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Norwalk BoE roundup: Math tallies, West Rocks angst

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, shown in a screen capture from the livestream of Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup of items from Tuesday’s Norwalk Board of Education meeting:

  • Budget surplus now said to be $390,000, not $600,000
  • BoE gives up on bringing meetings to parents (physically)
  • West Rocks mom: ‘We are torn apart’
  • Adamowski lauded, along with evaluation process

Continue reading Norwalk BoE roundup: Math tallies, West Rocks angst

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Proposed Norwalk Chief of Staff scrutinized by Council Committees

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling explains the expected role of the proposed Chief of Staff during the Aug. 15 Common Council Personnel Committee meeting in City Hall.

Updated, 5:35 p.m.: No vote will be taken Tuesday; 8:11 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — A proposed Norwalk Chief of Staff position would have far more responsibilities than the Assistant to the Mayor position it would replace, according to city officials.  But some Council members feel the proposed salary range of $118,000-$162,000 per year is too high.

Common Council members at recent meetings have scrutinized Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed administrative reorganization.  The discussion will continue with an Ordinance Committee public hearing Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan said at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that no vote will be taken at the meeting, meaning the public will again be able to comment at a later meeting.  Continue reading Proposed Norwalk Chief of Staff scrutinized by Council Committees

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NPS ponders $605K surplus; NFT President urges action on BMHS ‘critical need’

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon. (File photo)

Updated, 7:17 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools has ended the school year with a $605,000 surplus.

The question now for Board of Education members, if the Board of Estimate and Taxation allows NPS to carryover the funds to next year, is whether to spend the surplus on repairs or use it to cover part of next year’s expected budget increase of $12.7 million.

Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek, at an Aug. 9 Committee meeting, suggested applying the funds to next year’s budget.  Others spoke of desired school building upgrades, including a leaky Brien McMahon High School tunnel that Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon said is making teachers sick from mold. Continue reading NPS ponders $605K surplus; NFT President urges action on BMHS ‘critical need’

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Melendez moves Innovation District proposal to Tuesday public hearing

From left, Common Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E) and Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) consider the options July 17 in City Hall after a tie vote on the proposed Innovation District ordinance.

Updated, 5:35 p.m.: No vote tonight. 6:41 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Your input is invited Tuesday evening on a Norwalk proposal to award up to $15 million in tax credits to developers over five years.

The Common Council Ordinance Committee is holding a public hearing on the proposed Innovation District, which the Council has been discussing for more than a year, at 7 p.m. in City Hall room 231. Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan said at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that no vote will be taken at the meeting, meaning the public will again be able to comment at a later meeting.

Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled by Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) despite the Committee’s tie vote of 3-3 last month on a motion to go to public hearing. Former Council member Rich Bonenfant, sitting in the audience, said the tie meant the move failed, and Melendez said she wasn’t sure if the chairperson could move it to a hearing anyway. Continue reading Melendez moves Innovation District proposal to Tuesday public hearing

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Dems discuss health care at Norwalk forum

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), second from left, discusses Republican attempts last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) listen, Friday at Norwalk Hospital.

Updated, 7:17 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Democratic elected officials heard about Norwalk health care and discussed their hopes for the future at a forum held Friday at Norwalk Hospital.

The hour-long round table, attended by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), and State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25), often referenced the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”.  Murphy and Himes touted the ACA and heard from health care providers regarding the law’s local impacts.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Dems discuss health care at Norwalk forum

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NoN readers slurp oysters, support journalism at Nancy’s Night Out

Diane Keefe, foreground, and other enjoy the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser Thursday at Calf Pasture Beach.

NORWALK, Conn. — Nearly fifty donors attended Nancy’s Night Out Thursday at Calf Pasture Beach, a turnout that Chapman Hyperlocal Media Board Chair Bob Welsh described as among the best ever.

“NancyOnNorwalk readers slurped oysters, heard jazz, and had fun while supporting local journalism that shines a light on our community,“ Welsh said. Continue reading NoN readers slurp oysters, support journalism at Nancy’s Night Out

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Opinion: Shout Outs to NPS July graduates, prenatal effort

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to the Norwalk Public School students who graduated on July 31st. This was the ninth year of Summer Graduation. According to Dr. Dan Sullivan, Director of Summer Programs, “the goal is to give students and families positive closure to their high school and Norwalk Public School experience. By reaching this milestone, we hope this will propel them positively into the next phase of their life.” Continue reading Opinion: Shout Outs to NPS July graduates, prenatal effort

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Milligan demolishes building, claims Norwalk tried to void permit

The remains of 21 Isaacs St. sit Friday after being demolished.  Owner Jason Milligan provided the photo. (Contributed)

Updated, 6:28 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Developer Jason Milligan has again accused Norwalk of shenanigans.  Milligan claimed Friday that the City’s top lawyer attempted to interfere with an approved demolition when he sought to void a valid demolition permit.

Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola denied Milligan’s allegations.  Milligan said he went ahead with the demolition of 21 Isaacs St. after a one-day delay.  Continue reading Milligan demolishes building, claims Norwalk tried to void permit

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‘Overdue’ NHS upgrades considered due to Jefferson project delay

A crew of painters work on the Norwalk High School facade Wednesday.

Updated, 11:21 a.m.: New headline, moved explanation for Jefferson delay nearer to top of story; Updated, 6:16 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk High School is requesting interior upgrades that are sorely overdue, according to Principal Reginald Roberts.  The school’s cafeteria, library, courtyard, and auditorium all need work, he said.

“Part of what we are requesting is something to make ourselves look good, but to make our students feel better about themselves, and make people feel better about Norwalk High School,” Roberts said last week to the Common Council Finance Committee.

The committee agreed, and unanimously recommended reallocating $5 million of capital funds from Jefferson Elementary School work to improvements on Norwalk High School. Continue reading ‘Overdue’ NHS upgrades considered due to Jefferson project delay

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From one candidate to another

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This is an open letter to Colin Hosten, Working Families Party candidate for State Representative in District 140.

Dear Colin Hosten,

I waited for your concession call on August 14, so I could congratulate you the DTC, DNA and the Working Families Party on running a strong campaign.  It forced me to work hard to form my own grassroots team to help me and it was a humbling experience getting to know so many people and their thoughts and needs.  Though we were, and, according to the news, are still opponents, we are still teammates. An oxymoron, I know. Continue reading From one candidate to another

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Nancy’s Night Out is TONIGHT: August 16, 6:30, Ripka’s @ Calf Pasture Beach. You’re invited.

Why?  NancyOnNorwalk is, and needs to be, one sure source of local news; Nancy works incredibly hard and needs a Night Out.

Some night!  Cool jazz by Mike Camacho’s group.  Wood-fired pizza plus a raw bar.  Stuff for kids.  Nancy expects a lot of fun.  You’re invited.

Sea breezes.  Summer stars.  Free parking (Nancy will help if you haven’t got a sticker).  And if you can spare it, a suggested donation of $25, since NancyOnNorwalk depends on reader support.

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Creller set to leave NPS, become Ridgefield super

Norwalk Public Schools Interim Chief Academic Officer Craig Creller explains an initiative to the Norwalk Board of Education at a December meeting at Brookside Elementary School.

Updated, 5:54 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools has lost another top-level administrator.

Math instructional specialist Craig Creller, who recently served as interim Chief Academic Officer, has been hired as assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools, according to the Ridgefield Press. Continue reading Creller set to leave NPS, become Ridgefield super

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Stern beats Crosland in Norwalk/Wilton Dem primary for Judge of Probate

Common Council member Doug Stern (D-At Large), right, waits to greet voters Tuesday at Columbus Magnet School. At left is Human Relations Commissioner and State Representative candidate Colin Hosten.

The election is Nov. 6.

Updated, 12:45 p.m.: More information; 6:22 a.m.: Copy edits; Updated, 3 a.m.: Full story. 

NORWALK, Conn. – Doug Stern defeated Darnell Crosland Tuesday to become the Democratic candidate for Norwalk/Wilton Judge of Probate.  Unofficial results showed Stern with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

“I worked really hard and there were a lot of volunteers who worked very hard,” Stern said, at midnight. “This is a very serious effort that we undertook, and I am surprised that it was as successful as it was … It creates good momentum for November, which I am very excited about.”

Results released by Norwalk Registrars at 11:20 p.m. show that Stern won 2,891 Norwalk votes and Crosland won 1,183 Norwalk votes. The Connecticut Secretary of State announced that unofficial results had Stern with a total of 3,680 votes total to Crosland’s 1,366.  Stern had nearly 73 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s tally.

Crosland, while waiting for the results Tuesday evening, said a win for him would mean more diversity and inclusivity for Norwalk Democrats.  He also noted his campaign was made more difficult when  leading party figures supported Stern.

Continue reading Stern beats Crosland in Norwalk/Wilton Dem primary for Judge of Probate

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