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U.S. Sen. Murphy: Chavarria can stay

A protester at Sunday’s rally in New Haven. (Photos by Myska Lopaur and Paul Cantor)

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

 

HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement on Wednesday after an immigration court granted Norwalk resident Nury Chavarria a stay of deportation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreed to end removal efforts. The stay allows Chavarria to remain in the country while the court considers new evidence in her case. ICE had planned to deport Chavarria to Guatemala last week. Murphy sent a letter to ICE urging discretion in her case and called ICE to urge delay of any deportation proceeding. Murphy, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) visited Chavarria in New Haven last week at the church where she was taking sanctuary. Continue reading U.S. Sen. Murphy: Chavarria can stay

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‘Rowayton Cowboy’ files FOI request, accusing Norwalk officials of racketeering

An image included in a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Scott Merrell to Norwalk Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling and one of his competitors agree on a significant issue, though one a mayor has little power over.

Neither Rilling nor Scott Merrell, also known as the “Rowayton Cowboy,” approve of Connecticut’s reliance on property taxes.

The thoughts of Merrell, who has filed papers to run for both Norwalk mayor and Connecticut governor, are peppered throughout a Freedom of Information Act request delivered to the city on July 3 and titled “F.O.I.A.-REQUEST: Dr SCOTT P. MERRELL DECLARATION OF CANIDACY {sic} FOR MAYOR OF NORWALK, CONNECTICUT: 2017” Continue reading ‘Rowayton Cowboy’ files FOI request, accusing Norwalk officials of racketeering

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Norwalk Republicans endorse Conroy for mayor

NORWALK, Conn. – Andy Conroy took the Republican nomination for Norwalk mayor on Monday, emphasizing fiscal responsibility in tough times and talking party politics.

Conroy, Norwalk Republican Town Chairman, accepted the nomination in a meeting attended by 56 of the RTC’s 81 members, becoming the party’s standard bearer in an attempt to unseat Democratic Incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling, who is seeking a third two-year term. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans endorse Conroy for mayor

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Norwalk Republicans endorse slate for fall election

Norwalk Police Detective Mark Suda, Norwalk’s Officer of the Year in 2016, was endorsed Monday as a Common Council candidate by Norwalk Republicans. (File photo by Harold Cobin)

Correction, 1:20 p.m.: Tom Donaher, not Donahue.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Republicans unveiled a slate of candidates Monday, to the approval of their mayoral candidate.

“I can’t think of a better set of candidates that I am running with here on the Republican platform. I am thrilled to death,” Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy said, after accepting the nomination for mayor. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans endorse slate for fall election

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Norwalk election: Thomson moves ahead; Dems aim for primaries

Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells explains election issues last week at the Democratic Town Committee nominating convention in City Hall.

Update, 2:25 p.m. press release from Thomson campaign; Correction/update, 12:13 p.m.: Third Taxing District, not sixth; Galen Wells spoke about Barbara Meyer Mitchell; Meyer Mitchell added to Working Families list; comment added from Manny Langella; lead photo changed.

NORWALK, Conn. — Here are the latest developments in Norwalk’s upcoming election:

  • Thomson turns in petitions to run for mayor
  • Mosby to challenge endorsed Dems for BoE seat
  • Morris get petitions for mayoral primary
  • A fight for District A & B Democratic Council candidacies
  • Lauricella aims for primary in bid for Council at large candidacy
  • Working Families set to endorse candidates
  • Dems set to challenge Yost in Third Taxing District
  • Dem thoughts on endorsed candidates

Continue reading Norwalk election: Thomson moves ahead; Dems aim for primaries

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‘Rowayton Cowboy’ makes public appearance in pursuit of elected office

Updated, 1:30 p.m.: Merrell has filed papers to run in Norwalk. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Scott Merrell’s bid for the Republican Norwalk mayoral candidacy took a major hit Monday as Norwalk Republicans refused to consider him.

Merrell, known as the Rowayton Cowboy, tried to nominate himself but former State Rep. Larry Cafero (R-142), running the Republican Town Committee’s nominating convention, informed him that it wasn’t possible. Continue reading ‘Rowayton Cowboy’ makes public appearance in pursuit of elected office

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Norwalk Fire Department collecting school supplies through Aug. 4

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

The Norwalk Fire Department is collecting backpacks and schools supplies for the Norwalk Human Services Council.

The Community Prevention Task force, a program of the Human Services Council, is proud to support the Tenant Associations of Meadow Gardens, Roodner Court and Washington Village, in their efforts to provide backpacks and school supplies for their school age residents.

Donations can be dropped off at the Norwalk Fire Dept Headquarters at 121 Connecticut Ave during the week and weekends through August 4th. Continue reading Norwalk Fire Department collecting school supplies through Aug. 4

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Report studies racial disparities in Norwalk Police traffic stops

An excerpt from the Central Connecticut State University July Traffic Stop Analysis.

Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The reason Norwalk police pull over a disproportionately large number of minorities for traffic stops is linked to the specific area they are most patrolling, researchers say.

The researchers’ report that one Norwalk police officer is responsible for 502 tickets from October 2014 to September 2015, 10 percent of the total stops, is not surprising given the officers have specific duties, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said.
Continue reading Report studies racial disparities in Norwalk Police traffic stops

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Rilling joins 200 in New Haven to support deportation-eluding Norwalk mom

A mural in support of Nury Chavarria, a Norwalk mother and undocumented immigrant who has taken sanctuary in a New Haven church rather than leave the country, as she was ordered to by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). rePublicArt worked with Haley Chavarria, 9, and vigil attendees to make the large protest banner for her mother, Chavarria. The mural, styled after the work of artist Diego Rivera and created by a Spanish language class, was appropriated for the vigil. It will temporarily be installed at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal church, New Haven. (Photos by Myska Lopaur and Paul Cantor)

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling adds to a mural in support of Nury Chavarria, while attending Sunday’s vigil in New Haven. (Photos by Myska Lopaur and Paul Cantor)

 

Updated, 5:47 p.m.: Caption of photo expanded to explain who made the mural.

NORWALK, Conn. – Nury Chavarria is an undocumented immigrant and mother of four who has lived and worked in Norwalk for 24 years.

And in the view of New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and the more than 200 people who showed up with them Sunday night for a hastily organized candlelight vigil, she should still be living at home with her children.  Continue reading Rilling joins 200 in New Haven to support deportation-eluding Norwalk mom

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Eric Frank, 29, arrested, charged with crack possession, assault on Norwalk Police

Eric Frank, 29, of 15 Freedman Drive. (Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release:

On July 22, 2017, at approximately 9:00 p.m. members of the Special Services Division with assistance from the Patrol Division arrested Eric Frank. Acting on information that Frank was selling crack cocaine within the City of Norwalk, an undercover officer contacted Frank to set up a controlled purchase of crack cocaine. The transaction was set to take place in the Best Buy parking lot on Connecticut Avenue. When Frank arrived, officers attempted to detain him; however, Frank resisted and a struggle ensued. Even after being handcuffed, Frank continued to resist violently, including by kneeing an officer in the groin. After Frank was subdued, officers recovered approximately 3.53 gram of crack cocaine that was concealed in the front of his pants. Officers conducted field tests of the crack cocaine seized and it tested positive for the presence of cocaine and Fentanyl. Continue reading Eric Frank, 29, arrested, charged with crack possession, assault on Norwalk Police

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Opinion: Connecticut getting stronger and moving forward

{Courtesy State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25)}

State Sen. Bob Duff.

July has brought some much welcome economic news. From a positive jobs report and improved state business rankings, to a ‘hiring frenzy’ at Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney and Indeed, it is clear that we are witnessing some positive momentum. We have more work to do but there are encouraging signs. Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut getting stronger and moving forward

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to The Marvin’s intergenerational program Under One Roof, which is celebrating 20 years of enriching the lives of both seniors and preschool children by providing core services for living and learning. Based in East Norwalk, The Marvin is a national model, offering affordable housing and support services to 195 seniors who interact regularly with 3- and 4-year olds attending Marvin’s full-day school readiness preschool program, as well as 2nd and 4th graders who visit from Marvin Elementary School. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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