The Friday Question: Who is Norwalk’s unsung hero?

Previously The Friday Question asked readers to share their one wish for Norwalk.  Wishes included less traffic, more cowbell, safer driving, underground utility wires, a park at Manresa, and a nude beach.


Republican Registrar of Voters Karen Doyle Lyons wrote: “I would ask that all pack a picnic basket with their family and go just out of town and return from any road to town. Wow… let‘s see what visitors see!!!  {The} Maritime Aquarium, Stepping Stones, Lockwood Mansion, great restaurants, great trips to the islands, beaches, concerts, parks… the list is endless.  We are made of diversity, all ages, all heritages, but all important ALL TOGETHER.”


This week’s question:  Who is Norwalk’s unsung hero?




John Levin July 27, 2018 at 7:39 am

What an excellent question. And for me, this one’s a no brainer. Norwalk’s unsung hero is Nancy Chapman. Was this a set up?

A July 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

All the people who serve on Norwalk boards and commissions volunteer lots of time, take a lot of criticism, and get little recognition for their efforts. Collectively they are my unsung heroes.

Dede Farnsworth July 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

To echo A, I agree that Norwalk’s volunteer politicians , commission members, and committee members are the unsung heroes of Norwalk . Government does not run itself and this is an incredibly involved, intricate and time demanding calling. My personal favorite for unsung hero is Edwin Camacho who was pulled from obscurity in Norwalk and pushed to the center of politics when he became DTC chair. He came in with an intense love of government and politics throughout his life, as well as a firm belief that in a Democracy, the government IS us. I had a front row seat to watching him take difficult stands and be a lightning rod in order to help facilitate a lot of positive changes for Norwalk.
He has taken risks, challenged the status quo, been outspoken and suffered public personal attacks. He has sacrificed a lot in order to serve, and yet he persists, due to his belief in democracy and his desire to help the city of Norwalk and the state of Connecticut.

Piberman July 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

Here’s a vote for Mayor Rilling who serves our City with characteristic courtesy and upbeat outlook during Norwalk’s most troubled times in many decades. While our severely depressed State economy declines as our nation enjoys its most vigorous post-War economic boom creating millions of new jobs.

Sid Welker July 27, 2018 at 10:12 am

My choice is for whoever on NON who finally decided to banish Donna S from this site. Cue the Bette Midler “Beaches song”.

Steve Mann July 27, 2018 at 10:14 am

My personal heroes are and always will be the local armed forces veterans who have served to keep us safe and free. Of thee I sing.

V July 27, 2018 at 10:39 am

Norwalk’s Unsung Hero(s) – This guy Rick who posts on here often. He’s got a unique writing style sometimes a little confusing but he knows what the heck he’s talking about. Is there a role for him at N.O.N?

@Sid – why? Because she had a different pov than yours? I believe she’s just another name to add to the ever growing list of banned commenters

Claire Schoen July 27, 2018 at 10:48 am

Our educators — who are far better than most people give them credit. Granted, Norwalk has its issues, but what city our size doesn’t? Kudos to all the teachers, aides, staff – and yes, administrators – who are dedicated to teaching our kids.

Another Opinion July 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm

With the consolidation of newspaper/media, I would agree with the earlier post that Nancy on Norwalk is the city’s unsung hero. The in depth professional reporting on stories impactful to the city’s residents is second to none. I would hope the readership here understands that NoN is a valuable asset and would consider contributing. Award winning journalism comes to mind and the talent base (I can only surmise) would be infinitely more compensated in the reporting for profit market than here. So kudos to her and the team for this publication jewel!

Piberman July 27, 2018 at 9:44 pm

Here’s another candidate – Norwalk’s hard pressed homeowners facing punitive taxes and falling property values. Kudos to those that haven’t put up for sale signs yet.

Rick July 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Urban Dictionary

An unsung hero is a person who commits an extraordinary act but does not receive recognition or proper respect. However, as the late George Carlin put it, “As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero, they no longer are.”

So my vote wont count for Nancy but still I ask to give proper respect just the same.

If you want to know who is a great photo journalist its Nancy. Her Experience I doubt comes entirely from Norwalk.

We have others like Eric Harold Bob and John and others who have grasped the fact this site is not like others and with Nancy at the helm im sorry to say makes the others look good.

Be nice someday we all say how we met Nancy for me it was a house fire here in Norwalk about 12 years ago . Nancy came up the street with her pad and went to work. Our street saved three people from a serious house fire before south Norwalk engine 5 even made the street . The rest is history.

But to those others who help make this an informative media site thank you what you add along with your name makes for good press as well.

coverage of a city this size use to take a three story building with a overnight crew and they never got it all for the morning news. Those days are over but reflects on how hard it is to push out fresh news daily.

When talking heroes in other areas of expertise like public service they are the ones who never made it home.

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