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Norwalk looks to mobilize for ECS reform

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks in November at a press conference organized by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) to press the state for educational funding reform. To the right of Duff is State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140); both legislators now have proposed bills working toward a new Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks in November at a press conference organized by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) to press the state for educational funding reform. To the right of Duff is State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140); both legislators now have proposed bills working toward a new Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalkers are being recruited for a Wednesday expedition to Hartford to try to get Norwalk Public Schools better funding from Connecticut.

Norwalk is “shortchanged at least $20 million a year,” through the state’s Educational Cost Sharing Formula (ECS), Board of Education member Mike Barbis said at Monday’s Democratic Town Committee meeting. “… There’s a big hearing on Wednesday and people should go speak.” Continue reading Norwalk looks to mobilize for ECS reform

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Adamowski says ‘Fix it First’ not well researched; Duff’s reply: It’s based on BoE plan

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) attends part of a recent Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) attends part of a recent Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. — Elements of Bob Duff’s Fix it First plan “have not been researched relative to the facilities study” and are incorrect, Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said last week.

In response, Duff, State Senate Majority Leader, on Sunday said, “95% of the ‘Fix It First’ plan is from the January 2016 Facilities Plan ‘Plan’ approved by the Board of Education.” Continue reading Adamowski says ‘Fix it First’ not well researched; Duff’s reply: It’s based on BoE plan

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Norwalk, BoE, looking for a lobbyist

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling said Sunday that a lobbyist might be a good idea. (Archive photo)

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling said Sunday that a lobbyist might be a good idea. (Archive photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is considering hiring a lobbyist to have an extra voice in the state capital, Mayor Harry Rilling said Sunday.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was posted on the city’s website on Feb. 14, with a March 3 application deadline: Continue reading Norwalk, BoE, looking for a lobbyist

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Norwalk political notes: Testimonials for the departed; GGP, immigration statistics, and a Dem operative

Ralph Depanfilis, 91, accepts recognition after the announcement that he will not seek reelection as city treasurer.

Ralph DePanfilis, at a Republican Town Committee meeting in 2013.

Correction, 2 p.m.: Sal Liccione is not leader of Democracy for America.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:

  • Ralph DePanfilis, a ‘mentor’
  • Frank A. Harris, 1922-2017

  • Cheeky Sal Liccione
  • GGP exec sells stock
  • District 4 immigration statistics

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Testimonials for the departed; GGP, immigration statistics, and a Dem operative

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Yordon defended, Lyons called ’embarrassment’

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

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

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Board of Education members have broken their own civility code with their comments on social media, leaders of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers said.

The statement put out by the NFT in support of State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff’s Fix it First plan to address the city’s dilapidated school buildings was carefully considered and had the support of most teachers, NFT President Mary Yordon said, while NFT First Vice President Joe Giandurco said comments made by BoE Chairman Mike Lyons on social media were an “embarrassment.” Continue reading Yordon defended, Lyons called ’embarrassment’

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Opinion: Not waiting 15 years

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25).

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25).

Do you think it is fair that most of Norwalk’s 11,000 students have to wait up to 15 years before their school repair needs are addressed?

As some of you may know, Mayor Rilling, Rep. Morris, Rep. Perone, Board of Education members, community activists, parents and I gathered recently to propose a Fix It First plan to immediately and quickly address the infrastructure problems at our 19 schools. Continue reading Opinion: Not waiting 15 years

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CTNJ/Opinion: A new way forward for Connecticut and its property taxpayers

Joe DeLong

Joe DeLong

Joe DeLong is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), Connecticut’s largest nonpartisan, statewide association of towns and cities, representing 158 member municipalities.

Despite much of the rhetoric that’s out there, let’s acknowledge that Connecticut is a great place to live. We have natural beauty. Many of our school systems are top notch. And it’s hard to drive in any direction for more than 30 minutes without running into authentic American history. Our state has tremendous assets. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: A new way forward for Connecticut and its property taxpayers

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CTNJ/Opinion: Bailing out XL would widen town-city divide

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs atctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass.

It seems like every two or three years the state of Connecticut deludes itself into thinking it’ll see the return of the National Hockey League. That’s’ probably because we’re still haunted by the ghost of then-new Whalers owner Peter Karmanos, who faced with declining attendance in 1997, moved the hapless team to Raleigh, N.C.

Talk of bringing back an NHL franchise generally goes hand-in-glove with the fate of the ailing XL Center, known as the Hartford Civic Center while the Whalers still existed. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Bailing out XL would widen town-city divide

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CTNJ/Opinion: The ideology of critical thinking

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck teaches English, including Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement Language & Composition, and is an assistant football coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School.

I’ve been teaching high school English in Connecticut for 26 years. It is my job, first and foremost, to help teenagers develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, I teach Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement English, allowing me to share my passion for media and language.

Despite certain teacher stereotypes, I do not attempt to “indoctrinate” my students with any religious or political philosophy. It’s not always easy, considering the abundance of religious symbolism in literature and the unceasing political topics in the media. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: The ideology of critical thinking

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Himes at town hall: Your job to guard against fake news

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) enters Norwalk Concert Hall on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) enters Norwalk Concert Hall on Tuesday.

NORWALK, Conn. — A little late but worth posting nevertheless: We have a video of the entire Jim Himes town hall held this week in Norwalk.

Ace videographer Harold Cobin had technical difficulties and was unable to promptly process the entire video. We are posting it now.

Himes, U.S. Rep for Connecticut’s Fourth District, commented that he had done 60-70 town halls and the one held here, on Tuesday, probably had the biggest crowd. In fact, many people were turned away.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Himes at town hall: Your job to guard against fake news

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CTNJ/Opinion: Manners, empathy, and respect for others – what some call ‘political correctness’

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

This week we learned that the alleged “family values” party does actually draw the line somewhere. The Conservative Political Action Conference first invited, then dis-invited Milo Yiannopoulos after an interview emerged in which he made bizarre and revolting comments about pedophilia. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Manners, empathy, and respect for others – what some call ‘political correctness’

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CTNJ/Opinion: Stand against Trump’s deportation plans

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.

The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Stand against Trump’s deportation plans

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About this site

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.