Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Valley gears up for Memorial Day parades, activities

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

The lower Naugatuck Valley will honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom by hosting parades and ceremonies to mark the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

In Ansonia, the city will host its annual “Star Spangled” Memorial Day Parade stepping off at 2 p.m. Sunday from Nolan Field on Wakelee Avenue. The parade route will head south on Wakelee Avenue to Jackson Street to Maple Street, cross over the Maple Street Bridge and head south on Main Street, where it will end at Big Y Supermarket.

“The Memorial Day Parade is an Ansonia tradition,” said Mayor David Cassetti. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends to recognize the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women in defense of our country.”

Ansonia police will place “no parking” reminders on vehicles parked along the parade route and ask that all vehicles be removed from the parade route by 11 a.m. the day of the parade. Any vehicles not removed by 11 a.m. will be towed from the parade route. Roadways near the area of the parade route will be blocked off by 1 p.m. to allow time to make the parade route safe from vehicular traffic.

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Seymour commission rejects special permits for Spring Street housing

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The Planning and Zoning Commission recently denied a proposed 63-unit apartment complex for a residential neighborhood on Spring Street, but that doesn’t mean the project is going away.

The commission at its May 14 meeting unanimously denied a special permit a Stamford developer was seeking to reduce the distance between the apartment buildings and interior roadways from 50 feet to 25 feet, and increase lot areas from 33 percent to 40 percent.

Commission Chairman David Bitso said the commission wasn’t comfortable with the developer’s requests.

“Everything got voted no because we thought it was too tight, and we didn’t want to see the buildings too close together,” Bitso said. “For us, it was about maintaining the property line distances between buildings.”

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Ansonia Students to Stage "Guys & Dolls"

ANSONIA = The Ansonia High School and Ansonia Middle School students will be performing the hit musical “Guys and Dolls,” Jr. on June 3,4,11 and 12. The play will be held at 7 p.m. each at the Ansonia Middle School Richard F. Nicolari auditorium, located at 115 Howard Ave.

More than 50 students have been working tirelessly to stage this timeless musical comedy.  Tickets are now available for $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. For tickets, contact Mary Lynn Mott at 203-736-5095 or Lisa Nicolari at 203-736-5070.  

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'Cooking with Zest' and Tech Time at Derby Public Library

Cooking Demo: Cooking with Zest
Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
The Derby Public Library has scheduled another cooking demo on Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be "Cooking with Zest." Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will show participants how lemon can be used to create refreshing summer dishes.  Recipes will include lemonade, lemon vinaigrette, preserved lemons, lemon marinade, lemon chicken, lemon potatoes and lemon cake. There will be samples of all demonstrated foods.  The class is for ages 18 years and older. Registration is required.

Tech Time – Bring Your Tech-Related Questions!
Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
The Derby Public Library offers monthly Tech Time sessions. Every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. a staff member will be on hand to answer all your tech-related questions and concerns. Whether you are having trouble downloading e-books, searching databases, completing online job applications, scanning/sending documents and photos, etc., your problems will be addressed. June sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. No registration is needed.

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

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Derby Public Library's YA events in June

Teen Chess Club
Mondays in June from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to meetings Mondays in June 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. Mr. Julio Maldonado provides superb expertise from a life-long love for the game. Registration is requested.

YA Wednesdays
Wednesdays in June 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 June as Nintendo Wii, board games, and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.

“Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club 
June 22 through Aug.13
Young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to join our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Club running from June 22 through Aug. 13. This year’s theme is “Unmask," encouraging members’ discoveries through a variety of Library programs. Participants earn credits toward weekly prizes for reading and reviewing books and participating in rewarding activities, all while making new friends and exploring resources. Every credit earned through the eight-week program will be used for drawing a grand prize winner. Registration begins June 1.

These are press releases from Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

'Lifestyle Transitions at Wesley Heights' to hold Open House June 7

SHELTON >> Wesley Village will host an Open House Sunday, June 7, from 1-3 p.m. at “Lifestyle Transitions,” a new memory care neighborhood located in the newly renovated Northwest Wing of their Wesley Heights community.

“Lifestyle Transitions at Wesley Heights” offers specialized assisted living in a secure, supportive environment for those living with memory loss. The program is designed to support residents with cognitive impairment by engaging them in life and activities within the larger Wesley Heights community and providing encouragement, friendship, and a feeling of security. It also focuses on developing daily routines for successfully managing individualized physical, social and cognitive challenges.

The “Lifestyle Transitions” program space encompasses existing apartments and newly renovated gathering areas, including a library, family-style kitchen, living room area, laundry nook and enclosed outdoor courtyard. Safe and quiet space for reading, relaxation, and dining, and other stimulating activities such as baking, gardening, exercise, art classes, musical entertainment is also available.

Unique to Wesley Village, “Lifestyle Transitions” offers a mission-based, relationship-centered approach to care, as well as: affordable pricing, a wander-management system, 24-hour staffing with caregivers trained by the Alzheimer’s Association, on-site physician services, engaging activities, a variety of apartment styles for individuals or couples, education and support services for residents and families, and a specialized design to maximize independence. Deposits are now being accepted for apartments in this new neighborhood. For more information or to RSVP for the Open House, please contact Lisa Bisson at 203-225-5024.

Wesley Village is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local not-for-profit organization. The campus offers assisted and independent living, skilled nursing, short-term rehab, and outpatient therapy and fitness services. To learn more, visit

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager
for United Methodist Homes.

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Soupstock Festival set for June 20-21 at Veteran's Park in Shelton

SHELTON >> Soupstock Festival has announced its 2015 music lineup bringing together national and local touring acts and exciting newcomers to the stage.

The Festival once again invites area residents of all ages to come and experience an arts, music and culinary experience like no other. The annual event has expanded to two days and will take place Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at Veteran’s Park in Shelton.

Music Director Joe Mango unveils a lineup that follows the contour of previous festivals celebrating the best in local talent to match national acts otherwise reserved for ticketed events. New for 2015, Los Angeles Electrofunk powerhouse Particle co-headline with New Orleans Funk group Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Also returning is favorite Ryan Montbleau who is in the midst of his own regional tour. Also sharing top billing are Cabinet and Roots of Creation, who are both making their first appearance at Soupstock.

Performers at this year’s festival also and more Nardy Boy, Hayley Jane and the Primates and Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan. In all, 25 performers will grace the festivals two stages this year. Full lineup is available at the Soupstock Festival website.

Established in 2010, the Soupstock Festival has grown organically into one of Connecticut’s leading independent arts and music events. The festival has earned its reputation by attracting premier talent across all mediums to provide a landscape meant to please all the senses. The festival’s mixture arts, cuisine and culture means there is something for everyone. Our local craft market will be larger than ever and the kids fun zone once again provides a safe interactive environment for children of all ages.

These compliment annual staples such as the Student Art Competition and the 6th Annual Pro/Am Soup Cook-Off in addition to the first annual Chili Cook-Off to take place Sunday, June 21.

Information regarding submissions to both can be found by visiting the festival's website.

Proceeds will benefit the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund, furthering Art, Craft and Music Education for children and Young Adults.

For more information, visit or on Facebook at For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact at

This is a press release from the Soupstock Festival.

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Lunchtime discussion on 'The Book Thief' at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m. The selected title is the bestselling novel "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.

Trying to make sense of the horrors of WWII, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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.

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit

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Seymour's Memorial Day services

SEYMOUR >> Emil Senger Post 10, The American Legion will conduct the Town of Seymour's Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25.

Casting of the Navy wreath in honor and memory of all Navy veterans lost at sea will take place on the Bank Street Bridge at 9 a.m. Memorial services to include wreath-laying, volley to the dead, and taps will commence at 10 a.m. at Veterans Grove, French Memorial Park.

All veterans organizations are invited to attend and participate. Public is welcome.

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BH Care to hold Block Party to mark Mental Health Awareness Month

ANSONIA = This month, BHcare is raising awareness of the important role mental health plays in our lives and encouraging members of the community to learn more about their own mental health and to take action immediately if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage
4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease.
Mental illnesses are not only common, they are treatable.  BHcare has helped thousands of individuals and families who struggle with mental illness live happy, healthy lives. Learn what you can do both to protect your mental health and know the signs of mental illness #B4Stage4. Visit for more information.
In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, BHcare will hold its annual Community Bock Party on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at 435 East Main Street in Ansonia.  The event will culminate a variety of month-long activities to promote the importance of good mental health and to celebrate the improved quality of life provided for thousands of individuals and families. This year’s “Luau” block party will feature food, games, arts and crafts, music and more. The Block Party is free and open to the public. Children and adults are invited to wear their Hawaiian shirts and clothing. Ansonia Mayor, David Cassetti will be presenting a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month.
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.
(This is a press release from BH Care) 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Baseball: After 30 years, Seymour coach Bob Kelo to step down at season’s end

 Seymour baseball coach Bob Kelo will step down at season’s end, completing 30 years on the job for the Wildcats. (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley GameTimeCT)

Seymour baseball coach Bob Kelo will step down after this season, his 30th at the helm of the Wildcats’ program.

The move coincides with Kelo leaving his teaching job at the school. He taught mathematics for the past 32 years.

Kelo, 54, said he plans to move to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area by late summer.

“I will miss coaching these kids,” Kelo said. “The nice part about it is many of them have gone onto have great business careers and a number of them I have grown pretty close to. And it’s always nice to see your former players come back to watch the games.”

There were plenty of good games to watch. Kelo carries a career record of 437-238 into the final week of his last regular season. Seymour needs one win over its final three games to qualify for the Class M state tournament.

Seymour’s lone state championship during the Kelo era came in 2007 in Class M, beating Waterford 2-0. The Wildcats reached the final two other times in M (1992 and 2011) and three times in Class L (1997, 1999 and 2003) and the state semifinals 11 times overall.

“I always told the kids we would compete for a state title,” Kelo said. “If anything, whoever had to play us in the state tournament, when they would see Seymour on their side of the bracket, they knew it would be a tough game.”

Kelo was twice named the Register’s Area Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008.

There will be a dinner held for Kelo on June 28 at Coon Hollow Park in Derby on June 28 from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Norwood Athletic Club in Ansonia.

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Valley residents increase donations to Great Give 2015

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

Valley residents generously opened their wallets during the Valley Community Foundation’s recent Great Give 2015 event, with donations up 51 percent over last year.

Dozens of local nonprofit organizations and groups received a total of $1.29 million in donations to the overall Great Give 2015, with nearly $230,000 in Valley-related giving, during the 36-hour event.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled at the response of Valley residents and workers who came out in strong support of local nonprofits during the Great Give 2015,” said VCF President and CEO Sharon Closius. “A fifty-one percent increase over last year in the number of gifts underscores that the Valley is a philanthropic region and its people know the importance of giving locally in a global world where so many charitable options abound. Organizations were particularly creative this year in their outreach, which included a 36-hour live webcast hosted by the Valley Independent Sentinel and a collaborative Valley Great Give video that is available on the VCF website.”

Overall, a 43 percent increase in giving from Valley residents and employees, combined with matching grants and prizes, resulted in nearly the $230,000 in Valley-related giving, according to VCF officials.

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Derby residents may weigh in on budget at public hearing Monday

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Residents can weigh in at a public hearing tonight on a proposed $39 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that holds the line on taxes.

The Board of Apportionment and Taxation will hold the hearing at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

During its meeting May 5, the tax board approved a preliminary budget of $39,072,420. Chairman James Butler said that, while the bottom line is slightly up from the current $38.3 million budget, the current tax rate of 35.74 mills set last year would remain the same under the preliminary budget.

Mayor Anita Dugatto lauded the tax board, as well as all city department heads, for keeping their budgets reasonable and for not hitting taxpayers’ pocketbooks too hard.

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Protesters decry lack of access to Seymour post office

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Resident Joseph Luciano wants to buy stamps, mail a letter and send a package at the Seymour Post Office just like everyone else.

However, because Luciano, 76, relies on a motorized wheelchair for mobility, and because the nearly 100-year old post office at 91 Main St. is not handicapped accessible, Luciano and others with disabilities cannot gain access.

To raise awareness, Luciano staged a small protest rally Wednesday in front of the facility. About a dozen people in wheelchairs and walkers joined Luciano at the foot of the post office’s daunting mountain of a staircase. Many of them held signs bearing phrases such as “To Boldly go Where Everyone Else has Gone Before ….Yes, the Post Office,” and “First Class Mail … 2nd Class Citizens.”

“I’m calling attention to something that is really absurd,” Luciano said.

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Seymour voters approve school budget on second try

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Voters on the second try Thursday approved a $32.6 million Board of Education budget for the 2015-16 school year.

A second referendum was held only on the school budget at the Seymour Community Center, and voters approved the plan by a 619-509 vote.

Voters initially rejected a higher school budget by 100 votes at the April 30 referendum. The Board of Finance then slashed $100,000 from the bottom line, which apparently was enough to meet with voters’ approval.

School board Chairman Yashu Putorti, while pleased the budget passed on the second try (historically in Seymour, it often takes three or four referendums before the budget passes), was disheartened by the low voter turnout. Seymour has about 9,400 registered voters, and for Thursday’s vote, just a little more than 1,100 of them showed up at the polls.

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5K to benefit Derby cancer center coming up June 6

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Battling, and ultimately beating, cancer is something Horace Behrle knows about firsthand.

That’s why Behrle, treasurer of the Ansonia Rod & Gun Club, said he feels so strongly about the group donating funds each year to benefit the Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care’s Annual 5K Walk/Run.

“The center is a very special place for me because I beat cancer here,” said Behrle, who also serves as a volunteer ambassador at the Center for Cancer Care. “Fighting cancer and caring for cancer patients is important to the Ansonia Rod & Gun Club because we’ve lost a few guys to cancer and we know how hard it can be on a person.”

The club recently donated $5,000 to be the 5K’s finish line sponsor, according to Christian Meagher, Griffin’s communications specialist and 5K director, and has made donations to the event for the past five years.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seymour names library, playground after veteran educators

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Two former veteran educators who dedicated their lives to helping Seymour students excel both in and out of the classroom will be honored Tuesday by the Board of Education.
The board will hold a special dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at Chatfield-LoPresti School, 51 Skokorat St., to commemorate the naming of the Vincentina Kobasa Playground and the Kenneth Ewaskie Library Media Center.

School officials encouraged the public to attend the dedication, which will be followed by a reception.
The late Kobasa spent nearly 30 years teaching in Seymour, and was a longtime member of the school board. In 1996, the playground at the former LoPresti School, which was built thanks to a grant Kobasa worked hard to secure, was named in her honor.

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Derby High School names Rachael Artaiz its new assistant principal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> A familiar face at Derby High School was named the school’s assistant principal this week.

The Board of Education voted at a meeting Tuesday to appoint Rachael Artaiz to the position.
Artaiz had been filling in as assistant principal on an interim basis since last December after former Principal Greg Gaillard abruptly resigned. Current DHS Principal Martin Pascale, the school’s former assistant principal for the past three years, stepped in following Gaillard’s departure, and had since been promoted in February to school principal. Artaiz previously served as the school district’s secondary special education coordinator for grades 6-12, as well as acting athletic director.

According to Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway, Artaiz was selected from a field of more than 80 candidates who applied for the assistant principal job.

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Ansonia girl, 9, gets catch of the day at Derby Elks fishing rodeo

By Esteban L. Hernandez

DERBY >> Isabella Padillo didn’t want to place a single finger on her catch.

The 9-year-old from Ansonia caught a little bass, which her father, Pablo, said had been swimming in the same area all morning. But when she finally reeled it in, she winced.

“I have no idea why she gets like that,” Padillo said about his daughter. “She’s been trying to catch that fish all day.”

As part of the Derby Elks’ fishing rodeo, the girl had already caught several fish that morning. In fact, an hour later, the girl had a much different reaction when she got another surprise: She was summoned by organizers of the event and presented with a trophy and giftcard for catching the biggest fish of the day, a 13-inch trout.

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City of Ansonia Named Employer of the Year

ANSONIA = On April 29, 2015 Mayor David S. Cassetti accepted Bhcare’s Employer of the Year award on behalf of the City of Ansonia.  The award was presented to Mayor Cassetti at BHcare's 21st Annual Employment Salute where nearly 70 people are gathered at Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen in Ansonia to honor the employer & employee of the year.

"It is an absolute honor to accept this award on behalf of the City," stated Mayor Cassetti.  "I credit the excellent work of our new Public Works Director, Douglas Novak, in designing an innovative Summer Work Program that achieved beautification of Ansonia’s parks and greenways while also affording residents a temporary part-time employment opportunity."
Mayor Cassetti’s Summer Work program began mid- May 2014 with the hiring of 7 new part-time employees intended to beef-up Ansonia Public Works’ ground crews and ensure a cleaner City.
Their duties included cleaning public parks, picking up litter, weed whacking, mowing, trimming shrubbery, planting grass, highway maintenance and a broad range of other beatification efforts.

"The City was in need of a spring and summer cleaning,” said Mayor Cassetti.  "Our seasonal workers were a tremendous help, and it is wonderful to see BHcare recognizing the program with this award."
Doug Novak, Superintendent of Ansonia’s Public Works Department, is advocating for the program, which utilized several BHcare patients, to be continued during the summer of 2015.  "

The Summer Work Program gives full-time Public Works employees the opportunity to focus their attention on major maintenance initiatives within the City that have been neglected in the past due to budgetary constraints", he stated. 

(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

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St. Mary-St. Michael School to host Pancake Breakfast

DERBY=  St. Mary - St Michael School will host a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. May 25 before the annual Memorial Day Parade. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and water.  The cost is $5 per person.  This Pancake Breakfast helps support the students, student activities and operation of the school.  The breakfast will be held in the St. Mary’s Church basement at 212 Elizabeth St.

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Seymour Recreation Department to Host Summer Programs

Wildcat Summer Youth Tennis Clinics
June 22, 2015 through July 30, 2015
Monday nights 6:00-6:30 PM 3 & 4 year olds, 6:30-7:15 PM 7 & 8 year olds and 7:15 PM-8:00 PM 9-11 year olds.
Wednesday nights 6:00-6:30 PM 5 & 6 year olds, 6:30-7:15 PM 7 & 8 year olds and 7:15 PM-8:00 PM 12-14 year olds
Tuesday/Thursday nights 6:30 PM-7:30 PM High School Level players
Fees: $45.00 for all six 30 minute classes; $60.00 for all six 45 minute classes and $75.00 for all six 1 hour HS classes
Location will be Seymour HS Tennis courts located at 2 Botsford Road, Seymour
Program fills quickly as this is the 8th summer of program. Instructor is Darrell Scheck, new Seymour HS Girls Tennis Coach
Registration forms can be obtain on line at and select Recreation. For additional information, please contact Missy Orosz at 203-888-0406 or email
Cheerleading Prep Program
May 31, 2015 through July 19, 2015
Sundays 4:00 PM-6:00 PM 7-10 year olds and 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 11-15 year olds
$90.00 for all 6 weeks or $20.00 for drop in.
This new program is geared for anyone interested in trying cheerleading for the first time as well as those seasoned cheerleaders who want to get head start on perfecting their stunts, jumps, motions and conditioning for the upcoming cheerleading season in August.
Program held in the Seymour Community Center Gym located at 20 Pine Street, Seymour. Instructors are cheerleading coaches Melissa Maglione and Darrell Scheck. For further information please contact Missy Orosz at 203-888-0406 or email Registration forms are available on line at and select Recreation.
Youth Karate
Ongoing Karate classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday late afternoon and early evenings for ages 5 and up at the Seymour Community Center. Fee is $65.00 per month per child. Instructor is Dean Meyer. Contact Missy Orosz at 203-888-0406 for further information.
(This is a press release from Seymour Recreation Department)

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Allstate Commercial Driver Training School to host Career Fair

SEYMOURAllstate Commercial Driver Training School, located at 249 Pearl Street in Seymour, will be holding their Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, May 19th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The facility, which offers courses to obtain CDL A, CDL B, CDL Passenger licensing in private one-on-one and group training classes, and OSHA certified forklift training opened in Seymour in 2012 and approximately 20+ students graduate per week. With the demand for commercial drivers expected to increase by about 110,000 additional drivers needed per year in the coming decade the school represents a great opportunity for people seeking employment.

Allstate is proud to host the following local and national employers:  Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Dominos, Lily Transport, Poland Spring, Palumbo Trucking, Thurston Foods, City Line Distributors, Trans Am Trucking, Western Express, Best Temps, Schneider National, J. Polep Distribution, New England Motor Freight, Town Fair Tire, Securitas, New Penn, A. Duie Pyle, Dattco, B and B Transportation, and Engage Staffing as confirmed attendees with more being added every week. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, you can contact the school at (203) 922-8252 or stop by the office.
(This is a press release from Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller's office) 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Brooke Grand of Shelton is Boys & Girls Club's Connecticut Youth of the Year

From the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley:

Please join us in congratulating Brooke Grand of the Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse in Shelton--she has won the coveted title of Connecticut Youth of the Year! Brooke faced fierce competition from the 15 other Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of Connecticut, and she will now move on to the regional competition. 
Brooke has been a member of the Lavietes unit for 12 years. She's a hardworking, highly motivated young woman, with a willingness to help others and positive attitude that set her apart. Brooke has served as a Keystone Club officer, she has run our Happy Hoopers health program, she's been a mentor in our Immersion Mentoring program and has also worked as a counselor both at our clubhouse and in Perry Hill school for our after school program there. 
At school, Brooke is in the National Honor Society, is a three-year varsity player for the volleyball team, and an AP student. She sets off this fall to attend Southern Connecticut State University, where she will major in business.
Congratulations to you, Brooke! We love you!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia names its ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Combining her love of history and passion to help students succeed has landed Allison Kinard the distinct honor of being named Emmett O’Brien Technical High School’s Teacher of the Year.

Kinard was selected for the honor by her fellow teachers.

“When first heard that I was selected by my peers as the Teacher of the Year, I was filled with shock and surprise,” Kinard said. “It was an extremely touching honor just to have been nominated, and so winning the award was really an accomplishment because I work with some really great teachers.”

Kinard began teaching history at Emmett in 2009, after she graduated from Central Connecticut State University. She currently is working toward her master’s degree in teaching and learning from Post University.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May events at Derby Neck Library

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

“Dinner and a Movie” for ages 18 and older
Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This month’s feature film is “It Happened One Night” shown on blu-ray. This is a 1937 Frank Capra classic featuring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Refreshments will be served, including a free dinner at intermission. To reserve a seat, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

“Springtime Special Quiche.”
Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
Dana Joy will show you her cooking techniques and offer advice on making the perfect quiche. She will also have her exclusive recipes for sale in book form. Come to the library to enjoy a free program and tasting session. To register, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

“Women’s Forum”
Monday, May 18 at 12:30 p.m.
This is a discussion group devoted to short stories, poetry, history, and related arts. Our two stories for this month are “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Lumber-Room” by H.H. Munro. Free copies of these stories are available at the library.  You may wish to bring a light lunch. We serve free coffee and tea.

“The Evening Book Club”
Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
This month’s title is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote. Copies are available at the library. Our club is devoted to reading novels by the best authors , as well as  some memoirs and inspirational writings.

“Writers’ Round”
Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
This a workshop for writers of all genres—scripts, prose, poetry, fiction, etc.  Come join us in creative exercises and share your original works.

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m.
This month’s feature film, shown in blu-ray on a large screen,  is “Woman in Black 2.” Bring a friend or two and enjoy; we serve free refreshments.  This  event is for ages 17 and younger-- teens and tweens.


Assumption School Honor Roll

Assumption School Principal Kathleen Molner announced the following students attained Honor Roll status for the third marking period:

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

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

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

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

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

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Reserve your spot for Ansonia Recreation's July 2 bus trip to Mets-Cubs game


Photos of mock DUI accident at Ansonia High School

A Mock DUI Accident was held at Ansonia High School on April 29 in preparation for the AHS Senior Prom, which took place on May 1.

The Mock DUI was coordinated by School Resource Officer Michael Barry with assistance from the Ansonia Police Department, the Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue Medical Services and Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home of Ansonia.

Members of the AHS junior and senior class observed while four of their peers – senior Nathaniel Peton and juniors Jennifer Robison, Jessica Moscato and Alexandria Miller – participated in the Mock Accident.

DUI Driver: Nathaniel Peton, who played the part of the driver who caused the “accident” that injured three friends, appears traumatized as emergency responders “treat” the injured. One of the victims lies on the roof of a truck, covered by a white sheet. 
Mock DUI injured on stretcher (student wearing blue gown): Alexandria Miller is crying as she is transported to a waiting ambulance.

AHS junior Jessica Moscato portrays the victim of the Mock DUI accident, and she was later removed from the scene by staff of Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home.

Ansonia Asst. Fire Chief Ed Adamowski speaks to the students after the final victim is removed from the accident scene. Off. Michael Barry appears at left.


Seymour Land Trust president devours competition in taco eating contest fundraiser

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Seymour Land Trust President Alex Danka likely may have needed some Tums Tuesday night after scarfing down 14 tacos in five minutes, all for a good cause.

But that didn’t bother Danka, who won bragging rights as the Valley’s taco-eating champion during the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo Elected Officials’ Taco-Eating Contest held at Hot Tamale’s Mexican Grille and Bar.

Danka easily shattered last year’s record, when a Naugatuck man, simply known as “Yo Joe” won by devouring eight tacos in five minutes and five seconds.

In the end, the event raised more than $2,500 for TEAM Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers more than 1,000 nutritious meals each week to the homes of area senior citizens. The amount raised was expected to nearly double after the Valley Community Foundation kicked in its donation to the cause.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Upcoming events at Derby Public Library

Wednesday Movie Matinees (ages 18 and over)
Every Wednesday at 1 p.m.
The Derby Public Library continues its weekly Wednesday Movie Matinees series for ages 18 and over. Newly released DVDs will be shown every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. Registration is requested. For a list of featured films, stop by the library or call.

Resume “Right-ing”
First Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
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 June class will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.. Registration is not required.

Local History Information Sessions – Derby Graduates
Tuesdays from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon
The Derby Public Library holds weekly Local History Information Sessions on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Along with offering research assistance, the library’s local history coordinator also offers information on monthly highlighted topics. June’s topic will be Derby Graduates. Visitors will be able to reminisce about days gone by while viewing photographs and yearbooks of past Derby High School graduates. Yearbooks going back to 1938 will be available. Assistance will also be available for research on topics such as genealogy, prominent local figures, major area events, and more.

Sports Talk Series
Every Thursday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the baseball season
The Derby Public Library is now in its tenth season of Sports Talks. These informal sessions are held every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. throughout the baseball season. They are facilitated by radio talk show host, author, and Major League Baseball Rules Consultant, Rich Marazzi. Each session includes trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more. All ages, from rookies through veterans, are invited to join Rich and his group of Silver Sluggers. No registration is necessary.

Master’s Table Community Meals Information Session
Monday, June 1
The Derby Public Library will host a Master’s Table Community Meals Information Session on Monday, June 1 at 6:30 PM.  This non-profit Valley organization provides a safe and uplifting environment for the hungry, providing healthy nutritious meals to all in need. Volunteer cooks plan and prepare the meals using donated food and funds. Come and learn how you can help combat hunger in your community.

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


Derby Public Schools to hold kindergarten registration for 2015-16 school year

DERBY >> The Derby Public Schools will be holding Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year.

Registration at Bradley School will be held May 7 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On May 12, registration will be held at Irving School between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Any child who will turn 5 year of age on or before January 1, 2016 is eligible to register.


Patton’s grandson to speak at Seymour Memorial Day parade

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The grandson of the late four-star United States Army Gen. George S. Patton will help the town kick off its annual Memorial Day Parade later this month.

Robert H. Patton, an author who makes his home in Darien, will be the featured guest and main speaker for this year’s parade, scheduled for 11 a.m. May 24 downtown.

Patton, whose father was a two-star general who served in the Korean War, will speak at the main podium set up on Main Street around 11 a.m., according to Al Yagovane, chairman of the Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Patton is the author of several books, including “Hell before Breakfast,” “Patriot Pirates” and “Life between Wars.” He also penned a personal family history called “The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family.”

Read more here.

In addition, the local Sikh community will be serving free ice-cream at the parade as "a friendly service to our community as we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, to give us a better tomorrow and safeguard our freedom, according to resident Hargurpreet Singh.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Break out the rods: the Derby Elks’ fishing rodeo is back

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Derby Elks are inviting area children to hook, line and sink ‘em during its upcoming annual fishing rodeo.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon May 9 at Osborndale State Park, located off Chatfield Street, across from the entrance to Derby High School and Derby Middle School.

Children ages one to 14 from the Naugatuck Valley are welcome to participate in this free event. Participants need to bring their own fishing poles, reels and bait.
Members of the Derby Elks Lodge 571 will be stocking Pickett’s Pond with additional fish. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded in three age-groups for the biggest fish caught. The winners will also receive a fishing rod and reel.

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Seymour voters approve town budget, reject spending plan for schools

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> It hasn’t happened in quite some time, but voters on Thursday approved the town budget for fiscal year 2015-16 on the very first try — but not surprisingly, shot down the Board of Education budget by only 100 votes.
In a daylong referendum held at the Seymour Community Center, voters approved the $23.2 million town side of the budget by a vote of 621-563, but rejected the $32.7 million school budget by a vote of 642-542.

Historically in Seymour, voters usually approve the town side of the budget on the second go-around. It often takes three or four referendums before voters approve a school budget.
The Board of Finance will next meet at 7 p.m. May 5 at Town Hall to discuss what needs to be done to the school budget’s bottom line in order to get voters to approve it.

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