Updated, 7:53 a.m.: Copy edits
NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some brief Norwalk items for you:
- Board of Ed spreads good news via mailer
- Snail’s new ETA: Nine days
- Spokesman: No construction underway at Manresa
NPS spends $16,000 to publicize district’s progress
The first annual Norwalk Public Schools annual report has already landed in thousands of mailboxes, and will be delivered to every address in the City.
The glossy eight-pager, which unfolds into a long one-sheeter, is intended to “highlight progress that our students and schools have made under the Board of Education’s strategic operating plan,” Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said at Tuesday’s BoE meeting. “The piece was written and designed not just for parents, but especially for those who may not be involved in the day-to-day life of the school district.”
Many residents don’t have children in school and may not realize the advances the district has made, Adamowski said. “A strong school system provides an educated workforce and raises property values by attracting homebuyers,” he said. “So everyone who lives here has a vested interest in Norwalk Public Schools.”
The flier is being delivered to 35,904 homes at a cost of about 45 cents each, with 31 cents for printing and 10 cents for the postage plus a graphic design fee, a total $16,000 expense, he said. The fliers are being delivered in three to 10 days.
It’s already an award winner, having received an honorable mention, or second place, in the CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) 2018 communication awards for schools with more than 5,000 students, he said. Adamowski also congratulated NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams for the district-wide newsletter which won first place for large school districts and the NPS Facebook page which took an honorable mention, or second place.
Scaffolding down, windows expected
The scaffolding at 45 Wall St. has been removed and the building’s façade looks at least intentional, with freshly painted plywood covering the window openings, a massive improvement over the condition that has existed for years.
The building was heavily damaged eight years ago by a fire and remained in dilapidated condition, as owner Ganga Duleep blamed TD Bank for holding up renovations. Duleep won a lawsuit against the bank in 2013, and it still sat… Renovations began in April 2015 after the city enacted a blight ordinance and Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland issued citations to Duleep and TD Bank. And still, progress was slow… like a snail.
Ireland in July said he’d been told that the work would be complete by the end of August. In late September, he said the work hasn’t been completed yet because the windows, which needed to be custom-made, are on back order.
NancyOnNorwalk on Tuesday noticed the scaffolding had been removed.
Ireland in a Wednesday email said he’d just been told that it would be 10 days to the windows’ “delivery and installation.”
Will it be so?
‘We’re removing dead trees, that’s all’
“Manresa has heavy duty construction going on right now, that’s what I’ve been told,” Harbor Management Commission Vice Chairman John Romano said at the Oct. 2 Water Quality Committee meeting. “Rumor has it it is tied into the underground cable scenario, on the hush hush.”
Romano said he’d talked to “Rick,” and NRG intends to tap into the high voltage transmission line under Long Island Sound so that when Long Island power plants are shut down for maintenance, people will have electricity.
Shellfish Commission Chairman Pete Johnson said he’d worked on Manresa Island for 10 years, the plant is mothballed and “they could be just taking apart stuff.”
“They beefed up security, put a road in,” Romano said.
Rick Reardon has been telling NancyOnNorwalk for some time that NRG plans to use the underwater transmission line to provide Long Island power.
On Saturday, Reardon shared a photo with NancyOnNorwalk, showing that trees had been cut down.
“They cut a road all the way around the property a few weeks ago when you drive by you can a lot of work has been done,” he wrote. “Not bad for a moth balled plant.”
NRG spokeman David Knox on Wednesday denied that there’s anything going on at the plant.
There’s no construction; some people were complaining about the dead trees along the road so they were cut down, he said.
Knox said that the trees were hanging over the fence, making it possible to people to climb into the property and “it was providing a less secure environment.”
“Nah,” he said. “Nothing like that.”