Friday, October 24, 2014

PHOTOS: Assumption School students go pink for breast cancer awareness in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Students at Assumption School went pink Friday, Oct. 24, in support of national Breast Cancer Month, and also raised funds for the cause.

Students Brooke Armistead, a 7th grader, and Alexa Benfanti, an 8th grader, designed a T-shirt, raising awareness for the cause. The girls raised $625 from T-shirt sales, and presented a check to Griffin Hospital's Hewitt Center for Breast Health. The two girls presented Janet Hall from Griffin's development office with the check during a brief ceremony at the school Friday.

During the school's morning prayer service, students and staff formed a huge, human pink cross.

(Photos submitted by Lucia Hanock)
Left to right: 
Brooke Armistead, Alexa Benfanti and Janet Hall

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Craft & Vendor Fair set for Nov. 15 at Ansonia High School

ANSONIA >> The Ansonia High School PTSO will host a Craft & Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the high school, located on Pulaski Highway.
The fair will feature many vendors, including Avon, Thirty-One and more. There will also be raffles and baked goods available.

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Seymour proclaims Friday, Oct. 24 as Nina Poeta Day

SEYMOUR >> The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously approved a proclamation, naming Friday, Oct. 24 as Nina Poeta Day. Nina, 17, is a Seymour High School cheerleader battling an inoperable brain tumor. The community has rallied around Nina since she first learned of her diagnosis in November 2013. Numerous fundraisers, from cut-a-thons to craft fairs, have been held to help the family with medical bills and pink t-shirts emblazoned with 'Keep Calm and Nina Strong' were created, and can be seen throughout the community and beyond, during football games and other events. Community prayer events have also been held, with residents banding together to show Nina how much they love and support her.
On Friday, everyone is being asked to wear something pink and gray to show their support for Nina Poeta Day.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Derby Neck Library announces November events

DERBY >> The following events for November are taking place at the Derby Neck Library:

From Sat., Nov. 1 through Sun., Nov. 9 the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. will hold its fall book sale, run by the Friends’ Club.  Hours are Sat. and Sun, 1-5 and Mon. through Thurs. 10-8.  Closed every Friday.  Come browse and shop through our large collection of fiction and non-fiction titles, including music and dvds too. Prices are reasonable at $1.00 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks.  Coffee-table sized books are specially marked.  Other specials will be offered.  For further details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Tues., Nov. 4th at 6 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. host “Evening Chess and Go Club.”  Come learn these traditional board games.  We bring all the supplies and provide the free instruction.  Bring a friend or family member and enjoy a fun night out.  For details call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Sun., Nov. 16 from 2-3 p.m., Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents “Bring on the Hoopla.”  This is a free event for kids and their families.  We provide the hula-hoops for fun and nostalgia.  A very entertaining time.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Mon., Nov. 17 from 12:30-1:30, Derby Neck Library, 307  Hawthorne Ave. hosts “Women’s Forum” a monthly discussion group that focuses on short stories, poetry, history and more.  This month we discuss two short stories by Mary Robison—“In Jewel” and  “Look at Me.”  Free copies of the stories are available at our front desk.  This is a lunch group, so feel free to bring yours along.  We serve free coffee and tea.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Mon. Nov., 17 at 6:30 p.m and again on Wed., Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents “Tech Talks” a monthly program that explains the latest in technology and how to best use it in your live.  Feel free to also bring your questions for discussion.  To see this month’s topic, visit the library or call us at 203-734-1492.

On Tues., Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. hosts “Teen Movie Night.”  This month’s feature on blu-ray is “Maleficent.”  Sitting is limited, so you must call ahead to register.  Free snacks and a dinner are also served.  All attending  must be present before 5:45 p.m., when the doors close.  To register please call 203-734-1492.

On Wed., Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. hosts “B.A.R.K.—Be a Reading Kid”  featuring the listening dogs Thor and Bailey.  This program offers kids a 15-minute session to read to a gentle dog.  Parents are asked to call ahead to register their children, at 203-734-1492.

On Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., hosts “Writers’ Round.”  This is a workshop for writers of all formats—prose, fiction, poetry, scripts, etc.  Writing practice is part of our evening, so come and be inspired.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Mon., Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. hosts their “Evening Book Club.”  This is a monthly session which focus on novella-length books of fiction, biography, or non-fiction.  All titles selected are award winners and written by authors of worth.  This month we explore “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Sparks.  This book was featured on Broadway and also recreated as a movie.  Copies of the book are available at our library and are purchased for us by the Friends’ Club.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

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St. Mary-St. Michael School to host Wine Tasting Fundraiser Nov. 9 in Derby

DERBY >> St. Mary-St. Michael School will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at 500 Degrees on Main Street, 181 Main St., Derby. Tickets are $25 per person and include wine and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a wine basket raffle and door prizes. To purchase tickets contact the school at 203-735-6471. All proceeds benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School.

(Information submitted by Suzanne Foley)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Derby fundraiser to benefit infant recovering from brain surgery

Connecticut Partnership for Children to hold Thanksgiving Food Program

The 2013 Thanksgiving food program.
Photo by Board Secretary, Attorney Karen Fisher
Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. is a Seymour non-profit that serves children in need throughout the entire state, by meeting basic needs. This year, they are hosting the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Food Program and the 6th Annual "Helping Hands, Warming Hearts" winter sponsorship program.

These programs are graciously sponsored by Stop & Shop Co., Derby Walmart, Great Expectations Day Care & Learning Center in Southbury, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oxford, Walnut Hill Community Church- Seymour Campus, and many individuals and businesses throughout the state.

In 2013, the Thanksgiving Food Program served 101 families, an increase of 63 families from the previous year. Connecticut Partnership's goal is to serve 150 families this year. The agency provides the turkey, and asks for the non-perishable fixings from individual and business sponsors and donors. Donors have two options: sponsor a family or run a food drive. Meal distribution occurs on Saturday, Nov. 22; therefore, the deadline for items to be delivered to the agency is Monday, Nov. 17.

The "Helping Hands, Warming Hearts" winter sponsorship program provides brand new jackets, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, and books to children in need. Each year, this program has served approximately 200 children. The agency's goal for this year is to increase the number served to 250 children. Donors have two options: sponsor a child or provide an item in bulk. The agency provides size information, etc. to sponsors. These items will be delivered to the children on Dec. 22-23; and therefore, must be delivered to Connecticut Partnership no later than Monday, Dec. 15.

For more information or to commit to sponsoring a family for Thanksgiving or a child for the winter program, please contact the agency directly at 203-881-1804 or by email

This is a press release from Meghan Tarby, MSW, executive director and social worker for CT Partnership for Children, Inc.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Derby Public Library cooking demo: Vegging out for the holidays

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled a holiday cooking demo, "Vegging Out for the Holidays" on Monday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will show participants how to liven up their holiday entertaining with some new and tasty vegetable recipes. There will be samples of all demonstrated foods.

The class is for ages 18 years and older. Registration is required. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Tech Time: Learn photo editing, scanning at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library holds Tech Time sessions every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.

A variety of topics are covered on a revolving basis. On Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 20 the topic will be Photo Editing/Scanning. Techniques on how to improve the quality and usability of existing electronic photographs, as well as how to best create electronic versions of printed photos will be shown. Ideas for future topics are welcomed.

No reservations are accepted and there is a seven seat limit per class.

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

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Derby Public Library will show you how to go green with holiday gifts

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled another Recycle, Repurpose, and Reuse craft class on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Ansonia Animal Control Officer Jeanie Roslonowski will show participants, ages 18 and over, how to create "Holiday Gifts – Going Green" by recycling everyday household items. The class will also include information on animal issues.

Registration is required.  For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Sen. Chris Murphy presented with TEAM's Chairman's Award

DERBY >> Sen. Chris Murphy was presented recently with TEAM’s Chairman’s Award "in recognition of his broad, profound and positive impact on the quality of social and human services in the region," the agency said in a press release Monday.

Murphy was the keynote speaker at the agency's 49th annual meeting on Oct. 10, where he was presented the award.

"In his keynote address to 150 attendees, Murphy spoke about the investments we need to make to help low income and middle class individuals, particularly in education," the release states. "He discussed the importance of traditional education and job training programs to lift people out of poverty, and the impact investing in education will have on our nation's long term success."

The above information and photo was provided in a release from TEAM.

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PHOTO: Walk-a-Thon benefit for St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby

DERBY >> The rain didn't stop the enthusiasm of students who participated in a Walk-a-Thon  to benefit St. Mary -St. Michael School. The Walk-a-Thon was held Oct. 15 at Ryan Field. Pictured here is Emma Nagy, a first grader, who is racing with her classmates.

(Submitted by Suzanne Foley)

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UPDATED INFO: Seymour Land Trust's 9th Annual Halloween Haunted Trails Festival

Ansonia Library to present Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band this Saturday

Smiles Within A Village Happiness Club to meet Nov. 19 at Crosby Commons

SHELTON >> The community is invited to Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community on Wednesday, Nov. 19, for a meeting of the Smiles Within A Village Happiness Club.

Author Gail J. Chiasson will be sharing thoughts from her book, "Life, Spirit, and You: 'The Alpha Train.'" Her inspirational, motivational, and holistic book was written to create a network of camaraderie among women to help relieve the feeling of loneliness, isolation, prejudice, and unfairness in personal and professional situations.

All are welcome; the meeting is free and open to the public and will begin at 3 p.m.

Crosby Commons is located on the Wesley Village campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mary Ann Milano at 203-225-5018 or by email at

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Derby Boy Scout Troop 3 to present Charles M. Stankye Jr. with '3 for Life' award

1951 Troop 3 Scouts
Charlie Stankye and Bill Elko
DERBY >> If your last name is Stankye and you grew up in Derby, chances are you were involved in Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3. Charles M. Stankye Jr. is the patriarch of the Derby Stankyes and by his example has instilled in his family a lifelong commitment to Scouting. Charlie will be recognized by Boy Scout Troop 3 for more than 70 years in Scouting on Oct 26 at Troop 3’s 100th anniversary celebration at Villa Bianca in Seymour. The troop is sponsored by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church, where it was founded in 1914, and continues to meet there.

Charles Stankye Jr.
Stankye will be receiving the “3 for Life” award, presented every 5 years by the Troop to alumni who have been outstanding in their commitment and support of Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33. Previous recipients include the late Scouting pioneer, Edmund D. Strang, Walter R. Archer Jr., the late Walter Petz, Robert Bednarcik, the late Charles Rotteck Jr., Rev. John Carr, former Ansonia Mayor Bill Menna, the late Christy Testone, the late Anthony Pepe, Superbowl 1 & 2 Green Bay Packer’s Captain Bob Skoronski, the late Frank Skoronski, Dr. Robert Feeney, Shelton Aldermanic President and 100th anniversary dinner chairman John Anglace, Jr. and Rodman Kneen, who has been involved in Scouting for 82 years. Joining Stankye at the dinner as latest “3 for Life” recipients will be Dr. Sherwood Lewis and James Florczak.

Charlie Stankye, Troop 3’s 34th Eagle Scout, started his scouting career in 1942 when he became a Cub Scout in Pack 3 under legendary Cubmaster Edmund D. Strang. Charlie continued on to become a Boy Scout in Troop 3 in 1945. While a scout in Troop 3, Charlie served as a Den Chief and was Patrol Leader of the East Derby Beaver patrol. Charlie continued on to become a member of Explorer Post 33, where he served as Post Scribe and Post Guide. While a member of Troop 3 and Post 33 Charlie performed in the Annual Minstrel Shows as a soloist and endman. In 1950, Charlie attended the National Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA, where he worked at the Trading Post. He was also on summer camp staff at Camp Workcoeman, in New Hartford, CT.

1953 meeting celebs Debbie Reynolds,
Mitzi Gaynor and others in Hollywood
during California Jamboree.
In 1953, along with other scouts from Troop 3 and Post 33, Charlie traveled by train to Irvine, CA to attend the National Scout Jamboree. While at the Jamboree, Charlie and the other scouts had the opportunity to meet with Danny Thomas and Debbie Reynolds. The highlight of the trip was when the scouts of Troop 3 made national headlines after a private meeting with Mitzie Gaynor. Several of the Scouts including Charlie, got to have their pictures taken with her.

As an adult, Charlie continued his scouting career. He joined the executive Board of the Housatonic Council and served on the board for 15 years. While on the board Charlie served as Council Treasurer, Vice President and President. During his term as President, the Council renamed and dedicated its camp, Housatonic Scout Reservation in Goshen after long time Scouter, Edmund D. Strang. Charlie was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Housatonic Council. He was also awarded the Bronze Pelican by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee. Charlie is also a recipient of the Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Gold Seal Award.

3 Generations of Eagle Scouts
Charles III, Tyler, Charles IV and Charles Jr.
at Tyler’s 2011 Eagle Scout Court of honor.
Charlie continued his volunteer service to the community outside of Scouting. Charlie has been very active in the fire service not only in Derby; but throughout the State of Connecticut. He has been a member of the Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 of the Derby Fire Department for 60 years. As a member of the Paugassetts; Charlie served as a Lieutenant and Captain. He was the Company Secretary for 20 years. Charlie eventually rose through the ranks of the Derby Fire Department as Asst. Fire Chief and became Chief of the Derby Fire Department where he served for 8 years. In 1975 Charlie became Deputy Fire Marshal and has served in that capacity for the past 35 years. Charlie is a Past president of the Valley Fire Chief’s Association and currently serves as the Association’s Treasurer. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Valley Fire Chief’s Regional Fire Training School and serves as its Treasurer. He is also a member of the building committee of the new regional fire school.

Charlie is a Past President and the current Treasurer of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association. In 2011 Charlie was inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighter’s Association Hall of Fame. In 1999 Charlie was appointed by then Governor John Rowland to the Commission on Fire Prevention & Control; where he still serves.

Charlie serves on the Board of Directors of the Derby Public Library and is a Past President of the Board.

Charlie is retired from the New England Engineering Company and the Hancock Engineering Company. He has been married to Anne Francione for the past 57 years. Anne has also been involved with Cub Scout Pack 3 for more than 45 years. Charlie and Anne have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Charlie’s 3 sons --- Charles, III, Ronald and Richard are all Troop 3 Eagle Scouts. Grandsons Charles IV, Tyler and Timothy Stankye are Troop 3 Eagle Scouts and Zachary Geffert earned Eagle Scout Rank with Troop 1 Oxford. Ryan Stankye, of Washington state, is a fifth grandson very close to completing Eagle Scout rank. Charlie’s brother-in-law Thomas Francione is Troop 3s 51st Eagle Scout.  

“Charlies Stankye was an obvious choice when we were deciding honorees for this year’s “3 for Life” award.”  Stated Richard Williams, Troop 3’s Committee Chairman. “As the patriarch of an 8-Eagle Scout family that has been part of Troop 3 for more than 70 years, his community service alone is a model for us all”, Williams added.

All Troop 3 alumni and friends are invited to the 100th anniversary dinner at noon on Oct. 26, at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Raymond Oppel at 203-929-6616 (daytime) or 203-929-7210 (evenings), or by email,

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Ansonia Fountain Hose Co. #1 to hold annual ziti dinner on Nov. 15

ANSONIA >> Fountain Hose Co. #1 is holding its annual ziti dinner at the fire station, 191 Howard Ave., on Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, under 10 years old free. Call 203-735-1997 for more information or tickets.

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Seymour police officers complete mid-management course at Roger Williams University

The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recently recognized Commander John C. D'Antona and Inspector Joseph DeNigris of the Seymour Police Department for the successful completion of the "Command Training Series: Mid-Management Course," a two-week comprehensive training program for upper-level personnel.

Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modem police agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners between Sept. 29 and Oct. 10 discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues and ethical decision-making.

Graduates of the session represented police departments from throughout New England and included D'Antona and DeNigris.

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Pizza Fest 2014 in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Pizza Fest 2014 will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St.
Come and taste slices from a variety of local pizza makers and vote for the Valley’s “Most Heavenly Pizza!” Some participating restaurants include:  Massimino’s, Domino’s, Marco’s, The Little Tomato, Zani’s, The Big Y, Bertucci’s, Downtown Pizza and more. It will be an evening of endless pizza and friendly competition. DJ music, door prizes, family fun!
All the profits will be shared among the Boys and Girls Club, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Valley YMCA.
Tickets $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-10.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PHOTOS: 5th annual Seymour Pink Day

SEYMOUR >> The 5th annual Seymour Pink Day was staged throughout town Wednesday, where dozens of businesses and residents painted the town pink. Bunches of pink balloons danced in front of storefronts, across the Bank Street Bridge and at every cash register at Super Stop & Shop on Franklin Street. Pink pumpkins, emblazoned with the word "survivor" were spotted, as was First Selectman Kurt Miller sporting a pink tie for the occasion. The tie Miller purchased supports the Susan Komen Foundation.


The Teddy Bear Tree House daycare center on South Main Street was wrapped up in a giant pink bow, and pink banners remembering the names of breast cancer survivors, along with those who lost their battle to the disease, flew high atop poles along Derby Avenue, Main Street and others areas of town. A floral shop downtown, Dragonflies, had its front window decked out with a small pink Christmas tree, while inside the quaint shop, dozens of pink ribbons decorated the walls. Haynes Construction Co. marked the day by placing a giant pink banner on a massive cement wall at the entrance of its facility on Cedar Street, for all commuters on nearby Route 8 to see.
The day's events culminated with a celebration at Hot Tamale's Mexican Bar & Grill, where giveaways, raffles and other fun activities took place. Seymour Pink Founder Mary Deming, who began the grassroots organization in 2009 after losing her own mother to breast cancer, was thrilled with another successful event. Deming, however, one day hopes that breast cancer is only something that lives in the history books. To date, Seymour Pink has raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer research. Money is used to help victims and their families.

"Seymour Pink is a statement to those who are fighting and we are fighting with them," Deming said.

(Photos and text by New Haven Register Correspondent Jean Falbo-Sosnovich)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller participates in Pink Promenade

SEYMOUR >> The 5th annual Pink Promenade was held Oct. 12 to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Dozens of men, including First Selectman Kurt Miller, sported high heels, feather boas and pretty pink outfits, as they completed the mile-long walk through town. Miller, who wore a hot pink cowboy hat, floral frock and striped tights, said the event raised more than $7,200 for breast cancer research.

(Photos submitted by
First Selectman Kurt Miller's office)

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CT Works Career Coach returns to Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The CT Works Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library on Friday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During both the morning session (10-12) and the afternoon session (1-3), 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 internet.

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. or call 203-736-1482 or visit

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Derby Public Library presents Ghostly Photographs

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled the program, Ghostly Photographs, for Monday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Julie Griffin, photographer and paranormal investigator will be the presenter.  With the hope of capturing more evidence for the existence of the spirit world, Griffin has visited many locations reported to be haunted, including Derby’s own Sterling Opera House. These intense personal experiences have resulted in many stories to tell.  Her presentation includes photos, along with an explanation of the photography techniques used.

Ages 16 and over are invited to come and hear real ghost stories you can see with your own eyes. Registration is required. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit    

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Sen. Crisco to host annual senior and veterans' fair this Thursday

ANSONIA >> State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr., D-Woodbridge, will host the 17th Senatorial District Senior & Veterans’ Fair this Thursday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway (Route 243) in Ansonia.

The event will feature nearly four dozen state and community agencies and non-profits, including the state Department of Veterans Affairs, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, the Ansonia Fire Marshall’s Office, Griffin Hospital Community Outreach, Naugatuck Valley Health District, University of New Haven Nutrition and Dietetics program and the Valley YMCA.


Shelton High School PTSO update

SHELTON >> Shelton High School PTSO Update: "Did you know that students with involved parents, no matter their income or background, are more likely to: 1. Earn higher grades and test scores, 2. Attend school regularly 3. Have better social skills/show improved behavior, and 4. Graduate and go on to post-secondary education? When parents get involved, students benefit. Join the Shelton High School Parent Teacher Organization today to stay informed and help your student succeed. The PTSO helps benefit our students in so many ways by sponsoring scholarships, Cultural Arts programs and numerous school activities such as the CAPT Breakfast, College Fair and Post Prom.  Most importantly, the PTSO is the link to your student....and their success. SHS PTSO meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Media Center. Can't make a meeting?  Simply become a member!  Visit and go to 'Shelton High School', 'About', 'Forms' and download a SHS PTSO Membership form today. Your membership directly supports student achievement. Join the Shelton High School PTSO, today."

Submitted by SHS PTSO Publicity Chairman Pam Garrett.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Ansonia mayor touts progress at first State of the City address

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti made a promise to residents upon taking the oath of office last year to make Ansonia a better, safer, cleaner and more affordable place to live, do business and be proud of.
During his first State of the City address, which drew about 200 people to Ansonia High School, Cassetti Thursday said thanks to his team of dedicated employees, volunteers and others, that promise is becoming reality.

Read more here.  

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Seymour boys soccer team to help raise funds for Nina

SEYMOUR >> There is a 'Nina Strong' event Friday evening, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at DeBarber Field, Seymour High School during the Varsity boys soccer game. Players will be decked out in pink shirts and pink laces on their cleats to help raise funds for SHS cheerleader Nina Poeta, who is battling a brain tumor.

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Ed Quinlan to discuss new book, 'The Justice Imperative,' at Derby Neck Library

DERBY >> Author Ed Quinlan will appear Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., to discuss his new book for the Malta Justice Initiative, “The Justice Imperative.”

The Malta Justice Initiative works as an advocacy group for the incarcerated and seeks to educate the public about the need for criminal justice reforms. Quinlan will focus on Connecticut’s rates of incarceration and re-incarceration issues.

This is s free program open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

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'Pounding the Pavement for Pink' 5k in Seymour raises awareness for breast cancer

(Photos submitted by Mary Deming)

SEYMOUR >> More than 1,800 people laced up their running shoes last weekend to partake in Seymour Pink's annual "Pounding the Pavement for Pink" 5K race and walk, which raises awareness, support and money for breast cancer.

The event, which Seymour Pink Founder Mary Deming said drew 76 breast cancer survivors, 72 teams of people formed to honor loved ones fighting the disease and those who lost their battle, 110 volunteers and runners from 12 different states, even some from Australia who told Deming they planned their holiday to America around the 5K.

"The sense of community, the sense of HOPE, the presence of the survivors with is UNBELIEVABLE," Deming said.

Deming said many community organizations and local businesses participated again this year, noting that Hayne Construction had more than 80 people on their team for the 5K, raising more than $11,000 in donations.

Since Deming founded the grassroots initiative in 2009, more than $500,000 has been raised for breast cancer research.  

Deming posted the following message on her Facebook page, after the event:

"Well the 3rd Annual POUNDING the PAVEMENT is over...but is it really? Don't we all leave yesterday's events changed by the experience? Whether you walked, ran, volunteered or cheered your loved ones, aren't you a little different today?
I can't help thinking that as the day ended yesterday and into the next few days we will share with those that couldn't be there, our experiences on Saturday.
For me, the first word that comes to mind is OVERWHELMED....
Overwhelmed by the commitment so many businesses, Big and Small make to the 5k by sponsoring the event...your monies allow us to "kick it up a notch", to elevate to a Celebration not just a 3.1 mile run or walk!
Overwhelmed by all of the volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy weeks before the race and all of the days leading up to it! (a race of this magnitude doesn't happen with a handful of people)!
Overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and leadership the team captains gave to motivate and recruit friends and family to join their team!
Overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who help raise or made donations in honor of and in memory of the those victimized by the cancer diagnosis!
Overwhelmed by all of the businesses and individuals who donate all of the food, water, and beautiful gifts and corsages for our survivors!
Overwhelmed by each and everyone of you who register for this event!
Overwhelmed by this community and its desire to UNITE in the FIGHT against breast cancer. What an amazing community!! If you didn't feel THAT miss the HEART of what this COMMUNITY is ALL about.

Lastly OVERWHELMED by the STRENGTH, COURAGE, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE our loved ones, who have heard the breast cancer diagnosis, bring to us every day! THANK YOU for showing us HOW to FIGHT!
and as we looked out from the stage yesterday... Did we not SEE MORE PINK!
......Whenever you try to put into words an event such as yesterday's 5K, you miss thanking someone or some group...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE know I am forever indebted to all of you for what your gave to our 3rd annual 5k ...what you gave to this COMMUNITY!
God bless each and everyone of you....
Thank you from all of us at SEYMOUR PINK and SEYMOUR TRADITION!"

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PHOTO: Ansonia mayor, Home Depot discuss future projects

ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti met with the Home Depot Team this week to discuss ways the store can become more involved with the City of Ansonia. Mayor Cassetti and staff discussed partnering with Home Depot on a possible playground project and City Hall improvements.

Pictured in the photo are Bill Thomas, Operations Manager, John Annis, Pro Account Representative, Mayor Cassetti and Store Manager Jack Cruz.

(Photo submitted by Sheila O'Malley)

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Cut-a-thon to benefit Seymour Pink

Yale-New Haven Hospital's mobile mammography van to visit Seymour Saturday

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ansonia mayor to present first-ever 'State of the City' Thursday

ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti is reminding residents he will present his first-ever "State of the City" address at 6:30 p.m Thursday, Oct. 9, at Ansonia High School.

Residents will be updated on what's been happening around the city, as well as news about good things to come, and will be encouraged to ask questions, comment and make suggestions.

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Derby Public Library offers local history information sessions

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library continues its weekly Local History Information Sessions on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

The Library’s Local History Coordinator will be available in the Local History Room to answer questions and assist visitors in exploring the numerous local history resources available at the library.

Visitors will also be invited to browse through PastPerfect, a software program that enables users to search the library’s progressively updated local history database. Assistance will also be available for research on topics such as genealogy, prominent local figures, major area events and more.

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

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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This program series at Derby Public Library is 'Just for Women'

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library continues its program series, Just for Women, on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

The November session will be held on Monday, Nov. 3. These sessions offer women an informal opportunity to come together to learn how to enhance the quality of their lifestyle, share challenges and joys with other women, provide support to one another, spend time with old friends, and make new friends.

The series is facilitated by Valley resident Joan Joyce. Joan is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Connecticut, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Senior Advisor.

Scientific studies show that an integral component of achieving and maintaining optimal health and well being includes having a strong social support network in your life.  All women, ages 18 and over are invited to join this new and vital group. Registration is requested but walk-ins are also welcome.

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

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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