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Friday, October 20, 2017

Hear Early Legends of Rock 'N Roll

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Co-Ed Volleyball in Seymour

Discover the Benefits of Volunteering

DERBY - The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free presentation about how volunteering can help individuals get or stay healthy on Thurs., Nov. 9 from 1:30-3 p.m.
Laura Murphy, Planetree Services Supervisor, will host “Realizing the Health Benefits of Volunteering,” a free presentation on how and why helping others can have a direct effect on a person’s physical, emotional and social being.
There will also be information about the many volunteer opportunities at Griffin Hospital.
This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center to help improve the health of the community.
To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.
The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Memorial Tag Sale Happening Oct. 21

Ansonia DTC to Host Pre-Election Pizza Party Fundraiser

WHAT:                             The Ansonia Democratic Town Committee (ADTC) presents their pre-election fundraiser supporting this year’s slated candidates.

WHERE:                          Rosa Mina Pizzeria – 384 East Main Street, Ansonia

WHEN:                             Saturday, October 21 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

 Join ADTC for a "Pre-Election Pizza Party" annual fundraiser to support Ansonia Dems' slated candidates running in this November's municipal election. We are also expecting attendance from multiple Democratic candidates who are running for Governor as well, including new candidate Dita Bhargava (learn more about her by clicking here). Meet the candidates, and enjoy locally made food!

Cost is $30.00 per person, and includes unlimited pizza, tossed salad, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Children 10 and under are free. Cash bar will also be available.

Please remit your personal check, payable to "ADTC", along with SEEC Form P (which you can find here) to:

Jo Lynn Flaherty

28 Pinecrest Avenue

Ansonia, CT 06401
Payments and forms can also be submitted upon arrival at the event. If unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the campaign by clicking here. Mayoral candidate, Tarek Raslan, and all Democratic candidates are working tirelessly to ensure success on Election Day... ADTC is counting on you!

Please contact Jo-Lynn Flaherty with any questions about the event at (203) 982-3419

*Paid for by Ansonia Democratic Town Committee, James Hubbard, Treasurer

(This is a press release from the Ansonia DTC)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The following is an article written by Lori Singer, a volunteer writer  ​for​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way:
The​ ​enthusiasm​ ​was​ ​infectious​ ​and​ ​tangible​ ​as​ ​residents​ ​came​ ​together​ ​a​ ​little while​ ​ago​ ​in​ ​the​ ​evening​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​the​ ​flourishing​ ​community​ ​gardens​ ​planted​ ​there​ ​this​ ​past​ ​May. 

The​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way’s​ ​program,​ ​“Grow​ ​Your​ ​Own”​ ​spearheaded​ ​by​ ​Susan​ ​Meek​ ​and​ ​followed by​ ​Brian​ ​Rich,​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​numerous​ ​garden​ ​beds--surrounded​ ​by​ ​picket​ ​fences--in​ ​Gatison​ ​Park​ ​and​ ​Pine Lot,​ ​both​ ​in​ ​Ansonia,​ ​CT.​ ​These​ ​neighborhoods​ ​were​ ​chosen​ ​as​ ​an​ ​ongoing​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​help​ ​low-income residents​ ​fight​ ​food​ ​insecurity​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Valley​ ​and​ ​provide​ ​more​ ​nutritious​ ​food​ ​for​ ​their​ ​families.

Echoing​ ​the​ ​positive​ ​sentiment,​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way​ ​President​ ​Sharon​ ​Gibson​ ​said,​ ​“Valley​ ​United Way​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​program​ ​to​ ​our​ ​Valley​ ​communities.” 

The​ ​key​ ​word​ ​is​ ​“community”​ ​as​ ​residents​ ​came​ ​out​ ​in​ ​droves-many​ ​discovering​ ​the​ ​gardens​ ​and produce​ ​were​ ​for​ ​them​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time.​ ​Wide​ ​eyes​ ​and​ ​big​ ​smiles​ ​became​ ​commonplace​ ​as​ ​the​ ​news spread.​ ​Many​ ​residents​ ​asked​ ​for​ ​tours​ ​and​ ​were​ ​given​ ​bags​ ​to​ ​search​ ​for​ ​fresh​ ​veggies​ ​that​ ​were​ ​ripe​ ​for picking:​ ​cherry​ ​tomatoes;​ ​three​ ​different​ ​types​ ​of​ ​lettuce;​ ​green​ ​peppers;​ ​squash;​ ​chard;​ ​cabbage; cucumbers;​ ​eggplant;​ ​and​ ​many​ ​more,​ ​plus​ ​herbs​ ​to​ ​accent​ ​and​ ​give​ ​flavor​ ​to​ ​their​ ​meals:​ ​basil;​ ​sage; rosemary;​ ​cilantro;​ ​thyme​ ​and​ ​parsley. 

 “I​ ​live​ ​right​ ​next​ ​to​ ​Pine​ ​Lot​ ​and​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​this​ ​garden​ ​was​ ​just​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Boys​ ​and​ ​Girls​ ​Club.​ ​I clicked​ ​like​ ​and​ ​share​ ​on​ ​facebook​ ​and​ ​headed​ ​down​ ​here​ ​right​ ​away!,”​ ​said​ ​Rhonda​ ​Rossik.​ ​She​ ​added, “I​ ​can​ ​get​ ​the​ ​girl​ ​scouts​ ​involved​ ​too!,”​ ​as​ ​she​ ​walked​ ​through​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​sharing​ ​her​ ​knowledge​ ​and enthusiasm​ ​with​ ​others​ ​who​ ​were​ ​deciding​ ​what​ ​they​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​for​ ​dinner.  

Cherry​ ​tomatoes​ ​were​ ​by​ ​far​ ​the​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​vegetable.​ ​At​ ​Gatison​ ​Park,​ ​Maya,​ ​her​ ​two​ ​sisters Ramona​ ​and​ ​Tiffany​ ​Wright​ ​and​ ​their​ ​children​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​often.​ ​“We​ ​go​ ​here​ ​everyday​ ​picking carrots​ ​and​ ​grape​ ​tomatoes​ ​and​ ​eating​ ​them,”​ ​she​ ​said.​ ​Jazmiah,​ ​Ramona’s​ ​7-year-old​ ​daughter​ ​“loves vegetables”​ ​and​ ​Tiffany’s​ ​daughter,​ ​5-year-old​ ​Kaylynn​ ​“loves​ ​gazpacho!” 

Another​ ​Gatison​ ​Park​ ​resident​ ​who​ ​frequents​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​is​ ​Malika​ ​Mosely.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​an 11-year-old​ ​daughter​ ​and​ ​walks​ ​by​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning,​ ​afternoon​ ​and​ ​the​ ​evening​ ​on​ ​her​ ​way​ ​home​ ​from work.​ ​“I​ ​usually​ ​look​ ​for​ ​the​ ​lettuce,​ ​cucumbers​ ​and​ ​tomatoes,”​ ​she​ ​said. 

And​ ​what​ ​would​ ​a​ ​block​ ​party​ ​be​ ​without​ ​Domino’s​ ​pizza,​ ​an​ ​ice​ ​cream​ ​truck​ ​and​ ​a​ ​special​ ​arts and​ ​crafts​ ​project​ ​for​ ​the​ ​children?​ ​Plus​ ​chef​ ​Audra​ ​Weisel,​ ​who​ ​had​ ​stiff​ ​competition​ ​from​ ​the​ ​pizza​ ​and ice​ ​cream,​ ​but​ ​was​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​task.​ ​Happily​ ​she​ ​handed​ ​out​ ​samples​ ​of​ ​her​ ​healthy​ ​cooked​ ​tomatoes, asparagus,​ ​zucchini​ ​and​ ​other​ ​fresh​ ​veggies​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​recipes​ ​for​ ​cooking​ ​them​ ​in​ ​their​ ​own​ ​homes. 

Weisel​ ​has​ ​a​ ​long​ ​history​ ​of​ ​helping​ ​out​ ​low-income​ ​families​ ​and​ ​started​ ​digging​ ​and​ ​planting​ ​for “Grow​ ​Your​ ​Own“​ ​this​ ​past​ ​May.​ ​“I’m​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​lend​ ​my​ ​expertise​​ ​i​n​ ​any​ ​way,​ ​shape​ ​or​ ​form,”​ ​she​ ​said. Quickly​ ​adding​ ​whether​ ​that​ ​means,”teaching​ ​them​ ​how​ ​to​ ​can​ ​their​ ​vegetables​ ​or​ ​learning​ ​how​ ​to​ ​cook them.”​ ​She​ ​is​ ​hoping​ ​“they​ ​will​ ​try​ ​something​ ​new​ ​…​ ​and​ ​like​ ​it!”  

“Grow​ ​Your​ ​Own”​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way’s​ ​projects.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​third​ ​garden​ ​already​ ​planted​ ​at Irving​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Derby,​ ​the​ ​program​ ​is​ ​expecting​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​next​ ​year,​ ​including​ ​more​ ​locations​ ​and getting​ ​more​ ​of​ ​the​ ​community​ ​involved.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​generosity​ ​of​ ​our​ ​premiere sponsor,​ ​Avan​ ​Grid,​ ​plus​ ​Newtown​ ​Savings​ ​Bank​ ​and​ ​Lavietes​ ​Foundation. 

The​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way​ ​is​ ​a​ ​nonprofit​ ​organization​ ​with​ ​other​ ​projects​ ​and​ ​events​ ​happening simultaneously​ ​to​ ​fulfill​ ​the​ ​need​ ​of​ ​scarcity​ ​of​ ​food​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Valley.​ ​Two​ ​of​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way’s​ ​signature projects,​ ​Back​ ​to​ ​School​ ​Clothes​ ​for​ ​Kids​ ​and​ ​their​ ​21st​ ​Week​ ​of​ ​Caring​ ​project-Harvest​ ​House​ ​VII,​ ​are both​ ​aimed​ ​at​ ​helping​ ​low-income​ ​kids​ ​and​ ​their​ ​families.

To​ ​volunteer​ ​or​ ​get​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Valley​ ​United​ ​Way,​ ​please​ ​contact:​ ​Patricia​ ​Tarasovic,​ ​Vice President​ ​of​ ​Community​ ​Engagement​ ​at​ ​(203)​ ​926-9478​ ​or​ ​visit:​ ​​​.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Senior Health & Wellness Fair Oct. 18

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Halloween Hoopla" Happening Oct. 27

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DERBY - The 16th Annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be “treating” families to Halloween fun on Fri., Oct. 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Warsaw Park on Pulaski Highway in Ansonia.
Griffin Hospital Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program, Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, Griffin Faculty Physicians, and Avangrid encourage families to put on their Halloween costumes and come to a “Halloween Hoopla,” featuring free healthy treats, games, and information on a variety of health, wellness and safety programs.
The event will be held rain or shine.
Interactive health, wellness and safety displays at the event will include poison prevention, good hand washing, and how to call 9-1-1. There will also be a bike helmet clinic and a safety house exhibit to teach about safety features in homes. Free, fitted bike helmets will be available for the first 500 children.
For more information, call 203-732-1337 or 203-732-7371.
About the Valley Parish Nurse Program
The Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse program was established in 1990 and is now one of the oldest in the country, with nearly 40 participating churches, more than 125 parish nurses, and 350 additional volunteers who support the nurses and who serve on the health cabinets of the individual churches.
About Safe Kids
Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include local police, fire, EMS, schools, LNV Boys & Girls Clubs, TEAM Headstart, Derby Elks, and VSAAC. Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley was founded in 2004 and is led by the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses. For more information, visit
About Griffin Faculty Physicians
Griffin Faculty Physicians Primary Care is a multi-specialty medical group affiliated with Griffin Hospital, offering exceptional, personalized care to residents in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the surrounding communities at our conveniently located offices in Derby, Oxford, Southford, Seymour and Shelton.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Haircuts for a Cause

Get in the Swim of Things in Seymour

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hunting/Fishing Licenses Available Again in Derby

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Derby – Town/City Clerk Marc J. Garofalo, MPA, CCTC announced that effective Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the City of Derby Town/City Clerk’s Office will begin issuing Hunting and Fishing Licenses. 
“I am happy to have our office offer this service to hunters and anglers so that they may conveniently enjoy these outdoor sports in our City and State.”  stated Garofalo who has served as Town/City Clerk since 2013.
“We have received numerous requests to re-institute this service and I felt it was a service that the City should be providing.”  he continued.  The Town/Clerk’s office stopped issuing sports licenses in 2009.
The Town/City Clerk’s Office obtained, at no cost to the City, the necessary hardware from the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and it has been installed.  “It was a pleasure working with DEEP to re-introduce this service to the City of Derby. They have been very helpful through the process.”  Garofalo noted.
Residents may also obtain a Hunting or Fishing licenses online by visiting DEEP at .
Derby City Hall is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The Town/City Clerk’s Office can be reached at 203.736.1462 Extension 2 or

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Craft Beer on Tap in Seymour

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SEYMOUR- Smoke in the Valley Returns to Katharine Matthies Field in Seymour Connecticut Saturday October 7th! CT's largest Beerfest, the festival will feature a Homebrew Compeitition, Beer from Over 30 Local, Regional and National Breweries and a VIP Ticket Tent with early access at 12pm and Exclusive Beers such as Oud Beersel Lambics (Sour), Durchese De Bourgogne (Sour), De Dolle, Delirium, La Trappe and More! The Event is 21 and Over and there are unlimited samples. In addition there will be Food Trucks, Artisan Vendors and Live Music from CK3, Fingersleeve, Quicksand Planet and More!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Soccer Game to Benefit Breast Cancer

TEAM Seeks Volunteers for Free Tax Preparation Service

DERBY-  TEAM, Inc.,  is seeking volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals in filing their taxes and claiming refunds owed to them, such as federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that can boost their yearly income by up to 35 percent.  The TEAM VITA program is held at the VITA Clinics located at TEAM Derby, Derby Neck Library and the Milford Senior Center and operates from January 29 to April 16, 2018.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to low-income individuals and families.  No experience is necessary.  All volunteers will receive training appropriate for their position.  Volunteers receive the materials for self-study on basic income tax law for federal and state returns.  In addition, training sessions will take place in January 2018. 

To become a VITA Volunteer and to learn more about the program, a VITA  Information Session will be held on Monday, October  30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at TEAM, 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby , CT.  Please call (203) 736-5420 ext. 202 or email to reserve a seat.

TEAM Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families. TEAM programs impact the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury and Woodbridge.           

(This is a press release from TEAM)

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New England Style Family Breakfast on Tap

Valley Organization Celebrates 50 Years

                                                                       (Photos Courtesy of Fred Ortoli)
Valley United Way celebrated 50 years of service on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 with their annual Campaign Kickoff and Seventh Harvest House at Veterans Park Pavilion.

During the day, more than 200 volunteers helped dozens of companies deliver food to our Seventh Harvest House where we collected over 100,000 items of food which were then donated to the five food pantries who service the Valley community.

Later that afternoon at 5:30 p.m., Valley United Way kicked off their campaign year with an afternoon full of community harmony, laughter, and service.

The event included a wonderful performance by Center Stage, live music, food trucks, and an inspiring speech from our keynote speaker, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who spoke about the significant work of Valley United Way and the importance of working together to address food insecurity. This event would not have been possible without our gracious sponsors: BIC Corporation, Edgewell Personal Care, Newtown Savings Bank, and Pitney Bowes.

Valley United Way has set a goal to raise $1.1 million dollars by June 30th by working together with our local business owners, corporations, employees and residents to raise, invest and leverage funds. United Way fights for every person in every community and we can’t do it without the community’s support.

Leading this year’s efforts is Valley United Way’s Campaign Chair, Jimmy Tickey! Jimmy has a strong sense of service to his community and has been involved with the Valley United Way since he was in the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program. He is proud to lead the Valley United Way Community Campaign this year and is looking forward to working with community leaders, businesses and residents as we collectively fight for a stronger community. Working as a team, Jimmy hopes to strengthen families across the Valley, encourage youth to succeed and assist people in crisis.
Several companies and organizations have already begun planning for their campaigns and this month we will begin in all five of our school districts, the City of Derby and City of Ansonia.
If you, your business or company is interested in Working for a Stronger Community alongside Valley United Way, call Daniel Pearson, Resource Development Manager today at (203) 926-9478 or email And be sure to stay connected to the campaign on our website!

For more information, please contact Daniel at Valley United Way at (203) 926-9478 or

(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Shelton Girl Meets Pop Star Katy Perry

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SHELTON - One lucky Shelton child met Katy Perry onstage at her recent concert at Mohegan Sun, thanks to the world-famous singer and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 
Katy and BGCA have joined together to help put millions of young people on the path to a great future; part of the venture included giving her fans a chance to see her live by showing their support of their local Boys & Girls Club. 
The Valley's Boys & Girls Club was awarded 50 tickets for the concert at Mohegan Sun on Sept. 21, and the show was the second performance of Perry's brand new Witness tour.

At the concert, during a set which included planets and stars descending to stage level, Katy asked if any of her fans would like to help her wish upon a star. 
After searching the audience, Katy selected Gabriella Jones, a member of the Raymond P. Lavietes Unit in Shelton. 
Gabriella was wearing one of the special bright pink T-shirts made for the event, with a Boys & Girls Club logo on the front. When Katy brought her on stage, she asked Gabriella to wish on the star and to say what she wished for so that people could support her in her wish
After a moment of thought, Gabriella responded, “To pray for all the people that suffered from the hurricanes.” 

The crowd went wild, and Katy noted that Gabriella had been “brought up right,” and with the audience, Katy and Gabriella sent love and support to all those affected by the hurricanes.

As part of the partnership with Katy Perry, $1 of every ticket purchased is donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 
The partnership was formed because Katy and BGCA share a commitment to improving the lives of young people through education, empowerment, and demonstrating good citizenship.
 Katy is one of the most famous singers in the world and is the most-followed person on Twitter with nearly one hundred million followers.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley has been changing the lives of young people in the Valley for more than 60 years, providing safe, fun, affordable programming and constructive care for youth when they are not in school. More than 3,300 kids in four units attend our programs on a yearly basis.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, visit

(This is a press release from the Boys & Girls Club)

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State Rep. Klarides-Ditria Highlights New CT Laws

Dear Neighbors,
As of yesterday, October 1st, 140 new laws went into effect. The new laws cover a wide range of topics and may have an impact on your day-to-day life or business.
Below is a highlight of some of the new laws.
I am proud to have championed this legislation that will require a person who wants to operate or maintain an animal shelter in Connecticut to register with the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) commissioner and comply with DoAg's regulations on sanitation, disease, humane treatment of cats and dogs, and public safety protection. In addition, this law authorizes the commissioner, or his agent, to inspect an animal shelter at any time.
We are taking steps to prevent and treat opioid abuse. Under this bill, it allows patients to ask that opioids not be prescribed to them and reduces the amount of opioid drugs a minor may be prescribed. It also requires practitioners, when prescribing opioids, to discuss with all patients, rather than only minors, the risks associated with opioid drug use. Click here to read more.
This act requires the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) commissioner to establish and operate a hotline that provides individualized information and guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to start and develop a business, identify networking resources, and access technical and financial assistance from the state and quasi-public agencies.
All children under the age of 2 will be required to travel in a rear-facing car seat. This legislation also requires children to ride in booster seats until the age of 8.
In case you missed it, last week Governor Dan Malloy vetoed the bipartisan budget that passed both the House and the Senate last month. The governor’s executive order, which eliminates educational funding to 85 communities, will now move forward.
We will have a chance to override the governor’s decision during a veto session tomorrow and restore the bipartisan budget. I am urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to override the governor’s veto.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at
State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

TEAM, Inc. to Celebrate 52nd Anniversary

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DERBY- TEAM Inc. will host their 52nd Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, October 12, 2017, beginning at 5:00 P.M. at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT.

The agency will be making several community award presentations at the meeting:

Liberty Bank will be presented The Chairman’s Award for their broad, profound and positive impact on the quality of social services in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.  

The Town of Seymour and First Selectman Kurt Miller will receive The Partnership Award in recognition of the town’s outstanding support of the agency’s mission during the past years.

CHAZ, from WPLR’s CHAZ and A.J. show a former TEAM participant will be presented with TEAM’s Consumer Excellence Award for his successful accomplishments.

The event will include the unveiling of a new agency video and client testimonials.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  Cost is $40.00 for the dinner event.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Silvia Paytas at 736-5420, ext. 202 or by October 6.

TEAM Inc. is a private, 501c (3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families. TEAM programs impact the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury, and Woodbridge.
(This is a press release from TEAM)

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Oktoberfest on Tap in Ansonia

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico Happening in Ansonia

Derby Mayoral Candidate Dziekan Lands Union Endorsement


DERBY- At a membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, Rich Dziekan addressed the Teamsters Local 1150, (the International Brotherhood of Teamsters) for Sikorsky employees.

He concluded his speech by saying: “As a veteran I want to thank you again for the opportunity to come here and speak to you today. When I get elected in Derby, I hope to provide for the city what this local 1150 and Sikorsky has been able to provide for the state of Connecticut: Stability, Jobs, and a blue-collar mentality that any municipality would be lucky to build its foundation upon.”

Members at the meeting unanimously endorsed Rich Dziekan. Rich went on to thank Secretary Treasurer and Principal Officer Rocco Calo, the entire Executive Board and its members of the Local 1150 for their continued support.

(This is a press release from Dziekan's campaign)

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Hikes, Creepy Crawlies, Fall Adventures On Tap at Nature Center

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Nature Center has listed the following events for October:
NATURE EXPLORERS Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 10 am
Join Wendy for our preschool/toddler program. This 4-week session, which began in September, 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: $20 to join us for these 2 weeks, space permitting  (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center). Please call to register.
Bring your own clippers and gardening gloves for this workshop led by Ranger Dawn. When you collect these beautiful orange-berried vines, you’re actually helping the park by removing this invasive plant species. FEE: $5. Please call to register.
ROPE MAKING: The Ancient Way – Sat. Oct. 14, 1 pm
A beginner’s chance to learn a skill practiced long ago.  Learn which native plants have been used to make rope.  Children must be accompanied by an adult who will assist in creating a sample to take home. FEE: $6 per person. Please call to register.
AUTUMN FESTIVAL – Sat. Oct. 21, 11 am–4 pm
Celebrate this wonderful season with the staff and the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI)! Take a ride through our community gardens and fields in our horse-drawn story wagon, where you’ll hear some spooky Halloween tales! Learn about bats, spiders, and owls! Have some fresh apple cider and baked goods. Visit the Nature Shop to buy some creepy and crawly nature-related items. Enjoy nature-related exhibitors and vendors. You can try your hand at pumpkin painting, get your face painted, and make some original crafts. All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center. RAIN or SHINE. No park admission fee. Call us for more information at 203-736-1053.
CREEPY CRAWLIES – Sat. Oct. 28, 12 pm
Hold a real life tarantula, hear a cockroach hiss, and learn all about insects. Arthropods are fascinating creatures! Join us for this special Creature Feature family program. FREE. Please call to register.
SUNDAY GUIDED HIKE: Fall Foliage – Sun. Oct. 29, 1 pm
Join the Nature Center naturalist for a stroll through our woodlands, old fields, and wetlands. Enjoy the beauty and the crisp fall air while learning about New England’s flora and fauna.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bingo/Casino Trip Fundraiser

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DERBY -  St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby is hosting a bingo/casino bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on Sat., Oct. 14.
The bus will depart the school, 14 Seymour Ave., Derby at 7:30 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m. The trip will provide attendees plenty of time to play bingo or enjoy other games and attractions at the casino. There will also be bingo on the bus.
The cost is $30 per person and includes a free slots play coupon and a free food coupon that is good for the casino’s all-you-can-eat buffet. The coupons are only available to individuals 21 years and older.
Proceeds will support the St. Mary-St. Michael Home School Association, which supports the needs of the school.
For reservations or more information, contact Gene at 203-893-9663 or Christian at 203-520-1480. Or send your reservation to: St. Mary-St. Michael School, 14 Seymour Ave, Derby, CT 06418. Please make checks payable to “St. Mary-St. Michael HSA.”

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Don't Wait, Get Your Flu Shot

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ansonia Aldermen Urge Budget Passage

(The following is a letter from Ansonia aldermen)

We write to urge the Governor to sign the bi-partisan budget, which was passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and House on September 15-16 2017. 
Under this bi-partisan budget, in FY2018 the City of Ansonia will receive the same funding in education funding as it did in 2017, which was already anticipated by the City.  However, in FY 2019, Ansonia would receive an additional $2,258,339.00 over 2017 funding.  Ansonia is one of the 30 alliance/priority districts, and yet has been massively underfunded for more than a decade through the current ECS formula, which was found unconstitutional in 2016. 

Under the bi-partisan budget in FY2018, Ansonia will receive approximately an additional $7,488.00 in municipal aid funding over 2017.  However, in FY2019 Ansonia will receive an additional $2,143,171.00 over FY2017.  This increased funding to Ansonia is necessary for our community to continue to ensure and support the health, safety, education and well-being of our community, and our children. 
We wholeheartedly support the steps taken in this bi-partisan budget to restore equity and balance to a broken education funding system.  No budget is perfect but we are encouraged that this bi-partisan budget is a starting point for the renewal of the financial health of the State of Connecticut and a path to sustainable and consistent funding to municipalities such as Ansonia. 

This is a bi-partisan budget is good for our community, good for our schools, and good for Ansonia.  We are asking all the residents of Ansonia to join with us in supporting this budget, and urging our Governor and our elected officials in Hartford to support this budget.  Together we can continue to recharge Ansonia and keep our city moving in the right direction. 

Lori Vaccaro, 2nd Ward Alderman,  Martin Dempsey, 4th Ward Alderman, Joseph A. Jaumann, 5th Ward Alderman, Patrick Henri, 6th Ward Alderman, Joshua Shuart, 6th Ward Alderman, Frank Delibero, 7th Ward Alderman, David Blackwell, 7th Ward Alderman    

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Fusco Gives Thumbs Up to Derby Mayor Duggato

(The following is a letter from Linda Fusco)

My name is Linda Fusco and I am the Chair of the Derby Democratic Town Committee. While many people will tell you that primaries are bad for the party, I think they are an important part of the democratic process. This year, the primary between Mayor Anita Dugatto and Board of Aldermen President Carmen DiCenso was an opportunity for the Democrats in Derby to make their voice heard about who they want representing them in November.

Mayor Dugatto
The people chose Mayor Anita Dugatto.  But it is the qualities of both Democratic candidates that raise the bar for public servants. 

Mayor Dugatto and Mr. DiCenso are distinguished Democrats and community leaders who were  both born and raised in Derby.  Their strong work ethic empowered them to excel in their professional and political lives.  They were driven to public service by their intense passion to see Derby prosper. This passion, however, is not exclusive to them.  It is apparent throughout the community as evidenced by the level of public engagement leading up to and including primary day.

Going forward we need to maintain our enthusiasm as Democrats and remind ourselves of what it means to be a Democrat in Derby.   We must show the people of this city that it is us who will fight for them in City Hall.

Please join me in supporting Mayor Anita Dugatto on November 7th.

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Derby GOP Mayoral Candidate Dziekan Has Message for Voters

(This following is a message from Derby GOP Mayoral Candidate Richard Dziekan)

Derby taxpayers need a full-time Mayor to work on their behalf. I have pledged that if I am elected mayor on November 7th, I will take the position seriously and work full-time at no extra cost to the taxpayers.

We currently have a mayor who runs her own dental practice. While the city charter lists the mayoral position as a part-time one, most people would agree that Derby has full-time problems that require a full-time team dedicated to finding real solutions.

For 4 years, we have heard a lot about “plans” and very little about results. As a taxpayer in this town, I am beyond frustrated. That is why I have decided to step up again and run for Mayor. I am retired from the Hamden Police Department and have the time necessary to devote to the people of Derby. Combine that with my passion for public service, a team of professionals behind me, and a propensity to get things done, and you have a recipe for success.

In addition to being a full-time mayor, I will ensure that we have a full-time grant writer/economic developer. Having an economic developer who holds another position in a neighboring town and can rarely be seen doing business in the city is flat out unacceptable. Derby faces some unique challenges and has had very little success in finding solutions. I know that with maximum time and effort, my team and I will help the city achieve the economic prosperity it deserves. The citizens of Derby should no longer settle for anything less.

I am happy to see the positive trends in neighboring Ansonia and Shelton, because it gives me hope for the future of Derby. When I see the influx of new buildings and businesses, I find myself wondering, “Why can’t that be us?” The truth is that it CAN and SHOULD be us. With the right leadership, we can move Derby in the right direction.

Accelerated CNA Course Begins in October

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, in Derby, is offering a day session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting Oct. 30 to help individuals start a fulfilling career in healthcare.
The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 5-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 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 CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.
The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.
For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or visit
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 training, education, and certification for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician healthcare 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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Car Show in Seymour

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Candlelight Vigil to Highlight Opioid Awareness

HomeGoods to Open in Marshall's Store in Ansonia

ANSONIA - HomeGoods, a global leader in discount home furnishings and decor will make its grand debut inside the existing Marshall’s store downtown next month.

According to a company press release, renovations to the Marshalls and HomeGoods combo store, located at 405 Main St. in the Big Y shopping plaza, are nearing completion.

A grand opening celebration has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 5.

Company officials said the remodel will feature a common entrance with “two distinct store environments on either side of the building allowing customers the added convenience of shopping both stores.”

With the addition of HomeGoods, company officials said they expect to fill 15 additional full and part-time positions. 

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