Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seymour praises Little League softball teams

Both the George J. Hummel Little League Majors and Juniors softball teams were recently lauded by the Seymour Board of Selectmen for earning state championship titles. The teams were presented with certificates of recognition from the board, as well as state Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-Seymour.

(Photos courtesy of Seymour resident John Cripps)

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Derby Neck Library offers evening book club

DERBY >> The Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., will offer an Evening Book Club on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Run by Patricia E. Sweeney, Ph.D., of the library staff, this club focuses on memoirs, fiction, history and similar topics in novella length editions. The book for October is “Riding in Cars with Boys” by Wallingford native Beverly Donofrio. Copies of the book are available to be checked out at the library.

This is a new club (September was the first meeting), which will meet on the final Monday of each month. For further information, call the library at 203-734-1492.

This is a press release from the Derby Neck Library.

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Mark A. Condo Memorial Golf Tournament honors Seymour man


Orange's BHcare announces 3rd annual meeting

A RSVP is requested by Friday, Oct. 22. You can register online hereFor more information, contact Arlene Greco at 203-736-2601 x1856.  
5:30 pm - Social Hour
6:30 pm - Dinner & Program

Dinner Choices:
* Baked Cod Provencal with Lemon
* Chicken Florentine with White Wine, Lemon-Butter Sauce & Spinach  
* Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Béarnaise

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ansonia Library presents 'Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band'

ANSONIA >> The Ansonia Library will present the East Haddam Stage Company and their production of William Gillette's actual 1930 radio script of one of the first Sherlock Holmes dramas ever broadcast via radio, "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band," on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 12 p.m.

This "sketch," as Gillette called it, was originally written by Edith Meiser but extensively edited by Gillette himself. He knew Sherlock like no other actor at that time, having created and played the detective for many years on stages all over the world. He would go on to do at least two other radio broadcasts portraying England's most famous sleuth (1933 and 1935). Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band was originally broadcast in New York City on Oct. 20, 1930. In this mystery drama production, four actors portray seven characters, and of course it includes sound effects.

With an introduction by EHSCO’s Producing Artistic Director, Kandie Carle, the presentation runs one hour, including Q &A with the audience. Enjoy stepping back in time and becoming part of the "studio audience." More info on the show can be found at

There is no charge for the show, but due to limited seating registration is required. Please call the Ansonia Library at 203-734-6275 to reserve your seat by Thursday, Oct. 23. It is suggested that children under 12 not attend due to the nature of the performance.

The information above was provided in a press release from Ansonia Public Library.

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Author and bakery owner, Maria Bruscino Sanchez, to discuss newest cookbook at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled a visit from author and bakery owner, Maria Bruscino Sanchez, on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

She will discuss her newest cookbook, "Small, Sweet and Italian: Tiny Tasty Treats from Maria’s Bakery" and share her journey from baking as a young girl with her family, to opening her own bakery in Waterbury, Conn., to writing several cookbooks.

Books will be available to purchase. Registration is requested. 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.

Discuss a book over lunch at the Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m.

The selected title is "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. This novel by the author of "The Secret Life of Bees," is set in pre-Civil War South Carolina. It follows Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family and slave Hetty “Handful” Grimke, her handmaid. The story, which follows 35 years of their lives, was inspired by real-life historical figure, Sarah Grimke – feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. It goes beyond the recorded history and explores the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested. 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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Seymour to offer CERT training in January 2015

SEYMOUR >> The Office of Emergency Management will sponsor a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to begin Jan. 26, 2015.

The training is free and applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The training focuses on
disaster preparedness and emergency response skills, as well as special training to aid in shelter
management. Classes will be given Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 26 through March 4, 2015. Advance registration is required.

CERT is a program of the Citizen Corps, a nationwide program supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The purpose of CERT and the Citizen Corps is to train community members in emergency preparedness to support local emergency responders as volunteers with disaster relief and community safety.

The state-approved curriculum for basic training includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. The CERT training is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from January 26 through March 4 at Seymour Ambulance, 4 Wakeley St.

Graduates of the program who join the CERT team in Seymour will be issued a CERT identification and a backpack with basic equipment. Team members will be qualified to assist in operating a shelter during a major emergency, as well as possibly supporting emergency responders in various roles. The Seymour team members will be eligible to participate in additional CERT training events in Connecticut.

Class size is limited and team members must be age 18 or older. For more information and registration forms, contact Bob Wilson at 203-736-1951. Forms can also be picked up at the Seymour Ambulance Association, 4 Wakeley St. Seymour. Advance registration is required.

This is a press release from Thomas Eighmie, Emergency Management Director for the Town of Seymour.

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Derby's BEST road race benefits city's schools

DERBY >> The B.E.S.T. 5k Walk/Run drew over a hundred supporters Saturday. The event benefits the Derby Public Schools.

The Valley Indy has the full story here.

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Valley Arts Council serves up 'Delicious' exhibit at Derby restaurant

The Valley Arts Council offered a bounty of food-themed artwork at its "Delicious II" reception Thursday at Marco Pizzeria and Restaurant in Derby.

The Valley Independent has the full story here.

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Shelton's United Methodist Homes receives award for senior living e-book

SHELTON >> United Methodist Homes (UMH) received a Silver Award for their e-book, “The ABC’s of Assisted Living,” in the category of web-based resources and tools for senior living in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs designed and produced for older adults.

A collaborative effort of 26 different staff members, residents and family members, the book provides an introduction to the world of assisted living from “A to Z." It discusses the importance of communication, supporting independence, building relationships, staff longevity and more.

To download the free e-book, visit

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

UMH provides assisted and independent living housing and healthcare options in several locations in Connecticut and one in Tennessee. Among them are Wesley Village (Shelton, CT), Middlewoods of Farmington (Farmington, CT), Middlewoods of Newington (Newington, CT), and Foxbridge (Memphis, Tennessee).

This is a press release from  Marketing and Promotions Manager Marissa Salvesen, United Methodist Homes.

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Flu clinic set for Oct. 30 at Derby City Hall

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Seymour Land Trust's 9th annual Halloween Haunted Trails Festival

Derby Catholic War Veterans group announces Mohegan Sun bus trip

DERBY >> Catholic War Veterans (CWV) Post 1562 of Derby has announced a bus trip to Mohegan Sun Casino Saturday, Oct. 4. 
Cost is $35 per person, and includes a $10 casino bet voucher and a $15 casino food voucher. The bus departs from the Post located at 112 Derby Ave., Derby, at 8:30 a.m., and returns to the Post approximately 4 p.m. Pre-boarding refreshments will be available before departure and a light supper upon return.
Contact Jeff Sember (after 1 p.m.) at 203-734-9748. Check or money order must be made payable to St. Michael CWV Post 1562.

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PHOTO: Boy scout makes new sign for Derby's St. Mary-St. Michael School for Eagle Scout project

DERBY >> Matthew Moran, a senior at Seymour High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 3 in Derby, recently made a new sign for St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby, as his Eagle Scout project.  Matt, pictured here with Mrs. Linda Coppola, principal, attended St. Mary-St. Michael School.

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Shelton mayor selected as honorary starter at Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5k

Submitted photo/Valley United Way
Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the 13th annual Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race on Nov. 27, the race committee announced in a release.

The recognition is given to an individual for their community work in Derby and Shelton. Serving as Shelton's mayor since 1991, Lauretti has focused on improving the city's infrastructure and building up economic development in the downtown area.

He has held positions as teacher, track and basketball coach at Shelton High School, Syracuse University and Central High School in Bridgeport. Lauretti is the chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Bridgeport, secretary/treasurer of the Valley Council of Governments, chairman of the VCOG Regional Roundtable, member of the Coastal Corridor Transportation Investment Area Board, president of the Board of Directors for the State Nutmeg Games, former member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA), an executive board member of the Housatonic Council of Boy Scouts of America, past president of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, member of the Fairfield County Sports Commission and chairman of The Valley Transit District.

Lauretti is one of only 23 people who has run in every race, according to the race committee. The committee said that many runners consider Lauretti as their own benchmark for a successful race as they target him as their person to beat.

The race committee also noted that Lauretti's support has been a critical reason for the race's success. "Without the support of the cities, this race would not be possible. The logistics are very tricky, but Mark has always offered his advice and support as this grew from a simple idea to a Thanksgiving tradition," the committee said in a written release.

For more information about the race, visit the website at

The information above was provided in a press release from Jack Walsh, Valley United Way.

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Family Haunts will host Halloween masquerade ball in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Family Haunts, a paranormal investigation school, will host a spooktacular Halloween masquerade ball starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Mustang Sally's Saloon, 370 E. Main St.

Admission is $30 per person, and $15 for those 12 and under. Nobody under age 10, however, will be allowed admission. Ticket price includes live music, a buffet, contests and more. There is discounted admission for families of four or more.

For tickets or more information, contact or on Facebook at Family Haunts, Ansonia, CT.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Ansonia waste plant plan met with hesitation

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA -Residents aren’t ready to unroll the welcome mat for a $20 million proposal to build a plant that turns food waste into energy, that could potentially cut the city’s utilities costs in half.
About 25 residents and city officials attended an information meeting Thursday headed up by Chris Timbrell with Greenpoint Energy Partners, based in Brooklyn, New York.
This is the second time Greenpoint made its pitch to the city, and since the first forum, in January 2013, the project has been downsized.

Read more here

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Seymour attorney found guilty of laundering client’s drug money

NEW HAVEN >> A federal jury on Thursday found a Seymour-based attorney guilty of conspiring with a client to launder drug money.
Ralph Crozier, 62, faces up to 40 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to launder money and attempted money laundering, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut.
Crozier’s trial began Sept. 16 and it went to the jury Wednesday. Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall set Crozier’s sentencing for Dec. 18. Crozier, a prominent defense attorney, was released on $200,000 bond.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Former Shelton attorney accused of stealing $150G from clients

SHELTON >> A local former attorney was arrested Thursday and charged with taking thousands of dollars from his clients and people connected to his former practice.
State prosecutors said in a press release that 52-year-old Joseph DeFilippo has been charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

Read more here

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Blumenthal, DeLauro seek heritage designation for the Naugatuck River Valley

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Boosting the local economy, creating jobs and becoming a hub for historical and cultural tourism are some of the perks that could come along with proposed legislation unveiled by U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal Wednesday.
The two legislators gathered before a small crowd of local officials at the entrance of the Derby Greenway announcing creation of the Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area Study Act, which if approved, would designate the area a National Heritage Area.

Read the full story here.

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Naugy River Bash in Ansonia

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ansonia considers $20M organic recycling facility

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> A proposal to build a $20.5 million organic recycling and anaerobic digestion facility here, where food waste is turned into green energy, will be the subject of a public informational meeting Thursday.
Greenpoint Energy Partners, based in Brooklyn, New York, along with city officials, will host the meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The company first unveiled its proposal in January 2013 to build “the largest single-source municipal scale anaerobic digestion project in the country,” on city-owned land at 72 N. Division St., adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Read more here

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Hair-cutting event will benefit stricken Seymour teen

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 
SEYMOUR >> Despite an inoperable brain tumor now affecting Seymour High School cheerleader Nina Poeta’s mobility and speech, the brave teenager continues to demonstrate unbeatable spirit and courage both on and off the field.
Nina, 17, according to close family friend, Elizabeth Pisano, needs a wheelchair to get around now, but she was still able to attend the Wildcats’ recent season opener, cheering the football team on, surrounded by her fellow cheerleaders.

Read more here


Food truck festival to raise funds for Derby High School post prom

DERBY >> The Derby High School Post Prom Committee will hold a food truck festival from 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 behind BJ's Wholesale Club on Division Street.

The event is geared to raise funds for the high school's post prom, which volunteer parents host each year as a safe alternative for prom-goers.

The festival will feature a variety of food trucks, offering everything from main courses to desserts. There will also be a variety of craft and service vendors on hand, along with children's activities. There will also be a DJ and live band performing throughout the day.
The DHS Post Prom Committee said all proceeds from the festival benefit the post prom, which treats students to an after prom party at the Sports Center in Shelton, where they can play games, eat lots of food and have fun in a safe environment. Committee members said parents have peace of mind knowing their children are in a controlled environment, having fun with their peers. The committee works year 'round raising money to ensure that prom-goers can attend the post prom for free. 

Admission to the festival is $3 and free for children 12 and under.

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Comedy show to benefit Seymour High School Boys and Girls Soccer


Ed Strang Day for Kids on the Derby Green this Saturday

Vendors wanted for 2014 TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair

SHELTON >> Wesley Village, a campus of senior living communities located at 580 Long Hill Ave., is seeking vendors for the annual TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair. 

The fair is being held Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. 

There are 8’ tables available for $50 a day for those looking to sell their crafts. Contact Barbara Quinn, director of Volunteer Services at Wesley Village, at 203-944-8292, by Oct. 9 to reserve a table.

This information was provided in a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

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Wesley Village Halloween 5k & Fun Walk set for Oct. 25 in Shelton

SHELTON >> Over 500 runners and walkers are expected at the 6th annual Wesley Village Halloween 5k & Fun Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Wesley Village Campus, 580 Long Hill Ave, and features a 5k run, 1-mile walk and ½ mile Kids Fun Run. This year’s 5k course will be a flatter out and back course.

Bring the entire family for a morning of Halloween fun. At the post-race party there will be entertainment, a brunch with famous egg sandwiches, smoothies, fruit granola bars, bagels and more. Children’s activities include a bounce house, face painting, a clown and the opportunity to trick or treat. Costumes are encouraged. 

The first 400 5k entrants receive a free tech shirt. Cotton t-shirts will be given to all other event participants. Runners aged 70+ run for free, pre-registration is required. With over 10 percent of last year’s race field over 70, the race may have one of the highest percentages of older runners in Connecticut.
The race proceeds benefit award-winning programs at the Wesley Village campus, which provides independent living, assisted living, rehab services and skilled nursing care. 
The title sponsor for this year’s race is the CE Floyd Company. The Fun Walk sponsor is M&T Bank. The Kids Fun Run sponsor is Merit Insurance.  Also supporting this year’s race as major sponsors are O’Connor Davies, John J. Brennan Construction, Crown Uniform and Linen Service, McKesson Medical-Surgical and Serra and Del Vecchio Insurance.
For more information on the race, visit or call JB Sports at 203-481-5933.
The information above was provided in a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

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Seymour High School's Class of '64 to hold 50th reunion on Oct. 11

SEYMOUR >>  Seymour High School’s Class of 1964 will hold its 50th class reunion Oct. 11.
The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange.
Tickets are $55 per person, and include dinner, music and, of course, great company with old friends.

For tickets or more information, contact Cheryl Wasko Lounsbury at (860)621-0024 or Pat Finkle Sosnovich at (203)888-4807.

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Sen. Murphy to speak at TEAM annual meeting in Derby

DERBY >> Sen. Chris Murphy will be the guest speaker at TEAM Inc.'s 49th Annual Meeting on Oct. 10  at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane.

Murphy’s support for programs that help area residents battle the impact of poverty will be recognized with TEAM’s Chairman’s Award.

Registration is at 7:45 a.m. and the meeting, which is open to the public, will end at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 for the breakfast event. Reservations are required by Sept. 26; RSVP Silvia Paytas at 736-5420, ext. 202, or

Also being recognized:

The Echo Hose Co. of Shelton will receive the 2014 Partnership Award for its coordination of the response to January’s Howe Avenue fire that left 23 households homeless. Julie Penry, retiring Director of the Shelton Youth Services Bureau, will receive the Lillian Chrostwoski Award for her work developing programs for community.

The annual meeting is also the final one for TEAM President & CEO Richard Knoll, who will retire at the end of the year after 34 years of service. The new President & CEO will be introduced by the Board of Directors at the meeting.

The information above was provided in a press release from Diane L. Stroman, TEAM vice president of Development

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Monday, September 22, 2014

4 charged after Ansonia police serve pair of search warrants

ANSONIA >> Four men are each facing several drug charges here after police served search warrants at two city addresses late last week.
In addition to the arrests, police also recovered thousands of dollars in cash, significant amounts of illegal drugs, a loaded revolver and numerous rounds of ammunition during the two searches, Lt. Andrew Cota said in a press release Monday.
The searches were the result of several complaints about drug activity in the area of Bassett Street, Cota said. Ansonia detectives and officers, the city’s Anti-Crime Unit, along the regional SRT team and a Milford Police K9 unit served the warrants at about 1:15 p.m. Friday.

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American Red Cross to put disaster trailer in Valley for quick response

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> In times of crisis, the American Red Cross is always there to lend a helping hand.
Thanks to a partnership with the Valley Community Foundation, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross unveiled a disaster response trailer this week, aimed at keeping Valley residents safe during a major emergency.
The trailer — the only one of its kind in the Valley — will be stationed at Ansonia High School, which is already designated as an emergency shelter.

Read more here

Ansonia resident Phillip Tripp to challenge Joseph Crisco for 17th District

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Aldermanic President Phillip Tripp aims to unseat longtime state Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Woodbridge, in a race for the 17th District.
Tripp announced his intentions earlier this year to run in the district, which covers Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.
On Sept. 24, Tripp will unveil his platform at 10 a.m. at his headquarters, 301 Main St.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Derby Public Library presents 'A Tribute to Irving Berlin'

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library will present "A Tribute to Irving Berlin" on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m.  

Singer and actress, Patty Carver, will share stories and songs in celebration of one of the greatest American songwriters of all time. From "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" to "Always," from "This is the Army" to "There’s No Business Like Show Business," Berlin’s music with its memorable melodies, unbridled emotion and timeless lyrics is uniquely American and will continue to be sung by many generations to come.

Carver has performed in New York, Los Angeles and London. She has written over 30 original musicals for audiences that have been produced for national tours and New York productions. 

Registration is requested. 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.