CNNA, LWV co-host Duff-Dunne forum, road work planned, Himes talks affordable education

It's Dunne vs. Duff in a Monday night forum.
It’s Dunne vs. Duff in a Monday night forum.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers will get a chance to compare and contrast their state Senate candidates Monday night when Republican challenger Bill Dunne and incumbent Democrat Bob Duff go head to head in a forum at City Hall. Drivers will go head to head with some tough traffic caused by various projects on I-95 and the Merritt, and some state pols got come good news last week from the Fourth Estate.

CNNA meets, co-sponsors state Senate forum

The monthly meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, followed by the group’s State Senate Forum at 7 p.m.

The forum, featuring incumbent Bob Duff (D-25) and Republican challenger Bill Dunne, will be held in the Community Room, and is co-sponsored by the Norwalk League of Women Voters.

Meeting agenda items include CNNA’s opportunity to assist in revising aspects of land use/planning in Norwalk, especially to inform and engage residents; continued discussion on 2015 CNNA priorities.

The CNNA seeks to provide a common voice on larger Norwalk issues by providing information to members on important issues, meetings & events and to solicit fair and equal participation of neighborhood association and residents.

Member associations are encouraged to attend, and all Norwalk residents are always welcomed.


Nighttime work along I-95 in Stamford, tree removal on Merritt

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing nighttime lane closures to perform surveying for a bridge replacement project in Stamford beginning Wednesday, Oct. 28, weather permitting.

  • On I-95 South in the vicinity of Exit 9 from the Hamilton Avenue overpass, the right lane will be closed Tuesday night and traffic will be shifted to the center and left lanes while the pavement and the bridge abutment will be surveyed. The right lane will be reopened at the end of the entrance ramp at the Blachley Avenue overpass. The southbound exit and entrance ramps will be open throughout the operation. On Thursday night, the left lane will be closed in the same area to allow survey of the pavement and bridge pier.
  • On I-95 North in the vicinity of Exit 9 from the Blachley Avenue overpass, the right lane will be closed Tuesday night and traffic will be shifted to the center and left lanes while the pavement and the bridge abutment will be surveyed. The northbound exit ramp will remain open while the northbound entrance ramp will be closed during this operation.  The right lane will be reopened approximately ¼ mile north of the Route 1 Bridge at the Hamilton Avenue underpass. On Thursday night the left lane will be closed in the same area to allow survey of the pavement and bridge pier. Both northbound exit and entrance ramps will remain open throughout this operation.
  • Tree removal: A tree removal operation will be performed on Route 15 North in Fairfield, Oct. 27 through Nov. 7. Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 15 North between the Westport/Fairfield Town Line and Exit 44 (Route 58, Black Rock Turnpike) in Fairfield. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.


Himes hosts college affordability roundtable

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) moderated a roundtable discussion on higher education affordability and access Thursday at Norwalk Community College.The higher education experts on the panel offered their respective experience, expertise and ideas on college costs and accessibility. Himes discussed his legislative efforts, including the recent introduction of the College Affordability and Innovation Act, to increase higher education opportunities and control long-term cost growth. Following the discussion, Himes and the experts took questions from local students in attendance.

“Connecticut residents have some of the highest student debt loads in the nation. As we continue to work to help our students pay for their education, we simply need to rein in the actual costs of a high-quality education,” Himes said. “This panel brought together a diverse group of experts working directly on this issue, and I applaud them on their efforts. Institutions like Norwalk Community College, UConn and Yale are taking innovative steps to maintain and improve quality, while slowing cost hikes. The legislation I recently introduced would support such models to help keep higher education an achievable, and still attainable, goal for all Americans.”

Himes introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014 (H.R. 5674) in September as the companion to the Senate bill championed by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). The legislation is designed to both encourage innovation and promote accountability at our nation’s institutes of higher learning.

The bill would create a new evidence-based grant program to promote greater experimentation in delivering higher education to middle and low-income students. The grants will go to innovative programs designed to reduce the amount of classroom time and decrease the costs of completing higher education degrees, such as competency-based courses, online education, and dual enrollment or fast-track programs.

It would also create an independent commission of stakeholders, including students and faculty, and education experts to develop minimum accountability standards for making college more affordable, providing better access for middle and low-income students and providing value to students.

Thursday’s panel included Dr. David Levinson, president of Norwalk Community College; Nathan Fuerst, University of Connecticut director of admissions; Mark Dunn, Yale University associate director of admissions; Teresa Wilson, executive director of the Village Initiative Project; Mona Lucas, director of student financial aid services, University of Connecticut; and Michael Jones, Temple University, Class of 2014.


Himes, Malloy endorsed by major papers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy kay not be Mr. Congeniality, and he may have made some unpopular choices in his first term as Connecticut’s head of state, but several leading newspapers have said he deserves a second term.

Malloy has recently been endorsed by the Hartford Courant and the Hearst papers – The CT Post, Stamford Advocate, Danbury News-Times and Greenwich Time. Monday, the New Haven Register added its backing.

U.S Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) also picked up the Courant’s backing. The Hearst group has not yet made an endorsement in the CT-4 race.







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