Jim Fieber of Special Properties II speaks to opponents of his planned development at a recent Conservation Commission public hearing.
NORWALK, Conn. – Not only are drawings inside the White Barn Theatre not the work of the late Geoffrey Holder, according to a reliable source, but they would have been preserved no matter what, developer Jim Fieber said.
“I would never, ever destroy something that can be adaptively used or appreciated by members of the public if it’s possible and financially feasible to preserve it, Fieber said Wednesday, going on to express frustration about the “extraneous garbage” that has been spread about his planned 15-home conservation development on the estate of the late Lucille Lortel. Continue reading Fieber defends White Barn proposal, promises to preserve historical artifacts if possible
General Growth Properties Associate Developer Rob Jakubik and GGP Senior Developer Doug Adams talk to the public Wednesday in the South Norwalk library.
NORWALK, Conn. – Upbeat feelings about a possible mall in SoNo were stoked Wednesday by developers looking for support at next week’s Norwalk Common Council meeting, where the fate of the project may be decided.
“In essence, we would love for all of you to come out and express your opinion on the project if you like what you heard tonight,” General Growth Properties Associate Developer Rob Jakubik said at the GGP town hall in the South Norwalk branch library. “Obviously we are going to take your input under consideration as we go through design review.” Continue reading GGP enlists support for The SoNo Collection
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Updated 12:23 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, with new totals.
NORWALK, Conn. – Our days are numbered.
Here’s the deal: If you have been reading NancyOnNorwalk over the past month, you know we have hit a wall. Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. – the 501(c)(3) non-profit doing business as NancyOnNorwalk – can no longer run in the red. We need our readers to step up and support independent, hyperlocal journalism.
Continue reading For NoN, the clock is ticking
Ernie Dumas of A Better South Norwalk chats with NancyOnNorwalk in 2014. (Archive photo)
Updated, 5:45 a.m. Oct. 8, extensive rewrite to include Dumas’ comments
NORWALK, Conn. – Assertions made by The South Norwalk Community Center are “very fictitious,” Ernie Dumas said Wednesday.
“I am just a little ticked off right now, a little upset about the situation because of the way it’s going,” Dumas said. “It’s getting political… It’s a Thanksgiving dinner. That is the worst part, that’s the part that makes you angry,” Dumas said, one day after SoNoCC Executive Director Kelly Robertson reached out to the community, looking to collaborate in offering a Thanksgiving dinner without the group led by Dumas. Continue reading Dumas vows not to give up Thanksgiving dinner, as SoNoCC looks for fresh start
Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons
NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Board of Education is changing its meeting formats in an effort to better focus discussions and make the meetings more efficient.
Beginning this month, the BoE will divide its regular, twice-a-month meetings into two separate formats. The first meeting of each month will be designated as a workshop meeting, while the second will remain a business meeting.
Continue reading BoE change-up: First meeting each month will be a workshop
NORWALK, Conn. – The League or Women Voters of Norwalk, in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTOC), the Norwalk Branch of the NAACP and the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA), has released its final schedule, format and rules for the upcoming municipal election candidate debates.
The following was sent to the candidates and media:
Following is the schedule for the four forums:
Oct. 21: At-Large Common Council & Mayoral Forums
City Hall Community Room, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 22: Board Of Education Forum
Brien McMahon Center For Global Studies Community Room, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: In-District Common Council Forum
City Hall Community Room 7 to 9 p.m.
All forums begin at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Mayoral Forum, which will begin at 8:30 p.m. following the At-Large Common Council Forum.
All candidates are expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to check in with a member of the League. Each portion of the forum will begin with questions prepared by the League and co-sponsoring organizations. The remaining time will be devoted to questions submitted by audience members.
After taking into consideration candidate feedback, resources and logistics, the League has determined the following formats for each candidate group, as outlined below:
Mayoral Forum Format
Prior to the forum, the candidates will randomly determine who will receive the first question.
- Questions will then rotate between the candidates.
- Some questions will be directed to a specific candidate and some questions will be directed to both candidates.
- For questions directed to a specific candidate: The candidate will have two (2) minutes to respond and the other candidate will have one (1) minute for comment.
- For questions directed to both candidates: Each candidate will have two (2) minutes to respond and the first responder will have one (1) minute for rebuttal.
- Each candidate will have two (2) minutes for a closing statement.
- The first series of questions will be prepared by the League of Women Voters. Subsequent questions will come from the audience.
Continue reading Norwalk LWV sets format, rules for upcoming debates
NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a chance to meet the candidates who will be on the ballot this November without having to listen to any speeches while supporting the League of Women’s Voters of Norwalk’s scholarship program.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Oak Hills Restaurant will host a fundraising dinner for the LWV scholarship program, which gives an award to a college-bound graduating senior from each of Norwalk’s three public high schools.
Continue reading LWV ‘Servant Leadership’ Dinner to raise funds for scholarships
NORWALK, Conn. – Fire Prevention. Public Power. Breast Cancer Awareness. All are getting some special attention this month in Norwalk. In fact, we are more than halfway through Fire Prevention Week and Public Power Week – that’s energy, not voters – so we wanted to get the word out while there’s still time to, well, highlight.
Continue reading October popular for highlighting causes
It’s happening in Hartford
Healthcare advocates win small victory with delay of payment reform: More than 20 health care advocates are claiming victory after a committee looking at how to revise payment methods for Medicaid patients put the brakes on a proposal.
Advocates hope California aid-in-dying law will spur action in Connecticut: Advocates for aid-in-dying legislation are hoping the passage of a new law in California will bolster efforts across the country to give people with terminal illnesses the option to end their suffering on their own terms.
Podiatrist pleads guilty to submitting false Medicare claims: A Stamford-based podiatrist faces hefty fines and prison time after she pleaded guilty this week to submitting fraudulent Medicare claims.
Members of the Al Madany Islamic Center are interested in the former Grace Episcopal Church, at 1 Union Park in Norwalk.
NORWALK, Conn. – The Al Madany Islamic Center is taking a shot at locating itself on Union Park, at the location of the former Grace Episcopal Church.
Al Madany spokesman Farhan Memom said Al Madany made a bid on the church about a month ago and is waiting to hear back. Other churches have made bids as well, he said. He declined to say how much the bid was for. Continue reading Al Madany’s search for a Norwalk home may lead it to Union Park
From left, Lucia Rilling, Weston Rilling, Mayor Harry Rilling and Gini Frank Fischer react to the unveiling of Fischer’s work Tuesday in Norwalk Police headquarters. Weston is the mayor’s grandson.
NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling stood next to his likeness Tuesday, joking that perhaps Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik might choose to display it in the bathroom.
“Every detail is just so absolutely amazing,” Rilling said of the portrait by Gini Frank Fischer, done in oil paint. “I guess you would say it just knocked my socks off when I saw it, the talent that this young lady has.” Continue reading Norwalk Police given portrait of Rilling
Hobbes the Calvinist tries to find some funny “ha-ha” moments in the funny “odd” world of Norwalk politics – even if facts have to be as fictitious as the author.
Like sands through the hourglass of time, so too are these the Days of Our Political Lives.
With all the drama and intrigue coming out of our local Democratic Party, I can’t help but imagine that Ed Camacho and company are convinced that November’s ballot will surely feature the race for Norwalk’s own Erica Kane (a/k/a Susan Lucci). With no Republican challenger in that contest (so what else is new), David Watts would appear to be the presumptive favorite. But, with allegations of shenanigans and counter-shenanigans being circulated and with various claims to victimhood being considered by the Court of Public Opinion, his victory is by no means guaranteed.
Continue reading Opinion: Soap operas and soap boxes
From left, Planning Committee Chairman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), Councilman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) and Councilman John Kydes (D-District C) listen to Missy Conrad during Monday’s Redevelopment Agency public hearing on the Urban Renewal Plan for the 95/7 site.
NORWALK, Conn. – Things are moving forward again for the would-be developers of The SoNo Collection.
Monday night, despite fears by the developers and some Common Council members that the project could be derailed by delays, the Common Council Planning Committee chaired by Doug Hempstead (R-At-Large) voted unanimously to approve the new Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the 95/7 site. Continue reading Norwalk Council committee OKs mall LDA change, on to full Council