Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Griffin Hospital to Host Fall Prevention Program Sept. 23

DERBY-  The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Hospital and Griffin Hospital Lifeline will host a free Fall Prevention Program on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-noon at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby.
The program will discuss the dangers of falling, especially for seniors, and will help attendees prevent falls by: Assessing their fall risk; teaching them to assess their, or a loved one’s, risk of falling; teaching and practicing exercises to improve balance and leg strength; providing a medication review; encouraging annual eye exams; teaching ways to reduce tripping hazards at home and learning how to get up or to call for fast help if a fall occurs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older will fall each year. For those 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and hospital admissions for trauma. Those who fall, even if not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear causes people to limit their activities reducing their mobility, causing loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases the actual risk of falling.
A light breakfast will be provided by Griffin Hospital Lifeline.
To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Esther at 203-732-1523 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Conroy Joins Blumenthal, Etsy to Promote Overdose Awareness Day

State Representative Theresa Conroy (D-Seymour) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and AIDS Connecticut advocates Wednesday in Hartford to recognize Overdose Awareness Day.
The officials reaffirmed their pledge to keep fighting the stigma associated with addiction and continue working to get people the help and treatment they deserve.
Rep. Conroy said there were more than 700 overdose-related deaths in Connecticut in 2015 and the numbers of deaths have been climbing significantly each year.
“As an advanced practice registered nurse, I have seen an explosion of opioids being used as the primary treatment for pain – even moderate pain. It is an alarming epidemic, and we have to do everything possible to stop it.”
To help in the fight against addiction and overdoses, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also announced Wednesday that the Department of Consumer Protection has developed a new, interactive online map that will allow consumers to locate pharmacies across the state where pharmacists are certified to prescribe the overdose-reversing medication naloxone – commercially known as Narcan.
The map was developed utilizing Governor Malloy’s Open Data Initiative and can be accessed by visiting
Over the last year, the number of pharmacies making naloxone available has increased significantly, making it available at pharmacies in every region of the state.  To date, there are 363 pharmacies in the state with staff that prescribe naloxone.  Those who are looking to obtain a prescription for naloxone are encouraged to call the pharmacy ahead of time to make sure there are appropriate staff and supplies available.
Pharmacists with questions about the prescribing of naloxone can call DCP at 860-713-6100 or 1-800-842-2649 (toll free).
Those suffering from addiction or their loved ones who are looking for support should call the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services at 1-800-563-4086 (toll free).

Valley Students Treated to Back-to-School Supplies

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DERBY- Members of the Corporate Volunteer Council gathered Thursday at Irving School to proudly send 134 students in great need, back to school in style and ready to learn. 

The students at Irving who participated in this program are some of the community’s most vulnerable, and in need of assistance to go back to school with all the necessary supplies, like notebooks, pencils, crayons, and backpacks.

Principal Jen Olson and her incredible staff were so appreciative of the support from Valley United Way and the Corporate Volunteer Council companies who contributed and could not say enough about the impact this will have on their students. 

When the students and their families arrived to meet with the company who sponsored them, the children smiled ear to ear with excitement for all of their new items. Many moms were brought to tears at the generosity, stating people will never know just how much this is helping their family. 

Each child received a bin filled with two complete outfits to start school in style, a pair of sneakers, a winter coat, and a backpack filled with every school supply imaginable. 
Director of the Volunteer Center and Corporate Volunteer Council Patricia Tarasovic said, “The generosity and kindness of the CVC with Back to School reflects the overall CVC mission of making the greatest impact.” 
As the Corporate Volunteer Council wraps up its 20th Anniversary, members can proudly say that to date, the Back to School Clothes for Kids Program has supported a total of 2,987 children and invested $604,940 in Valley youth.
Thank you goes to all of the companies who participated and made an impact in our community’s children.

To Join in the Fight for a Stronger Community and help Valley United Way reach its goal, visit or call 203-926-9478. 
Valley United Way is a registered 501(c)(3) organization proudly serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.  
United Way fights for the health, education of financial stability of every person in every community.  
(This is a press release from Valley United Way) 

Contest Open to Create New Logo

It's time for a change! The Valley Council for Health and Human Services has launched a contest to create a new logo for the organization.

The contest rules and guidelines are available on the Valley Council's website,

The contest will run through midnight on November 4. Facebook has a two-week event limit, so check back and see the end date change until it reads November 4.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

United Way Employee Accepted into Prestigious Worlwide Leadership Program

Valley United Way would like to congratulate Sara Aylward, Director of Resource Development, for her recent acceptance into the exclusive, United Way Worldwide LEAD Program. Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD) is United Way’s global headquarter’s engagement and professional development platform for high- performing and high-potential leaders. This is a significant accomplishment and an honor to receive, as LEAD only accepts 30 members worldwide, each year.
Sara is no stranger to leadership programs as she actually got her start with United Way as a member of Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program when she was a student at Ansonia High School. VUW President and C.O.O. Jack Walsh said, “We are extremely proud of Sara’s selection for this program, but not at all surprised. As a student at Ansonia High School and as a member of our Youth Leadership Program she exhibited the skills that are now being recognized by United Way Worldwide as they develop a whole new generation of leaders for United Way.”
As a member of this elite program, Sara has an outstanding opportunity to learn and grow within the United Way network, comprised of over 1800 locations in 40 countries. Members gain exclusive access to professional and career development opportunities and resources through mentoring, webinars, peer-to-peer networking and exclusive time with executives on a global level.
Applicants of the program were judged on their Performance – setting standards of excellence, exhibiting integrity and pride, exceeding performance expectations and self-motivation, Potential -the ability to advance into significant and complex leadership roles, expressing a high level of professional excellence, and demonstrating superior interpersonal skills to work with others, and Competencies – displaying and demonstrating the highest level of United Way focus around mission, collaboration and results.
Through LEAD, United Way Worldwide will enable high-quality talent that is essential for long-term stability and continued success of United Way in communities worldwide and aims to build a pipeline comprised of United Way’s top 10% of talent by the year 2020.
(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

Valley Residents Can Apply for Financial Aid at Music School

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Neighborhood Music School (NMS) invites residents from towns located in the Naugatuck Valley to apply for financial aid for its lessons, classes and ensembles. Funds are available to those who qualify through a generous grant from the Katharine Matthies Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
Eligible towns are: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton.
Neighborhood Music School, a non-profit organization located in the Audubon Arts district of New Haven, was established in 1911. It is one of the 10 largest community arts schools in the country. NMS offers private music lessons on more than 30 instruments for both children and adults; group music classes; classical, rock and jazz ensembles; and a Suzuki program. The school’s dance program offers classes for adults and children in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop and yoga. Summer offerings include weeklong workshops in rock, jazz and chamber music.
Interested students can learn about NMS’s program offerings by visiting the website at Financial aid applicants can fill out an application form online and will be contacted by the school’s financial aid coordinator.
NMS programs are made possible with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development - Office of the Arts and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, along with many other generous foundations and individuals.
About the Katharine Matthies Foundation
The Katharine Matthies Foundation was established in 1987 to support and promote quality educational, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Matthies Foundation specifically serves the people of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Learn Therapeutic Touch at Griffin Hospital

DERBY - Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is offering a two-day Basic Level Therapeutic Touch workshop on Fri., Oct. 14 from 4-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 15 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for individuals interested in learning about this healing method.
Therapeutic Touch (TT) is an energy healing technique that is derived from the ancient practice of laying on of hands. It has been taught to thousands of healthcare professionals and can help reduce pain and anxiety, expedite healing, and increase overall feelings of well-being.
The purpose of this Basic Level TT Workshop is to explain the concepts and practice of TT, allowing ample time for hands-on practice. Participants must attend both workshop sessions to receive credit.
The workshop is open to the public and there are no prerequisites to attend.
The workshop instructor, Holly Major, NP, MSN, QTTT, is an adult nurse practitioner and the TT Coordinator for Griffin Hospital. Major has been teaching TT since 2000 and is a qualified TT instructor through Therapeutic Touch International Associates, the international association of Therapeutic Touch.
The fee for the workshop is $100, and includes all class materials. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 3.
For more information, or to enroll, contact Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Housatonic Council to Present 22nd Annual Good Scout Award

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The Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America, will present this year’s “Good Scout” Award to longtime community leader Curtiss*Ryan Honda.  The award will be presented to Curtiss*Ryan Honda on Thursday, October 20 at the Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Housatonic Council presents a Good Scout Award to an individual or organization that exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  The recipients are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership given to many worthwhile organizations as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.
Good Scout Award honorees are selected by a committee that is chaired by Mark Lauretti, Mayor of Shelton and member of the Executive Board of the Housatonic Council.
“Curtiss*Ryan Honda has contributed to the betterment of life in our Valley towns in many ways,” said Mayor Lauretti.  “Curtiss*Ryan Honda has been an engaged partner with the Housatonic Council and through their support of many of the Valley’s community organizations and initiatives to improve the quality of life for area residents.”
Previous recipients of the Good Scout Award include Walter Archer, Jr., Jamie Cohen, Helen and Gerald Bogen, David Rifkin, Mark Lauretti, James Ryan, John Anglace, Representative Richard Belden, Robert Scinto, Dean Borgman, Norman Santa, Patrick Charmel, Royal Wells, the Jones family, Fletcher Thompson, William Bassett, Monty Blakeman, and David Grant, the law firm of Welch, Teodosio, Stanek & Blake, LLC (formerly known as Winnick, Vine, Welch & Teodosio, LLC), Ned Miller, and Jeff Bruner of the Iroquois Gas Company.
The Housatonic Council serves the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.   Established in 1923, the Housatonic Council is one of the oldest councils in the Boy Scouts of America.  In addition to delivering the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Learning for Life programs, the Housatonic Council owns and operates the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen.
If you would like to attend or support the Good Scout Award Ceremony, please contact the Housatonic Council at (203) 734-3329.
(This is a press release from the Housatonic Council)

CT Independent Party Endorses Jaumann

ANSONIA/DERBY- The Connecticut Independent Party has endorsed Republican Joseph
Jaumann for State Representative in the 104th District.
Jaumann, a political newcomer, is a local attorney and chairman of the Ansonia Planning and Zoning Commission, and his name will now appear on both the Republican and Independent ballot lines on Election Day.
“I’m proud to be endorsed by both the Republican and Independent parties and I look forward to
serving the residents of our great community,” said Jaumann. “The Independent Party’s goal of
non-partisan problem solving is the same approach that I believe in, and it is same the approach
that we need in Hartford to move Connecticut in the right direction.”
The Independent Party is the third-largest political party in Connecticut and has endorsed many
candidates across the state this year.
It is estimated that Connecticut will face another budget deficit in the 2017 legislative session.
In 2011 and 2015, Rep. Gentile sided with Gov. Malloy, and voted for the two largest taxes in
state history.
To that point, Jaumann added,
“We need a new start. A leader who will be independent minded and a voice of the people of Ansonia and Derby, and not simply a rubber stamp for the Governor. It is clear that the policy of raising taxes and borrowing to pay for the state’s spending problem isn’t working. We need to have and open and honest discussion about our budget and not wait till the 11th hour to have the conversation. We need to tackle the budget problems in this state head on starting on the first day of the session, so we can start focusing on the future and our children’s futures."
(This is a press release from Jaumann's campaign)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Police Offer Back to School Safety Tips

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Connecticut State Troopers urge drivers, parents and children to prepare for back to
school safety. As over half-a-million Connecticut children head back to school over the next few weeks, Connecticut State Troopers urge all parents and guardians to discuss school, traffic, and personal safety with their children.  
Troopers also caution all drivers to be aware of “back to school” bus, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.  Drivers are urged to use extra caution as they travel on Connecticut’s roadways, and to be alert to children who may be hurrying to and from school.
Under state law, it is mandatory that drivers stop for school buses that have their flashing red warning lights activated, whether they are approaching or following the school bus.

The yellow flashing lights are a warning to drivers that the bus will be stopping to pick up and/or drop-off students.  Drivers should anticipate that the red flashing lights will come on shortly after seeing the yellow flashing lights as the bus comes to a stop.  The red flashing lights on a school bus indicate that the bus is stopped and students are either getting on or off the bus. 

Failure to obey this law not only puts our children at great risk, but it carries a hefty penalty for drivers. Fines for passing a school bus that has its flashing red warning lights activated starts at $465 for a first offense. 

Parents should remind their children to wait in a safe place, out of the travel portion of the roadway, and only cross the street after looking both ways, even if the red lights are activated.  Urge children to tell an adult and the police about anything that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable on the way to/from school and while they’re in school. Children should be reminded not to speak to, or get into the vehicles of people they don’t know.
All Resident State Troopers and Troopers on patrol will periodically monitor school bus stops to help ensure the safety of all students as they travel back to school to begin the 2016-2017 school year.
(This is a press release from CT State Police)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adam's House Grief Education Center Open House Sept. 8

SHELTON - Adam’s House,™ a nonprofit grief education center in Shelton (, is holding its formal Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 8th at 10 a.m. to celebrate the launch of no-cost grief educational programs for Connecticut children and families.

Community members are warmly invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at 241 Coram Ave. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, volunteers will offer guided tours of the 18 rooms at Adam’s House. ™ After undergoing extensive remodeling, the charming Victorian home features warm, inviting meeting spaces and colorful, playful murals in rooms for children.

Sept 8th Free Event Highlights

Adam’s House™-241 Coram Ave., Shelton, CT 06484 (

10:00 a.m.-Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with valued community supporters

11:00 a.m.-Guided Tours of Adam’s House™

Throughout the day, light fare and refreshments will be served.

Free parking in the Adam’s House™ lot. Street parking also is allowed.

Adam’s House™ Mission

At Adam’s House,™ we believe no child should ever grieve alone. Each child deserves a supportive and understanding community to learn and explore their feelings of loss. All grief journeys are unique and grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. At Adam’s House,™ we will be a partner in support of your healing process.

Adam’s House™ Background
Adam’s House™ is located at 241 Coram Ave. in Shelton, CT, and is an entity of The Adam Wysota Foundation. Adam’s House™ represents a strong grassroots network of Connecticut supporters and backers from throughout the country who helped raise the funds to purchase the home. Adam’s House™ honors the memory of Adam Wysota, a beloved father, Little League coach and active volunteer in his Weston, CT community. Before his passing, Adam Wysota held prestigious Wall Street positions at Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.

Adam’s House™ is a 501c3 organization. All donations to Adam’s House™ are tax deductible. For further information, go to or call 203-513-2808.

241 Coram Ave., Shelton, CT 06484 203-513-2808

(This is a press release from Adam's House) 

Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 19

Conroy Endorsed by Working Families Party

The Working Families Party has endorsed Theresa Conroy for State Representative in
the 105th Assembly District which includes the towns of Seymour, Beacon Falls and
Conroy was one of the first lawmakers to recognize the opioid epidemic as a public
health crisis. She has been instrumental in limiting prescriptions to opioids and
increasing access to lifesaving overdose reversal medications.
“Representative Conroy is a tireless advocate for working families in her district. She's
worked hard to protect funding for hospitals, championed innovative healthcare
programs to reduce opioid use in the Valley, and has been an integral player in reviving
the manufacturing sector,” said WFP State Director Lindsay Farrell. “She's tough and
she consistently delivered results, and that's exactly the kind of candidate we endorse.
We're proud to support her candidacy.”
This year, Conroy took on Governor Malloy as he slashed funding to Griffin Hospital,
risking jobs and patient care. While Republicans all voted "no," Conroy and her
Democratic colleagues restored Griffin's money.
“Working families are the heart and soul of Seymour, Beacon Falls and Derby,” Conroy
said. “I will always fight for you in Hartford.
Conroy has been a vocal proponent of training students in advanced manufacturing and
has supported upgrades to programs at NVCC and Platt Tech.
Theresa Conroy is a legislator and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She worked
for 28 years at the VA Health Center in West Haven.
(This is a press release from Conroy's campaign)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser in Shelton

SHELTON - A fundraiser to help Team Tomorrow's Sportsman raise $7,500 for Make-A-Wish CT TrailBlaze Challenge will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Porky's Cafe, 50 Center St.

Cost is $40 a person and will include draft beer, wine, pizza, and wings.

Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish TrailBlaze Challenge!

Want to be a team sponsor? Contact Elaine Marcucio, 203-887-5047, or at Cutoff  is  Sept. 1. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Ansonia Posts Bus Routes for 2016-2017 School Year

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ANSONIA - Ansonia Public Schools have posted bus routes for the 2016-2017 school year on its website at the following link:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Rock the Valley" was a Rousing Success


ANSONIA- Nearly 8,000 people filled Nolan Field last Saturday evening for a performance by the Cast of Beatlemania and a dazzling display of  fireworks. The occasion was Rock the Valley,
which Mayor Dave Cassetti describes as “a new summer tradition in Ansonia.” 
"It was amazing to see the community come together,” said Mayor Cassetti. “This was our most successful year yet!”
The event was also a success for the various local organizations who came hoping to raise
funds for community causes and programming. This included Valley Save Our Youth,
Ansonia Football, Cheerleading, and the Ansonia Fire Department.
“Events like this can serve as fundraisers for so many good causes,” said Rich DiCarlo, the Rock the Valley’s chief organizer. “It’s not just about great entertainment – it’s about giving back.” To his credit,  Mayor Cassetti was continuously submerged in a dunk tank in support of Ansonia’s Cheerleaders. “A worthy cause,” he was quoted as saying in between dunks.
Mayor Cassetti extended thanks to all those that made Rock the Valley successful this year.
“We had concert goers from every part of the state, along with so many familiar faces
from right here in the Valley,” he said. “I have to give accolades to Rich DiCarlo and his
cultural commission for running such a tremendous program and drawing so many to our
city. Rich and his team are really making Ansonia shine.”
Casseeti also expressed thanks to the bands and vendors.
“I also want to thank all of the bands and vendors that filled the day,” Mayor Cassetti said.
Additional acts included Quicksand Planet, All Funk’d Up, XYZ Revisited, the Kathy Thompson
Band and Monster Eats Pilot. "What an amazing diversity of acts, from jazz and funk to 80s metal. There was truly something for everyone at this event.” 
Cassetti thanked this year's sponsor, Farrel-Pomini Corporation, too.
"Farrel-Pomini is an outstanding community partner that we are so fortunate to have in our city,” Mayor Cassetti said, noting that the new, state-of-the-art Farrel-Pomini world headquarters overlooked the event from its perch atop Fountain Lake. “It is wonderful to see Ansonia and
Farrel moving forward together.”
Talks are already underway for next year’s event.
"We want to keep improving every year,” said Mayor Cassetti
(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Shelton Police Dog to Receive Body Armor

Shelton K9 Officer Daniel Loris and K9 Stryker

SHELTONShelton Police Department’s K9 Stryker will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Stryker’s vest is sponsored by Margaret Miles of Shelton, CT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In loving memory of Therapy Dog Sandy”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. 
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. 
K-9 Officer Daniel Loris and K-9 Stryker graduated the Connecticut State Police K-9 Academy in May of 2015. K-9 Stryker is a 2 ½ year old German Shepherd.  The team was recognized as the Daniel Wasson Award recipient upon graduation. K-9 Officer Loris and K-9 Stryker have assisted in numerous investigations in Shelton and assisting other local law enforcement agencies.
The Shelton Police Department k-9 Unit extends their gratitude to the Vested Interest in K9’s Inc. and Margaret Miles for their assistance in providing K-9 Stryker with his bullet proof vest.
(This is a press release from Shelton Police Department)

Jaumann Qualifies for Citizens Election Program

ANSONIA/DERBY- Political newcomer, Valley-area attorney and Ansonia resident Joseph A.
Jaumann announced today that he qualified for the Citizen’s Election Program (CEP) grant. The
program, designed to eliminate special interest money from Connecticut campaigns, requires a candidate to raise $5,000.00 from at least 150 residents of Derby and Ansonia. The maximum donation allowed is $100.00. 

“Qualifying for the CEP grant in such a short period of time like we have is a testament to the people of the 104th wanting change” Jaumann said. “The support we have received up to this point has been amazing. The people want change, and this grant ensures that we will be fighting to bring about that change every day from now until November 8th!”
Jaumann continued “Over the past 6 years, we have seen the leadership in this state mishandle the budget, raise our taxes, and continue to grow the size of government well beyond our means to support it. Well enough is enough! The elected officials that made these bad decisions need to be held accountable.”
Jaumann is one of the cofounders of the law firm of Drapp & Jaumann, LLC. He serves as
Chairman of Ansonia’s Planning and Zoning Commission, is a member of the Economic
Development Commission, and sits as a hearing officer for Ansonia hearing blight appeals. He is
the former chairman of Ansonia’s Zoning Board of Appeals, having been appointed by Mayor
James Della Volpe. He is also member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.
(This is a press release from Jaumann’s campaign)

Kindergarten Registration in Derby

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DERBY - Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. Registration packets for new kindergartners are available on our website at: or for pickup in the central office located at 35 5th St., Derby.

Registration is done by appointment only Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call 203-736-5027 ext. 1202.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

State Rep. Gentile Lauds Fight Against Human Trafficking

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is hailing Connecticut’s efforts against human trafficking.  Beginning in October, hotel and motel operators must train their staff to recognize signs of human trafficking.  The operators must also keep records of their guests.
In addition, the General Assembly will get annual reports from law enforcement outlining: law enforcement’s participation in federal, statewide, or regional anti-trafficking efforts; referrals related to human trafficking allegations; criteria used to determine the validity of human trafficking allegations; coordination among state and local police on trafficking cases; obstacles to investigating trafficking; the number of missing children investigations; the number of referrals from DCF related to trafficking; and the number of trafficking cases referred for prosecution.
“I am so proud of this legislation,” said Rep. Gentile.  “It came about thanks to the women's caucus of the General Assembly who recognized the extent of this horrible crime and urgent need to address it.  We worked side by side, across the aisle to ensure that our law would be comprehensive and effective.  Because of my commitment and that of my colleagues, Connecticut's law is model legislation for our country.”
Connecticut’s aggressive anti-trafficking laws have attracted the attention of law enforcement and civil rights groups across the U.S.
(This is a press release from Gentile's office)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lets Go to The Hop!

State Rep. Gentile Urges Residents to Use New Smartphone App

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) is urging residents to take advantage of the new "CT Prepares" app.  Once downloaded, CT Prepares will issue alerts for severe weather and other emergency situations.
CT Prepares also allows you to:
• View real-time alerts
• View National Weather Service forecasts for you current location
• Access news and events from the Connecticut Emergency Management Agency
• Review preparation guides for different emergency situations
• Get in touch with a variety of emergency services
• Send an “I’m Safe” email message to your contacts via, text, email and social media
You can get even more information on the web at
CT Prepares is a comprehensive app available from the iTunes Apple Store and Google Play.  Search for CT Prepares, get the download, and get started.
(This is a press release from Gentile's office) 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Griffin Hospital Hosts Free Talk on Medicare

DERBY - The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free presentation on Medicare and related health care decisions on Thurs., Sept. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Joe Deegan, a counselor for Connecticut’s programs for Health insurance, Outreach, Information and Eligibility Screening (CHOICES), will host “Medicare CHOICES,” a presentation to help older adults and those eligible for Medicare and their caregivers make informed health insurance decisions and to help prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud and abuse. There will be information on Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Managed Care, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance and other related state & federal programs.
This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community.
To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.
The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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