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Norwalk education roundup: Gifted youngsters, $2.2M less in SpEd costs

Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Yvette Goorevitch, left; Norwalk Early Childhood Center Director Debbie Whitman, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some recent education news for you:

  • Second graders may not be left out after all
  • Norwalk ahead of AT curve, Goorevitch says
  • BoE dollars and cents – a $2.26 million success reported
  • New NECC director welcomed to Norwalk
  • Making NECC a ‘real school’?

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Norwalk to try out SoNo shuttle during city scavenger hunt

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Norwalk, CT (April 23, 2018)  – Those participating in the Citywide Scavenger Hunt on April 28th won’t have to get in their cars to search the city for clues. The Norwalk Parking Authority will be trying out a free shuttle that runs from the Wall Street district to South Norwalk during the City Hunt.   Continue reading Norwalk to try out SoNo shuttle during city scavenger hunt

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Make every day ‘Earth Day’

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As a resident of Norwalk and citizen of planet earth, I recall the first “Earth Day” in 1970 when I was in 7th grade. It was an exciting celebration in my hometown of Ithaca, NY, with banners and girls with flower wreaths in their hair, a whole day devoted to nature, sunshine, and peace. It was a time when our classrooms had posters that said, “War is not healthy for children and other living things” and “Give peace a chance,” and we regularly saw public service announcements on TV such as the crying Indian who sees litter on his (former) lands. It was an era when the fear and possibility of all-out nuclear war, as well as pollution and smog, roused young people to demand change, to become more in tune with nature, and to speak up for earth justice.

For all the attention the plight of the earth received back then, today our “common home”—our planet—is in worse shape than it was all those years ago, and so much for “Earth Day” being of importance. Every day is Earth Day, if you think about it. What can we do about the health of our planet and its inhabitants in the face of an ever-growing population, insatiable development, and demand for resources? See below for some recommendations.

I’m glad to be a member of the nature committee at Norwalk’s Oak Hills Park, as we try to protect and provide good stewardship of the protected nature areas we have established there. The Norwalk community has a lovely resource in the Park’s low-impact 1.5 mile woodland trail where we hosted a Winter Trail Walk this past February, and will host events such an upcoming Bird Watching Trail Walk on May 12 and our annual trail walk for National Trails Day on June 2.

The events at Oak Hills Park are free and we welcome all in our community to visit, “treading lightly upon the earth” through quiet events that respect our area’s wildlife. The health of our environment is what keeps inhabitants (us) healthy, too. As Pope Francis stated in his 2015 encyclical letter on Laudato Si: On The Care of Our Common Home, “Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.”

What can we do in our daily lives to bring balance to our environment? Caring for creation can seem like such a huge problem. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Water—clean water—is getting more scarce. Be careful how much water you are using and don’t waste it. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or soaping up dishes, and use only for rinsing. Washing your car and watering your lawn are big usages of this precious resource—try to cut back on watering so much. Take shorter showers.
  2. Modern lifestyle choices affect our planet’s health. Driving instead of walking, biking, or driving electric cars continues to pollute, and the refining and transport of oil comes at a high cost in terms of environmental damage. Jet travel is one of the biggest causes of air pollution, so conserve on trips that involve planes. Look into getting an electric car.
  3. Buildings and homes consume massive amounts of energy to heat and cool (not to mention all those large-screen TVs), and are the largest source of pollution. Animal agriculture is also a huge problem, using vast amounts of water and land, causing deforestation and ground water pollution, as well as methane pollution in the air. Go vegetarian and wake up to the ills of factory farming.
  4. Consumerism is a way of life that is unsustainable. The earth does not currently have enough resources for all the “stuff” we keep trying to buy and sell to each other. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” Examine our current economic system and how it impacts our planet.
  5. Let part of your yard “go native.” Stop mowing, stop watering (stop polluting and wasting resources) and allow native plants to flourish for wildlife to thrive. Suburbia is not a natural landscape and it is to your credit to let your yard become a habitat. My husband and I have what we call a “yarden,” picking and eating our own dandelions and purslane in summer salads, and making clover tea, from our own yard.
  6. Act and speak up for earth justice. Be aware of how we all contribute daily to pollution and the ways in which we indulge, wasting resources that in some areas of the world are nonexistent (clean water and air). Become aware of how our human activities impact the health of Planet Earth.

As we acknowledge “Earth Day” once again, can you find a few moments each day to be reminded to care for our common home for not only your own good, but for the good of all who live upon this earth, our ONLY home.

Audrey Cozzarin

Norwalk

 

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) for fostering Norwalk students’ entrepreneurial spirit, business skills and passion for their schools through its annual Shark Tank Classroom Innovation Grant program. This week, NEF Executive Director Margaret Costa delivered checks totalling more than $3,000 to students at West Rocks, Rowayton, Fox Run and Brookside Elementary Schools, and Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Norwalk’s GOP delegation touts Republican budget proposal

From left, Republican State Representatives Fred Wilms (142), Gail Laveille (143) and Terrie Wood (141). (Contributed)

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Reps. Lavielle, Wilms, and Wood Detail Plan to Balance the Budget & Make Connecticut Fiscally Sustainable

Budget Adjustments Prioritize Transportation, Education, Paying Off Liabilities

 

HARTFORD – Norwalk’s GOP delegation of State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143), Fred Wilms (R-142) and Terrie Wood (R-141) joined their Republican colleagues in rolling out a budget adjustment proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 ahead of a meeting of the Appropriations Committee. Continue reading Norwalk’s GOP delegation touts Republican budget proposal

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CNNA to focus on Norwalk reval

Norwalk Tax Assessor Michael Stewart. (File photo)

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If property taxes, revaluations and the Grand List compilation are on your mind, please be sure to attend the April 23rd meeting of CNNA, held at 7 p.m. in City Hall room 1010, and join us in welcoming Guest Speaker City of Norwalk Tax Assessor Michael Stewart. Mr. Stewart will be presenting an overview of the Tax Revaluation process as the city undertakes the 2018 5-year revaluation. There will be a Q&A period following the presentation. Continue reading CNNA to focus on Norwalk reval

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Strut your mutt May 5 in support of Norwalk River Valley Trail

The Mutt Strut Committee: From left, Charlie Taney, NRVT; Amy Bertolino, Ridgefield; Jason Howard, Redding; Helen Rendell Baker, Wilton; Mike Mushak and David Westmoreland, Norwalk. (Contributed)

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Norwalk River Valley Trail launches Mutt Strut in Norwalk

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) will launch the first annual Mutt Strut on May 5th, 10 AM – 2 PM. The Mutt Strut in Norwalk will start at the Pine Island Historic Cemetery, next to the rear parking lot behind the Lockwood Mathews Mansion. The Mutt Strut will go to the Maritime Museum and back. The event will raise funds for further construction of the NRVT.  Mutt Struts will also take place on sections of the NRVT in Wilton and Ridgefield. Continue reading Strut your mutt May 5 in support of Norwalk River Valley Trail

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NCC’s young child activities include parade around campus, whacky clothes day

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NCC CHILD DEVELOPMENT LAB SCHOOL OFFERS ACTIVITIES

TO COINCIDE WITH “THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD”

 

NORWALK, Conn. (April 19, 2018) – In recognition of “The Week of the Young Child,” an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Child Development Lab School (CDLS) at Norwalk Community College will be offering a full slate of activities to educate and engage children during the week of April 16-20. CDLS is a unique early learning center that provides quality early care and education for children in Fairfield County.  Continue reading NCC’s young child activities include parade around campus, whacky clothes day

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NCC to mark Earth Month with series of events

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NCC ANNOUNCES SERIES OF EVENTS

TO COMMEMORATE EARTH MONTH

 

NORWALK, Conn. (April 19, 2018) – Norwalk Community College’s Committee for Active and Responsible Environmental Sustainability (CARES) is proud to announce the following events taking place on campus to celebrate NCC’s 10th Annual Earth Month.  Continue reading NCC to mark Earth Month with series of events

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Johnny Utah’s license suspended after Norwalk Police raid on underaged drinkers

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SUMMARY SUSPENSION ISSUED FOR JOHNNY UTAH’S AT 80 WASHINGTON STREET, NORWALK

Friday, April 20, 2018 – Today, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) issued a summary suspension for Johnny Utah’s (LCA.0007617) located at 80 Washington Street Norwalk. The establishment must remain closed until further notice. Continue reading Johnny Utah’s license suspended after Norwalk Police raid on underaged drinkers

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Malloy nominates three Norwalk census tracts for fed ‘opportunity zones’

A detail from a map of areas nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy for the federal Opportunity Zone program, showing the Norwalk census tracts he says qualify for the program.

Gov. Dannel Malloy. (File photo)

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GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES CONNECTICUT’S OPPORTUNITY ZONE NOMINATIONS

72 Zones Chosen in 27 Municipalities Across the State

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that his administration is nominating 72 opportunity zones across 27 municipalities in Connecticut.  These nominations were made as part of the federal government’s recently established Opportunity Zone Program to induce long-term investments in low-income communities.

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