Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Seymour High School Student Attends Boys State

SEYMOUR= Daniel Robinson, a student at Seymour High School, recently joined 215 outstanding juniors from high schools across the state for the 74th annual American Legion Boys State program. Daniel was a very active participant and contributor to the program. He was elected to a leadership position in the Boys State Senate, and was the recipient of the Harry Bartlett Award because of his hard work in that body. Based on his excellent overall performance, Daniel was selected as the first alternate to the American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, DC. While Daniel was unable to attend that program, his selection as an alternate is a recognition of the outstanding job he did throughout the week of the Boys State program, which took place the last week of June at Eastern Connecticut State University. Daniel recently paid a visit to the town's Emil Senger American Legion Post 10 headquarters to discuss the experience.
(Information comes from a press release from David Greenleaf, chairman CT American Legion Boys State)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Whiskey Business' to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children in Seymour

Colonial Tavern and Black Hog Brewing Company will be hosting "Whiskey Business," a tasting event of bourbon and other whiskeys, Black Hog craft beer, meats, cheeses, and other appetizers, Aug. 6 to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc.

The event is $40 per person, and all proceeds benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. a 501c3 organization located in Seymour, which serves low-income children throughout the state.

The event will take place at Colonial Tavern in Oxford from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available for guests. Less than 30 tickets are left for this event, and tickets can be purchased online at or by calling CT Partnership 203-881-1804.

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St. Mary – St. Michael School in Derby accepting K-8 enrollment applications

DERBY >> St. Mary – St. Michael School is accepting applications for enrollment in all grades kindergarten through grade 8.  Please call the school office to make an appointment with Linda Coppola, the principal, at 203-735-6471 or e-mail
St. Mary – St. Michael School offers: low student/teacher ratio, a safe learning environment, Catholic identity, a rigorous academic program, Spanish, soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball, drama club, art enrichment and a before-and-after school program.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Event to mark 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

WEST HAVEN >> Disability rights are civil rights, and the Americans with Disabilities Rights Act allows people with disabilities to participate in all of society.

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be the focus of a celebration starting at 5 p.m. Thursday (July 23) at Savin Rock Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by the Americans with Disabilities Act Coalition of Connecticut (ADACC).

The ADA was signed into law in 1990 by former President George H.W. Bush.

The landmark legislation prohibits discrimination against the disabled and affords them the same opportunities available to those who are not living with a disability.

Mayor Edward M. OBrien will read a proclamation and participate in a flag-raising ceremony at 6:30 p.m. outside the conference center, 6 Rock St.

OBrien said, One in five people in the United States has disabilities and that number is constantly increasing from age, accidents, or even combat.

As a result, the Americans with Disabilities Act is ever more important. It was passed almost unanimously by Congress and signed by President George 

H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Today marks 25 years commemorating the rights established for disabled individuals providing them with everything from transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment and information technology. It pleases me to see that such an effective act is still in existence today.

Marc Anthony Gallucci, executive director, Center for Disability Rights, also will speak at the event. He said, This 25th anniversary is a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that the Americans with Disabilities Act has had in the lives of millions of persons with disabilities.

Keri McLaughlin, program manager, Community Connections, part of the nonprofit West Haven Community House, said the ADA has been a tremendous helpto her clients in getting a job and maintaining it.

She said after ADA was enacted society has shown more tolerance and acceptanceof those with disabilities.

The West Haven Community House website says the organization exists to facilitate healthy, productive, independent, and meaningful lives for children, adolescents and families, and individuals with disabilities.

Thursdays festivities will include an interactive educational exhibit about the ADA, and members of the public will get a chance to try out an adaptive, recumbent bicycle, Gallucci said.

An acoustic duo will entertain from 5-7 p.m., followed by a rock band performing from 7-8 p.m., he said.

There will be balloons for children and Gallucci said the public is invited to celebrate and enjoy anniversary cake with CDR staff and members and event collaborators.

In addition to CDR the following collaborators are working to make the event a success: West Haven Community Houses Community Connections, City of West Haven, City of Milford & Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities, Inc., Agency on Aging, and Bodies Place of Milford.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Seymour Police Department’s K-9 Sage and handler meet benefactors

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Every dog has his day, and for Sage — the Seymour Police Department’s newest furry crime fighter — hers came this week after meeting the couple who donated funds that made it possible to bring her here.

Residents Noel and Fredda Peel made a generous, though undisclosed, donation to the department earlier this year. The funds enabled the police to purchase Sage, along with a brand new Ford Expedition for Sage’s handler, Officer John Oczkowski, to share with his companion.

The Peels were recognized by the Board of Police Commissioners during its monthly meeting Wednesday. Police Chief Michael Metzler and the commissioners expressed their gratitude to the Peels, self-admitted, diehard dog lovers that simply love to give back to their community.

“We wanted to support the town, and its police officers,” Noel Peel said. “Dogs are not only man’s best friend, but a police officer’s best friend, as well.”

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Connecticut kickball tourney will help raise money for ALS programs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent                                                                                               
A local man is hoping to kick the devastating disease, ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, to the curb with his 3rd annual Valley kickball tournament. Ryan Matthews of Beacon Falls knows firsthand how the heartbreaking disease can affect families, having lost his mom, Susan Matthews, to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011. Matthews’ mom was diagnosed in 2009. The degenerative motor neuron disorder takes otherwise healthy, physically capable individuals, and slips them eventually into full body paralysis, Matthews said. ALS patients are only expected to live an additional two to five years after their diagnosis, said Matthews, who serves as executive director of The Susie Foundation, which he founded in his mother’s honor.

“It was a transformative moment for our family,” said Matthews, 27. “My mom needed ‘round the clock care beginning during the very early stages of the disease, which, at times, presented seemingly insurmountable challenges. But we were lucky to have an incredibly supportive, loving, and dedicated network of family, friends, and community care providers to help us along the way.

The Susie Foundation provides direct relief and support services to local families living with ALS, Matthews said. To help raise funds to support programming efforts, Matthews is holding his 3rd annual Susie Classic Kickball Tournament on Aug. 8 in Beacon Falls.

Read more here.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Ansonia Recreation sponsors bus trip to Aug. 6 Red Sox at Yankees game

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Freedom Craft Beer Festival this Saturday in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Make plans to attend the first Freedom Craft Beer Festival from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway.

This year’s Freedom Fest is planned for 3,000 beer lovers and guests to enjoy great beers from 70+ breweries (250+ different beers), food trucks, root beer tasting for kids and adults, specialty vendors and live music all on site to make for a fantastic day!

We will have an All Veteran and Active Duty Military appreciation hour from noon-1p.m. , before the general public, one hour before the general public to enjoy some great Connecticut brews.
Discounted tickets may be purchased online up until the day before the event. Please visit to purchase your tickets.

At the admission tent you will receive an ID wristband and Freedom Fest souvenir tasting mug for unlimited samples of all the great beers available! Visit our Facebook page Freedom Beer Fest and like us to receive all Freedom Fest news and updates!

Freedom Fest is proud to benefit a very noble cause in the Wounded Warrior Project.

Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project looks to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Freedom Fest is hosted by Valiant in the Valley, Inc., a non-profit organization. Our goal is to produce another first-rate festival in Connecticut and help raise funds for a worthy organization whose efforts benefit the overall community.

Admission: $35 - $45.

Sponsored by: Valiant in the Valley, WPLR, Bricks and Barley Pub, Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen, Mountain Road Liquors, Associated Refuse Haulers.

This information is shared from an online community calendar sponsored by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the New Haven Independent.

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Main Street Ansonia charges into action July 15


Introduction to handwriting analysis at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library welcomes David DeWitt, certified graphoanalyst, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

DeWitt will discuss his self-assessment guide book, Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Potential. DeWitt has spent decades studying and interpreting the handwriting of countless individuals, helping them to understand themselves and their personal strengths and weaknesses.  The insightful results that he produces are astounding, as well as personally and professionally transformational.  This presentation offers a fresh, new approach on handwriting analysis, demonstrating how to explore career options and life choices through graphology and personality awareness.

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

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Crosby Commons resident gets dream day

Crosby Commons resident Marie Bawol poses
for a photograph with her daughter, Alison Cotter,
during a special “trip to England” celebration,
part of the community’s Journey of Dreams program.
SHELTON >> Marie Bawol has lived as a resident of Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community for the past three years and has always dreamed of visiting England again. Although she has lived in the United States since she was 18 years old, Marie was born and raised in Liverpool, England. She vividly remembers life during the bombings of World War II, and the difficulties that followed during and after the war. Even still, she longed for the chance to return again to the place she grew up, where many of her family members reside. After sharing her dream with Crosby staff, she was surprised with a special day to make her dream come true.

As part of the community’s Journey of Dreams program, staff and residents took “a trip to England” together with Marie. On June 30, the community hosted a Tour of England celebration, with a traditional English meal prepared by the Crosby Commons Dining Services team, a tea party hosted by Bigelow Tea, and a musical performance by Brett Bottomley, who entertained residents on the Chapman Stick, a unique multi-string electric guitar. Lectures on English history were offered throughout the day, as well as a fun photo booth opportunity, which featured a giant double-decker London city bus that was custom-built by a staff member. Residents and staff posed behind the bus windows for pictures, which were then transformed into postcards and sent to friends and family members.

In honor of her special day, Marie was presented with an album of photographs of the royal family, a china tea pot and tea cup, biscuits and jam, and English toffee. A champagne toast ended the day, along with a look back at the royal wedding celebration. “I didn’t realize the celebration was going to be so elaborate! It made me stop and think how lucky I am to have such a loving family here; at Crosby Commons and in England,” Marie said. “The day was absolutely fantastic.”

Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community is located on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton, CT. The award-winning “Journey of Dreams” program was created on the campus to offer opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment of individual dreams. To learn more about Crosby Commons or other dreams that have been fulfilled for residents, visit or contact Lisa Bisson at 203-225-5024.

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

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Italian Night Cabaret July 17 in New Haven

The Sons and Daughters of Italy Greater New Haven Lodge #37 will present an Italian Night Cabaret on July 17.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Annex Club, 554 Woodward Ave., New Haven. It's $15 per person. Bring your own hard drinks, wine, food, snacks, paper goods. Set-ups, soda and ice provided. Tables of 10 are available.

For reservations, call Dan Masto Jr at  203-483-6899.
For information, call Sam Giglio at 203-467-4169 or Rich Ramadei at 203-248-9074.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Book discussion group exercises the mind and body along Riverwalk in Shelton

SHELTON >> Written Words Bookstore has introduced a book discussion group that exercises the mind and body: WALK, TALK, RIVERWALK!

After reading pre-selected short fiction works, the group will meet on Saturday at 8:30 a.m (starting on July 11) at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Shelton. Discussion will take place while members walk along the scenic Riverwalk. Approximate walk time is a half hour.

“We love being downtown and the Riverwalk is practically right outside our door.” said Written Words Bookstore owner Dorothy Sim-Broder in a press release. “What a great way to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting while exercising your brains cells! We all have busy schedules nowadays, so we’ve designed this to make it accessible: We’re reading short stories which do not take long, you get to exercise your mind and body at the same time, it’s early enough so you’ll still have a whole day ahead of you after the discussion, and as a bonus: the Farmer’s Market will be right there so you could pick up fresh produce on the way out!”

Discussion is free and open to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to support the bookstore by purchasing discussion books at Written Words, which are usually available at a special book club 15 percent discount.

The information above was provided in a release from Written Words Bookstore. Written Words Bookstore is located inside the Conti building at 415 Howe Ave. For more information, call the bookstore at 203-944-0400.

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Celebrate Shelton announces Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Sseries

SHELTON >> Celebrate Shelton announces the Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Series taking place at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton on Fridays: July 17, July 24 and Aug. 7 from 5-9 p.m.

The lineup of live music includes: Coley O’ Toole (of Queen Killing Kings) and The Wagon Riders (July 17), The Alpaca Gnomes and Hubinger St (July 24) and The What Up Funk Band (August 7).

Each night of the series will host rotating handmade artisans and food trucks as well as children’s activities and a beer garden.
Admission is FREE to the public, and free parking is in the parking lot for the Shelton Farmers Market Building and Conti Building (415 Howe Ave.).

Prudential is the Title Sponsor of Downtown Sounds: Summer Concert Series, with additional support from the Valley Community Foundation as well as other area businesses and organizations.

Celebrate Shelton was established to create community events that highlight small businesses including a monthly Downtown Handmade Market, seasonal Small Business Community Guide, and a Holiday Community Tree Lighting. In partnership with the City of Shelton, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, we have been able to make these events a success with hundreds of attendees – shining light on small businesses in our area and offering a unique place for community members to gather with their family and friends around fun activities.

To learn more about Celebrate Shelton, please visit

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Upcoming events at Derby Public Library

The following information was provided by Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit  

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse Craft Class – Tag, You’re It
Monday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Ansonia Animal Control Officer, Jeanie Roslonowski, returns to the Library with Tag, You’re It, showing participants, ages eighteen and over, what they can do with simple shipping tags. Whether it be for gift tags or decorations, the possibilities are endless. Come and relax and see your creativity emerge. The class will also include information on conservation and animal issues.  Registration is required.

Resume “Right-ing”
First Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
During these sessions, participants are welcome to either start from scratch or bring copies of their existing resumes, cover letters as well, for review and optimizing. Often times a new resume can be created simply by making a number of subtle tweaks versus a whole new change. The August class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Wednesday Movie Matinees (ages 18 and over)
Every Wednesday at 1:00 PM 
Newly released DVDs will be shown every Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Light snacks will be provided. This is a great way to cool off and relax on a summer afternoon. Registration is requested. For a list of featured films, stop by the library or call.

Sports Talk Series
Every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. throughout the baseball season
The Derby Public Library is now in its 10th season of Sports Talks. These informal sessions are held every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. throughout the baseball season. They are facilitated by radio talk show host, author, and Major League Baseball Rules Consultant, Rich Marazzi. Each session includes trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more. All ages, from rookies through veterans, are invited to join Rich and his group of Silver Sluggers. No registration is necessary.

Local History Information Sessions – The Floods of 1955
Tuesdays from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon
During this time the Library’s Local History Coordinator offers information on monthly highlighted topics. August’s topic will be The Floods of 1955. Assistance will also be available for research on topics such as genealogy, prominent local figures, major area events and more.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Spiritual Gypsy Yoga studio opens in dowtown Seymour

SEYMOUR >> A new yoga studio located downtown will be holding a grand opening ceremony Thursday, July 9, according to a release from the Office of the First Selectmen.

Spiritual Gypsy Yoga, 18 Bank St., is in the recently renovated Beaches Block building. The ceremony starts at 3 p.m. The public is invited to check out the facilities, share a champagne toast and enter to win free yoga lessons and other prizes.

Andrea Benson, a certified yoga teacher whose practice of yoga began 28 years ago, founded the studio. Benson was certified as an instructor in 2009. She teaches Hatha yoga, a form that emphasizes balance and uniting opposites by focusing the attention on breathing to become more present. She says she wants her studio to be “a welcoming peaceful sanctuary where your practice will have the opportunity to grow,” according to the release.

“I am reaching out to meet the people of Seymour and the surrounding area. I am so blessed to be a part of the community and I look forward to spending a long time here. Please come and take a look at your new yoga studio,” Benson said in the release.

First Selectman Kurt Miller is expected to attend and said, in the release, “I’m really excited and encouraged by the diversity of new businesses coming into downtown Seymour. We’re very excited for the opening of Spiritual Gypsy Yoga and we’re pleased to welcome Andrea to the community.”

This information was provided in a press release from the Office of the First Selectmen.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PHOTO: Ansonia Mayor Cassetti and past mayors gather for luncheon

This is from Ansonia City Hall. Past mayors and current Mayor David S. Cassetti recently gathered for a mayor's luncheon at Antonio's Restaurant in Ansonia.

Pictured from left to right:  Mayor Cassetti, Mayor DellaVolpe, Mayor Valentine, Mayor Hallihan, Mayor Clifford, Mayor Finnucan and Mayor Kruger. Missing from the photo was Mayor Menna.

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Seymour health club announces membership drive partnership with Wounded Warriors Project

SEYMOUR >> Balance, a local health club, is teaming with Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) in a membership drive to benefit the health and well-being of its neighbors.

On Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Balance will host live music by DJ Chris Rush from Psych Word Radio Show, and special outdoor classes, including Zumba and Bootcamp. American Pie & Pub will provide food. Membership, training, raffles and spa specials also will be offered to benefit the foundation.

Balance will donate 100 percent of its membership enrollment fee for the month of July and will donate 20 percent of all massage profits from July 25 to WWP. The mission of WWP is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors and foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. WWP takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

For more information, please visit or call 203-888-8983.

This is a press release from Balance health club.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Precision Aerospace in Seymour keeps soaring, gets global recognition

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> For three decades, the family-owned Precision Aerospace, Inc. has been cranking out machine parts to help make commercial airplanes and even rockets soar.

The company’s humble roots, initially based out of a basement in Derby back in 1985, with annual sales totaling $100,000, has since grown to a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Silvermine Industrial Park, where sales for 2014 topped $9.5 million.

Thanks to the vision of its founder and veteran CEO Jack E. Hillman, Sr., and its dedicated employees — who call each other family — the company was recognized on a global level Friday for outstanding excellence.

The Eaton Corp., a $22 billion worldwide power management corporation, with a local office based out of Bethel, awarded Precision Aerospace with one of only two “Supplier of the Year” awards. The Seymour company was selected among 2,000 other companies worldwide, according to Drew Shelby, commodities manager for Eaton, who nominated Precision Aerospace for the award.

Read more here.

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Nepotism questions arise in Derby after BOE chairman’s son hired

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Board of Education this week hired the son of its chairman to a teaching position at Derby High School — a move some say violates the board’s own policy about hiring of family members.

Scott Marcucio, a Derby resident and son of longtime board Chairman Ken Marcucio, was hired as a social studies teacher during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The board voted 5-1 in favor of Marcucio getting the job. Board member Jim Gildea cast the sole dissenting vote.

According to board policy, listed under ‘personnel-certified/non-certified: ‘nepotism: employment of relatives,’ section 4212.8. “No member of the immediate family (spouse, civil union partner, child, parent, sibling, or household member) of a Board of Education member shall be appointed to a full-time position in the school district.”

However, under that same policy, there is a provision that states “A spouse or civil union partner, or child of a Board of Education member may be employed for limited term or short-term employment on a competitive basis among persons who are eligible.”

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Seymour recognized for excellence in financial reporting

SEYMOUR >> When Seymour’s First Selectman Kurt Miller assumed office in 2011, one of his main goals was to restore Seymour to a stable financial footing. Significant progress has already been made, notably the Town’s bond rating increase last year. Seymour had more to celebrate when it received news on Monday that it had been presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The award is a result of Seymour’s first-ever Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, an annual report detailing the current financial status of a government that goes beyond basic accounting requirements. The award is designed to “encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond minimum requirements of the spirit of transparency and full disclosure,” according to the GFOA website and “is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting.”

The responsibility for the filing of the CAFR fell on the Town’s Finance Department. Finance Director Doug Thomas accepted the award on the Town’s behalf.  Of receiving the accolade, Thomas said “It’s great to see our efforts culminate in this prestigious award.”

First Selectman W. Kurt Miller added “We are very excited to receive this award after our first effort with the CAFR.  I know that accounting awards may not seem very important, but accomplishments like this weigh heavily in the Town’s ability to borrow money cheaply and improve Seymour’s parks, schools and roads.”

This is a press release from the Office of Seymour’s First Selectman Kurt Miller.


Discuss a book over lunch at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m.  The selected title is the reminiscent novel Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. It is the story of teenage friendship between two girls, one rich, one poor, and traces what happens to them as they grow up and eventually grow apart. Much of the story is set during summers spent on Martha’s Vineyard. Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit  

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee announces Ansonia graduate as $5,000 JAT award winner

ANSONIA >> The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee announces 2015 Ansonia High School graduate, DeQuan Thomas, is the recipient of the 2015 $5,000 Julian A. Taylor Scholarship.

He will be attending Western Connecticut State University, Danbury where he will major in education. He aspires to be a teacher. In addition to maintaining his academics DeQuan was active in the National Honor Society, Hiking/Biking Club, Art Club, Video Game Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, The Connecticut ECMC Scholars Program, and participated in talent shows at Ansonia and Oxford High School. In addition to the J.A.T. Scholarship, he is the recipient of several awards:   ECMC Scholarship, President’s Education Award, CAPT Scholar Award, Yudkin Family Scholarship, The CT Association of Schools Art Award and has been a four time winner of the JAT Scholars award.

The $5,000 Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Award is presented to the highest ranking African American Senior with an 85 or above average going to a four year University/College. In addition, 21 African American students in grades 3 to 11 attending Ansonia Public Schools will receive a $100 JAT Scholars award. The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Fund was established in 1982 to honor and continue the ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Julian A. Taylor, former Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Awards will be presented at the J.A.T. Annual Awards Dinner, on July 12, 2015 2:00p.m, at the Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange CT.

The event speaker will be Jewelle Taylor Gibbs the daughter of the late Rev. Julian A. Taylor for whom the scholarship is named. Jewelle is a retired professor, author and activist who holds degree in social work and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of several publications, the latest titled, Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter about her family who survives centuries of racial and social struggles to succeed and achieve upward mobility despite numerous obstacles.

For ticket information, call 203-645-9635.

This is a press release from Diane L. Stroman, co-chairperson of The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee.

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Assumption School in Ansonia accepting registration for 2015-16 school year

ANSONIA >> Assumption School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. The school features prekindergarten for three and four year olds, with a choice of a four or six hour day ~Monday through Friday and kindergarten through grade eight. There is a before/after school program, bus transportation for Ansonia residents, and a full day kindergarten. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening hours are available by appointment. Please call 203-734-0855 Ext. 17 or email

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Troup 3 Derby recognizes Matthew Edwards of Ansonia for achieving Eagle Scout

Troop 3 Derby’s 300th Eagle Scout Matthew Edwards, left
and 200th Eagle Scout John Coppola, at a
Court of Honor held at Derby 2nd Congregational Church
DERBY >>  Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby recently recognized Matthew Edwards for achieving Eagle Scout Rank during a Court of Honor held at the troop’s sponsoring organization, the Derby 2nd Congregational Church. Edwards is Troop 3’s 300th Eagle Scout since the troop was founded in 1914. Troop 3’s first Eagle Scout badge was awarded in 1927 to the late Manuel Pearson, who was followed by the late legendary Scouter and Derby Hall of Fame member Edmund D. Strang.

The requirements for earning Eagle Scout rank are rigorous and require many years of effort and leadership. Nationally, fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts achieve Scouting’s highest honor.
Senior Patrol Leader Joseph Szewczyk served as Master of Ceremonies and the Court of Honor program was under the direction of Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter. The Eagle Scout Charge was given by keynote speaker John Coppola, Assistant Principal at Ansonia’s Mead School, who became Troop 3’s 200th Eagle Scout in 1997.  Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto and a representative from the City of Ansonia presented proclamations to Matthew. Letters of congratulations were read from Gov. Dannel Malloy, Sen. Chris Murphy and President Barack Obama.
Matthew Edwards, 17, is the son of Ronald and Elaine Edwards and brother of Troop 3 Life Scout Jason Edwards, all of Ansonia. He attended Prendergast and Mead Elementary Schools, Ansonia Middle School and recently graduated from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School, where he studied Plumbing and Heating and was on the varsity football and track teams and basketball club.
Matthew joined Cub Scout Pack 3, Derby at age 7, and quickly became engaged with scouting. Upon earning the Arrow of Light award in 2008, he joined Troop 3 of Derby’s 2nd Congregational Church.
Edwards has participated in troop activities such as a camporees and summer camp at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen and  he attended the 2010 and 2013 National Scout Jamborees as a member of the Housatonic Council BSA contingent. He also participated in Troop 3 trips to Cape Cod, the national parks of the Pacific Coast and in 2014, he was part of the Troop 3 group to camp across the country for three weeks, visiting Hollywood, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Las Vegas, The Alamo, New Orleans and Washington D.C.  

Matthew has served Troop 3 as den chief, troop historian and patrol leader. Currently he is a troop guide and also serves as the treasurer for Venture Crew 77 of Ansonia. He earned a total of 42 merit badges.

Matthew led a group of scouts, friends and adults at the Ansonia Nature Center in the planting of 20 white pine trees on Benz Street as a part of the troop’s 100th year anniversary and the nature centers’ Earth Day celebration. The group also cleared, mulched and planted flowers around the main entrance sign leading into the nature center.

He works part-time job at Bobs Stores in Ansonia and is a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia, where he volunteers at their annual Italian Festival. Edwards will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall, majoring in Business Management and minoring in Communications.
Troop 3 will resume meeting on Wednesdays beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church. All boys at least 11 years of age are invited to join in on the troop’s Scouting adventures. For more information, call 203-732-0343.

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Wesley Village receives grant from Valley Community Foundation to benefit dementia patients through Music & Memory program

Staff and volunteers from Wesley Village complete training and instruction for Music & Memory,
a personalized, therapeutic music program being introduced on the campus this summer.

SHELTON >> Beginning this summer, individuals struggling from dementia and other cognitive and physical impairments will now have the opportunity to reconnect with family, friends, and caregivers through Music & Memory, a personalized digital music program to be offered on the Wesley Village Campus.

“Sincere thanks to the Valley Community Foundation for making this new program possible with the help of a $4,700 grant,” said Carlene Rhea, director of Mission Development, in a release. “This grant enables our senior care campus to purchase iPods and other technology needed for music collection and storage and costs associated with staff training and instruction.”

Rooted in extensive neuroscience research, the Music & Memory approach involves training care professionals to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites can then tap deep memories not lost to dementia, which enable patients and residents to converse, socialize, stay present, and feel like themselves again.

After completing three days of training with staff and volunteers, Wesley Village is the first Music & Memory Certified Care Facility in the Valley and one of only a few in the State of Connecticut. The Music & Memory program will be implemented first at their new Lifestyle Transitions memory care neighborhood on the campus and then in the Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center.

For more information about Music & Memory and the life-changing benefits of personalized therapeutic music, visit

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

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St. Mary Church in Derby to hold special Mass for first responders on July 11

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mayor Cassetti honors past Ansonia Fire Chief Joe Kingston

Mayor Cassetti presents Joseph Kingston with a
certification of appreciation for his dedication and years of services
DERBY >> A testimonial dinner was held June to honor past Ansonia Fire Department Chief Joe Kingston at the Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby, according to a press release.

Joe was succeeded by Fire Chief Scott Trembley in January following his two-year term. Prior to his departure as chief, Kingston completed 10 years of service in all four assistant chief positions and had been a fireman for many years prior.

The event was presided over by Master of Ceremonies Joe Kingston Jr., who also serves as a fireman alongside his father, both members of the Hilltop Hose Fire House.

Kingston's service was lauded by representatives of all five Ansonia fire houses who honored him and thanked him for his service to Ansonia and the Valley.

Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti personally thanked Kingston on behalf of Ansonia’s residents, thanking him for his past and continued service as one of Ansonia’s bravest.

Also on hand were Fire Commissioners Pat Henri and Phil Tripp, who were moved by the display of brotherhood within the department.

Kingston was whole-heartedly thankful to all in attendance, gratefully recognizing the fire department and his family for all the time and commitment they put in, and for all the help they provided him while he was chief.

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‘Stewie the Duck’ brings water safety message to Seymour kids

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> On average, statistics show 10 people die in the U.S. every day from unintentional drowning, with 20 percent of those drowning victims children age 14 and under.

And with beach and pool season upon us, Seymour schools’ Director of Security Richard Kearns doesn’t want children here to become part of those tragic statistics. That’s why Kearns recently teamed up once again with local police to present a lifesaving water safety program called “Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim.”

The program was founded by Kim and Stew Leonard Jr. The parents turned their personal tragedy of losing their 21-month-old son in a drowning accident in 1989 into a foundation named after their son that teaches parents and young children the importance of water safety.

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Derby pain clinic medical director fined $7,500 over drug prescriptions

By Kate Farrish, Conn. Health I-Team Writer

The medical director of a pain clinic in Derby was reprimanded and fined $7,500 Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board for writing prescriptions for patients based on assessments of their appearance or behavior conducted by unlicensed medical assistants.

Dr. Mark Thimineur, medical director of the privately run Comprehensive Pain & Headache Treatment Centers LLC, housed at Griffin Hospital, signed a consent order June 1 agreeing to the punishment. In the order, he did not contest the findings by the board and the state Department of Public Health.

The consent order states that from 2011 to the present, Thimineur failed to meet the standard of care when treating one or more patients for chronic pain. It said he wrote prescriptions for patients based on assessments by unlicensed medical assistants of the patients’ physical appearance, behavior, pain levels or lab test results.

David Tilles, a DPH staff attorney, told the board that the health department is satisfied that Thimineur has made changes at the clinic and halted such use of the medical assistants.

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Irving School educator is Derby’s Teacher of the Year

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Whether he’s staying after school helping a student struggling in math, or landing grant money to launch a robotics program, Irving School fourth-grade teacher Frank Briganti has earned his new title as Derby’s Teacher of the Year for 2016.

“Mr. Briganti is an outstanding educator,” said Principal Jennifer Olson. “His lessons always include a real-life application of a math skill, the integration of technology and small group work. Students in his class made significant gains in their ability to solve complex problems.”

Briganti was chosen for the top honor from among a group of teachers from each of the district’s four schools who were nominated by their peers for their excellence in teaching and contributions to students, staff and families, according to Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway.

“Mr. Briganti engages every student, every day, identifying lessons and activities to meet each student’s needs,” Conway said. “Mr. Briganti is a valued asset to the Derby School district.”

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The Valley Community Foundation in Derby gives $33K to nonprofits to support programs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Valley Community Foundation handed out more than $33,000 in grants to Valley nonprofits to support programs ranging from exposing middle school kids to college campuses to assisting the hearing impaired.

According to a press release, $33,295 was awarded through VCF’s Community Grants program to 15 community groups serving the Valley.

Nonprofits with less than two full-time or less than four part-time staff from Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton can apply for grant money from $250 to $2,500.

“VCF is proud to support these 15 organizations with more than $30,000 in Community Grants,” said VCF President/CEO Sharon Closius. “Community Grants are responsive to groups that are volunteer or nonprofit in nature with very limited staffing capacity and serve our five-town region. Using this grant support, these small, dedicated organizations can work on issues that make a big difference in our community.”

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shelton's St. Joseph School students participate in Peapod Kids Give Back Program

SHELTON >> Fourth and fifth grade students from St. Joseph School in Shelton recently participated in the Peapod Kids Give Back Program, which offers classrooms the opportunity to learn about nutrition, practice budgeting skills and understand how to make a positive impact in the local community through a special food bank donation funded by Peapod, the country’s leading online grocer.

Over the last few weeks, the students have been reading and working with the materials provided by Peapod. To conclude, Peapod gave the students the opportunity to select $250.00 worth of healthy food to be delivered to their pantry of choice, Spooner House.

On May 28, 4th and 5th grade students from St. Joseph School met with a Peapod delivery truck at Spooner House to help unload a $250 grocery item donation that they   pieced together on behalf of Peapod’s Kids Give Back program.

Peapod’s Kids Give Back Program is designed to teach students about nutrition, shopping on a budget, and how to use this knowledge to give back to local food banks.

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Meet the Ansonia High Top 10, Class of 2015

The top 10 graduates of the Ansonia High School Class of 2015 are pictured above (from left):
Justin Auger (ranked 3rd), Sanjida Shamim (tied for 4th), Samantha Belenchia (ranked 8th), Amanda Diurno (ranked 7th), Ryan Cafaro (Salutatorian), Brittany Dainiak (ranked 6th), Allison Hronec (ranked 10th), Kimberly Robayo (tied for 4th), Jeffrey Glazer (ranked 9th) and Pablo Suarez, Valedictorian.
ANSONIA >> Pablo Suarez is valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Ansonia High School, Principal Joseph Dobbins has announced. Pablo and the other top 10 students of the class were honored at a banquet, hosted by the Ansonia Board of Education, on June 8 at AHS, and they will lead their classmates during the commencement exercises scheduled for June 18 at the Nolan Field complex.

The son of Elina Puruncajas, Pablo is a leader in many academic and scholastic activities. He is president of the AHS Class of 2015 and editor-in-chief of the AHS yearbook. Pablo is a member of the National Honor Society, was vice president of the Spanish Honor Society during his junior year, is a member of DECA, the Hiking Club, the Art Club and is a Student Ambassador. He has volunteered as the manager of the Ansonia Girls’ Soccer team. Pablo has won several awards, including the Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Math and Science and the Yale Book Award.

In the community, Pablo is a member of the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Council, participating in several events this year with Spooner House, TEAM, and the 2015 Special Bowling Olympics. During the summer of 2014, Pablo also completed the program, “Developing Tomorrow’s Professionals,” which provides mentoring and academic skill set training for students in grades 9-11.

Pablo has earned college credit by taking and successfully passing the following AP classes and tests: Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, Language and Composition, Physics, Calculus, Psychology, and Literature and Composition. He has also taken HCC Pre-Calculus. Pablo will be majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale University this fall.

Ryan Cafaro, son of Carole and Chris Cafaro, is salutatorian. Ryan is co-president of the National Honor Society, business editor of the AHS yearbook, and a member of the Cooperative International Studies program. Earlier this year, he was selected for the CT Association of Public School Superintendents Award.  In the community, Ryan has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for most of his life. He is an Eagle Scout and is president of Venturing Crew 77 of Ansonia, a BSA youth development club. Ryan also volunteers at the Derby Historical Society as a junior docent and is an altar server at Holy Rosary Church.

Ryan has earned college credit by taking the following AP courses: Biology, Statistics, Language and Composition, Chemistry, Literature and Composition, Calculus and Physics; as well as UConn Physics and Chemistry and HCC Pre-calculus. He will major in history with a certification in secondary education at Southern Connecticut State University.

Justin Auger, the son of Jeff and Clotilde Auger, is third in his class. He is president of the Student Ambassadors Club, a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, and student government. Justin is a member of the AHS boys varsity soccer team and the city’s U19 soccer team. He has won the Fairfield University/Sikorsky Engineering Award and was a member of the AHS team that took third place in the Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge this year.

He has also taken numerous courses, in which he earned college credit, including AP Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, English Literature, Calculus and Psychology. Justin will major in computer science and business at UConn this fall.

Kimberly Robayo, daughter of Jorge and Gloria Robayo, is tied for fourth in her class. President of the Spanish Club, Kim is also treasurer of student government, senior section editor of the yearbook club, and a member of the National Honor and Spanish Honor Societies. She belongs to several other clubs, including FBLA, DECA, after school chorus, Spanish Club, hiking club and the Cooperative International Studies Program. Kim has won the St. Michaels College Book Award and took first place in the AHS Financial Literacy Challenge this year.

In the community, Kim is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital and has mentored students at Prendergast School. She has taken numerous AP classes, including Biology, Statistics, Language, Literature, Chemistry and Physics. Kim will be an accounting major at UConn this fall.

Sanjida Hassan Shamim, daughter of Shahina Shamim and the late Mohammed Shamim, is tied for fourth. She is co-president of the National Honor Society, a class officer with student government, academic editor of the yearbook, and a member of the Student Ambassadors, Cooperative International Studies Program, the Spanish Honor Society, the art club, and the ECMC Scholars Program. She is also a life coach assistant with the Ansonia High Life Skills program. Sanjida has won the Harvard Book Award and the CAS Leadership Award.

In the community, Sanjida is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital as a baker and candy striper and is a member of the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Council. While at AHS, Sanjida has received college credit for AP/ECE Chemistry and AP Language and Composition. She is currently completing ECE Modern Western Traditions, AP/ECE Physics, AP Calculus and AP Literature and Composition. Sanjida will major in nursing at Southern Connecticut State University.

Brittany Dainiak, daughter of Cheryl and Michael Dainiak, is ranked sixth. Captain of the AHS girls soccer team, Brittany is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Student Ambassadors Club. She has taken several college level classes while at AHS, including AP Biology, Statistics, Language and Composition, Calculus, and Literature and Composition, and has earned college credit in AP Chemistry and AP Physics. In the community, Brittany is a Youth Soccer referee, is involved in church activities, including serving as an assistant teacher for Sunday school, and serving meals to the homeless. She will major in exercise science at Sacred Heart University.

Amanda R. Diurno, daughter of Maria and Lorenzo Diurno, is ranked seventh. Secretary of the National Honor Society, Amanda is the general staff manager of yearbook and a member of the Spanish Honor Society, DECA, the hiking club, Cooperative International Studies Program and Spanish Club. In the community, she is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital and with her church. While at AHS, she took several college level courses, including AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP English Literature and Composition, and she earned college credit for AP Language and Composition. Amanda will major in forensic biology at the University of New Haven.

Samantha Belenchia, daughter of Dawn and Victor Belenchia, is eighth in her class. She is secretary of the Class of 2015, captain of the varsity volleyball and softball teams, and a CIAC scholar athlete. She is member of the yearbook staff, student ambassador’s club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and student government. In the community, Samantha is a member of the Valley Vipers, a summer travel softball team, and in addition to volunteering for the high school, she volunteers at a local horse farm.

Samantha has taken numerous college level classes, including AP Physics, Literature and Composition, Chemistry, Statistics and Biology. She has earned college credit for AP Language and Composition. In the fall, Samantha will attend Becker College in Massachusetts, majoring in pre-veterinary sciences.

Jeffrey Glazer, son of Lisa and Scott Glazer, is ranked ninth. Captain of the varsity baseball team, Jeff also participates in the American Legion Baseball League. In the community, he has volunteered for a nursing home, Children’s Hospital, children’s library, youth baseball clinic and the Ansonia Recreation Department.

Jeff has taken the following college level classes while at AHS: AP Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, English Language, Physics, Calculus, and English Literature; ECE Western History; and HCC Pre-Calculus. He will major in sports management at UConn this fall.

Allison Hronec, daughter of Darlene and Michael Hronec, is ranked tenth in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society, After School Chorus and the AHS Book Club. Allison has volunteered at the school-sponsored blood drive and Sen. Joseph Crisco’s Senior Fair. At AHS, Allison has taken AP Statistics and is currently taking AP Literature and Composition. She has earned college credit for AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Allison will be majoring in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University this fall.

This is a press release from Ansonia Public Schools.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Milling of roads to take place June 19-20 in Derby