The largest Halloween retailer in the country has officially set up for business in Derby, with Spirit Halloween opening its doors locally in mid-September at 230 W. Greenway.

Community members gathered on Oct. 9 at Madison Avenue Central Park for the Derby Chamber of Commerce's chili cook-off, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic and postponed by a week this year due to inclement weather.  

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Excitement, fellowship and the smell of a couple dozen pots of chili filled the air at Madison Avenue Central Park on Oct. 9 as businesses, patrons and community leaders gathered for the Derby Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off.

Shortly after the Derby school district sold the Pleasantview Elementary building in 2020, plans began to form for the property’s transformation. Upon purchase, developer Tom Schmeidler announced his intention to turn the former school site into a senior housing development.Now, those effort…

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