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  • Discovering Norwalk: First impressions from a first-time visitor

    Discovering Norwalk: First impressions from a first-time visitor

    When I first arrived in Norwalk, I was impressed by its small-town charm and cosmopolitan vitality. The city is filled with diverse, warm-hearted, community-oriented locals.  As a multimedia journalist interning with NancyOnNorwalk this  summer,  I was privileged to listen in on my first civic engagement meeting, “Norwalk 101.” The discussion showed me how a municipality…

  • Juneteenth: Remember, too, how emancipated people were kept unfree

    Juneteenth: Remember, too, how emancipated people were kept unfree

    Juneteenth celebrates just one of the United States’ 20 emancipation days – and the history of how emancipated people were kept unfree needs to be remembered, too. The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There…

  • Wall Street vs. Washington Street

    Wall Street vs. Washington Street

    In response to Council kicks off “the year of Wall Street” with latest approval of funding: Recently, our leaders have kicked off the “Year Of Wall Street”. But our local political machine/class’s obsession with Wall Street is just baffling to anyone who understands what actually makes this city great. To those who think Wall Street’s…

  • 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…

  • The I-95 crash shows us how fragile our driving-first transportation system is

    The I-95 crash shows us how fragile our driving-first transportation system is

    Last week, our transportation system experienced an existential shock. A gasoline tanker crashed on I-95, bursting into flames and setting off a chain reaction. The massive fire burnt the Fairfield Ave bridge to a crisp, closing the freeway and backing up traffic in both directions for miles. This drove traffic from I-95 – the main…

  • Protect our elections from foreign interference

    Protect our elections from foreign interference

    As the next presidential election draws nearer, we have every reason to believe that our foes will ramp up their efforts to covertly influence American voters.  For years now, the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has warned top state election and cybersecurity officials about threats posed by Russia and other foreign adversaries ahead of the 2024  elections.…

  • Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture

    Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture

    After reading about Norwalk’s 2024-25 operating budget discussions, it’s fair to conclude the city’s Common Council occasionally has a tough time distinguishing the forest from the trees. Let’s begin by going back two years. In the spring of 2022, the local media carried stories about Norwalk’s capital budget that caused me to scratch my head.…

  • SNEW should seek to be transparent with Electors & Omit Advanced Registration for Public Meeting

    SNEW should seek to be transparent with Electors & Omit Advanced Registration for Public Meeting

    Dear Electors, SNEW is seeking to approve a rate increase and is holding a Special Electors Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th, at 6 p.m. and they are requiring attendees to register in advance. No other public meetings for SNEW have previously required attendees to do so. Such registration will inevitably deter public attendance and…

  • Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator, is Part Two of testimony he presented to the General Assembly this week in Hartford. Part I of Knopp’s testimony was published April 2. Although there are several different types of comprehensive tax reforms, the immediate need is…

  • April is Prevent a Litter Month

    April is Prevent a Litter Month

    It’s believed that dog breeders fall into these categories – large-scale commercial puppy mills and smaller-scale commercial backyard breeders considered more ethical and responsible because they work with veterinarians to consider inherited veterinary issues and temperament before breeding a specific dog. They’re also rumored to hang on to unsold dogs or turn them over to…

  • Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    By Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, is Part One of testimony he will present today, April 1, to the General Assembly in Hartford to advocate for reforming Connecticut’s property tax system to provide urgent statewide relief for Norwalk and other municipalities. …

  • 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,…

  • Use local media for state advertising

    Use local media for state advertising

    Editor’s Note: This opinion piece, written by former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp, was first published in the CT Mirror. Thanks Alex, for the shout-out to NancyOnNorwalk! The collapse of local news is bad for democracy. Research shows that civic engagement is strongly tied to local news habits, and that communities with less local news have…

  • Keep, and Expand, Connecticut’s Production Tax Incentives

    Keep, and Expand, Connecticut’s Production Tax Incentives

    Our home state’s obvious allure cannot be overstated; it is a state ripe with geographic, architectural, and industrial charm. The rolling hills and quaint towns of Litchfield County, the coastal fishing villages of Middlesex and New London Counties, the farming and rural expanses of Tolland and Windham Counties, the educational and institutional landmarks of New…

  • 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…

  • Opinion: New Kindergarten Law Requires More $$$ for Preschool

    Opinion: New Kindergarten Law Requires More $$$ for Preschool

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2020 Connecticut was one of the few states in the nation that allowed four-year-olds to enter kindergarten – but only if their fifth birthday came before January 1. Most states required children entering kindergarten to be five by August 31 or September 1, thereby making it…