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Traffic engineers assert Main Avenue would improve with ‘BJs’ development

Michael Galante of Frederick P. Clarke Associates speaks to the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Wednesday in City Hall.

Michael Galante of Frederick P. Clarke Associates speaks to the Norwalk Zoning Commission on Wednesday in City Hall.

Correction, 4 a.m., March 27: Cars would take right hand turn from southern driveway, turn around in parking garage.

NORWALK, Conn. – Three letters are key to the defense of traffic studies that say a big box store will work on Main Avenue: D-O-T.

Traffic engineer Michael Galante used those letters over and over again Wednesday in responding to traffic allegations made on behalf of the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners (NASH) as a key point of their fight against The Village, a big box store development planned for the Superfund site at 272-280 Main Ave. Continue reading Traffic engineers assert Main Avenue would improve with ‘BJs’ development

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South Norwalk school dominates Anderson’s BoE conversation

Norwalk Board of Education member Erik Anderson begins his community conversation Thursday in Columbus Magnet School.

Norwalk Board of Education member Erik Anderson begins his community conversation Thursday in Columbus Magnet School.

NORWALK, Conn. — The new schools plan is still being debated, with one parent advocating Thursday that the plans for the Concord Street school and Ponus Ridge Middle School be “flip-flopped,” leading a pair of South Norwalk leaders say something is amiss.

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) and Board of Education member Shirley Mosby said, at BoE member Erik Anderson’s community conversation, that the discussion did not reflect a deal that was negotiated by Mayor Harry Rilling.

“I am confused at this point,” Mosby said. “I know we agreed, with the mayor’s recommendation, to move on with the school but what I am hearing tonight is not what the mayor recommended.” Continue reading South Norwalk school dominates Anderson’s BoE conversation

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Norwalk fights for better education funding from state

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Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski testifies Monday in Hartford as Norwalk parents watch. From left are Drew Todd, Marc D’Amelio and Barbara Meyer-Mitchell. (Photo by State Rep. Gail Lavielle)

Correction, 3:51 p.m.: Fred Wilms brought Bruce Morris up to speak with him.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Here’s a thought: it costs more to live in some areas than others.

So said Stamford Mayor David Martin on Monday, in testifying to the state legislature on why the current system for education funding needs to be changed. Continue reading Norwalk fights for better education funding from state

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Norwalk BET praised for planned schools’ funding

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speaks to the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Wednesday in a nearly empty Concert Hall.

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speaks to the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Wednesday in a nearly empty Concert Hall.

Diane Lauricella offers criticisms of Norwalk's government Wednesday in Concert Hall.

Diane Lauricella offers criticisms of Norwalk’s government Wednesday in Concert Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s budgets moved forward another inch Wednesday, as the Board of Estimate and Taxation greenlighted funding for two new Norwalk schools and hardly anyone showed up for its public hearing on the operating budget.

“I want you to pretend that there are 2,500 smiling parents standing behind me and they are all nodding their heads in agreement when I say, ‘Thank you so much for listening to us, and for investing in the dream of excellence for education in Norwalk,’” Barbara Meyer-Mitchell said to the BET, standing in front of a largely empty Concert Hall. Continue reading Norwalk BET praised for planned schools’ funding

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Norwalk BET lowers expected mill rate increase to 1.8 percent

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Norwalk Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Greg Burnett, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling study budget documents Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The latest in Norwalk budgetary decision making is proposed expenditures that are $514,736 less than the budget cap authorized by the Common Council.

The Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) on Tuesday went through department requests one by one and voted on a proposed 2017-18 operating budget of nearly $357 million, $10.5 million more than last year. Added by the BET was funding for additional help in three departments, the hiring of a new Associate Corporation Counsel,  a  Senior Systems Analyst for the Information Technology Department, and outside help for the Department of Public Works. Continue reading Norwalk BET lowers expected mill rate increase to 1.8 percent

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Norwalk Council upping ante on noise violators

Vincent Palumbo, left, expresses his opinion Tuesday in Norwalk City Hall.

Vincent Palumbo, left, expresses his opinion Tuesday in Norwalk City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – A quick change to Norwalk’s noise ordinance, in response to SoNo complaints of loud music, appears likely but efforts by Common Council members Tuesday fell far short, in the eyes of one mover and shaker.

“I don’t think you did a service to the city or to the neighborhood,” developer Tom Rich said, first to Council member Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) then to the entire Ordinance Committee, after the Committee voted to move ahead with increased fines for offenders but keep the decibel level as is. Continue reading Norwalk Council upping ante on noise violators

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NPS vigilance turns up six non-resident students

Norwalk Public Schools Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo delivers an update Tuesday on the new residency policy.

Norwalk Public Schools Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo delivers an update Tuesday on the new residency policy.

NORWALK, Conn. — There are six Norwalk Public Schools students who don’t live in Norwalk, Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo said Tuesday.

All of them come from families who have been enrolled here for years; of the 80 new students, all of them have been found to be legitimate Norwalk residents, he said. Continue reading NPS vigilance turns up six non-resident students

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Norwalk Council roundup: SUN, Wall Street Place, and South Norwalk

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Betsy Back of Stand Up Norwalk (SUN) speaks to Mayor Harry Rilling at Monday’s Common Council meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. –  Norwalk citizens won a concession in their quest to protect immigrant rights, Citibank was greenlighted to begin anew with Wall Street Place, a vote on a contract with The Grasso Companies LLC – but not that Grasso Companies LLC – was put on hold, wheels spun a little and demands for transparency were made in a move that was approved unanimously with a great deal of praise.

Here’s your roundup from Monday’s relatively short Common Council meeting: Continue reading Norwalk Council roundup: SUN, Wall Street Place, and South Norwalk

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Norwalk expects $1.5 million in savings from solar power

An image advertising Greenskies Renewable Energy, chosen by Norwalk to be its solar energy partner.

An image advertising Greenskies Renewable Energy, chosen by Norwalk to be its solar energy partner.

NORWALK, Conn. — Solar panels at two Norwalk schools are expected to save the city nearly $1.2 million over 15 years, Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said.

The savings on a city-side solar panel project are expected to be $338,314 over 15 years.   Continue reading Norwalk expects $1.5 million in savings from solar power

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Norwalk political notes: Possible insurrection, noise and another call for a resignation…

The seasonal ice rink at Veterans Park.

The seasonal ice rink at Veterans Park.

NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Monday:

  • Primaries for everyone?
  • Norwalk DPW looks to give state standards to live up to
  • Maggio: Council to ‘adjust’ Vets Park ice rink agreement
  • Morris: Not looking for a school administration job
  • District B’s non-support of Anderson
  • Move for Innovation District
  • Pathways/Briggs down to 49 kids
  • New Facebook schools page aims to be ‘positive’
  • Barbis is latest BoE member told to resign

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Possible insurrection, noise and another call for a resignation…

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Al Madany Islamic Center members show off their new Norwalk home

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Al Madany Islamic Center Imam Abdelazzeim Mahmoud explains Muslim beliefs Saturday during an open house at the mosque.

NORWALK, Conn. – The new carpet in what was a Christian sanctuary at the 1 Union Park is plush, ornate and not centered, but pointed 58 degrees northeast, according to Zaynub Kadri, a Norwalk middle school student.

“You pray towards Kabba, a house of worship in Mecca,” Zaynub said Saturday, leading a tour of the Al Madany Islamic Center, the former Grace Episcopal Church. “You are always facing that point when you are praying.” Continue reading Al Madany Islamic Center members show off their new Norwalk home

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