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Monday, March 30, 2015

In wake of coyote attack, Ansonia police urge residents to vaccinate pets

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Police and Animal Control Officer would like to warn residents about making sure their pets are up to date on their vaccinations.
On Thursday, March 26, a resident of Park Place reported her dog was chased and injured by two coyotes the day before.
Due to the fact that many people let their pets outside, vaccinations should be up to date, police said. Care should also be taken when letting animals out of the house. If possible, the animals should be on a leash and attended to by the owner.
Persons should refrain from approaching any type of wild animals if they are located. Please contact the Ansonia Police Department if there are any issues pertaining to wild animals or contact is made with pets or humans.
The number to the Ansonia Police Department is 203-735-1885.

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Ansonia teacher seeks to make college a reality for low-income kids

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Pursuing a college education can remain a pipe dream for many low-income, urban youth, but an eight-grade teacher at Ansonia Middle School is on a mission to make those dreams a reality.
Jessica Gomez-Bedosky recently launched a nonprofit organization called College Access for All Kids Inc.
Bedosky, who teaches eighth-grade, created the program with her husband, John, and together the two hope to mentor and inspire students to follow their dreams.

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Hamden developer faces $8K per day fine for blight in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city has slapped the Hamden developer who bought some former blighted Farrel Corp. property downtown in 2013 with an $8,000 per day lien for failing to remediate the building, despite several deadline extensions.
At a recent appeals hearing, the city’s hearing officer, Attorney Keith Murray denied “a further extension of time” for Developer Moustapha Diakhate to fix the remaining broken windows on the building at 501 E. Main St. Murray said at the hearing last week, there were still about 80 broken windows plaguing the building, which Diakhate agreed to board up, along with a host of other fixes he and the city previously agreed upon.

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Shelton nursing home fined, ordered to hire monitor

By Kate Farrish
Conn. Health I-Team Writer
A Shelton nursing home owned by Brian Foley — who was sentenced to three months in a halfway house in January in a campaign corruption scandal - has been fined $5,000 for lapses in care and ordered to hire a nursing consultant.
On Feb. 5, Foley, CEO of Apple Rehabilitation, signed a consent order with the state Department of Public Health in which he agreed to the fine and monitoring by the state to correct multiple violations at Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes. The action by DPH, which was posted on its website Tuesday, is unrelated to the scandal that ensnared Foley, his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and former Gov. John G. Rowland.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Seymour residents to weigh in on proposed budget March 30

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The Board of Finance has approved a $55.9 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16.
The board unanimously voted in favor of the total $55,945,284 budget last week, following a month-long series of budget workshops and deliberations, before settling on a bottom line to present to residents next week.
A public hearing to weigh in on the proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Road.
According to Board Chairman Bill Sawicki, the budget is $1.5 million, or 2.86 percent, more than the current budget.

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Ansonia club’s gift to TEAM Inc. will help Valley seniors

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> TEAM Inc., which provides more than 840 Valley senior citizens with assistance ranging from daily meals to transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping, got a financial boost from the Ansonia Rod & Gun Club.
Club members recently gave TEAM officials a $5,000 donation to support ongoing programs for seniors, many who are homebound.
“We are extremely appreciative of this special gift from the members of the Ansonia Rod & Gun Club,” said TEAM Executive Vice President Diane Stroman. “Their support of programs such as Meals on Wheels, which provides one meal a day to the home of a homebound senior, helps ensure that our elderly are not only eating, but eating food that meets the nutritional standards necessary to keep them healthy and active. In addition, the program provides a daily social contact, something that is essential to older adults living alone.”

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Seymour looking for a few good men and women for Citizens Police Academy

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to join its upcoming Citizens Police Academy.
The seven-week program is designed for town residents interested in learning about the inner workings of the Police Department. Through classroom discussion and activities, participants will develop a deeper appreciation of law enforcement, while opening the door to improved communication between police offices and residents, according to Deputy Police Chief Paul Satkowski.
“We have received positive feedback from former participants of the Citizens Academy,” Satkowski said. “This is a great program for the citizens to interact and build a rapport with the officers. It also gives them a realization of what officers deal with on a daily basis when they are protecting and serving their community. It also lets them see where their precious tax dollars are being utilized and what amount of resources is involved to keep the community safe.”

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Friday, March 20, 2015

New Ansonia bakery caters to both the sweet tooth and antique collectors



By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> A unique new shop, catering to both the sweet tooth and the collector, had its grand opening Thursday on Main Street.
Traci’s on Main Pastry & Antique Shoppe, at 94 Main St., combines owner Traci Grim’s love of baking and antique collecting.
“Everyone seems to ask the same question to me daily … how did you come up with this store concept?” Grim said.
Grim is a pastry chef boasting a 26-year career working in various bakeries, creating everything from doughnuts and kids’ birthday cakes to elaborate wedding cakes, specialty cookies and cannoli. She and her husband, Scott, also have been collecting antiques for the past 14 years, traveling throughout New England “in search of that unusual something.”

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Ansonia Middle School’s dean of student affairs takes job at Derby Middle School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The Board of Education hired a dean of students for Derby Middle School this week, completing its mission to put a strong, new administrative team in place.
The board during its meeting Thursday unanimously voted to bring in Sean O’Meara. O’Meara, 41, currently serves as dean of student affairs at neighboring Ansonia Middle School. He said he’s looking forward to coming to Derby.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work in Derby with the students and staff,” O’Meara said. “I really like the challenge of middle school; the students are developing more rapidly than any other age, and I like to help guide them through this journey and help prepare and transition them for the next step to high school.”

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Shelton police: Roxbury woman charged with prostitution, drug possession

By Register Staff
SHELTON >> A Roxbury woman is facing charges after police allegedly found that she had cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a hotel room here, where she was allegedly charging for sexual acts.
Tammara Emmons, 40, was arrested Thursday after an investigation into complaints of online-advertised prostitution in area hotels, police spokesman Detective Chris Nugent said in a press release Friday morning.
Nugent said detectives responded to an online ad and set up a meeting with Emmons at a hotel on Bridgeport Avenue. At the hotel, Emmons and an undercover officer allegedly agreed on a price for a sexual act.

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Derby Board of Education wants 3.2 percent budget hike

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The Board of Education Thursday unanimously approved a $17.3 million budget for the 2015-16 school year.
The budget is about $676,000, or 3.2 percent, more than the current $16.6 million budget. It next heads to the city’s Board of Apportionment and Taxation for a review, which has been scheduled for March 31 at City Hall. The tax board gets the final say on the overall city and school budget, and is slated to vote later this spring.
The budget the school board approved Thursday is slightly less than the initial $17.4 million figure Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway had proposed.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Annual ‘Men Who Cook’ event to help less fortunate in Valley

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Nearly 100 Valley men will don aprons and cook for a cause next month during TEAM.Inc.’s eightth annual “Men Who Cook” event.
The popular event, which raises funds for TEAM’s many community programs, like Meals on Wheels, is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. April 25 at Warsaw Park in Ansonia. Tickets are $55 per person and include food, beer/wine and soft drinks. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling Trish Wigglesworth at 203-736-5420 ext 221, or visiting TEAM's website.
Some of the “celebrity chefs,” including Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti, Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller and Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman, will whip up some of their favorite dishes and serve them to a hungry crowd.

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Ansonia riverwalk to stay ‘dog friendly’ in 2015

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Man’s best friend can continue to walk human owners along the city’s popular riverwalk.
The Board of Aldermen unanimously voted at its March 10 meeting to extend the “dog-friendly rule” and allow canines on the riverwalk for the remainder of 2015.
The city passed an ordinance prior to the riverwalk opening in 2012 that banned dogs and all other animals, except for service dogs, from using the walkway, and tacked a $99 fine onto the ordinance for violators.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reserve your spot for St. Mary-St. Michael Schoolyard Flea Market

DERBY >> Reserve your spot for the St. Mary-St. Michael Schoolyard Flea Market on Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), 14 Seymour Ave., Derby. Spots for the day are $25, you keep the money for everything you sell. Table rental available for $10. Please note items not sold must go home with you. Contact Carla Lombardo to reserve you spot at 203-231-4648 or email: beadog15@yahoo.com.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Derby Public Schools announces Paraeducator of the Year


The Derby Public Schools has selected Pamela Queen as their District Paraeducator of the Year.
The Connecticut State Department and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council has established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement. The award is named in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Queen has been a Paraeducator in the Derby Schools for over twenty years. She has been chosen to receive this award because she has demonstrated excellent skill and dedication to the students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents. Queen will be recognized at a ceremony on Oct. 1.
Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway stated, “That this is the second year that a Derby Paraeducator is being recognized for this award honoring her dedication to the district and community and serving the needs of our children and parents.”
"UE 222, CILU/CIPU is thrilled that Derby Paraeducators are being acknowledged and recognized for the important role they play in helping each student achieve their greatest success. We appreciate the Derby Board of Education's efforts to support these educators!" said Colleen Ezzo, UE Staff Representative.
The Derby Public Schools would also like to recognize its Building Level Paraeducators of the Year – Cheryl Shea at Bradley School, Alisha Proscino at Derby Middle School and Marylou Victor at Irving School.

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Seymour Recreation Department to offer Lego Camp

The Seymour Recreation Department is teaming up again with Play-Well to offer Lego Camp. Area valley youth are welcomed to register for this half day week long opportunity. There are two class options to choose from. The “PREenineering” program is for ages 5 through 7 and will meet from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The “Engineering FUNdamentals” program is for ages 8 through 10 and will meet from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Classes are limited to 24 participants. Fee is $140.00. The program will occur Monday July 6th through Friday July 10th at the Seymour Community Center located at 20 Pine Street. All participants may bring a snack and a drink to have during program. For further information, please contact Missy Orosz, Part time Seymour Recreation Program Manager at 203-888-0406 or contact Mary Kate Boyd at MaryKate@Play-well.org.

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Upcoming sport opportunities for area valley youth

The Seymour Recreation Department is teaming up with the US Sports Institute to offer some summer sports opportunities for area valley youth.

Youth ages 5- 11 years old can participate in the “Total Play Multi Sports” program from August 3rd through August 7th. The program will be held at the Seymour Community Center Field located at 20 Pine Street. Program options are 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM.  This co-ed program will teach a variety of sports and games with the US Sports Institute staff. Fees start at $129.00 which includes equipment, instructions and a T-shirt.

Youth Ages 6-14 years old can participate in the “First Play Lacrosse” program from July 13th through July 17th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Seymour Community Center Field located at 20 Pine Street. This co-ed program will teach and develop Lacrosse skills with coaching and drills by the US Sports Institute staff. Participants will be divided into appropriate groups by age and ability. Fees start at $149.00 and include equipment and a T-shirt.

Youth ages 3 through 5 can participate in the “Total Sports Squirt” program from July 13th through July 17th on the Seymour Community Center Field located at 20 Pine Street. Program will occur from 1:00PM-2:00 PM and have sport activities geared toward young athletes. Class includes all equipment, instruction and T-Shirt. Fee is $89.00.

Please contact Missy Orosz, Part-time Seymour Recreation Program Manager at
203-888-0406 or register directly with US Sports Institute at USsportsInstitute.com. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.

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Shelton's Downtown Handmade Market continues on First Saturdays

 Downtown Handmade Market, a celebration of handmade artisans, takes place on the First Saturdays of Every Month in the Conti Building on 415 Howe Avenue in Shelton (near Farmer’s Market).

“When we shop local, we are supporting and building opportunities for local entrepreneurs and business owners, strengthening our local economy by creating a more self-reliant and durable community, and empowering citizens to guide the development of our immediate surroundings,” says the Celebrate Shelton duo, Skrtic and Heriot-Mikula.

Downtown Handmade Market will continue on Saturday, April 4 from 10am-5pm. Artisans include: Triangle Tea Life, The Liquid Lunch, Stone Gardens Farm, Spoiled, Bowtique by Alexa, Benny The Baker, Lisa’s Soaps, Bel Mare Creations, Reid's BBQ,  Look and Sea, Bead Dangle Design, GPC Designs, The Little Dog Laughed, BooBoo Bags, Hipponotic Candle, Little Bee of CT, BBA Bracelets and TJJ Sews,  Origami Owl, Lilla Rose as well as  year-round Conti Building shops including bringtheHoopla, The Glass Source Stained Glass Studio, Periodic Tableware, Nikki's Candy Boutique and Shadee Lady Window Treatments and Interior Design.  Our featured non-profit of the month is Moving With HOPE. More artisans to come….!!

Celebrate Shelton has recently announced Downtown Sounds Concert Series which will take place at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Fridays, July 17, July 24 and August 7 from 6-9pm.

Learn more about Celebrate Shelton at www.celebrateshelton.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/celebrateshelton) and Instagram. For any questions, please email us celebrateshelton@gmail.com or call us at 203-924-4368.

Ample Parking Available and Handicap Accessible.


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All-American Valley General Store congratulates 'The Voice' contestant Sawyer Fredericks

The All-American Valley General Store is happy to announce that Sawyer Fredericks, who had his CD Release Party here a little over a year ago — has made it on this season's T.V. show "The Voice." Sawyer premiered a couple weeks ago on NBC's show with his version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" and immediately got a four chair turn by the judges. The judges this year are Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams. After the judges battled it out, Sawyer picked Pharrell to be his coach. Sawyer's rendition of the song has made it to #8 on The Billboard Charts.

Sawyer is originally from Connecticut, and now lives upstate on a farm in New York. His father came into The General Store during a Wednesday Open Mic, and said that his son is a singer/songwriter who just made a CD — and they were looking for a place to have a CD release party. The General Store seemed like a great match, because both families are farmers. Since the release party, Sawyer has continued to play at local farmer's markets.

We are so proud of Sawyer here at The All-American Valley General Store. We are happy to provide a stage for artists and musicians to share their talents. We have acoustic open mic every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., and have a live radio show called The All-American Valley Home Companion Show every Saturday that can be listened to on Connecticut World Service Radio: ct.wsr.com
We are always looking for new musicians to feature, and press kits can be mailed to The All-American Valley General Store - 16 Bank St. - Seymour, CT 06483. Phone 203-828-6442.

Be sure to watch The Voice on NBC and vote for Sawyer Fredericks!

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Bungay school volunteers honored by Connecticut Association of Schools

Principal, Mary Sue Feige and Vice Principal, Kris Boyle, of Bungay School are pictured here with the Bungay PTA Executive Board:  Aimee Cronin, Donna Tomas, Jessica Lepri, Sam Pollastro, Fran Marsala, Alice Cronin, Becky Coscia, Kim Farmer (Roxy Layton & Sherry Lia, not in picture) as they were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools Volunteer Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club on March 4 2015.  CAS proudly celebrates this event annually to publicly acknowledge the work of parents and other volunteers for their contributions to schools across the state.  Over 450 participants from 68 elementary, middle and high schools were treated to a four course meal and were entertained by pianist Kim Quinn from Albert D. Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill.

Honorees were presented with plaques and corsages to commemorate their service.
Karen List, Retired Superintendent from West Hartford was the Guest Speaker.  In her speech she explained:  “Whether it is box tops, or baskets, or classroom projects, the volunteers are the key to keeping our schools up and running.”  She shared that “Giving - of money, of time, of effort, empowers all of us. Yet I realize that most of you volunteer out of the goodness of your hearts, not because you think it will lower your blood pressure or make you feel more powerful in the world. You volunteer because you’re that kind of person - giving, altruistic, aware of life’s true priorities. There is an old Malayan proverb that says, One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. I’m here today in gratitude - for your time, yes, and for your kindness.  From the bottom of my heart and from everyone you have ever helped over the years: a heartfelt thank you.”

Bungay Elementary School is proud to recognize our hardworking PTA Executive Board. Their motto is "Children First." They go over and beyond to support our school, our staff and most importantly our students.  They work tirelessly to raise funds to provide enriching choices of activities, after-school programs, cultural arts, book fairs, family events, staff appreciation days, and so much more. Their contributions to the success of our school are immeasurable and are an important part of our educational environment. Their dedication, their time, and their efforts help make Bungay School a great place to be! We are grateful for their dedication, their time and extraordinary efforts. We are pleased to share this special evening with them.

The Connecticut Association of Schools celebrate the contributions of volunteers who share their time, talents, and commitment to quality education in Connecticut schools.

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CAS Elementary Celebration of the Arts

Congratulations to Gabriel Sand (Ms. Garofalo’s class) and Alexa Tamburrino (Mr. Milia’s class) for being chosen as this year’s CAS recipients. Gabriel received the Elementary Arts Award for art, and Alexa received the Elementary Arts Award for music. This program recognizes students with outstanding citizenship, cooperative skills, and artistic ability in performing or visual arts at the elementary level. Gabriel and Alexa, along with their parents, attended a dinner Feb. 24 at Aqua Turf in Southington. Bungay Elementary School would like to thank Gabriel and Alexa for representing our students and school.



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Seymour Recreation Department offers spring tennis opportunities

Three spring tennis opportunities for area valley residents, sponsored by the Seymour Rec Department:

SENIOR WORKSHOPS
The Seymour Recreation Department will be sponsoring Senior Workshops in outdoor tennis this spring. This program is for seniors and/or older adults aged 55 and over who are interested in playing tennis and looking for a way to participate in an organized activity. For those seniors who have been away from tennis for a period of time, this workshop would give you a great opportunity to get back on the court, meet new people and have a great time.
This class would be on Saturdays 8:00 AM-9:00 AM starting May 2nd and would conclude on June 20th Or Tuesdays  11:00 AM -12:00 PM starting May 5th and would conclude June 23rd.  Cost is $75.00 for all eight classes or $10.00 for drop in each Saturday or Tuesday session. Workshop to be held at the French Park Tennis Courts.  Instructor is Glen Englander. Please contact Missy Orosz, Part-time Recreation Program Manager at 203-888-0406 to register.

TENNIS LESSONS
The Seymour Recreation Department will also be offering Spring tennis lessons on Tuesdays or Saturdays for various age groups and abilities. The Tuesday programs will be held May 5th through
 June 23rd and the Saturday program will be offered May 2nd through June 20th  as follows: 
Tuesdays
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Adult Beginners ($95.00)
10:00 AM-11:00 AM  Adult Advance ($95.00) 
3:00 PM-4:00 PM Advanced Beginners Grades 6-8 ($95.00)
4:00 PM-4:45 PM Pee Wee Kindergarten & 1st grade ($85.00)
5:00 PM-6:00 PM Beginner 2nd & 3rd grade ($95.00)
6:00 PM-7:00 PM Beginner 4th & 5th grade ($95.00)

Saturdays
9:00 AM-9:45 AM Pee Wee Kindergarten & 1st grade ($85.00)
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Beginners 2nd & 3rd grade ($95.00)
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Advance Beginners 4th, 5th & 6th grade ($95.00)

All classes will be held at the French Park Tennis Courts. Instructor is Glen Englander. Please contact Missy Orosz, Part-time Recreation Program Manager at 203-888-0406 to register. 

"ALL IN THE FAMILY" TENNIS PROGRAM
The Seymour Recreation Department will be sponsoring “All in the Family” Tennis Program on Saturdays starting May 2, 2015 and concluding June 20, 2015. This program will be a set of clinics for an adult and a child to go together led by tennis professional Glen Englander.  This new and exciting program is designed to allow both the adult and child to share in a lesson together at the same time. During the class activities appropriate drills will focus on hand-eye coordination, proper movement on the court and basic fundamentals of tennis. The purpose of the joint effort is to allow parents and their child a chance to develop a closer bond between each other and have a great time together learning a life time sport.  

This is for ages 6 through 14 with an adult over the age of 18 and will meet from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at the French Park Tennis Courts and will be cost $120.00 per adult/child duo. To register, please contact Missy Orosz, Part-time Recreation Program Manager at 203-888-0406.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Native Americans: Indian mascots at Connecticut schools no symbol of pride

By Kate Ramunni

NORTH HAVEN >> To many in this town of about 23,000, the North Haven High School’s Indian’s nickname shows a pride in their community and the courage and strength of the athletes playing on its sports teams, as evidenced Thursday night by the turnout at the district’s monthly Board of Education meeting for a discussion on the moniker.
But for many Natiive Americans, the use of an image of an Indian is offensive and shows how little Americans understand about Native American history. This was never more evident than during the discussion Thursday night that ended in a shouting match when Talia Gallagher, a member of the NHHS class of 2013 and a sophomore at Clark University in Massachusetts, urged the board to consider changing the school’s mascot, saying using the likeness of an Indian is offensive.

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Ansonia, Milford mayors partner to share Public Works equipment

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The cities of Ansonia and Milford have joined forces in the name of saving taxpayers money.
Mayor David Cassetti met this week with Milford Mayor Ben Blake to forge a partnership to share certain pieces of Public Works equipment belonging to Milford that will result in savings for residents in both communities.
The meeting of the mayors marked the beginning of a new relationship between the two municipalities. Ansonia’s Public Works’ Superintendent Doug Novak and Milford’s Public Works Director Chris Saley have held several conversations regarding shared services over the past few months.

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Nursing home residents plead to keep Marshall Lane Manor in Derby open

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Emotions ran high Friday as residents of Marshall Lane Manor and their families pleaded with state officials to do everything in their power to keep the longtime nursing home from closing its doors.
More than 75 people packed a public hearing at the 120-bed facility at 101 Marshall Lane, many telling heartening stories of their positive experiences about the place they call home and the dedicated and caring staff they call family.
Owner/Administrator Anthony Simonetti filed a letter of intent last month with the state Department of Social Services to close the facility, citing financial issues.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Milford police: Ansonia man surrenders in attempted robbery, gunplay incident

By Register Staff
MILFORD>> A second man appeared in court Thursday to face charges in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting in a city parking garage that left two people injured.
David “D.J.” Spencer, 22, turned himself in to police Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for charges stemming from the March 1 incident, police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Nielsen said in a press release Friday.

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Elderly robbery victim crawled through snow screaming for help, Derby man arrested

By Register Staff
A 55-year-old Derby man has been arrested and faces a slew of charges in connection with the alleged robbery of an elderly woman who was attacked outside her garage and crawled through snow screaming for help before a neighbor heard her screams and dialed 911.
Shelton Detectives arrested Michael Dean of Derby on an arrest warrant Friday. Dean was charged with burglary in the 1st degree, robbery in the 3rd degree, larceny in the 2nd degree, and assault in the 2nd degree of the Elderly. He is being held on a $100,000 bond and will be arraigned at Derby Court on March 16.

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Ansonia names future road after Farrel Corp.

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city has further pledged its commitment to keeping the historic Farrel Corp. here by naming a soon-to-be-built road that will lead to its new location in the Fountain Lake Commerce Park after the 166-year old company.
The Board of Aldermen unanimously voted at its meeting Tuesday to name the new road Farrel Boulevard.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Joseph Jaumann sent the aldermen a letter last month, requesting the access road be named so that future tenants, including Farrel, can have items delivered there during the construction phase.

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State Police renew calls for help finding killer of teen

By Register Staff
SHELTON >> Nearly a year after a teen was shot dead and the state medical examiner’s office ruled it a homicide, police are still searching for information that will lead to his killer.
Kristjan Ndoj was 15 when he was fatally shot on March 15, 2014, in the driveway of a friend’s home on Agawam Trail in the Pine Rock section. He died five days later. A Shelton High School sophomore, he suffered gunshot wounds to the head and leg, police said. Investigators said the shots came from a nearby wooded area.
In a press release issued Friday, the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad and Shelton Police are continuing to actively work on the homicide investigation, according to State Police.

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Read our coverage with an interview with the victim's family from last year here.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seymour parents briefed on internet, social media dangers

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Sexting, cyber-bullying, video chats, geo-tagging, talking to strangers online….what’s a parent to do these days to keep their kids safe while using the Internet?
Well, Scott Driscoll, a retired police officer and owner of Internet Safety Concepts, showed about 50 parents Wednesday that while the Internet is an amazing information tool, it can also be a very scary and dangerous place for kids when improperly used.
Driscoll boasts 20+ years in law enforcement, and was tapped by the FBI in 2003 to head-up a task force aimed at catching online predators. Posing as a 13-year-old girl, Driscoll assisted in the arrests of numerous “bad guys” out to harm unassuming children.

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Shelton man sentenced to 70 months in prison for distributing heroin

NEW HAVEN >> A Shelton man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 70 months in prison for distributing heroin.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Janet C. Hall imposed the sentence on Jermaine “Hot Main” Buchanan, 20, of Shelton. After Buchanan serves the 70 months, he will be on supervised release for five years.
In January 2012, law enforcement launched an investigation into narcotics trafficking and violent criminal activity in and around the Trumbull Gardens housing complex in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Seymour seeking award nominations

SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Public Schools District is accepting nominations from the citizens of Seymour for the David A. Brumer Excellence in Education Award, the John J. Gallagher Memorial Athletic Award, the Vincentena Kobasa Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Thomas J. Petruny Memorial Education and Environment Award. Nominations are being accepted from March 16 to April 20 at 4 p.m. Nominations can be submitted online on the district website www.seymourschools.org (Resources for Parents/Citizens Tab, click on Teaching Awards Information) or may be picked up at the Seymour Public Library, Recreation Center, Senior Center, Town Hall, Board of Education Central Office, or any of the schools in the district.

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Rep. Theresa Conroy working to improve government efficiency

State Rep. Theresa Conroy (D-Seymour, Beacon Falls, Derby) has been appointed by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey to serve on the bipartisan Regional Entities sub-committee and Municipal Efficiencies sub-committee of the MORE (Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies) Commission.
Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Rep. Kevin Ryan, Rep. Peggy Sayers and
Rep. Theresa Conroy at the MORE Commission organizational
meeting March 9
 at the Legislative Office building
 in Hartford. (Photo by Brian M. O’Connor)

“We must continue to search for ways to do more with less,” Sharkey said. “The ability of cities and towns to operate efficiently and in partnership with surrounding towns and the state is critical to supporting our economy.”

With an emphasis on cost efficiency through regional collaboration, the sub-committees will look for ways to regionalize some of the functions of local government and other entities.

“Finding regional ways to provide services saves money and streamlines government,” Conroy said.

In 2010, Sharkey formed the original Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies Commission. The group worked in a collaborative manner, bringing together legislators with town officials, advocates and concerned citizens.

This is a press release from CT House Democrats.

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Seymour Lions Club accepting scholarship applications for 2015

SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Lions Club is accepting scholarship applications for 2015. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors that are residents of Seymour planning to attend any college or course of study. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

You can fill out your application at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/seymourct. After filling out the application under the scholarship tab, simply print it out along with the application cover sheet also found online. You can then mail your essay, application and cover sheet to:

The Seymour Lions Club
26 George St
Seymour, CT 06483

All applications must be post marked by April 1st of the current year. The check will be made payable directly to the college/course of study upon verification of students acceptance into the college/course of study.

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YA Wednesdays, Teen Chess Club, Anti-Bullying Forum at Derby Public Library

YA 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 April as Nintendo Wii, board games and Legos will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.

Teen Chess Club
The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to meetings Mondays in April 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. Mr. Julio Maldonado provides superb expertise from a life-long love for the game. Registration is requested.

Anti-Bullying Forum
The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to our 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Forum, Thursday, April 9, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will increase their understanding of what bullying is, how to better deal with bully circumstances, and consequences associated with these confrontations. Issues pertaining to social media bullying and school violence will also be addressed by local professionals from Valley Youth Bureaus, and the Parent/Child Resource Center through interactive dialog and support materials in a friendly environment. Dinner will be provided and registration is requested.

The above information was provided by Young Adult/Reference Librarian Tony DeLos. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

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Upcoming events at Derby Public Library

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse Spring Craft Class
The Derby Public Library has scheduled a Recycle, Repurpose, and Reuse Spring Craft Class on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Ansonia Animal Control Officer, Jeanie Roslonowski, returns to the Library to show participants, ages eighteen and over, how to make decoupage flower pots using old calendars. The class will also include information on conservation and animal issues. Registration is required.

Sports Talk Series
The Derby Public Library is excited to begin its tenth season of Sports Talks on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. These informal sessions will be held every Thursday morning throughout the baseball season. They will again be facilitated by radio talk show host, author, and Major League Baseball Rules Consultant, Rich Marazzi. Each session will include trivia contests, videos, lively conversation and more. All ages, from rookies through veterans, are invited to join Rich and his group of Silver Sluggers. No registration is necessary.

Resume “Right-ing”
The Derby Public Library is now offering Resume Workshops on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. During these sessions, participants are welcome to either start from scratch or bring copies of their existing resumes, cover letters as well, for review and optimizing. Often times a new resume can be created simply by making a number of subtle tweaks versus a whole new change.  The April class will be held on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Local History Information Sessions – Lincoln’s Assassination
The Derby Public Library holds 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. Along with offering research assistance, the Library’s Local History Coordinator also offers information on monthly highlighted topics. April’s topic will be Lincoln’s Assassination. Actual newspapers from the time will be available to view and discuss. 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.

Wednesday Movie Matinees (ages 18 and over)
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.

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

The above information was provided by Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org

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St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby to honor 6 for contributions

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Six alumni and friends who’ve made various contributions to the success of St. Mary-St. Michael School will be honored this month.
A recognition ceremony will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 28 at Villa Bianca in Seymour to honor Pat Knott, Helen Ploski, John Anglace, Jeff Heitman and Donna and Chris Carloni. Cost per person is $40; $350 for table of 10. Reservations can be made by March 21 by contacting Principal Linda Coppola at lcoppola@stmarystmichael.org or (203) 735-6471.
Knott, a graduate of Derby High School and Teikyo Post College, is owner of Conn-Professional Water Services. He is a member of the St. Mary Knights of Columbus Council 14611 and volunteers for the St. Mary Church Task Force and as co-chair of the St. Mary Parish Summer Festival.

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Ansonia Housing Authority gets grant to help provide services for job seekers, seniors

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The Ansonia Housing Authority was recently awarded a $246,000 grant geared to help public housing residents find jobs, as well as assist elderly and disabled residents with supportive services to help them remain independent in their homes.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was part of a $738,000 in funding that Ansonia will share with housing authorities in Bristol and Greenwich.
The grant comes through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency-Service Coordinators Program, or ROSS-SC.

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Ansonia creates Equality Commission

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti has made good on his word to promote respect and understanding for one another, and commitment to reduce prejudice, by creating a commission geared to help Ansonia become a more diverse community.
The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to establish an Equality Commission, at Cassetti’s request.
Cassetti, last month, held the first of what he hopes is many community conversations about diversity, by encouraging city officials, religious leaders, police and the community at-large to work together, regardless of skin color.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

ICYMI: Dad faces trial in Seymour bank robbery as son awaits sentencing

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
A man accused of robbing a Seymour bank nearly two years ago, using his son as a getaway driver, and then fleeing the state is scheduled to go on trial in May.
Daniel Hamlett Sr., 53, of New Haven, was captured in Georgia in November 2014, more than 18 months after the April 9, 2013 robbery.
Authorities claim he robbed the Webster Bank at 15 New Haven Road in Seymour while wearing a mask and brandishing a black handgun. He allegedly ordered everyone to get on the floor, jumped over the teller counter and forcibly took $5,594 in cash from two teller drawers. He then jumped over the teller counter and fled the bank, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Official: Man helps neighbors out of weekend house fire in Seymour

A fire tore through a Clifton Street home in Seymour on Saturday. / Seymour Fire Department courtesy photo.

By Register Staff
SEYMOUR >> An alert neighbor reported a weekend fire at a local home and helped the people inside escape without injury, a fire official said Monday.
The man saw the fire Saturday morning at 14-16 Clifton St. and broke down the door to help the people who lived there, Deputy Fire Marshal Timothy Willis said in a phone interview Monday.
The blaze caused an estimated $600,000 damage and forced firefighters to evacuate the building at one point as the roof became unstable. Officials said Saturday that five people were displaced as a result of the fire.

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Expert to give Seymour parents tips on Internet safety

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Keeping children safe in cyberspace can be a difficult task.
That’s why Seymour school officials want to arm parents with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their kids are safe while surfing the net and plugged into their iPads, iPhones, laptops and other devices.
A free seminar on “Internet Safety” will take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Road.

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Walnut Hill Community Church in Derby to host annual Easter run/walk

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> A local church is once again asking the community to lace up their sneakers and do their part to help victims of domestic violence.
Walnut Hill Community Church’s Derby campus is gearing up to host its 3rd annual 5K Easter Run/Walk to Fight Domestic Violence.
The net proceeds from the event will benefit BHCare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. The Umbrella serves Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton,as well as towns along the New Haven Shoreline area.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Derby schools chief puts 2 budget proposals on the table

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway presented a $17.4 million budget proposal this week for the 2015-16 school year that features an increase of about $840,000.
The increase, which is about 4 percent over the current $16.6 million spending package, is being driven by a number of “fixed costs,” according to school Business Manager Mark Izzo. Some of those costs include contractual obligations for staff, transportation, special education tuition for students placed outside the district and utilities.
“There’s very little discretionary funds with all these fixed costs,” Izzo said during a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday.

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Derby Board of Education names new middle school principal

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to hire William A. Vitelli as Derby Middle School’s new principal, to get the school “back on track.”
Vitelli will earn an annual salary in the “mid-$120,000” range, and will start before the end of this school year, according to Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway.

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Irving School 4th-graders in Derby deliver big for veterans

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Thanks to the efforts of Irving School’s fourth-graders and a helping hand from the community, the bookshelves of hospitals and homes serving Vietnam veterans and their families from here to West Virginia will be well-stocked.
Students in the school’s reading enrichment program recently wrapped up a book drive to benefit Vietnam Veterans of America, and collected an impressive 3,158 books. The books will be delivered to various veterans facilities around the state. According to teacher Edwin Croft, who helped coordinate the student-run drive, VVA representatives also said some of the books likely will be shipped to veterans hospitals and homes in West Virginia that are in need of books.

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Seymour police identify man struck by car Friday

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Police Tuesday released the identities of the pedestrian struck while crossing Route 67 Friday night, and the driver of the car that hit him.
Deputy Chief Paul Satkowski said Frank Creta, 54, a familiar face around town who lives in the Fallview Apartment complex on DeForest Street, remains in stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Creta was walking along Route 67 Friday night around 6:45 p.m., using the shopping cart he relies on to assist him with walking and to carry personal items, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by resident David Krajcik, 63, of Heritage Drive.

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PHOTO: St. Mary-St. Michael School inducts new members into the National Junior Honor Society


St. Mary-St. Michael School inducted new members into the National Junior Honor Society March 6 in St. Mary Church. The Honor Society members are pictured here with Mrs. Linda Coppola, principal, Reverend Janusz Kukulka, pastor, and Mr. Matthew Loman, faculty advisor. Newly inducted members are:  Aryanna Ryan, Michael Rizzitelli, Shannon Cobaugh, Emily Tokash and Isabella Tufaro.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Flea market April 25 at Ansonia High School

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ansonia High School's PTSO selling March 22 Sound Tigers tickets, proceeds go to Post Prom Party

ANSONIA >> Tickets are available to see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. the Binghamton Senators on March 22, with a portion of the ticket money benefiting the Ansonia High School PTSO to raise money for the Post Prom Party. Game time is 3 pm at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.  Tickets are $20 each. Call Mary Boissonneasult to get your tickets now at 203-345-4829.

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Spring Fling Dance March 21 in Ansonia

Career Coach and Maximize Your Social Security Benefits sessions at Derby Public Library

The American Job Search (formerly CT Works) Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During both the morning session, 10-12, and the afternoon session, 1-3, instructors will be offering the class, Create a Great Resume. Participants must attend a full session. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is requested but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come first served basis.  The American Job Search Career Coach is operated by Career Resources.

The Derby Public Library will host the workshop, Maximize Your Social Security Benefits, on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. David Cowan, endorsed AAA retiree advisor, will discuss how to navigate retirement savings challenges, ways to safeguard retirement savings, and how to increase Social Security benefits.  While the program is targeted for pre-retirees, ages 60-66, the general public is welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

These are press releases from  Library Director Cathy Williams. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org


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Help needed to “Bowl a Strike” against domestic violence

The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BHcare, is looking for bowlers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit being held Saturday, March 14, at AMF Lanes in Milford.

All proceeds from this non-competitive benefit UCDVS which provides services to nearly 7,000 victims of domestic violence and their children each year throughout the Greater New Haven, Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Shoreline communities. UCDVS provides free emergency safe shelter, 24-hour crisis services, counseling, court advocacy, support and other crucial services.

The Bowl-2-Benefit, one of the largest fundraising events of its kind in the state, attracts over 1,500 community members.  Bowlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome but pre-registration is required. While the 4:30pm session is sold-out, there is still plenty of room in the 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. sessions.

Bowlers pay a minimal $5 registration fee and are asked to collect pledges to support their efforts.  Each bowler will receive 90 minutes of bowling, an event t-shirt, shoe rental, soft drink, and a chance to win prizes. The event is ideal for clubs, schools, organizations, corporations and families.

CJ Forcier is a six year veteran of the event and team captain of the New Haven Family Condors, the event’s top fundraising team in recent years. “The New Haven Family Condors became involved with the Bowl-2-Benefit as a team building event and to support our court-based Victim Advocacy Program in the New Haven Court. The day of the bowling event is unlike any other as it is filled with a lot of laughter, comradery, and heaps of fun. I would strongly encourage anyone to be part of the event; you’ll have a great time,” said Forcier.

Decreases in state and federal funding coupled with increases in demand for services make fundraising events such as the Bowl-2-Benefit critical to sustaining services for those at risk and in need.  Last year, the Bowl-2-Benefit raised over $93,000. Event organizers hope to exceed that amount this year and attract an even larger bowling crowd.

The 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit is being sponsored by the Bassett Family Fund and media partners include Channel 3 Eyewitness News, 99.1 WPLR and Star 99.9-FM.  Anyone interested in receiving more information about, or participating in the Bowl-2-Benefit, should call Debbie Soulsby at 203- 736-2601, ext. 1321 or visit http://www.bhcare.org/.  Deadline for bowler registration is March 5.

BHcare is a regional community provider of behavioral health, addiction prevention, and domestic violence services for the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. For more information, visit www.bhcare.org. ­­

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Valley students join forces to fight prejudice


Derby High School students Akshar Patel and Victoria Ramirez,
who are teaching Tifani Horowitz's
kindergarten class at Prendergast School in Ansonia.  

Approximately 100 students, all members of the Human Relations Clubs from Ansonia, Derby and Shelton High Schools and Middle Schools, came together on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, to simultaneously implement an education program, for all 4th grade and kindergarten students at Mead and Prendergast Schools in Ansonia and Bradley and Irving Schools in Derby. The two days of teaching focused on the themes of “Who Am I” and “Celebrating Differences” in the 4th grade and “Being Kind and Recognizing and Accepting Differences in People” in kindergarten. The main purpose of this program is to instill in students an understanding of the importance of working together and getting along in the diverse world we live in. The HRC student leaders serve as role models, and inspire and motivate the younger children to embrace these concepts. Student leaders started working on this education program during the summer and through their efforts, age appropriate teaching packets were developed for use in the schools.
All students who are participating in this program took part in an all-day student developed and conducted training session on January 30 at the Ansonia Boys and Girls Club.  The collaborative efforts between adults and students in Ansonia, Derby and Shelton, has been amazing and has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Human Relations Clubs.  
The entire Human Relations Club, including students and adults, are deeply appreciative of the Valley Community Foundation and the Katharine Matthies Foundation. Both of these organizations have validated the work of the HRC by providing much needed funding to support its many programs.
For more information regarding the Human Relations Clubs, please contact Nick Collicelli at 203-305-6342 or Nickhrc@sbcglobal.net.

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Downtown Handmade Market continues on first Saturdays

Downtown Handmade Market, a celebration of handmade artisans, takes place on the first Saturdays of every month in the Conti Building on 415 Howe Ave. in Shelton.

“When we shop local, we are supporting and building opportunities for local entrepreneurs and business owners, strengthening our local economy by creating a more self-reliant and durable community, and empowering citizens to guide the development of our immediate surroundings,” says the Celebrate Shelton duo, Skrtic and Heriot-Mikula, in a press release.

Downtown Handmade Market will continue on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month to follow. Artisans include:  Lisa’s Soaps, The Liquid Lunch, Stone Gardens Farm, Bead Dangle Design, Look and Sea, Hipponotic Candles, M&M Boutique, Lilla Rose, Benny The Baker, Bel-Mare Creations, Greystone Bookworks, Origami Owl Living Lockets, Soul Threads, Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies, Reid’s BBQ Sauce & Rubs, GPC Designs, Moving with Hope, CrazyFun FacePainting, bringtheHoopla, Periodic Tableware,  The Glass Source Stained Glass Studio and more to come.

Celebrate Shelton has also kicked off Third Thursdays Learning Series, monthly creative workshops designed for small business owners. Workshops are designed for entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners or community members who are seeking new knowledge, to network and to inspire. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. This month’s workshop is Twitter Basics presented by Kayleigh Apicerno of Cloud Media Marketing.

Learn more about Celebrate Shelton at www.celebrateshelton.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/celebrateshelton) and Instagram. For any questions, please email us celebrateshelton@gmail.com or call us at 203-924-4368.

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PHOTO: Elvis impersonator serenades Bishop Wicke resident


Despite the storm clouds, snow and wind, warm feelings of love were in the air when residents of Bishop Wicke were recently entertained with classic Elvis music. Believing that the power of music is essential to health and well-being, this performance is just one of many that our residents enjoy throughout the week. Shown in the photo is Connecticut’s No. 1 Elvis impersonator, Seymour resident David Devonshuk. He is serenading resident Jerri Thornton. Love is indeed in the air at Bishop Wicke.

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation center is located on the Wesley Village Campus of United Methodist Homes, 580 Long Hill Ave. in Shelton.

This is a press release from Mary Ann Bradshaw, development coordinator for United Methodist Homes in Shelton.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Naugatuck Community Band in Seymour

SEYMOUR >> Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Naugatuck Community Band sponsored by the Seymour Culture and Arts Commission. The band will perform in concert  Music of the Celtic Isles featuring musical selections from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
The Naugatuck Community Band is a volunteer, non-profit organization consisting of musicians from throughout the Naugatuck Valley area and beyond. They enjoy and take pride in performing music at various events throughout the year.
The Celtic concert will be held on Saturday, March 14 at the Seymour Middle School, 211 Mountain Road, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is free to the public but those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the local Food Bank. For more information or questions, please call Kim at 203-888-7880.

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Seymour VFW Post 12084 sponsoring St. Patrick's Day dinner March 15

SEYMOUR >> The VFW Post 12084 is sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day dinner at 3 p.m. March 15 at Villa Bianca Restaurant, 312 Roosevelt Dr.
Post Commander Al Yagovane said the "all you can eat" dinner will feature corned beef, cabbage, potato, carrots, salad and Italian bread. Cost is $18 per  person, and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, contact Yagovane at 203-736-7981 or Steve Forster at 203-654-1002.

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Ansonia, Clinton, East Haven, Wallingford get funds for preschool

By Luther Turmelle
Register Staff
Fourteen Connecticut towns, including four in the New Haven area, will share in more than $3.5 million in state funding to expand available preschool space.
Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the funding Monday. Nearly $2.09 million of the money will come from Connecticut’s portion of the Tobacco Settlement fund, with the remaining $1.58 million to come from the state Bond Commission, which will consider the expenditure at an upcoming meeting
Ansonia, Clinton, East Haven and Wallingford are the New Haven area towns that are receiving the funding. Wallingford and East Haven are getting the largest amounts of funding, $300,000 and $298,000, respectively, while Clinton is receiving $150,000 and $90,000 is going to Ansonia.

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Ansonia man guilty in drug trafficking

BRIDGEPORT >> An Ansonia man pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking prescription narcotics such as oxycodone.
James Costanzo, 37, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to two counts, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone and oxymorphone, and knowingly engaging in a monetary transaction involving criminally derived property.
Costanzo, who has been detained since his January 2014 arrest, faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 22.

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Ansonia settles wrongful termination claim for $17,500

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> The city recently settled for $17,500 a claim by its former economic development director, who alleged he was unjustly fired last year.
City officials said the settlement saved the thousands of dollars by avoiding costly litigation.
“The City of Ansonia settled Peter Kelly’s wrongful termination claim for $17,500, which is substantially less than his initial demand of over $100,000,” said Corporation Counsel John Marini. “The settlement should not be mistaken for any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the City, but rather a decision to avoid the inherent risks of litigation and substantial costs of litigation. The administration wishes Mr. Kelly well in his new position with the Village of Lisle, Illinois.”

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Have a sweet tooth for cupcakes? Wildflour Confections bakery in Seymour opens

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Something sweet has cropped up downtown.
Wildflour Confections, a new bakery specializing in cupcakes and cakes, recently held its grand opening at the corner of Bank and Columbus streets.
Owner Alyssa DeMatteo, 24, of Seymour, held a soft opening on Valentine’s Day, and well before closing time, sold out of all her sweets. Earlier this week, the bakery’s opening was made official, complete with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, and welcoming remarks from Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell.

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