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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT , , t,; I ' 111 I Warren Town and County, ws 50 4.2 Vol. 41 No. 43 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, March 18, 2010 GS Cookie Sale This Weekend Members of Girl Scout Troop 130 of Norwalk will be selling Girl Scout cook- ies at Fareway, 1711 Sun- set Dr., Friday, March 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sat- urda March 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All eight kinds of cook- ies will be available: Cara- mel deLites, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sand- wiches, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots and re- duced fat Daisy-Go- Rounds. The cookies are $3.50 per box. Proceeds from the cookie booth will be used to help fund troop activi- ties. The troop will also be participating in Treats for Troops, in which the com- munity can purchase boxes of cookies Which will be sent to the men and women in the armed forces. The troop appreci- ates the support of the community. r I Sorenson Forum Agenda for March 18 Mayor's / This SaturdaYin Norwalk City Council Meeting on Page l2 , Moment|By Mayor Doug Pierce y Area residents are in- I 1 .,.,J -- vited to join Representa- NORWALK POLICE CHIEF tive Kent Sorenson for his Ed Kuhl " last Forum thislegislative I know I said that I would only be writing an article ses:sion from 9 to 10 a.m. for the paper once a month, but with the great news that Norwalk has been named by BusinessWeek as the "Best Affordable Suburb" in the State of Iowa, I feel com- pelled to make a few comments about that. The criteria to earn this honor narrowed the field considerably as to which communities BusinessWeek looked at, but still, it reflects very well on our "suburb" and what we have to offer for business and residential growth. City Administrator Mark Miller and Chamber of Commerce President Ed Kuhl made comments about this recognition in last week's paper and I agree with all that they said. As I mentioned in my article two weeks ago, I have concerns with the infrastructure and equip- ment needs facing Norwalk. However, one way to alle- viate the financial burden on the residential property owners to address those needs is to get more commer- cial business in Norwalk. With the notoriety that this assessment brings, it will greatly enhance our commu- nity development and marketing efforts that, hopefully, will attract commercial growth in the very near future. I have said for years in my Commander Calls in the military, that "Excellence breeds Excellence." Norwalk has demonstrated its Excellence and now we need to capitalize on the benefit of our national recognition. Well Done, Norwalk! Residents Invited to Listening Post with Senator Staci Appel Senator Staci Appel, Ackworth, invites Norwalk area residents to share their ideas with her at a local listening post Friday, March 19, from 9-10 a.m. at the City Hall Conference Room, 705 North Ave. "I've held 21 listening posts so far this session and I've learned a lot and had great conversations at each of them," said Appel. "This Norwalk listening post is another opportunity to talk face-to-face about the issues that matter most to middle-class families." "I understand that this time won't work for everyone," added Appel. "If you can't make it, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at Staci.Appel@legis. state.ia.us or call me at home at your convenience at 515-961-6982. I value your input." .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Advanced Placement Data: An outstanding report was presented to the school board in February. The results appear below. The first row of charts demonstrates that in 2008, 44.44% of Norwalk seniors participated in advanced placement coursework at some point in their career. That number far exceeds the participation statewide or nationally. Norwalk students participate in Advanced Placement at a higher rate than other students in Iowa or nationally. In addition, Norwalk students also achieved higher scores on the Advanced Placement Tests ..... statewide or na- tionally. The bottom chart demonstrates that in 2008-09, 13.2% of students nation- all), scored a three or higher (demonstrating proficiency). In Iowa, 8.3% scored a three or higher. In Norwalk, over 28% of our students scored a three or higher. Norwalk proficiency was over twice the national average and three times the state average! Congratulations to the staff, parents and students who challenge them- selves with rigorous work. You will benefit over the long run. More information is available at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html. ..... . ...... ... , ..... Concludedp. 13 Saturday, March 20, at the Daiily Grind, 810 North Ave., Norwalk. Coffee and Danish will be served. OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- ernl Star will host the mo.nthly dinner Sunday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p..m. at the Masonic Hall on ]Main Street. The menu includes harrnballs, cheesy potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and horrnemade pie. The cost is $6 per person. Money rak, sed at the dinners is used for community evemts. TOWN MEETING March 30 th Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.nn. the City of Norwalk willl host a Town Meeting at tthe Norwalk United Me,thodist Church, 1801 Suraset Drive. nis meeting will cover the Foundation Drain Re- mo,val Ordinance No. 08- 09. fin this ordinance there were established six dis- trictts identifying the areas affected by this program. Thi,,s meeting is intended to familiarize residents in District 2 and other resi- dents throughout the com- mu:nity of how this ordi- nance may affect them. A map of District 2 was published in the March 11, issue of this newspaper. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. = 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mmaoml Day-talmr Day) Through our cooperative local and national agree- ments, a thief that victimized a Norwalk business is now in custody in Lexington, KY. Our investigation has led to information exchanges between agencies in three states. February 16, 2010 a person that appeared to be a Hispanic female used Iowa identification "Marquita L. Riddle" and cashed a check drawn from that institution's account. The check was a forgery for $971.06 and the identification was fraudulent as well. Our investigation took us through two law enforcement networks that we participate in, locally, the Law Enforcement Informa- tion Network (LEIN) and the Mid-west Organization Crime Information Center (MOCIC). The Iowa Fusion Center also played a valuable role. Our investigation found what appears to be a crimi- nal group that has operated throughout the Midwest using fake identification and fraudulent checks. We now know of at least eight such victims of this group as they moved through Iowa. Yesterday our Investigators met to compare notes and move the cases forward. A war- rant has now been requested for the suspect in our Norwalk case. Photographs and known aliases have been provided to Norwalk area businesses through the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce. We ask for any- * one with similar incidents to please report them to their local law enforcement agencies. Thank you again for your support. NORWALK RESIDENTS 4a., TO HELP WITH MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND Norwalk area residents have a chance to assist with "Meals From the Heartland" with a project spearheaded by members of Crossroads Church. The goal is to pro- vide at least 40,000 meals for Haiti at a cost of 15 per meal. Pastor Glen Blumer advises that while his church is willing to organize the event, in order for the project to be successful, the help of everyone in the Norwalk com- munity is necessary. To package the 40,000 meals will take $6,000. Indi- viduals, groups, schools, service organizations and area churches are invited to participate in the project. Pastor Blumer asks those willing to assist in packaging the meals to call the church, 287-8580. Those who wish to donate, please call the church also, so organizers will know how many supplies to order. Funds are currently being collected. Donations may be dropped off at the church or sent to Crossroads Church, 2601 Border Street (formerly 8203 Beardsley St.). Volunteers are needed for packaging which will take place Saturday and Sunday, May I and 2, at Crossroads Church. Pastor Blumer noted that one of things that sets Norwalk apart is its generosity. "We've seen this in the "school backpack" and "school Christmas gift" collec- tions." A donation of $100 can provide about 670 meals, a donation of $500 can provide about 3,333 meals and a donation of $1000 can provide about 6,670 meals. 4 Please contact the church to reserve a packaging time for you, your family and your organization. Call 287- 8580 or go to www.2thecrossroads.com.