Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Precision Aerospace in Seymour keeps soaring, gets global recognition

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> For three decades, the family-owned Precision Aerospace, Inc. has been cranking out machine parts to help make commercial airplanes and even rockets soar.

The company’s humble roots, initially based out of a basement in Derby back in 1985, with annual sales totaling $100,000, has since grown to a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Silvermine Industrial Park, where sales for 2014 topped $9.5 million.

Thanks to the vision of its founder and veteran CEO Jack E. Hillman, Sr., and its dedicated employees — who call each other family — the company was recognized on a global level Friday for outstanding excellence.

The Eaton Corp., a $22 billion worldwide power management corporation, with a local office based out of Bethel, awarded Precision Aerospace with one of only two “Supplier of the Year” awards. The Seymour company was selected among 2,000 other companies worldwide, according to Drew Shelby, commodities manager for Eaton, who nominated Precision Aerospace for the award.

Read more here.

Nepotism questions arise in Derby after BOE chairman’s son hired

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Board of Education this week hired the son of its chairman to a teaching position at Derby High School — a move some say violates the board’s own policy about hiring of family members.

Scott Marcucio, a Derby resident and son of longtime board Chairman Ken Marcucio, was hired as a social studies teacher during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The board voted 5-1 in favor of Marcucio getting the job. Board member Jim Gildea cast the sole dissenting vote.

According to board policy, listed under ‘personnel-certified/non-certified: ‘nepotism: employment of relatives,’ section 4212.8. “No member of the immediate family (spouse, civil union partner, child, parent, sibling, or household member) of a Board of Education member shall be appointed to a full-time position in the school district.”

However, under that same policy, there is a provision that states “A spouse or civil union partner, or child of a Board of Education member may be employed for limited term or short-term employment on a competitive basis among persons who are eligible.”

Read more here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Seymour recognized for excellence in financial reporting

SEYMOUR >> When Seymour’s First Selectman Kurt Miller assumed office in 2011, one of his main goals was to restore Seymour to a stable financial footing. Significant progress has already been made, notably the Town’s bond rating increase last year. Seymour had more to celebrate when it received news on Monday that it had been presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The award is a result of Seymour’s first-ever Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, an annual report detailing the current financial status of a government that goes beyond basic accounting requirements. The award is designed to “encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond minimum requirements of accounting...in the spirit of transparency and full disclosure,” according to the GFOA website and “is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting.”

The responsibility for the filing of the CAFR fell on the Town’s Finance Department. Finance Director Doug Thomas accepted the award on the Town’s behalf.  Of receiving the accolade, Thomas said “It’s great to see our efforts culminate in this prestigious award.”

First Selectman W. Kurt Miller added “We are very excited to receive this award after our first effort with the CAFR.  I know that accounting awards may not seem very important, but accomplishments like this weigh heavily in the Town’s ability to borrow money cheaply and improve Seymour’s parks, schools and roads.”

This is a press release from the Office of Seymour’s First Selectman Kurt Miller.

Discuss a book over lunch at Derby Public Library

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled its next Lunchtime Book Discussion for Wednesday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m.  The selected title is the reminiscent novel Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. It is the story of teenage friendship between two girls, one rich, one poor, and traces what happens to them as they grow up and eventually grow apart. Much of the story is set during summers spent on Martha’s Vineyard. Multiple copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Participants are asked to bring a sandwich and a friend as they “chat and chew.” Dessert and beverages will be provided. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203-736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.  

This is a press release from Library Director Cathy Williams.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee announces Ansonia graduate as $5,000 JAT award winner

ANSONIA >> The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee announces 2015 Ansonia High School graduate, DeQuan Thomas, is the recipient of the 2015 $5,000 Julian A. Taylor Scholarship.

He will be attending Western Connecticut State University, Danbury where he will major in education. He aspires to be a teacher. In addition to maintaining his academics DeQuan was active in the National Honor Society, Hiking/Biking Club, Art Club, Video Game Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, The Connecticut ECMC Scholars Program, and participated in talent shows at Ansonia and Oxford High School. In addition to the J.A.T. Scholarship, he is the recipient of several awards:   ECMC Scholarship, President’s Education Award, CAPT Scholar Award, Yudkin Family Scholarship, The CT Association of Schools Art Award and has been a four time winner of the JAT Scholars award.

The $5,000 Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Award is presented to the highest ranking African American Senior with an 85 or above average going to a four year University/College. In addition, 21 African American students in grades 3 to 11 attending Ansonia Public Schools will receive a $100 JAT Scholars award. The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Fund was established in 1982 to honor and continue the ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Julian A. Taylor, former Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Awards will be presented at the J.A.T. Annual Awards Dinner, on July 12, 2015 2:00p.m, at the Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange CT.

The event speaker will be Jewelle Taylor Gibbs the daughter of the late Rev. Julian A. Taylor for whom the scholarship is named. Jewelle is a retired professor, author and activist who holds degree in social work and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of several publications, the latest titled, Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter about her family who survives centuries of racial and social struggles to succeed and achieve upward mobility despite numerous obstacles.

For ticket information, call 203-645-9635.

This is a press release from Diane L. Stroman, co-chairperson of The Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Committee.

Assumption School in Ansonia accepting registration for 2015-16 school year

ANSONIA >> Assumption School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. The school features prekindergarten for three and four year olds, with a choice of a four or six hour day ~Monday through Friday and kindergarten through grade eight. There is a before/after school program, bus transportation for Ansonia residents, and a full day kindergarten. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening hours are available by appointment. Please call 203-734-0855 Ext. 17 or email kmolner@assumptionschool.net

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Troup 3 Derby recognizes Matthew Edwards of Ansonia for achieving Eagle Scout

Troop 3 Derby’s 300th Eagle Scout Matthew Edwards, left
and 200th Eagle Scout John Coppola, at a
Court of Honor held at Derby 2nd Congregational Church
DERBY >>  Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby recently recognized Matthew Edwards for achieving Eagle Scout Rank during a Court of Honor held at the troop’s sponsoring organization, the Derby 2nd Congregational Church. Edwards is Troop 3’s 300th Eagle Scout since the troop was founded in 1914. Troop 3’s first Eagle Scout badge was awarded in 1927 to the late Manuel Pearson, who was followed by the late legendary Scouter and Derby Hall of Fame member Edmund D. Strang.

The requirements for earning Eagle Scout rank are rigorous and require many years of effort and leadership. Nationally, fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts achieve Scouting’s highest honor.
Senior Patrol Leader Joseph Szewczyk served as Master of Ceremonies and the Court of Honor program was under the direction of Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter. The Eagle Scout Charge was given by keynote speaker John Coppola, Assistant Principal at Ansonia’s Mead School, who became Troop 3’s 200th Eagle Scout in 1997.  Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto and a representative from the City of Ansonia presented proclamations to Matthew. Letters of congratulations were read from Gov. Dannel Malloy, Sen. Chris Murphy and President Barack Obama.
Matthew Edwards, 17, is the son of Ronald and Elaine Edwards and brother of Troop 3 Life Scout Jason Edwards, all of Ansonia. He attended Prendergast and Mead Elementary Schools, Ansonia Middle School and recently graduated from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School, where he studied Plumbing and Heating and was on the varsity football and track teams and basketball club.
Matthew joined Cub Scout Pack 3, Derby at age 7, and quickly became engaged with scouting. Upon earning the Arrow of Light award in 2008, he joined Troop 3 of Derby’s 2nd Congregational Church.
Edwards has participated in troop activities such as a camporees and summer camp at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen and  he attended the 2010 and 2013 National Scout Jamborees as a member of the Housatonic Council BSA contingent. He also participated in Troop 3 trips to Cape Cod, the national parks of the Pacific Coast and in 2014, he was part of the Troop 3 group to camp across the country for three weeks, visiting Hollywood, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Las Vegas, The Alamo, New Orleans and Washington D.C.  

Matthew has served Troop 3 as den chief, troop historian and patrol leader. Currently he is a troop guide and also serves as the treasurer for Venture Crew 77 of Ansonia. He earned a total of 42 merit badges.

Matthew led a group of scouts, friends and adults at the Ansonia Nature Center in the planting of 20 white pine trees on Benz Street as a part of the troop’s 100th year anniversary and the nature centers’ Earth Day celebration. The group also cleared, mulched and planted flowers around the main entrance sign leading into the nature center.

He works part-time job at Bobs Stores in Ansonia and is a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia, where he volunteers at their annual Italian Festival. Edwards will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall, majoring in Business Management and minoring in Communications.
Troop 3 will resume meeting on Wednesdays beginning in September, 7 p.m. at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church. All boys at least 11 years of age are invited to join in on the troop’s Scouting adventures. For more information, call 203-732-0343.

Wesley Village receives grant from Valley Community Foundation to benefit dementia patients through Music & Memory program

Staff and volunteers from Wesley Village complete training and instruction for Music & Memory,
a personalized, therapeutic music program being introduced on the campus this summer.

SHELTON >> Beginning this summer, individuals struggling from dementia and other cognitive and physical impairments will now have the opportunity to reconnect with family, friends, and caregivers through Music & Memory, a personalized digital music program to be offered on the Wesley Village Campus.

“Sincere thanks to the Valley Community Foundation for making this new program possible with the help of a $4,700 grant,” said Carlene Rhea, director of Mission Development, in a release. “This grant enables our senior care campus to purchase iPods and other technology needed for music collection and storage and costs associated with staff training and instruction.”

Rooted in extensive neuroscience research, the Music & Memory approach involves training care professionals to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites can then tap deep memories not lost to dementia, which enable patients and residents to converse, socialize, stay present, and feel like themselves again.

After completing three days of training with staff and volunteers, Wesley Village is the first Music & Memory Certified Care Facility in the Valley and one of only a few in the State of Connecticut. The Music & Memory program will be implemented first at their new Lifestyle Transitions memory care neighborhood on the campus and then in the Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center.

For more information about Music & Memory and the life-changing benefits of personalized therapeutic music, visit www.musicandmemory.org.

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

St. Mary Church in Derby to hold special Mass for first responders on July 11

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mayor Cassetti honors past Ansonia Fire Chief Joe Kingston

Mayor Cassetti presents Joseph Kingston with a
certification of appreciation for his dedication and years of services
DERBY >> A testimonial dinner was held June to honor past Ansonia Fire Department Chief Joe Kingston at the Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby, according to a press release.

Joe was succeeded by Fire Chief Scott Trembley in January following his two-year term. Prior to his departure as chief, Kingston completed 10 years of service in all four assistant chief positions and had been a fireman for many years prior.

The event was presided over by Master of Ceremonies Joe Kingston Jr., who also serves as a fireman alongside his father, both members of the Hilltop Hose Fire House.

Kingston's service was lauded by representatives of all five Ansonia fire houses who honored him and thanked him for his service to Ansonia and the Valley.

Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti personally thanked Kingston on behalf of Ansonia’s residents, thanking him for his past and continued service as one of Ansonia’s bravest.

Also on hand were Fire Commissioners Pat Henri and Phil Tripp, who were moved by the display of brotherhood within the department.

Kingston was whole-heartedly thankful to all in attendance, gratefully recognizing the fire department and his family for all the time and commitment they put in, and for all the help they provided him while he was chief.

‘Stewie the Duck’ brings water safety message to Seymour kids

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> On average, statistics show 10 people die in the U.S. every day from unintentional drowning, with 20 percent of those drowning victims children age 14 and under.

And with beach and pool season upon us, Seymour schools’ Director of Security Richard Kearns doesn’t want children here to become part of those tragic statistics. That’s why Kearns recently teamed up once again with local police to present a lifesaving water safety program called “Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim.”

The program was founded by Kim and Stew Leonard Jr. The parents turned their personal tragedy of losing their 21-month-old son in a drowning accident in 1989 into a foundation named after their son that teaches parents and young children the importance of water safety.

Read more here.

Derby pain clinic medical director fined $7,500 over drug prescriptions

By Kate Farrish, Conn. Health I-Team Writer

The medical director of a pain clinic in Derby was reprimanded and fined $7,500 Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board for writing prescriptions for patients based on assessments of their appearance or behavior conducted by unlicensed medical assistants.

Dr. Mark Thimineur, medical director of the privately run Comprehensive Pain & Headache Treatment Centers LLC, housed at Griffin Hospital, signed a consent order June 1 agreeing to the punishment. In the order, he did not contest the findings by the board and the state Department of Public Health.

The consent order states that from 2011 to the present, Thimineur failed to meet the standard of care when treating one or more patients for chronic pain. It said he wrote prescriptions for patients based on assessments by unlicensed medical assistants of the patients’ physical appearance, behavior, pain levels or lab test results.

David Tilles, a DPH staff attorney, told the board that the health department is satisfied that Thimineur has made changes at the clinic and halted such use of the medical assistants.

Read more here.

Irving School educator is Derby’s Teacher of the Year

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Whether he’s staying after school helping a student struggling in math, or landing grant money to launch a robotics program, Irving School fourth-grade teacher Frank Briganti has earned his new title as Derby’s Teacher of the Year for 2016.

“Mr. Briganti is an outstanding educator,” said Principal Jennifer Olson. “His lessons always include a real-life application of a math skill, the integration of technology and small group work. Students in his class made significant gains in their ability to solve complex problems.”

Briganti was chosen for the top honor from among a group of teachers from each of the district’s four schools who were nominated by their peers for their excellence in teaching and contributions to students, staff and families, according to Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway.

“Mr. Briganti engages every student, every day, identifying lessons and activities to meet each student’s needs,” Conway said. “Mr. Briganti is a valued asset to the Derby School district.”

Read more here.

The Valley Community Foundation in Derby gives $33K to nonprofits to support programs

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The Valley Community Foundation handed out more than $33,000 in grants to Valley nonprofits to support programs ranging from exposing middle school kids to college campuses to assisting the hearing impaired.

According to a press release, $33,295 was awarded through VCF’s Community Grants program to 15 community groups serving the Valley.

Nonprofits with less than two full-time or less than four part-time staff from Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton can apply for grant money from $250 to $2,500.

“VCF is proud to support these 15 organizations with more than $30,000 in Community Grants,” said VCF President/CEO Sharon Closius. “Community Grants are responsive to groups that are volunteer or nonprofit in nature with very limited staffing capacity and serve our five-town region. Using this grant support, these small, dedicated organizations can work on issues that make a big difference in our community.”

Read more here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shelton's St. Joseph School students participate in Peapod Kids Give Back Program

SHELTON >> Fourth and fifth grade students from St. Joseph School in Shelton recently participated in the Peapod Kids Give Back Program, which offers classrooms the opportunity to learn about nutrition, practice budgeting skills and understand how to make a positive impact in the local community through a special food bank donation funded by Peapod, the country’s leading online grocer.

Over the last few weeks, the students have been reading and working with the materials provided by Peapod. To conclude, Peapod gave the students the opportunity to select $250.00 worth of healthy food to be delivered to their pantry of choice, Spooner House.

On May 28, 4th and 5th grade students from St. Joseph School met with a Peapod delivery truck at Spooner House to help unload a $250 grocery item donation that they   pieced together on behalf of Peapod’s Kids Give Back program.

Peapod’s Kids Give Back Program is designed to teach students about nutrition, shopping on a budget, and how to use this knowledge to give back to local food banks.

Meet the Ansonia High Top 10, Class of 2015

The top 10 graduates of the Ansonia High School Class of 2015 are pictured above (from left):
Justin Auger (ranked 3rd), Sanjida Shamim (tied for 4th), Samantha Belenchia (ranked 8th), Amanda Diurno (ranked 7th), Ryan Cafaro (Salutatorian), Brittany Dainiak (ranked 6th), Allison Hronec (ranked 10th), Kimberly Robayo (tied for 4th), Jeffrey Glazer (ranked 9th) and Pablo Suarez, Valedictorian.
ANSONIA >> Pablo Suarez is valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Ansonia High School, Principal Joseph Dobbins has announced. Pablo and the other top 10 students of the class were honored at a banquet, hosted by the Ansonia Board of Education, on June 8 at AHS, and they will lead their classmates during the commencement exercises scheduled for June 18 at the Nolan Field complex.

The son of Elina Puruncajas, Pablo is a leader in many academic and scholastic activities. He is president of the AHS Class of 2015 and editor-in-chief of the AHS yearbook. Pablo is a member of the National Honor Society, was vice president of the Spanish Honor Society during his junior year, is a member of DECA, the Hiking Club, the Art Club and is a Student Ambassador. He has volunteered as the manager of the Ansonia Girls’ Soccer team. Pablo has won several awards, including the Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Math and Science and the Yale Book Award.

In the community, Pablo is a member of the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Council, participating in several events this year with Spooner House, TEAM, and the 2015 Special Bowling Olympics. During the summer of 2014, Pablo also completed the program, “Developing Tomorrow’s Professionals,” which provides mentoring and academic skill set training for students in grades 9-11.

Pablo has earned college credit by taking and successfully passing the following AP classes and tests: Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, Language and Composition, Physics, Calculus, Psychology, and Literature and Composition. He has also taken HCC Pre-Calculus. Pablo will be majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale University this fall.

Ryan Cafaro, son of Carole and Chris Cafaro, is salutatorian. Ryan is co-president of the National Honor Society, business editor of the AHS yearbook, and a member of the Cooperative International Studies program. Earlier this year, he was selected for the CT Association of Public School Superintendents Award.  In the community, Ryan has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for most of his life. He is an Eagle Scout and is president of Venturing Crew 77 of Ansonia, a BSA youth development club. Ryan also volunteers at the Derby Historical Society as a junior docent and is an altar server at Holy Rosary Church.

Ryan has earned college credit by taking the following AP courses: Biology, Statistics, Language and Composition, Chemistry, Literature and Composition, Calculus and Physics; as well as UConn Physics and Chemistry and HCC Pre-calculus. He will major in history with a certification in secondary education at Southern Connecticut State University.

Justin Auger, the son of Jeff and Clotilde Auger, is third in his class. He is president of the Student Ambassadors Club, a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, and student government. Justin is a member of the AHS boys varsity soccer team and the city’s U19 soccer team. He has won the Fairfield University/Sikorsky Engineering Award and was a member of the AHS team that took third place in the Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge this year.

He has also taken numerous courses, in which he earned college credit, including AP Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, English Literature, Calculus and Psychology. Justin will major in computer science and business at UConn this fall.

Kimberly Robayo, daughter of Jorge and Gloria Robayo, is tied for fourth in her class. President of the Spanish Club, Kim is also treasurer of student government, senior section editor of the yearbook club, and a member of the National Honor and Spanish Honor Societies. She belongs to several other clubs, including FBLA, DECA, after school chorus, Spanish Club, hiking club and the Cooperative International Studies Program. Kim has won the St. Michaels College Book Award and took first place in the AHS Financial Literacy Challenge this year.

In the community, Kim is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital and has mentored students at Prendergast School. She has taken numerous AP classes, including Biology, Statistics, Language, Literature, Chemistry and Physics. Kim will be an accounting major at UConn this fall.

Sanjida Hassan Shamim, daughter of Shahina Shamim and the late Mohammed Shamim, is tied for fourth. She is co-president of the National Honor Society, a class officer with student government, academic editor of the yearbook, and a member of the Student Ambassadors, Cooperative International Studies Program, the Spanish Honor Society, the art club, and the ECMC Scholars Program. She is also a life coach assistant with the Ansonia High Life Skills program. Sanjida has won the Harvard Book Award and the CAS Leadership Award.

In the community, Sanjida is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital as a baker and candy striper and is a member of the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Council. While at AHS, Sanjida has received college credit for AP/ECE Chemistry and AP Language and Composition. She is currently completing ECE Modern Western Traditions, AP/ECE Physics, AP Calculus and AP Literature and Composition. Sanjida will major in nursing at Southern Connecticut State University.

Brittany Dainiak, daughter of Cheryl and Michael Dainiak, is ranked sixth. Captain of the AHS girls soccer team, Brittany is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Student Ambassadors Club. She has taken several college level classes while at AHS, including AP Biology, Statistics, Language and Composition, Calculus, and Literature and Composition, and has earned college credit in AP Chemistry and AP Physics. In the community, Brittany is a Youth Soccer referee, is involved in church activities, including serving as an assistant teacher for Sunday school, and serving meals to the homeless. She will major in exercise science at Sacred Heart University.

Amanda R. Diurno, daughter of Maria and Lorenzo Diurno, is ranked seventh. Secretary of the National Honor Society, Amanda is the general staff manager of yearbook and a member of the Spanish Honor Society, DECA, the hiking club, Cooperative International Studies Program and Spanish Club. In the community, she is a volunteer at Griffin Hospital and with her church. While at AHS, she took several college level courses, including AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP English Literature and Composition, and she earned college credit for AP Language and Composition. Amanda will major in forensic biology at the University of New Haven.

Samantha Belenchia, daughter of Dawn and Victor Belenchia, is eighth in her class. She is secretary of the Class of 2015, captain of the varsity volleyball and softball teams, and a CIAC scholar athlete. She is member of the yearbook staff, student ambassador’s club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and student government. In the community, Samantha is a member of the Valley Vipers, a summer travel softball team, and in addition to volunteering for the high school, she volunteers at a local horse farm.

Samantha has taken numerous college level classes, including AP Physics, Literature and Composition, Chemistry, Statistics and Biology. She has earned college credit for AP Language and Composition. In the fall, Samantha will attend Becker College in Massachusetts, majoring in pre-veterinary sciences.

Jeffrey Glazer, son of Lisa and Scott Glazer, is ranked ninth. Captain of the varsity baseball team, Jeff also participates in the American Legion Baseball League. In the community, he has volunteered for a nursing home, Children’s Hospital, children’s library, youth baseball clinic and the Ansonia Recreation Department.

Jeff has taken the following college level classes while at AHS: AP Biology, Statistics, Chemistry, English Language, Physics, Calculus, and English Literature; ECE Western History; and HCC Pre-Calculus. He will major in sports management at UConn this fall.

Allison Hronec, daughter of Darlene and Michael Hronec, is ranked tenth in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society, After School Chorus and the AHS Book Club. Allison has volunteered at the school-sponsored blood drive and Sen. Joseph Crisco’s Senior Fair. At AHS, Allison has taken AP Statistics and is currently taking AP Literature and Composition. She has earned college credit for AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Allison will be majoring in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University this fall.

This is a press release from Ansonia Public Schools.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Milling of roads to take place June 19-20 in Derby

City of Derby to host booth at Derby Day

DERBY >> Derby Day is an annual community event that brings Derby’s downtown area alive with music, food, and festivities for the entire family. Every year, Elizabeth Street from Main Street to the Derby Green, is crowded with an assortment of vendors offering something for everyone.

Like last year, Mayor Anita Dugatto and city representatives will be hosting a booth at the festival, which is being held on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Derby Day presents a unique opportunity to connect with our community," Dugatto said.

Dugatto believes Derby’s government should be accessible and responsive to the people it serves.  That philosophy is also the motivation behind Dugatto’s weekly Open Door Sessions and the creation of the City’s new website, www.derbyct.gov.

Visitors can drop by the booth on Derby Day to meet city representatives and learn more about planned improvements; city services and amenities, including Citiesense, Derby’s new commercial real estate listing platform; current job openings; volunteer opportunities; and other areas of interest.

“This event gives residents and visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with our city and all that it has to offer - it’s another opportunity to Discover Derby,” Dugatto said.

The booth will also feature child-friendly activities centered on recycling.

To add to the fun, the Derby Inaugural Ball Community Fund will once again be sponsoring an interactive game during the event, suitable for all ages.  Each player successfully completing the game will win a FREE prize.  Stop by the City of Derby booth to participate.

Derby Day is being held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Elizabeth Street in downtown Derby.  For more information about this year’s event, sponsored by the Derby Cultural Commission, check out Derby Cultural Commission’s Facebook page.

This is a press release from the Mayor's Office.

Derby Historical Society's 25th Annual Silver Tea

2015 Derby Summer Concert Series begins July 7

Ansonia High School Class of '65 reunion set for Sept. 9

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ansonia aldermen vote Frank DeLibero onto board

Frank DeLibero
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Residents living in the City’s 7th Ward have a new representative on the Board of Aldermen.

Frank DeLibero, 56, was named last week to replace Daniel Evans, the former Republican 7th Ward alderman who resigned last month, saying he was moving out of Ansonia because his taxes were too high.

DeLibero, a Republican, has lived in Ansonia for the past 15 years with his wife and family, moving here from his native Stratford. He is the father of twin 16-year old boys who attend Ansonia High School.

Retired from Sikorksy Aircraft, DeLibero previously served on both the city’s Board of Apportionment and Taxation and Board of Recreation. He will need to resign from both of those volunteer positions to dedicate his time to the aldermen.

Read more here.

Derby Public Library Announces July Programs

DERBY= The Derby Public Library will host a visit from Will Siss, to discuss his new book,
Connecticut Beer:  A History of Nutmeg State Brewing, on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 PM.  The
history of the frothy beverage in Connecticut dates back to early colonists who used it to quench
their thirst in the absence of clean drinking water.  So integral was beer to daily life that
government officials and militiamen congregated in taverns to talk laws and business over pints
of ale.  Over the next two centuries, the number of breweries rose and then declined, especially
after Prohibition.  It was not until the 1980’s that home brewers brought this vital Nutmeg State
tradition back to life.  More recently, operations with one or two people are changing the
landscape again.  Will Siss has been writing the “Beer Snob” column for the Waterbury (CT)
Republican-American since 2005.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase. 
Registration is requested.  For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call
203 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org. T

The Derby Public Library has scheduled a College Planning Seminar on
Tuesday, July 14 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM.  The same seminar will be repeated on
Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Parents of high school students are
invited to attend.  These fast-paced and information-packed one and a half hour classes,
followed by a question and answer period, will be presented by Anthony Luther.  Two
major topics covered include Academic Preparation and Financial Implications of
Enrollment Management.  Some questions answered will include:  how to maximize the
potential for gift-aid, grants, and scholarships; will colleges negotiate a lower price and
when; what is the time-line for success and where to start; what are the new tax laws; and
more.  The emphasis of these seminars are not only on reducing the cost of college, but
also the time in the search and application process.  Hand-outs will be given out, but
participants are asked to bring a pen and pad for note-taking.  Registration is requested. 
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or
visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The American Job Search Career Coach returns to the Derby Public Library on
Friday, July 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  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.  For more information, stop by the
Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 736-1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The Derby Public Library offers monthly Tech Time sessions.  Every third Wednesday of
the month at 6:30 PM and every third Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM a staff member will
be on hand to answer all your tech-related questions and concerns.  Whether you are having
trouble downloading e-books, searching databases, completing on-line job applications,
scanning/sending documents and photos, etc., your problems will be addressed. July sessions
will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 PM and Thursday, July 16 at 10:00 AM.  No
registration is needed.  For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., or
call 203 736-1482, or visitwww.derbypubliclibrary.org.  

The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to join our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Club running through August 13.  This year’s theme is “Unmask”, encouraging members to make discoveries through a variety of Library programs. Participants earn credits toward weekly prizes for reading and reviewing books and participating in rewarding activities, all while making new friends and exploring resources. Every credit earned through the eight-week program will be used for drawing a grand prize winner. Registration ends on July 11. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org. 

The Derby Public Library hosts “YA Wednesdays” each Wednesday in July from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. All young adults ages 12 to 17 are invited to a variety of activities, Teen Game Night combined with Lego Construction Project, and Scrabble Tournament. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is part of the 2015 “Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club. Registration is requested. For more information stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The Derby Public Library Teen Chess Club invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to “Open Chess Call” Mondays in July from 6:30PM to 7:30 PM. All skill levels are welcome. This program is part of the DPL 2015 “Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to Teen Tie-Dye on Tuesday, July 7 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Each participant will be provided a new white T-shirt, dyes, and the expertise needed to create a personally designed fashion statement. This program is part of DPL’s 2015 “Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club. Space is limited so registration is required. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to Summer Art Workshops, Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, lead by Rich DiCarlo, Valley Arts Councilmember. All materials are provided. This program is part of the DPL 2015 “Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club. Registration is requested. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

The Derby Public Library will host Teen Maker Space for young adults ages 12 to 17, Tuesday, July 14, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. This program is part of DPL’s 2015 “Unmask” Teen Summer Reading Club. Registered club members will be provided a cool kit to assemble & energize while learning the basics of robotic design & function. For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., call 203.736.1482 or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org 

(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

Ansonia enters negotiations to transform 2 vacant buildings into mixed-use spaces

Palmer Building
ATP Building
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> The city is set to begin negotiations with a local developer boasting a “proven track record” who wants to transform two long-vacant buildings downtown into a mix of retail, restaurants and apartments.

The Board of Aldermen unanimously voted during its meeting Tuesday to authorize Mayor David Cassetti and his staff to begin negotiations with Woodbridge developer Jerry Nocerino regarding the sale of the Ansonia Technology Park, known as the ATP building, and the Palmer Building.

The sprawling, city-owned buildings at 497 E. Main St. and 153 Main St. have remained unoccupied for years, despite several attempts by the city to sell them. Cassetti put out a request for proposals in March to sell the properties, which comprise about 100,000 square feet, and received just two bids.

Nocerino and his business partner Charlie Smith were the successful bidders. The other bidder, Hamden developer Moustapha Diakhate, failed to provide a legal bid, officials said. He did not provide the mandatory $10,000 refundable deposit that was required to accompany the bid, which officials said also was unsealed. Economic Development Director Sheila O’Malley said both requirements were included in the bid specifications.

Read more here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sighting of black bear has Seymour residents on alert

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Lions and tigers and bear sightings ... oh my!

Several reports of a big black bear in the Great Hill Road area of town set Facebook and Twitter abuzz Wednesday, with police and town officials warning residents to stay alert.

First Selectman Kurt Miller posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“There has been a black bear sighting in the Great Hill area by several residents. We are aware of the issue and are working with the appropriate people to address the situation. Please be aware and use caution, especially with your pets. I’ll post more information as I get it.”

Read more here.

Ansonia man goes to hospital, not prison for a 2013 arson in Derby

By Phyllis Swebilius
Register Staff

MILFORD >> Edward Minerly Jr., 52, was sentenced to five years for a 2013 arson in Derby, but ended up in the hospital instead of prison.

“Mr. Minerly took ill,” Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti told the prosecutor and defense attorney.

It was unclear why Minerly was in the building Tuesday morning. He was not required in court for a previously imposed “stay” on his sentence that was being lifted.

He was free on $100,000 bond and awaiting federal sentencing.

Read more here.

UNH grad looks to oust Seymour first selectman in November

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> A 2014 University of New Haven graduate, who interned for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and worked on state Rep. Theresa Conroy’s re-election campaign, wants to become Seymour’s next first selectman.

Zani Imetovski, 23, filed paperwork with the Town Clerk’s office prior to announcing his plans to run for the town’s top office Monday night at a meeting of the Democratic Town Committee.

“I want to run because I want to re-engage the community in how we govern town affairs,” Imetovski said. “All of our boards and commissions have a lot of experience, but where we are lacking is in fresh, new ideas. I want to work to make Seymour a place where I can someday watch my grandchildren grow up here like I did, and where I could someday retire with comfort.”

Imetovski wants to challenge incumbent Republican First Selectman Kurt Miller, who announced his plans to seek re-election to a third term earlier this year. Imetovski is seeking an official nomination from his party when the Democrats hold their annual caucus July 15.

Read more here.

Derby cleans up overgrown site, will bill owner for blight

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> The message is clear: If you don’t clean up your blighted property, the city will do it for you, slap a lien on it and send you the bill.

That’s according to Building Inspector Carlo Sarmiento, who was pleased to announce the first eyesore under the city’s newly approved “clean and lien” program recently got a major facelift.

A 1,200-square-foot, single-family cape at 40 Marshall Lane, where the grass had grown to more than two feet, and the bushes and other vegetation had spiraled out of control, was tackled by the city’s Public Works Department crew. Armed with a variety of tools, Sarmiento said eight to 10 workers spent about four hours Thursday cleaning up the property.

The vacant home, which sits on less than a half-acre, is bank-owned, and hasn’t been occupied for several years, according to Sarmiento. The city has sent numerous letters to the previous owner, and the bank over the past two years, but all have gone unanswered, he said.

Read more here.

2 men bitten by roaming pit bull, Ansonia police say

ANSONIA >> Two men were hospitalized early Monday after a roaming pit bull reportedly attacked them on Arch Street.

A nurse at Griffin Hospital called police at about 6:20 a.m. to report the two men, ages 41 and 43, came to the emergency room with bites that required surgery, police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cota said in a press release Monday afternoon.

The two men could only describe the dog as a dark-colored or brown pit bull.

One man told police he heard a disturbance in front of his residence around 3 a.m. and was attacked when he went to investigate. He said the dog bit his arm but he was able to fight the dog off and flee.

Read more here.

Ansonia aldermen OK ordinance to limit adult businesses

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> The Board of Aldermen Tuesday took action geared to keep adult, or sexually-oriented businesses, from opening in areas where children, families and senior citizens congregate.

Aldermen unanimously approved a beefed-up ordinance that prohibits sexually-oriented businesses from operating within 1,000 feet of any town park, public building or recreation area, or within 500 feet of a residential zone.

The city already has an ordinance on its books that prohibits such establishments from operating within 1,000 feet of any church or school. According to its ordinance, an adult-oriented establishment is defined “as one offering sexual oriented entertainment,” such as books, magazines, videotapes, adult materials and devices used for sexual stimulation.

In addition to creating a buffer zone, the beefed-up ordinance creates “a regulatory scheme for any sexually-oriented business located outside of the prohibited zones,” according to Corporation Counsel John Marini. Businesses of this nature that do try to come into Ansonia would be required to maintain an annual license and pass inspections by the city building department, under the tougher laws.

Read more here.

Seymour opens electric car charging station

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> The town recently opened an electric car charging station downtown, the first of its kind in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Economic Development Director Fred A. Messore said the charging station ties in with the state’s ongoing commitment to become more environmentally-friendly by promoting clean energy.

The station is located at the new fish bypass channel and adjoining town park on Wakeley Street.

“This is consistent to the state’s Electric Vehicle Policy, EVConnecticut, which is a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Department of Transportation working to introduce more electric vehicles into Connecticut,” Messore said. “Connecticut’s cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy future depends on electric vehicles putting us on a path toward greater energy independence.”

Read more here.

Spector Furniture and My Sister’s Place in Ansonia to raise money in fight against domestic violence

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> Two downtown businesses have teamed up in the fight against domestic violence.

Spector Furniture, located at 385 Main St., and My Sister’s Place, a thrift shop and donation center at 380 Main St., have partnered for a special “trade-in” furniture event throughout the month of June.

According to Spector Furniture owners, brothers Howie and Ken Kreiger, customers can trade in their old and gently used furniture, and receive a discount toward the purchase of something new. The donated furniture will be re-sold at Spector’s neighbor across the street, My Sister’s Place, where all proceeds benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services programs.

“Donate the old … refresh with new,” the Kreiger brothers say on their promotional flyer announcing the event. “It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s good for the community.”

Read more here.

Vandals strike Seymour Land Trust’s recreation area, cause $1,000 in damages

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

SEYMOUR >> Vandals recently struck the Seymour Land Trust’s recreation area, causing upward of $1,000 worth of damage to a large, handcrafted sign created by Eagle Scouts.

Land Trust President Alex Danka discovered remnants of the wooden sign, handmade and hand-carved as part of an Eagle Scout project, that he estimated likely was destroyed sometime over the weekend. Danka filed a police report Wednesday, after discovering the damage Tuesday night.

“The summer hasn’t even started yet and vandals have struck Seymour Land Trust. … When will it stop?” a frustrated Danka said. “I understand natural disasters, but for people who like to destroy other people’s properties, they have no disregard for their self or their fellow residents of Seymour. These are cowards who did this. It seems like every year, once the weather gets a little bit warmer, things happen.”

Danka said damage to the 6-foot-by-8-foot hand-painted sign, made of red cedar, is estimated between $750 and $1,000. The sign was located at the entrance of the back parking lot and Edward Street near the Land Trust’s recreation area.

Read more here.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Valley Coins Celebrates 15 Years in Seymour

SEYMOUR- Valley Coins of Seymour celebrates 15 years of business in the same location on June 19, 2015. This full-service coin shop is located at 37 New Haven Road in the Seybridge Plaza.  Valley Coins buys and sells United States and foreign coins, as well as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium in any form. The shop is open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and Sunday and Monday by chance. Appraisals are free, and house visits can be scheduled to look at larger collections. Owner Ed Zehall says, “Come down and see what your coins and metals are worth for free! We have fifteen years of trustworthy business in the same location, in addition to 41 years’ collecting experience, behind us. We are a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association, as well as accredited by PCGS and NGC.” Call Ed with any questions at (203)-888-3001.
(This is a press release from Valley Coins)

AHS Class of '65 Reunion

50 Year Reunion

The 50 year reunion will be held as follows:
 Saturday, September 19, 2015
6:30PM – 11:00PM
Colonial Tavern, RT 67 Oxford, CT
Foods all evening
Unlimited wine and beer
AND a cash bar
$60 per person

Casual Attire – This is going to be a fun filled evening!
There will be a Social Get Together on Friday Sept. 18th 7pm at Atonio’s Restaurant, 314 Main Street, Ansonia
Checks should be made out to: 
 AHS Class of 65 Reunion
c/o Rose Marie Spatafore
4 Round Tree Drive, Ansonia, CT 06401
Those interested in a hotel, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Southbury has put aside several rooms. Just mention AHS 65 Reunion.
Send inquiries to:
John Gentile (203 732 8386)   jlg6569@aol.com
Rose Marie Spatfore (203 641 4476)     rms@rosemariestravel.com
Please send names/addresses/phone numbers/email addresses to Rose Marie.

  Ansonia High School and
Ansonia Middle
School Students
“Guys & Dolls, Jr.” The Musical
Come and have a night out with your family, spouse or with friends! Come and support the students and really see the talents of our students!!!

Date: June 11 & 12th

Time of Performance: 7:00 PM

Place: Ansonia Middle School, 115 Howard Ave. Ansonia,
Dr. Richard F. Nicolari Auditorium

Ticket Price: $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door

You may purchase tickets in advance from:
Lisa Nicolari, 203-736-5070 or Mary Lynn Mott, 203-736-5095.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Derby mayor to host YouthWorks orientation June 11 at City Hall

Vendors wanted for 2015 Wesley Village Craft Fair and TEAM Festival of Trees

SHELTON >> Wesley Village, a campus of senior living communities located at 580 Long Hill Ave., is seeking vendors for their annual Wesley Village Craft Fair and TEAM Festival of Trees. The fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day. If you are looking for a well-attended event in which to sell your special crafts, we have 8’ tables available for $50 a day. Please contact Barbara Quinn, director of Volunteer Services at Wesley Village, at 203-944-8292, to reserve your table.

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Derby school officials seek $4.78 million for Ryan Field Athletic Complex upgrades

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> School officials got the green light to submit a proposal to the state seeking $4.8 million to give the Ryan Field Athletic Complex a major facelift.

The Board of Aldermen at its May 28 meeting unanimously voted in favor of enabling Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway to seek full funding for the project. The city is not being asked to foot any of the costs.

“We have submitted the proposal through our local state legislatures as part of a House Bond Request Application,” Conway said Friday. “The estimate for the project is $4,788,792.”

School officials in March commissioned a feasibility study, which was done by Blades & Goven Landscape Architects, based in Fairfield. The $7,500 study was necessary to determine if the Ryan Field Athletic Complex and Marcucio Little League Complex could be outfitted with artificial turf.

Read more here.

Derby aldermen vote to dissolve Parking Authority

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> Come June 30, the city no longer will have a Parking Authority.

In its place will be a Parking Division, led by the mayor’s office.

That was the official action taken by the Board of Aldermen during its monthly meeting Thursday. The board unanimously voted to dissolve the existing five-member Parking Authority, an appointed board of volunteers that was run independent of city business and city government.

The move to dissolve the Parking Authority actually came as a request earlier this year by some of its volunteer members. Chairman Anthony Dulla said having the agency taken over by City Hall, or more specifically the mayor’s office, will enable various functions, such as payroll, routine maintenance, bookkeeping and oversight of the municipal parking garage, to now be under the supervision of elected city officials.

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Derby church reaches out to community to help clothe kids

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> A local church is reaching out to the community to help outfit needy kids with new clothes, backpacks, pencils and notebooks when they head back to school this fall.

Pastor Walt Mayhew of Walnut Hill Community Church announced an online campaign has been launched via a GoFundMe page.

According to Mayhew, “more than 70 percent of the students in the Derby Public Schools” take part in the federal free and reduced lunch program, which he said indicates a high level of poverty existing right here.
“We want to ensure that each student returns (to school) as prepared to learn as possible,” Mayhew said. “Walnut Hill Community Church’s Derby Campus provides free back to school supplies based on a list provided by the district and clothing assistance to students who are identified by the school district as having such a need.”

Read more here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Derby Public Library will hold Summer Kick-Off Concert June 29

DERBY >> The Derby Public Library has scheduled a Summer Kick-Off Concert on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Willie and Jan Nininger will perform a variety of summer-themed tunes, from Under the Boardwalk to Up On the Roof. This talented husband and wife duo will have toes tapping to songs by favorite artists such as the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, the Drifters, the Everly Brothers and more. Willie and Jan have performed in both the United States and Europe, bringing back fond memories as they perform a wide variety of music. Registration is requested.

This is a press release 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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