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Update: Volunteers Needed To Help Ansonia Fire Victims

by Eugene Driscoll | Mar 24, 2017 11:29 am | Comments (0)

Volunteers are needed this weekend and next weekend to move furniture and other items that will eventually be given to five families displaced by a fire in Ansonia March 10.

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Valley Community Foundation Announces New Board Members

by Press Release | Mar 21, 2017 1:15 pm | Comments (0)

The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is proud to announce the appointment of four new board members: Francis H. Michaud, Jr., Raymond Oppel, Fred Ortoli and Marianne Smythe replacing former members.

The organization also thanks departing board members, Susan Coyle and John Zaprzalka, whose terms concluded at the end of 2016, for their dedicated service to the Foundation and the Valley community.

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What Does Trump’s Spending Plan Do For Meals on Wheels, Special Education Funding?

by STAFF | Mar 17, 2017 6:42 am | Comments (0)

The Trump administration unveiled a plan Thursday that increases spending on defense, veterans affairs and homeland security by $59.5 billion while cutting funds to education, the state department, health and human services, and the Environmental Protection Agency by about $57.3 billion, according to Fox News.

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State Sen. Berthel: I Work For You

by Eric Berthel | State Senator, 32nd District | Mar 16, 2017 4:12 pm | Comments (0)

I am honored and humbled to be your new state senator.

First and foremost, I work for you.

I love this state, and I will do all I can to help improve the quality of life of the people I represent.  Contact me anytime at, call me at 800-842-1421 and sign up for my State Capitol email updates at

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Trump Budget Would End CT Heating Aid, Housing, After-School Programs

by ANA RADELAT | CT MIRROR | Mar 16, 2017 4:10 pm | Comments (0)

Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia CommonsPresident Donald Trump’s first budget proposal would strip Connecticut of tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, eliminating programs that subsidize heating bills for nearly 110,000 Connecticut households and provide housing for the homeless and after-school care. But the budget would boosting the state’s defense industry and fund a border wall.

“Our aim is to meet the crucial, but simple, demands of our citizens,” Trump said. “A government that puts the needs of its own people first.

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Klarides Calls For ‘Time Out’ On ‘First Five’ Deals

by Press Release | Mar 15, 2017 1:28 pm | Comments (0)

Following the disclosure that Alexion Pharmaceutical, which received $51 million from the state to relocate from Cheshire to New Haven, is laying off 210 workers, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called for a halt to the First Five deals and said the legislature’s Finance Committee members should have some oversight on such agreements.

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March 14 Winter Storm In Five Seconds

by STAFF | Mar 14, 2017 7:32 pm | Comments (0)

Recorded in Derby, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Storm-Related Tweets From The Local Twitterverse

by STAFF | Mar 13, 2017 6:24 pm | Comments (0)

Hello readers.

Twitter, a social media tool where people talk to each other via Tweets, often has useful info during weather events and political revolutions.
We're also posting updates all the time on the Valley Indy Facebook page.

The thingamajig below contains Tweets from Twitter users we follow during winter storms.

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U.S. Attorney For Connecticut Resigns Post Friday, Announces She’s Staying Monday

by STAFF | Mar 13, 2017 4:44 pm | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The U.S. Attorney’s Office sent the following press release Monday at 4:39 p.m.:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that she will continue to serve as U.S. Attorney.

“I thank the Attorney General and the Administration for affording me the opportunity to remain as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut so that I might complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice in October,” said U.S. Attorney Daly. “I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the residents of Connecticut in my remaining time, and I will focus on an orderly transition as I complete what has been a rewarding tenure in the Office.”

Daly has served as the U.S. Attorney, including in an acting or interim capacity, since May 14, 2013. From July 2010 to May 2013, she was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney during which time she assisted in the oversight of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions. From 1985 to 1997, Daly was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of cases from racketeering and murder to corruption and fraud, and later served as the Assistant-In-Charge of White Plains Office for three years. She also served as a law clerk to Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, from 1984 to 1985.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut and representing the federal government in civil litigation. The Office is composed of approximately 65 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and approximately 52 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

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Spooner House Food Drive Surpasses Goals

by Press Release | Mar 10, 2017 12:58 pm | Comments (0)

CONTRIBUTEDIn spite of the frigid weekend temperatures, the 15th annual Valley Has a Heart Spooner House food collection drive Saturday (March 4) surpassed its fundraising goal by more than $1,000.

More than 5,000 food items were also collected. This time of year, more food is always needed, especially when the temperatures drop as they did last weekend.

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