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Oxford & Naugatuck Senior Local Editor Paul Singley is originally from Naugatuck, CT. He has worked full time in journalism since 2004. He covered municipalities in lower Litchfield County and the Naugatuck Valley for the Waterbury Republican-American before joining Patch.
He started his career as a sports contributor for the former Naugatuck Daily News.
Paul has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and bachelor's degrees in English and Communications/Sports Journalism from Springfield College.
He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, reading and spending time with family. He lives in Naugatuck with his wife, Katie, their daughter, Tessa, who was born in March 2011, and their dog, Miles, a chocolate lab.
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Local Hot-Button Issues
One of the most important issues facing the Oxford community is its rapid growth over the past decade. For many years, people have discussed the trend of families moving out of Fairfield County to the Naugatuck Valley. Within the past 10 years, Oxford has seen that become reality.People from all over are discovering Oxford because of its growing job market, influx of new upscale housing developments, 55 and older communities, a new senior center, the Oxford Greens Golf Course and the newly constructed state-of-the-art Oxford High School.
Those have helped Oxford become one of the fastest growing communities in Connecticut. Some welcome the growth, while others do not like such rapid change.
It's a fascinating subject that should lend itself to spirited and, hopefully, fruitful debates about which direction the community should strive to head in the future.
Naugatuck is a community that is in the long process of trying to redefine itself after being known for decades as a major industrial community. Without major industries, Naugatuck has seen many changes and has tried to recreate its workforce and downtown, which was once dominated by factories. Naugatuck is a phenomenal community that I am proud to call my home, and I embrace the opportunity of reporting about its important issues.
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