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Milligan seeks public dialogue on would-be ‘POKO’ alternative

Real estate broker Jason Milligan poses playfully recently with one of the Wall Street area murals he has commissioned. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Jason Milligan is pleading with the City and Redevelopment Agency for another court-assisted mediation session, this time looking to end multiple lawsuits.

Milligan on Thursday revealed to NancyOnNorwalk information from the previous mediation session, against the confidentiality pact agreed to by the parties. On Friday, Director of Community Development Planning Tami Strauss wrote to Milligan, “I do not appreciate you calling yelling, threatening and swearing at me. If you expect a positive response from us this is not the way to go about it.” Continue reading Milligan seeks public dialogue on would-be ‘POKO’ alternative

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Opinion: Spotlighting the national champion Norwalk Marching Band

Norwalk Board of Education members congratulate the Norwalk High School Marching Bears, Nov. 19 in City Hall.

Congratulations to our National Champions, the Norwalk Marching Band! Recently, at MetLife National Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, the band took first place in the National Championship in group VI, the highest class of competition.

With a score of 96.05 out of a total 100 possible points, the Norwalk High School Marching Band paraded to victory, placing first in the competition for the third year in a row. The band also surpassed their highest score from 2018. This is the fourth national title that the Marching Band has won in six years. The competition included some of the largest and most competitive band programs in the country including those from New Jersey, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. Continue reading Opinion: Spotlighting the national champion Norwalk Marching Band

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A Norwalk photo #36

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk marked National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day with a ceremony Saturday morning in the Norwalk Public Library. Above, World War II veterans Nick Samodel and Paul Harris stand in the front row next to Mayor Harry Riling and Paul Harris. Also shown, from left in the back row, are veterans Howard Dixon, Dan Caporal, Jeff Dewitt and Ed Prescott.

During the ceremony, Norwalk Fire Department members rang a ceremonial bell as Rilling read the names of the 17 Connecticut service members who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 78 years ago.

(Photo contributed by Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Ed Prescott.)

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Norwalk celebrates the season with a tree lighting

Norwalk youth celebrate Santa Claus, Friday on the City Hall lawn. (Harold Cobin)

A child studies Norwalk’s Christmas tree, Friday at City Hall. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk City Hall lit up with love Friday evening, as Santa came to visit the kids during a holiday tree event.

You can see for yourself with Harold F. Cobin’s lovely video of the festivities.

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Norwalk looks to economic development tools for Wall-West

Norwalk Chief of Economic and Community Development Jessica Casey explains her recommendations for economic development tools, Thursday in City Hall.

Story corrected at 2:37 p.m. to clarify the earlier Enterprise Zone recipients.

NORWALK, Conn. – Jessica Casey would like to expand Norwalk’s Enterprise Zone. She’s also promoting “TIF,” an idea Mayor Harry Rilling was floating four years ago.

“We’ve been out talking to a lot of people and these programs, really are a response to what we’re hearing on the street, what people need and how they need it,” said Casey, Norwalk Chief of Economic and Community Development, to Common Council Planning Committee members Thursday. Continue reading Norwalk looks to economic development tools for Wall-West

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Rilling signs POCD, aka city-wide master plan

From left, Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin, Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Chief of Economic and Community Development Jessica Casey at a Thursday ceremonial signing of the new Plan of Conservation and Development. (Harold Cobin)

Mayor Harry Rilling shows off the new Plan of Conservation and Development. (Harold Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk officially has a new 10-year city-wide master plan – Mayor Harry Rilling signed the lengthy document Thursday.

This 2019 Plan of Conservation and Development replaces the 2008 version and is meant to guide Norwalk into the future. A Committee was first formed in July 2016; Stantec was eventually hired to guide the process and the Norwalk Tomorrow program was created.

“I’m very impressed with the final product,” Rilling said during a signing ceremony. “If you compare the previous POCD for the city of Norwalk, was a total of 57 pages and was more of a guide as opposed to an implementer. This one here is about 369 pages long and it becomes our strategic plan. plan that gives us good operational instructions over the next several years. Now, the important thing is that we’re going to have to visit this plan on a regular basis, not put it on the shelf and let it catch dust.”

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Rilling signs POCD, aka city-wide master plan

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Norwalk superintendent search begins with opinions from stakeholders

Norwalk Board of Education member Erica DePalma, center, talks to consultant Judy Ferguson (not shown) Tuesday in City Hall, as a list of desired characteristics for the next superintendent of schools is projected onto the screen at left.

NORWALK, Conn. – A consensus emerged in a recent online survey: Norwalk’s next Superintendent of Schools needs to foster a positive, professional climate of mutual trust and respect among school staff.

Second on the list of priorities was sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population. Feedback from in-person focus groups mirrored these sentiments, Judy Ferguson of HYA (Hazard, Young, Attea) Associates said Tuesday to the Board of Education. Continue reading Norwalk superintendent search begins with opinions from stakeholders

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LeMieux elected Norwalk Board of Education temporary Chairwoman

Norwalk Board of Education Chairwoman Sarah LeMieux playfully lifts the gavel for the first time, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Sarah LeMieux took the leadership of the Norwalk Board of Education on Tuesday, presiding as Chairwoman over a serenely serious Board, most of its members seeming to be focused entirely on education.

LeMieux was unanimously elected to serve three months as Chair, replacing Bruce Kimmel, who resigned just six days after becoming Chairman midway through what would have been a four-year term. LeMieux said she is keeping the Committee assignments laid out by Kimmel, except for replacing him in the posts he had taken. Mike Barbis has no Committee assignments. It’s quite a fall for the former Chairman, who led the Facilities Committee for years, shepherding the plan to build new schools in what looked to be a single-handed decision-making role. Continue reading LeMieux elected Norwalk Board of Education temporary Chairwoman

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Norwalk Council members ponder DPW issues, Gardella beach easement

Norwalk Common Council Recreation and Parks Committee Chairwoman Darlene Young (D-District B) asks about Water Street flooding, Tuesday in City Hall. At left is Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E).

NORWALK, Conn. – Tuesday night’s joint meeting of the Common Council Public Works Committee and Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee sorted out some issues:

  • ‘Adaptive’ traffic signals for West Avenue
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Gardella Marina/Calf Pasture plan being reviewed

Continue reading Norwalk Council members ponder DPW issues, Gardella beach easement

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