by Ethan Fry | Aug 7, 2014 10:49 pm | Comments (0)
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said last month that downtown needed a “heart transplant.”
On Thursday he made his first incision.
Using the Ansonia Copper & Brass Company’s long-dormant smokestacks as an evocative backdrop, the mayor announced a deal the city struck to forgive a portion of the company’s massive tax debt in exchange for partial demolition commencing there.
by STAFF | Aug 7, 2014 1:49 pm | Comments (5)
Two people were sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital after a bicycle they were riding collided with a truck on Lester Street in Ansonia.
A 16-year-old boy from West Haven, whose name was not released because of his age, and Nicole Portunato, 32, of Waterbury ,were taken to the hospital with what police said were minor injuries.
Portunato was listed in fair condition Friday morning at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
However, a woman who identified herself as Portunato’s mother on the Valley Indy comment section said her daughter suffered serious injuries.
by Ethan Fry | Aug 6, 2014 9:15 pm | Comments (3)
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti will announce details Thursday (Aug. 6) of a plan to demolish about 30,000 square feet of the sprawling Ansonia Brass & Copper complex downtown.
The city has reached a deal by which the company will level a small portion of the nearly 40 acres of factory and office space it owns between the Naugatuck River and Liberty Street.
In exchange, the city will allow the company to deduct up to $400,000 of the cost of the demolition against the roughly $800,000 it owes the city in unpaid taxes and sewer fees.
by Eugene Driscoll | Aug 6, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments (4)
There were no injuries after the rear tire of a tanker truck caught fire on Route 8 north Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to Route 8 for a report of a tanker fire between exits 16 and 17 about 1:20 p.m.
Derby Fire Marshal Phil Hawks said the tanker truck was carrying 6,800 gallons of sewage.
by Press Release | Aug 6, 2014 11:56 am | Comments (0)
Holy Rosary parish, Ansonia, will sponsor its 47th annual Italian Festival, Festa! 2014, Aug. 7 to Aug. 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. on its church grounds on 10 Father Salemi Drive in downtown Ansonia.
The festival is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant parish in the early 1900s. The current church (and festival) is located in the old Powe Street neighborhood that once housed a vibrant Italian enclave from 1900 to the flood redevelopment era of the 1960s.
The festival features freshly prepared Italian foods such as suffrito, lasagna al forno, porchetta, pizza fritta, ravioli fritta, fried calamari and more.
by Ethan Fry | Aug 5, 2014 11:03 pm | Comments (5)
An anti-blight ordinance passed by Ansonia Aldermen in April has evoked comparisons to Godzilla, but the case of a Highland Terrace property resolved Tuesday (Aug. 5) showed that in at least some instances, the city need not leave Tokyo in ruins.
by Eugene Driscoll | Aug 5, 2014 11:02 pm | Comments (5)
The battle against blight in the lower Naugatuck Valley is intensifying, with Derby exploring whether to adopt Ansonia’s self-described “Godzilla”-like anti-blight law.
Specifically, Alderman Carmen DiCenso last month gave his fellow Derby Aldermen a copy of Ansonia’s “clean and lien” policy.
Ansonia Alderman adopted an anti-blightl law in April, part of which allows the city to hire contractors to clean badly blighted properties — after giving the property owner fair warning and an opportunity to clean up the mess.
by Noreen DeCiucis | Guest Column | Aug 5, 2014 12:30 pm | Comments (5)
I’m writing today in regards to the streets of Ansonia being in such disrepair.
Potholes have been getting patched just to reopen. Cracks, holes, patches, gullies, it’s insane and unacceptable.
In the last two years, we’ve had to repair front end damage more then once to both of our vehicles.
by Seymour Fire Marshal's Office | Aug 5, 2014 9:51 am | Comments (0)
The Fire Challenge.
Parents, have you heard about this? It is a disturbing new trend that has gone viral on social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube.
by Ethan Fry | Aug 4, 2014 11:43 pm | Comments (0)
Ansonia school officials will meet with dozens of special education instructional assistants this week to fill them in on a plan to outsource their jobs to a private company.
The move will save the school district roughly $100,000, according to school officials.
Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 5) and Friday (Aug. 8) to inform the employees on the change. School officials say everyone currently employed as special education instructional assistants will have the opportunity to keep their jobs, though they could face pay cuts once the new company takes over.