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  • Norwalkers reflect on Juneteenth’s elevation; some hope for more substantive changes

    NORWALK, Conn. – Juneteenth has been celebrated in Norwalk for more than a decade, Norwalk Branch NAACP President Brenda Penn-Williams said. Its declaration as a federal holiday is “a wonderful thing, should have years ago.” Others said it’s a joyous occasion but there’s more work to be done.

  • Norwalk Police Department looks to update hiring practices

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department, under fire for the recent hiring and quick departure of two Bridgeport police officers, is revising its hiring practices. “While our process is pretty standard with what’s done across the state, there are things that we thought we could do to improve that,” Chief Thomas Kulhawik said at…

  • Norwalk NAACP votes: Penn-Williams reelected President

    NORWALK, Conn. — Brenda Penn-Williams has again held off a challenge from Jalin Sead and will remain Norwalk NAACP President. The vote, held virtually over the weekend, was 147 to 94, a Norwalk branch representative said.

  • Norwalk protestors hope for change

    NORWALK, Conn. — Jalin Sead looked back Sunday and was shocked to see how many people were following him as he led a Black Lives Matter protest off Interstate 95. Now, he’s looking forward. “I think it is the birth of, like, a new day in civil rights in Norwalk,” Sead said Tuesday. “I know…

  • Norwalk election roundup: Dems split in 140; Republicans hold presser on tolls

    Norwalk election roundup: Dems split in 140; Republicans hold presser on tolls

    Updated, 5:57 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. —Here’s a roundup of election-related items: Simms’ Council colleagues endorse his opponent for state rep Sead claims Norwalk DTC isn’t promoting Simms Republican candidates Page and D’Amelio oppose Malloy’s toll study League of Women Voters shares election info

  • King defends Rilling’s plan to merge Fair Housing with Fair Rent

    King defends Rilling’s plan to merge Fair Housing with Fair Rent

    NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed City government reorganization has an element that is outrageous, according to one Fair Housing Advisory Commission member. The proposal would create a Chief of Community Services, who would oversee a Fair Rent, Fair Housing and Human Relations director. This would merge two departments, combining the Fair Housing Officer…

  • Sead works to change Norwalk with new coalition

    NORWALK, Conn. – Jalin Sead is branching out, leaving the NAACP and founding the Connecticut Coalition For Change (CC4C) in the hopes of making Norwalk a better place, in multiple ways. “Most revolutions, if you want to call it that, all start when you raise consciousness in the community,” Sead said. “If people knew what…

  • Penn-Williams decries Norwalk Dems’ all-white BoE candidate slate

    NORWALK, Conn. — It’s a disgrace that the Norwalk Democratic party has presented an all-white slate of Board of Education candidates, Brenda Penn-Williams said. “They are running an all-white slate. This is a diverse town for the Board of Education. How dare you run an all-white slate? I am going to make sure the minorities…

  • ‘Divided’ Norwalk Democrats wrestle with local turmoil in wake of national election

    ‘Divided’ Norwalk Democrats wrestle with local turmoil in wake of national election

    NORWALK, Conn. — The “big tent” is in danger of rupturing, some Norwalk Democrats say. “I think we learned in our national election that we are doing something wrong. Right here in Norwalk, even with those (Democratic Party) values, with people that we elect, I am hearing from a lot of people. I am going…

  • Norwalk officials: ‘It’s situational’ when it comes to hiring felons to be firefighters

    Updated, 1 a.m. Dec. 2, photo of Certificate of Employability added; Updated, 12:50 p.m., 1:03 p.m.: Responses from Novack Lazare, editing of story. NORWALK, Conn. — There was only one criminal background check done on a would-be Norwalk firefighter who is now alleging discrimination, Norwalk Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said Wednesday. This is part…

  • Norwalk City Hall mural decried, defended

    Norwalk City Hall mural decried, defended

    NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk City Hall was decried Thursday as an unwelcoming place where certain members of the community feel uncomfortable because of a piece of art dating to the 1930s. Others defended the presence of the Justin Gruelle mural, Steamboat Days on the Mississippi, as part of a series, a reflection of its time…

  • Idea of South Norwalk school scares some

      Updated, 10:25 a.m., clarification about District A meeting. NORWALK, Conn. — A possible new school in South Norwalk is being looked at skeptically in some quarters. While Board of Education member Mike Barbis called the idea of building on the Nathaniel Ely site “just dumb,” BoE Chairman Mike Lyons said he still thinks it’s…

  • Norwalk political notes: Of libraries and school superintendents

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Tuesday: Adamowski jumps gun Rilling ‘aggressively’ looking for library land The return of the Dalio Foundation? Dems debut new website Goldstein kicks back at state on East Avenue decision Sead, Witherspoon and Knopp gain appointments Norwalk Center Task Force gets new members

  • List of Norwalk Dems seeking election swells by nine

    Updated, 2:36 p.m., three new candidates; 2 a.m. Dec. 31, headline changed to reflect that NORWALK, Conn. – Joe Perella, who ran in November as an unaffiliated candidate on the Republican ticket  to represent Norwalk’s District A on the Board of Education, has thrown his hat into the ring to be a Democratic Town Committee…

  • Note to Watts & Co.: It had nothing to do with race

    Correction: Brenda Penn-Williams has not known Rhonda Teel and Nicol Ayers since they were babies. Mark Chapman is the editor of NancyOnNorwalk. “’What the hell did I do to some of the people in this room that you would hate me this much that you would take it out on these kids?’ asked (David) Watts,…

  • Norwalk Democrats ‘blow off steam’

    Correction: Brenda Penn-Williams did not say she has known Rhonda Teel and Nicol Ayers since they were babies. NORWALK, Conn. – There needs to be some healing in District A, Carolyn Fuller said at Monday’s Norwalk Democratic Town Committee meeting. Fuller, David Watts and Brenda Penn-Williams each said that the three candidates they voted to…