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Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton shares the status of the developing schools budget with Board of Education members Monday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — It’s looking, at this preliminary date, like the Norwalk Board of Education’s Special Education (SPED) account will come in more than $2 million short, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said Monday.
That information at what BoE Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek called the “kickoff” of the 2015-16 budget process is just one of the hurdles to be jumped in what BoE member Mike Barbis predicted will be a “very difficult budget year.” Continue reading Norwalk BoE looking to ‘very difficult budget year’ simultaneously with ‘cultural sea change’
Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.
Just what we need: another elected volunteer commission.
There is an agenda-driven cry going up in some quarters calling for an elected Planning and Zoning Commission. What a wonderful idea. We need another elected panel chosen by a small group of citizens who often vote the party, or the person’s origin of birth, or ethnicity, or personality, or high school popularity, rather than qualifications.
Continue reading Opinion: Commission members are mayor’s responsibility
Budget talks will resume Tuesday: Legislative leaders from both parties emerged Monday from a closed door meeting with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and were encouraged about the progress they were making on closing Connecticut’s state budget shortfall.
With gas prices low, travel will increase during Thanksgiving holiday: The lowest gas prices in seven years have arrived just in time for some of the busiest holiday travel days of the year.
The former Globe Theater on Wall Street hasn’t been open like this in 100 years, Frank Farricker said.
NORWALK, Conn. — History has been unfolding in front of Frank Farricker’s eyes as piece after piece has been removed from what has been called The Regent, The Norwalk Theater, The Globe Theater and The Roxy.
“Now it looks like progress, right?” Farricker said Friday, looking toward the now cavernous interior space, a decidedly different look from what most recently served as a dance club, with little storefronts facing Wall Street. “…It hasn’t been like this in 100 years, just open like this.” Continue reading ‘Wall Street Theater’ to become ‘hive of activity’
Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene.
NORWALK, Conn. — Cars parked in front yards and notifications to neighbors about pending developments are among the things being discussed by Norwalk zoning commissioners.
“It’s one of those emotional issues in the city, and has been for years, that you are protected from because it’s usually dealt with on a staff level,” Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene said to commissioners at their Nov. 12 committee meeting. “We do not allow, in the residence zones, people to park in their front setback other than in their driveway as they pull into the garage – that’s allowed. We get a lot of complaints on that. What we find is the people who complain about it think the staff doesn’t act quickly enough on it and remove that parking in the front setback. The people who are complained about think the staff is overzealous and we shouldn’t be bothered about trivial matters, and, ‘You see it all over the city.’ So we spend a lot of time on this.” Continue reading Norwalk zoners talk illegal parking, neighborhood notifications
Long-time Connecticut newspaper editor James H. Smith, is president of the nonprofit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are to be commended for their 2015 “Second Chance Society” legislation, reversing racist laws that filled our jails with nonviolent drug users, most of them African-American and Latino.
Continue reading Opinion: No secret trials
Transcript of an Byrd Brayne interview with Tom Turkey
Byrd Brayne: Lets, get right to the meat of the issue, Tom. Why are you hiding?
Tom Turkey: Now I know how you got your name, BB.
TT: Soon it will be Thanksgiving.
BB: You don’t have anything to be thankful for?
Continue reading Opinion: Talking turkey
Mike Lyons (R-District C) was recently re-elected to the Norwalk Board of Education and was unanimously re-elected chairman.
After making significant progress in the last few years, the Norwalk Public Schools are poised to make major leaps forward toward becoming a great school system. My last status report can be found here: Opinion: Norwalk schools moving forward with Rivera’s strategic plan
This is to update you on what’s been going on lately, and what the next steps will be for the Board of Education.
Continue reading Opinion: An update on the Norwalk Public Schools
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
Connecticut’s “period of permanent fiscal crisis,” so-called by Malloy administration budget chief Ben Barnes last fall, sounded like something of an exaggeration. Though he has recently renounced the comment, Barnes simply blurted out the truth when he used the now-famous phrase.
Continue reading Opinion: Lurching from crisis to crisis in a poorly run state
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
This week Democratic leaders floated the possibility of suspending public financing of campaigns as a way to close the current budget gap. Even though they backed down under pressure, it’s just one more sign that the vital and necessary campaign finance reform laws passed after Gov. John G. Rowland’s resignation are being eroded down to nothing.
Continue reading Opinion: The long, quiet death of campaign finance reform
Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.
For 23 years, Connecticut’s legislators have ignored the will of the voters by not fully implementing the state’s constitutional spending cap.
Continue reading Opinion: The spending cap and the erosion of trust in state government