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‘Brownie Castle’ Demolition Underscores Need For Preservation Laws In Derby

by John D. Poole | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 4, 2016 2:52 pm | Comments (0)

The Samuel Bowers-John Durand house, circa 1686, locally known as “Brownie Castle,” and the oldest surviving house in Derby, was demolished on Tuesday, Jan. 26 2016, by its owner, despite local efforts to save it.

Unfortunately, this home had no legal protections as an historic resource.

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Owner’s Lawyer Said ‘Brownie’s Castle’ Had To Go

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 4, 2016 11:50 am | Comments (0)

DERBY A lawyer said “Brownie’s Castle” in Derby was beyond repair and needed to come down, while a city preservationist said the structure’s surprise demolition underscores the need for new regulations to potentially save old properties from the wrecking ball.

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Derby Mayor Remains Silent On Employee’s Dismissal

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 3, 2016 12:23 pm | Comments (0)

The former Derby senior center director’s personnel file shows no disciplinary problems, and the mayor who fired her remains silent as to what triggered the move.

Mayor Anita Dugatto took the unusual step last month of firing Sarah Muoio just before her father’s funeral. Muoio did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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Seymour Theater Offering ‘Sensory-Friendly Flicks’

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 2, 2016 11:01 am | Comments (0)

Contributed PhotoNote: This article was originally published Jan. 14.

Sharri Lungarini loved seeing the latest “Star Wars” movie at Entertainment Cinemas in Seymour.

But even better was the note she found hanging in the theater’s bathroom.

No, it wasn’t wacky graffiti or a random phone number.

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Action Packed ‘Valley Navel Gazing’

by STAFF | Feb 1, 2016 12:12 pm | Comments (0)

Seymour Deputy Fire Marshal Timm Willis talked about an upcoming event at Seymour Middle School and the Valley United Way’s Jack Walsh talked about the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award Monday morning on “Valley Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy’s weekly radio show.

The complete show is embedded below.

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Today On ‘Valley Navel Gazing’

by STAFF | Jan 31, 2016 6:03 pm | Comments (0)

Fire safety and a legendary Valley journalist will be subjects of discussion this morning on “Valley Navel Gazing,” this publication’s weekly talk show.

The show begins at 9 a.m. on WNHH-LP from New Haven.

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Lawsuit Shows Disparity In Teacher Pay Between Neighboring Towns

by STAFF | Jan 29, 2016 7:47 am | Comments (0)

Schools in poor districts are hobbled by educators often leaving tough teaching conditions for much higher paying jobs in the suburbs.

In Bridgeport, for example, the average high school science teacher makes $63,200 a year compared to $82,400 in neighboring Weston schools. In Waterbury, the average elementary teacher makes $60,000 compared to $74,300 in neighboring Cheshire schools.

The info comes from The CT Mirror, a nonprofit online newspaper covering a lawsuit over whether the state gives enough money to the state’s poorest school districts.

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Channel 10 Programming Schedule

by Comcast | Jan 28, 2016 3:00 pm | Comments (0)

Here is the latest schedule from Comcast.

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Super Bowl Sub Sale To Benefit Scouts

by Press Release | Jan 28, 2016 11:34 am | Comments (0)

Derby Second Congregational Church sponsored Boy Scout Troop 3 and Derby-Shelton Rotary Club sponsored Venture Crew 33 are accepting orders for one-foot and five-foot double wide party sub sandwiches as part of their annual Super Bowl Sub Sale fundraiser.

The subs are made to order and home delivered anywhere in the Lower Naugatuck Valley on February 7.

All orders must be received by Feb 3.

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Derby Kids Learn Life Lessons From DPW Employee

by STAFF | Jan 27, 2016 4:08 pm | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryThe weekend’s snowstorm didn’t arrive in time to give the Irving School a snow day Friday, but 16 second-graders still got out of the classroom thanks to the Derby Department of Public Works.

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Street Light Out
Feb 3, 2016 11:11 am
Address: Corner Of Congress Avenue And Wall Street Shelton, Connecticut
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Street Light at top of Wall street hill and Congress Avenue is out.

Are We Really Painting an Eyesore?!
Jan 15, 2016 6:00 am
Address: 35 Main Street Ansonia, Connecticut
Rating: 10

I was driving down Main this morning when I got to 115 (the address I keyed is approximate)...

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parking in the lanes
Feb 4, 2016 9:14 pm
Address: Woodbridge Ave Ansonia, Connecticut
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on woodbridge ave between north state st and vescelli cars park on both sides of the street...

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