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The Valley

Naugatuck Mayor Pete Hess (left) show Senator Richard Blumenthal a map of the plans for the proposed inland port along the Naugatuck River, the rail line, and Route 8.
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As Congress negotiates President Joe Biden’s proposed $2 trillion American Jobs Plan in Washington, municipalities in Connecticut are vying for federal dollars to fund all sorts of projects. Naugatuck has plans for an inland port that could make the borough a shipping hub.

Darlene Riddick, top and bottom left, died in July 2020 of the coronavirus. Her goddaughter, Patricia Sands, top and bottom right, lost eight people this year due to the virus. Sands believes her godmother will be remembered for her smile.
Patricia Sands / Contributed photo

Finding a godmother

Patricia Sands grew up in Waterbury. She started going to church on her own at age 7, because her parents weren’t church goers.

She met Darlene Riddick at the Macedonia Church of the Living God. Riddick was assigned to watch out for Sands. She taught her how to ride the bus, invited her over for sleepovers, and fostered her faith.