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Opinion: A proud veteran’s thoughts on Memorial Day

Sarah L. Hamby

Sarah L. Hamby

Sarah L. Hamby served in the United States Army from 1994-1999. A recent college graduate, she serves NECT as a non-profit press coordinator and lives in Woodstock Valley with her fiance.

Happy Memorial Day. Happy. Happy Memorial Day. How will you celebrate the hundreds of thousands of deaths of our men and women in uniform since 1775? Will you purchase a deeply discounted new vehicle?

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Opinion: Downwardly mobile

Barth Keck

Barth Keck

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

I’ve sung this cautionary tune before. Many times. But I can’t stop singing. It’s like I’m some modern day Cassandra, continually bemoaning the scourge of the smartphone, only to be ignored.

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Opinion: Let them eat cake – a wake-up call to scrutinize our economic incentive policies

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 enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

Just weeks after passing an austerity budget, in a stunning display of “let them eat cakery” the State Bonding Commission is set to vote on a $22 million grant to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds run by Ray Dalio, who is ranked 29th on the Forbes 400 and ninth in the Forbes 2016 list of highest earning hedge fund managers.

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Opinion: Will new overtime rules really help workers?

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.

Do you think you deserve a raise but your boss doesn’t or says s/he can’t afford it? Who doesn’t? The best way to get a raise would be to convince your boss of your worthiness. If all else fails, there is the government.

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Holiday weekend: Parades, celebrations, and a dicey weather forecast – but no garbage

Hugh Sebastian, a 94-year-old World War II vet, walks in the 2015 Memorial Day parade.

Hugh Sebastian, a 94-year-old World War II vet, walks in the 2015 Memorial Day parade.

NORWALK, Conn. – Summery temperatures, sporadic rain showrs and – sigh! – “likely” showers with a threat of a Monday thunderstorm, are expected this Memorial Day weekend. Still, all the traditional activities are planned, including parades in Rowayton and East Norwalk and the art festival in Pinkney Park.

As for trash: No pickups will be made Monday, as Norwalk goes to the holiday schedule.

Here’s what is going on:

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Coming up: Workouts, workshops and Junior Achievement

Mayor’s Energy & Environment Task Force Chairman John Kydes wants Norwalkers to save their energy.

Mayor’s Energy & Environment Task Force Chairman John Kydes wants Norwalkers to save their energy.

NORWALK, Conn. – The South Norwalk Community Center is reaching out to local children to keep them active this summer, while the city is working on helping adults their energy. Also, local kids will benefit from some corporate largess with a one-day Junior Achievement program at Jefferson Elementary.

 

XtremePulse at SoNoCC

A free program for boys and girls ages 6 to 11 starts today at the South Norwalk Community Center. XtremePulse Fitness offers “Kids Xtivities,” a program that offers, according to the press release, “fitness and teamwork fun.” Each class is a competitive game, with age-appropriate exercises combined with health and fitness. Every class is different, the release assures.

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Today in the state …

Bond Commission approves borrowing for hedge fund: Over the objections of Rep. Chris Davis, R-East Windsor, and state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, the state Bond Commission approved $22 million in loans and grants for the world’s largest hedge fund Friday.

 

National magazine says control of Connecticut Senate is a ‘toss up’: While most political pundit’s eyes are focused on the hotly contested presidential election between front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the race for Senate and House seats in Connecticut is garnering its share of national attention.

 

Medical examiner to towns: Any ‘unclaimed’ body is your responsibility: Two weeks ago, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill warned that his office could lose accreditation due to budget cuts and an increase in overdose deaths. On Thursday, Gill sent a letter to municipalities to tell them that any “unclaimed” dead person will now be their responsibility.

 

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Norwalk Redevelopment green-lights SoNo Collection

RDA mall GGP 16-527 SoNo Collection

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano (center) and Redevelopment Agency Attorney Marc Grenier listen Thursday as Steve Cecil from The Cecil Group offers his thoughts on The SoNo Collection.

12:30 p.m., May 28: amendments for design review added

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Zoning Commission is poised to approve the SoNo Collection on June 1, with a blessing from the Redevelopment Agency in hand.

The addition of “fins” to the parking garage and the definition of the northwest corner changed the whole feel of the project, said Commissioner Lori Torrano on Thursday before voting as part of a unanimous whole to approve a Cecil Group design review and send it to the Zoning Commission.

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Norwalk Board of Ed not wild about idea of building behind Nathaniel Ely

Norwalk Board of Education Facilities Committee Chairman Mike Barbis talks about efforts to build a new school

A Norwalk Board of Education Facilities Committee Chairman Mike Barbis talks Wednesday in City Hall about efforts to build a new school.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s time to hire a consultant to move along the construction of a new Norwalk school at a faster rate, Board of Education members decided Wednesday.

“It’s complicated and there’s not one person you can go to who knows everything,” BoE Facilities Committee Chairman Mike Barbis said, explaining his “time consuming” efforts to rethink the plan presented by Silver Petrucelli & Associates to build a new school in South Norwalk. Continue reading Norwalk Board of Ed not wild about idea of building behind Nathaniel Ely

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Opinions vary as Norwalk middle school redesign moves ahead

Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, speaks to the Norwalk Public Schools middle school redesign committee Tuesday in City Hall.

Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, speaks to the Norwalk Public Schools middle school redesign committee Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s all good, according to two Norwalk middle school principals.

Not so much, three leaders of the teaching community caution.

The middle school redesign first announced by Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski in December is moving forward. There was a Tuesday visit  to Norwalk by Bill Daggett, Ed. D., and a field trip to Hartford last week as part of the mechanisms for thoughtful study. Continue reading Opinions vary as Norwalk middle school redesign moves ahead

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Norwalk charter revision moves ahead, over Hempstead’s protest

Norwalk Charter Revision Commission Chairman William Fitzgerald explains the Commission's decisions to the Common Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

Norwalk Charter Revision Commission Chairman William Fitzgerald explains the Commission’s decisions to the Common Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

 

Correction: The recommended Council salary equals 2 percent of the mayor’s salary, not 20 percent.

 

NORWALK, Conn. — The choices made for a proposed charter revision this fall were questioned Tuesday to no avail, with the planned changes set to be sent to the public for a vote as is despite the best efforts of Common Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large).

It’s best to keep the terms of Council members at two years while the mayor goes to four years because the Council serves as a check and balance for the mayor, and because of voter turnout issues, Charter Revision Commission members Bill Fitzgerald and Steven Keogh said in a debate with Hempstead and others. Continue reading Norwalk charter revision moves ahead, over Hempstead’s protest

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Duff touts $2.2 million in funding for Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. — The state Bond Commission is expected to authorize $1.3 million in funding for physical improvements at Norwalk Public Schools on Friday, State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) said Monday.

In addition, $850,000 is expected to fund a Norwalk Redevelopment Agency program encouraging home ownership in the area of the South Norwalk train station, said Duff, who took the time to rebut a headline in The Hour claiming a $2 million cut in state funding to Norwalk Public Schools. Continue reading Duff touts $2.2 million in funding for Norwalk

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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.