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  • Former Norwalk Recs & Parks director, accused of ‘mismanagement,’ defends record

    NORWALK, Conn. — It’s ridiculous to take credit for great things going on in Norwalk parks, developments that were years and even decades in the making, and then claim the Recreation and Parks Department was mismanaged before the latest director came in, Mike Mocciae said. Mocciae, speaking recently to NancyOnNorwalk from his retirement enclave in…

  • Norwalk Recs & Parks director exiting, headed for Florida

    NORWALK, Conn. — Nick Roberts is leaving Norwalk, just two years after becoming Director of Recreation and Parks.  He will return to Florida to be closer to his family, a press release said. Mayor Harry Rilling lauded the work Roberts did to “transform the Department with integrity and professionalism.” But former Norwalk Recreation and Parks…

  • Retired Norwalk department director blasts ‘ridiculous’ arrest

    Mocciae: ‘$60,000, how much did he make?… It’s ludicrous’ NORWALK, Conn. — William Howard, a sporting goods supplier who was arrested last week, created fake bids to make it appear that he had competition, and provided the fraudulent documents to then-Recs and Parks Athletic Director Gerald Anastasia, thereby coming in as the low bidder for…

  • Norwalk political notes: Facebook revelations; retirements

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Thursday: Perone comments on Trump tweet Wilms gets engaged East Norwalk Library gets new director That slow moving mayoral race crawls ahead Mocciae moving on Norwalk volunteers honored

  • DEEP promises to levy $1K a day fine over Vets Park violations

    NORWALK, Conn. – The state is planning to levy a $1,000 a day fine due to violations made by a contractor working for Norwalk in Veterans Park. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) “will be seeking a consent order with civil penalty” because Norwalk violated two sections of its Certificate of Permission for…

  • Norwalk political notes: Scottish bills, ECS politics, arrivederci aroma

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Saturday: Mocciae: One more time – Highland Games booted for non-payment Mall’s estimated sewage totals are in to Public Works Mocciae: This Council is different Lavielle: No move for ECS Chimento on waste treatment plant: Yes, it stinks

  • Norwalk political notes: Globe a go, no mural for museum

    Correction 1:48 p.m. Saturday: Frank Farricker is no longer Greenwich DTC chairman. NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Saturday: Farricker: Wall Street Theater not ‘stalled,’ as Meek claims Historical Commission talks City Hall mural Bonenfant: Dog droppings prove Cranbury point Council checks ‘yes’ box on paint job for…

  • Mocciae: Go Ape! ‘zip-line’ could bring Norwalk $200K a year; decision could come Tuesday

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsmQgzkpDx8 Updated, 2:22 p.m., video swapped out. NORWALK, Conn. – The use of the term “zip-line” in regard to the Go Ape! treetop adventure course proposed for Cranbury Park is misleading and destructive, a 35-year resident of Norwalk said. “It is unfortunate that (a news source) and critics of this proposal have dubbed this project…

  • Angry Mocciae: Norwalk Recs & Parks did not fill in ‘wetlands,’ as ‘unruly mob’ asserts

    NORWALK, Conn. –  Silt fences are up in the southern end of Cranbury Park, and the director of the Recreation and Parks Department is fuming. “The misinformed people are literally going around slandering my name, stating that I am filling wetlands,” Mike Mocciae said. “We are there to clean up the park. Those oil tanks…

  • Norwalk denies allegation of fill in Cranbury Park

    NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk officials have produced photographs to support their assertion that there is no fill in the southern end of Cranbury Park. While members of the newly formed Cranbury Preservation Association (CPA) and their self-described consultant, Diane Lauricella, said last week that there had been illegal dumping of “fill” in the park, opposite…

  • Cranbury neighbors weigh in ‘ludicrously’ on zip-line adventure

    NORWALK, Conn. — Comments made by Cranbury Park neighbors Wednesday in opposition to the proposed Go Ape! Treetop Adventure were later characterized as “ludicrous” by Common Council Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee Chairman Travis Simms (D-District B). About 40 people were present for the committee’s public hearing for the proposed Cranbury Park Treetop Adventure,…

  • Norwalk political notes: Rilling works to end ‘mindboggling’ snow removal problem

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Wednesday: Hempstead characterizes abundance of special meetings as justified Rilling promises to work on ‘slipshod’ snow removal at schools Mike Mocciae says rumors of his retirement are exaggerated Golf boards at Oak Hills? Petrini’s got a new coat

  • Norwalk Council aims to prevent another Cranbury Park fiasco

    Norwalk Council aims to prevent another Cranbury Park fiasco

    NORWALK, Conn. — Steps are being taken to protect Cranbury Park and Norwalk’s image three months after gunshots were fired in an event marketed on social media as “Lust in the Park.” The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve new regulations for Cranbury Park rentals that mandate police presence.…

  • Norwalk harbor keepers call Veteran’s Park $1.1M dock plan ‘silly’

    NORWALK, Conn. – A whopping 122 piles would be used to give the Veteran’s Park boat docks the super strength needed to withstand a 100-year storm – even in the unlikely scenario that there were boats tied to every slip – in a plan being considered by the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission. “This seems like overkill…

  • Opinion: What were they thinking?

    Opinion: What were they thinking?

    Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor. Mike Mocciae has been in this business for a long time. The Recreation and Parks director – why can’t Norwalk call it Parks and Recreation like other places??? – is in charge of and responsible for what happens in the city’s beautiful parks, at the terrific Calf Pasture Beach and…

  • Fallout continues from Cranbury Park party, advertised as ‘Lust in the Park’

    Fallout continues from Cranbury Park party, advertised as ‘Lust in the Park’

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Cranbury Park party that drew police from nine jurisdictions last week was marketed on social media as “Lust in the Park.” That information came from Diane Lauricella, who attended Thursday’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting, where the incident was discussed, although it wasn’t on the agenda. Mayor Harry Rilling confirmed…