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Norwalk BoE roundup: ‘Real schools,’ calendar talk

SpEd Partners Co-Chairman Eric Neiderer and Co-Chairwoman Margaret Kozlark speak to the Norwalk Board of Education, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s a roundup from Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting:

  • Complaints go unanswered as Whitman greenlighted
  • Move to phase out February breaks
  • IB update
  • Ely update
  • Summer program expanding
  • Policy update underway
  • Budget thoughts

Continue reading Norwalk BoE roundup: ‘Real schools,’ calendar talk

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Stamford man charged with manslaughter in Norwalk car collision

Anthony Domond, of 31 Prince Place, Stamford. (Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. – A Stamford man has been charged with manslaughter by Norwalk Police, in connection with a January head-on car crash on Connecticut Avenue.

Anthony Domond, 33, was driving west on Connecticut Avenue on Jan. 8 when he crossed the centerline and hit a vehicle coming the other way, in front of 789 Connecticut Ave., police say. Frank Peterson III, 50, and Anthony Johnson, 40, both of Stamford, were in that vehicle and were killed, found dead on the scene when emergency responders arrived. Continue reading Stamford man charged with manslaughter in Norwalk car collision

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‘Blindsided’ Norwalk parents seek answers after Thursday surprise

A post from Norwalk Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Yvette Goorevitch’s Facebook page: from left, New Rochelle Board of Education member Naomi Brickel, Goorevitch and Debbie Whitman, who has been nominated to be the new Norwalk Early Childhood Center director.

Updated, 1:26 p.m.: Story edited; correction, Mike Barbis, not Mike Lyons.

NORWALK, Conn. –Norwalk Public Schools is poised to fill a vacancy that’s been open since mid-summer – prompting a letter of protest Monday from “deeply concerned” parents.

“We feel blindsided, excluded, disappointed and extremely discouraged by the actions, or lack thereof, by the Norwalk Public School district,” a letter signed “NECC PTO, Inc.,” “The NECC School Community” and “Norwalk SpedPartners” said to Board of Education members, asking that the Board table Tuesday’s appointment of Deborah Whitman as permanent director of the Norwalk Early Childhood Center.

Whitman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the New Rochelle School District, where Norwalk Special Education Department Chief Yvette Goorevitch worked before being hired by Norwalk.  Continue reading ‘Blindsided’ Norwalk parents seek answers after Thursday surprise

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To the editor:

I am writing in support of Mike Handler for Governor and to spread the word about the upcoming Republican debate in his hometown of New Canaan next week. For those area residents who have not yet seen Mike on the campaign trail, I hope you will attend or watch the upcoming debate in New Canaan (18 April at Saxe Middle School).  Continue reading Support Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Handler

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Opinion: Our real bucket list

The late William McEvoy. (Contributed)

Norwalk resident William McEvoy died of a heart attack on March 16th at age 51. At the time of his death he was changing careers from publishing executive to Unitarian Universalist minister.

“Our Real Bucket List” was one of his last sermons, delivered at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in October – Bob Welsh, Chapman Hyperlocal Media Board member. 

This past summer, as part of my education as a minister, I participated in a Clinical Pastoral Education program, or CPE for short.  I spent 11 weeks at Bridgeport Hospital as a chaplain, visiting folks in their rooms, responding to traumas and other requests, and being a presence for patients and staff.  We’d be assigned particular units to cover daily.  I had oncology and cardiac recovery, but we would also sometimes carry the response pager, yes, a pager, old fashioned as that sounds.  If the pager went off, it meant there was an emergency somewhere that needed a chaplain, often in the emergency room and sometimes in an intensive care unit.  Sometimes we’d be called because a patient died, to say prayers with the family and provide comfort.  We would have the pager during the day, and once a week we’d pull either an overnight or weekend shift, where we were the only chaplain on duty. Continue reading Opinion: Our real bucket list

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Opinion: Three bills in the state legislature

State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142)

State Rep. Fred Wilms, a Republican, represents District 142. 

This week we started voting on proposed bills on the House floor. We will be debating and voting for the next 3.5 weeks until our Session adjourns on May 9th. While these are still early days, I am pleased to report on three bills that I co-sponsored, which cleared the House this past week.

Two of these bills will help Norwalk & New Canaan manage their municipal budgets better, while the third will assist those living with Autism. Continue reading Opinion: Three bills in the state legislature

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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to Childhood Conversations, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and Together We Will for hosting the Facing Today’s Challenges, Embracing Tomorrow’s Success Conference: Children and Families Facing Trauma and creating a platform for an important conversation centered around our young people.

According to Keynote Speaker, Patsy Carter, Ph.D., toxic stress has been the focus of much research over the past 20 years. “Today we know much more about what trauma is and how it impacts brain development, emotional and behavioral regulation, learning and relationships. The goal now is make sure schools and organizations are trauma informed,” she said. This will begin to change the conversation from what’s wrong with you to what happened to you. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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Norwalk man nominated to be state Superior Court judge

Attorney Ronald Kowalski is on the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee. (LinkedIn)

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

 

GOV. MALLOY NOMINATES FOURTEEN CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS TO FILL JUDICIAL VACANCIES ON THE SUPERIOR COURT

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is nominating fourteen state residents to fill vacancies for judgeships on the Connecticut Superior Court.  These announcements come in addition to the eleven nominations for the court that the Governor made on Tuesday of last week, and the five he announced last Thursday. Continue reading Norwalk man nominated to be state Superior Court judge

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NCC offers vintage WWII-themed Thursday movie

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

 

NCC PRESENTS CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D. ON APRIL 19

IN ITS FREE FILM SERIES

 

NORWALK, Conn. (April 10, 2018) – As part of its free film series, Norwalk Community College is presenting Captain Newman, M.D. on Thursday, April 19. A thoroughly entertaining “ensemble film,” Captain Newman, M.D., a 1963 comedy-drama, focuses on the daily trials and tribulations of Army psychiatrist Gregory Peck as he battles “bureaucracy and the macho military mentality” while desperately trying to “heal” his predictably varied assortment of patients so they can then be returned to battle. The film is rather oddly—and conveniently—set in WWII. Continue reading NCC offers vintage WWII-themed Thursday movie

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NCC presents musical comedy, ‘The Addams Family’

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

 

NCC PRESENTING THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL APRIL 18-20

 

NORWALK, Conn. (April 10, 2018) – Norwalk Community College is presenting The Addams Family musical from April 18-20. The play is a musical comedy about two families – one “normal” and one “not so normal” – who come together when their children wish to marry.  Characters stand up for who they are, secrets are revealed, and the definition of normalcy is overturned. What results is a touching comedy about love and acceptance. Continue reading NCC presents musical comedy, ‘The Addams Family’

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Norwalk’s legislators talk ‘county government,’ state fiscal woes

From left, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) and State Reps. Chris Perone (D-137), Bruce Morris (D-140) and Fred Wilms (R-142) engage the public during the annual League of Women Voters’ Pie and Politics forum, Saturday in Norwalk Police headquarters.

A graph created by the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s state legislators spoke to voters recently, touching on state economic challenges, regionalization, a recent controversial vote for a state Supreme Court justice, tolls and a possible trade war with China.

The annual League of Women Voters Pie & Politics event began with State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142) using a chart to show that the state’s economy is the only one in the country to have shrunk.

“We are down 7.9 percent from 10 years ago. Everyone else, literally everyone else, has grown. That’s a real tragedy because you know we live in a beautiful, beautiful state. We have such a great quality of life… we seem to have taken a wrong turn,” Wilms said.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story.  Continue reading Norwalk’s legislators talk ‘county government,’ state fiscal woes

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Norwalk school funding roundup: Perspectives on spending

A Connecticut School Finance Project chart on local school per pupil expenditures.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items related to Tuesday’s move on education funding:

  • Hempstead: There’s been a misunderstanding
  • The statistics on per pupil expenditures
  • BET wants line item scrutiny on BoE
  • Camacho: Mall revenue should help
  • Barron explains reasons for recommendation to increase Rainy Day Fund

Video of BET meeting, by Harold Cobin, at end of story

Continue reading Norwalk school funding roundup: Perspectives on spending

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