Friday, September 19, 2014

Derby Public Library presents 'A Tribute to Irving Berlin'

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library will present "A Tribute to Irving Berlin" on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m.  

Singer and actress, Patty Carver, will share stories and songs in celebration of one of the greatest American songwriters of all time. From "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" to "Always," from "This is the Army" to "There’s No Business Like Show Business," Berlin’s music with its memorable melodies, unbridled emotion and timeless lyrics is uniquely American and will continue to be sung by many generations to come.

Carver has performed in New York, Los Angeles and London. She has written over 30 original musicals for audiences that have been produced for national tours and New York productions. 

Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit     

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

Derby resident shines in 'Dancing With Our Heroes' competition

Gus Williams, with dancing partner Monika Barska,
receives his scores from the judges at the
"Dancing With Our Heroes" competition Saturday
at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Barska is a '96 graduate of Derby High School.

DERBY >> Resident Gus Williams recently competed in the "Dancing With Our Heroes" fund-raiser and took 3rd place in the Foxtrot category.

Williams is an Army veteran. "After joining the John H. Collins Post 24 in Derby in 1977, he joined the B-Centennial Flag Team. In 1993 his post honored him with an honorary, PULF, life membership. About the same time he was welcomed into the forty and eight and became an Honorary Life Member in the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans In Canada, United States division. He is a member of the Catholic War Veteran’s, AMVETS, ELKS, NRA, National Vice Commanders Club, Past Department Commanders Club and the Great Hill Fish and Game club. Gus is an American Legion past National Vice Commander and a Hall of Fame Inductee," his bio states.

Watch him dance here, starting at 36:00 and ending at 47:00. His contestant number is 593. 
"The City of Derby wishes him congratulations on his fine performance," Marc J. Garofalo, town/city clerk, said in a written release.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the West Haven VA, according to the "Dancing With Our Heroes" website.

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Ansonia’s Harvest Festival poised to usher in fall

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> The 11th annual Ansonia Harvest Festival is right around the corner, poised to usher in fall, and organizers hope to secure a few more vendors to ensure the event remains a rousing success.
So far, 75 vendors have signed up, according to Cultural Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari. As a rule, the festival attracts more than 100 vendors. Nicolari said there’s still time for vendors to join. The cost for a vendor space is $65 and there’s no cut-off date to sign up.

Read more here


Grant will help remediate Ansonia Copper & Brass property

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city will receive a $200,000 state grant to help assess and remediate a portion of the defunct Ansonia Copper & Brass property downtown.
The news came from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday, who said in a press release that Ansonia is one of 11 municipalities to share $1.7 million in assessment grants to support property clean-up and advance the development of Brownfield sites throughout Connecticut.
The grants come courtesy of the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

Read more here


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Downtown Seymour poised to become more handicapped-accessible, more environmentally friendly

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Downtown is poised to become more handicapped-accessible and a lot more environmentally friendly thanks to a $375,00 financial boost from the state.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this week that Seymour is one of 13 municipalities to share $5 million in grants to develop or improve town commercial districts, in an effort to attract small businesses, grow jobs and improve pedestrian access and livability in town centers.
The grants are part of the state’s Main Street Investment Fund, which is administered through the state Department of Housing.

Read more here

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Seymour concert to benefit local family in need, serve as prelude to Smoke in the Valley fest

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Where there’s smoke, you know there’s got to be fiery hot chili, along with craft beer, live music and more on tap for the upcoming, fourth annual “Smoke in the Valley” festival.
But there’s a twist to this year’s wildly popular event. What began as a kickoff party to the craft beer and chili festival, scheduled for Oct. 4, has turned into a “Concert for a Cause,” a benefit for the family of Mark Condo, a young Seymour father who passed away unexpectedly this summer.

Read more here

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Seymour transforms for 49th annual Pumpkin festival

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> French Memorial Park will again be transformed into a Halloween-themed haven of arts, crafts, food and family fun, playing host to the 49th annual Seymour Pumpkin Festival.

One of the area’s most anticipated fall events, drawing crowds of more than 30,000 each year, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the park, located at the junctions of Route 8 and Route 67. The festival will take place rain or shine. Admission is free.

Read more here


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shelton police dog, Jager, retires

Officer Christopher Nugent and Jager.
Photo courtesy of Shelton Police Department.
SHELTON >>  The police department recently retired its police dog, Jager.

Jager was paired with Officer Christopher Nugent, and came to the department in 2008, partially through a donation from People's United Bank, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release.

Jager assisted in approximately 75 successful tracks and apprehended as many as 15 dangerous suspects during his career, Kozlowsky said. 

Nugent and Jager were also active in the community, visiting area schools and attending community functions and programs.

Kozlowsky said the department is planning on getting another police dog soon. A new handler will also be selected due to Nugent’s recent promotion to the rank of detective,

Anyone who would like to donate to the police K-9 program can do so by sending a check to the Shelton Police Department located at 85 Wheeler St. Checks should be made out to "City of Shelton Special K-9 account." 

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Upcoming programs in October at Derby Public Library

Young Adult 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 October. Nintendo Wii, board games and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit .

Teen Chess Club

The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to meetings each Monday in October 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. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit

Teen Book Talk

The Derby Public Library hosts Teen Book Talk each Tuesday in October from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to chat about titles each have recently read. This venue will focus on sharing reviews and opinions on a variety of titles, as well as provide a means to decide upon future reading. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit

This information was provided in a press release from Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ansonia Armory used as backdrop for UConn basketball documentary

ANSONIA >> Several former UConn women's basketball players were in the city Sunday afternoon filming a documentary.

From Mayor Cassetti's office:

"These players have put women's basketball and Connecticut on the map. Coming here to our Armory helps shine a spotlight on Ansonia's rich history of sports and basketball. This building has seen a lot of great players come through its doors. Today is a milestone," said Mayor David Cassetti in a release.

"We are thankful to Mark Dixon and the CT Office of Film Television and Digital Media. They referred ESPN to Ansonia. They recognized that the historical backdrop of the Armory would make a great location for this documentary. Ansonia has a lot to be proud of in terms of its sports and athletes and this documentary will remind everyone of our great history and our love of basketball," said John Marini, the city's corporation counsel, in a release.

"Whenever we can raise awareness of our community and our historic buildings and highlight Ansonia it's a great day. This documentary will be shown worldwide. It's exciting for us and it helps promote our great City," said Sheila O'Malley, the city's director of Economic Development, in a release.

The Valley Independent Sentinel has the full story here.

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Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Fair to benefit Seymour Pink

SEYMOUR >> The annual Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Fair is set for Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St.

The event is a benefit for Seymour Pink. Seymour Pink’s mission is to unite the community in the fight against breast cancer. The money raised will go toward funding breast cancer research, provide education and to empower and assist breast cancer victims and their families.

There will be shopping, raffle prizes, baked goods and a Seymour Pink booth. 

Each crafter and vendor will donate $35 to Seymour Pink to participate. Please show your support for these local crafters and small business owners by doing some holiday shopping at the fair.

Lori Tilton and Danielle Merritt are the event organizers. For more information, call Danielle at 203-376-0130 or visit the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair on Facebook. 

This information was provided in a press release from Elizabeth Pisano.

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PHOTO: Grandparent's lunch at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby

Kaelyn DiMartino, a 2nd-grade student at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby, enjoys lunch with her grandparents, Harvey and Marlend Finkel of Derby. The students recently invited their grandparents to school to celebrate Grandparent's Day.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne Foley


Friday, September 12, 2014

Derby breaks ground on 9/11 memorial site

The steel I-beam recovered from one of the World Trade Center towers. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich — New Haven Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY - A small crowd paused Thursday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago, and at the same time, broke ground for a 9/11 memorial poised to grace the Derby Green as a permanent tribute.
About 40 Derby volunteer firefighters, ambulance personnel, city leaders and residents gathered around a roped-off, steel I-beam recovered from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers, which will serve as the focal point of the memorial.

Read more here.

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Derby probes makeshift tents in woods

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The city is looking into a situation where homeless people are supposedly living in makeshift tents in the woods near the Derby Greenway.
Alderman Art Gerckens, who also chairs the aldermen’s community relations subcommittee, said several residents informed the committee this week about the issue.
“There have been people living there … and it has been reported to several aldermen that there is a vagrant problem,” Gerckens said. “We also were informed there has been a burglary or two to the businesses in that area.”

Read more here.

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Ansonia reaches agreement with ex-town clerk in dispute over $262,000

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city and its former longtime town/city clerk have reached a settlement regarding ownership of more than $260,000 in fees accumulated by the clerk’s office over 14 years.
The Board of Aldermen during its meeting Tuesday unanimously approved a settlement where Madeline Bottone, the former clerk who served in the role for 16 years before retiring last year, and the city will split $262,000 remaining in a city-maintained bank account.
“The City and Ms. Bottone mediated this matter before retired District Court Judge Alan Neves last week,” said Corporation Counsel John Marini. “Ms. Bottone claimed the balance of the account as her retirement savings. The City, however, concluded that the funds were taxpayer property based on provisions of the Ansonia Charter, Code and Connecticut General Statutes.”

Read more here.


Walgreens pulls out of plans to build store in Derby

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Walgreens Pharmacy is not going to be located at the corner of happy and healthy anymore, or in Derby’s case, at the corner of Pershing Drive and Division Street.
That’s because the pharmacy giant has “pulled out” of its approved plans to raze the Red Raider Plaza they own and build a 14,524 sq. ft. store there.
City Building Inspector Carlo Sarmiento said Wednesday that he met with Walgreens officials last week for a building update, and that’s when he learned that the project is off.

Read the full story here.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seymour hosts annual ‘Pink Promenade’ to raise money for breast cancer

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> First Selectman Kurt Miller is no stranger to strapping on a pair of women’s stilettos and a skirt all in the name of a good cause.
And Miller is inviting area men to join him for Seymour Pink's 5th annual "Pink Promenade." Miller and others who sign up will walk a mile in heels throughout town, sporting pink outfits and raising awareness and money for breast cancer.
The event, which Miller and the employees of Town Hall are sponsoring, is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Community Center, 20 Pine St.

Read more here

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Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto fills vacant Parking Authority seats

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Mayor Anita Dugatto Tuesday appointed new members to fill the seats vacated by four members of the Parking Authority who abruptly resigned last month.
During a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Dugatto presented three options, but ultimately exercised her authority as mayor to name new members, which doesn’t require aldermen approval.
“What a monumental waste of time,” said Aldermen David Lenart following the meeting. Lenart preferred disbanding the authority, in favor of privatization.

Read the full story here

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Barefoot Summer Festival to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children

Colonial Tavern, at 24 Hawley Road in Oxford, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Barefoot Summer Festival to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. 

The event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., doors open at 10 a.m., and includes the 4th Annual Classic Car Show and burn-out pit; live music, featuring Gravyhound and North of Forty; the Firedog Food Truck, Nana's Ice Cream, and fried dough; Craft Beer and Wine tasting tent, featuring Shebeen, Berkshire, Black Hog, Goose Island, Blue Point, Kona, Two Roads, and DuVig brewing companies, as well as Casanova Wine and other craft wines; a Vendor Marketplace; and a children's activity area, including face painting, sand art and more.

General admission to the event is $5 for ages 11 and up, children 10 and under are free. Classic car registration is $10 prior to Sept. 14 and $15 the day of (general admission for all passengers is included in this fee). The Tasting Tent is $16/16 tastings prior to Sept. 14 or $20/16 tastings the day of. Additional tastings may be purchased the day of for $10/10 tastings. 

All tickets can be purchased in advance online at

For more information, call the Connecticut Partnership office at 203-881-1804. All proceeds from this event benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting low-income children throughout the state.

** The rain date for this event is Sunday, Oct. 5.

This is a press release from Meghan Tarby, executive director and social worker, CT Partnership for Children, Inc.

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St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop in Derby offers 'Healing Journey' for grieving persons

DERBY >> St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop is offering a "Healing Journey," a 9-week session facilitated by a certified member of the Bereavement Ministry, for grieving persons.

The first session is Sept. 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the prayer room at the store. Cost for the session is $10, which includes the workbook.

To register, call 203-888-3390, as space will be limited.


Strand Ole Opry set for Sept. 27 in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> The next Strand Ole Opry is set for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at The Strand Theater.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The All-American Valley General Store, 16 Bank St., or by calling 203-828-6442. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted.

Musical guests include Shannon McMahon, The Wool Hats String Band, 81 South and more. 

There is a pre-show dinner at the General store at 5:30 p.m., BBQ chicken sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, apple pie, mason jar iced tea. $14.95 per person, reservation required. 

Doors open at the theater at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Kim Dulka at 203-828-6442.

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Spooner House campaign aims to stock Valley Food Bank shelves

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

The cupboards at the Valley’s homeless shelter are bare.
In an effort to restock the shelves, and to mark national Hunger Action Month in September, the Spooner House is making a special push to help put food on the table, and fight childhood hunger.
According to statistics provided by Spooner House, there are 520,000 people in Connecticut at risk of hunger every day, and one in five of them are children.

Read more here

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Derby aldermen to discuss next steps after Parking Authority resignations

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss what happens next in the wake of four of the five members of the Parking Authority abruptly resigning last month.
The aldermen will meet following its Operations and Procedures sub-committee meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
According to Mayor Anita Dugatto, the authority has not been disbanded, even though there’s just one member left.

Read more here

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Valley United Way announces new financial education programs

Valley United Way is offering a number of programs in its ongoing Financial Education Series sponsored by Pitney Bowes.

The programs are being offered free of charge in the Lavietes Conference Room at Valley United Way, but registration is required. To register, call 203-926-9478 or sign up at

Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Financial Planning for College
John DeLeo of Ion Bank will conduct a seminar on how to plan to deal with financing a college education. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. - Get Retirement Ready
The focus will be to help prepare individuals for the decisions they need to make as they approach retirement, including sources of retirement income, employer distribution options, lump sum vs. income stream, IRA rollovers, health insurance options and relocation decisions. Experts from Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife will conduct the session. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. - Retirement Income Planning 
Experts from the Barnum Financial Group will prepare participants for the steps to take to create an income strategy such as setting retirement goals, identifying expenses and reviewing all guaranteed sources of income, as well as learning how to manage retirement risks. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 27 at noon - Understanding Social Security
Experts from the Social Security Administration will help individuals to understand the key role played by Social Security in any retirement plan. A light lunch will be provided.

This information was provided in a press release from Valley United Way.


Seymour High School gets new assistant principal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The Board of Education has hired an assistant principal for Seymour High School.
The board, during its Sept. 2 meeting, unanimously voted to bring Tara Yusko of Meriden onboard.
Yusko is currently employed as an English teacher and administrative intern at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She is expected to start at SHS in mid-October and will earn an annual salary of $132,230, according to Superintendent of Schools Christine Syriac.

Read more here.

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Derby residents to weigh in on $3.75M road project

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> A dozen of Derby’s worst roads are heading to the November ballot, where voters will be asked to approve some long overdue repairs.
Both the Board of Aldermen and Board of Apportionment and Taxation at a joint meeting Sept. 4 unanimously approved sending a $3.75 million proposal to improve the roads to the Nov. 4 ballot.
Voting is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bradley and Irving schools.

Read more here

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Friday, September 5, 2014

2 of Seymour’s worst roads in line for rehab

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Two of the town’s worst roads are in line for a major facelift this month.
Jay Lane, which Town Engineer Jim Galligan has called “the absolute worst” road in town, followed by Patton Avenue, are slated to be reclaimed and repaved.
The Board of Selectmen this week awarded a contract to A&J Construction of Brookfield, which was the lowest bidder for the job at $319,086. Three other companies submitted bids for the job, including Cocchiola Paving of Oakville, which bid $319,250; Complete Construction of Ansonia, which bid $344,600, and Guerrera Construction of Oxford, which bid $425,715.

Read the full story here.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Leaving one job, but staying in Ansonia

A longtime friend and colleague gave me these beautiful roses.

Dear readers,

I'm still here in Ansonia but I'm moving in a new direction. I hope you'll follow me as I continue to cover stories in the Valley.

The difference is that I'll be doing so on a new site, not connected to the New Haven Register.  

Today is my last day working for the newspaper, after more than 21 years.

My husband Ralph and I hope to launch the site in the next month. It will be called The Valley Voice. 

I also hope you keep reading the Register's coverage of our Valley.

Please follow me on Facebook here for info on the new Valley site.

Thanks as always for reading ~ stay tuned!


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Food Trucks event in Shelton to benefit PCRC

SHELTON - The Parent Child Resource Center will host “Food Trucks in the Valley” from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Shelton River Walk to benefit programs and services that serve children and families.

Who: This is an open event.

What: This event is celebrating “Back-to-School” with free admission, while 10 percent of the proceeds from each vendor go towards PCRC’s programs and services. We currently have 12 food trucks confirmed, including healthy options. The PCRC Beverage Table will serve beer, soda, juice and water.

Please follow our social media:

Facebook: Food Trucks in the Valley
Twitter: @ValleyFTs
Instagram: ValleyFoodTrucks
Google +: Parent Child Resource Center

When: Thursday, Sept. 18 from 4-8 pm. The rain date is Sept. 23. WPLR will be attending 5 -7 p.m. with their tent, table, music and goodies.

Where: Derby-Shelton Rotary Pavilion at the Shelton Riverwalk at the intersection of Cornell Street and Canal Street E. Input Address: 80 Canal St. E, Shelton

Why: “Food Trucks in the Valley” will raise funds to support PCRC’s successful clinical programs that deliver a state of the art care to our clients – as a leader in the delivery of mental health services to children and families. Each year we serve more than 1,200 children, many who suffer from serious behavioral and emotional problems, including trauma, abuse, and neglect. 

How: For information on sponsoring or becoming a vendor, contact Veronica Parsloe at 203-954-0543 ext. 130 or

This is a press release from the Parent Child Resource Center, the leading provider of behavioral health services to children and families in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
PCRC programs, including the Child Guidance Clinic, Triple P Parenting Program, Therapeutic Mentoring Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and the Prevention through Early Intervention Program, help children and their families so that they may develop to their fullest potential.

“Saving Lives by Passionately Caring for Children, Families and Community.”

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Derby Library to host Lego Time, music, crafts, therapy dogs

  DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites children ages 4-11 to use their creative talents and stir their imaginations during Lego Time at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

  All levels of building skills are welcome to come by for this drop-in program which will be held twice a month. There is no fee to attend and all building materials will be provided.

Library Card Sign-Up Month
    Join the fun Sept. 20 at the Library with several activities planned in celebration of September as Library Card Sign-up Month.
   This open house will offer an opportunity for children to apply for their own library card. 
    Families are invited to attend Story and Craft Time at 10:30 a.m. featuring apple-themed stories and arts and crafts projects. 
    Children ages 4-11 can use their creative talents and stir their imaginations during Lego Time scheduled for 12:30 p.m. All levels of building skills are welcome to participate.  
    Registration is requested. There is no fee to attend.  

Crafty kids
    The Derby Public Library welcomes children in kindergarten through Grade 3 to attend Crafty Kids at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 16 for the first after-school program of the new school year.  Get creative during this back to school-themed arts and crafts program.
    Registration is requested.  There is no fee to attend and materials will be supplied.  

Tween Tuesdays
     The Derby Public Library will offer Tween Tuesdays as part of the fall lineup of events.  This program is geared for 10-12 year olds with an opportunity to make a new friend while tapping in to their creative talents through activities such as arts and crafts projects and cooking demos.  All materials are provided and there is no fee to attend.
    Registration is requested. There is no fee to attend and materials will be supplied.  

Turn It Up!
      Children ages 3-8 are invited to the Derby Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 for Turn It Up!  
      For this interactive music program, Sandi Schuchman will feature songs and movement with a night-time theme. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring along a fuzzy bedtime friend to share this evening event.
     There is no fee to attend, but registration is requested. 

Therapy dogs to visit
    Read to Payson will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 when the popular children’s reading to a therapy dog program continues for the fall.  
   Children ages 5-11 are invited to share a book with Payson during this interactive reading program.
    Each child will be given a 10-15 minute time slot to read to Payson, an Australian Shepherd rescue dog who was found roaming the streets of Kentucky.  
    She and her owner, Janet Sabovik, are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and volunteer throughout the community.
    This is a great opportunity for beginner or reluctant readers, as well as experienced readers, to build confidence, enhance their reading skills achieved during the school year and encourage a love of reading.  
     Participants are encouraged to stop by the Children’s Room to select a book with Payson’s “paw of approval” to share with her for the program.
     Registration is requested..  

      For further information or to register for any of the above programs,  call the Children’s Room at 203-736-1482, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or visit

   This is a press release from Sue Sherman, children's librarian, Derby Public Library.

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Derby Scouts to host shopping bus trip

DERBY - Troop 3 Boy Scouts will be hosting a "A Pre-Holiday Shopping Bus Trip" Oct. 11 to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, N.Y.

Bus departs Derby train station at 7:45 a.m.
Spend the day shopping in stores such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Tommy Hillfiger, and many more.
The bus returns to Derby train station for 8 p.m. arrival.

Tickets are $40. Continental breakfast and snack on the way home are included.

For tickets and to reserve a seat call Pamela, 203-513-7129 or Carole, 203-735-7519.

All proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of Troop 3, Derby.

This is a press release from Troop 3.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Derby/Shelton AMVETS Post 43 team is top fundraiser

The Derby/Shelton AMVETS Post 43 2014 Sunset Run For The Warriors Team, from left: Raquel Homes, Jennifer Casceillo, Bonnie Dunlap, Tammy Duda, Tonya Dzwonkowski, CaraMarie Carbonis, Shawn Allen, Lauren Cust, Al Meadows, Fred Benham. 
Front row: Arabella Carboni, Ronan Carboni, and Mary Mae Cust. Team members Josh Phillips, Zola Quoa, and Zake Phillips missing from photo. / Contributed photo

For the second year in a row Shelton resident Lauren Cust, a wounded warrior from Operation Iraqi Freedom, and her Derby/Shelton AMVETS (American Veterans) Post 43 team were the top fundraisers for the (5th) Annual Sunset Run For The Warriors at the Huntington Green Aug. 17.
Lauren was the top individual fundraiser and AMVETS Post 43 was the top team fundraiser with $1,445 donated for the race.
Post 43 has more thanr 30 female veteran members and over 50 Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans out of a total of 150 members.

The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Veterans and non-veterans are invited to join future AMVETS Post 43 teams. Visit them on Facebook: CT AMVETS Post 43 or Operation Gift Cards

This is a press release from Shelton resident Al Meadows.

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Talks at Griffin in Derby to focus on diabetes

DERBY - The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations about diabetes research Sept. 9 at the hospital, 130 Division St.

Patricia Chandler, MD, Director of Pfizer New Haven Clinical Research Unit, and Rockiy Ayettey, MS, Grants Coordinator and Research Associate, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center will host “What’s New in Diabetes Research?” 

The program will give an in-depth view of new developments in diabetes and diabetes studies being conducted at both facilities will be discussed.
The presentations will be at 2:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Childbirth Classroom A and at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Dining Room. 
Ask for directions to these rooms at the hospital’s front desk.

The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September - June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges and day-to-day dietary concerns. All diabetics and their families are welcome to attend. 

No registration is required. Free valet parking is available for the 2:30 p.m. session. 

For more information, call Mary Swansiger, 203-732-1137.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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Parent workshops, story times planned at Derby Library

 DERBY - Registration is under way for the fall session of Family Place Parent/Child Workshops  at the Derby Public Library starting  Sept. 15.

    This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their 1-3 year old children.  
    Siblings age 5 and under are also welcome to attend.  
    This free, five-week session will be held on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m.  
   The workshops feature puzzles, books, blocks, a craft, dramatic play and more.  
   Parents/caregivers will also be introduced to some of the many resources available to them to assist in the raising of their toddlers and have an opportunity to meet new friends in an educational and creative environment.
      Each workshop will focus on a different topic and will feature a professional from the community who will be available to discuss parenting questions and concerns.  
     Topics will include child development, nutrition, immunization and more.  Do not miss the opportunity to consult with experts on a no-fee basis while your child enjoys a wonderful play experience.  
      Space is limited; registration is requested.  
      Families are encouraged to attend all the workshops to obtain the full benefits of this program.
      The Family Place is a national initiative of Americans for Libraries Council and Middle Country Library.

      The Family Place of Connecticut is made possible through the generous support of the Katharine Matthies Foundation. 

Story times
        Registration is also being held for the fall session of story times. This story time session will run from Sept. 10-Dec. 12.   
        The Library offers weekly, age-appropriate programs for children birth to 5 years old.    

        Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 infants along with a parent/caregiver are invited to attend Baby and Me, which introduces our youngest patrons to the library and books through simple songs and rhymes, movement, board books and interaction with their caregiver.  
       The program will run for 20 minutes followed by play and conversation.
       Nursery Rhyme Time for toddlers 12 to 24 months old along with a caregiver will take place on at 10 a.m. Thursdays.  Finger plays, songs, movement, stories and rhymes will be included in this half-hour program.  The first class will be Sept. 11.
      Time for Twos begins at 11 a.m.  Sept. 11 with stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft for children who are between 25 and 35 months olds along with a caregiver.  
     Children 3-5 years old are welcome to join us for stories, songs, instruments, literacy games and a craft at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 12. 
       Preschool Story Time is designed to be an early school-readiness experience, an introduction to peer interaction and improved listening skills.   
      Children are encouraged to attend this story time independently while a caregiver remains in the Children’s Room area.               

    Registration is requested.  
    For information or to register for any of the above programs, call the Children’s Room,  203-736-1482, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or visit

This is a press release from Sue Sherman, children's librarian, Derby Public Library. 


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Staff at school in Derby trained for health emergencies

Through a grant from the Valley Community Foundation, St. Mary- St. Michael School in Derby purchased an AED or Automatic External Defibrillator. 
Carol Carloni, school nurse, and Cathi Kellett, Valley Parish Nurse Program, provided CPR and AED certification training to the staff.  
As part of educating people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the Griffin Hospital Community Outreach Mobile Unit conducted cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose screenings on staff members before the start of the new school year. / Contributed photo

This is a press release from St. Mary-St. Michael School.  

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