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Education officials say low test scores matched expectations

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The statewide test scores for the new Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment exam show that 55.4 percent of Connecticut’s students are meeting or exceeding the “achievement level” in English, and 39.1 percent are meeting or exceeding the achievement level in math.

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Tom Hamilton to become schools’ chief financial officer, first move in BoE-city plan

Tom Hamilton is ready to switch offices in  City Hall.

Tom Hamilton is ready to switch offices in City Hall.

Updated 4:04 p.m. with new lead, comments from Mayor Harry Rilling and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons; COO candidate information added at 4:33 p.m.

NORWALK, Conn. – Tom Hamilton, currently Norwalk’s finance director, has been selected for the position of Chief Financial Officer for Norwalk Public Schools, the first step in a longer-range plan to combine the city and Board of Education financial management under one department.

The BOE will vote on Hamilton’s proposed appointment at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1. He would fill the position vacated by Rich Rudl, who accepted a similar position with the Weston Board of Education that began in July.

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Watts, Fuller, defend choice of District A Dem candidates

NORWALK, Conn. – The debate about democracy continued Thursday as Norwalk District A Democrats fought about the dos and don’ts of last month’s vote to endorse candidates.

Members of the African American community take their votes very seriously, Democratic Town Committee members Carolyn Fuller and David Watts said, while never answering the question asking why the votes of district members were ignored. Rather, Watts stressed that the people who voted at the Democratic Town Committee were themselves elected “on a real ballot, at a real school” by people who understood what they were doing when they cast their ballots. Continue reading Watts, Fuller, defend choice of District A Dem candidates

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Norwalk Public Schools kicks off a new year with call for new beginning

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion shrugs after recognizing that almost all the Norwalk Public Schools administrative staff is gone.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion shrugs after recognizing that almost all the Norwalk Public Schools administrative staff is gone as the convocation begins Thursday in Brien McMahon High School.

NORWALK, Conn. – Inspirational words mixed with honest appraisals of the year just passed at Thursday morning’s annual Norwalk Public Schools convocation, a gathering of teachers and administrators meant to kick off the new year.

“In the last year, since we were here last, virtually the entire central office administration is gone,” Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said.

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Former top Cafero aide sentenced to year and a day in kickback scheme

George Gallo   (Christine Stuart photo)

George Gallo (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Former House Republican Chief of Staff George Gallo was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison Thursday in federal court in Hartford for steering Republican candidates to a direct mail company in Florida in exchange for kickbacks.

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White Barn developer hits back hard at Zoning Commission public hearing

NORWALK, Conn. – Point by point, representatives of a developer looking to build on the controversial White Barn property rebutted  arguments Wednesday made by opponents in an effort to persuade the Zoning Commission to greenlight the plan.

The Commission sent the proposal to build a 15-home conservation development at 440 Newtown Ave. back to committee for review after Attorney Liz Suchy led nearly two hours of assault on the assertions made last week by neighbors of the property on the Cranbury/Westport line, members of the Norwalk Land Trust and Save Cranbury and their lawyers. Continue reading White Barn developer hits back hard at Zoning Commission public hearing

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Duleep’s work removed by Norwalk in Friends of Ryan Park ‘nightmare’

The Ryan Park butterfly garden on June 30. Above, the butterfly garden on Wednesday.

The Ryan Park butterfly garden on June 30. Above, the butterfly garden on Wednesday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has mowed the butterfly garden at Ryan Park and removed everything associated with the tire playground.

Both the butterfly garden and the tire playground were installed by the Friends of Ryan Park, an organization that is responsible for their maintenance and is embroiled with the city and the Norwalk Housing Authority in a legal challenge to the plan to rebuild Washington Village. Continue reading Duleep’s work removed by Norwalk in Friends of Ryan Park ‘nightmare’

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Bands, bulbs, and a bit of toxic waste

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – There are certain rituals people observe with the coming of fall: There’s back-to-school shopping, athletic teams kick into gear, marching bands march and weekends are spent cleaning up the house and yard, getting rid of the old stuff to make room for the accumulation of new stuff.

That time is upon us here in Norwalk and the al fresco concerts and Lust in the Park fundraisers are being replaced by school band shows, hazardous waste cleanups, a light bulb exchange and a very special birthday party.

 

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Today in the state…

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It’s happening in Hartford

More than 90 percent of CT hospitals face re-admissions penalties: All but one of Connecticut’s acute-care hospitals will lose Medicare reimbursement in 2015-16 as a penalty for high re-admissions of discharged patients, new federal data show.

 

2016 budget on track to end with small surplus: One month into the new 2016 fiscal year, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes estimated that the state would end it next June with an $800,000 surplus.

 

Malloy touts ridership, development along CTfastrak in New Britain: Ridership on the 9.4-mile CTfastrak busway is beating expectations, businesses along the route are seeing an increase in their sales, and developers like Douglas Bromfield are interested in nearby buildings that have been vacant for 20 years.

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Norwalk Zoning decision tabled as Dems question Republicans’ delay

Nora King watches as Norwalkers speak on her behalf at Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

Nora King watches as Norwalkers speak on her behalf at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling’s first controversial appointment was tabled Tuesday by the Common Council in a 9 to 5 vote, a move that inspired Rowayton activist Lisa Brinton Thomson to call, “Shame on you!” on her way out the door.

Republicans said, in delaying a vote on Nora King’s reappointment to the Zoning Commission, that they wanted time to discuss “new information” with everyone in the Republican caucus, which they had not been able to do the night before. But Rilling and at-large Democrat Bruce Kimmel said they were unaware of new information. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning decision tabled as Dems question Republicans’ delay

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Chimento approved as Norwalk DPW director with no ‘no’ votes

Bruce Chimento, left, and Dick Brescia react after the Common Council on Tuesday voted to affirm Chimento's appointment as Norwalk Department of Public Works director.

Bruce Chimento, left, and Dick Brescia react after the Common Council on Tuesday voted to affirm Chimento’s appointment as Norwalk Department of Public Works director.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk, you have a new director of the Department of Public Works.

Mayor Harry Rilling’s choice of interim Director Bruce Chimento was approved Tuesday by the Common Council in a 13-0-1 vote, in a discussion that featured much praise for the Norwalk native and three dissenting voices. Continue reading Chimento approved as Norwalk DPW director with no ‘no’ votes

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Save Cranbury hopes for best with Zoning’s White Barn decision

NORWALK, Conn. – Wednesday night may bring an end to the controversy over the White Barn Preserve.

Zoning commissioners are set to hear, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall community room, a rebuttal from Special Properties II to the many assertions made last week by opponents to the proposal to put 15 homes in a “conservation development” on what was Lucille Lortel’s estate on the Cranbury/Westport line. They then may vote on the proposal.

Opponents are standing by their assertion that the development would put a home 30 feet away from the White Barn Preserve, as shown in the video above. Continue reading Save Cranbury hopes for best with Zoning’s White Barn decision

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‘Norwalk CT Noise Complaint': Loud music driving SoNo resident crazy

Patrons enjoy The Beer Garden during the SoNo Arts Fest.

Patrons enjoy The Beer Garden during the SoNo Arts Fest.

NORWALK, Conn. – A SoNo man says his rights are being infringed upon because of loud music being played beneath his condominium at The Beer Garden.

Washington Street resident Vernon Howard says he’s now taking hope because The Beer Garden is being sued for nonpayment of rent and perhaps an eviction will happen soon. But Howard says he has complained to the Zoning Department numerous times and did not get an explanation until Tuesday morning. Norwalk Police do not understand decibels, he says; they have been slow to respond and are not enforcing the noise ordinance. Continue reading ‘Norwalk CT Noise Complaint': Loud music driving SoNo resident crazy

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