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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Santa and his elves to arrive Dec. 6 at Legion Pool in Seymour

Ansonia City Hall warns residents of paving business scam

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa Claus, more festivities coming to Seymour Dec. 6

SEYMOUR >> On Saturday, Dec. 6, the town of Seymour will be celebrating the holidays with an array of festive events sponsored by many town organizations including the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission, Seymour Land Trust, American Legion, American Legion Band, Seymour EMS, Metro North, local boy and girl scout troops and Santa Claus himself. 

The evening will begin with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Seymour train station on Main Street at 6:16 p.m., followed by a tree lighting by the American Legion on the corners of Bank and Wakely Streets at 6:30 p.m.

The downtown merchants will be open and celebrating the holidays, as well with individual festivities in their shops as part of First Saturday. The  Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will also be strolling through our historic downtown in full Dickens’ costume singing the songs of the season. The Seymour Land Trust will be having their annual visit with Santa and his elves and a fireworks display at 7 the Seymour Land Trust located on Chatfield Street. Those attending are asked to bring a canned food item to be donated to our local food bank. 

Bank, First and Columbus Streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m., please park on the surrounding streets. For questions or more information, please call Kim at 203-888-7880.

Seymour Town Clerk's Office reminds residents to submit military service info

The Seymour Town Clerk's Office is reminding residents to submit the names of servicemen and women serving in the military.

Their complete service address should be submitted to the Seymour Town Clerk, including their Seymour home address and the name of the person submitting the request.

The Town of Seymour would like all Seymour servicemen and women currently serving in the military to receive a Christmas check from the Richard R. Pearson Memorial Fund.

Please submit names as soon as possible to the following address:

Seymour Town Clerk's Office
1 First St.
Seymour, CT 06483

PHOTO: Seymour Recreation Department sponsored adult tennis clinic

Left to right: Art Carptenuto, Dawn Hunter, Tara Petrino, Nerissa Cassanova,
instructor Missy Orosz and kneeling Dennis Hunter 

This fall, the Seymour Recreation Department sponsored an adult tennis clinic for six weeks, which taught and improved tennis technique to area Valley residents.

The Seymour Recreation Department is looking to run this clinic again in the spring. To get on the interest list, call 203-888-0406.

Derby Public Library offers teen winter watercolor painting workshop

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Winter Watercolor Painting, Dec. 11 and 18, from 4-5:30 p.m.

This two-session workshop will be led by Valley Arts Councilmember Rich DiCarlo and all materials will be provided. Registration is requested.

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

This is a press release from Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos.

St. Mary – St. Michael School’s Festival of Trees Christmas Bazaar Nov. 22 in Derby

DERBY >> St. Mary – St. Michael School’s Festival of Trees Christmas Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at 14 Seymour Ave.

Join us for Breakfast with Santa, who will also be available for photos. The event will includes a Christmas tree and wreath raffles, Chinese Auction, and new this year, there will be 7.5 FT and 9 FT trees for sale. Many unique craft vendors featured. This school fundraiser is a great way to make memories and get in the holiday spirit.

Shelton Police: Man arrested after dispute with gun, barricading himself in home

SHELTON >> A local man was set to appear in Derby court Thursday after he allegedly showed a gun during a dispute Wednesday night and then refused to come out of a downtown residence for about an hour after police arrived.
Jayson Karczmarczyk, 39, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, interefering with an emergency call and assault on a police officer after the incident, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release Thursday morning.

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Probation granted in Ansonia PTO theft

By Register Staff

MILFORD >> A former Ansonia PTO president who admitted stealing $21,676 from John G. Prendergast School’s Parent Teacher Organization was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.
Kelly Kahyaoglu, 49, had pleaded guilty in Superior Court to first-degree larceny, a felony, back in April.

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PHOTO: St. Mary-St. Michael School collects 570 donations for Spooner House

DERBY >> St. Mary-St. Michael School collected 570 donations for their Spooner House food drive last week. Pictured are 7th and 8th grade students Michael Rizzitelli, Jan Mazan, AJ Sibilia, Jason Peters, Brandon Coletta, and Igor Poliwoda who helped to the load food from the school-wide drive.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Student, 13, arrested for alleged bomb threat at Derby Middle School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Police arrested a 13-year-old female student Wednesday in connection with a bomb threat made at Derby Middle School this week that sent the school into a lock-in and forced officials to close for a day so police could conduct a thorough sweep of the building.
According to a press release issued by Police Chief Gerald Narowski, the girl is an 8th grader at the school and was charged with one count of threatening first degree and breach of peace. She is scheduled to appear in Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Waterbury Nov. 20. The girl’s name was not released as she is a minor.

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Ansonia man pleads guilty to lying to FBI about police brutality claim

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
HARTFORD >> An Ansonia man who accused Derby police officers of beating him during his arrest for a probation violation admitted Tuesday he was lying.
Edward Minerly, 52, of Ansonia, who is a registered sex offender, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to one count of making a false report of police brutality to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Minerly faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello sentences him on Feb. 10.

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Shelton Police make arrest in June convenience store robbery

By Register Staff
SHELTON >> Police Tuesday arrested 22-year-old Wayne Bunting of New Haven at Derby Superior Court, where he was appearing in connection with another case.

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Cops: DNA connects convicted bank robber to 2009 Ansonia heist

By Register Staff
ANSONIA >> Police say DNA has tied a Waterbury man with two previous bank robbery convictions to a five-year-old robbery here.
Dennis Wilson, 42, was taken into custody late last month by detectives and returned to Connecticut from a New York prison to face charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree larceny, police Lt. Andrew Cota said Tuesday in a press release. Wilson, who is being held on $250,000 bail, was scheduled to appear Tuesday at state Superior Court in Derby.
Wilson is accused of robbing the former Naugatuck Valley Savings Bank, 75 Tremont St., in 2009. Cota said $8,359 was taken.

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Derby dentist and family now in 30th year of helping others enjoy Thanksgiving

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> For three decades, a local dentist and his family have donned traditional Pilgrim costumes,  encouraging Valley residents to open their hearts and wallets to ensure families in need can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving feast.

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Derby to get refund for infomercial minus Terry Bradshaw

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY -The city will get a full refund of what it has paid so far for an infomercial boasting Derby’s assets, which officials believed would be hosted by NFL legend Terry Bradshaw.
But Bradshaw is no longer associated with the company producing the video.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Seymour prepares for annual Christmas parade

Preparations are underway for Seymour's 43rd annual Christmas Parade, to be held Sunday, Nov. 30. The rain/snow date will be the next Sunday, Dec. 7.

Robert Lang, the parade association president, has issued a call for new units to take part in the parade: “We encourage area organizations such as girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts & boy scouts, youth groups, civic groups, churches, and businesses to help us welcome the holiday season in the valley by participating in this year’s event.”

As an incentive to participate, trophies and ribbons are awarded each year in four categories. Children’s marching units vie for the Sponheimer Trophy, sponsored by Miller-Ward Funeral Home. The Mackenstein Trophy, sponsored by the Seymour Lion’s Club, is given to the best children’s float. Adult floats can capture the Isaacson Trophy, sponsored by American Legion Post 10, while school groups are eligible to win the LoPresti Trophy, sponsored by Hot Tops. The best overall unit in the parade will walk off with the Pelletier Trophy, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which is given in memory of the past president of the parade association, Ronald Pelletier. In addition, all participants receive commemorative dated ribbons.

For more information or to enter a unit in the parade, please contact Bob Lang, 203-888-6268 or

Church of The Good Shepherd to hold Christmas Fair Nov. 22 in Shelton

Assumption School Honor Roll

Assumption School, Ansonia, CT  Honor Roll
Mrs. Kathleen Molner, Principal, has announced that the following students have attained Honor Roll status for the first marking period:
Grade 4 ~ High Honors ~ Abigail Hanson, James Lowman, Riley Pelatowski, Samantha Sosnovich, and Emily Sudol.
Second Honors ~ Ava Cratty, Fabian Cuprys, Joseph Czajkowski, Connor Edo, Jamie Fonseca, Paige Fourtin, Angela Ho, Kayleigh Householder, Tyra McKoy, Maxwell Osgood, and Anthony Sullivan.
Grade 5 ~ High Honors ~ Gabriel Bravo-Cancino, Ryan Brimecombe, Jenna Davis, Kiely Geoghan, Isabelle Jadach, Craig Jeffrey, Matthew Martucci, Courtney Musante, and Ryan Tyszka.
Second Honors ~ Brianna Dowling, Alana Drugonis, and Claudia Hollo.
Grade 6 ~ High Honors ~ Schuyler Cummings, Kylee Nimons, Taylor Pelatowski, and Mikayla Wiacek.
Second Honors ~ Rhea Bacourt, Sarah Burke, Janelle Cantil, Mackenzie Ceccarelli,  Ayanna Cruz, Michael Eheman, Cheyenne Fedor, Andrew Kluk, Rafael Masbad, Dion Perkins, and Cameron Pomponio.
Grade 7 ~ High Honors ~  Matthew DeFelice, Jason Do, Christopher Hughes, Bianca Romano, Andrea Rooney, and Sydney Walsh.
Second Honors ~ Jack Ahearn, Brooke Armistead, Kyle Cardenas, Alexi Edo, Ethan Johnson, Maria Kocianska, Joshua Quinn, Mia Ramadei, and Kristina Terlaga.
Grade 8 ~ High Honors ~ Hadia Ahmad, Robert Damjanovich, Jordyn Davis, Annalee Gaudreau, Gabrielle Jadach, Samantha Mosel, Jason Ostrowski, Manjot Singh, Theresa Swatt, and Ania Washington.
Second Honors ~ Lucas Ardito, Jayden Belton, Alexa Benfanti, Arianna Blackwell, Victoria Bradshaw, Ally DiMauro, Daniel Lara, Tracey Logan, Logan Lumley, Gillian Nemec, Ashton Sarandrea, and Joseph Scott.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hamden developer faces fines for blight in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 

ANSONIA >> A Hamden developer who purchased 10 acres of abandoned downtown property last year with a vision to transform it into a mix of office, residential and retail, has been slapped with a blight citation for failing to clean up the site — and could face hefty fines to boot.
According to Mayor David Cassetti, the city issued Moustapha Diakhate the citation this week that threatens daily fines up to $20,000 if he doesn’t respond to the notification within 10 days.
The citation letter issued by Blight Enforcement Officer David Blackwell cites the property for numerous violations including more than 220 sections of broken/shattered windows; graffiti; vegetation overgrowth protruding through cement; crumbling cement and debris; and exposed rebar. The violations pertain to the old Farrel Processing Lab at 501 E. Main St, which officials said is in the worst shape out of all the buildings.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Shelton nursing assistant charged with identity theft, stealing from elderly man

By Register Staff

HAMDEN >> A Shelton woman hired as a caregiver for an 88-year-old man is facing several charges here after she allegedly stole nearly $1,400 from the man’s checking account.
Shante Pettway, 27, turned herself in to Hamden police last week and was charged with six counts of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree larceny.

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Shelton police search for pair in bank robbery

By Register Staff

SHELTON >> A reward is being offered for information about two men who allegedly held up a First Niagara Bank branch here Friday morning.
Police responded to the branch at 704 Bridgeport Ave. shortly before 9:40 a.m. on a report of a bank robbery, Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a press release early Friday afternoon. They found that two men had entered the bank and demanded money from the tellers.

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Losing friends to cancer inspires Seymour native to ‘make a difference’

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> A Seymour High School graduate, inspired by the courage shown by two of his friends — the late Nina Poeta and Tiffany Nieves — in their fights against cancer, has been moved to embark on a mission to brighten the holidays for sick children.

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Derby-Shelton Rotary Club offers delivery of sand/salt mix to seniors, disabled residents

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club will be delivering five gallon buckets of sand and salt mixture to seniors and disabled individuals residing in Derby and Shelton on Dec. 11-14 to spread on walkways and driveways during the winter.

If you are interested in receiving a bucket, sign up at the Derby or Shelton Senior Centers or contact or call 203-929-1484 x 227. Deadline for registering is Dec. 8. Individuals residing in housing developments that already provide sand are not eligible.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standard in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximated 1.2 million Rotarians belong to 34,578 Rotary clubs located in over 200 countries. The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club has been a member of this global organization since May 24, 1927. Learn more about Rotary at

This is a press release from the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club.

Derby's 105th District selected for post-election hand count audit of ballots

Seymour Middle School honors local veterans

SEYMOUR >> The students and faculty of Seymour Middle School celebrated Veterans Day with a day of patriotic programs and activities.

The celebration of Veterans Day began with a flag-raising ceremony, featuring the Seymour American Legion Color Guard, and a performance of the National Anthem by the school chorus. Following the ceremony, students viewed a recording of the Veterans Day Bell Ceremony, which took place at the American Legion headquarters.
Harvey Catlin, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, said that “Veterans Day is one of my favorite days to be a U.S. History teacher.”

Throughout the day, students were immersed in learning activities that focused on the history and importance of Veterans Day. Students learned about local veterans through readings and the viewing of video clips. The highlight of the day was the host of guest speakers that visited the school. Family members of students and staff who served our country were invited in to share their stories. These veterans brought the true meaning of Veterans Day to life through their respective presentations, resulting in a quality learning experience for our students.

These events have become an annual fixture at Seymour Middle School. The students and staff wish to thank all veterans for their service, and extend their gratitude to the speakers who shared their stories on Veterans Day.

(Information and photos submitted by SMS Assistant Principal Ernie DiStasi)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wesley Village receives grants for 2014

SHELTON >> Wesley Village is the recipient of two grants for 2014 for Wesley Heights Assisted & Independent Living Community.

Wesley Heights, a senior living community on the Wesley Village campus, received a one-year grant of $8,000 from the David N. Lane Trust for Aged & Indigent Women. Established in 1964 to support and promote quality human services and health care programming for underserved older women living in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, the trust is managed by the Connecticut based Philanthropic Solutions office of the Bank of America, N.A. Funds from the grant will provide assisted living services for low income elderly women living at Wesley Heights.

The community also received a one-year grant of $10,000 from the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) to support assisted living services to low income elderly residents of Wesley Heights Middle Court Apartments. The VCF was established in 2004 and distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. Wesley Village also received a $250 sponsorship from the VCF to support their 6th Annual Road Race, which benefitted life enriching programs for seniors living on the campus, as well as the PTA of a neighboring school, Long Hill Elementary. To learn how your gift can help to support the quality of life in the Valley, visit

This is a press release from Wesley Village.

Seymour terminates contract for school bus cameras

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Board of Education recently terminated its contract with a Louisiana-based company promising to install exterior cameras on school buses, aimed at catching motorists who illegally blow by them.
That’s because the company, Bus Shield LLC, failed to live up to its end of the bargain in the agreed-upon timeframe, according to Superintendent of Finance and Operations Rick Belden.
“Bus Shield did not provide the required services (survey and installation of test cameras) in the appropriate time period,” Belden said.

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Seymour honors veterans at candlelight vigil

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The community gathered at Broad Street Park Tuesday, amidst a soft amber glow, for the town’s 30th annual Veterans Day candlelight vigil.
A total of 111 luminary bags lined the park’s sidewalks, as people came out on a mild November evening to honor the men and women of the military who make it possible for all in America to enjoy freedom.
The 111 bags, explained VFW Post 12084 Commander Al Yagovane, an Army veteran, cast much more than soft light during the 45-minute ceremony.

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Ansonia aldermen give pension plan $550,000 boost

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 
ANSONIA >> An underfunded pension plan affecting about 50 city employees got a $550,000 boost from the Board of Aldermen Monday.
The pension account, which was underfunded by about $4 million, mainly affects Board of Education employees (secretaries and custodians), according to city officials.
Aldermen, during their monthly meeting Monday, unanimously passed a resolution to transfer $550,000 from the city’s general reserve fund into the city retirement plan.

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December events at Derby Neck Library

The following events will take place at the Derby Neck Library in December.

On Thurs., Dec. 4,  at 5:30 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. will host “Dinner and a Movie” for ages 18 and older.  Come enjoy a recent movie on Blu-Ray ( high definition) and have a free dinner, besides snacks.  For the title of the movie shown this month, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Tues., Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. hosts Ansonia author and sports specialist, Rich Marazzi.  He will be discussing his new book, “A Bowlful of Memories, 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl.”  All aspects of Yale football history are covered. Come enjoy a great talk and purchase this fantastic book.  Light refreshments will be served.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Wed., Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents “Bedtime Music and Movement” featuring Miss Kathi.  Come sing and dance under our indoor stars.  Wear your jammies and bring along a favorite stuffed animal if you wish.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Sat., Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m., the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., hosts a “Teen Video Game Tournament.” All teens and tweens are invited to a fun afternoon, with free refreshments and competition for great prizes.  The Nintendo Wii U game this month is New Super Smash Brothers.  No registration is required, just stop in and bring a friend.  For details please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Mon., Dec. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. hosts the Women’s Forum Holiday pot-luck lunch.  All members are invited to relax and enjoy a sociable time.  This is a discussion group that meets to share ideas on short stories, poetry, history and more.  For more information call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Mon., Dec. 15 at 6-7 p.m. and again on Wed., Dec. 17 at 10:30-11:30 a.m., the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents “Tech Talks”.  Our staff members offer ideas on what is the latest in technology and how best to use it.  You may wish to bring your questions as well.  For the topic this month, please call 203-734-1492.

On Wed., Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Derby Neck Library , 307 Hawthorne Ave. will host an open-house “Holiday Fun Day.”  All day we will be hosting games, entertainments, refreshments, and more. Bring your family and friends—there are activities for all age groups.  For details please call us at 203-734-1492.

On Thurs., Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m., the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents “Writer’s Round”  a workshop and discussion group open to writers of all genres—poetry, prose, fiction, scripts, song lyrics, etc.  Bring your original works to share with others and work on a writing prompt.  For details please call 203-734-1492.

On Mon., Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave. presents the “Evening Book Club.”  This month our discussion focuses on “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  Copies of this small, inspirational memoir are available at the library.  Come enjoy a lively and instructive session moderated by Patricia Sweeney of our staff.  For details call Pat at 203-734-1492.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seymour Recreation Department offers final 2 sessions of 'Wizards School of Magic'

Children ages 5 through 10 are welcomed to register for the "Wizards School Of Magic" presented by Tom O'Brien. Students can attend one or more sessions to learn 5 different magic tricks. Supplies and magic wands are provided to all who participate.

In the photo above are the first class of participants who learned the rubber band trick, rope trick, hidden box trick, the four leaf clover trick and the hidden coin trick, to name a few.

There are two more session left. Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and/or Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Seymour Recreation Department. Each class is $20. Pre-registration is requested.

There are a few spots available. Please contact Missy Orosz at the Recreation office at 203-888-0406.

This is a press release from Missy Orosz, part-time associate recreation director
for the Seymour Recreation Department.

PHOTO: Chatfield-Lopresti School's Girl Scout troops make care boxes for U.S. soldiers overseas

SEYMOUR >> The Brownie Girl Scout troop 60357 and Junior Girl Scout troop 60348 out of Chatfield-Lopresti School made care boxes for American soldiers to be distributed overseas.

These second through fifth graders chose their own items. Many were filled with soaps, lotions, tissues, lip balm and deodorant.

This is the third year these scouts have participated in this activity, which always is done in November to celebrate Veterans Day.

Benefit events planned to help family of Nina Poeta

This message is from Elizabeth Pisano, family friend of the Poeta family of Seymour, who recently lost their daughter, Nina, to an inoperable brain tumor:

With thousands of people who attended the services for Nina, the Poeta Family said goodbye, for now, to their precious angel. The pain they are feeling is profound and will be with them forever. We, as a community, are feeling helpless trying to find a way to show our love and support for John, Dorie, & Cara. Please join Poeta Strong in continuing the mission to help the family as much as we can. Our efforts will be redirected as their needs change and right now we think they need our comfort and our help with the expenses of the past year. Sunday, the 16th is "A Day of Healing" at Phoenix Yoga; tickets are available for the "Benefit Dinner for the Poeta Family" on November 21st; Apparel and bracelets will continue to be available to honor Nina. The Seymour High School Cheerleaders are hosting a dance, "Bring It On For Nina" on November 28th for the Cheer Family throughout the state. If you would like more information on any events or to donate a raffle or auction item for the Benefit Dinner, please call Elizabeth Pisano at 203-415-4387, message Poeta Strong on facebook, or email

We are the thousands and WE ARE POETA STRONG!

PHOTO: Wesley Village thanks participants of Halloween 5k and Fun Walk

Runners pose for a photo after an awards ceremony Oct. 25
at the Wesley Village Halloween 5K and Fun Walk.

SHELTON >> Over 275 people participated in Wesley Village's 6th annual 5k and Fun Walk Oct. 25 at the senior living campus on Long Hill Avenue.

Thirty of the participants (21 runners, 9 walkers) were over the age of 70, with the oldest runner aged 92. Dozens of Wesley Village residents, staff, volunteers and family members cheered them on.

The 5k run featured a new flatter out and back course sponsored by C.E. Floyd Company, along with a 1-Mile Fun Walk sponsored by M&T Bank and a Kids Run, sponsored by Merit Insurance. The community event was coordinated with the help of JB Sports Event Management and was the 4th largest of 14 running events in the state that weekend.

Race festivities included a costume contest, trick-or-treating, face painting, a bounce house, pumpkin painting, music, food and an awards ceremony. Proceeds from the race benefitted award-winning resident programs at Wesley Village and the Long Hill Elementary School PTA.

Wesley Village would like to thank the Long Hill Elementary School PTA and the many local sponsors and participants who helped to make this year’s race a huge success. For race results, photos and video highlights from the race, visit

The information above was provided in a press release form Marissa Salvesen, marketing and promotions manager for United Methodist Homes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Food drive Nov. 22 in Seymour to help feed local families this Thanksgiving

Shelton's Downtown Handmade Market kicks off on Black Friday

SHELTON >> Celebrate Shelton, a city-wide initiative, begun by two small business owners, Michael Skrtic, owner of The Glass Source Studio, and Nicole Heriot-Mikula, owner of bringtheHoopla have joined together to form Celebrate Shelton, which will present 3 major events to highlight small business and the community which surrounds them: Downtown Handmade Market, Community Tree Lighting and the Small Business “Crawl” event guide.

Downtown Handmade Market, a 5-date vendor festival, will be held at the Conti Building on 415 Howe Ave., Shelton. A Black Friday Kick-Off celebration on Friday, Nov. 28 from 6-9 p.m. will be sponsored by Liquid Lunch and wine from Linda’s Liquors in Shelton. Celebration will include handmade artisan vendors, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting. All vendors will feature a special offer during this kick-off event. Tickets are $5 at the door. Kids 14 and under are no cost.

The market continues on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

Community Tree Lighting sponsored by Webster Bank, Valley Community Foundation and Center Stage will be taking place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Park, 83 Canal Street East, in Shelton. Caroling with Center Stage, hot cocoa and sweets by the Boys & Girls Club of LNV and Santa Claus will be there for everyone. A huge special thank you to Jones Family Farms and City of Shelton. All children are encouraged to create their own handmade ornaments to hang on the tree with their families on the evening of the lighting.

Our Small Business Crawl event guide is a 24 page glossy magazine that will include a special offer from all participating small businesses throughout the month of December. The goal is to encourage our community to shop local! Keep an eye out in Shelton for your very own guide.

For questions, please email us at or call us at 203-924-4368. Visit us on Facebook and at

This is a press release from Celebrate Shelton.

Spooner House requests food, frozen turkeys for families in need

Contributed photo/Spooner House
SHELTON >>  The Spooner House annual frozen turkey and fixings drive has begun and has some new locations and offers for everyone donating between now and mid December. See details below for the list of locations this year in chronologically order by date who are supporting the ACT Spooner House Holiday Food Drives.

A list of specific food items needed for the frozen turkey drive is at the end of the release or visit for more details. Please check our Facebook Page or website since some locations for the drive will not be able to accept frozen turkeys, only non-perishable items for the holiday food baskets.
If these dates and times are not convenient, you may also drop food items at the Spooner House, 30 Todd Road in Shelton, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Spooner House, 30 Todd Road , Shelton CT 06484.
Donations may also be made securely using PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at Contact: or 203-225-0453 ext. 102.

Year Round donations for Spooner House Food Bank are now being accepted at these locations:

Frozen turkeys and non-perishable food contributions during business hours:
Stop and Shop at 100 Division Avenue in Ansonia and
Starbucks at 504 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton
Girl Scout Troop #64164 7th Graders at First United Methodist Church
Turkeys Only Drive
Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton   203-929-3537

Shelton High School Basketball Team Clinic
Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Non-perishable food and cash
Special fundraiser at the Shelton Intermediate School, drop off a holiday donation of food or cash in the can to help Operation Holiday, and shoot some hoops for free as the basketball season gets into full swing.
675 Constitution Blvd. in Shelton  203-926-2000

Seymour Middle School and Chatfield-Lopresti School -
Accepting only Frozen Turkeys , no food
Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Continuing a 13 year tradition, 8th Graders will be collecting at both Seymour Middle School , 211 Mountain Road and
Chatfield-LoPresti School , 51Skokorat Street in Seymour .


  • 1 box Instant potatoes
  • 2 Packages of Gravy
  • 1 box/or bag Stuffing mix
  • 4 cans vegetables any choice Corn/peas/asparagus/ yams/carrots
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • Pie crust mix
  • Pie filling, choice
  • 1 jar Pickles
  • 2 cans Olives
  • 1 can evaporated milk or powdered milk
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Powdered juice mix
  • Canned fruit:
mixed fruit, peaches, fruit                           cocktail, pineapple
  • Extras: napkins, salt, pepper. sugar, brownie mix, corn bread mix
Please place your items in a sturdy box or bin.

This is a press release from Spooner House.

Seymour BOE names media center at Chatfield-LoPresti School after educator

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Veteran educator turned church deacon Kenneth Ewaskie has dedicated his life to teaching, and the Board of Education recently came up with a fitting way to thank him for his years of service to Seymour children.
The board, at its meeting last month, voted to name the media center at Chatfield-LoPresti School after Ewaskie, who unlike many others who receive such an honor posthumously, is alive and well.
“I was overwhelmed when I received the news from the Office of the Superintendent,” Ewaskie said. “At first, I thought they were asking me to come back to work. This brings back so many great memories.”

Read more here

Friday, November 7, 2014

Derby's St. Mary-St. Michael School announces Honor Roll

The Honor Roll for the first marking period at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby has been announced by the principal, Mrs. Linda Coppola.

Grade 4 High Honors: Selena Hescock, Jenna LaBranche, Jacob Weiler
Grade 4 Honors: Matthew Capiral, Sibe Doci, Emily Foley, Anton Rusu

Grade 5 Honors:  Jacob Calderon, Tennyson DeLos, Theresa Joseph, Jacqueline Muncy, Rosa Rizzitelli, Max Shuart, Brandon Sibilia, Brooke Sobolisky, Jsoeph Wasfi, Emilia Wypasek.

Grade 6 High Honors : Cassidy McNeil
Grade 6 Honors: Maria Ahmed, Dylan Bellinger, Theresa Kardos, Daria Wakulczyk

Grade 7 High Honors:  Elizabeth DeCrisanti, Gabriela Soriano, Sofia Soriano, Joanna Wypasek
Grade 7 Honors: Joshua Celentano, Vincent Iacuone, Samantha Muncy

Grade 8 High Honors: Genesis Brito, Emily Lucke, Alexis Pudimat, Alexys Ryan
Grade 8 Honors: Cristina Carloni, Maja Cuprys, Makayla Naranjo, Igor Poliwoda, Michael Rizzitelli, Emily Tokash, Shirley Torres, Isabella Tufaro

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ansonia's Emmett O'Brien School goes pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness month

ANSONIA >> Students and staff at Emmett O'Brien School recently marked Breast Cancer Awareness month by hosting a Pink Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 31 during an "Emmett O'Brien Goes Pink" celebration.

Thanks to team registrations, sales of pink t-shirts, EOB goes pink bottoms, pink carnations and face painting, the Emmett O’Brien School community raised $1,825 for the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital. Nearly 100 percent of the students participated in this most worthwhile event, according to Principal Laurie LeBouthillier. 

"Special thanks to all the students and staff for their involvement and helping to Make a Difference in the life of others," LeBouthillier said.

Allison Apicerno, Coordinator of The Valley Goes Pink initiative, visited the school to receive the contribution.


Russian Yale Chorus will sing sacred works Nov. 8 at Church of Assumption

ANSONIA >> The Russian Yale Chorus, a 16-voice choir, will be singing sacred works at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Church of Assumption, located on South Cliff St.
A reception will follow the service, and there will be a free will offering.

Veterans Day candlelight vigil to be held Nov. 11 in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> A Veterans Day candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Broad Street Park, located at the corner of Broad and River streets.
Col. Michael Casey of the Connecticut National Guard will be the main speaker. Area mayors and first selectmen, including Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti and Beacon Falls First Selectman Chris Bialek, are scheduled to attend.
Local attorney and Board of Education member Fred Stanek will serve as emcee for the program.
The public is invited to attend to honor all the men and women who served in the U.S. military.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12084 is hosting the event.

TEAM's Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair set for Nov. 22-23

SHELTON >> The 11th Annual TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wesley Village in Shelton at 580 Long Hill Ave. The event benefits Volunteer Caregivers at TEAM and recreational programs for seniors at Wesley Village.

The two days include activities and fun for the whole family, including the viewing of beautifully decorated themed trees and wreaths donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals. Participants may buy raffle tickets for the chance to win any of the donated trees. All drawings will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the close of the event. Winners do not need to be present.

The event also features a Holiday Craft Fair, with more than 50 vendors offering a variety of unique gifts and handmade crafts. A local photographer will be taking PHOTOS WITH SANTA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Throughout both days, there will be a holiday bake sale as well as refreshments available in the Crosby Commons Café.

Parking and shuttle service will be available at Long Hill Elementary School, with handicapped parking available at Wesley Village. For more information, please contact Silvia Paytas at 203-736-5420 x202 or for vendor information, contact Barbara Quinn at 203-944-8292.

TEAM provides supportive services to over 5,000 low and moderate-income families in the lower Naugatuck Valley region and Milford. Located in Derby, TEAM programming assists socially and economically vulnerable families to meet their basic needs and become more self-sufficient. Services reach all sectors of the community (e.g. young parents, preschool children, seniors and the working poor) through affordable child development, elderly nutrition, asset development, housing crisis avoidance, energy assistance and senior supports. For more information on TEAM, please visit

The Wesley Village Campus provides a continuum of relationship-centered care. Wesley Village offers 5-star rated skilled nursing care and rehabilitation at their newly renovated Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, award-winning assisted living at Crosby Commons, independent living cottages at Wesley Heights, and a community Wellness Center. Part of United Methodist Homes, a local, faith-based, not-for-profit organization, Wesley Village is truly a campus committed to their mission to provide relationship-centered care for the mind, body, and spirit. For more information about Wesley Village, please visit

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

Thousands gather in Seymour to light up the night for Nina Poeta

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, New Haven Register
SEYMOUR >> Nina Poeta, the Seymour High School cheerleader who inspired the community and beyond as she battled brain cancer, will forever be remembered as a shining star whose light burned out much too soon.
More than 2,000 people, armed with pink glow sticks, candles and flashlights, gathered at DeBarber Field Wednesday night for a “Walk of Light” vigil to pay tribute to the 17-year old who lost her fight Saturday to an inoperable brain tumor.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Derby fumbles with infomercial, paid for Terry Bradshaw but won’t get him

By  Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The executive assistant for Terry Bradshaw said she is hoping the city didn’t shell out money thinking the football legend would be narrating a show touting Derby as one of the best places in the United States to live, work and play because that is not going to happen.
Connie Mason said Bradshaw severed ties earlier this year with the Florida production company that produces “Communities of Distinction” because it was using Bradshaw’s name to draw in communities to pay for infomercials promoting their cities.
“Terry is in no way shape or form associated with this company and will not be hosting any more of their shows,” Mason said in a statement to the New Haven Register. “They are fraudulent in using Terry to sell their product. Terry’s contract with this company ended in May and they are illegally still using his name to sell these spots. I hope this city hasn’t sent them their money yet.”

Read more here

Greater New Haven incumbents dominate Connecticut General Assembly races

By Register Staff 

Most incumbent state senators and representatives in Greater New Haven held onto their positions in Tuesday’s election.
Two Shoreline seats were up for grabs, to fill vacancies left by the departures of two Democrats, state Sen. Edward Meyer and state Rep. Patricia Widlitz.
Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. came out ahead to win Meyer’s 12th District seat.
“It’s always been about bringing people together,” Kennedy said. “Together we can find a common ground to move forward in the district and state.”

Read more here.
Get official town by town election numbers here.

Voters in Ansonia, Derby and Seymour give thumbs up to various projects

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Valley voters gave the thumbs up at the polls this week for various road and sewer improvement projects, along with charter changes geared to reform the annual budget approval process.
Derby voters, during Tuesday’s election, approved a $31.2 million sewer project by a vote of 1,759 to 1,256. The long overdue upgrades to the failing sewer infrastructure, where equipment is more than 50 years old and prone to chronic breakdowns, are scheduled to be phased in over five years. The project costs will be bonded over 30 years to ease the financial impact on rate payers. Rates for residential sewer users will increase by $257 next year for single family homes and $514 for multi-family homes. Sewer bills will be split into two installments to help soften the blow to rate payers.

Read more here

Food drive to benefit Connecticut Partnership for Children's Thanksgiving program

The 2013 Thanksgiving food program.
Photo by Board Secretary, Attorney Karen Fisher
SEYMOUR >> Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. is a Seymour non-profit that serves children in need throughout the entire state, by meeting basic needs. This year, they are hosting the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Food Program. This program is graciously sponsored by Stop & Shop Co., Derby Walmart, Shelton Walmart, West Haven Walmart, Great Expectations Day Care & Learning Center in Southbury, Walnut Hill Community Church- Seymour Campus, and many girl and boy scout troops, individuals, and businesses throughout the state.

In 2013, the Thanksgiving Food Program served 101 families, an increase of 63 families from the previous year. Connecticut Partnership's goal is to serve 150 families this year. The agency provides the turkey, and asks for the non-perishable fixings from individual and business sponsors and donors. Donors have two options: sponsor a family or run a food drive. Meal distribution occurs on Saturday, November 22nd; therefore, the deadline for items to be delivered to the agency is Monday, November 17th.

To help supplement this program, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, CTPFC will be stationed outside of Seymour Stop & Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting non-perishable items. These items include boxed stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, gravy, tomato or mushroom soup, sweet potatoes or yams, rolls or bread, biscuit mix, mashed potatoes, dessert items such as pudding or cookies, and festive paper goods are optional. If you are doing your shopping that day, or would just like to drop items off, please visit the CT Partnership booth.

For more information or to commit to sponsoring a family for Thanksgiving, please contact the agency directly at 203-881-1804 or email

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

List of events at Derby Public Library

Local author Rich Marazzi will discuss his latest book, A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl on Monday, Dec.1 at 6:30 p.m. This coffee table size book with 377 photos, covers the history and events that took place in the venerated Yale Bowl which is celebrating its 100th  anniversary season.  It also details the storied history of Yale football dating from 1872 to the present. The book humanizes the football experience and is filled with personal anecdotes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Marazzi, who has also authored five baseball books, is a Major League rules consultant, former high school and college umpire, was host of the radio talk show Inside Baseball for 17 years, and has been leader of the Derby Public Library’s Silver Sluggers for the past nine years. Registration is requested.

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 Derby Public Library continues its weekly Local History Information Sessions on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The library’s local history coordinator will be available in the Local History Room to answer questions and assist visitors in exploring the numerous local history resources available at the Library. Visitors will also be invited to browse through PastPerfect, a software program that enables users to search the Library’s progressively updated local history database. Assistance will also be available for research on topics such as genealogy, prominent local figures, major area events and more.

The Derby Public Library continues its program series, Just for Women, on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The November session will be held on Monday, Dec. 1. These sessions offer women an informal opportunity to come together to learn how to enhance the quality of their lifestyle, share challenges and joys with other women, provide support to one another, spend time with old friends, and make new friends. The series is facilitated by Valley resident Joan Joyce. Joan is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Connecticut, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Senior Advisor. Scientific studies show that an integral component of achieving and maintaining optimal health and well being includes having a strong social support network in your life.  All women, ages 18 and over are invited to join this new and vital group. Registration is requested but walk-ins are also welcome.

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

The information above was provided by Library Director Cathy Williams.

Ansonia High School PTSO will host Craft & Vendor Fair Nov. 15

ANSONIA >> Ansonia High School PTSO will be hosting a Craft & Vendor Fair Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors/crafters will include Avon, Thirty-one, That's Sew Cute, Mouse Ear Magic by Kathy, JRJ Cake Pops and more. There will also be raffles and baked goods for purchase.

Seymour High School to hold 'Walk of Light Vigil' in honor of Nina

SEYMOUR >>  Seymour High School to hold “Walk of Light Vigil” in honor of Nina Poeta  on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce to host 43rd Gold Seal Awards Ceremony

SHELTON >> The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce will recognize five individuals and their outstanding achievements in the community Thursday at the 43rd Annual Gold Seal Awards Banquet.

The Chamber will present five awards consisting of the Silver Medal Award, three Gold Seal Awards and the Platinum Award to our region’s business and community leaders who exemplify the spirit of selflessness and volunteerism; these awards are among the most prestigious and time-honored community service awards in the Valley. Janice Sheehy, 1994 Gold Seal recipient, will be presiding over the event as master of ceremonies.

The Silver Medal Award has only been presented 26 times and was first awarded in 1986. The Chamber has presented the award to recognize volunteer groups or partnerships that have made extraordinary contributions to the community or to recognize an individual’s dedicated service and assistance to the community. This year’s Silver Medal Award recipient is The DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation (Shelton) created in 2010 as a tribute to their late father, Anthony. Over the years they have raised over $225,000 and helped area charities such as Boys & Girls Club, Moving with Hope, Spooner House, Project Purple and BHcare, to name a few.

The Gold Seal Award has been presented to 149 individuals since 1971. This award is given annually by the Chamber to a recipient who demonstrates outstanding community service through dedicated and effective leadership. The Gold Seal Award this year was presented to Robert M. Bradley (Beacon Falls), Susan Coyle (Shelton) and George S. Logan (Ansonia). Bradley is a founding member of the Beacon Falls Merchants Association and proud member of the Beacon Falls Economic Development Commission and the Beacon Falls Lions Club. Bob can also be found assisting with small fundraisers and at many of the town’s events. Coyle has devoted countless hours as the co-chair for Griffin Hospital’s Breast Wellness Center Campaign and now Valley Goes Pink Initiative. She has been active as a corporator for Valley United Way and Griffin Hospital, as well as a director for the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, the Valley Community Foundation and Secretary for the Center Stage Board. Logan serves on the Junior Achievement of Western CT Board of Directors, the Griffin Hospital Board of Directors and the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Board. He is a corporator for the Boys & Girls Club and he also has assisted with TEAM’s fundraising efforts.

In 2001, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Gold Seal Awards, the Chamber introduced the Platinum Award. Only 14 individuals have received the Platinum award and it is presented to a past Gold Seal recipient of at least 10 years who is still dedicated to volunteering their time and resources on behalf of the Valley Community. The year’s Platinum Award honoree is prominent Valley attorney, Dominick J. Thomas (Woodbridge), a 1991 Gold Seal Award recipient. With over 30 years of service on the boards of both the Boys & Girls Club and BHcare and 20 years on the board of VARCA, there’s no denying Thomas’ dedication to the community. He recently began his 8th year of service on the Valley United Way Board of Directors. He was a member of the Valley Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven as well as the Katharine Matthies Foundation Advisory Board, Oxford Charter Commission and Oxford Town Council. Through the years, Thomas has been recognized with numerous awards including the CGFGNH President’s Award, the Sharon Bryce Holly Community Hero Award and most recently the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award from the Valley United Way in 2010.

The combined efforts of all our recipients, both past and present, have resulted in lasting contributions in the Greater Valley communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.

A banquet, sponsored by Aquarion and People’s United Bank, honoring the recipients will be held Thursday at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

For more information, contact the Greater Valley Chamber at 203-925-4981.

This is a press release from Bill Purcell, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Election Day food drive to benefit Spooner House

From the weekend: Seymour teen who touched the lives of many dies at 17 of cancer

By Keldy Ortiz
Register Staff
SEYMOUR >> Nina Poeta, a Seymour High School senior who touched the lives of many in the community as she battled cancer, has died, according to her school.
She was 17.
Rich Kearns, director of security for Seymour Public Schools, said Poeta passed during the overnight hours Saturday. Kearns said grief counseling will be made available at the high school both Sunday and Monday.
“Our Valley Community has all joined together as one community over the past year to offer support and comfort as Seymour High School student Nina Poeta fought “strong” through her battle with cancer,” Kearns said in a release.

Read the full story here

New Haven man pleads guilty in Seymour bank heist; father still at large

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

A New Haven man who allegedly helped his father rob a Seymour bank and then escape pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford Friday.
Daniel Hamlett Jr., 28, entered the plea before Judge Alvin Thompson to one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery. Hamlett Jr. faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 23.
Hamlett Jr. had been about to go on trial Monday in connection with the robbery.

Read more here.  

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