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A Norwalk photo #20

NORWALK, Conn. — A dog cavorts in Oyster Shell Park recently.

The bench is new. “A total of three benches were installed about two months ago,” Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan wrote last week. “These provide additional seating and offer some great views!”

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Brinton isn’t racist and has nothing to do with Trump

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I felt it was time to say something based on unsettling comments made by Bob Duff regarding Lisa Brinton, Mayoral candidate.

Bob Duff is hitting below the belt.  Our state senator is out of touch if he thinks any of us are going to believe that Lisa Brinton is somehow racist.  Concerned?  Yes, she is.  Ready to work?   Yes, she is.  Ready to do her best for the people and city of Norwalk?  Unlike Harry, yes, she is. Continue reading Brinton isn’t racist and has nothing to do with Trump

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Brinton talks issues in drive to be Norwalk Mayor

Unaffiliated-Republican-endorsed Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton, left, meets the public Thursday in Brien McMahon High School. “I’m shocked at how many people showed up. Number two, I’m shocked that we actually went the full two hours,” she said.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Come November, lifelong Democrat Chris Bowers plans to do something out of character: She will cross party lines on Election Day to cast her ballot for Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton.

“I think that on the local level, it’s not a party issue. It’s about what’s happening in the town. And I think with (Mayor Harry) Rilling, it’s going in the wrong direction,” she said. Continue reading Brinton talks issues in drive to be Norwalk Mayor

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Norwalk political notes: Waiting on fed ELL news, buying back guns

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), at a vigil for lives lost to gun violence in August.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Rilling: Himes still looking into Title I for ELL funding
  • McQuaid describes no ‘election noise’
  • Gun buyback planned for Oct. 19

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Waiting on fed ELL news, buying back guns

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A note on Norwalk’s mayoral contest

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Here’s the thing about Lisa Brinton. She shows great promise for getting Norwalk out of the slump it has fallen into.  It’s a slump characterized by drift and aimlessness at City Hall and constantly rising taxes combined with stagnant or declining property values.

In this her second run for mayor in as many years, Lisa has added Republican Party endorsement on top of her traditional independent base even as she also continues to garner support from disenchanted Democrats.  That, folks, is a remarkable feat. Not surprising, though, given her clear focus on the city’s most urgent needs, such as resolving, finally, the POKO fiasco on Wall Street and doing our due diligence on replacement of the Walk Bridge. Continue reading A note on Norwalk’s mayoral contest

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Opinion: Trump Has Abandoned Ukraine To Russia

 

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

This op ed was originally published on BuzzFeed.

It is right for the American political class to be focused on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the broader campaign by the president’s administration to subordinate the foreign policy of the United States to his reelection campaign. But our leap into an impeachment inquiry is surrounded by important context that the heat of the moment threatens to sweep under the rug. Continue reading Opinion: Trump Has Abandoned Ukraine To Russia

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ConnDOT should rebuild Walk Bridge, as planned

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I respectfully disagree with friends and neighbors who think the Walk Bridge should be downgraded. Or rather, who think the upper Norwalk River should be downgraded, perhaps to a passive waterway with water taxis taking passengers back and forth, as some have suggested.

In fact, I think the Zoning Commission should address the status of the river, remind us all of its historic and strategic value, and revise the local regulations to encourage its active use as an appropriate industry waterway. Some small industries are even knocking at our door, saying our location on Long Island Sound is ideal for their needs and the services they can provide. Continue reading ConnDOT should rebuild Walk Bridge, as planned

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Election 2019: Facts versus Fiction

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Another municipal election is upon us, which means that as voters we may find ourselves at odds or in different camps on many of the issues affecting us as the local level. That’s a healthy part of our democracy. What I find less healthy is when voters (or candidates) make decisions on these issues using deliberate misinformation. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, black or white, young or young-at-heart, we may and will disagree on the best way to navigate our City’s future, but we should, at the very least, agree to basing our positions on reality, not on unsubstantiated talking points. Continue reading Election 2019: Facts versus Fiction

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Some Norwalk photos #3a: More mall

Children on the top floor of the retail space.

Checking out the LED display on the elevator shaft.

NORWALK, Conn. — On day two of The SoNo Collection, Norwalkers continued trying on their mall to see if it would fit.

Families were everywhere in the 700,000+ square foot structure, on the roof looking at Oyster Shell Park, in what Brookfield Properties is calling the Magnificent Room and on the roly-poly chairs in the center concourse area. Continue reading Some Norwalk photos #3a: More mall

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Duff: Brinton and Meek’s comments are ‘hateful, anti-immigrant’

From left, Republican-endorsed Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton, at her Thursday forum, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) in September and Republican Board of Education member Bryan Meek at Thursday’s BoE Committee meeting in City Hall.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) issued a press release Friday condemning “recent hateful, anti-immigrant comments” by Lisa Brinton and Bryan Meek.

Duff blasted Brinton, an unaffiliated Mayoral candidate endorsed by the Norwalk Republican Town Committee, and Meek, her campaign treasurer, for comments they’ve been quoted on by NancyOnNorwalk. Continue reading Duff: Brinton and Meek’s comments are ‘hateful, anti-immigrant’

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Some Norwalk photos #3

Children play on the roof of The SoNo Collection.

NORWALK, Conn. — These photos are from Friday’s opening day for The SoNo Collection, all taken in the evening.

Nordstrom was open, along with at least 11 stores: Lush, Sephora, Kay Jewelers, Pandora, Talbots, UNTUCKit, Chico’s, J.Jill, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Bodyworks, Casper Market, White House Black Market, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Continue reading Some Norwalk photos #3

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Adamowski: NPS needs $1.2M to deal with immigrant influx

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski speaks to Board of Education members, Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools needs an additional $1.2 million this year to cover the expense of unexpected immigrant children who aren’t fluent in the English language, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Thursday.

“We are at a point where we have exhausted all of our current services,” Adamowksi said, working with English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist Helene Becker to spell out the situation to the Board of Education Finance Committee. Continue reading Adamowski: NPS needs $1.2M to deal with immigrant influx

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Norwalk Mayoral candidates report fundraising totals

Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling, left; Republican endorsed unaffiliated candidate Lisa Brinton, right.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling had raised $126,295 in his drive for reelection, as of Oct. 1. Challenger Lisa Brinton clocked in with $34,470.

Both had four people contribute $1,000 to their campaigns this time around. Continue reading Norwalk Mayoral candidates report fundraising totals

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