Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ansonia tree lighting event Dec. 5 in Veterans Memorial Park

ANSONIA >> The Ansonia Cultural Commission will hold its annual tree lighting event on Friday, Dec. 5 in Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street. The Ansonia High School Band will lead Santa down Main Street to the park at 6 p.m. There, they will be joined by DJ Phyllis Kaplan, the Take 4 quartet and The AHS chorus who will entertain the crowd with their beautiful seasonal music. Hot chocolate and munchkins will be provided by Dunkin Donuts of Pershing Drive. Come join in the fun, sing a long and visit with Santa.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ansonia Police Department announces winter parking regulations

Wesley Village Staff honored by United Methodist Homes

Top Row (L to R): Larry Johnson, Richard Scaife (also pictured with Joan Jakiela
and Tor Alston, from UMH’s Middlewoods communities)
Bottom Row (L to R): Veleka Coon, Kathy Vayda, Donna Brice, and Marissa Salvesen

Wesley Village employees were recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) for winning the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at UMH’s annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner Oct. 30, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence, Collaboration, and Stewardship. All employees are eligible to be nominated or to nominate any of their team members and are encouraged to do so for any co-workers who demonstrate any or all of these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes’ six communities is chosen to receive the award. Wesley Village award recipients included: Kathy Vayda (Crosby Commons); Donna Brice (Wesley Heights Assisted and Independent Living Community); Larry Johnson, Veleka Coon, and Richard Scaife (Bishop Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center); and Marissa Salvesen (UMH). The staff were nominated by managers and co-workers for their professionalism, positive attitudes, flexibility, and the excellent care they provide to the residents. They were recognized with a monetary award and a trophy and were praised by their supervisors for their outstanding character and service.

Also honored at the event were 29 employees who were recognized for their length of service of 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25, and 30 years with United Methodist Homes. Twenty-three UMH employees were also acknowledged for 5 years of service to the organization. Over 150 staff from all of UMH’s healthcare and senior living communities around the state attended the event, which was held at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford. United Methodist Homes, a local, faith-based not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, is proud to work with such a wonderful team of staff. For more information about our mission, vision, and values, visit our website at http://www.umh.org/.

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

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Downtown Handmade Market kick-off celebration Nov. 28 in Shelton

Opinion: Seymour High School stage production of 'Annie Jr.' a hit

Editor's note: The following is an Opinion piece by Seymour resident Joseph Luciano on Seymour High School's stage production of "Annie Jr.":

Bravo, Seymour High School students!  Parents, teachers, principals too!  You deserved the enthusiastic applause for your matinee performance yesterday of Annie Jr.

Directed by Brandt Schneider—with Stephanie Shelinsky (choreography), Darlene Keeffe, Samantha Toscano, Joseph Perrucci (artistic), and Nate Dobas (music/sound—Annie Jr. was written for high-school age performers by Music Theatre International as a shortened version of the original Broadway Annie that opened in 1977—and then ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre.  (MTI produced another version of the show, Annie KIDS, for elementary-school aged performers.)

Yesterday’s performance took off with a bang.  Students playing the orphans opened the show with vigorous singing, stomping, and dancing to “It’s A Hard-Knock Life.”  Costuming was quite impressive: clothing (even shoes) matched what kids were wearing when Annie was 11 years old in 1933.

As Annie, Taylor Queen gave a sterling performance as the street-smart, self-assured orphan singing hits “Maybe” and “Tomorrow.”  These and other tunes are challenging because of difficult intervals and leaps to unusual high notes.   Taylor and all the other SHS players earned the audience’s admiration for courage on stage, performing complicated song and dance routines.  What can’t they do?  Actually, during blackouts they even helped change the sets, which themselves were artistically creative.

There was much action onstage (kudos to choreography), with players moving on cue to their marks.  (If there were any flubs or bloopers, these young people just rolled through them like theater professionals.  Amazing!)

Finally, while there was no high school stage band, under Brandt Schneider’s direction the players sang and danced to a digital recording—a difficult feat.  Taylor and all the players showed skill beyond their years, making vocal entrances at the right time and keeping pace with tempos—even retards and fermatas.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Valley Council for Health & Human Services to hold annual meeting, awards presenation Dec. 2

The Valley Council for Health & Human Services will hold its annual meeting and community awards presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The event will feature a keynote presentation on “Have You Met ALICE” (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), a study of financial hardship in Connecticut, presented by Richard Porth, President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut.

The breakfast meeting and awards presentation, which is sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation, will be held from 7:45-10:15 a.m. at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. All Valley residents and community partners are welcomed.

A full invitation and registration information for the Valley Council Annual Meeting and Awards presentation is available online at www.valleycouncil.org or by calling the Valley United Way at 203-926-9478. Registrations will also be accepted at the door. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. The registration fee is $20 per person for Valley Council member agency representatives and $25 per person for other community attendees.

The Valley Council also will present three community service awards:

The Agency/Program of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit agency that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the health and well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. This year’s award will be presented to the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program for providing services that make significant and lasting contributions to the well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. The program is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Lewis Savitsky Staff Excellence Award, named in honor of a long-time Valley United Way employee and community leader, is presented to individuals for excellence in their roles as employees in the nonprofit community. This year’s honoree is Richard Knoll, president and CEO of TEAM Inc, for his lifelong and dedicated work to address the needs of the region’s low income families with meals, rent, utilities, childcare and senior services.

The Richard O. Belden Community Service Award, named in honor of late State representative Richard O. Belden, is given to an individual or group whose efforts have made a significant
contribution to improving the quality of life of Valley residents. The Council will present the 2014 Belden award to Attorney Dominick J. Thomas Jr. of Cohen and Thomas for his tremendous work supporting numerous organizations through his professional and philanthropic service. For more than three decades Non-Profits have benefited from Dominick’s generosity providing pro-bono legal services.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Valley Council for Health & Human Services.

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Santa and his elves to arrive Dec. 6 at Legion Pool in Seymour

Ansonia City Hall warns residents of paving business scam

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa Claus, more festivities coming to Seymour Dec. 6

SEYMOUR >> On Saturday, Dec. 6, the town of Seymour will be celebrating the holidays with an array of festive events sponsored by many town organizations including the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission, Seymour Land Trust, American Legion, American Legion Band, Seymour EMS, Metro North, local boy and girl scout troops and Santa Claus himself. 

The evening will begin with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Seymour train station on Main Street at 6:16 p.m., followed by a tree lighting by the American Legion on the corners of Bank and Wakely Streets at 6:30 p.m.

The downtown merchants will be open and celebrating the holidays, as well with individual festivities in their shops as part of First Saturday. The  Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will also be strolling through our historic downtown in full Dickens’ costume singing the songs of the season. The Seymour Land Trust will be having their annual visit with Santa and his elves and a fireworks display at 7 p.m.at the Seymour Land Trust located on Chatfield Street. Those attending are asked to bring a canned food item to be donated to our local food bank. 

Bank, First and Columbus Streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m., please park on the surrounding streets. For questions or more information, please call Kim at 203-888-7880.


Seymour Town Clerk's Office reminds residents to submit military service info

The Seymour Town Clerk's Office is reminding residents to submit the names of servicemen and women serving in the military.

Their complete service address should be submitted to the Seymour Town Clerk, including their Seymour home address and the name of the person submitting the request.

The Town of Seymour would like all Seymour servicemen and women currently serving in the military to receive a Christmas check from the Richard R. Pearson Memorial Fund.

Please submit names as soon as possible to the following address:

Seymour Town Clerk's Office
1 First St.
Seymour, CT 06483

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PHOTO: Seymour Recreation Department sponsored adult tennis clinic

Left to right: Art Carptenuto, Dawn Hunter, Tara Petrino, Nerissa Cassanova,
instructor Missy Orosz and kneeling Dennis Hunter 

This fall, the Seymour Recreation Department sponsored an adult tennis clinic for six weeks, which taught and improved tennis technique to area Valley residents.

The Seymour Recreation Department is looking to run this clinic again in the spring. To get on the interest list, call 203-888-0406.

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Derby Public Library offers teen winter watercolor painting workshop

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Winter Watercolor Painting, Dec. 11 and 18, from 4-5:30 p.m.

This two-session workshop will be led by Valley Arts Councilmember Rich DiCarlo and all materials will be provided. Registration is requested.

For more information stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

This is a press release from Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos.

St. Mary – St. Michael School’s Festival of Trees Christmas Bazaar Nov. 22 in Derby

DERBY >> St. Mary – St. Michael School’s Festival of Trees Christmas Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at 14 Seymour Ave.

Join us for Breakfast with Santa, who will also be available for photos. The event will includes a Christmas tree and wreath raffles, Chinese Auction, and new this year, there will be 7.5 FT and 9 FT trees for sale. Many unique craft vendors featured. This school fundraiser is a great way to make memories and get in the holiday spirit.

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Shelton Police: Man arrested after dispute with gun, barricading himself in home

SHELTON >> A local man was set to appear in Derby court Thursday after he allegedly showed a gun during a dispute Wednesday night and then refused to come out of a downtown residence for about an hour after police arrived.
Jayson Karczmarczyk, 39, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, interefering with an emergency call and assault on a police officer after the incident, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release Thursday morning.

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Probation granted in Ansonia PTO theft

By Register Staff

MILFORD >> A former Ansonia PTO president who admitted stealing $21,676 from John G. Prendergast School’s Parent Teacher Organization was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.
Kelly Kahyaoglu, 49, had pleaded guilty in Superior Court to first-degree larceny, a felony, back in April.

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PHOTO: St. Mary-St. Michael School collects 570 donations for Spooner House

DERBY >> St. Mary-St. Michael School collected 570 donations for their Spooner House food drive last week. Pictured are 7th and 8th grade students Michael Rizzitelli, Jan Mazan, AJ Sibilia, Jason Peters, Brandon Coletta, and Igor Poliwoda who helped to the load food from the school-wide drive.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Student, 13, arrested for alleged bomb threat at Derby Middle School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Police arrested a 13-year-old female student Wednesday in connection with a bomb threat made at Derby Middle School this week that sent the school into a lock-in and forced officials to close for a day so police could conduct a thorough sweep of the building.
According to a press release issued by Police Chief Gerald Narowski, the girl is an 8th grader at the school and was charged with one count of threatening first degree and breach of peace. She is scheduled to appear in Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Waterbury Nov. 20. The girl’s name was not released as she is a minor.

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Ansonia man pleads guilty to lying to FBI about police brutality claim

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
HARTFORD >> An Ansonia man who accused Derby police officers of beating him during his arrest for a probation violation admitted Tuesday he was lying.
Edward Minerly, 52, of Ansonia, who is a registered sex offender, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to one count of making a false report of police brutality to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Minerly faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello sentences him on Feb. 10.

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Shelton Police make arrest in June convenience store robbery

By Register Staff
SHELTON >> Police Tuesday arrested 22-year-old Wayne Bunting of New Haven at Derby Superior Court, where he was appearing in connection with another case.

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Cops: DNA connects convicted bank robber to 2009 Ansonia heist

By Register Staff
ANSONIA >> Police say DNA has tied a Waterbury man with two previous bank robbery convictions to a five-year-old robbery here.
Dennis Wilson, 42, was taken into custody late last month by detectives and returned to Connecticut from a New York prison to face charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree larceny, police Lt. Andrew Cota said Tuesday in a press release. Wilson, who is being held on $250,000 bail, was scheduled to appear Tuesday at state Superior Court in Derby.
Wilson is accused of robbing the former Naugatuck Valley Savings Bank, 75 Tremont St., in 2009. Cota said $8,359 was taken.

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Derby dentist and family now in 30th year of helping others enjoy Thanksgiving

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> For three decades, a local dentist and his family have donned traditional Pilgrim costumes,  encouraging Valley residents to open their hearts and wallets to ensure families in need can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving feast.

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Derby to get refund for infomercial minus Terry Bradshaw

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY -The city will get a full refund of what it has paid so far for an infomercial boasting Derby’s assets, which officials believed would be hosted by NFL legend Terry Bradshaw.
But Bradshaw is no longer associated with the company producing the video.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Seymour prepares for annual Christmas parade

Preparations are underway for Seymour's 43rd annual Christmas Parade, to be held Sunday, Nov. 30. The rain/snow date will be the next Sunday, Dec. 7.

Robert Lang, the parade association president, has issued a call for new units to take part in the parade: “We encourage area organizations such as girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts & boy scouts, youth groups, civic groups, churches, and businesses to help us welcome the holiday season in the valley by participating in this year’s event.”

As an incentive to participate, trophies and ribbons are awarded each year in four categories. Children’s marching units vie for the Sponheimer Trophy, sponsored by Miller-Ward Funeral Home. The Mackenstein Trophy, sponsored by the Seymour Lion’s Club, is given to the best children’s float. Adult floats can capture the Isaacson Trophy, sponsored by American Legion Post 10, while school groups are eligible to win the LoPresti Trophy, sponsored by Hot Tops. The best overall unit in the parade will walk off with the Pelletier Trophy, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which is given in memory of the past president of the parade association, Ronald Pelletier. In addition, all participants receive commemorative dated ribbons.

For more information or to enter a unit in the parade, please contact Bob Lang, 203-888-6268 or rclang27@sbcglobal.net.

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Church of The Good Shepherd to hold Christmas Fair Nov. 22 in Shelton

Assumption School Honor Roll

Assumption School, Ansonia, CT  Honor Roll
Mrs. Kathleen Molner, Principal, has announced that the following students have attained Honor Roll status for the first marking period:
Grade 4 ~ High Honors ~ Abigail Hanson, James Lowman, Riley Pelatowski, Samantha Sosnovich, and Emily Sudol.
Second Honors ~ Ava Cratty, Fabian Cuprys, Joseph Czajkowski, Connor Edo, Jamie Fonseca, Paige Fourtin, Angela Ho, Kayleigh Householder, 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, and Claudia Hollo.
Grade 6 ~ High Honors ~ Schuyler Cummings, Kylee Nimons, Taylor Pelatowski, and Mikayla Wiacek.
Second Honors ~ Rhea Bacourt, Sarah Burke, Janelle Cantil, Mackenzie Ceccarelli,  Ayanna Cruz, Michael Eheman, Cheyenne Fedor, Andrew Kluk, Rafael Masbad, Dion Perkins, and Cameron Pomponio.
Grade 7 ~ High Honors ~  Matthew DeFelice, Jason Do, Christopher Hughes, Bianca Romano, Andrea Rooney, and Sydney Walsh.
Second Honors ~ Jack Ahearn, Brooke Armistead, Kyle Cardenas, Alexi Edo, Ethan Johnson, Maria Kocianska, Joshua Quinn, Mia Ramadei, and Kristina Terlaga.
Grade 8 ~ High Honors ~ Hadia Ahmad, Robert Damjanovich, Jordyn Davis, Annalee Gaudreau, Gabrielle Jadach, Samantha Mosel, Jason Ostrowski, Manjot Singh, Theresa Swatt, and Ania Washington.
Second Honors ~ Lucas Ardito, Jayden Belton, Alexa Benfanti, Arianna Blackwell, Victoria Bradshaw, Ally DiMauro, Daniel Lara, Tracey Logan, Logan Lumley, Gillian Nemec, Ashton Sarandrea, and Joseph Scott.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hamden developer faces fines for blight in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 

ANSONIA >> A Hamden developer who purchased 10 acres of abandoned downtown property last year with a vision to transform it into a mix of office, residential and retail, has been slapped with a blight citation for failing to clean up the site — and could face hefty fines to boot.
According to Mayor David Cassetti, the city issued Moustapha Diakhate the citation this week that threatens daily fines up to $20,000 if he doesn’t respond to the notification within 10 days.
The citation letter issued by Blight Enforcement Officer David Blackwell cites the property for numerous violations including more than 220 sections of broken/shattered windows; graffiti; vegetation overgrowth protruding through cement; crumbling cement and debris; and exposed rebar. The violations pertain to the old Farrel Processing Lab at 501 E. Main St, which officials said is in the worst shape out of all the buildings.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Shelton nursing assistant charged with identity theft, stealing from elderly man

By Register Staff

HAMDEN >> A Shelton woman hired as a caregiver for an 88-year-old man is facing several charges here after she allegedly stole nearly $1,400 from the man’s checking account.
Shante Pettway, 27, turned herself in to Hamden police last week and was charged with six counts of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree larceny.

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Shelton police search for pair in bank robbery

By Register Staff

SHELTON >> A reward is being offered for information about two men who allegedly held up a First Niagara Bank branch here Friday morning.
Police responded to the branch at 704 Bridgeport Ave. shortly before 9:40 a.m. on a report of a bank robbery, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release early Friday afternoon. They found that two men had entered the bank and demanded money from the tellers.

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Losing friends to cancer inspires Seymour native to ‘make a difference’

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> A Seymour High School graduate, inspired by the courage shown by two of his friends — the late Nina Poeta and Tiffany Nieves — in their fights against cancer, has been moved to embark on a mission to brighten the holidays for sick children.

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Derby-Shelton Rotary Club offers delivery of sand/salt mix to seniors, disabled residents

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club will be delivering five gallon buckets of sand and salt mixture to seniors and disabled individuals residing in Derby and Shelton on Dec. 11-14 to spread on walkways and driveways during the winter.

If you are interested in receiving a bucket, sign up at the Derby or Shelton Senior Centers or contact Kim@CurtissRyan.com or call 203-929-1484 x 227. Deadline for registering is Dec. 8. Individuals residing in housing developments that already provide sand are not eligible.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standard in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximated 1.2 million Rotarians belong to 34,578 Rotary clubs located in over 200 countries. The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club has been a member of this global organization since May 24, 1927. Learn more about Rotary at www.derby-sheltonrotary.org.

This is a press release from the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club.

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Derby's 105th District selected for post-election hand count audit of ballots

Seymour Middle School honors local veterans

SEYMOUR >> The students and faculty of Seymour Middle School celebrated Veterans Day with a day of patriotic programs and activities.

The celebration of Veterans Day began with a flag-raising ceremony, featuring the Seymour American Legion Color Guard, and a performance of the National Anthem by the school chorus. Following the ceremony, students viewed a recording of the Veterans Day Bell Ceremony, which took place at the American Legion headquarters.
Harvey Catlin, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, said that “Veterans Day is one of my favorite days to be a U.S. History teacher.”

Throughout the day, students were immersed in learning activities that focused on the history and importance of Veterans Day. Students learned about local veterans through readings and the viewing of video clips. The highlight of the day was the host of guest speakers that visited the school. Family members of students and staff who served our country were invited in to share their stories. These veterans brought the true meaning of Veterans Day to life through their respective presentations, resulting in a quality learning experience for our students.

These events have become an annual fixture at Seymour Middle School. The students and staff wish to thank all veterans for their service, and extend their gratitude to the speakers who shared their stories on Veterans Day.

(Information and photos submitted by SMS Assistant Principal Ernie DiStasi)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wesley Village receives grants for 2014

SHELTON >> Wesley Village is the recipient of two grants for 2014 for Wesley Heights Assisted & Independent Living Community.

Wesley Heights, a senior living community on the Wesley Village campus, received a one-year grant of $8,000 from the David N. Lane Trust for Aged & Indigent Women. Established in 1964 to support and promote quality human services and health care programming for underserved older women living in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, the trust is managed by the Connecticut based Philanthropic Solutions office of the Bank of America, N.A. Funds from the grant will provide assisted living services for low income elderly women living at Wesley Heights.

The community also received a one-year grant of $10,000 from the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) to support assisted living services to low income elderly residents of Wesley Heights Middle Court Apartments. The VCF was established in 2004 and distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. Wesley Village also received a $250 sponsorship from the VCF to support their 6th Annual Road Race, which benefitted life enriching programs for seniors living on the campus, as well as the PTA of a neighboring school, Long Hill Elementary. To learn how your gift can help to support the quality of life in the Valley, visit http://www.valleyfoundation.org/.

This is a press release from Wesley Village.

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Seymour terminates contract for school bus cameras

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Board of Education recently terminated its contract with a Louisiana-based company promising to install exterior cameras on school buses, aimed at catching motorists who illegally blow by them.
That’s because the company, Bus Shield LLC, failed to live up to its end of the bargain in the agreed-upon timeframe, according to Superintendent of Finance and Operations Rick Belden.
“Bus Shield did not provide the required services (survey and installation of test cameras) in the appropriate time period,” Belden said.

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Seymour honors veterans at candlelight vigil

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The community gathered at Broad Street Park Tuesday, amidst a soft amber glow, for the town’s 30th annual Veterans Day candlelight vigil.
A total of 111 luminary bags lined the park’s sidewalks, as people came out on a mild November evening to honor the men and women of the military who make it possible for all in America to enjoy freedom.
The 111 bags, explained VFW Post 12084 Commander Al Yagovane, an Army veteran, cast much more than soft light during the 45-minute ceremony.

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