Thursday, February 4, 2016

First-Ever Naugatuck Valley Home Show Coming Soon!


SHELTON - Spataro Construction and Shelton Courtyard by Marriott are proud to announce the first annual Naugatuck Valley Home Show.

The event, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Courtyard by Marriott, 780 Bridgeport Ave., features home improvement companies servicing Fairfield and New Haven Counties.
 
Thinking of starting a new project on your home this Spring? You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for to satisfy your Remodeling, repair, and other needs at the show. Many local companies will be on hand to display their products and services for interested homeowners to browse. The show will feature a range of services including lawn care, electrical, oil delivery and many more.
 
The initial vendor list for the 2016 Naugatuck Valley Home Show includes:
 
● All Fenced In,  Seymour

● All Terrain Operations, Shelton
 
● CTEC Solar, Bloomfield

● Connecticut Basement Systems, Seymour
 
● Decorating Den, Oxford
 
● Home Depot, Derby
 
● InstaPlumbing, Wolcott
 
● Mavilla Landscaping, Shelton

● Spataro Construction,  Derby
● Standard Oil, Bridgeport

● Standard Security Systems, Bridgeport

● State Farm Insurance, Shelton
 
● Wills Electrical Services, Shelton
 
● Winter Bros Waste Systems, Danbury
 
Admission is free, with kid-friendly events and activities taking place throughout the day. Visit our Kids Corner with activities from The Giggling Pig, Kidnetic Clubhouse, and Pinwheel Studios. Attendees can enter to win an Apple iPad Air as well as other prizes and giveaways from local companies including Valley Lighting, Doorbell Barbers, Grow, Common Bond Market and more. Beverages and light snacks will be provided as well from the Courtyard by Marriott and The Happy Cupcake.
 
To learn more, visit www.nvhomeshow.com
 

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Celebrate First Saturday at Lizzie's Corner

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Goodwill Seeking New Site

  
Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut is in search of a new location for its Naugatuck donation station.  The donation station, which has been located at 195 Water Street for more than fifteen years, closed on January 29 because the property was sold.
 
This location in Naugatuck served over 12,000 local donors in 2015 alone, providing them with a convenient and trusted source for their gently used donations. The next closest donation station to this site is in Waterbury.
 
“The donation station is extremely important to this community, and we are asking local property owners to help find an alternative location,” said Vickie L. Volpano, President & CEO, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut.  “The donations are critical to our success, as the revenue generated funds our mission – to help people find jobs.”
 
Any local property owners that would like additional information please reach out to Ken Bennett, Vice President of Retail at kbennett@gwct.org or 203.581.5357.
 
About Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut:
Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut is a non-profit organization that provides employment and supportive services to people with disabilities and other challenges to employment. Through programs that offer people the opportunity to develop the life-changing skills they need to obtain and keep a job, Goodwill helps the individuals it serves gain hope, dignity, and financial independence.
(This is a press release from Goodwill)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Irving School to Host 'No One Eats Alone' Event


DERBY- Lunch can be the longest part of the school day for some youth who feel alone and socially isolated at their school.

Irving School and Beyond Differences announces the launch of No One Eats Alone Day at Irving School at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

With social isolation and bullying now seen as chronic problems in our schools, this initiative will seek to reverse these trends by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch – making sure that no one is eating alone.

“Today we are holding No One Eats Alone Day here at Irving School,” said Principal Jennifer Olson. 
“Our third, fourth, and fifth graders will learn about social isolation, and during their lunch they will do activities to encourage students to sit with others and engage in conversation. Students will see the 'Be the One' video from Beyond Differences. I want to thank Beyond Differences and their partners for their tireless efforts to tackle an issue which has been ignored for too long.”

Beyond Differences is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending social isolation in schools across the country.

“We believe that No One Eats Alone Day will be a game changer for Derby children," said Beyond Differences President Laura Talmus.

“A student being isolated at lunch signals the beginning of many problems which have come to plague our schools – with the most shocking examples being bullying and violence," she said.

"We want to reverse these frightening trends by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch – making sure that no one is eating alone. Beyond Differences is proud to announce the No One Eats Alone Initiative.”

(This is a press release from Derby Public Schools)

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Monday, February 1, 2016

It's Time to Stuff Your Face with Paczkis (Poonch-keys)



Friday, January 29, 2016

Four Chaplains Memorial Service Slated


          SAGA OF THE FOUR CHAPLAINS

                    MEMORIAL SERVICE

         WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD 2016

                 ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH

            25 MAPLE AVE., BEACON FALLS

                            7:00 P.M.

                       PRESENTED BY

                  EMIL SENGER POST 10

                  THE AMERICAN LEGION

HONORING THISE FOUR MEN OF GOD WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES ABOARD THE USAT DORCHESTER ON THAT FATEFUL NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 3RD, 1943.

COME JOIN US TO HONOR THEIR COURAGEOUS ACTIONS AND THEIR UNWAVERING DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY WHENWITHOUT REGARD FOR THEMSELVES, GAVE AWAY THEIR OWN LIFE JACKETS TO SAVE OTHERS ON DECK THAT FRIGID WINTER NIGHT.

LIGHT RERFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AFTERWARD IN THE CHURCH HALL. CONTACT COMMANDER MIKE KEARNEY 203 888-7813 FOR MORE DETAILS.

School of Allied Health Careers Offers Accelerated CNA Evening Classes

DERBY- The 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 this spring to help aspiring healthcare professionals quickly jump-start their careers.

The 6-week CNA program starts March 7 and runs Monday-Thursday with classes 5-9 p.m. and clinical training Monday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m. Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission.
 
The program runs for a total of 104 hours. The first four weeks of the program will be classroom education and skills training and the two final weeks will include clinical experience at an extended care facility and Griffin Hospital for the required 40 hours for CNA certification completion.
Tuition includes books, CPR training and malpractice insurance.
 
For more information or to apply, call 203.732.1276 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.
 
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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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Derby Scouts Selling Super Bowl Subs

DERBY – Derby Second Congregational Church sponsored Boy Scout Troop 3 and Derby-Shelton Rotary Club sponsored Venture Crew 33 are accepting orders for one-foot and five-foot  double wide party sub sandwiches as part of their annual Super Bowl Sub Sale fundraiser. 
The subs are made to order and home delivered anywhere in the Lower Naugatuck Valley on February 7. All orders must be received by Feb 3.
One foot subs are $7 each and the five foot double-wide party subs are $65. Proceeds from the sale will help the scouts attend Edmund Strang Scout Reservation summer camp and a Caribbean sailing adventure.
For more information visit www.troop3derby.org or to place an order call 203-732-0343.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Valley Loses Popular Baker/Firefighter Roy Tidmarsh


 

ANSONIA - Roy Tidmarsh, who opened his unique bake and confection shop on Westfield Avenue in 1976, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2015.

Craig Smart, captain of Eagle Hose Hook & Ladder Co. No. 6, where Tidmarsh was a longtime volunteer, passed along the news on his Facebook page, posting

"I regret to announce the passing of active member Roy Tidmarsh. Please keep the Tidmarsh family in your thoughts. As more news becomes available I will post and send out a email. Please contact me with questions and give this time for the Tidmarsh family to morn their loss. "

Tidmarsh was a former chairman of the Ansonia Board of Apportionment and Taxation, as well as a former president of the Board of Directors at Valley Emergency Medical Services, the regional paramedic service serving the Valley towns.

Tidmarsh, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, kept his small bake shop thriving for nearly four decades, baking custom wedding and birthday cakes, pies, cookies and all kinds of candies and candy-making supplies.

(Photo is from Tidmarsh's website)

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Dinner to Benefit Ansonia Animal Shelter



ANSONIA - There will be a benefit dinner for the Ansonia Animal Shelter from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 31st at the AM Club, 30 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

Tickets are $20, and includes Marchigain pasta, chicken, salad, bread, dessert soda and coffee.  Orders to go will also  be available. Gluten and vegetarian paste will also be available.

(This is a press release from the Ansonia Mayor's Office)

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Music Therapy Program Expands for Victims and Children of Domestic Violence

The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) received a grant of $3,500 from the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. to continue and expand its music therapy program for victims of domestic violence.
 
The music therapy program will now be offered twice a week at UCDVS safe houses.
 
The program, lead by Music Therapist Cyd Slotoroff, has had a positive impact on the families at the shelter. The children and mothers gather together for sing-a-longs and the moms with babies to learn to sing lullabies.
 
“The moms have been able to create new nonviolent experiences and positive memories with their children,” said Jane Adamik, Child Advocate, UCDVS.  “The children look forward to seeing Cyd every week and ask me when she will be back again.” 
 
The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc., founded in 1993, is dedicated to assisting at risk children and women through education and effective programs, creating social awareness to broaden horizons and expanding opportunities for youth across socioeconomic and multicultural lines.
 
BHcare’s The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) is dedicated to increasing awareness of domestic violence and its effect on the community, empowering those victimized by providing advocacy and safe and effective services, and to working for social change to eliminate domestic violence.  Each year UCDVS provides free and confidential services for more than 6,000 victims and their children. Learn more at www.bhcare.org.
 
(This is a press release from BHCare)
 

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Learn All about 3D Printing at Derby Public Library


DERBY -The Derby Public Library invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Maker Space, February 16, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, for an Introduction to 3-D Printing.

Attendees will explore various aspects of this new technology. This program is a prerequisite for future 3-D printing programs. 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 www.derbypubliclibrary.org .

(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Nominations Sought For Charles H. Flynn Award

Valley United Way is accepting nominations for the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. The award, which is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious award for community service, has been presented annually since 1971 when Alice Russ Cochran of Shelton was named the first winner. The award is restricted to living persons whose service has been to the entire Valley community. Their service must not be limited to just one town or one organization.

The award is named for the late Mr. Flynn, who was, at the time of his death, editor of The Evening Sentinel and had been one of the founders of the Valley United Fund. He had been president of the Ansonia Community Chest. In 1968, he led that organization into a merger with the Derby-Shelton Community Chest and the Seymour United Fund which resulted in the formation of what is now known as the Valley United Way.

A native of Derby, he was an Ansonia resident most of his life and a long time Sentinel employee. He had an abiding interest in the Valley community and served it in myriad ways.  At the time of his death he was first vice-president of the Valley United Fund; president of Catholic Family Services; president of the Ansonia Board of Assessors; director of the Ansonia Public Library and director of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Chapter, American Red Cross.

Following his death in 1969, this award was established because of his life long dedicated service to the entire Valley.

Anyone wishing to nominate someone for the Flynn award may do so by submitting a written resume of that person to the Valley United Way, 54 Grove Street, Shelton or by filling out and submitting an electronic nomination form that can be found on United Way’s website  (http://www.valleyunitedway.org). The award will be presented at United Way's annual dinner meeting in April.

Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community. United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis. Each year Valley United Way funds programs and organizations that make a measurable difference in the lives of people living and working in the Valley.

(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Get Ready to Lace Up Those Ice Skates in Ansonia

(This is from the City of Ansonia's Facebook page)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Grants Available to Nonprofits Serving the Valley

DERBY- The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that serve its 5 town region covering Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford, CT. Grant amounts, application deadlines and eligibility requirements vary by grant process; details and applications are available on the VCF website at www.valleyfoundation.org/grants.
 
Grantseekers are encouraged to attend an informational orientation session about the types of competitive grants available on February 3, 2016 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Derby Public Library, 313 Elizabeth Street in Derby CT. Participants will learn the criteria required for applications and the timelines for submission for VCF’s Community Grants (application due 5:00 pm on March 4), Sponsorships (open year-round), Responsive Grants (application due 5:00 pm on Mar 31) and Needs & Opportunities Grants (open year-round) processes.
 
A Nuts & Bolts Workshop for Needs & Opportunities and Revolving Response Grants is being scheduled for early February for those who want more, in-depth guidance on completing the application. Registration is required for all sessions; for more information and to register, please contact Beth Colette at 203-751-9162 or bcolette@valleyfoundation.org.
 
Thanks to the generosity of Valley donors, hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year are distributed from the Foundation. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven toward building a stronger community by: working closely with donors to grow and deepen the impact of their philanthropy; identifying and supporting grassroots leadership; and strengthening nonprofits and promoting philanthropy through technical assistance programs.
 
To learn more about 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 contact Sharon Closius, President & CEO, at sclosius@valleyfoundation.org or 203-751-9162 or visit VCF’s website at www.valleyfoundation.org or follow VCF on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vcf_ct.
 
(This is a press release from Valley Community Foundation)

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Valley United Way Grant Helps Griffin Bring Good Health to the Valley

DERBY - The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach Department and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley make good health habits a part of children’s education.
 
The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and Griffin $4,000 to support its monthly health education programs in area Head Start Programs, preschools, public schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.
 
The health presentations cover a range of topics including germs, seasonal safety and nutrition. The presentations include hands-on activities and every participant receives an activity book and an apple to take home. The program serves between 400-1,000 children each month.
 
“The lessons we learn at a young age tend to stick with us throughout life,” said Cathi Kellett, MA, Special Programs Coordinator for Griffin Hospital Community Outreach. “This grant will make many children in the Valley will have a strong foundation to build a healthy lifestyle.”
 
The Valley United Way Special Needs Grant program is designed to provide funding for special needs or new programs. The funding for the program comes from donors who have expressed an interest in funding areas of importance to them, including health, education and graduation, income, elder care basic needs, youth and recreation, and housing and shelter.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)
 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ansonia Students Win Fire Prevention Poster Contest

Griffin Hospital to Host Spiritual Awakening Program

DERBY- Griffin Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center will host a free program on meditation and spirituality from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 27 at the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division St., Derby.
 
Janice Lautier, director of Spiritual Care and Education at Griffin, will host “Awakening the Sense of Spirituality,” an interactive program that demonstrates how spirituality and meditation can help bring feelings of inner peace and purpose.
 
This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort 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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Monday, January 18, 2016

Lets Talk Sports in Derby


DERBY- The Derby Public Library has scheduled a Hot Stove Roundup session of its
popular Sports Talk series on Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 AM.
 
Rich Marazzi, who has authored six sports books, is a Major League Rules Consultant, former high
school and college umpire, and host of the radio talk show, Inside Baseball for 17 years,
has been the leader of the Derby Public Library’s Silver Sluggers for the past ten years.
 
Trades, signings and rumors of the Major League Baseball’s off season will be discussed.
 
As always, new members of all ages are welcome! The eleventh season of the weekly
Sports Talk sessions will begin in April.
 
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org
 
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Water Color Painting Workshop in Derby

DERBY- The Derby Public Library will host another popular Water Color Painting Workshop on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 PM.
 
Ages 18 and over are invited to enjoy this fun evening resulting in fabulous art! Participants will go home with new friends, great memories, and a newly-created masterpiece that will show off your “inner-artist.” No experience? No problem! Local artist, Rich DiCarlo, from the Valley Arts Council, will guide you step-by-step on this creative journey as you learn the ins and outs of creating your own water color painting. No previous artistic experience necessary – great for beginners or seasoned professionals. Snacks will be provided. Iti s promised to be a surprisingly easy and fun way to spend an evening!
 
Registration is required.  For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.   
 
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Griffin Hospital to Host AARP Driver Safety Program March 5

DERBY- Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms.
 
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone.
 
The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. The course also covers such topics as how to maintain proper following distance at all times; the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections; the effects of medications on driving; how to minimize the effect of dangerous blind spots; the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use; proper use of safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes and ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
 
Participants will gain a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how they can avoid potential collisions and injuries to themselves and others. As an added bonus, participants can check with their auto insurance company about discounts for completing the course.
 
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to “AARP.”
 
To register, call Esther at 203-732-1523.
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Seymour Parks Applications Available

SEYMOUR-  Applications are now available for any groups wishing to use park facilities in Seymour in 2016. Applications may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall or via the Town of Seymour website: www.seymourct.org.

Completed applications should be returned to the Selectman’s
Office at town hall or sent to Parks Commission secretary Robert Lang, 27 Wood Street, Seymour. Deadline for returns is February 22.
 
(This is a press release from Seymour Parks Department)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bus Trip to see UCONN Huskies

Coffee and Conversation with state Rep. Theresa Conroy

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SEYMOUR - State Representative Theresa Conroy (D-Seymour, Beacon Falls, Derby) will meet with constituents Wednesday, January 27th in Seymour for coffee and conversation.
 
The session will provide residents with an opportunity to discuss any issues and concerns with Rep. Conroy.
 
The coffee hours will run from 10 a.m. - noon at Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street. Refreshments will be served.
 
Rep. Conroy is House Chair of the Internship Committee and a member of the legislature's Public Health, Planning & Development, and Veterans committees.

(This is a press release from state Rep. Theresa Conroy's office)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nominations Sought for Caring Heart Award

DERBY - The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee (formerly Women & Heart Disease) is seeking nominations for its annual Caring Heart Awards.
 
These awards are presented to an individual and a group, organization or business that lives or works in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and has made significant contributions to the heart wellness of an individual or the community at large, and demonstrates a “Caring Heart” by their actions and/or volunteerism.
 
For a nomination form or information on how to make an email nomination, contact to Eunice Lisk at 203-732-7107 or whw@griffinhealth.org. Nominations must be received by Fri., Feb. 5 to be eligible.
The award winners will be announced in February and presented at the Annual Women's Heart Wellness & Caring Heart Award Brunch set for March 12 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Griffin Hospital Dining Room, 130 Division Street, Derby.
 
The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee consists of healthcare professionals, heart patients and women from throughout the Valley communities. The primary focus of the group is to increase heart health awareness among women, empower them to love and save their hearts, and ensure they are provided the means to do so through education and rehabilitation. Membership is open to all interested persons.
 
Tickets for the 11th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness Brunch and Awards Program event will go on sale in February. To learn more, become a sponsor or make a donation, contact at 203-732-7107 or whw@griffinhealth.org
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, January 11, 2016

College Dorm Fire Survivors to Speak in Seymour

SEYMOUR - Seymour Fire Marshal’s Office in conjunction with the Seymour Fire Department  will be sponsoring a fire safety presentation on Wednesday February 10, 2016, put on by two of the critically injured survivors of the January 2000 Seton Hall University Fire.  It was made possible by a $2,500 Grant from the Katharine Matthies Foundation as well as a $1,500 Grant from FM Global. 

Seymour Fire Marshal’s Office is excited to announce “After the Fire” (A true story of Heroes & Cowards) will be presented at Seymour Middle School on February 10, 2016 at 7:00PM.  This program is open to the public and is free of charge thanks to generous donations from The Katharine Matthies Foundation and FM Global. 

Survivors Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos will first speak to the Seymour High School students during the school day about their experiences of being severely burned in this senseless arson fire.   They will then give a second presentation in the evening open to the general public.  The presentation includes the viewing of their documentary as well as excerpts from the New York Times Best Seller “After the Fire.” 

For more information about the fire and the speakers you may read their story at http://www.alvaroandshawn.com/ or contact Seymour Deputy Fire Marshal Timm Willis for more information about this specific presentation. 
 
(This a press release from the Seymour Fire Marshal's Office)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Valley Charity to Host Benefit Concert Sat. Jan. 9

DERBY- A Valley charity that grants wishes to parents with life-threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children will host a concert this weekend to help raise money for deserving families.

Treasured Time, Inc. treasuredtime.org, of Seymour, is hosting “A Night to Remember” a charity concert at 6 p.m. Saturday (JANUARY 9) at Derby High School, 8 Nutmeg Ave.

“A Night to Remember” will feature four musical performances by popular area performers. Paula Bogart-Pettinella will take the stage at 6 p.m., performing such classics by Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline and other popular singers and songs of the late 50’s and 60’s.

Modern-day crooner Mark Lanzieri will be featured at 7:15 p.m., performing songs out of the American Songbook and Golden Era including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Flying Meat will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., performing their original rock music, specifically tailored and written for the City of Derby. The Gamma Rays will close out the night at 9:45 p.m., entertaining the crowd with hits of the 80s and 90s.

Admission is $10 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Additional donations are welcome throughout the night. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase. Attendees can also take their chances in a 50/50 raffle. This event is being organized by Mark Searles and Flying Meat, with all proceeds being donated to Treasured Time.

According to a press release, Treasured Time is currently raising money for eight local families. The organization’s most recent wish is being granted to Derby resident Jodi Chevarella, 44, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Stage 2 Invasive Breast Cancer. Chevarella underwent chemotherapy, radiation and 11 surgeries in a year to remove the cancer and perform reconstruction surgeries. The cancer, however, resurfaced and Chevarella has since been diagnosed with Stage IV, Her2 Metastic Breast Cancer. This past year she received radiation again and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hormone treatment.

Chevarella is continuing to fight and keep positive during this difficult and uncertain time. She wants nothing more than to be able to create a lasting memory with her family by going on a cruise with her husband Dave and their four children: Anna, 16, David, 14, Isabelle, 12 and Genna, 10.

The family has never been on a cruise, and is something Chevarella wants to be able to do with her husband and children. Treasured Time will be granting Chevarella’s wish this summer.

Last April, thanks to fundraising efforts by Seymour Middle School’s Student Council, which donated proceeds from a  “Frozen” themed breakfast, Treasured Time was able to grant a trip of a lifetime to Disney World to another local family, dealing with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

For more information about Saturday’s concert, Jenn at 203-446-1068 or jenn@treasuredtime.org.
 

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Griffin Hospital Offers Help with Controlling Chronic Conditions

DERBY-  Griffin Hospital will host a free six-week workshop to help individuals diagnosed from chronic conditions take back control of their lives.
 
The Live Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop provides health information and strategies to help those with chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, and pain and anxiety increase their energy and take control of their health. The workshop will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 4 to March 10 at the hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby.
 
The Live Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Dept. of Social Services Aging Services Division, Connecticut Dept. of Public Health and Griffin Hospital.
 
To register, call Esther Jones at Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program at 203-732-1523.
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)
 

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