib is Norwalk’s Fair Housing officer

To the Editor:

As we take note of the many significant decisions recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, let us not forget the important Fair Housing decision from last week (Texas Department Of Housing And Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., June 25, 2015), which affirmed that laws which prohibit discrimination in housing, including the Fair Housing Act, prohibit not just intentional discrimination but also “disparate impact” discrimination e.g. a policy or practice which has a disproportionate and adverse impact on a protected classification (group) of people.

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Perone co-introduces bill to boost state’s economic competitiveness

Chris Perone

Chris Perone

HARTFORD, Conn. – State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) has co-introduced legislation creating a Commission on Economic Competitiveness designed to analyze Connecticut’s business tax policy climate and develop policies that promote economic growth in the state, according to a Tuesday press release.

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Morris: ‘CT has a chance to lead’ with police reform bill

Bruce Morris

Bruce Morris

HARTFORD, Conn. – Calling it a first step in an attempt to prevent police brutality, state Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) in a Monday press release praised the legislature’s approval of bipartisan legislation that mandates body cameras for law enforcement officers throughout Connecticut, increased police training and the appointment of special prosecutors in cases where there is a death that involves an officer and the use of physical force.

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Norwalk political notes: Democratic mechanisms, Republican visits Nathan Hale

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Common Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) shows off the new ballfields at Nathan Hale Middle School. That’s entirely artificial turf, he said. (Photo courtesy Rich Bonenfant)

NORWALK, Conn. – The reason some Norwalk Democrats were against expanding the Democratic Town Committee has to do with at-large candidates, District B Chairman Bruce Morris said.

“You could potentially have at-large candidates that do not come from District A and B,” Morris said, attributing that potential result to mechanics and district boundaries. Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Democratic mechanisms, Republican visits Nathan Hale

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Opponents pummel plan to build ‘conservation development’ on Cranbury’s White Barn property

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Jim Fieber of Special Properties II asserts that his development planned for the White Barn property seeks to balance his rights as a property owner with the needs of the neighborhood.

 

Corrected 1:14 p.m. June 30 to fix spelling of Robin Hogen and Bob Welsh.

NORWALK, Conn. – The development proposed for the White Barn property in Norwalk’s Cranbury section does not meet the standards of a conservation development because it includes a “double dip,” according to an attorney hired by opponents of the plan.

When proponents again pitch their case to the Conservation Commission, they’re going to have to rebut that idea and a whole lot else, given the well-organized assault on the development’s principals that was presented in a public hearing last week – more than 2½ hours’ worth of a 4-hour session, ending at 20 minutes past midnight. That included Environmental Attorney Keith Ainsworth of New Haven, a soil scientist, a civil engineer and a certified ecologist, as well as numerous neighbors and concerned citizens. Continue reading Opponents pummel plan to build ‘conservation development’ on Cranbury’s White Barn property

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Mall developer alerts public to key Norwalk Council meeting

NORWALK, Conn. – Your presence is invited Tuesday in the Common Council chambers, where the Council will allow public comment before shutting out the public to discuss the contract negotiations with mall developer General Growth Properties (GGP) regarding the ins and outs of what can be built on the 95/7 site.

Who’s doing the consciousness raising about the meeting? GGP. Continue reading Mall developer alerts public to key Norwalk Council meeting

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Opinion: There’s plenty of hospital money – it’s about where they spend it

Tom Swan

Tom Swan

Tom Swan is the executive director of the Connecticut Citizens Action Group.

If recent media reports on the impact of the state budget on our hospitals seem familiar, that’s because they are. As they did two years ago, the state’s big hospital conglomerates are crying wolf, even as they keep buying up the state’s health care system and driving up costs. The critical challenge we face is reining in the state’s growing hospital monopolies

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POKO, no loan in hand yet, given more time by Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – Rumors that the city would declare POKO Partners in default of its contract with Norwalk if the developer did not close on its construction loan by Tuesday appear to have been exaggerated.

POKO’s deadline to close on its loan is specified as June 30 in the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) extension that was granted by the Common Council and the Redevelopment Agency in August. Although that is Tuesday, on Monday Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola released this statement: Continue reading POKO, no loan in hand yet, given more time by Norwalk

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Rilling talks DPW, Norwalk development

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling gives an update to the Democratic Town Committee last week on Van Zant Street. At left is Peter Thor; at right is DTC Chairman Ed Camacho.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling gives an update to the Democratic Town Committee last week on Van Zant Street. At left is Peter Thor; at right is DTC Chairman Ed Camacho.

NORWALK, Conn. – More than 25 people have applied to be the new director of the Norwalk Department of Public Works, Mayor Harry Rilling says.

Rilling’s latest update on Norwalk also includes an upbeat assessment of development in the Wall Street area – with a tantalizing hint about a new project percolating elsewhere – and news that the city is figuring out how to buy the First Taxing District’s building next to the Belden Avenue library in order to provide more parking there.  Continue reading Rilling talks DPW, Norwalk development

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Belden Avenue development would offer 69 apartments

NORWALK, Conn. – A development planned to go up next to the Norwalk Public Library would use 16 spaces in the Yankee Doodle Garage to meet all of its parking requirements, according to plans submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department.

The development proposed by 587 Connecticut Ave. LLC would keep the existing bank at 15 Belden Ave. as is and construct a six story apartment building at 11 Belden Ave. The 69 apartments, 40 one-bedroom and 29 studio units, would range in size from 546 to 715 square feet. Continue reading Belden Avenue development would offer 69 apartments

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Watts outlines his strengths as Councilman, with Zullo’s help

NORWALK, Conn. – Compliments from former Mayor Frank Zullo last week prompted Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A) to send a message to a reporter: “I’m no idiot.”

Watts said he has gotten phone calls of support from constituents who say they can’t believe he’s not going to run for re-election, but some people suggested that he’s holding the Democratic Party back and he decided that it’s time to go.

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Norwalk’s GOP state delegation tells town hall attendees Republicans are shut out in Hartford

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Terrie Wood (R-141) talked about the “fury” she has seen this year. Gail Lavielle (R-143) used the term “fiscal horror.” Fred Wilms (R-142) compared the Democratic leadership running the show in Hartford to what it would be like if the Tea Party Republicans ran things in Norwalk.

All this and lots more went down Thursday evening at Norwalk Community College when the three Republican state representatives held a town hall-style meeting that attracted a just over 30 people to talk about their concerns.

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