Monday, June 25, 2018

Kara Rochelle Recieves CT AFL-CIO Endorsement

DERBY – Kara Rochelle, Democratic candidate for state representative for the 104th Assembly District (Ansonia and Derby) received the endorsement of the Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents 80 local unions and over 200,000 active union members in the state from the private sector, public sector, and building trades.

“I’m tremendously honored to have the endorsement of CT’s AFL-CIO, whose members are our neighbors in the 104th and across the entire state," Rochelle said. "The Naugatuck Valley has always believed that hardworking men and women deserve a fair shake and the ability to make a decent living to support their families. I will proudly stand for this value. Having strong public and private sector unions ensures fairness and the safety of Connecticut’s workers. I look forward to representing the AFL-CIO’s membership and all in our community as we work together to build a vital, stable, and prosperous Valley and state."

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Shelton Kicks off Summer Concerts

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SHELTON -The Shelton Parks & Recreation Department's 2018 Under the Stars Summer Concert Series will kick off Wednesday on the Huntington Green. 

A variety of music genres will be offered Wednesdays through Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. Concerts are free.  

The lineup is:

June 20 - Old School - Oldies Rock

June 27 -The Navels - Rock

July 3 - Parrotbeach - Jimmy Buffet (Downtown)

July 11 - Alpaca Gnomes- Rock/Folk

July 18 - The Bernadettes - Motown & R&B

July 25 - Mia & the Riff - Soul & R&B / 6:00 Lynn Lewis & Friends Children's show

Aug. 1 - Highland Rovers - Irish Kick

Aug. 8 - Gunsmoke - Classic Country

Aug. 15  - Terrapin - Grateful Dead

Aug. 22 - Midnight Rodeo - New Country

Aug. 29 - The Little Big Band - Big Band Swing

Call 203-331-4120 in case of inclement weather. Rain date is the next evening. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Valley Vapors Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

From left to right:Valley Vapors employee Tyler Zdanowicz, Manager Michael Copperthite, Mayor Richard Dziekan, Owner Sarah Estiler and employee Shawn Kondor. (Photo courtesy of Miroc Photography)

DERBY- Mayor Richard Dziekan stopped by Valley Vapors as they celebrated their three-year anniversary on June 10. Dozens of patrons attended the event. Owner Sarah Estiler thanked  Dziekan for coming by and showing his support. Dziekan said momentum continues as small businesses continue to open and thrive under his administration.

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Griffin Seeking Volunteers

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to help provide patients and caregivers peace of mind about future healthcare decisions.
The hospital’s new Advance Care Planning Volunteer Program will train individuals to help guide others in developing a plan for their care in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine one's healthcare wishes and assign a healthcare representative to make decisions on his or her behalf.
The program includes an online learning component and interactive classes.
For more information or to register, call Lynn Aiksnoras at 203-732-1255 or email at
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital) 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Adam's House Names New Board Members

SHELTON - Adam’s House announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors for the nonprofit grief support and education center in Shelton.

Joining the Board are: Sarah Prout, the Director of Finance and Human Resources at The Arc of Litchfield County, Inc. (LARC) in Torrington, CT, and Renata Plonski, who brings over a decade of healthcare management experience to her new position.

Prout and Plonski will join Board President Adam Lewis and seven other board members in providing leadership to Adam’s House, which provides free educational and peer-support programs to grief-stricken children and families in Connecticut.

Adam’s House Founder and Executive Director Allison Wysota said Prout and Plonski have exceptional backgrounds that will certainly be an asset for Adam’s House.

“Sarah Prout and Renata Plonski not only possess outstanding credentials in their respective fields, but both women have a strong community spirit and dedication to helping others,” said Adam’s House Founder and Executive Director Allison Wysota. “We know their education, talents and expertise will help Adam’s House craft valuable strategies and new ideas to enhance our mission. They join Adam’s House at a very exciting time for us as we continue to attract more clients and expand our role in the Valley community.”

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



Griffin Hospital Nurses Name Physician of the Year

DERBY - Podiatrist Luke Jeffries, DPM, of Seymour, was recently honored as Physician of the Year at Griffin Hospital’s 32nd Annual Nurses Week luncheon.
The Physician of the Year Award is based on voting by the hospital’s Nursing staff. In nominating Dr. Jeffries, nurses said he is a great patient advocate and is passionate about the care he provides, which makes patients feel confident and supported.
“He is a very calm, quiet and unassuming person, and is always that way with his patients and staff,” said Griffin Hospital Chief Medical Officer, Frederick Browne, MD, during the award presentation. “He is a strategic thinker and genuine. He takes time to address any questions or concerns with his
patients, and is responsive to the Nursing staff and all fellow caregivers. He is truly committed to Griffin.”
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Derby Announces Summer Concert Series

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Eddy's Bake Shop to Hold Grand Opening

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ruth Parkins Receives Prestigious Humanitarian Award

SHELTON - Ruth Parkins received the 48th Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award May 31 at United Way’s 2018 VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION held at Villa Bianca in Seymour. 

The award is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious community service award, named for the late editor of The Evening Sentinel. It has been presented annually since 1971 for a lifetime of service to the community.
Ruth is an active community volunteer, an Executive Board member and a past chair of Valley United Way’s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council and a Valley Community Reviewer for the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s Responsive Grants Program.

Ruth is employed by the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company where she manages community and government relations, stakeholder outreach and corporate giving. She graduated summa cum laude from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned her Master’s degrees in Business administration and Public Administration from the University of New Haven.

She currently chairs the communications committee for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), and is a member of the Northeast Gas Association’s Public Awareness and Communications Subcommittees.

As a community leader and volunteer, Ruth was an elected member of the City of Shelton’s Planning & Zoning Commission for 10 years, serving as its Chairman form 2009-2017. She currently represents Shelton on the Naugatuck Valley Council of Government’s Regional Planning Commission and also serves as an Executive Committee member on the Shelton Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors.

She was recipient of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Gold Seal Award in 2010, and the Shelton Economic Development Corporation’s 2014 Raymond P. Lavietes Award for Outstanding Leadership & Vison.

Ruth has been a resident of Shelton for over 40 years and has two grown daughters, Jessica and Sarah. Sharon Gibson-Ellis, Valley United Way President said, “Ruth is very deserving of this significant award”.

(This is a press release from Valley United Way)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Ansonia Home Offers Big Energy Savings

ANSONIA –Local Realtor Frank H. Hoinsky recently introduced “the future of home design” with a new listing at 23 Hull St. that’s being dubbed a “zero energy home.”

Hoinsky said the home, while it looks like any new home, offers so much more. He said spray-in foam insulation in the walls and ceilings helps regulate heating and cooling to save energy, while a computerized, tankless hot water heater and new technology heat pump and central air conditioning lower costs even more, resulting in big savings for the homeowner.

Further, Hoinsky added that “zero energy doesn’t mean zero comfort or luxury.” The home boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring custom granite counters, stainless steel appliances, along with an open floor plan with cathedral ceiling over a comfortable dining room and living room with 50” TV. The oversized ceramic bath features a wide doorway, step-in shower and lots of storage. Extras include a full-sized laundry and excellent attic space for storage. The home is situated on a private, level lot.

For more information, call Hoinsky’s office at 203-732-8080 or visit

Monday, June 4, 2018

Trip to Belmont Stakes

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SEYMOUR- The Seymour Community Center/Senior Center will be offering several trips that are open to the public:  Come witness a Triple Crown Possibility.  Trip is scheduled to the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9th featuring the very best in thoroughbred racing including two time winner JUSTIFY vying for his 3rd win earning him the Triple Crown.  Departure is from the Community Center at 9:30 a.m. Price of $56.00 per person includes General Admission Ticket and transportation and gratuity. 

And it's not too early to purchase tickets to the Radio City’s famous Holiday Show featuring the Rockets.  Tickets are 1st mezzanine seats for the 11:00 a.m. show.  You will have time to have lunch on your own and explore some of the city sights. Price is $98.00.  Departure is from Chatfield School Parking Lot on Skokorat St., Seymour at  7:30 a.m.

Registration  at or calling 203-888-0406. 

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