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Norwalk Council decision brings on ‘The Wrath of Cahn’

Norwalk District A Republican James Cahn

Norwalk District A Republican James Cahn would like to weigh in on the development in his district but Mayor Harry Rilling withdrew his appointment to the Zoning Commission.

NORWALK, Conn. — James Cahn is not letting his non-appointment to the Norwalk Zoning Commission go without a fight.

Cahn, a District A Republican, sent an email to every Common Council member last week asking for direct answers regarding his appointment, which was withdrawn by Mayor Harry Rilling last week. Cahn said Monday that he plans follow up phone calls to the Council members Tuesday.

Speaking to NancyOnNorwalk last week, Cahn emphasized that he is not on a personal vendetta, but annoyed as a taxpayer and property owner, concerned about the development in his district. Continue reading Norwalk Council decision brings on ‘The Wrath of Cahn’

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Norwalk schools set to go after annual convocation

NORWALK, Conn. — Three years ago, the Norwalk school year began with thoughts about the “New Norwalk Way,” Board of Education secretary Mike Barbis said Friday, referring to a speech by then- Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera.

“While at the time that was a concept, there is now a plan for this. So let’s get on board, let’s put the plan in action, let’s make this a reality,” Barbis said to a those gathered in Norwalk High School for the annual convocation, an early morning meeting of teachers, school administrators and politicians. Continue reading Norwalk schools set to go after annual convocation

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Norwalk political notes: Yordon explains orientation flap

Norwalk Police attend the 2016 Washington Village Family Day. (Photo courtesy of Norwalk Police)

Norwalk Police attend the 2016 Washington Village Family Day. (Photo courtesy of Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:

  • BoE rumor denied, Cicchetti departed ‘as planned’
  • NFT explains sixth grade teachers’ no show
  • NECC opens on time
  • NPD visit Roodner Court, Washington Village

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Yordon explains orientation flap

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS

Shout Out to the Riverbrook YMCA, for providing Norwalk youth with access to water safety education and swim lessons at no charge. The recent closing of the Norwalk YMCA building has severely curtailed access to swimming facilities and lessons for the Norwalk community. Since 2014, Riverbrook YMCA’s program has served over 1,000 Norwalk youth, focusing on children from vulnerable and low-income households and providing access to swimming pools and parent education on water safety and drowning prevention. According to a recent study, six out of ten African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian peers.

Shout Out to former Norwalk teacher Roz McCarthy for shining a light on the importance of summer learning in her latest Chalk Talk. This year, 620 elementary students attended the K-3 Summer Academy, offered in every elementary school in Norwalk. The K-3 Summer Academy had an improved its design and curriculum to prevent summer learning loss and even improve children’s skills. In addition, hundreds of students took advantage of other community summer learning opportunities which will strengthen their skills as they return to the classroom in September.

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Norwalk Police officer: Simms acted ‘like a clown’

Updated 9 p.m.: Donna King comment about permit; Updated, 6:11 p.m., Saturday: Story rewritten to include Simms’ response; clarifications about permit; correction on the number of police officers.

Warning: The video above contain obscenities.

NORWALK, Conn. — Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B) appeared to be intoxicated last Saturday as he swore at Norwalk Police and told them to stop harassing “his people” behind Nathaniel Ely School, Norwalk Police say.

Norwalk Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B).

Norwalk Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B).

Simms, in response, accused Norwalk Police of retaliation and harassment.

“I don’t know why this is a story. It has nothing to do with nothing,” Simms said. “I guess they are trying to make something out of nothing. But the fact remains that I take this as retaliation from police officers. They should not be out there antagonizing folks from the community when we are doing something positive for the community.” Continue reading Norwalk Police officer: Simms acted ‘like a clown’

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South Norwalk given Transit Oriented Development plan

Ernie Dumas of

Ernie Dumas of the South Norwalk Citizens for Justice speaks to the Common Council on Tuesday in City Hall, expressing support for including the Lexington Avenue area in the South Norwalk Transit Oriented Development Plan.

NORWALK, Conn. — The expanded South Norwalk Transit Oriented Development Plan was approved Tuesday by the Common Council, with concerns expressed about a possible “parking nightmare” by the one Council member who voted against it.

Now the onus is on the Zoning Commission. Continue reading South Norwalk given Transit Oriented Development plan

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Norwalk: Firetree can’t open prisoner reentry facility until it jumps a hurdle

Quintard Avenue resident Rick Reardon shows Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) members a photo from the second floor of 17 Quintard Ave., formerly the Pivot House but renovated by Firetree LTD. with the intention of opening a prisoner reentry facility.

Quintard Avenue resident Rick Reardon shows Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) members a photo from the second floor of 17 Quintard Ave., formerly the Pivot House but renovated by Firetree LTD. with the intention of opening a prisoner reentry facility.

NORWALK, Conn. — There’s movement on an issue troubling a South Norwalk neighborhood, even if it’s not quite what residents suspect.

While neighbors of the former Pivot House on Quintard Avenue said at Monday’s Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations meeting that they expected the city to issue a cease and desist on Firetree LTD’s plan to open a reentry facility for federal prisoners there, Mayor Harry Rilling said a cease and desist is not a legal instrument that is applicable in the case. Continue reading Norwalk: Firetree can’t open prisoner reentry facility until it jumps a hurdle

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Norwalk hires Asmani as new budget director

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron, right, introduces Director of Management and Budgets Lunda Paul Asmani to the Common Council, Tuesday in City Hall.

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron, right, introduces Director of Management and Budgets Lunda Paul Asmani to the Common Council, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s been nearly a year but Bob Barron finally has someone to fill his own shoes.

Lunda Paul Asmani, Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), began work as Norwalk’s new director of management and budgets on Aug. 15, Barron said at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. That’s the job Barron had before stepping up to be the city’s new finance director after Thomas Hamilton left the post to be Norwalk Public Schools chief financial officer. Continue reading Norwalk hires Asmani as new budget director

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Norwalk rejecting Veteran’s Park ‘alternative’ to eminent domain in Walk Bridge project

Robin Penna, left, and Vincent Penna, center, speak with

Robin Penna, left, and Vincent Penna, center, plead their case to Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department Director Mike Mocciae, right, Tuesday in City Hall.

Updated, 1:15 a.m., Aug. 26, story was edited.

NORWALK, Conn. — The saga of a Norwalk business on the ropes continued Tuesday with an explanation of why the city is rejecting an alternative thought feasible by activists.

The Veteran’s Park parking lot is already committed to the SoNo Ice House and cannot be used for a contractor’s yard, Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department Director Mike Mocciae said to Vincent and Robin Penna of A.J. Penna and Son. Continue reading Norwalk rejecting Veteran’s Park ‘alternative’ to eminent domain in Walk Bridge project

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Norwalk officials ‘confident’ that Wall Street Place work will resume

POKO Partners' Wall Street Place, in May.

POKO Partners’ Wall Street Place, in May.

Updated, 1 a.m. Aug. 26: Story was edited.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk officials are expressing confidence that work on Wall Street Place will resume.

Construction on POKO Partners’ mixed use development on the corner of Isaac Street and Wall Street had “stopped cold for the last week,” a Wall Street merchant said in a Saturday email.

“There is no sign of life on the job site.  Rumors are traveling that there is a public announcement coming shortly (from the City of Norwalk) and I suspect financial problems that may stop the project,” the merchant said. Continue reading Norwalk officials ‘confident’ that Wall Street Place work will resume

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Rilling pulls Cahn, Cossuto from consideration as Norwalk zoning commissioners

NORWALK, Conn. – No one is talking about the reasons why, but the two Republicans nominated to be appointed as Norwalk Zoning Commissioners are now out of contention.

Mayor Harry Rilling withdrew the appointments of James Cahn and Cindy Cossuto at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting without offering any explanation. There was no discussion. Continue reading Rilling pulls Cahn, Cossuto from consideration as Norwalk zoning commissioners

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Penna’s fight continues in ‘unfair’ ConnDOT property taking for Norwalk railroad bridge construction

Vincent Penna of A.J. Penna and Son debates a point at Monday's meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) in City Hall.

Vincent Penna of A.J. Penna and Son debates a point at Monday’s meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) in City Hall.

Updated, 12 a.m., Aug. 27: Clarification from Robin Penna.

Update, 11:30 a.m. (Aug. 23), comment from Tony D’Andrea. Correction, 10 a.m.: Rally being organized by ENBA; Goldstein said “lock arms,” not “lock horns”

NORWALK, Conn. – The state should look at other options than to take property by eminent domain in the construction of a new railroad bridge over the Norwalk River, members of the East Norwalk Business Association (ENBA) said Monday at the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) meeting.

ENBA plans to hold a rally in September in defense of A.J. Penna and Son, a Liberty Square contractor that does emergency utility work for the city, the First Taxing District and other local bodies, but comments also revolved around the community at large.

“They haven’t even touched on the fact that all of those people who just made substantial investments to those nice new apartment buildings, the SoNo Pearl and the rest of them, that were a such a wonderful thing for the community, they’re going to be dislocated too because cranes aren’t allowed to swing over occupied buildings,” Third Taxing District Commissioner Deb Goldstein said. “They are keeping that below the radar, too, until after they deal with this because as long as they can keep everybody separated, it’s divide and conquer. We all have to lock arms and say, ‘Not on our watch.’” Continue reading Penna’s fight continues in ‘unfair’ ConnDOT property taking for Norwalk railroad bridge construction

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