From left, Taeshanae Hardy, Sherelle Harris, Lauriana Garcia, Genesis Butler, Christiana Joyner and Saniya Dixon participate in the Norwalk Lit Crawl on April 3 at Fat Cat Pie Co. (Bob Welsh)
Once a year, Norwalk comes together to read aloud the literature that moves us. We share pain, loss, transformation, or amusement. We listen, and we are heard.
The fourth annual Norwalk Lit Crawl occurred April 3rd at four restaurants in the Wall Street area, featuring readers sharing favorite poems or book excerpts. The event was a fundraiser for NorwalkREADS, which promotes child literacy.
In 2017 my friend Sherelle Harris, a Lit Crawl organizer, invited me to read at Fat Cat Pie. Co., where she is an emcee. I read “The Duck” by Donald Babcock – a poem I love for the way a duck floating in the water becomes a profound existential metaphor. Continue reading Reflections from the Norwalk Lit Crawl
Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.
Shout Out to the Norwalk Public Schools for an incredibly successful 2017-2018 school year! The dedication of all of the – teachers, school counselors, central office personnel, Dr. Adamowski and his cabinet, school administrators, house masters, administrative assistants, social workers, librarians, custodians, security and cafeteria staff, bus drivers – to the education of over 11,000 students is something that the city can be incredibly proud off. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s shout outs
I recently joined dozens of federal, state, and local officials, and Connecticut commuters to officially launch the CTrail Hartford Line for service. The passenger rail line, which has multiple stations in Central Connecticut along the I-91 corridor connecting New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, is the first passenger rail line to open for service in Connecticut since 1990.
This is great news for Connecticut commuters and businesses. Providing convenient, affordable and reliable mass transportation is essential to Connecticut’s economic future. Continue reading Opinion: Investing in Mass Transit
Attorney Darnell Crosland, left, officially announces a run for Judge of Probate on Thursday at Paella restaurant, his mother, Uruzi Beazer of the Bronx, at his side.
NORWALK, Conn. — Attorney Darnell Crosland rallied the troops Thursday in his bid to become Norwalk/Wilton’s next Judge of Probate.
“All the mathematics say I should have gotten the nomination,” Crosland said to supporters at Paella restaurant on Main Ave., in officially announcing his campaign and a drive to win the Aug. 14 Democratic primary.
Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Crosland announces bid for ‘true nomination’ in probate judge race
NORWALK, Conn. – Tim Currie kicks off this year’s summer concert series, the Health Department offers free HIV screening and ConnDOT will share information about the Strawberry Hill Avenue bridge work that’s planned.
Parks and Rec Concert Series starts June 27 with new no smoking area Continue reading Music at Norwalk beach, health screenings and DOT info about planned bridge work
Lt. James Walsh, right, shakes hands with Police Commissioner Charles L. Yost Friday after being selected to be Deputy Chief of the city’s Police Department. Behind them is Mayor Harry W. Rilling, who is also a Police Commissioner. (Harold Cobin)
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police Lt. James Walsh was selected Friday to be deputy chief of the city’s Police Department.
After a brief meeting in executive session at police headquarters, the city’s three Police Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Walsh to the position.
Walsh, 50, replaces Deputy Chief Ashley Gonzalez, who recently became chief of a department in Texas. Continue reading Norwalk Police Commission chooses Walsh for deputy chief
From left, Board of Education member Bruce Kimmel and BoE Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek, Thursday in City Hall.
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NORWALK, Conn. — The results of months-long budget drama are much less painful than they might have been, Norwalk Board of Education members said Thursday.
Recommendations delivered by Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton include eliminating 12 paraprofessionals, with a retirement incentive lessening the actual pain; cutting four middle school guidance secretary positions; consolidating four high school assistant principal secretary positions; cutting two Central Office positions; keeping two guidance counselor positions vacant; and discontinuing the Pathways at Briggs Academy. The middle school sports budget is recommended to be cut in half, at $80,845, instead of being eliminated as was originally proposed, and the Naramake School Resource Center is slated for closure. Continue reading Norwalk BoE moves final budget, plan to cut 22 positions, forward
NORWALK, Conn. – An arts festival, life coaching for seniors and a summer solstice barbecue are among events coming up within a few days.
Arts Festival features fine arts and crafts, family fun, poetry
Mathews Park in Norwalk will be the location for the 6th Annual Norwalk Arts Festival June 23-24. The free fine art and craft festival includes live musical performances, poetry, family activities, and a variety of food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continue reading Arts festival, dating for seniors and solstice BBQ
Arthur J. Perschino. (Contributed)
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Arthur J. Perschino, 86, founding principal of the Columbus Magnet School, passed away June 14 in Ocean N.J. after a short illness.
Affectionately known by his staff and students as “Mr. P.,” he spent his entire career as an educator in Norwalk. In 1980, he became the founding principal of the Columbus Magnet School, which was created as the result of a desegregation order.
Mr. P. went on to become an iconic figure in the Norwalk Public School system, leading Columbus to national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1989. Continue reading Honoring ‘Mr. P,’ Columbus Magnet’s founding principal
The view of Wall Street Place from Jason Milligan’s “Phase II” parking lot on June 1.
NORWALK, Conn. — Citibank is exploring options on how to move forward with Wall Street Place Phase I, Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King said Wednesday.
Norwalk officials met Wednesday with Citibank and Citibank’s chosen developer to get an update, King said, identifying John and Todd McClutchy as Citibank’s preferred developer. Continue reading Milligan presses his points in the press as Norwalk works with Citibank
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NORWALK, Conn. — Here are some items of note:
- Primaries set; Hosten to challenge Simms
- Crosland officially announcing run Thursday
- Firetree sign causes misperception
- Republicans bash Duff and Rilling for funeral photo
Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Primaries, Quintard, Duff/Rilling
A rally in support of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore begins Tuesday at Norwalk City Hall. Teachers were told that if they attended they’d be fired, Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams said.
Families stand in the shade outside Norwalk City Hall on Tuesday as a 50-minute long rally continues.
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NORWALK, Conn. —An embattled Norwalk middle school principal was lauded Tuesday by citizens who said her job is in jeopardy, with many criticizing Norwalk Public Schools administration.
“West Rocks used to have a horrible reputation. It is on its way up, not because of what (Superintendent of Schools Steven) Adamowski is doing, because of what she and every student and educator in that building are doing,” West Rocks Middle School School Governance Council member David Young said in front of City Hall, at a rally called in support of WRMS Principal Lynne Moore. Continue reading Norwalk principal’s fans rally to oppose possible termination
Brien McMahon High School seniors graduate Tuesday. (NPS)
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NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:
BRIEN MCMAHON CLASS OF 2018 TO ATTEND UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
BMHS Graduates Earn Scholarships and Accolades
Norwalk, Conn. (June 19, 2018) – The Brien McMahon Class of 2018 will celebrate with pomp and circumstance during the 57th annual commencement this evening. Almost 430 Brien McMahon seniors will receive their diplomas during the ceremony. Accepted to a variety of institutes of higher learning across the United States, graduates will attend Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Central Connecticut State, Connecticut College, Emory University, Ithaca College, Purdue University and more.
NPS video of entire graduation posted at end of story Continue reading Norwalk Public Schools touts Brien McMahon graduates, award winners