Seen in Norwalk: An attack video, posted above. Posted to YouTube by al jabro, who has no other videos, and linked to in a comment on this site, the video criticizes Mayor Richard Moccia’s latest appointment: Bill Dunne to the Planning Commission.
NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk:
Three days, four years, and a political party apart
Former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling attended Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting to greet new Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent Manuel Rivera. Also in attendance was Mayor Richard Moccia, an ex officio board member, who sometimes makes it to meetings, sometimes not.
Rilling wasn’t far into the room when Moccia called out, “Happy Birthday!”
Rilling said thank you, turned away and then spun back toward the mayor to say back, “Happy Birthday!” There was a bit of jovial laughter and a fast comment from Rilling, “Three days,” a nod and a wave.
Moccia was born Aug. 9, 1943. Rilling was born Aug. 6, 1947.
Happy birthday to both mayoral candidates.
Different citizens, different rules
Thursday’s Plan Review Committee meeting saw one zoning commissioner persistently but civilly argue with Corporation Counsel Robert Maslan, assisted, at one point, by a persistent Norwalk activist, who was quickly swatted down by Zoning Commission Chairwoman Emily Wilson and others.
As Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak argued that the master plan called for implementing the recommendations of an independent study into zoning regulations, after arguing that the master plan recommends limiting buildings on Main Avenue to 10,000 square feet, Diane Lauricella called out “Point of information, Madame Chairwoman.”
“The public is not permitted to – ” Wilson said.
“You cannot speak at these meetings, Diane,” Commissioner James White said.
“Please stop interrupting the meeting,” Wilson said.
Lauricella said she wanted commissioners to know the facts – part of the requirements for a special permit is that it must comply with the master plan, she said.
Mushak seized upon that and used it in his argument.
Later, two Norwalk citizens who are not members of the commission got involved in the discussions. It was all very friendly. No one interrupted the neighbors of the proposed project, or said the public cannot speak at meetings.
Another zoning ditty: elderly entertainment on Main Avenue
At last month’s Plan Review Committee meeting, discussion turned to “a terrible bottleneck, especially in the winter time,” on Main Avenue – the Citgo at 309 Main Avenue and Russell Speeder’s Car Wash at 297 Main Ave.
Cars stack up there, commissioners said. Mushak said a late friend of his used the spot for entertainment.
Harry Kiesler died in April at the age of 90. He spent his last years at the Laura Raymond Homes at 290 Main Ave., next to the site of the proposed BJ’s.
Mushak said Kiesler and his friends used to take a lawn chair and sit in front of the home to watch the cars.
“They literally were guaranteed a good accident with some blood and an ambulance,” Mushak said. “This was their entertainment, believe it or not.”
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