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Norwalk Republicans endorse next set of RTC members

Jim Feigenbaum, of District E, reads off his District’s candidates for the Republican Town Committee, Monday in the Norwalk Inn. (Kelly Kultys)

NORWALK — More than 55 members of the Norwalk Republican Party endorsed the next set of Republican Town Committee (RTC) members on Monday night.

The RTC is responsible for endorsing candidates for election and appointing replacements for Common Council members or Board of Education members who resign. Committee members are selected by district and each of the five districts can have up to 20 members, according to committee rules. Continue reading Norwalk Republicans endorse next set of RTC members

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Norwalk man arrested in SoNo Collection’s Bloomingdale’s after assault report

Updated, 2:20 p.m.: Information from police press release added, story rewritten.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk man was arrested Monday evening after he assaulted a security guard in The SoNo Collection and trashed part of Bloomingdale’s, leading some shoppers to falsely believe there was a shooting underway, according to Norwalk Police press release. Continue reading Norwalk man arrested in SoNo Collection’s Bloomingdale’s after assault report

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Adamowski tops list of 2019 Norwalk salaries

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski is once again the biggest breadwinner in City Hall.

Adamowski easily tops the list of 2019 Norwalk salaries, with $284,126.87 in total earnings. The rest of the employees in the “top 10” are all Norwalk Police officers. Continue reading Adamowski tops list of 2019 Norwalk salaries

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Opinion: Another scheme for affordable housing

Former Mayor Bill Collins.

Finding a decent place to live is one of America’s most troubling and enduring problems. Lately the press has been laying it out in spades, city by city, state by state. Some towns have actually been putting their backs into creating solutions.

But rarely in Connecticut. Our Home Rule law pretty much allows towns to “maintain their character” by strictly controlling multifamily housing if they so desire. Most of the rich ones do so. This is one reason our cherished state is so “leafy.” People who cannot afford to own property with trees are invited to live somewhere else. Where? Don’t ask. Continue reading Opinion: Another scheme for affordable housing

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A Gettysburg address, census workshops and time to pay up

“Emotional Gettysburg,” said to be “a unique look at the historic town of Gettysburg,” has just been released by Regent Press of Berkeley, Calif. Author Bruce Mowday lives in Norwalk. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some items of interest:

  • Norwalk author giving talk in Torrington
  • Free census workshops for nonprofits
  • Info on paying your tax bills

Continue reading A Gettysburg address, census workshops and time to pay up

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Norwalk Democrats choose 55, rejecting three veteran members

Common Council member Kadeem Roberts (D-District A), left, casts a vote Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. —  Some key Democratic Town Committee members aren’t returning for the 2018-20 term, given the vote held Thursday.

That’s if they don’t seek a primary to reverse the results. DTC Chairman Ed Camacho said no primaries are expected. Continue reading Norwalk Democrats choose 55, rejecting three veteran members

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Rilling advises deep thought on Adamowski’s ask for NPS budget hike

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton, right, speaks to Common Council members, Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Both sides need to do some soul searching when it comes to the Norwalk Board of Education’s budget request, Mayor Harry Rilling said Thursday.

“I know and I recognize, as I know all of you do, the importance of putting together a budget that is not going to tax the people out of the city of Norwalk,” Rilling said to the Common Council Finance Committee, in a joint Council/Board of Education Finance Committee meeting focused on the budget request. Continue reading Rilling advises deep thought on Adamowski’s ask for NPS budget hike

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New LAZ parks contract sails through Committee

A Norwalk Parking Authority officer patrols Calf Pasture Beach in July. Beach parking revenue is up 31 percent, according to Director of Recreation and Parks Nick Roberts.

NORWALK, Conn. — A four-year contract with LAZ Parking for Calf Pasture Beach, Shady Beach, Cranbury Park, Veterans Park, and Taylor Farm was unanimously approved for advancement to the Common Council during Wednesday night’s meeting of the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee.

“LAZ has developed specialized knowledge of the city over its 10-year relationship with the Parking Authority” said Director of Recreation and Parks Nick Roberts. “Their equipment and software systems are already in place.  Utilizing a sole vendor citywide creates compatibility, compliance, and better customer service for residents who are already familiar with the company’s operations.” Continue reading New LAZ parks contract sails through Committee

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Wilms aims for return to State House, takes shots at Democrats

Former District 142 State Rep. Fred Wilms, a Republican, announces his intention to challenge State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142), Wednesday at the Norwalk Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. — Calling the 2018 election an “aberration,” former State Rep. Fred Wilms made an announcement to Norwalk Republicans on Wednesday: “I’m going to run for my old seat back.”

Wilms lost the District 142 seat, which he held for four years, to Democratic candidate Lucy Dathan. While Wilms calls that election “asymmetrical voting,” Dathan said he’s “really underestimating the intelligence and knowledge of the voters in our district.”

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Wilms aims for return to State House, takes shots at Democrats

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Support Dathan over Wilms in District 142 State Rep. race

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The voters of the 142nd rejected Fred Wilms two years ago for his failure to take on critical issues like healthcare, education and transportation infrastructure. Fred Wilms backed policies that ensure gridlock on I-95 and the Merritt and longer commutes on Metro-North. His transportation plan was to put everything on the state credit card. Continue reading Support Dathan over Wilms in District 142 State Rep. race

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Adamowski lays out reasoning behind proposed $14 million NPS budget increase

From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Heidi Keyes and Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, Tuesday in City Hall. Adamowski’s proposed 2020-21 operating budget includes funding after-school programs at the Carver Center, a plan apparently partially inspired by legal complaints made by NPS employees.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski began making his pitch Tuesday for a $14.3 million increase in the Norwalk Public Schools operating budget.

The 7 percent increase would make Norwalk’s per pupil expenditure equal to Stamford’s, even as, for the first time, Norwalk has a greater percentage of high needs students than Stamford, Adamowski said in the Board of Education meeting. Continue reading Adamowski lays out reasoning behind proposed $14 million NPS budget increase

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Norwalk political notes: World issues, Wall Street parking

At left, Jonathon Riddle as shown on his website; at right, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), as shown in a MSNBC interview Tuesday.

The 2020 election will be held Nov. 3.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes:

  • Riddle slams Himes
  • Climate change and Zoning regulations
  • Reminder: Pay for Wall Street parking

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: World issues, Wall Street parking

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