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Old 02-23-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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I would just assume the "longest coastline" claim is direct-facing Long Island frontage. In that case, it is 14 miles, the longest direct waterfront in CT - which is the number quoted in the NY Times and some bumper stickers I've seen.
That's a stretch- basically air miles! The line I drew yesterday was direct waterfront.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Eastern CT is more blue collar than the Valley? Really? I tend to think of Eastern CT as rural more than anything else, but I'll admit I haven't spent a ton of time in that part of the state.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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Eastern CT is more blue collar than the Valley? Really? I tend to think of Eastern CT as rural more than anything else, but I'll admit I haven't spent a ton of time in that part of the state.
As noted earlier in this thread, much of "The Valley" has above average incomes and much lower than average poverty rates. Ansonia and Derby being the exceptions - but these two are more "Bridgeport-North" than hardworking blue collar.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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IMO the most blue collar town in the entire state is Putnam.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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As noted earlier in this thread, much of "The Valley" has above average incomes and much lower than average poverty rates. Ansonia and Derby being the exceptions - but these two are more "Bridgeport-North" than hardworking blue collar.
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I'd say a good blue collar town is East Haven. Also Ansonia and Derby.
I'm confused.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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I'm confused.
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I'd say a good blue collar town is East Haven. Also Ansonia and Derby.
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As noted earlier in this thread, much of "The Valley" has above average incomes and much lower than average poverty rates. Ansonia and Derby being the exceptions...
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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What large Connecticut town (besides Greenwich) ISN'T blue collar? I've seen some homes in Bristol/Enfield/Manchester that would rival the largest in any well-to-do Connecticut suburb. It's hard to label an entire town as blue-collar. But if I had to stretch, I'd suggest Norwich, Plainfield, Putnam, Killingly, Ledyard, Montville, Groton, Torrington, Thomaston, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and East Haven. Obviously, most of these towns have pockets of wealth. I'd vote Groton or Ledyard as my favorite "blue-collar" town!
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:37 AM
 
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Hard hitting new Britain and yes there ar many safe areas s I have lived here all my life no crime in my area
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:04 AM
 
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I also don't view Oxford as a valley town.
Ohhhh...it's a Valley town. Having grown up in the Valley, I could tell you that the towns most Valley residents don't associate with "the Valley" are Beacon Falls and Naugatuck. Of course they are part of it but there was always a disconnect. Oxford tuitioned most of their kids to Seymour HS for years so that relationship always existed. Ansonia, Derby and Shelton have always had a close connection too. Many kids from those towns knew each other while BF and Naugatuck were very far away as far as we were concerned.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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Ohhhh...it's a Valley town. Having grown up in the Valley, I could tell you that the towns most Valley residents don't associate with "the Valley" are Beacon Falls and Naugatuck.
I agree with you that Oxford is part of the Valley, but the vast majority of its residents will deny it until they're blue in the face that Oxford is associated in any way with the Valley - especially the noveau riche that moved into the town. Naugatuck and Beacon Falls fall more in line (socially, demographically, and politically) with what "The Valley" is. Recently, Oxford associates more with the Southbury/Danbury area.

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Oxford tuitioned most of their kids to Seymour HS for years so that relationship always existed. Ansonia, Derby and Shelton have always had a close connection too. Many kids from those towns knew each other while BF and Naugatuck were very far away as far as we were concerned.
No. Oxford only tuitioned about 25% of their students to Seymour, and 25% attended Masuk in Monroe (depending on where in town they lived). During this time, a staggering 50% of students in town went to private schools. The final 5 years of tuitioning, Oxford tuitioned all of its students to Monroe.
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