Friday, September 28, 2012

FRIDAY FIVE: A look at the week's headlines

These are five of the stories that made headlines over the past week in the Valley.

They are written by Register reporters Phyllis Swebilius and Patricia Villers and Register correspondent Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, and listed in no particular order.

Lien put on Shelton finance official's home

Derby sewer authority gets loan 

State seeks answers from Housatonic Wire owner about loan

New book highlights accomplishments of blacks in Valley


Gluten-free bakery opens in Seymour
(I love the name!)

Reminder: Monday is the start of 'Pink' month in the Valley

Time to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a 19-month breast cancer survivor I must admit October now has a special place in my heart.

I do what I can to help raise awareness, and make sure I wear a little bit of pink every day. 

Starting Monday, there are many activities planned by the grass roots' initiative The Valley Goes Pink.
The initiative benefits the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby.  

In addition, the fourth annual 5K walk/run that benefits the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is Oct. 6. The event raises funds to help those diagnosed with all forms of cancer who are treated at the Center.

I'm kinda-sorta training for the walk. Being as out of shape as I am the thought of walking 3.1 miles with my teammates next Saturday is making me a bit nervous. As team captain does that mean I have to lead the rest of them? Scary thought indeed.

Thankfully the walk is not a competitive one. I finished it last year and imagine I can do that this year as well!

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
If you join in you'll find lots of dedicated family and friends eager to participate in honor or in memory of someone or just to show support.

Food, live entertainment, and a health information fair are part of the scene.

It's not too late to join a team or even walk as an individual, as I did last year.

Please think about lacing up your sneakers and taking a trek around Ansonia and Derby neighborhoods with us.

You'll be glad you did!

Valley coalition to raise awareness of pedestrian safety

Oct. 3 is International Walk to School Day

Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital in Derby will join local schoolchildren and FedEx volunteers Wednesday to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day.

In the Valley an educational event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John C. Mead Elementary School, 75 Ford St., Ansonia.

More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Cathi Kellett, Coordinator, Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley. “It is one thing to tell students about pedestrian safety, but by walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them proper behaviors and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians."

This fall, Safe Kids released a report titled “Walking Safely, A Report to the Nation,” a 15-year trend report which examined child pedestrian injuries and deaths in the U.S.
The report revealed that while walking safety has improved overall for children since 1995, there are still a staggering number of children hit by cars.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14.  More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and more than 500 children are killed every year.

“International Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school,” Kellett added. “No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood.”

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities. This year will mark the 13th anniversary of the program.
Safe Kids coalitions across the country will work with over 1,000 elementary schools to hold events for children on how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers.
“Safety is one of our company’s core values, and we have been dedicated to improving child pedestrian safety through the Safe Kids Walk This Way program for over a decade,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship.
“Our team members work hand-in-hand with Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley to teach Ansonia children how to stay safer when they walk. Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley does a wonderful job in our community and we look forward to supporting them as they make walking safer for everyone.”

About Safe Kids
Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.

Its members include local police, fire, EMS, schools, LNV Boys & Girls Clubs, TEAM Headstart, Derby Elks, and Valley Substance Abuse Action Council.

Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.
Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley was founded in 2004 and is led by Griffin Hospital and the Valley Parish Nurses.
For information, visit

The above is taken from a press release from Griffin Hospital.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Derby Neck Library lists October activities for all ages

DERBY - Pre-threes classes will be heldat 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Oct. 8, 15, and 22.
Activities include stories, music, finger plays, nursery rhymes and puppets.
To register call 203-734-1492.

Computer classes
Beginners’ computer classes for adults are held each week October. On Mondays classes are held 6-7 p.m. and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For information call 203-734-1492 and ask for Bob.

Filmmaking fun
For area teens, the library offers a free filmmaking experience at 4 p.m. Tuesdays in October. All teens are invited to learn all aspects of filming, including script writing, acting, editing, directing.  For information call 203-734-1492 and ask for Andrew.

Culture Club
The Culture Club, a literary discussion group for adults, meets at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Autumn poetry will be featured.
Bring a light lunch and enjoy free coffee or tea. Copies of the poems will be distributed at the meeting. For information call 203-734-1492 and ask for Pat.

Current Events
The Current Events Club, a discussion group that focuses on the news—politics, the arts, medicine, etc.—meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23.  For details call 203-734-1492 and ask for Pat. This month the focus is on the November elections.

Writers Round
Writers Round, a workshop for writers of all genres—fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry—meets at  6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. For information call 203-734-1492.

Halloween parties
Two Halloween parties will be held for area youngsters.
Toddlers will meet Oct. 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 to show off their costumes and receive treats.
Teens and Tweens will meet from 6-8 p.m.  Oct. 30. For details and to register, call 203-734-1492.

The Derby Neck library is at 307 Hawthorne Ave.

GOP senate candidate unveils campaign logo

The following is a press release from the Tony Szewczyk campaign.

What is it with names in Derby?
We went through the whole James Butler Sr. versus James Butler Jr. ballot controversy for the 2011 elections.
And we have something just as good, or better, for this year!
Tony Szewczyk, from Derby, is running for State Senate in the 17th District.  Chances are, unless you are related to Tony, that you can’t pronounce his name.
You may say no big deal because the voters aren’t likely to confuse “Szewczyk” with “Crisco” on the ballot – not even close.
There is a problem though when the name voters hear (in this case Chef Chick) doesn’t match up in their minds to what they see on the ballot.  Szewczyk just simply doesn’t come out as Chef Chick for most people.
To help out the voter, Szewczyk has adopted a campaign logo that actually tells people how to pronounce his name.  We can only wonder if this is a first!

Take steps to support Griffin cancer center, patients

DERBY - Griffin Hospital invites individuals and families to join the more than 500 walkers and runners expected to support local cancer patients at the 4th Annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Starting in the cancer center’s parking lot, 350 Seymour Ave., this event will feature entertainment and post-event refreshments for participants and their family members.
Area cancer survivors are also invited to celebrate the event at a free survivors’ reception that offers food and free massages.
Proceeds from this fun, non-competitive event are earmarked for patient support programs at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital
Participants can walk or run individually, or may form a team with their family, friends, and co-workers. Participants may also collect pledges or purchase a commemorative sign to honor or memorialize a loved one. These signs will be displayed on the day of the event.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk/run scheduled to start at 9  a.m. 
Pre-registration is required; the first 500 registered participants will receive long sleeved T-shirts. Registration fee is $30.
Individuals and teams may register at For information, call 203-732-1284 or e-mail

Note: As a past participant, I can say from experience this is a great event. I love that it's not competitive, just fun!  I'll be there this year, will you?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2nd annual Restaurant Week planned in Valley

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the second Annual Greater Valley Restaurant Week will be held from Monday through Oct. 5.

During Valley Restaurant Week, participating restaurants in the Valley towns will offer one or both of the following deals: for lunch, patrons can “Dine for $9,” and at dinner, restaurants will have a pre-fixe menu for $20.12.

There are 15 restaurants participating. They include: Hot Tamale Mexican Grill & Bar, Tavern 1757 in Seymour; Antonio’s Restaurant, Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen at John J. Sullivan’s in Ansonia; Vazzy’s Cucina, Ari Bella, Baingan, Carmine’s Ristorante Italiano, Il Palio, La Scogliera, Liquid Lunch (both Howe Avenue and Research Drive locations), Porky’s Cafe, The Bistro at The Courtyard by Marriott, and Verace Pizzeria, Market & Italian Eatery in Shelton.

Restaurant Week provides the community with the opportunity to try out new restaurants or visit old favorites all at an affordable price. This week strengthens the ties between local businesses and community over excellent meals at a reasonable rate, Chamber officials said.

“The Chamber is pleased and proud to showcase the Valley’s many fine restaurants during the second Annual Greater Valley Restaurant Week and urges businesses and restaurants alike to come out and savior the experience,” said Bill Purcell, Chamber of Commerce president.

For a list of the restaurants’ menus and hours, visit or the Facebook page (greatervalleyrestaurantweek) for updates throughout the week. Updates will also be released through the Chamber’s twitter, @valley_chamber. Restaurants wishing to participate may contact Nancie Gray, 203-925-4981.

Nature center to show documentary film

ANSONIA - Audubon Connecticut and the Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society will sponsor the second in a series of natural history documentaries, “Tapped,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center.
The film is about the bottled water industry’s effect on people and nature.

The nature center will supply the popcorn. To register for this free program call 203-736-1053.

The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road.

Foot care for diabetics is topic of talk at Griffin

DERBY - The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host a free presentation about foot care for diabetics from 6:30–8 p.m. Oct. 9 in the hospital’s dining room at 130 Division St.

Podiatrist Luke Jeffries will present “Foot Care and Diabetes,” offering important information on foot care that is critical to people diagnosed with diabetes.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September through June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges and day-to-day dietary concerns.

This group is open to all diabetics and their families, at no charge.
For information, call Mary Swansiger, 203-732-1137.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

Crisco says state poised for growth in stem-cell field

HARTFORD - State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, co-chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee and vice-chair of its Commerce Committee, said today Connecticut is poised for economic growth in the near future to coincide with an ongoing expansion of stem cell and genetics research in the state.  
Crisco was among those briefed Tuesday on the topic at a special Legislative Office Building forum.

He said Connecticut’s investments in genomic and stem cell research are setting the stage for a new generation of high-tech jobs and economic growth, centered on the research underway at Yale, Wesleyan, and the University of Connecticut.

“The work underway by scientists at Yale and UConn has already resulted in new patents and innovations that are likely to translate into new jobs in the field of bioscience and personalized medicine,” Crisco said. “Connecticut is well positioned to attract the type of private sector investment necessary to capitalize on our public investments in research and development.”

 Crisco said Tuesday’s forum was convened by the legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
 “Our decisions to invest modestly and steadily in this emerging field are expected to return additional dividends as a direct result of last year’s move to bring the Jackson Laboratory to the state to continue its stem cell and genomics research near and in conjunction with the UConn Health Center in Farmington,” Crisco said.
 “Jackson Labs is scheduled to break ground soon after the first of the year as additional, bricks and mortar evidence of growth and economic development in this relatively new sector of our economy.”

This information was provided by Crisco's office.

Book highlights remarkable lives of Valley natives

On Saturday my husband and I attended a reception marking the release of a new book, "Notable Valley African Americans."

The festive atmosphere we encountered at Molto Bene Italian Kitchen at John J. Sullivan's restaurant in Ansonia was certainly contagious.
The group celebrating the book release included those who are featured in the book as well as their friends and family members.
The book offers insight into accomplished Valley natives.

The 112-page, soft-cover publication is the brainchild of Ansonia resident Elezena Anderson. She deserves plaudits for her dedication as she turned her concept into a reality.

Anderson humbly said everyone involved is an "author," since the book contains a collection of biographies and photos submitted by the honorees or their families.

Individuals featured in the book include clergy members, doctors, nurses, postal workers, teachers and politicians, to list just a few.

Anderson also told me she was relieved that it was done. That's certainly understandable, since the project took several years to complete. The project was funded through a $3,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.  

Anderson, a founding member of the Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee, said she will donate all profits from sale of the $10 book to the Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Fund.

Taylor was pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Ansonia for 42 years. After he died at age 79 in 1981 the scholarship fund was established in his memory.

Each July the top-ranking black students from Ansonia High School receive college scholarships at an awards dinner. High-achieving students in grades three through 11 in Ansonia also receive cash awards at the event.

Below is a photo of those who were honored at the reception for their work behind-the-scenes on the project. 

Pictured from left are Evelyn Lindsey, Jackie Blount, Sheena Graham, Wilhelmenia Christon, Patricia Reynolds, Pamela Potter, Elezena Anderson, and Diane Stroman. Photo by Patricia Villers

Anderson said copies of the book will be donated to: Ansonia High School, Ansonia Middle School, Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia, Ansonia Library, and the Derby Historical Society in Ansonia.

To purchase a copy contact Anderson, 203-735-0421. It is well worth the $10 pricetag, and the money benefits a good cause.

Seymour church event to benefit mission ministry

SEYMOUR - Great Hill United Methodist Church will host a Pampered Chef fundraiser to support its Mission Ministry, featuring the Number One International Consultant, Feriale Yan.
It will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Fellowship Hall, 225 Great Hill Road.

Products will be demonstrated in the preparation of refreshments.
There also will be prize drawings held.
Orders may also be placed online at
Click “shop online” and choose host Great Hill UMC.
For information contact Barbara Thom at 203-888-5794 or email

The above was contributed by Great Hill United Methodist Church.  

Valley Arts Council to hold magical show

'Magic & Mysticism: The Art of Believing' to open Oct. 13

Window display at Gallery@37 at 37 Elizabeth St., Derby.

What's that you have up your sleeve?

Members of the Valley Arts Council have plenty up their sleeves as they prepare for the Oct. 13 opening of “Magic & Mysticism: The Art of Believing.”

An opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Gallery@37, 37 Elizabeth St., Derby. The public is invited.
The show runs through Nov. 3.

Ansonia Nature Center plans Autumnfest

Event will feature 'haunted trail,' hay bale maze

ANSONIA - Pumpkin carving, horse-drawn wagon rides and a hay bale maze will be some of the highlights of an annual fall fest sponsored by the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Center, 10 Deerfield Road. Admission is free.

This year, visitors will once again get a chance to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides provided by Maple View Farm in Orange.
As the horses clip-clop over hill and meadow, riders will learn the history of the park and perhaps hear a scary story or two.

Visitors may follow a "haunted trail" created by the Junior Rangers and try to make their way through a hay bale maze.

Carve a pumpkin, and visit the nature center store where the youngest family members will be able to decorate a pumpkin with no carving or scissors provided.

Learn about the animals associated with All Hallows Eve, through a program on bats, owls, and tarantulas.

The Friends will hold a tag sale and a bake sale, featuring homemade apple and pumpkin goodies to take home.

Enjoy fresh-squeezed apple cider and cinnamon doughnuts. Ranger Marty Wigglesworth is planning to hold his popular doughnut-eating contest.  

All proceeds from the celebration will benefit the center's educational programs and wildlife rehabilitation.

This information was provided by the nature center.

Hilltop Hose Co. to sponsor tag sale

Proceeds to benefit Jim 'Skinny' Evans Mack fund

ANSONIA – The Fall 2012 Jim “Skinny” Evans Memorial Tag Sale, sponsored by Hilltop Hose Co. #5, will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20. The firehouse is located at 80 Pulaski Highway (Rte. 243).

A large selection of Christmas decorations will be available for sale, as well as household items and furniture.  
All proceeds will be donated to the Jim “Skinny” Evans Mack fund, established in 2011 to support the refurbished Mack firetruck and the garage built to house it.

Donations of household items (but no appliances or large furniture please) are welcome. For  information about the sale, leave a message at 203-410-8403.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Historian to share Derby's 'darker side'

DERBY - The Derby Public Library has scheduled a unique and timely local history
program, The Darker Side of Derby, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
Rob Novak, a local historian, will delve into Derby’s past to see if he can find any “skeletons in the closet.” The strange and the peculiar will be explored. 

Novak has specialized in presenting local history in fun, interactive formats for more than 20 years.  He is past director of the Derby Historical Society and the city of Shelton’s municipal historian. 
In addition, he has authored four books through Arcadia Publications, and has been a
popular historical columnist. 
Registration is requested.
For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Shelton businesses named 'best' in state

Jones Winery to host event Saturday

SHELTON - Connecticut Magazine has released its annual “Best of Connecticut” issue and once again several Shelton businesses were recognized for being the best.

To celebrate the accomplishments of these local favorites, Jones Family Farms & Winery will host its third annual "Best of Connecticut" weekend. It will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the Jones Winery courtyard, 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road.  

Jones Winery (Best Connecticut Wine), Liquid Lunch (Best Connecticut Soup), Oronoque Farms (Best Connecticut Apple Pie), and Stockbridge’s Cheesecake (Best Connecticut Cheesecake) will be showcasing their winning products. 

Guests will be able to sample and purchase the items that have made these businesses "the best." 

Vineyard talk

Other activities will include a vegetable market set up by Stone Gardens of Shelton and a vineyard talk in the Jones Homestead Vineyard at 2 p.m.

Jones Family Farms will also be open for pumpkin picking (including hayrides and corn maze – weather permitting) at the Pumpkinseed Hill farm at 20 Beardsley Road,  from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

The Jones Winery Tasting Room will also remain open for its normal weekend hours, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for tastings and wine-by-the-glass on the patio.

For details, visit

The above information was provided by Keith Padin, Marketing and Hospitality Manager, Jones Family Farms.

Seymour varsity girls swim to a great start

SEYMOUR - The Seymour High School Varsity Girls Swimming Team is off to a great start for the 2012 campaign. 
The season record so far is 2-2. The team has swum two Southern Connecticut Conference teams with losses to Foran-Milford 69-91 and Sheehan-Wallingford 74-96, but in the Naugatuck Valley League Seymour has won twice. 
In the season opener Seymour beat Kennedy-Waterbury by a score of 96-80 and recently Seymour battled out of three tie- breakers to beat Holy Cross-Waterbury 92-87. 
This season Seymour has 18 swimmers, which allows the team to be more competitive and have a fighting chance. The past two seasons there were only 12 swimmers.
With the added team depth, the members can score more points and win more as a program. There is a youth movement in our program. Some of the top swimmers are underclassmen and make a real impact. 
The 400 Relay Team of Raeanne Geffert, Vicki Babson, Emma Crocamo and Rose Washbrook, from left, pose after coming from behind a half a lap to capture first place in the race against Holy Cross-Waterbury Friday. / Contributed photo

Leading the youth movement are veteran four-year swimmers and this year's co-captains Katherine Acquavella (Breaststroke/Relay events) and Michelle Wagmeister (Butterfly/Relay events). 
The early success of transfer student Rose Washbrook, a sophomore from South Carolina who has already made the state meet in the 50 and 100 Freestyle events and fellow sophomore Emma Crocamo has been making a big splash again in the Individual Medley and breaststroke events. She will be competing in the state meet later in the season by already qualifying this early in the season. 
Other girls that have made a good impression in the water include sopomore Vicki Babson (Freestyle events) and freshman Raeanne Geffert (Butterfly/Relay events) who has won several times and is .69 seconds off of also qualifying for the state meet. 

Up next will be three meets with a road trip to East Haven today, a home meet Wednesday against St. Paul and another away meet Friday to Naugatuck.  

The above information was contributed by Missy Orosz. She is part-time Associate Director of Recreation in Seymour, part-time gym teacher at St. Joseph School in Shelton, and head coach of the Varsity Girls Swimming at Seymour High School, among other positions.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Johnny Depp impresses this Valley reporter

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich

Let me preface this by saying I am Johnny Depp's #1 fan.
Whether he’s sporting scissors for hands, gold teeth and a sword or chasing Alice down the rabbit hole, I just love everything about this kooky actor. So when I had the opportunity to see him in person on Friday, I jumped at the chance.
Depp is at left in photo.
My husband Mike and I boarded the train for New York City and headed to Union Square. Johnny, as I like to call him, was making an appearance at Barnes and Noble’s flagship store. 
No, he didn’t write a book or anything, he was there to support his friend, Damien Echols. Some of you may know the name. Echols was part of the notorious West Memphis 3, and was one of three then- teenage boys charged with the murder of three 8 –year old boys from Arkansas back in 1993.
Echols was sentenced to death row, and spent nearly 20 years behind bars. The trio was actually freed from prison last year. New evidence was introduced, and DNA testing proved that none of the men was responsible for the heinous crimes.
The compelling story was the subject of countless news stories, as well as three documentaries on HBO, which I have watched many times. A fourth documentary by Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame is due out in December.
Now you may ask how does Johnny Depp figure into all this? Well, he along with a host of other celebrities, including Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, closely followed the case, convinced the men were wrongly accused. Depp took a particular interest in Echols, as both hail from the South, and both were viewed as “different” types of characters growing up. Echols was partly targeted by police simply because he wore black clothes and liked listening to heavy metal bands, like Metallica.
Echols said if not for those fighting for his freedom outside his prison walls he wouldn’t be around today to tell his story in his newly released book, “Life After Death.”
I was planning on buying the book anyway, so when I found out Johnny was coming to Barnes and Noble to “have a conversation” with Echols, what better way for me to see my all-time favorite celebrity crush.
The event was scheduled for 7 p.m., so when we arrived in NYC around 3 p.m., my husband and I figured we had time to take in some sights and maybe visit the 9/11 memorial. I told him we ought to go to the bookstore first to see if they were handing out wristbands to secure a seat for the event. They weren’t. You had to purchase a copy of Echols’ book, and your receipt served as your golden ticket in. I eagerly slapped down $20 for the book, but my husband was less than thrilled that he, too, had to buy a book just so I could catch a glimpse of J.D.  
I must tell you, my husband loathes the idea of celebrity worshipping and can’t understand why people are infatuated with them, present company included. But he’s a great sport and instead of enjoying a beautiful fall day in NYC, he sat alongside me, packed like 200 sardines on folding chairs, as we waited for three hours for Johnny and Echols to arrive.
Security was tight, and you were allowed to leave your seat to visit the café on the floor below, use the bathroom or stretch your legs, but if you didn’t return to your exact seat, you would’ve gotten the boot.
Most in attendance killed the time by reading, texting or making friends with the people they were smashed up against. The NYU student next to me actually said she makes a habit of attending these types of events. She waited for 24 hours for the star-studded premiere of Batman, The Dark Knight, just to catch a glimpse of Christian Bale.
I do get pretty star struck myself, so when Johnny sashayed into the bookstore, my heart skipped a beat. Sporting a brown floppy hat, flanked by feathers, and wearing a long leather coat, and his trademark purple-tinted glasses, Johnny did not disappoint. 
And once I was done ogling him from my seat 12 rows back from the stage upon which he and Echols sat, I attentively listened to the hour-long conversation between the two friends.
It was clear that Johnny, who’s famous for shunning the whole celebrity thing, was truly there to support his friend. And after spending nearly 20 years behind bars, 10 of those spent in solitary confinement, Echols is truly lucky to have a little Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Willie Wonka in his corner.

Derby library slates book discussion

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will hold its next Lunchtime Book Discussion at
 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24.  
            The selected title is the spellbinding tale of Savannah’s eccentricities, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah Story by John Berendt.
            The nonfiction book includes the murder and subsequent trial of Jim Williams, self made man and art collector, magazine reporter John Kelso, and a variety of other remarkable characters. 
          Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.        
          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 at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203- 736-1482 or visit

Pounding the Pavement for Pink 5K planned in Seymour

SEYMOUR - Seymour Pink, Inc., in conjunction with Seymour Tradition Softball Program, is hosting a 5K run/walk Oct. 6.

The Pounding the Pavement for Pink 5K was named for Tara Miller’s creative entry to Seymour Pink’s ‘Name the Race’ contest this spring.

The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on River Street and follow a course that brings participants by the Seymour Historical Society and Seymour Public Library, ending at the Seymour Community Center.

The race is timed and certified by Start-Line Race Services. 
The cost of the 5K is $25 for preregistration and $30 if you register on the day of the race.
All pre-registered participants will receive a Pounding the Pavement for Pink 5K T-shirt, goody bag, and light refreshments after the race.
The deadline for Mail-In registration is Sept. 28, but registration is also online at

Participants can register as a team and are encouraged to plan their outfits. There will be an award for best pink costume and special recognition for anything eye-catching during the event.

There will be a special survivors tent at the race, so please let Seymour Pink know if you or someone you know should be honored in the tent that morning.
This event directly precedes the Seymour Tradition "Smoke in the Valley Beer & Chili Fest" and also precedes the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event hosted by First Selectman Kurt Miller on Oct. 14.

Visit or for more information about this 5K and other upcoming events.

This information was provided by Christine Conroy, administrative assistant to First Selectman Kurt Miller.

Crafters sought for Christmas fair in Seymour

SEYMOUR - Christmas may seem far away, but the holiday is on the minds of the folks at Great Hill United Methodist Church.
           They are seeking crafters for the 2012 “Christmas on the Hill” craft fair. 
           The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Fellowship Hall, 225 Great Hill Road. 
           An eight-foot by six-foot space will cost $35 and a limited number of spaces will have access to electrical outlets. Table rentals (six-foot) are available for $5 each.
          Only hand-crafted items may be sold.
          Those seeking additional information or registration forms may contact Pat, 203-888-0489. 

Center for Domestic Violence Services slates workshop

BHcare event to feature 3 guest speakers

    The Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BHcare, will host “Lethality of Domestic Violence,” an educational workshop and interactive panel discussion, Oct. 19 at Anthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.
    The workshop will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and is one of many activities planned to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It is sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and Anthony’s Ocean View.
    Guest speakers will include:
  • Lundy Bancroft, who has 20 years’ experience specializing in interventions with abusive men and their families. He has written four books in the field.
  • Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and
  • Nancy Tyler, an attorney with O’Brien, Tansky and Young, a Hartford law firm, who works with domestic violence programs.
    The Center for Domestic Violence Services provides services for victims and their children at two sites, in Ansonia and North Haven.
    All services offered are free of charge and confidential. Services support 170 different languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
   The Center provides services for residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

    Register at The cost, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $55; $35 for students.
    For information about registration and lunch choices, contact Linda Luongo, 203-736-2601, ext. 1334, or

    This information is taken from a release from Susan DeLeon, Director, Center for Domestic Violence Services at BHcare (formerly Umbrella and Domestic Violence Services of Birmingham Group Health Services, Inc.).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

SATURDAY SIX: A look at last week in the Valley

Friday Five got away from me yesterday but I'm here to offer a look at some of the stories that made headlines in the Valley last week.

They are written by Register reporters Phyllis Swebilius and Patricia Villers, and Register correspondent Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, and are listed in no particular order.

Ansonia schools win state grant.

Witness fingers Derby slaying suspect.

Seymour fish bypass project advances. 

Ansonia teachers work at Mickey D's to raise funds.

Seymour first selectman's time-off hours cut.

Ansonia business teacher wins honor.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Derby 'mystery photo' solved

Yesterday I posted a photo and asked what a certain Ansonia native was doing. Kinda like a mystery photo!

I'm wondering how many readers knew the picture was of Sherrod McNeill, assistant principal at John G. Prendergast Elementary School in Ansonia.

On Wednesday McNeill was serving up frozen treats at McDonald's on Division Street in Derby as part of a McTeacher's Night fund-raiser.

I thought he looked so happy to be helping the Parent-Teacher Organization raise funds that I had to take his picture.
And he seemed pleased that he was able to make a soft-serve ice cream cone. I don't think I could do that.

Prendergast Principal Joe Apicella, left, seems to be asking McNeill here if he is up to the challenge of working behind the counter. I'd say he was.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ed Strang Day planned on Derby Green

Annual event honors Scouting pioneer 

DERBY – Calling all boys and girls of the Valley! 
Moonbounce, rope bridge and archery are some of the free activities to be offered at the Derby Green 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 as part of Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3’s Ed Strang Day.  

The event has been held annually since 1994, when the city of Derby welcomed home actor Brian Dennehy to honor Scouting pioneer Edmund D. Strang, Dennehy’s former Cubmaster. 

Strang’s biography can be found on the City of Derby’s Hall of Fame page

A slide show highlighting the Troop’s recent BSA Florida Sea Base sailing adventure will be presented. 
Additional activities including rain gutter regatta, obstacle course, international cooking and rope tower building will be offered to boys and girls to introduce them to the adventures of Scouting. 

Representatives will be on hand to provide information for joining Girl Scouts and free membership to Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will be available to all eligible youths who complete an application with a parent or guardian present. 
Current Scouts from throughout the Valley are also invited to attend in uniform and participate in the free activities.
For information contact Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, 203-732-0343 or visit .

The above is a press release from Randy Ritter. 

Who is this Ansonia native?

And what is he doing?

Stay tuned ...

Derby Neck plans teen movie, current events discussion

DERBY - A teen movie night will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave.
Teens are invited to come enjoy "The Avengers" in blu-ray on a big screen. A free light supper will be served during the showing.

Current Events Club
The Library's Current Events Club will meet to discuss the upcoming elections and related topics.  Join in a lively discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. 
For information on all programs call 203-734-1492.

Library to offer benefits info, job assistance

CT Works Career Coach to return

    DERBY - Social Security Specialist, Maria Grice, will be at Derby Public Library at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 for an informal information session.
    Find out how to apply for benefits, which benefits are available, on-line services, Medicare, COLA
increases, the future of Social Security, and more.
    This is an opportunity to have all your questions answered.  Pamphlets and brochures will also be available. No registration is necessary. 

Job search help
    The Library will host the CT Works Career Coach as it returns Oct. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  During both the morning session, 10 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session, 1-3 p.m., instructors will be offering Job Search Assistance.
    Learn where to look for jobs, how to get the job you want, and how to search for jobs on the Internet. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested; walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.
    The CT Works Career Coach is a project of The WorkPlace, Inc. operated by Career Resources.

    For information on either of these programs, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit

The above is taken from a press release from Cathy Williams, library director.

Gentile hails rehab funding

HUD grant to subsidize upgrades to 10 properties in Ansonia 

State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-104, joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday in welcoming funds for housing rehabilitation in Ansonia. 

A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant will subsidize renovations to 10 properties in Ansonia. 
The $300,000 grant, administered through Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, will be used for lead testing and abatement, energy efficiency upgrades, code enforcement, electrical and plumbing improvements and window and door replacements.

“These subsidized projects create and retain local jobs that are critical to improving the distressed city of Ansonia and the local economy. I want to thank Governor Malloy for his support for local property upgrades that help protect public safety, people’s health and also keep neighborhoods livable,” Gentile said. “Projects such as this are one of the best ways Connecticut can reinvest in the community.”

“I’m very excited about the housing rehabilitation project in Ansonia, where this grant will not only underwrite energy efficiency upgrades and electrical and plumbing repairs, but also lead testing and remediation as necessary, to better protect residents from that potential environmental hazard,” state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, D-Woodbridge, said. “This seems to be a very cost-effective and creative use of public funding to help residents attain and enjoy a higher quality of life by making better housing available to them.”

“Expanding access to affordable housing is critical to strengthening the statewide economy and a major focus of my administration,” said Malloy said. “Over the next 10 years, the state will invest $500 million to revitalize and expand affordable housing options so that our cities and towns will be a better place to live, raise a family and do business.  These grants from the U.S. Department of Housing will go a long way to help us realize our goals, and we are appreciative of their recognition.”

A total of 31 Connecticut towns have been awarded a total of $10,987,840 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program. 
The Small Cities Block Grant Program, administered by Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, funds economic development, affordable housing, and other community revitalization projects. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crisco welcomes housing-rehab grants

4 towns to get federal funds

State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. , D-Woodbridge, today welcomed news of state approval for federal grants applied for by four 17th District towns.
Crisco said Naugatuck will receive a $500,000 grant while Ansonia, Beacon Falls, and Woodbridge are each in line for $300,000.
In each town state funds will help underwrite housing rehabilitation projects to improve conditions for residents without impacting the municipal budget.
 “I’m delighted by news of these successful grant applications because in the modest budgets of these four small towns there isn’t always room enough to complete all the projects one might like,” Crisco said.
“The $1.4 million to be shared in our district is part of a $10.9 million grant program for housing improvements in 31 Connecticut towns.”
This federal funding originates with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and its Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program, which is in turn administered by Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
Crisco said the work to be completed ranges from energy efficiency upgrades to lead testing and remediation as necessary, and from electrical and plumbing improvements to kitchen and bathroom upgrades.
 “I’m particularly excited about the project in Naugatuck, where improvements will not only upgrade existing ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) units to ensure compliance, but it will add a half-dozen ADA-compliant units after conversions from six regular units,” Crisco said.
 “This seems to be a very cost-effective and creative use of public funding to help residents who require fully accessible housing by making more housing available for them.”

This is a press release from Crisco's office. 

Help paint the Valley pink this October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities abound
DERBY - The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community-wide effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital and celebrate the charitable spirit of the Valley’s businesses and organizations.

The following is a list of unique Valley Goes Pink fundraising events.
For information on how you can "go pink," visit the Griffin Hospital website at or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund, 203-732-7504 or

Every Wednesday in October is “Percent for Pink Day” at The Original Antonio's, 314 Main Street, Ansonia. Owner Chris Setaro will donate 10 percent of all sales to The Valley Goes Pink.
Through Oct. 31 James Heating Oil, at 326 Derby Ave., Derby, will donate $1 for every grill tank refill. Call 203-736-2566 or visit
On Oct. 1 Wellington’s Restaurant, 51 Huntington Ave., Shelton, will host “Wellington’s Waiters Go Pink” starting at 5 p.m. Valley Goes Pink Committee members will wait on tables and collects tips.
Oct. 4 marks The 12th Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Luncheon, from noon-2 p.m. at Grassy Hill Lodge, Derby. Hosted by the Valley Women's Health Initiative, proceeds from the luncheon are earmarked for the Griffin Hospital/Valley Breast Care Fund. Tickets are $40 per person. For information, call 203-732-7431.
On Oct. 7 Ari Bella Restaurant, 66 Huntington St., Shelton, will host a “Vineyards of the World Wine Tasting” from 2-5 p.m. For information, call Pat, 203-926-2478 or Sue, 203-926-1122.
Oct. 11 marks the “Young Emerging Professionals' Pinktober Fest” from 5-8 p.m. at Molto Bene at John J. Sullivan's Restaurant, 557 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. The event will feature a variety of craft brews, wine and scotch tastings, raffles, and more. Tickets are $30 per person.
For information, visit the Young Emerging Professionals at or contact the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, 203-925-4981 or
Oct. 18 marks the Valley Goes Pink Scotch Tasting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at LaSala Banquet Hall, 79 High St., Derby (by the Sons of Italy Club). Diageo's Master of Whiskey L.J. Heffernan, will share the pleasures and complexities of blended scotches and single malts, including Johnnie Walker Blue. Registration is $60 before Oct. 11 and $70 after or at the door. Register at or 203-732-7504.
On Oct. 25 Jesse Camille’s Restaurant, 615 North Church St., Naugatuck, will host “Waiters Go Pink” starting at 5 p.m. Naugatuck “luminaries” wait on you, and all tips go to the cause.
Oct. 21 marks two cut-a-thons:
• Capelli Salon, 131 Main St., will host its event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Make an appointment at 203-732-1977.
• Hair After Salon, 522 Huntington Ave., Shelton will host its cut-a-thon from 12–4 p.m. Call 203-929-6361 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
On Oct. 30 Valley Goes Pink will host a “Wrap Up Celebration” at Il Palio Restaurant, 5 Corporate Drive, Shelton to wrap up the month’s festivities and to celebrate our success. Tickets are $15. Following event, participants can take advantage of a special $20.12 menu in the restaurant.

The above is taken from a press release from Griffin Hospital. 

Kicking cancer to the curb

Griffin Hospital staff offers support when needed most

DERBY - I'm not one to reveal my thoughts too often but today I thought I'd give it a whirl.

After all, my editors published a story about my breast cancer journey I wrote on a whim last December, and that was straight from the proverbial heart.

I want to publicly thank the health-care professionals at The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital and The Center for Cancer Care, also at Griffin Hospital.

They helped me through every step of my mammography, ultrasound, biopsy, diagnosis, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and post-treatment appointments.
I'm sure I've left something out, but I must admit 2011 went by in a bit of a blur.

That said, I want to congratulate the hospital on the acquisition of tomosynthesis equipment. The state-of-the-art technology creates 3-D images of a breast.

The equipment can detect previously "hidden" cancer cells on select patients, doctors say. The machine has been in use at Griffin for less than a month.

I attended a reception Thursday at which Dr. Zandra Cheng, medical director at the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, told supporters and patients about the new equipment and introduced Dr. Laura Sheiman, the center’s recently hired breast radiologist and breast imaging medical director..

I was fortunate to have imaging supervisor Mariann Vallillo show me the impressive new equipment and demonstrate how it operates. Check out the video imbedded in my story.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a variety of pink-themed activities are being planned throughout the community.

Schools, church groups, civic organizations, restaurants, and businesses will again take part in The Valley Goes Pink, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and funds for The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness and the grassroots organization, Seymour Pink, Inc.

Please check out the websites to see how you can help these efforts.

My hope is Valley residents will take the time to support at least one of the many fun activities being planned with the goal of making the diagnosis of breast cancer a thing of the past.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kids Night Out slated in Shelton

Free event to be held Thursday
SHELTON - Start the school year off with a free event for families at Kids Night Out.
Come visit The Giggling Pig's new location at 478 River Road Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for an evening of fun for all ages. 
Local women business owners, bringtheHoopla, The Giggling Pig, Chirp, Burnt Bakery, and Julia Jane Photography have joined forces for an evening of fun. 

Kids will enjoy a night full of mini-hooping sessions, arts n' crafts, a "Back to School" photo booth, "Decorate Your Cupcake" and more fun activities plus snack bags and raffle prizes.

Businesses will be selling their goods, and sharing special offers throughout the night.
For information contact 
Or call 203-615-1116.

The above is from a release from bring the Hoopla, LLC.   

Griffin offers bereavement support groups

DERBY - Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Having information about the process of grief and the support of others can bring comfort and understanding.

Griffin Hospital offers two weekly Bereavement Support groups every Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Sept. 18–Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The groups are run by a professional. Pre-registration is required.
For information or to register, call 203-732-1100.
The hospital is at 130 Division St.

The above information is a release from Griffin Hospital. 

Irish Exchange Scouts thank host families

 James Glasson, left, and Cian Neilan thank Boy Scout Troop 3 host families.

This is an open letter from Irish Exchange Scouts James Glasson and Cian Neilan, who spent five weeks in the U.S. this summer:

I am writing this letter for all the host families and the people who made this trip possible to thank them for the wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity that me and my compatriot experienced on the exchange program. 
I am from Limerick in Ireland and go to Scouts in 42nd Limerick Meelick. We are part of the Limerick/Derby international exchange Scout program that has been running for over 25 years.

During my five weeks in America, I attended Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Connecticut and had a fantastic time and I went on a super trip to the BSA Florida Sea Base, which was absolutely fantastic.

I would like to thank the following people: Troop 3 host families Joe and Sheryl Patten family, Al and Deb Moran family, Keith and Beth McLiverty family, Mike and Cindy Tracz family, Jim and Diana Welch family, Rich and Felicia Bartholomew family as well as Richard Williams, Tom Murray, Officer Charles Stankye III, Derby Aldermanic President Ron Sill, Shelton Aldermanic President John Anglace and Dr. Robert Feeney without whom this trip wouldn’t have been possible. 
And (I thank) Randy Ritter, the Scoutmaster of Derby Troop 3, who did so much for us during our time in the States.

Special thanks to you all, we had an amazing time. Thank you all for your time and effort in making it such a fantastic experience for both of us.

Yours Sincerely,
James Glasson and Cian Neilan
42nd Limerick Meelick Scout Group

Seymour church to hold 'Touch-A-Truck' at fall festival

Event to feature pumpkin decorating, bake sale, and more

SEYMOUR - The fourth annual "Touch-A-Truck” event will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Road (junction of Routes 334 and 188).

This year’s event will feature a series of kids fall festival activities including tractor rides, a bounce house, face painting, kids' events and give-aways, pumpkin decorating, and an indoor book sale, along with Great Hill’s famous Home Bake Sale.  

Fall snacks and beverages will be available for sale.
These trucks were on display at last year's event. / Contributed photo 

Trucks and vehicles will be on display to view and/or be climbed on by both children and the young-at-heart adults.
One of the highlights will be the “Griffin Hospital Kids Safe Mini Van” offering a variety of giveaways. In addition, a Smoke House will be open for the kids to learn about fire safety.

This event will provide a variety of activities for families and children of all ages. Proceeds will help fund the church's mission and outreach activities.
For information call Joe Andreana, 203-888-0489.

Emmett O'Brien to host car show next month

 This '61 Chevrolet Impala SS was on display at the school's 2010 show.    

Close-up of the insignia of this limited-production model. Photos by Ralph Villers

ANSONIA - Calling all vehicle enthusiasts: Cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all descriptions will be on display Oct. 7 at the Fall Car Show at Emmett O'Brien Technical High School, 141 Prindle Ave.

The fifth annual event is rain or shine. Gates open at 8 a.m.; the show runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

General registration is $10. Price of a Super Spot is $35 and it includes prime location, breakfast, lunch and beverages for two people and a student runner.

The first 10 Super Spots that are pre-registered will receive a “Special Award.”
Goody bags will be given to first 100 to register at

The show will feature food, music, raffles, and trophies.

Admission is $2 a person; students, $1. Children under 10 admitted free.

The above is taken from information on the tech school's website.

Derby Middle School students lauded for helping others

My hat goes off today to a group of great students from Derby Middle School who are learning at a young age the importance of caring about others.

Too many children in that age range seem to believe the world revolves around them, and it's good to see these students are giving back to the community.

Plaudits go out to: Lily Wald, Rachel Fleischer, Nicole Rizzo, Joey Ostuno, Dayna Kneissl, Tristan Pruzinsky, Nicolette Tasi, Kiley Rodriguez, Ejona Gjata, Akshar Patel, Steven Stanley, Joseph Mammano, and Sara Gerckens.

They are members of the school's running club and they recently raised $2,000 for the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Their coaches, Shelley Sheridan, Mike Gozzo, Jenny Ames and Rahul Samanta, also are to be commended for their leadership.

With so many families facing the challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis any form of support from the community is vital and much appreciated.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Derby students run to raise funds, awareness

Efforts will help pancreatic cancer patients

Members of the Derby Middle School Running Club recently helped Project Purple Chairman Dino Verrelli present Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel with a $2,000 check to help pancreatic cancer patients at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

The Club raised the funds through a car wash, fundraiser event at The Original Antonio’s Restaurant in Ansonia, donations collected for running at the Irish Festival 5K and individual team member’s fundraisers.
Based in Beacon Falls, Project Purple is a non-profit organization with a mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Team members include Lily Wald, Rachel Fleischer, Nicole Rizzo, Joey Ostuno, Dayna Kneissl, Tristan Pruzinsky, Nicolette Tasi, Kiley Rodriguez, Ejona Gjata, Akshar Patel, Steven Stanley, Joseph Mammano, Sara Gerckens and coaches Shelley Sheridan, Mike Gozzo, Jenny Ames and Rahul Samanta.

This information is from a release from Griffin Hospital.

Ansonia lists festival entertainment

       The eighth annual Ansonia Harvest Festival will be held 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 6 along Main Street, Ansonia. Here is the entertainment schedule as of today.
This information was provided by Judy Nicolari, Ansonia Cultural Commission chairwoman.

Credit is topic of Derby library program

    DERBY - The Derby Public Library in collaboration with TEAM, Inc. has scheduled a two-part series, Obtaining and Understanding Your Credit Report.
   The first session, "Taking the Mystery Out of Credit Reports," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
   Sheryle McMillan, Regional Director of Education and Community Relations at Money Management International, will show participants how to obtain, read, understand, and dispute inaccurate information on their credit report.
   Discussion will also include how your credit score can affect more than your ability to establish or re-establish credit.  Workbooks will be distributed.
   At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, McMillan returns for part two of the series, "Reading Your Credit Report."     Participants will review their own credit reports and learn what is listed and how to correct common errors.
   The do’s and don’ts about the best ways to raise your credit score will be given.
   Registration is requested.
 For information stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

The above is from a release from Cathy Williams, Director, Derby Public Library. 

Derby school marks Grandparents Day

Twins Kaitelyn Re, center, and Kyle Re, far right, enjoy lunch Friday with their grandparents, Gerry and Robert Wrigley, at St. Mary-St. Michael School, Derby. The school was celebrating Grandparents Day. / Contributed photo

Paint the Town and Your House Pink

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