Friday, December 30, 2016

Free Throw Contest Jan. 14

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ANSONIA - The Knights of Columbus of Holy Rosary Church will host a Free Throw Championship for boys and girls ages 9-14 on Jan. 14.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Assumption Church Gym, third floor, 61 North Cliff St. There is no charge to participate in this event, which is being sponsored by Holy Rosary Church and Assumption Church.
For entry and registration information contact Bill Bowers at (203)734-7206. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year, New You

DERBY - Griffin Hospital will host a series of free talks to help people achieve better health in 2017.
Entitled “New Year, New You,” the talks will offer information on stress management, meditation, positive thinking, healthy eating, smoking cessation, chronic disease self-management, weight-loss and fitness. All of the talks will be held at the hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby.
The series starts on Mon., Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. with “Positive Thinking and Finding Your Passion.” This presentation will feature information and demonstrations on meditation and practicing gratitude and discovering your passion by Griffin’s Spiritual Care and Psychiatry departments to help individuals lessen stress and foster a more positive mindset.
On Mon., Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., “Healthy Steps” will feature information on Griffin’s free smoking cessation program and its free self-management program for individuals with chronic diseases, including pain, stress, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The series will finish on Thurs., Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. with “Healthy Eating, Exercise and Weight-Loss,” featuring expert advice on nutrition, fitness and weight-loss procedures from Griffin’s dieticians, exercise psychologists and bariatric surgeons.
This series is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U program, a series of free wellness talks featuring Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics. Light refreshments will be served.
To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit the calendar at
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Griffin’s Wonderland of Trees Raises $8,000 for Spooner House

 Susan Agamy, Executive Director of Spooner House, left, joined Kim Hall, Sr. Applications Coordinator at Griffin Hospital, and hospital staff in drawing tickets for the Holiday Wonderland of Trees fundraiser on Dec. 21
DERBY - Griffin Hospital’s annual Holiday Wonderland of Trees fundraiser collected more than $8,000 for Spooner House in Shelton to help feed and shelter area families in need this winter.
As part of Griffin’s Planetree Patient-Centered Care Philosophy, the Holiday Wonderland of Trees calls on hospital departments to decorate three-foot artificial evergreen trees that are raffled off. The fundraiser aims to help improve health the community by supporting the Spooner House’s free shelter and food.
This is the 6th year of the fundraiser, which has raised more than $37,900 in total.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Resolve to Live Healthier in 2017

DERBY - Resolve to start a healthier lifestyle in the New Year with Griffin Hospital’s Wellness for Life Program.
Wellness for Life is a 12-week, evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. It’s designed for individuals ready to make changes in their nutrition, physical activity and stress management. With the support of a multi-disciplinary staff, Wellness for Life members take ownership of making long-term lifestyle changes in their lives.
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of chronic diseases, like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, can be prevented with better lifestyle choices in nutrition, activity and emotional health.
Wellness for Life will hold two sessions starting in late January 2017. There will be an evening session on Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 31, and an afternoon session on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m., starting Feb.21.
The program encourages participants to make a commitment for a healthier life through custom fitness evaluation and planning, individual nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching, and small, interactive health seminars. Each participant also receives an activity tracker, which helps monitor his or her activity, sleep patterns and food intake.
Wellness for Life meets at the Hewitt Ambulatory Pavilion (located in the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital) at 350 Seymour Ave., in Derby.
For more information about Wellness for Life, visit or call Program Co-Director Eunice Lisk, MS, at 203-732-7107.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Griffin Hospital Staff Spread Holiday Cheer

Michael J. Wynne, VP Children’s Services at PCRC, far left, and Sarah Beard, Director of Clinical Services at PCRC, second from left, receive a donation from Griffin Hospital staff, from right, Chris Thornley, Katie Grant, and Robin Quickel.
DERBY - Staff from Griffin Hospital’s Operating Room and Anesthesia departments got into the spirit of giving by supporting a family in need this holiday season.
For the third straight year, the staff worked with the Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC) to fill the wish list of a local family whose children are receiving services at the Center. This year, they provided clothes for two children along with a grocery store gift card and cash.
“We started doing this because we are blessed to have jobs and our health when those around us in the community have much less than we do, and we love paying it forward,” said Robin Quickel, Griffin Hospital Operating Room Materials coordinator.
PCRC, a division of BHcare, is a state licensed, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider serving children and families throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley and beyond. For more than 40 years, PCRC has been providing hope and help to children, adolescents and families struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Klarides Sisters Ring the Bell for Charity

SEYMOUR - State Rep. Themis Klarides, Republican House Leader (pictured left), and her sister, Deputy First Selectman and state Rep.-Elect Nicole Klarides-Ditria rang the bell for the Salvation Army Wednesday, Dec. 21 outside the Stop & Shop on Franklin Street.

All donations left in the famous red kettle will directly benefit those in need this holiday season.

Valley Girl Scouts Spread Holiday Cheer to Nursing Home

SHELTON - The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all the residents to hear! Shelton’s Brownie Girl Scout Troop #60465 helped spread the holiday spirit this season by visiting residents at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center for a fun-filled day of caroling and gift giving. The Girl Scouts handed out handmade Christmas cards and jingle bell wands to the residents of Bishop Wicke to use during their caroling.
Debra Samorajczyk, Administrator at Bishop Wicke, says, “To see the smiles on the residents’ faces is such a wonderful sight. This fun event brings both the younger and older generations together which is something we really love to see here at Bishop Wicke.”
Residents and staff invited their families to come to the event and Santa even made an appearance at the five-star nursing home! This is the second year in a row these Girl Scouts have visited Bishop Wicke and when asked if they would like to come back next year, they all cheered, proclaiming they wanted to make their caroling an annual tradition. The staff and residents at Bishop Wicke look forward to carrying on this joyous holiday tradition!
Bishop Wicke offers short-term rehab and skilled nursing care, including specialized programs for surgical recovery, orthopedics, cardiac and respiratory rehab, heart failure and more. The facility is located on the Wesley Village Campus at 584 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes (UMH), a local, not-for-profit organization.
For more information about relationship-centered care at Bishop Wicke, please visit or call 203.929.5321.
(This is a press release from Bishop Wicke)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Local Credit Union Raises $1,000 for Breast Cancer

DERBY - Mutual Security Credit Union recently donated $1,000 to Griffin Hospital’s Valley Goes Pink campaign to help improve breast cancer services in the Lower Naugatuck Valley area.
The donation was collected through the sale of pink bracelets at Mutual Security’s branches.
The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community wide effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and to celebrate the charitable spirit of the region’s businesses and organizations.
Mutual Security Credit Union is open to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven County. Originally founded in 1954, Mutual Security is now one of the largest state-charted, community-based credit unions in Connecticut. Visit, or call (800) 761-2400 for more information.
In photo left to right: Griffin Hospital Events Coordinator Lisa Nista recently received a $1,000 check from, left to right, Mutual Security Credit Union’s President & CEO Larry Holderman, Executive VP Hank Baum and Bill Purcell, Valley Chamber of Commerce President for the Valley Goes Pink campaign.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Valley Businesswomen Win Grants

On Tuesday, December 13th, the Greater Valley Chamber Women In Networking Group distibuted $3000 from their Annual WIN Entrepreneurial Grant program to ConnectiKidz Pediatric Dentistry located in Derby, Law Office of Karen A. Fisher located in Seymour and One Smart Dog located in Shelton.

Pictured (L-R) Dr. Julia Bonks, ConnectiKidz; Sharon Massafra, Home Instead Senior Care (WIN Co-Chair and Grant Selection Committee); Mary Jo Romano, Financial Planner (WIN Co-Chair and Grant Selection Committee); Dawn Lowery, One Smart Dog ; Karen Fisher, Law Office of Karen A. Fisher; Katie Keeney, Comcast (WIN Grant Selection Committee); and Tracy Tenpenny, Tea with Tracy (WIN Grant Selection Committee).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Help Ansonia Police "Stuff-A-Jeep" Dec. 16

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ANSONIA - Ansonia Police would like to announce that we will be holding our Annual Stuff-A-Jeep food drive at Stop and Shop on Division Street.

The food drive will be in front of the store on Friday December 16, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Any food or donations we collect will be given to our local food bank. Last year's event was extremely successful so please stop by if you have a chance and make a small donation. Every donation counts. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

(Information shared from Ansonia Police Department's Facebook page)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Griffin Hospital Hosts Wonderland of Trees Fundraiser

DERBY - Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is holding its Annual Holiday Wonderland of Trees fundraiser to support Spooner House until Dec. 21.
Located in the hospital’s main corridor, the fundraiser consists of more than 20 three-foot trees
decorated by hospital staff with themed ornaments and prizes such as gift cards and toys to be
raffled off.
Raffle tickets are $1 each, 15 for $10 or 40 for $20. The tickets are available at the hospital’s
front desk. The tickets will be drawn at 2 p.m. on Dec. 21. Winners do not need to be present at
the drawing.
Proceeds will benefit Spooner House in Shelton, which provides food, shelter and support
services to people in need.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Visit with Santa in Derby

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ansonia First Responders Honored

Pictured left to right: Alex Barreira, Matthew Casini, Kate Topazio and Mayor David Cassetti

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Rotary Club recently presented three of Ansonia’s first responders with Outstanding Service Awards. The annual dinner ceremony took place at Ansonia High School.  Mayor David Casetti was on hand to congratulate the awardees, and he joined family, friends and Rotarians in expressing thanks to the men and women of Ansonia’s emergency services.
EMT Kate Topazio was chosen by her colleagues at ARMS, Ansonia Rescue Medical Services, to receive the 2016 Rotary Civic Service Recognition Award. She joined ARMS in 2010 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Fairfield University.  A Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department of Griffin Hospital, Kate was awarded the Mary Schumacher Leadership Award and the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2014.  She averages 80 plus hours a week occasionally in her dual capacities, and her medical training has been a significant asset at ARMS. In one case she recognized a patient going into cardiac arrest and intervened. She is a Field Training Officer and often goes beyond the call of duty, recently joining the EMS Bike Team.

Sergeant Alex Barreira of the Ansonia Police Department was selected as the outstanding police officer for 2016. Alex joined APD in 2004 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. He has served with distinction during his ten years. In charge of the K-9 and FTEP programs, he was assigned to a local DEA task force for two years. His other awards include the 2016 US Attorney Award in recognition of his efforts in Operation Fast Lane II, and the departmental Lifesaving Award for resuscitating an unresponsive victim. He is considered a role model and leader by his peers and supervisors.
2nd Lieutenant Matthew Casini of Webster Hose Co. received the Ansonia Fire Department Outstanding Service Award.  Matthew joined AFD in 2002 and was promoted to his current rank this year. He currently holds five certifications in fire and medical roles, and acts as the company’s training officer. A graduate of Emmett O’Brien High, Matt is employed by Sikorsky Aircraft.

(This is a press release from the Ansonia Rotary Club)

Diabetes and Excercise Program at Griffin Hospital

DERBY -The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations on exercise and its benefits on Tues., Dec.13 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, will present “Exercise and Diabetes: Special Considerations,” a discussion of the benefits of exercise, different types of exercise, precautions to consider for neuropathy and retinopathy, hypoglycemia symptoms and management, carbohydrate replacement during exercise, and foot care. There will also be information on discuss community resources for physical activity and exercise.
Both talks will be in the hospital’s Childbirth Education Classroom B. There is free valet parking for the 2:30 p.m. session.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September - June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges, and day-to-day dietary concerns. Individuals with diabetes and their caregivers are welcome to attend.
No registration is required. For more information, call Mary Swansiger at 203-732-1137.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Santa's Coming to White Hills in Shelton

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SHELTON - White Hills Voluntary Fire Company is getting ready for Santa’s annual tour of White Hills and The White Hills Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunctions with the Toys 4 Kids Drive.
Friends and Neighbors in White Hills are invited to the Fire House at 2 School Street for a community tree lighting at 6:00PM on Saturday, December 3rd.  All are welcome to join members of the fire company for a cup of hot chocolate after the tree lighting. The Perry Hill School Choir will be leading us in song and there will be a visit from Santa. 

Toys will also be accepted that night for the Toys 4 Kids Drive. Each year through the generosity of Shelton residents, the fire company provides truckloads of new, unwrapped toys for families in need through programs like Team Toys 4 Kids.

(This is a press release from TEAM, Inc.)

Ansonia to Mark 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa/Tree Lighting in Seymour Dec. 2nd

Holiday Open House Dec. 15

Ansonia to Kick off the Holidays Dec. 2

Griffin Hospital Offers Support for Stroke Survivors

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital Life after Stroke Support Group will host its next meeting from noon-1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave.
The Life after Stroke Support Group is open to stroke survivors between the ages of 20 and 65.  This group provides information from health experts, resources, and support for individuals who have suffered a stroke in the prime of their lives. Caregivers are also welcome.
For more information, contact Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services at 203-732-7445.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Seymour Fundraiser for Fido and Fluffy December 10th

Ansonia Resident Regains Valley 5K Title

DERBY- Ansonia resident Tim Milenkevich regained his Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Race5K Title by blitzing the field of 650 runners on a perfect Thanksgiving morning.

Tim jumped to a very short lead over Mike Padilla who won the very first race back in 2002. They matched each other virtually stride for stride through downtown Shelton and across the Derby/Shelton Bridge into Derby. As they turned onto Elizabeth from Main Street and headed up the incline to the Derby Green, Tim started to open space between the two that would increase as the race went on. At the finish line, Tim's lead was thirteen seconds with a winning time of 16:24 (5:17 per mile pace). In his two previous championships (2012 & 2013) he ran times of 15:56 and 16:00 respectively. Mike, now a resident of Phoenixville, PA, ran a time of 16:08 back in 2002 on a course that was different than the one currently used. James Mas of Shelton finished third with a time of 16:48. The trio were the only runners to finish under 18 minutes.

Anna Pluta of Weston took the Women's title with a time of 19:53 (6:24 pace). 2013 winner Emily McNeil was second with a time of  20:13 while two time defending champion Lauren Flament finished third at 20:22.

There were no new course records set this year. Richard Stoliker established the men's record in 2015 at 15:39 while the women's record of 18:50 was set by Kristin Wenstrom way back in 2003.

This was the 15th year for the event which was started to honor the achievements of Commodore Isaac Hull who was born in Derby and also lived in Shelton. He was the commander of the U.S.S. Constitution, Old Ironsides, in the War of 1812. There were runners from 13 states and Canada in this year’s race with the youngest runner being 6 years old and the oldest was 82. The race has raised approximately $175,000 for the Boys & Girls club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

For more information, including pictures and video, visit the race website at
(This is a press release from Jack Walsh) 

Winter FAQ's for Seymour Residents

Friday, November 25, 2016

Need Help Quitting Smoking? Griffin Hospital Can Help

DERBY - Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Dec. 7.
“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said Carrie O’Malley, RN, a co-coordinator of the program. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”
Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habit. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are all discussed as well as weight control and stress management.
Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.
To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-1476.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti's Thanksgiving Message

ANSONIA - This Thanksgiving we should all dedicate time to being grateful for our numerous blessings. Our wonderful community here in Ansonia is certainly one blessing that must never be taken for granted.
We have many members of our community to be thankful for. The sacrifices made by our veterans – particularly those serving overseas right now – stand out foremost in my mind.
We should also remember the service of our police officers, firefighters, EMS, and their work to keep us safe and secure.
It’s important to recognize even the small contributions of our friends and
neighbors; the support and friendship we extend to each other on a daily basis. Let’s keep in mind that there no obstacle we cannot overcome when we are united
as one community.
I personally would like to thank Ansonia residents for all the support they have
shown me and my administration over the past three years. Managing a city is no
easy task, but your kind words, advice and guidance have made this job one of the
greatest experiences in my life.
May God bless each of you and our great city.
Mayor David S. Cassetti
(This is a message from Mayor David Cassetti)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Santa Claus Coming to Annual Seymour Breakfast

Valley Non-Profits Awarded $595K in Grants

DERBY - The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is pleased to announce it has awarded $595,000 in single- and multi-year grants to 13 nonprofits providing services to Valley residents. Grants were awarded through VCF’s responsive grantmaking cycle, which is done with its partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF).
“There have been severe budget cuts to our nonprofits over the past number of years,” says Sharon Closius, VCF President & CEO. “The programs they provide are critical in addressing some of the needs highlighted in the recently released 2016 Valley Community Index. VCF has a thorough application review process and, with the help of so many donors, we are able to support many of the requests received.”

VCF’s Responsive Grant Program is funded by a generous annual grant from TCF’s Gates and field of interest funds as well as VCF field of interest funds. The Gates Fund, established in 1952, is one of the largest funds at TCF, which supports the residents of Derby and vicinity. 
Additionally, 13 donor advised fundholders at VCF contributed funds to the amount allocated through this granting program. These funds include:  Agape Fund, Bassett Family Fund, Salvatore and Linda Tiano Coppola Family Fund, D’Addario Fund, Haywood Fund, Kaplan Fund, Konwerski Fund, Mary Fund, Joseph A. Pagliaro, Sr. Family Fund, Palazzi Fund, Sally and Dominic Thomas Fund, John Tyma Fund, and Warichar Family Fund. 
2016 Responsive Grant Recipients:
Area Congregations Together, Inc. to provide general operating support for the provision of food, shelter and support services to 4,000 Valley people in need; $120,000

BHcare to support one-time merger costs with the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center; $70,000

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley to support capacity building in the areas of marketing, development, human resources and staff leadership to sustain growth of organization and prevent service disruption to its 2,717 members; $90,000

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford to support the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for children which promotes the emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of the Valley's neediest children, adolescents, and their families; $60,000

Center Stage Theatre Inc. to provide general operating support for growth and education through performing arts programming, participation in and access to live theater; $55,000

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA to provide general operating support for the Valley YMCA; $25,000

Derby Day Care Center to support the purchase of playground equipment to meet national guidelines for physical activity, thus reducing incidences of obesity and creating a safe space for children; $20,000

Griffin Hospital to support the Advance Care Planning program which ensures that patients' choices at the end of their life are known and implemented; $20,000

Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America to provide general operating support for scouting programs for 1,000 Valley youth; $30,000

Naugatuck Valley Health District to support Freedom2Breathe which raises awareness about asthma and provides education about asthma to parents, caregivers and workers in childcare settings in the Valley; $55,000

Salvation Army, Greater Valley Corps to support the Client Choice Food Pantry to meet its increased demand for food assistance for 4,000 individuals annually; $20,000

Valley Emergency Medical Services
 to support the replacement of a Life-Pak 15 Cardiac Monitor, a life saving tool utilized in its response to close to 6,500 requests for emergency paramedic service; $20,000

Workplace, Inc.
to support the Ansonia and Derby American Job Centers; $10,000
Click here to view this press release on the VCF website.
(This is a press release from Valley Community Foundation)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kickboxing Facility Opens in Shelton held its grand opening celebration Nov. 9 at its 702 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton location in the Center at Split Rock. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell joined staff members at the ribbon cutting. / Contributed photo is owned by Susan Gillis and offers exceptional workouts to burn fat, burn calories, and build and tone muscle - all with hands-on personal-fitness attention from incredible instructors.  
(This is a press release from the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Seymour to kick off Holiday Season with annual Chirstmas Parade

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SEYMOUR - Preparations are under way for the 45th annual Seymour
Christmas Parade, to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 27th in downtown.
The rain/snow date will be the next Sunday, December 4th.
The Parade association president Robert Lang has issued a call for new
units to take part in the parade. 
“We encourage area organizations such as girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts & boy scouts,
youth groups, civic groups, churches, schools, and businesses to help us welcome the
holiday season in the valley by participating in this year’s event.”
As an incentive to participate, trophies and ribbons are awarded each
year in four categories. Marching units vie for the Sponheimer Trophy,
sponsored by Miller-Ward Funeral Home. The Mackenstein Trophy,
sponsored by the Seymour Lion’s Club, is given to the best float, while
school groups are eligible to win the LoPresti Trophy, sponsored by Hot
Tops. The best new unit in the parade will walk out with the President’s
Trophy, sponsored by Daddio’s Route 8 Containers. 
In addition, all participants receive commemorative dated ribbons.
For more information or to enter a unit in the parade, please contact
Bob Lang, 203 888-6268 or

Valley Goes Pink Raises Thousands for Cancer

Valley Goes Pink Co-chair Sue Petrizzo, third from left, and Jodi Dawley, second from right, celebrate the success of The 7th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign with, from left, past Co-chair Sue Coyle, Denise Barajas, MD, FACS, Medical Director of The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel, and Devika Jajoo, MD, Griffin Hospital Department of Radiology chair.
DERBY - Thanks to the overwhelming support of Valley schools, businesses groups and individuals, The 7th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign raised more than $85,000 for The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.
The funds will be used to help enhance patient care at the Hewitt Center, including purchasing new technology for breast cancer treatment.
“We are incredibly thankful to everyone in the Valley and the surrounding communities who volunteered their time and talents to make the campaign so successful,” said Valley Goes Pink Co-chair Jodi Dawley. “This is truly a grassroots effort that is making a real difference in the battle against breast cancer.”
This year’s campaign featured a variety of events including a mystery-themed event at Spector Furniture in Ansonia, bingo, an “art bra” fashion show and auction, dining, and rallies at schools throughout the Valley.
“Fighting breast cancer is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Valley Goes Pink Co-chair Sue Petrizzo. “What makes Valley Goes Pink so great is that it brings the community together for a common cause, helping spread awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”
The Valley Goes Pink is sponsored by 99.1 FM WPLR and Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
To learn more about The Valley Goes Pink, visit or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203-732-7504.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Support "Small Business Saturday" in Downtown Seymour Nov. 26

Saturday, November 26, 10am-8pm
Shop local at our Small Business Saturday event.
Please come to Downtown Seymour to Shop Small. Your support makes it possible to provide this fun and unique shopping experience.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Race Road Closures

There will be several road closures in Derby and Shelton during the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Road Race on Thursday, November 24 while the race is taking place. The race begins and ends at the Farmer’s Market on Canal Street in Shelton at 8:00 am. During the race Canal Street will be closed to traffic from Wharf, Hill and Cornell Streets. There will be one lane of traffic open on Howe Avenue (Rt. 110) between Cornell Street and Bridge Street. The Bridge between Derby and Shelton will be closed.

In Derby, Main Street (Rt. 34) will be closed between Olivia and Elizabeth Streets with detours during the race. Access to Elizabeth Street from Main Street up to the Derby Public Library at Seymour Avenue will also be limited during the race.

The race begins at 8:00 am, and it is anticipated that all runners will be off the course by 9:00 am and all roads reopened to traffic.

In the event of snow, the race may be cancelled or an alternate route used which would not involve closure of state roads. We'll have notices of any cancellation or change in plans on the website as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The following streets will be affected:
Canal Street
Cornell Street
Howe Avenue
Bridge Street
Derby/Shelton Bridge

Main Street at Olivia St./Roosevelt Drive
Elizabeth Street at Main Street
Elizabeth Street at Third Street
Elizabeth Street at Thompson Place
Elizabeth Street at Fifth Street
Elizabeth Street at Cottage Street
Elizabeth Street at Seymour Avenue/Caroline Street

Residents along the race course are asked to please be aware of runners on the course in entering or leaving driveways with their motor vehicles.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Hey Seymour: Get Rid of those Leaves


SEYMOUR - The Seymour Department of Public Works is changing the way it does its annual fall leaf pickup this year.  Pickup will now be executed on a schedule based on residents’ garbage pickup day.  The schedule is below.
Garbage Pickup DayLeaf Pickup Schedule
Monday11/28 - 12/2
Tuesday12/5 - 12/9
Wednesday12/12 - 12/16
Thursday12/19 - 12/23
Friday12/28 - 1/5
Things to know:

*Leaves must be placed on the curb in brown bags.
*Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.
*Residents can also bring their leaves to the transfer station Tuesday-Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM.

(This is a press release from Seymour Town Hall)

Seymour Seeking Names of those serving in the Military

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SEYMOUR - The Seymour Town Clerk’s Office is reminding residents of Seymour, CT, to submit the names of servicemen and women serving in the military.

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

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

Please submit names as soon as possible to the following address:
Seymour Town Clerk’s Office
1 First St.
Seymour, CT 06483

(This is a press release from Seymour Town Hall)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Diversified Kitchens Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

SHELTON - Diversified Kitchens, LLC, recently celebrated its grand re-opening at its new and bigger location in the Huntington Shopping Plaza.
The company, founded by Douglas Cooper, senior designer, was previously located in a smaller storefront in the plaza. The larger space, in the same plaza, at 43 Huntington St., has enabled the business a huge showroom that's more than double the size of its previous space. The new location features more than 25 cabinet displays, 400 countertop samples, 100 decorative hardware samples and 300 door styles, according to the company's website
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell welcomed Diversified Kitchens and its employees to their new location during the grand re-opening last week. 
"Doug is a Master Craftsman, Designer & Entrepreneur who has built a strong and successful business in Shelton, which will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary next year," said Purcell.  "Doug and his team of professional designers take great pride in helping homeowners with their customized solutions to Kitchen Remodeling projects.  With the move to a new location in Huntington Plaza, the business has doubled the size of its showroom.  The Chamber is pleased to join with the Mayor in extending congratulations and thanks to Diversified Kitchens for their continued investment in the Shelton community.”
Diversified Kitchens is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and by appointment. To reach Diversified Kitchens call (203)944-0055.

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