by Press Release | Jul 8, 2014 11:55 am | Comments (0)
When it comes to children in need, the Valley never lets them down! For the eighth year in a row, the Annual Book Bag & School Supply drive has begun again.
Between now and Friday, Aug. 30, book bags and school supplies are being collected around the Valley.
Last year, over 76 book bags and an abundance of back to school supplies were collected.
by Joseph Kowalczyk | Guest Column | Jul 8, 2014 11:12 am | Comments (3)
I’ve always believed that it is the people who lose elections that can sometimes be poor sports. But it seems to me in the City of Ansonia it’s the winner who is the poor sport.
Mayor Cassetti, you won. Do your people have to constantly try and belittle our former mayor?
James Della Volpe was elected seven times; more than any mayor in this city’s history. Now he was either doing something right or the residents of Ansonia are all dumb. Did Mayor Della Volpe make some bad decisions? Of course. You don’t spend 14 years in City Hall without making some mistakes. But overall, he was a terrific mayor.
by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 7, 2014 6:30 pm | Comments (1)
A three-page letter from the Derby Water Pollution Control Authority to a supervising sanitary engineer with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Conservation can be deconstructed as such:
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME, DENNIS?”
First, some background.
by Andrew Frosceno | Special To The Valley Indy | Jul 4, 2014 1:11 am | Comments (0)
Investigators are trying to determine whether a lightning strike during a nasty summer storm triggered a house fire on Grand Street in Seymour late Thursday.
No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
by Ansonia Public Schools | Jul 3, 2014 12:50 pm | Comments (0)
A total of 193 eighth grade students participated in a Commencement Program at Ansonia Middle School on June 17 in the school auditorium.
The program was followed by a reception for students and their families.
Principal Amy O’Brien also announced the top two graduates of the class: Yao Dong of Team 8-East, who gave the welcoming address, and Stephanie Umeugo of Team 8-West, who delivered the history of the class.
by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 3, 2014 7:25 am | Comments (2)
For weeks now, municipal leaders in 18 towns and the brass at a non-profit emergency dispatch center in New Haven have been debating how to keep the center afloat. The sprawling discussion centers around how the service is paid for, and whether the funding method favors smaller towns over large cities.
On Wednesday the people directly affected by the budget battle spoke out.
People such as Amy Brown, a mom from Ansonia who started working as a dispatcher at South Central Connecticut Regional Emergency Communications System in New Haven nine years ago.
by Ethan Fry | Jul 2, 2014 8:27 pm | Comments (1)
More than six years after a $25 garden hose allegedly went missing for five days at the Ansonia police station, the city is still locked in a legal battle with the cop accused and later acquitted of stealing it.
The former officer, Mustafa Salahuddin, filed a federal lawsuit against Police Chief Kevin Hale last year alleging the chief and others conspired to have him arrested because they wanted to force him out of the department.
In April, a lawyer representing the police asked a judge to toss the lawsuit out of court, saying they are protected from the lawsuit by a legal doctrine that protects public officials from being sued.
Salahuddin’s lawyers have until Monday (July 7) to respond to the city’s request.
by Ansonia Public Schools | Jul 2, 2014 5:38 pm | Comments (0)
Diplomas were awarded to 133 members of the Class of 2014 from Ansonia High School during commencement exercises on June 18 at Jarvis Field.
The graduates are as follows (one asterisk indicates students who ranked in the top 20 percent of the class; two asterisks after the name indicates those receiving a Diploma of Distinction):
by Press Release | Jul 2, 2014 4:38 pm | Comments (0)
The Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism is helping members of the community quit tobacco with a FREE tobacco cessation program.
“Commit 2 Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit tobacco.
by Ethan Fry | Jul 1, 2014 7:25 pm | Comments (0)
The City of Ansonia has been underfunding its pension plans for the school secretary and custodian unions, officials said June 17.
The shortfall is somewhere in the region of $4 million to $6 million, City Comptroller William Nimons, who is also the president of the Board of Education, told Aldermen June 17.
Nimons and other Republican members of Mayor David Cassetti’s administration blamed the past administration of Democratic Mayor James Della Volpe for “kicking the can down the road” when it comes to funding the pension plan.
But Democratic Alderman Edward Adamowski said the finger-pointing was political gamesmanship from officials who knew or should have known about the shortfall years ago.