NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk:
Tuesday’s Common Council meeting was preceded by a brief sideshow – a little comedic skit by Republican David McCarthy (above left) and Democrat Eloisa Melendez (above right).
Turned out McCarthy beat Melendez in an online trivia game, a shocker to the young college student, who said, “I don’t even know how because I’m – he’s fast.”
Indeed. Melendez was up against a pro. According to his re-election website, in 2001 McCarthy won $125,000 on the television show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
The category they were competing in, by the way, was U.S. presidents.
A property meant for delinquency
Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli recently touted the efficiency and effectiveness of the biannual tax sale, but there was one property that has remained a problem, even though in was sold in the 2010.
If you’re good at figuring out the intricacies of the wording there you already know: someone bought it in a tax sale, and then didn’t pay the taxes.
“Never paid a nickel after acquiring the property,” she said.
It changed hands again recently. Biagiarelli researched documents as part of that sale and decided not to give away her time on that one.
“I said to the attorney, ‘I’m sorry, I’m charging you guys $300 to do the affidavits,’” she said. “But he bought it at a tax sale and then didn’t pay the taxes.”
Fancy meeting you here
The casual availability of wine way back when – as in, a child going down to the corner store and bringing back a bottle for his mother – was among the topics early at the NancyOnNorwalk fundraiser Thursday, held at the Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green.
This story was told by Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Torrano, who was sitting at a round table with his wife, Lori Torrano, up-and-coming young Republican Enrique Santiago, Republican Joe Kendy, South Norwalk Community Center Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino and NoN principals Nancy and Mark Chapman.
Former Mayor Alex Knopp walked in, stood looking at the group for a moment and said, “What is this? The Republican Executive Committee?”
More Democrats arrived later.