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Norwalk political notes: $1.8M in conveyance taxes; NPS year-end celebration

The Berkeley at left and The Waypointe at right, as seen June 7 from Butler Street with the partially demolished former Loehmann’s Plaza in the foreground. Toll Brothers plans to build The Pinnacle on the former Loehmann’s site; it would be the last Waypointe district construction.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • McQuaid details taxes paid in recent apartment building sales
  • NPS beach party called ‘wonderful;’ teacher turnout questioned
  • BoE and Council will meet socially

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Wall Street design kickoff draws commentary, optimism

Director of Transportation, Mobility, and Parking James Travers shows off a enlarged version of a letter from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), announcing that he’s seeking $5.5 million for the Wall Street Corridor Improvements Project, Tuesday in the Wall Street Theater.

A diagram of the Wall Street Corridor Improvements Project area, displayed Tuesday in the Wall Street Theater.

NORWALK, Conn. – Wall Street hopes took the stage Tuesday at the design kickoff for an improvement project that may be supported with $13 million in grants.

“We’re going to get Wall Street back to what it once was, and even better,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in the Wall Street Theater. “…We’re going to be investing a tremendous amount of money in this area.”

To do that right, you need to hear from residents and area visitors, hence the afternoon/evening party with four stations set up for folks to offer ideas and opinions, he said.

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Norwalk Council votes to settle Morris lawsuit

Former-State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), in 2019. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The Common Council unanimously voted Tuesday to settle the lawsuit filed by former Norwalk Public Schools Human Relations Officer Bruce Morris, accusing NPS of discrimination against him in the elimination of his position.

The lawsuit was slated to go to trial Wednesday, June 22. Continue reading Norwalk Council votes to settle Morris lawsuit

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Norwalk P&Z to consider Glover Avenue, East Norwalk and accessory apartments

A rendering of the proposed Glover Avenue master plan put forth by BLT (Building and Land Technology.)

NORWALK, Conn. – The Planning and Zoning Commission plans a busy online meeting Wednesday:

  • Vote possible on Glover Avenue master plan
  • Controversial East Norwalk development gets its first review
  • A public hearing on City’s desire to opt out of State accessory apartment law

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NPS lauds graduation seniors’ success

Six of Norwalk’s graduating seniors. From left are Ramses Perez, Brien McMahon High School (BMHS); Isabelle Montanez, P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School); Jayden Whitmore, P-Tech; Matteo Ruffo, Center for Global Studies (CGS); Eymard Navarro, BMHS: and Ceon Wilson, Norwalk High School. (Norwalk Public Schools)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s graduating high school seniors have been accepted to more than 300 colleges and universities, including American University, Boston College, Central Connecticut State University, Harvard University, Norwalk Community College, Syracuse University, Temple University, Tufts University and Yale University.

Among them, Brien McMahon High School senior Ramses Perez is going to the University of Virginia, with hopes of working in business five years from now, according to the Norwalk Board of Education. Norwalk High School senior Ceon Wilson is headed for Clark Atlanta University, and P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) senior Jayden Whitmore has been accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology, with plans to become a software developer, an engineer, and a tech writer. Continue reading NPS lauds graduation seniors’ success

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I don’t remember

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I don’t remember the faces of the children who died in Uvalde, Texas.

I don’t remember the names of the family members who died in Buffalo, N.Y.

I don’t remember the exact number of school shootings in 2022.

I don’t remember the hopefulness I had 10 years ago after Newtown, 40 minutes

away, that the bloodshed would end in schools. Continue reading I don’t remember

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Norwalk Preservation Trust online tours; Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and hazardous waste collections

(Alex Rosenfeld Photography)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • Virtual tours of historic Norwalk homes
  • Doll exhibit at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
  • Hazardous Household Waste Disposal Event

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Murphy, other senators announce bipartisan deal on guns

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), in a floor speech after the Uvalde, Texas shooting.
(C-SPAN)

Senate negotiators struck a bipartisan agreement Sunday on a series of gun safety measures that falls far short of reforms sought by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, but still represents a rare step forward on firearms in the evenly divided Senate.

The agreement was jointly announced by the offices of two Democrats and two Republicans, including Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat who has been a leading voice for gun legislation since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre of 26 children and educators in his old U.S. House district. Continue reading Murphy, other senators announce bipartisan deal on guns

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Norwalk photos: Pride in the Park

A Pride in the Park entertainer, Saturday in Matthews Park. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

NORWALK, Conn. — Fairfield County Pride in the Park returned to Matthews Park after a two-year absence Friday, bringing joyous people to Norwalk.

The LGBTQ+ fun reportedly included a family field day in the morning, followed by drag queens performing on the stage while folks lounged on the lawn, got eats from food trucks or browsed the many exhibit booths nearby. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Pride in the Park

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Norwalk installs heat sensors as ‘proactive’ step toward dealing with climate change

A heat sensor in New Haven. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is working to address climate change by installing heat sensors across the city.

“Due to climate change, heat waves are expected to become more common and intensified, which can be dangerous to human health and wellbeing. The heat sensors have been mounted on trees or electric poles to track temperatures in different settings within the City over the next four months to allow Norwalk to better understand local environmental conditions,” a news release said. Continue reading Norwalk installs heat sensors as ‘proactive’ step toward dealing with climate change

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Public Works roundup: Trees, paving, Rowayton Avenue bridge ETA

Isaacs Street is in “Area 2,” according to the Department of Public Works paving map, meaning its second on the priority list.

The Rowayton Avenue bridge over Keelers Brook, in August. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – A roundup of news from the Department of Public Works:

  • A first: more trees planted than removed
  • Rowayton Avenue bridge to reopen by Independence Day
  • New maps highlight paving progress
  • Trash talk: Less to collect
  • State wants jurisdiction over hazardous waste under SoNo Collection
  • City needs new Waste Programs Manager

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