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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ansonia house fire quickly extinguished


Aftermath of house fire. Patricia Villers/Register 

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — A fire at a house on Platt Street that broke out around 1:30 p.m. was quickly put out Tuesday afternoon, and the two people reportedly at home escaped without any injuries, police said.
The yellow Cape-style home, which houses two families, had a visible hole in the roof.
According to police Lt. Andrew Cota, the fire at a home at 139 Platt St. appeared to have started in the attic bedroom. Cota said he believes the fire was accidental.
Cota said he did not have any further information about the fire.
Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley, who is out of town, also did not have details about the fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Ed Adamowski was not available for comment.

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Derby, flush with frustration, talks dog ban

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — The persistent problem of dogs defecating on the Derby Greenway and irresponsible owners failing to pick up the droppings may prompt the city to ban man’s best friend.
The Board of Aldermen broached the reoccurring issue at its monthly meeting last week. It took no action, but Aldermanic President Ron Sill said it may take an ordinance banning dogs to put an end to the chronic problem.


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Monday, January 30, 2012

Griffin to host Reiki workshop

    DERBY - Griffin Hospital is offering area residents an opportunity to learn Reiki at a special Reiki Level 1 Workshop from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 7 at the hospital.
    Reiki is a complementary healing modality based on ancient healing practices, the hospital said. It involves the conscious direction of healing energy through the practitioner's hands to the patient.
    When channeled properly, this energy promotes healing by relieving energy blockages to the body. The practice of Reiki is intended to bring balance to the energy fields thereby promoting healing on all levels.
    Instructors Eileen Carino, Reiki Master, and Joanne Halstead, will teach the basic concepts of Reiki, allowing ample time for hands-on practice. The workshop is open to all individuals interested in becoming Reiki practitioners.
    The Level 1 Reiki Workshop cost is $50, which includes a Reiki book, but $25 of the cost will be refunded to those who sign up to become a Griffin Hospital volunteer and provide a minimum of 100 hours of Reiki at the hospital within one year of the workshop date.
    Space is limited; pre-registration is required by March 2. To register, or for  information, contact Tricia Brister, Volunteer Services Assistant, 203-732-7555.
    The hospital is at 130 Division St.

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Low vision support group to hear talk on coping skills

    SHELTON - The next monthly meeting of the low vision support group,  Learn to See the World, will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave. The event will be held in the second floor Nautical Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.
    Speaker will be Mark Leventhal, President of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Regional Group for Blind Veterans. He will discuss coping skills for those with low vision. 
    The meeting is free and open to the public.  Individuals with low vision or are legally blind are encouraged to attend for fellowship and support.
    Contact the group facilitator, Mary Ann Milano, Activities Director at Crosby Commons, 203-225-5018 or at mamilano@umh.org

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Catholic school to hold open house

    ANSONIA - Assumption School, 51 N. Cliff St., will hold an open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    The school houses Pre-K through Grade 8.
    For information call 203-734-0855 or visit www.assumptionschool.net, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/assumptionschoolansonia.

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Police arrest 2 accused of selling cocaine near Ansonia Middle School

By Register Staff
ANSONIA — Neighbors’ complaints about drug dealing brought officers armed with a search and seizure warrant to a house near Ansonia Middle School.
Two residents of the house at 88 Howard Ave. were arrested.
At about 4:30 p.m. Friday city, Derby and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officers found about 2 ounces of crack cocaine and seized more than $1,300, city police said.
Joseph Vasquez, 18, was charged with sale of cocaine, possession within 1,500 feet of a school with intent to sell and tampering with evidence. He was held in lieu of bail for an appearance Feb. 14 in Superior Court in Derby.
Kayla Schlemmer, 18, was charged with sale of cocaine, and possession within 1,500 feet of a school with intent to sell.
She was held in lieu of bail for an appearance Feb. 17 in Superior Court in Derby.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Alleged Cheshire rapist arrested in Seymour

By Register Staff
CHESHIRE — Police Saturday arrested a man who allegedly held two woman against their will at knifepoint in a home and sexually assaulted one of them, threatening to kill them.
The women, ages 42 and 18, made the complaint to police at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. One of the women suffered a cut to her hand.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Derby's Bradley School alumni return for engagement photos

Samantha Sampiere, left, and Steven Dobson have their engagement photos taken at Bradley School in Derby where they first attended classes together. Melanie Stengel/Register


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY - A Wallingford couple has added a fourth R to the time-honored reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic: romance.
City natives Steven Dobson and Samantha Sampiere, both 31, spent part of Saturday at Bradley School to have their engagement photos taken.
The two attended the elementary school together many years ago.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Stratford man charged with 2 Shelton burglaries, was taken into custody by Seymour police

By Register Staff
SHELTON — Shelton police detectives served two arrest warrants Wednesday on Douglas Fast, 47, of 94 Everett St, Stratford, in connection with two burglaries in Shelton.
The burglaries occurred Nov. 23, 2011, on Isinglass Road and Dec. 5, 2011, on Dome Drive. In the Isinglass Road burglary, a 14-year-old female hid in her bedroom during the incident.

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Shelton police arrest Ansonia man as suspect in Howe Avenue home invasion

Raymond Cardona (Shelton Police Department photo)

SHELTON – Police have arrested an Ansonia man they believe committed a recent home invasion that took place on Howe Avenue.
Raymond Cardona, 30, was arrested at his home at 40 Columbia St. in Ansonia around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, police said today. Shelton and Ansonia detectives apprehended him; Cardona tried to flee but was captured.

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Hundreds pay respects to Ed Cotter Jr., 'one of the Valley’s all-time favorite sons' (video)

An honor guard of firefighters salutes as the casket of firefighter, photojournalist and Navy veteran Eddie Cotter Jr. of Derby leaves St. Mary's Church on Elizabeth Street in Derby Thursday after his funeral service. Cotter died at 91. Peter Hvizdak/Register 

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — Ed Cotter Jr. took his final ride on Storm Engine #11 Thursday, as hundreds of friends, family and former colleagues bid farewell to the Valley icon.
Cotter passed away Saturday at the age of 91.
Cotter’s casket, draped in an American flag, was raised onto the fire truck following his funeral at St. Mary’s Church.
As the truck draped in black and purple bunting slowly pulled away from the church, dozens of mourners followed behind on foot, walking past Storm Ambulance Corps, where Cotter was one of its founding fathers.

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Derby disbands Fire Department Dive Team

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY — Dwindling membership and liability issues have led to the demise of the Fire Department’s Dive Team.
That’s according to Fire Commissioner Kelly Curtis who told the Board of Aldermen during its meeting Thursday that the dive team is no more. “After great deliberation, I have decided that the liability outweighs the need for a dive team within the Derby Fire Department,” Curtis said.

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Free tax help offered to Valley residents

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
This week representatives from TEAM Inc., the Lower Naugatuck Valley Community Coalition, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ office and local officials held a press conference at TEAM Inc. offices in Derby to announce the opening of several tax centers in the Valley.
Shannon Houston, volunteer income tax assistance coordinator with the Connecticut Association for Human Services, said the idea is to “connect taxpayers to financial education” at the centers.
VITA provides free tax preparation to families that earn less than $50,000 a year. The returns are completed by IRS-certified volunteers.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ansonia housing agency moves to fill key position

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
ANSONIA — The Ansonia Housing Authority will hire a New Haven Housing Authority employee to work as executive director for three months.
AHA board Chairman James J. Tyma said he “certainly hopes” the interim employee will be Jimmy Miller, deputy director of the New Haven authority.
The New Haven employee would replace James J. Finnucan, who resigned Dec. 28 without a public explanation.

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Valley book project nearly ready in time for Black History Month

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — A book project featuring the biographies of close to 70 African-Americans from the Valley is coming to fruition.
The book, “Notable Valley African-Americans,” is at the printer, Toya Graham said recently. A sample copy is expected to be ready for proofreading soon, she said. “We hope to have it out in February for Black History Month,” Graham said.
The idea is to document the achievements of African-Americans who grew up in the community as well as to teach the younger generation about the importance of getting an education and working toward their goals.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Seymour eyes use of board members' use of phones to 'attend' meetings

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The town could be blazing a new trail if officials decide to ban board and commission members from attending meetings via their cellphones or teleconferencing rather than in person.
Only a handful of states, including Nebraska, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin, have a policy that addresses telecommunication at meetings, which they all allow under various circumstances.

Read the full story here.

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Self-serve dog wash proposed at Shelton Splash

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SHELTON — The next time your dirty Dalmatian or muddy Maltese needs a bath, you may soon be able to get the deed done at Splash Car Wash.
While somewhat unconventional, and definitely a new idea for the Valley, the owners of Splash on Bridgeport Avenue are hoping to open a couple of self-service dog-wash bays.
Instead of hauling out the shampoo, conditioner, towels, not to mention getting your dog to cooperate in the sink or tub for his bath, a self-service dog wash would eliminate all the fuss at home.

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Seymour school board OKS $31.3M budget

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved a $31.3 million budget for 2012-2013, which officials said is geared to help rebuild the historically underfunded district.
“We put forward a budget that is cognizant of the times,” said Superintendent of Schools MaryAnne Mascolo. “It’s a solid budget that we believe is absolutely necessary for the district.”

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Valley man found guilty in robbery, assault

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
DERBY — A Valley man charged in connection with the assault and robbery of a 91-year-old woman and break-ins at area houses was found guilty in Superior Court.
Collin V. McCarthy, 44, faces a total effective sentence of up to 15 years in prison, suspended after eight, followed by five years of probation,
McCarthy entered Alford pleas Friday on all the charges and will be sentenced April 27. He is being held in lieu of $45,500 cash bail.


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Grant to fund security system at nature center

    ANSONIA - The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Valley Community Foundation.
    The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center Inc. is an all volunteer organization. it was incorporated in 1991 to support the staff, programs, and vision of the Ansonia Nature Center.
    In addition to grants, membership dues enable the organization to facilitate a variety of outdoor activities designed to bring the community closer to its natural surroundings
    For information, visit www.ansnaturecenter.org
    The staff and volunteers of the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center will use the funding to purchase a security system for Picnic Pavilion #2 and the Redwing Pond House outdoor area. They will also purchase restorative landscaping around the new picnic pavilion, which includes replacing burnt vegetation, trees, and a walkway from the Redwing Pond House to the rebuilt picnic pavilion.
    The pavilion was vandalized Sept. 2. A fire was set and the pavilion and three picnic tables were burned to the ground along with trees and vegetation surrounding the structure.
    The city plans to rebuild the picnic pavilion and the grant will be used to purchase a camera security system that will serve as a deterrent to vandals in this area.

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Hands of Comfort volunteers sought

SHELTON - Wesley Village is looking for adults interested in volunteering in our Hands of Comfort Program.  
Volunteers will receive training in giving gentle hand rubs to residents. Training will be held 4 - 5 p.m. March 8 in Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.
Call Barbara Quinn at 203-944-8292 to schedule an interview before the training.

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Shelton police seek information as they investigate home invasion

SHELTON — A man kicked his way into a Shelton home Monday and pistol whipped a male inside before fleeing, police reported Tuesday.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday residents of an apartment on Howe Avenue, near the junction of Kneen Street, reported their front door was kicked in by an Hispanic male carrying a hand gun, police said.

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Ansonia officials, businessmen powwow on downtown growth

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — It was standing room only Monday night at The Original Antonio’s Restaurant as more than 60 business owners and elected officials met to brainstorm ways to create a vision to move the city forward.
The Economic Development Commission sponsored the forum, and the host was restaurant owner Chris Setaro.
Mayor James Della Volpe said seeing so many people turn out on a rainy winter night was “a good sign” of enthusiasm. The majority seemed bullish on the city’s business growth.
Commission Chairman Vincent Scarlata said, as a small-business owner, he is “always looking for help.” He said business and government need to work side by side to improve the economic climate.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Dinner to benefit ministry, mission programs

SEYMOUR -  Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road, will hold its annual Pork Roast Dinner, catered by Todd Orner, Oxford Hill Catering of Oxford, from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 18.
  Adult tickets are $12; $7 for children under 10. The price includes a full course pork roast dinner with dessert and beverage.
 Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling Pa, 203-888-0489 or Bob, 203-888-4159.  Adult take-out dinners are also available.  Children take-out dinners will not be available.
 All funds raised help support the church’s mission and ministry programs.

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Ansonia sailor back from Kabul

Patrick Henri holds a photo of himself meeting Oliver North while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Patricia Villers/Register 


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
ANSONIA — Patrick Henri is getting reacclimated to civilian life after his recent return from an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan.
Henri is a chief petty officer based at the Navy Operational Support Center in Newport, R.I. It was his first deployment.
He was stationed at Camp Eggers in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. “It’s one of the smaller bases,” Henri said during an interview at his home here recently. He was part of a NATO training mission for Afghan security forces.

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Way cleared for fish bypass in Seymour

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Construction of a fish bypass in the Naugatuck River could finally begin this spring. It has been in the works for 14 years.
The Board of Selectmen last week voted on two final components that were holding up the project. According to First Selectman Kurt Miller, if the selectmen had not acted, the town was at risk of losing $4.7 million in state and federal aid for the project.

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Multi-vehicle accident closes Rte. 8 in Derby

By Register Staff
DERBY — State police closed Route 8 northbound Sunday night just north of Exit 15 due to a multi-vehicle traffic accident involving a tractor-trailer. Police could not say yet if there were injuries. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Legendary Derby newsman remembered by colleague as a 'one-in-a-million marshmallow'

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
Don’t be fooled by that sometimes gruff exterior that the late Edward J. Cotter Jr. would show the world.
Eddie, who died Saturday at 91 at his Derby home surrounded by his family, was a marshmallow on the inside.That’s what those who knew him would tell you.

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Photojournalist, firefighter, Valley legend Edward Cotter dies at 91

 
Ed Cotter, who helped coordinate emergency rescue personnel in the Naugatuck Valley, stands on the bridge near the site of Vartelas Park, a memorial to the Vartelas Family and their three-story The Family Store, that was wiped out in the August 19, 1955 flood from the Naugatuck River near Maple Street . The flood waters inundated and ravaged the entire Naugatuck Valley.  Peter Hvizdak/Register

By Pamela McLoughlin
Register Staff
DERBY — Jim Cotter was 6-years-old and driving in a snowstorm with his dad, Edward J. Cotter Jr., when the car in front of them veered off the road and went into a body of water.
Ed Cotter told his young son, “Wait here,” then proceeded to get out of the car, dial 911 for help, take off his pants and jump into the water to pull the woman to safety.
Saving lives through rescue, ambulance and firefighting was a way of life for the elder Cotter, who died over the weekend at 91. There were many other facets to Cotter’s life, too, as a photojournalist and reporter, but even those had the common thread of being centered on people.
“He was the greatest man and role model anyone could hope for,” Jim Cotter said Saturday. “He was unselfish and gave to others. If he had an hour, he’d give you 59 minutes.”

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Seymour could be on cutting edge if it bans town meetings by teleconference

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The town could be blazing a new trail if officials decide to ban board and commission members from attending meetings via their cellphones or teleconferencing rather than in person.
Only a handful of states, including Nebraska, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin, have a policy that addresses telecommunication at meetings, which they all allow under various circumstances.
If Seymour does ban use of electronic devices to replace a board member’s presence at a meeting, it would likely be the first town nationwide, to do it.


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Derby gets OK to clear fill for business park road

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
DERBY — The city got the OK this week to start clearing 15,000 cubic yards of fill in preparation for building an access road into a planned business park off Division Street.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved a temporary rock-crushing permit at the former state Department of Transportation site now owned by the city.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valley Emergency Medical Services limits vehicle use to its paramedics

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Paramedics employed by Valley Emergency Medical Services are now the only ones authorized to use company response vehicles.
That’s according to a revised vehicle policy recently approved by VEMS Executive Director Robert Pettinella.

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Seymour cops bust pot farm

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Police arrested a town man this week who they alleged was growing a substantial amount of marijuana in his shed and was a link to a recent rash of residential burglaries plaguing several Valley towns.
According to Lt. Paul Satkowski, Joseph Downs, 32, of 57 Great Hill Road, was arrested Monday, following a search of his home. Seymour detectives assisted Derby and Shelton police in executing a search and seizure warrant of the house, where Robert Murhamer, a suspect in burglaries in Shelton, had also been living, he said.
Police allege Murhamer is linked to residential burglaries in Derby, Seymour and Middlebury.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

New Haven man faces charges in Woodbridge, Bethany, Hamden and Derby burglaries

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
WOODBRIDGE — Police leveled a weapons charge Wednesday against a New Haven man, who they believe is also responsible for a string of burglaries in Woodbridge, Bethany, Hamden and Derby, police said Friday.
Police Spokesman Sgt. Frank Cappiello said police were investigating three recent residential burglaries that occurred on Dillon Road on Jan.9,  Apple Tree Lane on Jan. 11 and the Litchfield Turnpike also on Jan. 11.

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Snowshoe hike planned at nature center

   ANSONIA - Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center assistant director Ali Rubelmann will lead a guided snowshoe hike along trails at the center from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 4.
  On a cold, clear, crisp day, as you move silently through the woods and fields, listen for the musical notes of chickadees calling and perhaps a red-bellied woodpecker drumming on a dead tree.
    Winter is the best time to see tracks and participants will be able to look for those of white-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks, red foxes and coyotes.
    This program is designed for adults and older children.  A limited number of snowshoes, best suited for children, is available.   
    Call 203-736-1053 to register for this free program. A hike will be substituted in the event there is no suitable snow. The center is at 10 Deerfield Road.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Scouts to host Sweetheart Dance

  DERBY - Troop 3, Boy Scouts of America, will host its annual “Sweetheart Dance” featuring the oldies band Flashback from 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 18 at Warsaw Park, Pulaski Highway.
    Cost is $20 a person (must be over 21 years old). Bar set-ups, ice and coffee provided. Bring your own refreshments. All proceeds will benefit Troop 3.
    For tickets call 203-736-0539 or purchase them from a Troop member.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bradley School to hold annual fair Feb. 4

   DERBY - Bradley Elementary School’s annual Fun Fair, “A Day at the Zoo,” will be held from 10 a..m.-2 p.m. Feb. 4.
    It will be a fun-filled day of games, crafts, raffles, and food. The ever-popular cake walk and Super Bowl-themed basket will both be featured.
    The school is at 155 David Humphreys Road.

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Career workshop set at Derby library

    DERBY - The Derby Public Library continues to host free career development workshops  presented by career specialists from the Connecticut Department of Labor.
      On Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.–noon, the topic will be ”Over 40 and Looking for Work.”
    This interactive workshop will identify issues that affect older workers. Participants will learn effective strategies to overcome employment challenges.
     Employment myths will also be discussed. Registration is requested.
    For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Resource fair slated Saturday

  ANSONIA - The annual Ansonia Family Resource Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at John G. Prendergast School, 59 Finney St. Snow date is Jan. 28.
    The fair will feature kindergarten registration, fire truck, ambulance and bus tours, free health and dental information, car-seat safety checks and more.
    Transportation will be provided. For information call Diana Brancato, 203-736-5052 or email at dbrancato@ansonia.org.

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Center Stage to present 'Guys and Dolls'

    SHELTON - Center Stage Theater, 54 Grove St., presents “Guys and Dolls,” featuring Marc Garofalo as Nathan Detroit, for the next three weekends.   
    The show is directed by Gary Scarpa, with choreography by Francesca Riggio Scarpa.
     Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
    Dates are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28, 29, and Feb. 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.
    Tickets are $25,for adults, $10 for students. For information call 203-225-6079.
    Reserved seating is available at www.centerstageshelton.com.

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All-American Valley General Store opens in Seymour, sells only locally made items

Kimberly Dulka sits in her new store, the All-American Valley General Store, at 16 Bank St., Suite 140  in Seymour. Patricia Villers/Register


By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — Selling only locally-made products is the idea behind the old-fashioned style All-American Valley General Store at 16 Bank St., Suite 140.
Resident Kimberly Dulka said the shop she opened a few weeks ago in the downtown antiques district will feature “everything Connecticut.”
Keeping it local supports small businesses and strengthens the community, she said. “We bring the best of Connecticut right here to Seymour.”

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Hot Tamale Taqueria Express opens in Ansonia

Written by: Staff Writer
 
ANSONIA — Hot Tamale Taqueria Express celebrated its grand opening at 313 Main St.
This is owner Bert Volpacchio’s second restaurant in the Valley, and is an extension of his Hot Tamale Mexican Grill & Bar Restaurant on New Haven Road in Seymour.
The restaurant, which is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, offers dine in, take out, delivery and off-site catering.
For more information, visit www.hottamaleansonia.com.

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Ansonia Economic Development Commission to hold small business forum Monday

By Register Staff 
ANSONIA — A forum on the city’s small businesses will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Original Antonio’s, 314 Main St.
The forum is being sponsored by the Economic Development Commission.
EDC Chairman Vincent Scarlata said he hoped to create an open forum for the businesses that are already in the city. The goal will be to devise a vision for the city, provide an overview of initiatives already in progress at City Hall and brainstorm.

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Name battle settled for Seymour's Chatfield LoPresti Elementary School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — When the $32.5 million renovation to Chatfield School is complete this fall, the school will officially be named the Chatfield LoPresti Elementary School.
That was the unanimous decision made by the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation about what the school’s moniker would be.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Derby man sentenced to 3 years in prison for assaulting partner

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
MILFORD — A Derby man was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years in prison for the assault of his partner in Derby this summer.
Sean Rasmussen, 42, of 326 Derby Ave., beat his partner, Patrick McManus, 52, so badly that he required emergency surgery, and is still undergoing rehabilitation.

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Kindergartners learn carpentry

The kindergarten class at Explorers Learning Center in Seymour recently attended a workshop at the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden called "This is my house!" Each child created a house of his or her own design. Carpenters from left to right are: Nicco Sasso, Devonte Hanchard, Michael Azarrone, and Luke Cybulski. / Contributed photo

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Man charged in connection with home burglaries in Shelton, Derby, Seymour and Middlebury

Murhamer


By Register Staff
SHELTON – A local man is due in court today, accused of burglarizing multiple homes in area towns over the past several months.
Police arrested Robert Murhamer, 24, of 109 Howe Ave., Friday on a warrant. He is charged with burglary in the third degree and larceny in the third degree.
According to police, Murhamer has been linked to numerous burglaries in Derby, Seymour in Middlebury and detectives have linked him to three home burglaries in Shelton.
Shelton detectives worked with detectives from Derby, Seymour and Middlebury, and have executed several earch warrants. According to police, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Murhamer was held on $50,000 bail and is due in court today in Derby.

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Derby to review Walgreens plan Wednesday

By Register Staff
DERBY — Walgreens Eastern Co. is bringing a multimillion-dollar proposal for the corner of Pershing Drive and Division Street before the Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the aldermanic chambers at City Hall.
The proposal for 60 Pershing Drive has gone before the Inland Wetlands Commission twice. The site is 4.62 acres, near the Ansonia line.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Leaders headed to jail. for a cause, of course!

ANSONIA – Local community leaders will be heading to “jail” from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 16  at the Original Antonio’s in order to raise their “bail” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The leaders including the mayor of Ansonia, Derby judicial marshal, Seymour first selectman, Seymour fire marshal, Ansonia city engineer, Ansonia chief of police and Woodbridge town assessor, will be “arrested” at their place of business and transported to Antonio’s, located at 314 Main St., to serve their time at the local MDA Lock-Up.
At Antonio’s, the “jailbirds” will be served complimentary “jail” food while they each attempt to raise at least $2,400 in bail.
Last time this event was held in Ansonia, local “jailbirds” raised more than $13,000 in bail money, all of which went toward the fight against neuromuscular disease. This year, the local MDA has set a goal to raise more than $20,000.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. It also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors.
For more information, contact Chasity Bothman, executive director, New Haven District Office, at cbothman@mdausa.org or at 203-248-6500.

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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Annual dinner to highlight heart disease, staying healthy

     DERBY - In conjunction with National Heart Month, Griffin Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease Committee will host its 7th Annual Women and Heart Disease program Feb. 2 at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane.
    The event is open to the public. Cost is $35. Reservations may be made by calling 203-732-7584 or 203-732-1137.
    Registration and a silent auction will start at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by dinner and the program.
    Guest speaker will be Samantha Heller, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.
    Heller is a nationally known health and media expert, consultant, and author of “Get Smart: Prescription for Boosting Brain Power & Optimizing Total Body Health.” She is a regularly featured health expert on TV shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Dr. Oz, among others.
    Heller has also written numerous nutrition, health, wellness and fitness articles that have appeared in such magazines as Today’s Health & Wellness and Heart Healthy Living.
    Highlighting the evening is the presentation of the Annual "Caring Heart" Awards. This year’s recipients will be the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club and Father Leonard Kvedas, pastor of St. Michael's Parish in Beacon Falls.
    The “Caring Heart” awards are presented each year to an individual and a community organization in recognition of initiatives that support, promote and improve the general health and wellbeing of the community.
    According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of cancer combined, yet fewer than one out of four women think heart disease is a threat to their health.
    The Women and Heart Disease Committee - consisting of members of the Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program, healthcare professionals, and volunteers from the community - hosts the annual event to educate women about heart disease.
    Daun Barrett and Dee Klingaman are co-chairs of the Women and Heart Disease Committee for 2012. Committee members include Lisa Bisson, Laura Bracci, Joann Brejwo, Luisa Canestri, Laurie Casey, Maureen Coffey, Jeannette Connelly, Dorothy Gandy, Joanne Halstead, RN, Anita Jain, RN, Eunice Lisk, Maria Silvestre, RN, Mary Swansiger, RN and Barbara Ziemer.
    For information, call 203-732-7584 or 203-732-1137.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

3 commissioners deny Seymour private demotion chat​ (video)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Three members of the Board of Police Commissioners testified under oath this week that they never privately discussed disciplinary action for a veteran police officer prior to demoting him last year.
The commissioners also vehemently denied allegations that their discussion about the annual senior citizens picnic was merely a “cover up” to conceal their reason for meeting.

Read the full story here.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Seymour cop used 'appropriate' deadly force in 2010 shooting, Connecticut investigation concludes

By Register Staff
SEYMOUR -- A town police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a man at a gas station in May 2010, a state investigation concludes.
On May 23, police responded to a Mobil gas station at Route 67 and Mountain Road on the Oxford line on a report of a man who was despondent and possibly armed. They found Agim Beqiraj, 53, inside a sports utility vehicle parked at the rear of the Mobil property, pointing a gun at himself. State police said Beqiraj shot himself, then aimed the firearm at the officers.


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Calling all birders

    DERBY - The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will offer Saturday morning bird walks at Osbornedale State Park and the Kellogg Environmental Center.
    The public is invited to experience the joy of observing birds in the wild, sharpening bird identification skills and hiking through the grounds of the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osbornedale State Park.
    Walks may last for up to two hours, depending on conditions.
    All levels of birders are encouraged to participate. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and meet in the parking lot of the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave.
     The schedule is: 9 a.m. Jan. 21; 9 a.m. Feb. 18; 8 a.m. March 17; 8 a.m. April 14;  8 a.m. May 12; and 8 a.m. June 9.  
    For information, call Kellogg Environmental Center Tuesday through
Saturday, 203-734-2513 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Events planned in library children's room

    DERBY - Margie Miles and Sandy her therapy dog will visit Derby Public Library for the popular Read to Sandy program at 11 a.m. Feb. 4.  Children ages 5-11 are invited to share a book with Sandy during this interactive reading program.
      Each child will be given a 10-15 minute time slot to read to Sandy.  Sandy and Margie are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and volunteer at local schools, hospitals and nursing homes.  This is a great opportunity for beginner or reluctant readers, as well as experienced readers, to build confidence, enhance their reading skills and encourage a love of reading.  Come select a book from “Sandy’s Favorites” on display each month in the Children’s Room.
    And at 6:30 p.m.  Feb. 7 it will be Pajama Story Time at the library. Children ages 3-7 may wear their pajamas and bring a favorite bedtime buddy or blanket to listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy a bedtime snack.
     Registration is requested for both programs.  For information or to register for either program, call the Children’s Room at 203-736-1482, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth Street or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Library to host game night for teens

DERBY -The Derby Public Library hosts Teen Game Night on the first Wednesday of every month.
All young adults ages 11 to 17 are invited to join the fun 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
Exciting challenges for the Nintendo Wii game system are featured and popular board games are also available.
Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.
For more information stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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DeLauro, Murphy seek stiffer penalties for memorial thefts

 
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, talks with Derby Mayor Anthony Staffieri, bottom left, Joseph Berube Sr., center left, and state Rep. Linda Gentile, bottom right, after a press conference announcing the Protect Veterans' Memorials Act at the Woodbridge Avenue Honor Roll and War Memorial in Ansonia Thursday. At far right is Jamie Cohen, president of the Valley Community Foundation, who announced the Veterans Memorial Plaques Restoration Fund. Arnold Gold/Register

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
ANSONIA — The theft of two copper and bronze plaques from a veterans memorial hit Pete Giovacchini hard.
Three Giovacchinis are named on the memorial: Pete, of Seymour, and his two brothers, John and Salvatore.
“That day, I actually cried a little bit here,” he said Thursday at the Woodbridge Avenue Honor Roll and War Memorial.
Formerly of Ansonia, Giovacchini, 84, is on the neighborhood committee that installed the memorial a half-century ago. He has helped build it up from wood, to brick left over from his own home, and now granite. He remembers raising the flagpole.
 

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 Two plaques were stolen from the Woodbridge Avenue Honor Roll and War Memorial in Ansonia. Arnold Gold/Register

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Escaped informant in Billy Smolinski case found, re-arrested

By Jim Shelton
Register Staff
Police have re-arrested Chad Hanson, the informant who led authorities on an unsuccessful search for a missing local man and subsequently escaped from a Waterbury halfway house.
Hanson, 32, had been serving out the remainder of a jail sentence when he fled Bishop House in Waterbury nearly a week ago. In 2008, he gave police information that prompted a massive search for the remains of William “Billy” Smolinski Jr. in Seymour. Smolinski has been missing since Aug. 24, 2004.

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Seymour police chief disciplined for vulgar speech

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — Police Chief Michael Metzler will have to forfeit two vacation days and write a letter of apology to the police union for using inappropriate language in front of fellow officers.
That was the punishment doled out Thursday by the Board of Police Commissioners, following a 45-minute executive session.
“The board felt (Metzler) used poor judgment in the incident that occurred Dec. 16,” said Commissioner John Popik. “It was an unfortunate, isolated incident.”

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Griffin Hospital doctor opens office in Seymour

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — Griffin Hospital now has a presence in Klarides Village Shopping Plaza on Route 67.
On Tuesday, Griffin and town officials welcomed Dr. Shyla Muriel, who is on the Griffin staff. The hospital is in Derby.
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell said the office is “a magnificent new addition” to Seymour. He said like Griffin’s other facilities, the office is “tastefully designed."

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Production to benefit Strand Theatre restoration project in Seymour opens Friday

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SEYMOUR — The curtain will go up this weekend on a production to benefit the Strand Theatre restoration project.
The original musical “Bucket List of Unbroken Dreams (B-LOUD)” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Strand Theatre, 165 Main St.

Read the full story here.


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Stratford man arrested in Seymour burglary has case transferred in court

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
DERBY — The case against a Stratford man, arrested in connection with a rash of recent burglaries and a high-speed chase, was sent Tuesday from Superior Court to Part A in Milford, where the more serious charges are heard.
Douglas Fast, 47, of 94 Everett St., was arrested Dec. 21 in the burglary of a house on Patrick Drive, Seymour. Fast was charged with first-degree burglary, interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal mischief, brandishing a facsimile firearm, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, misuse of registered plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

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Ansonia aldermen OK $2,000 reward in theft of veterans' plaques

By Register Staff
ANSONIA — The Board of Aldermen Monday night approved a proposal to offer a $2,000 reward in connection with the theft of two plaques honoring city veterans.
The thefts were part of a late-autumn crime wave that also targeted veterans’ memorials in Derby, Shelton and New Britain.

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Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller outlines plan for first 100 days

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — From a pothole policy and preparing budgets to increasing Town Hall hours and holding weekly meetings with department heads, First Selectman Kurt Miller outlined his plans recently for his first 100 days in office.
Miller, a Republican who defeated former First Selectman Paul Roy during last November’s election, has been on the job for about a month.
He unveiled his 100-day plan at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, presenting a color-coded chart of what’s been accomplished already, what’s in the process of getting done, what are the most outstanding issues to tackle and issues yet to tackle.

Read the full story here.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Library offers chess club

   DERBY - The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 11 to 17 to meetings each Monday (excluding holidays) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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 life-long 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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Boy Scouts to honor 2 volunteers

    DERBY - A Winter Gathering for camp alumni, camp staff alumni and friends of Housatonic Council will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane.
     Emil “Bill” Martin, of Shelton, a long time Scouting volunteer and member of the first camp staff at Housatonic Scout Reservation, will be recognized for more than 50 years of service to Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation.
    Retiring Camp Director Tom Transue will also be recognized for 10 years of service.
    The event includes hors d'oeuvres, soda, coffee, cash bar. Cost is $25 for registered members of the camp alumni association and 2011 camp staff, $30 all others. RSVP to Pat Gajdosik, 203-929-3601 or email at rgajdosik@snet.net
   Proceeds to benefit Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation.

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Time to 'roast' the new year

    DERBY  - The Derby Public Library has scheduled another cooking demo at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. 
    To celebrate 2012, the theme will be A “Roast” to the New Year. 
    Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will discuss and illustrate the simplicity of the roasting technique – perfect for a winter meal.
    There will be samples of all demonstrated foods. This class is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required; space is limited.
    For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Wesley Village seeks volunteers

SHELTON - Wesley Village is looking for adults interested in volunteering in its Hands of Comfort Program. 
Volunteers will receive training in giving gentle hand massages to residents.  Training will be held from 4-5 p.m. March 8 in Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.
To schedule an interview before the training session, call Barbara Quinn, 203-944-8292.

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Building committee declines to name new Seymour school

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — The Chatfield School Building Committee basically pleaded the fifth Tuesday when it came to making a recommendation about what name Chatfield School should bear when a $32.5 million renovation is complete this fall.
First Selectman Kurt Miller had asked the committee to recommend what it felt the school name should be.
The matter was recently broached by former First Selectman Paul Roy, who said LoPresti School parents, as was he, were led to believe the newly renovated school would be called Chatfield-LoPresti School.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ansonia man gets 4 years in Orange drunken driving crash that killed friend

By Register Staff
DERBY — An Ansonia man got four years in prison Tuesday in a 2010 drunken-driving accident in Orange that killed his friend.
Stephen Wardle, 23, a carpenter, said he was "really sorry."
"I'm here to take all responsibility," he said.

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New community access show spotlights Valley

    Things are looking up in the Valley, longtime resident Marc Weissman says.
    He has launched “Looking Up: A View From the Valley,  a community access cable TV show that will focus on all things Valley.
    The 30-minute show will debut at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (1-11) on Comcast Channel 10.
    Weissman said in a written release that “topics will include culture, history, education, libraries, senior centers, Scouting, parks, recreation, tourism, and volunteer opportunities, among others.
    In addition to airing on Channel 10, clips will be accessible via FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, AOL’s Patch (Shelton, Naugatuck, Oxford), MySpace, www.lookingupvalley.com, lookingupvalley.blogspot.com as well as on access channels outside the Valley.
    The show will initially use an on-location talk format, but it will eventually morph to combine news and local event coverage as well, the release said.
    The first episode will feature a roundtable with Derby Superintendent of Schools  Stephen Tracy; St. Mary’s-St. Michael’s Elementary School Principal Linda Coppola, and Derby Public Library Director Cathy Williams.
     As for potential co-sponsorship, plans are in the works for the show to join forces with non-profits such as the Valley Arts Council, the Valley United Way, and the Valley Community Foundation.
    Persons interested in volunteering or appearing on the show may contact  lookingupvalley@gmail.com.

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Reps. Murphy, DeLauro plan Ansonia visit to discuss bill that takes aim at war memorial thieves

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA — Two members of Congress Thursday will discuss a bill that would make it a federal crime to transport stolen veterans memorials, monuments and plaques across state lines.
U.S. Reps. Chris Murphy, D-5, and Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, are scheduled to talk about their bill at 1 p.m. at the Woodbridge Veterans Memorial, according to DeLauro’s press secretary, Kaelan Richards. If it rains, the event will be held at City Hall.
Recent thefts from veterans memorials in several Valley towns and New Britain prompted Murphy to propose the Protect Veterans’ Memorials Act last month.


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Monday, January 9, 2012

Game dinner to be held to help in fight against Cystic Fibrosis

The 11th annual game dinner for Colby McMahon and the fight against Cystic Fibrosis will be held Feb. 3
at A M Club on Hawthorne Avenue in Derby.
The donation is $35 and participants must purchase tickets in advance.
For more information, call Elaine Marcucio at 203887-5047 or email elainemarcucio@yahoo.com.

Shown in contributed photo: Colby McMahon



Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

Stuffed monkey drive in Shelton bringing comfort to needy kids

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
SHELTON — Having a stuffed monkey to hug may be a simple thing, but those who work with needy children say it can offer a great deal of comfort in trying times.
A Monkey Love Drive, which began at the former Luther’s Garage, is now a tradition.
Started six years ago by Ansonia resident Debi McNamara, who co-owned Luther’s Garage, the drive has grown into a regional effort. Needy children receive the donated monkeys in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Seymour Ordinance Committee mulls boards’ use of teleconferencing

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — If a board or commission member cannot attend a meeting, is it OK to sit in via cellphone or the Internet?
Town officials will tackle that question at special meeting of the Ordinance Committee at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.
First Selectman Kurt Miller called the meeting because of a Board of Education meeting last month, when member Kristen Harmeling was unable to attend, but she was there by cellphone, with board members listening via computer speakers.


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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Informant in Billy Smolinski case on the run after escaping from Waterbury halfway house

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
A man who gave police information that led to a massive, unsuccessful search for the body of missing man William “Billy” Smolinski Jr. in Seymour has fled from a halfway house where he was serving the remainder of his sentence, an official said Friday.
Department of Correction spokesman Andrius Banevicius said Chad Hanson, 32, escaped from a community release program Dec. 19. Hanson had been in a program at Bishop House in Waterbury.
“It was an escape from a halfway house, a work-release program where they have jobs, and go to the halfway house at the end of the day to eat and sleep,” Banevicius said. “He was supposed to come back and didn’t.”

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Church to host free movie night

   ANSONIA - Macedonia Baptist Church, 243 Pershing Drive, is sponsoring a Free Movie Night Jan. 28 featuring "The Lion King."
    The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. All-you-can-eat popcorn and punch will be sold for $6; various snacks are priced at $1.
    No outside food will be allowed. Everyone is invited.
    For information contact Melanie Taft, 203-508-2192.

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Bridgeport man gets 3 years in death of Shelton police sergeant (video)

 
Shelton police officers including Chief Joel Hurliman, center, leave Derby Superior Court after the sentencing of Bruce Knapik in the death of Shelton Sgt. Orville Smith.  Mara Lavitt/Register 

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY — Bridgeport resident Bruce Knapik Sr. was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, suspended after three years served, for second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the death of Shelton police Sgt. Orville Smith.
Judge Burton Kaplan presided in Superior Court in Derby.
Knapik, 65, was driving a pickup truck July 3, 2010, on Leavenworth Road (Route 110) when he hit Smith as Smith was directing traffic. Smith, 64, died of his injuries several days later.
Knapik in October pleaded no contest to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle.
Knapik’s attorney, Edward Gavin, assistant state’s attorney Marjorie Sozanski and Kaplan met in September to discuss the case and the state made a plea offer.

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Stratford man sentenced to 35 years for kidnap, assault of Shelton store clerk

Justin Bonner, left, is led out of the Shelton Police Department by Detective Ben Trabka to be transported to an arraignment in June 2010 on assault and kidnapping charges. Arnold Gold/Register

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
MILFORD — Justin Bonner of Stratford was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison in the kidnap, rape and severe beating of a convenience store clerk in 2010.
He was allegedly on PCP, or “angel dust,” during the incident, which began when the female victim was working alone at 2:30 a.m. June 1 at the Cumberland Farms, 819 River Road, Shelton, police have said.
Bonner in October was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and robbery. He has been jailed since his arrest in June 2010.
He was sentenced to 20 years in the sexual assault and 15 years for the robbery, to be served consecutively, and must register as a sex offender. Superior Court Judge Richard E. Arnold granted the victim a 50-year protective order.


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stratford man sentenced to 35 years for kidnap, assault of Shelton clerk

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
MILFORD — Justin Bonner of Stratford on Thursday was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the kidnap, rape and severe beating of a Shelton convenience store clerk in 2010.
He was on PCP, or “angel dust,” during the incident, which began when the victim was working alone at 2:30 June 1 at the Cumberland Farms, 819 River Road, police had alleged.
Bonner in October pleaded guilty to sexual assault and robbery, both in the first degree. He has been jailed since his arrest in June 2010.

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Bridgeport man gets 3 years in death of Shelton police sergeant

DERBY —  Bridgeport resident Bruce Knapik Sr. was sentenced Thursday to 10 years suspended after three years served on a charge of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the death of Shelton police Sgt. Orville Smith.
Judge Burton Kaplan presided in Derby Superior Court.
Knapik, 65, was driving a pickup truck July 3, 2010, on Leavenworth Road when he hit Smith as Smith was directing traffic. Smith died of his injuries several days later.
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No discipline expected in personal use of VEMS vehicle (document)

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
A member of the Valley Emergency Medical Services board of directors, who drove a company vehicle out of state last month and got into an accident, will likely not face disciplinary action.
That’s according to board members who met Tuesday night to discuss the incident which involved board Treasurer Madelene Taggart, who is the mother of VEMS Board of Directors President Jerry Schwab.
The board met behind closed doors for two hours and questioned both Taggart and Schwab.

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Razing the last of Seymour's Housatonic Wire factory likely in February

Demolition takes place Monday at the former Housatonic Wire Co. in Seymour. An accidental fire Sept. 11, 2010 swept through the vacant building, which was slated for redevelopment. Peter Hvizdak/Register 

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — It appears that demolition of the remainder of the burned-out, former Housatonic Wire Co., a town eyesore for 16 months, may get under way next month.
First Selectman Kurt Miller said back taxes on the River Street property of $42,000 were paid last week, and the necessary paperwork has been signed and sent to the state.


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2009 Staffieri campaign failed to disclose donor's link to Derby

By Register Staff
DERBY — The State Elections Enforcement Commission recently found that the 2009 Staffieri Re-election Campaign Committee violated state law by failing to disclose a contributor’s contract to operate the town transfer station.
The campaign treasurer, Barbara Dybas, had returned the $650 donation before the complaint was filed by James D. Castelot of Stratford, and subsequently cooperated with the state to resolve the issue.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Seymour fire marshal makes plea for more manpower

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR — A lack of manpower in the fire marshal’s office is causing inspections of town buildings and businesses to fall by the wayside, putting the town at risk for potential liabilities.
That’s what Fire Marshal Paul Wetowitz told the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ex-Derby school administrator seeks special probation in narcotics case

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
DERBY — William M. LaRovera, the former Derby Middle School administrator who was arrested in September after police alleged he brought narcotics to school, was in Superior Court Tuesday seeking admittance to the accelerated rehabilitation program.
LaRovera, 35, appeared with his attorney, Rob Serafinowicz of Waterbury, before Judge Burton A. Kaplan.
A decision on the request is expected Feb. 3. Under state guidelines, if LaRovera is allowed into the AR program, and he completes a period of probation, the charges against him could be dismissed.

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Fairfield educator chosen as new dean of students at Derby Middle School

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff
DERBY — The Board of Education has chosen a Fairfield educator as dean of student development at Derby Middle School.
Dru Walters is expected to start around Jan. 23, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tracy said Tuesday.

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Church to host chocolate fest

      SEYMOUR - Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road, will be hosting its 4th Annual Chocolate Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5, or while supplies last. 
            Chocolate lovers will receive an 8 7/8-inch plate on which they may place their choice of 12 fresh, homemade chocolate desserts and treats for $5.
All proceeds benefit the church's Missions and Ministry programs.
        For information call Stephanie, 203-720-2124. 

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Library to hold book discussion

    DERBY - The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The selected title is the compelling fiction debut, "These Is My Words" by Nancy Turner.
    Inspired by the author’s original family memoirs, this absorbing story introduces us to the spirited Sarah Prine, one of the most memorable women ever to survive and prevail in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800’s. Her struggles with work and home, love and responsibility resonate with those every woman still faces today.
Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. 
Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.”  Dessert
and beverages will be provided.  Registration is requested.
For information, stop by the library, 313 Elizabeth St., or call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.  

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Club offering self defense, safety classes


SHELTON - The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley is offering KidSafe Karate Self Defense & Safety Awareness classes. 
Registration is from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 14. Classes begin Jan. 21 and continue through April 7, a total of 12 lessons. Cost is $8 a week, plus a one-time $10 registration fee. Uniforms are highly recommended and may be purchased in class for $30; KidSafe staff will fit your child or teenager with the proper size.
 Open to boys and girls ages 5-15, the program is designed to enhance self esteem, self discipline, and safety awareness. Students are placed into classes according to age and ability.  A black-belt instructor teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced techniques for self-defense only. Self discipline and defense, rather than aggressiveness are promoted. Weekly safety flyers focus on a wide range of topics, including stranger safety, fire safety, and more.
  Registration must be done in person. New students are taken up to the fourth week of class.
  For more information, visit www.BGC-LNV.com.

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