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Norwalk officials announce: New rules for Jefferson Elementary

The plan for Jefferson Elementary School.

NORWALK, Conn. — Children will no longer have to cross a busy road to get to Jefferson Elementary School, under a plan developed by Norwalk Public Schools.

Officials met Wednesday morning with the press to share the new idea – having school staff park in the Grandview Avenue parking lot and using the Bedford Street lot for what Jefferson Principal Nicholas Brophy described as a coordinated, “stricter operation” to assist parents in dropping off and picking up their children. Continue reading Norwalk officials announce: New rules for Jefferson Elementary

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DiScala not set to ‘buy city lot for $1,’ Norwalk officials say

A November rendering of the developing plan for Head of the Harbor North.

NORWALK, Conn. — A recent editorial by independent mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton Thomson expressed concern regarding a potential sweetheart deal for a developer.

“The administration is trying to give away a city parking lot on Main Street for $1, while paying double fair market value for another lot a half mile away,” Thomson wrote.

NancyOnNorwalk inquired with multiple Norwalk officials who said an agreement with a developer is still under consideration for a Main Street parking lot, as reported by NoN in January, with no definitive plan yet. Continue reading DiScala not set to ‘buy city lot for $1,’ Norwalk officials say

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News Junkie: Democrats will release a budget; Republicans will revise

HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic legislative leaders exited a meeting with Republican legislative leaders and said they expect to release a budget proposal Wednesday that includes a sales tax increase.

The budget Democratic legislative leaders will release Wednesday would increase the sales tax from 6.35 percent to 6.85 percent. Continue reading News Junkie: Democrats will release a budget; Republicans will revise

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Free Google workshop for businesses Thursday

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

Norwalk, CT  – Mayor Rilling and his economic development director have teamed up with Contagious Media of Newtown to offer a FREE workshop for businesses.  The workshop will walk participants through the various Google tools and will help owners get their businesses online so that customers can find them on Google Search and Maps.   Continue reading Free Google workshop for businesses Thursday

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Norwalk Zoners greenlight medical marijuana dispensaries

The Norwalk Business 1 Zone is shown in blue in this map provided by the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department.

NORWALK, Conn. — The moratorium on dispensing medical marijuana in Norwalk is set to end on Oct. 30.

That’s only in a certain area; a prospective marijuana dispensary will need to apply to the Zoning Commission for a special permit, under the resolution unanimously approved last week by the Commission. Continue reading Norwalk Zoners greenlight medical marijuana dispensaries

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Conroy ‘aims for victory’ against ‘rudderless Rilling’

Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Republican mayoral candidate Andy Conroy is dropping other responsibilities to focus on his campaign to unseat “rudderless” Mayor Harry Rilling, he said.

Conroy said Sunday that he had resigned from the Zoning Board of Appeals to avoid the inappropriate behavior of criticizing a mayor he is serving under. On Monday, the Republican Town Committee, in a press release that offered Conroy’s first sharp criticisms of Rilling, announced that Conroy was temporarily stepping down as RTC Chairman. Continue reading Conroy ‘aims for victory’ against ‘rudderless Rilling’

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HFFC was ready to rock with the solar eclipse

John Levin, left, soaks in the solar eclipse Monday at The SoNo Seafood dock during a Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) party.

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The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County held its weekly Eclipse Watch Party yesterday afternoon, Aug. 21, at The Sono Seafood Restaurant, on Water Street in Norwalk.

There were a few surprises. After all that hype, the Eclipse actually showed up.  Why is that a surprise? Well, we rely on folks like scientists, NASA astrophysicists, engineers and so forth, to inform us about these things. And if we can’t rely on them for being truthful and accurate about things like climate change, why in the heck should we trust them for an Eclipse? Huh? Continue reading HFFC was ready to rock with the solar eclipse

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POCD effort to pioneer new Norwalk outreach methods

The Norwalk Plan of Conservation and Development Oversight Committee meets last week in City Hall.

A drafted logo for the Norwalk Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) effort. “I think the phrase ‘Norwalk Tomorrow’ is really a perfect phrase,” Mayor Harry Rilling said. “But that’s for this group to decide.”

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s an opportunity to change the way Norwalk does outreach, Norwalk officials said about the need to build a new Norwalk master plan.

“We want people to be answering surveys, commenting (online) on documents, maybe doing blog entries and having a voice in the process without necessarily having to show up” at meetings in City Hall, Redevelopment Agency Director of Community Development Planning Tami Strauss said last week – at a City Hall meeting with a lot of Committee members and two people from the community in the audience. Continue reading POCD effort to pioneer new Norwalk outreach methods

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News Junkie: Legislative leaders say sales tax increase will be part of final budget

HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic legislative leaders said they’re getting close to a budget deal that will raise the sales tax, but not as much as 6.99 percent.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, whose caucus released a budget at the end of June that increased the sales tax from 6.35 percent to 6.99 percent, said Thursday that he thinks it will be higher than 6.35 percent, but lower than 6.99 percent. Continue reading News Junkie: Legislative leaders say sales tax increase will be part of final budget

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What you need to know about Monday’s solar eclipse

The expected path of Monday’s solar eclipse. (NASA)

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

Tempting as it may be during Monday’s solar eclipse, do NOT look straight at the sun – even if you’re wearing sunglasses. Continue reading What you need to know about Monday’s solar eclipse

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Norwalk finance director illuminates details of Malloy’s latest order

A chart provided by Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron illustrates changes in state funding, as provided by Gov. Dannel Malloy’s executive order.

NORWALK, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy has provided education funding to Norwalk by eliminating funding to the city, Finance Director Bob Barron said Saturday.

“We’re not even close to being out of the woods here,” Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said in response to the Saturday email from Barron. Continue reading Norwalk finance director illuminates details of Malloy’s latest order

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Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.