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POKO, no loan in hand yet, given more time by Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – Rumors that the city would declare POKO Partners in default of its contract with Norwalk if the developer did not close on its construction loan by Tuesday appear to have been exaggerated.

POKO’s deadline to close on its loan is specified as June 30 in the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) extension that was granted by the Common Council and the Redevelopment Agency in August. Although that is Tuesday, on Monday Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola released this statement: Continue reading POKO, no loan in hand yet, given more time by Norwalk

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Rilling talks DPW, Norwalk development

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling gives an update to the Democratic Town Committee last week on Van Zant Street. At left is Peter Thor; at right is DTC Chairman Ed Camacho.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling gives an update to the Democratic Town Committee last week on Van Zant Street. At left is Peter Thor; at right is DTC Chairman Ed Camacho.

NORWALK, Conn. – More than 25 people have applied to be the new director of the Norwalk Department of Public Works, Mayor Harry Rilling says.

Rilling’s latest update on Norwalk also includes an upbeat assessment of development in the Wall Street area – with a tantalizing hint about a new project percolating elsewhere – and news that the city is figuring out how to buy the First Taxing District’s building next to the Belden Avenue library in order to provide more parking there.  Continue reading Rilling talks DPW, Norwalk development

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Belden Avenue development would offer 69 apartments

NORWALK, Conn. – A development planned to go up next to the Norwalk Public Library would use 16 spaces in the Yankee Doodle Garage to meet all of its parking requirements, according to plans submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department.

The development proposed by 587 Connecticut Ave. LLC would keep the existing bank at 15 Belden Ave. as is and construct a six story apartment building at 11 Belden Ave. The 69 apartments, 40 one-bedroom and 29 studio units, would range in size from 546 to 715 square feet. Continue reading Belden Avenue development would offer 69 apartments

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Watts outlines his strengths as Councilman, with Zullo’s help

NORWALK, Conn. – Compliments from former Mayor Frank Zullo last week prompted Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A) to send a message to a reporter: “I’m no idiot.”

Watts said he has gotten phone calls of support from constituents who say they can’t believe he’s not going to run for re-election, but some people suggested that he’s holding the Democratic Party back and he decided that it’s time to go.

(Second video at end of story.) Continue reading Watts outlines his strengths as Councilman, with Zullo’s help

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Norwalk’s GOP state delegation tells town hall attendees Republicans are shut out in Hartford

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Terrie Wood (R-141) talked about the “fury” she has seen this year. Gail Lavielle (R-143) used the term “fiscal horror.” Fred Wilms (R-142) compared the Democratic leadership running the show in Hartford to what it would be like if the Tea Party Republicans ran things in Norwalk.

All this and lots more went down Thursday evening at Norwalk Community College when the three Republican state representatives held a town hall-style meeting that attracted a just over 30 people to talk about their concerns.

Continue reading Norwalk’s GOP state delegation tells town hall attendees Republicans are shut out in Hartford

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Opinion: Recall elections – change we can do without

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

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.

Change. It’s one of those words when uttered in a political context conjures up images of a cynical office seeker looking to exploit a malaise that might or might not be based in reality.

Continue reading Opinion: Recall elections – change we can do without

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Opinion: Are drug company kickbacks fueling a deadly public health crisis in Connecticut?

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo

Matt DeRienzo is a media industry consultant who lives in Litchfield. He is the former editor of Digital First Media’s publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Register Citizen of Torrington, Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine.

Pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive marketing of expensive (and profitable) medications has likely exacerbated America’s problems with health care.

Continue reading Opinion: Are drug company kickbacks fueling a deadly public health crisis in Connecticut?

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Opinion: A to-do list for the incoming Republican state chairman

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Congratulations, JR Romano, on becoming the new chairman of the state Republican Party! The good news for you is that for the first time in a decade, that fact may no longer be such an albatross around your neck.

Continue reading Opinion: A to-do list for the incoming Republican state chairman

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Opinion: Not my father’s GOP

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

Since my mother passed away suddenly earlier this year, just 16 months after Dad, my siblings and I have been dealing with the painful process of clearing out her apartment for sale. Mom was both a packrat and the keeper of family history, so there is much to sort through — with a wealth of memories and emotions encountered in the process.

Continue reading Opinion: Not my father’s GOP

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Political newbies take shot at Norwalk offices

District A

From left, Norwalk District A Democrats Nicole Ayers, Joe Perella, Yvel Crevecoeur and Jalin Saed.

NORWALK, Conn. – An abundance of political neophytes are seeking an electoral opportunity in District A.

That includes Nicole Ayers, Joe Perella, Yvel Crevecoeur and, according to First Taxing District Commissioner Elsa Peterson, Sarah Lemiuex vying to become the Democratic Board of Education candidate in the district. Jalin Saed is looking to become a Common Council candidate, as is Laoise King, who has a lot of experience in the political sphere as an attorney but has never run.

(See videos of potential candidates at end of story.) Continue reading Political newbies take shot at Norwalk offices

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DSS still thinking over Norwalk NEON replacement

cafcaNORWALK, Conn. – The deadline has come and gone, and, nope, there’s no new Greater Norwalk CAP agency yet.

Although the Department of Social Services (DSS) had originally advertised that it wanted to get a new Community Action Program agency in place by May 25, it’s been very quiet. NancyOnNorwalk reached out to the three applicants, who said they hadn’t heard anything, either. Continue reading DSS still thinking over Norwalk NEON replacement

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Florida governor makes his pitch In Norwalk; organizer says event was not political

Florida Gov. Rick Scott meets with business owners Friday at the Norwalk Inn.    (Harold Cobin photo)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott meets with business owners Friday at the Norwalk Inn. (Harold Cobin photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – Not shy about his reason for appearing Friday before a group of about 50 Connecticut business owners, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott asked them what he needs to do to get them to move.

Scott, who struggles with his approval ratings in his own state, touted Florida’s business-friendly atmosphere as an alternative to what could become the second largest tax hike in Connecticut’s history.

Continue reading Florida governor makes his pitch In Norwalk; organizer says event was not political

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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.