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West Rocks controversy intensifies as some cry ‘witch hunt’

Supporters of West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore rally June 19 at Norwalk City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s possible that West Rocks Middle School will lose both its principal and its vice principal before school resumes Aug. 29.

Embattled WRMS Principal Lynne Moore attended a pre-termination hearing last week and WRMS Vice Principal Joe DeVellis is scheduled to meet Monday with Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo.  Norwalk Association of School Administrators (NASA) Vice President Tony Ditrio believes that DeVellis will be shifted to another school.

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Don’t get sticker shock: Norwalk Public Library users can still park for free

Work began in April to expand the parking lot next to the Norwalk Public Library. (Contributed)

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NORWALK, Conn. – Pay-parking equipment in a newly-expanded Mott Avenue parking lot, next to the Norwalk Public Library, is going live Monday.

That’s today, July 23: Library patrons are entitled to free parking, but others will have to pay the Norwalk Parking Authority’s regular fee, 50 cents an hour. Continue reading Don’t get sticker shock: Norwalk Public Library users can still park for free

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For Lieutenant Governor: Leadership that listens

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On August 14th, primary elections will be held to select candidates for Connecticut state offices, including that of Lieutenant Governor. Susan Bysiewicz is the one candidate who is uniquely qualified to serve in the second highest executive office in the state.

This oft-misunderstood position serves as legislative liaison for the Governor, casts a tie-breaking vote in the Senate when necessary, and serves in the Governor’s absence. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to choose a proven leader who understands the needs and values of Connecticut. Susan Bysiewicz has held elective offices in both the executive and the legislative branches of our state government, with over a decade of fighting to improve the lives of residents in the state. Continue reading For Lieutenant Governor: Leadership that listens

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Opinion: Shout out to NPS essay workshop

Anthony Allison

Shout Out to the Norwalk Education Foundation for sponsoring a July 9th Summer College Essay Writing Workshop, which was attended by 50 Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) rising seniors. Writing a college essay can be daunting for many students as they contemplate their “future lives” beyond Norwalk and NPS. The goal of the workshop was to inspire and challenge each of the participants, through a self-discovery process, to tell their story in a way they might have been hesitant to before, in order to write a compelling college essay. Continue reading Opinion: Shout out to NPS essay workshop

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Norwalk political notes: Norwalk bonds, Norwalk BoE and an endorsement for Hosten

ConnCAN Community Organizer Toni Williams, right, is expected to offer Norwalk Board of Education members their Board Watch review Thursday in Cranbury Park. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some recent Norwalk odds and ends:

  • Norwalk to pay 2.8 percent on $30 million in bonds
  • Hosten endorsed by progressive group  
  • Norwalk BoE headed for deep dive into data

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Norwalk Republicans voice outrage over Malloy’s bond funded-toll study

NORWALK, Conn. — Two of Norwalk’s Republican candidates for the state house have announced objections to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to spend $10 million in borrowed funds to study electronic tolls.

Marc D’Amelio, who is seeking to unseat State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), and Frank Page, who is taking on State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137), have both issued press releases condemning the move. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans voice outrage over Malloy’s bond funded-toll study

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Norwalk news roundup: Illegal apartments, Republican candidate, primary shift and NPD

West Rocks Middle School is not available for the Aug. 14 primary due to the ongoing window replacement project, officials say.

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NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some recent Norwalk news:

  • Talk of joint inspections of suspected illegal apartments
  • Republican gubernatorial hopeful Stemerman speaks to Norwalk Rotary
  • Primary voters will be re-directed from West Rocks to All Saints
  • NPD officers save life with Narcan

Harold Cobin video of David Stemerman included in story Continue reading Norwalk news roundup: Illegal apartments, Republican candidate, primary shift and NPD

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Norwalk P&Z Director explains challenges in Zoning reg overhaul

Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin.

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NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk needs to hire a consultant to overhaul its Zoning regulations, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin said.

The hire should take place after Norwalk has a new Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), or city-wide master plan, he said. Continue reading Norwalk P&Z Director explains challenges in Zoning reg overhaul

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Mosby hits pay dirt with complaint to state regarding Norwalk primary

Then-Norwalk Board of Education member Shirley Mosby, at a June 2017 BoE meeting. (File photo)

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NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic Registrar of Voters Stuart Wells was wrong in denying then-Board of Education member Shirley Mosby’s request for printed voter enrollment records last summer, a state agency said Wednesday.

After failing to qualify for a Democratic primary, Mosby filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Aug. 23.  The complaint included numerous allegations against Wells.  Wednesday the SEEC said that most of the complaints were out of its purview. Three allegations merited investigation, two were dismissed and one resulted in Wells being found to have violated state statute by failing to provide printouts of voter registration lists at no charge. Continue reading Mosby hits pay dirt with complaint to state regarding Norwalk primary

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Where are the peacemakers?

I really appreciate that the City of Norwalk wants to reopen a social service agency to service Norwalk’s low-income residents primarily in one place again.  I also appreciate the coverage NancyOnNorwalk and The Hour, a Hearst Publication, have provided. A recent article in The Hour reported that for “many observers, NEON served largely the Black community while SoNo CC helped the Latino community, although each organization maintained it assisted all those in need.”

I am not sure how “observers” came to this conclusion because it simply is not true.  NEON serviced people from many races and cultures.  Just looking at the backgrounds of the children formerly enrolled in its childcare program would reveal this.  The majority of the children were Hispanic.

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Rilling blasts Norwalk Redevelopment Agency over ‘conflicts of interest’

Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano and Attorney Marc Grenier in 2014 study documents in the Norwalk Public Library.

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NORWALK, Conn. — The City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency are at odds over who will represent them in a lawsuit against two developers.

In a Tuesday letter to Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano, Mayor Harry Rilling criticized the Agency’s attorney selection process, questioned the judgment of Agency leadership, expressed concerns about a conflict of interest, and professed dismay that a defendant in the lawsuit has information that the City believes he shouldn’t.

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Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

From left, Common Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E) and Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) consider the options Tuesday in City Hall after a tie vote on the proposed Innovation District ordinance.

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NORWALK, Conn. — Six Norwalk Common Council members were evenly divided Tuesday regarding a plan which supporters say would revitalize Central Norwalk.    Continue reading Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

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Reorg moves forward after talk on permits, economic development

Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland, left, and Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin answer questions Monday from the Ad Hoc Common Council Committee in City Hall.

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NORWALK, Conn. — Three of four Norwalk Common Council members on Monday moved ahead the economic development component of Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed reorganization.

Michael Corsello (D-At Large), abstained, saying he supports the reorganization but would prefer it be implemented in increments.   Continue reading Reorg moves forward after talk on permits, economic development

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