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The Naugatuck All Stars basketball travel team recently wrapped up the season with a record of 35-13. The team placed in several tournaments this year, including winning the Avon Classic, coming in second place in the Hartford Classic and B.P.T. Love Life Summer Tournament, as well as third place finishes in the Cardinal Sheehan Center Spring League and L.N.V. Shelton Boys Club Fall League. Pictured, from left, Dayvon Russell, Dave Roskowsky, Alex Witkowski, C.J. Wall, Scott Millet, Dyllan Tyson, Dashon Russell and Aaron Manouse. Not pictured, coach Matt Witkowski, Blake Hardy, Ethan Vance, Lucas Warren, Jordan Booker, Richard Hawk, Cameron Caulfield and Maleek Brooks. –CONTRIBUTED

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Jack Bshara, of Beacon Falls, Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 6- to 8-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Brooke Campbell, of Naugatuck, won the Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 3- to 5-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Adriana Lisko, of Naugatuck, Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 9- to 12-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Children from Naugatuck Day Care pose for a picture with, from left, Naugatuck Day Care board member Lorianne Adamaitis, Mayor Robert Mezzo and board member Nancy Clarke following a recent Thanksgiving feast. –CONTRIBUTED

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Dad's Nite at the Firehouse was held Dec. 4 at the Naugatuck fire headquarters on Maple Street. The event is for children from the Naugatuck Head Start program and the significant male in their lives. The children were given a goodie bag, fire hat and a disposable camera. The evening started with the children being read a story, a firefighter in full gear met with the children, then Sparky the Fire Dog led the children to the apparatus floor, where they were allowed to climb in the fire trucks. The event is sponsored by Firefighters Union Local 1219 with the proceeds from its Easter flower sale. –CONTRIBUTED

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Prospect resident Lukas Fedak, a junior at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, (pictured last on the right in the front row) is a member of the school’s mock trial team, which competed against 68 teams at the statewide mock trial competition Dec. 2 in Danbury Superior Court. Similar to a real trial, the teams must prepare and deliver opening statements, direct examinations of their own witnesses, cross examinations of the opposing teams’ witnesses and closing arguments. –CONTRIBUTED

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Naugatuck Junior Girl Scout Troop 64555 has earned the Bronze Award, which is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. For their Bronze Award project the girls chose to do a project to benefit cancer patients undergoing treatment. The girls learned how to finger knit so that they could make hats and held a month-long blanket drive to collect blankets. The troop received help from the fifth grade class at St. Francis-St. Hedwig School. Several troop members taught the class how to knit and they contributed their efforts to the project. The girls recently delivered 44 blankets and 12 hats to the Harold Leever Cancer Center in Waterbury. The girls will receive their Bronze Awards at a ceremony in the spring. Pictured, from left, Harold Leever Center Center representative Deborah Parkinson, Girls Scouts Samantha Klubek, Sage Hovanec, Abby Shugdinis, Sarah Orcutt, Faith Arcuri, Samantha Argel and Madeline Abate. –CONTRIBUTED

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Members of The Legionnaires from The Seminary in Cheshire perform during the Naugatuck Woman's Club Christmas luncheon Dec. 2 at the Continental Room in Naugatuck. The Brothers had lunch with the club, then performed holiday music acapella. The club also collected donations for Toys for Tots and the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank during the luncheon, which was the club’s final meeting until April. For more information on the club or attending a future luncheon, call Laura Smith at (203) 729-4263. –CONTRIBUTED

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Naugatuck YMCA youth karate students, front row from left, Rebecca Santos, David Fernandes and Paul Melo received their green belt 6 on Dec. 12. They were graded by Grand Master Robert Cheezic at USA Martial Arts in Naugatuck. The students were graded on the discipline and skills they learned, demonstrated four forms and spared other students. Their instructor, 7 degree master belt Joe Antonucci (pictured with the students) also provided over the grading. Karate classes at the YMCA are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will begin again in January. For more information, contact the YMCA at (203) 729-9622 or naugatuckymca@yahoo.com. –CONTRIBUTED

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The Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALL

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The Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALL

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The Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALL

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From left, Naugatuck YMCA Youth and Family Director Sherri Beck, Health Director Lori Czajkowski and YMCA member Debbie Rescanski pose in front of the YMCA on Church Street before going on a 5K run on Christmas Eve morning. The YMCA is hoping to make the run an annual event. -LUKE MARSHALL

The Naugatuck All Stars basketball travel team recently wrapped up the season with a record of 35-13. The team placed in several tournaments this year, including winning the Avon Classic, coming in second place in the Hartford Classic and B.P.T. Love Life Summer Tournament, as well as third place finishes in the Cardinal Sheehan Center Spring League and L.N.V. Shelton Boys Club Fall League. Pictured, from left, Dayvon Russell, Dave Roskowsky, Alex Witkowski, C.J. Wall, Scott Millet, Dyllan Tyson, Dashon Russell and Aaron Manouse. Not pictured, coach Matt Witkowski, Blake Hardy, Ethan Vance, Lucas Warren, Jordan Booker, Richard Hawk, Cameron Caulfield and Maleek Brooks. –CONTRIBUTEDJack Bshara, of Beacon Falls, Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 6- to 8-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALLBrooke Campbell, of Naugatuck, won the Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 3- to 5-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALLAdriana Lisko, of Naugatuck, Citizen’s News annual Christmas coloring contest in the 9- to 12-year-old age group. –LUKE MARSHALLChildren from Naugatuck Day Care pose for a picture with, from left, Naugatuck Day Care board member Lorianne Adamaitis, Mayor Robert Mezzo and board member Nancy Clarke following a recent Thanksgiving feast. –CONTRIBUTEDDad's Nite at the Firehouse was held Dec. 4 at the Naugatuck fire headquarters on Maple Street. The event is for children from the Naugatuck Head Start program and the significant male in their lives. The children were given a goodie bag, fire hat and a disposable camera. The evening started with the children being read a story, a firefighter in full gear met with the children, then Sparky the Fire Dog led the children to the apparatus floor, where they were allowed to climb in the fire trucks. The event is sponsored by Firefighters Union Local 1219 with the proceeds from its Easter flower sale. –CONTRIBUTEDProspect resident Lukas Fedak, a junior at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, (pictured last on the right in the front row) is a member of the school’s mock trial team, which competed against 68 teams at the statewide mock trial competition Dec. 2 in Danbury Superior Court. Similar to a real trial, the teams must prepare and deliver opening statements, direct examinations of their own witnesses, cross examinations of the opposing teams’ witnesses and closing arguments. –CONTRIBUTEDNaugatuck Junior Girl Scout Troop 64555 has earned the Bronze Award, which is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. For their Bronze Award project the girls chose to do a project to benefit cancer patients undergoing treatment. The girls learned how to finger knit so that they could make hats and held a month-long blanket drive to collect blankets. The troop received help from the fifth grade class at St. Francis-St. Hedwig School. Several troop members taught the class how to knit and they contributed their efforts to the project. The girls recently delivered 44 blankets and 12 hats to the Harold Leever Cancer Center in Waterbury. The girls will receive their Bronze Awards at a ceremony in the spring. Pictured, from left, Harold Leever Center Center representative Deborah Parkinson, Girls Scouts Samantha Klubek, Sage Hovanec, Abby Shugdinis, Sarah Orcutt, Faith Arcuri, Samantha Argel and Madeline Abate. –CONTRIBUTEDMembers of The Legionnaires from The Seminary in Cheshire perform during the Naugatuck Woman's Club Christmas luncheon Dec. 2 at the Continental Room in Naugatuck. The Brothers had lunch with the club, then performed holiday music acapella. The club also collected donations for Toys for Tots and the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank during the luncheon, which was the club’s final meeting until April. For more information on the club or attending a future luncheon, call Laura Smith at (203) 729-4263. –CONTRIBUTEDNaugatuck YMCA youth karate students, front row from left, Rebecca Santos, David Fernandes and Paul Melo received their green belt 6 on Dec. 12. They were graded by Grand Master Robert Cheezic at USA Martial Arts in Naugatuck. The students were graded on the discipline and skills they learned, demonstrated four forms and spared other students. Their instructor, 7 degree master belt Joe Antonucci (pictured with the students) also provided over the grading. Karate classes at the YMCA are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will begin again in January. For more information, contact the YMCA at (203) 729-9622 or naugatuckymca@yahoo.com. –CONTRIBUTEDThe Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALLThe Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALLThe Beacon Falls Public Library hosted a New Year’s Eve party hat craft program Dec. 27 at which children were able to create festive hats to help them ring in the New Year. -LUKE MARSHALLFrom left, Naugatuck YMCA Youth and Family Director Sherri Beck, Health Director Lori Czajkowski and YMCA member Debbie Rescanski pose in front of the YMCA on Church Street before going on a 5K run on Christmas Eve morning. The YMCA is hoping to make the run an annual event. -LUKE MARSHALL

Dad's Nite at the Firehouse was held Dec. 4 at the Naugatuck fire headquarters on Maple Street. The event is for children from the Naugatuck Head Start program and the significant male in their lives. The children were given a goodie bag, fire hat and a disposable camera. The evening started with the children being read a story, a firefighter in full gear met with the children, then Sparky the Fire Dog led the children to the apparatus floor, where they were allowed to climb in the fire trucks. The event is sponsored by Firefighters Union Local 1219 with the proceeds from its Easter flower sale. –CONTRIBUTED

Dad’s Nite at the Firehouse was held Dec. 4 at the Naugatuck fire headquarters on Maple Street. The event is for children from the Naugatuck Head Start program and the significant male in their lives. The children were given a goodie bag, fire hat and a disposable camera. The evening started with the children being read a story, a firefighter in full gear met with the children, then Sparky the Fire Dog led the children to the apparatus floor, where they were allowed to climb in the fire trucks. The event is sponsored by Firefighters Union Local 1219 with the proceeds from its Easter flower sale. –CONTRIBUTED

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