Stories By Abigail Brone

  • Safety message pushed as pedestrian deaths rise on CT’s rails On Connecticut’s tracks, trains have collided with 30 pedestrians and nine motor vehicles since 2017, with six pedestrians and one motor vehicle hit so far this year, according to the state DOT.
  • Norwalk distributes $1.5M in ARPA funds to nonprofits About $1.5 million in ARPA funds were distributed among 23 Norwalk nonprofits whose services were impacted and increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants range from $7,000 to $160,000.
  • ‘Wild goose chase’: How dogs help keep geese at bay in Norwalk Norwalk uses dogs to chase geese off two city properties, but the practice — conducted in many Connecticut towns — has been called “cruel” by animal-rights groups.
  • Hundreds of apartments planned near South Norwalk train station A $6 million state grant will be used to construct an apartment building in an empty lot adjoining the South Norwalk train station.
  • Norwalk’s poet laureate crafts bike-based scavenger hunt Norwalk’s poet laureate composed a 14-line poem about Norwalk to promote the city’s National Bike Month scavenger hunt along the city’s 29 bike racks.
  • Norwalk Common Council member seizes ‘moment’ for state role The Democrats have endorsed Norwalk Common Council member Dominique Johnson to run for state House, representing Norwalk and Westport.
  • CT eatery loses Supreme Court bid over unpaid rent due to COVID The state Supreme Court found in favor of a Norwalk property owner and said the amount owed by the restaurant should be adjusted.
  • Could Norwalk’s years of POKO litigation be nearing end? While Norwalk’s attorney says the four years of litigation could soon be wrapping up, local real estate broker Jason Milligan says there’s “no chance” of that happening.
  • New exhibit explores Norwalk’s roots dating back to Ice Age Norwalk Historical Society’s new permanent exhibit explores the region’s history from the end of the Ice Age through the start of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry begins operations a month late The nation’s oldest continually operated ferry is back in action for the season after a delayed opening due to high water and mechanical issues.
  • Months after murder charge, GOP names new deputy registrar Trinetta Ruffin has replaced Ellen Wink, who was fired as Norwalk’s Republican deputy registrar of voters in January after being accused of killing her tenant.
  • Norwalk designer creates clothing for new pro basketball team Fashion designer Devon Spencer partnered with Norwalk-based professional basketball team the Connecticut Cobras to create warm-up gear and merchandise to be sold at games.
  • Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion plans for $13.5 million renovation The mansion’s events and programs will continue during the renovation, but move to a new location for the interim.
  • 51 Norwalk businesses receive thousands in ARPA grants More than 50 Norwalk small businesses received grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 using American Rescue Plan Act funds.
  • State bus ridership increases after free rides begin After the first month of the three-month halt on bus fares, ridership rose, but it could also be attributed to the warmer weather and spiking gas prices.
  • Amid concerns, Norwalk commission focuses on girls sports fields Norwalk’s Commission on the Status of Women is investigating complaints and concerns over the equity and upkeep of girls sports fields in the city.
  • Amid rising cases, Norwalk declines to say whether mask order... As the COVID case rate rises to 21 per 100,000 residents in Norwalk, city officials haven’t said whether the return of a mask mandate is possible.
  • Norwalk’s first poet laureate appointed to library board Norwalk’s first poet laureate, who served from 2016-19, was appointed to the library’s board of trustees.
  • Norwalk plans $600K sidewalk project near three schools Along a 1-mile stretch of Highland Avenue, Norwalk will install new curbing and sidewalks connecting Brookside Elementary, Brien McMahon High School and Roton Middle School.
  • Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium, NPR to host octopus event Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium will host a live event in June in partnership with NPR’s show Science Friday. Tickets can be purchased on the aquarium’s website.