Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jaumann Receives Unanimous Endorsement from ARTC

Mayor Cassetti, leftt, and Jaumann

ANSONIA - At a recent Ansonia Republican Town Committee meeting, Mayor David Cassetti asked the more than 30 members present to endorse Joseph Jaumann, 5th Ward Alderman to be the Republican candidate for State Representative of the 104th district.  Cassetti praised Jaumann for his hard work and strong leadership before the Ansonia Republican Town Committee and unanimously endorsed Jaumann. 
Jaumann said "I am humbled by the unanimous support of the town committee.  I want to especially thank Mayor Cassetti for making the endorsement and his comments."  Jaumann continued "the 2018 election is about the future of Connecticut and in order to protect our future we need to elect leaders who will fight for the taxpayers and for the hardworking families of this state.  I believe my record and experience let the people of Ansonia and Derby know that I will have their back."
(This is a press release from Jaumann's campaign manager Sam Pollastro)

Tea Fundraiser to Benefit Breast Health Care Fund

DERBY - Calling all tea lovers! The Women’s Health Initiative invites the community to its Annual Tea Fundraiser on Sun., April 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
The Tea is open to everyone - men and women, wives and husbands, mothers, daughters, and granddaughters. The event will feature a sophisticated assortment of teas and savory foods and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite hat for a parade where the person with the best hat will be awarded a prize. There will also be door prizes and raffles.
The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Valley Breast Health Care Fund, which aims to ensure that no person, regardless of age or socio-economic condition, is denied screening mammograms or diagnostic testing for breast cancer, or financial assistance with diagnosed breast cancer related services such as wigs, transportation and groceries.
Reserve your seat by contacting Nancy at 203-734-6945 or or Dorothy at 203-233-7639 or Donations are also welcome.
The Women's Health Initiative is comprised of members of the community working toward a common goal of addressing and improving women's health issues. This year’s event is co-chaired by Patricia Tarasovic and Kate Cosgrove.
The Initiative also includes co-chair Dr. Stephanie Wain, Darlene Breving, Cary Carpino, Christine Cooper, Dolores Chew, Dorothy Gandy, Antoinetta Hallett, Lisa Kechijian, Peggy Marlowe, Frank Michaud, Lisa McEachern, and Nancy Valentine. Membership is open to all interested persons.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Klarides Sisters Renew Call to Provide Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans

HARTFORD - House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and her sister State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria are continuing to fight to pass legislation that helps disabled veterans.

House Bill 5231 will allow municipalities, with their legislative body's approval, to freeze property taxes on homes owned by certain disabled veterans and their spouse or surviving spouse.  To be eligible, the veteran must have a service-connected disability and either the veteran or spouse must have lived in Connecticut for at least one year.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, "In these difficult economic times, we are aware that municipalities are struggling financially. That is why this bill was written to provide towns and cities an option to offer this opportunity rather than mandate it."
Rep. Klarides continued, "Veterans who are injured as a result of their service live on fixed incomes and freezing their property taxes will help make living in our state more affordable."
Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, "Letting our local governments decide to freeze taxes for disabled veterans is something they should be allowed to do. Disabled veterans deserve this tax relief, and I will continue to fight to get this legislation passed."
The Veterans' Affairs Committee passed this legislation unanimously. Before the bill can become law it must pass both the House and Senate.
(This is a press release from Spencer Rubin, State of CT House Republicans)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dziekan to Guest Bartend at Bad Sons

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Oxford Woman to Receive Caring Heart Award

WOODBRIDGE - The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee will host its 13th Annual Women's Heart Wellness & Caring Heart Award Ceremony on Thurs., April 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Birchwoods at Oak Lane Country Club, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge.

The theme of the dinner will be “Who’s That Woman in the Mirror?” featuring a panel of health experts discussing women’s health and answering questions related to healthy aging. There will also be a health fair with information on overall wellness and more. WTNH Health Reporter Jocelyn Maminta will be the MC for the evening.
The event will also honor Barbara Casagrande, of Oxford, with the Caring Heart Award. The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee will also present its Caring Heart Award to an individual from the Lower Naugatuck Valley who made significant contributions to the heart wellness of an individual or the community at large by his or her actions and/or volunteerism.
Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and includes plentiful hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine. To reserve a seat, visit and click the event link at the bottom of the page. The deadline for reservations is April 22.
For more information, contact Eunice at 203-732-7107 or
The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee consists of healthcare professionals, heart patients and women from throughout the Valley communities. The primary focus of the group is to increase heart health awareness among women, empower them to love and save their hearts, and ensure they are provided the means to do so through education and rehabilitation. Membership is open to all interested persons.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Improvements to Start on Route 34

Dear Neighbors,
Below is a message from the Department of Transportation announcing that work will begin at the intersection of Route 34 and Derby-Milford Road for a road widening project in the Town of Derby on April 1, 2018.
Operational Improvements On Route 34 At Derby-Milford Road
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that work will begin at the intersection of Route 34 and Derby-Milford Road for a road widening project in the Town of Derby on April 1, 2018.
The project consists of the construction of a right turn lane on Route 34 onto Derby-Milford Road by extending the edge of road to the south. Widening proposed on Derby-Milford Road will accommodate a three-lane approach to Route 34. A two-lane approach into the intersection from Sentinel Hill Road is also included in the overall construction. These additional lanes will reduce congestion and improve overall operations.
A minor retaining wall will also be needed for roadway support on the southeastern side of the intersection. The improvements also include modifying the turn radius for right turning vehicles from Route 34 onto Derby-Milford Road. Signal improvements will be required at the intersection to accommodate the two new left turn lanes on Derby-Milford Road. The existing guide rail on Derby-Milford Road will be replaced to meet current standards. Some vegetation will be evaluated for removal to improve sight lines at the intersection.
DOT Project No. 0036-0195 was awarded to NJR Construction LLC, at a cost of $1,792,638.65 on March 5, 2018, and is scheduled to be completed November 30, 2018.
Route34: During the allowable periods, the contractor shall maintain and protect a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction not less than 11 feet. For turn lanes, 10 feet shall be maintained for a minimum of 150 feet.
Derby-Milford Road and Sentinel Hill Road: During the allowable periods, the contractor shall maintain and protect at least an alternating one-way traffic operation, not less than 12 feet in width. The length of alternating traffic operation shall not exceed 300 feet.
The contractor shall maintain access to and egress from all commercial and residential driveways throughout the project limits.

Ansonia Alderman Applauds Valley Regionalization Study

(The following is is a letter from Ansonia Alderman Joseph Jaumann)

ANSONIA - As many of you know, Mayor Cassetti and I, as well as the Ansonia Board of Alderman have been discussing this study, as well as regionalization and shared services for many years.  As we continue to see funding from the State decrease, we must be proactive as a municipality and as a region, in protecting ourselves, our children, and our communities.  Working together we can study how to achieve greater efficiencies, better quality services, and greater availability of programs in our schools.
The Shelton Board of Education voted earlier this week to ask their Board of Alderman to join in the regionalization study that was approved in Ansonia in February.  I want to applaud the Shelton Board of Education and Shelton’s Mayor, Mark Lauretti for choosing to join Ansonia and Derby in the regionalization study. 
After many years of discussions regarding shared services and regionalization, the valley communities are finally coming together to discuss how we can all work together for the benefit of all the Naugatuck Valley.   With Shelton now choosing to join Ansonia and Derby, we now look to our good friends in Seymour and their First Selectman Kurt Miller to also join the study.  We hope to hear that announcement in the coming days.   
Joseph P. Jaumann
5th Ward Alderman
City of Ansonia

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Shelton Woman Makes Donation

Karynn Weinstein, left, presents Griffin Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Director Eunice A. Lisk, MS, with a $700 donation to help cardiac rehabilitation patients pay for their health insurance co-pays.
DERBY -  Karynn Weinstein, of Shelton, recently donated $700 to Griffin Hospital's Development Fund to help cardiac rehabilitation patients cover their health insurance co-pays.
Weinstein is a disabled community member with a professional background in physical education and exercise physiology. In 2017, she started A Divine Universe For All in 2017, a 50l(C)(3) charity to help people in need with life-saving medical treatments and medication, debt, and mortgage mediations and modifications.
For more information about Griffin Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, visit
For more information about A Divine Universe For All, contact Weinstein at 203-456-1840 or, or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Seymour Student Wins State Fire Prevention Poster Contest

Samuel Rodrigue, center, with his parents Glen and Melissa

SEYMOUR - Seymour 5th grader Samuel Rodrigue was recently recognized as one of two New Haven County students who won the state's annual fire prevention poster contest.

Samuel and his parents, Melissa and Glen Rodrigue, attended the 2017-18 awards banquet of the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Program, along with Seymour Fire Marshal Paul Wetowitz and Chatfield-LoPresti School Principal Dave Olechna.

"It was a great event that involves 4th and 5th graders around the state to draw posters and send a fire prevention message," Wetowitz said.

Samuel, a student at Chatfield-LoPresti School, won a $150 prize and a certificate. The awards program held at the Chowder Pot Restaurant in Hartford, featured lunch, a magic show and  the awards presentation. Samuel's poster will be in next year's calendar and hang in the State Capitol building during fire prevention week in October.

Wetowitz said Samuel competed amongst thousands of other students in 5th grade in New Haven County, with his poster one of the two winning selections.

(Information submitted by Seymour Fire Marshall Paul Wetowitz)

State Rep. Klarides-Ditria Talks Metro-North Repairs

Dear Neighbors,
Below is a notice from the Department of Transportation that service on the Waterbury Branch Rail Line will be suspended on the weekends starting March 24th to make critical updates to the Devon bridge.
Suspension of Weekend Service for Critical Repairs to the Devon Bridge
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Metro-North Railroad will be performing critical maintenance work on the Devon Bridge, which carries the New Haven Line over the Housatonic River between Milford and Stratford, during the following weekends: March 24-25, April 7-8, April 14-15, April 21-22, April 28-29, May 5-6, May 12-13, and May 19-20. Because of the track configuration over the bridge, this work will suspend rail service on the Waterbury Branch during these weekends. Alternate bus service will be provided throughout the outage. Normally scheduled train service will run through Friday night and will resume with regular service Monday morning.

The work planned during the weekend outages includes critical repairs to the 200-foot high towers at the bridge that carry the power and signal cables over the river. The repairs include replacement of the guy wires that support the towers, repairs to the structural steel, and the installation of walkways and ladders that allow maintenance personnel access to the power and signal cables. This work requires special construction methods because of the height of the towers.

Bus schedules for the planned outages will approximate the existing train schedule and notices will be posted at stations and online at and

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt in Seymour

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SEYMOUR - Great Hill Hose Company, 140 Botsford Road, will host its 30th annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 

Children will be divided into four age groups:
Group A - 2 years & under
Group B - 3 to 5 years old
Group C - 6 to 7 years old
Group D - 8 to 10 years old

There will be an Easter basket raffle; check your eggs for special prizes. 

The event will start promptly at 1 p.m., rain/snow or shine.
Children 4 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Free refreshments will be served.

Eggcellent Easter Party in Derby

Looking for a Summer Job?

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SEYMOUR - LOOKING FOR A JOB? Seymour Recreation is looking for Camp Counselors, Head Counselor and Art Coordinator for its Summer Camp program.

Not yet old enough to apply? CIT (Counselors in Training) might be for you. (Open to
Seymour Residents only) Want experience? Love kids?  If you answered yes to both, check out The New Seymour Summer Camp CIT program!  Click here to apply for the above:…/activit…/program_details.aspx…

Seymour Recreation is also accepting applications now for:
Lifeguards & Swim Instructors

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tour FDR's Home & Vanderbilt Mansion

Sen. Logan Pledges Support for CT Homecare Workers

Sen. George S. Logan, the Vice-Chair of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, today announced that he will vote “yes” to approve a state contract which provides workers compensation insurance for home care workers.
“These workers provide essential labor for seniors and patients with disabilities,” Sen. Logan said.  “The services they provide – from bathing to dressing to helping our most vulnerable residents with everyday errands – help people maintain their independence and stay in their homes.  They also provide vital emotional support.
“These laborers need workers comp.  They need to know that they will have safety and security if they get injured on the job.  They need to know that we, as legislators, are grateful for what they do.  They also need to know that we support them and their quality of life.  I will be proud to support this bipartisan bill and look forward to its passage.”
Sen. Logan ( represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge. He can be reached at and 800-842-1421. 
(This is a press release from Logan's office)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Derby Mayor Raises Money for Griffin Cancer Center

Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan, far left, and Eric Heinig, manager of Archie Moore’s in Derby, center, recently presented Griffin Hospital CEO and President Patrick Charmel, second from left, with a check for The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. Also pictured are Griffin Hospital Development Fund Director Tricia O’Malley and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Andrew Baklik.

An "Eggcellent" Time in Ansonia

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Derby Board of Education Recognized for Excellence

DERBY- March is Board of Education Member Appreciation Month
On March 15, 2018, the Derby Board of Education was recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) for receiving the Bonnie B. Carney Awards ofExcellence for Educational Communications.

The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education is celebrating Board of Education
Member Appreciation Month in March, and is asking all citizens to join them in building
awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in
our society.  I ask you to join me in recognizing the incredible work of the Derby Board
of Education and thank them for their relentless pursuit of excellence for your child and
this City.  
They selflessly sacrifice their time and countless hours listening, learning, researching and advocating for what is best for our kids, our District, our City and this family.Through the Leadership and guidance of Chairman Gildea and the trust and support of the members of the Board, every administrator, teacher, staff member and student is given a voice, so together, as a family, we continue to improve and make decisions that are best for our kids.
Chairman Gildea said, "This Board has a clear and consistent track record for putting the
interests of our children at the center of all that we do. We are a committed team of
individuals who combine our collective experiences to always ensure the school system
has the tools they need to keep moving the bar higher. It is an honor to serve with such
dedicated people."  

Please reach out and thank a Board member today. It is a small but meaningful gesture
of the gratitude we have for their service.
(This is a press release from Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway)

Ansonia EMS Deliver Baby in Ambulance

(Sharing Information from City of Ansonia's Facebook Page)

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ANSONIA- This afternoon, ARMS was dispatched for the reported active childbirth.

Crews responded to find the patient having contractions just minutes apart. Crews quickly and safely transferred mom to the ambulance and as we were about to depart for the hospital, the little baby had other plans.

A healthy baby girl was born in the back of Bravo 9 at 2:21pm.

Truly outstanding job to the crews and VEMS medics involved. Amidst all of the heartbreak and sickness we see, today was a great one that will not soon be forgotten. We are so happy that Mom and baby are doing well.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jaumann Kicks Off Run for State Rep Seat

ANSONIA- On Tuesday, March 6th, Joe Jaumann announced his run for State Representative of the 104th District at the site of Farrell Pomini’s new building at the Fountain Lake industrial Park . Farrell Corporation has a 150 year manufacturing history in Ansnia and the Valley.
“We are at Fountain Lake, because from this vantage point we have a view of much of the 104th district which includes Derby and Ansonia and because this site is representative of what can happen when a municipality works with private development and when you incentivize economic development.” said Jaumann
“Im not going to Hartford to talk. I'm going there to get things done for the hard working people of the 104th District. Farrel-Pomini Corporation was fleeing Ansonia and the Valley taking with them over 100 manufacturing jobs. To lose them would have been devastating. Ansonia fought to keep them and to retain valuable jobs. That was done through the swift actions of elected officials and I was proud to be a part of that. I learned how to create the kinds of partnerships and incentives needed to retain and increase jobs. That’s  exactly what I’m going to do in Hartford.  I’m going to help save jobs and help restore our economy. We are in desperate shape in Connecticut and we need decisive leaders who are willing to move swiftly to help our taxpayers.” 
As an attorney, Jaumann has spent years advocating for the rights and for the liberties of his clients. From the elderly struggling on a fixed income to meet their financial obligations, to young people and families seeking work and decent paying jobs, Jaumann has delivered. He fights for his clients and he will fight for the residents of Ansonia and Derby.
As an alderman, Jaumann has advocated for the taxpayers and students. Most recently, he spearheaded the movement to study regionalization in our schools.
By studying regionalization now, we can become more efficient and less dependent on Hartford in the future.” said Jaumann.
While serving on numerous boards like Planning and Zoning Jaumann made difficult decisions that helped bring development into the Valley.
“I want to make life easier for the constituents of the 104th. Taxes are too high and unemployment is high," he said. "I’ll work for everyone in Hartford to bring a better quality of life for all residents. It’s time to lesson the burden on the taxpayer. That will be my priority.”
Ansonia and Derby need someone who is no stranger to rolling up his sleeves, making tough decisions and getting teal results.
“I believe our communities and our residents deserve the kind of advocate in Hartford that will take action to do what right for his constituents," said Jaumann. "I understand the needs of our cities and I will be a voice for all the people of the 104th.” 
(This is a press release from Jaumann's campaign manager Sam Pollastro)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Big Y Donates $1,000 to Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness

Denise Barajas, MD, medical director of the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, receives a $1,000 donation from Big Y manager Bob Rainville as part of Big Y's 11th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign
DERBY - Big Y supermarket in Ansonia recently donated $1,000 to the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital to help prevent breast cancer in the Lower Naugatuck Valley area.
The donation was part of Big Y's 11th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign to promote breast cancer screening, education and treatment. Throughout October, Big Y stores sold $1 Partners of Hope pink ribbons. The funds collected were distributed to breast cancer organizations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital opened in 2011, combining 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 advanced 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

Have Coffee with a Cop in Derby

DERBY- Join Derby Police on Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Heav'nly Donuts, 658 New Haven Ave., for free coffee and conversation.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Seymour High School Cheerleaders Land State Championship

(Sharing information from Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller's Facebook Page):

Congratulations to the 2018 Co-Ed State Champs Seymour High School. Job well done!!! It’s always a great day to be a Wildcat!

Awards Dinner for Late Ansonia Eduactor

Nick Collicelli Legacy Awards

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

6:00 PM Cocktails-Cash Bar    6:45PM Buffet Dinner

La Sala Banquet Hall@Sons of Italy

73 High Street, Derby, CT 06418

 $50 per person

Join us in celebrating the individuals and organizations who embody the life and legacy of Nick Collicelli through their unselfish efforts to promote good will, understanding, and unity that has resulted in positive and lasting changes in our communities.

The 2018 recipients are:

Kaitlyn Caple-Student Leader Ansonia High School

Amy Cosciello-Educational Leader Prendergast School

Donna Hayes,LCSW-Community Leader Center for Cancer Care, Griffin           Hospital

Susan Olmsted-Community Leader, Friends of the Ansonia Library

Officer Michael Barry-Community and Educational Leader Ansonia High School

Master’s Table”-Founders Jim and Janette Fedak-Community Organization

Cut and remit to: Collicelli Legacy Fund, c/o 1560 Tuttle Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492

Please RSVP by April 20, 2018. Checks should be made payable to:  Collicelli Legacy Fund

NAME (S):________________________________________________________________________________

No.of tickets_______$$ ENCLOSED ___________Contact Email___________________________________

I,_______________________, am unable to attend, please accept a donation $__________for the Collicelli Legacy Fund.

For further information or directions email:

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