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‘Different’ Grasso set to reap $3.4M Norwalk contract

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Common Council members are considering biting the bullet and awarding a $3.4 million city contract to a company whose name is, for some people, synonymous with a dishonest way of doing business.

The Grasso Companies LLC appears set to be awarded the lucrative paving contract at Tuesday’s Council meeting. It’s “Grasso” that is the problem: Grasso Commercial LLC, with the same Wilson Avenue address as The Grasso Companies LLC, was on Monday slapped with a $112,001 federal tax lien. The Original Grasso Construction, also with a 314 Wilson Ave. address, currently owes Norwalk $270,590 in property taxes, according to the city’s website and Assistant Tax Collector Al Palumbo. Continue reading ‘Different’ Grasso set to reap $3.4M Norwalk contract

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Norwalk state legislators debate Connecticut’s budgetary problems

NORWALK, Conn. — The pendulum in Connecticut has swung from the suburbs to the cities, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said Saturday, claiming that the state government’s investments in cities are paying off.

The prolonged discussion, at the League of Women Voters’ Pie and Politics event, on the state’s budget included Mayor Harry Rilling asking for an update on efforts to revamp the Educational Cost Sharing formula and possible property tax reform. Continue reading Norwalk state legislators debate Connecticut’s budgetary problems

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YMCA Swamp Romp event provides warmth, despite the cold

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We are beyond thankful for everyone who supported our “ROMPERS” in this year’s Swamp Romp event. On Saturday, March 11th, we saw more than 30 brave individuals jump into the near frozen Kiwanis Pond at the Wilton Family YMCA to benefit the youth from Norwalk, Redding and Wilton! The generosity from these communities allowed us to raise $24,500 in support. Our Rompers raised these funds to support over 3,500 children who participate in year-round programming at the Norwalk YMCA and the Wilton Family Y. Continue reading YMCA Swamp Romp event provides warmth, despite the cold

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Norwalk River Valley Trail, a wedding-related exhibit, art, workshops and forums

Airen Miller’s “UST,” a June 2016 canvas print, is part of an exhibit at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum.

Airen Miller’s “UST,” a June 2016 canvas print, is part of an exhibit at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum.

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. —  A Sheng Zhen Gong workshop; a Syrian refugee and an Iraqi refugee share their experiences; the Norwalk River Valley Trail is finishing the “latest section of the Wilton Loop.”

Also, Slow Art Day; an exhibit highlighting Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s; and a photography exhibit. Continue reading Norwalk River Valley Trail, a wedding-related exhibit, art, workshops and forums

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Norwalk middle school redesign stirs objections anew

Erikson's Stages of Psychological Development clearly show that sixth graders have different needs from seventh and eighth graders, a Norwalk parent said Sunday.

Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development clearly show that sixth graders have different needs from seventh and eighth graders, a Norwalk parent said Sunday.

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s “an unsettling lack of honest discussion”about the developing Norwalk Public Schools middle school redesign, Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon said Sunday.

The Nathan Hale Middle School Governance Council also has concerns and a parent, who asked to remain anonymous, on Sunday questioned the wisdom between mixing sixth graders with seventh and eighth graders, as is planned. Continue reading Norwalk middle school redesign stirs objections anew

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Murphy, Blumenthal, seek Norwalk support for environmental program

NORWALK, Conn. – Time to get involved and fight for Long Island Sound, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday in Norwalk.

Murphy, with a cameo appearance by Blumenthal, urged environmentally conscious people attending a town-hall like meeting in Norwalk’s Harbor View to support The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act. Continue reading Murphy, Blumenthal, seek Norwalk support for environmental program

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Opinion: Trump is dragging us into another war…and no one is talking about it

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

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

Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington has noticed. Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come.

Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, ostensibly to take part in the upcoming assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. News reports suggest this deployment may just be the tip of the iceberg, with some saying that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added to the fight in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret. Continue reading Opinion: Trump is dragging us into another war…and no one is talking about it

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‘Betrayed’ Siegel shares his side of the East Norwalk Library story

East Norwalk Library Association Executive Director Stan Siegel, in 2015. (Archive photo)

East Norwalk Library Association Executive Director Stan Siegel, in 2015. (Archive photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The described East Norwalk “peace in the kingdom” comes with a cost: Stan Seigel feels betrayed, he said.

Siegel fought a battle against the Third Taxing District’s drive to create a master plan for the East Norwalk Library and lost, as he no longer works as the East Norwalk Library Association Executive Director. Siegel was a part-time employee; the East Norwalk Library Board is planning to hire a full-time director with a master’s in library science. Continue reading ‘Betrayed’ Siegel shares his side of the East Norwalk Library story

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to the Norwalk Education Foundation for awarding more than $15,000 in teacher mini grants related to classroom innovation that fosters hands-on learning experiences. This year, special consideration was given to proposals that deal with STEM and student emotional and social well-being. Among the projects funded this year are Makin History Come Alive at Roton Middle School, a Vocabulary Building Trip to Museum of Natural History for students at Brien McMahon High School and a marine biology program for Kindergartners at Fox Run.  Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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CTNJ/Opinion: It’s time for Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Compact

Jonathon Perloe.

Jonathon Perloe

Jonathan Perloe is a spokesperson for National Popular Vote CT, a grassroots movement advocating for adoption of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact by the Connecticut General Assembly.

Having seen the loser of the national popular vote win the White House in two of the last five presidential elections, I’ve been aware for years of the inequity of the current winner-take-all system of assigning states’ electoral votes. But winner-take-all does a disservice even when it “works,” that is, when the Electoral College winner is also the candidate for whom the most ballots were cast. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: It’s time for Connecticut to join the National Popular Vote Compact

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CTNJ/Opinion: Proposed Husky cuts could have a devastating impact on patients in need

Craig Glover is CEO of Norwalk Community Health Center in Norwalk. Ludwig Spinelli is CEO of Optimus Health Care in Bridgeport. Both are members of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.

As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year’s budget proposal. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Proposed Husky cuts could have a devastating impact on patients in need

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CTNJ/Opinion: It’s way past time for tolls

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

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

I was going through some old posts the other day and found one about the legislature considering putting up tolls on the highways to help pay for transportation. It was from 2007. Maybe — just maybe — they’re finally getting ready to do it this year. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: It’s way past time for tolls

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NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

About Nancy

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.