Seen and Heard in Norwalk: A BJ’s near you?

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Seen in Norwalk: Work on Ganga Duleep’s fire damaged-Wall Street property. Duleep’s lawyer has not returned requests for comment.

NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk:

BJ’s maintaining Norwalk presence

The application to build a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Norwalk may have been pulled, but the company is soliciting customers here anyway.

Thursday’s mail produced a free 60-day membership card for the BJ’s store in Fairfield, a NancyOnNorwalk reader said.

“This seems like a strong signal that BJ’s is planning to come back with another zoning application to put a store in Norwalk,” she said.

Crazy suspicions

Some suspicious Norwalkers have a theory: Mayor Richard Moccia is holding back the criminal investigation of missing money in the town clerk’s office until after the election.

“I think it’s kind of crazy for someone to think anything that occurred under Democrat Andy Garfunkel would be held back for the election,” Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said.

Spahr said an audit had been dropped off to the corporation counsel office by a police officer three or four weeks ago. He hadn’t seen the audit, he said.

Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik confirmed that an audit had been done.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said in an email. “We were waiting on the audit to further the investigation

“The audit is also part of the overall criminal investigation and we would not release it at this time.”

Last movement on the case was in June. The case came to the public’s attention in March

Press release 1 for English, press release 2 for Spanish

Seen: The beginning of Norwalk Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Month, a performance for the Board of Education.

It didn’t take long to see what a little diversity at the top can mean to city government.

A press release received Thursday from Norwalk Public Schools was printed twice — once in English, once in Spanish.

Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons confirmed Friday night that this is something introduced this year under the leadership of Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera.

Rivera is Norwalk’s first Latino superintendent. People of Hispanic and Latino origin comprise between 15 and 20 percent of Norwalk’s population. A recent report indicated that, last year, nearly 30 percent of high schoolers taking the SAT College Board tests were Hispanic, up from 24 percent a year earlier.

We think the thee idea of bilingual press releases is muy bien.

Is there an election coming?

Seen: This came to NancyOnNorwalk courtesy of a reader. (Composite photo illustration)

Moccia responded to comments from Democratic mayoral candidate Harry Rilling this week suggesting that a street sweeper truck is patrolling Sono just because Nov. 5 is getting close. That response was added to the story in question about a day after it was posted, so just in case you missed it:

Moccia said he has no control over the street sweepers. The DPW sets the schedule, he said.

“So here we go again, if no sweeper goes out, I am not doing the job,” he said in an email. “If the DPW sends it out, it’s because of the election. Also shortly before the November election!! Not sure when he saw the sweeper, but even from today there are 32 days until November. Not exactly shortly before an election.”

Duff: NEON wasn’t in big trouble then

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) reminisced briefly with NancyOnNorwalk about his time as a NEON board member in 2009.

“The questions were different than they are now,” he said. “There were financials that were given to us, whether or not they were as complete as they needed to be or as accurate as they should be, but that was a different time. There was a CFO, Chip Read. There was never a mention at the time of audits.”

But Duff was busy, with children in school and state business to tend to. When Gov. Dannel Malloy was elected, he resigned.

“You’re talking to a guy who literally went to two meetings,” he said.

State Senators to hold town hall meeting at, well, Town Hall

That’s Darien Town Hall, where Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk, Darien) and Sen. Carlo Leone (D-Stamford, Darien) will hold office hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. The pair intends to answer questions and discuss statewide and local issues with all interested members the general public. It’s free and open to the public. Darien Town Hall is located at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien.

Dancing in the Street

Tim Currie is expecting a little extra juice in the crowd when his Motown Review Band cranks up the sound tonight (Saturday, Oct. 5) in the parking lot at Currie’s Tire, 599 West Ave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and it’s free.

Currie, whose tire store is celebrating its 85th year as a Norwalk staple, says he has invited Democratic mayoral candidate Harry Rilling to stop by and say hello at the show.

Rilling is hoping Norwalk voters will say he is “My Guy” and has spent hours going door to door to tell them all they need to do is “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

Incumbent Richard Moccia is confident the city will be singing “I Want You Back” on Nov. 5, but “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” — a Republican grapevine, no less — that it’s not that cut and dried and that Rilling could be the one who will be “Signed, Sealed Delivered.”

Tim Currie’s Motown Review Band is scheduled to play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your own chairs.

Norwalk Fire Department
Seen in Norwalk’s new firehouse: A colorfully named fan.


20 responses to “Seen and Heard in Norwalk: A BJ’s near you?”

  1. Oldtimer

    Isn’t that illegal, or at least unethical, putting a campaign sign on City equipment like that sweeper ?

  2. Oldtimer

    Prohibited use of City property and facilities.

    No officer or employee shall use or authorize others to use City-owned property, including vehicles and facilities, for any purpose other than the conduct of City business, except as follows:
    A. For purposes and on terms generally available to members of the public or other officers and employees of the City generally;

    That sound like it prohibits campaign signs on City street sweepers ?
    Any bets how long it will take for Moccia to get an opinion from Maslan that it’s OK ?

  3. Mike Lyons

    For crying out loud, Oldtimer, the picture is obviously a photoshopped joke. Lighten up!

  4. BJ’s in Fairfield have been sending flyers like that for years.
    It is not “a strong signal that BJ’s is planning to come back with another zoning application to put a store in Norwalk”.

  5. M Allen

    lol – we have an observant bunch

  6. Don’t Panic

    Direct mail programs are often planned and executed months in advance. This BJs solicitation reflects a decision likely made before the app was pulled. Do not read into it.

  7. Daisy

    The bias of this site is amazing.

  8. Daisy

    Dick Moccia is a VERY smart politician. He wouldn’t do anything that obvious. Harry seems to be running scared.

  9. Oldtimer

    Do you really believe that ?

  10. NorwalkDinosaur

    That is a photoshop job – and a very funny one.

  11. Jlightfield

    @oldtimer only the shadow knows, upper left of the sign shows its a photoshop job. Besides what street in Norwalk looks like that ? However, a real issue when it comes to street sweeping is why DPW cleans streets in the downtown areas during the mid day and never cleans to the curb because cats are parked. Then again maybe the DPW policy is to continue ticketing cars parked in downtown areas till there are no on street cars and then they’ll be able to street clean to the curb. Real cities ban on street parking once a month so they clean to the curb and fish crap out of storm drains.

  12. Don’t Panic

    They don’t clean to the curbs on streets that have no on street parking either.

  13. Suzanne

    Thanks to one and all: I have never seen a street sweeper of that particular model in Norwalk and I could not figure out where the picture was taken. Look at the geography: it is more likely Wyoming then CT.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @ Everyone who wondered about the photo

      We apologize for the confusion. We have gotten caught up in the social media culture of obviously computer-adjusted photos being published in a satirical manner. The person who submitted the street-sweeper photo was satirizing the kerfuffle over Harry Rilling’s comments about street sweepers coming out now because of the upcoming election. Next time we will clearly label the photo as a composite.

  14. Tim K

    Does anyone really think that M Moccia cares at all about dpw??

  15. Tim T

    I cant believe that anyone would actually think that pic was real.. Funny.. Will the Rilling supporters not stop at anything now that they are in panic mode???

  16. Joe Espo

    Of course the picture was likely submitted by a Rilling campaign operative. It’s a fraud, a lie, a dirty trick, and, in my opinion, is representative of the character of the candidate’s campaign. Sixteen comments so far and I haven’t seen that the Rilling, the candidate, disowns it. So I guess he endorses the fraud. This is what we can look forward to in a Rilling administration. God help us.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @ Joe Espo

      Actually, we know who submitted it. We aren’t sure of his political affiliation, but we believe it to be Republican, but one with a sense of humor. He is actually one of the handful of people who publicly ridiculed Nancy over Recordergate, which, of course, was dropped by the state for lack of evidence despite some marvelous fiction writing that borders on perjury in a sworn statement. He has no connection to either campaign and was satirizing, if you’ll pardon the pun, the dust-up.

  17. LWitherspoon

    @Mark Chapman
    “…we believe it to be Republican, but one with a sense of humor.”
    What exactly does this mean?

    1. Mark Chapman

      @ L Witherspoon

      It means the commenter obviously did not display one. Kinda like this:

      There’s enough stuff out there to get worked up about. Satire is not one of them.

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