Once Around the City: Camacho back on board; sister city shakes again; book for sale

Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation member Ed Camacho says his temporary reappointment to the SoNoCC board is not a conflict, as he already recuses himself as the community agency’s attorney.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation member Ed Camacho, who is also chairman of the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee, has rejoined the South Norwalk Community Center (SoNoCC) Board of Directors.

Camacho confirmed Friday he is back on the board after having been off for several weeks.

SoNoCC, a registered 501c3 charity, has been operating with a three-person board, the minimum required by law. Camacho is the center’s attorney and had previously served on the board. He said his return to that body is temporary.

“Given the current constraints on my time, I agreed to serve as vice chair until a permanent vice chair can to be selected,” he told NancyOnNorwalk. “Several weeks ago, I stated publicly, before the entire BET, that I wished to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, and, inasmuch as I was, then, SoNoCC’s, attorney/agent, I would recuse myself from any further discussions or votes in connection with the agency.”

He reiterated that intent Friday.


Norwalk’s sister city hit by quake

Norwalk’s sister city – Nagarote, Nicaragua – was at the epicenter of an earthquake Thursday. The quake measured 6.1.

A government spokesman said about 200 were people were hurt in the Thursday evening quake. The spokesman also said that a 23-year-old woman had died of an apparent heart attack after the quake.

Less than 24 hours after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the region, a second earthquake shook the country. The 6.6-magnitude quake struck near the city of Granada at 3:29 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. There were no immediate reports of new casualties or serious damage, but the quake was reportedly felt in El Salvador and neighboring Costa Rica.

Although the magnitude of Friday’s earthquake was higher, it struck much deeper, making it less likely to cause damage, according to Weather.com.

The earthquake centered at Nagarote did not severely damage the Norwalk Community Center built there as part of the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister-City Project, founded in 1986. The project is a partnership for sustainable community development between the people of Nagarote, Nicaragua, and the Greater Norwalk Area of Connecticut.

Project Field Director Miguel Salinas, who will be visiting Norwalk from April 26 to May 5, emailed the group in Norwalk Friday to say he had cancelled all activities at the community center and had advised city officials there that the center is available as a shelter for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake.

Rachel Lindsay, a member of the project’s Advisory Board who lives in Nicaragua, also emailed Friday. Among the information:

As you might have heard there was a strong earthquake here yesterday  evening, 6.4 and 10 kilometers deep. … The news is reporting that Nagarote is closest to the epicenter and harder hit than Managua; the most recent news reports here say around 700 houses have been affected and 19 totaled; 74 families in Nagarote were apparently relocated last night to the train station. … The Norwalk building … lost a few tiles but looked OK. …

Rachel Lindsay


Books, books, books

The Friends of the Norwalk Public Library will hold a book sale May 1 and May 3-6 in the main library auditorium at 1 Belden Place. On Sunday, May 4, only the auditorium will be open to the public.

The Friends cafe will be offering home baked goods for sale Saturday and Sunday.

There will be plenty to choose from – 26 categories – and most books cost $2 or less. The selection includes top-quality hardcover and paperback classics, contemporary fiction, science, history, biography, arts, travel, cooking, parenting, self-help, reference, “specials”, DVDs, CDs, decorative arts, and children’s books.

Proceeds benefit the Norwalk Public Library System.

For more information or to volunteer, call Jeff Conrad at 203-354-2933.

The schedule is:

  • Thursday, May 1: Children’s Book Sale, 3 to 7 p.m.; hardcover $1, softcover 50 cents, DVD’s $2.

General book sale:

  • Saturday, May 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $2 hard, $1 paper (visit Friends Café for homemade goodies)
  • Sunday, May 4: 1 to 4:30 p.m. 50 percent off. (visit Friends Café for homemade goodies)
  • Monday, May 5: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. $4 a bag
  • Tuesday, May 6 (in library lobby): 9 a.m. to noon (free)


2 responses to “Once Around the City: Camacho back on board; sister city shakes again; book for sale”

  1. Silence Dogood

    Seems there is no room in the open tent for others to participate.

  2. Oyster

    Those who “dogood” get asked to do more.

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