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Norwalk BoE reacts to state budget with ‘sigh of relief’

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton explains the state budget ramifications Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Conservative budgeting measures have spared the Norwalk Board of Education from major angst due to reductions in state funding, school officials said Tuesday.

It’s a better outcome than was expected, Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo said at the BoE meeting, crediting Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton for “tireless” efforts in his “defensive position,” assuming a 20 percent cut was coming down the pike. Continue reading Norwalk BoE reacts to state budget with ‘sigh of relief’

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GGP considering $14.8 billion takeover offer

Work proceeds on The SoNo Collection recently.

NORWALK, Conn. — Brookfield Properties’ attempted takeover of GGP, the mall developer building The SoNo Collection here, is official.

Last week, GGP’s stock prices jumped on reports that Brookfield was seeking to buy a significant amount of stock. On Saturday, GGP released a statement confirming Brookfield’s major move. Continue reading GGP considering $14.8 billion takeover offer

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Norwalk Republican legislators invite you to coffee and conversation Friday

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

 

Reps. Lavielle, Wilms and Wood Hosting Coffee and Conversation in Norwalk on Friday, November 17th

 

NORWALK – Norwalk’s Republican State House delegation of Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143), Fred Wilms (R-142), and Terrie Wood (R-141) are inviting their constituents to attend office hours with them on the morning of November 17th at the Norwalk Inn on East Ave.  They will meet with any interested constituents for coffee and conversation from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.   Continue reading Norwalk Republican legislators invite you to coffee and conversation Friday

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Saturday Norwalk WPA mural tour to celebrate Mark Twain

“Merlin,” illustration of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,”
a WPA mural by Norwalk artist Justin Gruelle, located in Norwalk City Hall.

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November 18th Norwalk WPA Mural Tour Celebrates Mark Twain

 

NORWALK (November 10, 2017) Mark (Twain) your calendars for the upcoming Mark Twain Celebration in Norwalk! In honor of Mark Twain’s 182nd birthday, join us for a one-hour docent-led tour at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, 06851, to view murals dedicated to Twain’s literary works. Tour meets in the first floor atrium at 10:30 AM, and tickets are required. Continue reading Saturday Norwalk WPA mural tour to celebrate Mark Twain

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NPS’ social media strategy called ‘excellent’

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Norwalk Public Schools Wins Statewide Awards

 For Excellence in Educational Communications

 

Norwalk, Conn. (November 14, 2017) – Norwalk Public Schools has won the Bonnie B. Carney Award of Excellence for Educational Communications in the Social Media category for its official district Facebook page. NPS also received an Honorable Mention in the Special Project category, where the district was recognized for the Modern Schools for a Growing City campaign. Continue reading NPS’ social media strategy called ‘excellent’

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Norwalk school library aides fight elimination of positions

Fox Run Elementary School library assistant Christine Consolati speaks to the Board of Education Personnel and Negotiations Committee on Monday in City Hall.

Updated 12:10 p.m.: Copyedit.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk school library aides filled a City Hall room Monday to protest what a union leader said is a violation of their contract.

Although their concern was prompted by a pilot program at Brookside Elementary School, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski recently made it clear that the district is moving ahead “full force” with a change from library aides to library specialists, Norwalk Federation of Education Personnel (NFEP) state representative Elizabeth Guerra said to Board of Education members. Continue reading Norwalk school library aides fight elimination of positions

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Mothers plead for help in catching killer in Norwalk homicides

Norwalk police investigate two homicides on Avenue B in 2011. (Harold Cobin)

Family photos of Rickita Smalls.

Correction, 9:21 p.m.: State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, not David Cohen.

NORWALK, Conn. — The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information concerning a double homicide that occurred in Norwalk Aug. 6, 2011, where the bodies of two gunshot victims were inside a car parked on Avenue B.

The victims’ mothers, and a grandmother, joined Norwalk Police on Monday to plead with the public for help in finding the killer or killers.

Continue reading Mothers plead for help in catching killer in Norwalk homicides

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Hempstead survives recount to become only Republican on next Common Council

Common Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large). (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Doug Hempstead’s win in the District D Common Council race was affirmed Monday.

A recount narrowed the margin between the Republican veteran and Democratic challenger William Pappa but Hempstead still came out ahead, Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells said. Continue reading Hempstead survives recount to become only Republican on next Common Council

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Norwalk mom seeks SpEd services ‘owed’ to grown son

A post-it note on Thursday warns visitors away from City Hall room 333, where a Special Education due process was underway.

Correction 4 pm: Goorevitch has been here three months. Updated, 10:50 a.m.: Copy edit.

NORWALK, Conn. — Hours and hours are being spent in City Hall on an unusual hearing spurred by a parent seeking both justice for her son and a spotlight on what she said is a broken Norwalk Special Education process.

It was evident last week, as NancyOnNorwalk sat through just three hours in the lengthy due process hearing, that Arden Church’s 21-year-old son has difficulty reading. Continue reading Norwalk mom seeks SpEd services ‘owed’ to grown son

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Opinion: Some memorable budget moments

Bruce Kimmel

Norwalk Common Council member Bruce Kimmel just won election to the Board of Education.

I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Finance Committee of the Norwalk Common Council for 14 years; four as the only Democrat on the seven-member committee; eight as the Committee chairman; and two as a non-voting Council member when my ties to the local Democratic organization were, I guess you might say, strained. Continue reading Opinion: Some memorable budget moments

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Norwalk’s Marching Bears win national championship

The Norwalk High School Marching Band celebrates their US Bands National Championship victory at Met Life Stadium. (Photo: Ed Abrams)

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Norwalk High School Marching Band Crowned National Champions!

November 11, 2017, East Rutherford NJ.

The Norwalk High School Marching Band capped an undefeated season tonight with a victory at the US Bands National Championships at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford NJ.  The band, performing in Class VI Open scored a 97.775 out of a possible 100, winning it’s second National Championship in four years. Continue reading Norwalk’s Marching Bears win national championship

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Early October, the Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, recently made his first trip to Russia.  According to Bloomberg, His Highness was accompanied by a 1,500 member entourage; a brigade-sized unit of businessmen and dignitaries which occupied two luxury hotels near Red Square; a four-day visit which provided a noticeable boost to the local economy.

 
Putin mobilized Muslim leaders in Russia, from Tatarshan, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Bashkortostan; in particular, those who already had business ties with the kingdom.  The Russian strongman and his guest signed upwards of 15 trade deals . . . among those which pertain to oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, and a manufacturing licence for Saudi Arabia to produce the famed Kalashnikov assault rifles.  In addition, the Saudis will be procuring the Kornet EM anti-tank guided missile system, the 220 mm 24-barrel TOS-1A multiple rocket launcher and the AGS Atlant automatic grenade launcher.  And, preliminary agreements were signed which enable Saudi Arabia to procure the Russian S-400 Air Defense System; and, cooperation in the field of space exploration.  In fact, back in July, Turkey paid Moscow $2.5 billion for the same S-400 Air Defense System.

Continue reading Pivot?

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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 the St. Vincent de Paul Society for organizing the eighth Annual Norwalk Election Day Food Drive. St. Vincent’s is a local pantry in East Norwalk that provides over 1,000 local families with food every month. According to the Connecticut Food Bank, nearly half a million Connecticut residents struggle with hunger; more than 127,000 children are food insecure statewide. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

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NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

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.