Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski testifies Monday in Hartford as Norwalk parents watch. From left are Drew Todd, Marc D’Amelio and Barbara Meyer-Mitchell. (Photo by State Rep. Gail Lavielle)
HARTFORD, Conn. – Here’s a thought: it costs more to live in some areas than others.
So said Stamford Mayor David Martin on Monday, in testifying to the state legislature on why the current system for education funding needs to be changed. Continue reading Norwalk fights for better education funding from state
NORWALK, Conn. – Central Norwalk’s most notorious eyesore is expected to lose its blighted status within two months.
Full-steam-ahead work at 45 Wall St., which was heavily damaged by a fire in August 2010, is set to begin today, March 23, Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland said Wednesday. Continue reading Finally: Wall Street eyesore expected to become whole
Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speaks to the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Wednesday in a nearly empty Concert Hall.
Diane Lauricella offers criticisms of Norwalk’s government Wednesday in Concert Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s budgets moved forward another inch Wednesday, as the Board of Estimate and Taxation greenlighted funding for two new Norwalk schools and hardly anyone showed up for its public hearing on the operating budget.
“I want you to pretend that there are 2,500 smiling parents standing behind me and they are all nodding their heads in agreement when I say, ‘Thank you so much for listening to us, and for investing in the dream of excellence for education in Norwalk,’” Barbara Meyer-Mitchell said to the BET, standing in front of a largely empty Concert Hall. Continue reading Norwalk BET praised for planned schools’ funding
Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Greg Burnett, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling study budget documents Tuesday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — The latest in Norwalk budgetary decision making is proposed expenditures that are $514,736 less than the budget cap authorized by the Common Council.
The Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) on Tuesday went through department requests one by one and voted on a proposed 2017-18 operating budget of nearly $357 million, $10.5 million more than last year. Added by the BET was funding for additional help in three departments, the hiring of a new Associate Corporation Counsel, a Senior Systems Analyst for the Information Technology Department, and outside help for the Department of Public Works. Continue reading Norwalk BET lowers expected mill rate increase to 1.8 percent
Vincent Palumbo, left, expresses his opinion Tuesday in Norwalk City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – A quick change to Norwalk’s noise ordinance, in response to SoNo complaints of loud music, appears likely but efforts by Common Council members Tuesday fell far short, in the eyes of one mover and shaker.
“I don’t think you did a service to the city or to the neighborhood,” developer Tom Rich said, first to Council member Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) then to the entire Ordinance Committee, after the Committee voted to move ahead with increased fines for offenders but keep the decibel level as is. Continue reading Norwalk Council upping ante on noise violators
Norwalk Public Schools Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo delivers an update Tuesday on the new residency policy.
NORWALK, Conn. — There are six Norwalk Public Schools students who don’t live in Norwalk, Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo said Tuesday.
All of them come from families who have been enrolled here for years; of the 80 new students, all of them have been found to be legitimate Norwalk residents, he said. Continue reading NPS vigilance turns up six non-resident students
Betsy Back of Stand Up Norwalk (SUN) speaks to Mayor Harry Rilling at Monday’s Common Council meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk citizens won a concession in their quest to protect immigrant rights, Citibank was greenlighted to begin anew with Wall Street Place, a vote on a contract with The Grasso Companies LLC – but not that Grasso Companies LLC – was put on hold, wheels spun a little and demands for transparency were made in a move that was approved unanimously with a great deal of praise.
Here’s your roundup from Monday’s relatively short Common Council meeting: Continue reading Norwalk Council roundup: SUN, Wall Street Place, and South Norwalk
An image advertising Greenskies Renewable Energy, chosen by Norwalk to be its solar energy partner.
NORWALK, Conn. — Solar panels at two Norwalk schools are expected to save the city nearly $1.2 million over 15 years, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said.
The savings on a city-side solar panel project are expected to be $338,314 over 15 years. Continue reading Norwalk expects $1.5 million in savings from solar power
The seasonal ice rink at Veterans Park.
NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:
- Primaries for everyone?
- Norwalk DPW looks to give state standards to live up to
- Maggio: Council to ‘adjust’ Vets Park ice rink agreement
- Morris: Not looking for a school administration job
- District B’s non-support of Anderson
- Move for Innovation District
- Pathways/Briggs down to 49 kids
- New Facebook schools page aims to be ‘positive’
- Barbis is latest BoE member told to resign
Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Possible insurrection, noise and another call for a resignation…
Al Madany Islamic Center Imam Abdelazzeim Mahmoud explains Muslim beliefs Saturday during an open house at the mosque.
NORWALK, Conn. – The new carpet in what was a Christian sanctuary at the 1 Union Park is plush, ornate and not centered, but pointed 58 degrees northeast, according to Zaynub Kadri, a Norwalk middle school student.
“You pray towards Kabba, a house of worship in Mecca,” Zaynub said Saturday, leading a tour of the Al Madany Islamic Center, the former Grace Episcopal Church. “You are always facing that point when you are praying.” Continue reading Al Madany Islamic Center members show off their new Norwalk home
As our paranoid, self-absorbed president digs himself further into a hole, alienating more and more of his supporters, it is reasonable to look down the road at his downfall. It won’t be pretty as he and his die-hard supporters face down the rest of us, but to survive as a party, the Republicans are going to have to cast aside this empty suit. I wish we could look forward to a Trump-free life, but he is unlikely to shut up even after being forced out of office. Sooner or later he will vanish from the scene, as we all do.
It is time to think and plan for life under President Pence. As far as I can gather, he is a far-right ideologue with a particularly odious theocratic agenda. His environmental record is dismal, but he seems to have come around to the view that humans may have an impact on climate. Wow. Wikipedia has the most comprehensive and balanced coverage I could find on the web (a chilling quote: “Pence stated that his role model as vice president would be Dick Cheney”). Continue reading Preparing for President Pence
Did everyone see another ribbon cutting hosted last week by Bob Duff and local politicians? The one celebrating 11 new jobs? At the local Walmart? You didn’t see the photo op?
Neither did I. Because the celebration never happened. These were not new jobs for people. They were new “jobs” for the Scan & Go “cashiers.” That’s right. The Walmart on Route 7 replaced four self-serve checkouts with 11 new ones. Super high tech. Upgraded. Bam. Stop & Shop down the road is up to eight self-serves. I find self-serve lines to be the fastest. And Siri’s cloned sisters, relaxing inside the “cash registers”? Way more coherent, chatty and courteous! Continue reading How the third largest employer reacts to minimum wage hikes
Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTs.
Shout Out to Norwalk’s Middle School Math and English Teachers whose students have achieved “significant” mid-year gains in Math and English, exceeding national growth marks by two, three, four, five times. New programs, including Middle School Read 180, Math 180 and System 44, have enabled teachers to provide targeted, specific interventions for students that address actual skill deficits. These programs stem from a Middle School Redesign initiative which began last year. See results. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs