I'm not arguing with you, but I will say that I have heard Rep. Bruce Morris speak about this issue at length and he cautioned people that it's easy to mistake some situations, such as a child who lives in Norwalk returning from a visit with a divorced parent who does not reside in Norwalk.
Also, there are magnet schools in Norwalk and the Center for Global Studies at McMahon. I think the CGS is actually regional, so the students come from all over the county. Actually, Rep. Morris probably would be the best resource to check with about the situation with the out of district students.
Regarding Ms. McDowell and her unfortunate choices, you are correct that I did not know she had been registered at the Open Door, but I'm still not clear on why she had her son listed as living in the housing development with someone who was not related.
And finally, I totally agree that the McDowell situation and this one are very sad. View Comment
We just recently donated a large amount of brown rice that had gone rancid to a friend's flock of chickens. (Take away - store brown rice in freezer) And I'm saving egg cartons for someone else who has more eggs than cartons. Right now, there are two large cake containers from past birthday parties that are waiting to be used as mini greenhouses. Our empty ice cream containers (a true sacrifice for the cause) are used for extra cooking grease containers. It's finally clicked with my family that milk that has gone sour is the basis for sour dough bread. So I get the recycling concept.
But I would be cautious about food for human consumption. It's one thing for me to collect all the untouched olives and pickles from my family's plates at a restaurant and a whole different thing to take food from plates of diners you don't know. Food from garbage cans? To me, that an invitation for ptomaine poisoning, especially as the weather gets warmer. View Comment
You need to actually read the documents.
Moccia and Marks had nothing to do with the McDowell situation. The investigation was started by the Norwalk Housing Authority because they had a tenant who was claiming an unrelated minor living in her unit. That is what triggered the investigation, not anything else. That tenant was also apparently running a pharmaceutical distribution business also, making her a less than desirable tenant. HUD had some very strict rules about this. That's what started it all, not Mayor Moccia, and not Superintendent Marks or anyone in NPS. If Ms. McDowell had registered with the Open Door, her child could have attended the school with no problem. But she didn't. View Comment
Ken, while I would agree with you most of the time, we spent about four months living in the neighborhood immediately adjacent to Fillow Street and I gotta say that I learned to avoid Fillow Street simply because it was too dangerous to drive in many weather situations. It's narrow, it's twisty and by God, it's down right scary sometimes in the snow and ice. I had two serious slides, one on wet leaves and one on black ice. That was enough for me.
I don't think it's safe to have ANY kind of public facility, school, church, mosque, YMCA, library, on that road. View Comment
"Viral" means when I'm waiting in a municipal office 15 miles away from Norwalk and I see it on the news crawl for Channel 8, then it turns up on Channel 12, and I hear about it on WEBE during the drive home. Then, the next morning, I see it on the Internet news and get two emails from out of state friends, asking me how close High Street is from where I live. That's viral. View Comment
Actually, you are the one who is the Spin Doctor because according to you,
Moccia is responsible for what the State Department of Education hands down and the health care bill that Congress passed. Amazing, simply amazing.
If you think this tax increase is high, just wait til the Affordable Health Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) kicks in. Trust me, you ain't seen nothing, yet. Oh, yeah, and by the way, Moccia had nothing to do with it. View Comment
Uhm, just a point of clarification....when did Obama and Malloy become Republicans?
The reason the schools need so much money is because they are switching to the State mandated Common Core curriculum. That's a total reformating of all the textbooks, all the additional resources in the classrooms. And it will cost us millions of dollars. Indiana, Nebraska and Virginia have decided not to adopt this curriculum. Texas and Alaska were never part of the "Alliance". Since then, numerous other states have decided not to adopt the Common Core. Here's the map:
Oh yeah, and don't forget....the State of Connecticut has not finalized their budget, so if they don't give the City the expected ECS funding or the transportation grant (school buses), there will have to be a mid-year "adjustment" to the budget. That will also come out of your wallets and your paycheck. Governor Malloy has gone on record as saying he wants "more for education". Translation: fork it over, kiddies.... View Comment
2 dead bodies and another shot in the head the innocent suffer in Norwalk while we get ready for an election.
Okay, Sonoknows, what's your point? Are you saying that the two dead bodies were a result of foul play? Or that people should not be so inconsiderate as to die in public places? Or are you implying that the police should have somehow prevented the two deaths? Until the coroner releases the causes of death, it appear one was from natural causes, and the second (drowning) death by misadventure or accident or whatever they call it these days.
According to your reasoning, are you saying we shouldn't have elections because two people died and someone else was shot in the head? It's the beginning of May. We still have six months to go before the election. A lot can happen in six months.
Apparently you object to the people who have sold their homes in Norwalk to new residents. What do you propose in place of people moving to a new community?
Exactly how do you propose to stop the drug use, the alcohol consumption and the prostitution that you claim flourishes in the new bars that have opened in the City?
And of course, your pet hobby horse, the Fire Boat should be dry docked, mothballed or sold? Is that what you are proposing?
I see many complaints in your post, but very few solutions. You expect a new mayor or elected official to come in and wave a magic wand and presto-change-o every thing is hunky-dory maybe?
Unfortunately, I will be out of town that day, so can't participate. But I would like to add to your comments, Joanne.
Anytime when visiting a grave, if there is an old American flag on the ground that has been torn, ripped and dirty, please take it with you and put it in the mailbox shaped receptacle at the Broad River fire station. The fire fighters will dispose of the retired flag in the proper manner. View Comment
Perfect example is the highly toxic landfill Norwalk has now called a park,along side of cells buried in the Norwalk river of stuff not even the feds want in offshore burying grounds.
Uh, you may want to talk to someone on the Harbor Management Commission about the "toxic" cells.
First of all, the Interstate 95 bridge drains end up in the Norwalk River. That's the State, thank you very much.
Secondly, when they did the dredging of Norwalk Harbor, the DEEP told them they had to build the CAD cells and put the dredgings in there. The dredgings could not be taken landward and buried, nor was the City told what the problem was. Once again, that's the State, not the City.
And finally, there are naturally occurring oyster beds in the river and along the beach. Those are monitored very carefully by the Bureau of Aquaculture. And guess who runs that????? There's numerous sites where the water is taken for testing along the river. Also, kindly remember that the Norwalk River Watershed stretches up from the Harbor to the Danbury area. So Norwalk is not the sole source of any contamination in the river. The head of the Shellfish Commission could probably give you more detailed information. If your level of interest is that high, I suggest you contact either the Harbor Management Commission or the Shellfish Commission.
Thats right up there with shotspotter many cities rely on tools Norwalk talks about but never follows thru on.Maybe Harry could tell us what works and what doesn't he did leave when most things were not working and reamin broken wonder why that is?
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/interesting-article-about-ShotSpotter-its-4010853.S.119557436 View Comment
Does the City charge other residents for police and fire time when responding to accidents?
City Carting has had the City garbage contract for almost a year. It was an accident, plain and simple, just like any other accident in the city. Messy, yes, but still just an accident.
Okay, so obviously the fire boat is a major issue for you. What steps have you taken, other than posting on this board, to address the issue? Have you researched how long it would take the Coast Guard to respond to a call from a boater in distress?
What alternative security plan do you have when a prisoner in custody or someone at risk is admitted to Norwalk Hospital for treatment? Have you calculated the cost of private security guards vs. police officers? What about the chain of custody?