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Refugee

Egon Schwartz, left, and Paul Cantor. (Contributed)

Egon Schwartz, left, and Paul Cantor. (Contributed)

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Egon Schwarz died Feb. 11.

It was 3 a.m. on Valentines Day when I received the news.

Egon, escaped from Vienna with his parents after the 1938 Anschluss.  He was 16 at the time and his book Refuge: Chronicle of a Flight from Hitler, is the riveting account of his experience.  It is a must read in these troubled times when so many are seeking refuge from the horrific situations they face in the Middle East or Africa.  Continue reading Refugee

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Please join me (once again) in opposing the $300,000 Mileage Tax Study

 

State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)

State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)

As Yogi Berra put it, “it is déjà vu all over again!”

 

Last year we thought we had stopped the wasteful $300,000 study of whether or not to institute a vehicle mileage tax, but we were wrong.

 

This legislative session – it is back. Governor Malloy (and his supporters in the Legislature) continue to instruct the Department of Transportation to  move forward with the idea. With our state’s fiscal crisis only getting worse, apparently the Governor wants to raise new money wherever he can. Continue reading Please join me (once again) in opposing the $300,000 Mileage Tax Study

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to O’Neill’s Irish Pub for naming the Norwalk Education Foundation this year’s recipient of the proceeds from its annual 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtain. The event is scheduled for May 21 and the course will take runners through SoNo and East Norwalk along a route featuring breathtaking view of the harbor. Register to run. NEF has been working on behalf of the students and teachers in the Norwalk Public Schools since 1998 and is committed to providing support for student learning experiences and enriching teacher practices. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Norwalk political notes: Morris for mayor?

From left, former Board of Education member Rosa Murray, State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and Mayor Harry Rilling, at Monday's press conference to announce an alternative plan toward addressing the crumbling state of Norwalk Public Schools, dubbed "Fix it First."

From left, former Board of Education member Rosa Murray, State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and Mayor Harry Rilling, at Monday’s press conference to announce an alternative plan toward addressing the crumbling state of Norwalk Public Schools, a plan dubbed “Fix it First.”

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

  • Morris for mayor?
  • Rilling’s 2016 BoE meeting attendance record
  • Cahn: no interest in political games
  • Nine firefighters being sworn in
  • Latest round of appointments
  • Barron on grand list
  • King snipes at Morris

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Morris for mayor?

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Drop BoE plan, use Fix it First plan to help Norwalk Public Schools students

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To the editor:

The Norwalk Branch of The NAACP offers the following narrative in the best interest of ALL NPS students.

All schools are in need of repair.

The NAACP supports The Fix-it First Plan. As examples, our current schools have leaky roofs, need cosmetic upgrades, must have proper electrical services, have paving and other issues which must be addressed now. The Fix-it First Plan provides for a new school. Continue reading Drop BoE plan, use Fix it First plan to help Norwalk Public Schools students

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Lyons still focused on building new schools, ASAP

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left; Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, right.

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left; Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – City leaders are studying the Norwalk Board of Education’s capital budget request to see how it can be reprioritized, to both fix existing schools and build new ones, BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said Thursday.

Mayor Harry Rilling, who joined in a announcement on Monday that existing schools should be fixed before new ones are built, declined to comment, beyond a morning statement that he plans a meeting on the topic. Continue reading Lyons still focused on building new schools, ASAP

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Facebook parents’ page criticized as ‘bullying’

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell speaks to the Norwalk Planning Commission recently about the Board of Education's capital budget request.

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell speaks to the Norwalk Planning Commission recently about the Board of Education’s capital budget request.

Updated, 2:36 p.m., comment from Jessica Garnett

NORWALK, Conn. – An intense discussion this week on the Facebook page Norwalk Parents for Education amounted to “government by bullying,” one observer said Thursday.

Others referred to is as uncivil. Page founder Barbara Meyer-Mitchell acknowledged there was a problem. Continue reading Facebook parents’ page criticized as ‘bullying’

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‘Fix it First’ is disappointing; support BoE at ‘turning point’

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This is an open letter from the PTOC: 

The PTO Council was disappointed to hear of an alternate building proposal released Monday by several city and state officials. This plan draws on outdated facilities studies; fails to adequately address the future needs of our school district and is timed to intentionally derail the BOE from meeting mandated deadlines with the State Department of Education, ensuring that no action is taken to address the condition of our failing school facilities for another year. This event took place without the knowledge of our Superintendent and most of our elected Board of Education.  Continue reading ‘Fix it First’ is disappointing; support BoE at ‘turning point’

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NAACP honoring ‘black excellence;’ immigration talk at SoNo Branch Library

 

Human Relations & Fair Rent Department Director Adam Bovilsky, left; John Mosby, center; Ernie Dumas, right.

Human Relations & Fair Rent Department Director Adam Bovilsky, left; John Mosby, center; Ernie Dumas, right.

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. — Awards in honor of Black History Month; a talk about executive orders on immigration; and NCC named a healthy workplace.

NAACP to honor prominent Norwalkers on Saturday.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Across the nation heroes are recognized for their contributions to this great nation. Continue reading NAACP honoring ‘black excellence;’ immigration talk at SoNo Branch Library

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Lyons claims big victory as Facebook battle over ‘Fix it First’ churns on

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), center, and Mayor Harry Rilling, right, on Monday alert parents to the facts that the Board of Education's facilities improvement plan would not fix most Norwalk schools for years.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), center, and Mayor Harry Rilling, right, on Monday alert parents to the facts that the Board of Education’s facilities improvement plan would not fix most Norwalk schools for years.

Updated, 5:40 p.m., Shirley Mosby’s terms on the BoE.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk parents may be pleased to hear the latest from Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons.

Mayor Harry Rilling, according to Lyons, has been swayed to support new school construction.

“The challenge is to come up with a schedule of projects that the city can afford.  That’s what we’ll be working on with him,” Lyons said in an early morning email. Continue reading Lyons claims big victory as Facebook battle over ‘Fix it First’ churns on

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‘Baffled’ Columbus Magnet principal doubts job after ‘Fix it First’ announcement

Columbus Magnet Schoool Principal Thomas Medard, right, shows off a camera used to teach Columbu

Columbus Magnet Schoool Principal Thomas Medard, right, at a Board of Education meeting in January shows off a camera used to teach Columbus Magnet kids.

NORWALK, Conn. – The outcry over Monday’s Fix it First news conference includes a plea from the “publicly humiliated” Columbus Magnet School Principal Medard Thomas.

Echoing the words of Board of Education members who called the Monday press conference an “underhanded” maneuver, Thomas, in a Facebook post, painted it as a betrayal given that the legislators who were rejecting the Board’s new schools plan were at his school Friday morning.  Continue reading ‘Baffled’ Columbus Magnet principal doubts job after ‘Fix it First’ announcement

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Teachers support Fix It First

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To the editor:

The Fix It First Proposal was unveiled this week, an alternative to the Board of Education capital improvements plan. Both of the plans now under discussion attempt to address the challenges of overcrowding and deterioration. The Board’s plan prioritizes new classroom spaces with infrastructure and existing classroom improvements to follow, and the Fix It First plan prioritizes infrastructure and existing classroom improvements, and then school construction to follow. We in the Norwalk Federation of Teachers have felt dismay as the district’s plan ran into difficulties when the educational programs were selected, announced and not embraced. Both plans will need adjustment, but we need to move forward. Continue reading Teachers support Fix It First

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Norwalk Council looks askance at BoE request in brief budget discussion

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron gives a brief explanation of his recommended 2017-18 operating budget to Common Council members Tuesday in City Hall.

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron gives a brief explanation of his recommended 2017-18 operating budget to Common Council members Tuesday in City Hall.

Updated, 4:17 p.m.: Document from Bob Barron inserted, along with clarification. Correction as to BoE increases, and statement about “10.6 versus 22.8.”

NORWALK, Conn. – Skepticism toward the Norwalk Board of Education was revealed Tuesday as Finance Director Bob Barron explained to Common Council members his figuring in coming up with a budget recommendation.

The BoE’s projected budget increase just 10 months ago was 3.7 percent in 2017-18 but now it’s 10.1 percent, Barron said, answering a question from Council member Steve Serasis (D-District A) at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Continue reading Norwalk Council looks askance at BoE request in brief budget discussion

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