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  • Heartsick to watch YMCA demolition

    Heartsick to watch YMCA demolition

    Am I the only one heartsick as I watch the stages of demolition of the Norwalk YMCA on West Avenue? Last week I noticed all the windows were out. A sure sign demolition was imminent. The memories started flooding: getting my scuba diving license in the small pool, swimming laps in the Olympic-sized pool after…

  • 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…

  • Early Voting Has Come to Connecticut

    The League of Women Voters of Norwalk reminds all voters that in-person early voting will be available for the first time in Connecticut beginning with the Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, April 2. Registered voters can now vote in-person four days before the Primary on March 26, 27, 28 and 30thfrom 10 am until 6 pm. Norwalk’s…

  • The City’s Planned Budget Increase Is Inequitable

    Dear Neighbors, I would like to bring to your attention a planned Norwalk city budget increase that I think is very inequitable and potentially financially detrimental to many Norwalk residents, especially in Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 (Downtown Norwalk, South Norwalk, East Norwalk, Rowayton). The planned tax increases: ~$2,000 tax bill increases for Districts 1,…

  • Another School District Scam?

     [EDITOR”S NOTE: The following Letter relates to a recent article in The Hour newspaper regarding Medard Thomas, principal of Norwalk’s Concord Magnet School. Thomas was placed on administrative leave last November for reasons the School District has declined to make public. The Hour reported that Thomas’ personnel record, which it accessed through a Freedom of…

  • Neighborhood Associations raise questions about O&G Industries application for Smith Street

    Neighborhood Associations raise questions about O&G Industries application for Smith Street

    Editor’s Note: The following is a copy of an email sent to various City Departments listed below To: Planning & Zoning Dept; Zoning CommissionersCc: Common Council RepresentativesCc: TMP Department To Mr. Kleppin, Mr. Baker, the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commissioners and copied city officials/department heads: We are writing and registering our initial thoughts and concerns…

  • Speeding and Reckless Driving Still Issues in Norwalk

    Speeding and Reckless Driving Still Issues in Norwalk

    There has been a slew of stories recently in the local media about Norwalk’s Complete Streets program, which aims to make city streets safer and pedestrian friendly. Coupled with this are efforts to secure grants to fund additional sidewalks near schools to make walking to school easier and safer. The degree of walkability in a…

  • NAACP calls for BoE President to step down

    NAACP calls for BoE President to step down

    The NAACP is calling for Diana Carpio, School Board President, to immediately step down from the Board of Education. Her statements in The Hour Newspaper create divisiveness among the BOE and the Norwalk Community. Ms. Carpio was elected to represent our families and her comments show that she is taking part in closed door discussions…

  • Open letter regarding the antisemitic attacks against Norwalk Common Council

    Open letter regarding the antisemitic attacks against Norwalk Common Council

    Dear Community of Norwalk,  We write as three clergy leaders in the community, and as friends who are partnering in projects directed toward dialogue, reconciliation, mutual support, and action supporting the Norwalk community.  Our hearts are stirred to anger, sadness, and resolve as we learn of further antisemitic attacks in recent weeks directed at Norwalk’s…

  • Redistricting process shouldn’t resemble insider baseball

    Redistricting process shouldn’t resemble insider baseball

    After speaking at the Ordinance Committee Meeting earlier this month, I am disappointed that the revised wording for the Reapportionment Advisory Committee remains effectively unchanged, with the Council President still maintaining  the authority (and undue influence by the Mayor and majority party) to select minority party members. The process remains “insider baseball” and is inconsistent…

  • William ‘Billy’ Tolles retires from Norwalk Public Library, leaving the dusting to someone else

    William ‘Billy’ Tolles retires from Norwalk Public Library, leaving the dusting to someone else

    William “Billy” Tolles, retired after 25 years of service as a part-time custodian at Norwalk Public Library (NPL). Billy began working with NPL in 1998 through a partnership with NPL and STAR’s adult employment program. STAR is a not-for-profit organization serving people of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in lower Fairfield County. Through STAR’s employment training and…

  • Political balance is not simple

    Political balance is not simple

    Every two years, Norwalk holds a municipal election. And every two years, the results are pretty much the same: Democrats sweep virtually everything of significance. Last November, Democrats retained control of the Mayor’s office, maintained a 15-to-1 majority on the Common Council, and a 9-to-0 majority on the Board of Education. For the record: I’m…

  • Thank you, Rilling administration, for improvements to Wall Street area

    Thank you, Rilling administration, for improvements to Wall Street area

    As we venture forward into the new year 2024, the Wall Street Neighborhood Association would like to formally extend thanks and congratulations to Mayor Harry Rilling, and his administration, for their hard work on improving the Wall Street neighborhood throughout 2023.  From the Christmas decorations, tree lighting with Santa, the new fencing surrounding the Norwalk…

  • League of Women Voters encourages voting in January party caucuses

    League of Women Voters encourages voting in January party caucuses

    The League of Women Voters of Norwalk wants all voters to know that on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the city’s Democratic and Republican parties will hold their caucuses to choose the voting members of their respective town committees. The Democratic caucus locations will be announced by Common Council district (A, B, C, D,…

  • Consilience is key

    Consilience is key

    This year in January, Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, noted that the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since the Second World War; in March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin; in September, Chileans marked the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of their democratically…

  • The Norwalk Green: A Community Space

    The Norwalk Green: A Community Space

    In this time of hope and goodwill, Norwalk boasts a wonderful community space, the Norwalk Green. Dating back to the 1800s, the Norwalk Green was the center of all community activity in Norwalk. Just up the hill from the commercial hub around the head of the Norwalk Harbor, it was a public common space where…