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Stern endorsed for reelection as judge of probate

Norwalk/Wilton Judge of Probate Doug Stern accepts the Democratic endorsement for reelection, May 12 on Zoom.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. – Democrats have endorsed Doug Stern to run for a second four-year term as Norwalk/Wilton Judge of Probate.

“As a former at large Councilman, a past city Zoning commissioner and a past officer of the Norwalk NAACP and now Judge of Probate, Doug has impressive resume for this position. Not only is he professional but he is also honest and transparent. He has the temperament to work well with everyone and he approaches this job from a sincere place, connecting with people both on his staff and during his day-to-day job,” Norwalk Common Council member Jenn McMurrer said in nominating Stern. Continue reading Stern endorsed for reelection as judge of probate

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Dathan endorsed for reelection

State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) speaks to Democrats after being endorsed for reelection.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. – Lucy Dathan has been endorsed by Democrats for reelection to her post as District 142 State Representative.

Dathan was first elected in 2018, unseating Republican incumbent Fred Wilms, and fended off a challenge from Wilms in 2020. She serves as Vice Chair of Appropriations, and is on the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, the Human Services Committee, and the Care Management Subcommittee for the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council (MAPOC).

“Who doesn’t love Lucy? She has many sterling qualities,” Mary Ellen Flaherty-Ludwig said in nominating Dathan for reelection. Continue reading Dathan endorsed for reelection

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Longtime Norwalk Hospital benefactors donate $20 million to help fund patient pavilion

Norwalk Hospital President Peter Cordeau, right, honors Carol and George Bauer, left, during a Wednesday ceremony. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Hospital’s largest expansion project in its history will be named after a couple whose generous donation is helping to make it possible.

Carol and George Bauer, longtime dedicated hospital volunteers, have donated $20 million towards construction of a planned 188,000-square-foot patient pavilion, a news release said.

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NPS celebrates Family Center opening on Park Street

(Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools’ new family center will help the district establish long lasting relationships with families to ensure that their students’ academic success, said Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Alexandra Estrella.

“When you look across the country, family centers are a standard feature to support family engagement in many high performing districts,” Estrella said at an “official opening,” held Tuesday.

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Why is there still no free Wi-Fi on Metro-North?

Airplanes have Wifi.  Even Connecticut’s  CTfastrak commuter bus system from New Britain to Hartford gives its passengers free Wifi.   Commuter railroads across the U.S. offer Wifi, including Boston’s MBTA.

Wifi is everywhere… but not on Metro-North.  So the Connecticut legislature has just budgeted $23 million to install 5G technology on the railroad’s M8 cars.  Are they too late?  Is it even needed? Continue reading Why is there still no free Wi-Fi on Metro-North?

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Norwalk child dies after being pulled from burning home

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NORWALK, Conn. – A 7-year-old child died Saturday after being pulled from her burning home by Norwalk firefighters.

The fire at 7 Nelson Ave. was reported at 4:58 a.m. Firefighters arriving minutes later found heavy fire on the front of the house, a burning power line down across the street and two vehicles burning in the driveway, a news release said.  A man and woman had escaped the fire with their 9-year-old son and were in the backyard, attempting to rescue their 7-year-old daughter, who was asleep in a second-floor bedroom. The father had broken his arm and suffered burns when he fell while trying to climb to the window. Continue reading Norwalk child dies after being pulled from burning home

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New England energy demand dropped to its lowest point ever this month

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New England’s energy demand dropped to its lowest point ever earlier this month thanks to good weather and the continued adoption of rooftop solar on homes and businesses.

Officials at regional grid operator ISO New England said energy demand fell to its lowest point ever – 7,580 megawatts – on Sunday, May 1. Continue reading New England energy demand dropped to its lowest point ever this month

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Duff endorsed for reelection

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks to Democrats, Tuesday on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk and Darien Democrats endorsed State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) to run for a tenth two-year term, praising him as a politician who really does “stand up” for his constituents.

“Bob, as many of you know, has been targeted by the Republican Party for many years, because he’s a threat to them. But he has prevailed because the voters of the 25th district know and appreciate what Bob has done for us,” Mayor Harry Rilling said, nominating Duff for the seat.

“All of you know that public service is my passion. I love this job. I love standing up for you,” Duff said. Continue reading Duff endorsed for reelection

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Norwalk photos: Rock ’em Sock ’em

April 23 at 165 Water St. (Jon Bennett, NHRL event photographer.)

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s like your robovac got fitted with a forklift and wandered into a bruising battle with an equally-sized flamethrower. In a glass cage facing cheering spectators.

Austin McChord’s Norwalk Havoc Robot League is a labor of love, drawing competitors from as far away as Brazil to 165 Water St. about seven times a year.

“Everyone who watches the event comes away with an idea of what kind of robot they might want to build. It gets the creative juices flowing across all ages. In that sense it is a uniquely accessible sport and fosters creative thinking across multiple disciplines. It also encourages people make, and build things which, I think far too many people assume it is out of reach,” said McChord, founder of Datto and its former Chief Executive Officer. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Rock ’em Sock ’em

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Norwalk/Stamford to get 60% State reimbursement on school construction projects

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) leads a Wednesday news conference at Westhill High School in Stamford. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – In what Bob Duff calls a “generational game changer,” Norwalk and Stamford will now get 60% State reimbursement for all school construction projects, for the next 25 years.

Compare that to the 22.5% reimbursement for new school construction Norwalk has been getting, and the 32.5% to renovate schools into a new condition.

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Norwalk Democrats endorse Johnson for District 143 State Representative

Norwalk Common Council member Dominique Johnson (D-At Large), Chairwoman of the Community Services Committee, accepts the District 143 endorsement for State Representative, Wednesday on Zoom.

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. – Dominique Johnson is Norwalk Democrats’ choice to replace Stephanie Thomas in the Statehouse.

District 143 Democrats on Wednesday endorsed Johnson, a Common Council at Large member, for the State Representative candidacy. Thomas was elected to the post two years ago but has won the Democratic endorsement for Secretary of State.

“Dominique comes very highly qualified,” said Lynne Moore in nominating Johnson. “If you look at her background in terms of her education, she earned a B.A. in communication studies, then an M.A. in communication and a Ph.D. in Urban Policy Studies. Dominique has served in many roles in terms of her career. She’s been a public college professor. She’s been a published educational researcher, where she wrote more than 20 articles about informal mentoring and what that does in terms of a positive effect on the education or resiliency of sexual minority youth.” Continue reading Norwalk Democrats endorse Johnson for District 143 State Representative

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State adds $50 million to new NHS budget

An artist’s rendering of the developing design for Norwalk High School/P-Tech. The idea is to bring natural light into the classrooms, Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo said.

NORWALK, Conn. – The State has committed another $50 million to the Norwalk High School project. In addition, the City can get 50% reimbursement for construction of a new pool facility, up from the 40% the City’s construction manager predicted in March.

“The pool was always going to be built no matter what. The pool was never in doubt ever, ever in doubt,” State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said. Continue reading State adds $50 million to new NHS budget

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