New community access show offers Valley view

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A new weekly, community access show premiered this year that focuses on a myriad of topics and issues that affect the lower Naugatuck Valley.

“Looking Up: A View From The Valley,” runs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast’s Channel 10. The show was developed by 16-year Valley resident Marc Weissman, who also hosts the weekly program.

“I’ve spent most of my adult life in this vibrant part of Connecticut, and there is no doubt that collectively, the people of the Valley are the most passionate, appreciative and family-oriented group of individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.” said Weissman in a news release.

The release stated the show’s mission is to convey Valley enthusiasm while simultaneously educate, inform and entertain the public of ongoing efforts in Valley towns, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck. Topics for the show range from culture and history to economic development and volunteer opportunities.

The show’s format will initially use an on-location talk format, and eventually morph to add news and local event coverage as well.

“To be honest, I’m learning so much more about the people and organizations here than I anticipated, and the same will definitely hold true for viewers of all ages, experiences, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds,” Weissman said in the release. “So many Valleyites are dedicated, life-long residents or returnees for a reason. The goal is bring out those reasons and the best in them.”

Early episodes of the show included a two-part episode featuring Tom Hill and Chester Cornacchia of Naugatuck’s Economic Development Commission. Hill and Chester elaborated on Naugatuck’s downtown redevelopment efforts and the overall quality of life the borough enjoys due in part to such cultural staples as Naugatuck’s Community Band, Community Choir, summer concert series on the Green, and the annual Duck Race.

Clips of past episodes are available online at www.lookingupvalley.com. Any individual, non-profit or municipal organization that is interested in volunteering or appearing on the show can e-mail lookingupvalley@gmail.com.