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Stamford, CT | Added on June 28, 2013 At 02:51 PM

Here's what made news this week.

In Norwalk, a plan to redevelop the Globe Theater is going to Washington.  The Common Council approved a $2 million loan application that will go to HUD.  If accepted, Norwalk would pay off that loan through it's Community Development Block Grant money.  And it's that last bit that had some councilmen uneasy.

"[The CDBG money] is the only money we have for many of the projects we are doing to reduce poverty in Norwalk," said councilman Matt Miklave.  "Before we pledge that fund to back up the Globe Theater loan, there needs be a great deal of due diligence -- far more than we have seen yet."

Norwalk should know if HUD has agreed to the loan in about 90 days.

In Greenwich, the Nathaniel Witherell nursing center presented the town with a check for $1 million.  It's one of the largest contributions the city has ever received, and it's only the first installment of a $7 million commitment the facility has made to fund renovations in Greenwich over the next three years.

"With the success of Nathaniel Witherell, we're very thankful to their efforts," said First Selectman Peter Tesei.  "It's not easy to raise money in this environment and they were very successful in reaching their first threshold." 
And in Stamford, Thursday the Fairfield County Sports Commission announced its Hall of Fame class of 2013 at UConn Stamford.  Six members will be inducted in October, including Mark Hirschbeck.  He and his brother John were the first brothers to umpire in the major leagues at the same time.

"It's a great honor and I think we've had a lot of great athletes out of Fairfield County and the whole state of Connecticut," Hirschbeck said.

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