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Norwalk photos: NRVT bike ride

Norwalk Bike/Walk Commission Chairman Tanner Thompson, right, tells fellow bike riders about upcoming improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, during a Wednesday outing. (Contributed)

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), right, speaks about improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Wednesday outside the Maritime Aquarium. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) came to Norwalk on Wednesday to highlight improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, inviting cyclists out for a ride.

Participants met at the Maritime Aquarium and made their way through Oyster Shell Park and Mathews Park down to Union Park, then returned via the same route, Common Council member Josh Goldstein (D-At Large) said. Continue reading Norwalk photos: NRVT bike ride

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What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, comforts families following a deadly school shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States – the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history.

Now, it ranks fourth. The three school shootings to surpass its death toll of 13 – 12 students, one teacher – have all taken place within the last decade: 2012’s Sandy Hook Elementary attack, in which a gunman killed 26 children and school staff; the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 people; and now the Robb Elementary School assault in Uvalde, Texas, where on May 24, 2022, at least 19 children and two adults were murdered. Continue reading What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

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Norwalk Dems heap praise on Simms as he gets endorsed for reelection

State Rep. Travis Simms (D-140) thanks Norwalk Democratic Town Committee members Monday for endorsing him for reelection.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Travis Simms is set to cruise to reelection, with no one endorsed to challenge him for his District 140 State Representative seat.

The man who held the seat before him, Bruce Morris, nominated Simms for the endorsement. Although Morris said in early 2018 that he was “super concerned” about Simms taking his place because he was hoping for “someone who is competent, capable, and able,” he later endorsed the two-time World Boxing Association super middleweight champion for the post. Now Morris is full of praise. Continue reading Norwalk Dems heap praise on Simms as he gets endorsed for reelection

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State Rep. candidate explains misdemeanor convictions

Luis Estrella, right, receives applause Tuesday after being endorsed as the Republican candidate for District 137 State Representative during a brief meeting at John Romano’s house off East Rocks Road.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. – Luis Estrella is defending his record after becoming the Republican candidate for District 137 State Representative.

Estrella has two convictions listed on the State judicial website. He pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under a suspended license in 2016, and to failure to appear in 2013, according to the State. Continue reading State Rep. candidate explains misdemeanor convictions

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Memorial Day; Maritime Aquarium; a documentary on Zoom

Butterflies might land on the guests in “Flutter Zone,” a special walkthrough exhibit open from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2022 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. (Maritime Aquarium)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Memorial Day Parade, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Butterfly exhibit at Maritime Aquarium
  • A Tuesday film screening focused on abortion

Continue reading Memorial Day; Maritime Aquarium; a documentary on Zoom

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A Norwalk photo #146

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NORWALK, Conn. — Scott Vetare sent this photo of Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Chief of Operations and Public Works Anthony Robert Carr marking DPW appreciation week. National Public Works Week was held May 15-21.

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Norwalk poised to spend $14M to buy Meadow Street property for South Norwalk school

The Hatch & Bailey site at 1 Meadow Street Ext., in December.

Story updated, 3:33 p.m.: More information; 3 a.m. Saturday: Purchase price.

NORWALK, Conn. — City leaders were set to reveal the planned location of a new South Norwalk neighborhood school Wednesday but postponed the announcement due to the tragedy yesterday in Uvalde, Texas,

All indications have been that the school will be on the Hatch & Bailey site at 1 Meadow St. On Thursday, Mayor Harry Rilling acknowledged that’s the case. Continue reading Norwalk poised to spend $14M to buy Meadow Street property for South Norwalk school

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Norwalk vigil attendees urged to get involved

The Rev. Elisabeth Abel, pastor of Cornerstone Church, speaks Wednesday at a vigil on the town green. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

NORWALK, Conn. – At the second mass shooting-inspired vigil held in eight days, Norwalk leaders called for action, not “thoughts and prayers.”

“If you are not torn apart, I don’t know what to say. Silence is no longer enough; talking is no longer enough. Action is required right now. We cannot do this anymore. This is not another day; there are 18 children who are dead today,” said the Rev. Elisabeth Abel, pastor of Cornerstone Church, Wednesday on the town green. Continue reading Norwalk vigil attendees urged to get involved

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Norwalk looks to increase police presence at schools in wake of Texas tragedy

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NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Police plan to increase their presence at the city’s public schools following a mass shooting Tuesday at a Texas elementary school.

At least 19 children and two teachers are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, news reports say. The 18-year-old gunman, who was armed with an assault rifle, was killed by local police on the scene. He is said to have texted folks his plans to shoot his grandmother and “an elementary school” half an hour before the tragedy occurred. Continue reading Norwalk looks to increase police presence at schools in wake of Texas tragedy

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How to talk to your kids about the Texas school shooting

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 took the lives of 20 children and six adults. (CTMirror.org)

As her 7-year-old ate a morning bowl of Cheerios, Amy looked at her daughter and wondered whether to start a conversation about the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 elementary school children and their teacher dead.

It’s a question parents have had to wrestle with time and again as kids are shot to death at their schools. It hits hard for many in Connecticut, where 20 first-graders were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.  Continue reading How to talk to your kids about the Texas school shooting

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Texas school shooting is ‘another Sandy Hook,’ Sen. Chris Murphy says

Sen. Chris Murphy reacting to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the U.S. Senate’s inaction since Sandy Hook.
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“What are we doing?”

An anguished Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut asked the question seven times Tuesday in brief remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He spoke as the death toll in America’s latest mass shooting reached 16 — a teacher, 14 kids and their young killer. It would grow to 21 hours later.

“What are we doing? Just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down African American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands,” Murphy said. “What are we doing?” Continue reading Texas school shooting is ‘another Sandy Hook,’ Sen. Chris Murphy says

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Estrella named Republican candidate for District 137 State House seat

Luis Estrella listens to Norwalk Republicans, Tuesday at a Republican Town Committee fundraiser off East Rocks Road.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Republicans have endorsed Luis Estrella as their candidate for District 137 State Representative, capping off a Tuesday fundraiser.

On Monday, Norwalk Democrats endorsed former Common Council member Kadeem Roberts for the post.  Council member Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (D-At Large) had also sought the candidacy and could challenge Roberts through a primary.

The Republican Town Committee could have endorsed a candidate in their meeting last week, but at that point, RTC Chairman Fred Wilms said no candidates for the 137th and the 140th Districts had been found.  When audience member Rev. Johnny Cardamone objected, Wilms agreed to keep the meeting in recess so the group could reconvene if candidates were found.  The deadline for an endorsement was Tuesday, and Republicans did not put forth a candidate to challenge Democratic District 140 State Rep. Travis Simms. Continue reading Estrella named Republican candidate for District 137 State House seat

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