Baseball season is here, and thousands of cheering fans are back in the ballparks after a year of empty seats. Most teams, still cautious of the COVID-19 risk, are keeping their stadiums to less than 30% capacityfor now. Only the Texas Rangers packed the ballpark for its home opener on April 5, 2021, a move President Joe Bidencriticized as not being responsible.
Many of these attendance decisions are being made with minimal data about the heightened risk that players and fans face of getting COVID-19 at stadiums or arenas and spreading it the community.
Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods – as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home – were once loaded onto a large container in another country and traveled thousands of miles via ships crossing the ocean before ultimately arriving at your doorstep.
Richard Lemons, executive director for the Connecticut Center for School Change, gives an update on the effort to create a new strategic operating plan for Norwalk Public Schools, Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting.
NORWALK, Conn. — The dates for high school graduations and middle school promotion ceremonies are set, but the exact number of people who will be allowed at each are still up in the air, Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Alexandra Estrella said at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.
Working being done on a Norwalk High School athletic field in 2018. (File photo)
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NORWALK, Conn. — The City has settled upon an architect to design a new Norwalk High School. And it’s possible the school will be built on the athletic fields.
Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. is the winning bidder for the work, a potential $6 million contract to be voted on by the full Council next Tuesday. As part of the process, one of the competing firms said much money could be saved if the school were built on the football fields, Jim Giuliano, the city’s project manager for new school construction, and Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo said Wednesday, seeking the ability to investigate the option. Continue reading City to consider athletic fields as location for new Norwalk High School
District Common Council members Tom Livingston and Lisa Shanahan (both Democrats) at a 2020 Council meeting.
NORWALK, Conn. — Two Norwalk Common Council members are pushing back on parental perceptions that middle school bathrooms need to be gutted and replaced.
District E Democrats Tom Livingston and Lisa Shanahan say they visited all four Norwalk middle schools and the bathrooms are not as bad as they’re described. In response to their thoughts, the Council Planning Committee voted to remove $38,000 from the planned $1.5 million for bathroom renovations and instead fund the Norwalk Public Library’s newspaper digitization project. This is slated for a full Council vote Tuesday.
Mayor Harry Rilling said Wednesday that even if the Council makes that deduction there is still plenty of money to address the bathroom complaints, carefully, with his facilities team inspecting each facility and making appropriate changes. He expects the work to begin in July. Continue reading Norwalk Council questions school bathroom needs
A sign at the intersection of Strawberry Hill Avenue and Beacon Street.
NORWALK, Conn. — Strawberry Hill Avenue is slated to be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Norden Place, weather permitting, Norwalk Communications Director Josh Morgan said.
“The road is being closed to allow for the activation of the new First Taxing District Water Department watermain associated with the Rehabilitation of Bridge No. 0061, Strawberry Hill Avenue over I-95 in Norwalk, and the associated road work required to carry out the work, including the pavement restoration,” Morgan said.
Jana Silsby of DLR Group presents a new plan for the Columbus School site at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. A new school is shown in white and the existing building is grey. Connecting the two would allow them to share public spaces.
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NORWALK, Conn. — A radically different concept for South Norwalk school construction was unveiled Tuesday by Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Alexandra Estrella. This might mean sending a new application to the State by June 30.
Two schools would be squeezed onto the 3.5-acre Chestnut Street site, one for Columbus Magnet School and the other a neighborhood elementary school, in the rough concept. The new Columbus would face Henry Street. The existing building would be used for a neighborhood K-5 school.
“This is an opportunity for us to kind of engage in some creative thinking, and how we utilize the current building that we have, as well as some of the available space to potentially create a South Norwalk school, as well as provide CMS with the new building that has been in discussion for some time,” Estrella said. Continue reading Norwalk BoE considers two schools on Chestnut Ave site
The “Tyvek Temple,” officially referred to as Wall Street Place phase I but colloquially called “POKO.”
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s tax board has authorized a $282,000 budget transfer to cover legal fees in the “POKO” lawsuit.
Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola expects to incur $200,000 in fees “over the course of the remainder of the Fiscal Year” – a time period ending June 30 – in the lawsuit, according to Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr. The flip side of this coin is a windfall from a settlement with CC Rivington, a defendant in the lawsuit. CC Rivington agreed to pay $200,000, of which $125,000 has been collected so far, Coppola said Monday.