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Norwalk Council studies noise issue

Common Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E), left; Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), right. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk would be ahead of Connecticut’s curve if Common Council move ahead with their current thinking on a target-specific noise ordinance.

The Council Ordinance Committee is beginning its discussion next month with the thought of limiting noise from SoNo commercial establishments to 45 decibels at night, and redefining what is considered “night.” This was the recommendation they got from Charles Shamoon, Assistant Counsel at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, but not standard procedure in Connecticut. Continue reading Norwalk Council studies noise issue

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Opinion: Connecticut lawmakers try to silence public debate

During this time of extreme and, at times, violent political activism some lawmakers in Connecticut are trying to silence public debate by exposing private citizens’ information.

House Bill 5589 requires the state government to publish an online database identifying people, the cause(s) they support, and where they live. Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut lawmakers try to silence public debate

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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 Ailish Dennigan, a Food Corps Service Member, serving with Norwalk Grows, for spearheading the effort to obtain a Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry grant to pilot an alternative breakfast delivery model through the Breakfast in Classroom Program at Brookside Elementary School. The pilot will run from early May through the end of the school year. Brookside students, 64 percent of which are eligible for Free or Reduced Price (FRP) Lunch, already receive lunch bags in the cafeteria, but now they will also pick up breakfast each morning and bring it into the classroom. Research shows that increased school breakfast program participation is associated with better academic test scores, daily attendance, and class participation, as well as reductions in student absences and tardiness.

Shout Out to Connecticut students whose graduation rates reached an all-time high during the 2015-2016 school year, hitting 87.4 percent. Connecticut students continue to graduate high school within four years at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 83.2 percent.  Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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CTNJ/Opinion: Drastic times – let towns have their own sales taxes

Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is managing editor of The Berkshire Edge in Great Barrington, Mass.

In an effort to fill a projected yawning gap in the upcoming biennial budget, lawmakers in Hartford continue to consider a wide variety of revenue enhancement options. In my last column, we explored the proposed plastic-bag tax. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Drastic times – let towns have their own sales taxes

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CTNJ/Opinion: Malloy bows out, and 2018 is wide open

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

You could hear the sighs of relief from state Democratic headquarters all the way from Massachusetts. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday that he will not, in fact, be seeking a third term, setting off what’s bound to be a wide open race in 2018. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Malloy bows out, and 2018 is wide open

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NPS holds itself to account for state

Testing and Evaluation Specialist Diane Filardo speaks to the Norwalk Board of Education last week in City Hall. (A screen capture from the Norwalk Public Schools video.)

NORWALK, Conn. — A look at Norwalk students’ achievement was presented to the Board of Education this week.

Connecticut issued an accountability plan for the first time a year ago, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said. At that point, the data was all about state assessment testing but now, for the first time, there’s a look at growth, he said, describing the 2015-2016 accountability report as “comprehensive.” Continue reading NPS holds itself to account for state

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Opinion: What’s driving up your property taxes and forcing teacher layoffs

Suzanne Bates.

The retirement security of our teachers and the health of the state budget are both at risk because the teachers’ pension system is in such bad shape. The growing cost of this system is also stopping money from getting to classrooms and kids. 

How bad is it? Gov. Malloy wants to shift one-third of the costs onto municipalities in order to help the state’s balance sheet. In response, teacher layoffs and/or property tax increases have been threatened across the state.  Continue reading Opinion: What’s driving up your property taxes and forcing teacher layoffs

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NPS told to prepare for ‘significant’ layoffs

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, left, attends a Board of Education meeting in June. (File photo)

Updated 6 p.m., comment from Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools are preparing for a significant reduction in force on July 1, as the Norwalk Federation of Teachers has rejected a move to a state health insurance policy, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Thursday.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, in a Thursday statement, said teachers have historically worked with NPS to address budgetary concerns, and accused the BoE of mismanagement. Continue reading NPS told to prepare for ‘significant’ layoffs

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Norwalk Zoning approves ‘The Village’ for ‘BJ’s site’

A rendering of “The Village.”

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Zoning Commission on Wednesday approved the application for The Village, planned for the property commonly called “the BJ’s site,” with a 5-2 vote.

The majority of the Commissioners felt that the traffic situation for the development had been sufficiently addressed, said Commissioner Galen Wells, who voted for the project. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning approves ‘The Village’ for ‘BJ’s site’

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Norwalk officials remain confident that Ryan Park will be upgraded, pollution addressed

The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency has scheduled a meeting to discuss Ryan Park.

NORWALK, Conn. — There’s contamination more than 10 feet below Ryan Park, a team of licensed environmental professionals said, in summarizing their Phase III environmental study.

Weston & Sampson’s full report is not yet available to the public, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Senior Project Manager Susan Sweitzer said last month. On Wednesday, she said further questions can be addressed at a public meeting to be held at 6 p.m. April 27, in the Choice Neighborhood Initiative office at 149 Water St. Continue reading Norwalk officials remain confident that Ryan Park will be upgraded, pollution addressed

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Norwalk Community Health opens dental clinic

NORWALK, Conn. — Area politicians joined Norwalk Community Health Center leaders Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the center’s new Medical Mobile Unit and Dental Suite.

“The Dental Suite is projected to serve more than 500 low-income children and adults in just its first year,” a press release from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said. Continue reading Norwalk Community Health opens dental clinic

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Norwalk BoE floats threat of ‘painful’ layoffs

Norwalk Board of Education Vice Chairman Mike Barbis.

NORWALK, Conn. — Switching to the state’s health insurance plan, CT Partnership 2.0, could solve the Norwalk Board of Education’s financial dilemma, BoE members said Tuesday.

Not switching would mean more than 75 Norwalk Public Schools employees would be out of a job, they said. Continue reading Norwalk BoE floats threat of ‘painful’ layoffs

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Norwalk Council moves hotel-less SoNo Collection to next step

(Graphic by Harold Cobin)

An updated rendering of The SoNo Collection, with the old rendering showing a hotel in the upper right hand corner.

Updated, 6:50 p.m., a graphic and GGP handouts added. 

NORWALK, Conn. — Flexibility is key in the changing retail business, GGP Senior Developer Doug Adams said Monday, in defending a proposed change to the language for The SoNo Collection.

Common Council members, asked to begin the process of excising the hotel planned for the proposed mall, zeroed in on what Adams called a “clarification” of high end anchor.

Harold Cobin video of entire meeting at end of story Continue reading Norwalk Council moves hotel-less SoNo Collection to next step

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