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Officer Cleared; Protesters Crash Cops’ Protest
by Paul Bass | Mar 27, 2015 3:31 pm
A week of building tensions over race and policing came to a peak as chanting cops crashed a press conference announcing the exoneration of an...more »
Ode To Daggett Street
by Alexis Zanghi | Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm
When I first came to Daggett Street Square in 2007, I was taken by its rambling hallways, its pulley-operated elevator. The building may not have...more »

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Ansonia Settles Lawsuit With Former City Police Officer

by Ethan Fry | Mar 27, 2015 3:23 pm

Posted to: Ansonia

FILECity officials have settled a federal lawsuit brought against them by Mustafa Salahuddin, a former member of the Ansonia Police Department.

According to an agreement released to the Valley Indy Friday, the city will pay Salahuddin $90,000.

The lawsuit claimed Salahuddin was maliciously prosecuted in connection to the theft of a garden hose in 2008.

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Puppets. Pillars. Prendergast.

by Ethan Fry | Mar 26, 2015 4:38 pm

Posted to: Ansonia

photo:ethan fryMore than 200 students at Ansonia’s Prendergast Elementary School are getting extra art lessons thanks to some enterprising educators, an Orange-based nonprofit, and two Connecticut artists.

The program, which pairs two artists with the school, is being funded by a $2,000 grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Fund.

Teachers Angela Coughlin and Keith Rowland secured the grants from the fund.

The fund was created by Fairfield University psychology professor Judy Primavera and her husband, Fred Hulley, after their daughter Jamie died of lymphoma in 2002.

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Shelton Nursing Home Fined, Ordered To Hire Monitor

by C-HIT | Mar 26, 2015 7:45 am

Posted to: Shelton

A Shelton nursing home owned by Brian Foley – who was sentenced to three months in a halfway house in January in a campaign corruption scandal – has been fined $5,000 for lapses in care and ordered to hire a nursing consultant.

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No Cause Yet In Derby Fire, Fund Created To Help Victims

by Eugene Driscoll | Mar 25, 2015 2:52 pm

Posted to: Derby

Investigators know where Tuesday’s night house fire on Summit Street started, but how it started remains a mystery.

Meanwhile, a group of local military veterans set up a “Go Fund Me“ page to help the people who lost everything in the fire. Click here to contribute.

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Dog Dies In Derby House Fire

by Eugene Driscoll | Mar 24, 2015 7:57 pm

Posted to: Derby

Eugene Driscoll PhotoA dog died and four people were displaced after a fire at 24 Summit St. in Derby Tuesday.

There were no other injuries.

The Red Cross was on the scene to offer hotel vouchers for the people who were displaced.

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Ansonia Violated Open Records Law

by Ethan Fry | Mar 24, 2015 7:55 am

Posted to: Ansonia, Your Right To Know

FILEA settlement agreement between the City of Ansonia and a former zoning officer that officials have refused to release for nearly a year should not be shielded from the public, a hearing officer for the state’s Freedom of Information Commission has concluded.

The March 5 report of the hearing officer, Clifton Leonhardt, comes two months after the Valley Indy argued during a hearing in Hartford that the document should be divulged.

The city released the document late Monday.

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Blight Appeal From Owner Of Ansonia Eyesore Turned Down

by Ethan Fry | Mar 22, 2015 6:10 pm | Comments (3)

Posted to: Ansonia

The City of Ansonia will file an $8,000 per day lien on a blighted Main Street property after a hearing officer on Thursday denied an appeal from the developer who bought it more than two years ago.

The developer, Moustapha Diakhate, said after the hearing that the lien puts the prospects for the property’s redevelopment in serious doubt. Investors would be hesitant to put money toward a project if there’s a blight lien on the property, 501 E. Main St.

“If they file the lien, I’ll have to walk away,” Diakhate said. “That’s not what I want to do.”

Diakhate can appeal the ruling to the city’s Aldermen or try taking the city to court.

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How ‘Transparent’ Is Your City Hall?

by STAFF | Mar 19, 2015 3:58 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, Your Right To Know

“Sunshine Week” is an annual push to show the importance of open and accessible government in the U.S.

It started in Florida in 2002, after the state legislature attempted to pass a number of laws that would have gutted the public’s right to know.

Click here for background.

To mark Sunshine Week, the Valley Indy has been tracking our routine efforts to obtain information from local or state government.

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Copper City Bar & Grill Coming To Ansonia’s Main Street

by Krystina Morgan | Mar 18, 2015 8:26 pm | Comments (4)

Posted to: Ansonia, Shelton

A new restaurant is coming to Main Street in Ansonia — Copper City Bar and Grill.

Named after the nearby Ansonia Copper and Brass factory, the new restaurant will have an antique look, including a copper ceiling, classic wooden floors and an open kitchen for guests to see the chef at work, according to owner and chef Thomas Carney.

Carney said he’s not sure when opening day for the business will be, but that he is targeting late April or early May.

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Derby Buying Properties In Downtown Redevelopment Zone

by Eugene Driscoll | Mar 17, 2015 4:24 pm | Comments (3)

Posted to: Derby

The City of Derby will pay $600,000 to buy land in its downtown redevelopment zone.

The move settles a lawsuit filed brought against Derby by a property owner who said 15 years of broken promises devalued his land.

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Large pothole at storm drain in front of Greco and Haines
Mar 19, 2015 10:19 am
Address: 1730 Derby Milford Rd Derby, Connecticut
Rating: 1

There is a large pothole at the storm drain in front of Greco and Haines that needs to be...

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Huge sinkholes and looks like cliffs in the road from lifted pavement
Mar 18, 2015 3:14 pm
Address: 2-146 Coram Avenue Shelton, Connecticut
Rating: 1

entire hill up from Video 7 there is a huge sinkhole on right just before the Hillside Ave...

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Shelton High School - parking lot
Mar 16, 2015 3:55 pm
Address: Shelton High School Shelton, Connecticut
Rating: 3

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