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Malloy: Adding lane to I-95 ‘shouldn’t be optional’

A view of Interstate 95, from an upper floor of the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters on Connecticut Avenue. (File photo)

Gov. Dannel Malloy.

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

 

GOV. MALLOY AND COMMISSIONER REDEKER RELEASE FINDINGS OF I-95 WIDENING STUDY, REITERATE CALL FOR NEW TRANSPORTATION REVENUE

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today released the findings of a study on the impact of widening and improving both the western and eastern portions of Interstate 95 in Connecticut, and outlined the consequences of failing to act. Continue reading Malloy: Adding lane to I-95 ‘shouldn’t be optional’

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Norwalk Council Committee endorses ‘communications manager/grants coordinator’ role

Norwalk Director of Personnel and Labor Relations Ray Burney reacts to Common Council commentary, Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – The proposal to merge the Norwalk grants coordinator position with communications duties is returning to the Common Council next week.

The Council Personnel Committee on Wednesday voted 4-2 to move it ahead after more than an hour’s debate centered on two phrases, totaling 17 words, and nearly half an hour of awkward efforts to move ahead procedurally to resolve the issue. Continue reading Norwalk Council Committee endorses ‘communications manager/grants coordinator’ role

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Gatto named Norwalk fire chief

Norwalk Fire Chief Gino Gatto, left, accepts congratulations from Mayor Harry Rilling and Fire Commissioner Oscar Destruge during Tuesday’s Fire Commission meeting in Norwalk Fire Department headquarters. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK – Norwalk’s new fire chief is Gino Gatto.

Gatto, who was made assistant chief in December 2015 and has been serving as acting fire chief since May, was awarded a 1.5 year contract at Tuesday’s Fire Commission meeting. He replaces Chief Laurence Reilly, who retired in May. Continue reading Gatto named Norwalk fire chief

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Norwalk adds a fire inspector to ‘put a dent’ in overflowing demand

The Berkeley on West Avenue, part of the Waypointe complex. Inspecting the complex “could take weeks,” Fire Marshall Broderick Sawyer said.
(Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – With the Fire Marshal’s office reporting it’s as much as four years behind in code inspections, the Fire Commission on Tuesday approved hiring a fifth full-time fire inspector.

The Commission also agreed that two part-time inspectors the city has employed on a per diem basis since November should continue until next December. Continue reading Norwalk adds a fire inspector to ‘put a dent’ in overflowing demand

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Adamowski professes ‘cautious optimism’ as Norwalk budget talks continue

From left, Board of Education Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski and Board of Education member Bruce Kimmel discuss Norwalk’s “Rainy Day Fund” after Tuesday’s BoE meeting in City Hall.

Updated, 1:35 p.m.: Comments from Laoise King.

NORWALK, Conn. – Two proposals are being developed to provide more than a “zero” budget increase to Norwalk Public Schools, Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Tuesday.

Adamowski said there had been a “constructive” meeting Tuesday afternoon in Mayor Harry Rilling’s office, where, “We had a very frank discussion over how the finance director has presented the budget.” Continue reading Adamowski professes ‘cautious optimism’ as Norwalk budget talks continue

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Planning Commissioners move East Norwalk TOD forward

Assistant Planning and Zoning Director Mike Wrinn, center, shows artistic renderings of the proposal for 230 East Ave. at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Planning Commissioners on Tuesday gave a nod of approval to a mixed-use development next to the East Norwalk train station, with only one dissenting voice.

While David Davison argued that the city should wait for a Transit Oriented Development study to be done for the area, others said they were looking forward to Spinnaker Real Estate Partners beginning construction of its apartment complex on the site of the former Factory Outlet store. Continue reading Planning Commissioners move East Norwalk TOD forward

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Adamowski highlights Next Gen gains; Yordon cites ‘dedicated staff’

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Gains in Norwalk Public Schools’ state assessment rating were trumpeted Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting.

“If we continue to invest in our schools, follow our well-thought out improvement strategy in the form of our strategic operating plan and have the continued support of our city I am sure we will continue to improve. I think this is a testament to the fact that when our students receive the same things as students in other districts, they do just as well if not better,” Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said. Continue reading Adamowski highlights Next Gen gains; Yordon cites ‘dedicated staff’

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Report of weapon at Norwalk High results in frightening police presence

Norwalk High School.

Correction, 2:35 a.m.: Mark Suda is a detective.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police swarmed Norwalk High School on Tuesday morning after a report of a weapon on campus.

“There were no threats made, there was no weapon seen,” Norwalk Police Lt. Terrance Blake said at a press conference, broadcast by Fox61. “With an abundance of caution our officers responded to the scene. The school went into a shelter in place while our investigation continues.” Continue reading Report of weapon at Norwalk High results in frightening police presence

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Fairfield County Giving Day returns March 1

NORWALK, Conn. – Giving Day returns to Fairfield County on Thursday, March 1, with 436 non-profit organizations competing for $100,000 in prizes.

Hosted by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with lead sponsor Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising competition that focused on local causes. Last year, this amazing day of giving had extraordinary results: $1,465,246 donated by 13,718 individuals for 414 nonprofits. Continue reading Fairfield County Giving Day returns March 1

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South Norwalkers vent, seek solutions to ‘quality of life’ issues

From left, Norwalk Common Council members Doug Stern (D-At Large), Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), Greg Burnett (D-At Large) and Faye Bowman (D-District B) participate in a community conversation Monday in Calvary Baptist Church.

NORWALK, Conn. – South Norwalk residents need to become vocal in the face of enormous change, activists said Monday.

“As folks who live in South Norwalk and travel the streets every day, it’s awful. It’s only going to get worse as the development continues,” Darlene Young said. Continue reading South Norwalkers vent, seek solutions to ‘quality of life’ issues

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Barron attributes Norwalk property assessment appeals partially for .5% grand list growth

Norwalk Power LLC appealed the property assessments for Manresa Island, resulting in a $9.8 million loss to the 2017 grand list, according to Finance Director Bob Barron.

NORWALK, Conn. — Gains in Norwalk’s grand list are partially cancelled out by losses, Finance Director Bob Barron said.

Barron said he talks to Tax Assessor Michael Stewart and the city has lost “millions of dollars in assessed values” due to court cases that challenged assessments. The Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) can also reduce assessed values, he said. Continue reading Barron attributes Norwalk property assessment appeals partially for .5% grand list growth

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Stepping Stones’ ‘epic party’ raises $4,500 for Puerto Rican children

From left: Meg Robustelli, Director of Marketing at Stepping Stones, and Lauren Bonefant, Events Manager at Stepping Stones, presented Allison Lardner, Director of National Events, Community Engagement and Courtney Nields, Manager of Community Engagement and Fundraising at Save the Children, with a check for over $4500 raised by Stepping Stones’ fundraiser for Hurricane Maria Relief. (Stepping Stones Museum for Children)

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

 

PARTY FOR A PURPOSE RAISES $4500 FOR CHILDREN IN PUERTO RICO

– Stepping Stones Museum Partners with Save the Children for Hurricane Maria Relief – Continue reading Stepping Stones’ ‘epic party’ raises $4,500 for Puerto Rican children

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Norwalk needs to ban fracking waste

(Norwalk River Watershed Association)

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Editor’s note: The Ordinance Committee is considering this issue today, Tuesday, Feb. 20.

To the editor:

My name is Louise Washer and I am president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. I am working with volunteers in the six watershed towns to help pass ordinances to ban fracking waste.   Continue reading Norwalk needs to ban fracking waste

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