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Lot’s of good stuff in Norwalk

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There’s a lot of good stuff going on!

There are certainly many areas in town that we are all aware of that remain eyesores and are “WORKS IN PROGRESS,” but Norwalkers have much to be proud of.

Forget politics for awhile and take a drive around the city.

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Norwalker: SoNo mall would be ‘highest best use’ even with ‘tunnel’

NORWALK, Conn. – Times change and so do urban land economics, Ernie DesRochers said.

“This is not your grandfather’s Norwalk mall,” DesRochers said, of the developing proposal for The SoNo Collection. “In fact, there are only a few properties in the U.S. that approach the high-end concept that is being proposed to you. … The SoNo Collection represents a 2015 vision of what that site can be, not a 2005 or a 1995 or an 1885 vision.” Continue reading Norwalker: SoNo mall would be ‘highest best use’ even with ‘tunnel’

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Watts to Serasis: Let’s make a deal

Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, and former Councilman Steve Serasis disagree at a May meeting in City Hall.

Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, and former Councilman Steve Serasis disagree at a May meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – David Watts and Steve Serasis are both showing around a conversation they had by text.

Watts, a Common Councilman and Democratic District A chairman, showed NancyOnNorwalk the conversation 11 days ago, saying he would go public with it but not right then. Serasis asked the reporter to take out a camera and take photos of the conversation after District A voted to recommend candidates last Wednesday, saying that it caught Watts in a lie. He expressed surprise to hear that Watts had also shown the conversation. Continue reading Watts to Serasis: Let’s make a deal

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Norwalk BoE: Briggs High School has come a long way

NORWALK, Conn. – There are reasons Briggs High School is becoming the Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs.

“We keep trying to get the word out but people aren’t seeing Briggs for what we are truly doing inside of our building. We want the community to know what we are doing for our students and we believe a name change would assist us in reflecting what we are doing with our students and what our students are doing in their own lives,” Principal Marie Allen said Tuesday before the Norwalk Board of Education members unanimously approved the name change. Continue reading Norwalk BoE: Briggs High School has come a long way

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Opinion: Trust yields results

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel

Democrat Bruce Kimmel is an at-large member of the Common Council.

Partisan concerns, heated discussions and the tendency to treat legislative outcomes in terms of winners and losers often obscure the importance of trust in governing. Without trust, it’s difficult to go from A to B on straight-forward matters, like fixing sidewalks or buying textbooks. Over the last two years, as chair of the Common Council’s Finance Committee, I’ve come to appreciate how trust can cut through partisan and personal barriers and lead to solutions for otherwise intractable problems.

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Opinion: Will HUD punish the land of the haves and the have nots?

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

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.

As longtime observers can tell you, Connecticut can be slow to respond to commands from on-high. Whether it’s the court-ordered Sheff vs. O’Neill decision to end “racial isolation” in the state’s public schools or the federal Fair Housing Act — both well intentioned, to be sure — we independent-minded Yankees don’t especially like being told what to do.

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Opinion: DCF must answer for abuses

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.

Two new reports, one from a consultant and one from the Office of the Child Advocate, paint a damning and bleak picture of life at the Department of Children and Families’ two high-security locked facilities in Middletown. DCF is failing and abusing children under its care, and this must stop.

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Opinion: Harper Lee brings older Atticus to life within historical limitations

Jason Courtmanche

Jason Courtmanche

Jason Courtmanche is the Director of the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut, where he specializes in teacher education, composition, and American literature. He taught high school English for 12 years. He can be reached at his blog.

If you’ve been reading about Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” you have surely heard several disturbing things about the 72-year old Atticus Finch. He’s attended a Klan rally, he possesses racist literature, and he’s a segregationist.

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Top 10: This week’s most read, most commented-on stories

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Support NoN: Celebrate summer, local journalism Sunday night at Estia

NORWALK Conn. – It’s almost Sunday. We hope you haven’t forgotten!

Tomorrow night – Sunday, July 26 – from 6 to 9 p.m., NancyOnNorwalk will be partying at Estia Greek Restaurant and Bar at 88 Washington Ave. in the heart of SoNo.

Celebrate summer! Celebrate NancyOnNorwalk! Celebrate the chance to vote the various bums out in the upcoming municipal elections (you can start with the primaries…).

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Watts cries ‘cyber bullying’ as fellow pols, parents, express outrage

District A Dems Norwalk 15-0722 007

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Democratic elected officials let it fly late Thursday on the closed Facebook group “Norwalk Parents for Education.”

The blunt, angry commenters included Eloisa Melendez, who had previously been very circumspect in her public commentary regarding David Watts, who leads District A and serves on the Common Council with Melendez. Nora King, Mike Barbis and Steve Serasis also dumped on Watts, who responded with a plea for an end to the “cyber bullying.” Melendez came back immediately with a rebuttal, pointing out that Watts has used the Internet to post such memorable things as a photo of Mayor Harry Rilling with a Pinocchio nose. Continue reading Watts cries ‘cyber bullying’ as fellow pols, parents, express outrage

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Mosby files new CHRO complaint against Norwalk BoE

NORWALK, Conn. – John Mosby has filed a complaint against the Norwalk Board of Education alleging discriminatory behavior, specifically complaining that he was asked to show identification when he entered Brien McMahon High School in May.

Mosby, an African American, said in a July 10 complaint to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) that white people were not asked to show identification at Brien McMahon on May 19, and that he doesn’t believe other schools ask people to show identification to get in. He goes on to allege, as he often does at BoE meetings, discrimination in hiring practices and that schools that have predominantly white populations have gotten expensive repairs while Briggs High School, with a predominantly black/Hispanic population, has not. He also states, as he has at BoE meetings, that the Board has violated its policies regarding public comments and how they are recorded in minutes; and that “the union contract” was drafted in an unfair manner. Continue reading Mosby files new CHRO complaint against Norwalk BoE

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Things you should (or might wanna) know

Stay with this one, the fun stuff is on the jump page.

Stay with this one, the fun stuff is on the jump page.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s one you should know, and probably shoulda known a few days ago: A Water Safety Evening with the Norwalk Police Department, Fairfield County Safe Kids and the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities is set for 5 to 7 o’clock TONIGHT – July 25 – at Calf Pasture Beach.

The children will learn all about water safety and be able to meet Stewie the Duck prior to the Family Movie Night at Shady Beach, hosted by the Recreation and Parks Department. This week’s feature film is “Paddington.”

We would have let you know sooner, but, well, blame it on David Watts.

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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.