Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Marley the Dog Looking for a New Home

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SEYMOUR - From our friends at CARES: Say hello to Marley!! The elderly person who had Marley could no longer care for her and asked us to find her a loving home that will take great care of her. We are looking for that home! Marley is about 3 years old , spayed and UTD on shots. She LOVES laps and to give kisses. She is a little shy around men but will warm up....If you would like to meet this great kisser, you can meet Marley any day at noon at 115 Silvermine Rd in Seymour.

(Information shared from Seymour First Selectman's Facebook page)

New Fitness Center Opens in Seymour

Monday, January 30, 2017

Water Color Painting Workshop in Derby

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DERBY-  The Derby Public will host another popular Water Color Painting Workshop on 
February 27 at 6 P.M.  Ages 18 and over are invited to enjoy this fun evening resulting in
fabulous art!  Participants will go home with new friends, great memories, and a newly-created
masterpiece that will show off your “inner-artist.”  No experience?  No problem!  Local artist,
Rich DiCarlo, from the Valley Arts Council, will guide you step-by-step on this creative journey
as you learn the ins and outs of creating your own water color painting.  No previous artistic
experience necessary – great for beginners or seasoned professionals. Snacks will be provided.  It
is promised to be a surprisingly easy and fun way to spend an evening!  Registration is required. 
For more information, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or call 203 736-1482 or
(This is a press release from Derby Public Library)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Train to be a Certified Nursing Assistant

DERBY - The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, at 300 Seymour Avenue, Suite 206, in Derby, is offering its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting March 20 to help individuals start the journey to a fulfilling career in healthcare.
The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 5-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p. m.
Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care. The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.
The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut.
For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.
Griffin Hospital's School of Allied Health Careers was one of the first hospital-based schools of its kind to be authorized by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and offers training, education, and certification for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician healthcare careers. Classes are taught by certified instructors in the Griffin Hospital Medical Building, located at 300 Seymour Avenue in Derby.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Griffin Hospital to Host AARP Driver Safety Program

DERBY - Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone.
The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and make some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.
The course also covers such topics as how to maintain proper following distance at all times; the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections; the effects of medications on driving; how to minimize the effect of dangerous blind spots; the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use; proper use of safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes and ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
Participants will gain a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how they can avoid potential collisions and injuries to themselves and others. As an added bonus, participants can check with their auto insurance company about discounts for completing the course.
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to “AARP.”
To register, call Esther at 203-732-1523.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Sign Up for Ansonia Soccer

Saturday, January 21, 2017

SHS Basketball Player Scores 1000th Career Point

SEYMOUR- Seymour High School senior Faith Thurmond recently scored her 1000th career point in high school basketball on January 13th versus Ansonia! Congratulations!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ansonia High School Students Tour State Capitol

Sen. George S. Logan (R-Ansonia) on Jan. 11 welcomed Ansonia High School students to the State Capitol’s Senate Chamber.   
Logan represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.  
He can be reached at George.Logan@cga.ct.gov and at 800 842-1421.
To sign up for Logan’s State Capitol e-alerts, visit www.SenatorLogan.com

Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness Receives National Quality Designation

DERBY -The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT has again achieved the highest level of quality breast healthcare recognition from the American College of Surgeons.

The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Hewitt Center was also accredited by the organization in 2013.

“The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness is a comprehensive breast center, offering patients expert staff, patient-centered care, advanced technology and all the resources and services needed to quickly and effectively screen and diagnose breast disease,” said Denise Barajas, MD, medical director of The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness. “We are very proud to be recognized again for our commitment to providing safe, exceptional and complete care to our community.”

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and that voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.  This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.  Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options by a breast center.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

         Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services

         A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

         Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

         Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

About The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital

The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital opened in 2011 and primarily serves the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities. It combines state-of-the-art technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services.  The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness features two state-of-the-art digital mammography suites with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) capability, a breast ultrasound suite, and the most advanced system available to perform stereotactic biopsy.  The Center also utilizes a rapid diagnostic model where patients are often given test results the same day imaging tests are performed, and if indicated, follow up testing (ultrasound, breast biopsy) and even consultation with a breast surgeon are often available the same day if the patient’s schedule permits. For more information, call 203-732-1300 or visit griffinhealth.org/cbw.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Seymour Lions Club Offering Scholarships

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SEYMOUR - The Seymour Lions Club is accepting scholarship applications for 2017.   This scholarship is open to all high school seniors that are residents of Seymour planning to attend any college or course of study. Four, $500 scholarships are awarded each year.

You can fill out your application on-line, at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/seymourct. After filling out the application under the scholarship tab, simply print it out along with the application cover sheet also found online. You can then mail your essay, application and cover sheet to:
The Seymour Lions Club
26 George St.
Seymour, CT 06483

All applications must be post marked by April 1st of the current year. The check will be made payable directly to the college/course of study upon verification of students acceptance into the college/course of study.
(This is a press release from Seymour Lions Club)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ansonia Students Create Award-Winning Posters

Mead School Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners (from left, first row) Fahmida Chowdhury, Lizsandra Muniz, Logan Coon, Alleyanna Figueroa, Jamiah Renee Carrillo, and Karisma Jones; and (second row, from left) Superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone, Principal Amy O’Brien, Assistant Principal John Coppola, and Ansonia Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley.

The Prendergast School Fire Prevention Poster Contest winners are (from left, first row) Karleigh Gatison, Makayla D’Alessio, Samantha Burton, Alana Morell, Maqila Mosley, and Jaden Manning. They are congratulated by (from left, second row), Assistant Principal Sara Crooks, Principal Liz Nimons, Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley, and Superintendent Dr. Carol Merlone.

ANSONIA – The winners of the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest for Ansonia Public Schools have been announced by Fire Marshal Ralph Tingley. Gift cards were presented to the top three winners in Grades 4 and 5 for Mead and Prendergast Schools.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Merlone joined the building principals for the presentation on Jan. 4, 2017.

Lizsandra Muniz, a fourth grader at Mead, and Karleigh Gatison, a fifth grader at Prendergast, were the first prize winners for their grade levels and were also selected as the grand prize winners for the city. Their posters are on display in the State Capitol in Hartford.

The other winners of the contest at Mead are as follows: Grade 4, second prize, Alleyanna Figueroa, and third prize, Karisma Jones; and Grade 5, first prize, Fahmida Chowdhury, second prize, Logan Coon, and third prize, Jamiah Renee Carrillo.
At Prendergast, fourth grade winners are Makayla D’Alessio (first prize), Alana Morell (second prize) and Jaden Manning (third prize), while the other two fifth grade winners are Samantha Burton (second prize) and Maqila Mosley (third prize).
(This is a press release from Ansonia Schools) 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seymour Schools Announce Kindergarten Registration Dates

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SEYMOUR - Kindergarten registration will take place for the Seymour Public Schools on the following dates:

*Jan. 17, 8 to 11 a.m., Bungay School, 35 Bungay Rd.
*Jan. 18, 12 to 3 p.m., Bungay School, 35 Bungay Rd.
*Jan. 19, 8 to 11 a.m., Chatfield-LoPresti School, 51 Skokorat St.
*Jan. 20, 12 to 3 p.m., Chatfield-LoPresti School, 51 Skokorat St.

Parents of children who are eligible for kindergarten in August 2017, as well as Grade One students who have been attending a private kindergarten program, are urged to register their children at the elementary schools in their districts on these dates and times. Children must be five years of age as of Dec. 31, 2017 to be eligible to attend kindergarten in August 2017.

Parents must bring a copy of their child's official birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency. Proof of residency documentation includes driver's license, house deed or lease and two utility bills. Children should have the required immunization inoculations for the following: Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, DPaT, Varicella, Hib (Hemophilius Influenza Type B), and Hep B (Hepatitis B), Pneumococcal and Hep A.

State law also requires that all school children have a health examination prior to entering kindergarten. School officials encourage parents to have their private physician perform a health exam for their children prior to Aug.15, 2017 so that their child may be admitted to school on Aug. 28, 2017. Completed physical paperwork must be returned by Aug. 15 in order for students to start school.

More information, including other required health screenings, can be found on the Seymour Schools website at: www.seymourschools.org or call 203-888-4564.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Derby Swears in New Fire Chief, Assistants

DERBY - The city recently held an inauguration ceremony to swear in its newest Fire Department officers.

Mayor Anita Dugatto swore in Fire Chief Michael W. Goodman, Robert J. Laskowski Jr. - 1st Assistant Chief,  David M. Lenart - 2nd Assistant Chief and Michael F. Gloade - 3rd Assistant Chief.

(Photos from Mayor Anita Dugatto's Facebook page)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

State Rep. Gentile Gets Leadership Position

State Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Derby/Ansonia) has her 2017 legislative committee assignments.
The committees are: Commerce, Higher Education & Employment Advancement and Planning & Development.
“I am looking forward to continuing my work in the area of brownfields and economic development on Commerce,” said Gentile. She added that “I’m excited to be back with P&D where I will seek sensible regional efficiencies
that reduce costs for local cities and towns. And my reappointment to Higher Education gives me the chance to guide the realignment of our community college system, ensuring that our young people are better prepared for the
workplace upon graduation.”
In addition to Commerce, Higher Ed. and P&D, Rep. Gentile’s duties include work on the Joint Legislative Management Committee. And, Gentile retains
the title and responsibilities of Deputy House Speaker.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter
announced the committee assignments.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Take a Healthy Eating Tour at Derby ShopRite

DERBY - The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free grocery store tours to help with healthy shopping on Tues., Jan. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at ShopRite, 49 Pershing Drive.
Jenna Hourani, registered dietitian at Grade A ShopRite, will lead a tour of the store to help make sense of grocery shopping so participants can better take care of themselves and their families by selecting nutritious and cost-friendly choices.
Managing diabetes starts at the supermarket with choosing foods that make up a healthy, balanced diet. Topics on the tour will include label reading, navigating the departments and aisles for healthier choices, and comparing products.
The tours will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The group will meet in the produce section of the store.
Space is limited, so contact Mary Swansiger at 203-732-1137 or mswansiger@griffinhealth.org to reserve a spot.
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.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

New Hours for Derby City Hall

DERBY -Mayor Anita Dugatto announced that City Hall will operate on a new schedule, effective immediately.

The hours of operation for City Hall, located at 1 Elizabeth St., are as follows:

Monday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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