Sunday, September 25, 2016

Valley "Going Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness

DERBY - The 7th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign invites the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities to enjoy a variety of events featuring good food, drink and fun for a good cause throughout September and October.
The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community wide effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and to celebrate the charitable spirit of the region’s businesses and organizations.
The following is a list of unique Valley Goes Pink fundraising events. For more information about “going pink” and joining the campaign visit or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203-732-7504, Jodi Dawley at 203-521-2233 or, or Sue Petrizzo at 203-400-1068 or
For more information about Valley Goes Pink and additional events, visit the Valley Goes Pink on Facebook or
*Waiters Go Pink, Sept. 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. – Volunteers waiters will serve guests at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St., Shelton, and tips will go to the cause. Reservations required at 203-929-0336.
*Trivia Night, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Come for a fun night filled with trivia and fun prizes at Porky’s Café, 50 Center St., Shelton. Call Karyn for reservations 203-445-3091.
*Wine Pairing for Pink Dinner, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy dinner paired with wines for each course at Ari Bella Restaurant, 66 Huntington St., Shelton. Call Sue Petrizzo at 203-400-1068 to reserve your spot.
*Paint for Pink, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. – Come to the ever-popular Paint & Sip event which features great raffle prizes at Vazzy’s Cucina, 706 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton. Call Ann at 203-305-0817 for reservations.
*Mystery on Main, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m. – A Clue inspired evening of mystery, intrigue, music and more at Spector Furniture, 385 Main St., Ansonia. $40 per person.
*Pinktoberfest by Yuengling Night, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. – Come enjoy Yuengling beer specials, a special “Germanfest” tasting menu and great giveaways at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St., Shelton.
*Bingo for Boobies Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. – Enjoy a fun-filled night of bingo and great prizes, including a flat screen TV, at The Hops Company (THC), 77 Sodom Lane, Derby. Call Sue for reservations at 203-400-1068.
*Rock Out Your Pink, Oct. 12 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy wine and cheese while viewing the dazzling works of Marks of Design, 500 Howe Ave., Shelton. 10% of all sales will be donated.
*Bras for the Valley, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Design a bra and have it modeled in our fashion show with local “celebrity” models for a live auction, or just come for the fun at Il Palio, 5 Corporate Dr., Shelton. Call Ann at 203-305-0817 for more information.
*Durante Family Brunch for Pink, Oct. 16 at noon – Come have an extravagant brunch at Maria V’s Restaurant, 220 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton. Tickets are $50. Contact Anna Durante at 203-732-1977 or for reservations.
*Tacos for Tatas, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. – Enjoy delicious tacos for a good cause at River Rock Tavern, 5 Main St., Derby.
*Shoot for a Cure Basketball Clinics, Oct. 22 – Girls and boys ages 8-13 learn valuable pointers from the best! UCONN stars Maria Conlon Rinaldi and Ashley Battle will host a girls’ clinic from noon-3 p.m. at Shelton High School, 120 Meadow St., Shelton, and Dennis Kelly and Dribble Drive Basketball will host the boys’ clinic from 1-4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Family Center, 220 Shelton Rd, Trumbull. Admission is $40. Call Jodi at 203-521-2233 to reverse a spot.
*Pink Ribbon Yoga, Oct. 23 from 10 -11:15 a.m. – Join Kimmarie for a yoga session at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Minimum donation of $20. Visit to register.
*Vineyards of the World Wine Tasting, Oct. 24 from 6-9 p.m. – Several distributors will be highlighting their wines at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St, Shelton, and the restaurant will offer great food to pair. Tickets are $50 per person. Call Linda for tickets at 203-414-8851.
The Valley Goes Pink is sponsored by 99.1 FM WPLR and Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Local Operatic Rock/ Metal Duo Signs Record Deal with HMG Recordings

Richard Demko, left, with Vic Steffans, president and CEO of HMG Recordings and Suzanne Vick
Vocalist and Shelton native Suzanne Vick, and writer/producer Richard Demko, a Seymour resident formally of Monroe, have scored a record deal with West Haven Indie label HMG Recordings. The duo call themselves "DEMKOVIC" and their debut album, entitled "Breathe," is scheduled to be released sometime in the fall of 2016. 
Vick and Demko started working together in 2007 when they played in the local funk/jam band, Electric Mayhem. The two eventually left the group due to what Demko describes as "life," but he always knew that he would eventually find himself working with Vick again. After a few years of musical hiatus, Demko started writing again and could think of no one other than Vick to bring his latest batch of songs to life.  When asked to describe DEMKOVIC’S musical style Demko said it is "very deep, emotional, operatic rock with elements of heavy guitars, big drums, deep bass, and flowing, dynamic, layered vocals.”
Vick is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Demko again in such a different capacity than their first musical venture.  “This project is a creative dream come true for me,” says Vick. “I’m a classically-trained vocalist, but don’t usually get the opportunity to utilize that training or my 4-octave range.  Rick’s writing and production push me to expand past what I think I can do vocally and the results are amazing and very satisfying.”
Information about their album release along with tour dates and other information can be found on social media @DEMKOVIC or on the web at (coming soon!).
(This is a press release from Demko) 

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Overnight Road Work Scheduled

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State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is asking that motorists drive safely during an upcoming construction project.

A more than two-mile section of Route 115/Main Street in Derby and Ansonia is getting a facelift. The Department of Transportation will resurface the road between State Street and Division Street beginning Sunday, September 25.  Crews will work between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. with the project expected to be completed on Sunday, October 7. Weather conditions could alter this construction plan.

Most important, for everyone’s safety, motorists should use caution when driving through the work zone. There will be lane closures, sign patterns and traffic control while the work is being done.

You can view the Connecticut DOT Press Release here:
(This is a press release from Gentile)

New Playground Dedicated

Larry Janesky, owner of the Seymour based Basement Systems, was honored for his role in designing and building the new playground at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center. In an official proclamation, Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti named Janesky “Ansonia’s Community Hero” and presented him with a Key to the City.
Janesky and Basement Systems were also honored at an event celebrating the reopening of the playground which was held at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center on Saturday. The ribbon cutting took place on “Take Your Child to the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center Community Park Day.” Cassetti, Patricia Tarasovic of the Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council, Sen. Joseph Crisco and Rep. Linda Gentile were all on hand to mark the occasion. 
The ribbon was cut by 3-year-old Cecelia Tarasovic of Ansonia and Kellie Santiago of Basement Systems, who participated in the ribbon cutting for the first playground built 25 years ago.
Janesky and over 100 Basement Systems volunteers built the playground in just three days in July 2016.
(This is a press release from Basement Systems)

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Tour Newly Renovated Emmett O'Brien School Sept. 27

ANSONIA - Come be one of the first to see the newly renovated, state of the art Emmett O'Brien Technical High School in Ansonia as Valley United Way kicks off its 49th Annual Community Campaign!

All are welcome to join in this free, kickoff celebration on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:00-7:00pm, 141 Prindle Avenue in Ansonia. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared by the school’s Chef Valle and take a tour of the new building and workshops. Guests will hear the plans for the upcoming Valley United Way Campaign, learn about how their dollars make an impact in our local community and get a first look inside Emmett O’Brien!

All are welcome, but must pre-register by calling Valley United Way at (203) 926-9478 or visiting 
This event is made possible by the generosity of our Marquee Sponsor Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company.
To Join in the Fight for a Stronger Community and help Valley United Way reach its goal, please visit or call (203) 926-9478. Valley United Way is a registered 501(c)(3) organization proudly serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.  United Way fights for the health, education of financial stability of every person in every community.  In collaboration with our partners we work to prepare youth for success, strengthen families and help people in crisis.
(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

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Gentile Unveils Vision for Connecticut's Future

Deputy Speaker, Linda M. Gentile, candidate for reelection to 104th District (D-Ansonia/Derby) joined State House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington)  to outline a series of policy proposals House Democratic candidates are bringing to voters throughout the state as the fall election season moves into full gear.

Featured in the House Democrats’ vision for Investing in Connecticut’s Future are job creation initiatives, fairer taxes, and a closer scrutiny of all state spending.
Gentile stated, "Investing in Connecticut's future is more than a slogan.  Our policies are about investing in small business, cutting taxes and increasing opportunities for high-wage jobs."

A press conference to unveil the proposals was held at Goodwin College in East Hartford to highlight a key part of the vision, a comprehensive approach to making higher education more affordable, keeping young graduates in our state, and more directly tying curriculum with the needs of business.
“Real leadership is more than simply being negative or launching political attacks. It’s about putting forward a positive vision for Connecticut, including innovative solutions to invest in the middle class, lowering costs for seniors, and reducing the cost of higher education and expanding job training,” Aresimowicz said. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues, in support of manufacturers, educators, students, and small businesses to put forward our plan to increase the standard of living, provide good jobs with high wages, and invest in the hard-working, middle class families of Connecticut.”
Increased investment in workforce training programs in growth areas such as manufacturing and healthcare, as well as stepped up targeted incentives for small business are crucial to successful job creation initiatives. Last week’s announcement by Pratt & Whitney to hire 8,000 new employees in Connecticut, and their challenge to find skilled workers, emphasizes these needs.  
Specific proposals from the House Democrats’ vision for Investing in Connecticut’s Future include:

  • Historic investment in state’s vo-tech schools and community colleges to step up career development and directly match curriculum with employer needs
  • Exempt social security payments from state income tax to make Connecticut more affordable for seniors
  • Cap state bonding except for economic development initiatives to reduce long term borrowing and state debt     
  • Create an independent oversight board for transportation infrastructure projects to assess economic benefits and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently  
  • Establish a dedicated 1-800 number and “Angel Investor” program specifically for small business to encourage growth and job creation in this critical economic sector  
  • Exempt new college graduates from the state income tax, and allow student loan debt to be deducted to encourage young people to live and work in Connecticut
"Our plan will grow jobs, protect seniors, and expand educational opportunities to make Connecticut a better place in which to live, raise children, and retire,” said Gentile.     

The complete House Democrats’ vision statement Investing in Connecticut’s Future can be seen at 
(This is a press release from Gentile)

Ansonia Business Leader Honored by Junior Achievement

ANSONIA An Ansonia business executive is among the four honorees who will be inducted into Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut's 2016 'Dr. George R. Dunbar Free Enterprise Hall of Fame’ on October 4th, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport.
Philip White, CEO of Better Packages in Ansonia will be honored along with Jack Barnes, President & CEO of People's United Bank, John Stafstrom Jr., Member, Pullman & Comley Traci Morris, CEO of Brookfield Global Relocation Services.
The Hall of Fame recognizes business leaders who have made notable contributions in the area of private enterprise and who have also demonstrated exceptional dedication to their communities.
Philip joined Better Packages, an operating unit of ASCOM Hasler, Inc. in 1997 as General Manager. In 2003, Phil led a management buy-out of the company and became President and CEO. During Phil’s time at Better Packages the company expanded into over 40 countries and revenues increased by over 300%. Prior to his work at Better Packages, Phil held senior level positions at ASCOM Hasler, Inc. and Pirelli Tire Corporation.
Phil serves on the boards of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelton Economic Development Corporation, American Heart Association (New Haven Walkathon) and Griffin Health Services Corporation.
Phil holds an MBA in Management from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Economics & Education from the University of Southern Connecticut.
For more information about Junior Achievement and ticket or sponsorship information for the Hall of Fame event, call (203) 382-0180 extension 10 or email
About Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and commu­nity volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work and career readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information about JAWCT or to volunteer, please visit or call 203.382.0180.
(This is a press release from Junior Achievement) 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ansonia Welcomes Polish Restaurant Downtown

ANSONIA - On Saturday September 9th at 6pm Warszawa Restaurant opened its doors to a full crowd. The owner, Michael Dembowski has hired 6 full time employees. The restaurant is located at 350 Main Street and occupies approximately 1800 s.f.  of space. Warszawa even has a piano and dance floor for dining entertainment.

 “We are excited about the first Polish restaurant in the Valley," Mayor David Cassetti. "The food is superb and we are hoping that Ansonia residents and neighboring towns will stop in for dinner. It is a nice complement to our Polish deli Europol Deli and Gifts located on the same side of Main Street. Main Street is becoming a dining destination for Ansonia and the Valley. We hope to attract visitors from all over who want variety.” 

“There is a lot of activity in downtown and a lot happening," said Corporation Counsel John Marini. "These restaurants are drawing much needed foot traffic into the downtown and that’s good news for Ansonia.” 
The restaurant serves traditional Polish fare such as blintzes and a polish platter which consists of pierogis, galumpkies, and blintzs and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am – 9:30pm, Thursday – Saturday from 11:00am – 10pm and on Sunday from 12pm – 9pm.

Marini said the new restaurant is one of many developments occurring on Main Street, including, a new Thai restaurant which will be opening soon, Massamino’s new construction project which will consist of a restaurant and catering venue (new construction on Main Street hasn’t happened since the ‘90’s).
The purchase and sale of the site adjacent to Target for the redevelopment of a big box store and restaurant is forthcoming.  Road Ready is preparing to open, Fitzpatrick’s Chrysler Jeep Dealership is in middle of a million dollar expansion, LuLu Pazza Italiano is also about to open in the old Antonio’s location with a multi-million dollar renovation and Ansonia is preparing for the sale of the ATP/Palmer buildings.
(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

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Ansonia Harvest Festival Sept. 24

School Nurse Gets Helping Hand

Linda Coppola and Daun Barrett 
DERBY - Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program helped Derby students get ready for a healthy new school year recently.
The program donated a pulse oximeter and a forehead thermometer to St. Michael-St. Mary School to help the school nurse better care for students. The school’s thermometer was out-of-date and the nurse did not have a pulse oximeter.
“We heard the school needed better equipment from one of the members of the new parish nurse program forming at St. Mary the Immaculate Church,” said Daun Barrett, director of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program. “Griffin and the Valley Parish Nurses have a mission to improve the health of our community, so we were more than happy to lend a hand.”
Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program serves as the hub of Griffin Hospital’s outreach activities, accounting for more than 40,000 community contacts each year. These contacts include fitting bike helmets, training adults and children in CPR, and providing health education and information at senior centers, shopping centers, neighborhoods, companies, and community events and fairs.
The program also conducts more than 7,500 health screenings each year to help individuals identify problems when they are most treatable, resulting in approximately 11,000 referrals for follow-up care.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Gentile Applauds Sikorsky Deal

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia, Derby) is very pleased that Sikorsky Aircraft, which has made its home in Stratford since 1929, will remain here until at least 2032.
"This is very good news not only for the State of Connecticut, but especially the lower Naugatuck Valley,” said Rep. Gentile. “Both my father and father-in-law worked at Sikorsky, along with so many other men and women from Ansonia and Derby. This deal, along with the work we have already done in the manufacturing sector, and will continue to do, will guarantee good paying jobs and continued residency here for generations to come."
After meeting with Sikorsky parent Lockheed Martin, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced a deal in which the helicopter giant will be eligible for financial incentives in exchange for building nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, in Connecticut.
The incentives, worth up to $220 million, include exemption from sales and use taxes and annual grants during the term of the deal. In turn, Sikorsky and Lockheed will keep its HQ and primary manufacturing in the state, retain and expand its full-time staff, increase capital spending and give top priority to its Connecticut-based suppliers.
“This agreement requires legislative approval,” added Rep. Gentile. “There should be no dissenting votes on this matter. It’s a no-brainer that we must move as quickly as possible to secure such an important employer as Sikorsky. The company is vital to the stability of our economy and for the thousands of families who depend on these highly-skilled manufacturing jobs.”
(This is a press release from Gentile)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Eat at Shelton Bertucci's Sept. 22, Help Spooner House

Monday, September 19, 2016

Spend the Day at the Zoo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Casino Bingo Trip Fundraiser

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DERBY – St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby is hosting a bingo/casino bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on Sat., Oct. 22.
The bus will depart the school, 14 Seymour Ave., Derby at 7:30 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m. The trip will provide attendees plenty of time to play bingo or enjoy other games and attractions at the casino. There will also be bingo on the bus.
The cost is $30 per person and includes a free $15 slots play coupon and a free $10 food coupon that is good for the casino’s all-you-can-eat buffet. The coupons are only available to individuals 21 years and older.
Proceeds will support the St. Mary-St. Michael Home School Association, which supports the needs of the school.
For reservations or more information, contact Gene at 203-893-9663 or Christian at 203-520-1480. Or send your reservation to: St. Mary-St. Michael School, 14 Seymour Ave, Derby, CT 06418. Please make checks payable to “St. Mary-St. Michael HSA.”

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Help Make Derby's Downtown Better

Griffin Offers Accelerated CNA Evening Classes

DERBYThe Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, in Derby, is offering an evening session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting Oct. 3 to help individuals start the journey to a fulfilling career in healthcare.

The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 6-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p. m. Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care.
The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation. The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 5-10 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.
For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or visit
Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers training, education, and certification for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician healthcare careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Food Truck Fest Tonight

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fundraiser Sept. 18 for Seymour Toddler Battling Cancer

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fore! Seymour Teen Wins Golf Scholarship

Hunter Cripps, son of John and Laura Cripps, of Seymour, was recently awarded a scholarship from The Kennedy Center, based in Norwalk. A total of 17 junior golfers from 12 communities received scholarships at The Kennedy Center's 25th Annual Charity Golf Classic. Selection is based upon academic achievement, school and community leadership and golf proficiency. Martin D. Schwartz, right, President/CEO of The Kennedy Center, presented Seymour High School student Hunter Cripps with a scholarship at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk. / Contributed photo

Visit for more information.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jaumann Endorsed by Ansonia/Derby GOP's

Ansonia Aldermanic President Phil Tripp, Republican State Senate candidate George Logan, Mayor David Cassetti, State Representative candidate Joseph Jaumann, Ansonia Republican Town Committee Chairman Irving Reed.

Derby Republican Town Committee Chairman Sam Pollastro, State Senate candidate George Logan, State Representative candidate Nicole Klarides-Ditria, State Rep. Themis Klarides, State Representative candidate Joseph Jaumann, Alderman Anthony Staffieri.
Just weeks after qualifying, candidate Joe Jaumann (State Representative 104th District Ansonia/Derby) is wasting no time on the campaign trail.

On Sept. 1, Mr. Jaumann received yet another endorsement; this one coming from Chairman Irving Reed and the Ansonia Republican Town Committee (ARTC).

“This election season it’s difficult to find anyone agreeing on anything,” says Ansonia Republican Vice Chairman Lorie Vacarro. “But there is unanimous agreement that Joseph Jaumann is the right choice for State Representative of Ansonia and Derby.”

Meanwhile just across town on Sept. 7, Joe receives seemingly similar results as Chairman Sam Pollastro and the Derby Republican Town Committee (DRTC) congratulates Joe Jaumann after his endorsement speech.

"The Town Committee’s unanimous endorsement speaks volumes about the current state of our policies and the change in direction/leadership we need to take in restoring economic growth to the Valley and the state,” says Chairman Sam Pollastro.

(This is a press release from DRTC Chairman Sam Pollastro)

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Gentile Says "No Way" to Rate Hike

United Illuminating is requesting yet another rate increase.  If approved, your monthly electric bill will increase by about 5% beginning in January 2017.  I say, “No way!”  I am an electric consumer just like you and I am very angry with UI.  Let me explain why. 
UI says it needs to boost rates to help offset $92 million spent in 2014 and 2015 to upgrade and strengthen its infrastructure.  The company says these improvements were necessary to ensure that electricity stays on during, and after, powerful storms.  While I understand that UI spent a considerable amount to upgrade and protect its delivery system, why should you and I have to pay for it?  Isn’t that the cost of doing business?
This request for increased rates is just plain wrong! The company is seeking a 3 year rate hike beginning in 2017.  In 2018 it will look for another 5% increase and yet another 5% in 2019.  First and foremost, we are already paying too much for electricity.  Connecticut consumers pay among the highest rates in the nation. So, when it’s all said and done you would be paying, on average, about $360 more per year in 2019.  This is outrageous and unacceptable!
Furthermore, this increased utility cost will harm our fragile economy.  While the Connecticut economy has certainly been picking up recently, forcing us to pay more for our lights, air conditioning and other electrical needs gives consumers less money to spend on other goods and services, causing additional hardship on our local economy.  It is just one more straw to break the camel’s back.  We are still trying to recover from the Great Recession and higher prices for electricity will hurt working families, forcing them to cut costs elsewhere just to make ends meet. 
The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) must stop this madness. At a time when energy costs are trending downward, it is inconceivable that UI would ask for increased rates.  Although there has been increases in the cost of distribution, it is my belief that the company should be promoting new grid technologies that would not only benefit consumers, but would also be good for the environment.  Instead of a rate increase, UI should be focused on reducing their rates in accordance with a law that the legislature passed in 2015 that required UI’s fixed charges be reduced to less than $8.
I am asking that you add your voice to mine in opposition to higher energy bills.  Tell the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority that enough is enough!  We don’t want to pay more for our already costly electricity.  PURA has two public hearings on the UI rate increase request.  The first is September 8th at 6:30 p.m., at Bridgeport City Hall in Bridgeport, followed on September 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Mitchell Hall of Records in New Haven.  Additional public hearings will be held during the month of September at the PURA offices at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain.
We need to send a clear message to regulators, and United Illuminating, that we do not want to pay exorbitant prices for electricity.  It is immoral!
(This is a press release from Gentile)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hey Seymour High School Class of '86!

SEYMOUR - Attention Seymour High School's Class of 1986: it's been 30 years since we (yours truly included) graduated and it's time to and gold style!

Come show your Wildcat pride during our 30th Class Reunion, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Hops Company (formerly Grassy Hill Lodge), located at 77 Sodom Lane, Derby.

Tickets are just $25 per person, and include pizza from Zuppardi's, along with a cash bar.

Come reminisce with old friends and recapture some of that Wildcat magic from days gone by!

To purchase tickets, visit the following link as soon as possible:

See you all there!!!!!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Learn about Diabetes and Carb Counting Sept. 13

DERBY -The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free talks about carbohydrate conscious eating on Tues., Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Griffin Hospital’s Dining Room, 130 Division St., Derby.
Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, will present “Carbohydrate Counting: Skills into Practice.” Carb counting is a good tool to use when trying to gain greater control of blood sugar levels while still enjoying a wide variety of foods. However, there are common questions that arise when trying to put carb counting into practice.
Using the ‘gram counting’ method, this program will help answer some of those questions, including how to measure portions to correctly estimate total carbohydrates, how to count fiber, and what to do when dining out and eating combination foods. Record keeping and pattern management will also be discussed.
The 2:30 p.m. presentation will be the hospital’s Dining Room #2 and the 6:30 p.m. presentation will be in the hospital’s Childbirth Education Classroom A. There is 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. 
Anyone with diabetes and their families 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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Gentile Gets CT Working Families Endorsement

The Gentile 2016 campaign is proud to announce that Linda has received the endorsement of the Connecticut Working Families Party.  As an endorsed candidate, Linda’s name will appear on the Working Families Party ballot line, Row C, for the November General Election.

“I am so honored to have received this endorsement," said Gentile. "The Working Families Party and its members embrace the same values that I hold near and dear to my heart.  Things like jobs and wage equality; public education; student debt crisis; and fair share tax policy, just to name a few.  I am committed to working for an economy that works for all of us and the WFP endorsement is validation of that commitment.  I want to thank the Working Families Party for their endorsement and I look forward to continuing good work to create and expand job opportunities and improve our local economies.”
(This is a press release from Gentile's campaign)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

TEAM, Inc. Gets Financial Boost from Hewitt Foundation

Pat Carey, President of the Hewitt Foundation Board and David Morgan, TEAM President/CEO

DERBY - TEAM, Inc. has announced the Hewitt Foundation presented the agency with a $70,000 donation in support of the Elderly Service programs. 
Serving more than 940 Valley seniors, many of whom are elderly and homebound, TEAM’s Elderly Services Department includes Meals on Wheels, Homemaking, Medical Transportation and Volunteer Caregivers. 

Without the daily and weekly contact these services provide, many of these seniors would be isolated and without interaction with the community. 
Meals on Wheels, for example, provides a simple, inexpensive service that can help prevent the need for more costly services, such as hospitalizations and nursing home care. 

TEAM’s staff provides a nutritious well balanced home delivered meal for frail homebound individuals 60 years of age and older, giving priority to those with the greatest economic or social needs and particular attention to low- income, minority individuals. 
Each meal meets nutritional requirements and special dietary needs are considered. 

The Program also provides a wellness check, an opportunity for socialization, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and access to social services based on the needs of meal participants five days a week.

(This is a press release from TEAM, Inc.)

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Seymour VFW Needs a New Home

SEYMOUR – VFW Post 12084 will host a pair of events this and next month, with proceeds to help the remaining Post members find a new home.

Post Commander Al Yagovane said a Pasta Dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at Colonial Tavern in Oxford. The menu includes all-you-can-eat ziti, meatballs, sausage, salad, dessert, coffee, juice and soft drinks.

Music will be provided by DJ Tony Castle.

The cost is $17 for adults, $10 for those ages 12-18 and free for under 12. Tickets are available at JR Custom Car & Truck, 40 New Haven Rd. (Route 67), or by contacting Yagovane at: (203)736-7981 or (203)888-4465.
Then, on Oct. 7, the Post will host a golf tournament at the Oxford Greens Golf Club, located at 99 Country Club Dr., Oxford.

The cost is $125 per player or $500 for a team, and includes unlimited range balls, greens fees, breakfast, lunch, beverages and beer. Deadline to register for the four-player scramble tournament is Sept. 16.  
Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. tee-off time.

For more information, call Yagovane at (203)888-4465 or (203)736-7981, or to register call Oxford Greens at (203)888-1600.
Yagovane said proceeds from both events will go toward helping the Post find a new home.  

Yagovane, said the Post’s 60 members were displaced from their former home at 30 Great Hill Rd. in September 2015. Yagovane said the property owner’s daughter needed the land the Post facility had been using for the past four years to start a business.

Fortunately for the Post, Retina Sytems on Day Street has opened the use of its cafeteria to the members for meeting space for as long as they need it. Yagovane said he couldn’t be more thankful to company owner Floyd Moir for his kindness and generosity, but said the Post really would love nothing more than to find a permanent headquarters.

“All we really need is a small, flat piece of land where we could put up a small building, or find a place that has a small building,” said Yagovane, a U.S. Army veteran. “We’d like to have  capacity to house at least 150 people.”

Yagovane said the Post is also looking to draw new members by starting an auxiliary for both men and women, who are fathers, mothers and children of past and current military members. Those interested are encouraged to contact Yagovane.

Yagovane said the Post is all about ‘giving back to the community,’ as well, and having a home base is critical for members to continue doing just that. The Post has done plenty, including teaming up with the local schools to sponsor a Memorial Day poster contest, hosting job fairs, organizing the annual Memorial Day parade, hosting annual Veterans Day candlelight vigils and sponsoring local youth sports teams. 
VFW Post 12084 Commander Al Yagovane

Veterans Day Candlelight Vigil from 2015 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ansonia Mayor Cassetti's Youth Boxing Club a Real Knockout

ANSONIA - Mayor David Cassetti kicked off the first session of his youth boxing club, dubbed the Pinky Silverberg Youth Boxing Program, on Thursday, Sept. 1. The program, held at the Ansonia Armory drew about 30 boys and girls from around the Valley. Volunteer coaches, boxers and trainers showed the kids the ropes, teaching them how to spar, hit the heavy bag, tackle the speed bag and more. The club runs through early November. For more information call the Mayor's Office at (203)736-5900. (photos by Jean Falbo-Sosnovich)

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