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by STAFF | Jan 20, 2018 3:08 am

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

The Valley Indy returns Monday with a podcast interview with Derby Mayor Rich Dziekan, who talks about how his administration is taking shape six weeks into his term.

It was another busy local news week in the lower Naugatuck Valley. Here is a look back at the most popular stories of the week.

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Derby Mayor: Let’s Talk About A Regional School District

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 18, 2018 9:20 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby

Mayor Rich Dziekan will be asking the Board of Aldermen to form a committee that will study whether to create a regional school district with Ansonia and Derby.

Aldermen will take up the issue at their next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 8.

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Pay Stub Bank Robber Faces Four-Year Sentence

by Ethan Fry | Jan 17, 2018 6:15 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Derby, Seymour

Steven Gomez-Maya walked into the TD Bank North in Seymour one morning last August and handed the teller a note.

“This is a robbery, give me 5,000 nobody gets shot,” it read. So the teller gave $500 cash to Gomez-Maya.

But detectives had him in handcuffs within hours after discovering the note he left at the bank was written on the back of his girlfriend’s pay stub.

The 20-year-old now faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced for the robbery after taking a plea deal in the case last week.

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Derby Silo Knocked Over, Cut Into Pieces

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 16, 2018 3:50 pm

Posted to: Derby

Brian Goncalo was there in 1980, fresh out of high school, about 100 feet off the ground to measure how much bird seed was left in the giant can.

He was there in the late 1980s, when the new owners pulled the plug on the place.

And he was there Tuesday, when heavy machinery pulled the legs out from it, sending it toppling over onto its side. Giant scissors picked apart the metallic rusted corpse.

“It” was the silo once belonging to Derby Feed off Caroline Street.

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Ansonia’s MLK Day Message: Keep The Faith And Never Stop Caring

by Melissa Nunez | CONTRIBUTOR | Jan 16, 2018 6:37 am

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

Melissa Nunez Photo As the “Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” began, Macedonia Baptist Church Minister Bruce Goldson reminded the audience that in times of division, one must recognize the importance of unity.

“As long as we stand together as one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, we as a people and as a nation shall prevail,” Goldson said.

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One Of Derby’s Worst Eyesores To Be Removed

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 15, 2018 5:38 am

Posted to: Derby

Photo: Eugene Driscoll Update, 10:03 a.m. Monday Mayor Dziekan’s chief of staff sent an email saying the silo will not becoming down today due to frigid temperatures.

“Machines are frozen in New Haven so tearing down is re-scheduled for tomorrow. Stay tuned,” Andrew Baklik wrote in an email.

Update: The Derby Mayor’s Office sent word that Mayor Dziekan and others will be at Sherman’s Taphouse, a new business at 181 Main St., to watch the silo be dismantled starting at 10 a.m. Monday. The establishment is across the street from the silo.

Original post from Jan. 12 follows:

The Derby Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday to allow a company to remove one of the most prominent eyesores in the city — for free.

“I’m elated. And it only took him six weeks. Not bad,” joked Second Ward Alderman Ron Sill, referencing Derby Mayor Rich Dziekan, who was sworn into office Dec. 2.

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Most Read Stories Of The Week!

by STAFF | Jan 13, 2018 5:42 am

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

It was a busy week at The Valley Indy.

Here are the stories that our readers read the most this week.

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Texas Fugitive Caught In Ansonia Waives Extradition

by Ethan Fry | Jan 12, 2018 3:45 pm

Posted to: Ansonia, Shelton

pool photo courtesy ct post A 19-year-old Texas man wanted for the New Year’s Day killing of a romantic rival agreed to waive extradition back to the Lone Star State.

Giuseppe Briguglio was arrested by a team of detectives from Ansonia and Shelton late Thursday after police learned he was hiding out in the basement of a home on Ansonia’s Beverly Drive.

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Seymour School Staffers Laid Off Last Month Won’t Be Coming Back

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 11, 2018 2:04 pm

Posted to: Seymour, Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

Seymour school district officials said they had to lay off 13 workers last month because of a shortfall in state funding.

The move eliminated all “clerical paraprofessionals” from the district.

Those workers answered phones, answered the entrance doors and assisted with lunch duties, according to an email from Seymour Public Schools Superintendent Michael Wilson.

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Community Members Voice Support For Ansonia Principal

by STAFF | Jan 11, 2018 12:22 pm

Posted to: Ansonia

Several people voiced support for Ansonia High School Principal Terri Goldson at a school board meeting Wednesday, Fox 61 reported.

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