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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ansonia Library presents 'Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band'

ANSONIA >> The Ansonia Library will present the East Haddam Stage Company and their production of William Gillette's actual 1930 radio script of one of the first Sherlock Holmes dramas ever broadcast via radio, "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band," on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 12 p.m.

This "sketch," as Gillette called it, was originally written by Edith Meiser but extensively edited by Gillette himself. He knew Sherlock like no other actor at that time, having created and played the detective for many years on stages all over the world. He would go on to do at least two other radio broadcasts portraying England's most famous sleuth (1933 and 1935). Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band was originally broadcast in New York City on Oct. 20, 1930. In this mystery drama production, four actors portray seven characters, and of course it includes sound effects.

With an introduction by EHSCO’s Producing Artistic Director, Kandie Carle, the presentation runs one hour, including Q &A with the audience. Enjoy stepping back in time and becoming part of the "studio audience." More info on the show can be found at http://www.EHSCO.org.

There is no charge for the show, but due to limited seating registration is required. Please call the Ansonia Library at 203-734-6275 to reserve your seat by Thursday, Oct. 23. It is suggested that children under 12 not attend due to the nature of the performance.

The information above was provided in a press release from Ansonia Public Library.

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Author and bakery owner, Maria Bruscino Sanchez, to discuss newest cookbook at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled a visit from author and bakery owner, Maria Bruscino Sanchez, on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

She will discuss her newest cookbook, "Small, Sweet and Italian: Tiny Tasty Treats from Maria’s Bakery" and share her journey from baking as a young girl with her family, to opening her own bakery in Waterbury, Conn., to writing several cookbooks.

Books will be available to purchase. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

Discuss a book over lunch at the Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m.

The selected title is "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. This novel by the author of "The Secret Life of Bees," is set in pre-Civil War South Carolina. It follows Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family and slave Hetty “Handful” Grimke, her handmaid. The story, which follows 35 years of their lives, was inspired by real-life historical figure, Sarah Grimke – feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. It goes beyond the recorded history and explores the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Seymour to offer CERT training in January 2015

SEYMOUR >> The Office of Emergency Management will sponsor a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to begin Jan. 26, 2015.

The training is free and applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The training focuses on
disaster preparedness and emergency response skills, as well as special training to aid in shelter
management. Classes will be given Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 26 through March 4, 2015. Advance registration is required.

CERT is a program of the Citizen Corps, a nationwide program supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The purpose of CERT and the Citizen Corps is to train community members in emergency preparedness to support local emergency responders as volunteers with disaster relief and community safety.

The state-approved curriculum for basic training includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. The CERT training is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from January 26 through March 4 at Seymour Ambulance, 4 Wakeley St.

Graduates of the program who join the CERT team in Seymour will be issued a CERT identification and a backpack with basic equipment. Team members will be qualified to assist in operating a shelter during a major emergency, as well as possibly supporting emergency responders in various roles. The Seymour team members will be eligible to participate in additional CERT training events in Connecticut.

Class size is limited and team members must be age 18 or older. For more information and registration forms, contact Bob Wilson at 203-736-1951. Forms can also be picked up at the Seymour Ambulance Association, 4 Wakeley St. Seymour. Advance registration is required.

This is a press release from Thomas Eighmie, Emergency Management Director for the Town of Seymour.

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Derby's BEST road race benefits city's schools

DERBY >> The B.E.S.T. 5k Walk/Run drew over a hundred supporters Saturday. The event benefits the Derby Public Schools.

The Valley Indy has the full story here.

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Valley Arts Council serves up 'Delicious' exhibit at Derby restaurant

The Valley Arts Council offered a bounty of food-themed artwork at its "Delicious II" reception Thursday at Marco Pizzeria and Restaurant in Derby.

The Valley Independent has the full story here.

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Shelton's United Methodist Homes receives award for senior living e-book

SHELTON >> United Methodist Homes (UMH) received a Silver Award for their e-book, “The ABC’s of Assisted Living,” in the category of web-based resources and tools for senior living in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs designed and produced for older adults.

A collaborative effort of 26 different staff members, residents and family members, the book provides an introduction to the world of assisted living from “A to Z." It discusses the importance of communication, supporting independence, building relationships, staff longevity and more.

To download the free e-book, visit http://www.umh.org/assisted-living-ebooks-whitepapers.

The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

UMH provides assisted and independent living housing and healthcare options in several locations in Connecticut and one in Tennessee. Among them are Wesley Village (Shelton, CT), Middlewoods of Farmington (Farmington, CT), Middlewoods of Newington (Newington, CT), and Foxbridge (Memphis, Tennessee).

This is a press release from  Marketing and Promotions Manager Marissa Salvesen, United Methodist Homes.

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Flu clinic set for Oct. 30 at Derby City Hall


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Seymour Land Trust's 9th annual Halloween Haunted Trails Festival

Derby Catholic War Veterans group announces Mohegan Sun bus trip

DERBY >> Catholic War Veterans (CWV) Post 1562 of Derby has announced a bus trip to Mohegan Sun Casino Saturday, Oct. 4. 
Cost is $35 per person, and includes a $10 casino bet voucher and a $15 casino food voucher. The bus departs from the Post located at 112 Derby Ave., Derby, at 8:30 a.m., and returns to the Post approximately 4 p.m. Pre-boarding refreshments will be available before departure and a light supper upon return.
Contact Jeff Sember (after 1 p.m.) at 203-734-9748. Check or money order must be made payable to St. Michael CWV Post 1562.

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PHOTO: Boy scout makes new sign for Derby's St. Mary-St. Michael School for Eagle Scout project


DERBY >> Matthew Moran, a senior at Seymour High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 3 in Derby, recently made a new sign for St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby, as his Eagle Scout project.  Matt, pictured here with Mrs. Linda Coppola, principal, attended St. Mary-St. Michael School.

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Shelton mayor selected as honorary starter at Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5k

Submitted photo/Valley United Way
Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the 13th annual Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race on Nov. 27, the race committee announced in a release.

The recognition is given to an individual for their community work in Derby and Shelton. Serving as Shelton's mayor since 1991, Lauretti has focused on improving the city's infrastructure and building up economic development in the downtown area.

He has held positions as teacher, track and basketball coach at Shelton High School, Syracuse University and Central High School in Bridgeport. Lauretti is the chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Bridgeport, secretary/treasurer of the Valley Council of Governments, chairman of the VCOG Regional Roundtable, member of the Coastal Corridor Transportation Investment Area Board, president of the Board of Directors for the State Nutmeg Games, former member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA), an executive board member of the Housatonic Council of Boy Scouts of America, past president of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, member of the Fairfield County Sports Commission and chairman of The Valley Transit District.

Lauretti is one of only 23 people who has run in every race, according to the race committee. The committee said that many runners consider Lauretti as their own benchmark for a successful race as they target him as their person to beat.

The race committee also noted that Lauretti's support has been a critical reason for the race's success. "Without the support of the cities, this race would not be possible. The logistics are very tricky, but Mark has always offered his advice and support as this grew from a simple idea to a Thanksgiving tradition," the committee said in a written release.

For more information about the race, visit the website at http://www.electronicvalley.org/derby/HullRace/.

The information above was provided in a press release from Jack Walsh, Valley United Way.

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Family Haunts will host Halloween masquerade ball in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Family Haunts, a paranormal investigation school, will host a spooktacular Halloween masquerade ball starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Mustang Sally's Saloon, 370 E. Main St.

Admission is $30 per person, and $15 for those 12 and under. Nobody under age 10, however, will be allowed admission. Ticket price includes live music, a buffet, contests and more. There is discounted admission for families of four or more.

For tickets or more information, contact familyhaunts1@yahoo.com or on Facebook at Family Haunts, Ansonia, CT.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Ansonia waste plant plan met with hesitation

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA -Residents aren’t ready to unroll the welcome mat for a $20 million proposal to build a plant that turns food waste into energy, that could potentially cut the city’s utilities costs in half.
About 25 residents and city officials attended an information meeting Thursday headed up by Chris Timbrell with Greenpoint Energy Partners, based in Brooklyn, New York.
This is the second time Greenpoint made its pitch to the city, and since the first forum, in January 2013, the project has been downsized.

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Seymour attorney found guilty of laundering client’s drug money

NEW HAVEN >> A federal jury on Thursday found a Seymour-based attorney guilty of conspiring with a client to launder drug money.
Ralph Crozier, 62, faces up to 40 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to launder money and attempted money laundering, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut.
Crozier’s trial began Sept. 16 and it went to the jury Wednesday. Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall set Crozier’s sentencing for Dec. 18. Crozier, a prominent defense attorney, was released on $200,000 bond.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Former Shelton attorney accused of stealing $150G from clients

SHELTON >> A local former attorney was arrested Thursday and charged with taking thousands of dollars from his clients and people connected to his former practice.
State prosecutors said in a press release that 52-year-old Joseph DeFilippo has been charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

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Blumenthal, DeLauro seek heritage designation for the Naugatuck River Valley

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Boosting the local economy, creating jobs and becoming a hub for historical and cultural tourism are some of the perks that could come along with proposed legislation unveiled by U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal Wednesday.
The two legislators gathered before a small crowd of local officials at the entrance of the Derby Greenway announcing creation of the Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area Study Act, which if approved, would designate the area a National Heritage Area.

Read the full story here.

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Naugy River Bash in Ansonia

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ansonia considers $20M organic recycling facility

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> A proposal to build a $20.5 million organic recycling and anaerobic digestion facility here, where food waste is turned into green energy, will be the subject of a public informational meeting Thursday.
Greenpoint Energy Partners, based in Brooklyn, New York, along with city officials, will host the meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The company first unveiled its proposal in January 2013 to build “the largest single-source municipal scale anaerobic digestion project in the country,” on city-owned land at 72 N. Division St., adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Hair-cutting event will benefit stricken Seymour teen

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 
SEYMOUR >> Despite an inoperable brain tumor now affecting Seymour High School cheerleader Nina Poeta’s mobility and speech, the brave teenager continues to demonstrate unbeatable spirit and courage both on and off the field.
Nina, 17, according to close family friend, Elizabeth Pisano, needs a wheelchair to get around now, but she was still able to attend the Wildcats’ recent season opener, cheering the football team on, surrounded by her fellow cheerleaders.

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Food truck festival to raise funds for Derby High School post prom

DERBY >> The Derby High School Post Prom Committee will hold a food truck festival from 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 behind BJ's Wholesale Club on Division Street.

The event is geared to raise funds for the high school's post prom, which volunteer parents host each year as a safe alternative for prom-goers.

The festival will feature a variety of food trucks, offering everything from main courses to desserts. There will also be a variety of craft and service vendors on hand, along with children's activities. There will also be a DJ and live band performing throughout the day.
The DHS Post Prom Committee said all proceeds from the festival benefit the post prom, which treats students to an after prom party at the Sports Center in Shelton, where they can play games, eat lots of food and have fun in a safe environment. Committee members said parents have peace of mind knowing their children are in a controlled environment, having fun with their peers. The committee works year 'round raising money to ensure that prom-goers can attend the post prom for free. 

Admission to the festival is $3 and free for children 12 and under.

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Comedy show to benefit Seymour High School Boys and Girls Soccer


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Ed Strang Day for Kids on the Derby Green this Saturday

Vendors wanted for 2014 TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair

SHELTON >> Wesley Village, a campus of senior living communities located at 580 Long Hill Ave., is seeking vendors for the annual TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair. 

The fair is being held Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. 

There are 8’ tables available for $50 a day for those looking to sell their crafts. Contact Barbara Quinn, director of Volunteer Services at Wesley Village, at 203-944-8292, by Oct. 9 to reserve a table.

This information was provided in a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

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Wesley Village Halloween 5k & Fun Walk set for Oct. 25 in Shelton

SHELTON >> Over 500 runners and walkers are expected at the 6th annual Wesley Village Halloween 5k & Fun Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Wesley Village Campus, 580 Long Hill Ave, and features a 5k run, 1-mile walk and ½ mile Kids Fun Run. This year’s 5k course will be a flatter out and back course.

Bring the entire family for a morning of Halloween fun. At the post-race party there will be entertainment, a brunch with famous egg sandwiches, smoothies, fruit granola bars, bagels and more. Children’s activities include a bounce house, face painting, a clown and the opportunity to trick or treat. Costumes are encouraged. 

The first 400 5k entrants receive a free tech shirt. Cotton t-shirts will be given to all other event participants. Runners aged 70+ run for free, pre-registration is required. With over 10 percent of last year’s race field over 70, the race may have one of the highest percentages of older runners in Connecticut.
The race proceeds benefit award-winning programs at the Wesley Village campus, which provides independent living, assisted living, rehab services and skilled nursing care. 
The title sponsor for this year’s race is the CE Floyd Company. The Fun Walk sponsor is M&T Bank. The Kids Fun Run sponsor is Merit Insurance.  Also supporting this year’s race as major sponsors are O’Connor Davies, John J. Brennan Construction, Crown Uniform and Linen Service, McKesson Medical-Surgical and Serra and Del Vecchio Insurance.
For more information on the race, visit jbsports.com or call JB Sports at 203-481-5933.
The information above was provided in a press release from Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

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Seymour High School's Class of '64 to hold 50th reunion on Oct. 11

SEYMOUR >>  Seymour High School’s Class of 1964 will hold its 50th class reunion Oct. 11.
The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange.
Tickets are $55 per person, and include dinner, music and, of course, great company with old friends.

For tickets or more information, contact Cheryl Wasko Lounsbury at (860)621-0024 or Pat Finkle Sosnovich at (203)888-4807.

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Sen. Murphy to speak at TEAM annual meeting in Derby

DERBY >> Sen. Chris Murphy will be the guest speaker at TEAM Inc.'s 49th Annual Meeting on Oct. 10  at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane.

Murphy’s support for programs that help area residents battle the impact of poverty will be recognized with TEAM’s Chairman’s Award.

Registration is at 7:45 a.m. and the meeting, which is open to the public, will end at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 for the breakfast event. Reservations are required by Sept. 26; RSVP Silvia Paytas at 736-5420, ext. 202, or spaytas@teaminc.org.

Also being recognized:

The Echo Hose Co. of Shelton will receive the 2014 Partnership Award for its coordination of the response to January’s Howe Avenue fire that left 23 households homeless. Julie Penry, retiring Director of the Shelton Youth Services Bureau, will receive the Lillian Chrostwoski Award for her work developing programs for community.

The annual meeting is also the final one for TEAM President & CEO Richard Knoll, who will retire at the end of the year after 34 years of service. The new President & CEO will be introduced by the Board of Directors at the meeting.

The information above was provided in a press release from Diane L. Stroman, TEAM vice president of Development

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Monday, September 22, 2014

4 charged after Ansonia police serve pair of search warrants

ANSONIA >> Four men are each facing several drug charges here after police served search warrants at two city addresses late last week.
In addition to the arrests, police also recovered thousands of dollars in cash, significant amounts of illegal drugs, a loaded revolver and numerous rounds of ammunition during the two searches, Lt. Andrew Cota said in a press release Monday.
The searches were the result of several complaints about drug activity in the area of Bassett Street, Cota said. Ansonia detectives and officers, the city’s Anti-Crime Unit, along the regional SRT team and a Milford Police K9 unit served the warrants at about 1:15 p.m. Friday.

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American Red Cross to put disaster trailer in Valley for quick response


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> In times of crisis, the American Red Cross is always there to lend a helping hand.
Thanks to a partnership with the Valley Community Foundation, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross unveiled a disaster response trailer this week, aimed at keeping Valley residents safe during a major emergency.
The trailer — the only one of its kind in the Valley — will be stationed at Ansonia High School, which is already designated as an emergency shelter.

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Ansonia resident Phillip Tripp to challenge Joseph Crisco for 17th District

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Aldermanic President Phillip Tripp aims to unseat longtime state Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Woodbridge, in a race for the 17th District.
Tripp announced his intentions earlier this year to run in the district, which covers Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.
On Sept. 24, Tripp will unveil his platform at 10 a.m. at his headquarters, 301 Main St.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Derby Public Library presents 'A Tribute to Irving Berlin'

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library will present "A Tribute to Irving Berlin" on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m.  

Singer and actress, Patty Carver, will share stories and songs in celebration of one of the greatest American songwriters of all time. From "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" to "Always," from "This is the Army" to "There’s No Business Like Show Business," Berlin’s music with its memorable melodies, unbridled emotion and timeless lyrics is uniquely American and will continue to be sung by many generations to come.

Carver has performed in New York, Los Angeles and London. She has written over 30 original musicals for audiences that have been produced for national tours and New York productions. 

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

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

Derby resident shines in 'Dancing With Our Heroes' competition

Gus Williams, with dancing partner Monika Barska,
receives his scores from the judges at the
"Dancing With Our Heroes" competition Saturday
at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Barska is a '96 graduate of Derby High School.

DERBY >> Resident Gus Williams recently competed in the "Dancing With Our Heroes" fund-raiser and took 3rd place in the Foxtrot category.

Williams is an Army veteran. "After joining the John H. Collins Post 24 in Derby in 1977, he joined the B-Centennial Flag Team. In 1993 his post honored him with an honorary, PULF, life membership. About the same time he was welcomed into the forty and eight and became an Honorary Life Member in the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans In Canada, United States division. He is a member of the Catholic War Veteran’s, AMVETS, ELKS, NRA, National Vice Commanders Club, Past Department Commanders Club and the Great Hill Fish and Game club. Gus is an American Legion past National Vice Commander and a Hall of Fame Inductee," his bio states.

Watch him dance here, starting at 36:00 and ending at 47:00. His contestant number is 593. 
  
"The City of Derby wishes him congratulations on his fine performance," Marc J. Garofalo, town/city clerk, said in a written release.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the West Haven VA, according to the "Dancing With Our Heroes" website.

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Ansonia’s Harvest Festival poised to usher in fall

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> The 11th annual Ansonia Harvest Festival is right around the corner, poised to usher in fall, and organizers hope to secure a few more vendors to ensure the event remains a rousing success.
So far, 75 vendors have signed up, according to Cultural Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari. As a rule, the festival attracts more than 100 vendors. Nicolari said there’s still time for vendors to join. The cost for a vendor space is $65 and there’s no cut-off date to sign up.

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Grant will help remediate Ansonia Copper & Brass property

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city will receive a $200,000 state grant to help assess and remediate a portion of the defunct Ansonia Copper & Brass property downtown.
The news came from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday, who said in a press release that Ansonia is one of 11 municipalities to share $1.7 million in assessment grants to support property clean-up and advance the development of Brownfield sites throughout Connecticut.
The grants come courtesy of the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Downtown Seymour poised to become more handicapped-accessible, more environmentally friendly

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Downtown is poised to become more handicapped-accessible and a lot more environmentally friendly thanks to a $375,00 financial boost from the state.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this week that Seymour is one of 13 municipalities to share $5 million in grants to develop or improve town commercial districts, in an effort to attract small businesses, grow jobs and improve pedestrian access and livability in town centers.
The grants are part of the state’s Main Street Investment Fund, which is administered through the state Department of Housing.

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Seymour concert to benefit local family in need, serve as prelude to Smoke in the Valley fest

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Where there’s smoke, you know there’s got to be fiery hot chili, along with craft beer, live music and more on tap for the upcoming, fourth annual “Smoke in the Valley” festival.
But there’s a twist to this year’s wildly popular event. What began as a kickoff party to the craft beer and chili festival, scheduled for Oct. 4, has turned into a “Concert for a Cause,” a benefit for the family of Mark Condo, a young Seymour father who passed away unexpectedly this summer.

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Seymour transforms for 49th annual Pumpkin festival

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> French Memorial Park will again be transformed into a Halloween-themed haven of arts, crafts, food and family fun, playing host to the 49th annual Seymour Pumpkin Festival.

One of the area’s most anticipated fall events, drawing crowds of more than 30,000 each year, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the park, located at the junctions of Route 8 and Route 67. The festival will take place rain or shine. Admission is free.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shelton police dog, Jager, retires

Officer Christopher Nugent and Jager.
Photo courtesy of Shelton Police Department.
SHELTON >>  The police department recently retired its police dog, Jager.

Jager was paired with Officer Christopher Nugent, and came to the department in 2008, partially through a donation from People's United Bank, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release.

Jager assisted in approximately 75 successful tracks and apprehended as many as 15 dangerous suspects during his career, Kozlowsky said. 

Nugent and Jager were also active in the community, visiting area schools and attending community functions and programs.

Kozlowsky said the department is planning on getting another police dog soon. A new handler will also be selected due to Nugent’s recent promotion to the rank of detective,

Anyone who would like to donate to the police K-9 program can do so by sending a check to the Shelton Police Department located at 85 Wheeler St. Checks should be made out to "City of Shelton Special K-9 account." 

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Upcoming programs in October at Derby Public Library

Young Adult Wednesdays

The Derby Public Library hosts YA Wednesdays every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to join the fun each Wednesday in October. Nintendo Wii, board games and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org .

Teen Chess Club

The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to meetings each Monday in October from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn how the game is played as well as defensive/offensive strategies. Julio Maldonado provides superb expertise from a life-long love for the game. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

Teen Book Talk

The Derby Public Library hosts Teen Book Talk each Tuesday in October from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to chat about titles each have recently read. This venue will focus on sharing reviews and opinions on a variety of titles, as well as provide a means to decide upon future reading. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

This information was provided in a press release from Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Ansonia Armory used as backdrop for UConn basketball documentary

ANSONIA >> Several former UConn women's basketball players were in the city Sunday afternoon filming a documentary.

From Mayor Cassetti's office:

"These players have put women's basketball and Connecticut on the map. Coming here to our Armory helps shine a spotlight on Ansonia's rich history of sports and basketball. This building has seen a lot of great players come through its doors. Today is a milestone," said Mayor David Cassetti in a release.

"We are thankful to Mark Dixon and the CT Office of Film Television and Digital Media. They referred ESPN to Ansonia. They recognized that the historical backdrop of the Armory would make a great location for this documentary. Ansonia has a lot to be proud of in terms of its sports and athletes and this documentary will remind everyone of our great history and our love of basketball," said John Marini, the city's corporation counsel, in a release.

"Whenever we can raise awareness of our community and our historic buildings and highlight Ansonia it's a great day. This documentary will be shown worldwide. It's exciting for us and it helps promote our great City," said Sheila O'Malley, the city's director of Economic Development, in a release.

The Valley Independent Sentinel has the full story here.

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Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Fair to benefit Seymour Pink

SEYMOUR >> The annual Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Fair is set for Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St.

The event is a benefit for Seymour Pink. Seymour Pink’s mission is to unite the community in the fight against breast cancer. The money raised will go toward funding breast cancer research, provide education and to empower and assist breast cancer victims and their families.

There will be shopping, raffle prizes, baked goods and a Seymour Pink booth. 

Each crafter and vendor will donate $35 to Seymour Pink to participate. Please show your support for these local crafters and small business owners by doing some holiday shopping at the fair.


Lori Tilton and Danielle Merritt are the event organizers. For more information, call Danielle at 203-376-0130 or visit the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair on Facebook. 

This information was provided in a press release from Elizabeth Pisano.

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PHOTO: Grandparent's lunch at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby

Kaelyn DiMartino, a 2nd-grade student at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby, enjoys lunch with her grandparents, Harvey and Marlend Finkel of Derby. The students recently invited their grandparents to school to celebrate Grandparent's Day.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne Foley

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Derby breaks ground on 9/11 memorial site

The steel I-beam recovered from one of the World Trade Center towers. Jean Falbo-Sosnovich — New Haven Register

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY - A small crowd paused Thursday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago, and at the same time, broke ground for a 9/11 memorial poised to grace the Derby Green as a permanent tribute.
About 40 Derby volunteer firefighters, ambulance personnel, city leaders and residents gathered around a roped-off, steel I-beam recovered from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers, which will serve as the focal point of the memorial.

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Derby probes makeshift tents in woods

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The city is looking into a situation where homeless people are supposedly living in makeshift tents in the woods near the Derby Greenway.
Alderman Art Gerckens, who also chairs the aldermen’s community relations subcommittee, said several residents informed the committee this week about the issue.
“There have been people living there … and it has been reported to several aldermen that there is a vagrant problem,” Gerckens said. “We also were informed there has been a burglary or two to the businesses in that area.”

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Ansonia reaches agreement with ex-town clerk in dispute over $262,000

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city and its former longtime town/city clerk have reached a settlement regarding ownership of more than $260,000 in fees accumulated by the clerk’s office over 14 years.
The Board of Aldermen during its meeting Tuesday unanimously approved a settlement where Madeline Bottone, the former clerk who served in the role for 16 years before retiring last year, and the city will split $262,000 remaining in a city-maintained bank account.
“The City and Ms. Bottone mediated this matter before retired District Court Judge Alan Neves last week,” said Corporation Counsel John Marini. “Ms. Bottone claimed the balance of the account as her retirement savings. The City, however, concluded that the funds were taxpayer property based on provisions of the Ansonia Charter, Code and Connecticut General Statutes.”

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Walgreens pulls out of plans to build store in Derby

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Walgreens Pharmacy is not going to be located at the corner of happy and healthy anymore, or in Derby’s case, at the corner of Pershing Drive and Division Street.
That’s because the pharmacy giant has “pulled out” of its approved plans to raze the Red Raider Plaza they own and build a 14,524 sq. ft. store there.
City Building Inspector Carlo Sarmiento said Wednesday that he met with Walgreens officials last week for a building update, and that’s when he learned that the project is off.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seymour hosts annual ‘Pink Promenade’ to raise money for breast cancer

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> First Selectman Kurt Miller is no stranger to strapping on a pair of women’s stilettos and a skirt all in the name of a good cause.
And Miller is inviting area men to join him for Seymour Pink's 5th annual "Pink Promenade." Miller and others who sign up will walk a mile in heels throughout town, sporting pink outfits and raising awareness and money for breast cancer.
The event, which Miller and the employees of Town Hall are sponsoring, is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Community Center, 20 Pine St.

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Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto fills vacant Parking Authority seats

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Mayor Anita Dugatto Tuesday appointed new members to fill the seats vacated by four members of the Parking Authority who abruptly resigned last month.
During a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Dugatto presented three options, but ultimately exercised her authority as mayor to name new members, which doesn’t require aldermen approval.
“What a monumental waste of time,” said Aldermen David Lenart following the meeting. Lenart preferred disbanding the authority, in favor of privatization.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Barefoot Summer Festival to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children

Colonial Tavern, at 24 Hawley Road in Oxford, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Barefoot Summer Festival to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. 

The event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., doors open at 10 a.m., and includes the 4th Annual Classic Car Show and burn-out pit; live music, featuring Gravyhound and North of Forty; the Firedog Food Truck, Nana's Ice Cream, and fried dough; Craft Beer and Wine tasting tent, featuring Shebeen, Berkshire, Black Hog, Goose Island, Blue Point, Kona, Two Roads, and DuVig brewing companies, as well as Casanova Wine and other craft wines; a Vendor Marketplace; and a children's activity area, including face painting, sand art and more.

General admission to the event is $5 for ages 11 and up, children 10 and under are free. Classic car registration is $10 prior to Sept. 14 and $15 the day of (general admission for all passengers is included in this fee). The Tasting Tent is $16/16 tastings prior to Sept. 14 or $20/16 tastings the day of. Additional tastings may be purchased the day of for $10/10 tastings. 

All tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.barefootsummerfestival.com.

For more information, call the Connecticut Partnership office at 203-881-1804. All proceeds from this event benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting low-income children throughout the state.

** The rain date for this event is Sunday, Oct. 5.

This is a press release from Meghan Tarby, executive director and social worker, CT Partnership for Children, Inc.

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St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop in Derby offers 'Healing Journey' for grieving persons

DERBY >> St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop is offering a "Healing Journey," a 9-week session facilitated by a certified member of the Bereavement Ministry, for grieving persons.

The first session is Sept. 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the prayer room at the store. Cost for the session is $10, which includes the workbook.

To register, call 203-888-3390, as space will be limited.

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Strand Ole Opry set for Sept. 27 in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> The next Strand Ole Opry is set for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at The Strand Theater.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The All-American Valley General Store, 16 Bank St., or by calling 203-828-6442. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted.

Musical guests include Shannon McMahon, The Wool Hats String Band, 81 South and more. 

There is a pre-show dinner at the General store at 5:30 p.m., BBQ chicken sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, apple pie, mason jar iced tea. $14.95 per person, reservation required. 

Doors open at the theater at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Kim Dulka at 203-828-6442.

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Spooner House campaign aims to stock Valley Food Bank shelves

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

The cupboards at the Valley’s homeless shelter are bare.
In an effort to restock the shelves, and to mark national Hunger Action Month in September, the Spooner House is making a special push to help put food on the table, and fight childhood hunger.
According to statistics provided by Spooner House, there are 520,000 people in Connecticut at risk of hunger every day, and one in five of them are children.

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Derby aldermen to discuss next steps after Parking Authority resignations

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss what happens next in the wake of four of the five members of the Parking Authority abruptly resigning last month.
The aldermen will meet following its Operations and Procedures sub-committee meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
According to Mayor Anita Dugatto, the authority has not been disbanded, even though there’s just one member left.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Valley United Way announces new financial education programs

Valley United Way is offering a number of programs in its ongoing Financial Education Series sponsored by Pitney Bowes.

The programs are being offered free of charge in the Lavietes Conference Room at Valley United Way, but registration is required. To register, call 203-926-9478 or sign up at valleyunitedway.org.

Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Financial Planning for College
John DeLeo of Ion Bank will conduct a seminar on how to plan to deal with financing a college education. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. - Get Retirement Ready
The focus will be to help prepare individuals for the decisions they need to make as they approach retirement, including sources of retirement income, employer distribution options, lump sum vs. income stream, IRA rollovers, health insurance options and relocation decisions. Experts from Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife will conduct the session. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. - Retirement Income Planning 
Experts from the Barnum Financial Group will prepare participants for the steps to take to create an income strategy such as setting retirement goals, identifying expenses and reviewing all guaranteed sources of income, as well as learning how to manage retirement risks. A light supper will be provided.

Oct. 27 at noon - Understanding Social Security
Experts from the Social Security Administration will help individuals to understand the key role played by Social Security in any retirement plan. A light lunch will be provided.

This information was provided in a press release from Valley United Way.

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Seymour High School gets new assistant principal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The Board of Education has hired an assistant principal for Seymour High School.
The board, during its Sept. 2 meeting, unanimously voted to bring Tara Yusko of Meriden onboard.
Yusko is currently employed as an English teacher and administrative intern at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She is expected to start at SHS in mid-October and will earn an annual salary of $132,230, according to Superintendent of Schools Christine Syriac.

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Derby residents to weigh in on $3.75M road project

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> A dozen of Derby’s worst roads are heading to the November ballot, where voters will be asked to approve some long overdue repairs.
Both the Board of Aldermen and Board of Apportionment and Taxation at a joint meeting Sept. 4 unanimously approved sending a $3.75 million proposal to improve the roads to the Nov. 4 ballot.
Voting is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bradley and Irving schools.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

2 of Seymour’s worst roads in line for rehab

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Two of the town’s worst roads are in line for a major facelift this month.
Jay Lane, which Town Engineer Jim Galligan has called “the absolute worst” road in town, followed by Patton Avenue, are slated to be reclaimed and repaved.
The Board of Selectmen this week awarded a contract to A&J Construction of Brookfield, which was the lowest bidder for the job at $319,086. Three other companies submitted bids for the job, including Cocchiola Paving of Oakville, which bid $319,250; Complete Construction of Ansonia, which bid $344,600, and Guerrera Construction of Oxford, which bid $425,715.

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