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Norwalk Council green lights ‘rainbow crosswalk’ for West Avenue intersection

A diagram showing the rainbow crosswalk planned for the intersection of West Avenue and Connecticut Avenue.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Common Council members on Tuesday voted to spend $76,780 on what they say will be the first permanent artistic crosswalk in Connecticut.

A collaborative effort is leading to four rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of West Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, multiple speakers said at the Council meeting, where one citizen spoke against the expense of the proposal. This is expected to spur economic development by sending a signal that LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) people are welcome in Norwalk and is the first use of a newly created process to invite the community to create artistic crosswalks. Continue reading Norwalk Council green lights ‘rainbow crosswalk’ for West Avenue intersection

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Stamford judge rules against Milligan: ‘POKO’ lawsuit to continue

Real estate broker Jason Milligan talks to his attorney in March in Stamford Superior Court.

NORWALK, Conn. — Jason Milligan’s request to have the lawsuit filed against him dismissed has been denied.

Judge Charles Lee on Tuesday ruled against the motion to dismiss filed by Milligan’s attorney, David Rubin, in the lawsuit filed by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the City of Norwalk against Milligan and three of his legal entities. The plaintiffs allege that Milligan wrongfully obtained control of, and encumbered with debt, properties that were slated to become part of Wall Street Place phases II and III, violating the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for the properties, the 2004 Wall Street Redevelopment Plan and State Statutes. They are asking the court to nullify the property transfers, financings, and leases, and a temporary injunction to prevent Milligan from selling the properties. Continue reading Stamford judge rules against Milligan: ‘POKO’ lawsuit to continue

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Norwalk roundup: NPS lawsuit; a hunting ban opinion; shocking arrests…

A screengrab of the Daugherty Law Group’s website.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup of Norwalk newsy items:

  • Lawsuit against NPS withdrawn – but ‘far from over,’ lawyer says
  • Beach hunting ban been on radar screen for a long time
  • ICYMI: Two Norwalk men were recently accused of plotting mass shootings

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: NPS lawsuit; a hunting ban opinion; shocking arrests…

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Norwalk looks to ban Styrofoam

(Photo by Flickr user robertgeiger1.)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Common Council members are poised to on Tuesday ban the use of Styrofoam by retail establishments and food packagers within the City.

The cost to Norwalk Public Schools has been a major topic of conversation; NPS Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton on Aug. 20 said there are two options, one which would cost $34,000 and another, which would be more environmentally friendly but cost $219,508 a year. Continue reading Norwalk looks to ban Styrofoam

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Opinion: Shout out to ‘The Basics’ leadership

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the Chief Initiative Officer for Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Mary Oster, City of Norwalk, Early Childhood Coordinator and Yazmin Iglesias,  All Our Kin, Director of Stamford/Norwalk Sites who are both members of the Norwalk ACTS Prenatal to 3rd Grade Initiative and its Language and Literacy Work Group for their leadership in support of Norwalk launching The BasicsContinue reading Opinion: Shout out to ‘The Basics’ leadership

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Waterfowl hunting banned at Calf Pasture Beach and other Norwalk areas

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25), center, leads a Friday press conference at Calf Pasture Beach.

NORWALK, Conn. – Waterfowl hunting has not been allowed at Calf Pasture Beach since May, Norwalk officials said Friday.

It’s also not allowed at Taylor Farm Park, and Veterans Memorial Park, Mayor Harry Rilling and State Sen. Bob Duff said at a press conference called to publicize the ban. Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) agreed that the ban is necessary to avoid frightening park goers. Dathan said that in this era of mass shootings, it’s important to avoid hysteria. 

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Waterfowl hunting banned at Calf Pasture Beach and other Norwalk areas

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Barbis accused of owing $1 million in outstanding personal income taxes

Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Barbis, left, on June 6, seeks information from Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton (back to camera) and NPS Budget Coordinator Kristen Karzcmit, right, in City Hall.

Updated, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: PDF added.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mike Barbis, chairman of the Board of Education, which carries responsibility for the finances of the entire public school system, is mired in personal financial issues of his own.

The Rowayton Condo Association is foreclosing on a garage that Barbis has owned since 2006. While researching that, NancyOnNorwalk discovered that the IRS in 2015 put a lien on Barbis for more than $1 million. The lien has not been released. Continue reading Barbis accused of owing $1 million in outstanding personal income taxes

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Norwalkers opine on 10-year City-wide master plan

Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin, center, explains that Vision Zero is being incorporated into the 2019-20 Plan of Conservation and Development, Thursday in City Hall. Listening are Norwalk Citizens Traffic Safety Committee leader Audrey Cozzarin, left, and Director of Business Development & Tourism Sabrina Church, right.

NORWALK, Conn. – The newly drafted 300-page 10-year City-wide master plan is now under consideration by Norwalk Common Council members, with a vote possible on Sept. 24.

Six citizens weighed in Thursday, with Joanne Horvath suggesting a map to show “exactly what type of zoning uses are planned for each section of the city so that residents who live in the north, south, east or west, parts of Norwalk can fully understand what type of development is going to be in the respective neighborhood.” Continue reading Norwalkers opine on 10-year City-wide master plan

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