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  • 5 takeaways from the Norwalk Affordable Housing Plan Committee meeting

    5 takeaways from the Norwalk Affordable Housing Plan Committee meeting

    One-third of Norwalk households are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing, the Affordable Housing Plan Advisory Committee learned Monday, when it met to discuss key findings from a consultant’s state-mandated report on the city’s housing needs. Kevin Dwarka, a land use and economic consultant who is working with Allee King Rosen…

  • Norwalk 101: Civic engagement meeting provides insight into City government 

    Norwalk 101: Civic engagement meeting provides insight into City government 

    Norwalk residents received a comprehensive lesson in local government operations during a “Norwalk 101” civic engagement meeting on Monday. The Norwalk Common Council organized the Zoom and in-person meeting at the City Hall Community Room.  The “Norwalk 101” presentation was designed to educate residents of all ages about local government operation, and to promote community…

  • Maritime Aquarium’s Polly, a popular harbor seal, passes away at 37

    Maritime Aquarium’s Polly, a popular harbor seal, passes away at 37

    Polly, a harbor seal at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, passed away last week at age 37, exceeding the 25-year average life expectancy for harbor seals under human care. Born at Mystic Aquarium, Polly moved to Maritime Aquarium in 1990. She bore a distinctive heart-shaped birthmark on her chest and was said to be sassy and curious.    …

  • NancyOnNorwalk welcomes reporter Malik Brizan-Reed

    NancyOnNorwalk welcomes reporter Malik Brizan-Reed

    NancyOnNorwalk is pleased to introduce our summer reporting intern, Malik Brizan-Reed. Malik is a multimedia journalist and 2024 master’s degree candidate at City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. He specializes in arts, culture, and childcare issues. As a local news reporter, Malik is particularly experienced in covering festivals, rallies, and protests.…

  • Norwalk, pivoting to EVs, will add 4 Teslas to City vehicle fleet

    Norwalk, pivoting to EVs, will add 4 Teslas to City vehicle fleet

    Norwalk’s Department of Public Works will add four electric-powered Tesla SUVs to its fleet as soon as July, as it begins replacing its existing Ford Explorers with more energy-efficient electric and hybrid vehicles. The decision was made last Tuesday when the Common Council unanimously approved spending just over $200,000 on the four Teslas. “Public Works…

  • McMurrer and Murray resign from Common Council

    McMurrer and Murray resign from Common Council

    Two Common Council members have resigned from the Council. Jenn McMurrer and Melissa Murray, both Democratic Councilwomen for District C, announced their resignations from the Common Council within hours of each other today. “This is something I have been thinking about for some time,” McMurrer told NancyOnNorwalk. “There are family issues that need attention,” she…

  • Norwalk police officer Hector Delgado arrested for fourth time

    Norwalk police officer Hector Delgado arrested for fourth time

    Norwalk police officer Hector Delgado was arrested Friday by his own department following a citizen’s complaint about an off-duty disturbance, according to a statement issued by Chief James Walsh. It was Delgado’s fourth arrest since joining the Norwalk police force in 1993, and his second this year. Two other Norwalk officers have criminal cases pending…

  • Norwalk ramps up plans for ordinance mandating ‘Complete Streets’ designed for all

    Norwalk ramps up plans for ordinance mandating ‘Complete Streets’ designed for all

    Correction: Corrects to 14 traffic fatalities instead of 414. from 2015-2019. Ramping up efforts to make Norwalk’s streets safer and more accessible to all, city transportation officials are working with Common Council members to draft and ultimately pass a “Complete Streets” ordinance mandating “streets designed for everyone.” “What this ordinance will do is it will…

  • CT’s roots are in the defense industry. Could its colleges truly divest?

    CT’s roots are in the defense industry. Could its colleges truly divest?

    On a sunny Thursday afternoon earlier this month, about 100 students gathered outside the Dodd Center for Human Rights on the University of Connecticut’s campus in Storrs for a press conference.  While most of the school’s nearly 20,000 undergraduates were clearing out dorm rooms and posing for graduation photos in their caps and gowns, the…

  • Norwalk has a new tax assessor, or almost

    Norwalk has a new tax assessor, or almost

    The city of Norwalk could soon have an official, full-time Tax Assessor. The appointment would fill a post that has been vacant for the last 14 months, since the last Tax Assessor departed following several years of tumult in the assessor’s office.  Paul Gorman, who has been serving as the city’s interim tax assessor, says…

  • On 3rd try, Norwalk wins $400,000 ‘Safe Streets’ grant

    On 3rd try, Norwalk wins $400,000 ‘Safe Streets’ grant

    Norwalk was one of just 99 communities across the country to receive a federal ‘Safe Streets and Roads for All’ grant this week, city officials learned last night.  The city won the $400,000 planning and development grant to create a comprehensive safety action plan for Norwalk’s streets. Jim Travers, director of Transportation, Mobility, and Parking, informed…

  • CT’s ‘food insecure’ residents increased by 90,000 in 2022, many of them children

    CT’s ‘food insecure’ residents increased by 90,000 in 2022, many of them children

    In Connecticut, one of the 10 wealthiest states in the U.S., nearly half a million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. One in eight residents of the state experienced “food insecurity” in 2022, rising from one in 10 in 2021, according to the latest annual “Map the Meal Gap” report from hunger-relief organization…

  • LaToya Fernandez: ‘I was not supported’ as Norwalk’s first DEI officer. ‘They are not ready’

    LaToya Fernandez: ‘I was not supported’ as Norwalk’s first DEI officer. ‘They are not ready’

    LaToya Fernandez, Norwalk’s first officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), was hired in October 2022 with great hope and fanfare on the staff of Mayor Harry Rilling. Just 16 months later, in February 2024, a city spokesperson confirmed Fernandez had left the position. At the time, Fernandez herself didn’t announce the move or reveal…

  • Nearly 200,000 CT households risk losing internet subsidies 

    Nearly 200,000 CT households risk losing internet subsidies 

    A federal program that reduces monthly internet bills is winding down at the end of May, absent last-minute congressional action. That has prompted concerns among advocates and low-income households enrolled in the program, including the nearly 200,000 in Connecticut. The Affordable Connectivity Program — implemented as part of bipartisan infrastructure legislation passed in 2021 —…

  • Kosta Diamantis arrested, charged with school construction extortion

    Kosta Diamantis arrested, charged with school construction extortion

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  • I-95 fully re-opens in both directions

    I-95 fully re-opens in both directions

    Traffic is moving in both directions on I-95. Earlier, Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto announced that Interstate 95 in Norwalk would fully reopen to traffic in both directions by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Following the major motor vehicle collision that occurred during the morning of Thursday, May 2,…