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Opinion: Want tolls? Ditch the gross receipts tax on gasoline

In his recent op-ed in support of highway tolls, Richard DeLuca fails to mention or makes just a passing mention of the raiding of gasoline tax revenue,  and totally fails to mention that we have the hidden gas tax called the Gross Receipts Tax or GRT.

The GRT Tax was originally created to award funds for proper clean up of underground gasoline storage tank leaks which if left unchecked would have created an environmental nightmare for Connecticut.  It should also be noted that the industry supported this fund with an all-voluntary board to award those funds. That board went further by punishing those that did not do proper clean-ups or had sloppy record-keeping — in some cases not awarding anything for clean ups.  I know because I was a non-paid member of that board. Continue reading Opinion: Want tolls? Ditch the gross receipts tax on gasoline

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Three more for The SoNo Collection

The SoNo Collection, on Aug. 4.

NORWALK, Conn. – You’ll be able to shop for a good night’s sleep in The SoNo Collection, the mall expected to open in October.

Casper Mattress is among three retailers to have applied to the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department for a tenant fit-up in the mall since the last time NancyOnNorwalk checked in on this process. Also on file Tuesday were iFix Station and Pretzelmaker. Continue reading Three more for The SoNo Collection

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Wall Street music festival, a flea market and an architecture tour

Chris Yerinides & the Rough Edges headline the Wall Street Music Festival on Saturday. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – A Wall Street music festival Saturday, a flea market on Sept. 15 and the Norwalk Preservation Trust’s second annual tour of Norwalk mid-century modern homes on Sept. 22. Continue reading Wall Street music festival, a flea market and an architecture tour

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Norwalk political notes: Action expected for Roselle; TTD and a SoNo bridge strike

A sad situation Tuesday in SoNo.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Roselle optimistic that Rilling will ‘do the right thing’
  • Parkington rescinds resignation from Third Taxing District
  • SoNo over-height vehicle warning system expected next year

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Action expected for Roselle; TTD and a SoNo bridge strike

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Norwalk Council authorizes ‘menacing’ police vehicles

It’s not possible to buy two-tone police cruisers anymore, Deputy Norwalk Police Chief Susan Zecca said Tuesday. The all-black version sneaks up on people, Common Council member Ernie Dumas (D-District B) said.

Updated Aug. 15, photo added; 4:20 p.m.: Video added.

A Norwalk Police vehicle on Quintard Street in 2015.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk citizens who object to black police SUVs will have to voice their concerns to the Police Commission.

The Common Council on Tuesday authorized the purchase and “emergency fit up” of 12 Ford pursuit-rated hybrid police SUVs in a 9-3-0 vote, with a note of controversy as opponents objected to the darkness of the vehicles: entirely black with gold lettering, or black with reflective black lettering. Mayor Harry Rilling, former Norwalk Police Chief, said the appearance of the vehicles is the Police Commission’s purview. Continue reading Norwalk Council authorizes ‘menacing’ police vehicles

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First Taxing District’s drinking water called safe despite ‘low level’ presence of toxic chemical

A slide from a Connecticut Department of Public Health PowerPoint presentation.

Updated, Aug. 14: First Taxing District annual brochure added.

NORWALK, Conn. — You probably have PFAs in your blood.

What are PFAs? You may be thinking Perfectly Fine Asymptomatic Substance. Or Popcorn Facilitated Awful Stuff. The latter is more appropriate as PFAs – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – can be found in the coating inside microwave popcorn bags. They’re toxic and they’ve been discovered by the First Taxing District in two of its five wells, but your drinking water is thought to be safe. Continue reading First Taxing District’s drinking water called safe despite ‘low level’ presence of toxic chemical

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Norwalk election notes: Azima, secure elections and voter registrations

Norwalk tabulators aren’t connected to the Internet, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk election information for you:

  • District A BoE candidate Azima shares credentials
  • Wells: Norwalk electoral process secure from hackers
  • Unaffiliated voters outnumber Democrats

Continue reading Norwalk election notes: Azima, secure elections and voter registrations

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Opinion: The violence paradox

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

It is a deeply uncomfortable fact that inside some humans lies the ability to rationalize the decision to walk into a Walmart or a crowded bar and start firing a wildly lethal weapon indiscriminately, with the goal of ending as many lives as possible. The act of premeditated mass murder – of strangers no less – is something that 99.9 percent of Americans cannot even fathom. But as these slaughters – from Newtown to Orlando to Las Vegas to El Paso and Dayton – continue unabated, we need to start asking questions about what within our own makeup explains this mass shooting epidemic, and what control society has over these outlier actions that seem, with each new mind-bending massacre, less like outliers. The answer is that violence is inside us, but so is the ability to end this epic-scale carnage.

First, we must face a foundational fact – humans are uniquely hardwired for violence. From the beginning of our species, we have shown a propensity to hurt each other at rates to exceed almost any other animal. Our rates of violence over the millennia have gone up and down, but long ago, humans figured out that violence was an effective means of social and economic advancement. Inside our brains are built-in circuits of rage and aggression that trigger under certain circumstances. Some people – like many of these mass shooters – have brains with triggers that flip more easily. Continue reading Opinion: The violence paradox

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Reading the tea leaves on accreditors’ views of plan to merge community colleges

Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, explains budget details to the Board of Regents at a recent meeting. (Kathleen Megan, CTMirror.org)

A letter issued last month by accreditors about the merger the state’s 12 community college into a single statewide institution has prompted a wide array of interpretations from faculty and others who are divided over the controversial plan.

Longtime critics of the merger such as Lois Aime, director of education technology at Norwalk Community College, said it’s “clear that our accrediting body is expressing serious concerns with nearly everything the system has been doing over the past year.” Continue reading Reading the tea leaves on accreditors’ views of plan to merge community colleges

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Norwalk vigil seeks to inspire change at national level

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) leads the Vigil for Lives Lost, Thursday outside City Hall. There would have been double or triple the number of people during another time of year, Duff said.

Suddenly windy weather prompted organizers to suggest that participants raise lit up cell phones instead of candles.

NORWALK, Conn. — More than 120 people gathered Thursday evening at City Hall to honor lives lost last weekend and inspire energy for change.

“We have had shooting after shooting and we have not had action. We need people to come together to demand that we have action,” said State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), who worked with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to organize the Vigil for Lives Lost. “…I appreciate all of you coming out here tonight and saying enough is enough, that we don’t have to live like this.” Continue reading Norwalk vigil seeks to inspire change at national level

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Norwalk Zoning roundup: Pinnacle, BJs and regulation overhaul

“The Village” site, at 272-280 Main Ave. Equipment and pipes are stored on the property; road work has begun in the area. Eversource is doing utility work which has nothing to do with the planned development, Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan said.

NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s some Zoning Commission news for you:

  • The Village expects to move ahead on ‘BJ’s site’
  • Waypointe Pinnacle may be tweaked
  • West Avenue dirt pile diminished, portions heading for NY
  • Zoning regulation overhaul touched upon

Continue reading Norwalk Zoning roundup: Pinnacle, BJs and regulation overhaul

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Norwalk political notes: A Duff forum, no Barbis-NAACP meeting and no primaries

Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams waits for a March Board of Education meeting to begin in City Hall.

Updated, 3:41 p.m.: Forum moved to community room.

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk political happenings:

  • Duff sets up forum on ‘forever chemicals’ found in Norwalk drinking water
  • Penn-Williams: ‘Haven’t heard anything’ about a meeting with Barbis
  • All clear: No Norwalk primaries this year

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: A Duff forum, no Barbis-NAACP meeting and no primaries

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