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Medicaid Program Gets Boost From Pharmaceutical Settlement
Oct 2, 2014 12:00 pm

Connecticut’s Medicaid program received $388,145 this month as part of a broader $56.5 million settlement that states and the federal government...

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Hartford Attorney Renews Complaint Against Radio Station
Oct 2, 2014 5:30 am

A Hartford attorney filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday alleging that WTIC-AM 1080 violated federal communications...

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Foley, NBC Unable To Agree On Debate Terms
Oct 1, 2014 7:19 pm

Republican Tom Foley’s campaign has been unable to come to terms with NBC Connecticut regarding an Oct. 23 debate against Democratic Gov. Dannel P....

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Mayor Kicks Up Heels To Boost Local Shopping
by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 2, 2014 11:56 am

Mayor Toni Harp’s high heels have to be ready for anything—one minute she might be clicking her way through City Hall, the next minute navigating...

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“We Don’t Want Someone To Go Through That”
by Aliyya Swaby | Oct 2, 2014 8:25 am
Sandi Victorio said she endured unwanted advances from her boss at least twice a day. As she stood in the aisles of the clothing warehouse, she...more »

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Wayback Burgers To Open In Derby

by STAFF | Oct 1, 2014 7:24 pm | Comments (1)

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby

Wayback Burgers will be opening a store within a rebuilt structure that formerly Xpect Discounts in Derby, company officials confirmed Wednesday.

The restaurant will open on Pershing Drive, where there are two different retail redevelopment projects underway.

Walgreen Eastern Co. owns Red Raider Plaza, where Xpect Discounts sat on one end and a strip of retail shops sat on the other, toward Division Street.

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Irving School Kids In Derby To Use ‘Buddy Bench’

by Eugene Driscoll | Oct 1, 2014 2:02 pm

Posted to: Derby, Education

Courtesy Derby Public SchoolsStudents at the Irving School in Derby have a bold new sign to highlight the school’s “buddy bench” thanks to volunteers from Pitney Bowes in Stamford.

What’s a buddy bench, you ask?

It’s a way to nip bullying in the bud.

A child sits on the bench during play time to send out the signal — “I need a buddy!”

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Ansonia Approves Olson Drive Zone Change

by Ethan Fry | Oct 1, 2014 5:57 am | Comments (2)

Posted to: Ansonia

Ansonia’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zone change Monday that paves the way for the city’s housing authority to develop “lower density” affordable housing on Olson Drive.

But don’t expect shovels to be in the ground there for awhile — housing authority officials told the PZC Monday that ground-breaking for the redevelopment could be as many as two years away, after more specific plans for the redevelopment are vetted by federal and local officials.

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Things To Do In The Valley

by STAFF | Sep 30, 2014 12:51 pm

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

Need a few hours to get away from the hordes of brown marmorated stink bugs invading your house?

Well, there’s plenty of places to hide out this week and this weekend in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

The information comes from the Valley Indy calendar (where you can promote your events 24 hours a day, seven days a week), emails and Facebook posts from Valley Indy readers.

Oh, and the UConn bug guys are looking for people willing to help them catch stink bugs.

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Derby Tears Down Blighted House

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 30, 2014 10:32 am

Posted to: Derby

Derby officials said their battle against blight scored another victory Monday with the destruction of a long-blighted house at 350 Derby Ave.

The property had been on the city’s blight list since 2011. Properties on the blight list are subject to $100-a-day fines.

There were several attempts over the years between the owner and the Board of Aldermen to work out a compromise over the blight liens on the property, which totaled more than $32,000 in 2012, putting the property among the top 10 of the city’s “most blighted buildings.”

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Ansonia Auto Parts Probe Leads To Arrest Of Iraqi Man

by Ethan Fry | Sep 30, 2014 7:18 am | Comments (2)

Posted to: Ansonia

photo:ethan fryA man was arrested in Ansonia after police said they found him illegally dismantling vehicles inside an East Main Street building and shipping the parts to his native Iraq.

Police called in federal authorities after detaining the shop’s operator, Hayder Abdulrasool Al-Kulabi, 42, of Rock Street in New Haven, who is in the United States from Iraq on a 60-day visa.

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Derby Talks First Soil Samples From O’Sullivan’s Island

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 29, 2014 4:42 pm | Comments (2)

Posted to: Derby

Low-level chemical contamination is within the first six inches of soil on O’Sullivan’s Island, a public park in Derby that was closed in January over fears of soil contamination.

While additional testing needs to be done, the preliminary results pulled from 22 locations on the property indicate the chemicals are not at concentrations that pose a threat to the public.

That’s according to a Sept. 25 email from Margaret Harvey, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Public Health, to the Valley Council of Governments.

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Community Supports ‘Derby’s Best’

by Patricia Villers | Sep 29, 2014 1:14 am

Posted to: Derby

Enthusiastic supporters of all ages turned out Saturday morning to take part in Derby’s B.E.S.T. 5K Walk/Run.

B.E.S.T. stands for Better Empower the Students and Teachers.

Walnut Hill Community Church in Derby hosted the event to benefit Derby Public Schools.

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Foreman: Crozier’s Own Words Convicted Him

by Ethan Fry | Sep 25, 2014 5:10 pm | Comments (1)

Posted to: Seymour

It was Seymour lawyer Ralph Crozier’s own words that now have him facing up to 40 years behind bars.

On Thursday a jury of eight men and four women found Crozier guilty of money laundering charges after a five-day trial at U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Afterward, the jury’s foreman said it was a concession Crozier made from the witness stand — that he knew a former client had been “dabbling” in selling prescription painkillers — that convinced jurors to vote guilty.

“There were times when he was his own worst enemy,” the foreman, Dan Delisle, of Cromwell, said outside the courthouse.

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Jury Reaches Verdict In Seymour Lawyer’s Money Laundering Case

by Ethan Fry | Sep 25, 2014 1:46 pm

Posted to: Seymour

A 12-person jury found Seymour lawyer Ralph Crozier guilty of money laundering charges Wednesday at U.S. District Court in New Haven.

Crozier faces a possible 40-year prison sentence.

He was found guilty of two separate criminal charges — conspiracy to launder money and attempted money laundering.

The jury delivered its verdict after deliberating Wednesday and Thursday in the wake of a five-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18. The judge ordered Crozier not to take on new clients and to wrap up his law practice before that date.

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Sep 30, 2014 3:19 pm
Address: Blake Street And Hillside Avenue New Haven, Connecticut
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Sep 29, 2014 9:57 am
Address: 23 Franklin St Ansonia, Connecticut
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Sep 26, 2014 5:54 pm
Address: 19 Beverly Drive Ansonia, Connecticut
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