Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Hoopla Happening Oct. 28

DERBY - The 15th Annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be “treating” families to Halloween fun on Fri., Oct. 28 from 3-8 p.m. at Warsaw Park on Pulaski Highway in Ansonia.

Griffin Hospital Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program, The Valley Community Foundation, Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Griffin Faculty Physicians encourage families to put on their Halloween costumes and come to a “Halloween Hoopla,” featuring free healthy treats, games, and information on a variety of health, wellness and safety programs. The event will be held rain or shine.

“The Halloween Hoopla will be a safe, family-friendly environment where children can do their trick-or-treating and the whole family can learn about important information that will keep them safe and healthy on Halloween and year-round,” said Daun Barrett, RN, Director of Griffin Hospital's Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nursing Program.

Interactive health, wellness and safety displays at the event will include poison prevention, good hand washing, and how to call 9-1-1. There will also be a bike helmet clinic and a safety house exhibit to teach about safety features in homes. Free bike helmets will be available for the first 500 children.

For more information, call 203-732-1337 or 203-732-7584.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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CT Business and Industry Association Endorses Gentile

State Representative Linda M. Gentile, candidate for reelection in the 104th district (Ansonia/Derby) has earned the endorsement of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  The Association is the largest business organization in the state.

Representative Gentile is one of 80 candidates, out of 151, that have been endorsed in the House races.  In the announcement the Association stated, “Voters who are concerned about our economic future must elect candidates who understand the urgency facing our state, and who will make the decisions necessary to grow the economy, create jobs and help Connecticut reach its full potential. We believe the candidates we’ve endorsed have the ability to foster a business climate where companies want to invest and create jobs to help our economy grow.  We must elect people…who are committed to resolving our fiscal issues, improving our business climate, and making this a top state for economic growth and job creation.”

“I am so pleased to stand with my fellow endorsed candidates, on both sides of the aisle.  I have worked very closely with almost all of these individuals on many different issues and I believe that we all have one thing in common.  Like myself, I know that we all want to do what’s best for our constituents and our state.  We have all committed to improving our business climate, creating and retaining jobs, and growing our economy.  I look forward to working with each and every one of my colleagues to continue the work that we have begun,” Gentile stated.
(This is a press release from Gentile)

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Griffin Hospital Hosts Open House Wed. Oct. 19 for New Occupational Medicine Center

DERBY – Griffin Hospital invites the community to tour its new Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation Center at 10 Progress Dr. in Shelton during an open house on Wed., Oct. 19 from 4- 6 p.m.
The new 7,100 square foot center will enhance the Griffin’s workplace health offerings for area businesses and physical therapy/rehabilitation services for the community by providing a convenient Shelton location in addition to the hospital’s Derby location in the Hewitt Ambulatory Care Pavilion.
The Center features six Occupational Medicine exam rooms, on-site X-ray and lab services, a spacious physical therapy gym and five private treatment rooms. There is also a conference space for meetings and educational programming.
The Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation Center provides high-quality medical services that are designed to help business ensure a healthy workforce, including physical examinations, pre-employment screenings, work-related injury treatments, ergonomic assessments, vaccinations and worksite wellness programs.
For more information, call (203) 944-3718 or visit griffinhealth.org.
Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services offers a variety of services to address the therapeutic needs of all patients. Services offered and conditions treated include: Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Retraining; Aquatic Therapy; Balance and Fall Prevention; Bladder and Bowel Control; Breast Surgery Rehabilitation; Cancer Rehabilitation; Cognitive Therapy; Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Rehabilitation; Lymphedema Treatment; Neurological Rehabilitation; and Speech & Language Disorders.
For more information about Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services, call 203.732.7445 or visit www.griffinhealth.org/rehab
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Spooner House to hold 2016 Annual Meeting Breakfast Wed. Oct. 19

Goodwill Store & Donation Center to Open in Oxford Oct. 21

Image result for goodwill logoOXFORD - Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut will open a new 11,000-square-foot store and donation station at 274 Oxford Road in Oxford, Connecticut. This will be the first retail outlet to open at Quarry Walk – Oxford’s Towne Center located on Route 67. 

The new store will employ more than 40 people from the surrounding community with more than 8,100 square-feet of retail space, offering customers greater variety than the average department store with thousands of one-of-a-kind finds including apparel for the family, home décor, electronics, furniture and more. In addition, donors will appreciate the Oxford store’s covered drive-thru donation station making donating hassle-free with attendants on hand to help unload donations from vehicles and provide donors with a tax receipt for their contribution. 
Friday, October 21
9:00 a.m. 
Goodwill Store & Donation Station
274 Oxford Road
Oxford, Connecticut
(Quarry Walk – Oxford Towne Center located on Route 67) 
Vickie Volpano, President & CEO of Goodwill Western& Northern Connecticut

First Selectman George Temple, Oxford

State Representative David Labriola
Kayla Reasco from US Senator Chris Murphy’s office
Tom Haynes, Owner/Developer of Quarry Walk, Oxford
The new Oxford Goodwill Store and Donation Station will be the first Goodwill location in town. It marks the 19th Goodwill store to open in western and northern Connecticut. The first 75 customers to enter the new store will enjoy a $5 Goodwill gift card. Additional opening day specials include a free reusable shopping bag with any purchase and an opportunity to enter to win a $200 Goodwill shopping spree. For more information
about the new Oxford store, or to find a nearby Goodwill location, please visit www.gwct.org

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Sign up for Seymour Youth Basketball

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Assumption Church to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

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ANSONIA - The Church of the Assumption is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with an Anniversary Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Blair at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 23. 

Archbishop Blair will then dedicate The Bob and Maureen O'Keefe Arts & Athletic Center of Assumption School.  A reception and dinner will follow in the church hall.  Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at the church after each mass. 

For more information, contact: Kathleen Molner @ 203-734-0855 or Kmolner@assumptionschool.net.

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Derby Posts Election 2016 Information

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DERBY - Town/City Clerk Marc Garofalo said residents can find everything they need to know about the upcoming election on the city's website, including a link to register to vote, a link to check your registration status, a link for an application for an absentee ballot and more.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The deadline to register to vote is Nov.1
Residents can visit the following link to the Derby Website Election Information Page:

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Seymour Paints the Town Pink

SEYMOUR - "Seymour Pink Day" was celebrated in town Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Town businesses and residents decked out their storefronts and homes in shades of pink to show support and raise awareness about breast cancer.

Seymour Pink was founded in 2009 by Mary Deming, and to date has raised more than
$1 million for breast cancer research and to help individuals and families battling the disease. More information can be found online at: http://www.seymourpink.com/

(Photos courtesy of my friend and former New Haven Register colleague Patti Villers)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Boys & Girls Club Celebrating 60 Years

Food Truck Festival Oct. 15 in Derby

DERBY - The 2nd annual Food Truck Fest hosted by the Derby High School Post Prom Committee will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at Lou DeFilippo Field at the Ryan  Sports Complex on Chatfield Street.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Military Appreciation football game- Derby High School V. Oxford High School at 2 p.m. There will be eight food trucks and a handful of table vendors. Raffles and the decades football alumni will be on hand to reunite with others and to reminisce.
There is free parking, and gate charge is $5 from 1-3 p.m. only. Those with a Military ID get into the event free all day.
Proceeds from the food truck festival will benefit post prom activities, while proceeds from the football game will benefit local military families. The event is being done in conjunction with the Derby High School Athletics Dept.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Seymour's Going Pink Oct. 12

SEYMOUR - The town will host its annual Seymour Pink Day Wednesday, Oct. 12. Town businesses and residents are encouraged to deck out their storefronts and homes, respectively, in shades of pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. More information can be found online at www.seymourpink.com. Here are some photos from past Seymour Pink Days.

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Sen. Crisco's Senior Fair Happening Oct. 20

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Seymour Soccer Going Pink Oct. 11

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Haircuts for a Cause Sat. Oct. 8

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Almost "Trunk or Treat" Time in Seymour

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Seymour Students Practice Emergency Preparedness

SEYMOUR On August 31, 2016 a presidential proclamation was issued by President Barack Obama declaring September as “National Preparedness Month."
Last week all Seymour Public Schools fourth grade students participated in the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s “Students Tools for Emergency Planning” program, also known as STEP. 
This is the 10th year Seymour students have participated in the STEP Program, which was piloted in Seymour in 2008.  Seymour Public Schools Director of Security Rich Kearns received national recognition when FEMA modeled the program nationally after the Seymour program.  The STEP Program is sponsored by FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Kearns has been presenting the program for the last 10 years to all fourth grade students at Bungay Elementary School and Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School. 
Seymour Police Department Community-School Resource Officer John Harkins and Seymour Citizens Emergency Response Team President Robert Wilson assisted Kearns this year showing students the steps on how to prepare student's families in the event an emergency or disaster was to strike.
Each student was given a backpack to take home that contained items to help start building their own family emergency kit along with information to share with their families to better prepare them in the event of an emergency.  The goal of STEP Program is to provide some resources to families in the community to better prepare them for emergencies as it is found that if people are better prepared to deal with a crisis the outcomes and recovery process will be that much easier for them. 
Throughout September, Kearns, Seymour Fire Marshal  Tim Willis, Seymour Emergency Management Director Tom Eighmie, Seymour Police Department Community-School Resource Officer Harkins, as well as other first responders conducted emergency response drills district-wide with all students K-12.  All Star Transportation Safety Supervisor Brenda Bass and school bus safety team members also joined Kearns in conducting school bus evacuation drills  for students in the district who ride the bus to school.
All of these programs and drills are part of a continuous effort by Seymour Public Schools and Seymour Emergency Services Personnel working together to better prepare our schools and families in the event an emergency were to occur and to help make our schools a safer place

(This is a press release from Rich Kearns)

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Need Help with Winter Heating Bills?

DERBY- Families and individuals seeking financial help to off-set their winter heating bills may apply to TEAM for assistance.
Families and individuals may qualify for help if they fall below these income limits: $33,880.70 for household of one, $44,305.54 for a two person household, $54,730.37 for a three person household, $65,155.00 for a four person household.
Applicants are deemed eligible based on review of their total household gross income, such as job earnings, unemployment compensation, social security, pension etc.; household size; and liquid assets, as shown through bank statements. If an applicant is approved for assistance, TEAM will make direct payments to their home heating provider. 
Both home owners and renters who are residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge can apply for energy assistance from TEAM.
To schedule an appointment with TEAM Energy Assistance, please call 203-736-5420 and follow prompts for Energy Assistance, or in Milford, 203-783-3253; Woodbridge, 203-389-3429; Orange, 203-891-4787, and Bethany, 203-393-2100, ext.124.
TEAM Inc. is a private,501(c) 3  non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families . TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury and Woodbridge.
(This is a press release from TEAM)

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TEAM, Inc. Seeking Volunteers

DERBY - TEAM Inc., is seeking volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals in filing their taxes and claiming refunds owed to them, such as federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit that can boost their yearly income by up to 35 percent. 

The VITA program is held at the VITA Clinic at TEAM, Inc. 30 Elizabeth St., Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., and the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. It will operate from January to April 15, 2017. 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to low-income individuals and families. No experience is necessary.  

All volunteers will receive training appropriate for their position. Volunteers receive the materials for self-study on basic income tax law for federal and state returns.  
In addition, training sessions will take place in January 2017. 
To become a VITA volunteer or for more information about the program, call 203-736-5420 ext. 234 or email dstroman@teaminc.org.
TEAM Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families. 
TEAM programs impact the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury, and Woodbridge.
(This is a press release from TEAM) 

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Mortgage-Free Home Available for Veteran or Military Family in Shelton

Operation Homefront, the San Antonio-based national non-profit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families, is seeking applications for the Homes on the Homefront program.
A mortgage-free home is available in Shelton, Connecticut, for a military family who is possibly transitioning out of the military or transferring to this area. The following home is currently available:
This 1,643 square-feet, multi-level townhouse features three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The kitchen, dining, living room, and a half bath are on the main floor of the townhome. There are wood floors in the living room of the main floor and a beautiful fireplace. The finished basement has a family room and utility room where the laundry and mechanics are located. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath and the attic has a finished third bedroom with all with wood type flooring. There is an attached one-car garage, a balcony in the front, and a covered patio in the back. Shelton is located about an hour south of Hartford and just under an hour northeast of Norwalk. 
Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016.
Operation Homefront created the Homes on the Homefront program with the assistance of corporate partners to award mortgage-free homes to our nation’s veterans and military families. So far, Operation Homefront has awarded more than 550 homes to military families nationwide. In 2015, Operation Homefront awarded 92 homes and deeded 102.
All active-duty military, National Guard, Reservists, wounded warriors, and veterans, who aren’t already homeowners, have an honorable discharge or retirement, and none of the adults that will be residing in the home have a felony on their record, are eligible to apply for these homes.
To view more information about our program or to apply for a home, please visit www.homesonthehomefront.org.
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.  
About Chase: Chase is committed to serving the unique needs of America’s military, veterans and their families through employment, housing, small business, and financial capability programs. Since 2011, the firm has hired more than 10,000 veterans and provided more than 830 mortgage-free homes to military families in partnership with Operation Homefront and other non-profit organizations. To learn more about Chase’s military and veterans affairs programs, visit ChaseMilitary.com.
(This is a press release from Operation Homefront)

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Paranormal Activity Happening at Seymour Public Library

TEAM, Inc. to Celebrate 51st Anniversary

DERBY- TEAM Inc. will host their 51st d Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, October 13, 2016, beginning at 5:00 P.M. at the La Sala Banquet Hall, 73 High Street, Derby. 
The agency will be making several community award presentations at the meeting:

The Lillian Chrostowski Award will be presented to community volunteer, Anastasia Timpko, a local social service professional whose outstanding work has had a profound and positive effect on our community.

The Heritage Award in recognition of an individual or organization who was involved with TEAM at different periods of the agencies history and provide support and leadership will be presented to Mayor Mark Lauretti and the City of Shelton for their support to ensure low income residents of not only Shelton but, of the Lower Naugatuck Valley have access to quality services.

Partnership Awards in recognition of a business, organization or agency partner whose outstanding support and collaboration has assisted TEAM in advancing its agency mission will be awarded to Griffin Hospital and the TEAM Meet Santa Day Committee (John Harwood, David Rose, Huntington Branch Library, Shelton EMS, and the Huntington Fire Co. #3)

The Chairman’s Award will be presented to John “Jack” Walsh, President/CEO of the Valley United Way who has made a broad, profound impact on the quality of human services in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.   

The guest speaker for the event is Mr. David Addams, Executive Director of the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend TEAM’s Annual Meeting.  Cost is $35.00 for the dinner event.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Trish Wigglesworth at 736-5420, ext. 221 or twigglesworth@teaminc.org. by October 7.
(This is a press release from TEAM)

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Live Music, Food Trucks and Beer on Tap this Weekend

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Valley Lawmakers Hail Sikorsky Deal

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia, Derby) and State Representative Theresa Conroy (D-Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour) are very pleased to announce the General Assembly has approved a deal that Sikorsky Aircraft, which has made its home in Stratford since 1929, will remain here until at least 2032. 

"This deal is historic,” said Rep. Gentile. “It ensures a long-term presence and a long-term commitment to hiring. The agreement is good for the present and for generations to come. It gives me great comfort to think that maybe someday in the future one of my grandchildren may be working at Sikorsky and earning a good living."
“There is a ripple effect with this deal,” Rep. Conroy said. “There are the jobs down in Stratford as well as jobs at small manufacturers and suppliers around the state – and right here in Seymour - that depend on Sikorsky.”
The helicopter giant will be eligible for financial incentives in exchange for building nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, in Connecticut. The deal will:

·         Build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion Helicopters – the largest maritime helicopter in the world - in Connecticut for the United States Navy until at least June 2032 

·         Keep the Sikorsky headquarters in the state and maintain its Stratford site as a primary production facility for its government based helicopter business

·         Retain and grow its full time employment in Connecticut to more than 8,000 by the end of year 14

·         Nearly double its spending of $350 million per year with local Connecticut suppliers throughout the state

·         Increase its capital spending for machinery and equipment by 22 percent

·         Drive an estimated $69.2 billion between 2016 and 2032 into the Connecticut economy

·         Allow Sikorsky to spend an estimated $21.1 billion on wages and benefits between 2016 and 2032

·         Support approximately 24,601 jobs directly and indirectly

·         Invest an estimated $744.8 million in contractor employment

·         Inject an estimated $384.4 million in direct and indirect average annual tax revenue into the Connecticut economy, totaling $6.54 billion from 2016 and 2032 

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 deal was approved in a Special Session Sept. 28 by the General Assembly.
(This is a press release from CT Democrats)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Conroy, Gentile Outline Tax Cuts for Seniors

SEYMOUR - State Representative Theresa Conroy (D-Beacon Falls/Derby/Seymour), Rep. Linda Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) outlined a series of policy proposals House Democratic candidates are bringing to voters throughout the state this fall election season.

 Proposals specifically designed to help seniors are featured prominently in the House Democrats vision for Investing in Connecticut’s Future, including exempting social security from the state income tax, improved access to healthcare, and programs to help people age independently in their own homes.

 “This plan will make Connecticut a better place in which our seniors can live and retire,” said Conroy, an advanced practice nurse and member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee. “The proposals to support our community’s senior citizens, like exempting Social Security income from state taxes, supporting senior housing, and providing real retirement security, are critical to ensure that our seniors can afford to retire in Connecticut, close to friends and family, and with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”

 “Our parents and grandparents worked hard to care and provide for us, and they deserve to be cared for as they age,”Aresimowicz said. “The proposals we are making, like eliminating the state income tax on Social Security earned benefits, making sure that family members can take time-off to care for a loved one, and ensuring that older family members can stay in their homes, will improve the quality of life for all Connecticut seniors.”

 A press conference to help highlight the proposals was held at Seymour Democratic Headquarters, where area seniors expressed appreciation for having many of their concerns addressed in the House Democrats plan. 

 “I’m concerned about the affordability of our community,” said Gene Coppola, a former school superintendent in Seymour. “Exempting Social Security benefits from the state income tax is a real, workable solution that will help make it easier for retirees to stay in Connecticut close to friends and family.”

 “I hear from my older constituents that they love Connecticut and want to spend their retirement here,” said Rep. Gentile, who serves as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. “This plan makes retiring in Connecticut more affordable by giving seniors a tax break that they need and deserve. Working together, we will make Connecticut the best place for our seniors to retire.”

 Specifically, the House Democrats vision plan to help seniors include:

 • Exempting social security payments from the state income tax to make Connecticut more affordable for seniors

• Expanding a state program that helps pay for home modifications such as grab bars, ramps, and stair lifts to allow more seniors to live independently, and avoid more expensive nursing home care  

• Focusing on patient health, by convening all stakeholders - hospitals, insurers, patient advocates, community clinics, doctors, nurses - to better leverage taxpayer dollars, increase local healthcare options, and preserve community hospitals

• Supporting the thousands of skilled workers such as Home Health Aides, Visiting Nurses, and Homemaker Companions that help seniors remain in their homes  

 On a broader scale, featured in the House Democrats overall vision for Investing in Connecticut’s Future are job creation initiatives, fairer taxes, and a closer scrutiny of all state spending, including:

 • Historic investment in the state’s vo-tech schools and community colleges to step up career development and directly match curriculum with employer needs 

• 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 an “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

 The complete House Democrats’ vision statement can be seen at www.CTHDCC.com

 (This is a press release from CT House Democrats)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Seymour Schools Simplifying Registration Process

Subject:                      SEYMOUR SCHOOLS MOVING TO CENTRALIZED STUDENT REGISTRATION PROCESS                            
Date:                           September 27, 2016
Media Contact:          Rich Kearns, Public Information Officer Seymour Public Schools
                                    (203) 888-2561 ext. 1003  or   rkearns@seymourschools.org 
DETAILS:    On October 1, 2016 - Seymour Public Schools will begin a new four step student centralized registration process. Centralized registration will now be available for all Seymour Schools and will make it possible to enroll all children in a Seymour family at one time in one central location.  
Parents/Guardians can now follow these four steps for a simple enrollment process.
STEP 1: Obtain a Seymour School’s registration packet and school information packets at the Central Office building, located at Seymour Board of Education, 98 Bank Street, Seymour. We ask that you please call ahead for handicap accommodations.  All district forms must be processed for official enrollment registration. Packets may also be mailed or emailed upon request.
STEP 2: Parents/Legal Guardians must return in person with all completed district forms and required documents to the Centralized Registration Center.  We ask that when possible call ahead to let registration staff  know the time you are coming so that staff can be available to process your information more efficiently.  A notary will be on site for parents/legal guardians who need documents notarized.
STEP 3: The Centralized Registration Center staff will review and file legal documentation of each child (birth certificates, etc). Verification of documents and records may take up to three (3) days before notification to parents regarding acceptance can be made. 
STEP 4: Parents/ Legal Guardians will receive via phone and email a communication of acceptance and completion of the registration process, and will contact the child’s school administrator for a welcome and a date to report to school. Parents/Legal Guardians will be provided school forms/school-based information at this initial school meeting.
Parents are asked to contact the Centralized Registration Center for any questions regarding student enrollment and registration at (203) 888-4564 ext 1900.  Information is available at www.seymourschools.org
(This is a press release from Richard Kearns)

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Lizzie's Corner Celebrates Another First Saturday

SEYMOUR - We have reached another First Saturday! Please Join us at Lizzie's Corner Consignment and Gifts (19 Bank Street) for a fun night of shopping!

For anyone not familiar with the tradition, the shops in downtown Seymour stay open late on the first Saturday of every month. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We will be serving wine and refreshments and having some great deals as well as a raffle! Come start your holiday shopping - you don't want to miss it!

(Information shared from Lizzie's Corner's Facebook page)

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State Teachers Endorse Conroy

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA), which represents 43,000 educators in
the state, has endorsed Theresa Conroy for State Representative.
Sheila Cohen, CEA president, said, “Theresa’s support of children, teachers and public
education is clear. CEA is proud to endorse Theresa Conroy for state representative.”
During her tenure in the legislature, state education funding to Seymour, Derby and
Beacon Falls has increased, despite difficult state budgets. In addition, Conroy has
worked to secure more than $4.5 million for her district in school construction grants.
Conroy also acquired state funds for a new athletic field and softball field at Seymour
High School.
In addition, Conroy has been a champion for advanced manufacturing training at the
state’s technical high schools.
“I was proud to have Sen. Chris Murphy accompany me on Platt Tech’s shop floor to see
how our young people are developing important skills for the future. They will be the
next generation of manufacturers in our state,” Conroy said.
Conroy noted that the state’s technical high schools and community colleges are terrific
resources that train students for high-skill careers.
(This is a press release from Linda Fusco, Conroy's campaign chairman)

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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 griffinhealth.org/pink or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203-732-7504, Jodi Dawley at 203-521-2233 or dawleypink@yahoo.com, or Sue Petrizzo at 203-400-1068 or petrizzopink@yahoo.com.
For more information about Valley Goes Pink and additional events, visit the Valley Goes Pink on Facebook or griffinhealth.org/pink.
*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 annadurante1@gmail.com 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 kimmarieyoga.net 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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