Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

Valley Indy Radio: Retiring Seymour Police Chief Michael Metzler

by STAFF | May 21, 2018 5:54 am

Seymour Police Chief Michael Metzler is retiring in June after 30 years as the town’s top cop.

He also spent just over a decade on the job in Ansonia.

In this free-wheeling episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,” Metzler talks about what it was like to patrol Ansonia in the late 1970s, how he tried to keep external politics out of the Seymour Police Department, and what’s changed in law enforcement since 1976.

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Much Of Oxford And Seymour Still Without Power, Two Tornadoes Confirmed

by Eugene Driscoll | May 17, 2018 7:07 am

The National Weather Service issued a statement late Wednesday saying that tornadoes touched down in Beacon Falls and Oxford Tuesday.

The Beacon Falls tornado had winds of 110 mph and moved along a 9.5 mile path between Beacon Falls and Hamden, according to the National Weather Service.

The Oxford twister had 100 mph winds and moved along a path of 4.5 miles. They didn’t give a precise location, but said it moved into Southbury. More detailed info could be released Thursday.

Meanwhile, storm wreckage and the loss of electricity forced officials in Oxford and Seymour to cancel schools Thursday.

Derby Public Schools will have a 2-hour delayed opening Thursday. Parents should closely monitor TV and radio Thursday morning to make sure the delay does not change.

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Eversource: ‘Prepare For Multiple Days Without Power’

by STAFF | May 16, 2018 11:55 am


Due to the large numbers of downed trees and wires, Seymour residents could be in for a long wait before power is restored.

“There is no current estimate for power to be restored. Expect prolonged power outages for multiple days,” according to a statement from the Seymour Police Department.

In addition to the obvious damage, three of the five electrical substations in Seymour were damaged during Tuesday evening’s quick but powerful rain and wind storm, First Selectman Kurt Miller said.

“At this point they are telling us it’s probably going to be a few days before power is fully restored,” Miller said.

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Valley Indy Radio: The Great Give Is Coming!

by Eugene Driscoll | Apr 3, 2018 10:05 am


The Great Give — an annual online event that raised more than $1 million last year for local nonprofits — is scheduled to start 8 a.m. May 1 and conclude 8 p.m. May 2.

On the latest episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,” I talk to Jackie Downing about what “The Great Give” is and then specifically about a “charity tap line” supporting this year’s “Great Give” at Bad Sons, a brewery in Derby on Roosevelt Drive.

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Shame On Us?

by STAFF | Mar 26, 2018 5:06 am

The Valley Indy published a story last week about Derby educators exploring whether the Connecticut National Guard could be stationed in Derby High School in some capacity.

In this very whiny episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,” the reporters respond to a reader who “shamed” the publication on social media for not mentioning a school shooting in Maryland where a young person shot two students before being shot by police.

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Derby-Shelton Students Want An End To School Shootings

by STAFF | Mar 14, 2018 6:44 pm

Three students in Derby called for tougher gun regulations while students in Shelton avoided making policy recommendations during separate events marking Wednesday’s “National School Walkout.”

Click play on the YouTube player above to listen to commentary and clips from the students in Derby and Shelton, along with interviews with school officials from Derby.

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