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Guest Column: Volunteer Firefighters Need A Training School

by Kevin Blake | GUEST COLUMN | May 24, 2016 1:24 pm | Comments (0)

Our state legislators have been working hard, especially this year, to address the situation trying to keep costs down so that taxes are not increased.

But the Valley’s volunteer firefighters, who risk their lives each and every day for the residents, became part of this year’s budget crunch. Some may recall, the Valley firefighters had trained at a fire school located right below the Commodore Hull Bridge. However, environmental concerns caused the facility to be closed many years ago.

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Derby Budget Public Hearing Tuesday, May 24

by STAFF | May 23, 2016 7:58 pm | Comments (0)

Taxes in Derby could increase about $300 for the average single-family tax bill under a budget approved by the city’s tax board last month.

If you pay taxes in Derby, now’s your only chance to be heard.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 24) in the Aldermanic Chambers of Derby City Hall, 1 Elizabeth St.

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Route 34 Over Stevenson Dam To Close For Maintenance

by Press Release | May 23, 2016 4:05 pm | Comments (0)

FILEFirstLight Hydro Generating Company (FirstLight) is announcing the closure and detour of traffic on Route 34 (Roosevelt Drive) in both directions at the Stevenson Dam, located at the Oxford/Monroe town line, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 6. 

The closure and traffic detour is necessary to perform maintenance work on the Stevenson Dam. 

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Dugatto Asks Residents To Remember Former Mayor

by Press Release | May 22, 2016 10:06 am | Comments (0)

Former Derby Mayor Gino DiMauro Jr. passed away May 20.

He was 66. Click here for information on services.

Derby City Hall sent the following note over the weekend:

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Valley Navel Gazing: Restoring The Soldiers’ Monument In Derby

by STAFF | May 22, 2016 9:38 am | Comments (0)

On this week’s Valley Navel Gazing, retired Valley Community Foundation President James Cohen talks about an effort underway to restore the Soldiers Monument on the Derby Green.

Click play to listen.

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Three Deaths In 10 Hours On Route 8

by STAFF | May 20, 2016 7:36 am | Comments (0)

A 61-year-old New York man was killed Thursday after crashing into a state Department of Transportation work truck on Route 8 south in Seymour.

Daniel R. Cormier was traveling on the highway in a Isuzu box truck near exit 20 when he veered to the right and “began to drive along the metal beam guardrail,” according to an accident summary from state police. He struck a DOT truck that was parked partially in the right lane and right shoulder.

The crash happened at 12:10 p.m.

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Two People Dead After Wrong Way Route 8 Wreck

by STAFF | May 19, 2016 12:33 pm | Comments (0)

GOOGLE MAPSState police are investigating a head-on crash that killed two people early Thursday on Route 8.

According to an accident summary from state police Troop I, Fernando J. Moreno-Rivas, 30, of Stratford, was heading south on Route 8 near exit 13 when his Chevy Tahoe was hit by a Chrysler Town & Country heading in the wrong direction on the highway.

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Derby Police Seek Suspect In Rash Of Store Robberies

by STAFF | May 19, 2016 1:49 am | Comments (0)

Derby police are investigating five robberies in the past four months “that appear to be connected.”

The department issued photographs Wednesday (below) of a suspect and asked the public to identify the man.

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Dziekan: I Stand By My Comments

by GUEST COLUMN| Richard Dziekan | May 18, 2016 5:30 pm | Comments (0)

This is in response to a letter written in the Valley Independent by Mr. Bowen dated May 18, 2016.

I stand by my earlier comments. The firing of the director on the day of her father’s wake was heartless. There is no disputing that.

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Letter: Dziekan Should Apologize For January Statement

by Christopher Bowen | GUEST COLUMN | May 18, 2016 5:53 am | Comments (0)

In January, the Connecticut Post reported that Sarah Muoio, director of the Derby Senior Center, was unceremoniously let go from her position by Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto.

At the time, the Mayor didn’t comment on the situation, which concerned many people, myself included.

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