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Norwalk BoE advocates for $10M increase in operating budget

Norwalk Public Schools have not been treading water due to a lack of state funding, they have been slowly sinking, Board of Education member Bruce Kimmel said Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education on Tuesday gave a unanimous blessing to the 2018-19 budget requests that have been drawn up.

“Whoa, this is a big deal here guys,” new member Bruce Kimmel said, expressing surprise as Chairman Mike Barbis moved on without fanfare after the $194 million 2018-19 operating budget request and the capital budget request for $15 million in 2018-19 were approved.

“Another day on the ‘Board of Ed,’” former Chairman Mike Lyons quipped in reply. Continue reading Norwalk BoE advocates for $10M increase in operating budget

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Adamowski: Longer elementary school day provides opportunities

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski offers thoughts about a fourth specials teacher for six elementary schools, Tuesday in City Hall.

 

 

 

Correction, 12:52 p.m.: LeMieux said School Governance Councils.

NORWALK, Conn. — Longer elementary school days will allow for exciting teaching opportunities, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said Tuesday.

The 2018-19 operating budget request includes $693,366 to fund a fourth specials teacher at six of Norwalk’s 12 elementary schools, as part of the Board of Education’s agreement with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers to lengthen the elementary school day. This means that Norwalk can branch out beyond the three traditional specials of art, music and physical education, he said. Continue reading Adamowski: Longer elementary school day provides opportunities

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Join our forum and discussion on our local education funding

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Please join me on Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, for a forum and panel discussion on changes to state funding for local education. I will be joined on the panel by Connecticut School Finance Project Director Katie Roy, Democrats for Education Reform Connecticut State Director Amy Dowell, Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, and Board of Education member Barbara Meyer-Mitchell. Continue reading Join our forum and discussion on our local education funding

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Duff raises Haitian flag in show of support

NORWALK, Conn. — The Haitian flag is flying over Bob Duff’s house, right under the stars and stripes.

Duff, State Senate Majority Leader, hoisted the flag Tuesday morning as a show of solidarity with the Haitian-American community and the people of Haiti, rejecting comments said to have been made by the President Donald Trump. Continue reading Duff raises Haitian flag in show of support

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Norwalk Health Department urges protection against flu

(Norwalk Health Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:

 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO VACCINATE!

GET YOUR FLU SHOT AT THE NORWALK HEALTH DEPARTMENT

You Can Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Family Continue reading Norwalk Health Department urges protection against flu

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DPW reschedules bulky waste pickup, closes yard waste site

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:

 

Snow Event – Wednesday January 17, 2018

The Bulky Collection scheduled for Wednesday January 17, 2018 has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 21st; due to the impending Winter Weather Event tomorrow. Continue reading DPW reschedules bulky waste pickup, closes yard waste site

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Planning Commission has obligation to deny East Norwalk TOD request

Spinnaker Real Estate Partners would transform this property adjacent to the East Norwalk train station into apartments and retail, under a plan submitted to the Planning and Zoning.

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This is an Open Letter to the Planning Commission:

I am writing to you regarding tonight’s meeting and direct your attention to Item III. b) Zoning Commission referral – #11-17R – 230 East Avenue, LLC – Proposed amendments to Section 118-700 to permit transit oriented development (TOD) in the Industrial No. 1 zone at the East  Norwalk Railroad Station – Report and recommended action. Continue reading Planning Commission has obligation to deny East Norwalk TOD request

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NPS plans cybersecurity as part of 18-19 capital budget

NORWALK, Conn. – Upgrades intended to maintain Norwalk Public Schools’ cyber security are among the items planned in the Board of Education’s 2018-19 capital budget request.

NPS fends off 500-600 attacks on a typical day, Director of Technology and Innovations Ralph Valenzisi said at last week’s Board meeting, while explaining a $1 million request for district technology. Continue reading NPS plans cybersecurity as part of 18-19 capital budget

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Angry Haouari blasts Norwalk leaders as his restaurant is booted from city park

From left, Amar Haouri, Stephanie Myers and Vincent LaForte speak with NancyOnNorwalk in October in the Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green.

Updated, 12:30 p.m.: Copy edit. 

NORWALK, Conn. — The lease ran out Monday for embattled restauranteurs struggling to operate in Oak Hills Park.

The Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green was locked and darkened, NancyOnNorwalk contributor Harold Cobin said; co-owner Amar Haouari on Monday morning sent an angry email to Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), alleging that a black woman who invested in the business had lost her life savings on Martin Luther King Day. Continue reading Angry Haouari blasts Norwalk leaders as his restaurant is booted from city park

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Two Norwalk teens winners in Murphy’s MLK essay contest

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

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:

 

MURPHY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2ND ANNUAL ‘MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY ESSAY CHALLENGE’

 

WASHINGTON —In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that 15 elementary, middle, and high school students from across Connecticut were selected as winners of his second annual ‘Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Challenge.’ Approximately 700 students submitted essays to Murphy’s office reflecting on Dr. King’s dream and their own aspirations. Murphy invited the winners to attend a pancake breakfast celebration. The winning essays will be displayed in Murphy’s office. All students who submitted essays by the January 10, 2018, deadline will receive a Congressional gold seal note from Murphy’s office thanking them for their participation. Continue reading Two Norwalk teens winners in Murphy’s MLK essay contest

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Norwalk BoE prepares request for 5 percent operating budget increase

A chart prepared by the Norwalk Public Schools Finance Department explains expenses in the drafted 2018-19 NPS budget.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education’s “ask” for 2018-19 is expected to be in the neighborhood of $194 million, nearly $10 million more than the current fiscal year.

That’s less than what the proposed 2018-19 operating budget was projected to be in December, when the ask was $10.7 million more than 2017-18. Continue reading Norwalk BoE prepares request for 5 percent operating budget increase

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Opinion: Trump’s ‘s-hole’ comment should be no surprise

Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and has authored several military and history-related books. In addition, he is a non-credit lecturer at Norwalk Community College as an adjunct professor and lectures around the state on a variety of historical topics and current events.

Albertson is speaking at 3 p.m. Monday in the Darien Library, offering the second of a four-talk set, “Stalin’s Revolution.” He is speaking at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Norwalk Senior Center, on the topic “Saudi-Turkish Pivot to Moscow.”

Recent comments “allegedly” made by the current occupant of the Oval Office, construed as being of a racial nature, has seen fit to generate a flurry of condemnation from critics, both inside and outside the Beltway. While such comments are to be expected from a personality with such a loquacious track record, his remarks are endemic of, what must be construed as actual American policy towards peoples once depicted as Third Worlders. Haiti, for instance, has been a football for imperialists for centuries. For instance, in 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the island, leading to American control until 1930. Continue reading Opinion: Trump’s ‘s-hole’ comment should be no surprise

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Malloy: The fight never ends

“Martin Luther King Jr grew up in a time of extreme segregation, but he did not let that stop him from being a dreamer. He had a dream that would resonate with his country, and he became a major leader of the civil rights movement. His story is told at the national park site that includes his childhood home and in the church where he moved hearts and changed minds.” – Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. (The National Park Service)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

Governor Malloy said, “In the United States, we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King as perhaps the nation’s leading civil rights champion – advocating for a society that guarantees equality, justice, and freedom for all.  But what we also must recognize is that he understood that civil rights was merely the beginning of a discussion that needed to be had in this country on social and economic justice.  We cannot sit back on a day like this and celebrate the victories that we’ve had in the past – we have to understand that much work remains to be done if we’re to be the society that Dr. King thought we could and should be.  Particularly at this turbulent moment in our nation’s history, we cannot forget that the fight for equal opportunity, equal justice, and an equal voice in our democracy never ends.” Continue reading Malloy: The fight never ends

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About Nancy

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.