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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Commodore Hull 5K race will be run for 12th year through Shelton, Derby

Group visits U.S.S. Constitution
Aboard 'Old Ironsides' in Boston.  / Contributed photo

The Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Committee traveled to the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston recently to officially announce the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race will be held for the 12th straight year on Thanksgiving morning. 
 Members were given a private tour of the ship.

The Committee thought it appropriate to visit “Old Ironsides” for the announcement because Commodore Hull, for whom the race is named, was the captain of the Constitution during the War of 1812.

 He won one of the most famous battles in U.S. history over the British frigate Guerriere and catapulted the U.S. Navy into the ranks of a world naval power.
In making the announcement that the popular race will once again be run through the downtown streets of Derby and Shelton, the Committee also announced that Greco & Haines will be back as the main sponsor as they have been every year since the race started in 2002. 
Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Glenn Gaetano said, "We are absolutely thrilled that Greco & Haines is once again supporting our efforts for the great community event at the same time that they are celebrating their 50th year in business. The commitment as the very first race sponsor back in 2002 made the race possible, and their continuing support has allowed us to grow this into a community institution that has raised over $100,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley."
Jeanne Connors, President of Greco & Haines, said “Helping children is the primary reason for our participation. Children are our future and they must receive all the support we can give them to achieve their goals in life. The Boys & Girls Club is a stellar example of an organization committed to providing that support.”
         The Committee also announced the field for this year’s race is being expanded to 750. They noted that back in 2002 they were hoping for 200 runners, but had over 300. Ever since then, they have increased the number slowly to make sure that the quality of the race is not diminished. 

Two things that have made the expansion possible are the building of the pavilion by the City of Shelton and the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club which accommodates more runners than the tents used earlier, and the use of FastTrack Timing to handle the timing.
Registration for the race will not begin until September.
            For information about the race, visit the website at
http://electronicvalley.org/derby/HullRace.
 
This post is taken from a press release from committee member Jack Walsh of Derby.

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Restaurant, TEAM join forces to support Meals on Wheels

ANSONIA -The Original Antonio’s, 314 Main St.,  and TEAM, Inc. announced today that Meals on 

Wheels night will be held from 4-9 p.m. May 9.


Antonio’s will donate 20 percent of that evening's dinner proceeds to TEAM’s Meals on Wheels program.

Throughout the Valley, TEAM’s Meals on Wheels delivers a daily meal to home-bound elderly residents. 
TEAM delivers a hot meal to 214 clients each day.  Last year TEAM delivered 52,919 meals to 348 Meals on Wheels Clients in the Valley.

Let Antonio’s do the cooking while you dine in support of Meals on Wheels.


Download a flier about this event at www.teaminc.org.
 
This information is taken from a press release from TEAM, Inc.  

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Shelton police announce Sunday's parking ban, street closures

Green Ribbon Ride to remember victims




    SHELTON - On Sunday the city will host the start of the Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride and event, sponsored by the five Newtown Fire Departments, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a release. 
    The ride will assemble and begin at the Riverwalk downtown and there will be a parking ban and several street closures.


    The parking ban is in effect from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for posted streets and 12 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the Municipal Parking Lots at Cornell St./Howe Ave. and Howe Ave. next to the Donut Stop.
    Any vehicles parked within said areas during the stated hours will be towed at owner’s expense.
    The road closures will begin at 7 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m.
    The following streets will be affected by the ban and the closure:

 HOWE AVENUE – From Wharf Street to Center Street  – BOTH SIDES.
 HOWE AVENUE – From Center Street to Bridge Street – EAST SIDE or                                                                  NORTHBOUND CURB.
 CANAL STREET – From Wharf Street to Bridge Street – BOTH SIDES.
 CORNELL STREET – From Howe Avenue to Canal Street – BOTH SIDES.
 HILL STREET - From Howe Avenue to Canal Street – BOTH SIDES.
  WHARF STREET - From Howe Avenue to Canal Street – BOTH SIDES.

    High turnout is expected for this event and police are warning drivers there may be significant traffic delays in the area.
    Any questions about the parking ban and street closures should be directed to the Shelton Police Traffic Division.



This post is taken from a press release from Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, Shelton Police spokesman.
 

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YMCA summer camp programs offer fun, build character


The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA branches are offering camp programs to give children and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Nearly 50 percent of U.S. parents say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year. 
With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge. 

The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all the Y’s camp has to offer.  
There are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:   

1.    ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit www.cccymca.org for details.

2.    HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits. 

3.    PERSONAL GROWTH: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.

4.    NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. 

5.    MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and campfire stories) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA offers both day and resident camp experiences and to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need through it’s Strong Kids Campaign.

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for nearly 130 years. 

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

For information, visit www.cccymca.org or call 203-777-9622.


This post is taken from a press release from Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.

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Summer soccer camp slated in Seymour

SEYMOUR - Summer soccer day camp offers basic technical and tactical training for the youth player in an environment that is challenging and enjoyable. 

The curriculum designed to teach common skills and individual and team strategies from beginners to intermediate players.

Each camp session is taught by Academica Futbol Club (AFC) Professional Premier Staff. 

Fee includes ball and T-shirt. There is a $10 discount for second child registered.
The camp will be held from July 15-19 at the Seymour Middle School lower field.
The fee schedule is:
Mini Kick, ages 4-6,  $90; Half Day, ages 6-16, $125; Full Day, ages 8-16, $175.

Sign up now to ensure enrollment at www.academicafc.net.



This information is taken from a press release from Deirdre Caruso, Manager of Operations & Grants, Seymour.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Valley to mark Day of Prayer

    Valley residents have been invited to mark the 62nd National Day of Prayer Thursday at two locations.
    A program will be held at noon outside Seymour Town Hall, 1 First St. The Rev. Russell Lesiw of Seymour is once again coordinating the event.
    Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller will be among the speakers. In case of rain the program will be held inside Town Hall in the Norma Drummer Room.

    In Ansonia, an observance will be held at 6 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park next to Ansonia City Hall, 253 Main St.
     For information about Ansonia’s National Day of Prayer program, contact Pat and Larry Boemmels at pboem@att.net.
      President Harry Truman designated the first National Day of Prayer in 1952.  The event was designated for the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan.    

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Book swap slated in Seymour May 19

SEYMOUR - The  Seymour Lions Club and the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission will sponsor a Meet and Greet Book Swap from 1-3 p.m. May 19 at the Strand Theater, 165 Main St.

Bring any books you no longer want and replace them from the selection of books received. Encyclopedias will not be accepted.
 
The event will feature author Anthony Paolucci who will read from his book, "Greedy Guts."
He will be selling and signing his books as well.

Come out and meet the people from the community.
Leftover books will be donated to various organizations.


This information is taken from a press release.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Birds of prey on display at Earth Day celebration in Ansonia


Todd Secki of Killingworth shows off Autumn, a red-tailed hawk, Saturday at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center's annual Earth Day celebration.  

Secki said red-tailed hawks are the most common hawks found in North America and often live for 25 to 30 years in the wild. 
He and his wife, Christine Cummings-Secki,  are licensed wildlife rehabilitators who run the nonprofit raptor rescue organization, A Place Called Hope. 


Deep River resident Grace Krick and Chestnut, a Great Horned Owl, seem to be having a staring contest Saturday at the nature center. Krick is a volunteer with A Place Called Hope.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Teddy bears (and kids) invited to picnic at Derby library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites children ages 3-7 to a Teddy Bear Picnic at 11:30 a.m. June 1. 

Bring your lunch along with a Teddy Bear friend and join
the fun with stories, songs and more during this outdoor program.

Dessert will be provided. Participants may also wish to bring a blanket for the picnic. 

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  www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

At 12:30 p.m. that day the Library invites children ages 4-11 to use their creative talents and stir their imagination during Lego Time.
All levels of building skills are welcome to come by for the introduction of this new drop-in program which will take place twice a month. 
There is no fee to attend and building materials are provided.

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Shelton students learn about media, arts careers

SHELTON - Shelton Intermediate School hosted its first JAM (Journalism/Arts/Media) day  Wednesday to celebrate journalism, arts and media in the community.  

 The day provided students with the opportunity to learn about various careers related to the fields of journalism, performance and visual arts, and media.  
Guest speakers included Gary Scarpa, the director of Center Stage Theatre in Shelton; Bob Moseley, author of "Out of Bounds;" David Merrill, artist; Seth Davis, CBS Sports College Basketball Studio Analyst, Sports Illustrated senior writer, and author; Sean Barker, Sports Editor of The New Haven Register, Middletown Press, The Register – Citizen of Torrington; Joseph Morelli – Scholastic Sports Editor of The New Haven Register; Fred Ruggio, Editor of Shelton Life Community and Business News; and Aleta Miner, Associate Editor of Shelton Life Community and Business News.
      The seventh and eighth graders listened to the presenters speak about their experiences in their related fields and the paths that led them to success. 


This post is taken from a press release from Shelton Intermediate School housemaster Carolyn Ivanoff.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mammograms, genetic counseling are topic of talk in Derby


DERBY - Griffin Hospital is helping area women learn the basics of mammograms and when they should be screened with a free presentation May 7.

Dr. Denise Barajas, medical director of the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, will present “Do I Need a Mammogram?” - a discussion on breast cancer screening guidelines, risk factors and genetic counseling - at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at Griffin Hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division St.

This talk will feature an in-depth discussion of when and how frequently to get a mammogram, the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, testing and treatment options, and the ways a woman’s lifestyle can increase her chances for being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The event is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U “Tuesday Talks,” a series of free wellness talks featuring Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics.

All Tuesday Talks are held in Griffin Hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division St.
Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit griffinhealth.org. To find out about upcoming Tuesday Talks, visit griffinhealth.org/programsevents.

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Ansonia police unit makes series of drug arrests

By Register Staff

ANSONIA — The Ansonia Police Anti-Crime Unit has made several drug arrests in recent weeks, Lt. Andrew Cota said in a written release today.

The Anti-Crime Unit conducted an operation April 9 in the Wakelee Avenue area, and officers observed what they believed to be an illicit narcotics transaction.

Officers stopped a motor vehicle on Church Street and two males were detained as part of the investigation.

Cota said officers were able to locate 28 individual packets of suspected heroin that the occupants had hidden in the engine compartment.
Gregory Czel, 33, of Newtown, and Matthew Gagliardi, 26, of Naugatuck, were both charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, and conspiracy to possess narcotics. The men were released on $2,500 bail each.

  The Ansonia ACU was conducting an operation in the area of Wakelee Avenue

at approximately 3:45 p.m. April 16 when officers observed what they believed to be an illicit narcotics transaction and conducted a motor vehicle stop on Howard Avenue, Cota said.

Officers found a small amount of crack cocaine inside of the vehicle. Raymond Cianciullo, 42, of Milford, was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.

He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear April 30 in Derby Superior Court.

Cota said police arrested three individuals involved in an alleged drug transaction April 18 at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Root Avenue, near the GQ Food Mart. Officers from the Anti-Crime Unit observed the transaction in the area after receiving numerous complaints of drug activity from neighbors.
Tre Akeem Day, 21, of 59 Pleasant St., Ansonia, was charged with sale of marijuana, possession of less than an half-ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear May 2 in Derby Superior Court.

Eric Perez, 20, of Naugatuck, was issued an infraction for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

Darryn Phillips, 21, of Ansonia, was issued an infraction for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

Cota said all the arrests were a result of the Ansonia Police Department’s response to neighborhood concerns and complaints received about illicit drug sales occurring in various spots in the city.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crisco hosts Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Hartford


HARTFORD - State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, founder of the Connecticut Hall of Fame and chairman of its selection committee, today hosted a formal induction ceremony at which the newest honorees were revealed and enshrined.
Crisco said four former or current state residents are included in this year’s class – the fifth group to be so honored.
The four inducted today are Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma, A.C. Gilbert and Roger Sherman.
“Connecticut has been home for so many truly remarkable people over the years, each of whom made an indelible mark on American history and each of whom helped define our notable state,” Crisco said. 
“This year’s class lives up to standards set by previous inductees – I couldn’t be more proud of the caliber of Connecticut residents we’ve chosen.”
“Jim Calhoun’s name and reputation are synonymous with the men’s highly successful basketball program at the University of Connecticut and his ongoing legacy also includes his philanthropic and humanitarian work,” Crisco said. 
“Likewise, Geno Auriemma successfully raised the profile of women’s basketball at UConn and across the nation, with eight national titles and decades of excellence among scores of graduating UConn women.”
Crisco said contributions made by this year’s two other inductees were made previously and are by now part of Connecticut’s historic fabric.
“A.C. Gilbert won an Olympic Gold Medal in the pole vault, and received an M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine but made his name and reputation as an inventor and manufacturer, most notably of the famous and very popular Erector Set,” Crisco said. “And Roger Sherman was rare among Connecticut’s 18th century activists – one of the very few to have signed all four documents that were to become the pillars of our nation: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Articles of Association.”
According to its website the Connecticut Hall of Fame is, “intended to recognize the outstanding achievements of Connecticut individuals,” and, “serve as an educational tool for the great number of students who visit the state Capitol and Legislative Office Building.” 
Crisco told all those at today’s event the Hall of Fame has operated since its inception with no state funding, reliant instead entirely upon contributions and donations.
This information is taken from a press release from Crisco's office.  

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Preschoolers enjoy sports in Seymour rec program

These are some of the participants in the Seymour Recreation Department's Preschool Sports Mania Class. 
Pictured front row from left are Gianna Garofalo, Jacob Lang, Adam Simoes, Sam Bender. 
Back row from left are Sam DiCapua, Maia Simoes, Jeffrey Weaver and Payton Motyl. Missing from photo are Samantha Pastick and Samantha Botelho.


SEYMOUR - Children ages 3-5 are taught to play a different sport each week in the Seymour  Recreation Department's Pre-School Sports Mania class. The sport is geared for their age.

Activities this past session included soccer, parachute games, jump ropes, hula hoops, aerobics and floor hockey.

Classes are 45 minute long; each session runs for six weeks.
The program is held in the Seymour Recreation Department Gym. Missy Orosz, part-time Associate Recreation Director, started the program in spring 2009.

The next session will start soon. Call the Seymour Recreation Department to register, 203-888-0406.


This information is taken from a press release from Missy Orosz.


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Crosby Commons resident to sign books in Shelton

SHELTON - A special book signing will be held at 3 p.m. May 10 in the lobby at Crosby Commons at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.

Written by Doris Thorn, an 88-year-old resident of Crosby Commons, "Casting Light on the Mystery of God in You" is an inspirational work. 

It encompasses Thorn's experience and wisdom she has gathered over the decades.

The book signing is free and open to the public.

For information contact Activities Director, Mary Ann Milano, 203-225-5018 or at mamilano@umh.org.



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'Chat and chew' slated May 22 at Derby library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for 12:30 p.m. May 22.
           The selected title is the tale of family and romance, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
        A respected New York City attorney suddenly vanishes without a trace. 
        After discovering a love letter he wrote many years ago, his daughter Julia travels to Burma intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father's past.
       There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship and passion that will demonstrate the power of love.  

         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 more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.  



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My Sister's Place in Ansonia to reopen Monday


ANSONIA - My Sister's Place thrift shop, 380 Main St., will reopen Monday, BHcare officials announced this morning.
All profits from sales at the store benefit BHcare's program for  victims of domestic violence.
After carpeting is installed this week, the selling floor and store front will be set up.

Please note the donation center will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday so that workers can ready the store for a Monday opening. 
A bin will be located in back of the store for donation drop-offs.

A grand re-opening is scheduled for May 4. Details to follow.
This information is taken from a press release from BHcare. 

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DeLauro visits seniors, vows to fight for nutrition program


U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, chats Monday with Ansonia resident and Meals on Wheels recipient Ed Krystopik at his home.



On Monday I was among several media folks who spent some time following U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro to three Ansonia residences and to Seymour Housing Authority's Callahan House.

DeLauro rode along with TEAM, Inc.'s Ron Boucher, who delivers Meals on Wheels to Valley senior citizens.

The visits were arranged so that DeLauro could see firsthand the effect that possible cuts to the federally-funded Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs would have on the elderly.

I can still recall my elderly grandparents benefitting from a similar program in New York State back in the 1970s.
They looked forward to the driver's daily visit and appreciated getting a hot meal when my grandmother could no longer cook for the two of them.

Although government "waste, fraud, and abuse" is the mantra of the day, spending federal dollars on nutrition programs for the home-bound and elderly would certainly seem justified.




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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Crisco wins Senate vote to expand biomedical funds for stroke research



HARTFORD – State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, Senate chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, has won unanimous Senate approval for his initiative to expand the state’s innovative and highly successful Biomedical Research Fund to include grants for studies into the cause and cure for strokes.
 
Crisco said the debilitating result of strokes can devastate the afflicted and their families alike and should be the focus of renewed and intensified medical research.



The Biomedical Research Fund was established through legislation originally introduced by Crisco. Each year the state Department of Public Health directs tobacco settlement funds to underwrite worthy research seeking a cure for heart disease, cancer, other smoking-related diseases; in 2010 its scope was expanded to include Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.


Researchers already know several risk factors with regard to stroke that include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and tobacco use, each of which aligns perfectly with the original purpose of the Biomedical Research Fund,” Crisco said.
 “But the debilitating fallout from stroke depends on which part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, and for how long, so there’s a world of research still waiting to be done.”


Crisco said Connecticut’s Biomedical Research Fund was originally meant to supplement funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) but over time, with drastic cuts at the federal level, Connecticut’s program has largely supplanted NIH grants.



“There are more than seven million stroke survivors in the United States who are recovering, but additional research is needed to help them – and new stroke patients – do so more quickly and more thoroughly,” Crisco added.
 “Additional research might be in order to help prevent strokes among higher risk groups like women, older men, and African-Americans.”



Crisco said the bill expand the scope of the Biomedical Research Fund to include strokes now advances to the House of Representatives for its consideration.



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

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Griffin Hospital in Derby to host talk on weight loss

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is helping area women get ready for Women’s Health Week (May 12-18) with a free presentation April 30 on the dangers of excess body fat.
Nutrition experts from Medi-Weightloss Clinics in Shelton will present “Excess Body Fat Hurts More Than Just Your Looks” at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center at 130 Division St.

The talk will discuss several underlying medical concerns for overweight women and why it is important to shed those extra pounds for the sake of their well-being.
This presentation brings to light the number of health concerns that may be lurking inside the body and features testimonials from women across the U.S. who have shed the extra pounds and learned more about their overall health than they ever expected.

Attendees will receive a gift certificate for a free consultation and BMI analysis or a free diabetic screening.

The talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U “Tuesday Talks,” a series of free wellness talks featuring Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics.

Tuesday Talks are held in Griffin Hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit www.griffinhealth.org.
To find out about upcoming Tuesday Talks, visit griffinhealth.org/programsevents.

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Leadership development event slated May 10 in Shelton

    SHELTON - Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders May 10 by attending the Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® hosted by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce at R.D. Scinto, Inc. Auditorium in Building 3 on Corporate Drive.
 

    Chick-fil-A®  Leadercast®  is a one-day leader development event broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the world, including Shelton.
    Speakers for this year’s event include:

o       Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
o       Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
o       Mike Krzyzewski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA 
o       John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
o       Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
o       LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
o       Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
o       David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
o       Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009) , via exclusive Simply Lead video interview

   Last year, more than 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Chick-fil-A®  Leadercast®. In its 14th year, this full day, experiential conference is predicted to reach its largest audience to date.

    “It is one of the single most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of,” said Bill Purcell, President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life.”

    This year the program will focus on the idea of simply leading. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so that our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. This diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights to help leaders learn how to Simply Lead.

    Past attendee, Alex Modica of ShelfGenie, commented, “Aren’t you worth allocating a day to yourself for personal and professional development?”

    The Chick-fil-a Leadercast is hosted locally by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and sponsored locally by: Prudential, Ned Miller Agency, a division of Starkweather & Shepley, Sandler Training, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, R.D. Scinto Inc., Talking Finger, Larry Janesky’s Connecticut Basement Systems, Fairfield County Business Journal, Star 99.9 FM, WPLR 99.1 FM, 95.9 Fox, and 94.3 WYBC .

    For information about Chick-fil-A®  Leadercast®, visit www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com. 

    For local ticketing information, call (203)925-4981 or visit www.greatervalleychamber.com.

This information is from a press release from the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Gentile, Crisco welcome expected $190,000 grant for agency in Ansonia

State Rep. Linda M. Gentile is shown at the state Capitol. / Contributed photo


HARTFORD - State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, and state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. , D-Woodbridge, welcome the expected passage of a state grant for an assistance facility in Ansonia when the State Bond Commission meets Friday.

BHcare, Inc is expected to receive $190,000 for renovations to its shelter for victims of domestic violence. 
The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. this Friday in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
    
“I am thrilled with the funding allocated for BHcare,” Gentile said. “The statistics for domestic violence in our state are staggering.  The individuals that this shelter serves, many of whom are children, have already gone through unimaginable trauma by the time they arrive at the shelter.  Once they are safely settled in to their new environment, they deserve to live in a peaceful and structurally sound home.”

The funds will provide ADA access improvements and a roof replacement at the domestic violence shelter.

“Anticipated approval for this state grant reflects a renewed, collective desire to address the epidemic of domestic violence in our state, in this case, by helping those victimized and displaced with a secure and confidential place to stay,” Crisco said. “BHCare and its staff make crisis and counseling services available 24 hours per day and seven days per week – it’s gratifying to know these state resources will be available to shore up the facility where these services are provided.”

BHcare is licensed by the Department of Public Health and provides a comprehensive range of recovery-based psychiatric and substance abuse services, along with domestic violence and family mediation for adults and children.

BHcare is designated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as the Local Mental Health Authority for Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.

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

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Seymour Lions promote green initiative, mark Earth Day


Seymour Lions' clean-up crew members pause to pose at Exit 22 off Route 8. /Contributed photo

SEYMOUR - The Seymour Lions Club recently took part in a Lions Green Team initiative to help the environment by celebrating Earth Day at its Adopt-A-Spot located at the bottom of Exit 22 off Route 8 North.
The club’s efforts resulted in a welcoming entrance into Seymour.

According to Yvonne Lorincz, Seymour Lions Club president, “This Lions Green Team project improved the environment and our community at the same time. It exemplifies our ongoing commitment to provide a healthier and safer place to live, work and play.
"Lions thank everyone who contributed to and supported this important effort. You are truly helping Lions make a difference.”

The Seymour Lions Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen, 557 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia.
In addition to environmental projects, the club also is having a Meet & Greet Book Swap on May 19 and is starting its Summer Cruise Season May 5.
Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.
For information or to get involved with the Seymour Lions Club, contact Melissa A. Smith Poynton at 203-430- 9356, seymourlions52@att.net or visit “The Seymour Lions Club” on Facebook.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
For information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

This post is taken from a press release from the Seymour Lions Club.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Derby Middle School runners take part in benefit 5K

DERBY - The Derby Middle School Running Club participated Saturday in the Greenway 5K to benefit the Knights of Columbus. 

Runners Ejona Gjata, Kiley Rodriguez, and Jayce Curcio won their age groups.  

Other runners included Rocco Samoker, Rachel Fleischer, Casey Briggs, Samantha  Inthapanhya, Nicolette Tasi, Sara Gerckens, and Nicole Rizzo.

Kiley Rodriguez, Grade 8
  
Rocco Samoker, Grade 6

Thanks go out to Derby resident April Pruzinsky for contributing the photos.



This information is taken from a release from Bradley School kindergarten teacher Jenny Ames.
 

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Seymour slates soccer sign ups

SEYMOUR - Fall soccer sign ups will be held 6-7:30 p.m. May 8 and 1-3:30 p.m. May 11 in the Community Center basement, 29 Pine St. 


In-House Program (younger children) will consist of one weeknight practice and one game on Sunday.
The Travel Program (older children) will play teams from area towns and will have two weeknight practices and a weekend game. 

In-House Program fee is $85 per child. Travel Program fee is $130 per child.
The registration deadline is June 15.

Visit the SSA website at www.seymoursoccer.org for a printable registration form and for important information (age groups, new Nike travel uniform process, etc.).

Contact SSA at info@seymoursoccer.org with questions.


This information is taken from a press release.

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Valley adult ed offers online course

Valley Regional Adult Education has announced the launch of a new online class, Introduction to Windows 8, through its online partner ed2go. 

Students will learn how get the most from the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, including managing apps, programs, photos, files, and folders. 


Participants will also learn how to organize photos, protect their files, and browse the Internet with Window 8's new Internet Explorer.

This course is part of Valley Regional Adult Education's growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. 


Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. 

They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. 


A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.
To learn more, call 203-924-6651 or visit http://www.vrae.org and click Online Learning under Enrichment Programs.



Valley Regional Adult Education provides educational services to residents of Ansonia, Derby, Monroe, Seymour, and Shelton.

Visit www.vrae.org or call 203-924.6651.

This information was taken from a press release from Valley Regional Adult Education.

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Seymour church seeks scholarship applications

SEYMOUR - The Great Hill United Methodist Church Board of Trustees has announced that applications are now available for the McKane Scholarship for 2013.

The scholarship has been given annually since 1968 and is in memory of Peter Hall McKane who died tragically at the age of 18 in an automobile accident and his brother, Paul Archer McKane, who died in 2003 from cancer.

The scholarship fund was endowed by the McKane family, friends and church members.  This year a scholarship award of $1,000 will be given to a graduating high school student from Seymour or Oxford, who has been accepted and plans to attend a college, university or other institute of higher learning.

Selection criteria includes financial need, personal effort, individual goals reflecting a degree of determination, and academic achievement.

For information or an application, persons may contact local high school guidance offices or call the Great Hill United Methodist Church, 203-888-9425. The application is also available at www.greathillumc.org.

The deadline for applications is May 3.


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Walk for hungry, homeless planned in Derby


     DERBY- The 16th annual Walk for the Hungry and Homeless will be held May 18 on the Derby Greenway, starting at the Division Street entrance.

    Spooner House invites walkers and runners to participate May 18 starting at 9 a.m. (rain or shine).
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and walkers may begin whenever they arrive.


    Participants are asked to make donations in any amount that fits their budget, ask others to sponsor them for additional funds and seek matching donations from employers.

    However, a minimum donation of $20 will be required for each participant to receive the commemorative walk T-shirt.
   All proceeds benefit Spooner House in Shelton.

    For additional walk sponsorship forms (registration/pledge forms) or more information Tony Vellucci at 203-225-0453 x102, email him at avellucci@actspooner.org or visit http://actspooner.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=da9822d7c732f3e8d839f430a&id=4dc9b4234d&e=4ce3a954cd.



This information is taken from a press release from Spooner House in Shelton.  

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Griffin initiative holds Father's Day art contest in Valley schools

DERBY -  Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) is holding a Valleywide Father’s Day art contest to design the front of its 2013 Father’s Day Card.

The contest is open to Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton students from elementary school to 12th grade.

Entries will be split into an Elementary School Division (up to Grade 6) and a Middle School/High School Division (Grades 7-12).
Winners will receive US savings bonds and their art will be featured on Father’s Day cards distributed throughout the Valley.

Design entries should include the depiction of the love between a father and child/children, and a Father’s Day wish encouraging fathers to be aware of/take charge of their own health.
Division winners from each Valley town will receive $500 savings bonds and second-place winners will be awarded $250 saving bonds.

The Valley Arts Council will select the overall winners in each division and the grand prize of a $1,000 savings bond will be awarded to the winners.

Applications are available at each Valley public school. Submissions must be sent to the high school art department where the contestant lives by April 30.
For information, contact Francis H. Michaud, Jr. at 203-732-2311 or fmichaud@macpas.net.

About The Health Initiative for Men
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the “Health Initiative for Men” (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort.

The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early.
For more information about HiM, visit griffinhealth.org/him.

This information is taken from a press release from Griffin Hospital.  

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Derby library to host 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. May 20.

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.
The program was postponed from an earlier date due to snow.

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


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Festa Italiano cabaret to be staged in Shelton

SHELTON - Join Marc Garofalo & Friends for Festa Italiano Italian Night Cabaret next month at Center Stage Theatre.

It will be an evening of music, laughs, tears and all things Italiano at Center Stage, 54 Grove St.

Performances are at 8 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $15.

There will be cabaret table seating. The event is BYOB and BYOF.

For reservations call  203-225-6079. For information visit www.centerstageshelton.com.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. 
 
This is a performance in two acts; each act is approximately 45-60 minutes.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday fun ~ Derby mystery photo


I call this one 'C'mon Spring! and I post it as a mystery photo.

Any guesses where this was taken? Please leave them in the comments.



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Ansonia school slated for new playground

With a backhoe as a background, Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe, left, joins John G. Prendergast School Principal Joseph Apicella, center, and Assistant Principal Sherrod McNeill after Monday's demolition of an old playground.

The three men thanked public works and school maintenance crews for their help in razing the play equipment.

Apicella said he is hopeful the school will soon a new playground from an initiative launched by the New Jersey Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association.

The firefighters’ union is raising money to build 26 playgrounds throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and Prendergast School is a finalist, Apicella said.

The playgrounds are part of The Sandy Ground Project, in memory of the 26 victims who died during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Fingers crossed that Prendergast pupils will soon have a new, safe area in which they can have fun and let out that youthful energy.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Walks scheduled to observe feathered friends in Derby

DERBY - Do you enjoy watching birds?

Join like-minded people in relaxing Saturday morning walks in search of local birds at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave.

Experience the joy of observing birds in the wild, sharpen bird identification skills or just enjoy a Saturday morning hike through the grounds of the Kellogg Estate and Osbornedale State Park.

The walks are scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday (April 20), May 18, and June 15.

Walks last up to two hours, depending on conditions. Dress for the weather.

Meet in the parking lot of the Kellogg Environmental Center to begin. All levels of birders are encouraged to participate.

These programs are free.

For information, call 203-734-2513 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

This post is taken from a press release from Kellogg Environmental Center.

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Woman celebrates 105th birthday at Crosby Commons in Shelton

Pictured from left, Enid Heyse of Milford, Bradbury's niece, and her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Patty Bradbury of San Diego. / Contributed photo

SHELTON -  Ella Bradbury, resident of Crosby Commons Assisted Living at Wesley Village recently celebrated her 105th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
 

Bradbury has lived at Crosby Commons for nine years, in which she ran the resident store, knitted lap robes and shawls for hospice patients and at 96, learned how to correspond with her family through e-mail.

In recent years, Bradbury has participated in the Crosby Commons Journey of Dreams program by taking a trip up in a hot air balloon and helicopter ride.

Bradbury continues to lead an active lifestyle by attending lectures, playing her nightly game of Rummikub and exercising daily in the Flex and Stretch program.

When asked what her secret to longevity Ella’s response “Take life easy and keep breathing!”

This information is taken from a press release.

 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DeLauro to speak at employment salute in Ansonia

ANSONIA - BHcare and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a complimentary luncheon May 1 for employers of businesses encompassing Oxford, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby and Shelton.

The 19th Annual Employment Salute will feature keynote speaker U. S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3. She will speak on the Connecticut economy as it relates to businesses. 

The luncheon will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. May 1, at Molto Bene, 557 Wakelee Ave.

BHcare promotes employment of trained and talented people with disabilities through cost savings such as subsidized labor and tax credits. 
The organization will present awards to the employer and employee of the year.

Seating is limited. For information or to RSVP, call John Yeager, 203-736-2601, ext. 1412 or e-mail jyeager@bhcare.org.

BHcare is a regional community provider of behavioral health, addiction and prevention, and domestic violence services. 
For information, visit bhcare.org.


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O'Brien students to present comedy in Ansonia



Emmett O'Brien Technical High School students Chris Ruge and Madelynne Cable rehearse for their performance of  'Check Please' by Jonathan Rand. / Contributed photo

ANSONIA - The O’Brien Players will perform this lighthearted comedy about blind dating at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the cafeteria. The school is at 141 Prindle Ave.

Dinner will be provided by the culinary department and is included in the ticket price of $10. 
For information and ticket sales call Mary Parady, instructor and drama club advisor, 203-732-1824. Limited seating is available.


This information is taken from a press release.

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Poet to read works at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby

DERBY - Philanthropist Francis Osborne Kellogg deeded her 350-acre property to the state of Connecticut for a state park, which led to the creation of Osbornedale State Park.

Kellogg, who died in 1956, supported the arts and brought many famous speakers and performers to the Valley during her lifetime.

To help continue the tradition all are invited to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day at a special poetry reading and book signing by Marilyn Nelson at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. May 11.


Nelson will open the season with readings from her collection of poems, "Carver: A Life in Poems."

This collection provides young readers with a compelling, lyrical account of the life of revered African-American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.
Born in 1864 and raised by white slave owners, Carver left home in search of an education and eventually earned a master's degree in agriculture.
Rising to head the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Institute and known for his studies on sweet potatoes, cow peas and peanuts, Carver provided the world with many products and agricultural innovations.
Nelson tells his story through 44 poems celebrating the man and his accomplishments. She is the author or translator of 15 books and five chapbooks.

Image Journal writes, "American history as conceived by Marilyn Nelson is the inside-out, last-shall-be-first version. She inhabits the voices of the overlooked and disenfranchised and shines light into forgotten corners that reveal essential truths about the whole....But if she is a revisionist historian’s poet, she is also a child’s poet, a mother’s poet, a housekeeper’s poet, and scientist’s poet....It’s this breadth of perspective, from pole to pole, past to present, from spheres domestic to atmospheric, that make her so remarkable. Nelson is also an openhanded citizen of the nation of writers." 

Nelson's honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, an A.C.L.S. Contemplative Practices Fellowship, the Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service.
In addition, she has received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal—the Poetry Society of America's most prestigious award, for a "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry."

Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut. She was (2004-2010) founder/director and host of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small non-profit writers' colony; and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. 

The staff of the Kellogg Environmental Center is honored to host Nelson.

The program is offered free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided.

The Kellogg Environmental Center, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information call 203-734-2513.

This post is taken from a press release from Kellogg Environmental Center.

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