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Naugatuck Senior Center volunteer Carole Mancini, left, cuts pieces of cake to serve during a game of Bingo May 9 at the center with help from Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman. Mancini, who has volunteered at the center for 44 years, was recognized for her dedicated service and presented with a grocery gift card by Daniel Buffington of New Opportunities, Inc. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Prospect residents John Strell and his daughter, Samantha, will once again take part in the AngelRide May 24 and May 25. This is the seventh year that John Strell has participated and the fourth for Samantha. The AngelRide is a two-day, 135 mile bicycle ride that raises money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp provides free camping sessions to children and their families coping with serious illnesses along with a year-round outreach program to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast. To donate or for more information, visit www.angelride.org. –CONTRIBUTED

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Druv Nimmagada, left, and Craig Payton achieved the rank of first degree black belt during a testing at Sokol’s Taekwondo in Naugatuck Feb. 22. –CONTRIBUTED

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Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Vice Chairman Jack Betkoski, left, and Beacon Falls-based NEJ Inc. Director of Inventory Control and Logistics/Controller Gregg Chopskie recognized 11 winners of NEJ’s Summer Saver Award, which is given by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to businesses and organizations who demonstrate commitment and leadership when it comes to energy efficiency, during a recent award ceremony in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTED

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City Hill Middle School students and teachers pose for a photo with veterans Bill Matos and Manny Matos (in back on left) after helping to place American flags on the graves of veterans at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck May 15 in preparation of Memorial Day. –LUKE MARSHALL

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City Hill Middle School seventh-graders Andres Maldonado, left, and Shannon Burns place a flag on the grave of a veteran at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck May 15. City Hill students assisted brothers Bill and Manny Matos to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. The Matos brothers, who are both veterans, have been putting flags on the graves for 20 years. Bill Matos, who used to work as a custodian at City Hill, has enlisted the help of students for many years. Maldonado enjoyed being given the opportunity to place the flags. ‘It feels like I am doing something great. It’s for the veterans,’ Maldonado said. –LUKE MARSHALL

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City Hill Middle School seventh-grader Floyd Labbe places a flag on the grave of a veteran at St. James Cemetery May 15. City Hill students assisted brothers Bill and Manny Matos to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Naugatuck Senior Center volunteer Carole Mancini, left, cuts pieces of cake to serve during a game of Bingo May 9 at the center with help from Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman. Mancini, who has volunteered at the center for 44 years, was recognized for her dedicated service and presented with a grocery gift card by Daniel Buffington of New Opportunities, Inc. –LUKE MARSHALLProspect residents John Strell and his daughter, Samantha, will once again take part in the AngelRide May 24 and May 25. This is the seventh year that John Strell has participated and the fourth for Samantha. The AngelRide is a two-day, 135 mile bicycle ride that raises money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp provides free camping sessions to children and their families coping with serious illnesses along with a year-round outreach program to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast. To donate or for more information, visit www.angelride.org. –CONTRIBUTEDDruv Nimmagada, left, and Craig Payton achieved the rank of first degree black belt during a testing at Sokol’s Taekwondo in Naugatuck Feb. 22. –CONTRIBUTEDConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Vice Chairman Jack Betkoski, left, and Beacon Falls-based NEJ Inc. Director of Inventory Control and Logistics/Controller Gregg Chopskie recognized 11 winners of NEJ’s Summer Saver Award, which is given by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to businesses and organizations who demonstrate commitment and leadership when it comes to energy efficiency, during a recent award ceremony in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTEDCity Hill Middle School students and teachers pose for a photo with veterans Bill Matos and Manny Matos (in back on left) after helping to place American flags on the graves of veterans at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck May 15 in preparation of Memorial Day. –LUKE MARSHALLCity Hill Middle School seventh-graders Andres Maldonado, left, and Shannon Burns place a flag on the grave of a veteran at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck May 15. City Hill students assisted brothers Bill and Manny Matos to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. The Matos brothers, who are both veterans, have been putting flags on the graves for 20 years. Bill Matos, who used to work as a custodian at City Hill, has enlisted the help of students for many years. Maldonado enjoyed being given the opportunity to place the flags. ‘It feels like I am doing something great. It’s for the veterans,’ Maldonado said. –LUKE MARSHALLCity Hill Middle School seventh-grader Floyd Labbe places a flag on the grave of a veteran at St. James Cemetery May 15. City Hill students assisted brothers Bill and Manny Matos to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. –LUKE MARSHALLFEAT_NEWS_Flags2
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