Ansonia Connecticut Events
Stratton Brook State Park Trail is a great way to work toward the goal of being the first fully wheelchair accessible park in Connecticut. The Timp Torne Trail offers a wide range of trails for all ages and abilities, as well as access to the hiking trail and parking.
The Sue Grossman Still River Greenway, less than two miles away, is anchored on its way to completion, surrounded by the towns of Winchester to the north and Torrington to the south.
The area in between is the Housatonic River and the Ousatonic Dam, and of course Ansonia is part of Derby. The area, which includes the present town and the towns of Winchester and Torrington, was first settled in 1652 and was originally part of the Derby community.
In the 18th century, the area became a practically autonomous city with a population of about 2,000 inhabitants and a total area of about 1,500 hectares. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ansonia's real estate market improved dramatically, driven by the growth of the city of New Haven and its proximity to New York City. It benefited from a new rail line that ran from Anonburg, Connecticut, south of its current location, through Ansonsia to New Haven. The geographical boundaries of Birmingham were missing, and so the city grew in the mid-20th century.
Anson and Phelps acquired the east side of the river, which now forms the downtown section, though they were unable to buy the land needed from the owners. A canal was dug through which electricity from the river drove a new industrial village called Ansonia. Around that time, Sheldon Smith found a second factory in the village, but left the area in 1884, leaving Anon Phelps to expand his interests in New Haven, New York City and other cities.
At the heart of the dispute was a petition signed by 1,100 residents of Ansonia County, calling on the state General Assembly to seek the area's independence from the city of Derby. Derby followed suit, eventually becoming Birmingham's borough, and led to a strange (and entirely false) rumour that persists to this day: that the whole valley was once called Birmingham. In January 1889, a letter from a local newspaper, the New Haven Evening Journal, found the name "Derby" on its front page.
The independence effort has been supported by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Ansonia County Education Committee and the state General Assembly.
Shelton Downtown would become part of New Haven County, but its fate and destiny would be largely determined by the forces of the Housatonic River. By early December, Ansonia's independent, open-minded thinking had spread beyond Shelton's, and petitions for a separate estate were circulating there and in Huntington. The group agreed to stretch out its feelers to see if there is interest in reuniting the shattered city and forming a larger city. In addition to seeking to form an estate independent of Derby and Bridgeport, Shelon has also taken steps to regain control of its own affairs.
The process of seeking independence in November 1888 was complicated and triggered strong, often contradictory emotions on both sides. Many of the Birmingham residents who spoke out against the division of Derby at the Hartford hearings were factory owners, prompting the pro-division lobby to ask them if they would be so committed to preserving Derby if they moved their factories to Shelton. In November 1888, a series of events began on the Housatonic River, which caused a riot throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The first of these petitions was sent to the state General Assembly, including one that led Shelon and Huntington to split from Derby and Bridgeport Probate districts to form their own.
In 1844, the state's first governor, William F. Housatonic Jr., wanted to expand the north and west sides of the Naugatuck River to facilitate industrial development. While development along the Huntington Canal got the river going, development on the short canal to Birmingham was somewhat disappointing. This became clear when the Shelton Line was extended to Bridgeport in 1899, which greatly benefited the valley.
On Christmas Eve, the newspaper Transcript reported that a petition to have Derby listed as a city was circulating. The following day, a note from Shelton appeared in the transcript, saying: "Eight years have passed since the foundation of this district and we are rightly proud of it.
He regularly helped the wounded, participated in habitat conservation and served on the boards of the National Wildlife Federation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. (AFL-CIO). Where would he have spoken at the Derby's first annual council meeting on Christmas Eve this year?
In July this year, Jackson, a librarian at Yale Law School, organized a similar rally for Matos in Hamden. Local officials and community organizers joined the rally, boosting voter engagement and participation in the city. Speakers from the Connecticut Democratic Party, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the New Haven Chamber of Commerce attended the rally. In addition to enlivening the audience, singer-songwriter and former Republican John F. Kennedy Jr. of Connecticut performed his set.