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Bloomingdale’s set to open during disturbing week for The SoNo Collection

The SoNo Collection, Wednesday.

A new kiosk next to Bloomingdale’s, Wednesday in The SoNo Collection.

NORWALK, Conn. – The SoNo Collection’s “rolling opening” hits a major milestone today with the long-awaited Bloomingdale’s debut.

Bloomingdale’s will open at 10 a.m., followed by H&M at noon. Other stores are likely opening as well, as Norwalk Chief of Economic and Community Development Jessica Casey predicted last month that other retailers will likely debut in conjunction with Bloomingdale’s. Mall developer Brookfield Properties has already profited by selling a majority interest to investors. And Nordstrom is doing quite well, according to one of its salesmen. Continue reading Bloomingdale’s set to open during disturbing week for The SoNo Collection

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Norwalk Parking Authority vehicle shot with BB gun

A Norwalk Parking Authority employee sweeps up shattered glass, Tuesday afternoon on Isaacs Street.

NORWALK, Conn. – The rear window of a parked Norwalk Parking Authority vehicle was shattered Tuesday on Isaacs Street when it was hit by a projectile, Norwalk Police say.

A Parking Authority employee said the window was shot out with a BB gun. He wasn’t hurt. Police hadn’t been able to locate the culprit. Continue reading Norwalk Parking Authority vehicle shot with BB gun

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Milligan blocks traffic through former Norwalk parking lot

A Norwalk Police cruiser sits near the Isaac Street dead end Tuesday, where real estate broker Jason Milligan has blockaded his parking lot, used by many people as a cut through to Leonard Street.

NORWALK, Conn. – You can’t drive down Isaac Street and exit through the former Leonard Street municipal parking lot anymore. Jason Milligan has blocked entrance to the lot.

The flashing police lights at the end of Isaac Street on Tuesday represent the latest twist in the ongoing lawsuit filed against Milligan for buying the lot and other properties slated to become part of “POKO,” the stalled Wall Street Place development. Milligan states that before last week’s election, Mayor Harry Rilling and others placated him by making it seem they’d talk but kept things superficial and didn’t really engage. Now the City and Redevelopment Agency have become “very aggressive” with the lawsuit, he asserts. He’s therefore blocked the lot because, “I do not have a seat at the table.” Continue reading Milligan blocks traffic through former Norwalk parking lot

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Final results of Norwalk election show Rilling won with 55.5% of the vote

From left, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) study vote tallies, Election Night in the Hilton Garden Inn. Republicans relied on News12 for results and hours later were clinging to hopes that the election was closer than what the Dems had reported.

The election is over.

NORWALK, Conn. – Predictions of a close Mayoral election have fallen short: Mayor Harry Rilling won victory with 55.48 percent of the vote.

The final results are 8,782 votes for Rilling and 7,047 votes for Republican-endorsed-but-unaffiliated challenger Lisa Brinton, Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said Tuesday.

Brinton and Republican supporter Isabelle Hargrove paint this as worth the struggle; Rilling and Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho stress their continued success. Continue reading Final results of Norwalk election show Rilling won with 55.5% of the vote

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SoNo Collection construction worker dies after fall

Construction equipment outside The SoNo Collection, on Oct. 22.

Updated, 2 p.m. Wednesday, name of victim, story edited; 10:35 p.m., 7 p.m.: Information added.

NORWALK, Conn. – A man who was doing construction work at The SoNo Collection died Tuesday after falling from an elevated height, Norwalk Police say.

Police were called to The SoNo Collection at 2:39 a.m. and rendered aid to the man, Lt. Terry Blake said in a press release. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital by ambulance and later succumbed to his injuries. Continue reading SoNo Collection construction worker dies after fall

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Norwalk Republicans consider ‘tough times’

From left, Norwalk Common Council member Ernie Dumas (D-District B), Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Suda and Norwalk Police Lt. Bruce Hume chat outside Columbus Magnet School on Election Day.

The election is over. Some thinking planning for 2021 should start now.

NORWALK, Conn. – Among Norwalk’s beleaguered Republicans, struggling to come to terms with an election in which they were all but shut out, there seems to be widespread agreement: Happy Days Aren’t Here Again. Beyond that, perspectives vary.

Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Suda thinks the tide will change; former RTC Chairman Victor Cavallo, who was ousted after the 2017 election disaster, speaks of scapegoating and pessimism that what he sees as deep structural issues in the RTC can be repaired. Exiting Common Council member Doug Hempstead recommends rebranding and “distancing” from national issues, while former RTC Chairman Pete Torrano calls attempts to associate local Republicans with President Donald Trump a smokescreen. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans consider ‘tough times’

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Norwalk NAACP: ‘Enough is enough’

An excerpt from a flier distributed by Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams.

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis.

Updated, 2 p.m.: Comment from Heidi Keyes, more information. 

NORWALK, Conn. — The controversy over comments made by Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis continues:

  • NAACP begins task of ‘raising voices’
  • King defends Barbis
  • NAACP wishes for a BoE leader it can appreciate

Continue reading Norwalk NAACP: ‘Enough is enough’

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Opinion: Mike Barbis should resign

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon.

The Norwalk Federation of Teachers is engaged in difficult work with families and students every day, and we need an effective focused Board of Education to do this work successfully. We have serious concerns about the impact of Mr. Barbis’ continued presence on the board. He disparaged and dismissed respected leaders of our community. His email is offensive, vulgar, culturally insensitive, and perceived by many as racist.

Our teachers are held accountable to the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators. This professional code notes the responsibility to “create a culture that encourages purposeful collaboration and dialogue among all stakeholders; Promote and maintain ongoing communication among all stakeholders; and Provide effective leadership to ensure continuous focus on student achievement.” Teachers are each required to “Conduct himself or herself as a professional realizing that his or her actions reflect directly upon the status and substance of the profession…” The teacher, administrator code of ethics, and also the one that was recently signed by members of the Norwalk Board all adhere to a fundamental belief that the student is the foremost reason for our professional efforts. Continue reading Opinion: Mike Barbis should resign

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Norwalk election notes: Waiting for results

Republican Town Clerk Rick McQuaid spots Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling, Tuesday in the Hilton Garden Inn, after looking at a tally board and noticing an election oddity.

The election is over. Results aren’t quite in.

Updated, 4:14 p.m.: More information.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk electoral numbers for you:

  • Glitch holds up final election results
  • Smyth did get a lot of votes – but not that many
  • A little-known victory

Continue reading Norwalk election notes: Waiting for results

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Opinion: Lamont shows boldness in his transportation plan; now he has to own it

Matthew Chudoba. (LinkedIn)

Matthew Chudoba is a strategic communications professional with over six years of agency and internal experience. He is currently is an Account Director at a Norwalk-based communications firm, where he is on the company’s real estate team. This op ed was originally published on CTMirror.org.

I applaud Gov. Ned Lamont for being bold in putting forth his $21 billion transportation plan to upgrade Connecticut’s infrastructure. Is it perfect? No, but it’s very much realistic, and something as comprehensive as this is long overdue.

Now that we know what it entails, it’s imperative that the Lamont administration doesn’t make the same mistakes of the past, namely, sabotaging its chances of moving this plan forward because of an incoherent communications strategy. Continue reading Opinion: Lamont shows boldness in his transportation plan; now he has to own it

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