The Norwalk Public Library requested $25,000 in this year’s capital budget, and $2.6 million in the 2017-18 capital budget, to address its lack of parking.
NORWALK, Conn. — Sure, you’ve heard about the request for $3 million for an Oak Hills Park driving range but what about the $2.6 million for parking at the main library?
How about the $160,000 program to rehab historic façades in South Norwalk?
None of those items were in the 5-year capital budget plan submitted a year ago. Continue reading Norwalk capital budget full of sleepers
Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk.com’s editor.
So what’s up with this?
Two years ago, by Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), Norwalk was buzzing about Democratic primaries in two races for State House seats and a familiar Dem candidate for a third. A fourth Dem had long since established an exploratory committee that would turn into yet another primary challenge.
Continue reading Opinion: For all the kvetching, challengers for State House slow to surface
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
The legislative session kicked off under gloomy skies as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to balance the budget through massive spending cuts and layoffs. The stage is now set for what should be a brutal battle between the governor and state employee unions, with the legislature caught in the middle.
Continue reading Opinion: Welcome to the new austerity
Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.
For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”
Continue reading Opinion: Middle class jobs, American dreams sold out to highest bidders
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.
Continue reading Opinion: FOI Norwalk style and no violins for Shankar
Emily Keyes Innes of The Cecil Group begins a presentation Thursday on the South Norwalk TOD Redevelopment Plan.
Updated, 3:14 p.m., clarification regarding “booming Boston.”
NORWALK, Conn. — The focus, in a plan being prepared for more public input, is on the South Norwalk railroad station, the surrounding neighborhood and a drive to create an environment that would spur “respectful” growth.
The goal of the South Norwalk TOD (Transit Oriented Development) Redevelopment Plan is to revitalize the area around the train station, Steven Cecil and Emily Keyes Innes said in Thursday’s Common Council Planning Committee meeting. It has great characteristics that would attract young people, they said, promising as the meeting ended that they would look at the possibility of offering a different form of affordable housing, a form that might help people stay in the neighborhood. Continue reading South Norwalk redevelopment plan humming along
HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.
Jonathan Slifka, the governor’s liaison to the disability community, said he made Malloy aware of the “Change the Sign. Change the Attitude” campaign spearheaded by the Arc of Farmington Valley, also known as FAVARH.
If the General Assembly adopts the legislation, which still has a long way to go to becoming law, the new logo would replace the current stick figure in a wheelchair with a sleeker wheelchair design that represents a person tilted forward and on the move.
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The latest and greatest artist’s rendition of The SoNo Collection: note the squared off corner in front.
General Growth Properties (GGP) Senior Developer Doug Adams explains plans for traffic on West Avenue to Common Council members Thursday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — Reviews were positive Thursday evening as changes, or “improvements,” to the plans for The SoNo Collection were reviewed by the Common Council Planning Committee.
The two-story sculpture garden now planned for the northern corner of the mall is a “major win” and the rooftop terrace is “terrific,” Steve Cecil of The Cecil Group said. A “magnificent job” has been done to improve the pedestrian experience on North Water Street, Mayor Harry Rilling said, and Planning Committee Chairman John Kydes (D-District C) called the “notch” now planned for the North Water Street overpass, close to the railroad tracks, a “compromise that benefits everyone.” Continue reading Norwalk Council gives thumbs up to latest ‘SoNo Collection’ plans
Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Michael Conner has been assigned to redesign the teacher structure at Norwalk’s middle schools, NPS Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said.
NORWALK, Conn. — A redesign of the teaching structure at Norwalk’s middle schools should save the city $745,000 in next year’s budget, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said.
This was discovered in the process of getting ready to switch to student-based budgeting, Hamilton told Common Council members Tuesday. Continue reading Norwalk BoE looks to spend less at middle schools
Matthew C. Katz has been the EVP/CEO of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the state’s largest physician organization, since 2006.
It was hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the recent op-ed from Neil Ferstand, executive director of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
At a time when Connecticut physicians are working diligently to provide the highest quality of patient care, and actively seeking to partner with policy makers and other stakeholders (trial bar included) for a closer look at our broken liability system, Mr. Ferstand’s piece seems to come out of out of left field.
Continue reading Opinion: Lawyers need to talk to their doctors
Nonprofit community warns of cuts to safety net: The private nonprofit community that takes care of Connecticut’s neediest and disabled residents said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget includes the “most devastating cuts we’ve ever seen.”
Schaghticoke chief says tribe will continue casino pursuit: Schaghitcoke Tribal Nation Chief Richard Velky is troubled by media reports regarding Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s rejection of the tribe’s new business registration.
Malloy tries a second time to limit access to firearms for subjects of temporary restraining orders: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will try again this year to get firearms away from those accused of domestic violence offenses.
From left, Norwalk Board of Education Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski and NPS Chief Academic Officer Michael Conner address Common Council members Wednesday in City Hall.
A joint Norwalk Common Council/Board of Education meeting gets underway Tuesday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – The talk turned to special education Tuesday night during a discussion of the 2016-17 Norwalk Public Schools operating budget.
“Coming from another district, I am still in disbelief. I can’t believe it’s legal,” said Council President Bruce Kimmel, a retired teacher, about descriptions delivered by Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons and Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski of Norwalk’s system of interventions, which they said lead to more children in special education.
Video at end of story of the question and answer session Continue reading Norwalk BoE defends 3.9 percent ask, explains special ed