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Q&A: Shelton Man’s Daughter Goes On Stage With Katy Perry

by STAFF | Sep 27, 2017 6:59 pm | Comments (0)

Last Thursday (Sept. 21) Shelton resident Chris Jones’ 9-year-old daughter, Gabriella, was called on stage during a Katy Perry concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

Click play on the Facebook video below to watch, and click here to learn about how the Boys & Girls Club earned their seats at the concert.

On Monday the Valley Indy interviewed Jones about it. The Q&A is below.

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Q&A: 8th Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors

by STAFF | Aug 18, 2017 8:40 am | Comments (0)

The 8th Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors is Sunday (Aug. 20) in Shelton.

The event “strives to unify each community together in honoring and embracing the local service members and their families.” Click here for more information on the event, and click here for a traffic advisory from Shelton police.

Below is an e-mail Q&A with one of the race’s organizers, Rebecca Herron, and a participant, U.S. Army Veteran Josh Hubbard.

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Lulu Pazzo Italiano Now Open In Ansonia

by STAFF | Dec 12, 2016 6:51 pm | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryA new restaurant now occupies one of the most prominent pieces of property in downtown Ansonia.

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Valley United Way Campaign Kicks Off Sept. 27

by STAFF | Sep 26, 2016 5:39 pm | Comments (0)

CONTRIBUTEDThe Valley United Way will be kicking off its 49th annual community fundraising campaign Tuesday (Sept. 27) at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School from 5 to 7 p.m.

The school is at 141 Prindle Ave. in Ansonia. Click here for more information.

In advance of Tuesday’s kick-off, this year’s Community Campaign Chair, Shelton’s Jimmy Tickey, answered a few questions about the campaign and a recent canvassing effort via e-mail.

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The Tradition Continues At Nichols Dog House

by Carl Jordan Castro | Jun 27, 2016 5:24 pm | Comments (0)

Photo: Carl Jordan CastroThe late Richard Nichols didn’t know how to read or write, but he knew how to put food on the table for his family.

With the help of his wife, Lola, and his daughters, Nichols was able to run two delis and a coffee canteen truck in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

And he operated Nichols Dog House, a food truck on Roosevelt Drive in Derby near the Seymour border, for about 40 years.

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Terry Bradshaw’s Company Says Terry Bradshaw Is Not Connected To Derby Infomercial

by Ethan Fry and Eugene Driscoll | Nov 5, 2014 6:22 pm | Comments (1)

From the Communities of Distinction website.A spokesperson for Terry Bradshaw said Wednesday the legendary retired NFL quarterback is not connected to a company producing a nearly $20,000, taxpayer-funded infomercial for the City of Derby.

In fact, Bradshaw’s contract with the company ended May 31 — and the former Pittsburgh Steeler has sent a cease and desist letter ordering his image and name be removed from the company’s website and social media accounts.

“We want people to know that Terry is not connected to that company in any way. I hate to think that communities could be being duped like the City of Derby, thinking that Terry Bradshaw is involved,” said Connie Mason, Bradshaw’s executive assistant.

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Shelton Artist Talks Painting, Sports, How To Meet Models

by Ethan Fry | Oct 26, 2014 7:17 pm | Comments (0)

davechoate.comDave Choate left college with a degree in finance, but before long found himself drawn to fine arts.

A Shelton resident, Choate is a self-taught artist who has gained notoriety — and even a blurb in the pages of “Playboy” — for his unique portraits of athletes and celebrities.

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New Business Owner Splits Time Between Cars, Crooning

by Ethan Fry | Jul 14, 2014 7:05 pm | Comments (0)

Photo:Ethan FryValley native Jim Branigan has been an automotive mechanic for more than two decades, dating back to his teenage years when he would do work on vehicles at a trucking business his father owned.

Then another passion entered his life about 15 years ago.

“I stumbled across my voice,” he said.

Bitten by the music bug, Branigan traveled the country singing with various bands and producers before founding Progmatic in 2004, and has been splitting his time between alternators and amplifiers ever since.

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Q&A: Center Street Social Now Open In Shelton

by Ethan Fry | Sep 24, 2013 9:20 pm | Comments (0)

Photo: Ethan FryCenter Street Social, a new bar and grill on, you guessed it, Shelton’s Center Street, opened last month.

Business has been good, co-owner Derrick Lee said during an interview inside the the restaurant, which formerly housed Caliente, Monday (Sept. 23) morning.

The Valley Indy’s Q&A with Lee is below. Click here to view the business’ Facebook page.

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Q&A: Ansonia Native Plans Film In City Next Year

by Ethan Fry | Sep 23, 2013 9:27 am | Comments (0)

CONTRIBUTEDAnsonia native John Denton, a filmmaker currently living in San Francisco, plans to shoot a film in Ansonia beginning next June.

Titled “Ansonia,” the film is about a man in his 20s who suffers a breakdown and returns to his hometown to find meaning to his life.

The Valley Indy asked Denton about the film and his background in an e-mail Q&A below.

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