Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scouts to hold tag sale in Derby

     DERBY - Troop 3 Boy Scouts of America will hold a Giant Tag Sale to raise funds for its upcoming Cross Country Adventure Trip. 

      The sale will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26 at the Second Congregational Church, 136 Elizabeth St.
       There will be an Early Bird Sale, admission $2, from 6-8 p.m. April 25.

      Troop 3, which plans a big trip nearly every year, was founded in 1914. Membership includes boys from Derby, Shelton, Seymour, Oxford, and Ansonia.

This is a press release from Troop 3.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fidelco in Bloomfield to host open house

BLOOMFIELD - Connecticut’s own Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will open its doors to the public for a free Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3 at its headquarters, One Vision Way. 

This free, fun-filled event features an array of family-friendly activities including behind-the-scenes tours of the Fidelco campus; puppy playtime; and police K9 and guide dog demonstrations.
Experience what it means to “trust the dog” by taking a blindfold walk with professional Fidelco Certified Trainers and Guide Dogs.
Area Lions Club members will also conduct vision screenings on-site. 

Fidelco breeds and trains its elite German Shepherd Guide Dogs for people who are blind across North America. It takes two years, 15,000 hands-on hours and $45,000 to produce each Fidelco Guide Dog, and they are given to clients at no cost. 

Since its founding in 1960, Fidelco remains the only Connecticut-headquartered guide dog school. The non-profit organization relies solely on the gifts and the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations to help it Share The Vision®.

Fidelco’s Open House is held rain or shine at its headquarters, located off I-91 via exit 37 in Bloomfield.

For more information and directions visit or call 860-243-5200

This is a press release from Fidelco.

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Griffin in Derby offers end-of-life planning assistance

DERBY - In recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day, Griffin Hospital will provide free information on end-of-life planning from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday  in the hospital’s Dining Room.

Griffin staff will provide assistance on making advance directives or a living will and how to discuss end-of-life treatment with your physician and family.

According to The Pew Research Center, 42 percent of Americans have had a friend or relative suffer from a terminal illness or coma in the last five years, and for a majority of these people, the issue of withholding life sustaining treatment came up.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.
National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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Crisco hosts hearing on captive insurance

Earlier today state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, D-Woodbridge, Senate Chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, hosted an informational hearing on captive insurance.

Members of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee were joined by representatives from newly formed captive insurance companies, certified public accounts in the insurance field and a senior from UCONN School of Business.

“Captive insurance is important to the Connecticut economy because it represents jobs here in the state,” Crisco said. “Connecticut is known as the insurance capital of the world and it is important that we keep up with this evolving market. Our goal is to attract more domestic and offshore companies to the state to keep us competitive with not only other states but the world.”

“Within the captive insurance market there are so many untapped opportunities and potential,” said Rocco Martin, a UCONN senior who recently became sponsored by a risk management firm for his outstanding work. “Companies need to do more than just be reactive to current trends. It should also be more than just proactive, what is needed is to be innovative and creative with strategic planning. Connecticut is the insurance capital of the world and has the potential to transform the landscape of insurance.”

Senate Bill 188 “An Act Concerning Captive Insurance Companies” is currently being considering by the General Assembly. 
The bill would modernize Connecticut's laws regarding captive insurance companies allowing the state to become more competitive in an evolving market. A captive insurer is an insurance company or entity formed to insure or reinsure the risks of its owners. 
The law allows a captive to be licensed and domiciled in Connecticut to transact life insurance, annuity, health insurance and commercial risk insurance business.

This is a press release from Crisco's office.

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Volunteers needed to help Comcast employees beautify New Haven school

NEW HAVEN –  As part of "Comcast Cares Day," community groups and the public are welcome to join the effort to provide needed improvements and “spring cleaning” Quinnipiac School,  460 Lexington Ave., according to a release.

Comcast workers will be at the school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  April 26, mulching, landscaping and planting flowers, the release said.  "The volunteers also will install and paint picnic tables for an outdoor eating and play area, help make the grounds around the school’s swing set safer for students, and create an indoor garden box students will use to learn more about farm-to-table healthy eating," the release said.
To volunteer, visit  and select United way of Greater New Haven as the partner organization.

Also in the release: United Way ofGreater New Haven is supporting the volunteer event at the school, which serves about 348 students in kindergarten through second grade. "The school is one of 16 Boost! schools city-wide, meaning it is part of the unique partnership among United Way, New Haven Public Schools and city that provides non-academic supports to students. "

 Comcast Cares Day is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature community service event, and the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the nation. Last year, more than 85,000 employees volunteered worldwide, including a group that beautified gardens at New Haven’s Clinton Avenue School in partnership with United Way.

Shelton community to hold art class

SHELTON - In celebration of Earth Day April 22, Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community will be offering a free oil painting class for seniors. 

The class will be held at 2:30 p.m. and will be taught by Janna Oviatt, who holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and has taught for over 10 years. 
Registration is required. To register, contact Mary Ann Milano at 203-225-5018. 

Crosby Commons is located on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. 
For more information or directions to the community, visit

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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Boy Scouts to plant trees in Derby, Shelton

Annual Good Friday Good Turn project
With a goal of planting 100 trees in the Lower Naugatuck Valley this year in honor of their 100th anniversary, Valley Boy Scouts of Derby-based Troop 3 will be busy Friday planting 20 trees each in Derby and Shelton. 

The Good Friday Good Turn community service project in an annual event the troop has performed for more than 25 years.  
The four to six-foot tall trees were purchased through the generosity of Troop 3 alumni and the Derby Second Congregational Church, the sponsoring organization of the troop since 1914.
Troop 3 is one of 40 Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts of the Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America.

In Shelton, a variety of trees will be planted along Howe Avenue, Center Street, and Bridge Street in the planter spaces without trees. Trees also will be planted at the Shelton Riverwalk.

In Derby, trees will be planted along the Derby Greenway and dogwood trees will be planted at the recently opened Ansonia-Derby Dog Park. 
Troop 3 Scout Anthony Bartholomew assisted the City of Derby in the development of the dog park in 2013 as his Community Service Project for Eagle Scout rank.

Shelton Mayor and Housatonic Council BSA executive board member Mark Lauretti is planning to visit the tree planting effort in Shelton at 10 a.m. Friday and Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto is expected at the Derby Greenway at 11 a.m. to visit with the Troop 3 Scouts.

Troop 3 Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Edwards of Ansonia plans to lead the Scouts in planting 20 white pine trees at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center April 26, as part of Earth Day activities. Plans are also underway for planting trees in Seymour and Oxford.

This is a press release from Randy Ritter, Troop 3 Scoutmaster. For more information contact him at 203-733-5347.

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School in Derby honors alumni, residents

Honorees include Rose Brancucio Keller, oldest living graduate of St. Mary Class of 1934 (seated), and from left, Richard Slowik, St. Michael Class of 1952, Mike Kasinskas and Helen Ploski, representing the Catholic War Veterans St. Michael Post 1562, Deacon Robert Johnson and Jack Jurkowski, representing the Knights of Columbus Council 14611. Not pictured is James E. Cohen, who received the Guardian Angel Award./ Contributed photo

SEYMOUR - St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby recently recognized alumni and members of the community for their service to the community, positive impact in their profession, and commitment to the school.
The recognition dinner was held at The Inn at Villa Bianca.

This is a press release from the school.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nursing facility in Shelton wins honor

Employees at Bishop Wicke in Shelton show their pride. / Contributed photo

SHELTON - Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center was recently selected by U.S. News and World Report to receive a Best Nursing Homes Ranking for 2014, a title they had also won in 2013. 
U.S. News rated nearly 16,000 nursing homes across the country in an effort to help caregivers and families find the best nursing home for their loved one. 

At the top of the Connecticut nursing homes list are those with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care. 
About 32 percent of all nursing homes in Connecticut earned an overall five-star rating, including Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. 
To view the rankings by location, visit

Bishop Wicke offers short-term rehab and skilled nursing care, including specialized programs for surgical recovery, orthopedics, cardiac and respiratory rehab, heart failure and more. 
The newly-renovated facility is on the Wesley Village Campus at 584 Long Hill Ave. and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local, not-for-profit organization. 

For information about relationship-centered care at Bishop Wicke, visit or call 203-929-5321. 

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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Ansonia school to host 'play date'

ANSONIA - Julia Day Nursery & Kindergarten is having a play date “Come and Play at Julia Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3.

 This is a free morning of activities including: art, science, blocks, dramatic play, music, writing, book area, and much more in three classrooms.

Be ready to explore and discover outside activities with sand play, dramatic play, climbing, etc. on a uniquely designed playground. 
A free snack and book will also be available to all the children. The activities are appropriate for children ages 2-7 years old.
Julia Day is located at 76 Central St. This is the school's 97th year of caring for children and the first activity leading to its 100th anniversary party.
For more information contact Sharon Kelley, executive director, at 203-736-2554 or
 Applications are currently being accepted for summer and fall enrollment.

This is a press release from Sharon Kelley, executive director, Julia Day. 

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Navigation course slated in Milford

MILFORD >> The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3 is offering the Charts, Navigation and GPS course from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10.

For advance registration go to
The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3 Training Center is located at 1 Helwig St. which is one block north of Milford Boat Works.   
Walk-ins are welcome on day of the class.

The course ties together electronic navigation and the method of plotting a course on a paper chart. Instructions on basic satellite navigation (GPS) and its functions are presented as well as pros and cons of relying on electronic navigation devices. 

Students will be instructed how to interpret and use information printed on charts as well as chart a course using that information and navigation tools. 
Cost of the course is $60.

 For additional information about Coast Guard Auxiliary courses, call 860-663-5505, or email or visit

This is taken from a press release. 

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Church to take part in Seymour tag sale

SEYMOUR - Great Hill United Methodist Church will participate in the Seymour Town-Wide Tag Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3. Rain date is May 10.  

In addition to the church’s tag sale table, several church members will have tables. 

Proceeds will be used to fund several of the church’s mission projects.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Nina Poeta Strong Committee will sell light lunch items.
All funds raised will go to help defray Nina Poeta's medical expenses. Nina is a Seymour High School student battling cancer.

The church is at 225 Great Hill Road,

For additional information call Pat, 203-888-0489.

This is a press release from Great Hill United Methodist Church.

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