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IN OTHER NEWS

Derby has ethics!
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Opposition to potential slap-on-wrist. . . .

Pill nurse sentencing delayed.

DERBY DERBY DERBY

The school super speaks!

AUDITIONS

March 11.

GOOD JOB

Shelton students.

SPEAKER SCHEDULED

For Oxford-Seymour Rotary.

WOMAN INJURED

After falling off bridge in Derby.

MATTRESS SALE

A fundraiser. Saturday in Derby.

DEVELOPER

Informally interested in long-stagnant former Lifetouch property in Derby.

ROLLOVER CRASH

Reported in Shelton.

WEEKLY STATS

From the Shelton FD.

CONCUSSION PREVENTION

On the mind of Rep. Klarides-Ditria.

FREE MEALS

And fellowship in Ansonia.

HONOR ROLLS

Bradley School

Derby Middle School

Emmett O’Brien High School

Irving School

Seymour High School

THE NEW NORMAL

CT gov’t issues guidance on new federal illegal immigration policies.

KEVIN LEMBO

Supports school funding change for special education.

SHELTON MAN

Charged with selling drugs to overdose victim.

POSSIBLE OVERDOSE

Triggers manhunt in Derby.

THE ANSONIA BUDGET


Dems analyze the spending plan, notice hole.

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School corrects Dems on use of the word deficit.

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Cassetti hopes state lawmakers step up.

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Alderman: the state’s system is broken.

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Gentile says she is fighting for Ansonia.

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Logan: Team effort needed.

MAYOR DUGATTO

Officially announces she is running for re-election.

MARCH HAPPENINGS

At Derby Public Library.

MAYOR CASSETTI:

Ansonia budget at ‘breaking point.’

DEEP CUTS

Proposed to Ansonia’s library.

LAWMAKERS

To host town hall meeting in Seymour.

WEEKLY STATS

From the Shelton Fire Department.

‘Navel Gazing’ With The Valley Community Foundation And BHcare

by STAFF | Feb 26, 2017 4:37 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

This week’s ‘Navel Gazing’ focuses on two nonprofit groups in the lower Naugatuck Valley — The Valley Community Foundation in Derby and BHcare in Ansonia.

Click play to listen.

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New Alderman To Be Appointed In Ansonia

by Ethan Fry | Feb 23, 2017 5:00 pm

Posted to: Ansonia

Ansonia’s Board of Aldermen should have a new member next month.

Mayor David Cassetti said Thursday (Feb. 23) he plans to nominate Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Joseph Jaumann to fill a vacancy in the Fifth Ward.

Jaumann, if confirmed by other Aldermen, would replace the mayor’s son, Anthony Cassetti, who has represented the Fifth Ward since 2013 but is moving out of town.

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Stew Leonard’s Is Still Not Coming To Derby

by STAFF | Feb 22, 2017 8:23 pm

Posted to: Derby

ethan fry photoRumors of Stew Leonard and his army of robot farm animals invading Derby are so persistent Mayor Anita Dugatto issued a statement Monday to tell people it’s not true.

“Mayor Dugatto has reached out to Stew Leonard personally about the opportunity to establish a location in Derby,” her office wrote on Facebook. “She was informed that the company has no interest in adding a Derby store at this time since they are currently busy with growth in other areas.”

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Derby’s Carmen DiCenso: I Can Do Better As Derby Mayor

by Ethan Fry | Feb 21, 2017 10:04 pm

Posted to: Derby

photo:ethan fryDerby Board of Aldermen President Carmen DiCenso formally announced his candidacy for mayor Tuesday by vowing to do a better job than two-term Democratic incumbent Anita Dugatto overseeing ethics, communicating with residents, and shaping political consensus.

“I am confident in my leadership ability to pull everyone together to get the job done,” DiCenso said at the end of a five-minute speech. “We will do better.”

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Valley Sports Rewind: John Oko

by STAFF | Feb 20, 2017 7:23 am

Posted to: Derby, Valley Sports Rewind

In the latest Valley Sports Rewind, host Mike Cannici strolls down memory lane with John Oko, a former Derby football player and coach.

Oko is now the football coach at Nonnewaug High School.

Valley Sports Rewind is a talk show produced by ValleyIndy.org.

It also airs Monday at 1 p.m. on WNHH, 103.5 LP FM in New Haven.

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Officials Probing Roof Collapse At Ansonia Building

by Ethan Fry | Feb 17, 2017 11:47 am

Posted to: Ansonia

ANSONIA FIRE DEPARTMENTUpdate 3 p.m.: In a letter sent Friday afternoon to the owner of 35 N. Main St., Ansonia Chief Building Inspector Nick Behun ordered the owner of the property to demolish the building.

Behun’s letter to Pandel Properties said the building “has sustained heavy damage due to partial collapse and is a severe health and safety concern.”

“You are being ORDERED TO DEMOLISH THIS STRUCTURE IMMEDIATELY,” Behun wrote.

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Seymour Police Investigating Untimely Death

by STAFF | Feb 17, 2017 10:17 am

Posted to: Seymour, Police

photo:ethan fryUpdate: Seymour police identified the man Feb. 22 as Leonardo Cirino, 40. No cause or manner of death has been determined by the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office. However, police said the man’s death looks to be “medical in nature.”

Detectives from Seymour and state police are at the scene of an Old Town Road home investigating an untimely death.

A person’s body was taken from the property about 8:30 a.m. by a state vehicle.

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Ansonia Hopes Malloy Bolsters The School Budget

by Ethan Fry | Feb 16, 2017 8:33 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Ansonia Budget

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti has proposed a budget to Aldermen he hopes they don’t have to pass.

The $63 million spending plan for 2017-2018 keeps taxes level but contains a number of painful cuts that the mayor said will be avoided only if the city receives more education funding from the state.

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Good News And Bad News In Proposed Ansonia School Budget

by STAFF | Feb 16, 2017 6:37 am

Posted to: Ansonia, Ansonia Budget, Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

The annual school budget process in Ansonia has kicked of a new spirit of cooperation among Aldermen and the schools, administrators from Ansonia Public Schools said Wednesday while taping “Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy’s weekly talk show.

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Shelton Zoning Vote Pushed Another Month

by Ethan Fry | Feb 14, 2017 9:29 pm

Posted to: Shelton

photo:ethan fry
Shelton’s Planning and Zoning Commission discussed a zone change proposal for a controversial mixed-use development on Bridgeport Avenue for about 10 minutes Tuesday but did not vote on the application.

A vote to approve the proposal could take place at the commission’s March 7 meeting.

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