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Opinion: Giving thanks for an NoN fundraiser at The Market Bar and Bistro

Eloisa Melendez, Ed Camacho, Shannon O’Toole Giandurco and Doug Hempstead enjoy a conversation in The Market Bar and Bistro during the Nov. 3 NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser.

Thank you to all who turned out for the recent NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser at The Market Bistro and Bar, and My Three Sons.

Most of all, thank you to the Petrini family for making our fun event possible. NancyOnNorwalk is grateful for the support of the community and for a chance to check out the new environs of The Market Bistro and Bar, accessible from the longstanding Wall Street arcade so well known in Norwalk. Continue reading Opinion: Giving thanks for an NoN fundraiser at The Market Bar and Bistro

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Fairfield County humanists invite you to Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21

(Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County)

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Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County are holding their 4th annual Winter Solstice Celebration for members and the public at BOCA restaurant in Westport on Thursday, December 21, the actual day of the winter solstice.  Party begins at Happy Hour with special drinks including a Solstice Toddy (Virginal and Saturnalian available) and continues till 8:30 with an annual hat contest and trivia game.  This year we are sponsoring a raffle to win a voucher for the 10th Anniversary Darwin Day Celebration in February.  Continue reading Fairfield County humanists invite you to Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21

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Norwalk pedestrians injured in West Avenue car crash, driver arrested

Norwalk Police process a West Avenue accident scene early Wednesday morning.

Walter Veliz, 32, was charged with two counts of Assault 2 with a Motor Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs, Reckless Driving and Operating without a License, Norwalk Police say. (Norwalk Police)

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Crash Investigation

On November 22, 2017 at 1:07 am, the Patrol Division responded to a motor vehicle crash on West Avenue near Orchard Street. Arriving officers found that a vehicle had struck two pedestrians and a parked car. Both victims suffered serious injuries and were transported to the hospital by Norwalk Hospital EMS. The driver, Walter Veliz, was found at the scene uninjured. Veliz, who does not possess a driver’s license, failed on scene field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Veliz was transported to police headquarters, where he was found to have a blood alcohol level of .1852. Continue reading Norwalk pedestrians injured in West Avenue car crash, driver arrested

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Norwalk expects state funding for housing, schools, dock and Walk Bridge

State Sen. Bob Duff.

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SEN. DUFF WELCOMES STATE BONDING FOR NORWALK, DARIEN PROJECTS

 

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve funding for area education, transportation, housing, tourism and public safety projects when it meets next week in Hartford.  Continue reading Norwalk expects state funding for housing, schools, dock and Walk Bridge

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Barbis elected Norwalk BoE chairman

Norwalk Board of Education member Mike Barbis listens Tuesday in City Hall as he is nominated to be chairman.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mike Barbis is your new Norwalk Board of Education chairman.

The votes were unanimous at Tuesday’s brief organizational BoE meeting, with Erik Anderson elected vice chairman and Bryan Meek as secretary, a sea change for the Board. Continue reading Barbis elected Norwalk BoE chairman

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Norwalk Council begins anew with 2017-19 cast of characters

Mayor Harry Rilling, left, watches as Common Council member John Igneri (D-District E) hands a Council presidency plaque to Council member John Kydes (D-District C), Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s Common Council leadership changed hands Tuesday evening, as new Council members were sworn in and Committee assignments announced.

John Kydes (D-District C) was unanimously voted in as Council president, while John Igneri (D-District E) was announced as majority leader. Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) was announced as “minority leader;” Kydes swiftly expressed hope that Hempstead, the only Republican, would continue in his role as a senior advisor to the Council, sharing what Kydes called his “vast knowledge.” Continue reading Norwalk Council begins anew with 2017-19 cast of characters

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CGS teens getting free trip to Japan

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Center for Global Studies Students Awarded Free Trip to Japan

  

Norwalk, Conn. (November 21, 2017) – Twenty-two Center for Global Studies (CGS) students from Brien McMahon High School will travel all-expenses paid to Japan December 17 through 25. The trip is part of a fully funded, large-scale youth exchange program between Japan and the United States called The Kakehashi Project. The Kakehashi Project is commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission with the goal of boosting tourism and interest in Japan, and enhancing international understanding of the nation. Continue reading CGS teens getting free trip to Japan

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Remember JFK and his desire for world peace

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Fifty-four years ago, President Kennedy was assassinated. In his last year, he had arranged a summit with Chairman Kruschev of the USSR and Prime Minister Macmillan of the UK to sign a test ban treaty; an agreement in principle with Kruschev to work on ending the Cold War and to begin disarmament; and a withdrawal of 1,000 of the 20,000 American “advisors” in Vietnam.

The military-industrial-intel complex were furious with JFK for these actions as well as his “peace for all time” speech at American University in June, 1963.

Here are some highlights from that speech:

“What kind of a peace do I seek? …. genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children; —not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women –not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

   “We have …been talking about… first-step measures of arms control, designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and to reduce the risk of accidental war. Our primary long-range interest …is general and complete disarmament—designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms.

   “[Also] let us examine our attitude towards peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our own society must justify and support our efforts abroad.…we must … live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete.

   “It is the responsibility of the executive branch of government–local, state, and National – to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within their authority. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch at all levels, wherever that authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate.  And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of others and to respect the law of the land.

   “All of this is not unrelated to world peace….Is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights – the right to live our lives without fear of devastation — the right to breathe air as nature provided it – the right of future generations to a healthy existence? While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. [An effectively enforced peace treaty can] offer more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, unpredictable, uncontrolled arms race.

   “The United States…will never start a war. [Unfortunately, the 2003 invasion of Iraq under false pretenses has proved JFK wrong.] But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on – not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.”

…Since JFK uttered those words, no other American president has ever bet the bank on world peace and disarmament, even after the collapse of the USSR. Nor did any ever tie it to the domestic peace that is constantly shattered by unprovoked gun violence. Had JFK not been murdered, our Vietnam debacle might not have occurred.

Paraphrasing the words of another American President cut down by a conspirator’s bullet, “it is for us the living to be dedicated to the unfinished task that JFK so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from this honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which he gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that he shall not have died in vain—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Scott Kimmich

Norwalk

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Rilling, McQuaid, sworn into office

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, center, signs documentation after being sworn into his third term Tuesday by Gov. Dannel Malloy, left. Lucia Rilling is at right.

Town Clerk Rick McQuaid is sworn in Tuesday by his wife, Alice.

 

Updated, 1 a.m.: More information.

NORWALK, Conn. — Déjà vu – For the third time, Mayor Harry Rilling and Town Clerk Rick McQuaid have been sworn into office.

“My journey started (four) years ago, right in this room, with the governor administering the oath of office,” Rilling said Tuesday morning, after Gov. Dannel Malloy performed the honors. “At that time, I kind of, you know, a little nervous, a little apprehensive. You don’t know where the journey is going to take you but I will tell you that the last four years… have been remarkable.”

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Rilling, McQuaid, sworn into office

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Norwalk Dems pick Julie Corbett for BoE

Julie Corbett, center, accepts applause Monday from Norwalk Democratic Town Committee members after being appointed by District A to the Board of Education. At left, next to Corbett, is Joe Perella, who ran for the Board two years ago but lost to Yvel Crevecoeur.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Democrats on Monday elected a replacement for departed Board of Education member Yvel Crevecoeur, stirring racial concerns.

Although Julie Corbett has professional education credentials, as did Crevecoeur, her election by District A members created an all-white Board of Education. Continue reading Norwalk Dems pick Julie Corbett for BoE

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Corbett brings professional education experience to Norwalk Board of Education

Julie Corbett, newly appointed to the Norwalk Board of Education.

NORWALK, Conn. — Julie Corbett hopes that her fellow Board of Education members continue to ask the district tough questions. More accountability for Board members is also a goal.

Corbett was elected Monday by District A Democrats to serve as Yvel Crevecoeur’s replacement on the Board of Education, finishing the last two years of his term. Continue reading Corbett brings professional education experience to Norwalk Board of Education

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Norwalk Mayor’s Ball to benefit health center, the Marvin

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Mayor’s Ball Beneficiaries Announced

 

Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling announced that the Norwalk Community Health Center and Under One Roof /The Marvin will receive proceeds from the 2018 Mayor’s Ball.   Continue reading Norwalk Mayor’s Ball to benefit health center, the Marvin

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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.