Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

Seymour High Schoolers Team With Kindergartners For ‘Wizard Of Oz’

by STAFF | Mar 6, 2018 7:06 am

In this episode of ‘Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,’ reporter Eugene Driscoll interviews Seymour High School juniors Eliana Arroyo and Rachel Moon.

Eliana plays Auntie Em and Glinda in the upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Seymour High School.

Moon plays the Wizard, and is also serving as technical director.

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Sen. Chris Murphy And Jim Gildea Talk Train Line’s Money Problems

by STAFF | Mar 5, 2018 7:09 am

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Jim Gildea talk train service funding problems in the latest episode of “Navel Gazing,” The Valley Indy’s weekly talk show.

Gildea, a Derby resident, is chairman of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council.

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This episode is brought to you by ValleyGivesBack.org.

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Valley Indy Radio: Derby Elk Dave Nagy

by STAFF | Feb 15, 2018 3:52 pm

Dave Nagy talks to Valley Indy Eugene Driscoll reporter about an open house happening all day and night Saturday, Feb. 17 at Derby Elks Lodge No. 571 at 73 Elizabeth St.

In the second half of the podcast, Driscoll talks about a recent change Facebook forced upon local publishers, the most-read stories of the week, and about how talking about “pending litigation” in public does not result in an automatic death sentence.

This podcast is sponsored by ValleyGivesBack.org.

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Task Force Seeks To End Hunger In The Valley

by Ethan Fry | Feb 12, 2018 5:11 pm

ethan fry photo SHELTON — When volunteers began the biannual “Harvest House” food drives in Shelton in 2005, the tens of thousands of donated food items collected each time would stock the shelves of the Valley’s food banks for months.

These days not so much, according to the Patricia Tarasovic, director of the Valley United Way’s Volunteer Action Center.

“It would stay several months in the beginning,” Tarasovic said of the Harvest House donations. “By 2013, I clearly saw that it was lasting a lot shorter amount of time.”

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Derby Will Start Paying For Sewer Work This Year

by STAFF | Jan 31, 2018 5:43 am

In 2014, Derby voters approved spending $31.2 million to repair and upgrade the city’s sewer system. The work includes replacing pipes, and replacing three old pump stations.

On today’s “Navel Gazing” podcast, Jack Walsh gives an update on the massive undertaking — which Derby residents/sewer users will start paying for later this year.

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Valley Indy Radio: Derby Mayor Rich Dziekan And Andrew Baklik

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 22, 2018 7:28 am

Derby Mayor Rich Dziekan makes his first appearance on The Valley Indy’s weekly talk show since being elected in November.

He is joined by his chief of staff, Andrew Baklik.

Dziekan and Baklik answer questions from a few Valley Indy readers and react to some recent comments posted on ValleyIndy.org by readers.

The mayor talks about a plan afoot to be a “guest bartender” as a way to raise money for Team Inc., and The Valley Indy asks Baklik and Dziekan about new people and salaries within Derby City Hall.

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Seymour School Staffers Laid Off Last Month Won’t Be Coming Back

by Eugene Driscoll | Jan 11, 2018 3:04 pm

Seymour school district officials said they had to lay off 13 workers last month because of a shortfall in state funding.

The move eliminated all “clerical paraprofessionals” from the district.

Those workers answered phones, answered the entrance doors and assisted with lunch duties, according to an email from Seymour Public Schools Superintendent Michael Wilson.

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