by STAFF | Sep 4, 2014 2:24 pm | Comments (0)
Ansonia’s Board of Education honored the city’s teacher of the year at its meeting Wednesday at City Hall.
Superintendent Carol Merlone began the meeting by lauding Yvette Bailey, a reading teacher at the middle school selected as this year’s teacher of the year.
“She’s a phenomenal teacher at the middle school, she teaches reading and she does wonderful programs for children,” Merlone said. “The kids do outstanding jobs . . . she’s only interested in the positive things that kids can do.”
by STAFF | Sep 4, 2014 2:22 pm | Comments (1)
An eighth grade student from Ansonia is one of 300 semi-finalists in a national science and engineering competition.
Prastik Mohanraj attends the Engineering & Science University Interdistrict Magnet High School in Hamden.
The magnet school is part of the New Haven school system.
by STAFF | Sep 4, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments (1)
An Ansonia woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from a parent-teacher organization may see the case against her dismissed if she stays out of trouble.
The woman, Ansonia resident Kelly Kahyaoglu, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree larceny in April. She faced up to three years behind bars in accordance with a plea deal.
Kahyaoglu, 49, told the Valley Indy she has paid the money back.
She was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday at Superior Court in Milford. Judge Frank Iannotti instead continued the case to Sept. 18 at the request of Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko and Kahyaoglu’s lawyer, Public Defender David Egan.
by Press Release | Sep 3, 2014 2:58 pm | Comments (0)
The 14th Annual “Women Making A Difference In The Valley” luncheon is schedule for 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.
The event honors local women who make the Valley a better place. The annual luncheon also raises money for the Valley Breast Health Care Fund.
This year’s luncheon will be hosted by Liz Kennard.
by Jimmy Tickey | Guest Column | Sep 3, 2014 2:34 pm | Comments (0)
Congratulations to the Valley United Way on celebrating 25 Years of their Youth Leadership Program.
The program, which is unique to our own local United Way, has spent 25 years preparing and mentoring youth for future leadership roles in their communities.
This yearlong program encourages students to get involved in the community and trains them extensively to be future leaders. Students learn about community needs, the importance of nonprofit agencies, and the role volunteerism plays in addressing those needs.
by Ethan Fry | Sep 3, 2014 2:32 pm | Comments (0)
Facing up to 45 years in prison for robbing a Seymour bank of $4,700 and change last year, Thomas “Country” Steele maintained his innocence Wednesday in Superior Court in Milford.
Rising to address Judge Denise Markle at his sentencing in the case, Steele, 55, listed inconsistencies in testimony from a trial in June while asking the judge to “set aside” a verdict delivered by a six-person jury after fewer than two hours of deliberation.
Judge Markle declined, instead sentencing Steele to serve 10 years behind bars in the case after noting his lengthy criminal record and the four days’ worth of evidence arrayed against him.
by Press Release | Sep 2, 2014 2:56 pm | Comments (0)
The Rotary Club of Ansonia announced that Ansonia resident Jessica Cegelka is the recipient of its annual academic scholarship.
Ms. Cegelka matriculates this month to the University of Rhode Island to study pharmaceutical science.
by Press Release | Sep 2, 2014 1:35 pm | Comments (0)
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CT COMMUTER RAIL COUNCIL:
The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council will be sponsoring a commuter forum for all Waterbury Branch riders on Sept. 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the offices of the Naugatuck Historical Society located within the Naugatuck Train Station at 195 Water St. in Naugatuck.
by Press Release | Sep 2, 2014 1:09 pm | Comments (0)
A restored Derby ambulance responded to its first call around 4 a.m. Aug. 23.
The crew consisted of EMT Uvino and EMT Brie Lenart, keeping a family tradition for more than 65 years. Brie is the granddaughter of Ambulance Corps founder Ed Cotter Jr., who took the Storm’s first ambulance call in 1948.
Derby now has two working ambulances.
by Ethan Fry | Sep 1, 2014 12:42 pm | Comments (3)
Ansonia Housing Authority officials showed a “preliminary site plan” to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission Monday (Aug. 25) for the development of a 48-unit affordable housing development on Olson Drive.
The plans, housing officials stressed, are still in the early stages, but would provide for a lower-density redevelopment of the site with 22 two-family units and four single-family units. At its height, the Riverside Apartments on Olson Drive had 160 units.
The housing authority submitted the plans as part of a zone change request they say would allow them to develop the site in a manner less conducive to the higher-density apartment buildings still standing.