Monday, June 30, 2014

Store history focus of talk at Derby Library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library will host a talk, From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Company in the 1950s at 6:30 p.m. July 28.  

Elizabeth Abbe, Director of Public Outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society, will be your guide down memory lane, with a look at Connecticut’s favorite department store. 

She will take you back, floor by floor, to the days when Fox was the largest privately-owned store in the United States and the customer was always right.   

Insight will also be given on the life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who set the standard for customer service.   

There will also be a display of clothing, furniture, and photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring their memories along with a favorite purchase of their own to share.   
Registration is requested.   

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

This is a press release from Cathy Williams, Director, Derby Public Library.

Reception today to honor Ansonia's K-9

Thor, Ansonia Police K-9, is retiring.  / Photo courtesy Ansonia Police Department

ANSONIA - The public is invited to a ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. today in aldermanic chambers at City Hall to honor Thor.
He is retiring after nine years on the force.

Breast cancer screening advocate lauds Crisco

HARTFORD - State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, was lauded by a breast cancer screening advocate Friday at the ceremonial signing of a bill that will limit insurance co-payments for breast ultrasound screenings to $20.

The ceremonial signing included Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and took place at the Hartford Hospital Wellness Center at Blue Back Square in West Hartford.
“We started this effort to provide women with better and more affordable mammogram services nearly 10 years ago, and since then Connecticut has become the leader in the nation in breast health, and thousands of lives have been saved,” said Crisco, who as Senate Chairman of the Insurance Committee has been the point man for changes to insurance coverage of breast mammograms over the past decade in Connecticut.
“We have been on this great odyssey of making lives better for people because that is our mission in the state legislature.” 

Nancy Cappello, the founder and executive director of Are You Dense, is dedicated to informing the public about dense breast tissue and its significance for the early detection of breast cancer. She praised Sen. Crisco today for his ongoing work on behalf of Connecticut women, beginning with her personal story back in 2006.

“Since then Joe has been working with to help improve the outcomes for every woman in Connecticut. He is known for this across the country and around the globe,” Cappello said.

Senate Bill 10, “AN ACT CONCERNING COPAYMENTS FOR BREAST ULTRASOUND SCREENINGS AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES,” was passed on a unanimous and bipartisan vote of the state legislature in early May, then signed into law on June 6 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy as Public Act 14-97.

The new law prohibits certain health insurance policies from imposing a co-payment of more than $20 for a breast ultrasound screening for which the policies are required to provide coverage.

By law, insurance policies in Connecticut must cover a comprehensive breast ultrasound screening if a mammogram shows heterogeneous or ‘dense’ breast tissue, or if a woman is at an increased risk for breast cancer because of family history, her own breast cancer history, positive genetic testing, or other indications as determined by her physician.

This is a press release from Crisco's office.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

'I Care' health fair in Ansonia offers fun, food, screenings

Stamford resident Sunjana Sunkara, an internal medicine physician who works at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in Ansonia, left, gets her face painted Thursday by patient advocate Ruth Torres of New Haven. The fair was held in the parking lot of the health center at 121 Wakelee Ave.

I met these two cuties and asked them to pose to show off their face art. They are Naszer Boyd, 7, and his sister, Amelia Boyd, 8 of Derby. They were at the fair with their mom, Aisha Boyd.

Ansonia resident Aubry Lyte gets a free cholesterol screening from medical assistant Gaynl Roberts of West Haven.

Check out the story about the fair here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ansonia police to honor K-9 Thor, retiring after 9 years

ANSONIA >> The Police Department will be honoring K-9 Thor, who is retiring after more than nine years on the force because of a recent illness.

A brief ceremony and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in aldermanic chambers on the second floor of City Hall.
Thor has been patrolling city streets with his partner, Officer Steve Martins, since they graduated from the Police Academy in 2005, spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota said in a release.

Thor has been on more than 10,000 calls for service and has assisted in 442 motor vehicle stops since 2010, Cota said.
Together, Thor and Martins have assisted federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on 240 occasions and have completed more than 30 school security walk-throughs, Cota said.

Church in Oxford plans summer program

OXFORD - Immanuel Lutheran Church, 25 Great Hill Road, will hold its summer program, “Sow What?- Seeds of Faith” on July 17, 24, and 31.
The program  begins with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m.; an  interactive bible story at 7 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m.
“Treasure House” will perform on July 17 in the outdoor chapel, weather permitting.
All are welcome. For information call 203-888-4713.

This is a press release from the church.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Derby Neck to host writers' workshop, women's forum, tech talk

Photo taken from library website
DERBY - The Derby Neck Library invites all teen and adult authors to Writers’ Round at 6:30 p.m. July 17.  
This is a workshop to share and discuss each others' original works, including poems, scripts, fiction, and more.
Writing prompts are given to help focus your creativity. 

Women's Forum
The Library hosts Women’s Forum at 12:30 p.m. July 21. 
Bring a light lunch and enjoy free coffee and tea.  This month we discuss two short stories—“Fly” by Isaac Asimov and “Verona” by Harold Brodkey.
Free copies of both are available at the Library. 

Tech Talks
Tech Talks now meets at two different times each month. From 6:30 -7:30 p.m. July 14 we present the latest in technological advances and how to best use them to your advantage.  The same talk will be presented from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 16.

 The Library is at 307 Hawthorne Ave. For information on any program call 203-734-1492.

This is a press release from Patricia Sweeney, reference librarian, Derby Neck Library.

Health fair today in Ansonia

Men's Health Day slated Saturday in Shelton

DERBY - Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men invites men to receive free health screenings, earn some free games and take a chance to win a grill at its Second Annual Men’s Health Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Sports Center of Connecticut, 784 River Road, Shelton.

Held in recognition of Men’s Health Month, the event will feature a series of health information tables and free health screenings, including Prostate Specific Antigen blood test, blood sugar, blood pressure and Body Mass Index.
In addition, Griffin Hospital physicians will be available to answer one-on-one health questions.
For each screening station completed, attendees can earn a “Play For Free” card from the Sports Center, which can be used at most of the Center’s attractions such as the driving range, mini-golf and batting cages.
Attendees who complete five or more stations will receive a $25 activity card for the Center.

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 colo-rectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the Health Initiative for Men, 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

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

4 firefighters injured in Shelton factory fire

Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday morning at the Latex International Foam Factory in Shelton. Photo courtesy of Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1.

SHELTON >> Four firefighters were injured fighting a large fire at the Latex International Foam factory early Thursday morning.
One firefighter suffered a broken arm and was transported to the hospital and three suffered from heat and exhaustion, but were treated on scene, Assistant Fire Chief Nick Verdicchio said in a phone interview shortly after sunrise.
Crews and the fire marshal were still on the scene early Thursday morning.

Several streets around the scene of the fire, including a lengthy stretch of River Road, were closed early Thursday morning but have now been reopened. Drivers should still be careful on Route 8 this morning because the fire could cause some delays on the roads off of Exits 13 and 14.

Verdicchio said firefighters were dispatched to the factory at 510 River Road around 1 a.m. after employees reported smoke in the basement area. The first arriving unit saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building.
A heavy fire was found to have originated in the dryers, which are roughly three-quarters of the building, he said. Firefighters began to battle the fire, but it quickly broke through the ventilation system and into the duct work throughout the building.
Crews then pulled out of the building and fought the fire from the exterior of the building.
Once the fire was extinguished on the outside of the building, firefighters returned to the interior of the building and extinguished the rest of the fire, Verdicchio said. It was extinguished a few hours after the initial call, he said.
The building is intact, but sustained extensive water damage. There were no other injuries, he said.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Derby officials, residents study historic downtown properties

John P. Guszkowski, Director of Planning, CME Engineering in Woodstock, addresses about 30 people at a workshop Wednesday night on Derby downtown revitalization held at City Hall.

Seasonal workers sprucing up Ansonia parks

Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti, center, Wednesday visits seasonal workers cleaning up Linett Park off North State Street.

Corporate Volunteer Council raises $15K to feed children

'Give A Duck' fund-raising effort in Shelton
Rubber ducks fill pool around fountain at 'Give-A-Duck' event Thursday at Corporate Park in Shelton./ Contributed photo

SHELTON - The Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council raised $15,000 to address food insecurity in children over the summer months as part of the 2014 Day of Action.

In an effort to address growing concerns about food insecurity in the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford, the Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council sold rubber ducks for $5.
The fund-raising effort concluded June 19 at Shelton Corporate Park, where rubber ducks were placed into the water fountain to represent the thousands of children who will receive meals this summer.

“We are delighted to address the food needs of the Valley community through continuing events involving the Valley Corporate Community. Our goal is to open hearts to fill the Valley food pantries to fill lives throughout the year, particularly when children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches are home from school. These children should be focusing on fun, not coping with hunger,” CVC Co-Chair Kristen Urso-Rio said.

“The ducks in the fountain represented the children that will be fed this summer.  We were able to raise awareness to this issue, reach out and make a difference,” Katie Scinto, CVC Co-Chair, said.
This initiative is taking place as part of the Day of Action.
United Way rallies communities each year near the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, to make a collective impact in a call to action to create a measurable difference.

Food during the summer is critical for children who are part of the supplemental nutritional assistance program, otherwise known as SNAP. During the summer months, these children do not receive meals they would be provided during the school year, which places added stress on families currently in need.

Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community. 
United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis.

Contact Patricia Tarasovic, Director of the Volunteer Center, at or at 203-926-9478 for more information.

This is a press release from Valley United Way. 

Ansonia Library to host book discussion

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Library’s monthly book discussion series will feature Killer Smile by Lisa Scottoline.  
The discussion will be held at 11 a.m. July 24 in the Ansonia Library’s Community Room. The program is free and open to the public.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The Library is at 53 S. Cliff St.

For further information, call Joyce Ceccarelli, 203-734-6275.

This is a press release from Joyce Ceccarelli, Director, Ansonia Library.

Griffin Hospital in Derby offers volunteer opportunities

Ansonia High School Senior Sanjida Shamim is one of many student volunteers gaining work experience and skills at Griffin Hospital. She is photographed in the Center for Cancer Care. / Contributed photo

DERBY - Summer is here and for many high school students, the time off from school offers opportunities to build their college application credentials and gain valuable work experience.

Griffin Hospital offers students a variety of volunteer service experiences in a dynamic healthcare environment.

“Volunteering is a great way to help the community and an opportunity to learn about working in a professional environment,” said Martha Denstedt, Director of Planetree Program Services at Griffin Hospital.
“Students do not need to be looking into a medical career to volunteer at Griffin. We offer experiences that can be applied to many different types of career fields. This is a great place for students to fulfill their community service hours as well as gain experience.”

For Ansonia High School senior Sanjida Shamim, volunteering has provided more than just work experience, it has helped her develop as a person. “Volunteering at Griffin has taught me patience and communication skills,” Shamim said.
 “I learned that people do things at different speeds and through different processes. I also learned to communicate my ideas in order to improve efficiency in my work area. I've definitely found a voice through volunteering.”

Shamim has volunteered at Griffin since 2013 and her duties have included baking muffins for the patients and visitors at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital along with being a candy striper.
She said she encourages fellow students to volunteer and experience the simple, yet profound satisfaction she gets from helping someone and putting a smile on their face.

“I literally love that smile," Shamim said. "When you know you are helping a person - even something simple like keeping a patient company – you realize volunteering is worth it. I started because I wanted to know I was making a change, even small,” she said.

Griffin Hospital student volunteers can also serve as hospitality greeters/receptionists, arts and crafts helpers (sewing, knitting, crocheting), room service providers, clerical support, and providers of soft touch massage, Reiki or Therapeutic Touch. Students are able to work in a variety of areas of the hospital including, Distribution, Dining Services, Medical Records, and the Community Health Education Resource Center.

Every student is trained to their particular service role so that they are comfortable and familiar with their work. Students must complete a comprehensive application as well as a health assessment form. All students are required to attend an orientation session prior to beginning their volunteer service where they learn about Griffin, the hospital mission as well as safety and volunteer protocols.

As an added incentive, the hospital offers scholarships to qualified student volunteers. For more than 40 years, Griffin Hospital has awarded more than 200 scholarships to students from the community in recognition of their outstanding service and contributions.

Applicants must be seniors in high school, completed a minimum of 100 hours of hospital service and be accepted into an accredited college/university in order to qualify for any of the scholarships.

“We love to see new faces walking in the door that have the drive to help out the community and their work is always appreciated,” Denstedt said.

For more information about volunteer opportunities call Tricia Brister, 203-732-7555.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

2 employees of Shelton facility honored

Crosby Commons’ staff members, Dianne Terrace (left), and Cathy Brelsford (second from left), pictured with other UMH award winners at the CALA Annual Resident Service Awards. 

SHELTON - Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village is the proud recipient of two Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards for outstanding resident service. 
Crosby Dining Room Supervisor, Cathy Brelsford, and Wellness Center Director, Dianne Terrace, were honored Friday at CALA’s Annual Resident Service Awards held at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook.

Brelsford, a member of the Crosby team for the past six years, was nominated for her pleasant nature, willingness to help in any department, and her deep level of caring and respect for the residents.

Terrace, a member of the Crosby team for the past seven years, was nominated for the many ways she goes above and beyond to make personal wellness and fitness fun and engaging for all. 
Boths were nominated for the award by Crosby staff and residents. 

In addition to Crosby Commons’ two awards, United Methodist Homes also received two awards for their Middlewoods of Farmington and Middlewoods of Newington communities. Congratulations to all of our award winners.

Crosby Commons is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local, faith-based, not-for-profit organization based in Shelton. 

For more information about the award-winning Crosby Commons community, call 203-225-5000 or visit

For information about UMH, please visit

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

Tie-Dye fun planned at Derby Public Library

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Tie-Dye from 3:30-5 p.m. July 15.
Laurie Lynn returns to provide participants new white T-shirts, dyes, and the expertise needed to create personally designed fashion statements. 
This program is part of the Library's 2014 “Spark a Reaction” Teen Summer Reading Club. 
Space is limited; registration is required. 
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit  

This is a press release from Tony DeLos, young adult/reference librarian, Derby Public Library. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ansonia Library posts July activities for kids

Crafts, snacks, story time slated 

JULY 7 AND 28:   Arts and Crafts class at 2 p.m. for Grades 1 and up. Registration is required.

JULY 9 AND 15:   Girls' Spa Day and Fun for Grades 2 and 3 July 9 at 10 a.m. Participants will make lip gloss, body glitter and more.  Registration and permission slip required.

JULY 15:  Snack-A-Tack with Ella for ages 5 and up at 10 a.m. July 15. What have your kids been eating for snacks?  Enjoy a surprise snack.

JULY 10, 16, and 30:   Summer Story Time Fun at 10 a.m.  Story, crafts and more, for all ages.

July 31Daniel Meets the Shapels at 10 a.m. Local author E.C. North presents how shapes come to life through puppets and her best-selling books. Ages 5 and under.                        

For information call the Ansonia Library children’s department, 203-734-6728. The Library is at 53 S. Cliff St.

This is a press release from Joyce Ceccarelli, Director, Ansonia Library.

Shelton AARP commends Kelly for support of seniors

Michael Klein, left, AARP Fourth District Advocacy Lead, joins Byron Peterson, right, AARP Advocacy Specialist, to present state Sen. Kevin Kelly with a legislative achievement award. / Contributed photo

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, ranking member on the General Assembly’s Aging Committee, accepted the AARP Legislative Achievement Award at the June 10 Installation Luncheon of the Shelton AARP. 
The award recognizes Kelly’s efforts to support residents age 50 and over throughout 2013.

Kelly was recognized for his leadership in strengthening community services and caregiver supports that give individuals the choice to age with dignity in their own homes.

“We commend you for your outstanding advocacy on behalf of older adults,” said Nora Duncan, AARP State Director, in a letter to Kelly. “Because of your legislative work, Connecticut is better positioned to meet the fiscal and personal challenges of an aging population in a way that respects individual choice and personal dignity.”

Kelly is committed to addressing issues that impact quality of life for Connecticut’s seniors.  He supported new laws that help seniors age in place, remaining in their own homes or community settings regardless of age or disability.

New laws in support of aging in place require outreach to seniors about the supplemental nutrition assistance program, improvements to elder abuse reporting, and a public awareness campaign to teach seniors and caregivers how to resist aggressive marketing tactics and scams.

A “Livable Communities” initiative was also established in 2013, which serves as a forum for review of best practices and resources to help people age in place. 

This is the third consecutive year Kelly was honored with the Legislative Achievement Award. Kelly’s awards recognize his persistent dedication to expanding home and community-based options, enhancing training opportunities for long-term care services and enhancing family caregiver supports.

Kelly received his award recognizing his 2013 accomplishments at a meeting at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia.
Connecticut has about 600,000 AARP members. For information visit

This is a press release from state Sen. Kevin Kelly's office. 

City, state officials discuss Ansonia Copper site

 Cassetti seeks state help with assessment

Officials meet at Ansonia Copper and Brass site.
 / Contributed photo
ANSONIA - Mayor David S. Cassetti, members of his administration, Tim Sullivan, Director of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development Office of Brownfields Remediation, Mark Lewis from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and state Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia met to discuss the Ansonia Copper and Brass site.
"This site occupies almost 40 acres in our downtown and we need to begin to address the issues associated with it," Cassetti said.
"I am asking the state's assistance for Brownfields' assessment funds."

"We can no longer ignore all the problems that result from unused or underutilized manufacturing buildings especially when we are so small that developable land is a rare commodity," Cassetti said.

The City of Ansonia plans to apply for assessment money to
characterize the 40-acre site and determine the extent and cost of the remediation.

This is a press release from Mayor David S. Cassetti's office. 

Summertime fun on tap at Ansonia concerts

ANSONIA - The Cultural Commission is sponsoring the city's annual Summer Concert Series starting in July with a line-up that is designed to appeal to all age groups, Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari said today. 

All concerts will start at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park next to City Hall on Main Street. Rain dates will be on the following nights. People should visit by 3 p.m. the day of the concert to check if it is postponed, Nicolari said.   

Concert goers are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, snacks, drinks, and of course their dancing shoes.

All  Funk'd Up, a Connecticut-based rhythm and blues band, will perform July 9.

The 102nd U.S. Army Band will perform July 23. "The band was a tremendous hit last summer so it is back by popular demand," Nicolari said. 

The August concert dates and performers are: Mark Lanzieri's Band, Aug. 6, The Bernadettes, Aug. 20 and Simply Swing, Aug. 27.
Nicolari said a surprise musician may perform at the last concert.

The concerts are being held in conjunction with the City's 125th Anniversary celebration.

                                     "SEE YOU ON MAIN STREET"

This post is taken from a press release from Cultural Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari.

Lawmakers recognize 9 Shelton students

Essay contest winners earn plaudits

Pictured front row, from left: Bella O’Rourke, Perry Hill School; Jessie Nielsen, Perry Hill School; Ethan Novicio, St. Joseph School; Jake Michelson, Perry Hill School; Kate Clomiro, Perry Hill School; Aislynn Kostandini, Perry Hill School; Emma Romaniello, St. Joseph School.

Back row, from left: Pam Ellsworth, Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan Branch Manager, state Rep. Jason Perillo, Brian Romaniello, state Sen. Kevin Kelly. / Contributed photo

SHELTON – State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, and state Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, honored nine Shelton students for winning their school essay contests sponsored by Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan.
The winning sixth graders from Perry Hill School and St. Joseph School were presented with citations and a special prize from Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan during a recent award ceremony at Plumb Memorial Library.

Students were asked to write a 300-word essay on the topic “Important Women in CT history and how their contributions to the state and nation affect me.”
Teachers selected the winners and Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan provided $25 Visa gift cards as prizes. Each student  also was presented with a citation by Kelly and Perillo.

“These young writers all shared impressive and inspiring stories,” Kelly said. “Each essay offered a unique look at our history through the eyes of a young person in today’s world. I congratulate them all on their amazing work and hope they will continue writing, expressing their ideas, and honing their skills and talents.”

“The entries made by the students were impressive in their interest in the subject and their scholarship,” Perillo said. “I am pleased to congratulate the winners, as well as all of the students who took part in this contest. I am certain they will continue to distinguish themselves academically.”

A representative from Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan was present to congratulate the students.

“I would like to thank Senator Kelly and Representative Perillo for giving Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan the opportunity to sponsor this event again this year,” said Pam Ellsworth, Branch Manager at Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan.
“It has been my pleasure to attend the award ceremonies and listen to the essays.  Every year I am amazed at the quality of the essays.”

Winners include: Perry Hill School students Kate Clomiro, Aislynn Kostandini, Jake Michelson, Jessie Nielsen, Bella O’Rourke, Zach Prindle. And from St. Joseph School, students Ethan Novicio, Brian Romaniello, Emma Romaniello.

From left to right: Pam Ellsworth, Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan; state Rep. Jason Perillo, Kate Clomiro, state Sen. Kevin Kelly. / Contributed photo

This post is taken from a press release from state Sen. Kevin Kelly's office. 

Congratulations to all of these award-winning students!

Derby to host workshop on revitalization

Vibrant Communities Initiative project
DERBY - Mayor Anita Dugatto is inviting members of the public to an informational workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday in aldermanic chambers at City Hall that will focus on the revitalization of Derby’s historic downtown buildings.
"All of our residents, business owners, and taxpayers have a stake in the financial well-being of Derby’s local economy,” Dugatto said in a release.“Given this, they should have the opportunity to take an active role in the revitalization of our city.”
The workshop is part of an ongoing project of the Vibrant Communities Initiative funded by a grant from the Preservation Division of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development. 
The grant, being administered by the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, provides for the development of an action plan for an underutilized historic structure within the city that would be significant to Derby’s revitalization efforts.
“Demonstrating the potential of our historic properties is an important part of the community
revitalization process,” Dugatto said. “We want investors to see the unique opportunities that
exist in our city.”
CME Associates, an architecture, engineering, and technical services firm with expertise in historic preservation, has been selected to assist Derby in developing this plan. 
“Our hope is that this plan will serve as a template and catalyst for the revitalization of
historic properties throughout the city,” Dugatto said.
“I encourage members of our community to come out and learn more about this important project.”

This post is taken from a press release from Mayor Anita Dugatto's office.

Derby Library to host Tech Time, cooking demonstration

          DERBY - The Derby Public Library will hold 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. 
          There will be a variety of topics covered on a revolving basis.
           On July 16 and 17 the topic will be Online Job Applications. Areas covered will include the need for cover letters, submission of non-required information, and best ways to follow-up. Ideas for future topics are welcomed.

No reservations are accepted and there is a seven-seat limit per class. 

Cooking demonstration
         DERBY - The Library has scheduled a cooking demo at 6:30 p.m. July 21.
         The topic will be Simple Summer Make-Ahead Meals. 

         Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will show participants how to enjoy all of the summer’s
activities while also serving some great meals. There will be samples of all demonstrated
foods. The class is for ages 18 years and older. Registration is required.  

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

This is a press release from Cathy Williams, Director, Derby Public Library.

Ansonia Library plans storytime fun

Photo taken from website
ANSONIA - The Ansonia Library children’s department is offering Summer Storytime Fun at 10 a.m. Wednesdays July 10, July 16, and July 30
All ages are invited to attend.  

For further information call the Ansonia Library children’s department, 203-734-6728.

The library is at 53 S. Cliff St.

This is a press release from Joyce Ceccarelli, Director, Ansonia Library

Monday, June 23, 2014

Re-posting: Club to host 5K Run-Walk in Derby

Club to hold annual 5K at Derby Greenway

DERBY - The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley will hold its annual Herbie Rollinson Memorial 5K Run-Walk Sunday at the Derby Greenway.
Sponsored by the Exchange Club of Shelton, the 5K is a community event for all Valley residents.

Registration is all online; go to and click the 5K link at the top of the page.  The event is open to children and adults. Start time is 9 a.m. for the 5K and 9:30 a.m. for walkers. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Closing date is June 6 or upon reaching 300 participants, whichever comes first.  Register by June 6 to be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt.  The route will begin at the Caroline Street end of the Greenway. Parking will be at Factory Street and Hallock Court (behind St. Anthony’s Book & Gift Shop, across from Calvert Safe & Lock).

Proceeds from the Herbie Rollinson 5K will support programs at our Raymond P. Lavietes Clubhouse in Shelton and Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse in Ansonia, as well as our satellite programs at Elizabeth Shelton and Perry Hill schools in Shelton and at the Seymour Recreation Center in Seymour.

For more than 65 years the Boys & Girls Club has been a positive alternative for youth. But the Club is so much more than just a place to hang out after school.  When children walk through the doors, they are exposed to a team committed to their success and programming designed to help them succeed in school and in life. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club, visit

  This is a press release from the club.


Shelton police investigate armed gas station robbery

A surveillance photo of the suspect in a robbery that allegedly happened early Sunday morning at the Cumberland Farms store in Pine Rock Park. (Photo courtesy of the Shelton Police Department)

SHELTON >> Local police are investigating a reported armed robbery at a Cumberland Farms in the Pine Rock Park section of town over the weekend.

Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release Monday that the robbery was reported around 2 a.m. Sunday. He said an employee told police that a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask came into the store, demanded money and also showed a handgun.
The suspect fled the store with an undetermined amount of money and the employee wasn’t injured.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Detective Bureau at 203-924-1544.

Derby's Troop 3 marks 100th anniversary in Goshen

Troop 3 alumnus and Eagle Scout Adam Rak, with daughters Jane and Lydia, traveled from California to participate in Troop 3’s 100th anniversary family camping weekend at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen./ Contributed photo

DERBY – More than 100 people from Boy Scout Troop 3, Derby’s past and present participated in a camping weekend at Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, to celebrate the Troop’s 100th anniversary.

Former members attended with their families from as far away as California, New York and Massachusetts.
Activities included fishing, boating, rifle shooting, archery, Wiffle ball, crafts, dutch oven cooking, campfires and hiking the camp’s 186 acres of fields and forest.  Movies from the Troop’s early years, as well as recent Scout Gang Shows and scrapbooks assisted the “old timers” in sharing Scouting stories with current Scouts.

The weekend also included a tree planting at the camp, named for late Scouting Pioneer and Troop 3 leader, Edmund D. Strang. 
The Scouts have planted 60 trees in Derby, Ansonia, Shelton and Goshen with a goal of 100 in celebration of their centennial year.  

The event was under the direction of the Troop 3 committee of leaders, parents and alumni. 
Meals were prepared in the Frank Gates Dining Hall by Assistant Scoutmasters Charles Hemstreet Sr, Chris Cafaro and others. Memorabilia from the 100th anniversary was available for sale to alumni and presented as gifts to current Troop 3 Ascouts who participated, on behalf of the Derby Second  Congregational Church. 

Founded in 1914, just four years after Scouting was organized in America, and still sponsored by the Derby Second Congregational Church, the Troop is celebrating with special events throughout the year.  

On  Sept. 27 a time capsule burial will take place on the Derby Green in conjunction with the troop’s annual Ed Strang Day, a free event to introduce Scouting to the community. 
Also coming up are an Alumni Minstrel and Scout Gang Show Oct. 25 and a celebratory banquet at The Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour Oct. 26.

All former Troop 3 Scouts and their families are invited to participate. Contact Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, 203-732-0343 for more information.

This is a press release from Scoutmaster Randy Ritter. 

Congratulations to Pre-K grads at Derby school

St.Mary-St. Michael School in Derby recently held a graduation ceremony for its pre-Kindergarten students who are now headed to Kindergarten. / Contributed photo

Ansonia-Derby softball game raises $3,200 for good cause

Members of the Derby and Ansonia High School Girls Softball teams recently presented a $3,200 donation to The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital. 
Pictured from left, Ansonia High Athletic Director Anthony Piccolo, Ansonia High Softball Captains Kirsten Langrieger and Grace Keener, Ansonia High Softball Head Coach Tim Pedevillano, Lori DiMartino, Derby High Softball Head Coach Joe DiMartino, Assistant Coach Jenn Moffat, Derby High Softball Captains Shelby Mendillo, Rachel Rizzo, Shyanne Garofalo, and Gabrielle Greenhill, and Derby High Athletic Director Joe Orazietti. / Contributed photo

DERBY - A recent game between the Derby and Ansonia High School softball teams raised $3,200 for The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital. Ansonia won 10-1.

Organized by long-time Griffin Hospital employee and Derby High School Softball Coach Joe DiMartino, the fundraiser was held in honor of his wife, Lori, a breast cancer survivor.

The event featured raffles, food, and music as the two teams competed. This is the fourth year of the fundraiser.
Located at 300 Seymour Ave. in Derby, The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services.
For more information about The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, call 203-732-1300 or visit

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

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