Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Critters to visit Ansonia Library

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Library children’s department will offer Curious Creatures at 2 p.m. Aug. 18.
The Library will be visited by snakes and a baby alligator.

This program is for children of all ages.

This event is part of Ansonia Library’s summer reading programs. It is free and open to the public.   

For further information, call the Ansonia Library children’s department, 203-734-6728.

The Library is at 53 S. Cliff St.

This is a press release from Joyce Ceccarelli, Director, Ansonia Library.

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Map shared for town-wide tag sale in Ansonia

* Please click to enlarge.

Tag sale shoppers will be able to pick up free maps today through Saturday at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Road, and at City Hall, 253 Main St.

Ansonia 125 activities coordinator Melissa Torres reminds residents the Ansonia Transfer Station will be open until 5 p.m. Saturday for residents to discard unsold items. 

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All-Decades Reunion will be all fun in Ansonia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Derby schools selected for fitness center

Ribbon cutting slated in October

DERBY - The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils and the state of Connecticut selected Derby Middle/High School to become a National Champion School. 

Being recognized for their school’s commitment to physical fitness and wellness, Derby’s award is a Live Positively Fitness Center. 
As a National Champion School, Derby’s students will have a new state-of-the-art center that includes strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment and interactive exercise games.  

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council is committed to breaking the cycle of childhood obesity and providing children with a new opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.   

Studies show that regular physical activity decreases the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.   
Physical activity can reduce depression and anxiety and improve students’ academic performance and self-esteem.

Kelly McKeag, Program Director, National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils stated “by installing fitness centers in schools, we are making a positive impact on the lives of children and improving their long-term well-being. 
"We recognize Derby Middle/High Schools as a leading example of a high-quality, innovative school with a clear commitment to the health and success of their students.” 

Dr. Matthew J. Conway, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, said, “We are very pleased at this news.  It is a recognition and great opportunity to build on all the great health and wellness initiatives already going on in our schools and with our community partners.”  
As part of the award The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council will host a ribbon cutting celebration at our school in October.  

This is a press release from the office of the Derby Superintendent of Schools.  

Congratulations go out to Derby Public Schools for achieving this national recognition. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Reminder: Dinner is in Ansonia today for retired AHS athletic director

Fundraiser to benefit retired Ansonia High School athletic director

ANSONIA >> Valley residents will come together Monday for a ziti dinner to benefit Derby resident Dennis Gleason, retired Ansonia High School athletic director and educator.
Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mid-May and is currently in Griffin Hospital in Derby.

The event will be held at The Original Antonio’s Restaurant, 314 Main St. Tickets are $25 at the door and there will be a raffle.
There will be two seatings, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m.

A close friend of the family, city resident Denise Keller, is helping to organize the event. She said Tuesday she would do anything for the Gleasons.
“Dorothy and Dennis Gleason helped me (as a teenager),” Keller said. “They’re always there for other people,” she said. “They do anything they can for others.”
Keller is godmother to the Gleasons’ son, Ryan. “I want to pay back to them,” she said.
She said the idea to hold a fundraiser came from the Ansonia High School football coaching staff.
Keller urged people who know the couple to send cards to their home at 15 Mason St, Derby, CT. 06418.
For more information, call Keller, 203-231-0941 or Marcia, 203-732-8663.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ansonia celebrates 125th with old-fashioned fun

Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti dances Saturday night to lively Motown sounds performed by Connecticut-based swing/boogie band Eight to the Bar with City Treasurer and Cultural Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari.

ANSONIA - Whew, what a party!

I had a wonderful day Saturday at SummerFest celebrating Ansonia's 125th birthday with my husband, daughter, friends, and many residents of Ansonia and the Valley.

And I'd say everyone there had a great time as well.

Eight to the Bar rocks Ansonia's birthday party.

Before Eight to the Bar took the stage the mellow tones of the Rob Zappulla Band entertained with  timeless standards like "Fly Me To The Moon,""Luck Be A Lady Tonight," and "More Today Than Yesterday."

Plaudits go out to residents Greg Martin and Garry Giannone of Copper City Marketing who put the event together along with Ansonia Middle School teacher Lisa Nicolari and many volunteers who worked hard to make the day a big success!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ready for a staycation with friends here in Ansonia

Well ... I'm not actually going fishing but I am taking a week off. Time to regroup! 

I'll probably stop in and post a photo or two if I find something interesting during my staycation here in the Valley.

Today my husband Ralph and I are heading to Nolan Athletic Complex on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia to enjoy the sights and sounds of SummerFest, the city's celebration of its 125th birthday.

Looking forward to it!

Thanks as always for reading the blog. 

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Get muddy and have fun at Ansonia Nature Center

ANSONIA - Mud Madness is coming to the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center from 1-4 p.m. July 27.
Participants are urged to be prepared to get muddy!

Mud slides, mud pools, mud pies, mud art, and mud fun.
Find the mud and dress for the occasion.

Started in 2008 in Nepal and Australia, International Mud Day is celebrated by thousands of children in dozens of countries worldwide as a chance to celebrate nature and the great outdoors by getting muddy.
Join us for this fun-filled afternoon.

This event is free. Call 203-736-1053 to register. The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road.

This post is taken from the nature center's calendar of events.

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Uniforms for today's baseball re-match at SummerFest in Ansonia

It's the Ansonia Coppermen vs. the Derby Osbornedales at Ansonia SummerFest at Nolan Athletic Complex on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia at 2:30 p.m. today .

This is taken from the Ansonia 125 SummerFest Facebook page.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Walk/Run to benefit Center for Cancer Care in Derby

More than 500 runners and walkers took part in the Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run last year, raising over $60,000 for the Center’s patient support programs. This year’s Walk/Run is set for Oct. 18. / Contributed photo


DERBY - Griffin Hospital invites individuals and families to join the more than 500 walkers and runners expected to support local cancer patients at the 6th Annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run beginning at 9 a.m. Oct.18

Starting in the cancer center’s parking lot at 350 Seymour Avenue in Derby, this fun, non-competitive event will feature entertainment and post-event refreshments for all participants and their family members. 
Area cancer survivors are also invited to celebrate the event at a free survivors’ reception that offers food and free massages.
Proceeds from this fun, non-competitive event are earmarked for patient support programs at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. 
Participants can walk or run individually, or may form a team with their family, friends and co-workers. Participants may also collect pledges or purchase a commemorative sign to honor or memorialize a loved one. These signs will be displayed on the day of the event.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk/run scheduled to start at 9 a.m. 
Pre-registration is required, and the first 500 registered participants will receive long sleeved T-shirts. 

The 5K registration fee will increase from $25 to $30 after Oct. 4.
Individuals and teams can register online at For more information, call 203-732-7431 or e-mail

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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Griffin Hospital in Derby hosts Men's Health Day

William Rutkauskas of Shelton shows off his Family Fun Day gift card for the Sports Center of Connecticut that he won at the Men’s Health Day event sponsored by Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) campaign.

Michael Madison, of Shelton, left, and Ken Roberts of Griffin Hospital pose by the grill Madison won at the Men’s Health Day event sponsored by Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) campaign.

Shelton residents Michael Madison and William Rutkauska, were the big winners at the June 28 Men’s Health Day event sponsored by Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) campaign.

Madison won the raffle for a new Char-Broil grill while Rutkauskas took home the $200 Family Fun Day gift card for the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton.
Held in recognition of Men’s Health Month, the event offered health information tables and free health screenings, including Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test, blood sugar, blood pressure and Body Mass Index, as well as one-on-one consultation with Griffin’s physicians.

About The Health Initiative for Men (HiM)
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the Health Initiative for Men (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort.
The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early. For more information about HiM, visit

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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SummerFest to celebrate Ansonia's 125th

It's Saturday at Nolan Athletic Complex on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia.

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Career Coach to visit Derby Public Library

DERBY - The CT Works Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 15.
 During both the morning session, 10 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session, 1-3 p.m., instructors will be offering Job Search Assistance. 
Learn where to look for jobs, how to get the job you want, and how to search for jobs on the

The workshop is free and open to the public.  
Registration is requested but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.

The CT Works Career Coach is a project of The WorkPlace, Inc. operated by Career Resources. 

For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

This is a press release from Cathy Williams, Director, Derby Public Library.

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Crisco, Conroy: Improvements planned for Rte. 8 corridor

Project to focus on Derby, Ansonia
State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-Seymour, and state Sen. Joseph Crisco, D-Woodbridge, Thursday attended an informational meeting on the project (State Project #36-179) to improve safety and access along the Route 8 corridor in Derby and Ansonia. 

The meeting, hosted by the Valley Council of Governments, invited key stakeholders, such as businesses, property owners and police, to discuss issues surrounding the project.

“This project will help alleviate the traffic congestion in the area and will be an improvement for the area businesses and the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital,”  Conroy said.
“In addition, the state and local agencies will be working with homeowners to improve the communication process as the project moves forward.” 

The work will overhaul exits 16, 17, and 18 as they provide access to and from Route 8, including traffic flow and safety improvements to local streets.

“Route 8 is an economic lifeline between the largest city in Connecticut – Bridgeport – and the fifth-largest city in the state, Waterbury,” Crisco said. 
“Any project of this magnitude that involves state and federal funds, the reconstruction of four bridges and nearly four miles of new ramp and roadway construction should receive input from state and local officials and the public. I was happy to attend today's meeting.”  

The project is expected to cost $10-12 million and be split 80/20 between federal and state funding. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and with a target date of fall 2016 for completion.

This is a press release from the office of Connecticut House Democrats.

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TEAM in Derby launches savings program

DERBY - TEAM, Inc. has announced the start of a new matched savings program, called the IDA Program, for low-income residents of the Valley area.

The IDA Program allows participants to deposit regular savings into a special savings account, called an Individual Development Account or IDA, in order to work toward the purchase of a productive asset—a first home, a small business, a car for employment or post-secondary education.

Program participants’ savings deposits will be matched (2:1) to make purchasing one of these assets a realistic goal for low-income families who are willing to save regularly for four to five years.
The IDA Program is part of an innovative approach to combating poverty focusing not just on meeting the most immediate needs of low income families, but also on the long-term benefits of helping working poor families to acquire a modest but decisive stake in their communities. 

President and CEO Richard Knoll believes this program helps families develop assets to improve their self-sufficiency. “We at TEAM are pleased to be able to increase the funds available in the region to assist residents to accomplish this vital financial saving and education process,” he said.

The IDA Program is in Connecticut, under the auspices of the Department of Labor. 
This program is supported by a grant from the Department of Labor.  
Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan will be the depository for each participant’s IDA savings account.
To qualify, prospective IDA participants must meet qualified income guidelines, must have a regular source of earned income and must be residents of TEAM’s service area. In addition, all program participants take part in a 12-hour personal finance and money management workshop series and attend monthly Savings Club meetings to prepare for asset ownership.
For information about the IDA program, including detailed eligibility information, please call 203 736 5420 x 209.
TEAM Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community.  
It aims to achieve its mission by conducting activities that address the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and families including resource mobilization, education, advocacy and service delivery.  TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour and Woodbridge.      

This is a press release from TEAM Inc.                 

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Puzzle tourney, bat program, movies and more planned at Derby Neck

August activities slated at library
DERBY - The Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. offers a variety of programs for August.

There will be a Teen Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament in 3-D at 2 p.m. Aug. 4. 
Photo taken from website
Teens and their friends may work solo or in a team to assemble their 3-D puzzles and compete for a grand prize.
All completed puzzles may be taken home. Free refreshments will be served. Registration requested. 

Program about bats
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5 kids and their parents are invited to a program on the Wonderful World of Bats, including a slide show and audio presentation.
This program includes an opportunity to craft a Bat T-shirt—bring your own shirt with you, or you may purchase one that day for $4.
This program best suits kids ages 5 and older.  Registration requested.

Ancient Games
At 6 p.m. Aug. 5 join us for our monthly event, Ancient Games.  All teens and adults are invited to learn and compete at Go, Mancala, Parcheesi, Chess, and more.
All materials and instructions are provided by the library. 

Movie Night
All teens are invited to the Library for an I-Spy Movie Night at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
Our feature film shown on Blu-ray is ” Divergent.” Teens compete for prizes by following clues while watching the movie.
Free refreshments are served, including a pizza dinner at intermission.  Only 20 seats are available; call to register.

Pizza and movie
At 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 all adults are invited for Dinner and a Movie Night.
This month’s feature film, shown on blu-ray is “The Princess Bride.” A free pizza dinner will be served at intermission.  

Jazz concert
At 2 p.m. Aug. 9 there  will be a free jazz concert performed by the professional group, Too Human.
They will cover standards from the American Songbook with their unique interpretations. They combine vocals with guitars, percussion, bass, and a mouth trombone.
This ensemble is a high energy and humorous group that should not be missed. It's suitable for adults and their families.  

Video game tourney
At 1 p.m. Aug. 12 the Library will host a Teen Video Game Tournament.
Games vary each session and are played on our Wii U console. Watch the library bulletin boards for the games offered.
All teens are invited to compete for prizes: all participants get free refreshments.
Registration is not required but is strongly suggested. 

Learn science
At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 all kids and their parents are invited to enjoy the Science Tellers talk about Dragons and Dreams for children.
Our presenters tell a fascinating story that is interactive, showing you the almost real sights and sounds of a Dragon. Learn about some basic science too.
This program is best suited for ages 5 and older.

Singing and dancing
On Aug 14 at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Miss Deidre will be singing and dancing with young children to special summer songs.
Come to either hour, as she repeats the same program.  

Mad Science
At 10 a.m. Aug. 18 all toddlers and their parents are invited to the Library to enjoy Mad Science  for Toddlers and Children.
This event lets you have a chance to enjoy a space adventure as we will launch a rocket in our garden space.
At 10:45 a.m. children in Grades K-4 are invited to race rocket balloons and devise a balloon powered rocket car.  You can even build a space copter to take home.  Registration requested.  Bring your child to the appropriate age-session for a happy experience.

Tech Talks
August brings two sessions of Tech Talks.
At 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and again at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 join our staff members as they provide information and suggestions on what is new in technology and how to best  integrate it into your daily lives.
This month we feature a PowerPoint presentation on the Windows 8 operating system.  

Beach Party
Children are invited to our annual Beach Party at 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Children may wear their bathing suits and be ready to enjoy our sprinklers, baby pools, and water toys.
We also host Mr. Bungles with his giant bubble presentations up to 10 feet tall.  Bring a small picnic if you wish.  All age children are welcomed. 

Summer party
At 2 p.m. Aug. 21 all teens are invited for a party to wrap-up summer reading.  
Free refreshments will be served and prizes and gifts will be awarded to teens who have fulfilled their Tier Level reading pledges.  

Writers' Round
At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 the monthly session of Writers’ Round for teens and adults will be held. 
This is an authors’ workshop for writers of all genres—scripts, poetry, prose, fiction, etc.
Bring your original works to share with others. 

For information or registration for any program call 203-734-1492.

This is a press release from Patricia Sweeney, research librarian, Derby Neck Library.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ansonia, Derby take part in wager on baseball game

ANSONIA - On Thursday the Derby aldermen accepted the challenge from the Ansonia aldermen regarding a wager for Saturday’s Antique Baseball Game as a part of SummerFest. 

The event at Nolan Athletic Complex on Wakelee Avenue will celebrate Ansonia’s 125th birthday.

Should the Ansonia Coppermen lose, the Ansonia Board of Aldermen will be required to serve lunch at the Derby Senior Center and if the Derby Osbornedales lose, the Derby Board of Aldermen will be required to serve lunch at the Ansonia Senior Center.

“We accept the challenge from an old time rivalry and look forward to an exciting and fun time for all those involved,” said Barbara DeGennaro, President of the Derby Board of Aldermen.

“Our seniors are already anticipating a delicious lunch to be served by the Derby aldermen,” said Phil Tripp, President of the Ansonia Board of Aldermen.

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Derby to register voters for GOP primary

DERBY - There will be a Republican primary for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Comptroller  from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 12.  

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, only registered Republican voters may vote in this primary.   

The Registrars of Voters will conduct a special voter registration session from 5-7 p.m. July 29 at City Hall, 1 Elizabeth St.

In addition, potential voters may complete a registration card at Derby City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also mail in your voter registration card to Derby City Hall.

Any American citizen who is 18 years of age is eligible to register to vote. 
The deadline for eligibility to vote in the 2014 Republican primary is at noon Aug.11.

The regular federal and state elections will be held on Nov. 4.

This is a press release from the City of Derby.

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Derby Senior Center wins grant for new computers

DERBY – Derby Senior Center members will soon be able to freely access online resources, exchange emails, and follow friends and family on Facebook thanks to a grant recently awarded by Valley Community Foundation. 

With assistance from Derby’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Derby Senior Center Executive Director Sarah Muoio, submitted a grant application to Valley Community Foundation seeking funding for two new computers and a new printer for the center.

Her motivation for pursuing the grant was to offer computer access, as well as training, to center members.   
The technology would also allow the center to continue publishing its very popular monthly newsletter, as well as update its website, event calendar, and Facebook page. 

Derby Senior Center, located at 293 Main St., currently serves nearly 2,000 members from
25 towns.   
Most of its members reside in the surrounding communities of Derby, Ansonia, and Shelton.  However, some come from as far away as Fairfield and Hamden.

“Many of our members do not have computers at home,” Muoio said.  “With today’s high cost of living, a computer is simply not an option in many cases.”

Muoio said computer access is not just a matter of convenience. 

According to studies cited in the grant application, computer usage has many benefits for older adults. 
 Research has shown that those who use computers report fewer depression symptoms than those who do not.  In addition, computer usage has been credited in helping seniors stay sharp and mentally alert. 

“Computer availability will also allow our seniors to keep in touch with loved ones, which is very important to their quality of life,” Muoio said.

Mayor Anita Dugatto praised Muoio’s efforts. “Sarah recognized the value in bringing computer access to our older community members," Dugatto said. "Through teamwork, as well as the generosity of Valley Community Foundation, she filled an important need.”

This post is taken from a press release from the City of Derby.

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