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Norwalk Girl Scouts Take Over Meeting

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk's Common Council meeting was led briefly by a Girl Scout on Tuesday night after a fifth-grader wrestled control away from Mayor Richard Moccia.

Julia Breen marched up to Moccia and took a proclamation out of his hand, then returned to the lectern where she read it, including the part that said, "I, Richard Moccia."

Julia and other fifth-grade All Saints Catholic School students, members of Girl Scout Troop 242, presented the colors to begin the meeting. Vanessa Joseph held the Girl Scout flag and Samantha Millette held the American flag as everyone in attendance said the Pledge of Allegiance. Carlo Romeus, 10, read an announcement about the significance of the Girl Scouts, which marked its 100th anniversary on Monday.

Michelle Edmond Breen said all of the girls have been scouts since kindergarten.

Courtenay Austin, who has been a troop leader since 1957, directed Julia to take the proclamation in what Councilman Doug Hempstead said is a yearly tradition. "Courtenay's in charge," Hempstead said.

Julia said, "I was kind of nervous, but I felt good that I did it."

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