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.
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.
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.
by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 2, 2016 11:01 am | Comments (0)
Note: 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.
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.
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.
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.
by Comcast | Jan 28, 2016 3:00 pm | Comments (0)
Here is the latest schedule from Comcast.
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.
by STAFF | Jan 27, 2016 4:08 pm | Comments (0)
The 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.