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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Shout Out to Fairfield County’s Pride in the Park 2018, produced by the Triangle Community Center (TCC). (Bob Welsh)

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTs. 

Shout Out to all of the soon to be – 2018 Norwalk Public Schools High School Graduates! Congratulations to each and every one of you and we wish you all the best as you move on into the next phase of your life, whether it be college or career. Enjoy it and always remember that – You Matter!

Below is a list of the Norwalk High School students who have received scholarships in support of their post-secondary education: Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Norwalk officials locked in acrimony with Wall Street developer

The Isaac Street property owned by Wall Street Opportunity Fund, an entity controlled by Jason Milligan. It was formerly owned by POKO Partners for the Wall Street Place development, Phase II.

NORWALK, Conn. – Developer Jason Milligan said last month, as he stood ready to plunk down $5.2 million for “POKO Phase II,” that he’d like to be in charge of energizing the Wall Street area – but those ambitions may have hit a snag.

Mayor Harry Rilling is unlikely to speak with Milligan again after being assured by the developer on May 31 that he wasn’t going to close on “POKO Phase II” the next day, only to find out that Milligan had already bought the properties when the comment was made, a reliable source said. Continue reading Norwalk officials locked in acrimony with Wall Street developer

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SoNoCC deal moves forward as Simms says NEON was treated differently

Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) objects Thursday to the deal regarding 98 South Main St., the South Norwalk Community Center.

NORWALK, Conn. —The proposal to buy the South Norwalk Community Center’s half of the former “NEON building” moved forward Thursday, over the objection of a South Norwalk Common Council member.

“I just think we need to be more fiscally responsible and not keep bailing an agency out that’s been pretty much in default since its inception,” Travis Simms (D-District B) said, comparing what is happening now to the South Norwalk Community Center when it is unable to pay bills to what happened to Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) “didn’t have the ability to pay.” Continue reading SoNoCC deal moves forward as Simms says NEON was treated differently

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Ryan Park cleanup draws questions

Ryan Park, on May 24.

This sign was posted in the last day or two, Jeff Wilcox of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said Wednesday.

Correction, 4:32 p.m.: Remediation began in February, photo credit fixed. Updated, 4:13 p.m.: Copy edit, photo added.

NORWALK, Conn. —Environmental contamination is being removed from South Norwalk’s Ryan Park, with some saying that not enough has been done to protect the neighborhood.

The sign that was posted was inadequate in informing the public about the contaminants nearby, activist Diane Lauricella said early this month. A new sign was posted this week “following discussions between the environmental consultants and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency),” Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) spokesperson Jeff Wilcox said in a Wednesday email. Continue reading Ryan Park cleanup draws questions

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Opine on Norwalk walkability as you stroll near Merritt 7

The Merritt 7 railroad station. (Google)

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

Join Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling on June 16 to help plan the future of healthy and safe walking routes in Norwalk

 Members of the public are encouraged to attend this free event co-sponsored by the Arts Commission and Bike/Walk Commission

 

(Norwalk, Conn.) – On Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., join Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Mrs. Lucia Rilling, and members of the Arts Commission and Bike/Walk Commission to help plan future walking routes in Norwalk. The two-mile walk begins at the Merritt 7 railroad station on Glover Avenue, with options to shorten the walk. Those who join the Mayor will have the opportunity to evaluate walkability in Norwalk. Continue reading Opine on Norwalk walkability as you stroll near Merritt 7

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Norwalk roundup: Real estate, forward-thinking thoughts

It’s a Norwalk milestone: the long-dilapidated building at 45 Wall St. appears to be nearly ready for use.

Work continues inside 45 Wall St. on Thursday, visible through an open door.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some Norwalk items of note:

  • Duleep’s space ‘available’ – but not for sale
  • Currie’s for sale
  • Kleppin gives POCD update
  • Hempstead: Norwalk is a bedroom community for Stamford

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: Real estate, forward-thinking thoughts

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Simms slams Rilling over SoNoCC proposal; Morris alleges lack of transparency

The South Norwalk Community Center, at 98 South Main St.

Updated, 11:44 a.m.: Comments from Laoise King, headline adjusted.

NORWALK, Conn. – Some object to Norwalk’s plan to purchase the South Norwalk Community Center’s half of 98 South Main St.

Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) on Monday said members of the community did not have a voice, and on Tuesday, State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) said there had been no transparency regarding the developing deal. Continue reading Simms slams Rilling over SoNoCC proposal; Morris alleges lack of transparency

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ConnDOT closing West Rocks bridge

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

 

West Rocks Road Sidewalk Closure on Bridge 00722 over Route 15

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the continuation of Project 102-356 in the City of Norwalk. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will not be permitted on the West Rocks Road, Bridge No. 00722 over Route 15 beginning June 15, 2018.  Continue reading ConnDOT closing West Rocks bridge

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State closes Johnny Utah’s for good, $20K fine paid

Johnny Utah’s.

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

 

JOHNNY UTAH’S OF NORWALK NOT TO REOPEN

 

Monday, June 11th 2018 – The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced today a settlement with the owners of Johnny Utah’s in Norwalk following an investigation into a large number of underage patrons at the establishment in April. Continue reading State closes Johnny Utah’s for good, $20K fine paid

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Norwalk reorg proposal said to address ‘low hanging fruit’

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling talks to the Ad Hoc Common Council Committee charged with considering his proposed reorganization, Monday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling’s “basic 101 of reorganization” was scrutinized Monday by skeptical Norwalk Common Council members, with some Democratic pushback added to resistance from 100 percent of the Council Republican contingent.

“I guess I am looking for more meat on the bone,” Minority Leader Doug Hempstead (R-District D) – the only Republican on the 15-member Council – said as a member of the Ad Hoc Council Committee, suggesting that a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis is in order. Continue reading Norwalk reorg proposal said to address ‘low hanging fruit’

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Norwalk NAACP objects to proposed reorg

Nilda Havrilla, managing attorney of the Connecticut Legal Services housing unit, speaks to Common Council members Monday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed reorganization of City departments is in violation of a court order, a New Britain attorney said Monday.

Nilda Havrilla, managing attorney of the Connecticut Legal Services housing unit, informed the Common Council Ad Hoc Committee that the Norwalk Branch NAACP, party to a 1986 federal consent decree that created Norwalk’s Fair Housing Office, is “not amenable to the city’s current proposal.” Continue reading Norwalk NAACP objects to proposed reorg

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Duff vows to continue fight for net neutrality

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25.

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

 

Senate Majority Leader Duff, Rep. Slap, ACLU, Consumer Counsel Call For Action As Net Neutrality Ends

 

The Trump Administration’s repeal of net neutrality takes effect Monday, June 11th – meaning internet service providers (ISP) will now be able to block and throttle web access to certain sites and create high speed lanes in order to charge users more for access to internet content. Continue reading Duff vows to continue fight for net neutrality

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