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Police: DUI Driver Triggers 33-Mile Chase The Wrong Way On Route 8

by STAFF | Jan 27, 2016 9:36 am | Comments (0)

An impaired driver heading the wrong way on Route 8 led police on an approximate 33-mile chase up the Naugatuck Valley early Wednesday.

The driver, identified by police as 54-year-old Thomas Plesz of Fairfield, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Derby today (Jan. 27) to face seven criminal charges, including:

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Theresa Conroy Wants Another Term In The State House

by Jack Kramer | Jan 26, 2016 9:41 pm | Comments (0)

Supporters of Democrat Theresa Conroy jammed Beacon Falls Town Hall Tuesday night to hear the Democratic incumbent announce she will seek another term as 105th District state representative.

“I am proud to represent the needs of the people of Seymour, Derby and Beacon Falls. I like to give back to my community and I look forward to being able to continue to do so,” Conroy said to a cheering crowd.

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Shelton Murder Suspect Due In Court Next Month

by STAFF | Jan 26, 2016 4:17 pm | Comments (0)

A murder charge against a Shelton man was continued to next month at Superior Court in Milford Tuesday.

Thomas Infante was charged with murder last September after police said he shot his wife of 27 years to death in the family’s Hickory Lane home.

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Nominations Sought For Valley United Way’s Flynn Award

by Press Release | Jan 26, 2016 12:16 pm | Comments (0)

Valley United Way is accepting nominations for the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award.

The award, which is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious award for community service, has been presented annually since 1971.

Alice Russ Cochran of Shelton was named the first winner.

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‘Grant Gal’ And Perillo On ‘Navel Gazing’

by STAFF | Jan 25, 2016 4:10 pm | Comments (0)

On Monday morning’s “Valley Navel Gazing,” reporters talked to “grant gal” Valerie Knight-DiGangi, a program officer with the Valley Community Foundation, about “grant season” for local nonprofits.

Then state Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, came on the air to talk about a recent organizational shakeup at Valley Emergency Medical Services, the lower Valley’s nonprofit paramedic service.

The complete episode is embedded below. Knight-DiGangi’s interview starts at about the five-minute mark. Perillo’s interview starts about 30 minutes in.

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Today On ‘Valley Navel Gazing’

by STAFF | Jan 25, 2016 6:45 am | Comments (0)

Are you connected to a nonprofit group in need of funding?

Then listen to “Valley Navel Gazing” at 9 a.m.

Valerie Knight-DiGangi is scheduled to be our guest at approximately 9:05 a.m. Knight-DiGangi is the program officer for the Valley Community Foundation in Derby. She’ll talk about a new round of grant applications available for Valley nonprofit groups.

At about 9:30 a.m. state Rep. Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) will talk to us about a reorganization at Valley Emergency Medical Services. VEMS provides paramedics to supplement ambulance service in the Valley.

“Valley Navel Gazing” streams live at

To listen:

Click the “Listen Now” button at the top of, then click the play button on the pop-up player.

If you’re in New Haven, we’re on 103.5 FM.

The show will be embedded on the site later today as a podcast.

BHcare Music Therapy Program Expands For Victims, Children Of Domestic Violence

by Press Release | Jan 22, 2016 12:50 pm | Comments (0)

The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) received a grant of $3,500 from the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. to continue and expand its music therapy program for victims of domestic violence.

The music therapy program will now be offered twice a week at UCDVS safe houses.
The program, lead by Music Therapist Cyd Slotoroff, has had a positive impact on the families at the shelter. The children and mothers gather together for sing-a-longs and the moms with babies to learn to sing lullabies.

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Boys & Girls Club Celebrating 60th Anniversary

by Press Release | Jan 22, 2016 12:19 pm | Comments (0)

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016.

Special events will be held throughout the year commemorating the milestone, culminating with an anniversary gala in November.

As part of the year-long celebration, we are looking for stories about anyone whose life was positively affected by our Boys & Girls Club.

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Community Foundation Grants Available To Nonprofits Serving The Valley

by Valley Community Foundation | Jan 20, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (0)

The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that serve its five-town region covering Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford.

Grant amounts, application deadlines and eligibility requirements vary by grant process; details and applications are available on the VCF website at

Grantseekers are encouraged to attend an informational orientation session about the types of competitive grants available on Feb. 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Derby Public Library, 313 Elizabeth St. in Derby.

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Seymour, Oxford Students Eligible For $500 Rotary Club Scholarship

by Press Release | Jan 18, 2016 12:17 pm | Comments (0)

The Seymour/Oxford Rotary Club is proud to announce this year’s scholarships to two graduating high school seniors and/or continuing education college students residing in the Town of Seymour and/or Oxford.
High School graduating seniors and/or continuing education college students attending a four-year college or university full time in August/September 2016 are eligible.

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