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Jack Chiaramonte

  • Colarossi’s ‘smoking gun’ : acrimonious 2013 exchange between Norwalk Board of Ed members

    Updated 11:05 a.m. Saturday, April 25, with two additional emails. The update material follows the originally reported material in chronological order and shows the response from BoE Chairman Mike Lyons and Vice Chairman Artie Kassimis. Updated, 5:23 p.m., clarifying indicators of which Mike is Mike Barbis or Mike Lyons NORWALK, Conn. — Migdalia Rivas, in…

  • Online petition calls for Shirley Mosby’s resignation

    Update, 4:11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, number of signatures. NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk resident Isabelle Hargrove has started an online petition calling for Board of Education member Shirley Mosby to resign. The petition was posted Monday with two signatures. As of 4:10 a.m. Saturday, there were 253 signatures on the petition. A statement at the…

  • Opinion: It’s way past time to put BOE racism claims to bed

    Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor. The absurdity of allowing racism claims to linger against certain members of the Board of Education by at least two other members is obvious to most of the community. The claims of racism by BoE members Shirley Mosby, an at-large Democrat who cannot be held accountable by voters until 2017,…

  • Crosland thanks ‘racially conflicted’ Chiaramonte for resigning

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Branch NAACP President Darnell Crosland on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the resignation of Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte:  “I accept Jack Chiaramonte’s resignation. I think the rest of Norwalk feels the same way. The NAACP, the DTC, the Republican Party, anyone you speak to would agree that Mr.…

  • Chiaramonte quits; move comes as Democrats call for his resignation

    Updated 8:04 p.m. Tuesday with copy of resignation email. NORWALK, Conn. — Embattled Norwalk Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte has resigned from the Board of Education. The resignation comes a week after comments the outspoken former BOE chairman made on his private Facebook page became public after they were sent by one of Chiaramonte’s…

  • Chiaramonte’s Facebook racial commentary defended

    Update, 12:10 a.m. March 18, comments from Brenda Penn-Williams and Jack Chiaramonte. (This story was originally posted at 9:08 p.m. March 17.) NORWALK, Conn. – Angry comments posted by Norwalk Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte on his private Facebook page didn’t cross the line, Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Branch NAACP President Darnell Crosland…

  • Norwalk BoE reverts to contention over ‘$1,000 a day’ interim’s contract

    NORWALK, Conn. – The phrase “$1,000 a day” is worthy of freaking out, Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte said Tuesday, following a repetitive 7½-minute speech from BoE member Shirley Mosby regarding the contract for Norwalk’s latest interim superintendent. Mosby said she wasn’t advocating for Deputy Superintendent Tony Daddona personally, but she felt that the…

  • Norwalk Republicans: Chiaramonte’s words ‘inappropriate’

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Republican Town Committee sympathizes with Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte but does not condone the way he has been addressing the public in the past few days, RTC Chairman Peter Torrano said. “We believe that Jack’s method of communicating, as I read it on the blog just now, was…

  • ‘Ferguson in Connecticut’ event to highlight Norwalk race relations and education

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is being called Ground Zero in the Connecticut Parents Union’s (CPU) fight to improve education for minority children. CPU is teaming up with Norwalk Housing Commissioner Deidra Davis, the Roodner Court Tenant’s Association and other groups to sponsor “Ferguson in Norwalk” on Saturday, Sept. 27. The event, according to CPU’s flyer…

  • Rilling plans to mediate BOE racial dispute, says Chiaramonte comment was out of line

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling said Wednesday he is going to sit down with members of the Board of Education who are involved in a controversy involving race and try to resolve the situation. He also spoke out against a comment made by board member Jack Chiaramonte. Rilling, who said he did not…

  • Upset citizens plead with Norwalk BoE chairman for response to ‘racist’ remark

    NORWALK, Conn. – There was no response Tuesday from Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons to multiple requests made in a packed meeting room asking if he endorsed a recent comment made by board member Jack Chiaramonte that speakers called racially insensitive. Chiaramonte, the former board chairman, also did not comment about his dubbing fellow…

  • Chiaramonte persists with ‘highly offensive’ racial analogy, cites reasons for BoE ‘body language’

    NORWALK, Conn. – There has still been no evidence provided to support a claim of racial discrimination on the Norwalk Board of Education, a city lawyer said Wednesday. Meanwhile, BoE Republican Jack Chiaramonte is doubling down on his comments about BoE member Shirley Mosby, calling her “the girl who cried black.” Mosby recently filed a…

  • Anger bubbles over at Norwalk BOE

    NORWALK, Conn. – Tempers flared at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting over  issues related to South Norwalk. First, longtime-Democratic activist Bobby Burgess protested an announcement made by Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera at last week’s Mayor’s Night Out in South Norwalk. Rivera answered Burgess. Then longtime-South Norwalk activist John Mosby went through one of his usual…

  • Seen and Heard in Norwalk: A super ‘hero’ comes to the rescue

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some items of interest that were seen or heard recently in Norwalk: Sub sandwich relishes hero status A school bus trapped on railroad tracks brought a rescuer on the run last week — a man wearing a flowing yellow cape, green tights and yellow boots arrived to help get children out…

  • SoNo restaurant’s great food couldn’t keep it open

    By Nancy Guenther Chapman NORWALK, Conn. – The good news: A SoNo restaurant has been recognized by Connecticut Magazine for the quality of its food. The bad news: The restaurant has gone out of business. A notice of bankruptcy was issued in Stamford Court on Jan. 7 for Jeff Esaw of Jeff’s Cuisine, located at…