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Hurricane preparedness; get your dog licensed; a tax credit for families

A 2017 GOES satellite image of Hurricane Maria in the Carribean Sea. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NORWALK, Conn. — Some government announcements for you:

  • Get ready: Hurricane season is here
  • Time to get your dog licensed
  • 2022 Connecticut Child Tax Rebate is available, apply now

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Norwalk photos: 2022 Memorial Day Parade

A classic C-130 tactical airplane flies overhead, courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s annual Memorial Day Parade, “Honor Our Veterans-Support Our Troops,” made its way from Veterans Park to the town green Monday, drawing families out on a sunny but not-too-warm morning, many of them holding “Thank You Veterans” signs. The festivities included a classic C-130 tactical airplane flying overhead, courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard.

Here’s a “few” photographs for you to enjoy. Continue reading Norwalk photos: 2022 Memorial Day Parade

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Vietnam War memorial comes to Norwalk

Participants in the procession from Sherwood Island State Park to Norwalk, and local officials, gather Tuesday in front of trailer carrying “The Wall That Heals.” (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. — A traveling Vietnam War memorial, “The Wall That Heals,” came to Norwalk on a tractor trailer Tuesday, led by a motorcycle escort. The seven-foot high, 375-foot-long replica of Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial contains engravings of more than 58,000 fallen servicemen’s names, including 18 Norwalkers, listed by day of casualty.

Mayor Harry Rilling noted that the country was divided by the Vietnam War and returning veterans were often treated with disrespect. “‘The Wall That Heals,’ that’s the appropriate name for this display, the wall that heals, giving them hope that people realize that what they did was for their country and for God,” he said.

Video by Harold F. Cobin at end of story. Continue reading Vietnam War memorial comes to Norwalk

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Council considers Norwalk mental health needs

Margaret Watt, Prevention Director at Positive Directions – The Center for Prevention and Counseling, lists behavioral health resources during Thursday’s Norwalk Common Council Public Safety & General Government Committee meeting on Zoom.

NORWALK, Conn. – Addressing grim post-pandemic mental health assessments of Norwalkers young and old, the Common Council Public Safety & General Government Committee solicited a comprehensive review of available mental health services.

A 2021 Norwalk Partnership study showed that 32% of middle school students and 46% of high schoolers have experienced depression.  LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) teens were found to be most at risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. Continue reading Council considers Norwalk mental health needs

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NPS ponders value of lockdown drills

Thursday’s Norwalk Common Council Public Safety & General Government Committee meeting on Zoom.

Updated, 1:33 p.m.: Story revised; 8:41 p.m.: Information added.

NORWALK, Conn. — Lockdown drills are traumatizing schoolchildren and increasing anxiety, according to Common Council Majority Leader Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), a retired teacher.

In response, Norwalk Public Schools Education Administrator for Counseling & Social Services James Martinez agreed and said NPS is considering that, but, “unfortunately, we have to have them.” He commented that it’s difficult to reassure children when adults are also scared. Continue reading NPS ponders value of lockdown drills

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Niedzielski-Eichner declines to force a primary

Common Council member Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (D-At Large) speaks recently outside the Norwalk courthouse. (Harold F. Cobin)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

NORWALK, Conn. — Nora Niedzielski-Eichner is not seeking a primary for the Democratic District 137 State Representative endorsement, she said.

Niedzielski-Eichner, a Common Council member at large, had sought the Democratic nomination but lost the Democratic Town Committee vote to Kadeem Roberts, 10-7. Niedzielski-Eichner could have forced a primary by collecting the required number of signatures on petitions. She won’t do that, she said Monday evening. Continue reading Niedzielski-Eichner declines to force a primary

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Remembering the dead

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Today the streets of the United States will be filled with millions of pretty floats, marching bands and (mostly) happy people waving flags and eating ice cream – celebrating yet another Memorial Day.

Perhaps it should be more appropriately named “Tragi Day.” There isn’t really much to “celebrate” about millions of war dead. Continue reading Remembering the dead

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Norwalk photos: Loehmann’s demolition

A Thursday view of the demolition at 467 West Ave.

NORWALK, Conn. — Workers have begun demolishing Loehmann’s Plaza, located at 467 West Ave., to make way for The Pinnacle.

TB Norwalk Apartments LLC won Zoning approval for the planned mixed-use development in January 2021. It would be the last phase of the Waypointe development, which dates to 2010. Plans call for 393 apartments, 40 of them “affordable,” and 25,495 square feet of commercial space within six-story structures. A pedestrian promenade will connect to Matthews Park via improvements to Butler Street. Continue reading Norwalk photos: Loehmann’s demolition

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What we should remember this Memorial Day

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On Aug. 6, 1944, Richard Kemper, my uncle, was killed while commanding a company in the Battle of the Hedgerows, the allies’ effort to push the Germans out of Normandy and out of France after D-Day and the fall of Cherbourg.  He was 24 years old.

Subsequently my grandparents, Adolph and Helen Kemper, purchased a plot of land next to the high school he attended in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and turned it into a memorial to him and the other servicewomen and servicemen from Mamaroneck killed in World War II.  Of course, they expected visitors to the park on Memorial Day to pay tribute to their bravery.  However, they didn’t want those visitors to then go back to their backyard barbecues and forget about what led to the death of Richard and so many millions of other fighting women and men. Continue reading What we should remember this Memorial Day

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Norwalk photos: NRVT bike ride

Norwalk Bike/Walk Commission Chairman Tanner Thompson, right, tells fellow bike riders about upcoming improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, during a Wednesday outing. (Contributed)

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich), right, speaks about improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Wednesday outside the Maritime Aquarium. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) came to Norwalk on Wednesday to highlight improvements to the Norwalk River Valley Trail, inviting cyclists out for a ride.

Participants met at the Maritime Aquarium and made their way through Oyster Shell Park and Mathews Park down to Union Park, then returned via the same route, Common Council member Josh Goldstein (D-At Large) said. Continue reading Norwalk photos: NRVT bike ride

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What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, comforts families following a deadly school shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States – the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history.

Now, it ranks fourth. The three school shootings to surpass its death toll of 13 – 12 students, one teacher – have all taken place within the last decade: 2012’s Sandy Hook Elementary attack, in which a gunman killed 26 children and school staff; the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 people; and now the Robb Elementary School assault in Uvalde, Texas, where on May 24, 2022, at least 19 children and two adults were murdered. Continue reading What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

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