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Panel Suggests Changes To Homeschool Oversight
Sep 23, 2014 2:59 pm

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission discussed controversial changes to the oversight of troubled home-schooled children Tuesday in its draft...

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Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Education In Latest Ads
Sep 23, 2014 12:30 pm

This week, two of the three gubernatorial candidates, have decided to focus on education policy in their TV ads and like the candidates the ads are...

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OP-ED | Of Smartphones & Middle Age
Sep 23, 2014 7:00 am

To app or not to app. That is the question.

At least that’s the question for this skeptical, 50-something English teacher.

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Energy Switcheroos Start With The Boiler
by Paul Bass | Sep 23, 2014 4:08 pm
The Harp administration is looking to change the way it heats and powers government buildings from City Hall to the new police academy—at less cost...more »
Before Makeover, Artists Save Winchester Legacy
by David Sepulveda | Sep 23, 2014 3:00 pm
Before transforming an 19th and 20th century Winchester rifle factory into luxury apartments, ForestCity developers hit the pause button, seeking a...more »


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Mob-Connected Derby Rapist Gets 14 Years

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 22, 2014 7:24 pm

Posted to: Derby, Shelton

The victim of a 2012 rape inside a Derby social club stood in court Monday and said she can’t erase the brutality from her mind and urged the judge to send her attacker to prison.

“It’s taken me over two and a half years to leave my street by myself — to be around people I do not know,” the woman said. “He destroyed my confidence and self-worth. That continues to be a daily struggle.”

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Brenda Works Around The F Bus

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Sep 22, 2014 12:53 pm | Comments (1)

Posted to: Ansonia

Brenda DurdenBrenda Durden’s employer pays for her to take the F bus from Ansonia to downtown New Haven every day. But despite the gas and parking savings that come with the perk, Durden drove her car most of the way for several months last year—parking in the Stop and Shop lot on Whalley Avenue and catching the B bus for the last leg of the trip to avoid the high parking costs in downtown New Haven.

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Derby Gives Walgreens The Stink Eye

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 22, 2014 7:09 am | Comments (1)

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby

The chairman of Derby’s Planning and Zoning Commission told the city’s building inspector Tuesday to keep a close eye on work being done in Red Raider Plaza, where Walgreens just backed out of a plan to build a pharmacy.

Meanwhile, the owner of the shopping center across the street is threatening to take Walgreens to court.

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Crozier: I’m Flawed, But Not A Money Launderer

by Ethan Fry | Sep 18, 2014 11:05 pm

Posted to: Seymour

FILEAttorney. Father. Alcoholic.

Seymour lawyer Ralph Crozier told a federal jury Thursday that he’s plenty of things.

But not a crook.

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Still No Resolution In Ansonia PTO Theft Case

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 18, 2014 1:55 pm | Comments (1)

Posted to: Ansonia

An Ansonia woman accused of stealing $21,000 from a school’s Parent Teacher Organization appeared in front of a judge for the tenth time Thursday — and was promptly told to come back next month for visit number 11.

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Crozier Says He Will Testify, Has Nothing To Hide

by Ethan Fry | Sep 17, 2014 10:36 pm

Posted to: Seymour

A Seymour lawyer accused of trying to launder $30,000 of a client’s drug money said Wednesday he will take the stand in his own defense.

The lawyer, Ralph Crozier, said he has nothing to hide. The comments come after the second day of a trial at U.S. District Court in New Haven during which a parade of government witnesses have testified to just the opposite.

Prosecutors on Wednesday elicited testimony suggesting Crozier’s misdeeds ran far afield of just money laundering, the sole crime with which he’s charged.

But the jury also heard Crozier’s attorney exact a handful of damaging concessions — including the government’s star witness admitting he’d lie to get out of jail early.

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Better Call Crozier? Drug Dealer Alleges Seymour Lawyer Was His Cleaner

by Ethan Fry | Sep 17, 2014 6:43 am

Posted to: Seymour

photo:ethan fryBruce Yazdzik is no angel.

The 31-year-old Bridgeport native and current federal inmate had four felonies to his name by 2010, when he was charged — while on probation — with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and possession of prescription painkillers packaged individually for sale.

The best his attorney could do was a plea deal calling for three years in prison.

But then he met Seymour lawyer Ralph Crozier, whose trial on money laundering charges began Tuesday with Yazdzik as the government’s star witness in U.S. District Court in New Haven.

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Foley Says He Supports Closing Restraining Order Gun Loophole

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 16, 2014 4:32 pm | Comments (3)

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton

Photo: Eugene DriscollThe Republican candidate for governor said Tuesday he would support a state law prohibiting people who have temporary restraining orders against them from possessing a firearm.

“I said I support it,” Foley said outside Ansonia City Hall before embarking on a tour of Main Street with Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti.

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Crave, An Ansonia Success Story, Expands

by Kate Rammuni | Sep 15, 2014 9:57 pm | Comments (2)

Posted to: Ansonia, KMG

Photo: Kate RamunniIt was seven years ago, just as the economy was in free fall, when Libby Meissner opened the doors of Crave on Main Street in Ansonia.

Despite the dour economy, Crave flourished.

So much so that when another storefront opened a few doors down on Main Street, Meissner moved the boutique she also owned next to Crave to the empty spot in order to expand her popular restaurant.

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UConn Basketball Documentary Filmed At Ansonia Armory

by Patricia Villers | Sep 15, 2014 8:03 am

Posted to: Ansonia, KMG

The historic Ansonia Armory Sunday hosted women’s basketball players who have made history of their own playing for the University of Connecticut Huskies and in the Olympics for Team USA.

Several former standout UConn players were interviewed in the gymnasium for a documentary for ESPN2, said Sheila O’Malley, Ansonia’s Director of Economic and Community Development.

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Sep 23, 2014 12:35 pm
Address: 23 Franklin St Ansonia, Connecticut
Rating: 2

This house on Franklin Street has had this tarp blowing in the wind since last winter. It is...

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Possible rabid animals
Sep 19, 2014 6:41 pm
Address: 19 Beverly Drive Ansonia, Connecticut
Rating: 3

On any given day we witness racoons, skunks and possums coming out of the sewer drains on...

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Ansonia to Split Money in Bank Account with Former Town Clerk
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Address: Main Street Ansonia, Connecticut
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