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The Panthers, sponsored by Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, recently won the 2013-14 Naugatuck YMCA Senior Girls Basketball League championship. The Panthers finished the season with a 9-1 regular season record and a 3-0 postseason record. Pictured, front row from left, Alissa McNeil (Coach's Award, B Squad), Alyssa Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Gabriella Carrelo (Most Improved, A Squad), Emily Kropo (Most Improved, B Squad) and Kayshla Diaz. Back row from left, assistant coach Steve Aronin, Haley Deitelbaum (Sportsmanship Award, A Squad), Skylar Thompson, Alexis Woods, Paige Anderson, Evelyn Diaz, Julia Pelliccia and coach Rick Pelliccia. -CONTRIBUTED

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Girl Scouts from Troop 67821 held their first cookie booth March 22 at Beacon Falls Pharmacy. While the girls were selling cookies Beacon Hose Company No. 1 answered a fire call. When the firefighters returned and finished cleaning their gear, they visited the booth in uniform and bought cookies from the girls. -CONTRIBUTED

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Girl Scouts from Troop 67821 held their first cookie booth March 22 at Beacon Falls Pharmacy. While the girls were selling cookies Beacon Hose Company No. 1 answered a fire call. When the firefighters returned and finished cleaning their gear, they visited the booth in uniform and bought cookies from the girls. -CONTRIBUTED

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Prospect Grange officers Frances Maxwell, William Maxwell, Tina Meehan, Beatrice Meehan and Jean Meehan surprised Region 16 teachers in Prospect April 2 with certificates of recognitions as part of Grange Month celebration. Pictured, Algonquin and Community schools Assistant Principal Jeff Haddad hands certificates to teachers Beatrice Meehan, left, and Tina Meehan as Algonquin and Community schools Principal Rima McGeehan, in back, looks on. –CONTRIBUTED

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The Sunday school students of Beacon Falls Congregational Church raised a total of $871.51 last month for Heifer International, an organization which works to end hunger through gifts of livestock and training. –LIZA ZAJAC WHITEHEAD

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Ion Bank President and CEO Charles Boulier III, left, presents a $5,000 grant to St. Mary’s Hospital President and CEO Chad Wable and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation President Peggy Lawlor March 26. The grant will go directly to the hospital’s annual fund which helps underwrite a diverse range of programs, services and equipment. In previous years the annual fund has provided equipment for the operating rooms, books for the Reach Out and Read program in the Children’s Health Center and equipment for the hospital’s Breast Center. It has also funded a rehabilitation program for cardiac patients, continuing medical education for medical and surgical residents and education programs for patients. ‘We are very grateful to have once again received this timely and important grant from the Ion Bank Foundation,’ said Wable in a press release. ‘The funds support a number of programs and activities that have a direct impact on our patients and staff and on the quality of care they receive and deliver. We here at the hospital consider ourselves fortunate to be among the many area organizations that the Ion Bank Foundation supports year after year.’ -CONTRIBUTED

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Author L. Todd Wood speaks to sixth-grade students at St. Francis-St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck April 8. Wood and author Daniel Donaghy came to the school to speak with students about what it is like being an author, how to write well and why they should write. Wood advised students to travel every chance they are able and to always write what they know about. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Katelyn Germano from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth talks with Naugatuck High School junior Nicole Rosato as she fills out a form to request more information about the university April 2 during a college fair hosted at the school. The fair featured representatives from dozens of colleges and university, technical schools and other institutions to talk with students about their options after high school. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Naugatuck High School sophomore Silas Lemaire talks with Michael Molkenbuhr of the Naval Academy about the attending the academy and a career in the Navy April 2 during a college fair hosted at the school. The fair featured representatives from dozens of colleges and university, technical schools and other institutions to talk with students about their options after high school. –LUKE MARSHALL

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State Sen. Joan Hartley (D-15) calls a game of Bingo as volunteer Diana MacKenzie looks on April 4 during an open house at the Naugatuck Senior Center. About 125 people attended the open house, which featured booths with information on services and programs available to seniors. Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman said the event was organized to help the seniors and usher in the spring season. ‘This is a nice way to celebrate spring,’ he said.-ELIO GUGLIOTTI

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Veterans from the American Legion Post 17 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1946 in Naugatuck recognized Naugatuck High School students April 2 at the Legion for their work in running a ziti dinner to benefit the two organizations. NHS juniors Gregory Marquardt and Ryan Russett organized the dinner for their civic action project for their civics class. The dinner raised $2,600, which will be split evenly between the American Legion and VFW to benefit veterans’ activities. Pictured, front row from left, NHS students Brianna Prentice, Noah Wood, Russett, Marquardt, Alex Rodrigues and Paul Marquardt. Back row from left, 2nd District Commander for the American Legion Ron Fischer, Post 17 Commander Tom Honyotski, veterans Bob Genovese, Phil Arcuri, Frank Edmonds and Mike DeVivo. Not pictured, NHS students Alex Triscritti and Anthony Conner and volunteer cook John Padilla. -ELIO GUGLIOTTI

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Volunteers from the first Karen Depalma 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and the winning team pose for a picture following the tournament March 29 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Karen Depalma lost her battle with cancer in December. Her husband, Joe Depalma, also has cancer. The proceeds from the tournament will go to the Depalma family to either defer some of the treatment costs or to assist their children. Pictured, front row, Jessica Depalma. Middle row, Adem Rifati, Rich Rouseau, Nick Denze, Josh Depalma and Mike DeCampus. Back row, Chris Moffo, John Frasco, Mike Cavallo, Joe Depalma, Linda Blanc, Jessica Moffo, Kristine Lapierrier and Rich Blanc. -CONTRIBUTED

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The Panthers, sponsored by Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, recently won the 2013-14 Naugatuck YMCA Senior Girls Basketball League championship. The Panthers finished the season with a 9-1 regular season record and a 3-0 postseason record. Pictured, front row from left, Alissa McNeil (Coach's Award, B Squad), Alyssa Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Gabriella Carrelo (Most Improved, A Squad), Emily Kropo (Most Improved, B Squad) and Kayshla Diaz. Back row from left, assistant coach Steve Aronin, Haley Deitelbaum (Sportsmanship Award, A Squad), Skylar Thompson, Alexis Woods, Paige Anderson, Evelyn Diaz, Julia Pelliccia and coach Rick Pelliccia. -CONTRIBUTEDGirl Scouts from Troop 67821 held their first cookie booth March 22 at Beacon Falls Pharmacy. While the girls were selling cookies Beacon Hose Company No. 1 answered a fire call. When the firefighters returned and finished cleaning their gear, they visited the booth in uniform and bought cookies from the girls. -CONTRIBUTEDGirl Scouts from Troop 67821 held their first cookie booth March 22 at Beacon Falls Pharmacy. While the girls were selling cookies Beacon Hose Company No. 1 answered a fire call. When the firefighters returned and finished cleaning their gear, they visited the booth in uniform and bought cookies from the girls. -CONTRIBUTEDProspect Grange officers Frances Maxwell, William Maxwell, Tina Meehan, Beatrice Meehan and Jean Meehan surprised Region 16 teachers in Prospect April 2 with certificates of recognitions as part of Grange Month celebration. Pictured, Algonquin and Community schools Assistant Principal Jeff Haddad hands certificates to teachers Beatrice Meehan, left, and Tina Meehan as Algonquin and Community schools Principal Rima McGeehan, in back, looks on. –CONTRIBUTEDThe Sunday school students of Beacon Falls Congregational Church raised a total of $871.51 last month for Heifer International, an organization which works to end hunger through gifts of livestock and training. –LIZA ZAJAC WHITEHEADIon Bank President and CEO Charles Boulier III, left, presents a $5,000 grant to St. Mary’s Hospital President and CEO Chad Wable and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation President Peggy Lawlor March 26. The grant will go directly to the hospital’s annual fund which helps underwrite a diverse range of programs, services and equipment. In previous years the annual fund has provided equipment for the operating rooms, books for the Reach Out and Read program in the Children’s Health Center and equipment for the hospital’s Breast Center. It has also funded a rehabilitation program for cardiac patients, continuing medical education for medical and surgical residents and education programs for patients. ‘We are very grateful to have once again received this timely and important grant from the Ion Bank Foundation,’ said Wable in a press release. ‘The funds support a number of programs and activities that have a direct impact on our patients and staff and on the quality of care they receive and deliver. We here at the hospital consider ourselves fortunate to be among the many area organizations that the Ion Bank Foundation supports year after year.’ -CONTRIBUTEDAuthor L. Todd Wood speaks to sixth-grade students at St. Francis-St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck April 8. Wood and author Daniel Donaghy came to the school to speak with students about what it is like being an author, how to write well and why they should write. Wood advised students to travel every chance they are able and to always write what they know about. –LUKE MARSHALLKatelyn Germano from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth talks with Naugatuck High School junior Nicole Rosato as she fills out a form to request more information about the university April 2 during a college fair hosted at the school. The fair featured representatives from dozens of colleges and university, technical schools and other institutions to talk with students about their options after high school. –LUKE MARSHALLNaugatuck High School sophomore Silas Lemaire talks with Michael Molkenbuhr of the Naval Academy about the attending the academy and a career in the Navy April 2 during a college fair hosted at the school. The fair featured representatives from dozens of colleges and university, technical schools and other institutions to talk with students about their options after high school. –LUKE MARSHALLState Sen. Joan Hartley (D-15) calls a game of Bingo as volunteer Diana MacKenzie looks on April 4 during an open house at the Naugatuck Senior Center. About 125 people attended the open house, which featured booths with information on services and programs available to seniors. Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman said the event was organized to help the seniors and usher in the spring season. ‘This is a nice way to celebrate spring,’ he said.-ELIO GUGLIOTTIVeterans from the American Legion Post 17 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1946 in Naugatuck recognized Naugatuck High School students April 2 at the Legion for their work in running a ziti dinner to benefit the two organizations. NHS juniors Gregory Marquardt and Ryan Russett organized the dinner for their civic action project for their civics class. The dinner raised $2,600, which will be split evenly between the American Legion and VFW to benefit veterans’ activities. Pictured, front row from left, NHS students Brianna Prentice, Noah Wood, Russett, Marquardt, Alex Rodrigues and Paul Marquardt. Back row from left, 2nd District Commander for the American Legion Ron Fischer, Post 17 Commander Tom Honyotski, veterans Bob Genovese, Phil Arcuri, Frank Edmonds and Mike DeVivo. Not pictured, NHS students Alex Triscritti and Anthony Conner and volunteer cook John Padilla. -ELIO GUGLIOTTIVolunteers from the first Karen Depalma 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and the winning team pose for a picture following the tournament March 29 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Karen Depalma lost her battle with cancer in December. Her husband, Joe Depalma, also has cancer. The proceeds from the tournament will go to the Depalma family to either defer some of the treatment costs or to assist their children. Pictured, front row, Jessica Depalma. Middle row, Adem Rifati, Rich Rouseau, Nick Denze, Josh Depalma and Mike DeCampus. Back row, Chris Moffo, John Frasco, Mike Cavallo, Joe Depalma, Linda Blanc, Jessica Moffo, Kristine Lapierrier and Rich Blanc. -CONTRIBUTEDFEAT_COMM_GirlScouts1
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