Derby Dems Should Not Have Used Secret Ballot To Pick Candidate For Mayor

{media_2}The Derby Democrats messed up Tuesday by using a secret ballot to nominate a candidate for mayor. What the error means for endorsed candidate Carmen DiCenso remains to be seen, according to Linda Fusco, chairwoman of the Derby Democratic Town Committee. “The person this impacts the most is Carmen DiCenso, and I’ve apologized to him a million times,” Fusco said. Read more of  Derby Dems Should Not Have Used Secret Ballot To Pick Candidate For Mayor

DMV to temporarily close Milford and Derby offices

The closings are part of DMV’s developing strategy to strengthen customer services in its core full-service branch offices and help alleviate long wait times in these two small offices, the agency said in a release. Returning four staff workers to full-service DMV offices, where there’s also high demand Tuesday through Saturday, will help improve service overall where we serve many more people. […] a recent study showed that more than 90 percent of visitors to these offices will wait in line for registration transactions when they could go online to Read More …

Derby GOP nominates Dziekan for mayor

DERBY >> The Republican Town Committee Wednesday nominated Richard “Zeke” Dziekan as the party’s mayoral candidate to face off against incumbent Democratic Mayor Anita Dugatto or Aldermanic President Carmen DiCenso in Novemeber – or both, depending on what happens after the Democratic primary Dugatto is hoping to force later this year. Read more of  Derby GOP nominates Dziekan for mayor

Hearst Connecticut Media Boys Outdoor Track and Field All-Stars

Published 6:36 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Staples’ Zakeer Ahmad breaks from the pack on his way to victory in the boys 1600 meters at the State Open Outdoor Track championships at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, Conn. on Monday, June 5, 2017. Staples’ Zakeer Ahmad breaks from the pack on his way to victory in the boys 1600 meters at the State   Read more of  Hearst Connecticut Media Boys Outdoor Track and Field All-Stars

DMV to temporarily close 2 Conn. locations

(WTNH) — The DMV has announced it will temporarily close two locations in Derby and Milford as part of a plan to improve customer service. On Tuesday, News 8 was at the Milford DMV location after complaints about long lines. People waited for hours. Related Content: Milford DMV in danger of closing down leaves long lines, wait times The mayor says he even wrote a letter to the DMV commissioner with ways to improve the location. Instead, the location is closing along with the Derby location. For a list of Read More …

DMV temporarily closing Milford, Derby service centers

WETHERSFIELD >> The Department of Motor Vehicles will temporarily close the Milford and Derby service centers next week while it reviews its staffing situation. The closings are part of DMV’s developing strategy to strengthen customer services in its core full-service branch offices and help alleviate long wait times in these two small offices, the agency said in a release. Read more of  DMV temporarily closing Milford, Derby service centers

High flying marijuana trio from Ansonia and Milford busted by feds

[…] a federal grand jury in New Haven has indicted Donald Burns, 59, of Milford, the pilot and two alleged distributors Robert Capelli, 31, and Scott Bodnar, 38, of Ansonia with trafficking at least 2,200 pounds of marijuana by airplane. Shortly after Burns landed his Piper-single engine aircraft June 29 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, law enforcement agents searched the plane and discovered a duffel bag containing 880 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages. The Federal Aviation Administration began investigating Burns in 2016 after becoming aware that his Read More …

Ansonia Man Charged With Trafficking Pot From California

{media_1}Federal prosecutors say an Ansonia man was involved with a scheme that trafficked thousands of pounds of marijuana to the state over the past three years. The feds say the plot came to an end last month when 39-year-old Scott “Pep” Bodnar and an alleged accomplice from Milford took delivery of more than 800 pounds of pot in a duffel bag at a location in Derby. Read more of  Ansonia Man Charged With Trafficking Pot From California

Derby tax board places limit on spending

DERBY-Fearing the state’s budget crunch may impact municipal funding the city’s tax board placed restrictions on nearly $2 million in departmental spending. “All we know is its July and the state still has not set its budget,” said Judy Szewczyk, chairman of the Republican-controlled Board of Apportionment and Taxation. […] by unanimous vote during their July 17 meeting, the tax board installed restrictions on $1,998,271 of what they consider 156 discretionary line items approved in the city’s $42 million budget. Among the largest are $60,000 set aside for storms and Read More …

Two Speeches From The Derby Dems Nominating Convention

{media_3}The Valley political season officially kicked off July 18 when about 75 people packed the Veterans Memorial building to watch the Derby Democratic Town Committee chose a candidate for mayor. The majority of the town committee chose Carmen DiCenso, the president of the Board of Aldermen, instead of two-term incumbent Mayor Anita Dugatto. Dugatto said she’ll collect the signatures necessary to trigger a Democratic primary, at which point Derby Democrats citywide will have the chance to nominate either DiCenso or Dugatto. Read more of  Two Speeches From The Derby Dems Nominating Convention

Derby Democrats pick DiCenso for mayor

DERBY >> If Anita Dugatto wants to remain mayor of Derby, she is going to have to fight to keep her seat. Members of the Democratic Town Committee Tuesday voted to put up Aldermanic President Carmen DiCenso as its mayoral candidate in the next election, prompting fellow Democrat Dugatto to seek a primary in September. Read more of  Derby Democrats pick DiCenso for mayor

DiCenso tops Dugatto in Derby Dems’ decision

DERBY — Two-term mayor Anita Dugatto is not the Derby Democratic Town Committee’s choice to run in November, at least for now. Dugatto, the downtown dentist who became the city’s first female mayor in her 2013 upset victory of incumbent Republican Anthony Staffieri, lost the town committee vote Tuesday night to Carmen DiCenso. DiCenso is the Board of Aldermen president and was the top vote-getter in the last three municipal elections. DiCenso is a former Derby football coach who owned B&L Men’s and Boys’ Clothing store in Ansonia for decades. Read More …

Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides strongly eyes run for governor

DERBY >> Moving closer to fulfilling her goal of becoming the first woman from her party to serve as Connecticut House speaker, Republican Themis Klarides is eyeing a bigger prize in 2018 – governor. The 19-year lawmaker from Derby said she has a strong interest in the race to fill the seat of departing Democrat Dannel P. Read more of  Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides strongly eyes run for governor

Connecticut Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides strongly eyes run for governor

DERBY >> Moving closer to fulfilling her goal of becoming the first woman from her party to serve as Connecticut House speaker, Republican Themis Klarides is eyeing a bigger prize in 2018 – governor. Read more of  Connecticut Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides strongly eyes run for governor

Klarides strongly weighing a run for governor

Moving closer to fulfilling her goal of becoming the first woman from her party to serve as Connecticut House speaker, Republican Themis Klarides is eyeing a bigger prize in 2018 — governor. The 19-year lawmaker from Derby said she has a strong interest in the race to fill the seat of departing Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, characterizing it as wide open contest despite the crowded field. With the two parties at an impasse over a $5 billion budget deficit for the next two years, Klarides sounded more and more like Read More …

Rank and file approve concession deal, Repubs still say; not enough

Read more of  Rank and file approve concession deal, Repubs still say; not enough HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — 15 state labor unions representing about 45,000 state employees have overwhelmingly voted to approve billions in concessions to help bail out state government. This deal results in more than $1.5 billion in givebacks over the next two years. This is about one third of the budget deficit. However, Republican lawmakers say it’s still not enough. Related Content: Malloy: State union workers approve concession deal The state labor unions gathered available members of the various unions Read More …

Derby Dems to select their mayoral candidate tonight

The 36-member town committee meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall on the corner of Seymour Avenue and Atwater Street. DiCenso, a 67-year-old former football coach who once owned B&L Boys and Mens Shop in Ansonia, currently works as the maitre d at the Italian Pavilion Restaurant on Pershing Drive. Whoever wins the Democratic primary will face Rich Dziekan, a retired Hamden police officer and lifelong Derby resident.   Read more of  Derby Dems to select their mayoral candidate tonight

A potential game changer for a topic not a lot of women want to talk about

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) – As women approach menopause – their estrogen level decreases — which leads to a real health issue for every woman. “It’s vulvovaginal atrophy,” says Dr. Grace Biggs. But the Director Of Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital goes onto say that women have difficulty talking about vaginal health. Mostly because of its’ symptoms, “Vaginal dryness, vaginal irritation like itching and burning, vaginal odor or discharge.” Lou-Ann Dalfonso says it led to frequent urinary tract infections, “You have to urinate so frequently and when there is not a Read More …

Derby Democrats split on mayoral candidate.

Other whiteboards already have dates and times that volunteers have committed to make phone calls and home visits. […] this year Dugatto, who lives and works downtown not just as mayor but as a practicing dentist, is in a fight for her political life. Earlier this year, Carmen DiCenso, a fellow Democrat who serves as the Board of Aldermen president, announced he’s seeking the nomination. […] DiCenso, brings with him years of recognition as a football coach, owner of B & L Mens and Boys clothing store in Ansonia, maitre’d Read More …

Griffin offering health career classes

DERBY — The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby, is offering classes for its fall certified nursing assistant, patient care technician, and phlebotomy programs. The evening session for the CNA program starts Sept. 11, and the day PCT program and the Phlebotomy program begin Sept 12. Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call Read More …

Ansonia Hilltop burglar admits guilt, faces 5 years in prison

ANSONIA >> His overnight activities terrorized hundreds of Ansonia and Derby hilltop residents during a month-long period during the summer of 2015. Screens were cut, air conditioners pulled out and sliding doors popped open occasionally awakening sleeping residents who caught a glimpse of a hooded figure rummaging through their homes, grabbing laptops, cameras, tablets and game systems before fleeing into the darkness. Read more of  Ansonia Hilltop burglar admits guilt, faces 5 years in prison

NPU blasts city’s Ethics Commission

NORWICH — The performance of the city’s Ethics Commission in investigating complaints against city officials who attended a lavish May 2016 trip to the Kentucky Derby is drawing fire from administration at Norwich Public Utilities. An email from the city-owned utility to The Bulletin said the commission had exhibited “significantly flawed performance” over several months when it received and investigated ethics complaints filed in the wake of The Bulletin’s initial […] Read more of  NPU blasts city’s Ethics Commission