On Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, George Washington woke early. Assisted by his enslaved valets – William “Billy” Leeand the young Christopher Sheels– he powdered his hair, put on his favorite black velvet suit, tied his white neckwear and donned his yellow gloves.
In many ways, this job is a dream. I love Norwalk and really love being your intrepid reporter. I will say, though, that it’s as much a surprise to me as to anyone else that NancyOnNorwalk is still around, and even more of a surprise that it is going strong and growing. A couple of years ago, I was ready to give up because I never thought it was going to become self-sustaining. But Claire Schoen, the rest of the Board of Directors and YOU have come through. Your financial support helps us to broaden and deepen the content; as you can see from some of the comments, there’s always more to do.
We all know this year is tough. I would like more of my family around this Thanksgiving, but that’s not happening so it’s a little painful. But in the spirit of what’s happening today – in spite of this awful pandemic – I thought I would say — Thank you.
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This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you. Continue reading A Thanksgiving message
Colin Hosten speaks to Norwalk Democrats in 2018. (File photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — Bruce Morris, a former Norwalk Public Schools employee known for sharp criticism of the district, is among the community leaders praising changes in the Board of Education.
The comments follow the election last week of three Board members who have only served for a year to the Board’s executive committee. Colin Hosten was made Chairman, replacing Sarah LeMieux; Diana Carpio was chosen as Vice Chairwoman, replacing Heidi Keyes, and Godfrey Azima was elected to continue as secretary.
Updated,10:52 a.m.: Response from the First Taxing District.
NORWALK, Conn. — Multiple Norwalkers are complaining about brown water in the Spring Hill Area. They say the First Taxing District has “no real answers” about the problem.
“The District began experiencing intermittent calls from customers regarding dirty water in the Spring Hill neighborhood a few weeks ago. In these cases the discoloration cleared after the customer was advised to let the water run,” First Taxing District Water Department Manager of Administration Eleanor Militana said in a Wednesday email. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Brown water
Gov. Ned Lamont speaks to the media outside of Pfizer in Groton on July 22 to discuss the company’s research to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. (Tyler Russell, Connecticut Public Radio)
With an executive order that allows a maximum fine of $10,000 on businesses that violate COVID-19 capacity restrictions, Gov. Ned Lamont fired a warning shot Tuesday night timed to the start of the holiday shopping season.
Rebuffs call from teachers’ unions to end in-school instruction after Thanksgiving
Gov. Ned Lamont appealed Monday for Connecticut residents to temper their holiday gatherings — and shopping — with social distancing and other precautions to avoid accelerating the fall coronavirus spread.
Lamont, who announced the state’s infection rates dropped modestly over the past weekend, rebuffed a request from Connecticut’s teachers’ unions to close all schools to in-person instruction following the Thanksgiving break.
A dead fish, Saturday morning in the Norwalk River. (Claire Schoen)
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s harbor keepers are pushing back on a recent “report card” giving the inner harbor an “F,” while preparing to push for equipment to monitor water quality 24/7.
Save the Sound, an environmental nonprofit, released its 2020 Long Island Sound Report Card last month. It included data for bays “along the margin of the Sound” for the first time and flunked Norwalk’s inner harbor, the worst bay rating in Connecticut.
Now, Norwalk’s Harbor Management Commission is seeking about $70,000 to to install new buoys that would take and relay measurements directly to onshore computers. Commissioners, along with Mayor’s Water Quality Committee Chairman Joe Schnierlein, are blasting the Save the Sound report card as using dated, limited information that they contend indicates a lack of understanding of how Norwalk’s harbor works. Continue reading Failing report card on harbor shakes up Norwalk, inspires action plan
Dear Norwalk, Fairfield County, State of Connecticut, Everyone:
I am quite sad today as I look at the news, read the social media, and listen to the radio. We are so very divided at a time that we should look to come together in unity to defeat an enemy that in its elegance is praying on our better instincts. I know that this has been a hard eight months. For me it has been wrought with anxiety, sadness, pain and fear. But now we are facing decisions that have the ability to shape the next few months into complete and utter chaos and death or a holding pattern that will get us to a vaccine that will get us back on the road to recovery and spare the loss of life. Continue reading Please – stay home