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Global shortage of shipping containers highlights their importance in getting goods to Amazon warehouses, store shelves and your door in time for Christmas

The global economy depends on shipping containers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Take a look around you.

Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods – as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home – once were loaded onto a large container in another country and traveled thousands of miles via ships crossing the ocean before ultimately arriving at your doorstep. Continue reading Global shortage of shipping containers highlights their importance in getting goods to Amazon warehouses, store shelves and your door in time for Christmas

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Norwalk Sikhs seek new home on Richards Avenue

A rendering of the gurudwara proposed by Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Foundation for 283 Richards Ave. (Contributed)

The lot at 283 Richards Ave. (Yvonne Lopaur)

NORWALK, Conn. — Sikhs who have been worshiping on West Avenue would like to transform a vacant Richards Avenue lot into their new religious center, or gurudwara.

The 18,000 square foot, two-and-a-half story temple would stand on 1.01 acres of land at 283 Richards Ave., an AAA residence zone, Attorney Liz Suchy told the Zoning Commission. Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Foundation’s new home would feature 240 seats in its worship area and complies with the criteria for a special permit, she said. Continue reading Norwalk Sikhs seek new home on Richards Avenue

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Norwalk tax sale already called a success

A screenshot of the Norwalk Tax Sale website.

NORWALK, Conn. – About $7.6 million has been collected through the Norwalk tax sale, ahead of the actual auction Monday, Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli said.

“We had 248 properties in the sale. And now we’re a couple days before the sale …we now have 20 left,” Biagiarelli said Thursday. “We do expect a couple more perhaps to come in tomorrow, and we’ll do all our paperwork over the weekend to prepare for bidding and so forth. But I think I have tried to predict that we will be left with between a dozen and 20, and that’s right where we are, that is typical for our sales to be left with about that many properties.” Continue reading Norwalk tax sale already called a success

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A gun buyback, a family fun day

Mayor Harry Rilling receives gardening tools that were created from firearms melted down from a gun buyback event in 2019. From left are Norwalk Police Chief Tom Kulhawik, Rilling, Norwalk resident and Wilton Quaker Meeting member Diane Keefe, Norwalk Deputy Police Chief James Walsh, and Wilton Quaker Meeting member Peter Murchison. (City of Norwalk)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Gun buyback Saturday
  • Unitarian family fun Sunday

Continue reading A gun buyback, a family fun day

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Lawyers: ‘No explanation’ Norwalk Courthouse remains closed

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NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Police officers are going to Stamford to process arrests. Attorneys and their clients are in the same boat, as is and anyone else who would, pre-COVID, go to the Norwalk Courthouse.

Connecticut courthouses were shuttered due to COVID-19. While most have reopened, “Judicial Operations remain suspended in both the Enfield and Norwalk Court,” Rhonda Hebert, Program Manager of Communications for the Connecticut Judiciary said.

Everyone’s going to Stamford, which is short on judges, according to States Attorney Paul Ferencek. Continue reading Lawyers: ‘No explanation’ Norwalk Courthouse remains closed

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Rilling campaign collects $155K; Riddle, less than $2K

At left, Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling, as shown in a campaign photo; at left, Republican Mayoral hopeful Jonathan Riddle, as shown on his LinkedIn page. Rilling has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. — Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling has raised more than $155,000 in his bid for reelection. His Republican opponent, Jonathan Riddle, has raised about $1,700.

Finance disclosure forms were filed Tuesday by both campaigns. Rilling for Mayor reports $11,750 in contributions from individuals this quarter and $3,061.18 from other committees. Friends of Jonathan Riddle began the quarter with $60 and reports $1,735 in total contributions from individuals on the summary page but calls it $1,730 on every other page. Continue reading Rilling campaign collects $155K; Riddle, less than $2K

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Human rights essay contest for high school students

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As Nelson Mandela said: “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  And it is with that thought in mind that for 20 years the Norwalk based Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation (khref.org), whose board consists of professors from Cambridge, Colombia, Duke, Yale and other universities, has sponsored human rights essay contests for high school students.

This year the Foundation is offering prizes of $2000, $1000 and $500 to high school students judged to have written the best answers to the following question: Continue reading Human rights essay contest for high school students

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Norwalk unveils proposals for $39M American Rescue Plan investments

Norwalk Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz explains the American Rescue Plan Act, Tuesday on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — Top-level City staff have come up with recommendations for spending the $39 million Norwalk is receiving from the American Rescue Plan, the federal funding meant to aid communities recover from COVID-19.

The proposals, including extensive flooding mitigation, grants to businesses and nonprofits, and Wall Street infrastructure improvements, were unveiled at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting as a surprise – at least to the public – as they were made during Mayor Harry Rilling’s remarks, so, not on the agenda.   Continue reading Norwalk unveils proposals for $39M American Rescue Plan investments

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OHPA lawyer concedes ‘mistakes’ were made in FOI compliance

From left, Attorney Paula Perlman, Attorney Randall Avery and NancyOnNorwalk editor Nancy Chapman during last week’s Freedom of Information Commission hearing.

NORWALK, Conn. — NancyOnNorwalk has withdrawn its Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Oak Hills Park Authority, after a hearing held Wednesday.

Attorney Randall Avery, representing the Authority, said he agreed with the premise of the complaint, that executive sessions could be “better described” on Authority agendas. He also said that since September 2020, when the complaint was filed, the City of Norwalk has figured out the technology involved in Zoom/YouTube broadcasts so that executive sessions can be held without blocking the public from attending the non-confidential parts of meetings. Continue reading OHPA lawyer concedes ‘mistakes’ were made in FOI compliance

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Support for Colin Hosten as Chair of the Norwalk Board of Education

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I worked in the Norwalk Public Schools from 1973 to 2010 and I know firsthand how important public education is to Norwalk’s future, and how important a strong, sensitive Board of Education is to our schools.

Somehow the Board needs ensure that each student in Norwalk gets the best education possible, while also supporting all the teachers, staff, and administrators.  And, in addition to normal maintenance, there are always facilities plans that need to be reviewed and expanded.  All of this happens in a city where, while many residents support education, many residents feel that their local taxes are too high. Continue reading Support for Colin Hosten as Chair of the Norwalk Board of Education

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Lockwood Mathews Mansion expected to be film set for Stephen King movie

The Lockwood Mathews Museum Mansion, lit up at night in 2017.

NORWALK, Conn. — Movie producers are set to put $275,000 in the City-owned Lockwood Mathews Mansion Musuem’s coffers, in exchange for the filming of a Stephen King movie there.

“Mr. Hannigan’s Phone” will star Donald Sutherland and teen Jaeden Martell in the adaptation of King’s recent novella, according to multiple news reports. Filming is scheduled to take place from Oct. 25 to Nov. 26 on the mansion’s first floor, according to Norwalk Assistant Corporation Counsel Darin Callahan. Should the production company, Blumhouse Productions, need additional time, it will pay an additional $10,000 a day, with a 30-day cap on that clause. Continue reading Lockwood Mathews Mansion expected to be film set for Stephen King movie

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Candidate forums – and a debate – scheduled

At left, Democratic Mayor Harry Rilling, as shown in a campaign photo; at left, Republican Mayoral hopeful Jonathan Riddle, as shown on his LinkedIn page. Rilling has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

The 2021 Election is Nov. 2.

NORWALK, Conn. — Debates and public forums have been scheduled so the public can learn about this year’s candidates for Norwalk offices.

The League of Women Voters will hold its Mayoral and Common Council candidate forums during the week of Oct. 18, on Zoom. Norwalk ACTS has scheduled an online Board of Education candidate forum for Oct. 27, where Center for Global Studies students will ask the questions. And the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its usual Mayoral debate for Oct. 26 on Zoom. Continue reading Candidate forums – and a debate – scheduled

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