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Norwalk hires new tax assessor

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk has a new tax assessor, who is experienced in Massachusetts and New York, not Connecticut.

William Ford began work Tuesday, although his appointment by Mayor Harry Rilling hasn’t been confirmed by the Common Council. Ford is a “provisional employee” and his four-year term won’t begin until the Council approves the appointment on Jan. 28, Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan said. Continue reading Norwalk hires new tax assessor

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Electrical vault explosion cuts power in South Norwalk

(Harold F. Cobin)

(Norwalk Fire Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – An explosion in an underground electrical vault cut off power to at least a five block stretch of North and Sound Main streets in South Norwalk Tuesday morning.

Police began receiving numerous 911 calls at 9:37 a.m. reporting an explosion in front of the Rogers McCagg building, 44 North Main St. Continue reading Electrical vault explosion cuts power in South Norwalk

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Norwalk BoE looks for ways to ‘manage itself when things go wrong’

At left, Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams; at right, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis.

NORWALK, Conn. – Two months after NAACP members packed a Norwalk Board of Education meeting demanding Mike Barbis’s resignation to no avail, the president of its Norwalk chapter is poised to try again.

NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams said last week that she’s inviting local members to another showdown at Tuesday’s meeting.

But BoE Chairwoman Sarah LeMieux says public perception that the board is doing nothing to address Barbis’s behavior is false. Barbis has gotten an earful internally and the Board is looking to change its policies in the future, she said. Continue reading Norwalk BoE looks for ways to ‘manage itself when things go wrong’

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Opinion: Norwalk needs to build bridges, not walls

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, Norwalk could use his help, Mark McElween said Monday. (The National Park Service)

This is Mark McElwen’s speech from Monday morning’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.

We gather today to celebrate the life, beliefs, and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a Baptist minister and became the predominant leader in the Civil Rights movement to end racial segregation and discrimination, in America during the 1950s and 1960s and who was a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change.

Dr. King’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement began during the bus boycotts of 1955, and in 1957 along with several others, Dr. King found the SCLC – Southern Christian Leadership Conference – where Dr. King was elected president, and whose strategy was to coordinate the action of local protest groups throughout the South in fighting for Civil and Political rights. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk needs to build bridges, not walls

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Norwalk Conservation Commission wrestles with ‘irrelevant’ Westport want

Norwalk Conservation Commission members John Verel, Ed Holowinko and Steven Klocke discuss Summit Saugatuck’s request to amend a conservation easement, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Conservation Commissioners are flummoxed over a Westport developer’s request for vehicle access to a pedestrian path in Norwalk.

Commission Chairman John Verel said Tuesday that he feels torn by the proposal, which he characterized as “fundamentally a proposal to build a road though the wetlands” – one that is “not needed.” Continue reading Norwalk Conservation Commission wrestles with ‘irrelevant’ Westport want

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Norwalk political notes: Republican decisions to be made; support for the census

Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Suda runs the Republican convention in July, in the Norwalk Inn.

Updated, 6:45 p.m. More information.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Dickens seeks RTC Chairmanship; Cavallo, Suda not interested
  • Sead becomes 1TD Commissioner, treasurer needed
  • Norwalk census fueled by FCCF grant
  • Duff secures $5K Vistra grant for NICE

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Republican decisions to be made; support for the census

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As a vision, perhaps we should call it CT 20/200

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On an unseasonably warm Sunday, on Jan. 12, I managed to find a room even more full of hot air than anywhere else.  That room was the site of the town hall meeting with Gov. Lamont hosted by State Sen. Will Haskell and State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, at which tales of tolls were spun like records at a David Solomon club party.  A full recap of the town hall’s ridiculousness would be beyond the scope of an op-ed, but some highlights are certainly in order.

First, I learned that Sen. Haskell does not believe that a toll is a tax, but rather a “user fee.”  No, I am not joking – he genuinely seemed to believe that is a meaningful distinction.  Perhaps Sen. Haskell has yet to read Shakespeare.  For just as “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” so a tax by any other name would cost as much.  Sen. Haskell and his colleagues could call the income tax “Bob” if they chose; it still takes money out of our paychecks.  Tolls are no different. Continue reading As a vision, perhaps we should call it CT 20/200

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The Norwalk Mayor’s Ball, MLK Day and bulky waste guidelines

Norwalk Department of Public Works employees load bulky waste into a truck for disposal. (Contributed)

Updated, 8 p.m.: Photo added to show bulky waste pickup schedule.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk info:

  • Raising scholarship money to honor King
  • Attend the Mayor’s Ball, benefit STAR & YMCA
  • Norwalk issues 2020 bulky waste guidelines

Continue reading The Norwalk Mayor’s Ball, MLK Day and bulky waste guidelines

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Duff, at Freethinkers’ soiree, predicts legislative actions

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks to Norwalk Republicans on Monday evening after leaving the Humanists and Freethinker of Fairfield County meeting in the Silverstar Diner.

NORWALK, Conn. — Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) put forth various topics apropos to the state’s upcoming legislative session (Feb. 5 through May 6) at Monday night’s Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County get-together.

Noting that Connecticut’s policy of allowing unlimited debate time can hinder lawmakers’ ability to address a session’s entire agenda, Duff predicted enactment of: Continue reading Duff, at Freethinkers’ soiree, predicts legislative actions

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Norwalk Dem leader Camacho stepping aside

Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho, left, and DTC Vice Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez, at Monday’s DTC meeting in the Norwalk Public Library.

NORWALK, Conn. – The leader behind Norwalk Democrats’ sweeping success in the last two municipal elections is stepping down.

“I think in six years, we turned the corner,” Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho said Wednesday. “I think we’ve made some progress with the DTC, we have made institutional changes that I think will serve the party well going forward. I think frankly it’s time for new blood, younger people to take over.” Continue reading Norwalk Dem leader Camacho stepping aside

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Norwalk political notes: Mediation for Morris, NPS; Council approves NHS designer; DiGangi denies drought data

The South Norwalk reservoir on Saturday, according to Paul Cantor. (Paul Cantor)

Former State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), Monday in the Norwalk Public Library.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk info for you:

  • Morris, NPS, heading for mediation
  • NHS architect tapped; LAZ parks contract approved
  • No, we’re not in a drought

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Mediation for Morris, NPS; Council approves NHS designer; DiGangi denies drought data

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