Once Around the City: NCC happenings, school budget talks, and privacy and the police

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Community College students will take part in a nationwide program this week, and an expert in Mideast matters will visit the campus to talk about ISIS – open to the public. Parents will get a chance to have input into the budget process over the next few weeks, and there is a program planned in South Norwalk to discuss the police and privacy matters.

NCC students want to Make a Difference

Across Connecticut from Sunday, Oct. 19, though Oct. 25, students, faculty and staff at 17 of the state’s public higher education institutions, including Norwalk Community College, will be engaging in good works. Volunteers will be engaged in more than 50 public service events statewide to highlight the mission of serving the common good in committed and sustainable service.

NCC student volunteers will participate in the “Connecticut Make a Difference Campaign” by offering their services to three local community organizations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The students will be working at The Carver Foundation of Norwalk Inc., the Norwalk Housing Authority and Person to Person of Darien, a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency which, through the sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives, according to a press statement.

To find out more about the CT Public Higher Education Make a Difference Week Campaign go to the website.


UN expert on the crisis in Iraq and Syria coming to NCC

Guest Speaker Darko Mocibob, the deputy director of the United Nations Middle East and West Asia Division, will discuss the “The Current Crisis in Iraq and Syria” at Norwalk Community College (NCC) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the college’s East Campus GenRe Forum, 188 Richards Ave.

The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Key issues, such as the emergence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the refugee situation and human rights violations, will be covered.

The program is being organized in observance of United Nations Day, the anniversary of the UN’s founding on Oct. 24, 1945. It is co-sponsored by NCC’s International Outreach and Peace Club, Student World Assembly and the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut, a chapter of UNA-USA.


Norwalk school officials hit the budget PR trail

It’s that time already? Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera and company will begin a series of community discussions about the 2015-16 NPS budget on Thursday, Oct. 23.

The schedule is (all 7 to 8:30 p.m.):

  • Thursday, Oct. 23, Nathan Hale Middle School, 176 Strawberry Hill Ave.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, Roton Middle School, 201 Highland Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, Ponus Ridge Middle School, 21 Hunters Lane
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, Grace Baptist Church, 17 West Ave.

According to Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, the community budget sessions began with the 2013 budget when Tony Daddona was acting superintendent. Rivera expanded the program last year for the 2014 budget, Lyons said, to add strategic planning topics to budget topics, and he’s continuing that this year.

According to the press release from NPS, “At these sessions, we will review our strategic plan, talk about how the budget process works, and ask for input from parents and guardians about program priorities and gaps.

“Elementary school parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the session at the Middle School their school ‘feeds’ into. Norwalk High parents can participate at either West Rocks or Nathan Hale, and Brien McMahon families can attend either Ponus Ridge or Roton. However, if you are not available for the meeting at your designated school, please feel free to attend the session that best fits your schedule, regardless of your school assignment.”

For more information, contact [email protected]


Forum on privacy and police

Digital privacy and the police will be the topic of a forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the South Norwalk Community Center, 98 South Main St.

Norwalk Police Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik and David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, will discuss the new technologies available to police and the implications for individual privacy. These include license plate scanners, cellphone location data, GPS and drones.

The discussion will conclude with a question-and-answer period. The event, sponsored by the ACLU of Connecticut and its Fairfield County chapter, is free and open to the public. Jerrod Ferrari, co-managing editor of The Hour, will serve as moderator.




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