Story updated at 3:26 p.m. to eliminate a formatting issue and show 16 predictions.
Can you believe it? 2020 already? Is time speeding up? Well, heck – it seems I hit about 40 percent of the first 10 with last year’s predictions – counting 4, 8, 9, and 10 as wins. Here’s trying for a beat with 10 (plus) predictions for the new year:
- Norwalk’s RTC gains new members, new energy
- The Norwalk Arts Commission commissions a mural to cover the entire west facing side of 50 Washington St. Controversy ensues and different people in Norwalk bicker over it, with almost everyone having an opinion. Comments for a single NancyOnNorwalk story exceed 100.
- After hearing about the new mural at 50 Washington St., Billy Eichner makes a surprise visit to Norwalk and does an episode of Billy On The Street on, of course: Washington Street.
- Arts continue to bloom in Norwalk; the SoNo sign, cleverly concealed below the railroad trestle at the corner of Washington and East Main streets, is temporarily altered.
- The 5-way intersection of East Avenue, Park Street, East Wall Street and Hubbells Lane receives consideration for “smart” traffic lights. Unusually: this change is greeted with universal acclaim and relief by all Norwalkers with not a single dissenting voice.
- LaKota Oaks changes its name.
- Mike Barbis leaves the Norwalk Board of Education.
- Former four-term Norwalk Mayor Bill Collins is appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency by current four-term Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.
- The bottom floor, northwest corner of SoNo Collection remains vacant for all of 2020.
- Norwalk’s Conservation Commission grants an amendment to the easement on 8 Norden Place requested by Summit Saugatuck LLC. [As a result, Summit’s 8-30g Application to build 187 housing units (57 units designated “affordable”) meets yet another hurdle since the project’s original 2002 inception.]
- Jason Milligan and Harry Rilling agree on something.
- Wilton shows no interest in solving its 8-year school enrollment decline and school overcapacity challenges by merging districts with Norwalk.
- The Cranbury Park “bunk house” gets an actual name.
- Datto files for an IPO.
- One or the other of Norwalk’s political parties hosts a fundraising event at Hilltop Pub in South Norwalk.
- Snowfall in Norwalk does not exceed 12 inches in any 24-hour period.