Thursday, July 26, 2018

Free Cooking Demonstration

DERBY- Griffin Hospital and the Valley United Way will host a free cooking demonstration from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Griffin Community Garden in front of the hospital, 130 Division St.
Chef Remo Santilli, Director of Food Services at Griffin Hospital, will demonstrate how to make a quick, easy and delicious summer dish which highlights some of the fresh vegetables in the Griffin Community Garden.
The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call the Valley United Way at 203-926-9478.
The Griffin Community Garden is part of the Valley United Way’s Grow Your Own initiative, which helps bring fresh produce to residents who need assistance getting healthy food. With gardens in Derby, Ansonia, Seymour and Oxford, Grow Your Own is designed to engage Valley neighborhood residents to actively participate in selecting, planting, maintaining, harvesting, and preserving fresh, nutritious produce. The ultimate goal of this program is to help “food insecure” residents obtain healthy fruits and vegetables to supplement what they are currently getting from local food pantries – as well as to encourage neighborhood residents to start their own gardens and improve their eating habits, helping alleviate one of the biggest social obstacles to good health.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coffee Hour with Valley Lawmakers


Shred Unwanted Paper for a Good Cause

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SEYMOUR - Project Purple is bringing Shred-it, a shredder truck, to downtown Seymour on Saturday, July 28 to provide local Connecticut residents and businesses with an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted personal papers to benefit pancreatic cancer research and patient financial aid. 

Project Purple asks that those interested bring boxes of paper they would like to shred to 115 Main St. between 8 and 11 a.m. for a recommended $10 donation per box.  

2 Bills Grill, a food truck from Fairfield, will be selling sandwiches at the event.

More details about this event can be found on Project Purple’s Facebook page. The nonprofit has a Facebook event page called “Shred for a Cause.”

Check out or Project Purple’s Facebook or Instagram pages to learn how you can join the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Food Truck Fridays Kicks off July 27 in Seymour

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SEYMOUR- Cados Egg Truck, which specializes in egg sandwiches made from clean and locally sourced ingredients, will be parked outside Project Purple’s office at 115 Main St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27, kicking off Food Truck Fridays.

Proceeds from sales will help benefit the non-profit Project Purple,,
established in 2011 to raise awareness, support patients and families and help fund research efforts for pancreatic cancer.
More information about Project Purple and its upcoming events can be found online at:; on Facebook at:
on Instagram: @projectpurple and on Twitter: @Run4Purple. There is also a podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud at: See the source image

Friday, July 20, 2018

Learn How to Kick the Habit

DERBY - Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.
“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. There is also a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.
“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said Richard Le Pera, a co-coordinator of the program. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”
Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habits. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are discussed as well as weight control and stress management.
Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.
To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bad Sons to Celebrate 1st Anniversary

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ansonia EMTs Go Above & Beyond in Heat Wave

Sharing Information from City of Ansonia's Facebook Page:

ANSONIA - ARMS member Krystle Bieber did a little something extra special today. While on a call last week, she attended to a patient in an extremely hot second floor apartment for an unrelated medical issue. The woman’s air conditioner had broken and the heat was unbearable in the apartment.
Today, Krystle and her brother Billy (also an ARMS member) delivered an air conditioner to this woman that they had at their home and wasn’t being used. Billy installed the unit in the woman’s window for her and got the cool air flowing; she was so appreciative.
Just another example of the amazing and selfless people we have working here.

State Announces Simplified Guidelines for Recycling

The State of Connecticut has launched new simplified guidelines for recycling. Please follow this link to learn what should or should not, go in your recycle bin. The flyer below is a guide to recycling. Also please note with pizza boxes, if they have any oil on the box or the wax paper inside, they are no longer recyclable and should be put in your trash.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Free Child Car Seat Check-ups

DERBY - Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, Griffin Hospital and D’Addario Automotive Group of Shelton are teaming up to offer free child car seat checkups on Sat., July 14 from 10 a.m.-noon at D’Addario, 329 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton.
Child car seat experts will check seats to make sure they are installed correctly and provide proper protection.
To sign up or for more information, contact Cathi Kellett at 203-732-1337 or
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Derby Public School Registration Now Open

DERBY- The Derby Board of Education is now accepting registration for all ages K-12.

We also have openings in our Little Raiders University Preschool program for students age 4.
Registration must be initiated online at: and then an appointment to finalize registration can be made by calling Jennifer at 203-446-3920. Appointments are made on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
(This is a press release from Derby Public Schools)

Ansonia Man Wins

HiM Founder Frank Michaud, right, and his wife Judy, left, present the grand prize iPad 6 to Robert Klein and his children, Ryder and Cameron
DERBY - Robert Klein Jr., of Ansonia, recently won a brand new iPad 6 in the Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) Father’s Day drawing.
Klein’s daughter, Cameron, gave her dad a HiM Father’s Day card which encourages men to get an annual physical and talk to their physicians about preventative health screenings. The card also directed recipients to a short online health survey which entered them into a drawing for the iPad and Home Depot gift cards.
The cards were distributed to elementary students in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour Shelton and Oxford. Cameron attends Mead School in Ansonia.
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the HiM in 2011. The goal of this community-wide preventive healthcare effort is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early. For more information about HiM, visit
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bereavement Support Groups at Griffin

DERBY - Griffin Hospital is offering ongoing support groups this summer for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.
These groups are assisted by caregivers in Griffin’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education and provide grief education and support to ease the pain of loss as well as encouraging healing and growth. There will be groups meeting on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, contact Janice Lautier at 203-732-1100 or

Poker Run to Benefit Seymour Pink


Derby Library Lists Summer Events