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Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet with Valley Lawmakers

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kick the Habit with Free Smoking Cessation Program

DERBY -Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting July 5.
 
“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for July 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
 
There is also a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.
 
“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said Carrie O’Malley, RN, a co-coordinator of the program. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”
 
Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habit. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are all discussed as well as weight control and stress management.
Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.
 
To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-1476.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Summer Concerts Under the Stars in Shelton

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seymour First Selectman Loses Taco Bet; Washes TEAM's Fleet of Delivery Vans


Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller, right, from past taco-eating contest, with former champion Alex Danka
 

SEYMOUR - First Selectman Kurt Miller on Tuesday, June 20, made good on a bet he lost to TEAM Inc.'s President/CEO David Morgan, and spent two hours washing TEAM's Meals on Wheels food delivery trucks

Miller cleaned and polished several trucks in the parking lot of Hot Tamale's Mexican Bar & Grill.

The bet between Miller and Morgan happened last month during a charity taco-eating contest held at Hot Tamale's to raise money for the Meals on Wheels programs, which delivers nutritional meals directly to the front doors of the Valley's elderly folks and shut-ins.

According to TEAM officials, the Meals on Wheels program has taken a financial hit, thus being able to provide fewer amount of meals to those who request the service.

Those interested in making a donation to the program can do so by visiting TEAM's website at:  http://teaminc.org/donate/

To check out Miller in action, click the link below to view it on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/SeymourCT.org/videos/1458349354231127/

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers to Host Education Assistance Seminars

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby, will host two informational sessions about opportunities for education assistance through the Health CareeRx Academy.
 
The seminars will be Mon., June 26 at 6 p.m. and Wed., June 28 at 1 p.m. at the school. The seminars are free and open to the public.
 
The WorkPlace’s Health CareeRx Academy (HCA) is a broad partnership of healthcare providers, educators, trainers, and community-based organizations in Southwestern Connecticut that provide no-cost training and support to help participants obtain a career in the growing healthcare field. Designed with input from employers, HCA’s mission is to meet the current and evolving workforce needs of healthcare employers. The HCA provides occupational training, work readiness, and other supports to individuals who desire to begin or advance a career in healthcare.
 
Occupational skills training offered through the HCA include: Certified Nursing Assistants; Dental Assistants; Home Health Aides; Medical Assistants; Medical Office Management; Medical Records & Health Information Technicians; Patient Care Technicians; Pharmacy Technicians; Radiologic Technologists; Registered Nurses-ASN, BSN/CEIN; and Surgical Technologists. Individuals eligible to enroll are those receiving state assistance or are otherwise low income, and the long-term unemployed. All training by HCA leads to a certificate or degree and prepares individuals to pass a
state or national license exam.
 
The HCA also works with the School of Allied Health Careers to provide tuition assistance for students. The school offers training for individuals interested in becoming Certified Nursing Assistants, Patient Care Technicians, and Phlebotomists. 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 Phlebotomy and other professional educational programs to provide training, education, and certification in selected health careers.
 
To register for the information session or for more information, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578.
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Summer Concert Series Kicks off in Derby

Friday, June 16, 2017

Golf Tournament to Benefit Local Charity

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hey Valley: Get Your Ducks in a Row!


SHELTON - Have a swimmingly good time watching your duck and help support Spooner House from now until June 23

The Housy River Duck Race takes place June 24 at 2 p.m. starting at the Derby/Shelton Bridge on the Housatonic River. 
 
The enter-to-win tickets are $5 per duck of which $2 will support Area Congregations Together Spooner House. You may purchase your duck tickets at Spooner House, 30 Todd Road weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any tickets you purchase will have a corresponding number for your duck during the race. 
 
Last year 150 ducks were sold by Spooner House, which resulted in $300 being raised to help financially with the ACT hunger and homeless initiatives in the Valley.

Each duck ticket will give you an opportunity to win a prize for the first 65 ducks to cross the finish line. The grand prize is $1,000 cash; 2nd place is a 55" LED HDTV, 3rd place is $500; 4th place is an Apple iPad mini; and the 5th place winner receives $250. 
 
The prizes and contest are sponsored by the St. Mary-St. Michael School Development Committee in Derby. The school group has other organizations participating in the ticket selling as well, which means there will be more ducks.
 
 “It is great to be able to support St. Mary-St. Michael School through this partnership as they have been a wonderful supporter of Spooner House throughout the years,” said Susan Agamy, Executive Director at Spooner House.
 
A list of all prizes and winners will be posted on the St. Mary-St. Michael School website at: https://stmarystmichaelct.eduk12.net/. Search for upcoming events.
 
(This is a press release from Area Congregations Together)

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Valley Lawmakers to Host Seymour Town Hall Meeting

Griffin Hospital to Host Meet-and-Greet with Pet Emergency Medical Service

DERBY - People and Animals Working in Spirit (P.A.W.S.), Griffin Hospital’s Pet Therapy Program, will host a meet-and-greet with the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) on Sat., June 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the hospital parking lot at 130 Division St., Derby.
 
EARS is a team of volunteer first responders trained for rapid-response to "all-hazard" animal emergencies within Connecticut. The organization focuses on disaster response, emergency transport, technical rescue and training pet owners how to respond to an emergency.
 
The meet-and-greet will feature the EARS Rescue 2 Animal Ambulance, and information on pet safety and the organization’s training programs.
 
For more information about EARS, visit earsct.org.
 
The event is open to the public. For more information, call PAWS Coordinator Ruth Tuccio at 203-732-1298.
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)
 

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St. Mary-St. Michael School Students Make Honor Roll

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DERBY- The St. Mary - St. Michael School Honor Roll for the third trimester has been announced by Linda T. Coppola, Principal.
 
Grade 4 HIGH HONORS:  Josh Benedek, Evan DeLucia, Alexis Padilla.
 
Grade 4 HONORS:  Hallie Beauton, Amelia Blicharz, Logan Bottone, Lucianna Bottone, Gianna Brancato, Britain Calvert, Kaelyn DiMartino, Roman Hescock, John Kostick, Marya Kostick, Alexandru Rusu, Reese Shuart.
 
Grade 5 HONORS:  Carmel Diur, Angelina McKenna.
 
Grade 6 HIGH HONORS:  Matthew Capiral, Selena Hescock.
 
Grade 6 HONORS:  Nicholas Fahy, Jenna LaBranche, Leah Norton, Ariana Rodriguez
 
Grade 7 HIGH HONORS:Brooke Sobolisky, Emilia Wypasek
 
Grade 7 HONORS:  Tennyson Delos, Helen Kowarik, Max Shuart
 
Grade 8 HIGH HONORS:  Maria Ahmed Choudhry, Aryanna Ryan, Daria Wakulczk
 
Grade 8 HONORS:  Dylan Bellinger, Bridget Calderon, Isabella Hescock, Theresa Kardos, Amber Lagoja, Cassidy McNeil

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Valley Lawmakers Hosting Coffee Hour

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day Ceremony Today (June 14) in Seymour

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SEYMOUR – The public is invited to retire their old, tattered or torn flags during a Flag Day ceremony scheduled today at 6 p.m. Wednesday (JUNE 14) a Bob’s Auto Sales, New Haven Road, (Route 67) across from the Seybridge Plaza.

VFW Post 12084 will host the ceremony and will show the public the proper way to dispose of their old flags via burning them.  

For more information, contact Post Commander Al Yagovane at (203)736-7981.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

State Rep. Gentile Discusses Budget

Wednesday June 8, marked the official end of the regular 2017 legislative session. But there is still work to be done.
 
The legislature will now go into special session to discuss and approve of a two-year state budget. 
 
Passing a bipartisan budget has always been my hope. Regardless of political party, the legislature needs to go into special session with a sense of urgency and pass a responsible budget that helps strengthen our state and local economies, and reflects the priorities of the people of Connecticut. I don’t believe that failure to agree upon a responsible budget is an option.
 
Good ideas are not exclusive to a political party. I am hopeful that my colleagues across the aisle will drop all political campaign rhetoric, and work in a collaborative manner to meet the challenges we all face.
 
I truly believe our future is stronger when both parties work together, so it is my hope that we can put our political differences aside and talk openly and honestly about the budget and what needs to be done. 
 
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, have set the stage for Democrats and Republicans to come together to have these conversations.
 
And we must have these conversations and work towards a solution and agree on what’s best for the districts we represent, as well as the state.
 
When I walk into special session, I will continue to fight for a budget that will protect hardworking families, hospitals, and education, not only in the 104th District, but for the State of Connecticut, as well. I will fight for a budget that promotes job growth and encourages economic development. And, I will fight for a budget that ensures our tax dollars are being spent as efficiently as possible. 
 
This is about forging a path for a stronger Connecticut, with policies that work for all of us. I will be working with all of my colleagues to accomplish this. I hope that we will all come into special session ready to work together to put forth a responsible budget that reflects the priorities of our districts and our state.
 
Rep. Gentile, a Democrat, represents the 104th House District, which includes parts of Ansonia and Derby.
 
(This is a press release from Gentile's office)

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Seymour Rec Offers Summer Basketball Camp

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ansonia Nature Center Announces July Programs/Events

JULY 2017, Calendar of Events, Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER NATURE DAYS!!!
 Mon. July 31–Fri. Aug. 4, Mon. Aug. 7–Fri. Aug. 11 (FULL), Mon. Aug. 14–Fri. Aug. 18, 9 am–3 pm.                 
For children from 5 to 11 years old who love the outdoors and wildlife, these popular classes will be not only educational but also a chance to explore the 156 acres the park offers. We explore a variety of the park’s habitats. A great choice for a fun late-summer experience!
TUITION: $150 priority students (Ansonia residents and FANCI members), $175 all others. 

CREATURES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND –Thurs. July 6, 11 amThis is a great weekday family program to learn all about the creatures of Long Island Sound. We will explore the Nature Center’s salt water tank and learn how to identify and hold common critters you will find at New England’s local beaches this summer. FEE: $6 per person.

DEEP FAMILY FISHING CLASS – Sat. July 8, 9 am–2 pmThe Nature Center is sponsoring this CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection C.A.R.E. Program class. The topics covered by the 2-hour classroom instruction are • Connecticut Waters • Fish Identification • How & Where Fish Live • Fishing Tackle & Techniques • Fishing Laws& Regulations • How to Tie a Strong Knot • How to Clean & Cook Your Catch • Sportsmanship & Safety • How to Cast The instruction will be immediately followed by fishing with the instructors in Redwing Pond. All equipment will be provided. Adults over the age of 16 must have a fishing license to participate in the fishing event. This FREE program, taught by Certified DEEP C.A.R.E. Instructors, is open to everyone 7 years old and up; children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. To pre-register or for more information call the Chief Instructor, Dave Connelly, at 203-231-0946.

MOONSHINE AND FIREFLY HIKE – Sun. July 9, 8 pmFollow the Nature Center’s ranger along our wooded paths looking for glowworms in the leaf litter under the light of the moon.  We’ll end the hike with a show by beetles in the Lampyridae family, better known as lightning bugs and fireflies. FEE: $3 per person. Wear shoes for hiking.

MONDAY NIGHT TRAIL RUN – Mondays starting July 10, 5:30-6:30 pmThis is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary! Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails, while you burn off the weekend's extra calories. We guarantee that this FREE program is the best way to start off your week.  Please register.

FAMILY ORGANIC GARDEN PROGRAM – Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15; Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26ANC will be continuing family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you will get water and soil on your clothing. FREE, with the potential to take home fresh local produce!

CHRIS ROWLANDS: Puppeteer and Singer – Fri. July 28, 7 pmChris Rowlands is an award-winning singer and songwriter who offers an interactive kid-friendly presentation for those who love music and nature.  Chris brings animals to life through song, dance, puppets, and colorful props, to teach children about animals and their habitats.
Don’t miss this FREE musical program!
 
Please call to register for all programs 203-736-1053.
 
(This is a press release from Ansonia Nature Center)

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Free Lecture on Queen Victoria

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ansonia Unveils Sign Honoring Local Boxing Legend

Mayor David Cassetti, right, with Ron Silverberg, left



ANSONIA- Mayor Dave Cassetti’s longtime desire to publicly recognize Ansonia boxing legend Pinky Silverberg came to fruition on Thursday morning, June 1st, with the unveiling of a commemorative sign called Champion’s Corner on the site of Pinky’s former residence.

The sign is located at the corner of Main Street and Father Salemi Drive in Ansonia.

A National Boxing Association Flyweight champion in 1927, he registered his first significan...t win at the age of 23, in a 10 round decision fight held at the Ansonia Opera House on Main Street in 1925.

Silverberg had moved with several family members to Ansonia in 1920 from Bronx, NY seeking employment at the many factories throughout the Naugatuck Valley, and they settled at 517 Main Street for most of his adult life.

During the ceremony attended by several of Silverberg’s family including his son Ron, granddaughter, friends and city officials, Mayor Cassetti said, “Today marks a heartfelt desire of my own initiative to recognize a perhaps previously forgotten hometown sports hero.”

Silverberg lived in Ansonia until his passing in 1964. “Pinky’s legacy and history is a story I have followed since a young boy,” said Cassetti. “And it inspired me to pursue boxing and eventually becoming Middleweight Boxing Champion of Connecticut in both 1982 and 1983.”

Last fall, Mayor Cassetti launched his original Pinky Silverberg Valley Young Gloves program at the Ansonia Armory and will continue the program again this coming fall.

(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

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Kudos to Ansonia High School Juniors



ANSONIA -On Wednesday, May 31st AHS Juniors scoring 1,000 points or higher on the April 5th School Day SAT were invited to a SAT celebration (35 students scored 1,000 or higher, 6 students scored 1,300 or higher, and 1 student received a perfect score on the math portion). Each student received a certificate and ice cream. Great Job!!!

(Information shared from City of Ansonia's Facebook page)

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Valley Lawmakers Appalud Passage of Opioid Bill



State Representatives Linda Gentile (D-104), Themis Klarides (R-114) and Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105), are pleased to announce passage in the House of HB7052, a far-ranging bill which continues efforts to address opioid addiction.

“This comprehensive bill is so desperately needed to address the ever growing opioid crisis that we have been experiencing over the last several years,” said Rep. Gentile. “This crisis has impacted virtually every state in our country, including Connecticut. It has affected families of every socio-economic class and we have seen a number of deaths right here in our Valley communities. No family should ever have to face such senseless, tragic loss. It is my hope that this bill will reduce these untimely deaths and reverse this heartbreaking trend of opioid addiction.”

“Opioid abuse and overdose has overwhelmed society and demands that we take action to combat this scourge. Every week we read and hear about overdose deaths. Everyone knows someone who has been lost to this epidemic, and we need to wake up and take steps so that makes sense and will result in positive results,’’ House Republican Leader Rep. Klarides said.

“The opioid crisis has hit our communities and the state of Connecticut extremely hard,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “This legislation takes proactive steps to educate the public and children about the dangers of opioid abuse and will help us halt the spread of the opioid crisis. All of us in Hartford, Republicans and Democrats, are working together to find solutions to curb this disease once and for all.”

Three of the more integral parts of the bill, AAC Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse are:

· Require that prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing
· Reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors
· Allow patients to request drugs other than opioids to be prescribed.

Klarides said that these are common sense ideas that will address the explosion of opioid abuse and overdose that has affected every segment of society in recent years.

The bill passed 146-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aquarion Improving Water Mains in Derby

Aquarion Water Company to Improve
Water Mains in Derby
Week-long water main cleaning will continue through Friday, June 2
 
BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – May 30, 2017 – Aquarion Water Company announced a water main cleaning project that begins today in Derby. The cleaning will continue through Friday, June 2, to ensure that customers continue to receive the highest quality water.

This project should last approximately one week and, during that time, customers might notice some discoloration in their water. This discoloration results from the temporary disturbance of the water flow, which stirs up naturally occurring minerals that settle in water mains.

Customers are encouraged to store tap water in the refrigerator ahead of time for drinking and cooking. And, if the water is discolored, delay washing clothes until it is clear.
   Below, we have provided information about the streets that will be affected. This information may also be found by visiting www.aquarionwater.com under alert listings. For other questions, please contact Aquarion’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-732-9678.

Cleaning Schedule - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm dailyStreets that will be affected include:
·         Albert Ave
·         Beech St
·         Belleview Dr
·         Chestnut  Dr
·         Danielle Ct
·         David Humphrey Rd
·         Devon View Rd
·         Florence Ave
·         Garfield Ave
·         George Ave
·         Grandview Blvd
·         Harold Ave
·         Harrison Ave
·         Hine Ter
·         Howard Ave
·         Ida Ave
·         Jeanetti  Dr
·         John St
·         Krakow St
·         Marshall Ln
·         McKinley Ave
·         New Haven Ave
·         Pine St
 
About Aquarion Water Company:
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.  Based in Bridgeport, Conn., it has been in the public water supply business since 1857.  Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.  
 
For more information on Aquarion Water Company and its subsidiaries, please visit www.aquarionwater.com or www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.

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Griffin Hospital is Survivorship Sponsor for Relay for Life

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DERBY- In addition to supporting Lower Naugatuck Valley’s cancer survivors through its annual 5K Walk/Run, The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is proud to be Survivorship Sponsor of the 2017 Relay For Life of Naugatuck Valley set Saturday and Sunday at the Riverwalk in Shelton.

Relay For Life is an overnight walk-a-thon that raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s cancer education and research.

Griffin Hospital recently hosted a dinner for area cancer survivors and caregivers, and is providing support with the event’s survivor recognition activities, including its survivor luncheon at the Relay and the Hope Tent, which offers food, refreshments and free massages for cancer survivors and caregivers.
The Relay For Life of Naugatuck Valley will have entertainment for families for 18 hours and there are many opportunities for volunteer hours. Contact Kristen Ostrowski at NVRelayEventChair@gmail.com for more information. 

If you would like to join or support the Relay For Life of Naugatuck Valley, visit relayforlife.org/naugatuckvalleyct.

The Ninth Annual 5K Walk/Run to Benefit the Center for Cancer Care is set for Sept. 30 at the Center, 350 Seymour Ave.,  Derby. 
 

For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/5K.

(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Goodwill to Open New Store in the Valley

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SHELTON - Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut announced that it will open a new 17,000-square-foot store and donation station on Friday, June 2 at 397 Bridgeport Ave. 
 
With more than 40 employees from the surrounding community, the new Goodwill store in Shelton will also house a state-of-the-art Career Center. The Career Center will help local residents boost their chances of finding and landing a job through assistance in resume writing, job interview practice and access to job leads.

In addition, the new Shelton Goodwill Store will offer more than 8,100 square-feet of retail space providing customers greater variety than the average department store with thousands of one-of-a-kind finds including apparel for the family, home décor, electronics, furniture and more.
 
Customers will appreciate Shelton’s covered drive-thru donation station, which makes donating hassle-free with attendants on hand to help unload donations from vehicles and provide donors with a tax receipt for their contribution. 
 
Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut is a non-profit organization that provides employment and support services to people with disabilities and other challenges. The company uses the revenue from store sales to help fund job training programs and community-based services.
When customers shop at Goodwill, they’re not the only one who gets a great deal. Last year, sales from Goodwill stores in western and northern Connecticut helped to fund employment training, job placement services, youth mentoring and more to more than 25,000 people.
 
For more information about the new Stamford store, or to find a nearby Goodwill location, please visit www.gwct.org.

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Derby Student Pens Award-Winning Essay

 
Sheila Parizo Secretary of Derby Elks Lodge Local 571 & Chairwoman of Drug Awareness, Rich Dziekan Retired Police Officer & Republican Mayoral Candidate, Max Shuart 7th Grade Student at St. Mary’s-St. Michael's School, Lisa Berthiume State Drug Awareness Chairwoman, Dave Nagy Exhalted Ruler Derby Elks Lodge, and Bonnie Mullin Coastal District Drug Awareness Chairwoman
 
DERBY- The Derby Elks Lodge Local 571 recently held their annual Drug Awareness Dinner for students at St. Mary’s-St Michael's School.
 
Congratulations to 7th Grade student (pictured below) Max Shuart's whose essay in the drug awareness contest won him 1st place at Elks Lodge Local 571,1st place in District Lodge (8 lodges) and 1st place for best in state (31 lodges). Max's essay has been submitted to Grand Lodge in Chicago and is awaiting the results from the nationals. Good Luck Max!
 
(Information submitted by Elks Member Sam Pollastro)

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Help Derby High School Students Attend National Track Championships

DERBY -  There are some worthy young adults from Derby High School who need our help to attend the New Balance High School Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Greensboro, NC in June.
 
They need to raise $5,000.in the next week.  Would you be willing to help them?  If each of us made a small donation, the job would be very easy.
 
Can we reach the goal by the end of this long weekend?
 
There are a few ways to make the donation:
 
1.You donate on-line through GoFundMe by clicking here - https://www.gofundme.com/send-dhs-track-field-to-nationals
 
 
2.You can make checks payable to the “Derby Running Club” and they can be dropped off or mailed to:
a.       Derby High School, 75 Chatfield Street, Derby, CT
b.      Derby Town Clerk’s Office, 1 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT
 
3. I will gladly jump out of line at the Derby-Shelton Parade on Monday to personally collect your check and thank you for your generosity!
 
Please forward this email to as many people as possible.
 
On behalf of the grateful young adults of Derby High School, I thank you for your consideration!
 
Have a safe and relaxing weekend!
 
Sincerely,
 
Marc J. Garofalo, MPA, CCTC - Town / City Clerk
 
(This is a press release from Marc Garofalo)

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Klarides-Ditria Issues Memorial Day Message/Parade Info


 
 
 
Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation's call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.
 
OBSERVANCES IN OUR TOWNS
 
BEACON FALLS: There will be a Memorial Day ceremony Sunday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m. outside of the firehouse along with representatives of the Post. All veterans are invited to attend. Post 25 will host a ceremony at Veteran’s Park at 12:30 p.m. on North Main Street along with local and state dignitaries.
 
DERBY: The Derby - Shelton Memorial Day Parade will begin Monday, May 29, at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Howe Avenue in Shelton, and conclude at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Cottage Street in Derby.
 
SEYMOUR: The Town of Seymour will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 28, rain or shine. Activities for the parade begin at the reviewing stand on Main Street at Bank Street in downtown Seymour beginning at 10:30 a.m. The band, Performing Artists, will perform there until 11:00 a.m. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. at French Memorial Park. The parade route will continue from the park to Route 67 west heading toward the downtown area. It will turn left onto Main Street past the reviewing stand and continue on Main Street to Broad Street, where it will turn right onto Broad Street, cross the Broad Street Bridge and disband at the Seymour Community Center on Pine Street. A shuttle bus will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the day of the parade from the Seymour Community Center (the ending point of the parade) to French Park (the beginning of the parade) for any participants in the parade.
 
I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria 

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Valley Non-profits Raise Nearly $300K during the Great Give

 
DERBY- The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is proud to announce that with the help of Valley residents, employees and VCF donor advised fund holders during The Great Give® 2017 nearly $300,000 was raised for nonprofit organizations located in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour or Shelton. The total amount includes $25,000 in matching funds and prizes provided by VCF and others, which were shared during the fifth annual celebratory ice cream social on May 25.
“Of the nearly $1.3 million raised in The Great Give® 2017, approximately twenty-five percent will be specifically distributed for the benefit of Valley residents,” said Sharon Closius, President and CEO of the Valley Community Foundation. “It is truly inspiring to see this level of sustained support for local nonprofits, especially those here in the Valley.” For the fifth consecutive year, VCF has been the second largest sponsor of the event, incentivizing giving by matching funds and offering prizes to participating organizations.
This year, Valley-based organizations won multiple special prizes awarded throughout The Great Give® 2017, which was announced at the ice cream social. A total of $25,000 in prizes were awarded by VCF during The Great Give® 2017 to organizations located in the Valley. VCF awarded two prizes, the first to the Valley Independent Sentinel for greatest total number of Valley donors and the second to St. Mary-St. Michael School for the greatest number of new Valley donors. Both organizations also received additional prizes. The Valley Independent Sentinel received $250 as an Early Bird prize and St. Mary-St. Michael School received an additional $750 as a result of two hourly prizes. For the second year in a row, the Liberty Bank Foundation sponsored a prize in the amount of $2,000 for the Valley-based organization supporting basic needs that attracted the greatest number of individual donors during a specified time, which was presented to TEAM, Inc.
Center Stage Theatre was awarded a second place overall Grand Prize from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for most money raised by an organization with less than five full-time staff in addition to a $1,000 Early Bird Prize. BHCare was also awarded a second place overall Grand Prize for the most money raised by an organization with more than five full-time staff. Derby Day Care, Shelton High School Robotics Team and Shelton Historical Society also received money as a result of competitive hourly prizes.
The Great Give® is the annual online giving event on giveGreater.org®, a local resource for learning and giving created in 2010 by VCF’s partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to increase philanthropy in the Greater New Haven region of South Central Connecticut. Overall, The Great Give® 2017 generated nearly $1.3 million, including matching funds and prizes from the two foundations and other generous community sponsors for nonprofits serving the 20-town region of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which includes VCF’s five-town service area. There were more than 8,000 donors who gave more than 11,000 gifts.  To see participating nonprofits and prize information, visit www.thegreatgive.org.
About the Valley Community Foundation
Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF. To learn how your gifts of cash, life insurance, appreciated stocks, bonds, real estate, and other assets can help to support the quality of life in the Valley, please visit the website at www.valleyfoundation.org or contact VCF President, Sharon Closius, at sclosius@valleyfoundation.org or 203-751-9162.
(This is a press release from Valley Community Foundation)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Free Solar Workshop for Seymour Residents June 6



SEYMOUR - Solarize Seymour will hold an informational workshop at 6 pm on Tuesday, June 6th at Microboard Processing Inc., 36 Cogwheel Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Seymour are urged to attend. To participate in the benefits offered through the program, residents must sign a solar contract by August 16, 2017.

Solarize Seymour is part of Solarize Connecticut, a residential solar program that is intended to make going solar easy and affordable. It is supported by the Town of Seymour. PurePoint Energy will provide solar installations in Seymour at a special discounted rate in exchange for education and outreach efforts from the town. Solarize Seymour also offers residents access to special financing options that make going solar affordable with no upfront costs.  Other financing resources are also available.

“The Town of Seymour is excited to bring the Solarizes program to Seymour,” said First Selectman, Kurt Miller. Solarize is a great opportunity for homeowners and businesses to invest in their home and save on their ever-rising utility bills. Make sure to stop by one of our events to see how much you can save by going solar!”

Reservations for the workshop can be made by calling the First Selectman’s office and speaking to Rory Burke at 203-888-3511.

More information about Solarize Seymour can be found by visiting Solarizect.com/Seymour or by contacting Chamae Mejias at cmejias@smartpower.org. 

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Hometown Hoop Star to Participate in Ansonia Memorial Day Parade

ANSONIATierney Lawlor is coming home.

The former Ansonia High School basketball star and member of the University of Connecticut Huskies last three NCAA women’s championship basketball teams, will participate in Ansonia’s Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 28.
Tierney will ride along the parade route with 2nd Ward Alderman Lori Vaccaro in a mint condition vintage 1968 Chevrolet Impala convertible.
At the conclusion of the parade in front of city hall at the parade grandstand, Tierney will be given the “Key to the City” in a proclamation ceremony hosted by Mayor Dave Cassetti.
Tierney was a member of UCONN women’s last three national championships (2014-2016) including a final four appearance in 2017. During her 4-year career at UCONN, she played in 123 games logging more than 400 minutes, scoring 47 points.
(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

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Valley United Way Exceeds Fundraising Goal

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SHELTON- After 10 years of nearly reaching the Campaign goal, Valley United Way is happy to announce they have met and exceeded the 1 million dollar goal set for the 2016-2017 year. Valley United Way has raised over $1,050,000, $50,000 over the Campaign goal.

“Thanks in part to all those who contributed to the Valley United Way, we have reached our $1 million Campaign goal this year. I am grateful to all those who supported our efforts, and our community will be better - and stronger - ​because of it,” said Jimmy Tickey, the Valley United Way Campaign Chair.

“The Valley United Way makes a difference in the lives of hard working people who ​struggle to make ends meet, senior citizens who need assistance, young people who are being prepared for a bright future and communities who are responding to crisis’, said Tickey. ‘The Valley United Way is working each and every day to alleviate these concerns, and is thinking strategically about their work so there are more long-term solutions.”
Valley United Way has been in the community for 49 years and thanks to the generosity of donors, Valley United Way has been able to invest over $35 million into helping youth, providing basic needs and working to prevent crisis. “The Valley is a caring community and it is not surprising that the community is so generous. Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly on the Campaign,” said Sharon Gibson-Ellis, President & COO of Valley United Way.
Valley United Way has many great programs that exist and are successful because of the community’s generosity. They aid in food insecurity for Valley families in need with programs such as Harvest House and the Grow Your Own program. Grown Your Own allows low income families to have a support system to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables and Harvest House is a house made from food and that is given to five food pantries in the Valley. The Back to School Program, another great program, provides clothing and school supplies that are needed for the initial start of the school year. The Corporate Volunteer Council is credited for the Harvest House and Back to School Program.
If an individual or company would like to find out more information on how to participate in either donating funds, volunteering time or donating in kind donations, please contact Valley United Way at 203-926-9478 or email: sharon.gibson@valleyunitedway.org
For more information on Valley United Way, their funded partners and the programs and services they provide please visit www.valleyunitedway.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Below is a clip of the meeting on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY7k3KXSaEw&feature=youtu.be

(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Boys & Girls Club Award Schlolarships to Valley Students

SHELTON – The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley held its 2017 Scholarship Award Ceremony Tuesday. Linda Welch, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, awarded 20 students with a combined total of $28,949 in college scholarships.  

The scholarship recipients were: Samantha B., Matthew B., Megan B., Jess C., Holly C., Mackenzie C., Kiara D., Alina G., Julia H., Kyle H., Emily K., Jaylen L., Sabrina M., William M., Yancere P., Keith P., Taylor Q., Tayliah Q., Marila S. and Lauren S. 

The scholarships and awards amounts were as follows: 
Coram Gardens Civic Association - $7,000
This award was established in 1987 by the former Coram Gardens Civic Association to help improve the quality of life for those people from the geographic region of Coram Gardens. Since its inception, more than $137,000 has been disbursed to help defer the cost of college tuitions.
 
Raymond P. Lavietes - $4,000
This award was established in 2005 by long-time friend and supporter Ray Lavietes. Ray left our Boys & Girls Club a bequest of $100,000 to help our members afford a secondary education. Thanks to Ray’s generosity, more than $43,000 has been disbursed in scholarship funds. 
 
Dr. Edward G. Bednar - $5,000
This award was established in 2010, in memory of “Doc” Bednar, a long-time Board member and unfailing supporter of our Club and the children who attend every day. Since the first scholarship only seven years ago, the Bednar family has already awarded more than $12,200 to help students pursuing an education in the healthcare field. 
 
George C. & Margaret Smith - $5,000
George C. and Margaret Smith left a surprise bequest of $100,000 to our Boys & Girls Club. Since its inception this fund has provided more than $114,000 for secondary education to our young men and women. 
 
Fortin Family Foundation - $5,000
This new scholarship is being awarded for the first time this year, to a member of the graduating class to further their post-high school education at an accredited post-high school institution. A recipient may reapply for such scholarship in ensuing college years up to a maximum of four years.

George & Beatrice Ryan - $2,949
After leaving the service after World War II, Shelton resident George Ryan jumped with both feet into the automotive industry.  Many years later, Ryan is still passionate about the career that has taken him from the gas pumps to the successful Curtiss-Ryan Honda car dealership.  And now George is eager to share his passion by extending a helping hand to others who enter the field.  “I always thought I should give back to the community,” Ryan said.  “It has supported me, and I believe that I should support it.”  In 2004, Ryan chose to do exactly that by establishing the George and Beatrice Ryan Scholarship Fund at Valley Community Fund, which provides scholarships to students who are planning to study automotive administration, sales or technology. 

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, visit www.BGC-LNV.org.
 
(This is a press release from the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley)

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