Thursday, February 28, 2013

Belle of the Ball at Bradley School

Derby kindergartners enact fairy tales
Isabella Boyko and Nicholas Sheridan recreate a scene from 'Beauty and the Beast.'
Photo by Bradley School kindergarten teacher Jenny Ames

DERBY - Students and teachers at Bradley School dressed as fairy tale characters Tuesday to mark National Fairy Tale Day.
Students in all three kindergartens have been reading fairy tales, such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Pinocchio,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Seymour Scouts visit Capitol

Conroy becomes member of honorary Girl Scout Troop

Members of Seymour Girl Scout Troop 40 met with state Rep. Theresa Conroy at the State Capitol. From left are Kyra Bernor, Kayla Ndoi, Conroy, and Emma Romaniello.

State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-Seymour, was named a member of State Capitol Honorary Girl Scout Troop during Girl Scout Day. 
Conroy was also honored to meet with members of Seymour’s Troop 40 at a ceremony Wednesday in the Legislative Office Building.

Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol is an advocacy day where legislators meet with local Girl Scouts about issues important to girls and young women across the state.

“Girl Scouts of America is an outstanding organization. It is uplifting to have these young women at the Capitol, engaging with us about the issues they hold dear,” Conroy said.

Seymour Troop 40 members Kyra Bernor, Emma Romaniello, and Kayla Ndoi met with Conroy in her office. The girls toured the Capitol and visited both the House and Senate chambers.

“As a former Girl Scout from Seymour, it was very exciting to have members of Troop 40 visiting Hartford,” Conroy said.

The day included a pinning ceremony to recognize members of the State Capitol Honorary Girl Scout Troop, a group of bipartisan legislators. 

Girl Scout Day at the Capitol gives Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut a chance to meet one-on-one with legislators to learn more about the democratic process, and to highlight the important initiatives that 47,300 Girl Scouts and more than 19,000 Girl Scout volunteers find critical in every community across the state. 

This information is taken from a press release from Conroy's office.

Griffin support group to host healthy eating forums

DERBY - The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free forums March 12 about healthy eating for diabetics.

Megan Moran, RD, CDE, CD-N, diabetes educator from Novo Nordisk, Inc., will host a question and answer forum on “Healthy Eating for Diabetics” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Griffin Hospital Dining Room Meeting Room 2, 130 Division St.

The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September - June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss management of diabetes, its challenges and day-to-day dietary concerns.

This group is open to all diabetics and their families, at no charge. Free valet parking is available for the afternoon sessions until 4:30 p.m.
No registration is required.

For information, call Mary Swansiger, 203-732-1137.

Cuppa joe, anyone?

Shelton resident James Connery portrayed Valley native Col. William Burr Wooster, a Civil War hero, at Sunday's annual meeting of the Derby Historical Society.

James Connery

He spoke about his experiences during the Civil War and said this "coffee wagon" was a new invention at the time.

I can't imagine what the coffee tasted like, can you?

Project spans variety of disciplines

Students' imaginations soar at Derby school

Science is not my strong suit - and I am a simpleton when it comes to math.

I can add, subtract, multiply, but ... whatever else I learned way back when has gotten hazy.

That said, I got a bit concerned when I entered a classroom last week to cover an enrichment class at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby.

I figured most of what the 40 students - in Grades 6, 7, and 8 - were working on would go right over my head. Literally.
Their assignment was to "build a bridge to the moon."
Sixth grader Cristina Carloni of Derby shows her group's plan outline.
I was amazed at the creativity of their initial project plans, since it was only the second class of the session. And I understood what the students were explaining to me. It was great to see them using their imaginations.    

The students are also learning teamwork through the project. They are split into groups of three or four.

Marc Weissman, a teaching consultant, is working with them on a STEM project.
STEM is a nationwide educational initiative to inspire students  to enjoy learning about the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

One group's design for building a 'bridge to the moon.' 
The project involves using art skills, as well as science and math knowledge.

Weissman said since snow cancelled school students missed two sessions, so the program will go on a bit longer than he had planned.

I hope to get a chance to return to see the students' finished projects.

Dancing, cooking on tap for kids at library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites children ages 3-6 with a caregiver to Rhythm Makers at 10 a.m. March 20. 

Maria Douglas of the Magic Storybook presents this high-energy event which will teach children to walk to Mr. Whole Note, dance to Mrs. Half Note and clap to Baby Quarter Note.

Participants will learn about rhythm and pitch through dance, instruments, ribbons and a lot of giggles. Space is limited.
Let's Cook!
The Library invites kids ages 7-11 to attend Let’s Cook! at 3:45 p.m. March 26.
Along with preparing a simple, no-bake recipe, kids also will learn some basic kitchen skills which includes measuring and following directions. 
Registration is requested for both of these programs.
For information or to register, call the Children’s Room,  203-736-1482, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., or visit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Center to hold spring equinox drumming circle, hike

ANSONIA -  Join Ranger Dawn at 6 p.m. March 23 at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center's pavilion to wake up the earth gently by making music together by the fire.
Bring your own percussion instrument or one you have made from recycled materials.

Adults and children over 12  are welcome. Registration requested; call 203-736-1053. Admission is a canned good to be donated to the food bank at Spooner House in Shelton.

Hike by moonlight

Also on March 23, join Rangers Martin and Wendy at 7 p.m. for a guided moonlight night hike designed for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hike nature center trails by the light of the moon using night vision and other senses. Learn why the March full moon is called a "worm moon."

Enrollment is limited for this free program. Call 203-736-1053 to register.
The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road.

Spring has sprung at SVDP thrift shop in Derby

Maybe the weather doesn't show it yet, but at St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop in Derby spring has arrived.
"We have done a whole revamp of the store, out with winter (and) in with spring," said shop manager Cindy Barbian. "The racks are bursting with all new spring and summer fashions for the entire family."

Customers who purchase $10 worth of merchandise will receive a stamp; when they fill up the card they will receive $10 worth of free merchandise.

Take a chance on a spring raffle, tickets are only five for $1.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop is at  237 Roosevelt Drive,
Derby. For information call 203-734-7577.

The shop is accepting donations of clothing, housewares, and miscellaneous items, Barbian said.

The organization also runs a food pantry and is in need of hams and Easter baskets to give out to its needy clients.

Workshops to highlight composting, beekeeping

Events to be held in Ansonia, Woodbridge

ANSONIA - Spring is coming and the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center and Massaro Farm in Woodbridge are getting ready to host workshops March 23 to educate the community about gardening and more.

Organic land care, planting an edible landscape, and nurturing our backyard pollinators will be topics of the day.

At noon March 23 the Massaro Farm will host a visit by the "Duck Truck" Composting Workshop at the nature center. It follows a Beekeeping Workshop scheduled at 10 a.m. at the farm on Ford Road.

The goal of the farm is to expand workshops "to provide topics that would appeal to and educate our surrounding community on how best to maintain a yard that is both appealing and beneficial to supporting our natural environment," said Jason Merrill, board president, Massaro Community Farm.

The Duck Truck Composting is the brainchild of Alexis Wilcox, a teacher, master gardener and composter who offers a host of landscaping services.

The Duck Truck, a traveling composting works pace, is based in Hamden. It makes numerous appearances throughout the year educating both kids and adults on the ease and benefits of diverting our green scraps to the compost pile.

Registration for this free workshop is not required, but is appreciated. Call 203-736-1053.

Seymour committee to collect food, blankets

Drive to help Valley needy
This information is re-posted from First Selectman Kurt Miller's Facebook page.

'Sugar on Snow' is topic of nature center program

ANSONIA - Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited to join Ranger Wendy at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center to learn how maple syrup and sugar on snow are made the old-fashioned way.

Learn which are the Center's sweet trees, how they are tapped, and how the sap is made into maple syrup.
Participants will have a chance to taste the sap and the sweet sugar on snow made from it.

Registration is required; call 203-736-1053.

Tuition is $6 per family, and $4 for Ansonia residents and family-level Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center Inc. members.

Kids + dogs = reading fun at Derby library

      DERBY - Margie Miles and Sandy her therapy dog will visit the Derby Public Library for the popular Read to Sandy program at 6 p.m. March 19 and April 23.
      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.
     The library also welcomes Janet Sabovik and her therapy dog Payson at 6:30 p.m. March 26 as the popular children’s reading to a therapy dog program continues this spring.  Children ages 5- 11 are invited to share a book with Payson during this interactive reading program.
      Each child will be given a 10-15 minute time slot to read to Payson. Payson, an Australian Shepherd, is a rescue dog who was found roaming the streets of Kentucky. She and Sabovik are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and volunteer throughout the community.
      This is a great opportunity for beginner or reluctant readers, as well as experienced readers, to build confidence, enhance their reading skills achieved during the school year and encourage a love of reading.
     Participants are encouraged to stop by the Children’s Room to select a book with Payson’s “paw of approval” to share with her for the program.
       Registration is requested for both of the above programs. For information or to register, call the Children’s Room at 203-736-1482, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., or visit


Civil War hero addresses Derby Historical Society

DERBY - My daughter and I attended the annual meeting of the Derby Historical Society Sunday. We were among about 50 people there.

Allegra is a docent and a volunteer for the organization, and we both enjoy learning about local history.

The meeting was held in the historic First Congregational Church in Derby, which just happens to be our church. Allegra and I certainly felt right at home!

After a business meeting, Shelton resident James Connery, Jr. portrayed Valley native Col. William Burr Wooster, a Civil War hero
Wooster was a successful lawyer in Derby and also served in the Connecticut state legislature.   

Connery strikes a pose during his talk.

The Society's new officers are:

Timothy Dillon - President
Janis Yakimovich - Vice President
Felicia Monaco - Treasurer
Barbara Jean Garofalo - Secretary

Dillon addresses the members Sunday.

Board member and Civil War expert Carolyn Ivanoff of Seymour, right, presented Shelton resident and board member Judith Augusta with the Dorothy Larson Award for her years of dedicated service.   

Outgoing President William Miller, an Oxford resident, received the David Humphreys Service Award “for his many years of contributing his time, talent and resources to the Society.”

Congratulations go out to Augusta and Miller!


The Derby Historical Society is a regional historical society dedicated to preserving, maintaining and celebrating the rich and varied history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

The organization welcomes visitors and is available to support researchers, school or other program needs.

The Society's offices are located at the Sarah Riggs Humphreys House, 37 Elm St., Ansonia.
For information, visit

Some of the information contained in this post was taken from a press release from Paula Norton, Deputy Director, Derby Historical Society.

Caterer to share 'egg-citing' recipes at library demo

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will host a cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. March 25.
Egg-cellent Foods will be the topic.

Just in time for Easter and Spring, Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will share delicious recipes using the very versatile egg.

 All dinner courses will be covered, from flavorful appetizers, to savory main dishes to sweet desserts.
There will be samples of all demonstrated foods.

The class is for ages 18 years and older. Registration is required.
For information, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St.,  call 203-736-1482 or visit

Celebrate the Irish in Seymour March 16

This is a re-post from Kurt Miller's Facebook page: 

Sounds like it will be a fun event!

Fire company to hold annual flower sale

SHELTON - White Hills Fire Company will hold its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 and 30 at White Hills Shopping Center, Leavenworth Road.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Amphibians, kites in nature center spotlight

ANSONIA - Join staff at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 16 to search for amphibians, those ancient and fascinating creatures secretly inhabiting woods and wetlands.
Learn about vernal pools, one of the smallest and yet most interesting and ecologically important types of wetlands, and why they play an important role in the lives of wood frogs and spotted salamanders.

Help staff conduct an amphibian inventory by flipping over rocks and logs in search of the resident fauna in the park.
The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road.
Call 203-736-1053 to register for this free program.

Kite workshop

Rangers Wendy and Martin will team up again at 2 p.m. March 17 to instruct families in the art of designing and constructing a kite.
Decorate it for St. Patrick's Day, or personalize it some other way.

Then if the day brings dry and windy weather, participants will be able to launch their kites after the class.

Materials fee is $5 per kite. Call to register.

From women's issues to technology, Derby Neck offers variety of programs

DERBY - The Women’s Forum will meet 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 18 at Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave.
This monthly discussion group focuses on literature, history, the news, and more in exploring women’s lives.
March will feature women’s history as found in recipes, household hints, and etiquette from various eras.
Participants are invited to bring a light lunch; the library will serve free coffee and tea.

Teen Movie Night
At  6 p.m. March 19 the Library will host Teen Movie Night. Bring your friends to enjoy a blu-ray/big screen showing of a comedy “Wreck-it-Ralph.”
Tweens are also invited. Pizza and other refreshments will be served for free.

Tech Talks
From 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 20 the library begins a series of presentations by the staff called Tech Talks.
Join us to be informed of the latest ideas coming from the technology we encounter in our everyday lives. Our first presentation is on e-mail - how to use it most effectively and problem areas to avoid, such as choosing a password. The basics of setting up an account for the first time will be included.

Writers' Round
At 6:30 p.m. March 21 the Writers’ Round will meet. This is a workshop sessions for writers of all genres—poetry, fiction, scriptwriting, etc.
Bring your original works to share, or just join in to get your creativity flowing.

Current Events Club
At 6:30 p.m. March 26 the library will offer Current Events Club, a group that meets monthly to discuss the news—including the arts, finance, politics, and more. It's an interesting way to hear what is happening, what it means, and to share your own ideas.

'Health Matters'
At 6:30 p.m. March 27 the library will present another talk in the series "Health Matters.”  Our speakers are provided by the Valley Parish Nurses and Griffin Hospital. These experts share their knowledge with you and take your questions.
This month’s talk is on how to evaluate the risk of falling and avoid it.

For information on any of the above programs call 203-734-1492.

Derby library to host folklorist-singer

Spotlight to be on Irish history, wit

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites adults and young adults to an evening of Irish
Songs, Folklore & History at 6:30 p.m. March 11, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day
Dublin-born folklorist, humorist, folksinger and instrumentalist, Tom O’Carroll, will bring a wealth of stories, humor, wit, and history to this performance. 

O'Carroll has played at concerts, festivals, schools and libraries throughout the United States and Canada, as well as his native Ireland.

This lively program will include such themes as the Irish emigration to the United States, the Great Famine of the 1840s, and an introduction to Ireland’s Traveling People, sometimes called Tinkers.

The evening will end with some favorite Irish-American songs, and the audience is invited to sing along. Irish-themed refreshments will be on hand.

Registration is requested.
For information stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Monday, February 25, 2013

AT&T to fund Seymour High scholarships

Taken from Kurt Miller's Facebook page:

AT&T Connecticut today announced a $5,000 donation to the Friends of Seymour Public Library to help fund scholarships for graduating Seymour High School students.

There will be two $2,500 scholarships available to graduating Seymour High School students. The Friends of the Seymour Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization that believes in the importance of books and libraries for people of all ages.

Each year, the Friends of the Seymour Public Library award monetary scholarships to graduating Seymour High School senior students who have an interest in pursuing a career in library media science, communication, history, political science, governmental studies or English. 

The students must demonstrate strong academic achievement, good citizenship, and community involvement.

“We’re committed to helping students with a passion for learning advance their education and attend college,” said Gerry Eckhardt of the Friends of Seymour Public Library. “Thanks to AT&T’s generosity, we will be able to help two students attend college this year and gain the tools necessary for successful careers.”

“AT&T is proud to support organizations like the Friends of Seymour Public Library that are committed to providing students with the opportunities and skills necessary to compete and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Kelly Wade Bettuchi, Director External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Connecticut.

In addition to the AT&T Scholarships, the Friends of Seymour Public Library annually award two $300 scholarships to graduating Seymour High School students.

For information, contact Lisa Rubio, Guidance Counselor, Seymour High School.

'The Taste' on tap at Warsaw Park

My co-worker Jean Falbo-Sosnovich has a story in the paper today about an event this Saturday in Ansonia that will no doubt be a lot of fun.

The second annual wine, beer and food "tasting" event benefits girls' softball in Seymour.

Sounds like a win-win.

Library to offer St. Patrick's Day craft fun

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will offer an after-school program at 3:45 p.m. March 12.

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to stop by for Crafty Kids St. Patrick’s Day program, which will include a story and craft. 
All materials will be provided.
Registration is requested. For information or to register, call the Children’s Room, 203-736-1482, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., or visit

Derby Neck to host Kerry Boys to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

DERBY - Derby Neck Library presents the Kerry Boys with their Irish music and wit at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 2 p.m. March 16.

Join us for this treat of a live, professional performance for free. It's family friendly entertainment, after which traditional Irish refreshments will be served.

For details call 203-734-1492. The library is at 307 Hawthorne Ave.

Realtor to present seminar for landlords

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites landlords and prospective landlords to a
Landlord Rights and Rules Seminar at 6:30 p.m. March 18.

Presenter Susan Kopec, 2013 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor with Carey & Guarrera Real Estate, is not only a real estate agent, but a landlord and property manager as well. 

Topics covered will include, protecting your rental assets, correct way to refund security deposits, tenant damage, proper way to increase rent, protecting yourself when leasing, tenant pets and
how to overcome tenant issues.
 Handouts from the Department of Banking regarding lead disclosures, bank accounts, late payments and interest due will be available. 

Refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. 

For information, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1481 or visit

Derby runners win 19 awards at Stratford race

The Derby Middle School Running Club won 19 awards Saturday at the Stratford YMCA Sweetheart 4-mile Race, beating last year’s total.
Below are four photos from the race, contributed by Derby resident April Pruzinsky.
7th grader Nicole Rizzo
6th grader Jayce Curcio, left, and 7th grader Chase Boulton
8th grader Nicolette Tasi
7th grader Tristan Pruzinsky

Congratulations to the Derby Middle School students who ran well on a raw February day.

And a big thank you to April Pruzinsky for sharing her photos!

Shelton organization slates fitness event Sunday

An Invitation from MovingWithHOPEJoin Us for an Afternoon of Food, Fun and Fitness for the Whole Family at B&B Cages!
415 Howe Avenue, Suite 303, Shelton, CT 06484
Sunday, March 3, 1 PM - 4 PM
Activities for people of all abilities
Call 203-513-8424 To Register

Science Snoopers to learn about trees at library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites children ages 3-7 to attend Trees in Winter at 10:30 a.m. March 6.
Children can explore the world of trees and learn how they change with each new season during this Science Snoopers program.
The Science Snoopers series is designed to introduce children to the natural world around them offering them an opportunity to explore the simplicity and complexity of science.
The class includes a short talk enhanced with hands-on material, props and an experiment, a short story related to the theme followed by an art project.
 Registration is requested. There is no fee to attend.
 For information or to register, call the Children’s Room, 203-736-1482, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., or visit

Special ed families to rally at Capitol Monday

Event planned to raise awareness
Join with parents and families of Connecticut special education students as the Special Education PTO Alliance celebrates special education in Connecticut public schools.

Raise awareness of special education and its importance to the lives of thousands of children in classrooms across Connecticut every day.
Rally to support special education programs in Connecticut public schools and to keep Connecticut's system of special education fair and accessible to the parents of special education students.

WHERE: Old Judiciary Room, 3rd Floor, Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford

WHEN: Monday, March 4 starting at 10 a.m.

WHY: Because if we don't advocate for our children, who will?

Registration: This free event is open to the public. Registration by e-mail in advance is requested. 
Forward your name, your town and the number of people in your group to

Questions? E-mail the SEPTO Alliance at

Parking: Limited public parking is available in the parking garage next to the
Legislative Office Building.
The garage has a connector to the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol area at the roof level. On-street metered parking and commercial parking lots are also nearby.

For information contact Natalie DiDente at natalie@SEPTO

Like local history? Derby library has just the thing

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will begin to schedule weekly Local History Information Sessions from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.
             The Library’s Local History Coordinator will be available in the Local History Room to answer questions and assist visitors in exploring the numerous local history resources available at the Library.
            Visitors will also be invited to browse through PastPerfect, a software program that enables users to search the Library’s progressively updated local history database.
           Assistance will also be available for research on topics such as genealogy, prominent local figures, major area events, and more.
          For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. , call 203-736-1482 or visit

Gentile, colleagues celebrate Step-Up success

Program creates 1,200 jobs    

State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, left, at celebration in Hartford

      State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, recently joined dozens of other legislators to celebrate the success of the state’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up). 
       “I can tell you first hand the Step-Up event held in Ansonia in September was an outstanding success,” Gentile said. “Over 150 Valley businesses attended the free event which is very encouraging.”  
    A new report by the state Department of Labor shows since the Step-Up program’s first hire in February of 2012, a total of 1,199 new employees have been hired at nearly 400 companies throughout the state.

     Over half of the employers taking part in the Step Up program hired individuals to fill a new job created specifically as a result of the program incentives and by November, nearly 250 new employees had already completed six months of work and were no longer subsidized.

     “Environmental Management Consultants, a small environmental business and engineering consulting company in Derby has taken advantage of this program,” Gentile said.  “The hope is to continue matching employers with qualified job seekers.”

Training grant incentives
     Step-Up, focused on job creation, was part of the Jobs Bill passed by the legislature in October 2011. 
    The state program, which provides wage subsidy and training grant incentives to small businesses, offers up to $12,000 in wage subsidies during the first six months of a new hire’s employment while the small manufacturing training grant provides up to $12,500 during the same six-month time frame.

     As of Feb. 7, employers across Connecticut have hired 560 unemployed job seekers using the wage subsidy program, and another 639 under the small manufacturer’s training grant.   
      Administered by the state Department of Labor and the Connecticut’s five Workforce Investment Boards, the three Step-Up programs provide a total of $30 million ($10 million for each program) in employer incentives.

This post is taken from a press release from Gentile's office.

Dinner to benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School

DERBY - A Macaroni and Meatball Family Supper to benefit St. Mary-St. Michael School will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Church hall, 75 Derby Ave.

Join Marc Garofalo and St. Michael’s Kitchen Krew for a menu that features family-style macaroni, meatballs, salad, soda, coffee, and dessert.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children.

For reservations or information call 203-735-6471. Seating is limited for the comfort of supporters.
Anyone interested in donating a prize for the raffle or baking for the dessert trays may either drop off at the rectory or bring it by 2 p.m. on the day of the dinner.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Plans for new Derby shopping center shared

Derby had some upbeat economic development news this week.

The former site of Valley Bowl and several other businesses on Pershing Drive is going to be transformed into the Pershing Drive Shopping Center.

So far an Aldi supermarket and a Panera Bread store with a drive-through window have committed to locating there, Mayor Anthony Staffieri announced.
There will also be a bank branch and two other buildings that will house as yet-unnamed businesses on the 5.5-acre parcel.

Here is a section of the site to be developed. At the far end on the right is Italian Pavilion.

Library to offer class on downloading-e books

DERBY -  The Derby Public Library will begin to offer free monthly instruction classes on
how to download e-books on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. and the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
            Classes will explore how to download e-books, as well as audio books using the downloadable e-media catalog powered by OverDrive and available on the Library’s website.  E-readers are not required to attend.
           If you have recently purchased an e-reader or tablet or are thinking about it, or if you prefer to use your PC or laptop to download books, this informational class is for you.
         Handouts will be available.
         This is a walk-in class and no reservations will be accepted. There is a seven-seat limit per class.
          The March class dates are at 10 a.m. March 19  and 6:30 p.m. March 20.

         For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Soft touch is topic of Griffin workshop

DERBY - Griffin Hospital will offer a basic level Soft Touch workshop from noon to 3 p.m. April 20.
The workshop is free and open to the public.

Soft Touch is a therapeutic, relaxing and gentle rub that can be given to an individual's hands, feet, or back.
 Griffin Hospital offers the therapy to patients and their caregivers as a way to reduce their anxiety, pain and stress.
Taught by a Griffin Hospital nurse who is also a licensed massage therapist, this basic-level training includes a demonstration of various Soft Touch techniques as well as opportunity for hands-on practice.
Space is limited; early registration is required.
Workshop participants may register by contacting Tricia Brister at 203-732-7555 or at

Griffin Hospital is at 130 Division St.

Ansonia police arrest 4 in a drug sweep Thursday

ANSONIA—Four residents were arrested on narcotics charges early Thursday in a drug sweep at 1 Holbrook Place, Lt. Andrew Cota said in a press release.

At about 5:15 a.m. police were assisted by officers from Derby, Shelton, and West Haven police departments as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration in executing three search and seizure warrants.

Cota said the department’s anti-crime unit was able to secure search warrants after a lengthy narcotics investigation related to illegal sales of prescription narcotics.

Police took four people into custody, the release said.
The arrestees were: Debra Winkler, 50, of 1 Holbrook St., first floor right side, was charged on a warrant with two counts of sale of prescription drugs, and two counts conspiracy to commit sale of prescription drugs.
She was held in lieu of $40,000 bond. Winkler was also charged with possession of narcotics, and failure to keep drugs in original container, police said. Winkler was arraigned Thursday at Superior Court, Derby.

Michelle Cuevas, 44, of 1 Holbrook Place, second floor left, was charged on a warrant with two counts of sale of prescription drugs and two counts of failure to keep drugs in original container. She was held in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Cuevas was also charged with possession with Intent to sell. Cuevas was arraigned Thursday.

Michael Servidio, 42, of 1 Holbrook Place, first floor right, was charged on a warrant with sale of narcotics, conspiracy to sell narcotics, conspiracy to possess narcotics, possession of narcotics and failure to keep narcotics in original container.

Servidio was held in lieu of $20,000 bond and arraigned Thursday.

Kevin Grandy, 25, of 1 Holbrook Place, third floor left, was charged with sale of narcotics, conspiracy to sell narcotics, and conspiracy to possess narcotics, possession of narcotics and failure to keep narcotics in original container. He was released on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear March 6 in Superior Court, Derby.

Mystery photo for a Friday

This is probably a tough one.  Hint: Taken this morning in Ansonia.

If you want to guess where this is, just leave a comment and I'll get it in my e-mail.

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Restaurant in Shelton to thank Echo Hose firefighters

SHELTON – Mat and Kelly Calandro, owners of Verace Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, 100 Center St., want to acknowledge the bravery and courage of the Echo Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. #1 firefighters in Shelton.

From Sunday through Feb. 28 (closed Monday), Verace will be giving a portion of its proceeds for all dine-in and take-out meals (lunch and dinner) directly to Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. #1.

The Calandros said, “The community has been so welcoming to us, and we wanted to say thank you. The firefighters at Echo Hose put their lives on the line to keep our community safe and we wanted to recognize their hard work and dedication.”
Verace Pizzeria and Italian Eatery is a full-service pizzeria, restaurant, deli, and bar making traditional Italian-American dishes.

Verace provides customers with delicious, high-quality, and affordably-priced meals specializing in family-style options, handmade breads, thin crust pizzas, and making everything fresh and to order.

Verace can be found on Facebook or at

This information is from a press release from Kelly Calandro of Verace Pizzeria & Italian Eatery.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Derby Public Library to hold college fair

DERBY - On Monday Derby Public Library in partnership with regional 
colleges and universities will host “Mission Possible: College Fair.”

The event will provide representatives from various local colleges and universities that will speak to participants about the application process and the possibilities available to Derby area residents to be empowered to attain a bright future with a college education.  

The college fair will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Derby Public Library conference room on the third floor. The library is at 313 Elizabeth St.
“In addition to providing quality programing and resources that foster growth through literacy, the Derby Public Library is committed to facilitate the means for our youth and community to pursue higher education,” said Cathy Williams, Library Director. 
“We will bring under one roof local college and university representatives that will help address questions and concerns about our regional higher academic institutions and will have information about the application process.”
Confirmed participating institutions include Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College, Lincoln Technical Institute, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven.

Participating patrons will have the opportunity to talk individually with each of the college representatives. Refreshments will be provided.

“We want everyone to save the date, bring your questions and be ready to take the next step towards a college education,” Williams said. 
For information or to RSVP e-mail Ana Gonzalez at or call 203-777-0800.  

This information is from a press release from Ana Gonzalez at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.

Seymour kids play in high school basketball game

 Seymour youth basketball team members. / Contributed photo
Youth in Kindergarten through second grade who play in the Seymour Recreation Department Youth Basketball Program were invited by the Seymour High School Boys Basketball Team to play at half time in the last varsity home game of the season.
The players who participated are:
Left to right front row: Shane White, Madelynn Orosz, Marley Orosz, Joey Carrafiello and Robbie Carrafiello.
Left to right middle row:
Jack Hennesey, Julia Marsala, Ashley White, Jake George, Winter Phaelan.
Left to right back row:
Ryan Flaws, Isaiah Wooden, Leo Hendrickson, Anthony Tomasko, Christopher Reiter and Ethan Adams.
Missing from photo are Matthew Dolan-Romo, Jacob Snow, Chase Reynolds and Tyler Yacawych, who also played in the JV half-time game.
The Seymour Recreation Department runs a youth basketball league for both boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade.
There are more than 365 Seymour youth and 70 parent volunteers who participate in this program which runs from mid-November to early March. 

This is taken from a press release from Missy Orosz, part-time Associate Recreation Director, Seymour Recreation Department.

Griffin offers cyber-greetings to cheer patients

DERBY – As hospitals across the state request visitors with flu-like symptoms to stay home and winter weather makes it difficult to travel, Griffin Hospital makes it possible for loved ones to send some cheer to a patient without setting foot in the hospital.

“Griffin Greetings” enables individuals to send a message to a patient via the hospital website,
There are several card options, including baby congratulations, get well soon and birthday wishes.

The card is printed at the hospital and delivered to the patient’s room. Unlike other hospital e-card systems, the card will be delivered to the patient’s address if he or she is discharged before the delivery.
To send a Griffin Greeting, visit and click on the “Patient Greetings” link on the left-hand side of the home page.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

'Big River' ends this weekend in Shelton

SHELTON - Center Stage Theatre presents the musical, "Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," for two more performances: at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Music is written by Roger Miller, the "King of the Road."

Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for students. For information call 203-225-6079, or choose your own reserved seating at

The show is directed by Gary Scarpa of Shelton. The theater is located at 54 Grove St., in the former Lafayette Elementary School. 

Library offers job search help, look at local history

DERBY - The CT Works Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15.
During both the morning session, 10 a.m. to 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
          The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.  
          The CT Works Career Coach is a project of The WorkPlace, Inc. operated by Career Resources.
          For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Yesterday's Headlines

The Derby Public Library welcomes Rob Novak, Jr., local historian, at 6:30 p.m. March 19 to discuss Yesterday’s Headlines.
 Novak has specialized in presenting local history in fun, interactive formats for both general and specialized audiences for more than 20 years.
He is past director of the Derby Historical Society and City of Shelton’s Municipal Historian.  In addition, Novak has authored four books through Arcadia Publications, and has been a popular historical columnist.
Participants will be taken back to 1913, 1938, and 1963 to see what was happening 100, 75, and 50 years ago in the Valley.
Registration is requested. For information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit

Family workshops continue at Derby library

    DERBY - The winter session of Family Place Parent/Child Workshops continue through March 11 11 from at the Derby Public Library. The session is from 10-11:15 a.m.

     This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their 1-3 year old children.  Siblings age five and under are also welcome to attend.
    The workshops feature puzzles, books, blocks, a craft, dramatic play and more.  Parents/caregivers will be introduced to some of the many resources available to them to assist in the raising of their toddlers. They also will have an opportunity to meet new friends in an educational and creative environment.
       Each workshop will focus on a different topic and will feature a professional from the community who will be available to discuss parenting questions and concerns. 
      Topics will include child development, nutrition, immunization and more.  Do not miss the opportunity to consult with experts on a no-fee basis while your child enjoys a wonderful play experience. 
      Space is limited; registration is requested.  Families are encouraged to attend all the workshops to obtain the full benefits of this eight week session.
        For information or to register, stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., call 203- 736-1482 or visit

       The Family Place is a national initiative of Americans for Libraries Council and Middle Country Library. The Family Place of Connecticut is made possible through the generous support of the Katharine Matthies Foundation. 

Derby library to offer social media seminar

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites everyone to Social Media Made Simple, at
6:30 p.m. March 4.
           Participants will learn how to generate more business and growth through social media.

This is a practical session designed to cover the basics of marketing your business or non-profit on the major social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and how to integrate them with your website and e-mail newsletter program.
Come and learn how to create a social media marketing plan that fits your business.

The seminar will be presented by Robert Clark, Managing Principal of LucidPoint, LLC, based in Stamford and a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner.
         He has more than 30 years' experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing and information technology.  
       Clark has presented to numerous organizations of all sizes including Chambers of Commerce. 

      Registration is requested. For information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St.,
call 203-736-1482, or visit    

Art showcase slated at Oxford Town Hall

OXFORD - The Oxford Cultural Arts Commission has announced The 2013 Gallery of Art Showcase to be held May 24-26.

There will be music, theater, and art demonstrations, art gallery tours and art instruction for children and adults This is a family-oriented, fun event.

A Meet the Artist Reception & Silent Auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. May 24 in the meeting room at Oxford Town Hall, 486 Oxford Road.

Showcase hours: are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25-26. More than $1,000 in prizes will be distributed.

Those interested in entering works for jury consideration should complete the Gallery of Art Artist Entry Form on our Web Site
Or download the forms and send entries on a disk with entry form and check made out to
Oxford Cultural Arts Commission. P.O. Box 532, Oxford, 06478 no later than April 26.

Jury fees are non-refundable and are payable via check or via PayPal.

This information is taken from a press release. 

Literacy fair planned at Ansonia Middle School

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday

This event is designed for children through age 8.

The information in this post was taken from the Ansonia Public Schools' Facebook page.

Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2013

NEW HAVEN - Marking the major milestone of celebrating 20 years of telling women’s stories, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame announces four inductees for 2013. 

Embodying women’s education and women’s empowerment, they are:   
Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s 3rd district since 1990, sharp political strategist and champion of women’s causes;
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, led the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs;  
Linda Koch Lorimer, Vice President of Yale University, visionary leader in higher education, spearheading strategic partnerships locally and abroad;
and historic inductee Augusta Lewis Troup, union organizer, journalist and promoter of the suffrage movement, beloved educator and advocate for teachers and minority groups.

“Historically, traditional education has been the path to empowerment for women,” says Katherine Wiltshire, executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
“However, today we recognize that education extends well beyond the academic walls into numerous fields where women use creative and innovative ways to help other women advance.  There’s no better way to celebrate the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary than to honor and share the stories of four remarkable women who so beautifully embody our mission to educate and inspire women and girls.  They give us hope and a positive vision for future generations.”

The CWHF welcomes back platinum sponsor The Hartford to help make possible the 20th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration which will take place Nov. 6 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
In addition, the CWHF will recognize a group of 10 Connecticut women whose life’s work has fostered women’s knowledge and advancement. 

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is an educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievement of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. 

Founded in 1994 in Hartford, the Hall fills the void that traditional curricula still fail to address and today stands as the state’s premier source for women’s history with 102 Inductees. 
These women’s lives and accomplishments are celebrated and documented through a wide spectrum of innovative statewide programs offered free of charge to Connecticut citizens. 

Historically, the CWHF web site has been a learning tool attracting international, national and local researchers, teachers and students. 

The CWHF’s website,, is a “Virtual Hall” where visitors can explore its educational resources.
To join the CWHF via social media, find and like ctwomen on Facebook and follow @ctwomen on Twitter.   

The above information is taken from a press release.

Paint the Town and Your House Pink

  Pinkest House/Yard/Business Decorating Contest Sharing from Seymour Pink founder Mary Deming: "We love seeing all of the pink ribbons...