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Opinion: Time to celebrate the accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome

The Norwalk Board of Education on Oct. 3 voted to recognize October as Down syndrome Awareness Month. This is the Board’s statement.

To bring awareness to Down syndrome, the Norwalk Board of Education recognizes October as Down syndrome Awareness Month.

Down syndrome was first described and classified by a doctor named John Langdon Down in the late nineteenth century. In 1959, a French physician identified Down syndrome as a chromosomal condition. In 2000, an international team of scientists successfully identified and catalogued each of the approximately 329 genes on chromosome 21. This accomplishment opened the door to great advances in Down syndrome research. Continue reading Opinion: Time to celebrate the accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome

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Responsible representation for District C

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Time and again in recent years, our Council has been asked to approve items for which the impacts were not fully known at the time of the vote. Some decisions bind future Council members despite the preferences of the community, and well after the impacts become known.

 

This is why it is so important to elect Council members who take the time to do their homework and to ask questions as decisions are undertaken. Asking questions can lead to better information, more robust deliberations, and ultimately, much better outcomes. Continue reading Responsible representation for District C

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Work begins on NRVT trail leg through Norwalk cemetery

Resource Services constructing the NRVT though the Pine Island cemetery (Norwalk River Valley Trail)

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Construction underway on latest leg of Norwalk River Valley Trail though the historic Pine Island Cemetery

With the support of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Historical Commission, construction is underway on the latest leg of Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT). This new section will connect Crescent Street, passing through the historic Pine Island Cemetery, to the Lockwood Mathews property. Once completed, this new section will result in a better-connected NRVT from the Maritime Aquarium to Union Park behind the Norwalk Library. Continue reading Work begins on NRVT trail leg through Norwalk cemetery

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Nat Geo: Norwalk among happiest cities in America

(Courtesy National Geographic)

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National Geographic, New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Buettner and Gallup Announce The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

 

Boulder, CO tops the list

 

 

National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner have announced The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States based on The National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index. The Index was specifically developed to measure a population’s happiness based on 15 metrics including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Boulder, Colorado tops the list with walkability, access to nature and sense of community as contributing factors to its residents’ happiness.

Buettner mentions, “if you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment.” In National Geographic’s November cover story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places (Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore) and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions. Pulling from years of experience studying the world’s most-thriving populations, Buettner, National Geographic and Gallup developed a methodology for measuring where Americans are living their happiest lives.

The full list of the 25 Happiest Cities, in order by National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index score, is below, and the full story is available here.

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
  9. Barnstable Town, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
  12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  15. Urban Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  24. Portland-South Portland, ME
  25. Austin-Round Rock, TX

 

 

 

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 Parking Authority to unveil new Yankee Doodle Garage façade

A test for an idea to upgrade the Yankee Doodle Garage in August 2016.

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Yankee Doodle Garage Unveils Creative Illuminated Façade

Whole New Look and Upgrades Completed

 

Norwalk, CT (October 17, 2017)  – The Norwalk Parking Authority will hold an official unveiling for the Yankee Doodle Garage which has undergone a series of indoor upgrades as well as added an illuminated installation to its façade. On Monday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m., Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, other City Officials, representatives from the Norwalk business community, the Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission will take part in the unveiling at the Garage located at 3 Burnell Boulevard in the Wall Street district of Norwalk. Continue reading Norwalk Parking Authority to unveil new Yankee Doodle Garage façade

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Norwalk study finds evidence of housing discrimination

From left, Fair Housing Commissioner Daisy Franklin, Fair Housing Advisory Commission Chairman the Rev. Jeffrey Ingraham and Mayor Harry Rilling speak to the press Thursday morning in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — A $10,000 study of housing discrimination in Norwalk found results that concern Mayor Harry Rilling, who plans further testing.

“We took a proactive approach to make sure that we are on top of this. What we found sends up a red flag that lets us know that we need to do further testing,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in a Thursday morning press conference. Continue reading Norwalk study finds evidence of housing discrimination

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Norwalk Zoners approve Waypointe South Block plan

An artist’s rendering of Waypointe Pinnacle, on the corner of Orchard Street and West Avenue.

NORWALK, Conn. — Belpointe Capital has been greenlighted to move ahead with Pinnacle at Waypointe, a mixed-use development planned for the former Loehmann’s Plaza.

The Zoning Commission, at the end of a four-hour meeting Wednesday evening, unanimously approved changes to Belpointe’s previously approved plans, to allow a development markedly different than was originally designed. Conditions were imposed to allow space for bike lanes on West Avenue. Continue reading Norwalk Zoners approve Waypointe South Block plan

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Absentee ballots available

The election is Nov. 7.

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November 7, 2017 Municipal Election Absentee Ballots

NORWALK- The Norwalk Town Clerk’s office announces that the office will be opening on Saturday November 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm for the purpose of issuing absentee ballots for the upcoming Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Absentee ballots may be used by individuals who will be unable to appear at the polling place on the day of the election for one of the following reasons: Continue reading Absentee ballots available

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A friendly reminder regarding the Comment Guidelines

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Election season brings even greater passion than usual to NON’s comments section.  We feel lucky that so many smart, civically-engaged people are interested in sharing their thoughts here.
Please read the comment policy below, and follow it.  This request is directed at everyone.  If part of you wonders if this request might be directed towards you in particular, then please read the comment policy twice.   Continue reading A friendly reminder regarding the Comment Guidelines

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Mayoral candidates talk ideas in East Norwalk

From left, Democratic incumbent Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling; Republican challenger Andy Conroy, State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) and unaffiliated candidate Lisa Brinton Thomson discuss their mayoral ambitions Wednesday in East Norwalk.

The election is Nov. 7.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s mayoral candidates introduced themselves to a smattering of East Norwalk residents Wednesday, in their first public appearance together.

The merit of a mall, the “Rainy Day Fund,” the Walk Bridge, development, attracting business and a call for “professional management” were among the topics in the mayoral segment of the East Norwalk Business Association candidates forum, attended largely by politicos involved in the process, with 20-25 regular citizens. Continue reading Mayoral candidates talk ideas in East Norwalk

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Malloy’s handmaidens

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Norwalk has a problem with its representation up there in Hartford, where state laws are made.  Apart from a few notable exceptions, it stinks.

State Sen. Bob Duff and State Reps Bruce Morris and Chris Perone are all elected to represent Norwalk’s interests.  Our mayor, Harry Rilling, also is supposed to be a voice for Norwalk in Hartford, though he obviously has no vote on legislation.   Continue reading Malloy’s handmaidens

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News Junkie: Legislative leaders reach tentative deal, Malloy remains skeptical

HARTFORD, Conn. —  Legislative leaders emerged from the Democratic caucus room Wednesday to announce they reached a tentative framework for budget deal they may need to pass with a veto-proof majority.

That’s because they’re uncertain if Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will support their bipartisan compromise. Continue reading News Junkie: Legislative leaders reach tentative deal, Malloy remains skeptical

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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.