Norwalk

Norwalk ponders a settlement over mosque dispute

Sep 22, 2014

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. 

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.

Kaomi Goetz

It's one o'clock and the doors at the Open Door shelter in South Norwalk, Conn. opened for lunch. 

White, African-American, Latino - dozens of people, many of them regulars, briskly walked inside. They anticipated a square meal. On the menu on that day was baked ham and macaroni salad. The shelter serves three free meals a day. 

A former embattled Fairfield County anti-poverty agency will face creditors in bankruptcy proceedings Thursday morning. The defunct agency owes upwards of $3.500,000 but only has assets of less than $500,000. Among the largest debts are nearly $950,000 to Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company and more than $600,000 to the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

Controversy in Rowayton, Conn. divides community

Jul 14, 2014
Kaomi Goetz

A private property in coastal Rowayton, Connecticut is stirring up controversy. A land trust wants to preserve the half-acre site as a bird sanctuary and protect the surrounding tidal estuary. But others aren’t happy with the details. 

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