Yes, sometimes the police have to use their cell phones because the bad guys all have police scanners. BUT, that does not absolve the officers from using hand-held devices. Hasn't the NPD ever heard of bluetooth devices?
Seems to me that even though the intention of cracking down on texting while driving is great, they're going to have a heck of a time enforcing it.
I was on I-95 Northbound yesterday afternoon in the thick of it. Some other drivers were not only being stupid about it, they were NUTS. At least three people came zooming up in the breakdown lane and butted into traffic. Aside from being dangerous, it's rude and does nothing to ease the congestion.
What did it get them? Maybe they wound up 100 feet ahead of where they were. And they risked causing an accident and injury to themselves and others.
I only saw one of the three yakking on his cell phone. Had he caused an accident with me he would have needed a proctologist to rescue his contacts list.
The ignorant climate deniers chime in once again, proving they can't tell the difference between weather and climate.
This is typical of the clueless bunch that controls our Congress now; people in charge of science who wouldn't know it if it bit them in their highball glass. View Comment
A suspicious package today, another one yesterday at the Wal-Mart in Norwalk. You can call it hysteria, but I'm kind of reassured that we're being vigilant in this day and age. Folks are noticing things like this, and every little bit helps. An innocent package today might just be a test of the waters for someone who plans something a little bit less innocent tomorrow.
In any event, we can all sleep a little easier tonight because of the folks who are paying attention. Happy New Year.
The woman was fortunate. If the cause was brake failure then I hope she wasn't seriously injured. If the cause was her being on the phone and not noticing all the signs and flashing lights that the road was coming to an end, then I hope they put that stone wall back where it was. View Comment
Both candidates are trying to play the role of independent. Debicella is so desperate he is agreeing with Obama's foreign policy about ISIL, which in today's tea party lunacy would be tantamount to political suicide.
However Jim Himes has been very up front about his views and explains his positions very clearly to the electorate. You can't ask for much more transparency than that. He has bucked Obama on several issues (including the aforementioned ISIL strategy) and has shown himself to be on the correct side of every issue he's faced. He's smart, a good communicator , and not afraid to buck the party line. We need to keep thoughtful, independent folks like him in office. If only there was a way to clone him 437 times. View Comment
Hey, I'm a Norwalk resident and I think you're an idiot too!
You don't like Norwalk, the Norwalk Police Dept or whatever, guess that makes YOU the REAL troll here. You're free to move elsewhere that would be more to your liking. Or maybe you could become the police chief and solve every crime yourself.
Esposito was the KING of never missing a photo op. Rilling will never break Frank's record. Espo was in office for a long time. I think Rilling will be lucky to make "one and done".
I was talking with another resident about the Oyster Festival and they plan to stay as far away as possible. It is no longer a "Norwalk" affair. The Seaport Association has put on blinders and tried to make every year bigger, better, badder than the year before. In doing so they have let greed ruin the entire weekend for Norwalk residents. Nothing says "celebrate our nautical heritage" like a motorcycle thrill show.
Milford on the other hand, puts on a great festival every year and it has maintained its integrity. The Seaport Assn could learn a lot from their example.
The only bright part of the Festival seems to be we (finally) avoided another showing by The Village People. View Comment
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.