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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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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.

Press the play button to listen to the interviews.

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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