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Fensore case reveals division and ‘cliques’ on Norwalk Board of Education

Then-Board of Education member Migdalia Rivas speaks at a 2015 BoE meeting in this file photo.

NORWALK, Conn. – Three Norwalk Board of Education members referred to as “The Trio” were commonly left out of email communications regarding board business, according to revelations in a lawsuit against outgoing Board Chair Mike Lyons.

Then-Board members Shirley Mosby, Migdalia Rivas and Rosa Murray complained in 2014 and 2015, as the Board was discussing important topics in public, that they had been left out of the loop. Court documents from the case filed by former Special Education Director Christina Fensore against Lyons provide evidence in support of those claims. Continue reading Fensore case reveals division and ‘cliques’ on Norwalk Board of Education

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Around the web: An untimely death; ruminations about GGP and an honor for a retired Norwalk teacher

Ken Olson of POKO Partners, in 2015. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Here are a few stories from other places, relevant to Norwalk:

 

  • Ken Olson, POKO developer, passes away
  • ‘$23 Isn’t Going To Get It Done For GGP’
  • ‘Retired Norwalk Teacher Wins AARP Award For Girls’ STEM Program’

Continue reading Around the web: An untimely death; ruminations about GGP and an honor for a retired Norwalk teacher

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Nowalk ponders tomorrow at master plan outreach session

Darlene Young expresses an opinion, Saturday in the Center for Global Studies, as a community outreach session for Norwalk’s next master plan comes to a close.

Norwalk Tomorrow is the Norwalk Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) effort.

NORWALK, Conn. — Protecting the coastline, supporting the schools and preventing overdevelopment.

Reportedly, there was a consensus at Saturday’s Norwalk Tomorrow meeting, the first public outreach session to develop a new master plan, otherwise known as the Plan of Conservation and Development. Continue reading Nowalk ponders tomorrow at master plan outreach session

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to the leaders of our city for developing Norwalk Tomorrow, an open and transparent process that gives the entire community — residents, educators, business owners, employees, visitors and city officials — a voice and a chance to bring their ideas and experience to a discussion around Norwalk’s future. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Adamowski joins chorus of outrage, asks ABC to tone down ‘American Housewife’

A screengrab from ABC’s website promoting American Housewife.

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Disney needs to clean up its act, according to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

Adamowski on Friday sent a letter to ABC, which is owned by Disney to protest comments made on the comedy show American Housewife. Continue reading Adamowski joins chorus of outrage, asks ABC to tone down ‘American Housewife’

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Park offers kayak guidebook for free

(Photo by David Park)

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

 

“KAYAKING IN AND AROUND THE NORWALK ISLANDS” GUIDEBOOK IS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS FOR FREE

 

The PDF file of the guidebook, “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands” is available to individuals for personal use for free. Continue reading Park offers kayak guidebook for free

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Would-be Norwalk firefighter pressing on with discrimination complaint

Novack Lazare talks to NancyOnNorwalk ins 2016, outside the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters on Connecticut Avenue.

 

Updated, 1:53 p.m.: Comment from Attorney Amy Eppler-Epstein; clarification on Jalin Sead.

NORWALK, Conn. – Recent charges against a New Haven man who has filed a complaint of discrimination against the Norwalk Fire Department are not relevant to his complaint, according to his lawyer.

Novack Lazare was denied employment with the Fire Department last year after officials learned through an F.B.I. background check that Lazare is a convicted felon. Lazare filed a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) alleging that he was discriminated against because he is African American, later amending it to say he was discriminated against because of his record as a convict, according to Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr.

Waterbury Police arrested Lazare in September; Spahr in mid-October suggested that Lazare should withdraw his discrimination complaint because the arrest made it conclusively clear that “Lazare is not fit to be a firefighter.” Continue reading Would-be Norwalk firefighter pressing on with discrimination complaint

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NPS rolls out app to allow anonymous bullying reports

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

 

NORWALK PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ROLL OUT ANONYMOUS ALERTS ANTI-BULLYING AND SAFETY REPORTING APP

 

The New “Tip Line” App Reflects NPS Commitment To Combat Bullying And Safety Threats

 

Norwalk, Conn. (November 16, 2017) – Norwalk Public Schools will roll out a new bullying and safety reporting mobile app called Anonymous Alerts in the next several weeks. The app allows NPS high school and middle school students, parents and school personnel to anonymously report bullying, safety concerns, student depression, drug and alcohol issues, family problems, or other situations that may warrant immediate attention by school officials.

The Anonymous Alerts app can be downloaded directly from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and the Google Chrome Store. After downloading the Anonymous Alerts app, students, parents or other school personnel can click to open it, and then enter “norwalkps” as the username and password. Students, parents or other school personnel can also visit the Norwalk Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button to report an incident. Posters explaining how to use the app will also be displayed throughout the schools.

All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer. A screenshot or photo may also be included in the submission. The system will be operational during school between the hours of 7am and 5pm. Reports sent after 5pm will be answered on the next scheduled school day. All imminent emergencies should be directed to the Norwalk Police Department by dialing 911. NPS adheres to the Conn. General Statute for Bullying: 10-222d.

While Norwalk Public Schools encourages students to contact a teacher, school administrator, psychologist or counselor with any issues first, the new app is an option for students or parents who want to communicate anonymously.

“School safety is a priority across the district. This new app will empower our students to come forward without fear of retribution by their peers. By receiving incident reports from students, we can apply resources quickly to avert potential safety issues,” said NPS School Preparedness Coordinator Joe Rios.

“We are honored and excited to partner with Norwalk Public Schools. We are proud to work with their students, parents, and schools to help increase the flow of information about bullying, school safety, and other urgent concerns with our simple to-use mobile applications for students,” said T. Gregory Bender, President and CEO of Anonymous Alerts, LLC.

 

This press release was posted as a public service. A press release is a written announcement submitted to news organizations to publicize an event or activity, a milestone or a point of view. NancyOnNorwalk has not researched the assertions made and takes no responsibility for the content.

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Norwalk Zoners given earful in opposition to Cumberland Farms plan

Juan Beltran confronts Cumberland Farms representatives Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Two phrases dominated Wednesday’s last-minute uprising in opposition to a Cumberland Farms on Main Street.

One was, “How would you feel?” The other was, “I-95 rest stop.”

Neighbors joined community activists to implore the Zoning Commission to turn down the proposal to replace four dilapidated historic homes with a six gas pump-Cumby’s, their pained passionate pleas following a point-by-point take down from David Westmoreland. Continue reading Norwalk Zoners given earful in opposition to Cumberland Farms plan

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Norwalk River will be dredged again, Pinto says

Norwalk Harbor Management Commission member John Pinto explains methods to store contaminated river bed sediments, Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Harbor is worth years of arduous effort, John Pinto said Wednesday.

No one at the Harbor Management Commission’s annual State of the Harbor meeting mentioned the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s effort to rebuild the aged railroad bridge over the Norwalk River, but it was there nonetheless, as Pinto and Coastal Area Planning Consultant Geoff Steadman reviewed their historic, tedious, years-long effort to get the river dredged. Continue reading Norwalk River will be dredged again, Pinto says

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Creller named interim NPS Chief Academic Officer

Norwalk Public Schools interim Chief Academic Officer Craig Creller. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools has an interim Chief Academic Officer.

Craig Creller, who has been serving as Mathematics Instructional Specialist, was appointed Tuesday by the Board of Education to stand in for the departed Chief Academic Officer Michael Conner. Continue reading Creller named interim NPS Chief Academic Officer

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Norwalk Police seek Wall Street shooting suspect

A suspect in the recent shooting on Wall Street, Norwalk Police say.

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

 

Shooting Suspect

 

Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred on November 4, 2017, at 2:04 am, at the Market Bistro at 64 Wall Street.    Continue reading Norwalk Police seek Wall Street shooting suspect

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Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.