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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Learn First Aid for Fluffy & Fido

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DERBY - People and Animals Working in Spirit (PAWS), Griffin Hospital’s pet therapy program, and Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) will host a Pet First Aid Class on Sat., Jan. 27 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The EARS Team will be at the hospital from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. From 11 a.m.-noon, the team will talk about responding to medical emergencies and technical rescues involving animals in the community. The Pet First Aid class will be from noon- 1 p.m., featuring a multimedia presentation and hands-on learning, followed by a Q&A session with the EARS team.
Registration is required, but this program is open to all ages. Though the class is about pets, participants are asked to leave their pets at home so they can focus on the hands-on work and demonstrations.
The suggested donation is $10 a person for the class. All contributions will help EARS continue its pet response mission. To RSVP email or call (203) 941-EARS.
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.
For more information about EARS, visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Casino Trip Scheduled

Free Senior Exercise Classes Offered

Game Nights at Derby Public Library

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DERBY- Beginning every Wednesday in February, the Derby Public Library will host Young Adult nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m..
All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to join the fun each Wednesday in February as Nintendo Wii, board games, and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.
For more information stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit .
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

75th Anniversary of Four Chaplains

Calling All Artists and Photographers!

Benefit to Help Animals

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Seymour Student Collects Coats for Those in Need

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SEYMOUR- In December, Jerren Farrison, a Chatfield-LoPresti School 4th grade student, held a coat drive to benefit St. Vincent De Paul in Derby, CT. Jerren was able to collect 107 coats. Thank you Jerren for this very fine effort and thank you to the community in supporting this wonderful cause.

(Information shared from Seymour Schools' Facebook Page)

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Sen. Logan to Host Coffee Hour

Seymour VFW to Host Irish Dinner

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SEYMOUR - VFW Post 12084 will host its 6th annual Irish Dinner at 3 p.m. March 11 at Colonial Tavern, Oxford.
The all-you-can-eat dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, pasta with broccoli, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $20 per person and must be reserved by Feb. 27.
The event will also feature dancing and entertainment provided by Tony Castle, along with door prizes.
The public is invited and all proceeds will benefit VFW programs.
For tickets and reservations call Post Commander Al Yagovane at (203)736-7981.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Celebrate 50 Years of Scouting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Information shared from City of Ansonia's Facebook Page:

ANSONIA- Parking Alert! The private owners of 65 Main Street have closed their parking lot to the public (the lot depicted in the photo...across from Massimino's Pizza, Copper City Grill, Bangkok Room).

Vehicles parked in the lot may be towed without notice.

Residents and downtown patrons are asked to utilize the nearby West Main Street lot as the city proceeds with a legal action to permanently acquire 65 Main Street. The lot is projected to reopen to the public in February.
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Seymour Students Send Care Packages to Soldiers

SEYMOUR- The Seymour Middle School 6th grade social studies classes, led by Ashley Castaldi and Chris Alcutt, sponsored a care package drive to collect items such as toiletries, snacks, and K-9 supplies for soldiers who are currently deployed overseas.

The purpose of this drive was to promote good citizenship, volunteerism, and to participate in an activity that promotes social awareness. This activity was centered on the celebration of veterans. The students were able to understand what sacrifices soldiers make, such as not having access to everyday items that they may take for granted. The care packages were sent to 6th grade teacher Dina Garrow’s brother-in-law’s Unit currently stationed in Afghanistan.
(Sharing this from Seymour Public Schools' Facebook page)

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Great Gatsby Gala on Tap

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SHELTON - The Valley United Way is pleased to announce the date for its upcoming winter fundraiser. The 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala to benefit Valley Food Insecurity takes place Saturday, January 20, at the Villa Bianca in Seymour, beginning at 5:30pm.
The exciting and elegant event is based upon The Great Gatsby, the epic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. Guests at the gala can dress in 1920s attire and there will be a costume contest for the best-dressed individuals.
A sumptuous dinner includes starters such as fried calamari, crab-stuffed mushrooms, pastry puffs with spinach, as well as main courses and side dishes including mouth-watering carving stations of salmon, beef, chicken and potatoes, pastas, and salads.  A beautiful Venetian dessert table tops off the meal.  Bottles of wine will be provided at each table and a cash bar will be open throughout the evening.
The Rob Zappulla 13-Piece Big Band will perform 20s-to-50s-era music as well as popular songs through the 50s. Zappulla was the featured vocalist for eight years in the famed Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, led by the late Buddy Morrow.
In addition, there will be a live and silent auction, door prizes and valet parking. Professional dancer Kristen Prall, owner of the studio Art in Motion, will perform as well as provide dance instruction.
Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased online at For more information or to order tickets by phone, call 203-926-9478.
The Valley United Way is a leading philanthropic organization serving the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. Their mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community through philanthropy, volunteerism and collaboration.
(This is a press release from Valley United Way) 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter Recreation Programs in Seymour

Friday, January 5, 2018

Grand Opening of new Derby Restaurant on Tap

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Local Lawmakers Help Families in Need

 In photo, left to right, State Rep. Nicole Klarides Ditria, Angelica Papastavros, State Senator Eric Berthel, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Salvation Army Board of Directors Chairman Bob Van Egghen
SEYMOUR- Local lawmakers recently helped ring the bell for the Salvation Army to make the holidays a lot brighter for Valley families in need.
The money raised during the hour period will be donated to programs that will help local families in need. Additionally, Walmart has guaranteed that they will match the donations to the Salvation Army collected by lawmakers throughout the state up to $25,000. 
Annually, the Salvation Army assists approximately 25 million Americans helping provide food, shelter, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and many other programs. The Red Kettle Campaign was started in 1891, and has become a well-recognized tradition that has raised millions of dollars to help those in need.
To donate or inquire about becoming a bell ringer, visit Residents can also text CTREP to 71777 to make a donation.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Derby Announces Closings Due to Winter Storm

Mayor Richard Dziekan
From Derby Town Clerk Marc Garofalo's Office:
I write to inform you that Mayor Richard Dziekan has ordered Derby City Hall, Derby Senior Center, and Derby Public Library Closed on Thursday January 4, 2018 due to the anticipated winter storm.
Regular Winter Parking Regulations will be in effect – click here for details -
Garbage pickup is already delayed one day this week due to the New Year Holiday.  No additional delay will be implemented.
The Derby Parking Garage will be open for use by downtown residents during the storm.  There is no cost for this service.

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Ansonia Announces Winter Storm Parking Ban/Closings

From Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti:




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Volunteers Needed for MS, Sleep Study

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DERBY - The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center, both located at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, are seeking volunteers for a study on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and insomnia.
This study will compare mindfulness meditation to sleep hygiene counseling in treating insomnia and improving quality of life in individuals with MS.
“Many people with MS suffer from chronic insomnia, and some of the medications used to treat insomnia can have adverse effects,” said Joseph B. Guarnaccia, MD, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center director. “Therefore, it is desirable to find alternative treatments for insomnia. The potential role of mindfulness – which is focusing full attention on the present moment without judgment - in affecting sleep has not yet been studied in people with MS.”
To participate, volunteers must be adults with a diagnosis of MS who suffer from chronic insomnia. They must be willing to come to Griffin Hospital for three assessments throughout the study, and to attend a weekly, two-hour training session for eight weeks and one eight-hour weekend session, and wear a Fitbit activity monitor (provided to volunteers) for several weeks to record their sleep data.
Volunteers will be randomly assigned to training on either mindfulness or sleep hygiene, which will be offered at either Griffin Hospital or the Yale Stress Center.  They will receive $200 for their role in the training and assessment, which will be provided free of charge. This study is funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Biomedical Research Trust Fund. 
For information, call 203-732-1265, extension 220 for Sue, or extension 300 for Rockiy.
About The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) is committed to research pertaining to the primary, secondary, & tertiary prevention of chronic disease that is responsive to the priorities of the Lower Naugatuck Valley residents, the residents of Connecticut’s major cities, and other communities throughout the state. The center is dedicated to participatory research methods, to a robust research agenda inclusive of developmental/determinant, intervention, and translational research; to community involvement in public health; to the eradication of disparities in health and health care in the communities served; and to the dissemination of effective interventions in support of the national objectives of Healthy People
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Teen Game Nights at Derby Public Library

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DERBY - The Derby Public Library hosts Young Adult nights on Wednesdays every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to join the fun each Wednesday in January as Nintendo Wii, board games, and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.
For more information stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Get Help Living with Diabetes

DERBY -The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations about living with diabetes on Tues., Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, will lead an open conversation on
“Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes.” Topics discussed will include: The natural course of diabetes; Recognizing the fact that it may become more difficult to keep your blood glucose within target range; The potential long-term complications of diabetes; How to delay or reduce the risk of long-term complications by keeping your blood glucose on target; and The importance of checking for long-term complications and knowing your ABCs.
The presentations will be in the hospital’s Childbirth Education Classroom A. There will be free valet parking for the 2:30 p.m. session.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September - June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges, and day-to-day dietary concerns. Individuals with diabetes and their caregivers are welcome to attend.
No registration is required. For more information, call Mary Swansiger at 203-732-1137.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Griffin Hospital to Host Hypnosis and Pain Relief Program

DERBY - The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free educational presentation on hypnosis and pain relief on Tues., Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Ryan Jett, of Empowering the Mind Hypnosis, will present “Hypnosis & Pain,” a free discussion of how hypnosis works and how it can help relieve pain, which can help keep individuals from treating pain with unhealthy methods such as drinking and drug abuse.
This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center to help improve the health of the community.
To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.
The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year Brings New State Laws

Dear Neighbors,
As 2017 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our communities. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here. I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE - Public Act No. 17-131 - requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduces the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allows patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed. Summary
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT - Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans' benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans' cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver's license or identity card. Summary
Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.
New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns relating to state government at or at (800) 842-1423.
State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Shelton Mayor Lauretti Donates to The Kennedy Center

Mayor Lauretti of Shelton, right, presented Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center, left, with a $5,000 check from the Mayor’s Annual Charity Golf Classic.  This sizable donation will be used for the agency’s general operating expenses.
SHELTON- Mayor Mark A. Lauretti recently surprised the Kennedy Center with a big donation over the holiday season with proceeds from his annual charity golf tournament.
“We want to personally thank Mayor Lauretti and the supporters of his golf tournament for their generous donation to The Kennedy Center,” said Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center.  “This substantial contribution has been earmarked for general operating expenses, which will benefit the 2,000 people with disabilities we serve throughout the region.”
Mayor Lauretti added, “I have been involved with The Kennedy Center for several decades.  This major rehabilitation agency provides people with disabilities many employment and community resources throughout the region, including in Shelton. In fact, several years ago, I hired an outstanding Kennedy Center worker in my office at City Hall.  I am honored to provide this worthwhile organization with a $5,000 donation from the Mayor’s Golf Tournament, so they can continue helping others.”
The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves over 2,000 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years.
The Kennedy Center operates 31 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. 
Visit for more information. 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ring in the New Year with a Hike!

ANSONIA - Ring in the New Year with an invigorating hike at the Ansonia Nature Center!

The New Year's Day Hike will be held Monday, January 1, 2018 at 10am, 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia. Contact a Nature Center representative at (203) 736-1053 to pre-register.

This event is FREE for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

(Information shared from City of Ansonia Facebook page)

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Klarides Family Spreads Holiday Cheer around the Valley

State Rep. Themis Klarides (center, playing Santa) recently paid a visit to Griffin Hospital in Derby and area senior centers to spread some holiday cheer. Klarides was accompanied by her helpers, from left, nephew Cade Klarides-Ditria, sister state Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, Spencer Rubin from CT House Republicans and Greg Butler, GOP press person. The Klarides sisters are carrying on a longstanding tradition started by their father, Peter, who visited patients at the holidays.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hundreds of Coats Collected for Hurricane Victims

ANSONIA- More than 250 coats were donated during the holiday hurricane relief for residents of Puerto Rico. The drive was organized by Assumption Church & School through the assistance of State Senator George Logan, State Represenative Linda Gentile, Pastor John Hinson of First Baptist Church and coat drive leader Martha Carrasquillo of Assumption School.

(Information submitted by Greg Martin/Ansonia City Hall)

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bad Santa Party on Tap!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Local VFW Donates to Veterans Organization

Al Yagovane, far left, Commander of Seymour's VFW Post 12084, recently made a donation to Homes for the Brave, which helps area veterans. Also pictured from right to left: Phillip Modesto, Edward Rivera and Ron Antanucci Manager ACE Hardware, which hosted the fundraiser.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Hey Ansonia: Deck Those Halls!

Derby Cheerleaders to be Honored Saturday

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DERBY - All Citizens and friends of Derby are cordially invited to participate in a special event to honor the achievements of the Derby Pop Warner Cheerleaders on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 10 am. A firetruck-led convoy will begin the procession from Bradley School and end at Derby Middle School. Coffee, cocoa and cookies will be served following the event in the school cafeteria. Mayor Richard Dziekan and the rest of the city are looking forward to celebrating this momentous achievement.
(This is a press release from Mayor Dziekan's office)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stuff-A-Jeep with Toys, Food & Cash

Bells Will be Ringing...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Derby Students Nab Prestigious State Award

Christian Olenoski                 Nailah Huq                 Nikita Khanna            Zachary Banores

DERBY-  The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) has developed a student award program to provide Superintendents with the means of aligning themselves with their students. The program is conducted by CAPSS and made available to local CAPSS Superintendents who wish to participate. 
The program awards students based on community service and service to others; academic prowess (relative to ability); and leadership service to the school community.  The Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program is designed to allow Superintendents to move beyond the academic achiever who routinely receives recognition.  
Derby School Superintendent, Dr. Conway, was proud to recognize four Derby students with this prestigious award at the CAPSS 32nd Annual Student Award Banquet, which was held on December 7, 2017 at Grassy Hill Country Club.  Derby High School seniors Christian Olenoski and Nailah Huq received awards, along with Derby Middle School students Zachary Banores and Nikita Khanna.  Board of Education member Dan Foley Principal Pascale and Principal Vitelli were also present to honor the students.
(This is a press release from Derby Schools)

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