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Norwalk tax sale set to net $8.5M

Bidder 16, registered as Pardeep Singh Gill, bids on a property, Monday in Concert Hall.

NORWALK — An additional $603,135 is coming to the City’s coffers via the latest tax sale, if all the bids are “consummated,” according to Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.

Eleven of the 12 properties that made their way to the auction block Monday and were sold. The taxes on three properties were paid the morning of the sale and they were therefore removed, and another property fell off the list due to a bankruptcy filing Monday afternoon, Biagiarelli said. Continue reading Norwalk tax sale set to net $8.5M

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Thank you Colin Hosten and Sarah LeMieux

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I’ve served on the Board of Education for nearly two years. In that time, I’ve had the pleasure of serving alongside Colin Hosten and Sarah Lemieux, and the privilege of learning from Colin while he served as our Chair over the past year, and from Sarah the year prior.  While the Board of Education is not tasked with the day-to-day operation of schools, the Chair position is a demanding role, and in this particular moment of time, it’s been compounded by new challenges resulting from the pandemic.  There was no playbook for what Colin and Sarah stepped into, but they adapted and have navigated us through extraordinary times. It would have been easy for them to succumb to the pressure of a small (yet loud) group of critics, or lean into the protections of partisan politics.  They did neither. They immersed themselves in both our educational challenges and the opportunities in front of us. When emotions ran high, they prioritized student outcomes, while absorbing relentless personal attacks that are often grounded in misinformation. They’ve extended a calm and clear voice to conversation. They are collaborative and respectful.   Continue reading Thank you Colin Hosten and Sarah LeMieux

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District C Common Council candidates share views in League forum

A League of Women Voters of Norwalk forum for District C Common Council candidates, Wednesday night on Zoom.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. – District C Common Council candidates met online Wednesday for a spirited discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Norwalk.

Running are:

  • Jenn McMurrer, Democrat, Working Families Party
  • John Kydes, Democrat (incumbent, seeking a fifth term)
  • Read Auerbach, Republican
  • Scott Goodwin, Independents for Norwalk

Continue reading District C Common Council candidates share views in League forum

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District A Common Council candidates spar in League forum

A League of Women Voters of Norwalk forum for District A Common Council candidates, Wednesday night on Zoom.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. – District A Common Council candidates met online Wednesday for a robust discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Norwalk.

Moderator Deb D’Arinzo began the forum by asking the candidates their top two issues. She got a variety of answers: Continue reading District A Common Council candidates spar in League forum

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Shanahan and Livingston have my vote, for good reasons

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As a voter in Norwalk’s District E, when I vote in the upcoming Municipal elections in November, I have to ask myself what kind of candidates do I want to represent my district and, as Common Council members, all the citizens of Norwalk?

My candidates would be long-term local residents who work well with people of all opinions and who, through dedication to the Norwalk/Rowayton community have demonstrated a thorough knowledge about local and regional issues.

My candidates would understand that it is imperative to invest now in upgrading our local infrastructure, take a pro-active stance on inland and coastal flooding, work to increase sustainable energy, reduce waste, encourage conservation and enact legislation that furthers these important goals. Continue reading Shanahan and Livingston have my vote, for good reasons

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Bridgeport man drops lawsuit against NPD

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Officer Mark Suda in 2007, with marijuana seized via police activity. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – A Bridgeport felon has withdrawn his lawsuit alleging that Mark Suda, Owen Lee and eight other Norwalk Police officers used excessive and unreasonable force in violation of his rights when they arrested him in 2018.

James Burnes alleged that he had been punched in the face multiple times, Tased, stabbed with a baton and had pepper spray shot in his face during the July 19, 2018, arrest on Nostrum Road, all while he was wearing handcuffs. Suda filed a counterclaim, alleging that both his hands were injured when Burnes bit him as he attempted to retrieve drugs from Burnes’ mouth. Suda sought damages. Continue reading Bridgeport man drops lawsuit against NPD

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Norwalk election notes: Riddle seeks transparency; IMF holds forum and League offers much info

A screenshot taken Tuesday of a link used by Norwalk Public Schools to broadcast a meeting last week. The meeting is online now, at the same link.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some information related to the Nov. 2 election:

  • Riddle files FOI request on NPS
  • IMF offers candidate forum Thursday via Zoom
  • League provides voter information via Vote411

Continue reading Norwalk election notes: Riddle seeks transparency; IMF holds forum and League offers much info

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Norwalk pictures: Gun buyback

Saturday at Norwalk Police headquarters. (Contributed)

Rich Bonenfant and Diane Keefe, as Bonenfant acquires a gun safe at no charge. “He is glad to have a safe to protect his grandkids from any mishaps,” Keefe said. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Gun owners from as far away as Trumbull brought weapons to Norwalk on Saturday, saying they’d inherited and never used them, according to Diane Keefe.

The drive-through Gun Buyback Event, swapping gift cards for operable firearms, was held at the Norwalk Police Department.

“We paid for 24 weapons including one assault weapon,” wrote Wilton Quaker Meeting member Peter Murchison. Ten additional weapons were collected, five non-functional rifles and five BB and pellet rifles. Continue reading Norwalk pictures: Gun buyback

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Rilling, Riddle, trade thoughts for Norwalk in League forum

Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling, left, and Republican challenger Jonathan Riddle, as shown in Monday’s League of Women Voters forum on Zoom.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling and challenger Jonathan Riddle exchanged views Monday in an online League of Women Voters of Norwalk, described by both candidates as “civil.”

Riddle charged that both City Hall and Norwalk Public Schools are top-heavy with an “explosion” of administrative positions, funded by money that would be better spent on education, and emphasized a feeling that Norwalk is overdeveloped. Rilling said he’s proud of his record, keeping tax increases low while supporting the school system, and touted “smart development” as Norwalk moves “in the right direction.”

Video of forum at end of story Continue reading Rilling, Riddle, trade thoughts for Norwalk in League forum

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Council at Large candidates discuss development

Monday’s League of Women Voters Common Council at Large forum on Zoom.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. – Common Council at large candidates met Monday in an online forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Norwalk.

Five Democrats held the line on supporting Norwalk growth, while two Republicans and the lone independent candidate said Norwalk is losing its identity and suffering from infrastructure deficits.

Eight of nine candidates participated, with Republican hopeful Enrique Santiago absent. By luck of the draw, Republicans went first, and moderator Jean Rabinow asked, “What is your vision for future development in Norwalk?”

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Coyotes and bobcats and bears – oh my

A coyote. (YellowstoneNPS, under CC PDM 1.0)

NORWALK, Conn. — Complaints spiked when the pandemic hit, Robert Sirico said: people were home and surprised to realize coyotes are in our midst.

They’ve been here for decades and, “What they’re looking for is mostly smaller, easier things that they can subside on, such as mice or rabbits, or the occasional injured deer or older deer. They’re not actively looking to harm anyone or even our pets,” he said. Continue reading Coyotes and bobcats and bears – oh my

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