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Thursday, April 30, 2015

PHOTO: Ansonia mayor wishes Marjorie Lane happy 100th birthday

ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti was invited and visited Marjorie Lane, who turned 100 this year, at the Hewitt Rehab in Shelton on April 19. Below is a picture of Mayor Cassetti giving Marjorie flowers and wishing her a happy birthday.


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Wesley Village continues “Sandwiched” caregiver education series for May

Balancing the responsibilities of work, finances, family life, and caring for an aging loved one can leave you feeling “Sandwiched” and in need of support. Let us help! Caregivers are invited to join us at Huntington United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 6 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for our caregiver education series.

Our topic for this session is entitled, "Planning Ahead for Your loved One as They Age." Worried about how to best manage finances and changing care needs? Hear from financial planner, Mary Jo Romano, RFC, CPRC, to learn some valuable tips for planning ahead for your loved one as they age.

To RSVP, contact us at 203-925-4952 or at www.wesleyvillage-ct.org. Please note the change of location for this special session, which will be hosted by Huntington United Methodist Church, 338 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton. (All programs are typically held at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton) This is a monthly series.

This is a press release from Wesley Village.

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Wesley Village welcomes new staff to Shelton campus

Wesley Village welcomes Lori Pisani, left,
as the new executive director of Crosby Commons
and Lisa Bisson as director of Community Outreach.
Wesley Village is proud to welcome new staff, Lori Pisani and Lisa Bisson, to their Shelton campus.

Lori Pisani joins the team as the new Executive Director of Crosby Commons, the award-winning assisted and independent living community on the campus. Lori has over 15 years of experience in assisted living and an extensive background in providing relationship-centered care. She is replacing long-time Executive Director Lois Poutney, who is retiring.

Also new to the campus is Lisa Bisson, who will be working as director of Community Outreach. Bisson has many years of experience working with care providers in the Valley and in this new position, she will be the first point of contact for people looking to explore senior living options at Wesley Village.

Wesley Village is a campus of senior care communities including Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Assisted and Independent Living Apartments and Cottages, Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care at Wesley Heights, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus is owned and operated by UMH, a local, faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving all members of the community and is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, CT. To learn more about the continuum of care offered at Wesley Village or the mission of UMH, please visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or contact Pisani at 203-225-5024.

This is a press release from Wesley Village.

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Aquarion Water Company offers free fishing permits for the unemployed, active military, and veterans

BRIDGEPORT >>  For the seventh year in a row, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members may also receive free permits this year.

On Wednesday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., anglers can obtain a free fishing permit by going to Aquarion’s Aspetuck Environmental Center at 714 Black Rock Road in Easton.

Anglers should bring a valid Connecticut fishing license and official proof of unemployment or a military ID/DD Form 214.

Once issued, fishing is open along designated shorelines of Aquarion’s Saugatuck Reservoir in Weston, the Far Mill Reservoir in Shelton, and the West Pequonnock Reservoir in Monroe.

For more information about the company’s fishing program, please visit www.aquarionwater.com/fishing.

This is a press release from Aquarion Water Company.

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AARP CT recognizes Rep. Theresa Conroy with legislative achievement award

AARP advocacy volunteers Rich Alage, Pat Bright and Rich Bright
present state Rep. Theresa Conroy with the
Legislative Achievement Award from AARP CT. Contributed photo
State Rep. Theresa Conroy (D-Seymour, Beacon Falls, Derby) received the Legislative Achievement Award from AARP CT for her work on legislation to help seniors, according to a press release.

“AARP thanks Representative Conroy for championing legislation that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses, expanding access to high-quality health care for Connecticut residents,” Nora Duncan, state director of AARP, which serves nearly 600,000 members age 50 and older in Connecticut, said in a release. “She provided integral leadership to pass legislation last year that will help make the lives of Connecticut’s family caregivers – and those that they care for – a little bit easier.”

“I am committed to working for seniors,” Conroy said in a release. “From healthcare issues, to aging at home to making our town centers easier to navigate, I want to make sure seniors have the support they need.”

The presentation was held at the Seymour Senior Center.




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You're invited! Spooner House Open House & Walk!

Hawk shot with BB gun in Seymour survives but pellet near brain remains


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR - A young red-tailed hawk senselessly shot multiple times by a BB gun and left for dead near Legion Pool, pulled through surgery Tuesday and will spend its days recuperating at a wildlife sanctuary.

Because doctors were unable to remove one of the BB’s near the bird’s brain, the young hawk may or may not be able to return to the wild, according to a local wildlife rehabilitator Stefanie Reyher.

“There’s definitely a chance he can go back into the wild, but we won’t know until he fully recovers,” Reyher said.


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Judicial marshal put on unpaid leave from Derby Superior Court to retire amid theft probe

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

DERBY -  A judicial marshal who worked at Superior Court was placed on administrative leave without pay Monday pending an investigation into an alleged theft from another employee, and he subsequently gave notice that he will retire.

Judicial Marshal Michael Healy was notified via a letter dated April 27 that he was being placed on leave, effective immediately.

Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, a spokeswoman for the judicial branch, said Wednesday Healy filed written notice of his intent to retire at the close of business on Thursday.

State police Tuesday had received a report of a larceny at the courthouse on Elizabeth Street. The case was still under investigation Wednesday, according to state police, who have jurisdiction because it is a state facilty.

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Open house Saturday at dental practice

OXFORD = KIDSMILE, a newly remodeled dental practice, will hold its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 318 Oxford Rd.(Route 67)
The event will feature a meet and greet and sing-along with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from the popular Disney movie, "Frozen." There will also be a touch-a-truck, and registration to win prizes, including an iPad Mini. The office will also be collecting new toy donations for TEAM Inc's 2015 Toys4Kids program. All kids who come to Saturday's event will receive free ice cream, courtesy of the Country Creamery traveling ice cream bus.
The newly remodeled office, according to Dr. Bruce Sofferman, features a kid-friendly atmosphere to make kids comfortable while getting their teeth cared for.
For more information, call the office at 203-888-0811 or visit them online at www.kidsmilect.com.

Spooner House Thanks Valley Residents and Businesses For Supporting April Food Drives

SHELTON "The Dust Off Cruise on April 12 supported by Heav'nly Donuts in Derby netted 2,511 food items and the 13th annual Valley Has a Heart Spooner House food collection held April 18 were both very successful," said Executive Director Susan Agamy. "We came very close to our goal of $5,000. We received $2,001 cash combined with donated sponsor dollars of $2,550 for a total of $4,551.23. We received 2,763 non-perishable food items, as well. We owe the lower Naugatuck Valley residents appreciation for their continued generosity, despite the long, cold winter. Our shelves are now a lot more full thanks to their generosity."  
 
The results of the April 18th drives from the two Stop & Shop stores in Ansonia and Shelton and the Adams Super Food Store in Derby were:
Ansonia- 1,139 food items; $728.34 cash
Shelton- 1,099 food items; $896.84 cash
Derby-525 food items; $373.05 cash      
Total 'Valley Has a Heart' site sponsors were:
Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, PC ( Shelton and Ansonia ): $700
Hairy Dog Grrrage ( Derby ): $350
Stop & Shop (marquee - all): $1,500
Total Sponsors: $2,550
 
Spooner House deeply appreciates all the volunteers. In Shelton, they included members of the Shelton High School National Honor Society and a number of regular Spooner House volunteers. In Derby there were staff and some of their kids, grandkids and friends, as well as two Seymour High School volunteers. In Ansonia , Spooner House had about 25 people volunteering including those from the Shelton Youth Service Bureau's Youth2Youth program, Holy Rosary confirmation class volunteers and additional Spooner House staff and interns. During the day on Saturday at Spooner House, there were more than 15 volunteers from Save Our Youth. 
Agamy noted that these critical food drives owed their success to these volunteers. “We simply couldn’t complete drives without volunteers," she said. "To us, they represent the real heart of the Naugatuck Valley .”
(This is a press release from Spooner House)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seymour man accused of holding sister captive pleads guilty to related charges

Arthur W. Gauvin with public defender Bruce Weiant at his arraignment April 2014 in Superior Court in Derby.MARA LAVITT — NEW HAVEN REGISTER FILE PHOTO

By Phyllis Swebilius 
MILFORD >> Arthur W. Gauvin, accused last year of keeping his sister captive for years in the Seymour house they shared, pleaded guilty Tuesday to related charges.
He will be sentenced July 9 by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti.
Meanwhile, his sister is “doing well now,” Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Cornelius P. Kelly told the judge. “She seems to be putting this behind her.”
Kelly said he spoke Monday with the woman’s conservator.
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91st annual variety ‘Scout Gang Show’ to be held in Derby


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Local scouts are gearing up to stage the 91st annual Scout Gang Show, a blend of old-time minstrel and variety acts that holds the distinction of being the longest running show of its kind in the world.

More than 100 scouts, leaders and parents from Housatonic BSA Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 scouts will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 8 and May 9 at the Derby Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at the corner of 5th and Elizabeth streets.

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Seymour residents to vote on budget increase

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Voters will cast ballots Thursday on a proposed $55.9 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16.
Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St.
The ballot will ask voters to approve a $23.2 million budget for the town’s side of expenses, and a $32.7 million budget for the Board of Education.

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Seymour Middle School’s Student Council helps send man with cancer on dream trip

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Thanks to the efforts of Seymour Middle School’s Student Council and a town charity, a local man diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer will be able to take his family on a trip of a lifetime to Disney World.
The Student Council held a community breakfast last month which was attended by more than 300 people. The event, dubbed spring’s “Unfrozen” breakfast, was a way to welcome spring in the theme of the popular Disney movie, “Frozen,” and featured the lovable snowman character, Olaf.

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Seymour Lions Club celebrates Arbor Day with students at Bungay and Chatfield-LoPresti schools

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> More than 190 new trees will sprout up around town this year, thanks to the Seymour Lions Club doing its part to help students celebrate Arbor Day Friday.
Club members, accompanied by furry yellow mascot Seymour the Lion, visited each of the town’s fourth-grade classes at Bungay and Chatfield-LoPresti schools, distributing pine tree saplings for them to plant in their yards.
At Bungay School, Seymour the Lion — club member and past President Yvonne Lorincz — burst through the school’s front doors to the delight of squealing students. Armed with purple tote bags filled with the saplings, Lorincz, along with Club President Melissa A. Smith Poynton and club member Anne Barton, stopped by the school’s three fourth-grade classes to mark Arbor Day.

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RWA proposes water tank for parcel near Derby High School

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> A two-acre parcel of city-owned land near Derby High School is the perfect place to build a 1-million gallon water tank.
That’s what officials from the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority told the Board of Aldermen Thursday.
After 18 months of exploring 100 other sites in Ansonia, Derby and Seymour, RWA’s Vice President of Asset Management Ted Norris said the site at the corner of Chatfield Street and Nutmeg Avenue has risen to the top as the best choice to build a much-needed water tank.

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Ansonia gets $400K grant to extend Riverwalk Park

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti announced Thursday that the city has secured $400,000 in funding to extend the popular Ansonia Riverwalk on Division Street.
The money is coming from the Federal Highway Administration, which will provide 80 percent, or $320,000, of the grant funding, while the city kicks in a local share of 20 percent, or $80,000.
Cassetti said the project, dubbed Segment 8 of the Riverwalk, will include construction of an additional 500 feet of paved multi-use trail atop the western flood control dike. It will also include construction of a 130-foot pedestrian bridge over the Metro-North railroad.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

TEAM Inc. in Derby harnesses power of the sun with solar panels

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> Harnessing the power of the sun has become the latest mission for TEAM Inc., the Valley nonprofit agency that assists the elderly, youth and economically disadvantaged people.
During a press conference Tuesday at TEAM headquarters, the day before Earth Day, an environmentally sound collaboration between TEAM and UIL Holdings Corp., and its subsidiary, The United Illuminating Co., was unveiled.
TEAM was the recent recipient of 18 solar panels, courtesy of UIL, which donated and installed the panels on the roof of TEAM’s building at 30 Elizabeth St. The solar panels were activated last month and are expected to cut TEAM’s electric bill by an estimated $50 to $100 per month.

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Derby athlete breaks school record

DERBY - Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good day for Derby senior Eric Hicks.
The senior track athlete not only won the high jump in a personal record of 6 feet, 4 inches, but shattered the school record of 6-1, that dated back to 1961, which was held by  David Bishop.
Hicks’ mark qualified him for New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June in North Carolina and also propelled him to a tie for the second best mark in the state, according to athletic.net.
Hicks and the rest of the Derby boys’ track team won the meet against Woodland, Naugatuck and Watertown.
See the record-breaking jump here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Valley Residents Invited to Donate During The Great Give® on May 5-6

DERBY – The Valley Community Foundation is once again a presenting sponsor of The Great Give®, the annual, online giving event created by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to raise visibility and support for local nonprofits in the region.
The Valley Community Foundation will match gifts made by people who live and/or work in the Valley up to $25,000 on a prorated basis to encourage local giving in and to the nonprofits that serve the 5 towns of: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.
To see a video of participating Valley nonprofits and learn how to make an impact on your favorite charitable organizations, visit www.valleyfoundation.org.
“The Great Give is an incredible event and it is certainly something to be excited about,” said Sharon Closius, VCF President & CEO. “This year, we are trying to encourage more organizations to participate and new donors to support their favorite nonprofits, ultimately resulting in more dollars raised.”
Last year, The Valley Community Foundation distributed more than $192,000 to 29 nonprofits located in the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton thanks to donor support, matching grants and prizes provided through The Great Give® 2014.
These funds were further augmented by grants and prizes provided by VCF donor advised funds.
A list of complete rules, grant prizes and the participating nonprofits in The Great Give® 2015 is online at www.thegreatgive.org. Donors wishing to support their favorite cause or charity can visit giveGreater.org® to find information on local nonprofits, including their mission, governance, programs, financials and community impact. To learn more about how you might be able to support The Great Give® or Valley nonprofits through establishing a permanent endowment, please contact Sharon Closius at sclosius@valleyfoundation.org or 203-751-9162.
For more information about the Valley Community Foundation, please visit at www.valleyfoundation.org, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Derby puts promotional video online

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> The well-publicized promotional video touting all the best Derby has to offer is officially ready for viewing.
The “Communities of Distinction” video can be seen via a YouTube link on the city’s website www.derbyct.gov.
“Despite being the smallest municipality in the state, Derby has a lot to offer,” said Mayor Anita Dugatto.
The five-minute video is part of the “Discover Derby” marketing initiative, aimed at attracting developers, business owners, families and others to consider coming to Derby.

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Old-fashioned baseball to make a comeback in the Valley

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
Batter up! It’s time for Valley residents to play ball when a 19th-century themed baseball game is staged once again this summer.
Local resident Greg Martin, owner of Copper City Marketing Group and Vintage Base Ball Factory, has again put out the call for players to participate in three games that will be played following 1880s-era baseball rules and etiquette.
Martin is developing the event as an “expanded offshoot of the popular vintage baseball game” he produced last summer for the City of Ansonia’s 125th birthday celebration, Summerfest. That event, which Martin said was 125 years in the making, pitted the Ansonia Coppermen against the Derby Osborndales.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Ansonia, Derby cops on track for body cameras

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Ansonia police officers will soon be armed with a tool aimed at keeping interaction between police and citizens transparent.
Lt. Andrew Cota said the police department has received a $30,000 Justice Assistant Grant, which will be used to purchase body cameras for its officers.
“We decided to look into getting body-worn cameras to assist our offices in gathering information and evidence at scenes,” Cota said. “Additionally, there will be a recording of police and citizen interactions in the event that a complaint is made about an officer’s demeanor or actions.”

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Division Street at railroad crossing at the Ansonia/Derby line to be shut down

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
The Division Street railroad crossing spanning the Ansonia/Derby line will be shut down for about a week starting April 24, and drivers are encouraged to pay attention to detour signs or they’ll literally be stopped in their tracks.
The state Department of Transportation will perform a long-overdue upgrade at the railroad/highway crossing on the Waterbury Branch of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, according to Steve Curley, a senior engineer with the state DOT.
Curley said the last time the railroad crossing’s last upgrade was in 1992, which had a lifespan of about 20 years, making the upcoming upgrades necessary.

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Fish Bypass at Tingue Dam in Seymour open to the public starting Thursday

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The long-awaited fish bypass channel on the Naugatuck River and an adjoining park will officially open to the public Thursday, and that’s no fish story.
The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Tuesday and unanimously voted to accept the project, which has been dubbed the Paul Pawlak Sr. Fishway and Park at Tingue Dam. By accepting the project, the town officially has taken on responsibility for operation and maintenance of the facility, according to First Selectman Kurt Miller.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

‘Vital corridor’ Wakelee Avenue in Ansonia to get $3.5 million overhaul

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Mayor David Cassetti announced Tuesday that the problem-plagued Wakelee Avenue will get a $3.5 million facelift.
Cassetti held a press conference outside Lear Pharmacy, one of the approximately 50 businesses located along a one-mile stretch of Wakelee Avenue, to deliver the good news.
“When I first came to office, I recognized the infrastructure of this city was sorely neglected, in particular, Wakelee Avenue,” Cassetti said. “Wakelee Avenue is a major artery for the City of Ansonia that has been neglected for too long. The pavement is in poor condition, the sidewalks are intermittent and in disrepair and there is a lack of adequate drainage.”

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Ansonia lowers taxes for 2nd year in a row

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Residents will get a break on their taxes for a second year in a row, thanks to the Board of Aldermen Tuesday unanimously approving a $62.4 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16.
“Since I was elected I made lowering taxes a mandate,” said Mayor David Cassetti. “This is an historic moment for the City of Ansonia, approving a budget with back to back tax reductions.”
The budget will go into effect July 1, the start of the city’s new fiscal year. It includes a 1-mill reduction to the city’s tax rate, which the aldermen also unanimously set on Tuesday at 37.52 mills.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seymour to celebrate 165 years with Founders Day June 7

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The town is gearing up to celebrate its 165th birthday.
The 6th annual Seymour Founders Day celebration has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 throughout downtown. The rain date is June 14.
According to Founders Day President Linda Bellavance, the committee is looking for crafts and food vendors to ensure the event that celebrates Seymour’s historic past and present is a rousing success.
“This day will be filled with history, entertainment and family fun,” said Bellavance. “Our entire downtown Main Street district will be closed to traffic and filled with vendors, food booths, children’s activities and local shops and restaurants open for business.”

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Ansonia alderman supports 2015-2016 budget

Dear Editor:

On Tuesday the Ansonia Board of Aldermen will be holding a vote on the 2015-2016 budget. It’s a proposal I proudly support as Chairman of the Finance Sub-committee and one that fulfills Mayor Dave Cassetti’s election promise of delivering tax relief to residents and business owners.

I want to take this opportunity to share some of the details with Ansonia’ residents.

If the budget is approved, taxpayers will see a one-mill tax cut, the second tax reduction in two years. What does a one-mill tax reduction mean for Ansonia residents? It represents a 3% decrease in property taxes.  In plain language, a house assessed at $200,000 would see property taxes would decrease by about $210.

Yet this budget is more than a one-trick-pony.  Beyond the tax relief, it provides for capital improvements such as the lease of a street sweeper for public works and a replacement vehicle for the fire department, along with upgrades to the animal shelter and planning costs related to a new safety facility.

The proposal also makes contributions to the City’s underfunded pension plan.  In fact, this marks the first year in over a decade that the budget will address the chronically ignored fund.

This is all a result of responsible and strategic fiscal planning on the part of Mayor Cassetti and his finance team.  Consultation with Ansonia’s outside auditing firm has revealed that the City’s general fund is being maintained at an unacceptably high level.  The proposed budget therefore leverages the overfunded reserves to provide tax relief and move Ansonia forward.

Specifically, our auditors hold that a city’s reserves should be set at about 8% to 10% of the overall budget.  However, the 2013-2014 budget, as set by the prior administration, resulted in general reserve that represents 19% of the overall budget!  Moreover, the reserves have been set at an average of 16% of the overall budget over the past 6 years.

The budget proposal also includes (for the first time) a forward-looking capital improvement plan and forecast of next year’s surplus.  In other words, it’s a well-researched plan built on solid ground.

Lorie Vaccaro
Alderman, Second Ward
Chair, Finance Sub-committee


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Ansonia police: Burglar climbed onto woman’s bed, stole items from residence

ANSONIA >> Police are investigating a burglary earlier this week in which a person reportedly climbed onto the victim’s bed and stole phones and medication from the home.
The woman was not hurt in the incident early Wednesday morning on Platt Street, Lt. Andrew Cota confirmed in an email Friday afternoon.
In a press release, Cota said police were called to the residence at 1:39 a.m. for a reported burglary with the burglar possibly still in the house.

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Seymour Middle School gets grant from Hamden foundation for 2nd portable defibrillator

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Minutes matter when someone is having a heart attack and having a life-saving defibrillator on hand can mean the difference between life and death.
The small, portable devices, known as Automated External Defibrillators, or AED’s, deliver a brief electric shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat.
Thanks to a donation from the Hamden-based Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation, Seymour Middle School acquired its second AED on Friday.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Seymour Martial Arts Academy in 8th year with Seymour Rec Department

SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Martial Arts Academy has been affiliated with the Seymour Recreation Department going into its eighth year now.



During this time SMAA has helped many students achieve more than they thought possible, giving them the strength and ability to learn how to overcome life’s obstacles. While it is not your average Rec program, Master Dean Meier has always helped his students to understand the value of hard work and discipline.

“Not all of them get it right away, but with the continuous support from myself and the reinforcement by their parents, those that have learned how to stick with it have become self-confident, capable, positive students and will surely go forward with the ability to contribute to society in positive ways” says Meier. “I am grateful to them for being my students, and to their dedication in advancing the traditional art of Tang Soo Do."

This program currently has children from ages 6 and up, from the beginners’ white belt level all the way up to the 2nd degree black belt. Ryan McCormick, (seated to the right of Master Meier) age 15, has been training consistently with Master Meier from day one of this program and is also assisting in instructing. A second degree black belt, He recently competed in a tournament winning 2 silver medals in forms competition and free sparring.

Master Meier- fifth degree black belt- is also a founding member of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan, an international organization presided over by Grand Master Charles Ferraro. TSDMGK is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, a meaningful milestone for a martial arts organization.

This recreation program conducts classes every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings in the Community Center building located at 20 Pine Street. We are always accepting new students, as it is an ongoing program. Anyone wishing to take a free class can call Master Meier at 203-527-5547 to set up an appointment or call 203-888-0406 to speak with Missy Orosz, Part time Recreation Program Director at the Seymour Recreation Department office.

This is a press release from the Seymour Recreation Department.

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Seymour Lions Club Dust-Off Cruise

Seymour Lions Club presents Summer Cruise Nights 2015

Naugatuck Valley Health District to conduct Temporary Food Event Training sessions

SEYMOUR >> The Naugatuck Valley Health District is conducting a Temporary Food Event Training session at 10 a.m. April 27 and at 6 p.m. April 29 at the NVHD Offices at 98 Bank St.
The event is designed for temporary food event operators, food booth operators, event volunteers/staff and food vendors.
The training is free of charge.
To register, call or email Judi Waleski or Colleen Lindholm at NVHD at 203-881-3255 or nvhdeh@nvhd.org .

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St. Mary-St. Michael School Honor Roll for 3rd marking period

DERBY >> The St. Mary-St. Michael School Honor Roll for the third marking period is announced by Mrs. Linda Coppola, principal.

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

Grade 5 Honors: Teresa Joseph, Rosa Rizzitelli, Brooke Sobolisky, Joseph Wasifi, Emilia Wypasek

Grade 6 Honors: Maria Ahmed, Dillon Bellinger, Bridget Calderon, Nico D'Ambrosio, Isabella Hescock, Theresa Kardos, Cassidy McNeil, Aryanna Ryan, Daria Wakulczyk  

Grade 7 High Honors: Elizabeth DeCrisanti, Gabriela Soriano, Sophia Soriano, Joanna Wypasek

Grade 7 Honors: Kinga Cieslik, Samantha Muncy

Grade 8 High Honors: Emily Lucke, Alexis Pudimat, Michael Rizzitelli, Alexys Ryan, Emmily Tokash

Grade 8 Honors: Genesis Brito, Cristina Carloni, Shannon Cobaugh, Maja Cuprys, Jan Mazan, Makayla Narranjo, Igor Poliwoda, Shirley Torres, Isabella Tufaro

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Spring Plant Sale at Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia


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Document Shredding Day April 25 sponsored by Seymour Wildcats Softball

SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Wildcats Diamond Club Boosters and Softball Team will be sponsoring a Document Shredding Day on Saturday, April 25.

The event will be held at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street (Broad Street entrance), between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, and will take place rain or shine.

Document shredding will be provided by Shred-It of Connecticut. All shredding will be done on site.

This is a convenient opportunity for individuals and small businesses to dispose of old papers, bank
statements, tax records, etc. by having them destroyed safely & securely. There is no need to sort paper or remove staples or paper clips. Donations requested based on size of container: $5/grocery shopping bag; $10/archive or copy paper box.

Questions can be emailed to wildcatsdocshred@yahoo.com.

This is a press release from Seymour Wildcats Softball.

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CT Solar Challenge to hold workshop April 28 at Derby Library

CT Solar Challenge, a community-based initiative that lowers the cost of solar installation for homes and businesses, will hold a workshop April 28 in Derby.


The event will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the town library at 313 Elizabeth St.  CT Solar Challenge is offering its program in partnership with the town of Derby.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about the many benefits of solar,” CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel said in a release. “Generous state and local subsidies make solar a better deal than ever. I urge residents to attend the April 28 workshop to find out how solar can save them money.”

Representatives of CT Solar Challenge and Ross Solar Group of Danbury, the program’s selected provider for Derby, will be on hand to meet with residents and determine if their homes and businesses are suitable for solar. They will provide information on equipment, installation, pricing, subsidies and other issues.

The CT Solar Challenge is offered for a limited time. The Derby program is about half over, Treichel said.

“There is still plenty of time to sign up for solar through CT Solar Challenge,” she said. “As spring arrives, I hope that Derby residents will review their energy needs and find out if solar is an option for them. Our April 28 workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn about benefits of solar.”

Derby is one of 11 towns — the first in the Naugatuck Valley — to participate in CT Solar Challenge. For more information, visit our website: http://ctsolarchallenge.com/.

This is a press release from CT Solar Challenge.





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Crosby Commons to host 'Rails to Back Trails' presentation April 28

SHELTON >> Local rail-trail historian and author, Sue A. DelBianco, will be conducting a slide presentation, "Rails to Back Trails," on Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community.

The presentation will use captivating images to tell the story of the train line that ran from Bridgeport-Pittsfield, Mass., promoting industry and linking communities from 1840-1942. Today, the abandoned rail corridor from Trumbull-Newtown has become one of Connecticut's best recreational trails called "Rails to Trails."

Why did the train line vanish? Sue DelBianco will tell you the real story. This presentation is free and open to the public. DelBianco will also have copies of her video, "Rails to Trails: A Journey Back in Time,” which tells the story of the train line from Bridgeport through the Trumbull Valley.

Light refreshments will be available. For further information please contact 203-225-5000. The Wesley Village Campus is located at 580 Long Hill Ave.

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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Paul Winter Consort to perform Sunday in Ansonia

ANSONIA >> Seven-time Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort will perform at the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia this Sunday, according to a press release.
The program will include pieces from the Consort’s Grammy-winning albums as well as new pieces. The group will also be accompanied by feature gospel singer Theresa Thomason.
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25. To reserve tickets, call Anthony Burke at 203-735-7857, extension 29.
The Church of the Assumption is located at 61 N. Cliff St.

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Recognition Breakfast April 23 in Ansonia to raise funds for Salvation Army

ANSONIA >> Doing the most good: That’s the motto of The Salvation Army.

Members of the Advisory Board of the Greater Valley Salvation Army are working with Majors Wilder and Dora Garcia to do just that, but they need your help.

The Board is sponsoring its second annual Recognition Breakfast April 23 to raise funds and awareness for the agency.

The event will be held at Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen, 557 Wakelee Ave. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.; breakfast is at 8 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person.

Keynote speaker is Richard Knoll, recently retired President and CEO of TEAM, Inc. in Derby.
Master of Ceremonies is Jack Walsh, President and COO of the Valley United Way.

The Greater Valley Salvation Army is headquartered at 26 Lester St.

For more information, call 203-736-0707.

This is a press release from The Salvation Army.

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THIS SATURDAY: Veterans Appreciation Concert in Seymour


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Connecticut Farm Bureau recognizes Rept. Linda Gentile for commitment to agriculture

Rep. Linda Gentile receiving award from
CFBA Executive Director Henry Talmage.
The Connecticut Farm Bureau Association has recognized state Rep. Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia, Derby) with the Legislator of the Year Award for her support of Connecticut agriculture in the 2014 legislative session.

The award was announced at CFBA’s annual meeting, but was recently presented to Gentile at her office at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from such a distinguished organization,” said Gentile in a release. “Agriculture is such an important part of our history and very much a part of the fabric of our local communities. It is a huge economic force in Connecticut. As such, we need to do whatever is possible to protect, preserve and expand farm operations and commercial agriculture in this state.”

The Connecticut Farm Bureau acknowledged Representative Gentile’s work on the animal care bill in her role as Chair of the Environment Committee. Among her efforts on that bill, she authored an editorial in the New Haven Register calling for sound, science-based reason in legislating animal care in Connecticut.

“Representative Gentile laid out the issue so clearly for the committee and to the public through that editorial,” said Connecticut Farm Bureau Executive Director Henry Talmage in a release. “She advocated for a livestock advisory council working in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Farm Bureau and expressed her confidence that this collaboration could and would establish comprehensive, consistent and reasonable standards for all livestock.”

Since 1919, The Connecticut Farm Bureau Association has provided a strong, clear voice in state agricultural issues. As a non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm families, the Connecticut Farm Bureau is united to find solutions for concerns facing production agriculture in our counties, state and nation.

This is a press release from the Connecticut General Assembly.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Seymour looks to increase pay for first selectman’s post

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> The town is a $55 million corporation with about 500 employees being run by a chief executive officer that’s not earning nearly enough for what the job entails.
That’s according to Board of Finance Chairman Bill Sawicki, who broached the issue of raising the annual salary for the town’s top elected official to something more commensurate with the duties of the job.
“It’s the universal opinion of the (finance) board that $72,500 a year (for the first selectman’s position) is absolutely ridiculous,” Sawicki said.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Field project may spur Seymour graduation relocation

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Seymour High School’s class of 2015 will graduate June 17, but whether the ceremony will take place on traditional DeBarber Field remains to be seen.
The location of this year’s graduation took center stage during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. About 40 seniors from the class of 2015 attended and said they don’t want to balk tradition.
Graduation for decades has been held on the school’s main football field, DeBarber Field. Seniors traditionally take a lap around the track prior to taking their seats in the center of the field. However, because the field and surrounding athletic complex is in line for a huge makeover, thanks to a $2 million state grant the town received last year to install artificial turf, a brand new track and new, handicapped accessible bleachers, the project start date could alter the ceremony location.

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High-prescribing Derby nurse surrenders drug licenses

By Lisa Chedekel
CT Health I-Team
A Derby nurse practitioner whose prolific prescribing of potent narcotics was the subject of a February story by C-HIT has surrendered her state and federal licenses to prescribe controlled substances and is the subject of an “open investigation” by the state Department of Public Health, officials said Monday.
Heather Alfonso, an advanced-practice registered nurse at the Comprehensive Pain & Headache Treatment Centers LLC in Derby, surrendered her controlled-substance registration after a recent probe by the Drug Control Division of the Department of Consumer Protection, a spokeswoman for the department confirmed.
“The controlled-substance registration of this provider has been turned in,” said the spokeswoman, Claudette Carveth. She said the agency had no further comment.

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Derby family gets help from TEAM to get back on their feet

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
DERBY >> When then-new mom Alexis Tomczak was ready to head back to work following a three-month maternity leave, she never dreamed her life was about to take a bad turn.
The Derby mother of two was laid off in late 2013 after nearly 10 years on the job. She fell into despair: no job, a newborn to care for and a 4-year old that needed to attend preschool. Unable to afford pricey daycare, and only one income coming in from her husband, David, Tomczak was worried about how her young family would make ends meet.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Seymour students can-and-bottle drive helps shelter animals

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> Thanks to the efforts of students at Seymour Middle School, dogs and cats at the town’s animal shelter will have plenty to eat and get some needed veterinary care.
Students in the school’s Small Steps Club recently raised more than $300 for the Seymour Animal Shelter by hosting a can and bottle drive at the school. Students on Wednesday presented Animal Control Officer Deborah Ice with the check.
“The students’ goal was to collect 6,100 cans and bottles; that would be enough to fill 38 contractor size trash bags,” said club adviser and teacher Brian Cleveland. “They easily achieved that goal.”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PHOTO: St. Mary-St. Michael presents Living Stations

DERBY >> St. Mary- St. Michael presented the Living Stations on March 31 in St. Mary Church.
Jesus, portrayed by Evan DeLucia, falls a second time, with the soldiers Roman Hescock and Alex Rusu, watching.


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Job search assistance, spring book sale, lunchtime book discussion and cooking demo at Derby Public Library

American Job Search Career Coach – Job Search Assistance
The American Job Search Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During both the morning session, 10-12, and the afternoon session, 1-3, instructors will be offering job search assistance. Learn where to look for jobs, how to get the job you want, and how to search for jobs on the internet. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come first served basis. The American Job Search Career Coach is operated by Career Resources.

Annual Spring Book Sale
The Derby Public Library Annual Spring Book Sale will begin on the last day of National Library Week, Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will continue on Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shoppers are invited to fill a bag for $5. Bags will be provided. Adult and children fiction and non-fiction, paperbacks, magazines, video and audio materials will be available.

Lunchtime Book Discussion – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. The selected title is the enchanting novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  A.J.Fikry, is the cantankerous owner of Island Books near Hyannis, Mass.  His wife has died, sales are down, and he is slowly isolating himself from the community. Then a mysterious package arrives that gives him the opportunity to see everything anew and change his life. This tale of transformation and second chances reminds us why we read. Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested.

Cooking Demo: Springtime Soups
The Derby Public Library has scheduled another cooking demo on Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Springtime Soups. Stacey Ference of Savour Catering will show participants how to use spring’s lighter and fresher flavors to make potato and leek, cream of asparagus, and gazpacho soup.  There will be samples of all demonstrated foods. The class is for ages 18 years and older. Registration is required.

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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Volunteers needed at Wesley Village in Shelton

SHELTON >> Volunteering for Wesley Village can be a highly rewarding experience. Operated by United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village in Shelton provides a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to serve seniors in a variety of housing and healthcare settings. Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas:  people who play the piano or guitar, transporting to and from beauty salon via wheelchair, friendly visitors,  prayer shawl ministry, scrabble, flex and stretch, walking club,  travel or history buff,  pinochle player, poker, word games, trivia, and bingo. We will match your talents and skills with our needs. There are many opportunities for adults and students ages 14 and older.  If you have time to help others and want a satisfying experience, an overall feeling of well-being and a healthier life – volunteer.  
— Barbara Quinn, director of Volunteers at Wesley Village, 203-944-8292.

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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Griffin Hospital donates $5k to support TEAM Diaper Bank

DERBY >> TEAM Inc. announces that Griffin Hospital presented the agency with a $5,000 donation in support of TEAM Diaper Bank serving more than 354 families residing in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton of which, 96 percent were at or below 200 percent of federal poverty level.

From left to right: TEAM President/CEO David Morgan,
Griffin Childbirth Center Director Luanne Miller R.N.,
TEAM FRC Manager Ayanna Williams,
Griffin Hospital CEO/President Pat Charmel,
TEAM CFO Wendy Rodorigo,
TEAM Board Member David Rabinove,
TEAM Executive VP Diane Stroman. 

(Contributed by Fred Ortoli Photography)
The TEAM Diaper Bank provides diapers and wipes to income eligible families with children under 4 years of age.  In 2012, Griffin Hospital received an official designation as “Baby-Friendly®” from Baby-Friendly USA for its commitment to providing newborns a best start to a healthy life. This year, under the leadership of CEO/President Pat Charmel, Griffin Hospital continued its baby-friendly ways with the $5,000 donation to the TEAM Diaper Bank.

Griffin Hospital also gave TEAM access to purchase diapers and wipes through Griffin’s national distributors at wholesale rates. This partnership significantly cuts costs, enabling TEAM to purchase more diapers and wipes with the same amount of money.

“When Griffin Hospital heard that TEAM’s  Diaper Bank didn’t have an adequate supply of diapers to meet the needs of the growing number of low income families who couldn’t afford to buy diapers for their infant or toddler, we felt compelled to act,” said Patrick Charmel, Griffin President and CEO. “We knew that in addition to making a monetary donation to address the immediate need, we had to find a way to help TEAM make the limited financial resources available to support the Diaper Bank go further. By taking advantage of the hospital’s considerable buying power we were able to do just that. Griffin Hospital is extremely grateful to TEAM for establishing and operating the Diaper Bank, which is a very important resource that has a positive impact on the health and well-being of children and families in our community.”

Despite being a necessity for babies, diapers are not covered by WIC, SNAP (food stamps), Medicare, or other programs. With a typical infant using 10-12 diapers per day, and toddlers using up to 8, a baby in a low-income family may spend the entire day in a single soiled diaper, leading to rashes, infections, and other health problems. According to statistics cited by experts, in Connecticut, mothers spend at least $20 to $30 per week for diapers, a cost that causes too many moms to make trade-offs that can endanger children's health. Parents who can’t afford diapers also can’t leave their child in daycare to go to work, leading to economic instability and continuing the cycle of poverty.

“I often say in our work at TEAM that it requires a strong community alliance to turn the corner in addressing the complex needs of those struggling for a level quality of life, and Griffin Hospital’s support is an exemplar of such efforts to help others,” said David Morgan TEAM President and CEO. “Diaper-need is not only a significant household budgeting constraint but recent research also clearly links the potential impacts of diaper-need to health & wellbeing and maternal depression,” David adds, “and we are ever grateful to Pat Charmel and Griffin Hospital for this exceptional support and collaboration.”

This is a press release from TEAM Inc.

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April events at Derby Neck Library

DERBY >> The following events will take place at the Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., in April. For more information, call the library at 203-734-1492:

On Thursday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.: “Dinner and a Movie,”  for ages 18 and older. This month’s feature film shown in blu-ray is “Birdman," winner of the academy award for best picture. Free refreshments will be served including a dinner at intermission. No registration is required, but doors close at 5:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.: “Bedtime Music and Movement.” Youngsters are invited to join Miss Kathi in singing and dancing under our indoor stars. Wear your jammies if you wish and bring along a favorite stuffed animal.

On Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. and again on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m.: “Tech Talks.” This is a free program that offers various topics each month to help you best make use of the latest products and programs in technology. Participants may also wish to bring in their tech questions.  For this month’s topic, please call the library at 203-734-1492.

On Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.: “Writers’ Round.” This is a writers’ workshop for authors of all genres, including prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scripts, etc. Come share your original works with others and enhance your creativity with a writing prompt.

On Monday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m.: “Women’s Forum,” a discussion group that meets each month over a light lunch. This month’s topic is famous firsts accomplished by American women. Other fields we explore together are short stories and poetry. We serve free coffee and tea.

On Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m.: “Video Game Tournament” for teens (ages 18 and younger). Bring your friends and challenge their skill at Mario Kart 8, played on our Wii  U and large screen TV. Prizes will be awarded and free refreshments will be served. To register, please stop in at the library, or call 203-734-1492.

On Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.: Monthly “Evening Book Club.”  This month’s selection is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Copies are available at the library. This is an enthused and informative group, so do not miss it. For details, please call 203-734-1492.

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Ansonia High School PTSO seeks vendors, food trucks for flea market

Ansonia High School PTSO is looking for vendors and food trucks to participate in its 1st Flea Market on Saturday, April 25 (with a rain date of Sunday, April 26).  It will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ansonia High School, 20 Pulaski Highway. Prices are $25 a space for vendors and $50 a space for food trucks.  This is an outdoor event; tables are not provided. For information or to reserve a space, call Heather at 203-305-2046.

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Wesley Village to hold open house for new memory support community

SHELTON >> Wesley Village will host an Open House Sunday, April 12, from 1-3 p.m. to introduce “Lifestyle Transitions,” a new memory care neighborhood located in the newly renovated Northwest Wing of its Wesley Heights community.

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

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

Unique to Wesley Village, “Lifestyle Transitions” offers a mission-based, relationship-centered approach to care, as well as: affordable pricing, a wander-management system, 24-hour staffing with caregivers trained by the Alzheimer’s Association, on-site physician services, engaging activities, a variety of apartment styles for individuals or couples, education and support services for residents and families, and a specialized design to maximize independence. Deposits are now being accepted for apartments in this new neighborhood. For more information or to RSVP for the Open House, please contact Lisa Kelleher at 203-944-6099.

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

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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Valley United Way selects Ron Villani as 45th Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award winner

Ron Villani has been selected as the 45th Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award winner by Valley United Way. The award is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious community service award. It is named for the late editor of The Evening Sentinel and has been presented annually since 1971.

The award is presented for a lifetime of service to the community, encompassing more that one town or organization. The award will be presented at Valley United Way’s 47th Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner of April 21.

Jack Walsh, President & C.O.O. at Valley United Way said that, “We were very fortunate that when Ron came to Shelton with GE, he “adopted” the Valley as a home for his community involvement and shared his time and expertise with us so well.” Ron is one of the few people to serve two full terms as a Board member including two years as the chair (2003 & 2004), leave the Board and come back to serve two more terms including a term as chair of the Allocations Committee. Ron was also instrumental in leading the short and long term planning efforts at Valley United Way.

Ron has also been very heavily involved with the Birmingham Group (now BHCare). Its former Executive Director Marilyn Cormack said, “Ron was serving on the Birmingham Group board as Vice President at a critical period in the history of the organization.  We made the decision to enter into merger negotiations with another health care organization and if it was not done in a planful manner many people would be effected namely staff. Ron’s expertise working at GE Corporate Human Resources division was invaluable in helping the Group keep all staff from both organization and assisting with a successful merger. Ron’s advice was also very valuable to me as I was transitioning into retirement.”

Ron is also a member of United Way of America’s prestigious Tocqueville Society.

He was born in Somerville, NJ and raised in neighboring Raritan, where he attended public schools in the Bridgewater-Raritan school system. After high school he graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA with honors in Economics and then completed his MBA degree at The Wharton Graduate Division of The University of Pennsylvania in 1970, graduating in the top 5% of his class.

Following Penn he joined GE and completed the Human Resources Leadership Program. During his 35 year career with GE Ron held leadership assignments in nine different GE businesses and three corporate staff components in seven different geographic  locations. His final assignment and the one that brought him to the Valley was as Chief Human Resource Officer for GE Supply.

After retirement from GE Ron began his second career at The University of New Haven as an Adjunct Professor and Practitioner in Residence in the College of Business  and ran his own human resources consulting business that specialized in leadership development and improving organizational effectiveness.

In addition to being on the Board of Valley United Way he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of BHcare as well as that organization’s joint venture with Bridges, communiCare.

For the past 20 years Ron has been on the Board of Police Commissioners for the town of Monroe and is currently Chairman of that Board. He a volunteer reader for the School Volunteer Association’s Read Aloud Program in  Bridgeport’s Hallen School and mentors a fifth grader at Cesar Battala School. In the past he has also served as a Deacon and Property Chairman for the Monroe Congregational Church.

Ron has been married to his wife, Peggy, for almost 43 years. They have lived in Monroe for 27 years and raised two daughters and three golden retrievers there. Megan, Administrative Assistant to the Principal-Haldane High School, lives in Cold Spring, NY with her husband Chris, a Special Agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and their two daughters- Katie, 10 and Julie, 8. Lori Villani Cimeno is the Director of Student Services for the Wellesley Public School System (Wellesley,MA) and lives in Walpole Massachusetts with her husband Tim, the Scholastic Brand Manager for Marathon Sports in Boston. All the Villanis are proud graduates of Bucknell University.

Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community. United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis. Each year Valley United Way funds programs and organizations that make a measurable difference in the lives of people living and working in the Valley.

This is a press release from the Valley United Way.

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Ansonia resident appointed to American Legion’s National Legislative Council

ANSONIA >> Resident Patrick Henri has been appointed to the American Legion’s National Legislative Council by National Commander Michael Helm. Henri is the Adjutant of the Gordon-Visselli American Legion Post 50. Henri will serve as a member for the Department of Connecticut for the 114th Congress, representing Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District.

Henri is the past finance officer of Post 50, an employee at Sikorsky Aircraft, a chief petty officer in the Navy Reserve serving at the Naval War College in Newport R.I., a fire commissioner and an Ansonia alderman where he chairs the Veterans Committee.

His duties will include propagating an interest and a furtherance of the American Legion’s legislative goals and serving as a medium for disseminating information to elected lawmakers.

The American Legion lobbies for both veterans and active duty service members, and is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs, fighting also, for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.

It is through the combined numbers of its national membership that gives clout to the Legion’s voice on Capitol Hill, and success to its mission. It is through local participation that veterans can positively affect their communities and encourage patriotism.

All veterans are welcome to apply to the Legion, including current drilling Reservists and Guardsmen. You don’t have to be retired to join. Vets with military service since the Persian Gulf operations are needed to complement our ranks.

Contact Senior Vice-Commander Mike Heise at 203-308-7845 for more information. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 28 Howard Ave., Ansonia.

This is a press release form American Legion Post 50, Ansonia.

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Miller seeks 3rd term as first selectman of Seymour

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
SEYMOUR >> First Selectman Kurt Miller announced Tuesday he is seeking re-election to a third term in office.
“I very much enjoy serving the residents of the Town of Seymour,” Miller, a Republican, said. “I’m also very fortunate to have a great team around me.”
Miller filed his paperwork late Monday in the Town Clerk’s office. He cited some of the more notable accomplishments made on his watch over the past two years, especially how his administration has worked to improve Seymour’s financial picture.
“Stabilizing the mill rate, increasing our fund balance, reducing our debt ratio and having our bond rating go up two levels are things I’m very proud of,” Miller said.

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Emmett O’Brien students shine at SkillsUSA state competition

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent
ANSONIA >> Several students at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School recently wowed a panel of judges with their skills in drafting, culinary arts and math during a recent SkillsUSA state competition.
One of those students, Holly Zheng, an 11th-grader at Emmett took first place in the technical drafting category. Holly will move on to represent the school in a national competition in Kentucky in June.
Holly, according to teacher Sonya Allard, who is also the school’s SkillsUSA advisor, is a student in the school’s Computer Aided Drafting trade.
“The students have all worked very hard,” Allard said.

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School organization hosting flea market

ANSONIA - The Ansonia High School PTSO is holding its 1st Flea Market on Sat., April 25, with a rain date of Sunday, April 26.
It will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ansonia High School, 20 Pulaski Highway, Ansonia, CT.
Come down and check out the vendors and food. For information or to reserve a space call Heather @ 203-305-2046.

Prices are $25 a space for vendors and $50 a space for food trucks.

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