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Author: Harold Cobin

  • Driver pronounced dead after car enters Norwalk River and sinks

    Driver pronounced dead after car enters Norwalk River and sinks

    The driver and lone occupant of a car that entered the Norwalk River Thursday afternoon was pronounced dead at the scene after divers recovered his body from the sunken vehicle. Police were notified of a car floating in the river, partially submerged, at 12:16 p.m., with the initial location given as near the intersection of…

  • Parents, students protest school principal’s extended absence

    Parents, students protest school principal’s extended absence

    Parents and students held a rally outside Norwalk City Hall Tuesday night to protest the lack of information about the leave of absence that has kept  Concord Magnet School Principal Medard Thomas off work since late November. “We have no timeline and no information,” said parent Nicole Chu about Thomas’ absence on paid leave since…

  • Woman drives car into brook behind auto repair shop on North Ave.

    NORWALK, Conn. − A 92-year-old woman sustained a facial injury Sunday afternoon after driving her car into a brook near the intersection of North Ave. and Park St. According to police, the woman had just left St. Paul’s on the Green Church and was driving north on Park Street when she veered to the right and went…

  • Three police officers transferring to Norwalk while department decides how many it needs

    NORWALK, Conn. – Come May, the Norwalk Police Department will be up to its authorized complement of 179 sworn personnel, when three officers from other Connecticut departments transfer to Norwalk. But how many officers does the department actually need? The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which requires it to prepare…

  • Local pastor has street named in her honor

    NORWALK, Conn. – Following a concerted campaign by her congregants, Sadie Lee Miles, pastor of House of Prophecies and Prayer, had an uptown street honorarily named for her Sunday afternoon. See celebration video at end of story “This is the day – finally, finally – after waiting so long,” said Miles as several hundred of…

  • Lawmakers call for electric trains on New Haven Line’s Danbury Branch

    Lawmakers call for electric trains on New Haven Line’s Danbury Branch

      NORWALK, Conn. – Connecticut lawmakers at the federal and state level on Friday called for the electrification of the Danbury Branch of the New Haven Line to enable through-service from Danbury to New York City. “The ultimate vision for this line has to be through-service into the city, and that only happens with electrification,” said…

  • Democrats applaud city’s cut of shared sales tax revenue

    Democrats applaud city’s cut of shared sales tax revenue

      Updated 12:44 a.m. Thursday. NORWALK, Conn. – Five Norwalk Democratic politicians held a news conference Wednesday morning to tout how the city benefits by sharing sales tax revenue with the state. It’s a way to reduce burdensome property taxes in Norwalk, said state Sen. Bob Duff, who noted the city is in line to…

  • Norwalk’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade marks holiday, honors Lt. Murphy

    NORWALK, Conn. − Norwalk held its first parade Thursday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and used the occasion to also honor the memory of the late Norwalk Police Lt. Timothy James Murphy, who served the city for more than three decades. Organized by the recently formed Norwalk Police Emerald Society, the parade started out at 11 a.m.…

  • Speakers: Outlook for state’s budget is grim and getting worse

    NORWALK, Conn. – Connecticut’s budget is precarious and will remain so into the foreseeable future was the message delivered to a meeting the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning by two speakers who have studied the numbers closely. “Some people have started calling me the ‘fiscal angel of death,’” said Keith M. Phaneuf, state…

  • Frustration at a forum: Transit takes too long, costs too much

    NORWALK, Conn. – Getting from here to there in Fairfield County is a challenge no matter how you choose to travel was the theme of a forum on transportation Sunday at the Norwalk Library. The event, hosted by Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), drew an audience of roughly 50 residents, many of whom expressed frustration with the…

  • Norwalk Police recognize 34 of their own at annual awards ceremony

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk police saluted their fellow officers Wednesday evening at the department’s third annual awards ceremony. Before an audience of family members and friends in the Concert Hall at City Hall, 34 of the department’s sworn members were recipients of Meritorious Commendations, the Distinguished Service Award or the Medal of Merit. The highest…

  • State predicts minimal impact during bridge waterproofing project

    NORWALK, Conn. – A state project to protect mechanical and electrical equipment inside the Stanley Stroffolino Bridge from water damage should cause minimal traffic problems, according to the project’s engineer team. An overview of the project was presented Tuesday night at City Hall by several of the involved engineers.

  • Norwalk Police mourn death of retired  Lt. Timothy Murphy

    Norwalk Police mourn death of retired Lt. Timothy Murphy

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police are mourning the death Friday morning of retired Lt. Timothy James Murphy, a member of the department for more than 33 years. Only days after retiring last February, Murphy, 55, learned he had advanced-stage pancreatic cancer. His wife, Kimberley, announced on Facebook he succumbed to the disease in their home…

  • Schools superintendent wants separate fund for transitioning special education

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski wants the city to take $3.6 million out of its “rainy day fund” over the course of three years and give it to the BoE to finance a transitional Special Education development fund. That would be on top of the proposed 3.9 percent increase in the 2016-17…

  • Superintendent: Proposed budgets start Norwalk on path to having state’s most successful city schools

    Superintendent: Proposed budgets start Norwalk on path to having state’s most successful city schools

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Board of Education was presented with the school system’s proposed 2016-17 operating and capital budgets Tuesday evening in a workshop session held at the South Norwalk Library. Beginning with these budgets, said schools Superintendent Steven J. Adamowski, the district’s “achievable vision imagines Norwalk as the most successful city school system in Connecticut.”