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Press release: Dr. Michael Conner, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer, wins The Network Journal’s 40-Under-40 Achievement Award

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Michael Conner. (File photo)

Dr. Michael T. Conner, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer, was
the recent recipient of The Network Journal’s 20th annual
40-Under-40 Achievement award. The dinner was held Thursday, June 15
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York’s Time Square. Dr. Conner has been
employed with Norwalk Public Schools since September 21, 2015. Under his
leadership, his team has made great strides for the district, including, but
not limited to, middle school redesign, closing, closing the gap for ELL/ESL
students and improved overall data in various cohorts.

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Norwalk Council awards Grasso second contract

Common Council member Travis Simms (D-District B), left, and Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E), at Tuesday’s meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Joe Grasso, Jr., was narrowly awarded a second Norwalk contract Tuesday, amid concerns that refusing him the work might mean that sidewalks and curbs would not get done this year.

Grasso could go to court and file an injunction if he were not awarded the $826,618 contract, Common Council Majority Leader John Kydes (D-District C) and Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) said, before the Council voted 7 to 6 to go ahead with the deal. Continue reading Norwalk Council awards Grasso second contract

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Norwalk BoE settles budget, saving Brookside preschool – for now

An influential Facebook post.

Norwalk Board of Education Vice Chairman Mike Barbis, right, argues Tuesday against continuing the Brookside preschool program. Listening at left is Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton.

NORWALK, Conn. — The 2017-18 Norwalk Public Schools operating budget was settled Tuesday without layoffs, as promised after last week’s negotiation between the Board of Education and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers.

Spared at the last minute from elimination was the Brookside preschool program, a move inspired by a Facebook post, according to BoE Chairman Mike Lyons. Brookside’s preschool inspired the most conversation from Board members in the brief meeting, after BoE Vice Chairman Mike Barbis suggesting eliminating the program next year. Continue reading Norwalk BoE settles budget, saving Brookside preschool – for now

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Knopp explains Norwalk Library deal, topic of Tuesday hearing

Former Mayor Alex Knopp, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling on June 2 remove a chain from the lot next to the Norwalk Public Library.

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s “a nice way to make money without ever putting a shovel in the ground,” Common Council member Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) said.

That was after former Mayor Alex Knopp explained that the price of 11 Belden Ave., the lot next to the Norwalk Public Library, went up due to the Zoning Commission’s approval of apartments on the site. Continue reading Knopp explains Norwalk Library deal, topic of Tuesday hearing

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Colarossi: Adamowski plans ELLI preschool at Brookside

Former Board of Education member Steven Colarossi speaks to the BoE on June 20 in City Hall. The BoE is making an unspecified amount of budget cuts tonight, Tuesday, June 27.

Updated, 3 p.m.: Clarification, Steve Colarossi’s wife teaches at Brookside.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Brookside preschool program would not be on a list of possible budget cuts if Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski hadn’t given approval, former Board of Education member Steven Colarossi said.

Given that cutting the preschool would be “manifestly unfair” to the children and their families if an alternative weren’t available on the site, it’s a safe bet that the Early Language and Learning Initiative (ELLI) is in line, given the circumstances, he said.  Continue reading Colarossi: Adamowski plans ELLI preschool at Brookside

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Opinion: There are better ways to save money than to cut Brookside preschool

Steven Colarossi

Despite assurances to the contrary, and notwithstanding that families have already entered into contracts for the Brookside Preschool Program for the 2017-18 school year, Superintendent Steven Adamowski has, once again, unilaterally offered the Brookside classrooms to a consortium (known as “ELLI”) which includes a for-profit partner.  This decision is being made despite the costs of the privatized program far exceeding the net costs of the Brookside program which is operated by the District and staffed by fully-certified teachers holding masters’ degrees.  Now, rather than being honest with the families who will be negatively affected when their children’s preschool program is cancelled, the Superintendent has decided, instead, to include the cost of the Brookside program on his “cut-list” under the guise of needing to save its net cost of $42,000.  Of course, the fact that replacing the Brookside program with the costlier ELLI program will require far more funding than is being saved is an inconvenient truth the Superintendent and his minions on the Board of Education must hope taxpayers will overlook.  Given that the Board of Education’s Finance Committee approved the elimination of the Brookside program without any debate or discussion as to its impact on the students already registered for it, one can only conclude that providing a financial boom to the politically-connected leaders of the ELLI consortium is far more important than budgetary transparency or fiscal responsibility. Continue reading Opinion: There are better ways to save money than to cut Brookside preschool

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Press release: NICE Festival announces main stage line-up

The 2017 NICE Festival, Happening in Norwalk, Connecticut on July 8th, Announces a Musical Line-Up of Dynamic Sounds from Calypso to Latin Salsa to Bluegrass and Zydeco, and on to the Spirited Brass Funk of the Streets of New Orleans! (NICE Festival photo and text)

Honoring Norwalk International Cultural Exchange’s commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture, NICE festival organizers have assembled a line-up of multi-cultural, celebratory sounds for all ages to enjoy. In addition to the featured live bands listed below, The NICE Festival, a daylong celebration of world cultures, will have dance performances, poetry readings, a special family performance and interactive arts area, international foods and craft vendors. Continue reading Press release: NICE Festival announces main stage line-up

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Norwalk political notes: Running for election

District B Common Council candidate Manny Langella, left, and State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), at Monday’s District B meeting in Calvary Baptist Church.

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

  • Republicans mum, mostly
  • Dems work toward Council candidacies
  • Langella pitches himself as District B rep
  • Morris for mayor – Coming soon!
  • Melendez an NCC grad
  • Dem ‘political operative’ praised by Republican
  • McCarthy’s house for sale
  • Lauricella’s time at DEP
  • Lauricella’s ‘misquote’
  • Mosby on an ‘excellent question’ roll

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Running for election

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Chimento illuminates Walk Bridge updates

A suggestion for tweaking the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s design for the Walk Bridge, from architect Bruce Beinfield.

A suggestion for tweaking the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s design for the Walk Bridge, from architect Bruce Beinfield.

Update, 3:34 p.m.: Comment from Bruce Beinfield. Correction, 3:30 p.m.: Frank Poirot is an Eversource spokesman.

NORWALK, Conn. – Ideas percolate for the look of a new Walk Bridge, but one thing is settled – there will be no ugly high towers spreading through SoNo.

“That’s a dead issue,” Norwalk Department of Public Works Director Bruce Chimento said, of proposed high tower relocation plan that, months ago, included mono poles through SoNo. Continue reading Chimento illuminates Walk Bridge updates

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Opinion: More thought needed on Walk Bridge

Gail Lavielle

Fred Wilms

Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) provided an update on the Walk Bridge project at City Hall. Present were the Mayor and his staff, State Sen. Bob Duff, State Rep. Bruce Morris and ourselves.

Below are our observations and recommendations: Continue reading Opinion: More thought needed on Walk Bridge

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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.