Tyler Skrzypiec empties a filled food waste basket for a resident customer. Blue Earth Compost was started in 2013 in West Hartford with a goal to recycle food waste into soil that can fertilize plants, as opposed to throwing away in a landfill or incinerator. (Cloe Poisson, CTMirror.org)
Food waste is a fact of life. Also a fact is that it’s smelly, wet and heavy. It makes a mess out of the rest of the trash and is generally nasty.
Getting food waste out of the trash may also provide the key to how Connecticut repairs the dated, expensive, fragmented and environmentally fraught waste systems in the state. But the question is whether it makes more sense to get the food out of the waste stream first or whether other parts of the system get fixed first so the food part follows.
Jimmey Shuler gets a COVID-19 vaccination in early March at Brien McMahon High School. (Harold F. Cobin)
Connecticut’s public health department on Tuesday urged medical providers to halt use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine across the state, following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
Norwalk has paused its use of the J&J vaccine, on advice of federal and state officials. “Norwalk Health Department vaccine clinics this week, including tomorrow at Bow Tie Cinemas, will continue uninterrupted, as the Moderna vaccine will be administered,” the City said in a statement.
Zoning Commission Chairman Lou Schulman questions the lighting plan for the Brien MccMahon High School softball field, shown in a photo rendering by Stantec.
NORWALK, Conn. — Somehow, the discussion stemming from years of parental public pleading for an state-of-the-art girls softball field at Brien McMahon High School did not reach the people who would be most affected by the sought-after changes, the people who live across the street.
The Norwalk Zoning Commission has therefore delayed its decision on the proposed field and its 60-foot-tall light poles. Zoners have kept their public hearing open, suggesting that the City show the neighbors other fields, to support the claim that new technology keeps light from spreading to surrounding properties. They also said they wanted to hear from the Board of Education. Continue reading Norwalk defends lights at proposed BMHS softball field
New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) strongly condemns recent anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) violence. The recent shooting of eight people – six of them women of Asian descent – in Atlanta has made this urgent declaration necessary. The racial and misogynist aspects of this crime cannot be ignored. Quakers cannot be silent in the face of anti-AAPI violence or allow anti-Asian bias to permeate our society. Continue reading You can fight anti-AAPI violence
NORWALK, Conn. — The State will probably begin work to bury utility lines on East Avenue this fall, Norwalk Principal Engineer Vanessa Valadares.
The Common Council is set to vote Tuesday on moving ahead with the work, which is connected to the Walk Bridge reconstruction. It’s going to cost the City $7.5 million, but there’s a twist: for the first time, the State is allowing Norwalk to make payments over three years, rather than pay the bill up front. Continue reading Norwalk Council moving East Avenue project forward
Baseball season is here, and thousands of cheering fans are back in the ballparks after a year of empty seats. Most teams, still cautious of the COVID-19 risk, are keeping their stadiums to less than 30% capacityfor now. Only the Texas Rangers packed the ballpark for its home opener on April 5, 2021, a move President Joe Bidencriticized as not being responsible.
Many of these attendance decisions are being made with minimal data about the heightened risk that players and fans face of getting COVID-19 at stadiums or arenas and spreading it the community.
Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods – as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home – were once loaded onto a large container in another country and traveled thousands of miles via ships crossing the ocean before ultimately arriving at your doorstep.
Richard Lemons, executive director for the Connecticut Center for School Change, gives an update on the effort to create a new strategic operating plan for Norwalk Public Schools, Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting.
NORWALK, Conn. — The dates for high school graduations and middle school promotion ceremonies are set, but the exact number of people who will be allowed at each are still up in the air, Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Alexandra Estrella said at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.