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Author: Nancy Guenther Chapman

  • I’m still here

    I’m still here

    You may have noticed I’m MIA, my byline hasn’t appeared on any stories published here for several weeks. I have been diagnosed with colon cancer, as the NoN board announced Feb. 6. I’ve been on leave for treatment since then.   I’m proud of the work Kelly Prinz, Harold Cobin, Paul Lanning and consulting editor Nancy…

  • City acquires 11 Belden Ave. sliver through eminent domain process

    City acquires 11 Belden Ave. sliver through eminent domain process

    The City has acquired 11 Belden Ave. to provide additional parking for Norwalk Public Library patrons, a news release said. Real estate mogul Jason Milligan, former owner of the property, clarified that the City has bought a .25-acre portion of his 1.25-acre lot, the area used for parking for six years under a six-year purchase…

  • New Haven Center for Performing Arts completes purchase of Wall Street Theater

    New Haven Center for Performing Arts completes purchase of Wall Street Theater

    The Wall Street Theater has been purchased by New Haven Center for Performing Arts Inc (NHCPA) under NHCPA LLC, a news release said. The transaction came after former management reached a settlement in the foreclosure action filed by Patriot Bank. In December, then-Theater Company President Suzanne Cahill called the expected purchase “a historic and exciting…

  • Duchess faces lawsuit from former employee

    Duchess faces lawsuit from former employee

    A Norwalk man is suing Duchess Restaurant of Norwalk, Inc. and Duchess Worldwide, Inc., and their top brass, with charges that include unpaid wages and retaliation. Jonathan Fortier alleges the defendants violated Federal and Connecticut law by failing and refusing to pay him overtime at the rate of time-and-a-half his regular hourly rate, failing to…

  • Antisemitic harassment continues with Monday morning emails to Norwalk Council members

    Antisemitic harassment continues with Monday morning emails to Norwalk Council members

    Norwalk Common Council members woke up Monday morning to find antisemitic emails in their inboxes.   Last week, they all received antisemitic post cards at their homes. The correspondences come after antisemitic and racist comments made at the Jan. 16 Council Ordinance Committee meeting by people speaking remotely. Assistant Corporation Counsel Darin Callahan was running…

  • Norwalk man faces 24 months imprisonment on federal child pornography charge

    Norwalk man faces 24 months imprisonment on federal child pornography charge

    A Norwalk man has been sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment for for accessing and possessing images and videos depicting child sex abuse, Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced. Jake Scott Flewellyn, 26, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea to five years of supervised release…

  • Kendall Principal Baker departing NPS

    Kendall Principal Baker departing NPS

    Kendall Magnet Elementary School Principal Zakiyyah Baker is leaving Norwalk Public Schools for a new job in her community, NPS said. Baker will start Feb. 23 as the new Principal of ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (WIMS), a K-8 magnet school in Hamden that serves students from several communities within New Haven County, ACES said…

  • Buoyant Rilling issues State of the City address

    Buoyant Rilling issues State of the City address

    The state of the City of Norwalk is “absolutely fantastic,” according to Mayor Harry Rilling. “November 21, I was sworn in to begin my sixth term as Mayor. I’m happy to share that since taking office 10 years ago, crime is down. Our grand list has grown. We’ve invested in new schools and updated facilities…

  • NY woman dies after eating cookies sold by Stew Leonard’s, without proper labeling

    NY woman dies after eating cookies sold by Stew Leonard’s, without proper labeling

    A New York resident in their 20s died after eating cookies sold by Stew Leonard’s in Danbury and Newington, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Food, Standards and Product Safety Division (DCP) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The cookies contained eggs and peanuts, which did not appear on the label, officials…

  • Council members deal with racist, antisemitic comments

    Council members deal with racist, antisemitic comments

    Antisemitic and racist remarks spoken again on Zoom by an anonymous caller began Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.  A second caller who appeared poised to do the same thing was not allowed to speak, on the advice of Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola. Council President Darlene Young (D-District B) later said she felt sorry for the callers…

  • Rowayton Cowboy at bottom of pack in GOP Presidential primary

    Rowayton Cowboy at bottom of pack in GOP Presidential primary

    Maybe with all the hoopla about Donald Trump and Nikki Haley you missed the news about the only candidate from Norwalk in the 2024 New Hampshire GOP Presidential primary, held Tuesday. Scott Merrell, known locally as “The Rowayton Cowboy,” was one of 25 candidates on the ballot. He won 21 votes, 174,927 votes less than…

  • Sumpter, Paskind, appointed to expanded Commissions

    Sumpter, Paskind, appointed to expanded Commissions

    In November, Norwalk voters overwhelming approved a measure that included increasing the size of the Police and Fire Commissions to five members. On Tuesday, the Common Council approved one member for each Commission, bringing them up to four members. Former Zoning Commission Chairman Nate Sumpter was appointed to the Police Commission. Rabbi Ita Paskind of…

  • Norwalk political notes: Personalities

    Norwalk political notes: Personalities

    Fred Wilms looks to remain RTC Chair; ‘The Rowayton Cowboy’ is running for President (in one state); former NFD Chief McCarthy now embattled in Fairfield.

  • Joint Finance Committee meeting allows Council to question BoE’s budget

    Joint Finance Committee meeting allows Council to question BoE’s budget

    Questions about efficiency study implementation and wasted food marked the first joint Committee meeting this budget season between the Board of Education and Common Council. Also on the docket: some pushback on “wants versus needs.” “From my experience and working with the city for 51 years now, I find that this is probably one of…

  • Officials condemn racist, antisemitic comments at Committee meeting, look for solutions

    Officials condemn racist, antisemitic comments at Committee meeting, look for solutions

    Repercussions from Tuesday’s ugly intrusion into a Common Council Committee meeting include a behind the scenes effort to shut down such “Zoombombing” in the future, according to Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Lisa Shanahan (D-District E). “Everybody’s a little bit on edge that this might happen again, (so we’re working) to figure out, to give the staff…

  • Argent shuts down Manresa smokestack lights to aid neighbors

    Argent shuts down Manresa smokestack lights to aid neighbors

    Manresa Island smokestack “strobe lights” were once again disturbing Norwalk residents until property owner Argent Ventures shut them off Monday. Ordinarily, a steady red glow emanates from the smokestack’s lights. But when they fail, an alarm system sets off the white lights, according to Clay McPhail of Argent Ventures. Aviation law requires obstruction lighting on…