Thursday, August 25, 2016

Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 19

Conroy Endorsed by Working Families Party

The Working Families Party has endorsed Theresa Conroy for State Representative in
the 105th Assembly District which includes the towns of Seymour, Beacon Falls and
Conroy was one of the first lawmakers to recognize the opioid epidemic as a public
health crisis. She has been instrumental in limiting prescriptions to opioids and
increasing access to lifesaving overdose reversal medications.
“Representative Conroy is a tireless advocate for working families in her district. She's
worked hard to protect funding for hospitals, championed innovative healthcare
programs to reduce opioid use in the Valley, and has been an integral player in reviving
the manufacturing sector,” said WFP State Director Lindsay Farrell. “She's tough and
she consistently delivered results, and that's exactly the kind of candidate we endorse.
We're proud to support her candidacy.”
This year, Conroy took on Governor Malloy as he slashed funding to Griffin Hospital,
risking jobs and patient care. While Republicans all voted "no," Conroy and her
Democratic colleagues restored Griffin's money.
“Working families are the heart and soul of Seymour, Beacon Falls and Derby,” Conroy
said. “I will always fight for you in Hartford.
Conroy has been a vocal proponent of training students in advanced manufacturing and
has supported upgrades to programs at NVCC and Platt Tech.
Theresa Conroy is a legislator and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She worked
for 28 years at the VA Health Center in West Haven.
(This is a press release from Conroy's campaign)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser in Shelton

SHELTON - A fundraiser to help Team Tomorrow's Sportsman raise $7,500 for Make-A-Wish CT TrailBlaze Challenge will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Porky's Cafe, 50 Center St.

Cost is $40 a person and will include draft beer, wine, pizza, and wings.

Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish TrailBlaze Challenge!

Want to be a team sponsor? Contact Elaine Marcucio, 203-887-5047, or at Cutoff  is  Sept. 1. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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Ansonia Posts Bus Routes for 2016-2017 School Year

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ANSONIA - Ansonia Public Schools have posted bus routes for the 2016-2017 school year on its website at the following link:

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Rock the Valley" was a Rousing Success


ANSONIA- Nearly 8,000 people filled Nolan Field last Saturday evening for a performance by the Cast of Beatlemania and a dazzling display of  fireworks. The occasion was Rock the Valley,
which Mayor Dave Cassetti describes as “a new summer tradition in Ansonia.” 
"It was amazing to see the community come together,” said Mayor Cassetti. “This was our most successful year yet!”
The event was also a success for the various local organizations who came hoping to raise
funds for community causes and programming. This included Valley Save Our Youth,
Ansonia Football, Cheerleading, and the Ansonia Fire Department.
“Events like this can serve as fundraisers for so many good causes,” said Rich DiCarlo, the Rock the Valley’s chief organizer. “It’s not just about great entertainment – it’s about giving back.” To his credit,  Mayor Cassetti was continuously submerged in a dunk tank in support of Ansonia’s Cheerleaders. “A worthy cause,” he was quoted as saying in between dunks.
Mayor Cassetti extended thanks to all those that made Rock the Valley successful this year.
“We had concert goers from every part of the state, along with so many familiar faces
from right here in the Valley,” he said. “I have to give accolades to Rich DiCarlo and his
cultural commission for running such a tremendous program and drawing so many to our
city. Rich and his team are really making Ansonia shine.”
Casseeti also expressed thanks to the bands and vendors.
“I also want to thank all of the bands and vendors that filled the day,” Mayor Cassetti said.
Additional acts included Quicksand Planet, All Funk’d Up, XYZ Revisited, the Kathy Thompson
Band and Monster Eats Pilot. "What an amazing diversity of acts, from jazz and funk to 80s metal. There was truly something for everyone at this event.” 
Cassetti thanked this year's sponsor, Farrel-Pomini Corporation, too.
"Farrel-Pomini is an outstanding community partner that we are so fortunate to have in our city,” Mayor Cassetti said, noting that the new, state-of-the-art Farrel-Pomini world headquarters overlooked the event from its perch atop Fountain Lake. “It is wonderful to see Ansonia and
Farrel moving forward together.”
Talks are already underway for next year’s event.
"We want to keep improving every year,” said Mayor Cassetti
(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Shelton Police Dog to Receive Body Armor

Shelton K9 Officer Daniel Loris and K9 Stryker

SHELTONShelton Police Department’s K9 Stryker will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Stryker’s vest is sponsored by Margaret Miles of Shelton, CT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In loving memory of Therapy Dog Sandy”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. 
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. 
K-9 Officer Daniel Loris and K-9 Stryker graduated the Connecticut State Police K-9 Academy in May of 2015. K-9 Stryker is a 2 ½ year old German Shepherd.  The team was recognized as the Daniel Wasson Award recipient upon graduation. K-9 Officer Loris and K-9 Stryker have assisted in numerous investigations in Shelton and assisting other local law enforcement agencies.
The Shelton Police Department k-9 Unit extends their gratitude to the Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. and Margaret Miles for their assistance in providing K-9 Stryker with his bullet proof vest.
(This is a press release from Shelton Police Department)

Jaumann Qualifies for Citizens Election Program

ANSONIA/DERBY- Political newcomer, Valley-area attorney and Ansonia resident Joseph A.
Jaumann announced today that he qualified for the Citizen’s Election Program (CEP) grant. The
program, designed to eliminate special interest money from Connecticut campaigns, requires a candidate to raise $5,000.00 from at least 150 residents of Derby and Ansonia. The maximum donation allowed is $100.00. 

“Qualifying for the CEP grant in such a short period of time like we have is a testament to the people of the 104th wanting change” Jaumann said. “The support we have received up to this point has been amazing. The people want change, and this grant ensures that we will be fighting to bring about that change every day from now until November 8th!”
Jaumann continued “Over the past 6 years, we have seen the leadership in this state mishandle the budget, raise our taxes, and continue to grow the size of government well beyond our means to support it. Well enough is enough! The elected officials that made these bad decisions need to be held accountable.”
Jaumann is one of the cofounders of the law firm of Drapp & Jaumann, LLC. He serves as
Chairman of Ansonia’s Planning and Zoning Commission, is a member of the Economic
Development Commission, and sits as a hearing officer for Ansonia hearing blight appeals. He is
the former chairman of Ansonia’s Zoning Board of Appeals, having been appointed by Mayor
James Della Volpe. He is also member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.
(This is a press release from Jaumann’s campaign)

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Kindergarten Registration in Derby

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DERBY - Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. Registration packets for new kindergartners are available on our website at: or for pickup in the central office located at 35 5th St., Derby.

Registration is done by appointment only Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call 203-736-5027 ext. 1202.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

State Rep. Gentile Lauds Fight Against Human Trafficking

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is hailing Connecticut’s efforts against human trafficking.  Beginning in October, hotel and motel operators must train their staff to recognize signs of human trafficking.  The operators must also keep records of their guests.
In addition, the General Assembly will get annual reports from law enforcement outlining: law enforcement’s participation in federal, statewide, or regional anti-trafficking efforts; referrals related to human trafficking allegations; criteria used to determine the validity of human trafficking allegations; coordination among state and local police on trafficking cases; obstacles to investigating trafficking; the number of missing children investigations; the number of referrals from DCF related to trafficking; and the number of trafficking cases referred for prosecution.
“I am so proud of this legislation,” said Rep. Gentile.  “It came about thanks to the women's caucus of the General Assembly who recognized the extent of this horrible crime and urgent need to address it.  We worked side by side, across the aisle to ensure that our law would be comprehensive and effective.  Because of my commitment and that of my colleagues, Connecticut's law is model legislation for our country.”
Connecticut’s aggressive anti-trafficking laws have attracted the attention of law enforcement and civil rights groups across the U.S.
(This is a press release from Gentile's office)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Community Discussion on Race & Policing in the Valley

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lets Go to The Hop!

State Rep. Gentile Urges Residents to Use New Smartphone App

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is urging residents to take advantage of the new "CT Prepares" app.  Once downloaded, CT Prepares will issue alerts for severe weather and other emergency situations.
CT Prepares also allows you to:
• View real-time alerts
• View National Weather Service forecasts for you current location
• Access news and events from the Connecticut Emergency Management Agency
• Review preparation guides for different emergency situations
• Get in touch with a variety of emergency services
• Send an “I’m Safe” email message to your contacts via, text, email and social media
You can get even more information on the web at
CT Prepares is a comprehensive app available from the iTunes Apple Store and Google Play.  Search for CT Prepares, get the download, and get started.
(This is a press release from Gentile's office) 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Griffin Hospital Hosts Free Talk on Medicare

DERBY - The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free presentation on Medicare and related health care decisions on Thurs., Sept. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Joe Deegan, a counselor for Connecticut’s programs for Health insurance, Outreach, Information and Eligibility Screening (CHOICES), will host “Medicare CHOICES,” a presentation to help older adults and those eligible for Medicare and their caregivers make informed health insurance decisions and to help prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud and abuse. There will be information on Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Managed Care, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance and other related state & federal programs.
This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community.
To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.
The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

104th District Candidate Urges Rejection of Vehicle Mileage Tax

ANSONIA/DERBY- Attorney Joseph A. Jaumann, candidate for State Representative in the104th District, announced today that he is calling on legislative candidates seeking office to join him in his petition to the Governor to not only reject the vehicle mileage tax, but to return the funds received from the federal government to study a vehicle mileage tax, or alternatively, to withdraw the application submitted to the federal government for such funding.

Jaumann noted that both parties seem to have rejected the concept of a vehicle mileage tax. In recent days, both Representative Gentile and Senator Crisco have issued press releases stating that they are opposed to a vehicle mileage tax. 
Jaumann stated “It’s not enough. We can no longer afford to squander the hard-earned taxpayers’ money to study something our legislators themselves say they have no intention of implementing.
For far too long, government at all levels has haphazardly spent the money entrusted to them by the taxpayers. There is no state money or federal money – there is only the taxpayers’ money. If, as our legislators have stated, there is no intention to implement such a tax, then we should withdraw our application for the grant or send the money back. We should not be wasting taxpayers’ money to study something that has no chance of becoming law.”

“When elected, I pledge to do everything I can to prevent the government from wasting taxpayers’ money. That’s why I am calling on all candidates who are in or seeking legislative offices to join my petition to Governor Malloy to reject the concept of a vehicle mileage tax outright and not accept any federal funding to study such a tax. Then we will know whether the opposition to a vehicle mileage tax is real, or just empty words in an election year.”

 For a link to the petition please visit @Jaumann2016 on Facebook or @JoeJaumann on Twitter

Paid for by Jaumann2016, Crystal A. White, Treasurer. Approved by Joseph A. Jaumann 

(This is a press release from Jaumann’s campaign)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fundraiser for Animal Shelter

Monday, August 8, 2016

Have You Got the "Write" Stuff?

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DERBY - The Derby Public Library offers Resume “Right”-ing 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 September class will be held on Wednesday, September 7 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
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Local Pastor Tries Hand at Pizza Making for "Festa!"

Father Stephen Krugel of Holy Rosary Church, Ansonia, prepares pizza for the church's 49th annual Italian Festival, Festa! The popular festival, which draws thousands of folks each year to the church grounds, located at 10 Father Salemi Dr., Ansonia, runs from 5 to 10 p.m. August 5-6. Admission is free.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Celebrate Shelton's Final Downtown Sounds Summer Concert

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SHELTON - Celebrate Shelton and Liberty Bank are proud to sponsor the second annual “Downtown Sounds: Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park" which has taken place the last two Fridays; and the final concert will be held this Friday August 5 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
"We will welcome handmade artisan vendors, a beer garden sponsored by Two Roads Brewing Company, and ​ food trucks for families to enjoy" said Nicole Heriot-Mikula, co-creator of Celebrate Shelton. 
Food trucks will include: Caseus Cheese Truck, Common Bond Market, Dad's Food Truck, Mama Dee's Italian Kitchen, Gypsy Joe Cafe, Pierogies on Wheels and Tipsy Ice Cream Cones.

"Starting at 5:00pm each night, there will be live music from sought-after local and regional bands," noted Michael Skrtic, another co-creator of Celebrate Shelton. For the final concert, the musical line-up includes: Frank Viele and West End Blend.
"We are thrilled to continue this free summer concert series in Downtown Shelton with live music, food and activities for families" said Jimmy Tickey who is also a co-creator of Celebrate Shelton. "We are looking forward to another successful summer concert series, and hope to see you there." Tickey said.
Downtown Sounds: Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park is sponsored by Celebrate Shelton and Liberty Bank, with support from R.D. Scinto, City of Shelton, as well as The Valley Community Foundation, Electri-Cable Assemblies and Avalon Shelton.  Celebrate Shelton, a city-wide initiative, was created by small business owners - Nicole Heriot-Mikula, Michael Skrtic and Jimmy Tickey.
Learn more about Celebrate Shelton at

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Photographer's Work at Ansonia Opera House to be Published

ANSONIA - I’m proud and honored to learn that my set of six images entitled, “The Dressmaker’s Daughters,” photographed in the Ansonia Opera House in Ansonia, CT, has been selected for publication in Seeing in Sixes, a volume of art photography that will be available this fall from Lenswork Publishing.

Seeing in Sixes is the idea of Brooks Jensen who created Lenswork Magazine to explore the potential of photography as an art form. Over many years of pu...blication Lenswork has become for serious photographers what Aperture Magazine was to an earlier generation.

Seeing in Sixes was born from Brooks Jensen’s belief that book format is an ideal way to present and enjoy art photography. “Sixes,” refers to six photographs set across three page spreads with whatever captions or bit of text might add to the fun. This format provides a container, as rigorous as haiku or perhaps sonnet form are to poetry. In it the photographer may place six images, no more or less, that make a coherent whole.

I’m eager to see the other 49 “Sixes” in the finished book. The selection of photographers in the magazine is always eclectic and consistently excellent. I expect no less here. I'm proud to have been included in the first such effort and thankful to colleagues who looked at drafts of the finished submission.

“The Dressmaker’s Daughters,” tells the imagined life stories of four of the dressmaker’s 24 daughters... in six images.

Those interested in learning about or subscribing to Lenswork Magazine or who are interested in purchasing a copy of Seeing in Sixes, here is a link to the Lenswork site:

(Information is from Photographer Emery Roth II)

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TEAM, Inc. Gets Counseling Grant

DERBY- The Department of Social Services (DSS) recently awarded the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA) a statewide contract to manage the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Case Management program. CAFCA subcontracted with its network of Community Action Agencies including, TEAM, Inc. to ensure that qualifying individuals and families have access to SSBG case management services throughout the state.
TEAM has SSBG Family Support Specialist in place to offer services depending on customer need. These services include counseling, crisis intervention, ongoing assessments, goal planning, life-skills training, monitoring and encouraging client progress, assistance with obtaining housing, transportation assistance, job readiness training, education, and employment assistance, income management and daily living skills training, and referrals to additional community support services including treatment or other services.
The SSBG case management services are available for vulnerable individuals and/or families, with special emphasis on those who are less able than others to care for themselves, and include those who are: economically disadvantaged; physically, mentally or developmentally disabled; abused or neglected; in need of drug or alcohol services; in need of mental health support services; in need of supportive services to remain in the community; and in need of shelter.
To qualify for SSBG case management services, individuals must be deemed in need of services by Family Support staff, and make below $17,820 per year. Families must make below $32,040 per year for a family of two (increasing $8,280 per additional family member) and also have a child under the age of 18 living in the household. 
For more information on the SSBG Case Management program, contact Amy LaChioma, Director of Family Support Services at or 203.736.5420 ext. 246.
(This is a press release from TEAM, Inc.)

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Monday, August 1, 2016

British Invasion Coming to the Valley

Hey Valley...How Healthy Are You?

DERBY - Griffin Hospital, the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) and the Naugatuck Valley Health District invite the Lower Naugatuck Valley community to a discussion on health and wellness in the Valley on Tues., Aug. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The event will feature a presentation of the preliminary health data included in the upcoming “Understanding the Valley Region” report that will be published this fall by the Valley Community Foundation. The report was commissioned by the VCF to give residents, business and organizations a clear view of the community’s demographics, strengths, areas for improvement and other insightful data that can help plan for the future.
At the conclusion of the health data presentations, participants will be able to provide input and perspective that will be considered in the development of the Valley’s 2016-18 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to 203-732-1511 or register online at
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Dine Under the Stars

Friday, July 29, 2016

Local Lawmaker Says "No" to Mileage Tax

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State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is responding to reports that Connecticut is moving toward a mileage tax -- the idea of taxing motorists based on the distance they drive in their vehicles.

“Let me be clear, I am absolutely against any consideration of a mileage tax,” says Rep. Gentile.  “Talk about such a tax is aimed at getting voters riled up.”  Leadership in both chambers of the General Assembly insist they have no interest or plans to consider a mileage tax.  “For the record, I have no interest or plans to institute a mileage tax, as well,” says Rep. Gentile.  
Talk of a mileage tax began last year when the Governor’s Transportation Finance Panel recommended studying its potential implementation.  ConnDOT applied for a federal grant ($300,000) to pay for the study, joining with Vermont, Delaware, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.  DOT officials say the mileage tax could be an option to raise revenues.  Rep. Gentile says it is “a concept I cannot and will not support.”
(This is a press release from Gentile's office)

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vendors, Donations Sought for Festival of Trees

DERBY - St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby is seeking vendors and donations for its popular Festival of Trees fundraiser this November.
Set for Saturday, Nov. 19, the Annual Festival of Trees is attended by hundreds of parishioners from St. Mary and St. Michael Church as well as residents in the community looking for unique gifts, ornaments, wreaths and artificial trees for the holiday season. The event also features raffles, food and photos with Santa.
Raffle donations are also greatly appreciated. Proceeds benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School.
To rent a table or for more information, contact Denise Bottone at 203-231-3810 or

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A Musical, Magical Evening on Tap

DERBY -The 2016 Griffin Hospital Gala will celebrate the elegance and enchantment of autumn with an evening of lavish food, enjoyable music and entertaining magic from 7 – 11:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 16 at Aria, 45 Murphy Road in Prospect.
The evening will feature an unforgettable combination of spectacular views, exquisite dining and first-rate entertainment. Guests will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying Aria’s delightful manicured and sculpted gardens, and breathtaking scenic views. A customized dinner will be served accompanied with live music before a one-of-a-kind performance by award-winning and nationally-renowned magician, mentalist and entertainer, Dennis Watkins. The evening closes out with dancing to the energetic, Latin-inspired sounds and funky beats of the 10-piece band, Sugar. There will also be a silent auction for guests to bid on exciting prizes.
Tickets start at $185 per person. Black tie is suggested.
Proceeds will benefit essential programs and services for the Griffin Hospital community, ensuring patients have access to state-of-the-art care in a healing, patient-centered, Planetree environment.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Nista at 203-732-7384 or email, or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Derby Woman becomes One Millionth Customer

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DERBY - Michele Mahan-Bibber, of Derby, became the one millionth customer of Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts on Monday, July 18.
As the milestone customer, Mahan-Bibber won a prize basket filled with gift cards and items from the store.
Established in 2000, Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts is a community pharmacy located on the ground floor of Griffin Hospital. The store offers prescription and over-the- counter medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements, surgical supplies, gifts, flowers and cards.
Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts staff and Manager Cathy Egan were excited to celebrate the historical transaction and thanked the Griffin community for the years of support.
“For more than 15 years we’ve grown to meet the ever-changing needs of Griffin's patients, employees and community,” Egan said. “However, with our customers, we would not have reached this milestone. We thank all of our customers for their continued loyalty.”
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Come Celebrate Seymour!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Valley Pop-Up Market Saturdays through October

Monday, July 18, 2016

Valley Classmates to Celebrate 65th Reunion

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ANSONIA - The 65th class reunion of Ansonia High School and Pine High School will be held on Sunday, August 7th at Molto Bene Restaurant (formerly Rapp's), 55 Wakelee Avenue, from 12 o 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. A cash bar will be available.

Please make your reservations by July 24, and make check payable to Donald Reidy, 212 Mountain Road, Seymour,Ct. 06483. For more information, call Don at (203)888-3410 if you have any questions.

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Ansonia Nature Center Gets New Playground!


ANSONIA = Hundreds of employees from Basement Systems of Seymour volunteered their time over three days to build a brand new playground at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, located at 10 Deerfield Rd. The first group of summer camp kids got to christen the new, wooden playground on Monday, July 18. Basement Systems Founder and CEO Larry Janesky heard that a playground was needed to replace the old, 25-year old one that had to be torn down earlier this year for safety reasons. Janesky, who designed the new playground himself, rallied his employees, who worked around the clock, braving the sizzling summer heat, to give hundreds of local kids a fun place to swing, slide and play.  

(Photo shared from Ansonia Nature Center's Facebook page)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lets Go Seymour High School Class of '86

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hey Valley: Know Any Oustanding Women?

DERBY - The Valley Women's Health Initiative is seeking nominations of area women who have made positive contributions to the community to be honored at its Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Tribute.
The luncheon and fundraiser will be from noon-2 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 6 at The Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour. Over the past 15 years, more than 100 women from various walks of life who live or work in the Naugatuck Valley have been honored at this event.
Individuals, business leaders, and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Nominees should exemplify the multi-dimensional role women play in today's society as demonstrated by the contributions they have made to positively affect their community. Nominees must live or work in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour, or Shelton.
Nomination forms are available on the Valley Women’s Health Initiative page on or by emailing Chris Cooper at Nominations must be submitted by Mon., Aug. 1.
Selected honorees and their nominator will attend the luncheon as guests of the Valley Women's Health Initiative. Reservations are $40 per person and will go on sale in August.
Sponsor opportunities and congratulatory advertisements in the luncheon’s souvenir program are available. Contact Dorothy Gandy at contact for information.
Proceeds are earmarked for the Valley Breast Health Care Fund, a donor-advised fund administered by the Valley Community Foundation.
Founded in 1999 with the support and leadership of Griffin Hospital, The Valley Women’s Health Initiative is comprised of members of the community working toward a common goal of improving women’s health and quality of life in the Valley. Its primary goal is to reach out to any person who cannot afford breast cancer screening and diagnostic imaging costs and enable them to receive it.
Members of the committee include Co-Chairs: Kate Cosgrove and Dr. Stephanie Wain; Daun Barrett, Darlene Breving, Cary Carpino, Dolores Chew, Christine Cooper, Karen Cusick; Dorothy Gandy, Antonietta Hallet, Elizabeth Johnson, Lisa Kechijian, Peggy Marlowe, Frank Michaud, Mia Talamelli, Patricia Tarasovic, and Nancy Valentine.
To learn about the various ways you can help support the Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Tribute, call Chris at 203-733-7266, Dorothy at 203-233-7639 or Kate at 203-888-3290.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Sounds of Summer in Shelton

Image result for free summer concert series clip artSHELTON - ​Come summer, you will have another reason to visit Downtown Shelton: free live music! 
Celebrate Shelton! and Liberty Bank are proud to announce the second annual “Downtown Sounds: Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park" which will take place on Fridays - July 22, July 29 and August 5 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. There is a rain date of August 12 and rain date information will be updated at :
 “Each night, we will welcome handmade artisan vendors, a beer garden sponsored by Two Roads Brewing Company, and​ food trucks for families to enjoy" said Nicole Heriot-Mikula, co-creater of Celebrate Shelton 
Food trucks will include: Caseus Cheese Truck, Common Bond Market, Dad's Food Truck, Mama Dee's Italian Kitchen, Gypsy Joe Cafe, Pierogies on Wheels and Tipsy Ice Cream Cones.

"Starting at 5:00pm each night, there will be live music from sought-after local and regional bands," noted Michael Skrtic, another co-creater of Celebrate Shelton. The musical line-up includes: The Royal Din and The Balkun Brothers on July 22nd; The Alpaca Gnomes and Hubinger Street with the Kazoo Crew Family Band on July 29th; and Frank Viele and West End Blend on August 5th.
"We are thrilled to continue this free summer concert series in Downtown Shelton with great live music, food and activities for families" said Jimmy Tickey who is also a co-creater of Celebrate Shelton. "We were overwhelmed by the response last year, and we are looking forward to another successful summer concert series" Tickey said.
Downtown Sounds: Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park is sponsored by Celebrate Shelton and Liberty Bank, with support from R.D. Scinto, City of Shelton, as well as The Valley Community Foundation, Electri-Cable Assemblies and Avalon Shelton.
Celebrate Shelton, a city-wide initiative, was created by small business owners - Nicole Heriot-Mikula, Michael Skrtic and Jimmy Tickey. Learn more about Celebrate Shelton at

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