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Monday, October 31, 2011

Seymour residents cope as entire town remains without power (video)

Seymour copes with power outage: Marge Jachimowski of Seymour leaves the shelter at the Seymour Middle School after taking a shower there. Mara Lavitt/Register

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SEYMOUR — After the weekend storm battered her home, resident Florence Fadden tried to get some sleep, but couldn’t.
Fadden decided to take advantage of the shelter the town opened up, at Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Road.
On Monday, Fadden, who lives alone, was sitting comfortably in the school’s library, visiting with other residents and enjoying water and pastries.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Derby's St. Vincent De Paul cupboards almost bare

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The thrift shop manager at St. Vincent De Paul Helping Hands of the Valley said Friday the nonprofit is “desperate” for food donations.
“Our shelves are bare and the phone doesn’t stop ringing (from) new clients and old, seeking assistance from us,” said Cindy Barbian. “Donations are way down. It’s very sad, very scary.”
She said staff and volunteers at the organization at 237 Roosevelt Drive have already started packing bags of food for their clients for Thanksgiving, and they are in need of a variety of items for the distribution.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Flea market to benefit club

    SHELTON - The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley will hold a Flea Market Nov. 5 to benefit its Keystone Club.
    The event will be held at Storage Deluxe, 829 Bridgeport Ave., rain or shine.
    Vendor stalls will be located outside on the blacktop and may be purchased for $30 per 8' x 6' space. Vendors should bring their own table, tent, and generator (if electricity is required). Space is limited to 40 vendors.
    Food concessions are welcome. Reservations are required; contact Jill DeWerdt at 203-924-9329, JillDewerdt@BGC-LNV.org. Set up is from 8-9 am; flea market runs from 9-5.

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Ansonia woman hit by vehicle on Pershing Drive

ANSONIA — A city woman was injured Thursday evening when she was struck by a vehicle on Pershing Drive near Clifton Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota said.
Sabrina Reese, 42, of Ansonia, was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport where she was listed as a patient Friday. No other information was available.

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Home-style dinner to benefit Boy Scouts

    DERBY - A home-style macaroni and meatball dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Mary Church Hall, 212 Elizabeth St. to benefit Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America . 
    The menu, prepared by Marc Garofalo, John Coscia, members of St. Mary Church and friends of Housatonic Council BSA, includes macaroni,  meatball,  sausage,  sauce,  bread,  salad,  soda,  coffee and  dessert.
    Cost is $10 for adults; $8 for children 16 and under. Reservations  are required. Call 203-735-7519 or email ccafaro@bsamail.org.
    For information visit www.troop3derby.org.

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Arts council plans reception for 'Spellbound' exhibit

  DERBY - The Valley Arts Council will host a reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday for “Spellbound,” a Halloween art show and sale, at its Gallery@37 at 37 Elizabeth St.
    The show features Halloween and autumn-themed artwork in a variety of media. It is sponsored by PestRx of Hamden.
    All are welcome. The show will run through Nov. 19.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

50 turn out to dedicate Ansonia Riverwalk Park

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Despite Thursday’s inclement weather, more than 50 people turned out for the dedication of Ansonia Riverwalk Park.
Phase I of the project, which includes a recreational walkway along the Naugatuck River, a pavilion and landscaping at the Division Street entrance, is nearly complete.
The site is across Division Street from the entrance to the Derby Greenway.

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Ansonia man arrested after probe into drug dealing at apartment complex

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By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Police arrested a Liberty Street man on numerous drug charges at about 6 a.m. today after an extensive investigation into alleged drug dealing in the Liberty Park apartment complex, Lt. Andrew Cota said.
Ansonia officers were assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, police from Derby, Shelton, Stratford and Meriden, and the Southwest Region 2 Special Response Team in conducting multiple search warrants at the Liberty Park complex.


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Stratford man pleads guilty in 2010 Shelton rape, robbery

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
A man accused of kidnapping, raping and severely beating a Shelton store clerk last year, allegedly while high on “angel dust,” reached a plea agreement Thursday that will put him behind bars for 35 years.
Justin Bonner, 26, of Stratford, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree sexual assault and first-degree robbery in Superior Court in Milford before Judge Richard Arnold.

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Derby Greenway gets 2 new signs

Dignitaries pose for a photo in front of one of the new information signs for the Derby Greenway. They are, left to right; David Ahearn (Greenway Committee member), Mayor Anthony Staffieri, Meghan Ruta (Housatonic Valley Association water protection manager), Bob Araujo and Susan Hitchcock (Both of Sikorsky Aircraft, who donated the funds for the signs). Taking the photo is Jack Walsh, Chairman of the Greenway committee. Peter Casolino/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Two signs detailing the history and recreational benefits of the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers were installed along the Greenway Wednesday.
Representatives of the Cornwall Bridge-based Housatonic Valley Association, Sikorsky Aircraft and other officials joined Mayor Anthony Staffieri and Economic Development Director Sheila O’Malley at the entrance to O’Sullivan’s Island to mark the installation.
O’Sullivan’s Island, which is actually a 10-acre peninsula, is at the confluence of the two rivers. It is a Brownfields site that was cleaned up by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now offers recreational opportunities to residents.

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Students from several area high schools gather at Ansonia's Emmett O'Brien Technical High School for a financial reality fair

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Setting up a budget, applying for a loan, understanding the importance of credit scores: taking care of financial matters takes practice.
Hundreds of high school students got the opportunity to do just that Wednesday at a financial reality fair hosted at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School.

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4 Valley towns share $1.4M for repairs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Four Valley communities will reap the benefits of $1.4 million in state grant money to help with rehabilitation of low-income housing and road improvements.
The Ansonia Economic Development Commission will receive a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant, through the Small Cities Program.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shelton fire truck involved in crash while responding to call

By Michelle tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON – A fire truck responding to a call was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday morning, police said.
Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said the accident happened at about 11 a.m at Howe Avenue and Kneen Street. The fire department was responding to the scene of a possible gas leak, police said.
No one was injured in the crash. The extent of damage to the fire truck was unavailable Wednesday afternoon.
The accident is still under investigation, and no enforcement action has been taken, Kozlowsky said.

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Seymour cops probing whether crime was committed as propane odor forced evacuation of high school

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Human error and improper use of science equipment is behind the propane odor that forced the evacuation this week of Seymour High School and sent seven students to the hospital, and now police are investigating whether there was criminal intent.
Lt. Paul Satkowski confirmed Wednesday that the Seymour Police Department’s detective division and youth officer are looking into “allegations that a staff member may have done something improper.”

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Physical therapist to be guest speaker at breast cancer support group meeting in Derby

DERBY - Myra Matthews, a physical therapist, will be guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday at the "Circle of Friends" breast cancer support group at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave.
She will discuss the importance of good posture, as well as treatments for food and neck pain and lymphedema.
The breast cancer support group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in a conference room at the Center for Cancer Care. All are welcome.

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Salvation Army in Ansonia seeks donations, volunteers

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Even though it’s pumpkin and scarecrow season, Salvation Army Maj. Theresa Burkholder is focusing on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Burkholder said Monday she is seeking monetary and nonperishable food donations, as well as volunteers for the holiday rush.

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Lauretti, Jones facing off again in Shelton (video)

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — Voters once again have a choice between longtime Mayor Mark A. Lauretti and businessman Chris Jones, a volunteer firefighter.
Lauretti, 55, a Republican who is seeking an 11th term, said voters know him and he’ll continue to focus on keeping Shelton affordable.
Jones, a Democrat and former member of the Board of Aldermen and Planning and Zoning Commission, challenged Lauretti unsuccessfully in 2009. Jones said his priorities as mayor would be keeping taxes down and improving public safety.

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Shelton school holds Read Aloud Day

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Students at Shelton Intermediate School Tuesday welcomed 50 guest readers to the third annual Community Read Aloud Day.
The goal is to instill a lifelong love of reading in young people.
Readers included Mayor Mark A. Lauretti, Superintendent of Schools Freeman Burr, Board of Aldermen President John Anglace, school administrators, retired teachers, and Shelton High School student leaders

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Shelton road named for late officer, Sgt. Orville Smith

Dedicating a stretch of Route 110 in Shelton in memory of the late Shelton Police Sgt. Orville Smith are, from left, State Rep. Jason Perillo, Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman, Nancy Smith, Smith's widow, and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. / Donated photo





By Register Staff
SHELTON — A local stretch of road has been named the “Police Sergeant Orville Smith Memorial Highway” in honor of an officer who was hit by a car and later died of his injuries.
State Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, Mayor Mark A. Lauretti, Police Chief Joel Hurliman, Smith’s family and several police officers participated in the ceremony Monday.

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Seymour plans safe trick-or-treating experience

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The town is offering parents safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating for their boys and ghouls.
On Saturday, ghosts and goblins, age 10 and younger, may (s)troll downtown from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Culture and Arts Commission’s fifth annual Downtown Trick or Treat Day. The free event will be held rain or shine.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brotherly Love, Part II: Milford cops arrest Ansonia man in alleged sibling switch

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
MILFORD — It appears Howard Rumley’s alleged misguided brotherly love aimed at shielding his brother from prosecution did not work.
Police arrested Rumley’s brother, Edward, 19, of Beaver Street in Ansonia, on a warrant Monday, after he allegedly allowed his brother to take the rap for a series of motor vehicle, marijuana, and alcohol charges, police said.
On Friday police said Howard Rumley, 19, of Smith Street in Ansonia, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly pretending to be his brother, including appearing at hearings in Milford Superior Court.


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Developer's offer to install water line​ doesn't silence Castle Lane subdivision critics in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — The developer of the controversial Castle Lane subdivision told the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday he’ll pay to have a private water line installed for the 23 homes he wants to build, rather than install wells.
Attorney Cliff Hoyle, representing developer Mark Romano, said based on comments from the public and the commission over the last several weeks about more wells’ potential for sucking others dry, Romano had a change of heart.

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Ansonia bars animals, except for service dogs, from Riverwalk

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — Forget about taking Fido for a stroll along the new Riverwalk.
That’s because the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance setting the regulations for the walk on Division Street. And no animals, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed.
While the Riverwalk is not open, city officials wanted the rules in place so everyone can enjoy their time there.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Man says he was robbed of phone, jewelry, cash in Shelton

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON – Police are investigating a claim that a man was robbed when he pulled his vehicle over to use his cell phone Saturday night.
Detective Sgt. Kevin Ahern said the incident happened at about 11 p.m. The victim told police he pulled over on Hill Street, and a 6-foot-tall, white male wearing a dark hoodie approached his vehicle and asked for directions. The male then pulled the victim out of his vehicle, and then several males ran up, stole items from the victim and fled, according to police.
The complainant reported that his phone, jewelry and cash were stolen from him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 203-924-1544, and ask to speak with the detective division.

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6 Seymour High students taken to hospital after smelling propane gas in science wing

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Six Seymour High School students were taken to Griffin Hospital Monday morning after being overcome by the smell of propane gas in the school’s science wing, which also prompted evacuation of the building.

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Seymour candidates for First Selectman to debate this week

SEYMOUR - The public is invited to a debate this week between the three candidates running for First Selectman.
The debate will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Seymour High School auditorium, at 2 Botsford Road. The debate is expected to last about an hour. The candidates include Jeanne Loda, Kurt Miller and Paul Roy.
A bake sale will also be held outside the auditorium, with proceeds to benefit the Seymour High School Student Council. There is no admission fee.
Questions will be presented by the Valley Independent Sentinel, which is co-hosting the event with the student council.

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Ansonia cop’s 8-day suspension cut in half

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
ANSONIA — A city police officer’s eight-day suspension for a 2008 incident in Bridgeport has been reduced to four days, after a state board determined the original punishment was too long.
The state Department of Labor Board of Mediation and Arbitration issued a ruling Oct. 6 in the case involving Officer Joseph Jackson.
The board ruled the city must reduce Jackson’s suspension to four days, and pay Jackson the difference in lost wages. Jackson’s permanent personnel file must be changed to reflect the board’s decision, the ruling shows.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ansonia annual senior fair eagerly awaited (video)

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Senior citizens started arriving Thursday morning at Warsaw Park long before the start of the 25th annual senior fair sponsored by state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr., D-Woodbridge.
Crisco greeted residents as they formed an increasingly long line before the doors opened at 11 a.m.
“Getting a flu shot today?” he asked as they queued up. Crisco distributed forms for them to complete if they wanted a flu shot.

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Seymour youths' campaign for new skate park succeeds; state to pay $187,000 (videos)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Youths who live for riding their BMX bikes and skateboards will get a new skate park.
First Selectman Paul Roy and state Rep. Leonard C. Greene Jr., R-105, this week said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has secured $187,000 to enable the town to build a skate park.
To speed the process, construction of a park will no longer be contingent on the DEEP’s long-awaited fish bypass project to begin. That plan, which the state introduced in 1998, has been held up for various reasons. The DEEP is now waiting for the town to finalize some paperwork and contracts on land acquisition needed to make way for the bypass on the Tingue Dam on the Naugatuck River.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

'Photos for the Cure' event slated Saturday

    DERBY -  Marcucio Gardens, 480 New Haven Ave., will host a “Photos for the Cure” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
    Brian Gallo, a local amateur photographer, will take photos at the gazebo, which is decorated for fall. Donation is $5.
    Children also may paint a sugar pumpkin for a $5 donation.
    Free refreshments, including pink lemonade, breast cancer awareness doughnuts, designed by Dunkin’ Donuts, cocoa, hot cider, candied apples and cookies will be served.
    Participants are encouraged to wear pink fall outfits or a Halloween costume.
   All proceeds will benefit the Griffin Hospital Valley Breast Cancer Fund.

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Trading places gets Derby brothers in hot water with Milford police

By Brian McCready
Register Staff
MILFORD — Howard Rumley, 19, of Derby, is apparently loyal toward his family, but one might make the argument he is a little too loyal.
When his brother was arrested in February for allegedly possessing marijuana, and alcohol, the brother told police he was Howard Rumley, police said.
But the real catch, police said today, is not only did Howard Rumley cover for his brother with police, he also showed up for court appearances, and continued to represent he was the one who was arrested, police said.

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Milford woman 'serious' after head-on crash in Seymour

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A head-on motor vehicle accident Friday morning left one driver in serious condition in the hospital, and snarled rush hour traffic on Route 67.
After receiving numerous 911 calls from drivers, police, fire and emergency personnel responded to the accident, which occurred on Route 67 near Silvermine Road around 7:45 a.m.

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Water service restored in Derby after leak in main

DERBY — South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority crews responded to a leak in a water main near the intersection of Route 8 and Main Street, the authority said today.
The section of pipe was isolated within an hour, and water service has been restored to all customers in the area, the authority said.
The break could take several hours to repair. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, if possible.
Some customers may continue to experience discolored water as a result of the initial drop in water pressure in the water mains. The authority advises customers to run the water for a few minutes to clear the discoloration. If the color does not return to normal after running the water in their home, customers should call 203-562-4020.
Customers should use caution when washing clothes, especially light colored ones, the authority said.
Police, firefighters and workers from the state Department of Transportation also responded.

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Water main break snarls Derby downtown traffic

   DERBY - Police are on the scene of a major water main break on Main Street (Route 34) at the intersection with Route 8, Lt. Salvatore Frosceno said this morning.
    In addition to police, firefighters and workers from the state Department of Transportation and Regional Water Authority are on the scene, he said. Westbound traffic on Main Street is at a standstill.
    Frosceno said police anticipate the repair will take several hours, and ask that motorists avoid this route if at all possible.
    Police were considering a complete road closure, which may affect Route 34 westbound traffic for an undetermined amount of time, Frosceno said.

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Ansonia officials hope new speed trailer will spell safety

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — Speeders beware: If you’ve got a lead foot, the police are getting a helping hand to slow you down.
“The Ansonia Police Department is committed to making the streets of our community a safer place for vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” said Police Chief Kevin Hale.
Hale said the department is buying a high-tech speed trailer, which will double as an emergency messaging system to keep residents apprised of important information.

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Innovation is paramount, DEEP chief tells Valley chamber

By Patricia Villers

Register Staff
DERBY — Innovation is the key when it comes to developing cleaner and less costly ways to use energy, the commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Wednesday.
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty addressed more than 90 business leaders and elected officials at a Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club meeting at Grassy Hill Lodge.
“We need to be more strategic, more analytic,” Esty said, when it comes to efficient use of energy.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ansonia Nature Center hitches up Halloween 'story wagon'

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — A horse-drawn “story wagon” will be a highlight of this year’s Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center’s Autumnfest.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center.
Ranger Marty Wigglesworth said this is the first year visitors can board a horse-drawn story wagon. Rides will be provided by Maple View Farm of Orange.


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Fall fun, treats at Shelton farm to benefit UNICEF

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Enjoying hayrides and corn mazes and picking out pumpkins spell old-fashioned fun, and at Jones Family Farms these autumn activities also help the United Nations Children’s Fund.
For more than a quarter-century the Jones family has held a UNICEF Family Festival at Pumpkinseed Hill, 120 Beardsley Road.
The festival returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, said Keith Padin, marketing and hospitality director.

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Seymour 'in the pink' to fight breast cancer

Teddy Bear Treehouse Learning Center in Seymour is wrapped in pink ribbon for Seymour Pink Day. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich / For the Register


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Just as everyone wished the rain would go away Wednesday, organizers of the town’s 3rd annual Seymour Pink Day were hopeful to make breast cancer someday go away, too.
“We wear pink as a sign of support, a sign of unity, a sign of hope and a sign of a promise made to eradicate breast cancer,” said Mary Deming, a veteran Seymour High School teacher and founder of the Seymour Pink movement in 2009. “The color brings warmth and a lightness to our outlook, because we do believe in a world without breast cancer.”
Deming lost her mother to breast cancer some 40 years ago, and has rallied the community to fight the disease until a cure is found.

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High school football team to get more colorful for Seymour Pink Day

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Seymour High School Wildcats football team will sport pink Oct. 21 to raise awareness of breast cancer at a game against Crosby High School.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at the school’s DeBarber Field.
To mark the occasion, a Department of Public Works crew painted a giant pink ribbon on the field.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bridgeport man pleads no contest in DUI death of Shelton cop, faces up to 4 years in prison

Bruce Knapik, right, appears in Superior Court in Derby last August with his attorney, Edward Gavin, to face charges in the July 3 accident that resulted in the death of Shelton police Sgt. Orville Smith. Mara Lavitt/Register


By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
A man accused of driving drunk and then hitting Shelton police Sgt. Orville Smith, fatally injuring him, pleaded no contest to second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle Wednesday in Superior Court in Derby.
Bruce Knapik, 64, of Bridgeport, is expected to get two to four years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 5, under the terms of a plea bargain agreement. That term would be followed by three years of probation. If he violates terms of his probation, he would face 10 years in prison.        
Knapik’s defense attorney, Edward Gavin of Bridgeport, had met with prosecutor Marjorie Sozanski and Judge Burton Kaplan in recent weeks to discuss a resolution of the case, and the state made a plea offer in September.                                                   


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Ansonia man facing 3-5 years in fatal Orange crash (read warrant)

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
An Ansonia man accused of driving drunk, speeding, and then crashing his car and killing one of his passengers in Orange last year is expected to get three to five years in prison when he is sentenced in January, under the terms of a plea bargain agreement.
Stephen Wardle, 23, of 73 Highland Ave., pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, a felony, for the Aug. 29, 2010, crash that killed his friend, Antonio Izzo, 25, of Ansonia.

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Seymour voters OK funds for new emergency communications system, 2 trucks

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Residents Tuesday threw their overwhelming support behind spending $837,000 to replace a failing emergency communications system and two town trucks.
A town meeting to vote on all three expenditures drew a record crowd of 94 residents.
The town will likely bond or do short-term borrowing, depending on where it can get the best interest rate, and will use $60,000 from the fund balance, as a down payment, to buy the new emergency console. The two new Public Works Department trucks will likely be leased.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Grateful Derby family honors doctor, presents $400 to Y-NH Hospital


Dr. Charles Duncan, left, a neurosurgeon from Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Bradley School third-grader Armin Zilic, share a story about Armin's last hospital stay. Behind Armin, from left, are Francie Mengold, R.N.; Kelly Breault, secretary; Alicia Olenoski, teacher; Irene Witek, neighbor; and Rasim and Samira Zilic, Armin's parents. Melanie Stengel/Register


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Bradley School third-grader Armin Zilic’s mother fought back tears Tuesday as she expressed her gratitude to pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Duncan during a breakfast she held at the school.
Samira Zilic thanked Duncan, chief of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital, for “the kindness, devotion and excellent care” given to her only child.
Armin, who will turn 8 in November, underwent two surgeries, one in June and one Sept. 23, after suffering a brain hemorrhage in June. He attends school and is doing well, his mother said.


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Seymour school board names new associate superintendent

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A familiar face will come on board in July as associate superintendent of schools.
The Board of Education voted 6-3 Monday in favor of appointing Nancy Snopkowski, who is the district’s director of special education. Her new job will start July 1, 2012. She will earn $140,000 annually. The board approved a three-year contract, which will end in 2015.
Snopkowski will replace Associate Superintendent Christine Syriac, who has been hired to take over for Superintendent MaryAnne Mascolo. Mascolo announced in January she is retiring at the end of the school year.
Syriac, who recommended Snopkowski for the job out of a pool of 10 candidates, praised the board’s action.

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Seymour goes pink for a day to raise awareness of breast cancer

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Mary Deming hopes everyone sees more pink Wednesday for the third annual Seymour Pink Day, geared to put breast cancer awareness in the spotlight.
Business owners and residents have been encouraged to bathe their stores and homes in shades of pink, while everyone is asked to wear pink.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Seymour mom charged in underage drinking party after high school homecoming dance

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — An offsite celebration following Seymour High School’s annual homecoming dance resulted in the weekend arrest of a mother who allegedly allowed the party to continue at her home, escalating into an underage drinking fest that required mutual aid from state and area police.
Police charged Deborah Burns, 54, of 2 Fawn Hollow Drive, with permitting alcohol to a minor, risk of injury to a minor and interfering with a police officer.
Burns was released on $5,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear Oct. 24 in Derby Superior Court.

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Exhibit focuses on Lyme disease, West Nile virus

    ANSONIA - The Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History's Connecticut traveling exhibition, "Solving the Puzzle, Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and You"  is on display at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center until Oct. 28.
    The exhibit details the symptoms and prevention of the West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and Lyme disease, transmitted by deer ticks.
    The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road. For information call 203-736-1053.

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Ansonia church youth ministry fundraiser benefits troubled New Haven youths

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
When young people arrive at St. Francis Home for Children in New Haven, often they don’t have any possessions.
But thanks to the efforts of teens at the Holy Rosary Church’s Youth Ministry in Ansonia, youths at the home’s Jimmy Miller Center will have backpacks, clothes for everyday and for job interviews, toiletries, basketballs, footballs and more.
Hundreds came to a breakfast fundraiser the ministry hosted in Ansonia on Sunday, part of its Spirit of Giving Fundraiser 2011.

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Ansonia initiative to provide services for at-risk kids

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — The city has launched an initiative to provide needed services to at-risk youth, city grant writer Eileen Krugel said.
Krugel and Board of Education grant writer Eileen Ehman collaborated on obtaining a state grant for $84,215 to be used over two years. “Eileen was extremely instrumental” in the grant process, Krugel said.
The grant is funded through the state of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management’s Title V Delinquency Prevention Program.

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Shelton seeks funds to upgrade emergency communications system

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — The Fire Department is hoping to secure $1 million in federal grant money to replace its failing communication system.
The department applied for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency under its Assistance to Firefighters Program.

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Seymour joins in opposing Castle Lane subdivision in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Opposition to a controversial subdivision proposed for Ansonia has crossed town lines.
Even though the Seymour Planning and Zoning Commission has no jurisdiction over the proposed Castle Lane subdivision in Ansonia, commissioners vowed to send a message of “strong opposition” to Ansonia’s PZC.
Residents of Ansonia and Seymour have repeatedly voiced concerns about the proposal over the last several weeks. Developer Mark Romano has proposed extending Castle Lane in Ansonia some 1,400 feet and building 23 single-family homes on a 13-acre parcel there.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

2001 anthrax attacks were a wake-up call, with efforts continuing today (video)

By Ann DeMatteo
Assistant Metro Editor
The anthrax attacks of 2001 burst into our lives unexpectedly, changing the landscape of emergency and public health response in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Oncologist speaks to ‘Circle of Friends' at Griffin Hospital

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Members of Griffin Hospital’s Circle of Friends breast cancer support group had an opportunity Thursday to chat informally with Dr. Kevin R. Jain.
The oncologist was invited to speak as part of the group’s celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. Jain started working at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in July.
The 10 women, all breast cancer survivors who have been diagnosed with various forms of the disease, talked openly about their experiences with the disease.

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Staffieri, Foley again face off for Derby mayor

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — It is a rematch in Derby, with Republican Mayor Anthony Staffieri seeking to hold onto his position, and Democrat Daniel Foley, a retired teacher, challenging him again.
Staffieri, 61, is seeking a fourth term. He said he wants to see projects that have been started through to completion.
“It is all about doing what is right for the people of Derby,” Staffieri said.
Foley, 62, who was a local school teacher for 37 years, challenged Staffieri in 2009, but lost. Foley said he hasn’t seen much progress since the last election.

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Judge overturns Seymour PZC denial of construction of 10 townhouses

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Planning and Zoning Commission had no choice Thursday but to grant approval that it previously denied to allow construction of 10 town houses on Old Drive that neighbors had vehemently opposed.
The approval comes in the wake of a recent ruling by a judge in Superior Court in Milford who overturned the PZC denial of a proposal by Blakeman Construction LLC, of Shelton, to build the units at 10 Old Drive.

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Ansonia's Maple St. bridge targeted to reopen in November

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — City officials are hopeful the Maple Street Bridge, closed since March 2010 for major repairs, can reopen before the cold weather sets in.
The bridge was expected to reopen last month, but was delayed by the heavy summer rains and Hurricane Irene, Mayor James Della Volpe said this week.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Woman hurt in Shelton crash with fire truck responding to fake 911 call

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
mtuccitto@nhregister.com
SHELTON — A fire truck responding to a phony 911 call collided with two vehicles at the intersection of Leavenworth Road and Maple Avenue this morning, injuring one person.
Police Detective Ben Trabka said the crash occurred at 11:38 a.m., and the female driver of one of the other vehicles was taken to Bridgeport Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Chess club to meet on Mondays

    DERBY - By popular demand the Derby Public Library Young Adult Chess Club will now meet every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    All young adults ages 11 to 17 are invited to participate and all skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn how the game is played as well as new and varying defensive/offensive strategies.
    Julio Maldonado provides superb expertise from a lifelong love for the game. 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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'Touch-A-Truck' event on tap

    SEYMOUR - The third Annual "Touch-A-Truck” event will be held 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road.
     The event will include a series of kids’ fall festival activities, such as tractor rides, a bounce house, face painting, scare-crow building, pumpkin decorating, and an indoor book sale.
    There will also be a bake sale.
    Ten trucks/vehicles will be on display to view and/or be climbed on by children and young-at-heart adults.
     One of the vehicle highlights will be the “Griffin Hospital Health Van” offering a variety of give-aways. In addition, a smoke house will be open for the kids to learn about fire safety.
    Proceeds will help fund Great Hill’s Mission and Outreach programs.
    For information call Joe, 203-888-0489.
   

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Restaurant chains eye site in Derby redevelopment project

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY — The south side of Main Street may someday have an Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Starbucks.
Mayor Anthony Staffieri said Wednesday those three businesses “have expressed extreme interest” in being a part of the redevelopment project.
“With all the cars traveling on Route 34 and Route 8, thousands every day, that site will have a lot of exposure,” Staffieri said.

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Ansonia studying all options to preserve one of last parcels of open space

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — The city will explore all of its options, including eminent domain, in an attempt to save one of Ansonia’s last remaining parcels of open space from being developed.
The Board of Aldermen this week unanimously voted in favor of two resolutions geared toward property in the city’s Hilltop area at 64 Pulaski Highway.
A Branford developer is currently under contract to purchase the 25-acre parcel, and previously floated a conceptual plan before the city’s land use boards about building 36 single family homes there. A formal proposal has not yet been submitted.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Missing Seymour teen safe, back at home

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A local teenage girl missing since last Friday has been found and is safe at home.
Kathleen Hicks, 17, called Seymour police early Wednesday afternoon, saying she was fine. Youth Officer Joe DeNigris, accompanied by a detective, picked Hicks up at an undisclosed location in New Haven, according to Lt. Paul Satkowski.

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Meet the candidates next week in Shelton

    SHELTON - Meet Christopher Jones, Democratic candidate for mayor, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.
    Jones will discuss his plans for the city of Shelton if he is elected mayor.  A short question and answer period will follow.
    On Oct. 21 the public is invited to meet Republican Mayor Mark A. Lauretti at 9:30 a.m. at Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.
    Lauretti will discuss what he has accomplished and what he will do if he is re-elected mayor.  A short question and answer period will follow.
    Both sessions are open to the public. Call 203-225-5000 in case of
postponement.

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All-Decades Reunion set Saturday

    ANSONIA - The annual All-Decades Reunion for graduates of Ansonia and Pine High schools will be held 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Lanza’s Restaurant, 370 E. Main St.
    The reunion was postponed from August because of the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, Cultural Commission chairwoman Judy Nicolari said.
    Admission is $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to the commission to fund events such as summer concerts, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the Ansonia Harvest Festival.
    She said a country-western band will perform starting at 10:30 p.m. No reservations required. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening.
    A  moment of silence will be held for all of the classmates who have died in the past year.
    For information call Nicolari, 203-732-1040.

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Mom, police seek help in finding missing Seymour teen


Katy

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Police are searching for a 17-year old girl who’s been missing since Friday.
The girl, whose first name is Kathleen, but goes by Katy, was last seen at French Memorial Park on Spruce Street on Friday night. The girl’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous because of the nature of her job, asked the Register not to release her daughter’s last name.

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Ansonia looking at regional approach to running wastewater plant

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — The city will explore regionalizing its wastewater treatment plant with its neighbor Derby in hopes of easing the financial strain on taxpayers for the recent facility upgrade.
The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of authorizing Mayor James Della Volpe to begin talks with Derby and state officials, along with engineers on the feasibility of the idea.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Salvation Army helps kids start school year right

    ANSONIA - Although Hurricane Irene postponed the Greater Valley Salvation Army's Back To School Fun Fest, the event was held Aug. 30, the evening before most students returned to school.
    That was the word from Salvation Army Major Theresa Burkholder.
    At the fun fest held at The Salvation Army, 26 Lester St.,  more than 225 youths received backpacks and school supplies, she said, and 24 pre-kindergartners received a small bag with supplies.
    Since the event, Burkholder said, 35 more backpacks were distributed to local children. In addition, new and and gently used school clothes (uniform and casual) were distributed to help families prepare children for the school year.
    Burkholder said she was grateful for the support from The Valley Community Foundation and Valley United Way that made the event possible. She also expressed thanks to the individuals and groups who donated backpacks and supplies.
  

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Cops: Fed up Ansonia man brandishes shotgun at neighborhood drivers

Anthony Sporko 

By Register Staff

ANSONIA — A city resident angry over the way people were driving in the North State Street neighborhood was arrested Monday after he brandished a shotgun and yelled at passing vehicles, police said today.
After being called to the scene at 243 North State St. on reports that a man with a shotgun was yelling at vehicles, police learned that the man was angry over the way people were driving in the neighborhood, so he took out his shotgun and began walking back and forth in front of his home to deter the erratic drivers, Lt. Andrew Cota said.
No one was injured in the incident.
Officers were able to locate the weapon inside the man’s residence, along with shotgun shells, and seized all of the items, Cota said.
Cota said Anthony Sporko, 41, of 243 North State St., was charged with breach of peace in the second degree and reckless endangerment. He was held overnight in lieu of $5,000 bail for a court appearance today.
The shotgun was a Stevens Savage Arms 12-gauge double barrel shotgun, Cota said.

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Fire department promotes safety, prevention

SHELTON - The Shelton Fire Department, including Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock Park, and White Hills Volunteer Fire companies will be involved in fire safety activities throughout October. These programs are part of an effort to reduce the chances of residents being injured or killed by fire in addition to preserving property.
     The Shelton Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association are promoting “Protect Your Family From Fire” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign.
     Smoking materials remain the leading cause of home fire deaths, while cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. Installing systems such as smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, as well as identifying potential hazards, can reduce the risk of home fires and property loss, injury, or death due to fire. Nearly two-thirds of home structure fire deaths occur in homes where there was no smoke alarm, or where smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.
     “Many homes in Shelton may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working,” said Ted Pisciotta, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention
    “We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level (including the basement), outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced,” he said.
     Pisciotta said smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so. The association’s data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
     The Shelton Fire Department offers tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:
·  Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
·  If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
·  Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
·  Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
     Throughout October, members of the City’s volunteer fire department will be taking time to teach and promote fire safety at preschools and elementary schools. During these visits children will be taught the basics of how to prevent and stay safe from fire. They will have a chance to interact with a firefighter in full firefighting gear, and view fire trucks and equipment. The department also will will kick-off an annual fire prevention poster contest for Grades 4 and 5, as well as an annual Grade 6 essay contest.
     In addition to smoke alarms, a special emphasis is being placed on prevention of the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating, electrical, smoking materials, and candles.
    Most fires are easy to prevent. Pisciotta, said many common fires may best be prevented by giving special consideration to use of candles, paying extra attention when cooking, using heating equipment and never smoking in bed or where one might fall asleep. Each of these activities carries with it a risk of fire, but that risk can be greatly lessened if you follow some common sense safety tips:
·         Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. Many fires start from "unattended" cooking.
·         Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified professional.
·         If you smoke, put it out, all the way, every time.
·         Keep things that can burn away from light fixtures and heaters. For any suspected electrical problems, call a qualified electrician.
·         Use battery powered lighting during emergencies and power outages, not candles. If using candles, blow them out when leaving the room, and keep them away from things that can burn.
     Pisciotta encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to visit the Fire Prevention Bureau web site, found by clicking on “Public Safety” at www.cityofshelton.org.

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Shelton Land Trust volunteers find marijuana plants

By Register Staff
SHELTON — Police are investigating marijuana-growing activity in White Hills on property owned by the Shelton Land Conservation Trust Inc., Detective Ben Trabka said today.
Land Trust volunteers were working on the property last week when they discovered two plastic bags with marijuana plants drying inside.

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Videotaping proposal up for a vote in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — It’s been about a year since Alderman John Marini proposed an idea to encourage openness and transparency in town government through a videotaping policy, and tonight his proposal heads to a vote.
The Board of Aldermen is slated to vote on Marini’s videotaping resolution, which is being co-sponsored by aldermanic President Steve Blume and Alderman Robert Beall, at its monthly meeting set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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Ansonia's Warsaw Park to play host to annual Senior Fair

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — For 25 years, state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr., D-Woodbridge, has been helping senior citizens take control of their health, wealth and well-being, through his annual Senior Fair.
The fair is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway.
Area seniors can get a look at services, programs and products, which will be showcased by dozens of vendors.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Bridgeport man in good condition after being shot in back in Ansonia

ANSONIA — A man who was shot in the back early Sunday on Main Street was listed in good condition on Monday at Bridgeport Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.
Police Lt. Andrew Cota said police were summoned to the scene at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, on Main Street near the Metro Lounge.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Valley Arts Council plans Halloween festivities on Derby Green

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The Valley Arts Council invites residents to kick off their Halloween on the Green.
On Oct. 22, the council is sponsoring its first “ultimate pumpkin-carving contest,” President Rich DiCarlo said last week.
“This will be a no-holds barred, anything goes competition for all ages,” he said. Contestants need to bring their pumpkins already carved.
The jack-o’-lanterns must be illuminated, he said, with either a battery-powered candle or a tea light candle and contestants have to leave it on the Green all evening.

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Seymour High School to host defensive driving program

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — School officials are extending a unique invitation to teenage drivers in the Valley to keep them safer behind the wheel.
In July, Seymour High School was the grand prize winner in a nationwide contest sponsored by Toyota and Discovery Education, beating 50 other entrants.
The $250,000 prize package will bring the “Toyota and Discovery Education Teen Defensive Driving Program” to Seymour High from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Work in Derby begins on access road to future industrial park (video)

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
DERBY – Workers on Friday began clearing trees and brush to make way for a new access road into a future industrial park.
Earthworks Inc. of Oxford, the lowest qualified bidder, is putting in the new road, city officials said. The city secured $1.8 million in federal and state grants for the project, which includes the road and all utilities.
The new road will provide access to the 26-acre city-owned parcel, a first step before it can be developed into an industrial park. The property is between Division Street and Route 34.

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Ansonia Halloween party also a fundraiser

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — Looking to get into the Halloween spirit, and help a worthwhile cause at the same time?
Then all you ghouls and guys can make tracks Oct. 14 to Lanza Restaurant, 370 E. Main St., No. 2, for a Halloween costume party to benefit children battling cancer.
Kim DelVecchio, a nurse’s aide at Griffin Hospital, and West Haven disc jockey Scott Nadeau, are holding the event, along with assistance from a group of Griffin Hospital nurses.

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Seymour residents OK funds for Public Works new roof

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Residents at a town meeting this week overwhelmingly approved spending $90,000 for a roof over the Public Works Department building, along with buying an emergency backup generator.
More than 50 residents turned out for the meeting, and unanimously voted to use money from the town fund balance to pay the bill.

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Seymour youth to ask first lady for help with skateboard facility (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A group of kids just want somewhere safe to ride their bikes and skateboards in town, and plan to take their mission all the way to the White House.
Youths formerly used the BMX and skateboard ramps at Wheel Park, the town skate area on Wakeley Street. But all that changed in June 2010, when the Board of Selectmen voted to shut the park down, because of safety concerns, and a recommendation from its insurance company.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Classic cars to be on display Sunday at O'Brien Tech

    ANSONIA - Emmett O’Brien Technical High School is holding its third annual classic car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the school, 141 Prindle Ave.
    Admission is $2; the fee to register a car is $10.
    Proceeds will benefit the Parent-Faculty Organization and will help defray cost of students’ participation in the annual Skills USA Competition.

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Missouri educators tell of battle against childhood obesity at Valley program

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Valley educators and health care officials learned at Ansonia High School how a school district more than 1,200 miles away has been combating childhood obesity.
Jim Hinson, superintendent of schools in Independence, Mo., and Jennifer Walker, the Independence district’s director of youth development, addressed the group in a forum sponsored by Griffin Hospital and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
Hinson described how students’ health is key to their academic achievement, and said educators need to understand the impact they have on students’ overall quality of life.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

100-year-old Civil War statue to be rededicated Saturday in Seymour​

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — A century-old Civil War statue that stands in French Memorial Park above the Naugatuck River will be rededicated Saturday.
The rededication and lighting ceremony, originally slated for Aug. 27, was postponed by the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.
Saturday’s event will run 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Soldier’s Monument.

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3 vie for Shelton fire chief job

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — Three candidates have emerged to vie for the job of fire chief, which has been vacant for nearly a year.
The Board of Fire Commissioners recently confirmed that former Assistant Chief Mike Ullrich, along with former Chief Fran Jones and Assistant Chief Paul Wilson, have all tested for the post. Ullrich again scored the highest, according to commissioners.

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Shelton man to get 44 months in prison in DUI crash death

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief

A man accused of drunken driving and killing another motorist in Shelton last year pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, and he is expected to get 44 months in prison.
Nicola Urbani, 26, of 27 Adams Drive, Shelton, entered the plea Wednesday in Superior Court in Derby before Judge Burton Kaplan.

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Applications for vendors still accepted for Ansonia Harvest Festival on Saturday

ANSONIA — Applications for arts and crafts and food vendors are still being accepted for Saturday’s eighth annual Ansonia Harvest Festival, Cultural Commission Chairman Judy Nicolari said today.
The festival on Main Street will run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Inclement weather last Saturday postponed the event to this Saturday.
Application fee is $50.
For applications, visit www.cityofansonia.com, or contact Nicolari, 203-231-3603.

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Church to sponsor basket bonanza

    SEYMOUR - Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road, will sponsor its annual Basket Bonanza Saturday, beginning with a preview of the baskets from 5 - 6 pm.
     During the preview hour, tickets are placed in the cup corresponding with any of the baskets; the baskets are given away starting at 6 p.m. More than 75 special themed baskets and door prizes will be given out.
    For an admission price of $15 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverage will be served and patrons will receive 25 free basket tickets, a door prize ticket and a grand prize ticket.   Children 10 years old and under have free admission. Basket themes include movie, travel, spa, handyman, entertaining, sports, kids, baby, pets, hobbies, cooking, seasonal, and many others.
    This year’s grand prize Basket will include a variety of gift cards with a $500 value.
    The public is invited; reservations are not required. For information call Faith Williams, 203-910-5713.

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Club offers after-school activities

    The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valle, One Positive Place, Shelton has space available in its after school program. Boys and girls ages 6-18 are eligible for membership, which runs from September through June.
    The Club is usually open on snow days and holidays for no additional charge. A wide variety of programs is available to members and the programs are included in the cost of membership unless otherwise noted.
    Activities range from cheer leading and karate to instrumental music.
    Six and seven year olds have their own room and program director. Cost is $160 per month. Eight to 12-year olds cost $100 for the school year. Teen members ages 13-18 cost $50 for the school year.
     Transportation is available from all Valley schools. Most Shelton elementary school students are brought by Shelton school bus. Shelton Intermediate, Shelton High, and Derby and Seymour public school members may register for club vans. Cost is $30 per month; first two months are prepaid.
     TGIF for Middle School students runs from October-April and costs $10 per year, even if you are already a club member. Activities include sports tournaments, dance and holiday parties, computer access, games room tournaments, scavenger hunts, video games, and karaoke.
     Saturday-only memberships are available for $25 per year. The Club is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. October-April. Saturdays are included in membership for 6-12 year olds.
    For more information, including a link to online registration, can be found at www.BGC-LNV.com.

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Walk to School Day proves a hit in Seymour

Skyler Kinsella, left, and brother Jimmy Kinsella cross the street on their way to Anna LoPresti School in Seymour. Helping them to cross safely are Mike Shannon, left, and Paul Sobolewski of FedEx. This is part of International Walk to School Day. Melanie Stengel/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — Keeping kids safe was in the spotlight Wednesday as parents, students, educators, police and health officials took part in International Walk to School Day.
At Anna L. LoPresti School Cathi Kellett, a Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse, along with police officers and volunteers from FedEx, gathered in the playground to teach pedestrian safety lessons to students.
Kellett and Sarah Torchon, a Lincoln Technical Institute student working with the Valley Parish Nurses, told children to “look left, look right, and look left again” before stepping out into a crosswalk.

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Seymour residents hear of aid for flood projects (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Residents and business owners who took a major hit when Hurricane Irene blew into town learned Wednesday there is federal funding available to potentially help them mitigate future flooding problems.
Douglas Glowacki, program manager with the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, apprised a small group of residents and business owners during an informational session at Town Hall about a new initiative called the Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program.

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Yale-Griffin center partners with Valley schools to target childhood obesity

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
A childhood obesity-prevention initiative is starting in the Valley as Griffin Hospital and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby work with area school districts.
The Valley Initiative to Advance Health & Learning in Schools will be unveiled at 6 p.m. today at Ansonia High School for educators, school board members, health and human service organization representatives and interested individuals.
VITAHLS will start in January in the schools, after educators have been trained in its implementation, William C. Powanda, Griffin Hospital vice president of support services, said Tuesday.


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State Department of Social Services chief speaks at TEAM's 46th annual meeting

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Roderick L. Bremby, commissioner of the state Department of Social Services, said his department “has a daunting agenda ahead.”
Bremby was keynote speaker at TEAM’s 46th annual meeting. About 120 people attended the luncheon at John J. Sullivan’s restaurant.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed the commissioner in March. He previously led the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shelton woman critical after being burned in home

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
SHELTON — A city woman was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Bridgeport Hospital after suffering severe burns over 50 percent of her body Monday night, according to police, hospital and fire officials.
Detective Sgt. Kevin Ahern said officers were called at 8:47 p.m. Monday to 346 Buddington Road. Police and ambulance personnel found the victim, identified as Anna Zolt, 60, of that address.


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Valley holds vigil to recall domestic violence victims

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The names of more than 20 Connecticut residents who died in the past year as a result of domestic violence spoke volumes Tuesday at the Umbrella Program’s 23rd annual Candlelight Vigil.
As in years past, Monsignor Robert Weiss solemnly read a list that included men, women and children, young and old, who fell victim to domestic violence.
Their ages ranged from 75 to a boy who died on his first birthday. “We remember with gratitude and love those who died,” Weiss said.

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Seymour session to focus on grants to help with Irene recovery (document)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Residents and business owners who took a hit from Hurricane Irene in August can learn Wednesday night about state and federal grants that could help them recover.
From 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, Douglas Glowacki, program manager for the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, will talk about new grants prompted by President Barack Obama’s recent disaster declaration for Connecticut.

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Derby rape case dismissed, with suspect deemed not competent

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
The case against a man accused of raping a girl in Derby in 2006 has been dismissed, as he continued to be deemed “not competent” to stand trial for years.
Urel Gooden, now 46, had been charged with first-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.
Judge Richard Arnold recently dismissed the case in Superior Court in Milford.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

EDITORIAL: Derby's opera house important part of city's revival

Derby’s Sterling Opera House, once a local jewel that attracted thousands to performances on its stage, is coming back to life. The tenacious efforts to save it from the wrecking ball, and then to restore it, are nearing completion.
Vacant since 1965, the possibilities for the opera house’s new life as a performance center and community stage have become tangible with the unveiling of architects’ plans for the design and restoration of its interior.
The interior is the last phase of work needed before the opera house can open its doors again. New windows and doors have been installed. The brick walls have been cleaned and repaired. A large, copper-topped cupola was installed in February on its roof.
The interior work will include installation of an elevator and stairs that comply with the fire code. The restoration is made easier by the auditorium’s fine acoustics, the graceful sweep of its balconies and intimate space.
Estimated to cost between $3 million to $4 million, it will be paid for with grants and fundraising.
The city-owned building will have only 400 seats, although it originally could seat far more. However, increasing the number of seats would have required the costly addition of a sprinkler system.
Derby officials see the restored opera house as a spur to economic development. Certainly, people who attend events there are potential customers for nearby businesses.
The restoration is an important expression of Derby’s civic pride and respect for its past as much as it is a statement of belief in the value the building holds for the city’s future.
Opened in 1889, the Italianate building was the first Connecticut structure placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the best known personalities of the late 19th century and early 20th century — Harry Houdini, Enrico Caruso, Lionel Barrymore, Amelia Earhardt, John Philip Sousa — stood on its stage. Saving the opera house is about saving part of Derby’s history.
As it was once, the Sterling Opera House again will be a focal point of life in Derby when it reopens.

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Vendors sought for rescheduled harvest fest

    ANSONIA - Applications for arts and crafts and food vendors are still being accepted for Saturday’s eighth annual Ansonia Harvest Festival, Cultural Commission chairman Judy Nicolari said today.
    The festival on Main Street will run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Inclement weather last Saturday postponed the event to this Saturday.
    Application fee is $50.
    For applications, visit www.cityofansonia.com or contact Nicolari, 203-231-3603.

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Ansonia police release details of burglary try, foot chase in which 5 teens arrested

ANSONIA — Police today released details of a burglary attempt in the city’s Hilltop section Monday.
Lt. Andrew Cota, department spokesman, said at approximately 11:57 a.m. Monday police were sent to 77 Prindle Ave. to investigate a report of a burglary in progress.
When officers arrived they were advised by the homeowner that three males fled from his home and ran across the street into a parking lot.

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Lawyer named honorary starter for Thanksgiving Day race

    Valley lawyer and long-time supporter of the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race, Dominick J. Thomas Jr., has been named as the Honorary Starter for the 2011 Race.
    The 10th annual Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race will be run through the streets of Shelton and Derby on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24. The race is designed to promote the history of the two communities and Isaac Hull, who commanded the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.
    Proceeds from the race benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. More than $70,000 has been raised in previous years.
    A Derby native, Thomas is an attorney/owner at the law firm of Cohen & Thomas in Derby where he has practiced since 1977. He has a record of volunteer leadership.
    He has been a member of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club for 30 years and is a past president of the club. He has also been a member of the Birmingham Group Health Service, Inc. for 27 years and has served as its General Counsel.
    He has a long-standing relationship with the Valley Association for Retarded Children and Adults, and served on its board for 17 years. He isy a member of the Board of Directors at Valley United Way and has served on the cabinet for the Annual Community Fund Campaign effort.
    His involvements have also included service on the Board of Trustees for the Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services. From 2001-2005 he was a member of the Katharine Matthies Foundation Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Valley Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.
    In 2010, he was the recipient of the prestigious Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. In 1991, The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce presented him with the Gold Seal Award and in 2005 the Connecticut Bar Association presented him with a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.
    In 2006 the Boys & Girls Club presented him with the Raymond P. Lavietes Award. He was also the winner of the 2009 Sharon Bryce Holly Community Hero Award given by the Volunteer Action Center.
    Thomas is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross, and received this law degree from the University of Virginia. He is also an Honor Graduate of the United States Army Judge Advocate General Schools. He served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a Captain with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps.
    Thomas and his wife, Sally M. Thomas, have three children, Christopher, Gregory and Scott, and five grandchildren.
    For information about the race, visit http://electronicvalley.org/derby/HullRace.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Ansonia cops arrest 5 teens in attempted break-in

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Five teens were taken into custody Monday on charges related to an attempted break-in on Prindle Avenue, Lt. Andrew Cota said, and a sixth youth may have fled.
The teens had not yet been identified Monday.

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Condition of Derby woman hurt in Naugatuck incident improves

NAUGATUCK — A Derby woman who was initially listed in critical condition following an incident on Route 8 Sunday was upgraded Monday to serious condition.

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Derby baby's cause of death undetermined, but police suspect natural causes

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — Police said Monday they have no reason to believe that the untimely death of a 3-month old baby over the weekend was anything but natural causes.


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Music unlocks hearts for Derby pastor (video)

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — The message is in the music in the ministry of the Rev. Larry Crasilli, pastor of Second Congregational Church.
Crasilli, of Southbury, is a Derby native. He has been singing since he was 17. He lived in Nashville for five years before returning to Connecticut.
In November 2010, Crasilli, 59, was ordained at Grace Faith Assembly in Danbury. He previously was a deacon and music director there, he said.
He and his wife, Doreen, 51, travel statewide, and into New York and Massachusetts, to bring their music to senior centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

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In Seymour, the guys don high heels to help fight cancer (video)

In the home stretch, Seymour Selectman Kurt Miller sprints past the pace car on his way to the finish line. Milller was part of Seymour Pink's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser. Melanie Stengel/Register


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Valley guys traded in their sneakers for strappy sandals Sunday to raise awareness, and a few eyebrows, about breast cancer.
They took part in Seymour Pink’s 2nd annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. About a dozen guys, along with some women and kids, too, kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the one-mile walk that began at French Park and ended with a celebration at Hot Tamales restaurant.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Derby police investigate untimely death of infant

By Susan Misur
Register Staff
DERBY — Police are investigating the untimely death of a 3-month-old girl who stopped breathing Friday and was taken by helicopter to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Emergency personnel responded to a call at 5:07 p.m., and the baby was taken to Griffin Hospital, where she was revived, police said.
She was then taken by a Life Star helicopter to Y-NH and died at 6:07 p.m.
Pending further medical examination, the Police Department is treating the incident as a standard death investigation, which is protocol for all untimely deaths, according to authorities.

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Federal, Valley leaders target causes of flooding (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Area mayors and first selectmen whose towns border the Housatonic River put their heads together with federal lawmakers Friday in hopes of bringing relief to the flood-ravaged region.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., along with U.S. Reps. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, and Chris Murphy, D-5, met at Oxford Town Hall with top elected officials from several towns, including Derby, Seymour, Oxford and Stratford.


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