Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Lynn Toper speaks to the Norwalk Board of Education on Tuesday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools is losing yet again another Special Education director, a scant five months after she began work here.
Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Lynn Toper is resigning effective Dec. 23, a NPS press release said: Continue reading More disappointment: Norwalk losing Lynn Toper
Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski listens to a discussion at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — It’s that time of the year, when Norwalk gets its first gasp-look at the next likely increase in the school budget.
Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Tuesday evening that it’s too early to put a dollar figure on the goals he was laying out for the Board of Education, but if you add up his estimated percentages of budget increases for his goals, the total is 7.8 percent.
Plus, there’s an attempted innovation – Adamowski suggests that Norwalk institute a supplemental appropriation to cover the school system’s expenses for the city’s growth. The estimated cost of that is more than $2.5 million, and that’s not included in the total percentage named above. Continue reading Adamowski lays out ‘primer’ on 2017-18 BoE budget request
A screengrab of City of Norwalk GIS info highlights one of two properties owned by Norwalk, adjacent to the old YMCA building at 370 West Ave.
NORWALK, Conn. — The defunct-Norwalk YMCA would be turned into mixed-use development, to include medical uses and retail, in a plan being developed by Norwalk Hospital.
This would involve the hospital buying two adjacent lots from the city. Continue reading Norwalk Hospital looking to develop YMCA property
Norwalk Board of Education Policy Committee Chairwoman Heidi Keyes, at Tuesday’s meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Board of Education members will be able to phone it in, but only when they really need to.
The Board on Tuesday approved the new policy on electronic attendance at meetings, in a 5-4 vote. BoE members will be restricted to attending three meetings via electronic devices, Policy Committee Chairwoman Heidi Keyes said, adding that there’s some leeway at the chairman’s discretion. Continue reading Norwalk BoE approves electronic meeting attendance policy
NORWALK, Conn. – The state is about to get an earful from Norwalk, blasting the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s analysis of what the local impact will be if it goes through with its current plans to rebuild the Walk Bridge.
Statements are landing in the Norwalk Corporation Counsel’s office from Norwalk’s various Boards, Commissions and departments, including: Continue reading Norwalk Commissions, DPW, issuing withering commentary on state’s Walk Bridge effort
NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Historical Commission is recommending that Pine Island Cemetery graves be moved, as part of the expansion of Crescent Street for the mall expected to be built next door.
The Commission took a lot of heat over this idea in April, when it held a public information session on the proposal to excavate land on the edge of the Pine Island Cemetery in advance of making Crescent Street a two-lane road that would lead to The SoNo Collection, the mall that General Growth Properties (GGP) expects to build on the “95/7” site. Continue reading Norwalk Historic Commission decides: Best course would be to move graves
Editor’s note: This letter is being published on the eve of the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Early in the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the streets of Brooklyn and everywhere else in New York City were filled. Back then the radio transmitted major news and there wasn’t much to go on. “Japs Bomb Pearl Harbor.”
My parents were ashen faced with the prospects of my Dad going to War. Along with our large extended family. Periodically neighbors returned to their apartments to catch the news. Thousands perished at Pearl. Next morning on Monday the papers shouted that 250,000 in the City had lined up to volunteer. Overnight New York City was on war footing. Continue reading The start of World War II, from the eyes of a child
Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin listens to commentary at last week’s Plan Review Committee meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – The once controversial “peer review” could become the norm under new Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin.
Kleppin, facing Zoning-weary residents at last week’s Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) meeting, said he would work to develop a statute to allow the Zoning Commission to hire its own traffic consultants on major projects, something previous management discouraged. Kleppin also talked of broadcasting Zoning Commission meetings “on local public access” and said he’s looking to add a staff member to the Planning and Zoning office to make it more consumer friendly. Continue reading New Norwalk P&Z director shares first impression observations
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) are planning a Winter Solstice party on the correct date.
NORWALK, Conn. – A safer SoNo, a Pearl Harbor remembrance, observations of International Human Rights Day and a Solstice party.
‘A Safer South Norwalk’ Community Conversation
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program (BCJI) asks you to help revitalize South Norwalk by attending a community conversation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. In the “Choice Neighborhood Building” community room, 149 Water St. Continue reading Once Around the City: Annual observations, South Norwalk community dialogue
“Why shouldn’t we mock the handicapped?” children might ask. “Trump did it and he was elected President.”
“Why shouldn’t we gang up on Latinos and Muslims? They’re murderers and rapists and terrorists. Just ask President-elect Trump and members of his incoming administration.”
“Why shouldn’t we insult women and grab their whatever?” Trump did it and he’s going to be our next President. Continue reading Stand Up, Norwalk – form SUN
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).
NORWALK, Conn. – U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) has been elected chairman of the New Democrat Coalition.
“Founded in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition is a key group of Democratic legislators dedicated to maintaining America’s status as the world’s strongest, most successful nation,” the coalition’s website states, going on to explain that the coalition “is made up of 52 democratic, pro-growth, innovation-focused lawmakers committed to seeking pragmatic solutions to help hard working Americans compete in our increasingly globalized economy.” Continue reading Himes elected chairman of New Democrats
Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS
Shout Out to The Norwalk Housing Authority’s Executive Director Curtis Law, who celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Washington Village redevelopment project this week. The $5 million initiative will replace the present 136-unit Washington Village public housing project, the oldest in the state, with a new 273 apartment complex – 50 percent of which will be reserved for public housing. In addition to providing affordable housing and job creation, Gov. Dannel Malloy stated that the project also advances the goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in the state and improving the health and wellness of all families. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
Let’s get this out of the way: President-elect Donald Trump is a serial liar, a con man, and an egotistical misogynist who rode to the presidency on a national wave of populist self-delusion.
But there is one thing that I think he gets right. Mostly. Continue reading Opinion: The one thing I agree with Donald Trump on