From left: Mayor Harry Rilling, Museum Chairman David Westmoreland, and Museum Trustee Port Draper take part in the ribbon-cutting for the ADA elevator.
NORWALK, Conn. – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum unveiled its new ADA elevator during a Wednesday ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Museum received $179,558 for this project from the state Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) through Connecticut’s Historic Restoration Fund (HRF) and the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.
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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.
While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.
Continue reading Opinion: Promises, promises? Taxes, pension debt, the deficit, and the spending cap
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.
Two education initiatives caught my eye recently. The first, a bill that would require the state education commissioner to have significant classroom and school administrative experience, has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. I’m trying hard to feel reassured but for some reason that’s not happening.
Continue reading Opinion: Free college for all, and must the ed commish be an educator?
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
Students and teachers agree: standardized tests are a misery. But are they a necessary misery?
Continue reading Opinion: How much do we need standardized tests? There’s no clear answer
Briggs High School students Trey Williams, 17, left, and Wendell Hunt, 18, finish their mini-fire academy Friday at the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters on Connecticut Avenue.
Briggs High School student Trey Williams, 17, crawls through a maze Friday at the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters on Connecticut Avenue.
NORWALK, Conn. — The teenagers who enjoyed crawling through a maze Friday at the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters Friday are a sign of the future at Briggs High School, Principal Marie Allen said.
“Over a year ago I began to pursue the rebranding of Briggs High School as a program that not only provides a quality academic experience for our students, but also creates a clear pathway to a career,” Allen said in a Thursday email to Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. “Little did I know that in this last year of trials and errors we would forge a partnership with Norwalk’s Fire Department that embodies all that we have been striving to achieve. Continue reading Briggs mini-fire academy gives 19 teens look at possible career
Mayor Harry Rilling opens the job fair Friday in City Hall. (Contributed photo)
NORWALK, Conn. – Friday’s job fair in Norwalk City Hall was a pathway to union apprenticeship, according to one participant. Another said it was about giving local jobs to local people.
The big thing about unions is the opportunity to retire with a pension, said Mike Laudano, of the “plumbers union,” who said he talked to 40 to 50 people at the job fair. WorkPlace program manager Carmen Nieves said she was there as a “secondary thing,” because she wasn’t with a union but with an organization that gives apprenticeship wage reimbursement grants. But with all the development happening in Norwalk the thing is to line up local people for the jobs, she said. Continue reading Unions look to recruit apprentices at Norwalk job fair
Robert Cotto Jr. is an elected member of the Hartford Board of Education and a lecturer in the Educational Studies program at Trinity College. Reach him by email here.
When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.
Continue reading Opinion: Show me the (charter management fee) money!
Aleesha Young is a licensed professional counselor.
As a licensed professional counselor, I have worked in different capacities as a therapist in a traditional outpatient clinic, provided community-based outreach services, and currently direct a treatment team that serves individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
Continue reading Opinion: Mental illness – the invisible struggle
Norwalk Public Schools Director of Special Education Christina Fensore, shown at a recent meeting, has resigned effective June 30.
Updated, 3:38 p.m. Saturday, comment from Christina Fensore
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Public Schools Director of Special Education Christina Fensore has submitted her resignation effective June 30.
Fensore, who was hired for the position a year ago after serving several months on an interim basis, is leaving to take a similar position closer to home, according to NPS communications director Brenda Wilcox Williams. Fensore will be the director of special services for the Region 14 School District (Woodbury-Bethlehem), Williams said in an email.
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NORWALK, Conn. – Business has been brisk this month at Oak Hills Golf Course, making up for revenue lost in a cold April, Oak Hills Park Authority members said Thursday.
Actually, May has been “phenomenal” and “stunning,” they said.
The enthusiasm comes as the Authority prepares to spend $1.5 million in state money to upgrade the course, and as Common Council members scrutinize the park’s financial information with occasional references to maybe forgiving $1 million of the Authority’s debt to the city. Continue reading Oak Hills Authority touts ‘stunning’ business in seasonable May
Laurie Hall, who said she has been a Norwalk taxpayer for 32 years, heads back to her seat after talking to the Board of Education in City Hall.
Correction: The original post misstated Ms. Hall’s end date as a Norwalk Public Schools employee. She was employed by Norwalk Public Schools through August 2014.
NORWALK, Conn. — Allegations made against Norwalk Public Schools Human Relations Officer Bruce Morris are being investigated by interim Superintendent of Schools James Connelly.
“I am concerned that a Board of Education employee, in a position of power at Central Office, is not doing his job and abusing his power,” Laurie Hall said to the Board of Education Tuesday. “I have contacted the employee, the head of Human Resources, and our former superintendent and been ignored by all three. I am coming to you because the buck stops here and I want this to be a matter of public record.” Continue reading Former Fox Run libary aide accuses Bruce Morris of abusing power
NORWALK, Conn. – You need work. Maybe you recently graduated from high school and college is not in your plans. Here’s an opportunity: A job fair for Norwalk men and women interested in pursuing careers as carpenters, plumbers, electricians or in the other construction trades will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Friday, May 22) in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave.
Representatives of local trade unions will be on hand to discuss opportunities with those looking for work in the trades.
Continue reading Today: Jazz with NoN, City Hall job fair; baseball and a parade highlight holiday weekend