5:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Norwalk, Conn. launches state's first 'smart' parking app

A close-up image of the Parker app open in an iPad.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

Norwalk, Conn. became the first city in the state Tuesday to launch a mobile app that aims to help drivers find available parking spaces. It's called Parker and officials hope it will reduce frustration over finding places to park. 

  Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling conceded it's often hard to find one of the city's 4,000 parking spaces open at a press conference Tuesday.

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5:09 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Gov. Malloy announces $465M funding plan for replacing aging Norwalk bridge

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is surrounded by U.S., state, and local officials to announced the Department of Transportation's funding plan for the $465 million cost for replacing the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Conn.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

The 118-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Conn., will be replaced. On Thursday, Connecticut officials announced a funding plan to replace the bridge, which is vital to the Metro-North New Haven line.  

Built in 1896, the bridge has seen better days. It's now decayed and prone to failures. The four-track bridge broke down twice this past summer within a two-week period. The malfunction left Metro-North passengers stranded for hours.

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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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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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7:18 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Conn. cities look to national initiative to increase collaboration between non-profits

Christine Bianchi, chair of the community council for Waterbury's Bridge to Success.

The national initiative Strive Together is gaining some attention in the region. Strive Together is a non-profit that comes into cities and creates collaborations between municipalities and community organizations to help children.

The city of Norwalk recently joined Waterbury and 47 other cities around the country who have signed on to the initiative. Each city has a main objective whether it's educational or health related.  In Waterbury,  the focus is on literacy.

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