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Woodland senior Levi Fancher signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass, March 5. Fancher set several school records at Woodland, including the career sacks mark, and helped lead the Hawks to back-to-back state tournament appearances, including a Class S final berth in 2013. He said playing college football has been his goal ‘since day one freshman year’ and that it ‘felt like home’ at Assumption, where he will go into biotechnology. Fancher was joined at the signing by his parents, Cliff and Kristen Porter, and his oldest brother, Nate.-KYLE BRENNAN

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Members of Glendale Center’s cardiac management program's transitional care unit team pose for a picture in front of the Glendale's heart board. The center collected over $200 for American Heart Association and American Stroke Association in February with contributions from residents, patients, staff and families. The pinnacle of the event was a ‘Wear Red Day’ on Feb. 7. -CONTRIBUTED

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The Naugatuck Woman’s Club has started a new medical fund that helps individuals defray medical expenses. So far, the fund has awarded five recipients. Pictured, June Shore accepts a check from club President Laura Smith at the Christmas Luncheon in December on behalf of her granddaughter Nina Poeta, who is 16 years old and has cancer. -CONTRIBUTED

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The Naugatuck Woman’s Club has started a new medical fund that helps individuals defray medical expenses. So far, the fund has awarded five recipients. Pictured, club treasurer Beverly Hudson, right, presents a check to the family of 2-year-old Abbey Denley, who has cancer. -CONTRIBUTED

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Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo, left, visited a preschool class at the Naugatuck YMCA Feb. 28 at read ‘Have You Filled A Bucket Today’ by Carol McCloud to the children. -CONTRIBUTED

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Robert Prifty of Naugatuck takes a sample of beer from Mark Szamatulski during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Tess Szamatulski stirs a pot containing the grains and sugars that will ultimately become a clone of Sierra Nevada’s Stout beer during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Mark Szamatulski, left, gives a sample of homemade beer to, from left, Naugatuck residents Gary Stockings, Ryan Armiento and Ken Armiento during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Naugatuck Fire Chief Ken Hanks, top left, City Hill Middle School language arts teacher Carolyn Laurentus, top right, Naugatuck Historical Society President Wendy Murphy, bottom left, and Naugatuck police Officer Americo Tavares were honored March 11 during the Naugatuck Exchange Club’s 13th annual Community Champions Dinner at The Crystal Room. The Exchange Club recognized them as this year’s firefighter of the year, educator of the year, citizen of the year and police officer of the year respectively. –LUKE MARSHALL

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The Lenten bakery at St. Michael’s Church in Naugatuck is open for the season. From left, volunteer Marion Russo of Waterbury along with church members Janet Madhazi of Waterbury Alicia Bonito of Waterbury and Judy Greisbach of Naugatuck showcase some of the homemade baked goods on sale. The Lenten bakery is open at the church, 210 Church St., every Friday through April 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

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Naugatuck Assistant Superintendent of Schools Christopher Montini reads ‘Tops and Bottoms,’ by Janet Stevens to second graders in Debby Wilson’s class at Salem Elementary School March 7. Montini, along with other guest readers, were at the school to celebrate Read Across America, which honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Guest reader Kris Generali and her son Reeve Generali, a first-grader at Salem Elementary School, look over ‘Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!,’ by Dr. Seuss March 7. Generali, along with other guest readers, were at the school to celebrate Read Across America, which honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Salem Elementary School Principal Jennifer Kruge looks over books with fourth-graders Alyssa Jones, Bailey Russell and Jonathan Ayala March 7 during the school’s celebration of Read Across America. Jones, Russell, and Ayala were named assistant principals of the day for demonstrating Salem’s goals of responsibility, respect, and safety. The event, which remembers Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read, featured guest readers and a raffle to win books. –LUKE MARSHALL

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From left, Kathryn Green, Naugatuck Tax Collector Jim Goggin and Carole Mancini serve corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes during the Naugatuck Senior Center’s St. Patrick’s Day luncheon March 6. In addition to food, seniors were treated to Irish songs sung by the Brothers of the Novitiate Choir from the Legion of Christ College in Cheshire. Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman said that the event, which started nine years ago, drew over 125 people. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Naugatuck Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman serves a cup chocolate to Paul Yip of the Legion of Christ College in Cheshire as Paul Lasota looks on during the senior center’s St. Patrick’s Day March 6. Yip and Lasota, along with about a dozen other members of the seminary, were at the senior center as part of the seminary’s Novitiate Choir to sing traditional Irish songs for the seniors. –LUKE MARSHALL

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Woodland senior Levi Fancher signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass, March 5. Fancher set several school records at Woodland, including the career sacks mark, and helped lead the Hawks to back-to-back state tournament appearances, including a Class S final berth in 2013. He said playing college football has been his goal ‘since day one freshman year’ and that it ‘felt like home’ at Assumption, where he will go into biotechnology. Fancher was joined at the signing by his parents, Cliff and Kristen Porter, and his oldest brother, Nate.-KYLE BRENNANMembers of Glendale Center’s cardiac management program's transitional care unit team pose for a picture in front of the Glendale's heart board. The center collected over $200 for American Heart Association and American Stroke Association in February with contributions from residents, patients, staff and families. The pinnacle of the event was a ‘Wear Red Day’ on Feb. 7. -CONTRIBUTEDThe Naugatuck Woman’s Club has started a new medical fund that helps individuals defray medical expenses. So far, the fund has awarded five recipients. Pictured, June Shore accepts a check from club President Laura Smith at the Christmas Luncheon in December on behalf of her granddaughter Nina Poeta, who is 16 years old and has cancer. -CONTRIBUTEDThe Naugatuck Woman’s Club has started a new medical fund that helps individuals defray medical expenses. So far, the fund has awarded five recipients. Pictured, club treasurer Beverly Hudson, right, presents a check to the family of 2-year-old Abbey Denley, who has cancer. -CONTRIBUTEDNaugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo, left, visited a preschool class at the Naugatuck YMCA Feb. 28 at read ‘Have You Filled A Bucket Today’ by Carol McCloud to the children. -CONTRIBUTEDRobert Prifty of Naugatuck takes a sample of beer from Mark Szamatulski during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALLTess Szamatulski stirs a pot containing the grains and sugars that will ultimately become a clone of Sierra Nevada’s Stout beer during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALLMark Szamatulski, left, gives a sample of homemade beer to, from left, Naugatuck residents Gary Stockings, Ryan Armiento and Ken Armiento during a craft beer making and tasting event at the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck March 5. Mark and Tess Szamatulski, who own Maltose Express, a home brewing and wine making supply store in Monroe, came to the library to give a class on making beer. –LUKE MARSHALLNaugatuck Fire Chief Ken Hanks, top left, City Hill Middle School language arts teacher Carolyn Laurentus, top right, Naugatuck Historical Society President Wendy Murphy, bottom left, and Naugatuck police Officer Americo Tavares were honored March 11 during the Naugatuck Exchange Club’s 13th annual Community Champions Dinner at The Crystal Room. The Exchange Club recognized them as this year’s firefighter of the year, educator of the year, citizen of the year and police officer of the year respectively. –LUKE MARSHALLThe Lenten bakery at St. Michael’s Church in Naugatuck is open for the season. From left, volunteer Marion Russo of Waterbury along with church members Janet Madhazi of Waterbury Alicia Bonito of Waterbury and Judy Greisbach of Naugatuck showcase some of the homemade baked goods on sale. The Lenten bakery is open at the church, 210 Church St., every Friday through April 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. –ELIO GUGLIOTTINaugatuck Assistant Superintendent of Schools Christopher Montini reads ‘Tops and Bottoms,’ by Janet Stevens to second graders in Debby Wilson’s class at Salem Elementary School March 7. Montini, along with other guest readers, were at the school to celebrate Read Across America, which honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read. –LUKE MARSHALLGuest reader Kris Generali and her son Reeve Generali, a first-grader at Salem Elementary School, look over ‘Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!,’ by Dr. Seuss March 7. Generali, along with other guest readers, were at the school to celebrate Read Across America, which honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read. –LUKE MARSHALLSalem Elementary School Principal Jennifer Kruge looks over books with fourth-graders Alyssa Jones, Bailey Russell and Jonathan Ayala March 7 during the school’s celebration of Read Across America. Jones, Russell, and Ayala were named assistant principals of the day for demonstrating Salem’s goals of responsibility, respect, and safety. The event, which remembers Dr. Seuss’ birthday and encourages children to read, featured guest readers and a raffle to win books. –LUKE MARSHALLFrom left, Kathryn Green, Naugatuck Tax Collector Jim Goggin and Carole Mancini serve corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes during the Naugatuck Senior Center’s St. Patrick’s Day luncheon March 6. In addition to food, seniors were treated to Irish songs sung by the Brothers of the Novitiate Choir from the Legion of Christ College in Cheshire. Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman said that the event, which started nine years ago, drew over 125 people. –LUKE MARSHALLNaugatuck Senior Center Director Harvey Frydman serves a cup chocolate to Paul Yip of the Legion of Christ College in Cheshire as Paul Lasota looks on during the senior center’s St. Patrick’s Day March 6. Yip and Lasota, along with about a dozen other members of the seminary, were at the senior center as part of the seminary’s Novitiate Choir to sing traditional Irish songs for the seniors. –LUKE MARSHALLFEAT_NEWS_Read3
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