Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
Thanks to a generous donor, 40 acres of land in Bloomfield will be preserved as open space. Excellent. Any expansion of our state parks is welcome, especially during a time when conservation and environmentalism have faded from public consciousness.
Contributing op-ed columnist 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.
State lawmakers eager to find more revenue — or terrified at the thought of losing same — are considering letting the state’s two federally-recognized Indian tribes literally wander off their reservations and open “gaming” facilities elsewhere in Connecticut. On the face of it, this sounded like a good idea. After all, hardly anyone cares whether we take more money out of the pockets of those who can least afford it.
Gwen Samuel is a parent of two children in Connecticut Public Schools and the founder and president of the Connecticut Parents Union. She also works with a Parent and Youth Group in New Haven. She can be reached on Twitter @RealTalkGwenS.
Parents, especially low-income and of color, understand more and more the importance of data, so why do away with accountability measures in our schools and federal law?
Board of Education member Migdalia Rivas, left; BoE member Shirley Mosby, right.
Updated 11:05 a.m. Saturday, April 25, with two additional emails. The update material follows the originally reported material in chronological order and shows the response from BoE Chairman Mike Lyons and Vice Chairman Artie Kassimis. Updated, 5:23 p.m., clarifying indicators of which Mike is Mike Barbis or Mike Lyons
NORWALK, Conn. — Migdalia Rivas, in 2013, requested that the Norwalk Board of Ethics and Human Relations office get involved in the Board of Education’s superintendent search.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk will be getting back a park it lost 50 years ago with construction that is expected to start next year, a friend of the Norwalk River Valley Trail said Thursday.
Jim Carter was touting the expected connection of piecemeal sections of the trail, the missing link between Union Park and New Canaan Avenue, at a Norwalk Trails spring party held at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Mathews Park. Funding for the project was approved last week by the Common Council, with $300,000 in the capital budget earmarked as matching funds for a federal grant, and another $45,000 for design work to be done this summer. Also touted was the Harbor Loop Trail, which is also getting a few missing links filled in. Continue reading Norwalk trails boosted at spring party
HARTFORD, Conn. – Norwalk’s Republican state legislative delegation joined fellow House and Senate GOP lawmakers Friday in unveiling an alternative budget proposal to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s financial plan.
The Republican budget plan would restore some of the social service cuts proposed by Malloy, something the Democrat majority will be able to get behind when they release their own budget next week. However, Republicans call for about $600 million in labor concessions, reductions in overtime costs, and the creation of a hybrid 401k-style pension plan, ideas that could scuttle the bill in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.
Carl Schmid, a native of Fairfield County, is deputy executive director of The AIDS Institute, Washington, D.C.
Connecticut has been a national leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act through its Access Health CT marketplace and we applaud the progress that has been made to ensure health coverage for residents in the state.
Former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp, second from left, leads the Democratic Town Committee meeting Thursday in the Common Council chambers. Sitting next to him are, from left, DTC Chairman Ed Camacho, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells and Peter Thor.
Norwalk Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left and Democratic Town Committee District D Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra react Thursday in City Hall as the DTC votes against keeping the membership at seven per district.
NORWALK, Conn. — There was “no mutual respect” in the Common Council Chambers on Thursday night, one member of Norwalk’s Democratic Town Committee said.
The internal DTC rifts were on full display as new bylaws were approved – and with it an expansion to 11 members per district – with Vinny Mangiacopra and David Watts trying to keep the DTC membership at a lower level, first with a compromise of nine per district, then by maintaining the current seven. Having failed in that endeavor, they and other members left in an exodus that was mostly along racial lines, a move that Steve Serassis said was self-defeating. Continue reading Contentious vote makes it official: Norwalk DTC will expand to 55 members next year
On behalf of the PTO Council of Norwalk I would like to thank Board of Education member Shirley Mosby for responding to our Freedom of Information request. Unfortunately Ms. Mosby has refused to grant access to public records in her possession that purport to prove her allegation of discrimination and disparate treatment on the Board of Education. We believe that §1-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes confers upon us the right to view such documents and we believe that the exemptions claimed by Ms. Mosby are not supported by state law. We are therefore hopeful that, with the intervention of the Freedom of Information Commission, we may yet achieve a resolution to this matter.