Thursday, February 23, 2017

Developer sets sights on defunct Lifetouch Studios in Derby for manufacturing technology center

The Lifetouch National School Studios site in Derby.

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> A Shelton developer has set his sights on purchasing the defunct Lifetouch National School Studios property on Main Street in hopes of breathing new life into the long-vacant site.

Joe Salemme, the developer behind Hawks Ridge, a 109-unit luxury-housing complex across the Housatonic River in Shelton, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday to informally discuss potential plans for the Lifetouch site. 

Salemme said he expects to close a deal on purchasing the 26,000-square-foot building that sits on approximately 1.5 acres, for an undisclosed price, within the next month or so. Salemme was invited by the commission for an “informal” discussion on what the future could hold for the site.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Griffin Hospital to Host Fall Prevention Program

DERBY - The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Fri., March 10 from 9 a.m.-noon at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby.
The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or to call for fast help if a fall occurs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall each year. For those 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospital admissions for trauma. Those who fall, even if not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear causes people to limit their activities reducing their mobility, causing loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases the actual risk of falling.
A light breakfast will be provided by Griffin Hospital Lifeline.
To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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DiCenso Seeks to Oust Dugatto for Derby Mayor’s Seat

Derby Aldermanic President Carmen DiCenso, a former Derby High School football coach, announces his mayoral bid amid supporters at the Italian Pavilion restaurant Tuesday. DiCenso a Democrat, will challenge Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto, who has announced she will seek a third term.
(photo by Catherine Avalone)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Aldermanic President Carmen DiCenso, a former Derby High School football coach and longtime business owner, threw his hat in the ring Tuesday to run for mayor.

DiCenso, 66, made his announcement to seek the city’s top office before a crowd of about 75 friends, family members and supporters gathered at the Italian Pavilion restaurant.

“I love this town, and the reason I’m running for mayor is simple. ... I know I can do better,” said DiCenso, a Democrat.

The 1969 DHS graduate, who coached football from Pop Warner to varsity for 31 years, said he’s ready to move the city he grew up in forward.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Derby Mayor Dugatto to Seek Third Term

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Mayor Anita Dugatto announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to a third term in office.

Dugatto said in a statement that she wants to “build upon her successes” over her last four years in office. Dugatto, a Democrat, was first elected in 2013, becoming the first-ever female mayor to lead the state’s smallest city. She was re-elected to a second term in November 2015, narrowly defeating Republican challenger Richard Dziekan by just 111 votes. Dziekan has indicated, but hasn’t officially announced, that he will seek the GOP nod to run for mayor.

Aldermanic President Carmen DiCenso, a fellow Democrat, announced Tuesday that he also will be making a run for the city’s top office.
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Griffin Hospital Offers Sharing Hearts Support Group

DERBY - Griffin Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation is offering free heart health education and support to individuals diagnosed with a heart condition.

The Sharing Hearts Support Group aims to lower the anxiety and stress that comes with a heart condition diagnosis by offering monthly education on heart health and area resources, as well as the support of fellow individuals with heart conditions.

The group starts its 2017 series of meeting with a new date and location on Thurs., Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

Caregivers are also invited to join. For more information and to reserve your spot, contact Maria Cantito at Griffin Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at 203-732-7106.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, February 20, 2017

New Music Education/Healing Arts Center Opens in Valley

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SHELTON - A new business called SoulSong recently opened its doors at 163 Leavenworth Road in Shelton
Owner, Suzanne Vick, defines SoulSong as a Music Education and Healing Arts Center. Her
vision is to create an open, supportive community where people can come together for creative
expression, guidance and healing one-on-one from Suzanne and also from each other.
This beautiful space has two private session rooms for music lessons and Reiki/energy healing,
as well as an open, spacious waiting room that will double as an area for group sessions which
will include a songwriter circle, sound healing events and a monthly Saturday seminar series
starting on March 18, 2017 with certified Holistic health & nutrition counselor, Sharon See.
Suzanne Vick is a music instructor, songwriter, professional performer, certified Reiki Master
Teacher (RMT) and mentor. She has taught voice and vocal performance for over twelve years
and worked with countless individuals, groups, bands and choirs, enabling them to achieve new
levels of confidence and excitement about singing and performing.
After teaching and developing a solid clientele at RVP Studios in West Haven for 11 years,
Suzanne started her own teaching practice and expanded her services to include Reiki/energy
healing and mentoring in 2015. With SoulSong, Suzanne sees her dream of creating a safe,
open space for education, expression and healing become reality. She believes what the world
needs most now is healing and is deeply grateful to be able to provide personal growth and
expression through her music and healing services.
An Open House Celebration is planned for Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2-6pm. The public is
welcome. Please visit for more information. 
(This is a press release from Suzanne Vick)

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Open Mic Night Coming to Valley Art Gallery

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mortgage-free Home Available to Veterans

Valley Lawmakers to Host Town Hall Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017

Save the Date: Wine Tasting Gala

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Seymour Recreation Offers Vacation Camps

Seymour Wildcat Swim Club Offers Classes

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gentile Weighs in on Malloy's Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, the governor delivered his annual budget address, proposing significant changes to balance the state’s bi-annual budget.
It is important to note that the governors budget proposal is only a starting point to the process of creating a responsible, balanced budget. This proposal has some good ideas,
such as increased funding to education and special education, but I also fully acknowledge that there are some areas that need vast improvement and I will work diligently to make sure those areas are addressed. I want to emphasize that each proposed change will be carefully assessed for its potential impact on taxpayers and the delivery of services to residents.
I will make sure that we keep all of the things that hard working families value in mind with this budget. Things like, making Connecticut more affordable for seniors, keeping
our young people in the state after they graduate, aligning our education system with jobs and employers needs, and promoting job growth and encouraging economic development.
Since this is only the beginning, I look forward to working collaboratively with my
colleagues across the aisle to craft a budget that protects and preserves all of the
important programs, services and issues that we all value. I will continue working to
ensure that Ansonia and Derby receive the necessary funding needed to properly function
and educate and protect our children, schools, and families. As you already know, my
priority has always been, and will always be, fighting for the needs of my constituents
and protecting hard working families of Connecticut.
Certainly, there are many hard choices and decisions we, as legislators, will need to make
in the coming months to balance the state’s bi-annual budget. As we address
our challenges, I will continue to work to make Ansonia and Derby a better place to live,
work, and raise a family. It is extremely important to me that this budget does the right
thing to strengthen our economy and reflect the priority of the people of Connecticut.
As always, I welcome any thoughts, questions, or suggestions concerning the State
budget process.
(This is an op-ed piece submitted by state Rep. Linda Gentile)

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Dworkin Promoted to New Position at Griffin Hospital

DERBY -Griffin Hospital in Derby is proud to announce the promotion of Adam Dworkin, of Bethany, to the newly created senior management position of Vice President, Operations - Integrated Medical Group.
Dworkin joined Griffin in 2011 as the Executive Director of Griffin Faculty Physicians (GFP), subsidiary of Griffin Hospital. He previously served as Director of Marketing for a large Connecticut law firm following distinguished service in the U.S. Navy as surface warfare officer, mission planner and instructor for which he received numerous awards and commendations.
Dworkin earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and a Juris Doctor from University of Connecticut School of Law.
In his six years at Griffin, Dworkin has facilitated the expansion of GFP into a multi-specialty group practice with more than 50 physicians, 100 support staff, and an annual operating budget in excess of $19 million. GFP providers now include highly accomplished medical and surgical specialists, Physician Assistants (PAs) and Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) practicing inpatient medicine, adult primary care, geriatrics, gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology , general surgery, breast surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and urology in the hospital and in more than a dozen community-based office locations throughout Griffin’s seven-town primary service area, as well as Southbury, Naugatuck and Hamden.
“Griffin’s success in healthcare’s new era requires that we possess the capabilities to deliver high-quality and value-based care by effectively and efficiently managing the health of defined populations,” said Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel. “The expanded scale, scope of services, and geographic footprint of GFP combined with the practice’s strong operational foundation and strong integration with the hospital will help us achieve a superior level of performance.  We are counting on Adam and his GFP team to help us navigate healthcare’s new era.”
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

CT Boxing Junior Olympics Coming to Ansonia

Gentile Participates in Job Growth Forum

HARTFORD - State Rep. Linda Gentile, D-Ansonia, Derby, Friday participated in an information forum at the Commission on Economic Competitiveness focused on developing a cluster of jobs in the medical and personal health field.

“I believe that one of the most important things that I can do as a legislator and policymaker is look for opportunities and ways to create jobs and improve our economy. That is why I attended and participated in this forum focusing on the creation of jobs in the medical field,” Gentile said.

The meeting discussed establishing and maintaining an Asset Inventory across the state to identify Connecticut organizations and companies working in bioscience, biopharma, biotech, genomics, clinomics, epigenomes, pharmacogenomics, and related fields.

By identifying these organizations, the state can promote business development through competitions that will incentivize firms or individuals located anywhere in the world to come into Connecticut. Furthermore, the state will be able to retain talent and invite and recruit experts in the fields of precision medicine and personalized health work in CT to build a critical mass of talent.

The economic impact of building a cluster and critical mass around precision medicine will have strong and positive effects cross the state.

The Commission on Economic Competitiveness works to analyze the implications of state tax policy on state business and industry and to develop policies that promote economic growth.

(This is a press release from the state House Democrats' office.)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sen. Logan Applauds Proposal to Restore Cuts to Local Education

Sen. George S. Logan on Feb. 7 applauded the Connecticut Senate and House Republicans’ plan to reinstate nearly $20 million in education funding that was cut midyear to cities and towns throughout the state.
The Republican proposal would allow the state to restore Education Cost Sharing funding that was cut by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration in December and also close the current budget deficit of $11.9 million as estimated by the Office of Fiscal Analysis.
“The December cuts to towns were unfair,” Sen. Logan said.  “Local officials should be able to plan on what their state education funding should be.  This is what I hear over and over again when talking to area mayors and first selectmen.  My top priority is to protect Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.  Our Republican plan restores the cuts, and I will continue to fight to protect local education funding and property taxpayers.”
The plan can be viewed at .
Sen. Logan can be reached at and at 800 842-1421.  He represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge. On the web: 
(This is a press release from Logan's office) 

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Ansonia Rec Hosting UCONN Huskies Trip Feb. 25

Monday, February 6, 2017

Get Help with Winter Heating Bills

 Image result for winter heating bills clip artDERBY - Families and individuals seeking financial help to off-set their winter heating bills may apply to TEAM for assistance.
Families and individuals may qualify for help if they fall below these income limits: $33,880.70 for household of one, $44,305.54 for a two person household, $54,730.37 for a three person household, $65,155.00 for a four person household.
Applicants are deemed eligible based on review of their total household gross income, such as job earnings, unemployment compensation, social security, pension etc.; household size; and liquid assets, as shown through bank statements. If an applicant is approved for assistance, TEAM will make direct payments to their home heating provider. 
Both home owners and renters who are residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge can apply for energy assistance from TEAM.
To schedule an appointment with TEAM Energy Assistance, please call 203-736-5420 and follow prompts for Energy Assistance, or in Milford, 203-783-3253; Woodbridge, 203-389-3429; Orange, 203-891-4787, and Bethany, 203-393-2100, ext.124.
TEAM Inc. is a private,501(c) 3  non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families . TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury and Woodbridge.
(This is a press release from TEAM, Inc.)

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Learn to "Right" a Resume at Derby Public Library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library offers Resume “Right”-ing Workshops on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM. 
During these sessions, participants are welcome to either start from scratch or bring copies of their existing resumes, cover letters as well, for review and optimizing. Often times a new resume can be created simply by making a number of subtle tweaks versus a whole new change. 
The March class will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 PM.  
Registration is not required.  For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or
call 203 736-1482 or visit

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Have a Cup of Coffee with Valley Lawmakers

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Conroy Wins Prestigious Nurse Practitioner Award

SEYMOURNurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2017 State Award for Excellence, will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2017
National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.
Theresa Conroy, APRN, FNP-BC of  Seymour, CT will be among the recipients honored.
The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse
practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made
a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs.
Ms. Conroy has had a successful and distinguished career in nursing. She retired from VA CT Healthcare System in West Haven and continues to work
as an APRN for MinuteClinic. As a former state representative, she was instrumental in crafting legislation for independent practice for APRN’s in Connecticut. She has been on the forefront addressing the opioid and heroin epidemic and serves on various councils to improve the health outcomes for the residents of her state. 
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional
membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests
of more than 222,000 NPs, including approximately 72,000 individual members and 200
organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers
of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.
The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that  best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.
For more information, visit To locate a nurse practitioner in your area, visit
(This is a press release from Theresa Conroy)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Donate Diapers to CT Babies in Need

Derby Scouts Selling SuperBowl Sunday Subs

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Marley the Dog Looking for a New Home

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SEYMOUR - From our friends at CARES: Say hello to Marley!! The elderly person who had Marley could no longer care for her and asked us to find her a loving home that will take great care of her. We are looking for that home! Marley is about 3 years old , spayed and UTD on shots. She LOVES laps and to give kisses. She is a little shy around men but will warm up....If you would like to meet this great kisser, you can meet Marley any day at noon at 115 Silvermine Rd in Seymour.

(Information shared from Seymour First Selectman's Facebook page)

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New Fitness Center Opens in Seymour

Monday, January 30, 2017

Water Color Painting Workshop in Derby

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DERBY-  The Derby Public will host another popular Water Color Painting Workshop on 
February 27 at 6 P.M.  Ages 18 and over are invited to enjoy this fun evening resulting in
fabulous art!  Participants will go home with new friends, great memories, and a newly-created
masterpiece that will show off your “inner-artist.”  No experience?  No problem!  Local artist,
Rich DiCarlo, from the Valley Arts Council, will guide you step-by-step on this creative journey
as you learn the ins and outs of creating your own water color painting.  No previous artistic
experience necessary – great for beginners or seasoned professionals. Snacks will be provided.  It
is promised to be a surprisingly easy and fun way to spend an evening!  Registration is required. 
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Train to be a Certified Nursing Assistant

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, in Derby, is offering its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting March 20 to help individuals start the journey to a fulfilling career in healthcare.
The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 5-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p. m.
Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care. The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.
The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.
For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or visit
Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers training, education, and certification for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician healthcare careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Griffin Hospital to Host AARP Driver Safety Program

DERBY - Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone.
The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.
The course also covers such topics as how to maintain proper following distance at all times; the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections; the effects of medications on driving; how to minimize the effect of dangerous blind spots; the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use; proper use of safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes and ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
Participants will gain a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how they can avoid potential collisions and injuries to themselves and others. As an added bonus, participants can check with their auto insurance company about discounts for completing the course.
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to “AARP.”
To register, call Esther at 203-732-1523.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Sign Up for Ansonia Soccer

Saturday, January 21, 2017

SHS Basketball Player Scores 1000th Career Point

SEYMOUR- Seymour High School senior Faith Thurmond recently scored her 1000th career point in high school basketball on January 13th versus Ansonia! Congratulations!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ansonia High School Students Tour State Capitol

Sen. George S. Logan (R-Ansonia) on Jan. 11 welcomed Ansonia High School students to the State Capitol’s Senate Chamber.   
Logan represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.  
He can be reached at and at 800 842-1421.
To sign up for Logan’s State Capitol e-alerts, visit

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Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness Receives National Quality Designation

DERBY -The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT has again achieved the highest level of quality breast healthcare recognition from the American College of Surgeons.

The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Hewitt Center was also accredited by the organization in 2013.

“The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness is a comprehensive breast center, offering patients expert staff, patient-centered care, advanced technology and all the resources and services needed to quickly and effectively screen and diagnose breast disease,” said Denise Barajas, MD, medical director of The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness. “We are very proud to be recognized again for our commitment to providing safe, exceptional and complete care to our community.”

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and that voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.  This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.  Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options by a breast center.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

         Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services

         A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

         Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

         Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at

About The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital

The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital opened in 2011 and primarily serves the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities. It combines state-of-the-art technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services.  The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness features two state-of-the-art digital mammography suites with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) capability, a breast ultrasound suite, and the most advanced system available to perform stereotactic biopsy.  The Center also utilizes a rapid diagnostic model where patients are often given test results the same day imaging tests are performed, and if indicated, follow up testing (ultrasound, breast biopsy) and even consultation with a breast surgeon are often available the same day if the patient’s schedule permits. For more information, call 203-732-1300 or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Seymour Lions Club Offering Scholarships

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SEYMOUR - The Seymour Lions Club is accepting scholarship applications for 2017.   This scholarship is open to all high school seniors that are residents of Seymour planning to attend any college or course of study. Four, $500 scholarships are awarded each year.

You can fill out your application on-line, at After filling out the application under the scholarship tab, simply print it out along with the application cover sheet also found online. You can then mail your essay, application and cover sheet to:
The Seymour Lions Club
26 George St.
Seymour, CT 06483

All applications must be post marked by April 1st of the current year. The check will be made payable directly to the college/course of study upon verification of students acceptance into the college/course of study.
(This is a press release from Seymour Lions Club)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ansonia Students Create Award-Winning Posters

Mead School Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners (from left, first row) Fahmida Chowdhury, Lizsandra Muniz, Logan Coon, Alleyanna Figueroa, Jamiah Renee Carrillo, and Karisma Jones; and (second row, from left) Superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone, Principal Amy O’Brien, Assistant Principal John Coppola, and Ansonia Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley.

The Prendergast School Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners are (from left, first row) Karleigh Gatison, Makayla D’Alessio, Samantha Burton, Alana Morell, Maqila Mosley, and Jaden Manning. They are congratulated by (from left, second row), Assistant Principal Sara Crooks, Principal Liz Nimons, Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley, and Superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone.

ANSONIA – The winners of the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest for Ansonia Public Schools have been announced by Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley. Gift cards were presented to the top three winners in Grades 4 and 5 for Mead and Prendergast Schools.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Merlone joined the building principals for the presentation on Jan. 4, 2017.

Lizsandra Muniz, a fourth grader at Mead, and Karleigh Gatison, a fifth grader at Prendergast, were the first prize winners for their grade levels and were also selected as the grand prize winners for the city. Their posters are on display in the State Capitol in Hartford.

The other winners of the contest at Mead are as follows: Grade 4, second prize, Alleyanna Figueroa, and third prize, Karisma Jones; and Grade 5, first prize, Fahmida Chowdhury, second prize, Logan Coon, and third prize, Jamiah Renee Carrillo.
At Prendergast, fourth grade winners are Makayla D’Alessio (first prize), Alana Morell (second prize) and Jaden Manning (third prize), while the other two fifth grade winners are Samantha Burton (second prize) and Maqila Mosley (third prize).
(This is a press release from Ansonia Schools) 

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