Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Seymour Marks Veterans Day

SEYMOUR - The town and VFW Post 12084 recently held its annual Veterans Day candlelight vigil ceremony at Broad Street Park. Local mayors and area lawmakers were on hand, while Col. Jerry Lukowski of the CT National Guard served as guest speaker. Longtime Board of Education member Fred Stanek served as emcee of the event, which was led by the Seymour Middle School chorus singing “God Bless America.”  Members of the Seymour police, fire and emergency services departments presented wreaths at the various war memorials.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Seymour Police Toy Drive Benefits TEAM, Inc.

Sharing from Seymour Police Department:

Thank you to everyone who donated at our annual Team Inc. Toys 4 Kids Toy Drive this past Saturday! Today, Chief Satkowski presented Team Inc. with a $500.00 check on behalf of the Seymour Police Department!

The final count from Saturday’s toy drive is as follows:
280 Toys
4 Bicycles
Approximately $600 in monetary donations along with 9 gift cards.

Thank you to our partners Stop & Shop and D’Addario Buick-GMC.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Seymour Christmas Parade Happening Sunday, Dec. 8

SEYMOUR- Mother Nature had other plans in mind last week, forcing the cancellation of the town's annual Christmas Parade, but the festivities are back on for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

The parade, with more than 50 marching units, including bands, local scout troops, sports leagues, floats, emergency vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus, himself, will step off at 2 p.m. from the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St. The line of march will continue through downtown, stop at the reviewing stand on Main Street and disband at French Memorial Park. 

Longtime Seymour Middle School Teacher Harvey Catlin will head the parade as this year's Grand Marshal. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Salt & Sand Available for Valley Seniors

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club will be delivering five-gallon buckets of sand and salt mixture to seniors over 65 and disabled individuals residing in Derby and Shelton on December 5 – 8th to spread on walkways and driveways during the winter.  

If you are interested in receiving a bucket, sign up at the Derby or Shelton Senior Centers or contact Kim Ryan at Curtiss Ryan Honda Phone: (203) 929-1484 X227/ Email:

Individuals residing in housing developments that already provide sand are not eligible.

The sign-up deadline in November 27th. The sand will be delivered on December 5th – 8th

The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.  Rotarians are involved in projects such as curing the world of Polio and providing a dictionary to every third grader in Derby and Shelton. 


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Valley Dentist Helps Brighten Holidays

SHELTON- Dr. Bruce Sofferman of Smile Dental Center, 1000 Bridgeport Ave., and his family held their 33rd frozen turkey and canned food drive Nov. 20 to benefit the Spooner House and its Valley Food Bank. The donations will be made into food baskets for more than 600 Valley families in need so they can enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Festival of Trees Nov. 23 & 24

SHELTON-  TEAM, Inc. will present its 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit TEAM Elderly Services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 at the Shelton Senior Center, 18 Wheeler St.

Festival of Trees is a magical weekend that includes more than 25 vendors, other activities for families and adults, and raffle tickets to lucky winners that includes more than 30 prizes: fully decorated Holiday Trees, Wreaths, Baskets, and a new TV. 

In addition, TEAM’s 16th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off the magic of the holiday season including pictures with Santa as well as Minnie Mouse. 

Admission is free and the public is welcome. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets ($10/ book) and win your very own holiday tree, wreath, gift basket, and/or television. More than 25 vendors will be on hand to help with holiday shopping.

TEAM is committed to maximizing opportunities for the independence and wellbeing of our Valley seniors most in need – programs include Meals on Wheels & Elderly Nutrition, Medical Transportation, Volunteer Caregiving & Homemaking, and other basic needs supports and assistance for our region’s seniors. In addition to raising public awareness of TEAM’s services for seniors, this event raises funds in support of TEAM’s Elderly Services that made a meaningful impact for more than 700 seniors in the last year alone.

(This is a press release from TEAM)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Christmas Cookie Walk Dec. 7

Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Parish




Saturday, December 7th  -  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 (Location:  St. Mary’s Church Hall)

Sponsored by the Ladies Guild

With your help, this Cookie Walk will be another HUGE success!!!

Please consider baking and donating 3-4 dozen small, attractive,

& festive Christmas cookies using your favorite recipe. 

Sign-up sheets will be available in the main vestibules.

Drop off information: 

St. Mary’s Church Hall

212 Elizabeth St., Derby, 06418

Friday, December 6th, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM.


Help to make this fundraiser another SMASHING success.


Direct any questions to:  Missy Walker

203-435-5324 -

Baker’s tip:  Make cookies in advance, they will stay fresh by

wrapping tightly in plastic wrap and freezing.

Donate to Toys 4 Kids at Nov. 24 Kick-off

The Derby Historical Society was founded on April 18, 1946, to serve the Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.

Contact Us
37 Elm Street
Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 735-1908 

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday,
9 am - 1 pm
*Research and Tours By appointment*

Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at 9 am!
19 Chucta Rd, Seymour, CT
(rain date, Sunday, December 1st)

The Yankee Clipper Presents: the 15th Annual Christmas Breakfast for Valley TEAM Toys 4 Kids!

6th Connecticut Regiment and the Derby Historical Society hope to see you at this amazing event.

Did you know that our very own hero,
David Humphreys served as a Captain for his own company of the 6th CR? Come and spend a morning with some hot cocoa, free breakfast, the troops, and the Derby Historical Society!

Your hosts, Diane and Tom Baklik, have invited all to come and be a part of this memorable experience. The Yankee Clipper is a local Country Barbershop.

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy, and be sure to bring your camera because Santa will be escorted down the road by the Seymour Police, the Blue Knights, the 6th CR, and the Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Stuff a Truck to Benefit Spooner House

SHELTON – The Rabine Family Dentistry will be holding a special Stuff a Truck filled with non-perishable items on Saturday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 865 River Road in Shelton.  

This will be an important food drive since many state budgets have been cut, therefore more people than ever are in need of meal support in the lower Naugatuck Valley to obtain all the ingredients necessary for satisfying holiday meals.

The Rabine Family Dentistry Center will also be collecting frozen turkeys and non perishable food items. 

Visit for other donation locations and updates for the holiday season.  Also check for updates and pictures on the ACT Spooner House Facebook page. Spooner House is asking everyone to be as generous as possible and thanks you in advance for any help you are able to provide. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Autumn Open Hearth Event Nov. 9 in Derby

DERBY - Please join us for Derby Historical Society’s Autumn Open Hearth event on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will be raffling off an American Girl Wellie Wisher, courtesy of Heather’s Korner, and a set of four tickets to the Friday, November 22 Huskies vs Providence Hockey Game at the XL Center in Hartford! 
There will be tours of our circa 1698 museum house, Dutch oven baking, and we have a great gift shop filled with little treasures, including handmade clothes for all of your American Girl Doll needs. 
Suggested donation is $5 per adult/children under the age of 5 are free. Call 203-735-1908 for information or visit our website at Program made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Valley Community Foundation. 
The Derby Historical Society is a regional historical society dedicated to preserving, maintaining and celebrating the rich and varied history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The Derby Historical Society welcomes all visitors and is also available to support researchers, school or other program needs.  Our staff offices are located at the Sarah Riggs Humphreys House, 37 1/2 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT.  For more information, visit
(This is a press release from the Derby Historical Society)

Discussion on Prescription Drug Costs

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ansonia City Hall Upgrades Phone System

ANSONIA - Mayor David Cassetti has announced a major technology upgrade to make city departments more accessible and allow our staff to utilize modern communications technology. The I.T. Department has been working hard to migrate all phone systems to a new Mitel VOIP system.  This will enhance the ability to speak with departments, access real time information and expand the capabilities of the office staff.  The City will also find savings in monthly phone costs once the deployment is complete.  The Ansonia Board of Education currently utilizes this phone system and City departments will now be able to communicate directly with all Board of Education locations directly.  This is a further step in continuing to align the Board of Education and the City’s various technology platforms.

The first deployment to the new phone system took place Oct. 31 at City Hall.  All City Hall based Departments will be affected by this change.  We ask that the public please be patient as we complete our cut over to the new system.  Department main phone numbers will not change, however individual extensions will.  A complete list of Department numbers and direct extensions will be added to the City’s website.

On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 the following Departments will also transition to the new system: Public Works, Ansonia Library, Ansonia Nature Center and Ansonia Rescue Medical Services.

On Wednesday, November 14th, 2019 the Police Department will transition to the new phone system.  The Police Dispatch number will remain 203 735-1885.

Residents may use City Hall’s main number, 203 736-5900 to reach any Department.  An auto attendant will prompt you to select the correct Department or you may press 0 to reach an attendant during normal business hours.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience in this upgrade process.  Mayor Cassetti is pleased to also announce that future upgrades to the phone and data network, including public access in City Buildings to WIFI, will soon follow.

Mayor’s Office                  203 736-5900 Ext 6100

Tax Office                          203 736-5900 Ext 6110                  203 736-5910

Personnel                           203 736-5900 Ext 6115                 

Finance                               203 736-5900 Ext 6120                  203 736-5920

Economic Dev. / Grants  203 736-5900 Ext 6130

Information Tech.            203 736-5900 Ext 6135

WPCA                                  203 736-5900 Ext 6145                  203 736-5908

Assessor                             203 736-5900 Ext 6150                  203 736-5950

Building/Zoning/Blight    203 736-5900 Ext 6160                  203 736-5960     or           203 736-5990

Registrar                             203 736-5900 Ext 6170                  203 736-5970

Town Clerk                         203 736-5900 Ext 6180                  203 736-5980

(This is a press release from Ansonia City Hall)

Ansonia Roads to Close Oct. 31 & Nov. 1

On October 31, 2019 and November 1, 2019, the City of Ansonia will be closing Clifton Avenue to all southbound traffic for the milling and paving of Clifton Avenue between Father Lar Drive and Division Street. 
On October 31, 2019, the road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
On November 1, 2019, the road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Traffic delays in the area may occur. 
Please drive carefully.

(This is a press release from Ansonia Police Department)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Who Cares for the Caregiver?

SEYMOUR - The Seymour Community/Senior Center is launching a new program called “Time for Me”-a Caregivers' Support Group for Family Caregivers.  

The monthly program focuses on personal renewal of the caregivers to be able to socialize and enjoy the company of other caregivers.  Recreational and educational activities will be included at the monthly meetings.

Meetings will take place the first Monday of every month, starting Nov. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St. 

The program is open to all Seymour residents and Seymour Senior Center members at no cost. Pre-registration is required. To register call 203-888-0406 or visit

Our theme is "Who Cares for the Caregiver."

(This is a press release from the Seymour Senior Center)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BHcare to Honor Valley Businessman

Community Impact Breakfast
Please join us to honor Tom Haynes for his passion and dedication to BHcare and PCRC. It is our privilege to present Mr. Haynes with our 2019 Community Partner Award.

November 14, 2019
7:45 - 9:30 am
Race Brook Country Club
246 Derby Avenue
Orange, CT 06477

Free and open to the public!
Advanced Reservations Required

RSVP by November 7 to 446-9739 x1856

Paint the Town and Your House Pink

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