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Controversial West Rocks principal reassigned to Norwalk High

West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore attends a Board of Education meeting in June.

Updated, 9:14 a.m.: Added explanation of housemaster position.  6:48 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore has been reassigned to Norwalk High School, where she will be a housemaster, according to Norwalk Association of School Administrators (NASA) Vice President Tony Ditrio.

The housemaster position is similar to that of Assistant Principal.

Moore recently participated in a Loudermill hearing, a pre-termination due process hearing required for public employees who are facing disciplinary action.  The hearing was adjudicated by Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, with Ditrio present.  Moore is NASA president. Continue reading Controversial West Rocks principal reassigned to Norwalk High

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Connecticut in Crisis: How inequality is paralyzing ‘America’s country club’

Main Street in Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut. (Jared Bennett/ Center for Public Integrity)

This story was originally posted by The Center for Public Integrity and is republished here with the Center’s permission. 

New Haven, Conn. — By July 2017, when the state of Connecticut was more than 50 days into the fiscal year without a budget, Angela Serrano had been living at the state-supported Careways Shelter for Women and Children for four months. Serrano was shocked to find herself there when just a few short years ago she had a career, a mortgage and the comforts of middle class life. Continue reading Connecticut in Crisis: How inequality is paralyzing ‘America’s country club’

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ConnDOT finds evidence of Native American fort, pre-historic human artifacts, in Norwalk

A Venetian trade bead found in Norwalk by archaeologists digging as part of the Walk Bridge program, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. (Contributed)

A Lamoka Point found in Norwalk, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Evidence of a 400-year-old Native American fort has been found in Norwalk by archaeologists digging on behalf of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, along with artifacts that go back much further.

The archaeological investigation associated with ConnDOT’s Walk Bridge Program “recently uncovered a Contact Period Native American fort site, along with several thousand artifacts of varying age,” a press release said. ‘The site is on top of a 3,000-year-old site, indicating Native American use of this area for many generations before the arrival of European traders and settlers.”

ConnDOT is holding a press conference Thursday to share the details of the find with the media and the public. Continue reading ConnDOT finds evidence of Native American fort, pre-historic human artifacts, in Norwalk

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NPS test results ‘regress toward mean’; math achievement gap could close

The Norwalk Board of Education discusses Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) results July 27 in the Cranbury Park bunkhouse.

Updated, 5:58 a.m.: Copy edits, revised headline

NORWALK, Conn. — Preliminary Norwalk Public Schools state testing results show some “regression towards the mean,” in the words of Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.  Gains in math scores mean Norwalk could close the achievement gap in math, Adamowski said.

When the Board of Education implemented its strategic operating plan, fourth and fifth grade test scores were a concern.  Those scores have since come up, and now third grade classes have the lowest scores in English Language Arts, Adamowski said July 27 at the BoE retreat.   Continue reading NPS test results ‘regress toward mean’; math achievement gap could close

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August 16th: Gold discovered in the Yukon! And in 2018 — Nancy’s Night Out

Nancy’s Night Out: August 16, 6:30, Ripka’s @ Calf Pasture Beach. You’re invited.

 

Why?  NancyOnNorwalk is, and needs to be, one sure source of local news; Nancy works incredibly hard and needs a Night Out.

 

Some night!  Cool jazz by Mike Camacho’s group.  Wood-fired pizza plus a raw bar.  Stuff for kids.  Nancy expects a lot of fun.  You’re invited.

 

Sea breezes.  Summer stars.  Free parking (Nancy will help if you haven’t got a sticker).  And if you can spare it, a suggested donation of $25, since NancyOnNorwalk depends on reader support.

 

No need to RSVP; just mark your calendar.

 

See you there.

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Norwalk enjoys National Night Out

Updated, 1 p.m.: Headline edited.

NORWALK, Conn. — South Norwalk turned out Tuesday for the National Night Out, hosted by the Norwalk Police Department.

“National Night Out,is a fun community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie,” an NPD flier for the event said.

Please enjoy this video by Harold Cobin, showing the family-friendly event held on Monroe Street, where local children had the opportunity to get to know Norwalk Police officers and their neighbors.

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Norwalk roundup: Redevelopment chooses law firm; ‘City-wide Uber;’ dam removal

The Flock Process Dam. (File photo)

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NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s a roundup of Monday Norwalk news:

  • Redevelopment Agency selects outside law firm in ‘POKO’ lawsuits
  • GGP’s ‘circulator’ evolves into ‘cross’ of transportation options
  • Removal of Flock process dam begins

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: Redevelopment chooses law firm; ‘City-wide Uber;’ dam removal

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Norwalk election roundup: Dems split in 140; Republicans hold presser on tolls

From left, District 140 state representative candidate Colin Hosten and Common Council member Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) at the grand opening of his campaign headquarters at 23 South Main St. (Contributed)

Updated, 5:57 a.m.: Copy edits

The election is Nov. 6. A Democratic primary is Tuesday.

NORWALK, Conn. —Here’s a roundup of election-related items:

  • Simms’ Council colleagues endorse his opponent for state rep
  • Sead claims Norwalk DTC isn’t promoting Simms
  • Republican candidates Page and D’Amelio oppose Malloy’s toll study
  • League of Women Voters shares election info

Continue reading Norwalk election roundup: Dems split in 140; Republicans hold presser on tolls

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Architect: POKO faced funding gap from the start

Ken Olson of POKO Partners pleads his case to a combined meeting of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Common Council Planning Committee in 2014.

Updated, 2:32 p.m.: Copy edit, revised headline

NORWALK, Conn. – A major Norwalk redevelopment project was short of funds right from the beginning of construction, the project’s architect said in an interview with NancyOnNorwalk.

Developer Ken Olson of POKO Partners began building Wall Street Place in June 2015, with the support of most Norwalk officials.  The project was approved as a mix of ground-floor retail and 101 apartments, 20 percent of which would be affordable, according to the Land Disposition Agreement.  Norwalk contributed a municipal parking lot and the State of Connecticut provided a loan, a grant, and low-income housing tax credits.   Construction stalled two years ago after Olson became ill with ALS.  He died in November. Continue reading Architect: POKO faced funding gap from the start

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Scenes from SoNo ArtsFest 2018

Saturday at the SoNo Arts Festival. (Nancy Chapman)

Updated, Aug. 14: Photo replaced; Aug. 7: Photo credits added.

NORWALK, Conn. — Showers gave way to a sunny Saturday afternoon at the SoNo Arts Festival, which drew thousands of people to Main and Washington Streets.  Festivalgoers saw art and partook of food vendors, live music, and children’s activities.

For the first time this year, ArtsFest includes a booth featuring art and photojournalism by the people behind Norwalk’s only non-profit news site.

You can still visit NancyOnNorwalk’s ArtsFest booth Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Pass a news tip, meet a board member, answer the Friday Question, and/or see the work of NoN photojournalists.  The booth is on North Main Street near Marshall Street.

Art on display includes favorite images from nearly six years of NancyOnNorwalk.  Photos are printed on high-quality archival paper and mounted courtesy of Photographic Solutions, 250 Westport Avenue.  Norwalk images make great gifts.  All proceeds from photo sales will support NancyOnNorwalk’s mission of local watchdog journalism in the public interest.

Continue reading Scenes from SoNo ArtsFest 2018

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director gives shout out to Race 4 Chase, Norwalk PD

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Scott Hurwitz, Joe Madafarri and the staff of Brien McMahon High School for their support of TEAM Summer member – the Riverbrook Regional YMCA’s Race 4 Chase program. “Race 4 Chase” is a camp designed for children ages 5-13, some who have never had the opportunity to participate in a summer program, to learn the sport of biking, running and swimming – the sports necessary to complete a triathlon. The YMCA offers this program at no cost to children who qualify and all of the children are referred to the YMCA through Norwalk-based community agencies.

The program is in honor of Chase Kowalski, a boy who lost his life in the Newtown shooting.  Chase’s family was initially inspired by Chase’s enjoyment of the triathlon and sought to use the sport as a means to strengthen families and communities. This is the YMCA’s third year running the program. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director gives shout out to Race 4 Chase, Norwalk PD

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Visit NancyOnNorwalk at the SoNo Arts Festival this weekend

The SoNo Arts Festival August 4-5 will include a booth featuring Norwalk images from nearly six years of NancyOnNorwalk.  Above, a puppet parade from a prior festival.  This year’s parade is 2 p.m. Sunday. (Contributed)

For the first time ever, the 2018 SoNo Arts Festival will include a booth featuring art from your favorite hometown non-profit news site.

 

Visit NancyOnNorwalk’s ArtsFest booth Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can pass a news tip, meet a board member, answer the Friday Question, and see the work of NoN photojournalists.

 

Art on display will include favorite images from nearly six years of NancyOnNorwalk.  Photos are printed on high-quality archival paper and mounted courtesy of Photographic Solutions, 250 Westport Avenue.  Norwalk images make great gifts.  All proceeds from photo sales will support NancyOnNorwalk’s mission of local watchdog journalism in the public interest.

Continue reading Visit NancyOnNorwalk at the SoNo Arts Festival this weekend

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