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Norwalk Council members dig deep into grants role, find hole

Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King speaks to Norwalk Common Council members last week in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s no record of accomplishment for Norwalk’s former grants coordinator.

The news last week that Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Ray Burney had come up blank in a search for year-end reports on Norwalk grant-writing activity drew frustrated remarks from Common Council members.

“We are being asked to do away with a position, in essence, or lessen the position … I am like, where is the function of this position? Why did we waste three years’ worth of salary if nothing was done?” Common Council member Doug Hempstead (R-District D) said at Thursday’s Personnel Committee meeting, where deliberations continued about Mayor Harry Rilling’s request for a communications manager. Continue reading Norwalk Council members dig deep into grants role, find hole

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Duff battles Klarides in Chamber talk about economy

From left, State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114), House Minority Leader and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speak last week at a Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s nothing new about older Connecticut residents moving to Florida, Bob Duff said.

Duff, State Senate majority leader, engaged in a point/counterpoint discussion with House Republican Leader Themis Klarides last week in a Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in the Doubletree Hotel, touching on pension obligations, the bipartisan budget, SEBAC and transportation infrastructure.

“We are on the verge of snapping off and falling into Long Island Sound. I know that Bob Duff is going to say, ‘It’s not that bad.’ It’s that bad. It is,” Klarides said.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story.

Continue reading Duff battles Klarides in Chamber talk about economy

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Smoke from kitchen fire damages Norwalk condo complex

(Norwalk Fire Department)

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

At 1209 hrs. Norwalk fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in a condominium located at 21 West Main St. Upon arrival heavy smoke was observed coming from multiple windows and the main doorway. Continue reading Smoke from kitchen fire damages Norwalk condo complex

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Himes, Blumenthal seek to commemorate Darwin

A statue commemorating Charles Darwin, located in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by Flckr user Chris Glover)

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

 

WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced a bill to commemorate the 209th anniversary of the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 2018. Continue reading Himes, Blumenthal seek to commemorate Darwin

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Opinion: New Rowayton school cafeteria promotes healthy living

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize the parents and staff who championed the completion of a new lunchroom dining environment at Rowayton Elementary School. With the successful renovation of the Rowayton Elementary School cafeteria, students can now enjoy a meal in a bright updated environment, which promotes healthy living and a positive social experience. Continue reading Opinion: New Rowayton school cafeteria promotes healthy living

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

(Norwalk ACTS)

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout out to Norwalk ACTS’ Board Chair Rev. Dr. Lindsay Curtis who received a Tip of the Cap award for education advocacy from ConnCAN (Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) last week. Rev. Curtis has served as the Pastor of the historic, 125-year old Grace Baptist Church in South Norwalk for the past 16 years and was also a founding member of Norwalk ACTS. According to ConnCAN, he was recognized for his dedication and belief that every child should have access to a quality education. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Columbus accepting lottery applications

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

Columbus Magnet School

Now Accepting Applications

 

Next year, Columbus Magnet School will enter its second year of expansion to a K-8 school. A seventh grade will be added in the 2018/2019 school year, and an eighth grade in 2019-20. Continue reading Columbus accepting lottery applications

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SUV hits tree off East Rocks Road

(Norwalk Fire Department)

(Norwalk Fire Department)

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

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a single car motor vehicle accident at 66 East Rocks Road, Friday evening at 11:00pm. The car, a late model Lincoln Navigator SUV left the roadway, struck a tree and landed upright about 30 feet from the road, and 15 feet below the grade of the road. Continue reading SUV hits tree off East Rocks Road

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Exchange Club of Norwalk plans to honor local heroes

From left: Jacob Street (St. Paul’s on the Green, Pillar of Faith), Bob Giolitto (St. Paul’s on the Green, Pillar of Faith), Joseph Dudek (Exchange Club), Thomas Devine (Devine Brothers, Inc., Pillar of Business), Sister Sally Norcross (Pillar of Education), Sister Catherine Sheehy (Absent- Pillar of Education), James Booth (Exchange Club), David Jaeger (Exchange Club), Curtis Law (Pillar of Lifetime Achievement) and Jim Winn (Representing The American Legion, Pillar of Public Service). (Norwalk Exchange Club)

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

 

Exchange Club of Norwalk to Honor Local Heroes

The Exchange Club of Norwalk will be hosting its 2nd Annual Pillars of the Community Recognition Dinner on Saturday February 24th at 6PM at the Norwalk Inn. We will be honoring the achievements of everyday citizens and organizations that make a difference in our community. They do this not because they are asked to, but because they believe in giving back and supporting those in need. The honorees have devoted their time, expertise, and energy to making our community stronger and improving the lives of countless citizens. Continue reading Exchange Club of Norwalk plans to honor local heroes

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Norwalk Democrats defend new ECS formula to unhappy out-of-towners

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), left, answers questions Thursday during a forum on educational funding. At right is Democrats for Education Reform Connecticut State Director Amy Dowell.

Updated, 2:30 p.m.: Video added, Katie Roy explaining ECS. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Bridgeport residents made their way to Norwalk on Thursday to challenge State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) about changes he helped make to education funding in Connecticut.

“We were very disappointed that we were not put into that equation,” said Charles Mebane, decrying no additional funding for charter schools.

The comments came after Connecticut School Finance Project Director Katie Roy detailed changes made during the last legislative session, with a new Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula factored into the biennial budget. Continue reading Norwalk Democrats defend new ECS formula to unhappy out-of-towners

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Economist offers insights to Norwalk crowd

Peter Gioia, vice president of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) speaks Wednesday at a Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce in Norwalk. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — The world economy is booming and Connecticut will benefit, but not as much as it should, an economist said Wednesday.

“We are probably on the cusp of what might be one of the best economic years for the US in 50 years. We are going to have a really, really good 2018 on the national level. The problem for Connecticut is that Connecticut will not fully share in that,” Peter Gioia, vice president of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) said at a Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in the Doubletree Hotel.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story. Continue reading Economist offers insights to Norwalk crowd

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News Junkie: Supreme Court: Connecticut’s education system is flawed, but not unconstitutional

(CT News Junkie file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Connecticut’s education system is imperfect, but not unconstitutional.

The decision may signal the end of 12 years of litigation over whether the state has been providing enough funding for its poorest school districts. Continue reading News Junkie: Supreme Court: Connecticut’s education system is flawed, but not unconstitutional

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