Thursday, June 30, 2011

Updated: Derby principal heads to Milford's Jonathan Law High School

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
MILFORD — Derby High School Principal Francis Thompson was named principal of Jonathan Law High School, replacing Janet Garagliano, who is retiring.

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A LIFE REMEMBERED: Ansonia woman didn't let rules of the road get in the way of driving

By Tom Veilleux
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Lois Sutter had her own way of driving.
“My sister was kind of a carefree driver,” laughed her brother, William Wilson Sr. of Pompano Beach, Fla. “She never paid much attention to stop signs and one-way streets. One time, we were having an event at the Assumption Church and she drove up the wrong way on a one-way street to get to the church.
“When she was parked, her nephew said to her, ‘Did you know you were going the wrong way on a one-way street?’ She replied, ‘That’s OK, nobody was coming."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shelton man accused of operating drug factory in home; wife charged with risk of injury to minor

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON - A city man faces multiple charges for allegedly operating a marijuana farm in his home.

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OHS Booster Club to Host Wolverine Classic Athletic Golf Tournament

OXFORD - The Oxford High School Booster Club will host the 2011 Wolverine Classic Athletic Golf Tournament on July 19, with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. at the Oxford Greens Golf Club with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
Lunch will follow the tournament. The price to participate is $125 per person and includes golf green fees, cart, range balls, breakfast and lunch.
For more information, visit to download a reservation form or contact Kathy Weisgable at 203-888-1900.
All funds raised will be used to fund student scholarships, teacher grants, performing arts events, athletic programming and construction of athletic facilities. If you wish to be a sponsor, various levels of sponsorship are available:
Platinum (for contributions of $25,000.00 or greater)
Diamond (for contributions between $10,000.00 and $24,000.00)
Gold (for contributions of $5,000.00 to $9,000.00)
Silver (for contributions of $ 2,500.00 to $4,000.00) and
Bronze (for contributions of $500.00 to $1,500.00).
Sponsorship benefits, which increase with each level, include the following:
Recognition in all announcements for OHS performing arts and athletic events;
Sponsor's logo placed in a special sponsorship section in OHS musical and athletic programs
Sponsor's logo placed on the contributor's page of the OHS Booster Club's website, with a link to the sponsor company's home page
A corporate banner or sign on display in the OHS lobby during performing arts events
Complimentary tickets and passes to OHS performing arts and athletic events
Complimentary golfers at the Wolverine Classic Athletic Golf Tournament,
Invitations to 'meet and greet' programs at OHS concert events.
Eligible sponsor benefits will be valid for one school year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor may call Kathy Weisgable at 203-888-1900.

Ansonia man gets 18 months for beating man with baseball bat

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
An Ansonia man who was convicted of beating a man with a baseball bat was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison.
Judge Richard Arnold imposed the sentence on Jeffrey Passander, 27, of Jewett Street, Ansonia, for second-degree assault.
After his release, Passander will be on probation for five years. If he violates it, then he’d risk having to serve a full five years behind bars.
His younger brother and co-defendant, Paul Passander, now 18, was sentenced in May to nine months in prison.

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Grant aids Ansonia preschool nature program

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Resident Rich Wade, president of the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, said Tuesday the group greatly appreciates a recent $1,877 grant from the Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation.
The group wants to use the nature center’s Redwing Pond House, 25 Milan Road, for a preschool nature program and Wade said the grant is a boost to the Friends’ fundraising.
He said the Friends mailed out about 600 fundraising appeals Friday.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Derby principal is headed to Milford school district

DERBY - Derby High School Principal Fran Thompson has accepted a position as the Principal of Jonathan Law High School in Milford.
Superintendent of Schools Steve Tracy complimented Thompson on his three years of service.
"Fran Thompson has worked tirelessly to improve the climate for learning and the quality of instruction at Derby High School," Tracy said, in a statement. "Our high school has certainly changed for the better during his tenure."
Derby Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Marcucio said, "The Board appreciates the efforts that Mr. Thompson has made on behalf of Derby's young people. I am confident that Milford will benefit from the same enthusiasm and energy that he demonstrated in Derby."
Thompson will begin his new duties in Milford on Aug. 1.
The school board and Tracy plan to meet next week to discuss the steps that will be taken to name a new principal for Derby High School.

Check back for updates.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Seymour liquor store's license suspended for allegedly selling to minors

SEYMOUR - The state Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Commission has suspended the liquor permit of Special Discount Liquor, 147 Main St., for July 25 through July 28 for allegedly selling to minors.
The business also paid a $500 fine, according to the state.

2 bear sightings reported in Derby

DERBY — Police received two reports Sunday of bear sightings, according to Lt. Justin Stanko.
The first sighting was around noon in the area of Lakeview Terrace, and the second sighting was in the vicinity of Cullens Hill Road at about 7 p.m.
When officers responded, they were unable to locate the bear. The roads are near each other, and in the vicinity of Osbornedale State Park.
The state Department of Environmental Protection was contacted, police said.
“It is definitely not a regular occurrence to have a bear sighting in Derby,” Stanko said.
The DEP’s web site documents the reports of black bear sightings in the past year, and it was at 1,256 statewide on Monday.
According to the DEP, if you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance and slowly walk away.

Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe to seek 7th term

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA - Mayor James Della Volpe said Monday he will seek a seventh term.

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Rockin' the festival

A four-piece group, The Bantam Band, performs old-time favorites Saturday on Elizabeth Street during the 14th annual Derby Day. Patricia Villers/ Register

A LIFE REMEMBERED: Seymour woman always ready to get back in saddle​

By Tom Veilleux
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — For Joan Pisacane, horseback riding was like riding a bicycle: once you do it, you never lose it.
“My mother rode horses and performed in shows up until the time she got married,” said a daughter, Jane Herrick of Seymour. “About seven or eight years ago, she said to me one of the things she wanted to do before she was unable, was to ride a horse again.

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Derby woman, 23, charged in assault, robbery of 91-year-old; also accused in string of Shelton burglaries

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
Derby police charged a city resident with robbing a 91-year-old woman on Chatfield Street, knocking the victim down and stealing her purse.
The same individual, Amber Belade, 23, of Hawthorne Ave., Derby, faces multiple charges in connection with a series of burglaries in Shelton.

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Time to celebrate

Four friends, all members of Ansonia's Emmett O'Brien Technical High School's Class of 2011, celebrate last week after they received their diplomas. They are from left: Joceyln Virzi, Nicolette Karas, John Sinnorai, and Tyler Luneski. / Contributed photo

Shelton class cherishes its space shuttle opportunity

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Last month’s journey into space by the shuttle Endeavour was the craft’s final flight, and it proved to be a learning opportunity for an advanced placement biology class at Shelton High School.
Results of the students’ experiment that traveled aboard the Endeavour “did not confirm our hypothesis,” said student Omar Sobh, but it was “an excellent opportunity.”
Sobh, who graduated last week, said he and classmates gave a presentation about their findings at a Board of Education meeting.

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Seymour's Chatfield, Bungay schools get new assistant principals​

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Two familiar faces will fill new roles this fall at the elementary schools.
The Board of Education last week unanimously voted to promote Leslie Sojka to assistant principal of Chatfield School and Ernie DiStasi to assistant principal of Bungay School.
The assistant principal positions were created earlier this month as part of district changes that included elimination of the LoPresti School principal, Bungay and Chatfield schools’ administrative interns and a special education teacher.

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Derby 'Bike Night' will benefit ill boy, 5

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The third annual “Bike Night” July 5 at the Valley Diner to benefit an East Haven boy with serious medical problems promises to be bigger and better than ever, organizer Dick Lupkas says.
The event will run 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Lupkas said judging from what representatives of seven motorcycle clubs told him last week at the diner’s bimonthly bike night, there will be many more bikers participating in the fundraiser than in the previous two years.

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Seymour's Chatfield School expansion is in full swing

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Progress on the $32.5 million expansion of Chatfield School ramped up last week, with the massive steel outline of the gymnasium taking shape.
Over the last week or two, major strides to the renovation/addition have been made, according to building committee co-Chairman Donald Smith Jr., who gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the project at a recent meeting.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Derby man named citizen of the year

Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri congratulates Daniel R. Waleski, Derby's Citizen of the Year. /Contributed photo

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Resident Daniel R. Waleski has been a familiar face at municipal meetings for decades. It’s clear to those who know him that he cares deeply about the city.
And for that reason and more, Mayor Anthony Staffieri honored Waleski with the city’s first Citizen of the Year award.
Waleski, 86, received the award Thursday night at the Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Ansonia police arrest 4 on drug charges

ANSONIA — Police Wednesday and Thursday executed three search warrants and arrested four people on drug charges.
At a residence at 182 N. State St. officers took two people into custody Wednesday and found a small amount of cocaine and a .38 caliber handgun, Lt. Andrew Cota said.
Derrick Fogle, 32, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, and criminal possession of a firearm.
Fogle was held in lieu of $125,000 bail. In addition, he was charged with a warrant for possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine and held on a court-set bond of $75,000. He was arraigned Wednesday in Derby Superior Court.
Crystal Simonu, 35, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine. She was held in lieu of $5,000 bail and given a court date of July 11.
A second search warrant was served Wednesday at 27 Orchard St., first floor. Officers searched the residence and located a small amount of cocaine, Cota said.
One person was taken into custody as a result of this investigation. Cota said Kente Douglas, 34, of 360 West Spring Street Apt. #9, West Haven, was arrested on a warrant and charged with sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine. He was released on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court July 5.
On Thursday a search warrant was conducted at 39 Woodlawn Ave. Police said they found a small amount of drug paraphernalia at the residence.
Cota said the target of the warrant was not there upon officers’ arrival. A short time later he arrived and was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Wilby Martin, 22, was taken into custody and charged with possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine. He was held in lieu of $75,000 court set bail and arraigned Friday at Derby Superior Court.

Derby aldermen vote to ban dogs from Green

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — Dogs are no longer welcome on the Green.
The Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 Thursday to ban dogs from the Green, on Elizabeth Street across from the Sterling Opera House, until further notice.
The board acted after hearing from Department of Public Works Director Ron Culmo, who said that people haven’t been cleaning up after their dogs, which means city employees have had to spend time picking up feces.
Board President Kenneth Hughes said he has heard similar complaints from residents and has seen the problem on the Green himself.

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Terminally ill man, 65, plunges to death from Derby apartment building

DERBY — A 65-year-old man who was terminally ill committed suicide by jumping from the sixth story roof of an Olivia Street building early Friday, according to police.
According to Lt. Justin Stanko, police responded to the Sterling Towers at 50 Olivia St. at about 4 a.m., on a report of an unresponsive male in front of the building.
Paramedics who responded pronounced the man dead at the scene. The man is a tenant in the building, according to police.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner removed the man’s body from the scene. An autopsy conducted Friday determined the death to be due to blunt traumatic injuries, and the death was ruled a suicide, according to an office spokeswoman.
The New Haven Register is withholding the name of the man, who was suffering from inoperable cancer.

Historical society appoints new director

Julia Baldini, the new director of the Derby Historical Society, poses in front of the fireplace in the kitchen at the David Humphreys House in Ansonia. / Contributed photo

ANSONIA - The Derby Historical Society has announced the appointment of Julia Baldini as its new director.
Baldini is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public history. She most recently served as program coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.
She was involved in everything from Bicentennial Celebrations to house tours to online and on-site programs. She worked closely with the director of education on managing program budgets and increasing revenues. She also was involved in oversight of training and evaluation for museum teachers.
Baldini served as Head of Education Programs at the Windsor Historical Society, where she developed and maintained relationships with school administrators and community groups.
She also has experience as an Educator and School Services Assistant at the Old State House/Connecticut Historical Society and as a Museum Guide at Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby.
Baldini is also proficient with the PastPerfect software that the Society has adopted in an effort to fully computerize the Society's collection. She is versed in all aspects of social media and has developed websites.
Historical Society President Jack Walsh said, "The search committee was thrilled when they first read Julia’s resume. She had all of the qualifications that we were looking for in a new director, and she was even more impressive in the interviews that followed. We are all looking forward to working under Julia's leadership in the years ahead.”
The Society is based at 37 Elm St., in the David Humphreys House.

Man, 65, plunges to death from Derby apartment building

DERBY — A 65-year-old male apparently committed suicide by jumping from the sixth-story roof of an Olivia Street building early Friday, according to police.

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New Derby Hall of Fame members announced

DERBY - Mayor Anthony Staffieri has announced the selection of five new members to the Derby Hall of Fame.
They include William F. Durand, Rev. John Jordan Dillon, James McKenzie, Col. Holton Wood, and Major Wilbur Fiske Osborne. The five will have their bricks added to the Hall of Fame Plaza on Division Street in time for Derby Day.
Their induction brings to 29 the number of people in the Hall of Fame since it was started in 2007. The Derby Hall of Fame is made up of Derby natives and residents who have helped to shape the course of history through their achievements at the local, state, national or international level. Each of these individuals selected was either born in Derby or lived here at some point in his/her life.
“I am honored and privileged to recognize these Derby citizens who have helped shaped Derby’s unique and special history," Staffieri said, in an announcement. "They are the very essence of what it means to be a Derbyite.”
Jack Walsh, chairman of the Greenway Committee, which selected the Hall of Fame members, said those selected have significant achievements in the education and literacy arenas.
"For a small city, the city has turned out an incredible number of talented men and women who have gone on to major achievements in their chosen fields, and this year’s class is no exception,” Walsh said.
The Rev. John Jordan Dillon was a graduate of Derby’s Franklin School and Derby High School. He served in the U.S. Navy on a submarine tender during WWI before becoming a member of the second class ever at Providence College. He later served as a philosophy professor and assistant dean at Providence. In September, 1936 he became the first alumnus president of the College.
James McKenzie was another Franklin School student who went on to head a major Catholic University in America. After Franklin School, he attended a boarding school in Maryland run by the Brothers of Christian Schools. He went on to Columbia and Manhattan College and did post graduate work at Columbia and Harvard. He pursued a teaching career and taught at a variety of Christian Brothers schools before becoming president of Manhattan in 1932, a position he held until 1938.
William Durand was a member of the first graduating class from Birmingham High School back in 1877. He attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis and received a PH. D. from Lafayette College. He went on to teach at Michigan State, Cornell and Stanford, where the aeronautical engineering building is named after him. His work in the field of Aerodynamic Theory earned him many honors including the Guggenheim Medal, and he was known nationwide as the “Dean of American Engineering”.
Col. Holton Wood came to Derby in 1887 and made his mark on the local business community where he eventually headed up the Derby Street Railway Company, the first electric railway in New England. He also served on many corporate boards and represented Derby in the Connecticut legislature. In response to the tragic death of his son, Harcourt, at the age of 11, he made a memorial gift of a public library to the City along with an additional gift for the purchase of books to fill the library which opened to the public on Feb. 13, 1903.
Major Wilbur Fiske Osborne was also a prominent business leader in the Valley. He is best known for his work in helping to establish the city’s oldest library, the Derby Neck Library. When a small mission school in that area of town closed, he and others formed a “circulating library” with the books from the shuttered school. He was responsible for the effort that eventually led to one of the many grants that philanthropist Andrew Carnegie made for the establishment of libraries all over the world. Though he did not live to see the new building open, you can still see his name adorned on the frieze on the front of the library.
For more complete information on each of these new members of the Derby Hall of Fame, visit the city’s website at

Brew to the area

Ansonia family opens tea room in Seymour

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — It’s always teatime at Tea with Tracy.
The cheery tearoom, brightly painted in pastel blue trimmed with white, opened this week in the downtown antiques district.
Owner Tracy Tenpenny of Ansonia said she is living her dream with the opening of her first shop. She and husband Joel, who works as an accountant, own the tearoom.
Their two daughters, Victoria, 14, and Annalee, 16, work there with their mom.

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Seymour savors new burger shack

Brothers Eang "Sam" Ter and Peter Taing outside their new eatery at 56 Pearl St., Seymour. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Cambodian-born brothers Eang “Sam” Ter and Peter Taing’s dream of owning a little part of the American dream became a reality Thursday.
They had the grand opening of their new restaurant, Valley Burger Shack.
The eatery, at 56 Pearl St., serves hamburgers and hot dogs, along with a buffet menu. The brothers cook everything from meatloaf and ribs to creamy mashed potatoes and lasagna, for $5.99 a pound.
“I wanted to open an Asian restaurant, but my brother convinced me to do burgers,” said Ter. “We’re relying on word of mouth and hope to do a good business. I hope to retire here.”

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Derby Day events kick off with a dash​ on Saturday

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The 14th annual Derby Day festival is fast approaching, and it promises to be fun for all ages, Cultural Commission Chairman Rich DiCarlo said.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday along Elizabeth Street and on the Green. It will stretch from Thompson Place to Fifth Street. The commission runs the event, and the Valley Arts Council is a sponsor.
The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m., DiCarlo said, with the third annual Derby Dash, followed by a Family Fun Run at about 9. The dash will start at the municipal parking lot behind Main Street.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Democrat Chris Jones officially in race for mayor

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — Democrat Chris Jones made his candidacy for mayor official Wednesday, when he formally filed paperwork with the city clerk’s office.
Jones, 44, who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Mark A. Lauretti in the 2009 election, had filed exploratory paperwork back in February. Jones spent months meeting residents to get input and gauge support before deciding to definitely run.

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Session for toddlers to have patriotic theme

ANSONIA - A Tots in the Park program will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 1 at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Road.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring infants and toddlers and join Stefanie for a pre-celebration of Independence Day.
Discover the reds, whites, and blues that can be found in the park. This program allows socialization and fun for toddlers and adults.
Tuition is $6 per session for a family; $4 for family-level members of Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. and Ansonia residents. Class size is limited; advance registration requested. Call 203-736-1053.

Investigation complete in deadly crash in Stratford; charges filed​ against motorcycle operator

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
STRATFORD — Police have concluded the investigation into April’s fiery crash that killed two Valley residents and filed charges against the motorcycle operator who survived.
An arrest warrant affidavit details the night of alleged bar hopping that preceded the crash and a chance meeting of two men and two women that ended tragically.
The accident was at about 10:50 p.m. April 24 in the area of the Oronoque shopping plaza at 7365 Main St., or Route 110.
Operator Shane Morneau, 32, of Derby, and his passenger, Lauren LaFlamme, 25, of Seymour, were thrown from a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and died at the scene.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Man robs Citibank in Shelton

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — A male robbed a Citibank branch at 850 Bridgeport Ave. of an undetermined amount of money just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said.
There were no customers in the bank at the time and none of the employees was injured.
Kozlowsky said the suspect is a light-skinned black male, approximately 6 feet tall and was dressed in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. He gave a teller a note demanding money, Kozlowsky said.
The robber did not display a weapon.
The suspect fled in a late 1990s model four-door, blue or gray Mitsubishi Galant, Kozlowsky said. Police said it was unclear if the robber was driving or if he had an accomplice.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Shelton Police Department at (203) 924-1544.

Derby man accused of theft from North Haven Middle School girls locker room

NORTH HAVEN — A worker for a contractor that cleans North Haven Middle School has been arrested for allegedly stealing personal items from the locker room of the girls softball team, police said Wednesday.
In April, team members reported missing property, including an iPhone, iPod and athletic clothing.
The school resource officer coordinated a surveillance with a female officer, police said.
Victor Casco-Rojano, 21, of 307 Olivia St. in Derby, an employee of the contracted independent cleaning crew, was seen in the locker room, police said.
He was charged recently with four counts of sixth-degree larceny and will appear in court on June 30. He was sent home by the cleaning contractor after being interviewed by police and his status with the company is uncertain, police said.
All of the missing property has been recovered.

Students' art on display in Derby

Valley Arts Council vice president Steve DiRienzo stands next to part of an exhibit he has installed at the Valley Center of the Arts, 119 Caroline St., Derby. The exhibit features artwork by students in Grades 1-5 at Irving School in Derby. There will be an open house at the Center on Derby Day Saturday, and arts council member Mary Ruth Roussel will be on hand showing children how to make paper, DiRienzo said. Patricia Villers /Register

Seymour will be reimbursed for some funds spent on fish bypass project

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The state will reimburse the town upward of $262,000 to acquire property necessary to break ground on a long-awaited fish bypass channel in the Naugatuck River.
The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously authorized First Selectman Paul Roy to agree to two contracts with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The contracts stipulate that Seymour will be reimbursed $187,000 for the land that was the former site of the skate park downtown, and up to $75,000 for a small parcel the town has to acquire from Oakbridge/Fallview Associates LLC, which the DEP needs to make way for the project.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Derby cops have suspect in robbery of woman, 91; linked to burglaries in Derby, Shelton

By Register Staff

Derby police said Tuesday they have identified a suspect in the recent robbery of a 91-year-old woman on Chatfield Street, and police hope to secure an arrest warrant later this week.
Derby police Lt. Salvatore Frosceno said the suspect is female, and she is also believed to be linked to a number of burglaries in Derby and Shelton.
The elderly victim told police a thin, white female knocked her down and stole her purse on May 3 as she was walking on Chatfield Street in Derby. The victim sustained minor scrapes and bruises to her elbows. The female suspect then got into a vehicle and left the area, police said at the time.
Shelton Detective Ben Trabka said Tuesday police in that city are also seeking warrants for the same female suspect in connection with four burglaries in the Huntington section in late April and May. Police have executed search warrants in Derby and Shelton and recovered hundreds of pieces of jewelry, according to Trabka, who said Shelton police anticipate filing charges against the female and a male suspect.

Tires slashed on at least 13 more cars in Ansonia

ANSONIA — Police today reported tires were slashed overnight on at least 13 vehicles parked along North Cliff and Winter streets.
Lt. Andrew Cota said an officer on patrol at around 6 a.m. noticed that several cars in that neighborhood had flat tires.
Police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood, Cota said.
Police said they believe the vandalism was committed by the same person or people who vandalized 12 vehicles on Sunset Drive and a pool on Ridge Road in the north end of the city between 2 and 4 a.m. Sunday.
Police said Monday it appeared as if the Sunday morning vandalism spree started on Hubbell Avenue and continued north onto Sunset Drive and then onto Ridge Road and Morningside Drive.
The suspects are believed to have fled onto Underhill Road and then onto Gardner’s Lane to Woodlawn Avenue and into the wooded area.
Cota said today the suspects are most likely teens or in their early 20s. He asked anyone who has any information to contact police at 203-735-1885 and ask for him.

Derby cops have suspect in robbery of woman, 91

By Register Staff

DERBY - Police have identified a suspect in last month's street robbery of a 91-year-old woman on Chatfield Street, Lt. Salvatore F. Frosceno said this morning.

Police plan to apply for an arrest warrant soon.
 The suspect may also be tied into a number of burglaries in Derby and Shelton, Frosceno said.

Weiner doll creates 'mad rush' at Oxford company, in Oxford, is selling a doll in the likeness of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. Standard dolls, shown, are being sold for $39.95. For $10 more, there is an anatomically correct "adults-only" version. (Associated Press)

By Cara Baruzzi
Register Business Editor
OXFORD — While former U.S. Rep. Anthony’s Weiner’s scandalous “sexting” has had a slew of negative consequences for him, it has meant big business for a local company that started making an action figure in his likeness.
There has been a “mad rush” of interest in the latest offering from, a company at 198 Goodhill Road known for controversial figures it makes and sells online, President Emil Vicale said Monday.
So many people visited the website last week — either to just take a look at the Weiner doll or to buy it — that the site crashed, he said.

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Duck decorating a highlight of Derby Day

Donna Caloni and her two daughters, who both attend St. Mary-St. Michael School, won first place last year. She said they spent three weeks decorating their “Uncle Sam duck.”

By Simone Virzi
Special to the Register
DERBY — The smallest city in Connecticut should have a “quack-tastic” time at Derby Day on Saturday.
The third annual Housy River Duck Decorating Contest, a fundraiser for St. Mary-St. Michael School, coincides with Derby Day.
Grace Torres, the business manager for the school, helped organize the event.
“(Derby Day) is a day filled with fun; we’re adding to that,” she said.

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Emmett O'Brien graduates told 'they can achieve anything'

Graduating senior Nicole Andrews adjusts her mortar board in the reflection of a trophy case prior to Emmett O'Brien Technical High School's graduation Monday night. Brad Horrigan/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — The 112 members of the class of 2011 at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School were jubilant Monday as they received their diplomas in the gym filled with proud parents, families and friends.
Principal Laurie LeBouthillier congratulated students and told them: “You can achieve anything. Never settle for anything but the best.”
Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe urged them to work hard, do their best and give back to the community. “I wish you a long and prosperous journey,” he said.
Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri wished the students well and urged them to thank their parents for their support.
State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, said, “Embrace your future with much enthusiasm. You and only you are in control of your destiny.”

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Shelton grads hit a new high

Graduating senior Wilfred Ulerio tries to get the audience involved at the start of Shelton High School's graduation Monday night. Brad Horrigan/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — To say the last four years for Shelton High School students were eventful, from an experiment that blasted into space to a national media frenzy, courtesy of a romantic boy, would be an understatement.
The class of 2011 survived a devastating fire, a MRSA scare, bomb threats, endless snow days and a creative prom invitation that went viral overnight.
But those events weren’t enough to deter the 366 graduates from receiving their diplomas Monday.
The girls in white gowns and mortarboards and the boys in black, filed onto the field at Finn Stadium, as thousands of friends and family members cheered from the jam-packed bleachers.

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Naugatuck man found dead in backyard

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — Naugatuck police say they’re investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a backyard after witnesses heard a gunshot.
Officers responded to Irving Street shortly after 7 p.m. Monday and found the man’s body. Investigators are calling it an “untimely death” as they try to determine what happened.
Local police called in state police to help with the investigation. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy and try to confirm the man’s identity.
Authorities blocked off parts of the neighborhood and searched the area with police dogs.
No other details are available.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cabaret performance to benefit theater restoration

SEYMOUR - America the Beautiful: A Burlesque Cabaret Performance is a celebration of women, freedom, and the country's history. The show, created by Meghan Tarby, owner of Seymour's Mad Hatter Boutique, will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Strand Theater, 165 Main St.
Each of the musical acts is a tribute to American culture through the decades, from the 1940s to today. The performance numbers include dancing and singing, with bits of comic relief in between.
All proceeds from the show will go to benefit the Strand Theater restoration project.
The show is nudity free, but will be open only to those 18 and up. Tickets for 18-20 year olds are $15; tickets for those 21 and up are $30 and include two drinks.
"Big Spender" tickets are available for $100 and guarantee front row seats and special treatment. The show will be followed by a cocktail reception. Tickets can be purchased at and at the Mad Hatter Boutique, 5 Bank St.
Follow "America the Beautiful: A Burlesque Cabaret Performance" on Facebook for updates.

Town to offer swim lessons for youth

SEYMOUR - The Seymour Recreation Department will offer youth swimming lessons for area children aged 4 and up at the Seymour High School pool beginning July 13 and 14.
Class times will be 11:15 a.m.-noon; noon-12:45 p.m. or 12:45-1:30 p.m.
For information on prices and placements, call 203-888-0406.

Social Security is focus of info session at library

DERBY - Social Security specialist Maria Grice will be at the Derby Public Library at 10 a.m. July 12 for an informal information session.
Find out how to apply for benefits, which benefits are available, on-line services, Medicare, COLA increases, the future of Social Security, and more.
This is an opportunity to have all your questions answered. Pamphlets and brochures will also be available. No registration is necessary.
For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Council offers tobacco prevention programs for youth

The Connecticut Prevention Network, the state’s network of 13 Regional Action Councils for substance abuse prevention and wellness, is a recent recipient of the Department of Public Health’s Innovative Tobacco Use Prevention Programs for Youth in Connecticut Grant.
This collaborative grant project provides $168,774 for youth programs throughout Connecticut to implement the Statewide Tobacco Education Program (STEP) - an innovative, activity-based curriculum covering tobacco education topics for youth ages 5-14.
The STEP program will be implemented by the Valley Substance Abuse Action Council this summer in the towns of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Orange, Oxford, New Haven, Milford, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, and Woodbridge.
STEP is designed to be delivered in five 1-hour sessions in various settings including summer camps, positive youth development programs, boys and girls clubs and traditional classroom locations. The curriculum is composed of 5 modules that promote tobacco prevention for youth in a unique format. The modules included are: Introduction, Environment and the Media, Healthy vs. Unhealthy, Cost and Choices, and Dealing with Peer Pressure.
To learn more or to schedule the program contact VSAAC, 203-736-8566, or email,

Church flea markets to benefit mission, ministry projects

SEYMOUR - Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road, will hold two flea markets outdoors (rain or shine) in the grove, Aug. 20 and Sept. 10. Each flea market will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Outdoor rental space for the flea markets sale items, product vendors, and antique dealers (no food vendors) is available for $25 for a 12 x 12 foot space.
The church will sell coffee, soda, water, donuts and bagels.
All proceeds fund the church’s local and worldwide mission and ministry projects. The publicity committee will aggressively promote these events.
Call Pat Andreana, 203-888-0489 to reserve a space; only 24 spaces available.

12 vehicles, pool vandalized in Ansonia

ANSONIA — Police are investigating a rash of vandalism to vehicles parked on Sunset Drive, Lt. Andrew Cota said today.
Police learned Sunday that 12 vehicles that had been damaged in the area. Most of the damage consisted of broken windows and a few of the vehicles also had slashed tires.
In addition, Cota said a resident of Ridge Road sustained damage to their pool. It appears as if the vandal or vandals stabbed the pool with a sharp object, believed to be a knife, and caused the water to come out of the pool. The damage is believed to total thousands of dollars.
No suspects have been identified but witnesses reported there was a group of four to five people that were seen in the area at the time of the vandalism.
Seymour police used a canine in a bid to locate the suspects. The canine was able to track to a wooded area on Woodlawn Avenue, but no suspects were located.
It appears as if the vandalism spree started on Hubbell Avenue and continued north onto Sunset Drive and then onto Ridge Road and Morningside Drive, police said. The suspects are then believed to have fled onto Underhill Road and then onto Gardner’s Lane to Woodlawn Avenue and into the wooded area.
The time frame for the vandalism is between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 203-735-1885 and ask for Cota.

Two dads make Father's Day twice as nice in Shelton home with 9 children

By the Associated Press

It’s never Father’s Day at the Delgado-Santiago household in Shelton.
It’s more like Fathers’ Day.
That’s father times two.
Luis Santiago and his partner of 13 years, Miguel Delgado, have been foster parents to more than 70 children through the state Department of Children and Families. Three times, most recently in 2009, they have been voted the agency’s outstanding foster parents of the year.
They’ll spend their day this year with nine kids.
There are two adult adopted sons (Victor, 23, and Francisco, 21), another adopted son (Christian, 6) and four foster children (Rohan Brown, 20; Josem Calo, 17, and her 2-year-old, Jaden; and Anthony Donofrio, 15).
And then there are two of their own, 5-year-old twins Julian and Jennessa, fathered with an egg donor and carried by a surrogate: Delgado’s sister-in- law, Jessica.

Read the full story here.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ansonia weighs graffiti ordinance

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — The Board of Aldermen is considering an ordinance geared to cleaning up graffiti.
A proposed ordinance was unveiled by Alderman John Marini at last week’s aldermanic meeting, and sent to the ordinance committee for review.
Aldermanic President Steve Blume said Alderman Robert Duffus brought the matter to the board about two months ago, when Duffus’ constituents in the North End contacted him about graffiti in their neighborhoods.
Marini said he first raised the issue with the aldermen in November.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

145 awarded diplomas at Ansonia HIgh School

Natalie Caneen, center right, gets help with her cap from Charlin Pereira, far right, before commencement exercises at Ansonia High School Friday. Arnold Gold/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Even though Friday’s rain forced their graduation indoors, 145 Ansonia High School seniors were all smiles as they received their diplomas in the school gym.
Before the ceremony, Valedictorian Wilson Min Fong said he was “happy but sad, after four years here.” He plans to major in math and physics at Wesleyan University.
Classmate Amanda Faiella said she was excited, but “a little upset” to be “leaving the comfort zone I’ve had for four years.”

Read the full story and watch video here.

In Derby, each high school graduate drew cheers (videos)

By Alexandra Sanders
Register Staff
DERBY — Ninety-five graduates, surrounded by gold and black balloons that speckled the bleachers, were urged to reflect on their experiences at Derby High School and work hard to accomplish their goals.
Girls clad in white robes and mortarboards, and boys in red, sat in the high school auditorium Friday smiling as their friends, families and administrators clapped and howled their names.
Class President Jenna Olenoski explained to the students why Derby High School is a cherished, unique place.

Read the full story and watch video here.

Sudden storm shocks owner of Red Clover Farms in Seymour

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — They say lightning never strikes twice, but local farmer Kim Dulka wishes it never struck even once.
Dulka, who helps operate her family’s Red Clover Farms on Benham Road, continues to recuperate at home after being struck by lightning last week. Dulka was moving a large, steel, cold frame, which is a giant greenhouse, when she was hit.

Read the full story here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Club to open summer day camp

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley's Summer Camp opens Wednesday.There will be 10, one-week sessions ending Aug. 26. Children can attend for one week of camp, all 10 weeks, or any combination.
The weekly fee is $150 for 6-12 year olds and
$100 for children 13-15. Additional siblings are $75 each per week.
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Camp activities include crafts, sports, gamesroom, rowing, computers, outdoor education, special events, fun contests, and games.
Weekly trips are available to destinations such as water parks, aquariums, and the movies. Children are treated to a cookout every Friday, followed by a special event such as a Luau or Wacky Water Day. Children may bring their own snacks and lunch or purchase food from the on-site café. Free breakfast and lunch are available for children who qualify.
Detailed information, including registration and schedules, may be found at Registration is exclusively online this year, no paper forms will be accepted.

O'Brien students design Harvest House IV

Students and instructors at Emmett O'Brien Technical High School designed and constructed the framework for Harvest House IV, which will be put in place Sept. 24. /Contributed photo

Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council has announced plans to build Harvest House IV on the grounds of Shelton’s Riverwalk Sept. 24 as it 2011 Week of Caring project.
Similar to previous Harvest Houses built by the council in ‘05, ‘07, and ‘09, Harvest House IV will be constructed into a 400 square-foot house and filled with more than 100,000 donated non-perishable food items. The project is a way to raise awareness to the growing number of hungry in the Valley and encourages food donations to Valley United Way’s agencies, which strive to meet the ever increasing need.
“I am confident that the Valley community will once again reach out by donating food and joining hands to ‘build’ this one-of-a-kind Harvest House,” said Patricia Tarasovic, Director of the Valley United Way’s Volunteer Center. “Many people are struggling to feed their families and it’s important to help our neighbors in need. The Valley has proven time and again that we are an All-American City and Harvest House is another example of how we LIVE UNITED.”
Harvest House IV will be designed and constructed through a cooperative education program with Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia.
The Computer Assisted Design Department class created a new look for the house by incorporating modern design, support, and assembly concepts into a blueprint under the supervision of a structural engineer from Shelton-based architectural firm, Fletcher-Thompson. The carpentry class will be constructing the actual Harvest House IV soon.
O’Brien Principal Laurie LeBouthillier said, “Having my students involved in such a great project for the community is welcoming. We often look for means to help out those in need and to help construct a structure for such a wonderful cause is outstanding. This project lends itself perfectly for our trades. Our students work collaboratively for a valuable end product that will benefit numerous individuals and families.”
The CVC invites Valley businesses, civic organizations, schools, church groups, and the community at large to join the effort by running food drives in their organizations and bringing the food to the Shelton Riverwalk Sept. 24 to fill the walls of Harvest House.
The food will be distributed through the following agencies: Spooner House, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Valley YMCA, The Umbrella Program of Birmingham Group Health Services, The Salvation Army, Parent-Child Resource Center, and The Safe Home.

Library to host TeenZone reading club

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to join its 2011 TeenZone Summer Reading Club.
This year’s theme is “You Are Here,” which is the gateway to adventure through a variety of library resources.
Earn credits toward weekly prizes when you select, read, and review new books and websites, make new friends and participate in unique and rewarding programs. All credits earned through the eight-week program will be used for drawing a grand prize winner.
Register by July 15. For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit

Relatives of man slain outside Ansonia convenience store appeal for help finding killers (video)

Members of Isaia Hernandez's family, left to right: Maritza Santiago of Ocala, Fla., Margaret Rivera of New York and Lucy Torres of Bay Shore, N.Y., handed out fliers and spoke to the press trying to get the word out that Hernandez's killer is still unknown. Hernandez was killed at the Xtra/Xpress Mart on Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia. Mara Lavitt/Register

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
ANSONIA — Relatives of Isaia Hernandez, 25, who was fatally shot in a convenience store parking lot in March, pleaded Thursday for anyone with information to tell police.
Several of Hernandez’s family members came to the scene of the crime at the Xtra/Xpress Mart at 180 Wakelee Ave. They put up posters with his picture on it, and distributed them to businesspeople and drivers.
Margaret Rivera of New York, the victim’s aunt, said she knows the police are doing what they can.

Read the full story here.

Seymour police commissioners demote veteran cop (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Board of Police Commissioners demoted veteran Detective Sgt. Ronald Goodmaster to detective Thursday, finding him guilty of one violation of the police duty manual.
The board met behind closed doors for nearly 90 minutes at the police station, deliberating Goodmaster’s case.
Goodmaster had been accused of withholding information from his colleagues that a fugitive wanted on various drug and weapons charges had been living here at one time. The fugitive, Moses Morgan, is incarcerated in a New Jersey state prison.

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Ansonia felon gets 51 months in prison for possessing ammunition

By Register Staff
ANSONIA — A resident who has seven state felony convictions and recently pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing ammunition has been sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced Carl Cheeseboro, a 48-year-old town resident, Thursday in Bridgeport, according to David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Cheeseboro has been detained since his January arrest and pleaded guilty in March to a charge of unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Commission slates Ansonia reunion Aug. 27

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Cultural Commission will sponsor its All-Decades Reunion for Ansonia and Pine High school graduates at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 on the patio at John J. Sullivan's restaurant, 557 Wakelee Ave.
There will be a $15 admission fee, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Cultural Commission to help sponsor other events.
Appetizers will be served. A moment of silence will be held in honor of deceased classmates who died within the past year.

Ansonia boy likely died of shaken baby syndrome, cops say; DCF had recently visited home (video)

Lt. Andrew Cota speaks to the press outside of the Ansonia Police Station. He is giving information on the death of a 5-month-old baby. The death was ruled a homicide. Melanie Stengel/Register

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
ANSONIA — Police are leaning toward shaken baby syndrome as the manner of death in the homicide of an infant boy who lived on Hubbell Avenue, Lt. Andrew Cota said Wednesday.
The boy, Kyle Robinson, who was 5 months old, died Sunday, and the cause was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner, which conducted an autopsy on Tuesday.
Police said they have a suspect, but didn’t expect to make an arrest Wednesday, as the investigation continues and they have more interviews to conduct.

Read the full story and watch videos here.

Seymour sends 162 grads into new lives (video)

Graduates walk up to the football field for the 124th Annual Commencement at Seymour High School Wednesday. Arnold Gold/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A sunny blue sky created the perfect backdrop Wednesday for Seymour High School’s class of 2011 graduates to step into a bright future.
One hundred, sixty-two graduates, the girls in white gowns and the boys in royal blue, filed onto DeBarber Field as hundreds of spectators in the stands, armed with cameras, flowers and balloons, cheered them on.

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Ansonia lupus fundraiser seeks participants, pledges

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Laura Poquette hopes to inspire people of all ages to walk next week for a good cause.
The local resident is planning the fourth annual walk to benefit the Alliance for Lupus Research to fight the chronic autoimmune disease. It can affect the joints and major organs of the body.
Poquette’s daughter, Erika Poquette, 20, who just completed her second year at Providence College, was diagnosed with the disease in February 2005. Laura Poquette said Erika is “doing really well” living with lupus.

Read the full story here.

Seymour Culture and Arts Commission chooses flag design for its local color

Judy Simpson, chairman of the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission, left, displays the prize-winning flag design by Seymour High School senior Demi Gonzalez, right. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Drivers downtown can thank Demi Gonzalez for helping to beautify the landscape.
Gonzalez, 18, a senior at Seymour High School, recently had her artwork turned into a 24-by-30 flag to represent what Seymour means to her.
The Culture and Arts Commission sponsored its fourth annual community spirit flag design contest, which is open to town students.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Derby hot dog vendor fills folks ears as well as their bellies (video)

Mark Lanzieri of Ansonia sells hot dogs outside Derby Superior Court Wednesday. He set up his sound system and sang to customers while working. Mara Lavitt/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — He does it his way.
Ansonia resident Mark Lanzieri, proprietor of Courthouse Dogs on Elizabeth Street, drew a crowd at the hot dog cart Wednesday.
But folks were there not only for his famous franks and a soda — they came to hear him sing.
Lanzieri, who has sold hot dogs outside Superior Court for more than a quarter-century, also is a professional singer.

Read the full story and watch video here.

Ripe for the pickin' at Jones Family Farms

A Stratford family bundles up and picks strawberries at Jones Family Farms in Shelton last week. Photo by Keith Padin, Jones Family Farms

SHELTON – The strawberries are ripe and plentiful at Jones Family Farms in Shelton.
Despite a somewhat unusual spring of very hot weather and quick cool downs, not to mention torrential rain showers, the farmers at Jones’ relied on more than 45 years of growing experience to ‘weather’ the storm.
“We’ve been working hard for over 40 years to perfect a system for growing our berries in any weather condition,” said Terry Jones who has been growing berries on his family farm since the 1960s.
“Our high row beds allow the rain water to run off and not drown the berries, we stay up all night when there’s a frost warning to irrigate if necessary, and we are able to get water to our fields to keep the berries cool on those really hot and sunny days.”
Crowds have been picking strawberries this year at Jones’ since the farm opened June 6.
Many guests disembark the Berry Ferry ride with the famous Jones' Berry Box full of red fruit – perfect for jams, salads, pies, dipping and other recipes that are provided at check-out or on the farm’s website.
“Strawberry season is a stressful time for farmers. It takes a lot of hard work to nurture this fragile fruit and once they are ripe, the season can come and go in 3 to 4 weeks,” said Keith Padin, hospitality manager for the farm.
“We love seeing the crowds leaving with the ideas of what to do with the berries floating around their heads. We just hope people don’t wait too long. The strawberry season comes and goes before you can blink an eye.”
Even the weather isn’t affecting the crowds too much. According to Padin, “We’ve seen people picking in tank tops and shorts one day and in hooded sweatshirts the next. We even have those hardy New England souls who ‘buck up’ and come out in their rain coats to pick in the rain.”
Jones Family Farms is open for strawberry picking Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon.
Call the Farmer Jones hotline, 203-929-8425 for daily info on picking conditions, price and at what part of the farm the daily picking is happening.
Also visit, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ansonia boy likely died of shaken baby syndrome, cops say; DCF had recently visited home (updated, 2:40 p.m.)

ANSONIA — Police are investigating the homicide of an infant boy who lived on Hubbell Avenue, and are leaning toward shaken baby syndrome as the manner of death, Lt. Andrew Cota said today.
The boy, Kyle Robinson, 5 months old, died Sunday of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the state medical examiner.
Police said they have a suspect, but do not expect an arrest today.
The three children in the home were in the care of the mother’s boyfriend at the time of the incident, according to police. Police identified the victim's mother as Kelly Robinson Maresca.

Read the full story here.

Ansonia police probe homicide of 5-month-old boy (updated, 1 p.m.)

ANSONIA — Police are investigating the homicide of an infant boy Sunday who lived on Hubbell Avenue, Lt. Andrew Cota said this morning.
The boy, 5 months old, died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the state medical examiner. Police said they have a suspect.
At approximately 7:20 p.m. Friday, Ansonia police and medical personnel were called to respond to a residence on Hubbell Avenue for a report a child in distress and unresponsive. Neighbors identified the address as 39-41 Hubbell, a two-family apartment house.

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Ansonia police probe death of 5-month old boy

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA - Police are investigating the homicide of an infant boy Sunday who lived on Hubbell Avenue, Lt. Andrew Cota said this morning.

Read more here.

Derby on track for downtown redevelopment (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — Plans are moving full steam ahead for the downtown proposed transformation into a mix of retail, specialty shops and restaurants, slated for 2013.
That’s what Doug Gray, president of Eclipse Development Group of California, told the Redevelopment Agency Tuesday.
Gray said a major tenant who has expressed serious interest in Derby is poised to visit the 15-acre redevelopment zone in the next 30-45 days.
Gray would not name the tenant, but city officials said people will be very happy when they’re able to name this major anchor that’s slated to serve as the catalyst for the downtown face lift.

Read the full story and watch video here.

3rd co-defendant gets 10-year sentence in Derby shooting

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
The third and final man accused of shooting and wounding an Ansonia man in Derby in 2009 in broad daylight was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
Daycus Bailey, 28, who lived on Olson Drive in Ansonia at the time, will be on probation for five years after his release. If he violates probation, he’ll risk having to serve a full 20 years in prison, under the sentence imposed by Judge Richard Arnold in Superior Court in Milford.
Bailey was about to go on trial when he accepted a plea bargain agreement in April. Bailey pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, attempt to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Read the full story here.

Derby residents, businesses urged to chip in for fireworks display

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — The city is determined to not let its annual 4th of July fireworks display fizzle out.
The fireworks are scheduled for July 1, with a rain date of July 2.
Rather than put the $11,500 for the fireworks in the 2011-12 budget, Mayor Anthony Staffieri is urging residents and businesses to pitch in, as they did last year.

Read the full story here.

Would you buy an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll?

This photo released Tuesday, June 14, 2011, by, shows a doll in the likeness of Rep. Anthony Weiner being sold by the Oxford, Conn., company.

By Register Staff

OXFORD - The facial resemblance is debatable. The bulge is unmistakable.
An Oxford action figure company called is selling a doll in the likeness of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman caught up in a sexting scandal. The doll is a smiling man wearing a white T-shirt and shorts. The shorts feature the bulge made famous by the Tweeted self-shot photo of Weiner’s crotch, along with the words "Tweet this" on the shorts.
The doll is apparently an instant hit for the Valley company. It’s website crashed today under an avalanche of hits after the Associated Press released a photo of the doll.
The doll comes in two versions: censored and uncensored. The “standard” doll, shown, sells for $39.95 and the anatomically correct “for adults only” version for an extra $10.
It’s unclear what the “for adults only” version reveals.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Library to host 'Novel Destinations' reading club

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will once again be running a Summer Reading Club for ages 18 and over.
This summer adults are invited to travel to Novel Destinations.
The club will begin on June 21 and run through Aug 15. As participants read books of
their choice, they will be asked to anonymously complete a brief written review to share with fellow readers. These will be posted. They will receive a participation prize after they submit their first review.
Weekly raffles for summer surprise bags will be held for all readers sharing for each particular week.
All participants will be invited to an Evening of International Flavors at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 catered by Stacey Ference to celebrate their summer “travels.” In addition, there will be a variety of special programs scheduled throughout the summer. So whether you are an armchair traveler or a world-wide traveler, there is something for everyone.
For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203 -36-1482 or visit

'David Humphreys' visits boyhood home

Lt. Col. David Humphreys, aka David Loda of Bolton, greets a junior docent Saturday at the David Humphreys House, 37 Elm St., Ansonia, during Connecticut Open House Day. Loda visited the historic house accompanied by his horse, Huckleberry. Patricia Villers/Register

Derby PD to hold promotion ceremony

DERBY - The Derby Police Department has recently concluded the testing for the position of sergeant.
Seven candidates participated in the process administered by South Central Criminal Justice Administration which consisted of a written promotional examination and an oral board examination.
The two top-scoring candidates, Detective John Netto and Patrolman Brian Grogan, will be sworn in to their new positions at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at a brief ceremony at the Derby Police Department, 125 Water St.
Police Chief Gerald Narowski said, “I would like to congratulate these officers, and all the department members who participated in the process, for their hard work and tenacity.”

Seymour business owner makes plea for parking meters downtown

Haroula's Coffee Shop at 29 Bank St., in downtown Seymour. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Gus Hasiotis, who has owned Haroula’s Coffee Shop downtown for 23 years, has renewed his pleas with police to bring back parking meters.
The reason is, Hasiotis said, that he’s losing business because his customers have no place to park.
“I’ve had it up to here,” Hasiotis told the Board of Police Commissioners during its monthly meeting last week. “Nobody’s doing anything for me.”

Read the full story here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

18 salute inventor by biking from New Haven to Ansonia

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
Eighteen enthusiastic cyclists pedaled Sunday morning from the New Haven Green to Veterans Park in Ansonia next to City Hall to honor Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle.
Lallement, a Frenchman, was living in Ansonia in 1865 when he invented the modern-day bicycle.
He received a patent for his invention in 1866, and pedaled the bicycle from Ansonia to New Haven that year.
The approximately 12-mile ride from downtown New Haven to downtown Ansonia was one of 12 free bike tours planned during New Haven’s 15th annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Read the full story here.

Shelton educator's Civil War progam cited

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Students at Shelton Intermediate School have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in a variety of ways, thanks in large part to Housemaster Carolyn Ivanoff.
Ivanoff, a Civil War expert, is a former Shelton High School history teacher.
Recently, the Connecticut League of History Organizations presented her with an Award of Merit for her educational program, “A Hard Road to Travel: From Connecticut to Gettysburg, 1863.”
The award presentation was made at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford.

Read the full story here.

Art studio opens in Shelton

Hannah Perry of Shelton stands outside her new art studio for children, The Giggling Pig. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — It’s tough to know for sure if pigs giggle.
They might if they visit a new art studio and gallery named The Giggling Pig.
Hannah Perry, a local artist and author, opened the shop last month to create a fun space for parents to bring their children.
Perry, who’s from a small town in England and also works as a nanny, said she has worked with children in different capacities for her entire career.

Read the full story here.

O'Brien Tech to drop electronics shop

By Simone Virzi
Special to the Register
ANSONIA — The sparks will stop flying in Emmett O’Brien Technical High School as the electronics shop will be phased out, an official said.
The school made the decision after “looking at the enrollment (of the shop) for a number of years,” said Principal Laurie LeBouthillier.
She said there are currently only seven freshmen in the electronics program.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shelton PZC to discuss propane tank proposal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — A controversial proposal to install a larger propane storage tank on Riverdale Avenue will top the next Planning and Zoning Commission agenda.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to hear a proposal by Pioneer Gas & Appliance Co. Inc. Company owner William Papale wants to replace an existing 18,000-gallon propane tank with on his property at 65 Riverdale Ave., with a 30,000-gallon tank.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Shelton High honors 128 students

SHELTON - Shelton High School held its 29th Annual Awards Assembly last week.
Headmaster Beth Smith, opened the program speaking to the mission statement of the school requiring students to meet high academic and behavioral expectations.
She recognized and congratulated staff, students, parents, and the community for working collaboratively to ensure that this program continues.
Greetings were given by Guidance Department Chairperson Cynthia Brouillette, Senior Class President Will Price, Acting Board of Education Chairperson Arlene Liscinsky, Superintendent of Schools Freeman Burr and Mayor Mark Lauretti.
Students were presented with individual awards of over $100, with a total award amount of $132,175.31.
One hundred twenty-eight students were honored for displaying qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship and responsibility. The recipients were nominated for these awards by their teachers, school counselors, administrators, coaches and club advisors.
Steven Swensen, Housemaster, offered closing remarks. He commended the award recipients for demonstrating exemplary qualities of good citizenship, academic excellence, leadership, perseverance, dedication and outstanding performance in the arts, music, athletics, service and extra-curricular activities.
Two weeks ago the Book and Achievement Award Ceremony was held. Awards of $100 and under totaling close to $10,000, as well as the university and college book awards and certificates of recognition, were presented to 156 students.

Seymour class to celebrate 55th reunion

SEYMOUR - The Seymour High School Class of 1956 will celebrate its 55th Reunion from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Brookside Inn, 231 Oxford Road, Oxford.
Cost is $22 per person. For information call Joe Marino, 203-231-3031 or Liz Cotnoir, 203-305-2948.

Seymour neighbors assault disabled man after he calls them names, cops say

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Two men are accused of assaulting a developmentally disabled neighbor after he called them names this week, police said.
David Guliuzza, 42, of 759 S. Main St., and Michael Ljunquist, 24, of 4 May St., Ansonia, were arrested Monday night.

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Seymour schools budget cuts come with an upside

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — While the Board of Education had to cut some $448,000 from its budget in response to its reduced allocation, school officials said savings in other areas have resulted in some exciting changes.
“The district has been able to realize savings, which enabled us to move forward with our plans to implement long overdue changes,” said Superintendent of Schools MaryAnne Mascolo.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pumpkin festival scholarships announced

SEYMOUR - The Seymour Pumpkin Festival has announced its annual scholarship winners.
The 2011 recipients are Alyssa Weymer and Gabe Cretella of Seymour. Both are 2011 graduates of Seymour High School.
Alyssa is the daughter of Alan and Dianna Weymer. She plans to attend the University of Connecticut and major in psychology.
Gabe is the son of Gregg and Elaine Cretella. He plans to attend Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina and major in business administration.
The scholarships are given in honor of past member Adeline Tripp and they are awarded to students who are involved in their local community and give of themselves.
This year’s Pumpkin Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at French Memorial Park. Rain date is Sept. 25.
On festival day the park will be full of arts and crafts, with more than 125 vendors expected to attend. There will also be food, rides, and children’s contests.
Admission is free. No vehicle traffic, pets, or bikes are allowed in the park on festival day to help insure the safety of those attending the festival.

Seymour GOP fund-raiser slated

SEYMOUR - A fundraising event on behalf of Republican candidate for First Selectman, Kurt Miller, will take place at 7 p.m. June 25 at the home of Robert and Stephanie Koskelowski, Jr., 10 Poplar Drive.
Tickets are $25 and will be sold at the door, or may be purchased by contacting Annmarie Drugonis at or 203-734-2228 or Christine Conroy at

Historical society open house

Derby Historical Society interim director Christine Boulay, left, and education director Joy Donini, right, hang a banner at the David Humphreys House, 37 Elm St., Ansonia. The historical society is based at the Humphreys House and docents will be giving tours and educating the public during its Connecticut Open House Day Saturday. Patricia Villers/Register

Town aims to recoup $17G spent after fire

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The town has filed a claim against a contractor seeking to recoup more than $17,000 it has spent since the Housatonic Wire Co. factory burned to the ground in September.
“We have filed a claim against Montpelier US, the insurance carrier for Jerry Grozik and Steve Grozik who were doing the work in the building when the fire started,” said Town Counsel Colleen Fries.
“We have made a claim for $2,976.28 for the fence that was erected around the property after the fire, for safety reasons, $10,000 paid to CT Dismantling Company for the initial emergency demolition which was needed for adequate and safe fire suppression purposes, $3,890.44 for police services incurred for the two days after the fire when the road was closed.”

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Dance, barbecue to benefit worthy cause

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Zumba dance fitness enthusiasts: Grab your water bottles and your checkbooks. It’s time to work up a sweat for a good cause.
Shelton resident Sue Dorne, a Zumba instructor, is hoping to get a good turnout for a master class and barbecue to be held 7-9 p.m. June 17 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley’s Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, 28 Howard Ave.
The master class costs $20; the BBQ is $10.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seymour First Selectman Paul Roy to seek 2nd term

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — First Selectman Paul Roy is expected to announce his re-election campaign Friday.
Roy, a Democrat, plans to make the announcement at 6:30 p.m. outside the Diversified Electric Services, Inc. building on Main Street. Following the announcement, Roy is inviting people to join him at Zois’ Pizza for refreshments.
Roy, 62, who had previously served on the Board of Selectmen for four years, was elected in Nov. 2009, unseating longtime First Selectman Robert Koskelowski.

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Derby domestic dispute leaves man in critical condition

DERBY — A city man is facing first-degree assault charges after a domestic dispute Sunday night at 326 Derby Ave. that left another man in critical condition, police said.
Sean Rasmussen, 41, of 326 Derby Ave., was charged with assault in the first degree.
He was arraigned Monday at Derby Superior Court and is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail at the Bridgeport Correctional Facility, according to police.
When police arrived at the residence Sunday night they found a man lying on the floor in a large pool of blood, suffering from a traumatic injury to his head and cuts to his arm, according to reports.
The victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was in critical but stable condition, according to police.
A few hours later the Derby Police Department, with the assistance of the West Haven Police Department, arrested Rasmussen.

Seymour economic development director to begin work Monday

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A West Haven man with some past arrests will begin work here Monday as the new part-time economic development director.
First Selectman Paul Roy said during Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting that a background check on Fred Messore, 41, did reveal he had one DUI arrest in 2005, which Messore admitted to, along with two arrests in 2008 and 2009 in West Haven and Orange, respectively, for disorderly conduct and interfering with police, which Messore did not disclose.

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Derby school board adopts budget after approving nearly $486,000 in cuts

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The Board of Education Tuesday unanimously adopted a $15.45 million budget for fiscal year 2012, which includes $485,894 in spending cuts.
The board met at Derby Middle School.
Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tracy proposed the cuts to conform to what the Board of Apportionment and Taxation allocated to the schools.
Tracy had originally sought a 7.2 percent increase from this year’s budget; the tax board ultimately gave the schools a 3.04 percent increase.

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Shelton butterfly release to honor crash victim, Viviana Rose Cavalli, 19

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — Hundreds of painted lady butterflies will take flight Sunday in memory of Viviana Rose Cavalli, a Shelton teen who died in a car crash in 2009.
The second annual butterfly release will take place at noon at the Shelton Riverwalk off Canal Street.
Cavalli’s mother, Dee Tutka, started the Shelton Butterfly Project in memory of her 19-year-old daughter, to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and reckless driving and the impact it has on loved ones left behind.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Derby woman is hospital's employee of year

Bridgeport Hospital named Darlene Haydu of Derby as its 2010–2011 Employee of the Year and Rosemary McCauley of Fairfield as the recipient of its 2011 George B. and Alice P. Longstreth Humanness Award.
Both awards were presented at the hospital’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner May 18 at The Waterview in Monroe.
A 27-year employee, Haydu is the lead CT scan technician in Radiology and had previously been named June 2010 Employee of the Month.
“Darlene has a sincere, genuine compassion for her patients and she always makes them feel safe and comfortable,” said Haydu’s supervisor, Imaging Services Manager Linda Rossetti. “She puts the needs of her patients first.”
McCauley is a nurse in the MedEase ambulatory medicine unit. She has been with the hospital for 30 years.
“Skilled, compassionate, kind, dedicated, with a good sense of humor,” are some of the words her nominators used to describe Rosemary. One nominator added, “Possibly the best nurse I’ve ever worked with.”
The Employee of the Year and Longstreth Award winner each receive a plaque and a cash prize.
More than 500 employees attended the annual dinner. Most were recognized for achieving service milestones of five to 45 years.
“When people know you treasure them, they respond,” said hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings about the importance of appreciating the contributions of employees.
Hospital Board of Directors Chair Meredith Reuben and medical staff president Robert Folman, MD, also expressed their appreciation to employees.
“Thanks you for your hard work on behalf of the hospital and the community,” added hospital Board of Directors Chair Meredith Reuben.
“We are a team—one big family—with a common goal: providing healing and compassionate care to people in need,” said Medical Staff President Robert Folman, MD. “Nothing is more worthwhile.”
Established in 1878, the 425-bed Bridgeport Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care teaching hospital that serves 20,000 inpatients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits each year, including more than 75,000 to its newly expanded and renovated emergency department.

Paint & Sip Event in Seymour