Sunset Grille has the best views, but their menu is overpriced and limited considering their rep as a "seafood" place. The Norwalk waterfront needs a major player like Skippers used to be or (even better) the Pier Restaurant. Now THOSE places made our waterfront a dining destination. View Comment
I wonder how the Norwalk Police plan on enforcing this law, as they are one of the biggest offenders I see in my travels around town.
Don't get me wrong, I see plenty of other drivers cruising with their eyes buried in their laps and think such laws should be enforced. but just about every cop I see driving a squad car has one hand plastered to their ear. I understand why they need cell phones to keep in touch but has the department never heard of bluetooth devices or hands-free models?
We do need to come to grips with this technology. NO message, phone call, text, tweet, or Facebook post is that important. We do not need to be hyper-connected with the rest of the planet every second of every day. View Comment
The pedigree of owners notwithstanding, the area has already far exceeded the saturation point for these fly-by-night eateries that will last maybe a couple of years (at best). Washington Street and North & South Main simply do not need more beverage and food choices. The area needs more stable retail establishments ( NOT tat parlors) and property owners like Starwood have made that virtually impossible.
The area will continue to decay, property values for apartment and condos will plummet, and the area will revert back to it's 1970's condition before "Sono" was revitalized. Until then it will continue a long, slow decay.
Bon appetit! View Comment
Excuse me, but could Robby or Ken P tell any of us exactly HOW a private police force could have prevented this occurrance?
Just more posturing and blather from individuals who haven't a clue. They are the ones who are a joke, not the officers who put themselves in harm's way every day of the week.
Nobody has a perfect police force, and it's highly debatable whether crime is really out of control. Chances are that reporting of what has always occurred has gotten much better.
They should wake up every day being thankful that being stupid isn't illegal.
Thank you Senator Duff for mentioning the Letter Carrier's Food Drive this coming Saturday. It is part of a national effort by the NALC, in conjunction with the US Postal Service for the largest one-day food drive. Last year NALC Branch 147 (covering Norwalk & Darien) collected over 55,000 pounds of food that was distributed to local food banks. All the food collected is kept locally.
That may seem like a lot of food, and while it is greatly appreciated, the sobering reality is that most of that is gone within a month.
It's as easy as leaving a can or two, or a bag of NON PERISHABLE food out by your mailbox. Your Letter Carrier will do the rest. Thanks! View Comment
Maybe all the folks who want to avoid paying Connecticut taxes ought to pack their bags and move to Bundy's ranch out in Nevada. You can happily trade ammo clips with all the other tax-evading deadbeats, wrap yourself in the American flag, and pretend the government you despise doesn't exist. View Comment
Ken, you're arguing state taxes when I was pointing out local taxes, such as in Norwalk.
In terms of state taxes, we are hurt more locally because of our republican representatives who have continually failed to secure us our fair share of state revenues. Perhaps with ineffective people like Cafero out of the picture our funding here in Norwalk may improve. That may help keep our local taxes from rising even more.
Republicans are always crying about the size of government yet they are never able to say how a smaller government could be more effective. They are masters of attacking the straw man. Ironically, government tends to grow the most under republican administrations. The republican's patron saint Ronnie Reagan bemoaned "government" yet his administration nearly doubled the federal bureaucracy. View Comment
What constitutional rights have been eliminated? Name ONE.
All states controlled by republicans rate lowest in education, per capita wealth and highest in government assistance (i.e. food stamps, welfare,etc)
As you say, not difficult to see the pattern here either.
The taxes are obscene, but Malloy was faced with the choice of either raising them or us going further into debt because of all of the tax cuts given by republican administrations to the "job creators" who didn't create ANY jobs in CT but instead took the money and stashed it offshore.
The average Joe sure got "trickled down" on.
Either way, Malloy would be villified for his economic policies. We're still in debt, but not as much had we chosen another "supply side" republican.
Until we break the cycle of republicans artificially keeping taxes low, and democrats having to boost them because now infrastructure repairs cost more now, we are unlikely to see CT residents getting a break.
We're lucky though. Many of us might want to leave Connecticut but consider Ohio. Most of the original Mercury and Gemini astronauts were from Ohio. Apparently there's something about that state that makes people want to leave EARTH. View Comment
What failure? She flagged down the officer,then ran away and jumped. What could the officer do? He then tried to rescue her in the river but she fought him off. Again, what failure? Was the officer supposed to taze the woman and let her drown?
The Fire Department has resources to handle such emergencies that a patrol officer does not have. Again, what failure?
Robby, before posting such crap you really ought to consider engaging your brain first. View Comment
The Sono business community has always had a lack of support from the City of Norwalk. John D'Orio (from the late Sassafras) was doing his damndest to keep the businesses thriving down there but the retail elements were constantly being squeezed out by a bunch of fly-by-night restaurants. Parking has always been an issue and the whole area is slowly reverting back to it's slum heydey of the early '70's. Gotta feel for the folks who paid top dollar for their yuppie condos on Washington St.
Development continues on North Water, but will the developers ever recoup their investment when the rest of the area slides into the crapper? I doubt it.
Moccia's plan to turn parking over to a private firm sure has reaped it's benefits, eh? Nobody can find a place to park, unless you want to walk two blocks in the rain....for what? A tat parlor and a cigar store?
But fear not Norwalk residents, the drunk out-of-towners who cause mayhem when all the bars close will keep the police department gainfully employed.
It sickens me to see an area that had so much promise slide into irrelevance.
Some cars are buried and probably won't be moved until April. The city needs to step up enforcement and ticket these cars to get them off the streets.
The city plows need to be slower and more careful with their plows. They throw huge waves of heavy snow up covering areas that most people have just cleared. Many roads are now a lot narrower than they should be, and what once was easily plowable is now hard as concrete.
Cablevision PR is portraying WFSB as the bad guy here when it is Cablevision greed that has spawned this debacle. Contact the PUC. Cablevision ought to lose their license to operate in Connecticut for this shameful betrayal of the public trust. View Comment
In a lot of these cases the victims are uncooperative because they know who their attackers are and want to handle "payback" on their terms, not the police's. I doubt they're afraid of them. Lots of peer pressure to be Joe Badass. View Comment
Gee, do you think that he may have "dumped" them somewhere along the way? I can't see the reason for him running, unless he was illegal, operating without a license, or holding. Plenty of charges to keep his lawyer or public defender busy. View Comment
The plant should be kept but switched to a renewable energy source that would help provide power to the local area, thus reducing dependence on the NE grid. It is unfortunate, but using the site for anything else would simply result in more traffic and congestion through a residential area not equipped to handle it. The road directly in front of the plant is frequently flooded during high tides (ask anybody in Harborview) so further development is out of the question.
Tearing down the plant and converting it to open space and park land is an admirable idea, but the remediation costs would be prohibitive.
No matter what is decided, the residents in the area should have the greatest say in the fate of the property, not some rich developer looking to make some quick bucks off of some overpriced condos.
Well Broad River, the reason for the zip+4 is because most of today's mail is not sorted by hand but run through automated machinery that is capable of sorting 10,000 pieces of mail per minute.
It is then run through another machine that sorts the mail into delivery sequence for a given route (in postal terms it is called DPS…delivery point sequence mail..although letter carriers have other choice names for the system, which is far from perfect). The zip+4 makes the system more accurate (hopefully).
Talk about a manipulated mind. So filled with hatred for unions you'll believe anything. I'll bet you'd label Ronald Reagan a hypocrite too? He represented the Screen Actor's Guild ( a union), then swapped sides and became the worst enemy of labor in the last half of the 20th century. Yeah, the unions who supported Moccia saw what he did to the city sanitation workers, and saw a continuing lack of support from him, so why should they continue to kiss his butt? They dumped him because they weren't getting anything from him like he had promised he would. The fact that both fire and police got new headquarters would have happened under any mayor since the old buildings were not only old and outdated, they were safety hazards.
You would have us believe that because of his support from the municipal unions, Rilling wouldn't hesitate throwing the taxpayers under a bus. You just don't understand how our city government works.
Our city budget is managed by our Common Council, which, had you not been so blinded by hate, is still predominantly controlled by republicans. I know several of those individuals, and they are VERY unlikely to let Rilling run amok with our tax dollars. They're good, conscientious people who have the taxpayer's interests at heart. Your continued gnashing of teeth over the municipal unions is just more (as Willy Shakes would say) "sound and fury, signifying nothing".
I would further point out that our municipal services(fire and police) have not been given the resources they've needed to serve our citizenry. Both have been given new state-of-the-art headquarters, yes, but the actual resources to have enough police and fire personnel have been sadly lacking. Our city has grown, but the numbers of cops and smoke eaters have not. If Rilling wants to ensure we have enough manpower to deliver us the protection we need, how is that not being an advocate for the taxpayer? During this past election it seemed like Moccia was only concerned with maintaining the AAA bond rating, and the hell with quality of life issues. So much for him being the advocate for the people.
Nobody likes taxes. Nobody likes paying them, and no politician with more than two functioning brain cells likes raising them. They are essential to providing the citizenry with what the community needs. We happen to live in an area where services are expensive, prices are high, and the cost of living is probably higher than anybody likes. In Norwalk they're a fact of life and if you don't like what you're paying, or don't think you're getting enough bang for your buck, you can 1) run for office and try to fix the system directly, or 2) move somewhere else where the cost of living is cheaper. Put up or shut up.