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The End Is Near

Nancy Guenther Chapman

Nancy Guenther Chapman

Hello readers,

NancyOnNorwalk is coming up on its third anniversary. In that time, we’ve heard over and over just how important NancyOnNorwalk is to you. For three years, NancyOnNorwalk has been there waiting for you every morning with valuable information about what’s really going on at City Hall, in the school board meetings, and behind the scenes with the local political groups.

We’re sad to say that, on Dec. 1st, NancyOnNorwalk may end.

We don’t want that to happen, but it seems likely.

However, you can save us. You can keep NancyOnNorwalk running.

We’ve made donation pitches before, and a few of you have stepped up, but to be honest, less than one-half of one-percent (0.3%) have answered the call. In July alone, out of the estimated 10,000 readers, many of whom visit the site frequently, 31 chose to support the site. 10,000 people have been reading a site that only 31 people have chosen to support. Is that fair to those 31 donors?

So far, in 2015, NancyOnNorwalk has received a total of $9,605 in donations. That’s for 8 months of 60 to 90 hours work weeks for each of two people, before any of the operating costs of running the website are taken into consideration.

Advertising doesn’t add a whole lot. You see those ads all the time, it’s true, but the ads brought in from Google only generate about another $200 monthly. Think back to your last grocery bill. How many times could you buy groceries with $200?

In other words, the people doing all of this work have to live below the federal poverty line, in Norwalk, whose cost of living, as you know, is well above the national average.

We can’t keep this up, and we’re sorry.

Can NancyOnNorwalk be saved?

It can. We need to see a commitment to monthly recurring donations – a voluntary, self-renewing subscription – totaling at least $4,000 monthly, to keep doing this.

When you think about it, that’s kind of a laughably small amount, isn’t it? If everyone visiting our website gave us $1 a month – a month! – we’d have two and a half times that already! We could have get-togethers instead of fundraisers, where we buy all the food and everyone just socializes! We could host debates! We could hire another reporter for even more coverage! Alas, we know that’s not realistic.

That’s why we’re asking you to commit to a monthly donation subscription to keep NancyOnNorwalk running, even if you can only give $5, that helps. At $5 a month, we only need 800 of you to step up. If you can give more, that’s even better. If you can only afford $1, that’s OK, we’ll take it. Every penny goes toward our $4,000 monthly goal.

And remember, NoN has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, you your donations are tax deductible.

We’ve been there for you, now we need you to be there for us.

If Dec. 1st comes around and we haven’t met our goal, we’ll be forced to cease operations and leave Norwalk, moving somewhere with a lower cost of living. Ongoing subscription charges will be cancelled.

If we DO meet our goal, then we keep going. Maybe we can even expand. That’s up to you: It’s in your hands. And tell your friends: we need everyone to make this happen.

You can make the commitment right here, by picking one of the options below. If you’d like to choose your own amount, look for the donation widget in the sidebar and click the ‘custom’ tab.

Thank you for reading.

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Opinion: Norwalk Fire Department – a 10-year perspective

Chief Denis McCarthy

Chief Denis McCarthy

Chief Denis McCarthy is chief of the Norwalk Fire Department. He is leaving to take over the Fairfield Fire Department.

First, I am honored to have had the privilege to serve the City of Norwalk as Fire Chief. It has been an experience of a lifetime. Norwalk is a dynamic and exciting place that presented many opportunities and challenges. Personally and professionally, this made every day interesting. My sincere thank you to the community, City departments and partners who have made this journey memorable and life-changing.

Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk Fire Department – a 10-year perspective

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Opinion: The pitfalls of door-knocking

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel

Bruce Kimmel (D-At-Large) is a Common Council member and is running for re-election.

Now that we are in the midst of another municipal election, we hear lots of talk about the importance of going door-to-door, what I like to call door-knocking. And rightly so, because most academic studies, after stipulating that nobody truly knows why people vote the way they do, admit that face-to-face exchanges on doorsteps is the most effective way to campaign.

Continue reading Opinion: The pitfalls of door-knocking

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Jefferson overcrowding spurs Norwalk parents debate

A banner hangs in the Jefferson Science Magnet School in March.

Jefferson Science Magnet School won national praise last year.

NORWALK, Conn. – The kids are back in school, and it seems one school in particular is packing them in.

Two Jefferson Elementary School fifth-grade classes will “start the year off not in a classroom but in the library,” Matthew Yost wrote in a Norwalk Parents for Education post that was not disputed by Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons nor Mayor Harry Rilling, who did issue a hopeful comment about a new school in the future. Continue reading Jefferson overcrowding spurs Norwalk parents debate

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Norwalk political notes: Mall, Latino candidates, Fire Chief McCarthy – in Fairfield

Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy.

Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy.

NORWALK, Conn. – Thoughts on Latino candidates and an outreach program for The SoNo Collection top our political notes column this week.

On deck:

  • Denis McCarthy will hear racism charge no more
  • Warren Peña’s backed off on getting more Hispanic candidates
  • Faye Bowman touts accomplishments in spiffy flier
  • The SoNo Collection has a flier, too, hitting the same neighborhood
  • MLK has new curb cut – that was fast

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Mall, Latino candidates, Fire Chief McCarthy – in Fairfield

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Norwalk might see need for office space after all

Note the absence of cars on Connecticut Avenue in this artists rendering of the proposed Norwalk Medical Center.

Note the absence of cars on Connecticut Avenue in this artist’s rendering of the proposed Norwalk Medical Center.

NORWALK, Conn. – Well, folks say there’s no market for office space in Norwalk. Or maybe there is.

The Zoning Commission last week approved a proposal to put a medical office building on Connecticut Avenue, next to the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters and across the street from Lowe’s. Continue reading Norwalk might see need for office space after all

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Today in the state…

Conn. Capitol

It’s happening in Hartford

Lieberman’s old foe urges Blumenthal to say ‘yes’ to Iran deal: With ads that hearken back to the political and social tumult of the late 1960s, former senatorial and gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont has embarked on a campaign to rally support for a nuclear non-proliferation agreement with Iran as the deal awaits congressional approval.

 

Insurance regulators lower proposed increases, in most cases: Regulators told health insurance companies selling plans both on and off the state’s insurance exchange that it was okay to increase their premiums, but, in most cases, not as much as requested.

 

Primary elections to be held on a Wednesday this year: Primaries for this year’s municipal elections have been pushed back a week and a day due to what a spokesman for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill called a “random kind of calendar coincidence.”

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Norwalk District A Dems debate ‘ridiculed’ candidates, Camacho, Thor

Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho leads the July 23 DTC convention.

Norwalk Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho leads the July 23 DTC convention.

NORWALK, Conn. – A post mortem about last month’s Democratic candidate selection led to a back and forth Thursday that touched on many topics of dissension within the party.

District A Chairman David Watts is being unfairly ridiculed for leading Democratic Town Committee members to vote against the district’s chosen candidates when DTC Chairman Ed Camacho did the “exact same thing” when he voted against Board of Education member Migdalia Rivas in District B, Carolyn Fuller and Brenda Penn-Williams said, ignoring Rivas’ horrid attendance record and behavior that has been frequently cited by community members as being questionable at best and at worst detrimental to the BoE’s work. Continue reading Norwalk District A Dems debate ‘ridiculed’ candidates, Camacho, Thor

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Developer sees politics in opposition to White Barn plan

Attorney Liz Suchy addresses the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Thursday in City Hall.

Attorney Liz Suchy addresses the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – To hear attorney Liz Suchy tell it, it’s a great surprise and a bit of a betrayal that Norwalk officials have come out against the plan put forward by her client for the White Barn property on the Cranbury/Westport line.

Suchy, in her lengthy rebuttal at Thursday’s Zoning Commission hearing, said Special Properties II was blindsided by the opposition expressed by Common Council Republicans Doug Hempstead, Shannon O’Toole Giandurco, Glenn Iannaccone and Richard Bonenfant to the proposed 15-home conservation development for the White Barn property. State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) slipped a “rat” into major legislation, Suchy said. Former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak doesn’t understand Zoning’s limitations, she said. Continue reading Developer sees politics in opposition to White Barn plan

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Back from the fever-fueled dreams of District A…

wanna knowNORWALK, Conn. – So we’re back, starting to catch up after fighting off an energy-sapping sickness we suspect might have been related to toxic ooze coming from District A, based on some of the 102-degree dreams. But more on that later (as in, coming days).

 

Personal fowl: Animal rights activist beaten with live duck

An animal rights activist was beaten with a live duck by a Spanish woman defending one of the country’s most bizarre and controversial festival traditions, according to a story from the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Continue reading Back from the fever-fueled dreams of District A…

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Opinion: GE and the corporate headquarters sweepstakes

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Let the games begin! General Electric is considering offers from other states, including New York, to move its Fairfield headquarters and other jobs out of Connecticut. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s been in talks with GE about staying. Either way it comes out, GE wins and we lose.

Continue reading Opinion: GE and the corporate headquarters sweepstakes

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Opinion: Connecticut’s very own email scandal – what is Malloy hiding?

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

During Gov. Dannel Malloy’s trip to New Hampshire this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, one of his jobs was to convince Granite State voters that Clinton’s email scandal was overblown.

Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut’s very own email scandal – what is Malloy hiding?

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Opinion: To heck with the trains — make the DMV run on time

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

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.

I’ve always been amused by a favorite expression of good-government types: “Making the trains run on time.” But since relatively few people ride trains anymore — and even fewer remember Mussolini — perhaps the metaphor-mongers should adopt, “Keeping the lines moving at the DMV.”

Continue reading Opinion: To heck with the trains — make the DMV run on time

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About this site

NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

About Nancy

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.