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Malloy Promises More School Security Funds, If He’s Re-Elected
Oct 31, 2014 5:48 pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced $22 million in new state funding for school security projects Friday at Manchester High School. Malloy, who is locked...

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Esty’s Hometown Paper Backs Greenberg, As Newtown Bee Praises Sandy Hook Response
Oct 31, 2014 2:00 pm

A weekly newspaper in 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s hometown is backing Republican Mark Greenberg’s challenge to the first-term...

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Voters Describe Latest ‘Big Brother’ Mailings As ‘Veiled Threats’ and ‘Creepy’
Oct 31, 2014 12:00 pm

(Updated 4 p.m.) Some voters found it creepy and others were amused when they received the Democratic State Central Committee’s two latest mailers...

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Aerosol Smackdown!
by David Sepulveda | Oct 31, 2014 3:02 pm
Less than 24 hours after New Haven-based graffiti artist Dooley-O (pictured) paid homage to his “heroes”—New York graffiti legends about whom...more »
Principals Feel Time Squeeze
by Aliyya Swaby | Oct 31, 2014 12:17 pm
Pam Franco wants to spend more time in classrooms to evaluate her teachers, but often finds herself “sidetracked” by student discipline or family...more »


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Ghost Hunting In Derby

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 31, 2014 1:53 am

Posted to: Derby

“Knock once if you’re a male, or twice if you’re a female,” Scott Hamilton asks in a back room of a massive old industrial building on Roosevelt Drive in Derby.

There’s a noise. It’s faint. Sounds like a tap.

“Hear that?” Hamilton asks John Fredericks, his partner in ghost hunting.

“Yeah,” Fredericks says.

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There’s A New Way To Look At The Naugatuck River In Seymour

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 31, 2014 12:08 am | Comments (1)

Posted to: Seymour

Photo: Eugene DriscollThe public got its first long look Thursday at the new Paul Pawlak, Sr. Park, and the long-anticipated fish bypass channel around the Tingue Dam in the Naugatuck River.

And you know what?

It’s glorious.

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Cancer Is A Family Fight For Shelton Mom And Daughter

by Patricia Villers | Oct 30, 2014 8:54 am

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

Early detection.

It’s the message that The Valley Goes Pink committee co-chair Susan Coyle of Shelton wants to convey.

Coyle survived breast cancer 25 years ago.

Her experience propelled her into becoming one of the original members of the committee created to raise money to build The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

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Derby Taxpayers Are Funding $20,000 Infomercial

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 28, 2014 11:01 pm | Comments (3)

Posted to: Derby, Your Right To Know

Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto said Tuesday the city is using taxpayer money to fund a $19,800 infomercial to promote the city and lure potential investors.

The video will be five minutes long and will be part of an infomercial called “Communities of Distinction.”

Just who was footing the bill was a mystery Monday, when the city sent out a press advisory inviting coverage of the production shoot.

“It’s an economic development initiative,” Dugatto said. “I’m trying to market the city. This is what we need to do. We need to really put forth what Derby is all about.”

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Derby To Be Featured In Paid Infomercial, But The Producer Has A Checkered Past

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 27, 2014 7:16 pm | Comments (2)

Posted to: Derby

A company hired to do a promotional video for the City of Derby will be in town Tuesday, Mayor Anita Dugatto announced.

Derby is scheduled to be featured on “Communities of Distinction,” an infomercial hosted by Terry Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, a former pro football player and a current NFL broadcaster on Fox, narrates the show.

Bradshaw himself will not be in Derby Tuesday.

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FBI Says Oxford Man Lied To Investors

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 26, 2014 7:11 pm

Posted to: Oxford

A jury trial is scheduled to start in January for a financial advisor accused of lying to clients about their investments and forging documents to cover his tracks.

Robert E. Lee Jr., 50, of Oxford, was indicted on five counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury Oct. 7. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint authored by a FBI agent who specializes in white collar crime, Lee scammed three clients in a “Ponzi” scheme — that is, he robbed Peter to pay Paul, as the saying goes.

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Seymour Firefighters Sell ‘Pink’ T-Shirts

by John Hannon | GUEST COLUMN | Oct 26, 2014 6:28 pm

Posted to: Seymour, Guest Column, News by You

SUBMITTED PHOTOOctober was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the Seymour Fire Department’s Citizens’ Engine Co. #2 designed and sold custom T-shirts honoring the cause.

With breast cancer affecting many families of many of Citizens’ members, it was an effort fully supported by the all-volunteer fire company that has been serving the Town of Seymour for 130 years.

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VIDEO: Derby Residents Worried About $31 Million Sewer Referendum

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 23, 2014 12:28 am | Comments (1)

Posted to: Derby

Derby taxpayers will vote Nov. 4 on whether to move forward with $31.24 million in repairs and upgrades to the city’s sewer system.

The city’s Water Pollution Control Authority sponsored an information session on the issue Wednesday night at Derby Middle School.

Only about 12 people attended, including four public officials.

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‘Cheers’ Actor Stumps For Tripp In Ansonia

by Ethan Fry | Oct 21, 2014 7:26 am

Posted to: Ansonia

Bridgeport native John Ratzenberger’s face is familiar to millions from his decade-plus run on “Cheers” as bar know-it-all Cliff Clavin.

His voice is familiar to millions more through his many roles in the animated films of Pixar Studios, most notably the “Toy Story” franchise.

On Monday a few dozen Valley residents became familiar with Ratzenberger’s political views as he stumped for Ansonia Board of Aldermen President Phil Tripp’s state senate campaign against Democratic incumbent Joseph Crisco.

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The Curious Case Of The Crane That Wouldn’t Go Away

by Rebecca Putorti | Oct 20, 2014 7:38 am | Comments (5)

Posted to: Derby

Rebecca PutortiIs anyone missing a crane?

If so, call Derby City Hall.

A very large construction crane has been sitting on city-owned property next to a municipal parking lot off Caroline Street for about 15 months.

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