Opinion: Remembering Memorial Day

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25).

I’d like to take a moment to share with you a subject that is not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about Memorial Day, and being an American.

Memorial Day is this Monday. Originally called “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to America. Continue reading Opinion: Remembering Memorial Day


Please join Nancy and the NoN Board of Directors this Sunday

NancyOnNorwalk needs your help. Nancy is valiantly carrying on NoN alone after her husband’s (and editor’s) recent passing, despite great personal hardship and health challenges. NoN is a vital resource which keeps us informed of Norwalk’s political and civic goings on. Won’t you please join us for food and refreshments to help support Nancy Chapman’s work? Continue reading Please join Nancy and the NoN Board of Directors this Sunday


Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to Social Venture Partners (SVP) Connecticut, Fairfield County Community Foundation, and to the SoNo Public Library for hosting a panel discussion on early childhood education this past Monday. The panel was designed to feature leaders in the Early Childhood Education field as they discussed ways in which nonprofit, government, and community-level initiatives are working to prepare all children for kindergarten. Continue reading Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs


CTNJ/Opinion:  Roger Ailes left an indelible mark on TV journalism – unfortunately

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who teaches courses in journalism, media literacy, and AP English Language & Composition at Haddam-Killingworth High School. 

If Facebook has taught me anything, it’s that thoughtful political debate is an endangered species. People now just dig in their heels, broadcast their opinions, and don’t budge an inch. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion:  Roger Ailes left an indelible mark on TV journalism – unfortunately


CTNJ/Opinion:  The unions are trapped

Susan Bigelow

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

State employee union leaders came to an agreement with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on a package of concessions that would, among other things, freeze wages, ask active employees to pay more into their 401(k)s, require furlough days, and increase insurance premiums. It’s a lot to bear. But what are they going to do? Strike? Get laid off? Go down with the ship? Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion:  The unions are trapped


Norwalk mayoral field widens, as Conroy announces run

Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy.

NORWALK, Conn. —Norwalk Republicans have put forth a challenger for Mayor Harry Rilling – their chairman, Andy Conroy.

Conroy filed papers to run for mayor Friday, he said. Former City Clerk Ellen Wink has been saying that she will also file papers, he said. Continue reading Norwalk mayoral field widens, as Conroy announces run


Rilling’s son arrested; confesses to opioid addiction

Stephen Rilling. (Courtesy Fairfield Police)

Updated, 10:30 p.m.: Information added.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Police Det. Stephen Rilling, the son of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, was arrested Friday and charged with evidence tampering, Fairfield Police say.

Mayor Rilling released a statement saying that he is standing by his son, who he said has become addicted to prescription pain medication. Continue reading Rilling’s son arrested; confesses to opioid addiction


Milligan, Norwalk Library Foundation, set to tangle in court

Apartments would be constructed in the lot next to the Norwalk Public Library, in a plan developed by Jason Milligan and approved by the Zoning Commission. The Norwalk Public Library Foundation and S&E Properties have appealed the Commission’s decision.

NORWALK, Conn. – An appeal challenging the construction of apartments next to the Norwalk Public Library is going to court next week, despite efforts to negotiate a settlement.

The Common Council on Tuesday cancelled its executive session regarding a purchase option that would have settled the lawsuit filed by the Norwalk Public Library Foundation, an appeal of the Zoning Commission’s approval of Jason Milligan’s plan to build apartments at 15 Belden Ave. Continue reading Milligan, Norwalk Library Foundation, set to tangle in court


Time to keep pets legal; donations sought to restore historic Nathan Hale monument

Has your puppy turned six months old since the snow melted? If he has, he needs a dog license.

NORWALK, Conn. —  Here’s a roundup of contemporary Norwalk happenings:

  • Time to get your dog licensed
  • Animal Control offers low-cost rabies shot clinic
  • Money sought for Nathan Hale fountain
  • Firefighter promoted to lieutenant

Continue reading Time to keep pets legal; donations sought to restore historic Nathan Hale monument


CHRO dismisses Mosby complaint

John Mosby watches a Norwalk Board of Education meeting in February, in City Hall.

Updated, 2 p.m.: Comment from Jeff Spahr and PDFs added.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities has dismissed John Mosby’s latest complaint against the Norwalk Board of Education.

“There is no reasonable possibility that investigating the complaint will result in a finding of reasonable cause,” CHRO states in its May 17 Case Assessment Review, of the complaint inspired by a Dec. 28 NancyOnNorwalk story. Continue reading CHRO dismisses Mosby complaint


GGP greenlighted for hotel-less SoNo Collection

An updated rendering of The SoNo Collection, without the hotel that had been planned to be built over Bloomingdale’s.

Updated, 5 p.m., clarification; 1:22 a.m.: Full story.

NORWALK, Conn. – A deal specifying a $3.5 million payment to Norwalk, in lieu of a hotel atop The SoNo Collection, was approved Tuesday by the Common Council.

The vote to accept the terms that would allow GGP to build its mall without a hotel, hammered out in secret by Mayor Harry Rilling, Council leaders, Redevelopment Agency officials and other Norwalk department heads, was 10-3. Continue reading GGP greenlighted for hotel-less SoNo Collection


Thorough Manresa Island cleanup cost pegged at $31M to $60M

Lynn Willey of Tighe and Bond shows an aerial rendering of the current remediation approach being taken on Manresa Island.

Updated, 2:30 p.m.: PDF of PowerPoint presentation added. 

NORWALK, Conn. – A “shallow excavation” of part of Manresa Island would cost $31 million, a Licensed Environmental Professional told about 100 people Monday.

If you were to do the rest of “AOC-1,” it could be an additional $29.5 million, according to a slide shown by Lynn Willey of Tighe and Bond. Demolishing the island’s power plant could be between $6-9 million, but that’s just an estimate based on a similar plant, he said. Continue reading Thorough Manresa Island cleanup cost pegged at $31M to $60M


GGP’s hotel-less mall hitting ‘homestretch’

GGP is looking for Norwalk to approve a plan for The SoNo Collection to be built without a hotel.

Correction, 7:31 p.m.: GGP originally said construction would begin in 2015. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk could be figuring out a correct economic metric to value to its loss of a hotel right off Interstate 95, Deb Goldstein said.

GGP really could walk and abandon its site if the numbers don’t work, Common Council member Michael Corsello (D-At Large) said, in response to one of Goldstein’s letters. Continue reading GGP’s hotel-less mall hitting ‘homestretch’


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