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Seen and Heard in Norwalk: Good ideas

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

A projection for 50 Washington St.

Rumor has it that Mike Oz of Capital Construction is planning to spruce up 50 Washington St., which he recently bought, according to city officials.

Oz isn’t talking about his ideas, but a member of the SoNo Task Force recently shared something he had heard.
Oz, according to the source, is thinking about projecting videos onto the building. Specifically, hour-long films promoting the Maritime Aquarium. The thinking is that someone at the Bow-tie Cinemas must have the expertise to pull it off.

At least that’s what we heard.

 

Drug drop-off comedy routine
Diane Cece is quick with a quip on occasion. Cece said Saturday she had gone to the Norwalk Police drug drop-off event at the police station armed with a joke, but quickly defaulted to Plan B when she greeted the no-nonsense officer staffing the drop-off box.

Plan B was, “Can I pick up some?”
Plan A was, “I’m going to drop off some Quaaludes but pick up some Viagra for my husband.”

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Seen in Norwalk: a funny look. Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) borrows reading glasses belonging to Councilwoman Michelle Maggio (R-District C)… “These work,” he said.

Cece spotted this
So who owns 50 Elmwood St.? According to one record on the city website, it’s Jay Alger and Lyle Jones. According to another, it’s David Westmoreland and Mike Mushak.

Mushak and Westmoreland live there, so it’s our guess the second one is accurate.
Guess which record says Alger and Jones? The one provided by Vision Government Solutions, the company that just performed a property re-valuation for the city.
The beat goes on
The triumphant Norwalk High School Winter Percussion Ensemble made an appearance at the Common Council Tuesday, where Mayor Harry Rilling presented them with a proclamation honoring the group for winning a national competition last weekend.

Members of the Norwalk High School Winter Percussion Ensemble enjoy some recognition at Tuesday's council meeting.
Members of the Norwalk High School Winter Percussion Ensemble enjoy some recognition at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“I’ve watched you practice, I know the blood, sweat and tears you put into your program,” Rilling said. “You do us honor. You do us proud.”

Councilman Jerry Petrini (R-District D) agreed.
“You guys never get a time out,” Petrini said. “ … This group of ladies and gentlemen, this is the finest that Norwalk has to offer.”

With all of the cameras clicking for the group, Rilling had a quip: “Do you feel like you’re in Hollywood now?”

Norwalk property values have fared better than most

At the last Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) meeting, Finance Director Thomas Hamilton gave members a review of Norwalk property values, as part of a presentation on the proposed operating budget for 2014-2015, comparing Connecticut communities that did property revaluations in 2013.

“We all know what happened to property values between 2008 and 2013,” Hamilton said. “They generally have stabilized and indications are they now actually are going up and have been going up for the last year.”
The list of local property declines:

  • Norwalk, a 7.2 percent drop in the overall grand list
  • Darien, a 7 percent drop
  • Weston, a 12.74 percent drop
  • New Canaan, a 3 percent drop

The average drop in overall grand list was 10.2 percent, he said.
“It ranged from minus 3 percent to minus 26 percent,” Hamilton said. “Norwalk, at our 7.2 percent decline, is better than the average in the state, and is consistent with the kind of declines we saw in Darien and so forth. I mean, New Canaan is less at 3 percent but they were the lowest in the state. I think the indication to me is that property values in Norwalk have held up comparatively well given the recession and the dislocation in the economy.”

The next CNNA meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall room 101.

Seen: Norwalk Detective David Orr being promoted to sergeant.
Seen: Norwalk Detective David Orr being promoted to sergeant.
Seen: Norwalk Detective Shannon Sherry being promoted to sergeant.
Seen: Norwalk Detective Shannon Sherry being promoted to sergeant.

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One response to “Seen and Heard in Norwalk: Good ideas”

  1. Piberman

    No comment about dramatic difference in property values, wealth and incomes between Norwalk and surrounding towns, Norwalk’s nearly flat per capita income growth over past two decades, our surge in rental properties and Norwalk’s top ranked muni worker salaries and property taxes. According to Finance Chief Hamilton we’re just “peachy”. But everyone knows Norwalk’s attractiveness relative to surrounding towns continues to decline and will further decline until our elected officials curb spending and tax hikes. Finance Chief Hamilton Isn’t likely to oversee the required reductions in City spending and taxes. Nor does Mayor Rilling have any demonstrated interest in reducing budgets and boosting property values.

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