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Democrats anoint Lamont for a second term, praise his handling of economy and pandemic

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont accepts the state Democratic party nomination for governor at the party convention on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Erica E. Phillips, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

Governor Ned Lamont came out swinging when he took the stage at the state Democratic party convention Saturday.

Accepting the party’s nomination for governor, Lamont kicked off his speech with a nod to his opponent, Bob Stefanowski, who received the GOP nomination Friday night.

“Last night I was watching a little bit of the Republican convention,” Lamont said. “And one thing Bob said I sort of agreed with. He said, ‘So much can happen in four years.’ I’ll tell you, Bob, what happened in the last four years.” Continue reading Democrats anoint Lamont for a second term, praise his handling of economy and pandemic

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CT Democrats diversify in picks for treasurer and secretary of the state

Norwalk’s Thomas wins Secretary of State endorsement

Rep. Stephanie Thomas of Norwalk won the party endorsement for secretary of the state at the Democratic convention in Hartford on May 7, 2022. (Joe Amon, Connecticut Public)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

State Rep. Stephanie Thomas got the endorsement for secretary of the state and Erick Russell picked up the Democratic endorsement for state treasurer after several frantic hours of lobbying and vote-swapping at the Democratic convention in Hartford on Saturday.

The competitions for state treasurer and secretary of the state were on center stage as a crowded field of candidates vied for the party’s stamp of approval heading into the Democratic primaries this summer. And considerations of race and gender on the ticket played a key role in the selection of Thomas and Russell, who are Black. Continue reading CT Democrats diversify in picks for treasurer and secretary of the state

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GOP nominates Bob Stefanowski for rematch with Gov. Ned Lamont

Norwalk’s Kordas endorsed for Attorney General

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski addresses the delegates at the Republican convention at Foxwoods on May 6, 2022. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

Connecticut Republicans united Friday night behind the rebooted gubernatorial ambitions of Bob Stefanowski, the businessman who outflanked the GOP establishment in 2018 only to lose by three points to Gov. Ned Lamont.

Stefanowski, 59, of Madison is a former corporate CEO who’s pledged $10 million of his own money to do what hasn’t been done since 1954: Unseat an incumbent governor in Connecticut, the Land of Steady Habits. Continue reading GOP nominates Bob Stefanowski for rematch with Gov. Ned Lamont

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CT Democrats nominate Blumenthal, cast themselves as defenders of democracy

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal accepted the state Democratic party nomination on Friday May 6, 2022. (Andrew Brown, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

Connecticut Democrats kicked off their state convention Friday night by cementing one of the top spots on their 2022 ticket and making the argument for why the party should maintain its stranglehold on the state’s Congressional and statewide elected offices.

The delegates who were in attendance at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford made quick work Friday night of endorsing Sen. Richard Blumenthal as he prepares to run for his third term in the U.S. Senate.  Continue reading CT Democrats nominate Blumenthal, cast themselves as defenders of democracy

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Recognizing a commitment to excellence

From left, Max Savona, Maria Fe Luque, Katherine Romero, Roja Yousef, Camille Legnani and Jacob Kolman. (Norwalk Public Schools)

(Norwalk Public Schools)

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize six high school seniors whose accomplishments have earned them admission to some of the most competitive universities in the country. Jacob Kolman, Camille Legnani, Maria Fe Luque, Katherine Romero, Max Savona and Roja Yousef have all actively engaged in the high-quality academic pathways and program choices available at Norwalk Public Schools, as well as the wide variety of extracurricular opportunities our schools offer. In addition to their own commitment to excellence, these outstanding students have cited the support of teachers, staff, families and friends in helping them accomplish their goals.

Continue reading Recognizing a commitment to excellence

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Summer cruises; free summer passes for teens at gym; volunteers needed for horseshoe crab tagging

The Sheffield Island lighthouse. (Norwalk Seaport Association)

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk area announcements for you:

  • Sheffield Island opens for the season
  • Planet Fitness offers teens summer passes
  • Maritime Aquarium seeks volunteers to tag horseshoe crabs

Continue reading Summer cruises; free summer passes for teens at gym; volunteers needed for horseshoe crab tagging

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Norwalk photos: ‘Save one tree’

(Katherine Snedaker)

NORWALK, Conn. — A protest sign along the Norwalk railroad tracks marks Katherine Snedaker’s ongoing campaign against Eversource’s tree removal project.

“I don’t believe I can change the outcome but at least I tried to protest.  The clear cutting of all trees without regard for neighborhood setting and value of those particular trees to community health or soil erosion is criminal,” Snedaker said in an email. Continue reading Norwalk photos: ‘Save one tree’

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An embrace of Juneteenth in CT, and a clash over its meaning

Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, cries, hugging Rep. Treneé McGee, D-West Haven, after giving a speech to support the bill to make Juneteenth a state holiday. (Yehyun Kim, CTMirror.org)

Without prodding or plan, legislators glided to the corner of the state’s gilded-age House chamber, where a tired Black woman stood talking Wednesday about America’s original sin and its second day of independence — Juneteenth, a holiday not yet recognized in Connecticut.

Rep. Toni Walker, a child of the South and citizen of New Haven, shared childhood stories of hiding from the Ku Klux Klan, of pets killed and crosses burned in retribution for her father’s voter registration efforts, of the everyday indignities of denied access to a whites-only bathroom. Continue reading An embrace of Juneteenth in CT, and a clash over its meaning

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YMCA begins programming; a 1TD business market; kudos to The Norwalk Historical Society

Francis Corsaro of Wilton Quaker Meeting and Diane Keefe of Norwalk prepare to load the truck for distribution of bikes repaired by Sam Ebert of Norwalk at the Hartford Earth Day community event. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk announcements for you:

  • YMCA programs begin in South Norwalk
  • Small Business Market on the Green
  • Norwalk interactive historical exhibition given merit award
  • Wilton Quakers give away bikes in Hartford

Continue reading YMCA begins programming; a 1TD business market; kudos to The Norwalk Historical Society

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Norwalk recognized for ‘best practices’

Norwalk Chief of Economic and Community Development Jessica Vonashek, left, and Norwalk Chief of Staff Laoise King, at a November swearing in ceremony outside City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – The City of Norwalk has been named a 2022 Gold Level Certified Community in Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Planning on behalf of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), a news release said. The City of Norwalk is one of three communities in the state to achieve the distinction of gold.

“This is an enormous achievement and a tribute to the dedication of our team, especially Jessica Vonashek, Chief of Economic and Community Development, and her team,” said Mayor Harry Rilling in the release. Together, we’ve put Norwalk on the map. It’s a place people want to live, raise their families, start their businesses, and plant roots. It has become a well-known gem in Connecticut, and we will continue to plan, organize, and implement exciting economic and community development projects to add to its vibrancy.” Continue reading Norwalk recognized for ‘best practices’

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Penn-Williams details her god daughter’s alleged travails in being demoted by NPS

P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), located in the Norwalk High School campus on County Street.

NORWALK, Conn. – The decision to demote a P-Tech administrator has been upheld by Deputy Superintendent of Excellence, Equity, and Inclusion Thomas McBryde Jr.

Renita Crawford waited three weeks to receive the decision, sources say. It was delivered last week, according to Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Staff and Communications Brenda Wilcox Williams. Continue reading Penn-Williams details her god daughter’s alleged travails in being demoted by NPS

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Norwalk political notes: Opinions, personal news

Debris in City Hall’s parking lot in mid-April. The “antique” voting machines shouldn’t have been destroyed, former Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons said. (Contributed)

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

  • Rilling, Duff on Roe v. Wade
  • Doyle Lyons: ‘City destroyed history’
  • A pregnant Council member

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Opinions, personal news

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A critical health issue: high school start times

Bruce Kimmel

 This article was written for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, known as CABE, in the fall of 2019. At the time, Bruce Kimmel was a member of the Norwalk Board of Education, as well as a member of the CABE board of directors. Some of the initiatives mentioned below were not implemented because of the pandemic, he said. He submitted the article to NancyOnNorwalk because the Norwalk BOE is once again discussing school start times.

For years, the Norwalk Board of Education conformed to standard practice by focusing almost exclusively on academic growth. However, current research indicates greater academic success can be achieved by focusing on the physical health, as well as the social and emotional needs, of students. We have thus taken steps to ensure these needs are properly addressed in city schools.

An issue that pertains to student health has recently emerged: the start time of high school students. Years ago, medical science determined that biological changes take place among adolescents that alter sleep patterns. Unfortunately, most school districts ignored the research and high school students continued to start class earlier than middle and elementary school students. Continue reading A critical health issue: high school start times

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