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CNLogo1Women’s soccer team seeking players

OXFORD — Valley Fire, an over 30 women’s soccer team, based in Oxford is seeking players for the fall season.

Players must turn 30 by Dec. 31, 2013, although goalkeepers can be 28 years old. The team plays in the Nutmeg Women’s League, and games are Sundays at 4 p.m. If the time is changed, the games are played at 3 p.m. The team practices Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The league is considered recreational. However play is competitive and skills and experience are necessary.

Women of all ages and abilities are welcome to practice, whether or not they play on the team. For more information, call Heather at (203) 910-1052.

Shakesperience announces summer performance 

WATERBURY — Shakesperience will present a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at McLaughlin Vineyard in Sandy Hook on Aug. 24.

The production is part of Shakesperience Productions, Inc.’s Vintage Shakesperience, a summer tour of Connecticut festivals and wineries.

The rain date for “Much Ado About Nothing” is scheduled for the following day. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 years old and $40 for a family of four.  For more information, visit www.shakesperience.org.

Shakesperience Productions, Inc. is a professional theatre company located in downtown Waterbury.

Waterbury Chorale seeking singers

WATERBURY — The Waterbury Chorale is seeking qualified new singers for the 2013-14 season.

The group performs four-part choral works of medium to advanced difficulty, and ranging in style from the classics to contemporary works. All performances use a combination of piano, organ, chamber ensemble and orchestral accompaniment. Rehearsals run from the last week in August through the end of April and are held on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Watertown.

Interested singers should have some experience in singing music in four-parts, adequate vocal ability and blend, basic reading skills, a good musical ear, availability to attend rehearsals and work ethic to learn the music for performance.

For more information, or to set up an informal audition, contact Director Joseph Jacovino at josephjacovino@gmail.com or (203) 758-8568.

TEAM receives grant for senior services

DERBY — The Hewitt Foundation recently awarded a $65,000 grant to TEAM, Inc for senior services.  

The grant will help pay for daily delivery of Meals and Wheels along with weekly homemaking services.

“The Hewitt Foundation is a fabulous resource for our elderly service programs and allows TEAM to stretch and reach beyond what would be possible with federal and state budget cuts. We can’t thank Hewitt Foundation enough for their support of this critical community service,” President and CEO of TEAM Richard Knoll said.

TEAM Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community.  TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour and Woodbridge.           

For more information, visit www.teaminc.org.

Sponsors sought for business women’s forum

WATERBURY — Sponsorships are being sought for the 31st Business Women’s Forum leadership conference.

The forum is a program of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The forum will feature a keynote luncheon address by Kathy Ireland, CEO and chief designer of the design empire Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Psychologist, author, consultant and motivator, Dr. Janet Lapp, with be the morning keynote motivational speaker.     

The forum will be held Oct. 18 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The seven 2013 sponsorship levels range from presenting partner at $20,000 to benefactors at $500.

For more information on being a sponsor, visit www.2013BWF.com, or contact Lynn Ward or Courtney Ligi at (203) 757-0701 or lward@waterburychamber.com or cligi@waterburychamber.com.

Goodwill holding back to school giveaway 

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut is sponsoring a back to school fashion giveaway.

The promotion, which lasts until Aug.18, is open to all Connecticut students who are 13 years old and older, who will be attending a junior high, middle school, or high school in Connecticut during the 2013-14 academic year.

The winner will receive a $250 Goodwill Store gift card, a full makeover with fashion stylist Debbie Wright of Project Closet, a haircut and styling from Blade’s Salon, a limousine ride for four on the first day of school and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet. For details on how to enter, visit www.gwct.org or a Goodwill store.

StayWell, Wellmore approve affiliation

WATERBURY — StayWell Health Care Inc. and Wellmore Behavioral Health Inc. have approved an affiliation agreement to work together to seek opportunities for improved health care outcomes for residents of the Waterbury region, the organizations said in a news release.

StayWell is a health center that provides health care and social services to the uninsured and under-insured, including medical, dental and behavioral health services.

Wellmore Behavioral Health serves a 48-town region spanning from greater Waterbury to the lower Naugatuck Valley and northwest Connecticut, providing behavioral health, psychiatric, substance abuse and drug addiction recovery, prevention, early intervention and community support programs.

Foundation donates to VNA Home Health Care Fund

NEW HAVEN — The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut was recently awarded a $27,500 grant from the First Niagara Foundation.

Through the VNA/First Niagara Home Health Care Fund, home health services are provided to Greater New Haven residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

“For the past three years, First Niagara has helped our VNA fill a large gap,” said John R. Quinn, president & CEO of the VNA/SCC. “Due to the state of the economy, like other non-profits, we have received less philanthropic support these past few fiscal years, yet there is a greater need than ever to provide services to the underinsured. First Niagara recognized the serious need to fill this gap and continues to offer overwhelmingly generous financial support, living up to their mission of being a genuine neighbor of choice.”

Of the grant, $7,500 of the grant will be used for the 2014 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Program hosted by the VNA/SCC, which honors area nurses and provides scholarships to students in the five area schools of nursing.

Access Rehab Centers receives national award

WATERBURY — Access Rehab Centers recently received the National Association of Rehabilitation Agencies’ “Award for Innovation” for their Women’s Health Clinic.

This award is offered once a year to a rehabilitation agency that “demonstrates excellence in the creation of an innovation that has made a demonstrable difference in their rehab business.”

“Access Rehab Centers Women’s Health Clinic is the only one of its kind that I am aware of,” said Brian Emerick, President for Access Rehab Centers. “The concept has been an almost instant success and physicians seem to be genuinely happy to have clinicians available who specialize in clinical skills related to the unique needs of women.”

Access Rehab Centers, founded in 1998, is a partnership between Waterbury Hospital and Easter Seals. A member of the Greater Waterbury Health Network, Access employs over 160 staff in 11 clinics located throughout Greater Waterbury, Southbury, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Oxford, Thomaston and Wolcott.

NVCC holding walk-in registration

WATERBURY — Naugatuck Valley Community College is holding walk-in registration events throughout August.

The events will be held Aug. 17 and Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NVCC campus, 750 Chase Parkway. First time students must complete a college application at the college or by visiting www.nv.edu/Apply. Visitors should check in with admissions, K500 (Kinney Hall), and parking is available in C lot.

Students attending these sessions can register for classes held in Waterbury, Danbury or both. Those unable to attend a walk-in event can sign up for an advising and registration session by calling (203) 575-8054.

ADD/ADHD support group to meet

WOLCOTT — The monthly meeting of an ADD/ADHD support group in Wolcott will be held Aug. 20.

The group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Wolcott Activity and Learning Center, 48 Todd Road. Guest speaker Lisa Sugrue, a wellness consultant from Health Matters, will present the program, “Jumpstart the day with a Brainy Breakfast!” The group discusses natural options and strategies to manage ADD/ADHD symptoms. All parents dealing with children having ADD/ADHD symptoms are invited to attend. R

egistration preferred, but walk-ins welcome. To RSVP or for more information, call Dawn Chasse at (203) 879-8987.

Palace offering program for area high school students

WATERBURY — The Palace Theater announced that the American Savings Foundation has awarded the nonprofit performing arts center a $27,000 grant in support of the after-school character development program “Perspectives and Perceptions.”

The two-month education program, which will take 50 high school students, is designed to enhance students’ language arts curriculum, promote theater appreciation, encourage creative expression and foster self-esteem. The program also provides students with an opportunity to develop an original artistic project. Students will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the theater’s presentations of Jersey Boys and Elf The Musical at the Palace, as well as two interactive question and answer sessions with the casts.

The program begins in October. Schools and students from the Greater Waterbury area interested in participating in this program can contact Educational Programs Manager Dawn Alger at (03) 346-2002 or alger@palacetheaterct.org.

Free social service screenings available

SOUTHBURY — Free social service screenings for food stamps and other programs will be held Aug.15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 444 Main St. North, Southbury.

The Federation’s Brownstein Jewish Family Service has teamed up with StayWell Health Center to continue offering these free monthly social service screenings, by appointment, for a dozen work support, basic needs programs, including SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), HUSKY, Medicaid and Charter Oak insurance.

Reservations are required for the one hour screening. To RSVP, call Debby Horowitz at (203) 267-3177 ext. 310. All calls are confidential.

Seymour group showing classic comedies

SEYMOUR — A free showing of three classic Laurel and Hardy movies will be held Aug. 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Trestle Tavern, 26 Main St.

The event is sponsored by The Sons of the Desert Leave ‘Em Laughing Tent of Greater Bridgeport. The event is open to the public and includes cash bar and grill. Seatings are limited and reservations are advised. To RSVP, call Vicky Kirby at (203) 525-7555.

Brass City Toastmasters welcoming new members

WATERBURY — The Brass City Toastmasters is welcoming new members.

The Toastmasters is a organization that helps people deal with their fear of public speaking by practicing and observing others.

The group meets at the Silas Bronson Library every other Monday at 6 p.m. For more information, email Michael at contactmikes@yahoo.com.

SHS Class of ‘63 holding reunion

SEYMOUR — Seymour High School Class of 1963 is holding its 50th class reunion Aug. 24 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brookside Inn in Oxford.

For more information and to RSVP, email seymourhsreunion1963@gmail.com with contact information.

Seymour Pink donates to survivorship program

SEYMOUR — Seymour Pink recently donated $10,000 to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

The donation will specifically support complementary services offered through the survivorship program, including an exercise program designed specifically for breast cancer survivors, one-on-one consultation time with a cancer certified exercise trainer, nutritional counseling with a registered dietician, and guest speakers to address topics of interest to patients and their families, Center for Cancer Care staff, and area primary care physicians and specialists.

Merriman School holding reunion

WATERBURY — A reunion for all classes of Merriman School in Waterbury will be held Sept. 15.

The reunion will be held at the WFW Post 1979, 1115 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, from 12 to 6 p.m. The RSVP date is Sept. 7. Tickets are $25 per person and available at Anthony’s Barber Shop, 500 Bank St., Waterbury. For more information or tickets, call Emma Barone at (203) 758-5911, Mike Mucciacciaro at (203) 525-0288 or Jean Cipollone at (203) 754-6660.

OLLI holding open house

WATERBURY — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut Waterbury is holding an open house August 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Open House, which is free for anyone interested in attending, will provide lectures, lunch discounts at area restaurants and a choice of four afternoon classes. Registration is required in advance. For more information or to register, call (203) 236-9924 or (203) 236-9925 or email osher@uconn.edu. Participants are required to sign up for one of the afternoon sessions, as seating is limited.

The institute provides non-credit learning experiences for older adults. Annual membership cost is $60.