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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Car, motorcycle event to benefit scleroderma research

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Warsaw Park will be abuzz with motorcycles and classic cars Saturday for a show to raise funds for scleroderma research.
The show will run 1 to 5 p.m at the park on Pulaski Highway, said Derby resident Dick Lupkas, an organizer. Check-in for the bikes and cars will be noon to 1 p.m. Rain date is Sunday.
Lupkas organizes motorcycle benefits, including three annual bike nights at the Valley Diner in Derby to help an East Haven boy with gastrointestinal disorders.

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3 new buildings in Guilford, West Haven and Shelton come with a bit of history built right in (videos)

Keith Padin/Jones Family Farms photo: Lumber used to build this barn at the Jones Family Farms in Shelton came from pine trees, some 100 feet tall, planted by 92-year-old Philip Jones, shown at bottom, when he was a teenager.

By Jim Shelton
Register Staff
Mike Weber, Ryan Hough and Jamie Jones are putting up structures for the ages, but those ages may surprise you.
Weber, for instance, is constructing a blacksmith’s shop from the 1800s in West Haven. Jones, meanwhile, is erecting a barn in Shelton out of trees his grandfather planted during the Depression.

Read the full story and watch videos here.

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Mental health first aid program in the works for the Valley

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Imagine coming upon someone having a panic attack or acting suicidal.
The average person might not know how to best react to such a scene.
But thanks to a grant from the Valley Community Foundation, the Bureau of Youth Services will soon offer training in mental health first aid.

Read the full story here.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Derby must pay $750G in special needs housing suit​ (document)

By Mark Zaretsky
Register Staff
DERBY — A federal judge ruled in favor of Valley Housing LP, Home Development and nonprofit housing developer HOME Inc. Friday in their 2006 lawsuit against Derby, finding that city officials tried to thwart development of a “supportive housing” project for low-income residents with special needs.
The judge awarded the plaintiffs $750,047 in damages, plus attorneys’ fees.
U.S. District Judge Tucker L. Melancon awarded $676,279 to Valley Housing/Home Development and $73,768 to HOME Inc.

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Turnout growing at community dinners in Valley

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Jim Fedak of Shelton dreams of forming a nonprofit organization to help feed the needy.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and volunteering at soup kitchens, in Florida and here,” Fedak said. “I enjoy being around people. I’m Roman Catholic, and my mother instilled some good values in me.”
Fedak is working with a group of 16 to 18 volunteers to provide free community dinners in the city.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Church to hold outdoor markets

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 market sale items, product vendors, and antique dealers (no
food vendors) is available for $25 for a 12 x 12 foot space.
The church will have coffee, soda, water, doughnuts and bagels for sale.
All proceeds fund local and worldwide mission and ministry projects.
Call Pat Andreana at 203-888-0489 to reserve a space; only 24 spaces available.

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Blow torch sparks fire at Ansonia company

By Register Staff
ANSONIA ­— A small fire reported shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the Ansonia Copper & Brass Co. plant on Riverside Drive started from a spark from a blow torch that had been used Wednesday inside the building.

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Prosecutors contend Oxford man was Valley marijuana kingpin



By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
HARTFORD — He drove a BMW and said he earned six figures, even though he hadn’t had a job in years.
He traveled between four houses: two in Ansonia, one in Oxford and one in Massachusetts.
The source of Cheyne Mazza’s good fortune? According to federal prosecutors, he was a marijuana kingpin, cultivating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of pot and holding “trimming parties,” when friends would process the fully-grown marijuana plants.

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Dual probes ongoing in death of Ansonia infant

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
ANSONIA — An investigation by the state Office of the Child Advocate into the death of a 5-month-old boy will take several months to complete.
Police, meanwhile, said they expect their investigation into Kyle Robinson’s homicide to wrap up within weeks.
State Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein said her office launched an investigation right after the baby’s death in June, and the state Child Fatality Review Panel discussed the case at its meeting Wednesday.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fire watch to be required at Chatfield School in Seymour (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A mandatory fire watch, per order of the town fire marshal, will be in place at Chatfield School when students and staff return in September to ensure their safety.
Due to code violations that have occurred as a result of the ongoing $32.5 million school expansion and renovation, Fire Marshal Paul Wetowitz said the elementary school must have a fire watch in place anytime students and staff are in the building. Wetowitz said he has the authority to bar the school from opening Sept. 6 for the 2011-12 school year if a fire watch is not in place.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Valley agency gains $80,000 in grants to assist the elderly

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
TEAM of Derby has been awarded two grants totaling $80,000 to provide medical transportation and homemaking services to residents 60 and older.
The funding was awarded by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, Diane Stroman, vice president of development, announced recently.
Stroman said the grants were slightly greater than last year’s distribution. The money comes from the federal Older Americans Act.

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Ansonia's Riverside tenants can’t sleep tight till bedbugs stop biting

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — A resident of the Ansonia Housing Authority’s Riverside Apartment complex said Wednesday she hopes something can be done to rid her apartment of an infestation of bedbugs.
Latoya Smith, a single mother of three, said she’s tired of dealing with the blood-sucking insects.
Smith said, in the past two years, she has had to throw away all of her furniture three times to try to get rid of the pests.

Read the full story here.

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Shelton man handed probation in threatening case

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
A man accused in April of threatening to shoot Shelton City Hall employees was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of probation and must complete 22 hours of community service within a year.
Judge Burton Kaplan imposed the sentence on Angel Loyola, 52, of 37 Ridge Lane, Shelton, in Superior Court in Derby.
Loyola risks having to serve up to six months in prison if he violates the conditions of probation.

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Garbage man hit by garbage truck in Shelton (map)

By Register Staff
SHELTON - A sanitation worker was injured this morning when the garbage truck he was working on backed into his leg, police said.
Police said a garbage truck from Trash Master was at the intersection of Mulberry and Bayberry lanes at about 8 a.m. John Glacia, 31, of New Haven was riding on the truck and David Douglas, 51, of West Haven was driving the truck, police said.
Police said Douglas was backing up the truck when the rear tire struck Glacia's leg and knocked him to the ground.
Shelton police and EMS responded and found Glacia conscious and alert. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injury.

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Hearing slated in Derby on planned improvements to Main St. (Route 34)

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — Drivers on Main Street will one day encounter a wider road with turn lanes, a median, trees and decorative lighting.
Residents can learn all about the $11 million road improvement project, which will be covered by federal and state funds, at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1 Elizabeth St. Plans will be available for review at 6 p.m., though they also can be seen now in the city clerk’s office at City Hall.
Sheila O’Malley, director of Economic and Community Development, said the project will improve the traffic flow through Main Street, which is also Route 34.

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Ansonia GOP picks slate, but lacks mayoral candidate (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — They may be small in numbers, but the Republican Town Committee vowed Tuesday to win big at the polls in November.
Even though the GOP fell short of nominating someone at its caucus to challenge longtime Democratic Mayor James Della Volpe, members said their underticket is strong.

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Loda to battle Roy in Seymour as independent

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — While First Selectman Paul Roy won the unanimous nod of his party this week to seek a second term, fellow Democrat Jeanne Loda announced Tuesday she’ll run for the post as an independent, petitioning candidate.
Loda, 70, filed paperwork with the secretary of the state’s office a day after the party caucus Monday, making it a three-way race with Republican Kurt Miller.

Read the full story here.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Career development workshop slated at library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will host a free career development workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23.
A career specialist from the state Department of Labor will explore the question “Where Are All the Jobs?”
Participants will be provided with an understanding of local labor market information to assist them in career planning and decision making.
Registration is requested. For information, stop by the library, 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1481 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Gunfire punctuates Derby crowd fight

DERBY — Someone shot several bullets into the air during a fight early Saturday outside an Elizabeth Street business, police said.
Lt. Justin Stanko said there was a fight outside RJ’s Cafe on Elizabeth Street about 1:30 a.m. involving about 50 people. The fight had started inside the establishment, according to police.
"Someone fired multiple gunshots in the air, and everybody scattered," Stanko said.
No one was struck by any bullets, police said. Police from Shelton and Ansonia helped get the crowd under control.
No one has been charged in connection with the gunshots. Police ask anyone with information to call 203-735-7811. All calls will be kept confidential, they said.

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Lauretti backed for 11th term run in Shelton (videos)


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — Mayor Mark A. Lauretti received the unanimous nod from the Republican Town Committee Monday to seek an unprecedented 11th term in office.
About 75 Republicans packed Plumb Memorial Library for the nominating caucus.
Former state Sen. Dan Debicella nominated Lauretti, saying he’s confident that with Lauretti in the job, Shelton will continue to thrive.

Read the full story here.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Fun activities planned at Derby Neck Library

DERBY - The Derby Neck Library, at 307 Hawthorne Ave., is hosting a variety of events for children and adults in August.
To register for the programs or to get more information, call 203-734-1492.
On Monday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m., bring little ones to the library for "Mr. Gym: A Musical Movement Journey" with Chris Keithan. This program is best suited for children from birth to age 8, and features live music on various instruments.
On Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. all ages are welcome to participate in Scrabble Night. The library has the game boards and dictionaries.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. the library presents the Papillion with "Kraw Fish Pie." This is a fun program for the entire family. Learn to play in a Cajun Band and learn the New Orleans Kick (a dance).
Also Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. teens and adults are invited to a Poets’ Corner program. This is a small workshop featuring fun exercises to enhance the creative flow. Bring your original written creations to share.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. come to the library for "Go for the Stars!" It is a multi-media space program conducted by Gary Pozzato and his companion Robo, a friendly robot. All aspects of space travel, space work, and robots in space will be shown.
On Monday, Aug. 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., the library will host the Culture Club, a literary discussion group. This month’s topic will be two short stories (free copies are available). Bring a light lunch, and coffee and tea will be served for free.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, beginning at 3:30 p.m., the library will host a children’s beach party in its garden space. Set up will include kiddie pools, sprinklers, water toys, bubble wands, and more. Also appearing will be Mr. Bungles with his giant, 10 foot, bubbles.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. the library will host the monthly meeting of the Current Events Club, which discusses and analyzes the news, including the arts, science, politics, and finance, on a local, state, or national level.

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ENTER TO WIN: Best travel photo wins $100 to Antonio's Restaurant from Tweed Airport

In early celebration of its 80th anniversary, Tweed New Haven Regional Airport is hosting an amateur photo contest looking for the best examples of summer travel memories.

Visit CelebrateTweed.com for details on how to enter.

Entries will be posted to an album on Tweed's Facebook page. Facebook users who "like" Tweed's Facebook page are then able to vote for their favorite photos.

The entrant with the most "like" votes will win $100 in dining certificates to Antonio's Restaurant in East Haven.
Photo submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 31. Voting on the Facebook page will take place from Aug. 1 - 7.
Tweed New Haven Airport was officially dedicated as the New Haven Municipal Airport on August 29, 1931. This year the airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In 1998 AFCO AvPORTS was hired to manage the airport on behalf of the Airport Authority. Currently US Airways is the current commercial carrier.

Man found dead in Naugatuck home; wife injured

NAUGATUCK (AP) — Naugatuck police say they have found a dead man and his injured wife in their home.
Police say they were checking on the home Sunday after a friend of the family had not made contact with the couple for a week.
They found the body of 58-year-old Krszysztof (Kurzy-stofe) Wojcik in a bedroom with no visible injury. Police say they found Krszysztof’s wife, Danuta, unconscious and suffering from undetermined injuries.
The 61-year-old woman was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.
No other details were immediately available. Naugatuck and state police are investigating.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Shelton Democrats pick Chris Jones to run for mayor

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — Local Democrats picked volunteer firefighter and businessman Chris Jones as their candidate to run for mayor at a caucus this week.
Jones, 44, is hoping to beat out long-term incumbent Mayor Mark A. Lauretti in November. Jones also challenged Lauretti unsuccessfully in the 2009 election.

Read the full story here.

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Ansonia Democrats back Mayor James Della Volpe for 7th term

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — The Democratic Town Committee this week endorsed Mayor James Della Volpe in his bid for a seventh term.
The Democrats held a nominating caucus Wednesday at John J. Sullivan’s restaurant.
Della Volpe pledged to keep the city’s finances and taxes stable and to continue efforts to keep the city as safe as possible. He said he plans to continue investment in economic development and the school system.
“I’m looking forward to a good, clean campaign and I’m going to try to earn the votes of our citizens,” he said.

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80 elderly, disabled Seymour residents evacuated to cooler quarters after transformer blows

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — More than 80 residents of the Callahan House were evacuated early Friday after a transformer blew, causing the facility that houses senior citizens and younger people with disabilities to lose power as the thermometer crept toward 100 degrees.
In the meantime, CL&P was working to install an emergency generator to enable the 84 tenants to move back into their homes sometime today.


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2 in Ansonia face drug charges after special package delivery

ANSONIA — Two city residents face multiple drug counts after police got a tip about a drug delivery and found a package filled with marijuana in their home, police said.
According to Lt. Andrew Cota, on July 14 city police received information from another law enforcement agency about a suspected drug delivery that was to be conducted through the mail.
Ansonia police and a U.S. Postal Service inspector investigated and procured a search warrant for a residence in Ansonia, police said. On Monday, Ansonia police executed a search warrant at 116 Jewett St., 1st floor, after the package was delivered to the residence, police said.

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Derby GOP endorses Mayor Anthony Staffieri for re-election; Democrats pick Daniel Foley

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — Republicans have chosen Mayor Anthony Staffieri to run for re-election, while Democrats picked retired teacher Daniel Foley to challenge him.
The political parties had caucuses this week to nominate candidates for the November election. Staffieri first won the city’s top spot in 2005. Foley challenged Staffieri in 2009, but lost.
“I am honored to be nominated for another term,” Staffieri said. “I am a person who likes to finish what he starts.”

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Shelton youth group to stage 'Annie Get Your Gun'

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — There’s no business like show business, to steal a line from legendary composer Irving Berlin.
Just ask residents Gary and Francesca Scarpa, who have been directing theatrical productions since 1976, when they started with the Shelton High School Drama Club.
In 1983, the Scarpas founded the Youth CONNection, a community theater troupe for high school students and youths up to age 24.
The Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun” is the Youth CONNection’s 28th summer show. The show features music and lyrics by Berlin, with book by Herbert Fields and his sister, Dorothy Fields.

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Assistant principal to take job at Derby High

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — The Board of Education didn’t have to look very far this week when it named Gregory Gaillard as Derby High School’s new principal.
Gaillard has served as DHS’ assistant principal for the past two years, and was the board’s unanimous choice at a meeting Wednesday to replace Principal Fran Thompson.
Thompson recently resigned from the post he has held for the past three years, taking the principal job at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, a job he’ll begin Aug. 1.

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Derby resident envisions community garden as next beautification project

Derby resident Janet Cunningham shows off some of the vibrant blooms that she has nurtured along a section of Third Street. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — A section of Third Street between Caroline and Minerva streets is looking better, thanks to a resident picking up trash and planting flowers.
Now Janet Cunningham is asking others to help her.
She has been working on part of the street near her apartment building since early May. The sidewalk is filled with colorful flowers and the area is clean.

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Play that funky music

The Kathy Thompson Band from Milford entertained at the Gazebo on the Derby Green Tuesday night as part of the city's free summer concert series. The nine-piece band, complete with horns, plays soul and funk music. The series is dedicated to the memory of Lawrence J. DeTullio, Jr. Patricia Villers/Register

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Register now for early education program

Applications are now being accepted to enroll children ages 3 to 4 years of age in TEAM’s Early Education Program. Openings for part and full- day programs are available. Free and reduced rates are available based on family income.
The program provides Early Care and Education to preschool age children of families residing in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge.
TEAM’s Early Education Program offers children and their parents a comprehensive program of education, health and social services, and parental support.
Parents will have an opportunity to become involved in their child’s education. The program is enhanced by literacy and advocacy efforts, community referrals, health screenings, multicultural activities, and field trips. Computer learning is part of the creative curriculum.
The program is NAEYC accredited.
To register or learn more contact TEAM Early Education, 734-8609 ext. 10.

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Illegal immigrant accused of stabbing sister in Shelton expected to pursue insanity defense

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
An illegal immigrant accused of stabbing and seriously wounding his sister in Shelton last year is expected to pursue an insanity defense, according to statements made in court Wednesday.
Shelton police in October charged Toai Nguyen, 38, of Maple Street, Shelton, with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing his sister, An Nguyen, 27.
At the time, Toai Nguyen had been on probation for a 2008 incident in which he nearly beat his father to death, so he also faces a violation of probation count.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Seymour selectman Kurt Miller to run for first selectman​


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Selectman Kurt Miller was tapped by his fellow Republicans Wednesday to run for the town’s top post.
Miller, 41, received the unanimous nomination for first selectman during the GOP caucus held at the Strand Theatre.
Standing before a crowd of more than 150 supporters, and flanked by his wife, Tara, son Drew, 9, daughter Kaitlyn, 4, and parents Carl and Pat, Miller said he was “humbled” and honored to accept the nomination.

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Derby school board restores $21,000 for sports

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — Thanks to some creative budgeting, the Board of Education will restore money to school sports, as well as add two teachers.
The board has restored $21,000 to the athletics budget, which Athletic Director Joe Orazietti said will enable him to bring back an assistant football coach, a cheer leading coach and an assistant wrestling coach at Derby High School, and an assistant cheer leading coach at Derby Middle School.
The funds will also be used to provide transportation of student athletes to competitions.

Read the full story here.

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Shelton board hears details on high school accreditation

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Shelton High School Headmaster Beth Smith Wednesday gave the Board of Education an overview of the findings from November’s visit by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The district was notified last month the school had received its 10-year accreditation. The visiting committee was at Shelton High School Nov. 14-17.
Committee members based their findings on a variety of components, including classroom observations, student shadowing, teacher interviews and meetings with parents, faculty, staff and school board members.

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Seymour to expand tax incentives (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Board of Selectmen continued making strides Tuesday toward updating its outdated tax incentive program in hopes of attracting new businesses, while keeping existing ones here.
“There’s too much residential and not enough commercial, and we want to change that,“ said First Selectman Paul Roy.

Read the full story here.

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SOLOMON: Budget cuts leave deep wounds at O'Brien Tech

By Dave Solomon
Register Sports Columnist
Administrators at O’Brien Tech of Ansonia put their trust in Ken Roberts in March and said build a football program.
No players? Roberts found them.
No schedule? Roberts and athletic director Dan Nemergut constructed one.
No uniforms or equipment? Roberts and the players raised funds.
No locker room? The gym works, sort of.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shelton car wash worker stabbed; suspect arrested (updated)


By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — A car wash worker was stabbed Tuesday morning after he intervened in a dispute, and a Bridgeport man who fled the scene was arrested, police said.
Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said officers responded at about 8:15 a.m. to Splash Car Wash at 376 Bridgeport Ave., where a male employee, 38, had been stabbed.
Police said the victim was transported to Bridgeport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was conscious and alert at the scene while being treated by emergency personnel, Kozlowsky said.

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Ansonia man wants answers in son’s slaying​, offers reward

Shawn Venson holds his grandson, Montez Venson, 4, outside his Ansonia home Monday evening. Daryl Rhys Venson, 25, Venson's son and Montez' father, was fatally shot March 9 near the corner of Hill Street and Root Avenue in Ansonia. No arrests have been made and Venson is offering a reward for any information in the case. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Resident Shawn Venson wants to know what happened March 9 that led to the slaying of his oldest child.
His son, Daryl Rhys Venson, 25, was shot and killed in the early evening near the corner of Hill Street and Root Avenue.
Police say they are continuing to track down leads, but no arrests have been made.
Police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota said Tuesday the department is actively working on the investigation and is awaiting information from the office of the chief state medical examiner and the state police forensic lab.

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Details on Seymour cop's demotion revealed (read the report)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Longtime police Officer Ronald Goodmaster, who was recently demoted, was contacted twice by a New Jersey parole officer who said that a potentially dangerous fugitive was living here, yet Goodmaster kept that information to himself until he could verify it.
Those and other details were unveiled in a 10-page internal affairs investigation report by Lt. Paul Satkowski that Town Attorney Colleen Fries released to the Register.

Read the full story here.

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Shelton car wash worker stabbed

SHELTON — A worker at a local car wash was stabbed this morning and a suspect is in custody, police said.
Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said police responded to the Splash Car Wash on Bridgeport Avenue at about 8:15 a.m.

Read more here.

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Library to host career coach

DERBY - The CT Works Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10.
During both the morning session, 10 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session, 1-3 p.m., instructors will be offering Job Search Assistance.
Learn where to look for jobs, how to get the job you want, and how to search for jobs on the internet. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested; walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.
The CT Works Career Coach is a project of The WorkPlace, Inc. operated by Career Resources.
For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St, call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

State fire officials investigating Shelton High School for code violations

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating possible code violations at Shelton High School, prompted by a complaint made this spring.
State police Lt. J. Paul Vance confirmed Monday that two officers from the fire marshal’s office have been at the high school at 120 Meadow St. “a number of times” since the complaint was filed. Vance would not disclose the nature of the complaint, nor the person who made it.
The Register has learned the complaint was filed against city Fire Marshal Jim Tortora.

Read the full story here.

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CPR mannequin means a lot to Derby-based Parish Nursing program​

Cathi Kellett, left, and Daun Barrett, training center coordinator and director respectively at Griffin Hospital Community Outreach, accept a CPR training mannequin from Curtis-Ryan Honda of Shelton sales representative Ed DeMarseilles Thursday morning. Brad Horrigan/Register


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — When Edward R. DeMarseilles, chief operating officer at Curtiss-Ryan Honda dealership, was seeking a way to help the community, it was the Valley United Way that steered him toward the Valley Parish Nursing program.
DeMarseilles said Valley United Way director of resource development Laurel Greco Vicidomino, recommended he contact Daun Barrett, director of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nursing program.

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Entertainer to appear at nature center

ANSONIA - The P.A.C.K. (Parents and Communities for Kids) program will present award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Rowlands at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Road.
Rowlands, who is currently touring the United States, blends music, comedy, and education in a fast-paced show which teaches and inspires young people. The free show is for families with children ages 5-11.
P.A.C.K. is supported by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
To register call 203-736-1053.

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Church to hold BBQ dinner

SEYMOUR - A Chicken or Rib Bar-B-Que Dinner will be held 4-7 p.m. Aug. 6
at Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road.
The menu will include either barbecued chicken or ribs, salad, baked beans,
dessert and a beverage. The price per dinner for adults is $12 and for children (8 years and under) $8. Take-out meals will also be available.
Reservations are strongly suggested.
For information and/or reservations contact Bob DeBisschop, 203-888-4159CQ or 203-906-2958.CQ

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Ansonia-based ‘No Vet Left Behind’ organization plans a big event​

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
The founders of No Vet Left Behind Inc. are preparing for their biggest event ever to assist veterans and their families.
George and Mary E. Porter of Derby, who run the Ansonia nonprofit, are staging a three-day standdown this weekend in Waterbury.
The Porters are Army veterans. They have held three well-attended standdowns in Ansonia, at the armory and Warsaw Park, Mary Porter said.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birmingham Group Health Services in Ansonia and Harbor Health Services in Branford plan to merge

By Cara Baruzzi
Register Business Editor
Two Greater New Haven health care nonprofit organizations aim to join forces, with the announcement Friday that Ansonia-based Birmingham Group Health Services Inc. and Branford-based Harbor Health Services Inc. plan to merge.
Officials at the groups said a due diligence process and “integration plan” are slated to be completed for board members’ review by October. If the merger ultimately is approved, the new unified group would begin operating in January as a regional provider of behavioral health and domestic violence services.
Both Birmingham Group Health Services and Harbor Health Services are private, nonprofit corporations. If the merger is approved, they will gradually combine into a single organization and brand over the next year.

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A LIFE REMEMBERED: Derby man valued humility, work ethic

By Tom Veilleux
Register Staff
DERBY — A meat cutter by trade and one heck of a cook, Richard Carloni always tried to inspire his kids to “remember where you came from.”
“Both of our families came from poor relations in Italy,” said his wife of 49 years, Carolyn. “Dick wanted our children to have a better life than his parents had and to get them to work very hard to achieve that better life. One of the things he did was to cook all these ‘peasant’ foods for them. He would say, ‘This is what our parents had to eat because they had nothing else.’ This inspired all of our kids to become great cooks. And it gave them the ability to be able to make something from nothing.”

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Shelton aldermen won't investigate mayor's rejection of Mike Ullrich as fire chief

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — Aldermanic President John Anglace said this week that the Board of Aldermen will not investigate why the mayor has twice rejected Mike Ullrich as the new fire chief.
Meanwhile, Ullrich and firefighter and Democratic mayoral candidate Chris Jones, have filed two separate Freedom of Information Act complaints, alleging that a Christmas Eve meeting held by Mayor Mark A. Lauretti and the Board of Fire Commissioners to discuss the chief’s vacancy was illegal.

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Concerns rise over felled trees at Derby High School

Only pieces remain of the picturesque trees that once shaded the Derby High School courtyard.
Jean Falbo-Sosnovich/Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — What happened to the trees outside Derby High School’s courtyard?
The large trees, which for years have served as a tranquil backdrop for countless junior prom pictures and also gave nice shade, were abruptly chopped down this week, without any prior notice given to school officials.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Plumb Memorial Library to host kindergarten boot camp

SHELTON - The Shelton School Readiness Council and Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St., are sponsoring a three-day parent and child workshop series for children entering kindergarten in Shelton.
Kindergarten Boot Camp will be held at the library at 9:30 a.m. July 26-28. Activities, crafts and information will focus on reading, math and nutrition. Pre-registration is mandatory; space is limited.
To register, call 203-924-9461 or visit the library's Children's Department.

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DMV offices closing in Old Saybrook, Milford, Derby (map, videos)

By Mary E. O'Leary
Register Topics Editor
Four full-service Department of Motor Vehicles offices, as well as several photo-licensing centers, are scheduled to close in a few months in order to help mend the state budget gap.
Personnel in the Old Saybrook, Enfield, New Britain and Danbury offices were informed Wednesday that layoff notices would be going out as a result of the office closings.
Related: Gov. Malloy releases summary of Conn. budget-fix plan
They are the same staffers who work at the Putnam satellite office and the photo-licensing centers in Middletown, Milford and Derby, which also will be shut down to close a $1.6 billion two-year budget deficit tied to rejection of a concession deal offered to state workers.

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Alderman wants Ansonia to offer rewards for tips in 2 slayings, vandalism

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — Alderman John Marini has proposed that the city offer cash for tips on two homicides and a vandalism spree.
“I proposed the three resolutions following the serious vandalism spree that occurred last month,” Marini said.

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Search on for new principal of Derby High School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — The school district has some pretty big shoes to fill when Derby High School Principal Francis Thompson leaves at the end of the month.
Judging from the testimonials given during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Thompson will be tough to replace.
“Good guys like this are hard to come by,” said resident Joe DiMartino, who also is the school softball coach. “The school has come alive under his leadership.”

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pagliaro named chairman of Valley United Way campaign


Joseph A. Pagliaro, Jr. has been named as the Chairman of the 2011-2012 Community Campaign for a second term with Valley United Way. He is the Senior Vice President of Riverview and Adzima Funeral Homes and has been an active community volunteer leader throughout his career.
Valley United Way Board President Fred Ortoli noted that, “Joe did a great job as campaign chair last year, and United Way is thrilled that he has agreed to lead this year's campaign as well."
Pagliaro has been a member of the campaign cabinet and Valley United Way’s Board of Directors for several years and is actively involved with many other Valley groups.
He is a board member at the Valley Community Foundation, the Shelton Economic Development Commission, the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club, Birmingham Group Health Services and the Valley Division of Junior Achievement. He is also a corporator at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Pagliaro is a former member and chair of the Shelton Board of Education. He is also a past member of the board at the Parent Child Resource Center.
A graduate of Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in political science, he graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming with an associate’s degree in applied sciences.
The campaign theme this year will be, “Be a leader and make an impact.”
Pagliaro said, “We want the members of our community to take action by telling their friends, serving on Valley United Way committees, participating in volunteerism and advocacy initiatives and contributing so we can continue to fund needed programs and services in the Valley.”

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Boys & Girls Club to offer before and after-school program

SHELTON - Jack Ribas, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, said today, "The Shelton Board of Education has approved our request, and we are excited to be able to offer the same outstanding (before and after-school) programs at Perry Hill School as we have for the past two years at Elizabeth Shelton School. Registration will not be open until August 8, but we want to give a parents a heads up as soon as possible."
More information is available at www.BGC-LNV.com/Shelton Before & After Program, or by contacting Ann Wheeler at the Boys & Girls Club at AnnWheeler@BGC-LNV.org, 203-924-7462.

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Club offers interactive arts program at camp

SHELTON - The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley is offering a hands-on, interactive art program at its Summer Camp.
Led by Janet Zamparo, campers have a unique opportunity to develop creative thinking and problem solving through the arts. Camp is open 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays.
Zamparo has worked in the field of education since 1988 when she taught for Upward Bound. More recently she became a tenured teacher for the Bridgeport Board of Education then an Associate Professor at Housatonic Community College.
In addition to classroom teaching, curriculum development, academic advising, and tutoring, Zamparo has experience in arts programming, staff development, community outreach, and institutional advancement. Her career in education is uniquely combined with her interests and professional work in the visual and performing arts. Children may attend Summer Camp for one week, 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.
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.


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Malloy hears from businesses on jobs tour

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks to members of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, workers at Perkin Elmer Instruments and others during a forum focusing on jobs held at the Shelton company. Peter Casolino/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday said when he took office in January he inherited “the largest per-capita deficit of any of the 50 states,” due in part to a poor economy and in part from the fact the state had used up its rainy day funds.
“We’re going to manage the assets of the state. The deficit was too big to cut our way out of it or tax our way out of it,” Malloy said during a visit to PerkinElmer Inc., part of an ongoing jobs tour this summer intended to get feedback from the business community.

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Harriet Tubman portrayal moves Derby Historical Society at annual tea

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti waits to perform her one-woman history program, portraying Harriet Tubman for the Derby Historical Society's 21st Annual Silver Tea Monday. Peter Hvizdak/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Harriet Tubman’s work as a spy, a scout, and a nurse in the Civil War came to life Monday at John J. Sullivan’s restaurant, thanks to historical character actor Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti.
The presentation was part of the Derby Historical Society’s 21st annual Silver Tea, a major fundraiser for the Ansonia-based Society. More than 150 people attended.
Jack Walsh, president of the Society’s Board of Directors, said with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the directors “thought this would be an appropriate program.”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

OSHA cites violations at Seymour departments, Town Hall

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A random inspection by a team from the state OSHA division last month found some violations in the Public Works and Recreation departments and Town Hall.
The violations included chipped, lead-based paint at Town Hall, a lack of policies on blood-borne pathogens for recreation employees, and no safety fencing at the transfer station at the Public Works Department.
However, First Selectman Paul Roy said this week that the town hasn’t been fined for any of the violations, which he said were mostly “minor.” Roy also stressed that the inspection was not prompted by any complaints from residents.

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Derby man accused of sexual assault of teen in Shelton

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Jeffrey Zelem, 46, of 25 Kindle Lane, Derby, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant accusing him of attempted sexual assault, police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said.
Zelem was charged with criminal attempt of sexual assault in the second degree, risk of injury to a minor, and breach of peace in the second degree.
Zelem is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail for a court appearance Thursday at Superior Court in Derby.

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Discovery ID Channel to air show on disappearance of Billy Smolinski

The Discovery ID Channel will air a show about the disappearance of Billy Smolinski, "Favorite Son," at 10 a.m. Thursday(July 14) and again at 4 p.m, his mother Jan Smolinski said today in an e-mail to The Register.
The last airing of "Favorite Son" by Discovery ID got the attention of a local woman, Jan Smolinski said. “The woman viewed it and realized something she saw the night Billy disappeared after all this time and came forward with a worthwhile tip,” Jan Smolinski said.
For information about Billy Smolinski, visit www.justice4billy.com.

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Library continues baseball talk series

DERBY - The Derby Public Library is in its sixth season of the popular Sports Talk series, held every Thursday at 10 a.m. These informal sessions will meet throughout the baseball season.
Facilitator is Rich Marazzi, radio talk show host, author, and Major League Baseball Rules consultant.
Each session includes trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more. All ages, rookies through veterans are invited to join Rich and his group of Silver Sluggers. No registration is necessary.
For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Seymour seeks cleanup aid after storm

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The town is seeking funding — local, state and federal — to aid in the cleanup and restoration of roads and parks that fell prey to Mother Nature’s fury.
First Selectman Paul Roy told the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Tuesday that he’s appealing to state and federal agencies, and working to compile an estimate of damage from last Friday’s fast-moving rainstorm.

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Seymour High wins the grand prize in a nationwide safe driving contest​

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Once again, Seymour High School has been recognized for its innovative ways to keep student drivers safe.
And this time, the school took the grandest prize of them all: a package, valued at $250,000, from a nationwide contest sponsored by Discovery Education and Toyota.
The prize includes “Toyota Driving Expectations” coming to town in October. The two-day driving education program for the community will incorporate the winning lessons that town educators designed.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seymour class of '56 to hold 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 Restaurant, Oxford.
Cost is $22 per person.
For information call Joe Marino, 203-231-3031 or Liz Cotnoir, 203-305-2948.

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Man charged in Derby purse snatching; already faces charges in Shelton

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — A city man, already facing numerous charges in a Shelton purse snatching, was arrested in connection with a July 5 purse snatching at Xpect Discounts on Pershing Drive.
Mark Franklin, 44, of 236 Olivia St., was charged with larceny in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, and assault in the second degree for the incident, police said.


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Seymour Land Trust faces $750G cleanup from storm

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A fast-moving storm that ravaged the town late Friday afternoon “devastated” the Seymour Land Trust’s Legion Pool park, officials said, causing more than $750,000 in damage.
Meanwhile, First Selectman Paul Roy spent part of the day Monday touring several other hard-hit areas with a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, to see if Seymour can qualify for emergency cleanup funding.
The storm dumped some 5 inches of rain in a short period of time, causing parts of the Naugatuck River between exits 22 and 23 of Route 8 to flood, as well as smaller water bodies to rise some 6 to 8 feet above their usual levels.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Seymour PD to hire 2 patrol officers

SEYMOUR - The Seymour Police Department currently has two vacancies for entry level patrol officers.
Chief of Police Michael E. Metzler is currently accepting resumes from certified police officers within Connecticut who may be interested in working for the Seymour Police Department.Officers must be POSTC certified and in good standing with the State of Connecticut Police Academy.
If accepted, candidates will have to submit and pass a background investigation, a polygraph exam, a psychological exam and a physical agility test prior to being hired.
Starting salary for entry level patrolman is approximately $53,000. Other fringe benefits include medical insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave.
The Seymour Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. Anyone who meets the above criteria is encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants are asked to send a resume to the following address;
Chief of Police Michael E. Metzler
Seymour Police Department
11 Franklin Street
Seymour, CT. 06483

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Shelton cops arrest man, woman in purse snatching

Mark Franklin
Jessica Rivera


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON - Two people have been arrested in last Tuesday’s purse snatching incident at ShopRite, 875 Bridgeport Ave.
Police this morning arrested Jessica Rivera, 32, of 236 Olivia St., Derby and charged her with robbery in the second degree and conspiracy to commit robbery in the second degree.
She is being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Tuesday at Derby Superior Court.
According to police spokesman Lt. Robert Kozlowsky at approximately 12:30 p.m. last Tuesday(7-5) officers responded to ShopRite for a report of a purse snatching. A 37-year old female told police she was in the parking lot putting groceries in her vehicle when a male grabbed her purse from the shopping cart.
The male got into a vehicle while the victim attempted to get her purse back. The male sped off, dragged the victim approximately 20 feet and drove away. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS for minor injuries sustained from the incident, police said.
Police obtained a description of the driver and the female passenger in the vehicle. Kozlowsky said police also were able to develop a suspect vehicle, a bluish/grey Volvo stolen out of Ansonia.
Police learned that similar incidents occurred in Derby, Trumbull, and Stratford.
At approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday K9 Officer Chris Nugent was out on patrol when he spotted the suspect vehicle on Route 8 south by exit 12, police said.
Nugent followed the vehicle on the highway and attempted to pull over the stolen Volvo. The driver did not pull over and Nugent pursued the vehicle, police said.
The driver eventually lost control and crashed the vehicle into a light pole on Route 25 south.
The lone male driver exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. State police, Trumbull police, and Bridgeport police assisted in the search for the male driver.
The male, Mark Franklin, 44, of 236 Olivia St., Derby, was eventually located by Nugent and his dog Jager, and was taken into custody, police said.
Shelton, Derby, and Stratford detectives later executed a search warrant at Franklin’s residence. Several purses from the robberies were located.
Franklin was charged with larceny in the third degree (possession of the stolen car), engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, evading responsibility, and operating without a license.
Franklin was also charged with robbery in the second degree, larceny in the sixth degree, and conspiracy to commit robbery in the second Degree for the incident that occurred at ShopRite, according to police.
Franklin is being held on a $300,000 bond and was to be arraigned today at Derby Superior Court.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and another arrest may be made in this case.

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Parked cars on one Shelton street seen as a hazard

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON —
A stretch of Buddington Road where cars park on the street is apparently causing hazards for motorists.
That’s according to one woman who has written to the New Haven Register’s SeeClickFix online help site at www.nhregister.com/seeclickfix, seeking answers.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Derby man proudly paints U.S. flag on his lawn

Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri chats with Adrian Gjonbalaj of 279 Sentinel Hill Road about the flag the Albanian native painstakingly spray-painted on his lawn. Gjonbalaj says the flag is meant to remind people not to take their freedoms for granted. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Many residents take pride in their lush green lawns, but a Sentinel Hill Road man is using his lawn to show his patriotic pride.
Adrian Gjonbalaj of 279 Sentinel Hill Road spent nine hours Sunday, the day before Independence Day, spray-painting an American flag on the grass next to his house.
Old Glory is approximately 60 feet long and 30 feet deep. Gjonbalaj used 40 cans of spray paint to create the flag. He lined up stakes and twine to outline the flag before he painted it.

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Shelton cops searching for owners of stolen jewelry (video)

Shelton police are trying to return hundreds of pieces of jewelry found in the possession of two suspects linked to several burglaries. Contributed photo

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — Bracelets with images of angels and saints on them. Military medals. Watches.
These are among hundreds of items found in the possession of two people recently accused of committing several area burglaries, according to police.
Police have the stolen necklaces, earrings and other jewelry at department headquarters, and want to return the items.

Read the full story and watch video here.

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Storm kills power, backs up traffic in Seymour

By Register Staff
SEYMOUR — Heavy rain and flooding early Friday evening caused power outages and traffic back-ups on local roads and Route 8, police said.
By late Friday, 263 Connecticut Light & Power customers in town were without power, according to the utility's website.
Parts of Route 67 flooded and were still closed at 10 p.m. Earlier in the night, a tree fell onto the road near McDonald’s, Derby Avenue sustained heavy flooding, and Route 8 was backed up around Exit 22 because of flooding.
Emergency crews late Friday were evaluating roads and power problems.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Fire that damaged Ansonia business ruled arson

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — A fire that started shortly after 6 a.m. today at Aces Automotive Repairs and Sales, LLC was intentionally set, Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley said this afternoon.
The business is located at East Main and Bridge streets.
“We called in the state fire marshal’s office (to investigate) because it was a commercial building,” Tingley said. “There were no accelerants found, but the fire was set in several areas,” which led investigators to determine it was an arson.

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Heavy rain, flooding force road closures in Seymour

SEYMOUR — Heavy rain and flooding early Friday evening have caused forced closures on local roads and Route 8, police said.
Drivers should avoid Route 67 as parts of it are flooded and closed and a tree also fell onto the road near McDonald’s. Route 8 is also backed up around exit 22, police said.
Derby Avenue, which runs parallel to Route 8, is not yet closed, but an officer has been sent to check it out and possibly close it to drivers, according to authorities.

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Salvation Army to host BBQ dinner

ANSONIA - The Salvation Army, 26 Lester St., will host a BBQ chicken dinner fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16.
The meal will include one-quarter BBQ chicken, cornbread, choice of macaroni or potato salad, dessert and a beverage.
Cost is $8 in advance or for call-ahead orders; $10 at the time of the event.
Seating will be available. For information call 203-736-0707.

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Fire damages Ansonia business; arson squad on scene

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — A fire that started shortly after 6 a.m. today caused minor damage at Aces Automotive Repairs and Sales LLC at East Main and Bridge streets.
The state arson squad is investigating the cause.

Read more here.

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Dog found tied to pole in Ansonia now receiving care, expected to survive

Dr. Tara Nanavati with the abandoned dog. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — An abandoned terrier mix is expected to survive, thanks to the care she has been receiving since Wednesday from a local veterinarian.
The dog, with myriad health issues, was found Wednesday morning tied to a utility pole on Westfield Avenue, said Animal Control Officer Jean Roslonowski. She said one of its eyes was badly infected.

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Derby to maintain Friday, Saturday library hours

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — The Derby Public Library will be staying open Fridays and Saturdays, despite a recent vote by its board of directors to close it those days as a cost-saving measure.
At a June 22 meeting, the board voted that, because of the $25,000 reduction in its budget request, the library would close on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice, beginning July 1.
The library’s schedule on Fridays is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Seymour man gets 11 years for armed robbery outside bank

MILFORD — A Seymour man was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison for an armed robbery outside a Seymour bank last year.
Daniel Szleszynski, 21, of Davis Road, had pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
Judge Richard Arnold imposed the sentence in Superior Court in Milford. Of the 11-year sentence, five years are a mandatory minimum, according to the court clerk’s office.

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Derby cops: Burglary suspect captured after jumping into Naugatuck River

DERBY — A Thomaston man was captured Wednesday after he jumped into the Naugatuck River when he was spotted by an officer as the suspect tried to break into the Beard Concrete Co. building at 37 Main St. Wednesday, police said.
Lt. Sal Frosceno said the man, Nicholas Loar, 28, of Williams Street in Thomaston, was captured on the other side of the river, off of Derby Avenue.
Frosceno said officers had to go down a steep embankment leading to the river to apprehend Loar. The incident happened shortly after 11 a.m.

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Seymour woman named First Niagara exec

By Cara Baruzzi
Register Business Editor
NEW HAVEN — A Seymour resident has been tapped to oversee First Niagara Financial Group’s commercial and business banking underwriting in New England, the bank announced Wednesday.
Patricia S. Gaudreau has been appointed senior vice president and senior credit manager for First Niagara’s New England region.

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Seymour to continue community police officer's job

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The community police officer position will remain intact, at least for now.
Lt. Paul Satkowski confirmed Wednesday that Chief Michael Metzler evaluated the position, and deemed it will not be eliminated.
“The position will remain,” Satkowski said. “The chief has evaluated it, and agreed to leave the position as is for now.”

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Today's Gripe: Almost hit head on in Shelton (with response)

By Register Staff / Contact Us
Sometimes there is just not enough room in the driveway. Or sometimes there is no driveway.
And according to one poster to SeeClickFix, the alternative of parking on the street isn’t such a good one.
A poster who dubbed themselves “Annie” said on-street parking makes it tough to get around a corner in Shelton.
There is a “bad corner cars should not park on the street” on a stretch of Buddington Road,
Annie further says “Almost got hit head on because a car had to cross the yellow line to avoid hitting all of the cars parked on the street.”
Is this a corner that needs to be looked at? The Register today checked with authorities in Shelton.
Detective Ben Trabka said when there are parking problems residents should immediately call the Police Department.
“If it’s a one-time event (such as a party) and police are told immediately, officers can stop in at the party and tell people they need to move their cars,” Trabka said.
Board of Aldermen President John Anglace said if the issue arose this week it could have been people parking their cars to attend a holiday picnic.
“We have no patience,” he said, referring to many drivers who want to get around parked cars as quickly as possible.
“Why doesn’t she report that to the Police Department?” Anglace continued. “The traffic division will send out an officer to review the area, and if they deem it necessary they will come in and post no-parking signs.”
Anglace said when similar parking problems occurred on roads in Pine Rock Park police were forced to install no parking signs for motorists’ safety.
“The person who brought it to (the Register’s) attention is the most knowledgeable about the situation,” Anglace said. “She should contact police at 203-924-1544 and ask for the traffic division.”

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Julian A. Taylor Scholarships to be awarded Sunday

ANSONIA - The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee will celebrate its 29th year Sunday at 2 p.m. at John J. Sullivan’s restaurant, 557 Wakelee Ave.
The three awards this year are going to the graduated students from the class of 2011, who are ranked as the three highest African-American seniors to attend a four year university or college.
The students are Miolgens Almezy, attending the University of Connecticut; Tyshawn Cabezudo and Raquel Prescott who are both attending Sacred Heart University.
In addition, the 22 highest- ranking African- American students from the third through the 11th grade receive a small monetary award to encourage them to strive toward excellence.
Sherrod McNeil, Ansonia Teacher of the Year, will be keynote speaker. He teaches at John G. Prendergast Elementary School.
The scholarship honors the memory of the Rev. Julian A. Taylor, a long-time, highly regarded minister at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Ansonia. One of Taylor’s aims in his ministry was to encourage education.
Since the establishment of the Scholarship Committee, more than $177,000 has been distributed to deserving students
In addition, the Valley Community Foundation hosts the Julian A. Taylor Fund to ensure the continuity of the Committee and its efforts.
Donation is $30, and dinner reservations must be made prior to the event. For tickets, contact Evelyn Lindsey, 203-735-0645 or Elezena Anderson, 203-735-0421.

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Band offers fun evening under the stars

Last Fair Deal, a Litchfield County-based 'new American roots' band, entertains Tuesday night at the Gazebo on the Derby Green. About 150 people enjoyed the varied selections, which ranged from old-time string music, to bluegrass and folk. They also performed songs by the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. Musicians from left are Tom Hagymasi, Paul Howard and Phil Zimmerman. They kicked off the Cultural Commission's Summer Concert Series, dedicated to the memory of Lawrence J. DeTullio Jr. Next up in the series at 7 p.m. Tuesday is the big band sound of the Eddie Forman band. Patricia Villers/Register

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Conn. FOI panel examines case involving demoted Seymour police officer

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The state Freedom of Information Commission is reviewing a complaint filed by a police union attorney alleging that three police commissioners illegally met to discuss the case of a now demoted police officer.
Attorney Richard Gudis filed the complaint a few days after the Board of Police Commissioners voted in favor of demoting former Detective Sgt. Ronald Goodmaster, a 22-year veteran with the department, to detective.
An FOI spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Gudis’ complaint is under review.

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2nd Shelton-to-Derby ‘Housy One-Miler’ swim to benefit breast wellness​ campaign

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
Wanted: People willing to swim across the Housatonic River on a Sunday morning in August for a good cause.
Plans are under way for the second annual Housy One-Miler, a swim from Shelton to Derby to benefit the Griffin Hospital Campaign for Breast Wellness.
The campaign started in 2010 with a goal of raising $1 million for the hospital’s Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at 359 Seymour Ave., Derby. The campaign has raised about $750,000.
The Center for Breast Wellness opened in January, and recently was renamed the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness after receipt of a $250,000 naming gift from the Hewitt Foundation of Shelton.

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Filling top fire job in Shelton on hold

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — The Board of Fire Commissioners will have to wait a little longer to decide its next move, now that Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has twice rejected its choice for a new fire chief.
Board members met Tuesday at City Hall and were prepared to discuss the issue, but the meeting was canceled because of a lack of a quorum.
Commissioner Ben McGorty said the board may hold a special meeting this month, or wait until its next scheduled meeting in August to continue discussion about the chief’s appointment.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shelton police seek man who snatched woman's purse, dragged her

SHELTON — Police Tuesday were searching for a male driver who snatched a woman’s purse in a supermarket parking lot, and then briefly dragged her as he took off.
Detective Ben Trabka said the incident happened at about 12:15 p.m. in the ShopRite parking lot on Bridgeport Avenue.
The woman was putting groceries into her vehicle, and her pocketbook was in her grocery cart, Trabka said. A male driving by grabbed the purse, which the woman also grabbed.
The woman suffered scrapes and cuts to her hands, arms and legs. Emergency personnel treated the woman at the scene.
The purse contained cash, credit cards and personal items, police said.
Police are interviewing witnesses to get a description of the man. They believe he was driving a blue Volvo station wagon.
Anyone with information can call police at 203-924-1544.

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Naked man causes stir in Ansonia

ANSONIA — Motorists traveling along Bridge Street Tuesday morning got an eyeful when a man wearing nothing but his birthday suit was spotted sprinting across the bridge.
The unidentified man, who Lt. Andrew Cota said is well-known to the department, was quickly picked up by police around 9:30 a.m., and brought to Griffin Hospital in nearby Derby for mental evaluation.
Cota said the department received several phone calls from motorists who reported seeing the naked man running across the bridge. The man did not cause any harm or injury to anyone.
Cota said the man is regularly spotted in the vicinity of the Birmingham Group downtown, and police have had many dealings with him in the past, having transported him to Griffin on several occasions.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

North Star support group celebrates 10 years of helping Valley families

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — It has been 10 years since resident Cathy Adamczyk co-founded North Star Support Group for parents of children with disabilities, especially those on the autism spectrum.
Adamczyk, a mother of five, founded the group with Anne LoPresti, who then was care coordinator with the Lower Naugatuck Valley System of Care Collaborative.
The collaborative is part of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent-Child Resource Center in Derby.
Parent-Child Resource Center Executive Director Michael Wynne said LoPresti only stayed with the group for a few months, because “the original idea was over time, the group wouldn’t need a staff person.”

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Time may be running short if feds intend to indict Shelton mayor

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — If federal prosecutors plan to indict Mayor Mark A. Lauretti, whom they have publicly accused of taking bribes from developers, the clock is ticking.
The statute of limitations in an alleged bribery and public corruption case is five years from the last overt act.
Prosecutors have claimed prominent developers like James Botti and Robert Scinto bribed Lauretti with benefits over a period of years to gain support for their projects.
Among the alleged freebies: cash, home improvements and use of an Aspen, Colo., vacation house. Yet, to date, Lauretti, who denies the allegations, has not been charged.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ansonia bartender, pooch on brink of big win

Pebbles and Andrew Baklik of Ansonia are finalists in a Purina Mighty Dog contest. Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — She’s only 5 pounds, but she’s irresistible.
Her name is Pebbles and she just turned a year old.
Pebbles is a Morkie, a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier mix, the pride and joy of resident Andrew Baklik.
She loves country music, and listens to it when Baklik is at work. He tends bar at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Westfield Connecticut Post mall in Milford.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Derby woman gets 5 years for robbing elderly Shelton man

MILFORD – A woman convicted of participating in the robbery of an elderly Shelton resident was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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Harriet Tubman play to aid historical society

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Harriet Tubman may be best remembered for helping to free slaves through a network known as the Underground Railroad, but as Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti says, Tubman’s life work was much more involved.
Quezaire-Presutti, a historical character actor, will perform “I Can’t Die But Once” at the Derby Historical Society’s 21st annual Silver Tea.

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Dems blast Themis Klarides for retweeting ethnic slur against Malloy

By Register Staff
HARTFORD — In this new world of social media, be careful what you retweet.
State Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, seemingly agreeing with another user’s tweet critical of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, retweeted it Thursday, adding the words “Ha, Ha, Ha.”

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Library to offer sample Zumba class

DERBY - The Derby Public Library is hosting a free sample Zumba Fitness class at 6:30 p.m. July 25.
Ana Diaz will show participants ages 18 and over what this feel-happy workout, great for mind, body and soul, is all about.
Those ready to “party” themselves into shape are asked to wear sneakers and bring water and a small towel. Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program. This could grow into a weekly class at the Library.
Registration is requested. For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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A LIFE REMEMBERED: Derby man was friends with everybody

By Tom Veilleux
Register Staff
DERBY — Lifelong resident and veteran mailman Louis “Neni” Gaetano had an unusual reunion with a former customer a couple of years ago.
“My dad had to go to the ER at Yale because he wasn’t feeling well,” said a son, Glenn Gaetano of Shelton.
“In the emergency room, there was a Filipino nurse on duty. She came up to him and immediately recognized him. She said she had first met him many years ago at Griffin Hospital, when she was one of six Filipino nurses who had just been hired by the hospital.
"He would deliver letters to these nurses from home, and she said they were all homesick and anxiously waited for those letters. She added, ‘Louie, you were such a friend. We didn’t know anyone else but you, and every day you brought us news from home.’ "

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