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Religion
3:03 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Norwalk settles mosque dispute with more than $2M payout

Norwalk resident Kimberly Grimm speaks before the Common Council vote Tuesday.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

After weeks of closed-door meetings and public hearings, officials in Norwalk, Conn., have agreed to settle a two-year legal battle with a local Muslim group that was looking to build a mosque. The case highlighted a federal law that some in Norwalk felt left the city vulnerable to litigation. 

The Common Council unanimously agreed to a payout to Al Madany Islamic Center of more than $1 million in damages and legal fees. About $300,000 will be paid by the city's insurer. 

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Religion
5:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Norwalk ponders a settlement over mosque dispute

A dispute over a mosque proposal in Norwalk, Conn., is now pending in federal court. City officials are considering a settlement agreement to end a legal battle with the Al Madany Islamic Center. But while the attorneys have worked out an agreement, it's not popular with the mosque's would-be neighbors or the general public. 

Farhan Memon is a spokesperson for the Al Madany Islamic Center. It's made up of about 100 families in Norwalk, who currently pray in basements. He said they're not asking for special treatment. 

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development
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bridgewater nixes Stamford, but lawsuits over site continue

Even though the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, has decided to nix a state-backed $115 million deal to relocate to the site of Stamford's former boatyard, environmentalists and others are still concerned over the future of that 14-acre waterfront site. 

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