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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Attention Valley: Brief Power Outages Could Happen

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The following is an announcement from United Illuminating:

During the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 19, United Illuminating will be conducting system testing at its electrical substation in Shelton to maintain the reliability of its energy grid. 

During this procedure, which will be conducted between 3 and 5 a.m., customers in Shelton, Derby, and Ansonia may experience a brief power outage. The outage is expected to last less than five minutes. Customers may wish to check clocks and electronic devices that typically need to be reset following an outage. 

This work is part of UI’s ongoing commitment to providing a safe, reliable energy grid that’s capable of meeting the needs of its customers and communities now and into the future.

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Baseball Game to Benefit Veterans Aug. 19

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Help Feed Fido and Fluffy

Back to School Rally

Monday, August 14, 2017

Classic Car Show Aug. 20

Learn How to Prevent Falls at Griffin

DERBY - The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Fri., Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby.
The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or to call for fast help if a fall occurs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall each year. For those 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospital admissions for trauma. Those who fall, even if not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear causes people to limit their activities reducing their mobility, causing loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases the actual risk of falling.
A light breakfast will be provided by Griffin Hospital Lifeline.
To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Valley's Iconic Italian Festival to Mark 50 Years

Alycia Filippone and Sal Aconfora prepare meatballs for the festival
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ANSONIA-  Holy Rosary parish will sponsor its 50th annual Italian Festival, Festa! 2017, starting Thursday, Aug. 10 through Saturday Aug. 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. on its church grounds, 10 Father Salemi Drive. 

The festival is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant parish in the early 1900’s.  The current church (and festival) is located in the old Powe Street neighborhood that once housed a vibrant Italian enclave from 1900 to the flood redevelopment era of the 1960’s.
The festival features freshly prepared Italian foods such as suffrito, lasagna al forno, porchetta, pizza fritta, ravioli fritta, fried calamari and more.  All food items are freshly prepared in the parish hall kitchen by parish cooks each day.  The recipes used are established, tried-and-true and finished with love.  Special dessert items are Italian pastry treats like cannoli’s and sfogliatelle and gelato made by the award winning Gelato Giuliana of New Haven.
Holy Rosary’s Italian festival is rare in that the food items are freshly prepared on site  by parish cooks.  Alycia Filippone, festival co-chair, credits the success of the festival to this main point. 
“When you visit our festival you will find no private vendors selling dinner foods.,” she said.  “We take the food too seriously to leave it in the hands of others.  We prepare everything ourselves. Every dish is made as if we are serving our own large Italian families.  That’s why our food is so good, the love comes through!”
The festival also offers live musical entertainment each night.  Great artists like I'Liguri will entertain on Thursday, the Navels play on Friday and our Three Tenors:  Rich DePalma, Mark Lanzieri and Tony Santoli will perform the Saturday show. 
Rainbow Amusements provides rides for the children – Thursday is bracelet night.  Visitors can try their hands at the games of skill and games of chance.  An Italian Marketplace will sell Italian gifts and novelties ideal for the holidays or anytime.

The festival is located on flat paved grounds providing easy access for everyone. 

Admission is free so bring a chair, stay all night and enjoy! 

More information is available at:

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Ansonia Nature Center Announces Late Summer, Fall Programs

MONDAY NIGHT TRAIL RUN – Mondays in August, September, October, 5:30-6:30 pm
This is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary! Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails, while you burn off the weekend's extra calories. We guarantee that this FREE program is the best way to start off your week.  Please register and wear appropriate footwear.
FAMILY ORGANIC GARDEN PROGRAM – Tuesdays, August, September and October
ANC will be continuing family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you will get water and soil on your clothing. FREE, with the potential to take home fresh local produce!
FIBER ARTS GROUP – Tuesdays starting Sept. 5, 5:30–7:30 pm
Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work—knitting, felting, crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. FREE.
FALL TERM JUNIOR RANGERS – Registration.begins Thurs. Sept. 7; class runs Thursdays, Sept. 14–Nov. 2, 3:30–5 pm.
Calling all kids 11 to 14 years old who love nature! Has your child wanted to work with animals, garden, help maintain our trails, and help with special events? This is the opportunity to help the Nature Center in our 8-week after-school program. Parental permission is required. Class size is limited; this class fills up fast! FREE.
NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesdays, Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 10 am
Join Wendy for our preschool/toddler program. This 4-week session is for children ages 2–5 years old with an adult. These outdoor classes will be fun exploring and learning through play. We will learn about nature and science through activities such as hiking, exploring, singing, games, reading, and making crafts. Every class is outside!!!! TUITION: $40 per 4-week session (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center).
BIRDS ON THE MOVE – Sat. Sept. 30, 9 am
Join Ranger Jess for this informative program. She will concentrate on the end-of-summer journeys taken by our “flying friends” to faraway places each year. Find out who’s going and who’s staying put! FREE.
To register for all events please call (203)736-1053.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Griffin Hospital to Host AARP Driver Safety Program

DERBY - Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Saturday,  Sept. 16 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone.
The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.
The course also covers such topics as how to maintain proper following distance at all times; the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections; the effects of medications on driving; how to minimize the effect of dangerous blind spots; the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use; proper use of safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes and ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
Participants will gain a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how they can avoid potential collisions and injuries to themselves and others. As an added bonus, participants can check with their auto insurance company about discounts for completing the course.
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to “AARP.”
To register, call Esther at 203-732-1523.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Iconic Valley Music Store Revamped

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ANSONIA - The official ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening of Ansonia's Banko's Music took place on Thursday, August 3, as more than 50 folks packed the late afternoon ceremony.
Those in attendance included Mayor David Cassetti, state Rep. Linda Gentile, Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell, former Banko’s owner Joe Salvati, new owner Joe Shapiro, Second Ward Aldermen Lorie Vaccaro, Fifth Ward Alderman Joe Jaumann, and Seventh Ward Alderman Frank DeLibero.

The popular music destination business in downtown Ansonia dates back to 1955.

Shapiro recently bought the business, which has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and façade makeover.

The public grand  re-opening celebration is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. August. 5, featuring free food, free giveaways, live music and more.

(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall) 

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Take Path to Better Health at Griffin Hospital

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is helping individuals make the change for a healthier life this fall with its Wellness for Life program.
Wellness for Life is a 12-week, evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. According to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of chronic diseases, like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, can be prevented with better lifestyle choices in nutrition, activity and emotional health.
Starting Tues., Sept. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m., the program offers a custom fitness evaluation, a wellness visit with a physician, individual nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching, group physical activity, and small, interactive health seminars and discussions so participants can make a commitment to a healthier life. Each participant also receives a Fitbit, which helps track participants’ activity, sleep patterns and food intake.
“Making changes for a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy – it requires one-on-one guidance and on-going support,” said Wellness for Life Co-Director Eunice Lisk. “This program helps people assess their lifestyle, provides them with a personalized plan to increase vitality and gives one-on-one and group
support every step of the way to better health.”
Wellness for Life focuses on hands-on learning, featuring an activity monitor, behavioral change coaching, and weekly group sessions to promote healthy weight management, better sleep and energy, chronic disease prevention/management, and increased personal strength and resilience.
Since its start in 2015, Wellness for Life graduates have reported increased knowledge, skills, and confidence in making lifestyle changes (physical activity, stress management, nutrition, resilience), and the program has received high satisfaction scores from participants in meeting expectations and for presentations by the expert speakers.
Wellness for Life meets on Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
For more information about Wellness for Life, visit or call Program Director Eunice Lisk, MS, at 203-732-7107.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Iconic Valley Music Store to Hold Grand Re-Opening

ANSONIA - Banko's Music invites the community to an official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday from 5-7 p.m. (with an official cutting at 5:30 p.m.) and also to its Grand Re-Opening Celebration Saturday from noon-5 p.m. 

Banko's Music, 360 E. Main St., is under new ownership. All are cordially invited to join in the festivities.

Invited guests are Mayor David S. Cassetti and Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell. Wine and beer will be served and there will be live music.

The Saturday Grand Re-Opening Celebration will have a free all-day cookout with non-alcoholic refreshments served, free giveaways, and live music.

Banko's Music has been in continued operation and at the same location for over 60 years. The original owner, Frank Banko, opened the store in 1955. It was then passed on to Joe and Sherry Salvati in 2001. 

Now the legacy of Banko's has been handed over to new owner Joe Shapiro.

He said, "As a loyal customer of the store for many years, I jumped at the opportunity to buy Banko's when I heard the previous owners were selling. I am grateful Joe and Sherry Salvati have agreed to stay on with us as employees. Going forward, I foresee Banko's Music reclaiming its past and rightful place as the center of the musical community in the Valley and beyond."

Banko's has recently been restored, renovated, and expanded. 

Banko's is committed to serving the musical needs of the Greater Valley area and beyond while providing a community-oriented environment. 

For more information visit www.Bankos.Rocks or contact

(This is a press release from Banko's)

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Calling All Vendors: 2 for 1 Special in Ansonia

Shop Downtown Seymour's Annual Sidewalk Sale

SEYMOUR - The Shops Downtown will be having their annual Sidewalk Sale in conjunction with the First Saturday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. August 5. Don't miss this month!! Merchants will be offering refreshments and bargains!! Lizzie's Corner is hosting a Mini Fleamarket on the corner of Bank St. and Wakeley St., too! Start your day downtown with breakfast or come later for lunch or dinner. Cultural Arts is hosting a Concert at 6pm. The Strand will be showing a classic movie at 7pm. There are lots of activities for the whole family. Thanks for supporting the local shops!!

(This is a press release from Lizzie's Corner)

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Free Breakfast for All

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Griffin Hospital Recognized by New England Donor Services

From left: Sharon Bartley and Angelo Bernardo, of New England Donor Services, present Griffin Hospital VP Patient Care Services Barbara Stumpo and Inpatient Services Administrator Kelly Egan with the WPFL Silver Award.
DERBY - Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, recently received the Health and Human Services Work Place for Life (WPFL) Silver Recognition Award from New England Donor Services for raising awareness about organ donation.
The WPFL Hospital Campaign encourages hospitals to coordinate donor awareness and registry enrollment activities with their staff, patients and community members. The goals of the campaign are to increase organ and tissue donation awareness in the surrounding community, cultivate a hospital culture that incorporates educating and registering potential donors as part of their standard mission, and provide online organ and tissue donor registration opportunities.
Last year, Griffin Hospital assisted with four organ donations that resulted in life-saving organ transplants for 12 people.
Partners in the WPFL campaign are committed to building awareness of the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation registration. According to New England Donor Services, there are more than 117,090 people in the U.S. and 1,343 in the state on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplants. One donor has the potential of saving up to nine lives through organ donation and can enhance the lives of 50 people through tissue donation.
For more information about organ donation, visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Gentile Applauds Approval of $1.2 Billion State Employee Concession Plan

State Representative Linda Gentile (Derby, Ansonia) applauds the House approval of a $1.2 billion state employee concession plan that will enact several significant structural changes and save $24 billion over the life of the agreement.
This is an historic agreement that prioritizes structural, verifiable reductions to long-term pension and benefit costs, while also achieving significant savings in the coming biennium. This groundbreaking agreement substantially reduces the unfunded liability for both the state employee retirement system and our retiree health benefits trust fund.
Under this labor deal, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition has agreed to zero wage increases for three years, higher health co-pays and premiums, and three unpaid furlough days in 2017-18.
“This labor agreement is the first step toward solving our budget deficit as it adopts a spending plan that generates new revenue, restructures our pension system into the future, while respecting the promises made in the past, and takes advantage of our demographic reality.” Rep. Gentile said. “This deal will put Connecticut on the path to financial sustainability, produce immediate savings in healthcare and enact several significant structural changes by gradually shifting costs onto employees and retirees into the future.”
Other structural changes include overtime capped at 60 percent, health insurance redesign, pension reforms, increased co-pays, premium cost sharing and COLA reforms.
Additionally, the plan will require all employees to pay 2 percent more into their pension over biennium and establish a new tier IV of employees going forward that will have a defined benefit and contribution plan.
In regards to savings, this agreement:
  • Saves taxpayers approximately $710 million in Fiscal Year 2018 and $850 million in Fiscal Year 2019,
  • Savings grows to $24 billion over the next 20 years,
  • Turns a $20.7 billion unfunded liability into a $1.5 billion surplus over 30 year
(This is a press release from Gentile's office)

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Golf Event to Help Local Family

Treasured Time, Inc. is hosting its inaugural “Driving for Memories” Golf Outing to help a Stratford family make lasting memories.
The Stanton Family will be the featured family and “Gift of Moments” recipients for the event. Tim Stanton, 46, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in February 2017. At the time of his diagnosis, it had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. Stanton had a 10 cm mass from surgically removed his colon in March, along with 10 inches of his colon and 17 of 25 lymph nodes. At the time of his diagnosis in February, the tumor mass on his colon was measuring at 6 cm, indicating this is a fast growing cancer.
Stanton started chemo in April. He had the choice to start with a more basic chemo but opted to go for a more aggressive form of treatment. He had four rounds on this aggressive chemo and unfortunately his scans showed negative results. There were no improvements to his colon or his liver metastases. If the next set of scans do not show favorable results, he will begin exploring clinical trials that may help to slow down the progression of the cancer.
Stanton has three children Alanna, age 24, and twin boys Blake and Lucas, age 6. His eldest daughter Alanna is a huge support, taking him to doctor’s appointments and helping with her brothers and chores around the house. Stanton’s wife, Missy, can’t take much time off since she just started a new job.
Stanton and his family spend much of their time creating memories together. Stanton would love the opportunity to take his family to Disney World and explore the magic it has to offer before he is unable to.
Driving For Memories will be Wed., Sept. 13 at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe. This is a rain or shine event with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $125 per person and includes a dinner reception and auction after golf. Tickets for just the dinner reception and auction are $50 per person.
To register, visit Registrations will be on a first-come, first serve basis.
Treasured Time, Inc. is a CT based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of parents with life threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children.  With your help, Treasured Time, Inc. can provide families with the “Gift of Moments.” To see how you can help us make a difference, visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Griffin Hospital Offers Ongoing Summer Bereavement Support Groups

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is offering ongoing support groups this summer for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.
These groups are assisted by caregivers in Griffin’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education and provide grief education and support to ease the pain of loss as well as encouraging healing and growth. There will be groups meeting on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required.
To learn more or to register, contact Heather Billingham at 203-732-1132 or or Janice Lautier at 203-732-1100 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Shelton Woman Battling Cancer to Swim Across the Sound

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Shelton Resident Kim Adler Will
SWIM Across the Sound
While Battling Cancer
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut - July 19, 2017. On August 5, 2017, Shelton resident Kim Adler and her team will join approximately 200 swimmers, accompanied by a fleet of 100 boats, and take turns swimming 15.5 miles from Port Jefferson, New York, across Long Island Sound to Captain's Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. All are participating in the St. Vincent's 30th Anniversary SWIM Across the Sound marathon to raise money for cancer patients. Adler -a Clinical Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services, at St. Vincent's Medical Center - is a member of the "Sink or Swim" six-person relay team. The money they raise from pledges goes to St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, which helps cancer patients and their family deal with the non-medical challenges that cancer brings and that insurance does not cover.
Adler's own battle with cancer began in 2011, when the then 47-year old was diagnosed with stage 3B colon cancer. Her treatment required a colon resection followed by six months of chemotherapy. Around July 2012, Adler found out that the cancer had metastasized to her liver and underwent a liver resection and four more months of chemotherapy. Throughout the following year, she faced more medical procedures at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

"Throughout my fight with cancer, during the radiation treatments, and working through my chemotherapy, I realized that working at St. Vincent's has been such a blessing," said Adler. "Not only did they work around my schedule when I had to have the treatments done, but everyone was very supportive and it showed me how family oriented the St. Vincent's environment truly is."
After Kim's initial diagnosis, she didn't work for six months. She approached the SWIM, filled out the application and the SWIM paid her mortgage for a month.

Right before the SWIM marathon in 2016 - in which Adler participated - her doctors found a spot in her lung; however, treatment didn't begin until the end of August. In September, special markers were placed in her lungs and she had three doses of radiation.
Adler's story continues to this day as she is still fighting cancer, although the radiation therapy seems to be working. As a nurse at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Adler shares her story with patients who need the comfort and understanding another survivor can provide. "I have always been the glass is half full kind of girl instead of half empty," Adler said. "You can't sweat the small stuff because life's too short."
Come and cheer on Kim and all the swimmers on Saturday, August 5, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport.
Help others like Kim who continue to fight the most important battle of their lives by supporting the Swim Across the Sound. Donations can be made at marathon2017.
About St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound
St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport, CT. Founded in 1987 and celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the SWIM has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer brings with it. The SWIM serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. For more information, contact the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation at (203) 576-5451 or visit

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black Tie Benefit Planned

DERBY - The 2017 Griffin Hospital Gala will be a night to remember with lavish food, unique auction items, and upbeat music and dancing on Oct. 13 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. at Aria, 45 Murphy Road in Prospect.
Guests will be treated to exquisite dining and first-rate entertainment to match Aria’s delightfully manicured and sculpted gardens, and breathtaking scenic views of autumn in Connecticut. A customized dinner will be served accompanied with live music.
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, including vacations and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
Tickets start at $185 per person. Black tie is suggested.
Proceeds will fund the expansion of Griffin’s radiation therapy capabilities, including the introduction of radiosurgery and other leading-edge technological advances.
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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coffee Hour on Tap with State Sen. Logan

Monday, July 17, 2017

Eat, Drink & Be a Friend to Fluffy & Fido

Upcoming Trip to see Yankees vs Red Sox

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Haynes Outdoor Living Showroom Opens in Seymour

SEYMOUR - Haynes Outdoor Living Showroom featuring the area’s largest displays of stone, pavers and outdoor living products for your home and yard invites held its grand opening for contractors and homeowners July 14-15.
Patrick Haynes, vice president of Haynes Materials said guests were treated to food courtesy of the company's outdoor grills and pizza oven, while they had a chance to experience "amazing outdoor living products at one convenient location.”

The two-day event featured a “Contractor’s Day” filled with demonstrations and product information seminars by Nicolock, Techo Bloc, Belgard and Unilock representatives pricing. On “Homeowner’s Day,” guests were treated to food, door prizes, raffles, entertainment and a live broadcast by WEBE 108FM. 
Dave Conti, local award winning owner of Red Planet BBQ and recent winner of 1st Place Dessert at Mohegan BBQ Sunfest 2017 served as celebrity “grill master” during the event.

With an extensive display of custom built and “ready for delivery” outdoor kitchens, grills, fireplaces, fire-pits and burning rocks, Haynes Outdoor Living Showroom is your family destination for food and fun this weekend and all season long. 
We are building a better world one stone at a time” said Patrick Haynes.

Haynes Outdoor Living is located at 600 Derby Avenue in Seymour, CT and the public is welcome. 

For more information please visit or call 203-888-0030.

(This is a press release from Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Train at Griffin for a Medical Career

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206 in Derby, is offering classes for its fall Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Phlebotomy programs.
The evening session for the CNA program starts Sept. 11, and the day PCT program and the Phlebotomy program begin Sept 12. The accelerated CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed six-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care. The program’s clinical experience is at a long term stay facility and Griffin Hospital from 5-10 p.m. for a total of 40 hours.
After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the certification exam for a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut. The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.
The 16-week PCT program requires students to attend practical training on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and have the option to take the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Phlebotomy classes either during the day from 9 a.m.-noon or during the evening from 6-9 p.m. The PCT program offers ample hands-on training and opportunities for practical experience in the school's fully equipped mock hospital room and during the 160 hours of clinical experience. The course tuition includes textbook, malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and national certification.
The 13-week Phlebotomy program holds classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with a daytime option of 9 a.m.-noon or an evening option of 6-9 p.m. The course tuition includes a 40-hour internship, national certification, lab coats, CPR certification, malpractice insurance and textbook.
Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit
About the School of Allied Health Careers
Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers Phlebotomy and other professional educational programs to provide training, education, and certification in selected health careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Save the Date: Rock the Valley Returns in August

Derby Mayoral Candidate Set to Knock on Doors

DERBY - In regards to Mayor Dugatto opening headquarters...fortunately for me, she and Mr. Dicenso have to spend quite a bit of time over the next couple weeks focusing intently on one another, since they are effectively splitting the Democratic party.
Meanwhile, I'm about to start walking door to door to inform the citizens of Derby what I plan to do differently than the current Mayor. I think the failures of this administration have been pretty well documented, and anyone who considers Derby "in good shape" at this point after two terms with Anita and Carmen in charge, must not be paying attention. Most of the people I've spoken to are completely frustrated with the lack of transparency, petty political games, and mostly... the mismanagement of their tax dollars.
My team and I have already begun to ramp up our campaign efforts not only in person, but also online. My second fundraiser is coming up in 2 weeks at the CWV, and I look forward to the challenges ahead. I think it's hard for the average citizen to focus on the the municipal elections of November in July, but those who are involved in politics have already been working behind the scenes for months in preparation.
Good luck to the Mayor, I'm glad to see she is pushing hard to get re-elected, because that's exactly the kind of effort the people of Derby deserve from their elected officials all the time, not just in the months leading up to an election.
(This is a press release from Dziekan's campaign)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Attention Gear Heads: Car Show Coming to Valley

National Walk-in Healthcare Center Opens in Shelton

SHELTON - American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of walk-in urgent care and occupational medicine, celebrated its grand opening July 10 at its newest Connecticut center at 389 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton.
Mayor Mayor Mark Lauretti and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell were among the invited guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  
AFC provides fast, affordable care for sprains, fractures, concussions and many illnesses as well as routine health needs.  Board-certified physicians and other medical professionals treat patients efficiently and with compassion in a clean, family-friendly environment.  Patients appreciate the walk-in convenience, avoiding the extensive wait times and high copays of hospital emergency rooms or longer lead times for primary care appointments. 
The Shelton site will be open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.   
AFC’s state-of-the-art urgent care facility administers on-site X-rays and lab tests; sports and school physicals; vaccinations; travel medicine; occupational health tests such as employment physicals and drug screening; and workers compensation services that save time and money for both employees and employers.  With comprehensive care options and in-house lab capabilities, doctors can spend more time focused on patients.  The urgent care accepts most insurance plans and self-payment.  AFC’s goal is to be a one-stop medical resource for children, adults of all ages, businesses and community groups that delivers exceptional care and a great customer experience at affordable prices.   
Dr. Steven Heffer, M.D., AFC owner and medical director, is opening his fourth clinic in Shelton following the success of two Bridgeport centers and a Fairfield location.  Dr. Heffer has over 20 years of experience in emergency medical care and is board-certified in emergency medicine.  He finds deep satisfaction in using his expertise to improve the quality of available care and positively impact health services in each community.  
In 2015 Dr. Heffer was recognized with the “Doctors of Distinction” Community Service Award from the Fairfield County Business Journal for his dedication to providing the highest quality medical care, improved access to care and service to his community.  He is currently National President of the Physician Advisory Committee at American Family Care and has served as General Practitioner of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team for the past three years.
“Our goal in establishing AFC in Shelton is to offer area residents greater access to high quality medical treatment that’s also fast, convenient and saves money,” says Dr. Heffer.  “Our patients’ care and well-being are at the heart of our business.  We aim to set a new standard in urgent care, contribute to the community in multiple ways and become a trusted health resource for Shelton and surrounding towns.” 
For more information on AFC Shelton, please visit or call
(203) 567-4171.  

About American Family Care:

Founded by Dr. Bruce Irwin with a single location in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. With its 2013 acquisition of the Doctors Express, AFC has become the nation's leading provider of urgent care, accessible primary care, and occupational medicine, with more than 170 clinics and 600 in-network physicians caring for nearly 3 million patients a year. Ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., AFC's stated mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. For more information, visit
(This is a press release from AFC)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Valley Funeral Director Honored

Robert L. Muccino Jr., President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), presents a special 2017 award to Shelton resident Edward J. Sheehy, Jr., CFSP, CPC, CCO, a funeral director with Riverview Funeral Home in Shelton and Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home in Derby, as Sheehy’s wife, Jodi, looks on.
SHELTON- Edward J. Sheehy, Jr., of Shelton, CFSP, CPC, CCO, was recently recognized by the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) for 30 years as a licensed funeral director and service to the communities he serves.
Sheehy, CFDA’s Vice President, is a funeral director with Riverview Funeral Home in Shelton and Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home in Derby.
The presentation was made at CFDA’s 2017 Summer Meeting at the Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, Conn. The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is a 128-year-old professional organization that is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service.
The organization represents funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes in Connecticut. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public.
For more information about the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332, or visit or Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.

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