Monday, December 29, 2014

Sign up for January children's events at Derby Public Library

Winter Story Times at Derby Public Library
Registration is underway for the winter session of story times at the Derby Public Library.  This story time session will run from Jan. 14 through March 20. The Library offers age-appropriate programs for children from birth to 5 years old. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. infants age birth to 12 months along with a caregiver are invited to attend Baby and Me which introduces our youngest patrons to the library and books through simple songs and rhymes, movement, board books and interaction with their caregiver. The class will run for about 20 minutes. Participants are welcome to stay and play for some social time immediately following the program.

Toddler Time will take place on Thursday mornings at 10 for 1 and 2 year olds along with a caregiver. Finger plays, songs, movement, stories and rhymes will be included in this half-hour program. The first class will be on Jan. 15.

Children ages 3-5 are welcome to join us for stories, songs, instruments, literacy games and a craft on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 16.  Preschool Story Time is designed to be an early school-readiness experience, an introduction to peer interaction and improved listening skills.   Children will attend this story time on their own while a caregiver remains in the Children’s Room. Registration is requested.

Music and Movement Program at Derby Public Library
Children ages 3-6 are invited to join the fun during a music and movement program at Derby Public Library on Friday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. Sandi Schuchmann presents Turn it Up! which will have everyone up and moving during this highly interactive, half hour music program. There is no fee to attend. Registration is requested.

Saturday Story Time at Derby Public Library
The Derby Public Library will offer a Saturday family story time on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Children ages 3-6 are welcome to stop by for Let it Snow to listen to winter themed stories, sing songs and work on a snowflake craft. There is no fee to attend and all materials are provided. Registration is requested.

Lego Time at Derby Public Library
The Derby Public Library invites children ages 4-11 to use their creative talents and stir their imaginations during Lego Time on Saturday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. All levels of building skills are welcome to come by for this drop-in program which will take place twice a month.  There is no fee to attend and all building materials will be provided.  The masterpieces will remain on display in the Children’s Room for  everyone to admire.

Crafty Kids Program at Derby Public Library
The Derby Public Library invites children in kindergarten through 4th grade to stop by the library on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 3:45 p.m. for a winter themed Crafty Kids program. All materials will be provided and there is no fee to attend.
Registration is requested.

Yoga for Kids at Derby Public Library
The Derby Public Library will host a yoga program for kids age 8-11 on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Kathy Trusdell will present this fun, innovative yoga class which incorporates basic yoga and movement into a themed program. It is suggested that participants wear comfortable clothes and bring along a towel or yoga mat. The program is free to attend, but registration is requested.

Take Your Child to the Library Day at Derby Public Library
In recognition of the 4th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, the Derby Public Library has planned a variety of activities for families on Saturday, Feb. 7.  This statewide initiative by children’s librarians was introduced in 2012 with the intention of encouraging families to visit their local library to become familiar with the resources available and join in an activity which is just a sample of the programs taking place throughout the year. All programs offered at the Derby Public Library are free and non-residents are always invited to register.

Families with children ages 2-5 are invited to Winter Tales a story/ craft time at 10 a.m.  We welcome families with children ages 3-9 to join us for Turn it Up! a highly interactive music and movement program presented by Sandi Schuchmann at 11 a.m. Lego Time will take place at 12:30 for children ages 4-11 with an opportunity to use their creative talents and stir their imaginations.  All levels of building skills are welcome to come by for this drop-in program.

The above information was provided by Children’s Librarian Susan Sherman. For further information or to register, please call the Children’s Room at 203 736-1482, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth Street or visit the library website at

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ansonia Mayor Cassetti's holiday message

Happy Holidays to all!  I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

As we celebrate this holiday season, focus on all the accomplishments achieved in 2014 and strive harder for a prosperous new year. Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends, but let us not forget our neighbors these holidays. A holiday season greeting may go a long way for those alone. I believe the Holiday Season is about giving and sharing PEACE and HAPPINESS.

My family and all of the dedicated City Hall staff wish you joy and happiness throughout the holiday season and New Year.

2014 was a great year for Ansonia and I am predicting an even brighter future in 2015.  We witnessed a milestone last week when a portion of the buildings were demolished at the former Ansonia Copper and Brass site. We said good bye to a part of our history, but we are also welcoming a bright new future with economic growth into Ansonia.  Join with me to help make Ansonia a better place to work and live.

— Mayor David S. Cassetti

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seymour Fire Marshal's Office selects winners of fire prevention poster contest

SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Fire Marshal’s Office selected four winners in the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Recognition Program, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Timothy P. Willis in a release.

The winners were fifth-grader Sara Kochiss and fourth-grader Louis Zhu of Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School, and fifth-grader Gabriel Sand and fourth-grader Camille Grandy of Bungay Elementary School. The students, along with a parent, received a ride in a fire truck to their respective schools.

This was a joint effort with the Seymour Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s Office.

"It is events like this that create lasting memories and will hopefully impress upon the students how important it is to practice fire safety activities," the release states.

Gabriel and Camille’s pictures were chosen as the town winners and will be forwarded to the New Haven County Competition.

The Town of Seymour has been participating in the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Recognition Program for at least 15 years. This is a cooperative effort between the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Marshal’s Association, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Board of Education, CT DEEP and the Connecticut Fair Plan representing the Insurance Industry.

CT Works Career Coach returns to Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The CT Works Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library Friday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During both the morning session, 10-12, and the afternoon session, 1-3, instructors will be offering job search assistance. Learn where to look for jobs, how to get the job you want, and how to search for jobs on the internet.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested 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 more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

January 2015 events at Derby Neck Library

On Saturday, Jan. 10 from 2-4 p.m.: Teen Video Tournament featuring Super Smash Bros on Wii U.  Refreshments will be served throughout and prizes awarded. Bring a friend or two and challenge them to a fast-paced fun game on our large screen TV.

On Monday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.: Dinner and a Movie for ages 18 and older. Come and enjoy the new movie “Pride” on Blu-ray. Based on a true story, this film describes the interactions of gay-activists and  striking miners in the U.K. Refreshments will be served, as well as a dinner at intermission.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6-7 p.m.: “Meet the Author,” featuring local writer Joe Marazzi, discussing his new book “A Bowlful of Memories.” This book commemorates the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl by focusing on the numerous memorable football games and concerts that have been held there. Signed copies will be available for purchase.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.: Bedtime Music and Movement featuring our Miss Kathi. Wear your jammies and bring a favorite stuffed animal to sign and dance under our indoor stars.

On Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Writers’ Round a workshop for writers of all types—poetry, prose, fiction, scripts and more. Bring your original works to share and spark your creativity by writing from our prompts.

On Monday, Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m.: Women’s Forum, a monthly literary discussion group that focuses on short stories, poetry, history and more. This month, we start a New Year with poetry on beginnings (provided by the moderator). Bring a light lunch. We serve free coffee and tea.

On Monday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.: Tech Talks, a series focused on new technology and how best to use it for your needs. This month, we feature operating PowerPoint. This same discussion also takes place on Wed., Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

On Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.: Evening Book Club. Each month we meet in our comfortable Reading Room to discuss a memoir, fiction, or non-fiction book.  All books are award-winners by noted authors.  For this month’s title, please call the library at 203-734-1492.  Copies are available because of the generosity of our Friends’ Club.

The Derby Neck Library is located at 307 Hawthorne Ave. For more information on these events, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Developer reaches agreement with Ansonia over blighted property

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city and the Hamden developer who bought 10 acres of abandoned Farrel property downtown last year struck a deal this week to clean up the blighted eyesore.
During a continued appeals hearing Thursday, Developer Moustapha Diakhate and the city signed a remediation agreement that gives Diakhate until Jan. 31, 2015, to clean up the graffiti, overgrown brush, fix broken windows and more to secure the property.
And while Diakhate has yet to install a fence around the perimeter of the property, to keep squatters out, he’s in the process of getting prices and should have it up by next week, according to Corporation Counsel John Marini.

Read more here

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wesley Village continues 'Sandwiched' caregiver education series for 2015

SHELTON >>  Caregivers are invited to Wesley Village on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. for the education series, "Sandwiched," on balancing the responsibilities of work, finances, family life, and caring for an aging loved one.

The topic for this session is "Use It or Lose It: Helping Your Aging Loved One Stay Active and Fit." Dianne Terrace, certified trainer and director of The Wellness Center at Wesley Village, will give some important fitness tips that will help your loved one get moving again in the coming year.

The snow date for this event is Wednesday, Jan. 14.

To RSVP, call 203-925-4952 or visit The program will be held at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. A light supper will be served. This is a monthly series.

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager United Methodist Homes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Valley regional paramedic service facility to expand

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Valley’s regional paramedic service is expanding its home-base here.
Valley Emergency Medical Services Chief and Executive Director Robert Pettinella said a 2,100-square-foot facility will be built at 764 Derby Ave.
Pettinella said Borghesi Building and Engineering Co. of Torrington was chosen to design and construct the new facility, which will accommodate much-needed classroom space and emergency vehicle storage. Pettinella said the building will be constructed with a pre-engineered building built by Butler Manufacturing Co.

Read more here

Ansonia Copper & Brass plant demolition begins

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Demolition of the former Ansonia Copper & Brass plant got underway Tuesday, bringing a historic part of the city’s manufacturing past crashing to the ground.
“This is an exciting new chapter for the city of Ansonia,” said Mayor David Cassetti. “Blighted industrial space is being converted into a blank canvas on which the future of economic development can be painted.”

Read more and check out the pictures here.  

Derby Board of Education accepts school officials’ resignations

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The Board of Education Monday accepted the resignations of three top school administrators, but officials remained tight-lipped about what prompted the departures.
The board, following an hour-long executive session, unanimously voted to accept Derby Middle School Principal Sean Morrissey’s resignation, along with the resignations of DMS Assistant Principal/Dean of Students Matthew Spar and Derby High School Principal Greg Gaillard.

Read more here

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Joseph DiMartino appointed Derby alderman

DERBY >> Joseph DiMartino has been appointed to fill the vacancy of Alderman David Lenart, who resigned from the Board of Aldermen earlier this month.

Read more.

PHOTO: St. Mary-St. Michael School students collect 139 toys for charity

DERBY >> Students from St. Mary-St. Michael School collected 139 Toys for Team's Annual Toys for Kids Campaign. The seventh-grade students pictured here helped organize the toys. Pictured are: Samantha Muncy, Gabriella Soriano, Joanna Wypasek, Kinga Cieslik and Sofia Soriano.

PHOTO: Crosby Commons resident enjoys visit from Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus

SHELTON >> Residents, family members, and staff of Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village gathered together on Saturday, Dec. 6 to celebrate the season with an annual holiday party. The party, hosted by the Dining Services team at the community, featured an elegant display of festive hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, and more, along with an ice sculpture (prepared by a staff member) and an extravagant buffet. Entertainment was provided by Anthony Cafeiro on keyboard and vocals and a special appearance was made by Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus, to the delight of all the guests. Crosby resident, Mario Poliferno, smiles for a photo with the iconic holiday duo during the party.

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

Derby Public Library changes format of Tech Time sessions

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has changed the format of its monthly Tech Time sessions.

Now, on every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m., a staff member will be on hand to answer all your tech-related questions and concerns. Whether you are having trouble downloading e-books, searching databases, completing on-line job applications, scanning/sending documents and photos, etc., your problems will be addressed.

January’s sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. No registration is needed.

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

This is a press release from Library Directory Cathy Williams.

'Easy One Pot Winter Meals' cooking demo Jan. 12 at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled a cooking demo on "Easy One Pot Winter Meals" for Monday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will show participants how to make warm and hearty dishes for those cold winter days. There will be samples of all demonstrated foods. The class is for ages eighteen years and older. Registration is required.

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

This is a press release from Library Directory Cathy Williams.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Seymour P&Z green lights apartments for former LoPresti School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The former, historic LoPresti School, which served countless elementary school students over the last century will get a new lease on life as an apartment building.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously gave Bridgeport developer John Guedes the green light to convert the vacant, 104-year brick building into 42 market-rate apartments.
The commission granted Guedes a zone change from residential to multi-family, paving the way for Guedes to start construction this spring. He anticipates the project should be complete by spring 2016.

Read more here

Derby alderman tenders resignation, takes job with fire department

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Public service and the last name “Lenart” go hand in hand in Derby.
So when news Thursday that Alderman David Lenart resigned from the Board of Aldermen, effective immediately, got around, Lenart was quick to dispel any worries that he’d be leaving a long family line dedicated to public service.
In fact, the very reason why Lenart left his role as 2nd Ward aldermen is to allow him more time to serve the community.

Read more here.

Developer to erect fence on blighted property in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> They say fences make good neighbors, and in the case of a Hamden developer being asked by the city to button up the abandoned building downtown he bought last year, this fence is intended to keep out squatters.
The city held a hearing Wednesday regarding developer Moustapha Diakhate’s recent appeal of being slapped with a blight citation, threatening him with $20,000- a-day fines for failure to remediate the property.
A deal was reached, according to Corporation Counsel John Marini, where Diakhate has agreed to install a fence around the property at 501 E. Main St. by Dec. 17.

Read more here

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Derby High School Principal Gaillard abruptly resigns

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Beloved Derby High School Principal Greg Gaillard has resigned effective immediately, leaving more questions than answers surrounding the turmoil plaguing the school district.
The following note was posted on the school’s website Wednesday:
“As of December 9, 2014, Mr. Gaillard, for personal reasons, has resigned as principal of Derby High School. The interim administration team beginning Wednesday, December 10, 2014, will be Mr. (Martin) Pascale, Acting Principal, and Deb Almonte and Rachael Artaiz as Acting Vice Principals. We will keep you informed as to any additional information as it becomes available. Thank you for your understanding and have a great day.”

Read more here

Seymour P&Z seeks zone change for former LoPresti School to build housing

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on a zone change that would pave the way for the former LoPresti School to be converted into apartments.
The Dec. 11 hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The vacant school, at 29 Maple St., is zoned R-18, or residential. Bridgeport developer John Guedes has requested a zone change to multifamily in order to create 42 market-rate apartments in the 104-year-old building.

Read more here

Aldi supermarket opening Thursday in Derby

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The much-anticipated opening of the Aldi supermarket at 72 Pershing Drive is Thursday.
A ribbon-cutting is set for 9 a.m., Mayor Anita Dugatto said. The store will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Food samples and a tour of the new facility will be included in the grand opening, along with gift bags for the public to “take home a taste of Aldi.”

Read more here

Shoppers can enjoy Downtown Handmade Market this weekend

SHELTON= Downtown Handmade Market continues this Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kid's Week is upon us! Come dressed as your favorite princess and make sure to stop by Glitzy Twins mobile shop for mini Frozen makeovers. CrazyFun Facepainting will be joining us and bringtheHoopla is fully stocked with a perfect hoop just for you. To add to the excitement, Elsa & Olaf will be visiting between 12 and 2 p.m.
Over 35 handmade artisans will be there. To learn more, visit

Library hosts Teen Movie Night

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Movie Night.
It will be Dec. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., when the library will show a newly released DVD.
Refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482 or visit .

Spooner House gets $50,000 grant

SHELTON - The Valley Community Foundation board has voted to award 12 Grants, including $50,000 for Spooner House in Shelton.
The grant funds are to be directed to general operating support for providing food, shelter, and other services to Valley people in need, from now through October 2015. The total of all the VCF grants being provided this year is $251,754.
"It is always challenging securing general operating support, yet that is precisely what we need to provide our clients day in and day out, month in and month out," explained Susan Agamy, executive director of Spooner House. “Thank you to everyone in the Valley Foundation Board for understanding that without a base of funds, we will not be able to provide our residents in the homeless shelter or those receiving food bank donations with basic support."
Sharon Closius, foundation president, said every request is reviewed carefully.
"(We) made the decision for the Spooner House grant because we fully understand that in their case, keeping the water, heat and utilities functioning for shelter constituents it critical," Closius said. "Leading into the colder months, with shorter daylight hours, these services really need to be continued."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Derby Public Library announces events

Winter Reading Club for Adults
The Derby Public Library invites you to start off the New Year right by joining their Winter Reading Club, Slide Into a Warm Winter Read.  This reading club for adults, ages 18 and over, will begin on Jan. 5 and run through March 6. As participants read books of their choice, they will be asked to anonymously complete a very brief written questionnaire to share with fellow readers. These will be posted.  Readers will receive a participation prize upon submitting their first review. Weekly raffles for winter surprise bags will be held for all participants sharing for each particular week. A “spring thaw” celebration for all club members, catered by Stacey Ference of Savour Catering, will be held on Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. All attendees will have a chance to win a grand prize raffle.  You can register in person at the adult circulation desk or by phone.


Local History Information Sessions - Blizzards
 The Derby Public Library has changed the format of its weekly Local History Information Sessions on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Now, along with offering research assistance, the library’s Local History Coordinator will also have information available on monthly highlighted local history topics.  January’s topic will cover notable winter weather and blizzards of the Valley. 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. 


Program Series – Just for Women – Reflections on Life
The Derby Public Library is changing the format and content of its monthly series, Just
for Women, which meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Beginning with the
Jan. 5 meeting, these informal sessions will include the reading of quotes reflecting life
situations relevant to women. A wide variety of topics will be covered. Women of all ages are
invited to share their thoughts as they feel comfortable. In today’s world, women are under more
pressure than ever. Take some time to do something for yourself and connect with other women. 
Valley resident and licensed professional counselor, Joan Joyce, will facilitate. Registration is
requested but walk-ins are also welcome. 


Wednesday Movie Matinees for Adults
The Derby Public Library continues its weekly Wednesday Movie Matinees series for ages 18 and over. Newly released DVDs will be shown every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. Registration is requested.  

The above information was provided in a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit

Santa's Workshop and Fireworks event in Seymour rescheduled to Saturday

SEYMOUR >> The Land Trust’s 19th annual Santa’s Workshop and Fireworks event has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Legion Pool, 13 Chatfield St.

The event will feature pictures with Santa in the Land Trust's Henry Hamel Building, which has been decked out into a "winter wonderland," according to Land Trust President Alex Danka, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will arrive to a spectacular fireworks display.

The event is free, however, Land Trust officials are asking people to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food bank. The person who brings the most items (minimum 25) will be named “honorary selectman” for the day on Dec. 23.

For more information, visit the Land Trust's website at

Derby Board of Education receives leadership award

DERBY >> The Derby Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Level One Leadership Award during the annual CABE / CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents) Convention held Nov. 14-15 at the Mystic Marriott. 

Left to right: Executive Director of CABE, Bob Rader,
Christine Robinson , Dr. Matthew J. Conway Jr., Kenneth Marcucio,
Laura Harris and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.   
CABE believes that Boards of Education and Superintendents which exhibit the most effective leadership are characterized by their ability to work together as “teams.” The CABE Board Recognition Awards are designed to recognize Boards which work effectively in this manner. Boards which fulfill 22 of the following 34 Level One criteria, including a minimum of three in each area, earn the Level One CABE Board Leadership Award. These areas include: board leadership/student achievement, board member professional development, policy, community relations, and related organizational leadership.

The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) serves local and regional school districts in Connecticut and is dedicated to improving the quality of education throughout the state and the nation. CABE's membership includes 150 school districts representing 90 percent of the state's public school population. CABE is a leading advocate for public education at the State Capitol and in Washington D. C., and offers many types of support services to local boards of education including the Board Member Academy, a continuing education program for local board of education members.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) is a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization whose membership includes Connecticut public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, central office administrative personnel, state department of education officials, and college and university professors. It provides educational and administrative leadership on a state and national level; it researches, gathers, and disseminates data and information necessary for the management and operation of effective school systems; it monitors state and federal legislative activity and strives to influence positive laws and regulations affecting the education of Connecticut's public school students; it provides personal support services for its members; it holds statewide conferences of interest to the educational community; and it is a strong voice and staunch advocate of quality public school education.

Wesley Village introduces new memory support community

SHELTON >> Wesley Village is introducing “Lifestyle Transitions,” a new memory care neighborhood located in the newly renovated Northwest Wing of their Wesley Heights community.

“Lifestyle Transitions at Wesley Heights” will offer specialized assisted living in a secure, supportive environment for those living with memory loss. This new program is designed to support residents with cognitive impairment by engaging them in life and activities within the larger Wesley Heights community and providing encouragement, friendship, and a feeling of security. It will also focus on developing daily routines for successfully managing individualized physical, social and cognitive challenges.

The “Lifestyle Transitions” program space encompasses existing apartments and newly renovated gathering areas, including a library, family-style kitchen, living room area, laundry nook and enclosed outdoor courtyard. Safe and quiet space for reading, relaxation, and dining, and other stimulating activities such as baking, gardening, exercise, art classes, musical entertainment will be available. Colors, textur
es, lighting, and furniture was chosen with the help of a dementia consultant in order to organize these therapeutic spaces in a way that best meets resident needs.

Unique to Wesley Village, “Lifestyle Transitions” offers a mission-based, relationship-centered approach to care, as well as: affordable pricing, a wander-management system, 24-hour staffing with consistent caregivers, engaging activities, a variety of apartment styles for individuals or couples, education and support services for residents and families, and a specialized design to maximize independence. Deposits are now being accepted for apartments in this new neighborhood. For more information, please contact Lisa Kelleher at 203-944-6099 and save the date for the upcoming open house on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 12–3 p.m.

Wesley Village is located at 580 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local not-for-profit organization. The campus offers assisted and independent living, skilled nursing, short-term rehab, and outpatient therapy and fitness services. To learn more, visit

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

Seymour fire departments reap rewards from Founders Day

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The town’s two volunteer fire departments have been able to purchase some beneficial equipment geared to keep firefighters safe in the line of duty, thanks to proceeds from this year’s 5th annual Founders Day event.
According to Founders Day Association President Linda Bellavance, the festival held in June raised nearly $18,000 in profits, which was equally distributed to the two selected benefactors, Citizens Engine Co. No. 2 and Great Hill Hose Co.

Read more here

Valley schools’ club gets $16K in funding to continue programs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Students involved in the Human Relations Club at Ansonia and Derby High schools got a big financial boost from a local organization to help kids continue to make a positive impact in the community.
The Valley Community Foundation, during a recent Board of Education meeting, announced it was awarding the club $16,600.

Read more here.

Used book sale planned for Seymour

SEYMOUR - The Friends of Seymour Public Library are offering gently used books for sale on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will be a varied collection of books for sale including fiction, nonfiction, and those for children.
Books are placed alphabetically and in categories to make shopping more enjoyable. This month there is a buy one, get one special, not including red dot items. All monies received go directly toward purchasing items much needed by the library. Mention this article and receive a free book of your choice

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Public meeting set for Dec. 8 on Rimmon Street reconstruction project in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> The state of Connecticut has scheduled a public informational meeting regarding the pending project for the reclaiming and reconstruction of Rimmon Street in Seymour on Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Norma Drummer Room in Seymour Town Hall, which is located at 1 First St.

In case of inclement weather the meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the same time and location.

At the meeting the tentative design and timeline for the project will be discussed.  Also, the town engineer and consulting project engineer will be there to answer any questions from the public.

The state has delayed the projected timeline for the project and bidding for contractors is now not set to begin until fall 2015. Please try to attend the meeting if you would like to express concerns about this or any other aspect of the project so that your concerns can be added to the official project record.

If you are unable to attend but would like to comment, written comments can be submitted to:

The Office of the First Selectman
1 First Street
Seymour, CT 06483

Any comments must be submitted within two weeks of the meeting date and will be conveyed to the Town Engineer to be included in the official project record.

Ansonia Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday

ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti is inviting all to the city's annual Christmas tree lighting event at 6 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street. The Ansonia High School Band will lead Santa down Main Street to the park. There they will be joined by DJ Phyllis Kaplan, the Take 4 quartet and the AHS chorus in entertaining the crowd with holiday music. After the lighting enjoy hot chocolate and munchkins, donated by the Dunkin Donuts on Pershing Drive, Ansonia. Come join in the fun and festivities, and of course, visit with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Derby Public Library highlights December events, including holiday open house

The Derby Public Library invites everyone to its Annual Holiday Open House on Monday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Over the years, the day’s activities have expanded. From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Marc Weissman will entertain all visitors on the keyboard as he plays the sounds of the season. In what has become a holiday tradition, the evening festivities will include a visit from the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. These traditionally garbed Carolers will fill the cold winter air with the warm sounds of the season, bringing holiday cheer to young and old alike. They will stroll throughout the Library, inviting all to sing-along. Cookies and punch will be available throughout the day. There will also be free holiday-themed basket raffles open to all visitors. As usual, this beautiful historic building will be decked, inside and out, in all its holiday glory.  Everyone is invited to take part in this special day.  For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit      

The Derby Public Library holds Tech Time sessions every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. A variety of topics are covered on a revolving basis. On Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18 the topic will be Online Job Applications.  Areas coverd will include, information that should and should not be included, proper cover letter etiquette, and ideal follow-up techniques. Ideas for future topics are welcomed. No reservations are accepted and there is a seven seat limit per class.  For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or    

The above information was provided in a press release from Derby Library Director Cathy Williams.

Town of Seymour's winter parking ban in effect

SEYMOUR >> The Town of Seymour's winter parking ban is now in effect through March 31, 2015.

Since 2014 is an EVEN year, parking will only be allowed on the EVEN side of the street for the entire winter season (December 2014, January 2015, February 2015 and March 2015). The ban will be in effect daily from 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning regardless of the weather conditions. It will also be in effect during an active winter storm regardless of the time of day. Vehicles must be legally parked without impeding the normal flow of traffic. Below is a list of streets that are exceptions to the EVEN side of the street parking. If your street is not listed below you must park on the EVEN side of the street. Off- street parking is highly encouraged whenever possible.

The following streets are exceptions to the parking ban:

1) SMITH STREET * Odd number side only
2) WASHINGTON AVENUE * From Grand Street North to Route 67- Parking on odd side only
3) NEW STREET * Exempt Parking on both sides
4) SEYMOUR AVENUE * Odd side only
5) CHERRY STREET * West side only
6) BUNGAY COURT * Parking only on north side
7) RIMMONDALE STREET * Parking only on odd side
8) RAY STREET * Parking on south side only
9) SCHOOL STREET * EXEMPT- Parking allowed on both sides
10) GRAND STREET * Odd side parking (across from Wood Street in the parking area)
11) FARREL STREET * Parking only on odd side
12) WOODSIDE AVENUE * Parking only on odd side
13) HUMPHREY STREET. * Odd side from Washington Avenue to Sloss Electric Co.
14) CAPRICORN DRIVE. *Odd side only from Skokorat Street to North Star Drive
15) WEST STREET. * Odd side only between. #63- #77I

The Fine for Violation of the Winter Parking Ban is $25.00

Shelton's Wesley Village seeks volunteers

SHELTON >> Volunteering at Wesley Village can be a highly rewarding experience. Owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village in Shelton provides a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to serve seniors in a variety of housing and healthcare settings.

Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas: people who play the piano or guitar, transporting to and from the Beauty Salon via wheelchair, assistance with clerical work, friendly visitors, manicures, scrabble, flex and stretch, walking club, coffee hour, travel buff, history buff, book club leader, pinochle player, poker, word games, trivia, and bingo. We will match your talents and skills with our needs. There are many opportunities for adults and students ages 14 and older.  If you have time to help others and are looking for a satisfying experience that can contribute to an overall feeling of well-being and health in your life — volunteer.

Please contact Barbara Quinn, Director of Volunteers at Wesley Village, 203-944-8292.

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

All-American Valley General Store to host 'It's a Wonderful Life Event' Dec. 13 in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> The All-American Valley General Store will host its 3rd annual "It's A Wonderful Life Event" in downtown Dec. 13.

Store owner Kim Dulka said downtown Seymour will be transformed into Bedford Falls from the classic movie, "Its a Wonderful Life." Some of the day's events at The General Store (Mr. Gower's Drugstore) include Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Horse-drawn carriage rides from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Country Dinner from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and The Strand Ole Opry at The Historic Strand Theater at 7:30 p.m. For the Opry, Dulka has rounded up the best Bluegrass, Country and Folk musicians from the New England area. Special guests include Ron Anthony, Pete Prezzi, Jim King, Bill Morrell, Frank Pergola and many more. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The All-American Valley General Store located on 16 Bank St. and Columbus Street, or by calling 203-828-6442. 

The American Legion will also be ringing their bell for each angel wing purchased for $1 each to benefit The Poeta Family, to signify the famous movie line, "Every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings."  

More information can be found online at

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PHOTO: Crosby Commons residents take flight on Veterans Day

(From left to right): George Clark poses with Crosby Commons residents Helen Carlson and Bob Shields.

Two Crosby Commons residents, Bob Shields and Helen Carlson enjoyed a memorable ride in the sky last month on Veterans Day.

The residents were treated to a high-flying trip Nov. 11 in a Cessna Model 177B plane, known as the Cardinal. The plane was flown by George Clark, son of Crosby Commons resident and veteran, George “Bush” Clark (103 years old), in honor of his dad and his service to our country. Though his dad was not able to take part in the flight, Clark offered to fly any other interested residents as part of a Veterans Day celebration.
Shields served as a U.S. Naval officer in the South Pacific on an LST (Landing Ship Tank) during World War II. He was responsible for moving troops, tanks and aircraft fuel through the area, often under fire, as part of an early wave of landings on the beaches of Guam, Saipan, New Guinea, and others. Carlson took the ride in memory of her husband, veteran Roland A. Carlson, an Air Force pilot who spent two years in Germany as a prisoner of war in the Stalag 13 camp after his plane was shot down during World War II.
Crosby Commons is an award-winning assisted and independent living community located on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton. For more information about the community, visit or call 203.225.5000.
The above information was provided in a press release by Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nina Poeta's family leads way in bittersweet Seymour Christmas parade

Youths from Seymour Pink march in the Seymour Christmas Parade Sunday. Kate Ramunni -- New Haven Register
By Kate Ramunni, New Haven Register

SEYMOUR >> Nina Poeta was smiling down on Seymour Sunday as the town dedicated its annual Christmas parade to the teen who died Nov. 1 of cancer.

“I’m sure she is up there watching us and is really happy to see the community come together again because of her,” said Deidre McManus, who said her boyfriend’s family is close friends with the Poeta family. McManus was one of the hundreds of people who lined the streets in downtown Seymour Sunday for the town’s annual Christmas celebration.

A year ago, Nina was diagnosed with a brain tumor that doctors determined could not be removed. The town rallied around the teen and her family, raising almost $100,000 to go toward their expenses.

Read more.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Seymour plans more downtown parking

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> First Selectman Kurt Miller is hoping to attract more people downtown to shop, dine and recreate, and is working on a plan to provide additional parking spaces to make that happen.
“Parking has always been an issue downtown,” Miller said. “As we work to grow and bring in more people to our downtown, we need make sure we are taking steps to improve our overall parking situation.”
Miller, during a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, presented an idea that potentially could create 15 additional parking spaces in the Strand Theatre parking lot on Main Street.

Read more here

Derby’s Bradley, Irving schools honored for ‘exemplary’ programs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The city’s two elementary schools were recently recognized by the state for “exemplary programs” aimed at building a positive atmosphere for students.
According to Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway, several staff members at both Bradley and Irving schools received recognition from the Connecticut Association of Schools for their efforts to implement new programs.

Read more here

Hamden developer appeals blight citation in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The Hamden developer cited earlier this month for various blight violations at the 10-acres of abandoned Farrel property he bought last year, has appealed the citation, vowing to start construction on the property within 60 days.
Moustapha Diakhate sent an appeals letter to City Hall this week, contesting the threat of daily fines upwards of $20,000.

Read more here

Nonprofit in Derby offers path to a better life

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> For the past 34 years, Pathfinder Associates Inc. has been helping developmentally disabled adults acquire the life skills they need to work and live in their community.
The nonprofit was founded in 1980 by Elaine Ricciardi, a mother of a developmentally disabled child, and the late Pasquale Guliano, former Derby police chief who was heavily involved with VARCA (Valley Association for Retarded Children and Adults) and Special Olympics.

Read more here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ansonia Mayor Casetti's 2014 Thanksgiving message

I would like to wish all Ansonia residents a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day with your friends and family. Please take the time to think about the less fortunate members of our community and think of a way you can help a friend or neighbor out this Thanksgiving. Our community is built on respect and compassion for one another. It is important to acknowledge all the members of our community who may not be able to spend the day with their loved ones, especially those serving our country in the armed forces.
I would like to thank all who contributed the City Hall Food Drive. Your donations were well received at the Ansonia Food Bank.
Enjoy the day and be safe.

— Mayor David S. Cassetti  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ansonia tree lighting event Dec. 5 in Veterans Memorial Park

ANSONIA >> The Ansonia Cultural Commission will hold its annual tree lighting event on Friday, Dec. 5 in Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street. The Ansonia High School Band will lead Santa down Main Street to the park at 6 p.m. There, they will be joined by DJ Phyllis Kaplan, the Take 4 quartet and The AHS chorus who will entertain the crowd with their beautiful seasonal music. Hot chocolate and munchkins will be provided by Dunkin Donuts of Pershing Drive. Come join in the fun, sing a long and visit with Santa.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ansonia Police Department announces winter parking regulations

Wesley Village Staff honored by United Methodist Homes

Top Row (L to R): Larry Johnson, Richard Scaife (also pictured with Joan Jakiela
and Tor Alston, from UMH’s Middlewoods communities)
Bottom Row (L to R): Veleka Coon, Kathy Vayda, Donna Brice, and Marissa Salvesen

Wesley Village employees were recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) for winning the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at UMH’s annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner Oct. 30, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence, Collaboration, and Stewardship. All employees are eligible to be nominated or to nominate any of their team members and are encouraged to do so for any co-workers who demonstrate any or all of these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes’ six communities is chosen to receive the award. Wesley Village award recipients included: Kathy Vayda (Crosby Commons); Donna Brice (Wesley Heights Assisted and Independent Living Community); Larry Johnson, Veleka Coon, and Richard Scaife (Bishop Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center); and Marissa Salvesen (UMH). The staff were nominated by managers and co-workers for their professionalism, positive attitudes, flexibility, and the excellent care they provide to the residents. They were recognized with a monetary award and a trophy and were praised by their supervisors for their outstanding character and service.

Also honored at the event were 29 employees who were recognized for their length of service of 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25, and 30 years with United Methodist Homes. Twenty-three UMH employees were also acknowledged for 5 years of service to the organization. Over 150 staff from all of UMH’s healthcare and senior living communities around the state attended the event, which was held at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford. United Methodist Homes, a local, faith-based not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, is proud to work with such a wonderful team of staff. For more information about our mission, vision, and values, visit our website at

This is a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

Downtown Handmade Market kick-off celebration Nov. 28 in Shelton

Opinion: Seymour High School stage production of 'Annie Jr.' a hit

Editor's note: The following is an Opinion piece by Seymour resident Joseph Luciano on Seymour High School's stage production of "Annie Jr.":

Bravo, Seymour High School students!  Parents, teachers, principals too!  You deserved the enthusiastic applause for your matinee performance yesterday of Annie Jr.

Directed by Brandt Schneider—with Stephanie Shelinsky (choreography), Darlene Keeffe, Samantha Toscano, Joseph Perrucci (artistic), and Nate Dobas (music/sound—Annie Jr. was written for high-school age performers by Music Theatre International as a shortened version of the original Broadway Annie that opened in 1977—and then ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre.  (MTI produced another version of the show, Annie KIDS, for elementary-school aged performers.)

Yesterday’s performance took off with a bang.  Students playing the orphans opened the show with vigorous singing, stomping, and dancing to “It’s A Hard-Knock Life.”  Costuming was quite impressive: clothing (even shoes) matched what kids were wearing when Annie was 11 years old in 1933.

As Annie, Taylor Queen gave a sterling performance as the street-smart, self-assured orphan singing hits “Maybe” and “Tomorrow.”  These and other tunes are challenging because of difficult intervals and leaps to unusual high notes.   Taylor and all the other SHS players earned the audience’s admiration for courage on stage, performing complicated song and dance routines.  What can’t they do?  Actually, during blackouts they even helped change the sets, which themselves were artistically creative.

There was much action onstage (kudos to choreography), with players moving on cue to their marks.  (If there were any flubs or bloopers, these young people just rolled through them like theater professionals.  Amazing!)

Finally, while there was no high school stage band, under Brandt Schneider’s direction the players sang and danced to a digital recording—a difficult feat.  Taylor and all the players showed skill beyond their years, making vocal entrances at the right time and keeping pace with tempos—even retards and fermatas.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Valley Council for Health & Human Services to hold annual meeting, awards presenation Dec. 2

The Valley Council for Health & Human Services will hold its annual meeting and community awards presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The event will feature a keynote presentation on “Have You Met ALICE” (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), a study of financial hardship in Connecticut, presented by Richard Porth, President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut.

The breakfast meeting and awards presentation, which is sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation, will be held from 7:45-10:15 a.m. at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. All Valley residents and community partners are welcomed.

A full invitation and registration information for the Valley Council Annual Meeting and Awards presentation is available online at or by calling the Valley United Way at 203-926-9478. Registrations will also be accepted at the door. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. The registration fee is $20 per person for Valley Council member agency representatives and $25 per person for other community attendees.

The Valley Council also will present three community service awards:

The Agency/Program of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit agency that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the health and well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. This year’s award will be presented to the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program for providing services that make significant and lasting contributions to the well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. The program is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Lewis Savitsky Staff Excellence Award, named in honor of a long-time Valley United Way employee and community leader, is presented to individuals for excellence in their roles as employees in the nonprofit community. This year’s honoree is Richard Knoll, president and CEO of TEAM Inc, for his lifelong and dedicated work to address the needs of the region’s low income families with meals, rent, utilities, childcare and senior services.

The Richard O. Belden Community Service Award, named in honor of late State representative Richard O. Belden, is given to an individual or group whose efforts have made a significant
contribution to improving the quality of life of Valley residents. The Council will present the 2014 Belden award to Attorney Dominick J. Thomas Jr. of Cohen and Thomas for his tremendous work supporting numerous organizations through his professional and philanthropic service. For more than three decades Non-Profits have benefited from Dominick’s generosity providing pro-bono legal services.

The above information was provided in a press release from the Valley Council for Health & Human Services.

Paint & Sip Event in Seymour