by Ethan Fry | Oct 21, 2014 7:26 am | Comments (0)
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.
by STAFF | Oct 20, 2014 3:06 pm | Comments (0)
Ansonia police arrested a South Street man Friday after they said he eluded officers trying to stop his car.
A prepared statement issued Monday by police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota said that on Friday officers saw 21-year-old Howard Rumley, “who was known to be operating a motor vehicle without a license,” and tried to stop him in the area of South Street.
Rumley fled, Cota’s statement said.
by Press Release | Oct 20, 2014 12:09 pm | Comments (0)
Join the Ansonia/Derby girls 2014-2015 Travel Basketball Team!
Open to girls from Ansonia or Derby in grades 4 through 8 who are interested in playing basketball.
Last chance sign-ups will be at the Ansonia Middle School gym Monday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
by Eugene Driscoll | COLUMN | Oct 17, 2014 1:55 pm | Comments (8)
The Ansonia Chargers varsity football team could tie a state record tonight for consecutive wins.
This is good news.
(Update — the Chargers fell short)
But there’s one thing that has bothered me about the coverage of the Ansonia High School football team.
by Ethan Fry | Oct 16, 2014 8:57 pm | Comments (1)
The prospects of a plan to put a $20 million food waste-to-energy plant on Ansonia’s North Division Street are looking increasingly bleak, if the questions from local lawmakers are any indication.
On Tuesday several Aldermen raised doubts about the project for about a half-hour at their regular monthly meeting as Chris Timbrell, a principal partner for the company that wants to build the plant, tried to quell their concerns.
Meanwhile, city officials have postponed a trip they had tentatively planned to Orlando, Fla. to see a similar facility there.
by Press Release | Oct 16, 2014 6:04 pm | Comments (0)
The City of Ansonia, through its Office of Corporation Counsel, advises residents and local second-hand store owners to educate themselves about hazardous consumer products that pose serious health and safety risks to children.
A recent study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that an estimated 69 percent of thrift stores were selling at least one type of hazardous consumer product. Many of these were children’s products.
“The City is calling on owners of local thrift stores to remove and destroy hazardous products whenever identified,” said Ansonia Corporation Counsel John P. Marini.
by STAFF | Oct 16, 2014 5:44 pm | Comments (0)
The chief of the Derby Storm Ambulance and Rescue Corps said his volunteers were trained last week on how to handle patients with Ebola-like symptoms and are working with Griffin Hospital to coordinate a response should a person with symptoms of the disease appear locally.
“I think, all in all, we’re in pretty good shape to handle something should it happen,” Storms Chief David Lenart said earlier this week.
Ebola was the story of the day in Connecticut Thursday, after a Yale doctoral student was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night after showing “Ebola-like symptoms.”
by Ethan Fry | Oct 16, 2014 8:53 am | Comments (2)
The City of Ansonia is in talks to sell two buildings it owns downtown to the developer who purchased most of Farrel Corp.‘s properties nearly two years ago.
The general idea — make the redevelopment of the city-owned parcels, which sit next to the former Farrel property, easier by combining them under one owner who could develop them all together, rather than piecemeal.
At the same time, the city would look to insert a “clawback” clause into any contract to sell the buildings calling for the redevelopment within a certain period of time.
by Ethan Fry | Oct 14, 2014 11:39 pm | Comments (1)
Ansonia Alderman Daniel Evans was swept into office last year in a stunning Republican upset, but when he meets out-of-towners, they don’t want to talk politics.
“When I tell somebody that I’m from Ansonia, it’s not Mayor Cassetti that they know,” Evans told fellow Aldermen Tuesday. “They say ‘Oh, that’s where Jack Hunt coached football.”
Hunt, a 1965 Ansonia High School graduate, died in 2012 after a storied career with the school’s football program, serving as head coach from 1987 to 2005.
On Tuesday Aldermen honored Hunt’s successful tenure — he led the team to seven state titles and compiled a 193-26 record — by naming a practice field at the Nolan Field Athletic Complex in his honor.
by Press Release | Oct 14, 2014 1:58 pm | Comments (0)
Seymour teacher Brandt Schneider sent along the following request:
Seymour High School is producing Annie on Nov. 21 and 22, 2014.
We are looking for a dog to play the role of Sandy.
This dog needs to be well trained, able to work with kids, able to handle the sound and lights, and have a owner/trainer willing and able to attend rehearsals and the shows.