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Norwalk Police honor own

Updated, 3:20 p.m.: NPD list of honorees.

NORWALK, Conn. – The fourth annual Norwalk Police Department Awards Ceremony honored 25 officers Monday evening in City Hall.

“The officers here put themselves in harm’s way every time they put on a uniform,” Mayor Harry Rilling said. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to recognize the work that they do on a daily basis.” Continue reading Norwalk Police honor own

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Kleppin: Written comment is welcome on Firetree application

The fire escape installed by Firetree LTD at 17 Quintard Ave. is frequently described as not conforming to the character of the neighborhood.

Updated, 5:50 p.m.: Date for hearing is June 7.

NORWALK, Conn. – You can still write in with comments on a proposed federal prisoner halfway house in South Norwalk, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin said Monday.

Although Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy said Saturday that he had ended the written comment period on Thursday, Kleppin said it’s still open until ZBA closes its public hearing on the appeal from Firetree LTD. The hearing continues on June 7. Continue reading Kleppin: Written comment is welcome on Firetree application

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Norwalk political notes: No park at the would-be mosque

Former Norwalk Zoning Commissioners Jill Jacobson, left, and Adam Blank, right, are recognized for their years of service by Commission Chairman Nate Sumpter, center, Wednesday in City Hall. It had looked like Blank would be joining the Redevelopment Agency but Mayor Harry Rilling tabled the appointment; it’s not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. “I told the mayor I would let him know if I have interest in next few days,” Blank said in a Wednesday email. “Then I guess it is in his hands. I’m not at all sure I still have interest though.” 

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:

  • No park at 127 Fillow; open space deed swap elsewhere
  • Mocciae: Recs & Parks can’t afford some concerts
  • Hempstead’s re-recusal
  • Murphy, Blumenthal ‘urge’ NRG to help with Manresa study
  • Morris contradicts self
  • District B Council reps again vote no on Ely
  • Council bites bullet on West Rocks Middle School expense

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: No park at the would-be mosque

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GGP’s Mall

Send signed letters to [email protected]

We are at zero hour.  If GGP is not allowed to move forward the anchor tenants will likely drop out.  And we, Norwalk, will lose the best development prospect we’ve ever had.   The question is, are we going to chase away a $400 million investment in Norwalk?  All because we did not realize that we don’t understand the dynamics of the commercial real estate market.

Let’s ask and answer the key questions.

 

Can a hotel can work here?  Answer, yes, but only if you scrap the Mall. Continue reading GGP’s Mall

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Opinion: Connecticut’s finances – Not a time to mince words

Gail Lavielle

This is no time to mince words about Connecticut’s fiscal crisis. It is deep, serious, and affects everyone and everything: taxpayers, businesses, jobs, social services, infrastructure, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, towns and cities, hospitals, federal funding opportunities, and Connecticut’s reputation. Let’s be clear – it’s not new. The state’s finances have been precarious for several years. But now even those who have long denied the gravity of the situation are acknowledging it.

The facts speak for themselves. Continue reading Opinion: Connecticut’s finances – Not a time to mince words

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to all of the Kindergarten through 12th grade students who participated in last week’s citywide inaugural STEM Expo (science, technology, engineering and math). Unlike science fairs of the past, this year the Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) sought a way to better embrace and exemplify the collaborative and interactive principles championed by the STEM model, according to Michael Conner, NPS Chief Academic Officer. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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CTNJ/Opinion: Addressing the ‘why’ in sex trafficking

Jillian Gilchrest.

Jillian Gilchrest is the Director of Health Professional Outreach at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and she is Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Trafficking in Persons Council.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on legislation to address the demand side of sex trafficking, marking a major shift in the way our state addresses this crime. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Addressing the ‘why’ in sex trafficking

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NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, right, in February introduces his 2017-18 recommended operating budget to Common Council members.

NORWALK, Conn. — Assertions made Thursday by the Norwalk Federation of Teachers are not accurate, Norwalk Public Schools said Friday.

NPS, in a statement released Friday afternoon by Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams, responded to NFT’s bombshell announcement that it has filed a complaint with the State Board of Labor Relations. Continue reading NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

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Norwalk parents’ leader suggests mediation in BoE/NFT dispute

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell addresses the Norwalk Planning Commission in February in City Hall. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Mediation is needed to resolve the differences between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, an education activist said Friday.

Time is short and who knows what cuts the state budget will bring, Barbara Meyer Mitchell said, trying to avoid teacher layoffs as the BoE and the NFT engage in a stare down. Continue reading Norwalk parents’ leader suggests mediation in BoE/NFT dispute

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ZBA chairman explains meeting cancellation

Firetree LTD Vice President Amy Ertel, second from left, sits with her legal team at the May 4 Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing in City Hall.

Correction/clarification, 4:10 p.m.: Second email was from Rich Bonenfant.

NORWALK, Conn. — A mistake led to the cancellation of Thursday’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, ZBA Chairman Andy Conroy said Friday.

Commissioner Keith Lyon sent an email to a Zoning Inspector Aline Rochefort, telling her he agreed with her decision to deny Firetree LTD a Certificate of Occupancy for its Quintard Avenue facility, Conroy said. Since his mind was made up before the end of the hearing, Firetree demanded that he recuse himself, according to Conroy. Continue reading ZBA chairman explains meeting cancellation

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NFT files labor complaint against Norwalk BoE

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Federation of Teachers has filed a prohibited practices complaint against the Board of Education.

The BoE has attempted to intimidate the union membership by making inaccurate public comments, NFT President Mary Yordon said in a statement late Tuesday, confirming information received by NancyOnNorwalk that the union has filed a complaint with the State Board of Labor Relations. Continue reading NFT files labor complaint against Norwalk BoE

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ZBA cancels Firetree hearing, looks to reschedule

Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s really just a matter of not being able to get a quorum, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy said Thursday evening, after Quintard Avenue residents suffered another disappointment.

The ZBA abruptly cancelled part two of its emotional public hearing regarding a potential Quintard Avenue federal prisoner halfway house Thursday afternoon, less than three hours before it was to begin. Continue reading ZBA cancels Firetree hearing, looks to reschedule

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Correction: No funding yet for Wall Street train station study

A Danbury line Metro North train passes the Mechanic Street parking lot recently.

NORWALK, Conn. — A press release announcing funding for a $250,000 study on the feasibility of a Wall Street train station was a mistake, an aide to State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) said.

The funding has not yet been authorized, he said. Continue reading Correction: No funding yet for Wall Street train station study

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Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.