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Lembo, in Norwalk, promotes state healthcare for small business owners

Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo speaks to the Wall Street Neighborhood Association on Wednesday in Mike DiSacla’s offices in Head of the Harbor South.

NORWALK, Conn. — Small business owners were given an opportunity Wednesday to question Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo about a potential public health insurance option for their companies.

Proposed legislation says that “one way or another, the state has to help disrupt this (healthcare) market. For a decade, I’ve been waiting for a private entity, a private carrier to come in and disrupt that, put downward pressure on pricing,. bringing everyone else hopefully down, that hasn’t occurred,” Lembo said at the Wall Street Neighborhood Association meeting.

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Separated by design: How wealthy CT towns fight affordable housing

Two Westport planning and zoning commissioners. (Jacqueline Rabe Thomas)

This article was produced through a partnership between ProPublica and the Connecticut Mirror, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.  ProPublica, the CT Mirror, and NancyOnNorwalk are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN).

 

WESTPORT, Conn. — A dirt field overgrown with weeds is the incongruous entrance to one of America’s wealthiest towns, a short walk to a Rodeo Drive-like stretch replete with upscale stores such as Tiffany & Co.

But this sad patch of land is also the physical manifestation of a broader turf war over what type of housing — and ultimately what type of people — to allow within Westport’s borders. Continue reading Separated by design: How wealthy CT towns fight affordable housing

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Norwalk teachers’ union reps speak out against Kendall ‘experiment’

Norwalk Federation of Teachers Kendall Elementary School building stewards Heike Reichert and Jeff Beckley address the Board of Education on Tuesday in City Hall, as shown in the Norwalk Public Schools video.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s unfair to target Kendall Elementary School for a Norwalk Public Schools experiment, Jeff Beckley said Tuesday.

“As of this evening, 22 Kendall teachers have confirmed to me over the last two weeks that they have or are ready to notify HR of their intent to transfer,” said Beckley, Norwalk Federation of Teachers co-Kendall building steward, to the Board of Education. Continue reading Norwalk teachers’ union reps speak out against Kendall ‘experiment’

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Norwalk Republicans set to lose heavy-hitter incumbents, work to line up candidates

At left, Board of Education member Mike Lyons; at right, Common Council member Doug Hempstead, at Monday’s Republican Town Committee meeting in the Norwalk Inn. Neither plan to run for reelection.

Updated, 5:05 p.m., May 22: recording added; 10 a.m.: More information.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Republican lineup on the ballot this fall will not include Mike Lyons. Doug Hempstead has also said he’s not running. Bryan Meek is a maybe.

On the other hand, it was revealed at Monday’s Republican Town Committee that two currently not-in-office Republican electoral veterans are set to run, and there are newbies lined up. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans set to lose heavy-hitter incumbents, work to line up candidates

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Norwalk Dems seek to persuade public on toll issue

State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) presents information about the state’s infrastructure, May 13 in Norwalk Commuity College.

NORWALK, Conn. – You need to defend the facts when it comes to tolls, State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) said.

To that end, Perone, State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) relayed the facts to a friendly crowd of about 50 Democrats with a PowerPoint presentation in Norwalk Community College, including a nugget Dathan thought important: raising the gas tax by 1 cent would generate $15 million a year in additional revenue, not a very big drop in the bucket when everyone agrees that $700 million a year is needed to fix Connecticut’s infrastructure.

The pair were joined by Gov. Ned Lamont.

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Norwalk BoE set to promote Pennington to Rowayton Elementary School principal

Robert Pennington. (Norwalk Public Schools)

NORWALK, Conn. – Robert Pennington is continuing his climb up the ladder at Norwalk Public Schools: he will be Rowayton Elementary School’s new principal on July 1.

Rowayton students already know Pennington, as he’s been Curriculum and Instruction Site Director (CISD) since 2017, a NPS press release said. Pennington has been with NPS for nearly 14 years, according to his LinkedIn Page. Continue reading Norwalk BoE set to promote Pennington to Rowayton Elementary School principal

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Imparato named NPD officer of the month

From left, Norwalk Police Commissioner Charlie Yost, Mayor Harry Rilling, Detective Christopher Imparato and Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police Det. Christopher Imparato was selected Monday as the department’s officer of the month for April for initiating the arrest of a convicted felon with a history of illegal firearms possession. Continue reading Imparato named NPD officer of the month

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Opinion: Honoring NHS senior Patrick Ruther

The Norwalk Board of Education is pleased to spotlight Norwalk High School Senior Patrick Ruther for his commitment to his community and country. Patrick is an exceptional student who sets high standards for himself and possesses the skills and strong work ethic to achieve them.

Patrick is a member of the National Honor Society and a leader in Bears Beating Cancer. He is also captain of the boys’ varsity lacrosse team, and plays the violin in the orchestra. He is also an active member of his church. Continue reading Opinion: Honoring NHS senior Patrick Ruther

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‘POKO’ lawsuit legal fees now at $468K+

Real estate broker Jason Milligan, Monday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Redevelopment Agency legal bills have topped $468,000 in a lawsuit against real estate broker Jason Milligan.

A Redevelopment Agency lawyer released the total late Friday afternoon in response to a Freedom of Information request by NancyOnNorwalk.  In a statement also released late Friday, the Agency accused Milligan of running up fees by delaying the court case with many motions; Milligan accused the Agency and the City of dumping the news on a weekend so that the public would miss nearly half a million dollars spent on what he’s called a frivolous lawsuit. Continue reading ‘POKO’ lawsuit legal fees now at $468K+

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Shout out to Gibson, Maritime Odyssey Preschool

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Anthony Allison is the Chief Initiative Officer at Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Monisha Gibson and Maritime Odyssey Preschool on being recognized by the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) for there work as a critical partner in the statewide Two Generation pilot program. On May 22nd, Monisha will be presenting at a Two Generation Forum on “Early Childhood Education as a Career Path for Parents in Norwalk: Adult Opportunity and Early Childhood Education Together.” Part of her presentation will be on the role of the Family Executive Center in support of this work. The forum will be held at the Hartford Lyceum. Continue reading Shout out to Gibson, Maritime Odyssey Preschool

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CT Senate sends $15 minimum wage bill to Lamont

Staffer Courtney Cullinan confers with Sen. Julie Kushner during the minimum wage debate. (Mark Pazniokas)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s minimum-wage workers will see their hourly wages rise from $10.10 to $15 over the next four-and-a-half years under legislation passed early Friday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Ned Lamont for his promised signature. 

The final passage by the Senate on a party-line vote of 21-14 delivers on the first of two major labor bills promised by Democrats in campaigns that won the governor’s office and produced strong legislative majorities for the party in 2018, the other being a paid family and medical leave bill that is tentatively scheduled for a vote next week. Continue reading CT Senate sends $15 minimum wage bill to Lamont

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Farricker’s ‘POKO’ proposal would create Norwalk arts district, save Garden Cinemas

At right is the Wall Street Theater. At left is, depending on your sensibilities, is “POKO,” Wall Street Place phase I, or “The Tyvek Temple.” In between are the Fairfield County Bank buildings, owned by real estate broker Jason Milligan, under IJ Group LLC, since December.

Updated, 3:42 p.m.: Bill Collins comment added. 

NORWALK, Conn. – An alternative proposal for Wall Street Place phase I, otherwise known as “POKO,” would provide “a large gathering area able to accommodate events like the Mayors Ball.”

Frank Farricker’s non-profit arts district idea relies on financial calculations which assign a $10 million value to the existing building and estimate the cost to complete its construction as $15 million.  Continue reading Farricker’s ‘POKO’ proposal would create Norwalk arts district, save Garden Cinemas

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