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Public opinion wanted at Monday hearing on SoNo Station Design District

The proposed SoNo Station Design District area.

Updated, 1:46 p.m.: Maps of proposed SSDD and TOD added.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalkers interested in weighing in on Zoning changes near the South Norwalk Train Station might want to attend a Monday evening public hearing in City Hall.

A joint meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commissions will focus on SoNo Station Design District proposed Zoning amendments and proposed changes to the Building Zone map. Continue reading Public opinion wanted at Monday hearing on SoNo Station Design District

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Knopp named to CT Transportation Policy Advisory Council

Former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

NORWALK – State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today announced that he has appointed former Mayor Alex Knopp of Norwalk to the newly-created Transportation Policy Advisory Council that was created by the General Assembly in 2017 to advise the Connecticut Department of Transportation on improvements to transportation policy, the adoption of the DOT’s five-year capital plan and on select transportation projects. Continue reading Knopp named to CT Transportation Policy Advisory Council

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Duff plans Connecticut net neutrality legislation

State Sen. Bob Duff

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

HARTFORD, CT – Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today announced that he will introduce legislation in the 2018 legislative session of the General Assembly aimed at protecting Connecticut businesses and consumers from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rollback of net neutrality rules. Continue reading Duff plans Connecticut net neutrality legislation

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NPS previews 2018-19 budget, expects $10.7M increase

Norwalk Public Schools Budget Coordinator Kristen Karzcmit, Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – A preliminary foundation for the Norwalk Public Schools 2018-19 operating budget shows the Board of Education requesting an $10.7 million increase over the current budget.

The reasons for a projected 5.8 percent increase were discussed at Thursday’s Board of Education Finance Committee meeting, along with a brief conversation about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s holdbacks on the current state budget.

“We are still in a reasonably good place,” Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said on that last topic. Continue reading NPS previews 2018-19 budget, expects $10.7M increase

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SoNoCC Facebook post prompts concern about imminent sale of building

The original South Norwalk Community Center Facebook post, provided by Common Council member Faye Bowman (D-District B), left; the updated “change the locks!” version, right.

NORWALK, Conn. — The city is close to an agreement with the South Norwalk Community Center to purchase its half of 98 South Main St., Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King said Wednesday.

This information came in response to a Facebook post, which caused a bit of controversy, with Common Council member Faye Bowman (D-District B) complaining that her requests for information had been ignored and asserting a lack of transparency. Continue reading SoNoCC Facebook post prompts concern about imminent sale of building

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Oak Hills Authority looks to sit-down bar in park restaurant

From left, Oak Hills Golf Course superintendent Jim Schell, Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Jerry Crowley and OHPA member Bill Waters talk to the Common Council Land Use and Building Management Committee on Dec. 6 in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Three bids have come in for the restaurant in Oak Hills Park.

Eviction proceedings have begun on current restaurateurs Amar Haouari and Vincent LaForte, Oak Hills Park Authority Chairman Jerry Crowley said Thursday. Continue reading Oak Hills Authority looks to sit-down bar in park restaurant

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Norwalk continues providing support for fire victims

Damage to Stonewood condos at 100 Richards Ave. (Michele DeLuca)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:

(Norwalk, CT- 12/14/17). The news and photographs from Monday’s fire on Richards Ave are stunning and the damage to the building was extensive. While there is never a good time of year to experience a life-changing event like a fire, having the fire this close to the holidays are especially hard. A total of 54 units (approx 100+ people) were affected by this fire and all residents are displaced. The City is also  working to access SBA assistance (Small business Administration) which can provide assistance after major fires and can be another resources for displaced residents. Continue reading Norwalk continues providing support for fire victims

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Norwalk Council approves health director, BET members

Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation members, from left, Ed Camacho, Artie Kassimis, James Frayer and Troy Jellerette.

Deanne D’Amore is expected to start work as Director of Health on Jan. 8, with a salary of $128,365.

NORWALK, Conn. — A new health director, three new Board of Estimate and Taxation members and a project manager for Walk Bridge issues were all unanimously approved Tuesday by the Common Council.

Deanne D’Amore was one of four finalists found through an extensive search for a new health department director, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Ray Burney said, explaining that the job was advertised on CareerBuilder, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, the State Department of Public Health and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Continue reading Norwalk Council approves health director, BET members

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Cumberland Farms application withdrawn

Main Street neighbors organized recently oppose a Cumberland Farms in their midst.

Updated, 9:45 p.m., Norwalk Preservation Trust plan.

NORWALK, Conn. – The controversial Cumberland Farms application for Main Street has been withdrawn, according to Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin.

The application, which involved demolishing four dilapidated historic homes, was withdrawn Tuesday afternoon, he said in an email. Continue reading Cumberland Farms application withdrawn

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Norwalk Council to consider new position a little longer

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk communications manager position was not created Tuesday.

The Common Council voted unanimously to table the idea presented by Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Ray Burney, after Doug Hempstead (R-District D) asked, “Why the rush?”

There have been no Committee discussions on the shifting of the grants writer position to a communication manager, Hempstead said, pointing out that there used to be a process that included a public hearing. Continue reading Norwalk Council to consider new position a little longer

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Red Cross and City of Norwalk to offer free smoke alarm installations

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

 

NORWALK, Conn. (December 12, 2017) – The American Red Cross in Connecticut and the City of Norwalk are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to residents. The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. Residents can schedule a visit by visiting http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut/home-fire-safety-visit or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation. Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested. Volunteers will help families understand the importance of fire safety and help them develop personalized family escape plans to use in the event a fire breaks out in their home.   Continue reading Red Cross and City of Norwalk to offer free smoke alarm installations

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Norwalk mom’s battle for NPS SpEd services continues

A box of documents related to a Special Education due process hearing last week in Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk mother’s legal battle with Norwalk Public Schools goes beyond her grown son’s inability to read.

“How can you graduate somebody from high school without the basic concept of counting money?” Arden Church said last week in City Hall. Continue reading Norwalk mom’s battle for NPS SpEd services continues

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