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  • Case suspended against Norwalk Police Officer Delgado

    Case suspended against Norwalk Police Officer Delgado

    NORWALK – Criminal prosecution of Norwalk Police Officer Hector Delgado was suspended Monday by a state prosecutor, according to Police Chief James Walsh. Delgado was arrested by warrant in February by Bridgeport Police on charges of third-degree stalking and second-degree harassment. Walsh said the State’s Attorney’s office in Bridgeport “nolled” the charges during a court appearance there by…

  • Flat Funding? Spreading Out the Pain? Norwalk Board Weighs Options Ahead of Budget Vote

    Flat Funding? Spreading Out the Pain? Norwalk Board Weighs Options Ahead of Budget Vote

    Keep the budget the same as last year, phase in tax increases, find other areas to cut spending—these are among the scenarios Norwalk’s Board of Estimate and Taxation is weighing ahead of a vote on the budget scheduled for Monday, April 1.  “I think we need to decide as a board are we comfortable with…

  • Odeens wins five year commitment for Oak Hills Park restaurant

    Odeens wins five year commitment for Oak Hills Park restaurant

    Odeens has been selected as the next operator of the Oak Hills Park restaurant. The company operates a restaurant at Ridgefield’s public golf course and in Spin Caramel, N.Y. “Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Odeen’s will cater to Oak Hills Park golfers, tennis players, hikers, and the general public,” a news release said. The long-embattled…

  • Fairfield CFO hired to lead Norwalk’s Finance Department

    Fairfield CFO hired to lead Norwalk’s Finance Department

    Mayor Harry Rilling has hired Jared Schmitt as Norwalk’s new Chief Financial Officer. Schmitt has been Fairfield CFO for more than three years. He replaces Henry Dachowitz, who resigned in December. Schmitt will begin work April 2, a news release said. “We are excited to welcome Jared Schmitt as our new CFO,” Rilling is quoted…

  • U.S. funding bills provide $4.2M for Norwalk

    U.S. funding bills provide $4.2M for Norwalk

    WASHINGTON – Connecticut got an additional boost of federal funding following the final passage of government funding bills over the weekend, bringing the total for local projects across the state to about $174 million. Norwalk’s share of that total was nearly $4.2 million. Congress took the final step early Saturday to approve funding for the…

  • Norwalk Library’s menu for children and teens

    Norwalk Library’s menu for children and teens

    Norwalk Public Library’s entrance on Belden Avenue

  • Future of North Seven Plans Uncertain After Developer Pulls Application

    Future of North Seven Plans Uncertain After Developer Pulls Application

    Despite years of planning and discussion, the future of the proposed North Seven development is suddenly up in the air after developer Building and Land Technology pulled its application for Phase 1.  Attorney David Waters, representing the developer, withdrew the application during the March 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting after commissioners seemed likely to…

  • Rally participants call for Gaza ceasefire

    Rally participants call for Gaza ceasefire

    NORWALK – Proponents of a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza strip held a rally Sunday afternoon on The Green. Before a banner reading “END THE GENOCIDE,” speakers addressing the roughly 40 participants gathered before the park’s bandshell urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to end hostilities in the Palestinian…

  • ‘The Vines’ Sculpture, Facing Eviction, May Move to Maritime Garage

    ‘The Vines’ Sculpture, Facing Eviction, May Move to Maritime Garage

    Anyone who has driven, walked, or taken a bus along West Avenue in Norwalk has seen the undulating artwork called “Gateway to Norwalk,” popularly known as The Vines. The 700- to 800-foot sculpture hangs along the concrete retaining walls, and is made up of twisted metal meant to evoke vines that spell out words and…

  • Water Department cited for 17 hazardous workplace violations

    Water Department cited for 17 hazardous workplace violations

    First District’s John E. Riordan Treatment Plant, 270 Valley Rd., New Canaan. | Credit: Harold Cobin

  • Concord School Principal Medard Thomas to Return from Leave

    Concord School Principal Medard Thomas to Return from Leave

    Medard Thomas, the popular principal of Concord Magnet School, will return to work Thursday after more than three months of unexplained administrative leave, Norwalk school officials announced. “Superintendent Dr. Alexandra Estrella is pleased to announce that Mr. Medard Thomas will be returning to his position as principal of Concord Magnet School on Thursday, March 21,”…

  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum kicks off 2024 lecture series

    Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will open its 2024 lecture series with another of its colorful backward glances at nineteenth century America, on Sunday, April 14. In Grand & Standing: Iconic 19th Century Hotels, celebrated archivist Diedre Duncan, who has worked for the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, discusses the emergence and development of these and other…

  • March Chamber of Commerce events: Women in Business, Himes in public discussion

    March Chamber of Commerce events: Women in Business, Himes in public discussion

    “Inspire! Women in Business-Meet & Mingle” Network and hobnob with successful businesswomen when the Greater Norwalk Chamber presents “Inspire! Women in Business-Meet & Mingle” on Thursday March 21 from 5 until 7 p.m. at 501 Merritt 7 in Norwalk. Radio personality Anna Zap will host, welcoming Connecticut Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas, Fairfield County Community…

  • What Should Our Transit Service Really Look Like?

    What Should Our Transit Service Really Look Like?

    What areas of Norwalk are currently well-served by bus, paratransit, and microtransit services? Where are there redundancies and how can service be improved? Those were among the questions a Norwalk Transit District “State of the System” report aimed to answer. The report is part of an initiative from the Norwalk Transit District, NTD Ahead, which…

  • Microtransit to Expand in Norwalk and Across Region

    Microtransit to Expand in Norwalk and Across Region

    By Kelly Prinz, Coastal Connecticut Times Microtransit “is basically a cross between transit and Uber so it’s on-demand shared rides,” according to Frank Petise, Stamford’s Transportation Bureau Chief. The service usually involves a smaller vehicle th an a city bus—think minibus or SUV—paired with an app and phone number that allow users to request a…

  • Norden Park’s New Plan: MTA Work Site and Plant Nursery

    Norden Park’s New Plan: MTA Work Site and Plant Nursery

    The City of Norwalk has gotten its first look at a new proposal for 10 Norden Place, the sprawling commercial property known as Norden Park. The proposed plan includes a transportation maintenance terminal for the MTA and the site of a plant nursery. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission met March 6 to review the…