Mark Chapman, in December.
NORWALK, Conn. — The point, Jim Francek tells me, is to celebrate the life of someone by telling good stories about the effect that person had on people.
That’s the plan for next Saturday, Oct. 29, when we remember the late Mark Chapman, NancyOnNorwalk editor, with a service that will begin at 2 p.m. in Mill Hill Historic Park. I’ve had people have told me that they are anxious to speak and I expect to have a few written statements from people who cannot get here. Also, there will be food. Continue reading Reminder: Mark’s memorial service is Saturday
With alleged major health concerns and age the common expectation is that Hillary Clinton will be a one term President largely focusing on foreign affairs – her major interest. And where her presumed expertise and interests lie unencumbered by Congressional oversight. Despite campaign promises of introducing new social programs, e.g. free college tuition, expanded parental leave, etc. Ms. Clinton is broadly expected to carry out the programs and policies of President Obama. In effect a third Obama term. Surely there are enough overseas issues to be tackled, e.g. North Korea, ISIS, Iran, Brexit, China. Not to mention the ramifications of a world awash in an unprecedented supply of conventional weapons. Plus promising new technologies with drones and far more capable surveillance satellites. Our world is being engulfed with a hitherto unimaginable wealth of information on everyone and just about everything.
The more difficult questions revolve about Ms. Clinton’s ability to deal with a highly fractured Congress and lack of trust amongst the public that has no analogs in the modern era. Much depends upon whether the GOP retains both houses. But no matter the outcome, whether the GOP retains both the Senate or the House or just the House the relations between the Congress and the White House are likely to be unusually frosty. Both Parties have faced major rebellions within their ranks and are highly fractured. Moreover, Ms. Clinton is not known for the political skills used to bring warring parties together. Continue reading What Happens After the Election?
Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS
This week, I would like to recognize people and organizations in our community that are illustrating that “it takes a village” to lift up and improve outcomes for all children.
Shout Out to Alfreda Turner, Executive Director of Bridgeport Prospers, and to her entire team at United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, who organized a thought-provoking Cradle to Career Convening this week, focused on the Collective Impact work taking place in Bridgeport. Many of the initiatives that were highlighted by our fellow StriveTogether partner focused on working together around a shared community vision, echoed the work taking place in Norwalk. Learning from each other and lifting up what is working will lead to better outcomes for all children. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
Dan Carter’s been in the news a lot, lately. Unfortunately for state Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, who is challenging Sen. Richard Blumenthal this year, the Dan Carter that dominates the first page of any Google search is a rugby player in New Zealand. Their Dan Carter’s been battling a doping allegation. Ours is battling total indifference.
You’re forgiven if you forgot about any other races happening this year. Trump-Clinton has taken up so much of my mental energy that I’m not taking joy in the usual things, like election yard signs and financial disclosure reports. It’s apparently such an awful election year that it’s actually making people sick. Continue reading Opinion: Wasn’t there a Senate race happening?
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs atctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
“Connecticut sucks.” We’re used to hearing that sort of sentiment from a business community weary of high taxes and excessive regulation or from young people who think the state is boring.
But these words came from a traveler from Indiana who was disgusted to learn that the Connecticut Welcome Center in Willington is now closed for all but seven hours a day. In the off hours, motorists are free to use the portable toilets, which by most accounts stink to high heaven and will be like smelly walk-in freezers once the winter sets in. Continue reading Opinion: Welcome to Connecticut . . . Now hold your nose
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In the last and final presidential debate, the two major party candidates were asked if they would accept the results of the election. One candidate’s answer has alarmed voters, election officials, and pundits across the nation, and has divided the party in Connecticut.
In answer to the question, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he’s going to wait to see the results. Continue reading Romano: Republicans will support Trump’s position on election if questions are raised about results
State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25), left, and Republican candidate for State Senate Greg Ehlers debate Thursday in Norwalk City Hall. (Harold Cobin photo)
NORWALK, Conn. – The state budget was touched upon over and over again Thursday as State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) and his opponent for re-election, Republican Greg Ehlers of Darien, met face to face to debate issues.
Ehlers, thought by some to be Duff’s first real opponent ever for re-election, pounded his themes of transparency, accountability and predictability over and over again as he decried the fiscal management of the state and its climate for business. Duff, in return, listed his achievements as Senate majority leader and defended an optimistic take on the state’s future, saying at one point that Ehlers doesn’t understand the process and at another point that Ehlers had his facts incorrect.
A key exchange focused on the state’s effort to rebuild the Walk Bridge, with Duff offering a clarification on the feasibility of making the Norwalk River non-navigable as the two countered on comments made recently by U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).
See end of story for a Harold Cobin-produced video of the entire debate
Continue reading Duff, Ehlers spar on state economy, touch on Walk Bridge issue
Signs based on this logo proliferated on East Avenue.
NORWALK, Conn. – With a rallying cry of “Do It Right or Not At All,” three Norwalk women have risen to fight the proposed revisions to the Norwalk charter.
Their coordinated effort is in addition to that of the guy first on the block with “No” signs, former Common Council member David McCarthy (R-District E). Meanwhile, Yes 4 Norwalk has raised money with an eye toward educating voters on the reasons why they should support the four charter questions, with the support of Mayor Harry Rilling.
Competing signs created by Norwalk First.
“After suffering one planning/zoning crisis after another, the City of Norwalk convened a once in a generation commission to study charter revision. The result? Longer terms, bigger salaries and some tinkering around the edges,” a new website, Norwalk First, states. Continue reading Some say yes, some no: Norwalk Charter Revision inspires competing PACs, lone wolf
Former Mayor Richard Moccia, left; Mayor Harry Rilling, right.
NORWALK, Conn. – No, Richard Moccia would not have come out in support of four-year mayoral terms if he were still mayor.
Four year terms are a benefit to the city, Mayor Harry Rilling said, denying there’s anything wrong with his efforts to raise money in support for the proposed charter revision. Continue reading Rilling, Moccia take note of ‘different strokes’ in Charter Revision approaches
Members of the American Legion are presented with a ceremonial $10,000 check Thursday at LQR MKT.
A new offering from the Norwalk Arts Commission.
NORWALK, Conn. – You can test drive a new free app that features 60 points of Norwalk interest on Sunday.
Also of note locally are:
- American Legion Norwalk receives largest private donation in its 96-year history
- Improvements to the Yankee Doodle Garage
- A walk through Silvermine with Mayor Harry Rilling and his wife Saturday
- State Sen. Bob Duff is offering a free pasta dinner Saturday
Continue reading Once Around the City: New mobile app; Yankee Doodle Garage, American Legion and a group walk through Silvermine
State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25).
Earlier this year I received a very warm, encouraging letter from Jacob Harrison Long, the CEO of American Woolen Company in Stafford Springs. You may never have heard of the company or the Connecticut town they call home, but their significance cannot be understated.
You see, they’re the only worsted/woolen textile company left in America. However, theirs is not a story of desperation. They’re doing extremely well and have a diverse clientele from established high-end retail brands to young startups.
When the fear mongering about companies moving out of Connecticut was at an extreme, Jacob wrote to tell me his company is proud to call Connecticut home. He made it clear his focus is not on what it costs him to be in Connecticut, but rather the untapped potential of Connecticut as a hub of consumer product innovation and manufacturing. Those are his exact words. Continue reading Opinion: Proud to call Connecticut home
Norwalk Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo. (File photo)
NORWALK – It was 10:50 a.m. on a Tuesday when Norwalk Police Officer Thomas J. Kalamaras’ cellphone rang. One the other end was Norwalk High School’s B House administrator, Carol Marinaccio. Someone had heard a loud bang. It was unknown what caused it, but it could have been a gunshot.
School administrators agree with Kalamaras: there was a delay in reporting that possible gunshot on Sept. 27. They do not agree on the length of the delay. Continue reading Costanzo: Response to Sept. 27 possible NHS gunshot could have been ‘expedited’
Republican state representative candidate Darline Perpignan.
Too often politicians say one thing and do another. And, this is why the public has such a negative opinion of them. There is no better example of this than the spending cap:
In 1991, the state did something rare. There was an issue that was so important that the legislature left it in the hands of Connecticut citizens to decide what we should do. And, 81% of voters cast their ballots in support of a constitutional spending cap. Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut needs to implement spending cap