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Monday, October 31, 2016

Ansonia Mayor Endorses Candidates

As Mayor of Ansonia, I am grateful for the support that the city has received from state legislators Joseph Crisco and Linda Gentile over the past two decades. However, it is clear that the residents of our great city – and of Connecticut in general – would be well served by a change in direction.  It is simply the right moment to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders and to embrace a fresh approach to fixing our state’s problems.
 
For this reason I have decided to endorse two Ansonia residents seeking state o(ce: George Logan for 17th District State Senate and Joseph Jaumann for 104th District State Representative.
 
I believe that both candidates will serve as strong advocates for the City of Ansonia and fight for policies that will have a meaningful impact on our community. Specifically, I applaud their
positions on reducing state taxes, addressing the inequalities in the state’s education funding system and creating a business friendly environment to attract jobs and investment back to Connecticut.
 
In George Logan I see an experienced business executive with the know-how to develop sound budgets and innovative solutions. He is a proven leader capable of pulling Hartford from the swamp of red-tape and bureaucracy it finds itself sinking in. Mr. Logan boasts a resume that evinces a commitment to community service and local volunteerism, from his work on the Griffin Hospital and YMCA Board of Directors to his time as a youth basketball coach.
 
With respect to Joseph Jaumann, I am impressed by his commitment to combatting excessive
taxation and eliminating the obstacles that deter job-making business investments from our state. Mr. Jaumann has already demonstrated a passion for fostering smart economic growth as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. I am confident that he will bring that same philosophy to Hartford. Mr.Jaumann’ s background as a successful attorney and litagator has also equipped him with the skills necessary to take on the status quo attitudes prevalent in our state legislature.
 
I am proud to stand by members of my Ansonia Republican team, George Logan and Joseph Jaumann, in  their quest to better serve the residents of Ansonia and Connecticut. I am confident that they will deliver the high caliber of public leadership that our wonderful community deserves.
-David S. Cassetti
 
(This is a letter from Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti)
 

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Free Movie on Bullying

ANSONIAAnsonia Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley are co-sponsoring the free showing of the movie, “A Girl Like Her,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Feinberg Connors Auditorium at Ansonia High School.
 
The movie, directed and written by Amy S. Weber, was released nationally a year ago and was recently made available free of charge to school districts. The movie storyline focuses on a high school student who is bullied, as well as about the student who commits the bullying.
 
This free program is one of several that Ansonia Public Schools has held and will be holding this year.
 
High school juniors and seniors, their parents and all adult community members in the Valley and region are welcome to attend the movie, which stars Avery Keller, Hunter King, Jessica Burns, Lexi Ainsworth, Brian Slater and Jimmy Bennett. To view a trailer of the movie, go to http://agirllikehermovie.com.
 
(This is a press release from Ansonia Public Schools)
 
 
 

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Festival of Trees Coming to the Valley

 
 
SHELTON -The 13th Annual TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Wesley Village in Shelton at 580 Long Hill Avenue.  The event benefits Volunteer Caregivers at TEAM, Inc. and life-enriching programs for seniors at Wesley Village. 
 
The two days include activities and fun for the whole family, including the viewing of beautifully decorated themed trees and wreaths donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Participants may buy raffle tickets for the chance to win any of the donated trees.  All drawings will be held on Sunday, November 20th, at the close of the event. Winners do not need to be present. 
 
The event also features a Holiday Craft Fair, with nearly 50 vendors offering a variety of unique gifts and handmade crafts.  A local photographer will be taking PHOTOS WITH SANTA from      11 AM - 2 PM both days.  Throughout both days, there will also be a holiday bake sale and a variety of refreshments available from local food trucks.

Parking and shuttle service will be available at Long Hill Elementary School, with handicapped parking available at Wesley Village. Please use the main entrance at Wesley Heights Assisted Living Community for this event. (Shuttle pick-up and drop-off will be coordinated at this entrance only.) For more information, please contact Silvia Paytas at 203.736.5420 x202 or for vendor information, contact the Office of Mission Development at Wesley Village at 203.925.4952.
 
TEAM, Inc. provides supportive services to over 5,000 low and moderate-income families in the lower Naugatuck Valley region and Milford. Located in Derby, TEAM programming assists socially and economically vulnerable families to meet their basic needs and become more self-sufficient. Services reach all sectors of the community through affordable child development, elderly nutrition, asset development, housing crisis avoidance, energy assistance and senior supports. For more information on TEAM, please visit www.teaminc.org
 
The Wesley Village Campus provides a continuum of relationship-centered care: award-winning assisted/independent living at Crosby Commons, specialized assisted living and memory care at Lifestyle Transitions, independent living cottages at Wesley Heights, five-star rated skilled nursing care and short-term rehab at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, and outpatient therapy and fitness services at The Wellness Center. The campus is owned and operated by UMH, a local, mission-based, not-for-profit organization serving all members of the community. The campus is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, CT. To learn more about the continuum of care offered at Wesley Village or the mission of UMH, please visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org.
 
(This is a press release from Wesley Village)

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Mayor Cassetti to Deliver State of the City Address

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trick or Treating, Parade in Downtown Seymour

Calling All Vendors!

Goodwill Opens New Store & Donation Station in Oxford





Pictured left to right: Tom Haynes, Owner/Developer of Quarry Walk in Oxford; Shana Hollaran, Vice President of Retail Operations, Goodwill; Vickie Volpano, President/CEO, Goodwill; First Selectman George Temple; State Representative David Labriola; Andy McGeever, Economic Development Director, Town of Oxford; and Kayla Reasco from US Senator Chris Murphy’s office.


OXFORD– Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut has opened a new 11,000-square-foot store and donation station at 274 Oxford Road in Oxford, marking the first retail outlet to open at Quarry Walk – Oxford’s Towne Center located on Route 67. During its grand opening weekend, the new store welcomed more than 1,300 customers who took advantage of one-of-a-kind finds such as apparel for the family, home décor, electronics, furniture and more. In addition, hundreds of donors appreciated the Oxford store’s covered drive-thru donation station with attendants on hand to help unload donations from vehicles and provide a tax receipt for their contribution. 

To commemorate its grand opening, the new Goodwill Oxford held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 21, 2016 that featured local dignitaries and community leaders including First Selectman George Temple, State Representative David Labriola, and Tom Haynes, Owner/Developer of Quarry Walk. Doors opened at 9:00 a.m., and the first 75 customers enjoyed a $5 Goodwill gift card. Additional opening day specials included a free reusable shopping bag with any purchase and an opportunity to enter to win a $200 Goodwill shopping spree.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Oxford community and excited to be anchoring one of the town’s historic shopping districts,” said Vickie Volpano, President, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut. “When Goodwill builds a new location, we also help build the community. Our goal is to contribute to the success of the local community offering residents great employment opportunities, job training and mentoring.” 

The new Goodwill Oxford store will employ more than 40 people from the surrounding community and boasts more than 8,100 square-feet of retail space. The store is still hiring and interested applicants should visit www.gwct.org to complete the online application. This marks the 19th Goodwill store to open in western and northern Connecticut. 
 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shopping & Wine Extravaganza Coming to the Valley

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SEYMOUR – Treasured Time invites the community to find the perfect gift and/or the perfect wine with two fundraisers on Nov. 17 at The Inn at Villa Bianca, 312 Roosevelt Dr., Seymour.

Treasured Time’s 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will take place from 5-9 p.m., and will be “paired” with the Wines Around the World Wine Tasting & Buying Event from 6-8:30 p.m.
 
The Holiday Shopping Extravaganza will feature more than 40 vendors. Attendees pay a $5 donation entrance fee and will be entered into a raffle for incredible prizes. The evening will include a visit from Santa from 5:15-8:15 p.m., a free gift wrap table, cash bar and DJ Phyllis Kaplan from Lone Wolf Productions spinning tunes to spread the holiday spirit.
 
The Wines Around the World event will feature a variety of wines from different countries, appetizers and desserts. Tickets are available with a $40 donation ($70 for two) and include access to the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.
 
Attendees who place a wine order at the event will be entered in a raffle to win a wine basket donated by Valley Discount Wine & Liquor. For every case purchased, mixed cases included, there will be a 15% discount and Treasured Time will receive an additional $10 donation. Wines cannot be guaranteed ready for pick up before Thanksgiving.
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Wine tasting attendees will also have the chance to bid on unique silent auction items and participate in a special Wine Pull Game which features wrapped “mystery” bottles of wine for $10. Paula Pettinella will perform live music, homemade cupcakes with a boozy twist will be available from Sugar and Spice Cupcakes, and Mark Mirabella, Jr., LMT, will provide char massages.
The wine tasting event is in partnership with Donna Pace at Gathering Harvest.
 
For more information about the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza or the Wines from Around the World Tasting/Buying event, contact Jenn at 203-446-1068, jenn@treasuredtime.org or visit Treasured Time on Facebook for more information on the event.
 
Proceeds will benefit Treasured Time, Inc., a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of parents with life threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children. With your help, Treasured Time, Inc. can provide families with the “Gift of Moments.” To see how you can help us make a difference, visit us at www.treasuredtime.org.
 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Derby "Community Voices" Workshop

Supernatural Program at Seymour Public Library

Monday, October 24, 2016

Learn How to Navigate Medicare and Health Insurance at Griffin Hospital

DERBY -Griffin Hospital will host a free program on navigating Medicare and health insurance through the state health care exchange on Tues., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby.
 
“Get Health Insurance and Get the Most Out of It” will feature Joe Deegan, a counselor for Connecticut’s programs for Health Insurance, Outreach, Information and Eligibility Screening (CHOICES), Certified Health Insurance Assisters Margaret Sessa, RN, and Esther Jones, and a medical expert from Griffin Faculty Practice.
 
Deegan will provide information to help those eligible for Medicare and their caregivers make informed health insurance decisions. The presentation will cover on Medicare, Medigap and Medicare Savings Program (CT Assistance).
 
Griffin’s Certified Health Insurance Assisters will provide information on navigating Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, and signing up for Medicaid. They will also be available to make appointments for one-on-one health insurance enrollment assistance.
 
A member of Griffin’s Faculty Practice will discuss the benefits of establishing a “medical home” with a primary care physician, which can help individuals manage their health and save money.
 
This talk 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 griffinhealth.org.
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Hoopla Happening Oct. 28



DERBY - The 15th Annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be “treating” families to Halloween fun on Fri., Oct. 28 from 3-8 p.m. at Warsaw Park on Pulaski Highway in Ansonia.

Griffin Hospital Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program, The Valley Community Foundation, Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Griffin Faculty Physicians encourage families to put on their Halloween costumes and come to a “Halloween Hoopla,” featuring free healthy treats, games, and information on a variety of health, wellness and safety programs. The event will be held rain or shine.

“The Halloween Hoopla will be a safe, family-friendly environment where children can do their trick-or-treating and the whole family can learn about important information that will keep them safe and healthy on Halloween and year-round,” said Daun Barrett, RN, Director of Griffin Hospital's Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nursing Program.

Interactive health, wellness and safety displays at the event will include poison prevention, good hand washing, and how to call 9-1-1. There will also be a bike helmet clinic and a safety house exhibit to teach about safety features in homes. Free bike helmets will be available for the first 500 children.

For more information, call 203-732-1337 or 203-732-7584.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)
 

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CT Business and Industry Association Endorses Gentile

State Representative Linda M. Gentile, candidate for reelection in the 104th district (Ansonia/Derby) has earned the endorsement of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  The Association is the largest business organization in the state.

Representative Gentile is one of 80 candidates, out of 151, that have been endorsed in the House races.  In the announcement the Association stated, “Voters who are concerned about our economic future must elect candidates who understand the urgency facing our state, and who will make the decisions necessary to grow the economy, create jobs and help Connecticut reach its full potential. We believe the candidates we’ve endorsed have the ability to foster a business climate where companies want to invest and create jobs to help our economy grow.  We must elect people…who are committed to resolving our fiscal issues, improving our business climate, and making this a top state for economic growth and job creation.”

“I am so pleased to stand with my fellow endorsed candidates, on both sides of the aisle.  I have worked very closely with almost all of these individuals on many different issues and I believe that we all have one thing in common.  Like myself, I know that we all want to do what’s best for our constituents and our state.  We have all committed to improving our business climate, creating and retaining jobs, and growing our economy.  I look forward to working with each and every one of my colleagues to continue the work that we have begun,” Gentile stated.
(This is a press release from Gentile)

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Griffin Hospital Hosts Open House Wed. Oct. 19 for New Occupational Medicine Center

DERBY – Griffin Hospital invites the community to tour its new Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation Center at 10 Progress Dr. in Shelton during an open house on Wed., Oct. 19 from 4- 6 p.m.
 
The new 7,100 square foot center will enhance the Griffin’s workplace health offerings for area businesses and physical therapy/rehabilitation services for the community by providing a convenient Shelton location in addition to the hospital’s Derby location in the Hewitt Ambulatory Care Pavilion.
 
The Center features six Occupational Medicine exam rooms, on-site X-ray and lab services, a spacious physical therapy gym and five private treatment rooms. There is also a conference space for meetings and educational programming.
 
The Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation Center provides high-quality medical services that are designed to help business ensure a healthy workforce, including physical examinations, pre-employment screenings, work-related injury treatments, ergonomic assessments, vaccinations and worksite wellness programs.
 
For more information, call (203) 944-3718 or visit griffinhealth.org.
 
Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services offers a variety of services to address the therapeutic needs of all patients. Services offered and conditions treated include: Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Retraining; Aquatic Therapy; Balance and Fall Prevention; Bladder and Bowel Control; Breast Surgery Rehabilitation; Cancer Rehabilitation; Cognitive Therapy; Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Rehabilitation; Lymphedema Treatment; Neurological Rehabilitation; and Speech & Language Disorders.
 
For more information about Griffin Hospital Rehabilitation Services, call 203.732.7445 or visit www.griffinhealth.org/rehab
 
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

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Spooner House to hold 2016 Annual Meeting Breakfast Wed. Oct. 19

Goodwill Store & Donation Center to Open in Oxford Oct. 21

Image result for goodwill logoOXFORD - Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut will open a new 11,000-square-foot store and donation station at 274 Oxford Road in Oxford, Connecticut. This will be the first retail outlet to open at Quarry Walk – Oxford’s Towne Center located on Route 67. 

The new store will employ more than 40 people from the surrounding community with more than 8,100 square-feet of retail space, offering customers greater variety than the average department store with thousands of one-of-a-kind finds including apparel for the family, home décor, electronics, furniture and more. In addition, donors will appreciate the Oxford store’s covered drive-thru donation station making donating hassle-free with attendants on hand to help unload donations from vehicles and provide donors with a tax receipt for their contribution. 
 
WHEN:
Friday, October 21
9:00 a.m. 
 
WHERE:
Goodwill Store & Donation Station
274 Oxford Road
Oxford, Connecticut
(Quarry Walk – Oxford Towne Center located on Route 67) 
 
WHO:
Vickie Volpano, President & CEO of Goodwill Western& Northern Connecticut

First Selectman George Temple, Oxford

State Representative David Labriola
Kayla Reasco from US Senator Chris Murphy’s office
Tom Haynes, Owner/Developer of Quarry Walk, Oxford
 
IN DETAIL:
The new Oxford Goodwill Store and Donation Station will be the first Goodwill location in town. It marks the 19th Goodwill store to open in western and northern Connecticut. The first 75 customers to enter the new store will enjoy a $5 Goodwill gift card. Additional opening day specials include a free reusable shopping bag with any purchase and an opportunity to enter to win a $200 Goodwill shopping spree. For more information
about the new Oxford store, or to find a nearby Goodwill location, please visit www.gwct.org

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Sign up for Seymour Youth Basketball

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Assumption Church to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

 
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ANSONIA - The Church of the Assumption is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with an Anniversary Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Blair at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 23. 

Archbishop Blair will then dedicate The Bob and Maureen O'Keefe Arts & Athletic Center of Assumption School.  A reception and dinner will follow in the church hall.  Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at the church after each mass. 

For more information, contact: Kathleen Molner @ 203-734-0855 or Kmolner@assumptionschool.net.

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Derby Posts Election 2016 Information

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DERBY - Town/City Clerk Marc Garofalo said residents can find everything they need to know about the upcoming election on the city's website, including a link to register to vote, a link to check your registration status, a link for an application for an absentee ballot and more.
 
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The deadline to register to vote is Nov.1
 
Residents can visit the following link to the Derby Website Election Information Page:
 
 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Seymour Paints the Town Pink



SEYMOUR - "Seymour Pink Day" was celebrated in town Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Town businesses and residents decked out their storefronts and homes in shades of pink to show support and raise awareness about breast cancer.

Seymour Pink was founded in 2009 by Mary Deming, and to date has raised more than
$1 million for breast cancer research and to help individuals and families battling the disease. More information can be found online at: http://www.seymourpink.com/

(Photos courtesy of my friend and former New Haven Register colleague Patti Villers)




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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Boys & Girls Club Celebrating 60 Years

Food Truck Festival Oct. 15 in Derby




 
DERBY - The 2nd annual Food Truck Fest hosted by the Derby High School Post Prom Committee will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at Lou DeFilippo Field at the Ryan  Sports Complex on Chatfield Street.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Military Appreciation football game- Derby High School V. Oxford High School at 2 p.m. There will be eight food trucks and a handful of table vendors. Raffles and the decades football alumni will be on hand to reunite with others and to reminisce.
 
There is free parking, and gate charge is $5 from 1-3 p.m. only. Those with a Military ID get into the event free all day.
 
Proceeds from the food truck festival will benefit post prom activities, while proceeds from the football game will benefit local military families. The event is being done in conjunction with the Derby High School Athletics Dept.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Seymour's Going Pink Oct. 12

SEYMOUR - The town will host its annual Seymour Pink Day Wednesday, Oct. 12. Town businesses and residents are encouraged to deck out their storefronts and homes, respectively, in shades of pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. More information can be found online at www.seymourpink.com. Here are some photos from past Seymour Pink Days.







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Sen. Crisco's Senior Fair Happening Oct. 20

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Seymour Soccer Going Pink Oct. 11

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Haircuts for a Cause Sat. Oct. 8

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Almost "Trunk or Treat" Time in Seymour

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Seymour Students Practice Emergency Preparedness



SEYMOUR On August 31, 2016 a presidential proclamation was issued by President Barack Obama declaring September as “National Preparedness Month."
 
Last week all Seymour Public Schools fourth grade students participated in the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s “Students Tools for Emergency Planning” program, also known as STEP. 
 
This is the 10th year Seymour students have participated in the STEP Program, which was piloted in Seymour in 2008.  Seymour Public Schools Director of Security Rich Kearns received national recognition when FEMA modeled the program nationally after the Seymour program.  The STEP Program is sponsored by FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Kearns has been presenting the program for the last 10 years to all fourth grade students at Bungay Elementary School and Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School. 
 
Seymour Police Department Community-School Resource Officer John Harkins and Seymour Citizens Emergency Response Team President Robert Wilson assisted Kearns this year showing students the steps on how to prepare student's families in the event an emergency or disaster was to strike.
 
Each student was given a backpack to take home that contained items to help start building their own family emergency kit along with information to share with their families to better prepare them in the event of an emergency.  The goal of STEP Program is to provide some resources to families in the community to better prepare them for emergencies as it is found that if people are better prepared to deal with a crisis the outcomes and recovery process will be that much easier for them. 
 
Throughout September, Kearns, Seymour Fire Marshal  Tim Willis, Seymour Emergency Management Director Tom Eighmie, Seymour Police Department Community-School Resource Officer Harkins, as well as other first responders conducted emergency response drills district-wide with all students K-12.  All Star Transportation Safety Supervisor Brenda Bass and school bus safety team members also joined Kearns in conducting school bus evacuation drills  for students in the district who ride the bus to school.
 
All of these programs and drills are part of a continuous effort by Seymour Public Schools and Seymour Emergency Services Personnel working together to better prepare our schools and families in the event an emergency were to occur and to help make our schools a safer place


 
(This is a press release from Rich Kearns)

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Need Help with Winter Heating Bills?

DERBY- Families and individuals seeking financial help to off-set their winter heating bills may apply to TEAM for assistance.
 
Families and individuals may qualify for help if they fall below these income limits: $33,880.70 for household of one, $44,305.54 for a two person household, $54,730.37 for a three person household, $65,155.00 for a four person household.
 
Applicants are deemed eligible based on review of their total household gross income, such as job earnings, unemployment compensation, social security, pension etc.; household size; and liquid assets, as shown through bank statements. If an applicant is approved for assistance, TEAM will make direct payments to their home heating provider. 
 
Both home owners and renters who are residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge can apply for energy assistance from TEAM.
 
To schedule an appointment with TEAM Energy Assistance, please call 203-736-5420 and follow prompts for Energy Assistance, or in Milford, 203-783-3253; Woodbridge, 203-389-3429; Orange, 203-891-4787, and Bethany, 203-393-2100, ext.124.
 
TEAM Inc. is a private,501(c) 3  non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families . TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury and Woodbridge.
 
(This is a press release from TEAM)

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TEAM, Inc. Seeking Volunteers

DERBY - TEAM Inc., is seeking volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals in filing their taxes and claiming refunds owed to them, such as federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit that can boost their yearly income by up to 35 percent. 

The VITA program is held at the VITA Clinic at TEAM, Inc. 30 Elizabeth St., Derby Neck Library, 307 Hawthorne Ave., and the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive. It will operate from January to April 15, 2017. 
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to low-income individuals and families. No experience is necessary.  

All volunteers will receive training appropriate for their position. Volunteers receive the materials for self-study on basic income tax law for federal and state returns.  
In addition, training sessions will take place in January 2017. 
 
To become a VITA volunteer or for more information about the program, call 203-736-5420 ext. 234 or email dstroman@teaminc.org.
 
TEAM Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families. 
TEAM programs impact the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury, and Woodbridge.
 
(This is a press release from TEAM) 

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Mortgage-Free Home Available for Veteran or Military Family in Shelton


Operation Homefront, the San Antonio-based national non-profit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families, is seeking applications for the Homes on the Homefront program.
 
A mortgage-free home is available in Shelton, Connecticut, for a military family who is possibly transitioning out of the military or transferring to this area. The following home is currently available:
 
This 1,643 square-feet, multi-level townhouse features three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The kitchen, dining, living room, and a half bath are on the main floor of the townhome. There are wood floors in the living room of the main floor and a beautiful fireplace. The finished basement has a family room and utility room where the laundry and mechanics are located. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath and the attic has a finished third bedroom with all with wood type flooring. There is an attached one-car garage, a balcony in the front, and a covered patio in the back. Shelton is located about an hour south of Hartford and just under an hour northeast of Norwalk. 
 
Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016.
 
Operation Homefront created the Homes on the Homefront program with the assistance of corporate partners to award mortgage-free homes to our nation’s veterans and military families. So far, Operation Homefront has awarded more than 550 homes to military families nationwide. In 2015, Operation Homefront awarded 92 homes and deeded 102.
 
All active-duty military, National Guard, Reservists, wounded warriors, and veterans, who aren’t already homeowners, have an honorable discharge or retirement, and none of the adults that will be residing in the home have a felony on their record, are eligible to apply for these homes.
 
To view more information about our program or to apply for a home, please visit www.homesonthehomefront.org.
 
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.  
 
About Chase: Chase is committed to serving the unique needs of America’s military, veterans and their families through employment, housing, small business, and financial capability programs. Since 2011, the firm has hired more than 10,000 veterans and provided more than 830 mortgage-free homes to military families in partnership with Operation Homefront and other non-profit organizations. To learn more about Chase’s military and veterans affairs programs, visit ChaseMilitary.com.
 
(This is a press release from Operation Homefront)

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Paranormal Activity Happening at Seymour Public Library

TEAM, Inc. to Celebrate 51st Anniversary


DERBY- TEAM Inc. will host their 51st d Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, October 13, 2016, beginning at 5:00 P.M. at the La Sala Banquet Hall, 73 High Street, Derby. 
 
The agency will be making several community award presentations at the meeting:

The Lillian Chrostowski Award will be presented to community volunteer, Anastasia Timpko, a local social service professional whose outstanding work has had a profound and positive effect on our community.

The Heritage Award in recognition of an individual or organization who was involved with TEAM at different periods of the agencies history and provide support and leadership will be presented to Mayor Mark Lauretti and the City of Shelton for their support to ensure low income residents of not only Shelton but, of the Lower Naugatuck Valley have access to quality services.

Partnership Awards in recognition of a business, organization or agency partner whose outstanding support and collaboration has assisted TEAM in advancing its agency mission will be awarded to Griffin Hospital and the TEAM Meet Santa Day Committee (John Harwood, David Rose, Huntington Branch Library, Shelton EMS, and the Huntington Fire Co. #3)

The Chairman’s Award will be presented to John “Jack” Walsh, President/CEO of the Valley United Way who has made a broad, profound impact on the quality of human services in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.   

The guest speaker for the event is Mr. David Addams, Executive Director of the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend TEAM’s Annual Meeting.  Cost is $35.00 for the dinner event.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Trish Wigglesworth at 736-5420, ext. 221 or twigglesworth@teaminc.org. by October 7.
 
(This is a press release from TEAM)

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