Tuesday’s Norwalk Common Council meeting, being broadcast on YouTube.
Former Norwalk Police Officer Phil Roselle. (Contributed)
NORWALK, Conn. — Debbie Roselle fought for months to get her husband, former Norwalk Police Officer Phil Roselle, who retired after being accidentally shot on the job, additional financial compensation from the City.
On Tuesday, the Common Council rebuffed that request, voting 13-1-0 against giving Roselle more compensation than he’s already receiving. Continue reading Norwalk Council denies Roselle additional retirement pay
Norwalk High School Principal Reginald Roberts leads a procession of students into the school’s stadium to a recording of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”
NORWALK, Conn. — Bob Welsh attended the Norwalk High School graduation ceremonies Tuesday, and tells the story here with photographs.
Norwalk high school graduations were originally planned to be held at Calf Pasture Beach, then moved to the school facilities due to COVID-19 concerns. Then Tropical Storm Isais postponed some of the ceremonies again. Norwalk High School held four small half-hour ceremonies on Monday Aug. 3, before the storm rolled in, and the other four ceremonies were moved to Tuesday.
Brien McMahon High School has also held some graduation ceremonies and is scheduled to finish up Wednesday.
Class adviser Kasey Dunn helps senior Aryanna Goodwin secure her hat while lining up for a graduation ceremony Tuesday. (Bob Welsh)
Continue reading Norwalk photos: NHS pomp and circumstance under social distancing guidelines
Poll workers chat Tuesday at Nathan Hale Middle School, as ballot boxes stand unused. “It’s been slow,” moderator Laura Smits said. (Above, a voter checks in at Marvin Elementary, chatting with a greeter protected by a plastic shield.)
The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk voters went to the polls Tuesday, in small numbers but with a big sense of civic duty.
“There’s a lot of people that have fought for this right to come out and vote, (I) just think it’s something that’s important for us to come out and make a difference,” Basiru Danazumi said, after voting in the Presidential primary at Marvin Elementary School. He cast his ballot for Joe Biden, “just to show support.” Continue reading Dedicated few cast ballots at Norwalk polls
Johanna Davis, left, and Elizabeth Davis wait for their turn to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Conard High School. It was Elizabeth’s first time voting. “It was a lot easier than I expected,” she said. (CTMirror.org)
The 2020 election is scheduled for Nov. 3.
The top-line races were easy. Soon after the polls closed Tuesday night, the Associated Press declared Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Joe Biden winners of the year’s final presidential nomination contest, the twice-delayed Connecticut primary.
But the results for some of the contested nominations in 14 state legislative districts could take days as the last votes aren’t expected to arrive until Thursday’s mail — one of the many firsts in a primary shaped by a pandemic and a massive blackout. Continue reading The Connecticut primary: A perfunctory contest for president, and a long wait for others
Norwalk Police Officers Michael DiMeglio and Russell Ouellette provide security Jan. 26 in the Norwalk Public Library, as a drag queen story time takes place upstairs.
NORWALK, Conn. – The dollar figures earned by some Norwalk Police officers are unquestionably eye catching. They do it by working overtime, but how do their hours break down? And wouldn’t all those hours take a toll on an officer’s readiness for duty?
“Officers are not permitted to work in excess of 16 hours in a 24 hour period unless ordered to by the Chief. At the beginning of each shift, officers are required to report to roll-call. During roll-call a field supervisor evaluates their readiness to assume patrol duties,” Lt. Jared Zwickler wrote. Continue reading A look at Norwalk Police overtime statistics
Andrew Ferguson, Dalio Philanthropies Chief Education Officer, speaks at a Monday press conference announcing a “Connectivity Initiative.” (Contributed)
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk has secured grant funding to help bridge the digital divide, a joint venture described as a “huge step forward toward achieving universal (Internet) access” for Norwalk school children.
Survey results indicate 7-8 percent of Norwalk Public School families do not have access to high-quality, reliable Internet service and the new Connectivity Initiative will provide 1,000 families with access to high-speed internet at no-cost for one year, a press release said. It will ensure that the families are connected to digital literacy coaching, local housing, mental health, food, and other social service resources. Continue reading Dalio Foundation aids Norwalk in creating ‘Connectivity Initiative’ for NPS families
A sailboat washed up on Tavern Island, due to Tropical Storm Isaias. (Robin Hogen)
Remnants of an electrical repair lie on the side of a Silvermine road Monday. (Claire Schoen)
NORWALK, Conn. — Eversource reported 253 customers still without power as of 3 a.m. Tuesday, nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias blew in and created damage comparable to Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The cleanup of fallen trees and debris continues, Norwalk Deputy Director of Emergency Management Michele DeLuca and Mayor Harry Rilling said. Continue reading Norwalk issues updates on Isaias cleanup
More than 6,000 Norwalk Democrats and Republicans will be voting by Absentee Ballot in the August 11, 2020 Presidential Primary, but those ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on August 11 — today — to be counted. At this point, you need to take any remaining absentee ballots to one of the two “drop boxes” which are located at Norwalk City Hall, and at the South Norwalk Police Station, right in front of the main entrance to the building in both cases. Any ballot deposited there by 8 p.m. on Tuesday will be in time. Continue reading Safe voting in the time of COVID-19
Oak Hills Park in June 2019. (Oak Hills Park Authority)
NORWALK, Conn. — There’s “proof of demand” at Oak Hills Park golf course, an 18 percent increase in rounds for July, Oak Hills Park Authority treasurer Joe Andrasko told the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) last week.
BET Chairman Ed Camacho called Andrasko’s financial report “pretty good news” and said, “it sounds like you’re looking at all the right things,” sentiments that Mayor Harry Rilling agreed with. Andrasko said the Authority needs to study the results from its sale of unlimited passes this year to make sure the course is not becoming an “exclusive club.” Continue reading Andrasko: Business is good at Oak Hills golf course
NORWALK, Conn. — Troupe429, Wall Street’s LGBTQ bar and performance space, has returned in a different format after four months of COVID-19 closure: its disco ball dance floor has been transformed into a full-service record store with thousands of vintage and new records for sale. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Troupe429
NORWALK, Conn. — How does Wolfpit respond to a power outage on top of a pandemic? Multiple streets were still without power Friday morning as Bob Welsh toured the area.
“The humor is turning pretty weird. A few Wolfpitters might be 24 hours from going full-on Lord of the Flies,” Welsh said.
Here are his photos and captions:
Continue reading Norwalk Photos: Wolfpit walkabout
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s historic cemeteries made it through Tropical Storm Isaias with little damage to their hand-carved gravestones, Mike Mushak said.
Mushak, a Planning Commissioner and President of Tuliptree Site Design, has been out and about, cleaning up after the storm, taking photos as he goes, documenting the “devastating widespread tree and utility damage in our area.” Continue reading Norwalk photos: Mushak’s perspective of Isaias
Gov. Ned Lamont talks to Dave Lynch who was cleaning his neighborhood on Thursday, Aug. 6 in West Hartford. Lynch said his house has been out of power and internet. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)
Eversource Energy’s chairman and chief executive, Jim Judge, was jubilant in a message to shareholders in March. Based on returns to investors and a seeming newfound immunity to protracted blackouts, Judge assured them the company was coming off its “most successful year ever.”
The Eversource board agreed, paying Judge a $3 million bonus that swelled his compensation for the year to $19.8 million. Shareholders didn’t object. The stock price had soared from $65.04 to $85.07, a gain of 31% over 12 months. And the reliability of the company’s electric distribution system was in the industry’s top 10%. Continue reading Eversource was on a victory lap. Then came Isaias