Monday, April 30, 2018

Free Concert in Seymour May 6

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Learn How to Manage Pain

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DERBY - Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free talk on pain management on Thurs., May 24 at 6 p.m.
Pain medicine expert Dr. Sandeep Johar will lead “Managing Pain for a Better Quality of Life,” an open discussion about the methods to help restore and improve quality of life by decreasing pain and restoring the maximum level of function and independence. Dr. Johar has a multi-disciplinary medical background in interventional pain management, sports medicine and emergency medicine, enabling him to collaborate with our other specialists to ensure patients have a comprehensive treatment plan.
The talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U education series, which features Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics. Light refreshments will be served.
To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit the calendar at
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Veterans

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SEYMOUR - Seymour VFW Post 12084 will host its 3rd annual charity golf tournament on May 18 at the Oxford Greens Golf Course, in Oxford.
A continental breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. tee-off time. A steak and chicken dinner will be served following the tournament. Cost is $125 per person, with proceeds to benefit veterans' causes.
Those interested in signing up, or for more information, can call Al Yagovane at 203-736-7981.

Griffin to Host Safe Kids Day

DERBY- Griffin, Safe Kids to Host Safe Kids Day Monday, April 30
WHAT: In recognition of National Safe Kids Day, Griffin Hospital in Derby and Safe Kids
Greater Naugatuck Valley will host an interactive safety fair Mon., April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Safe Kids Day is a day to celebrate kids and take action
to keep kids safe. Many people are surprised to learn that injuries from car crashes, fires,
drownings, poisonings, and falls are the top health threats to children in the United States.
Throughout the world, an estimated 1 million children die of injuries each year, and nearly all of
these tragedies are preventable. Visitors to the Safe Kids Day safety fair will learn about the
many free Safe Kids programs offered in their community to help keep children safe.
WHEN: MONDAY, APRIL 30 from 10 a.m.
WHERE: Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418
WHO: Representatives from Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital, and
children and parents from the area
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Valley Volunteers Honored

Cathi Kellett and Officer Mike Barry
DERBY - Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Coalition recently marked its 5th anniversary and honored its dedicated volunteers with a dinner at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Operating within Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach Program, Safe Kids Naugatuck Valley is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

The local program was became a chapter 2004 and developed into a coalition under Safe Kids CT. In 2013, the program grew to include many Naugatuck Valley towns and became its own stand-alone coalition.

Cathi Kellett and Michele Holovach
Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Coalition educates children and adults on variety of health and safety programs to reduce unintentional injuries among children. Program topics include anti-bullying, germ protection, teen distracted driving, bicycle and wheeled sport safety, anti-tobacco use, child passenger safety, exercise and sports safety, and internet safety.
Ansonia Police Officer Michael Barry, and Michele Holovach and Jamie Peterson, of TEAM, Inc., received the Volunteer Excellence Award.
Officer Barry has volunteered with Safe Kids since 2006 and has been very active in programs involving child passenger safety, teen driving, pedestrian safety, poison prevention, and anti-bullying.
“At any given community health fair, program at Griffin Hospital or in one of the Ansonia schools, Officer Barry offers his guidance, support, expertise - and most of all his time - to bring quality programs to our community to ensure safe, happy and healthy children and families,” said Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Coalition Coordinator Cathi Kellett.
Holovach and Peterson have been essential in coordinating with Head Start classrooms in Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, Seymour, and Beacon Falls, to bring Safe Kids’ health and safety programs to more than 250 students every month throughout the school year. Additionally, they support major grant projects to fit every child with a new car seat and bike helmet, provide concussion protocols and water safety programs, and educate parents and caregivers at regular dinners throughout the year.
“Their collaboration is instrumental in keeping Safe Kids constantly moving forward.” Kellett said. “They are a vital part of our success.”
For more information about Safe Kids Naugatuck Valley, visit or contact Kellett at 203-732-1337 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Learn How to Paint with Watercolors

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 28

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The U.S. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Administration- has Announced Plans for its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Saturday April 28, 2018
10 am to 2 pm
Locations close to Derby are:
Shelton Police Department – 85 Wheeler Street
Orange CVS – 279 Boston Post Road
Milford Senior Center – 9 Jepson Drive
Here is a link for more information and locations:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Derby RTC Endorses Jaumann

Pictured Left to Right: Mayor Richard Dziekan, Joe Jaumann and Sam Pollastro

DERBY - At a recent Derby Republican Town Committee meeting, Joe Jaumann, the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 104th District received the unanimous endorsement of the Town Committee membership.

Jaumann during his speech to the town Committee emphasized that focus has to be on the economy and protecting the hardworking families of our communities from the tax and tax more mentality from Hartford.

“The hardworking men, woman and families of the 104th district cannot afford to pay any more in taxes," said Jaumann. "We need a State Representative from the 104th who will be focused on protecting the taxpayers and not working against them.”
Mayor Dziekan added, “Joe has been an outspoken leader on making government better and more efficient. He has led the charge on regionalization and shared services between Ansonia and Derby, and was instrumental in establishing the temporary school study regionalization committee.”

Jaumann thanked Mayor Dziekan, Chairman Pollastro and all of the Derby Town Committee members for their support.

“I am humbled by the Committee’s endorsement and I am thankful for all who have pledged support and volunteered to help this campaign season," he said. " We are going to work endlessly to ensure our message gets out to every voter from now until Election Day.”

(This is a press release from Jaumann's campaign)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Get Some Zzzz's with Free Sleep Apnea Talk

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is offering a free talk that breaks down the ABCs of Zzzs on Tues., May 15 at 6 p.m. in the hospitals Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division Street, Derby.
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist Jackie Hoyle will present “Better Sleep for Better Health,” a discussion about the health risks of getting too little sleep, tips for getting better sleep, and warning signs of sleep apnea.
There will also be information about Griffin Hospital’s Sleep Wellness Center, a comprehensive program that offers state-of-the-art sleep medicine in a comfortable, home-like environment. The Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a sleep disorders center - one of only 13 in Connecticut to achieve the Academy's highest level of accreditation - and helps treat sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy.
The talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U education series, which features Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics. Light refreshments will be served.
To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit the calendar at
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Tickets Available for Annual "Men Who Cook" Event

Monday, April 16, 2018

Shop & Sip Event to Benefit Shelton's Adam's House

Newly opened Southern Tide & Splash of Pink in Westport will host “Shopping and Shampagne,” an April 25th fundraiser to benefit Adam’s House, a grief and education loss center providing no-cost programs to grieving children and families in Connecticut. 
Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne while shopping for their new spring wardrobe and accessories at Westport’s newest shop located at 275 Post Road East in Westport, CT.  Ten percent of sales at the fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will benefit Adam’s House. The event is open to the public. 
Adam’s House Board Member Donna Nayden and Southern Tide Manager Maria Terrell are hosting the event.
“Adam’s House is a place where grieving families can turn in their time of need,” said Nayden. “Its programs provide families with hope, comfort, support and age-appropriate coping skills. Thanks to the generosity of local vendors such as Southern Tide and Splash of Pink, Adam’s House is able to offer their programs at no-cost to families. Please join us for a fun evening of shopping, sipping “shampagne” and supporting this wonderful community organization.”
(This is a press release from Adam's House) 

Local Lawmaker to Host Derby Coffee Hour

Local Brewery to release Limited Edition Beer April 20

We'll be releasing our new DOUBLE DOOBIOUS DIPA this Friday.
Grab some hopped-up freshies along with our secret giveaway and have a great sesh with us this 4/20!

$16 4-packs. Four 4-packs per customer limit.

We are releasing these limited 16oz cans at the BAD SONS brewery taproom this Friday 4/20 starting at high noon!

DOUBLE DOOBIOUS will also be available on draft in 13oz pours.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Local Lawmakers Honor Firefighters at State Capitol

HARTFORD - House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, left, State Reps. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, right, and Linda Gentile, center, joined local Fire Chiefs at the State Capitol on Wednesday for Fire Service Day. In back row, pictured left to right, Orange Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas; former Derby Fire Chief Chuck Stankye III; former Orange Fire Chief Kenneth Mitchell; former Beacon Falls Fire Chief Jim Trzaski

(This is a press release from Spencer Rubin/House Republicans)


Ride, Run or Walk to Benefit Valley Children

  Ride it. Run it. Walk it.
Derby, CT (April 2018) Do you love cycling events? Are you a runner? Do you like to walk? Do you want to support children and families in your community? If you said yes, you should join the Ride/Run/Walk for Children at Quarry Walk! Sponsorships are also available for this fun community event that benefits BHcare’s Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC).
PCRC provides innovative mental health services, prevention and early intervention programs for more than 1,000 children and families in the Valley and beyond.
The Ride/Run/Walk for Children at Quarry Walk will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 300 Oxford Road in Oxford. The event features 15, 32 or 50 mile bike routes, 5k run and a 2k walk. We hope to raise $100,000 this year! Participants are encouraged to form teams and collect donations online. Registration fee is $50 per cyclist, $20 for runners, $20 for walkers, and children 10 and under are $10. Register today at or call Kati Lewantowicz at (203) 446-9739.
The Ride/Run/Walk for Children ant Quarry Walk is sponsored by Haynes Development and Quarry Walk.
PCRC, a division of BHcare, provides hope and help for children, adolescents, teens, and families struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Visit for more information.
(This is a press release from BHcare)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Seymour Ambulance Offers Safe Sitter Classes

Derby Student Runner-up in State Roadway Safety Contest

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman with Sofia
Sofia's Poster
Derby Police Chief Jerry Narowski, Mrs. Rudus, Sofia
and Mayor Richard Dziekan
DERBY - This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 9-13 2018).

This year Sofia Rudus, a 4th grade Bradley School student received second place (grades 2-4) in this year’s statewide Roadway Safety Poster Contest. Students in grades K-6 were asked to design a poster to illustrate ways in which they think road users can impact roadway safety.

The winners were recognized by the Lieutenant Governor and the DOT Commissioner along with representatives from local public works depar...tments, the Department of Motor Vehicles, state and local police, and several public safety agencies.

We would like to congratulate Sofia for her award and for proudly representing Derby!

*Information shared from Derby Police Department 

Local Lawmakers Honor Seymour Students

Pictured left to right: State Sen. Eric Berthel, Colin Stewart, Ernie DiStasi Assistant Principal, Adelina Barreira and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria

SEYMOUR- In honor of Women’s History Month, State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria and State Senator Eric Berthel hosted an essay contest for Seymour 6th graders with the theme, “How a Connecticut Woman Made a Contribution to the State and/or Nation and How it Has Influenced Me.”

The winner and runner-up finishers were picked by the teachers at Seymour Middle School and were presented with an official state citation and pin. The winner and runner-up, and who they profiled, are:

First Place – Adelina Barreira – Caroline Maria Hewins

Runner-Up – Colin Stewart – Ella Tambussi Grasso

Monday, April 9, 2018

NRBQ to Headline Valley Music Festival

 Joe Shapiro, left, Banko's owner, Natalie Hamilton, right, co-founder of Banko's Music Foundation and Mayor Cassetti
ANSONIA - At a press conference on April 9, Banko’s Music announced its music lineup for their inaugural Rock The Summer event at Nolan Field. The July 28th festival will feature legendary regional group and recording artist NRBQ, with preceding act Deep Banana Blackout, a nine piece rhythm and funk bank.

The event will benefit the recently formed Banko’s Music Foundation to benefit music students throughout the valley. Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation. Food trucks will participate along with a beer and wine garden.

For more information, please visit:

(Information shared from City of Ansonia's Facebook page)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Griffin Hospital to Host Annual Baby Fair

DERBY - Expectant parents, new parents and their families can get a good feel for the area’s maternity and child care resources from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 28 at Griffin Hospital’s Annual Baby Fair.
Held at The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby, this free event features more than 30 exhibitors, door prizes, tours of the Childbirth Center and information about the Center’s classes and support groups for before and after childbirth.
Griffin Hospital offers family-centered maternity care in an environment designed to best meet individual and family needs. The Center features private, family-friendly rooms, expert staff for maternal and newborn care, and lactation consultants.
The Childbirth Center received the Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an international honor is given to hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and that help parents make informed choices about feeding and caring for their babies.
For more information about The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, call 203-732-7252 or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Griffin Hospital Offering Spring Classes

DERBY -  The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers, 300 Seymour Ave., Suite 206 in Derby, is offering classes for its spring Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Phlebotomy programs.
The CNA program starts May 14. The PCT and Phlebotomy programs begin May 15.
The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed six-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 program’s clinical experience is at a long term stay facility and Griffin Hospital from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a total of 40 hours. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the certification exam for a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut. The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation.
There will also be a CNA semester starting July 16.
The 16-week PCT program requires students to attend practical training on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with the option to take the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday phlebotomy classes either during the day from 9 a.m.-noon or during the evening from 6-9 p.m.
The PCT program offers ample hands-on training and opportunities for practical experience in the school's fully equipped mock hospital room and during the 160 hours of clinical experience. The course tuition includes textbook, malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and national certification costs.
The 13-week Phlebotomy program holds classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with a daytime option of 9 a.m.-noon or an evening option of 6-9 p.m. The tuition includes a 40-hour internship, national certification costs, lab coats, CPR certification, malpractice insurance and textbook.
Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited.
For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Something Fishy in Ansonia

Monday, April 2, 2018

Lions Club Members Gain International Recognition

Lori-Ann Beninson, left, and Melissa A. Smith
SEYMOUR - Lion Lori-Ann Beninson and Lion Melissa A. Smith have been awarded the International Presidents Certificate award by District Governor Shaukat Khan and Lions Clubs International in recognition of their commitment to community service. Lion Beninson is on this year's District Global Leadership Team and Lion Smith is on the Global Membership Team.
Beninson is a member of the New Fairfield Lions Club. She has been a Lion for 7 years, and She has participated in various club projects including New Fairfield Old Tyme Carnival, Senior Picnics and Boat trip, Kids sight eye screening, and Homeless outreach.

Smith is a member of the Seymour Lions Club. She has been a Lion for 9 years, and She has participated in various club projects including Kids Sight eye screening, Summer Cruise Nights, Annual Car Show, Senior Pizza/Bingo.

Both Lions said, “It is a great honor to be presented with this award,” It was a surprise to both of them.

The New Fairfield Lions Club has 57 members and meets on the and 4th Tuesday at 7pm at Biscotti’s.  For more information or to get involved with the New Fairfield Lions Club, please contact Lion Lori-Ann at

The Seymour Lions Club has 43 members and meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Tavern 1757.  For more information or to get involved with the Seymour Lions Club, please contact Lion Melissa at 203-430-9356 or email the club at

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at
(This is a press release from Seymour Lions)

Free Program on Meditation

DERBY - Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is helping individuals refresh their spirits for spring with a free program on meditation from 6-7 p.m. on Thurs., April 26.
Janice Lautier, director of Spiritual Care and Education, will host “Finding Balance,” an interactive program about the benefits and styles of meditation that can help participants balance and settle themselves - especially during chaotic times. There will be group discussion and experiential learning as well as guidance on how to start a daily meditation practice.
This talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U Talks, 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.
To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203-732-1511 or visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Paint the Town and Your House Pink

  Pinkest House/Yard/Business Decorating Contest Sharing from Seymour Pink founder Mary Deming: "We love seeing all of the pink ribbons...