Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ansonia High School's PTSO selling March 22 Sound Tigers tickets, proceeds go to Post Prom Party

ANSONIA >> Tickets are available to see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. the Binghamton Senators on March 22, with a portion of the ticket money benefiting the Ansonia High School PTSO to raise money for the Post Prom Party. Game time is 3 pm at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.  Tickets are $20 each. Call Mary Boissonneasult to get your tickets now at 203-345-4829.

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Spring Fling Dance March 21 in Ansonia

Career Coach and Maximize Your Social Security Benefits sessions at Derby Public Library

The American Job Search (formerly CT Works) Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During both the morning session, 10-12, and the afternoon session, 1-3, instructors will be offering the class, Create a Great Resume. Participants must attend a full session. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is requested but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come first served basis.  The American Job Search Career Coach is operated by Career Resources.

The Derby Public Library will host the workshop, Maximize Your Social Security Benefits, on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. David Cowan, endorsed AAA retiree advisor, will discuss how to navigate retirement savings challenges, ways to safeguard retirement savings, and how to increase Social Security benefits.  While the program is targeted for pre-retirees, ages 60-66, the general public is welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

These are press releases from  Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org


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Help needed to “Bowl a Strike” against domestic violence

The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BHcare, is looking for bowlers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit being held Saturday, March 14, at AMF Lanes in Milford.

All proceeds from this non-competitive benefit UCDVS which provides services to nearly 7,000 victims of domestic violence and their children each year throughout the Greater New Haven, Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Shoreline communities. UCDVS provides free emergency safe shelter, 24-hour crisis services, counseling, court advocacy, support and other crucial services.

The Bowl-2-Benefit, one of the largest fundraising events of its kind in the state, attracts over 1,500 community members.  Bowlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome but pre-registration is required. While the 4:30pm session is sold-out, there is still plenty of room in the 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. sessions.

Bowlers pay a minimal $5 registration fee and are asked to collect pledges to support their efforts.  Each bowler will receive 90 minutes of bowling, an event t-shirt, shoe rental, soft drink, and a chance to win prizes. The event is ideal for clubs, schools, organizations, corporations and families.

CJ Forcier is a six year veteran of the event and team captain of the New Haven Family Condors, the event’s top fundraising team in recent years. “The New Haven Family Condors became involved with the Bowl-2-Benefit as a team building event and to support our court-based Victim Advocacy Program in the New Haven Court. The day of the bowling event is unlike any other as it is filled with a lot of laughter, comradery, and heaps of fun. I would strongly encourage anyone to be part of the event; you’ll have a great time,” said Forcier.

Decreases in state and federal funding coupled with increases in demand for services make fundraising events such as the Bowl-2-Benefit critical to sustaining services for those at risk and in need.  Last year, the Bowl-2-Benefit raised over $93,000. Event organizers hope to exceed that amount this year and attract an even larger bowling crowd.

The 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit is being sponsored by the Bassett Family Fund and media partners include Channel 3 Eyewitness News, 99.1 WPLR and Star 99.9-FM.  Anyone interested in receiving more information about, or participating in the Bowl-2-Benefit, should call Debbie Soulsby at 203- 736-2601, ext. 1321 or visit http://www.bhcare.org/.  Deadline for bowler registration is March 5.

BHcare is a regional community provider of behavioral health, addiction prevention, and domestic violence services for the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. For more information, visit www.bhcare.org. ­­

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Valley students join forces to fight prejudice


Derby High School students Akshar Patel and Victoria Ramirez,
who are teaching Tifani Horowitz's
kindergarten class at Prendergast School in Ansonia.  

Approximately 100 students, all members of the Human Relations Clubs from Ansonia, Derby and Shelton High Schools and Middle Schools, came together on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, to simultaneously implement an education program, for all 4th grade and kindergarten students at Mead and Prendergast Schools in Ansonia and Bradley and Irving Schools in Derby. The two days of teaching focused on the themes of “Who Am I” and “Celebrating Differences” in the 4th grade and “Being Kind and Recognizing and Accepting Differences in People” in kindergarten. The main purpose of this program is to instill in students an understanding of the importance of working together and getting along in the diverse world we live in. The HRC student leaders serve as role models, and inspire and motivate the younger children to embrace these concepts. Student leaders started working on this education program during the summer and through their efforts, age appropriate teaching packets were developed for use in the schools.
All students who are participating in this program took part in an all-day student developed and conducted training session on January 30 at the Ansonia Boys and Girls Club.  The collaborative efforts between adults and students in Ansonia, Derby and Shelton, has been amazing and has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Human Relations Clubs.  
The entire Human Relations Club, including students and adults, are deeply appreciative of the Valley Community Foundation and the Katharine Matthies Foundation. Both of these organizations have validated the work of the HRC by providing much needed funding to support its many programs.
For more information regarding the Human Relations Clubs, please contact Nick Collicelli at 203-305-6342 or Nickhrc@sbcglobal.net.

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Downtown Handmade Market continues on first Saturdays

Downtown Handmade Market, a celebration of handmade artisans, takes place on the first Saturdays of every month in the Conti Building on 415 Howe Ave. in Shelton.

“When we shop local, we are supporting and building opportunities for local entrepreneurs and business owners, strengthening our local economy by creating a more self-reliant and durable community, and empowering citizens to guide the development of our immediate surroundings,” says the Celebrate Shelton duo, Skrtic and Heriot-Mikula, in a press release.

Downtown Handmade Market will continue on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month to follow. Artisans include:  Lisa’s Soaps, The Liquid Lunch, Stone Gardens Farm, Bead Dangle Design, Look and Sea, Hipponotic Candles, M&M Boutique, Lilla Rose, Benny The Baker, Bel-Mare Creations, Greystone Bookworks, Origami Owl Living Lockets, Soul Threads, Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies, Reid’s BBQ Sauce & Rubs, GPC Designs, Moving with Hope, CrazyFun FacePainting, bringtheHoopla, Periodic Tableware,  The Glass Source Stained Glass Studio and more to come.

Celebrate Shelton has also kicked off Third Thursdays Learning Series, monthly creative workshops designed for small business owners. Workshops are designed for entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners or community members who are seeking new knowledge, to network and to inspire. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. This month’s workshop is Twitter Basics presented by Kayleigh Apicerno of Cloud Media Marketing.

Learn more about Celebrate Shelton at www.celebrateshelton.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/celebrateshelton) and Instagram. For any questions, please email us celebrateshelton@gmail.com or call us at 203-924-4368.

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PHOTO: Elvis impersonator serenades Bishop Wicke resident


Despite the storm clouds, snow and wind, warm feelings of love were in the air when residents of Bishop Wicke were recently entertained with classic Elvis music. Believing that the power of music is essential to health and well-being, this performance is just one of many that our residents enjoy throughout the week. Shown in the photo is Connecticut’s No. 1 Elvis impersonator, Seymour resident David Devonshuk. He is serenading resident Jerri Thornton. Love is indeed in the air at Bishop Wicke.

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation center is located on the Wesley Village Campus of United Methodist Homes, 580 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton.

This is a press release from Mary Ann Bradshaw, development coordinator for United Methodist Homes in Shelton.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Naugatuck Community Band in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Naugatuck Community Band sponsored by the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission. The band will perform in concert  Music of the Celtic Isles featuring musical selections from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
The Naugatuck Community Band is a volunteer, non-profit organization consisting of musicians from throughout the Naugatuck Valley area and beyond. They enjoy and take pride in performing music at various events throughout the year.
The Celtic concert will be held on Saturday, March 14 at the Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Road, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free to the public but those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the local Food Bank. For more information or questions, please call Kim at 203-888-7880.

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Seymour VFW Post 12084 sponsoring St. Patrick's Day dinner March 15

SEYMOUR >> The VFW Post 12084 is sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day dinner at 3 p.m. March 15 at Villa Bianca Restaurant, 312 Roosevelt Dr.
Post Commander Al Yagovane said the "all you can eat" dinner will feature corned beef, cabbage, potato, carrots, salad and Italian bread. Cost is $18 per  person, and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, contact Yagovane at 203-736-7981 or Steve Forster at 203-654-1002.

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Ansonia, Clinton, East Haven, Wallingford get funds for preschool

By Luther Turmelle
Register Staff
Fourteen Connecticut towns, including four in the New Haven area, will share in more than $3.5 million in state funding to expand available preschool space.
Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the funding Monday. Nearly $2.09 million of the money will come from Connecticut’s portion of the Tobacco Settlement fund, with the remaining $1.58 million to come from the state Bond Commission, which will consider the expenditure at an upcoming meeting
Ansonia, Clinton, East Haven and Wallingford are the New Haven area towns that are receiving the funding. Wallingford and East Haven are getting the largest amounts of funding, $300,000 and $298,000, respectively, while Clinton is receiving $150,000 and $90,000 is going to Ansonia.

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Ansonia man guilty in drug trafficking

BRIDGEPORT >> An Ansonia man pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking prescription narcotics such as oxycodone.
James Costanzo, 37, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to two counts, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone and oxymorphone, and knowingly engaging in a monetary transaction involving criminally derived property.
Costanzo, who has been detained since his January 2014 arrest, faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 22.

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Ansonia settles wrongful termination claim for $17,500

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city recently settled for $17,500 a claim by its former economic development director, who alleged he was unjustly fired last year.
City officials said the settlement saved the thousands of dollars by avoiding costly litigation.
“The City of Ansonia settled Peter Kelly’s wrongful termination claim for $17,500, which is substantially less than his initial demand of over $100,000,” said Corporation Counsel John Marini. “The settlement should not be mistaken for any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the City, but rather a decision to avoid the inherent risks of litigation and substantial costs of litigation. The administration wishes Mr. Kelly well in his new position with the Village of Lisle, Illinois.”

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Have a sweet tooth for cupcakes? Wildflour Confections bakery in Seymour opens

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Something sweet has cropped up downtown.
Wildflour Confections, a new bakery specializing in cupcakes and cakes, recently held its grand opening at the corner of Bank and Columbus streets.
Owner Alyssa DeMatteo, 24, of Seymour, held a soft opening on Valentine’s Day, and well before closing time, sold out of all her sweets. Earlier this week, the bakery’s opening was made official, complete with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, and welcoming remarks from Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Malloy’s proposed cuts leave Valley volunteer firefighters in tough situation

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Valley lawmakers are fighting to stop proposed cuts to the state’s fire training schools, including a $35,283 cut that would severely impact training for Valley volunteer firefighters, potentially causing tuition to skyrocket by more than 300 percent.
An overall proposed cut of $743,899 in the state budget would affect the state’s nine fire training schools, cutting money for operational costs, instructor’s payroll, utility costs and facilities maintenance.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Derby Neck Library's March events

DERBY >> These events will take place in the library in upcoming weeks:

Wednesday, March 11 
At 6:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library presents “Bedtime Music and Movement” with Miss Kathi. Come sing and dance under our indoor stars. You may wish to wear your jammies and to bring a favorite stuffed animal.

On Monday, March 16
At 12:30-1:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library hosts “Women’s Forum,” a monthly discussion group that focuses on short stories, poetry and history. This month we celebrate Women’s History Month by reminiscing about inspirational women we have known and famous achievements by American women. We serve free coffee and tea; you may wish to bring a light lunch.

Tuesday, March 17
At 6-7:30 p.m., and again on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Derby Neck Library presents “Tech Talks.” This free program offers ideas and instruction on how to best use new concepts and gadgets in technology to fit your needs. We offer a new topic each month, plus time to ask questions. For this month’s topic, please call the library.

Wednesday, March 18
At 6:30 p.m., therapy dogs Thor and Bailey visit Derby Neck Library for B.A.R.K. (Be a Reading Kid). Parents are able to register their children for a 15-minute session to read to a trained listening dog. To select a time, please call the library.

Thursday, March 19
At 6:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library offers “Writers’ Round” a workshop group for writers of all genres—prose, fiction, poetry, history, scripts, etc. Come share your original works and practice writing from an engaging prompt selection.

Saturday, March 21
At 2 p.m. the Derby Neck Library hosts “The Kerry Boys” in a free concert open to the public. Enjoy this dynamic and highly engaging Celtic musical performance. These entertainers  always  give a crowd-pleasing, rousing time. To reserve a seat, please call the library.

Tuesday, March 24
At 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library hosts “Teen Movie Night.” This month’s feature film, shown on blu-ray, is “Mockingjay, Part One.”  Free refreshments will be served, including a pizza dinner.  Seating is limited, so you must call ahead or stop in at the library to register.  Ages 17 and younger are invited to attend.

Monday, March 30
At 6:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library hosts the “Evening Book Club.” This group meets monthly to discuss books of short fiction, memoirs, and some non-fiction. This month’s selection is “Facts of Life” by Maureen Howard, her memoir of growing up in Bridgeport. Copies of the book are available at the library.

The library is located at 307 Hawthorne Ave. For more information on any of these events, please call 203-734-1492.

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Armory's walking hours extended in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Walking hours at the Armory have been extended an hour during the winter months, according to Mayor David Cassetti.

Beginning Feb. 24, the Armory will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and will remain open until March 27.

“I am pleased to see that so many of our residents have taken advantage of the Armory to exercise during the winter months so I am opening the doors to the Armory for an additional hour. Hopefully this will help accommodate everyone’s busy schedules,” said Cassetti in a press release.

“Again, I want to encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity,” Cassetti said.

The Armory is located at 5 State St.w

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Veterans Appreciation Concert in Seymour April 11


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'The Most Haunted House' and 'The Lifeboat' discussions at Derby Public Library

The World’s Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street 
The Derby Public Library welcomes author William J. Hall to the library on Monday, March 23 to discuss his book, The Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street. A Bridgeport native, Hall, watched the 1974 news coverage of the Lindley Street haunting on television when he was 10 years old. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers had gathered. The media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, talking animals, and attacking entities. Now 40 years later, Hall examines the events and reveals never-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others, telling the story of what really happened. Once a skeptic, he now believes this is one of the most witnessed hauntings in history. Readers of his book believe that this is the haunting that should have brought the paranormal into mainstream science. Registration is requested.

Lunchtime Book Discussion – The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. The selected title is The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. This debut novel is a young woman’s first-person story of survival against insurmountable odds. Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on a trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace’s. Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested.

The above information was provided by Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Wesley Village continues “Sandwiched” caregiver education series for March

SHELTON >> Balancing the responsibilities of work, finances, family life and caring for an aging loved one can leave you feeling “Sandwiched” and in need of support. Let us help. Caregivers are invited to join us at Wesley Village on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. (Snow Date: Wednesday, March 11) for our caregiver education series.

Our topic for this session is entitled: What Family Members Really Want to Know About Assisted Living. What is life really like in a senior living community? Our panel of residents and family members will address some common concerns about the move-in process, adjusting to a new home, communicating with staff and more.

To RSVP, contact us at 203-925-4952 or at http://www.wesleyvillage-ct.org/. The free program will be held at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton. A light supper will be served.

This is a monthly series. Be sure to “Save the Date” for our other upcoming programs, happening on the first Wednesday of the month.

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Macaroni and Meatball Family Supper to benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School

DERBY >> Join Marc Garofalo and St. Michael’s Kitchen Krew at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at St. Michael Church Hall, 75 Derby Ave., for a macaroni and meatball family supper to benefit the school.

Tickets are $10 per person. Menu features family style macaroni, meatballs, salad, soda, coffee and dessert. For reservations or information, call 203-734-0005. Seating is limited for the comfort of our supporters.

Anyone interested in donating a prize for the raffle or baking for the dessert trays can either drop off at the rectory or bring it by 2 p.m. on the day of the dinner.

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Derby’s Marshall Lane Manor nursing home files paperwork to close

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Marshall Lane Manor, a long-term care nursing facility based here for more than 40 years, has filed paperwork to close its doors.
Owner Anthony F. Simonetti filed a letter of intent with the state Feb. 13 to close the facility, citing financial issues.
“The decision to seek closure approval was difficult as we know relocation of residents from this facility will be disruptive and the jobs of our 91 dedicated employees will be immediately affected,” Simonetti said in a letter to Christopher LaVigne, director of Certificate of Need and Rate Setting for the state Department of Social Services. “We have been unable to make the facility financially viable due to the low occupancy and our efforts to sell the facility have been unsuccessful.”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Derby nurse among highest prescribers in U.S.

By Lisa Chedekel
Connecticut Health I-Team
A Derby nurse practitioner was among the top 10 prescribers nationally of the most potent controlled substances in Medicare’s drug program in 2012 — an anomaly in a state where Medicare records show nurse practitioners rarely prescribe such drugs, which have a high potential for abuse.
Heather Alfonso, an advanced-practice registered nurse (APRN) at the Comprehensive Pain & Headache Treatment Centers LLC, wrote out 8,705 prescriptions for opioids and other Schedule II drugs in 2012 — the most prolific prescriber among all Connecticut practitioners, including pain specialists and other physicians, according to Medicare data compiled by ProPublica.


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Xpect Discounts to shutter all Connecticut stores within 12 months

By Luther Turmelle
Register Staff
The parent company of XPect Discounts has told East Haven officials that the grocery chain will close all of its remaining Connecticut stores over the next 12 months.
Sal Brancati, East Haven’s director of administration and management, said officials of XPect Discount’s corporate parent, Parma, Ohio-based Marc Glassman Inc., told him recently they are closing all of the chain’s remaining locations in the state, in Danbury, Milford, East Haven and Cromwell. The East Haven store is located at 78 Frontage Road .
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but they told us that they don’t want to do business in Connecticut anymore,” Brancati said. Town officials are close to lining up a new tenant for the building, he said.

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Teen tells Seymour selectmen ‘Boys & Girls Club changed my life’

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Before joining the Boys & Girls Club last September, 13-year-old John Buzik said he was pretty much failing most of his classes, hated doing homework, was goofing off in school and heading down a path with little promise for a bright future.
Fast forward five months, and John has earned his first A on a science test, heads up a youth leadership program, oversees the finances for the club’s store and has become an all-around better person.
“The Boys and Girls Club has dramatically changed my life in many ways,” John told the Board of Selectmen this week, where club officials gave an update of the exciting things happening.

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Seymour Police Department to get drug-sniffing dog fully funded by anonymous donor

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Police Department soon will have a furry new addition to its roster.
That’s because the Board of Police Commissioners this week unanimously approved bringing a second police dog onboard to join the department’s ranks.
According to Commission Chairwoman Lucy McConologue, the new dog will be primarily a narcotics dog, which the department currently does not have.
Raider, the current police dog on staff, is not trained in narcotics detection, said Deputy Police Chief Paul Satkowski.

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Derby Public Library offers resume workshop March 4

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library is now offering resume workshops on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. During these sessions, participants are welcome to either start from scratch or bring copies of their existing resumes, cover letters as well, for review and optimizing. Often times a new resume can be created simply by making a number of subtle tweaks versus a whole new change. The March class will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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'Just for Women' series at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library continues its monthly series, Just for Women, on the first
Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. These informal sessions include the reading of quotes
reflecting life situations relevant to women. A wide variety of topics are covered.  Women of all
ages are invited to share their thoughts as they feel comfortable on Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
In today’s world, women are under more pressure than ever. Take some time to do something
for yourself and connect with other women. Valley resident and licensed professional counselor,
Joan Joyce, will facilitate. Registration is requested but walk-ins are also welcome. For more
information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit
www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Teen Chess Club, YA Wednesdays and Teen Winter Watercolor Painting at Derby Public Library

Teen Chess Club
The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to meetings Mondays in March from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn how the game is played as well as defensive/offensive strategies. Julio Maldonado provides superb expertise from a life-long love for the game. Registration is requested.

YA Wednesdays
The Derby Public Library hosts YA Wednesdays every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to join the fun each Wednesday in March as Nintendo
Wii, board games, and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.

Teen Winter Watercolor Painting
The Derby Public Library invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to a Teen Spring Watercolor Workshop, Thursdays in March, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This four-session workshop will be led by Valley Arts Councilmember Rich DiCarlo and all materials will be provided. Registration is requested.

The above information was provided by Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos. For more information stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Phil Rosenthal show at All-American Valley General Store rescheduled

SEYMOUR >> Due to the wintery weather snow forecast for Saturday, Phil Rosenthal's show at the All-American Valley General Store will be canceled this Saturday, Feb. 21, and rescheduled for Friday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m.

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Warrant: Former Derby High principal allegedly asked detective if theft could be kept quiet



By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Details about the arrest of former Derby High School Principal Greg Gaillard emerged Thursday with the release of the warrant, including an alleged admission by Gaillard asking a police detective if the issue with the money he admitted to withdrawing from a union account, and later promising to put back, could be kept quiet.
According to the warrant, Gaillard met with fellow members of the Derby Administrator’s Association in late December, just a couple weeks after he resigned as principal, citing personal reasons. The meeting between Gaillard, Bradley School Principal Mario Ciccarini and Irving School Principal Jennifer Olson occurred as a result of concerns that more than $13,000 was missing from the union bank account.

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Shelton developer James Botti free after home confinement ends

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
SHELTON >> A local developer sentenced to six years in prison following a federal corruption probe was able to serve less time because he got credit for program participation and good behavior.
City resident James Botti, 52, had an official release date of Feb. 19, ending his home confinement status, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke.
In November 2010, Botti surrendered and began serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia, a minimum security men’s prison.
According to Burke, Botti was transferred from prison to a halfway house on Aug. 26, 2014, and then transferred to home confinement on Sept. 10, 2014.
Botti’s home confinement ended with his formal release Thursday, and his three-year period of supervised release began, according to Burke.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Assumption School Honor Roll

ANSONIA >> Assumption School Principal Kathleen Molner has announced that the following students have attained Honor Roll status for the second marking period:

Grade 4
High Honors ~ Ava Cratty, Abigail Hanson, Riley Pelatowski, Samantha Sosnovich, and Emily Sudol.
Second Honors ~ William Bradshaw, Fabian Cuprys, Joseph Czajkowski, Connor Edo, Jamie Fonseca, Paige Fourtin, Angela Ho, James Lowman, Tyra McKoy, Maxwell Osgood, and  Anthony Sullivan.

Grade 5
High Honors ~ Gabriel Bravo-Cancino, Ryan Brimecombe, Jenna Davis, Brianna Dowling, Kiely Geoghan, Isabelle Jadach, Craig Jeffrey, Matthew Martucci, Courtney Musante, and Ryan Tyszka.
Second Honors ~ Zavier Desrosiers, Alana Drugonis, Claudia Hollo, Olivia Kopec, and Michael Marti.

Grade 6
High Honors ~ Schuyler Cummings, Kylee Nimons, and Taylor Pelatowski.
Second Honors ~ Ahsan Ahmad, Sarah Burke, Janelle Cantil, Mackenzie Ceccarelli,  Ayanna Cruz, Michael Eheman, Cheyenne Fedor, Cameron Pomponio and Mikayla Wiacek.

Grade 7
High Honors ~  Matthew DeFelice, Jason Do, Christopher Hughes, Joshua Quinn, Mia Ramadei, Bianca Romano, Andrea Rooney, and Sydney Walsh.
Second Honors ~ Jack Ahearn, Brooke Armistead, Kyle Cardenas, Alexi Edo, Ethan Johnson, Maria Kocianska, and Kristina Terlaga.

Grade 8
High Honors ~ Hadia Ahmad, Robert Damjanovich, Jordyn Davis, Annalee Gaudreau, Gabrielle Jadach, Samantha Mosel, Jason Ostrowski, Manjot Singh, Theresa Swatt, and Ania Washington.
Second Honors ~ Lucas Ardito, Alexa Benfanti, Arianna Blackwell, Victoria Bradshaw, Ally DiMauro, Siobhian Lowman, Logan Lumley, Gillian Nemec, and  Ashton Sarandrea.

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Snow budget depleted, Seymour to hold public meeting seeking approval to transfer money

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The harsh hand being dealt by Mother Nature this winter has pretty much depleted the town’s snow plowing budget.
That’s why the Board of Selectmen needs to hold a town meeting next month to get residents’ approval to transfer more than $120,000 from the town’s general fund into the Public Works budget.
First Selectman Kurt Miller apprised the selectmen during its meeting Tuesday that the 2014-15 budget for snow removal materials, including salt and sand, has been exceeded by $103,000. The budget for labor costs, which includes plenty of overtime as many of the recent snowstorms have occurred on weekends, has been exceeded by $23,000, Miller said.

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Cassetti to host ‘Mayor’s Night Out’ in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti is once again inviting residents to ask questions and voice any concerns or suggestions for improvement to make Ansonia a better place to live.
Cassetti will host his second “Mayor’s Night Out” Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ansonia Rescue Medical Services (ARMS) building, 22 West. Main St.
“I want to give the residents of Ansonia an opportunity to meet and have their voices heard,” Cassetti said. “I want to hear from my constituents. I am interested in their ideas and feedback.”

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Derby reacts to arrest of former high school principal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The arrest of former Derby High School Principal Greg Gaillard this week for allegedly stealing more than $13,000 from a union bank account was met with mixed reviews from the community.
Gaillard turned himself in to Derby police Tuesday night, after being served with a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and charged with second-degree larceny.
Police Lt. Justin Stanko said police received a complaint in December from the Derby Administrator’s Association- the union that represents Derby principals, assistant principals and special education supervisors. The complaint states that $13,200 went missing from that account. Gaillard was president of the association, and maintained financial control of the account prior to his sudden resignation Dec. 9, police said.

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