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Shelton Answerbook, Shelton, Connecticut

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September 29, 2011

Shelton Answerbook, Shelton, Connecticut

Shelton Answerbook, Shelton, Connecticut

September 29, 2011

Table of Contents
Shelton History ..............................................................5 City facts ........................................................................6 City/Town Clerk ............................................................6 Getting married ..............................................................6 Social Services...............................................................7 Voting.............................................................................8 City government ............................................................9 State, Federal ...............................................................11 City Ofcials ...............................................................15 Zoning, Wetlands .........................................................19 Schools ........................................................................22 Points of Interest Map ........................................... 24-25 City taxes .....................................................................30 Refuse & Recycling .....................................................32 Health services.............................................................32 Emergency services .....................................................34 Culture & Learning......................................................36 Clubs & Social groups .................................................38 Libraries .......................................................................39 Shopping & Dining......................................................39 Religious services ........................................................42 Pets & Wildlife ............................................................43 Parks & Recreation ......................................................45 Trails & Conservation..................................................46

The fountain at the Huntington Green depicts a horse rider killing a lion with a spear. It was donated in 1882 by Julia Nash in memory of her father, Lewis Curtiss.




Published annually by Hersam Acorn Newspapers as a special section of The Huntington Herald. Copies are also available at real estate offices, town hall and Chamber of Commerce. For additional copies, call 203-926-2080. Contents are online at HuntingtonHerald.com. Thomas B. Nash, publisher Kate Czaplinski, editor Mary Anne Hersam, vice president of sales Steve Bizzotto, account executive Cover photo by Thomas Nash Cover design by Ian Murren Map by David Raabe Please send updates, ideas, or corrections to: huntingtonherald@hersamacorn.com

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Shelton history
Before Europeans arrived, Shelton was the territory of the Paugussett Native American tribe. Riverview Park is the location of an old Indian fort. Around 1680, the rst white settlers moved from Stratford to the Long Hill neighborhood, naming their settlement Coram. In 1717, settlers in Huntington petitioned for a separate parish, calling it Ripton Parish. By 1740, numerous dams and mills were built along the Farmill River. In the late 1700s, shipbuilding industry was established on the Housatonic River. In 1789, Ripton Parish was renamed the Town of Huntington, after Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Up to the Civil War, Huntington was primarily a farming town. The Ousatonic Water Company was formed in 1863, and built the Derby-Shelton dam on the Housatonic River, allowing the establishment of industry in the downtown business district, which was known as Birmingham. By 1900 the Birmingham section was renamed Shelton, and had train and trolley service and 25 factories making everything from pins to pianos. In 1919, the town incorporated as the City of Shelton. (Source: Shelton Historical Society sheltonhistoricalsociety.org)

What is Shelton's history?

Where does the city's name come from?

The downtown business district was established as a borough in 1882 and named after Edward N. Shelton, founder of the Ousatonic Water Company. When the city was incorporated, it change its name to Shelton.

Huntington Center green is often used for concerts and events.

Are there any historic districts?

What are some historic points of interest?

There are no local historic districts. However, Huntington Green and its historic churches are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Plumb Memorial Library has a collection of Shelton histories in its circulation stacks and a special collection of rare volumes that cannot be removed from the library. In addition to the books of history, Plumb Memorial Library also has a 10-volume collection of slides of historical photographs on computer discs that patrons can take home and view on their home computers. The Shelton Historical Society sells a pictorial history of Shelton, Images of America: Shelton, that can be purchased for $19.99. The Plumb Memorial Library also has histories of Connecticut and many other cities and towns in the state as well.

Huntington Green, Riverview Park, Indian Well State Park, Plumb Memorial Library, Veterans Memorial at the Riverwalk, and the Jones Family Farm. The Brownson House, the Wilson Barn and Trap Falls School (one-room schoolhouse) are located at the headquarters of the Shelton Historical Society at 70 Ripton Road. Shelton - the urban, business district, located along the Housatonic River opposite Derby. Huntington - the original town center when it was a farming community, located in the center and west parts of the city. Pine Rock - originally an artist colony and the site of an amusement park, located at the south tip of the city bordering River Road and Long Hill Avenue. Sunnyside - the residential neighborhood near Sunnyside School along River Road. Long Hill - residential neighborhood located on either side of Long Hill Avenue. White Hills - the rural/residential northern section of the city on either side of Leavenworth Road north of Indian Well. Wells Hollow - originally farmland, now mostly business development, located along Bridgeport Avenue near Old Stratford Road.

Are there any city histories?

What are the distinct sections of the city?

Is there a city historian?

Rob Novak is the ofcial Shelton historian.

The Shelton Historical Society was formed in 1969 and is located at 70 Ripton Road near Huntington Center. Several times. In 1975, the destruction of the Sponge Rubber Products factory was the biggest criminal arson case in U.S. history. In 1934, eight children were tragically struck by a train and killed. In 2007, a 75-foot-tall Norway spruce from Soundview Avenue was used as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. In December 2009, a chain reaction accident involving more than 50 vehicles made the national news. In May 2011, Shelton High School student James Tate grabbed national headlines when he posted large letters on the side of the school building, asking his friend, Sonali Rodrigues to prom. The gesture got him banned

Is there a Shelton Historical Society?

Has Shelton ever made the national news?

What is the statue at the Huntington Green?

A watering fountain topped with the sculpture of a horse rider killing a lion with a spear, donated in 1882 by Julia Nash in memory of her father, Lewis Curtiss.

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from prom. The school's administration later allowed him to go because media attention and angry phone calls from people around the country caused a disruption at the school. Also in 2011, Shelton High students Kayla Russo, Omar Sobh, Jason Shnipes, James Szabo and Leann Misencik had their science project launched into space aboard the Shuttle Endeavour. It was one of 53 projects chosen, nationwide, and the only from the state.

City/Town Clerk
The City/Town Clerk's ofce is the repository for all city records and vital statistics dating back to the 1700s. These include land records, deeds, maps and mortgages; birth, death and marriage certicates; permanent records of city boards and commissions; and election results. The ofce also issues dog licenses, and hunting and shing licenses.

What does the city/town clerk do?

How old is the Huntington Herald?

The Huntington Herald began publication in 1981. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006. It covers all Shelton news. Yes. We post stories, events and breaking news at HuntingtonHerald.com.Community alerts and information are also sent out through e-mail and via Twitter.com/HuntngtonHerald.

Where are Shelton property deeds recorded?


Yes, at the City/Town Clerk's ofce.

Can I read the Herald online?

How can I subscribe to the Huntington Herald?

Call our Circulation Department at (203) 926-2080, extension 304 to subscribe. Or go to our Web site. A subscription costs $19 per year for an address in Faireld County.

The general public is allowed to peruse marriage and death record indexes and can obtain copies. Restrictions may apply. Birth certicates are condential. Certied copies of birth certicates will be issued only to the person in question or, in the case of a minor, to their parents or other designated persons. Legal notices are notications concerning meetings and actions of local commissions and boards. Other important town government information, such as proposed budgets, town ordinances and invitations to bid on projects or services, also appear in legal notices. Legal notices are required by law to be published in local newspapers having circulation in the city. They may also be viewed at the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall. A notary public is a public ofcial appointed by the Secretary of the State and empowered to witness signatures, certify documents and take afdavits and depositions. Every bank has a notary public on staff. Some real estate agents and public ofcials are notary publics. Some notaries may charge a small fee to notarize a document.

Are birth, marriage and death records public?

What is the purpose for legal notices?

City facts
How big is Shelton?
30.57 square miles

What is the population of Shelton?


39,559 in the 2010 Census

What is the role of a notary public?

How does the population break down by age group?

Age 0-9: 12.7%; age 10-19: 12.5%; age 20-29: 9.2%; age 3039: 15.9%; age 40-49: 16.6%; age 50-59: 13.6%; age 60-69: 8.3%; age 70-79: 6.6%; age 80-over: 4.5%

What is the median household income?


$86,134

Getting married
Who can ofciate at weddings?
Beside clergy, a justice of the peace may ofciate at a wedding within the state, and federal judges may ofciate at weddings anywhere. Contact the Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall for a list of justices of the peace. A list of justices of the peace is on page 19.

What is the unemployment rate?

Shelton's unemployment rate was reported to be 8.1% in 2010.

How far is Shelton from major cities?

Ten miles from Bridgeport, 15 miles from New Haven, and 50 miles from Hartford and New York City. Equitable distribution of precipitation in all four seasons; large ranges of temperatures daily and annually; considerable diversity of weather during relatively short periods of time are possible; measurable precipitation on about 120 days of the year. During the recent past Shelton has experienced destructive hurricanes, thunderstorms with cloud to ground lightning, hail, ice storms, nor'easters, blizzards, frequent snowstorms, extended periods of rain, lengthy cold snaps and heat waves, but also many days of very pleasant weather.

Where may I get a marriage license?

What is Shelton's climate?

At the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall for a $30 fee. The marriage license must be obtained in the town where the bride or groom resides or where they plan to marry. Both must appear, present IDs and swear an oath, but no blood test is required. The marriage license will be good for 65 days. At the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall for a $30 fee. A civil union is a legal union of two people of the same sex, granting them the same benets, rights and protections as spouses in a marriage. Connecticut recognizes civil unions. There is no residency requirement or waiting period.

Where may I get a civil union license?

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Social Services
visually impaired people with volunteer readers, drivers and friendly visitors. If you need services or would like to volunteer, A Goodwill Industries Donation Center is located at the White call Claudette Tallon at 203-324-6611. Hills Shopping Center, Leavenworth Road. It is open MondaySaturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 203-673Is there a food bank? 6938. Area Congregations Together (ACT) organizes the Valley Food Bank. Its Shelton location is at Spooner House on Todd What is the United Way? Road. Its telephone number is 203-225-0453. Its Web site is actThe Valley United Way (203-926-9478; valleyunitedway.org) spooner.org/contact.html. serves the Lower Naugatuck Valley towns of Shelton, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby and Oxford. It is located at 3 Corporate Drive, Suite 501, Shelton, CT 06484. Its mission is to improve lives Is there a homeless shelter? of people in the community through fund-raising, volunteerism Area Congregations Together operates Spooner House, a and collaboration. Several volunteer opportunities are available homeless shelter, at 30 Todd Road, Shelton; 203-225-0453, actthrough United Way. spooner.org/contact.html.

Where can I donate used items?

What services does the Red Cross provide?

The Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross (203-7359518; valleyredcross.org) serves Shelton, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby and Oxford. It is located at 2A Francis Street, Derby, CT 06418. Its paid and volunteer staff provide education and training in injury and illness prevention and emergency care, and blood and tissue donations. The Red Cross collects blood from volunteer donors to provide to medical patients, and it provides emergency shelter for individuals and families left homeless by re and natural disasters.

Where can I get help with my income taxes?

The Shelton chapter of AARP provides free volunteer assistance for ling federal and state income tax forms. The assistance program takes place at the Shelton Community Center during tax season, February to April. Inquire at the Shelton Community Center (203-925-8422) during tax season.

What funeral homes are there in Shelton?

Is there an organization that helps the blind?

Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road (203-924-6800) James T. Toohey & Son Funeral Home, 92 Howe Avenue (203-924-9056)

Voluntary Services for the Blind in Faireld County assists

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What political parties are there in Shelton?

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Where do I go to vote in Shelton?

How can I get involved in city government?

Contact the mayor's ofce (924-1555, extension 11) or your alderman or the party town committees.

The Registrars of Voters ofce records and processes all voter registration records for the city. It hires and assigns election workers for referendums, primaries and elections. It compiles election results and reports them to the Secretary of the State's ofce in Hartford. It conducts voter registration sessions and a yearly canvass of the city's voters to keep voting records accurate and up-to-date.

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What is the reason for registering with a political party?

Enrollment in a party allows you to participate in primaries and caucuses, and to serve on the local party's town committee.

What are the city's voting districts?

In odd-numbered municipal elections, voters vote by Ward.

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by Ward. In even-numbered state and federal elections, voters vote in six voting districts. Districts 2, 3 and 4 are in state House District 113, and Districts 1, 5 and 6 are in state House District 122, which also includes part of Stratford.

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City Government
Who is the city's chief executive ofcial?
Mayor Mark A. Lauretti

Where is City Hall?

54 Hill St. It can be reached at 203-924-1555.

Is there a directory of city ofcials?

A directory of city ofcials is available for the public at the City/Town Clerk's ofce. A partial directory is posted on the city Web site.

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What city ofces are elected?

Mayor, city treasurer, Board of Aldermen (by Ward), Board of Apportionment & Taxation, Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Education,, Board of Library Directors, registrars of voters. The mayor appoints members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission and Inland Wetlands Commission. The Board of Aldermen appoints members of the Board of Tax Review, public building committees, Public Employees Appeals Board and Water Pollution Control Authority. Members of the Board of Ethics are appointed by the mayor and conrmed by the Board of Aldermen.

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closed to the public, but the meeting cannot be held in secret. Public meetings are posted in City Hall at the City/Town Clerk's ofce and usually on the city Web site at cityofshelton.org. The schedule for the regular meetings of a board or commission must be led each year with the City/Town Clerk's ofce. Special meetings may be called with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Emergency meetings may be held without notice under special circumstances listed in the Freedom of Information Act, but the board must le the minutes of the emergency meeting at the City/Town Clerk's ofce within 72 hours. The state Freedom of Information Act lets a commission or board meet privately under very specic circumstances, such as to discuss a contract negotiation, personnel matter, public security preparations or pending legal matter.

Can a commission or board meet privately?

The Board of Aldermen is the legislative body of the city. Eight aldermen are elected by geographic districts called Wards for two-year terms. There are four Wards and two aldermen are elected from each. The Board of Aldermen approves the city budget and the mill rate, passes ordinances, approves borrowing by the sale of municipal bonds, appoints members of some public boards and has the power to conduct investigations concerning the city and the public interest. The mayor votes in the event of a tie, and in the absence of the mayor the President of the Board of Aldermen may vote twice to break a tie.

What is the Board of Aldermen?

What is the Board of Apportionment and Taxation?

Members of the Board of Apportionment & Taxation are elected by a town-wide vote for two-year terms. It is responsible for establishing, reviewing and monitoring the city budget.

What if I think a commission held an illegal private meeting?

Check the meeting agenda and minutes led in the City/Town Clerk's ofce and call the Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford: 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106; 860-5665682. Most government records are open to the public. The exceptions are employee personnel records, personal health records, public records involving juveniles, and government documents that are specically listed as exempt under the state Freedom of Information Act.

Are government records open to the public?

The EDC is a ve-member commission appointed by the mayor that develops a marketing program to recruit new businesses in Shelton. The commission publishes the city's annual report and the Shelton Life periodical, containing information and news about the city. It also organizes the annual Flag Day community picnic.

What does the Economic Development Commission do?

What does the Shelton Economic Development Corporation do?

What if I think city ofcials are illegally withholding government documents?

Contact the Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford. The Board of Ethics has three members, no more than one of whom may be from the same political party. The board investigates complaints of violations of the city ethics code, including conicts of interest. A complaint about a violation of the city's code of ethics must be made in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. The city's ethics ordinance includes a complaint form that may be obtained at the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall. Fill out the complaint form, and if necessary include a letter including the details of the complaint, and return it in a sealed envelope to the City/Town Clerk's ofce or the mayor's ofce. The Board of Ethics may request assistance from the Police Department to investigate a complaint. It may hold a hearing if at least two members of the board are present. Persons accused of a violation have a right to cross-examine witnesses and speak on their behalf at the hearing. Following a complaint, the Board of Ethics reports its ndings and recommendations to the Board of Aldermen. At the end of the process, the board will also report its ndings to the person making the complaint and to the person accused of the violation.

What does the Ethics Commission do?

The SEDC is a non-prot corporation that promotes business development within the city. It coordinates activities between city and civic organizations, and promotes collaboration between city ofcials, local residences and business leaders. It also provides technical expertise to city agencies in order to promote economic development in Shelton. The SEDC is currently working on a multi-phase downtown revitalization program along the Housatonic River that includes infrastructure improvements, browneld remediation and the development of a recreational riverwalk.

State, Federal
Governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, secretary of the state, state senator, state representative, judge of probate

How do I make an Ethics Commission complaint?

What state ofces are elected by Shelton voters?

How do I know what state senate, state assembly or congressional district I live in?

Use the Web site of the state General Assembly (cga.ct.gov) or contact the Shelton Registrars of Voters ofce in City Hall.

How do I contact my state senator or state representative?

State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21) Work Address: Senate Republican Ofce, LOB Room 3400, Hartford CT, 06106 E-mail: Kevin.kelly@cga.ct.gov Home Phone: (203) 375-1976; Capitol Phone: (800) 842-1421 or (860) 240-8875

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State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) House Republican Ofce, L.O.B. Room 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 (within Connecticut); 860-240-8700; Fax: 860-240-0207 State Rep. Lawrence Miller (R-122) House Republican Ofce, L.O.B. Room 4200, Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 800-842-1423 (within Connecticut); 860-240-8700; Fax: 860-240-0207

Who are Connecticut's senators? How do I contact my senators?

Richard Blumenthal and Joseph I. Lieberman

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 702 Hart Senate Ofce Building, Washington DC 20510 (202)224-2823, Blumenthal.senate.gov/contact Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT) 706 Hart Senate Ofce Building, Washington DC 20510 (202) 224-4041, lieberman.senate.gov/contact/

How can I contact the governor?

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 Tel: 860-566-4840; Toll-Free: 800-4061527; TDD: 860-524-7397

Mayor Mark Lauretti has served as Shelton mayor since 1991.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro represents the 3rd District and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes represents the 4th District. Both are Democrats. Shelton is divided between Connecticut's 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. Although Route 8 does not form the district boundary, most of the city on the south and east of Route 8 is in the 3rd Congressional District and most of the city on the north and west of Route 8 is in the 4th Congressional District. Part of Shelton (Pine Rock, Long Hill, Sunnyside, half of downtown) is in the 3rd Congressional District and part (White Hills, Huntington, half of downtown) in the 4th Congressional District. Although Route 8 is not strictly the boundary line, most of Shelton south and east of the highway is in the 3rd Congressional District and most of Shelton north and west of the highway is in the 4th Congressional District.

Who represents Shelton in Congress?

What Congressional District is Shelton in?

How do I contact my congressman?

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd Congressional District) delauro.house.gov Main District Ofce: 59 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510: 203-562-3718; Fax: 203-772-2260 Washington, DC: 2413 Rayburn House Ofce Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202-225-3661; Fax: 202-225-4890 U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th Congressional District) himes. house.gov Bridgeport CT Ofce: 211 State Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604; (866) 453-0028; Fax: (203) 333-6655 Washington DC Ofce: 119 Cannon House Ofce Building, Washington, DC 20515; (202) 225-5541; Fax: (202) 225-9629

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The city of Shelton has over 210 miles of city streets, not including the Route 8 highway, Route 714 (Bridgeport Avenue), Route 108 (Shelton Avenue and Nichols Avenue) and Route 110 (River Road, Howe Avenue and Leavenworth Road).

How many miles of roads are there in Shelton?

Are there any driving schools in Shelton?

Who maintains city roads?

The city Department of Highways and Bridges, 41 Myrtle Street, 203-924-9277. The state Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131; 860-594-2000, or ct.gov/dot/site/ default.asp.

Airway Driving School of Shelton, 113 Center Street, 203924-9800, offers courses for teenagers, mature adults over 55, training for eet insurance deductions and driver evaluation, corporate business defensive driving courses, and instruction in several foreign languages. Allstate Commercial Driver Training, 800-246-9567, offers commercial truck driving and forklift driving courses. There are other driving schools in nearby cities and towns.

Who maintains state roads?

Are there any other restrictions on teen drivers?

Yes. A new state law (as of August 2008) prohibits teens under 18 from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless the teen is traveling for employment, school, religious activities or medical necessity.

How do I complain about a pothole?

For a pothole in a city road, call the Engineering Department in City Hall at 203-924-1555, extension 17. For a pothole in a state highway, contact the state DOT.

What is the law regarding driving and cell phone use?

A state law bans adults from using handheld cell phones while driving, and bans all cell phone use by teen drivers age 16 to 17, except to call 911 or other emergency numbers.

What are the typical speed limits in Shelton?

Speed limits range from 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour, unless when otherwise posted. Fines for motor vehicle infractions are set by the state and published in a booklet available at most public libraries, police departments, and ofces of the state Department of Motor Vehicles. It is also available online at jud.ct.gov/Publications/Infractions/infractions.pdf. Speeding tickets for cars range from $123 for going up to nine miles per hour over the posted limit to $211 for going 23 miles per hour over the posted limit. Fines are higher for speeding in construction, utility and school zones. Motorists may also get speeding tickets for traveling too fast for conditions during a snowstorm, fog or other hazardous weather conditions, even if they are driving under the posted speed limit.

Who must wear seat belts?

What is the ne for speeding?

Drivers and front-seat passengers and all rear-seat passengers four to 16 years old must wear seat belts while riding in a motor vehicle. Car seats are required for children under age four or less than 40 pounds. A violation is punishable by a $75 ne. Children age four or more than 40 pounds may use seat belts, although booster seats are recommended. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. There is a crosswalk at every intersection, even if it is not marked by painted lines. A driver must slow or stop and grant the right of way to a pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk. If the walkway is regulated with a Walk/Don't Walk light, pedestrians must wait for the Walk sign.

What rights do pedestrians have?

What is the ne for passing a stopped school bus?

Passing a standing school bus with lights ashing carries a hefty ne of $460 for a rst offense. Parking is free on most city streets. Municipal lots are provided in the downtown business district next to the Shelton Post Ofce, on Center Street near Howe Avenue, along White Street at the north side of the Derby-Shelton Bridge, and at Cornell Street and Canal Street next to the Riverwalk and the Farmer's Market.

Where can I park in Shelton?

In Shelton that usually means a volunteer reghter is responding to an emergency call. Motorists must yield to these vehicles, just as they should for police vehicles, re vehicles, or ambulances.

What should I do if I see a ashing blue light on a vehicle?

What should I do if a horse and rider are on the road?

Essentially, motorists should treat a horse and rider the same as a bicyclist. Yield to the horse and rider when safety demands it, and the Shelton Police advise motorists to avoid using their vehicle horns since that might startle the horse and result in an accident.

Where can I get a handicapped parking permit to park my car?

Apply for a handicapped permit and disability plates at the Department of Motor Vehicles ofce at 95 Sylvan Avenue, Bridgeport. Applicants must provide proof of disability with form B-225.

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City/Town Clerk: Margaret Domorod Assistant Clerk: Margaret Weber Records Clerk: Diana Barry Clerk: Sophia Belade Mayor: Mark A. Lauretti Administrative Assistant: Thomas Taylor Board of Aldermen Ward 1 John Jack Finn (D), 17 Princess Wenonah Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 203-929-0786 JF30790@aol.com Anthony Simonetti (R), 6 Hayeld Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-926-0922 mlmadm@aol.com Ward 2 Stanley Kudej (R), 43 Plaskon Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203924-2403 sjkudej@snet.net Eric McPherson (R), 72 Wheeler Street 203-924-5862 Ward 3 John Anglace Jr. (R), President of the Board, 676 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-1515 jfanglace@comcast. net Lynn Farrell (R), 35 Buddington Park, Shelton, CT 06484 203-824-3340 lgfarrell@aol.com Ward 4 John Papa (R), 29 Philip Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-9296247 Noreen McGorty (R), 30 Wigwam Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 203-926-1638 diaduit@sbcglobal.net Board of Aldermen Committees Finance Committee (meets fourth Thursday) Public Health & Safety (meets rst Wednesday) Street Committee (meets rst Tuesday) Public hearings on ordinances (fourth Thursday) Ethics Commission Maria Davis, Chairman Byron Peterson Ben Winnick Treasurer Frank C. Pagliaro Jr. Board of Apportionment and Taxation Mark Holden ( R ), 275 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 203-924-6848 Judson W. Crawford (D), 8 Jordan Ave., Shelton, CT (203) 934-1933 Charlotte L. Madar (R), 182 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 929-0363 John "Jay" Zikaras (D), 20 Fawn Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Christopher Besescheck (R), 56 Ojibwa Tr., Shelton, CT 06484 Faith B. Hack (D), 135 Longfellow, Shelton, CT 06484 Finance Director Louis Marusic Tax Collector Deborah Onderko Tax Assessor Gloria Kovac Board of Assessment Appeals Linda Schauwecker Patrick Carey Paul Jensen Registrars of Voters John Jack Finn (D) Peter Pavone (R) School Superintendent Freeman Burr Board of Education Timothy Walsh (D), Chairman, 42 L'Hermitage Drive, Shelton, CT 203-926-9963 Thomas Minotti, Vice Chmn ( R ), 246 Aspetuck Trail, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-4184 Win Oppel, Chmn (R ). 34 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 203-929-1397 Arlene Liscinsky (D), 54 Country Ridge Rd., Shelton, CT 06484 203-925-0628 Paula Ellis (D), 49 Jefferson Street, Shelton, CT 06484 203924-2246 John J. Francino-Quinn (R), 24 Sanford Drive, Shelton, CT 06484 Kate Kutash (D), 275 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Kathleen T. Yolish (R), 1 Waverly Road, Shelton, CT 06484 Mike Pacowta (D), 166 River Road Planning & Zoning Commission Ruth Parkins (R), Chairman, 21 Meadow Lake Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-4313 Virginia Harger (R) 26 Meadow Ridge Drive Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-0054 (H), 202-924-8611 (W) Anthony S. Pogoda, Jr., Vice Chairman (R), 1 Freedom Way Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-3561 (H and Fax) 203-676-5619 (C) Thomas McGorty, 11 Meghan Ct., Shelton, CT 06484 203567-0221 (C) Joseph Sedlock, 123 Mill St., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-9290116 (H) Joan Flannery, 8 Partridge Lane, Shelton, CT 06484 203-9296873 Alternate Members Patrick Lapera, 67 Rock Ridge Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-925-8799 Ext 147 (W) 203-925-8780 (Fax) Ludwig Spinelli, 14 Willard Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203926-1327 Zoning Board of Appeals Ed Conklin (R) Ralph Matto (U) Gerald L. Glover, Chairman (R) Phillip Cavallaro, Sr (R) Philip Jamison Jones Sr ( D) Alternate Members-Board of Zoning Appeals Jack Fitzgerald (D) Robert Harbinson

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Linda Adanti (D), Lori Michalak, Clerk Economic Development Commission Frederick Ruggio, chairman Karen Tomko-McGovern Dr. Robert Burlison Katie McNichols-Marks, vice-chairman Patrick Carey Diane Luther, Secretary Economic Development Director Mayor Mark Lauretti serves as the city's economic development director. Shelton Economic Development Corporation James Ryan, President; Fred Ruggio, Patrick Carey, Anthony Pogoda Jr., Kenneth Schaible, Martin Coughlin, Aleta Miner, Ralph Matto, David Grant, Michelle Kawalautzki, Norman Santa and William C. Partington, Ruth Parkins, James Cosgrove. Housing Authority Regina Dinice James Evans Margaret Domorod Peter R. Dicarlo William Lobdell Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commission Gary Zahornasky Chairman Celeste D. Beattie, Treasurer Charles Wilson Jr., Vice Chairman Robert Dunford Richard Neil Hayes Jr. Kenneth Nappi Jack Goncalves Administrator: John Cook Conservation Commission Thomas W. Harbinson, Chairman (U) William Dyer (D) Vice Chairman James Tate (U) Sheri Maybeck Dutkanicz Edward P. McCreery III (R) James Goodman (R) Joseph Welsh (U) Staff: Teresa Gallagher, Conservation Agent, City of Shelton, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-1555 x315 Trails Committee William Dyer, Chairman Terrence Gallagher Jim Taradine Lynn Reid Richard Skudlarek Sheryl Maybeck Dutkanicz Teresa Gallagher, Conservation Agent, City of Shelton, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-1555 x315 Water Pollution Control Authority G. Michael DeAngelis Chairman Edwin Hellauer Bronislaw Piotrowski Regis J. Dognin Stephen K. Morse Peter Pavone Todd S. Dowty

Thomas Sym, Sewer Administrator Clerk: Linda Hooper, 61 East Village Road, Shelton, CT 06484, 203-924-1555 ext. 373 Senior Citizen Committee William Smarz (U) Joseph Coleman (R) Shirley Keller (R) Jacqueline Bruno (U) James Martin (R) Walter Oko (R) Clerk: Corie Blanck, 77 Dimon Road, Shelton, CT 06484, 203-929-8615 Senior Center Director Kathy Ramia Lower Naugatuck Health District 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483 Phone 203-881-3255; Fax 203-881-3259; WIC 203-8881271 Web site: nvhd.org Library Board of Directors Shirley Keller (R) Harriet Finn (D) Barbara Glover, Chmn (R) Aleta Miner (R) Joan C Feeley (D) Jean Cayer (D) Parks and Recreation Commission John Papa, Chairman (R) David Zamba, Vice Chairman (R), Diane Barry (D) Allyson Burke (U) Gary Cahill (D) Joseph DeFilippo ( R ) Paul Gabor (R) Stanley Kudej (R) Harold P. Labonda ( R ) Michelle Pagliaro Haywood (U) Robert Zuraw (D) Youth Service Bureau Jill Chase (U) Chairman James Geissler (R) Deborah Zahornacky (D) Secretary Jay Correira, James Guarrera (R) Howard Gura, (D) Dee Kopec, (U) David Munson (D) Robin Skowronski (M) Laura Lee Soncarato, Juvenile Probation Services Patricia Stancheld John Trovarelli Denise Turecek Nick Zerella Detective Tom Federowicz, Shelton Police Department Director of Public Works Paul DiMauro Director of Highways and Bridges Vacant 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton, CT 06484 Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 2:30 p.m.

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Sanitation: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/sanitation.htm Hazardous Waste: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/hazardous. htm Recycling: cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/recycleprog.htm Animal Control Ofcer Sheryl Taylor, Shelton Animal Shelter, 20 Riverdale Avenue, Shelton Purchasing Ofcial Gene Sullivan Building Ofcial Vacant

Building Board of Appeals Gregory G. Glover (R) Mike D'Amico (D) James P. Rotondo, (U) A. J. Grasso (R) Ed Shalomis (R) Police Chief Joel W. Hurliman Fire Chief Vacant Board of Fire Commissioners Ben McGorty Gary Field John Sosini Tim Manion Fire Department Ofcers Council The Fire Department Ofcers' Council consists of the re chief, the re marshal, deputy re marshals, and the assistant chiefs, captains and lieutenants from each re company. The Ofcers' Council shall serve to resolve operational problems, hear appeals within the Fire Department, and recommend policy to the Board of Fire Commissioners. Sheriff Carl Sylvester Fire Marshal James Tortora, City Hall, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-1555, extension 340 The re marshal and his deputies investigate re, issue permits related with explosives and burning, inspect buildings and properties for re code compliance, inspect below-ground and above-ground storage tanks, and provide re prevention education to the community. Emergency Management Shelton's Emergency Management Department is led by Director John V. Millo, Deputy Director Justin Sabatino and Assistant Director Daniel E. Bednarsky. The department's task is to coordinate city departments and link the city with other local, regional, state and federal emergency response agencies. In the event of an emergency, the department provides information to Shelton residents through the Huntington Herald and other news media organizations and also posts the information on its Web site at sheltonemergency.com.

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Corporation Counsel Thomas J. Welch 375 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-925-3000 Ramon S. Sous, 159 Main Street, Seymour, CT 06483; 203888-0557 Justices of the Peace Ellen Pagliaro, 526 Antelope Trail, Shelton, CT 06484; 203929-7100 Dominick Mondi, 31 Applewood Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-4462 Charlotte Madar, 182 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-0363 Susan Finn, 17 Princess Wenonah Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-0786 Monica Peterson, 10 Brookpine Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-926-0677 Deborah Alain, 67 Plaskon Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203924-2213 David S. Zitnay, 29 Birchbank Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203929-0824 Anthony F. Simonetti, 6 Hayeld Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-926-0922 Charles Sullivan, 36 Birchbank Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-735-6417 Gary DeFilippo, 43 Perch Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-9293820 Edward Sheehy Jr., 85 Beacon Hill Trail, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-8202 Karen Tomko-McGovern, 66 Geissler Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-924-4529 Joseph Sewack, 31 Rayo Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-

7134 Stanley Reichlin, 41 Geissler Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203924-2166 Ezio Staferi, 85 Blacks Hill Rd., Shelton, CT 06484; 203924-8494 Christopher C. Jones, 42 Crescent St., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-414-5046 Win Oppel, 34 Soundview Ave., Shelton, CT 06484; 203-9291397 Diana Barry, 132 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-6762684 Gail Walsh, 42 L'Hermitage, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-9269963 Joan C. Flannery, 8 Partridge Lane, Shelton, CT 06484; unlisted Joseph A. Silva, 237 Mohegan Road, Shelton, CT 06484; unlisted

Zoning, Wetlands
The P&Z Department processes permit applications for new construction to make sure they conform to Shelton's zoning regulations. In 2008 it issued 406 zoning compliance permits, including approvals for 20 new single-family houses, six new building lots, 250 new apartment units, and six new cluster housing units. It also issued permit approvals for ofce buildings, retail stores, parking garages and light industrial buildings.

What does the Planning & Zoning Department do?

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The P&Z Commission consists of six regular and two alternate members who are elected to two-year terms. The commission ensures that new development is in the city's best interests and is consistent with the city zoning regulations and the Plan for Conservation and Development.

What is the Planning & Zoning Commission?

Wetlands are typically swampy areas or land bordering a watercourse, but they are diverse and not always obvious to the untrained eye. In Connecticut, they are determined by the chemical and physical characteristics of the top 18 to 24 inches of soil.

What is a wetland?

Can I ll in a pond or create one on my property?

The Building Department oversees all building construction to ensure public safety, health and welfare, and make sure that construction complies with the state building codes. The department is responsible for conducting building code inspections and issuing building and demolition permits and certicates of occupancy. In 2008 the Building Department issued 1,761 permits and 431 certicates of occupancy. The ZBA provides variances from the zoning regulations when property owners demonstrate a hardship, serves as an appeals board for the Planning & Zoning Commission, and serves as the local agency representing the state Department of Motor Vehicles for deciding the suitability of location for motor vehicle related facilities. Tree Warden Dean Cawthra is in charge of trees on city property, including the public right of way that extends up to 10 feet from the edge of the street. Property owners must get permission to remove or prune trees or shrubs in the public right of way. Call 924-1555, extension 349.

What does the Building Department do?

Usually, the city will prohibit lling in a pond. Creating a pond would require a zoning permit and an inland wetlands permit, if it is allowed.

Are permits required for swimming pools?

Zoning and building permits are required for installing inground pools.

What is the Zoning Board of Appeals?

Are permits required for outdoor decks and patios?

Zoning and building permits are required for installing decks, but not patios unless they require excavation or grading on the property.

How do I avoid digging up utility cables and pipes?

Call the Shelton Engineering Department at 924-1555, extension 17. Not in the public right of way, which extends about 10 feet from the edge of the road. In some cases, it is allowed with permission from the Board of Aldermen and the tree warden.

Who takes care of trees on city property?

May I plant trees or bushes along the road?

Can I remove or install an oil tank on my property?

How do I nd out if I can build something, ll or excavate on my property?

Yes, but permits from the Fire Marshal and the Building Department are required.

Grading, excavation and ll often requires a zoning or inland wetlands permit. Contact the Planning & Zoning Department or the Building Department in City Hall to nd out.

May I rent an apartment or a room in my house?

Yes, but a zoning and building permits are required for a new rental. Also, the Fire Marshal's ofce might require a re code inspection. Zoning compliance permits are required for all formal home ofces for businesses operating under a trade name, but not for informal home ofces, such as where you are writing your memoirs or the Great American Novel. Typically, the Planning & Zoning Commission allows residents to run businesses out of their homes only when it will not require customers to visit the residence or parking commercial vehicles in a residential zone.

What is a builder's acre?

A builder's acre is 40,000 square feet. That is smaller than a standard acre, which is 43,560 square feet.

Do I need a permit for a home ofce?

Building permits from the Building Department are required to ensure building code compliance for construction, plumbing or electrical work. Inspections and permits from the Fire Marshal, the Health Department and the Water Pollution Control Authority might be required. A certicate of zoning compliance from the Planning & Zoning Department and inland wetlands permits from the Inland Wetlands Commission might also be required. A permit is usually needed only if the landscaping is extensive or requires excavation. Property owners may check with the Planning & Zoning Department in City Hall to make sure.

What land-use or construction permits are required in Shelton?

What kinds of businesses may I run out of my home?

Do I need a permit to do blasting on my property?

Do I need a permit for landscaping or tree cutting?

Yes. Contact the Fire Marshal's ofce at 924-1555, extension 340.

What if blasting by someone else damages my house or well?


Contact the Fire Marshal's ofce in City Hall.

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The Board of Education consists of nine members elected citywide. The board establishes policies and procedures for the school system and determines how its budget is spent. Major responsibilities of the board include approving curriculum, purchasing textbooks, hiring teachers and administrators, and overseeing maintenance of school buildings and grounds. The Board of Education meetings are regularly scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month. Sometimes, because of holidays or during the summer months or when additional meetings are needed, the Board of Education might hold a special meeting. Meetings of the board and its committees are posted at the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall and on the Shelton schools Web site at sheltonpublicschools.org.

What does the Board of Education do?

When does the Board of Education meet?

Shelton Board of Education ofces are at 382 Long Hill Ave.


North, Shelton, CT; 203-926-2000 Perry Hill School, 60 Perry Hill Road, Shelton, CT; 203-9242533 Booth Hill Elementary School, 544 Booth Hill Road, Shelton, CT; 203-929-5625 Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School, 138 Willoughby Road, Shelton, CT; 203-929-1330 Long Hill Elementary School, 565 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT; 203-929-4077 Mohegan Elementary School, 47 Mohegan Road, Shelton, CT; 203-929-4121 Sunnyside Elementary School, 418 River Road, Shelton, CT; 203-922-3021

Where is the school district ofce?

382 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT 06848; 203-924-1023 Yes, at sheltonpublicschools.org.

Does the Board of Education have a Web site? What are the public schools in Shelton?

Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT; 203922-3004 Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard

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How many students attend each school?

As of the second week of the 2011-12 school year there were 5,264 students enrolled in Shelton public schools: Booth Hill School 358, Elizabeth Shelton School 476, Long Hill School 455, Mohegan School 381, Sunnyside School 254, Perry Hill School 832, Shelton Intermediate School 935, Shelton High School 1,573.

WTNH Channel 8 and WVIT Channel 30. Cancellations, delayed openings and early dismissals are also announced on the Shelton Schools' Web site at sheltonpublicschools.org. Parents will also be alerted of early closings though an automated phone messaging system the district uses. Each school has a PTA or PTO. The district's PTA Council, which was composed of members from each school's PTA group, disbanded in 2011.

Is there a PTA?

What are the private and parochial schools in Shelton?

St. Joseph School, 430 Coram Avenue, Shelton, CT; 203-9244669 St. Lawrence School, 503 Shelton Avenue, Shelton, CT; 203929-4422

What are the school holidays and vacations?

What are the hours when school is in session?

Shelton High School 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Shelton Intermediate School 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Perry Hill School, 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m. Booth Hill Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Booth Hill Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Long Hill Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Long Hill Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m. Mohegan Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Mohegan Elementary Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Sunnyside Elementary School 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m. Sunnyside Kindergarten 9:10-11:58 a.m., 12:48-3:35 p.m.

Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Recess (Thursday and Friday), Winter Recess (Dec. 24-Jan. 2), New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, February Recess, Good Friday, Spring Recess and Memorial Day.

When do children start school?

The 2011-12 school year started after Labor Day.

Contact your child's school for registration information. If you are unsure which school your child will attend, go online to sheltonpublicschools.org/contact.php and send an e-mail message to districting inquiries.

How do I register a child for school?

When should I enroll my child for kindergarten?

What are the hours for delayed school opening?

A child is allowed to enroll in kindergarten during the calendar year when he or she reaches age 5.

Shelton High School 9:00 a.m. Shelton Intermediate School 9:45 a.m. Perry Hill School, 9:55 a.m. Booth Hill Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Lafayette Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Long Hill Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Mohegan Elementary School 10:40 a.m. Sunnyside Elementary School 10:40 a.m. If the delayed opening is weather-related, all morning kindergarten is canceled.

How do I register a child for kindergarten?

Contact your child's school for kindergarten registration information, immunization requirements and necessary forms.

What are the hours for early school dismissal?

State law and the federal No Child Left Behind Act require students in grades three to eight to take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) appropriate for their grade. Shelton High School students in grade 10 take the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).

What state standardized tests do Shelton students take?

Shelton High School 12:10 p.m. (no lunch) Shelton Intermediate School 12:55 p.m. Perry Hill School 1:05 p.m. Booth Hill School 1:45 p.m. Elizabeth Shelton 1:45 p.m. Lafayette Elementary School 1:45 p.m. Long Hill Elementary School 1:45 p.m. Mohegan Elementary School 1:45 p..m. Sunnyside Elementary School 1:45 p.m. If the early dismissal is weather-related, all afternoon kindergarten is cancelled.

What sports are offered at Shelton High School?

Fall sports - football, cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls swimming, girls volleyball; Winter sports - boys basketball, girls basketball, boys swimming, wrestling, ice hockey, indoor track, cheerleading; Spring sports - baseball, softball, track & eld, tennis, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse, golf, boys volleyball, unied track & eld.

What extracurricular activities are offered at Shelton High School?

How can I learn if school is canceled, a delayed opening or an early dismissal?

The Shelton High School Web site lists 49 student activities and clubs, plus the yearbook and the school newspaper.

If bad weather or a school emergency forces the cancellation of school for the day or a change in the opening time, announcements will be made on radio stations WICC, WELI, WEBE, WEZN, WKCI, WKISS and WPLR, and television stations

What sports are offered at Shelton Intermediate School?

Volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, cross-country, track and eld and cheerleading.

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What extracurricular activities are offered at Shelton Intermediate School?


Marching band, color guard, jazz band.

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What is the current school budget?

In 2010, the Board of Education approved a Pay To Participate policy and began charging fees for students to participate in sports and extracurricular activities that are non-academic, require a paid advisor and meet outside the normal school day. Some parents may be eligible for reduced fees. In 2011, the Board of Education lowered fees by 25% to encourage more participation. Forms are available on the athletic section of the school district Web site. Families with high school students playing hockey or any sport that requires an ofcial, pay $300. High school sports that don't require ofcials cost $225 to participate. At Shelton Intermediate School, sports that require ofcials now cost $150 and without ofcials are $100. The family cap for those with multiple student athletes is $600. The fees for extracurricular high school activities, like band, color guard, robotics, pompon and drama will stay the same, at $100. Intermediate school activities including band, colorguard and jazz band also cost $100.

Is there a participation fee for students to play sports or join extracurricular activities?

The 2010-11 Board of Education budget is $63,700,000.

What is the salary range for teachers?

Teacher salaries for the 2009-10 school year range from $45,000 for a rst-year teacher with a Bachelor's Degree, to $82,500 for a teacher with a Master's Degree at the top step level, and to $93,000 for a teacher at the top step level with a doctorate degree.

Who is the Superintendent of Schools? What is special education?

Freeman Burr is the superintendent of schools.

What are the Pay to Participate fees?

Special education is the term for an array of services for accommodating the educational needs of students with physical or developmental disabilities.

How can I tell if my child needs special education?

Students suspected of having a disability are evaluated and those who meet the eligibility criteria are provided with an individual education plan (IEP).

What nursery schools are open in Shelton?

Are there any after-school programs?

The Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club offers afterschool programs for local children. See the club's web site at bgc-lnv.org. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and Cub Scout and Brownie packs meet after school hours. There are also numerous youth sports leagues and activities offered by the city Parks & Recreation Department or private sports leagues, such as Little League. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for information about them. Shelton is part of the Valley Regional Adult Education program, which offers courses in Shelton and the other Valley towns for personal enrichment, English language learning and U.S. citizenship, and GED certicates. Students may take some courses online. The Valley Regional Adult Education administrative ofce is located at 415 Howe Avenue, Shelton; contact the program at 203-924-6651 or vrae.org. The Shelton Board of Education is responsible for transportation of students to and from school in a safe, healthy and efcient manner. Students will be picked up and dropped off at their scheduled bus stops. The board expects bus drivers to insist on good behavior from students. Any behavior of a student that represents a danger to the health and safety of those riding the bus must be reported immediately to the principal and the bus company. Serious misbehavior may result in suspension of the student's bus-riding privileges, including but not limited to snowball throwing, foul language, ghting, smoking, vandalism, refusing the sit down, harassing other students or the use of alcohol or drugs. In the event of school bus problems before and after school hours, First Student may be contacted at 203-

Does Shelton have an adult education program?

What is the school district's transportation policy?

A Child's Garden, 20 Ivy Brook Road, Shelton 203-402-0334 Apple Tree Day Care & Preschool Center, 117 Long Hill Cross Road, Shelton 203-929-8181 A Small World Learning Center, 71 Longfellow Road, Shelton 203-929-5498 Bright Horizons Family Solutions, 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton 203-926-1398 The Hide Out, 49 Mohegan Road, Shelton 203-929-0744 Kid's First Learning Center, 216 Long Hill Cross Road, Shelton 203-926-9998 Kid's First Learning Center of White Hills, 222 Leavenworth Road, Shelton 203-926-9326 Kidstop Developmental Child Care Center, 215 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton 203-924-2737 Kindercare Learning Centers, 1 Trap Falls Road, Shelton 203944-0104 The Little Academy Inc., 250 River Road, Shelton 203-9249293 Pumpkin Preschool of Shelton, 100 Beard Saw Mill Road, Shelton 203-926-1800 Tutor Time Child Care, 708 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton 203925-0067 Wonder Years Learning Center, 188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton 203-926-0708

What does the School Readiness Council do?

The School Readiness Council works with the public school system to help parents prepare their children during the critical, early educational years. The council's primary goal is to improve communication and partnership among families for children from birth to age ve. The council also works with preschool and nursery school providers, elementary schools and community agencies. A collaborative team of volunteers work through the council to make sure every child is ready for kindergarten. Their four key objectives are: to increase community awareness of the ben-

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ets of early childhood education, strengthen the connections between early care and education programs, enhance the kindergarten transition process in Shelton, and to provide leadership on early childhood issues. The School Readiness Council is funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in conjunction with the Shelton Public Schools, the city, Shelton Discovery Project, Shelton PTA Council, Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Valley Even Start, Plumb Memorial Library, TEAM, Valley Regional Adult Education, Health Valley Project, Shelton Economic Development Commission, Early Child Care Providers, Valley Directors Network and the Valley United Way.

City taxes
The Shelton tax rate is 18.57 mills. That means a taxpayer pays $18.57 for every $1,000 of assessed value of taxable property. Taxes are based on the mill rate (also spelled mil rate) times the assessed property value, divided by 1,000. The easiest way to calculate a tax bill is to take the mill rate, which is currently 18.61, multiply it by .001, which gives you 0.01861, and multiply that times the property assessment. The residential property assessment is 70% of the fair market value. So if a house sells for $300,000, the assessment is $210,000, and the tax bill is $3,908.10. The 2010-11 Shelton municipal budget is $111.9 million , which includes the Board of Education budget. The school budget is $63.7 million, which is about 56.9% of the total city budget.

What is the city tax rate?

How are city taxes calculated?

Does the district work with members of the business community?

The district is working on expanding relationships with the many business and community leaders in Shelton. The district is doing so through its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum. Corporations like PerkinElmer have worked with students on projects and allowed them to use facilities. The district has also worked with United Technologies, Sikorsky and others. Distrcit leaders have held some events with local business leaders brainstorming ways to work together in the future.

How much is the city budget?

What is the city's bond rating?

The city has ratings from two credit rating agencies. Moody's rates Shelton Aa3. Standard and Poor's gives Shelton an AA rating.

What is the city's Grand List?

A New England term, the Grand List is the city's tax base and represents the total of taxable property in the city. That includes residential real estate, commercial real estate, personal property (actually business property such as furniture, computers, etc.) and motor vehicles. It is compiled each October and is used the following May to calculate the tax rate. The latest Grand List, based on property assessments in October 2010, is about $5.3 billion. Commercial property developer and owner Robert Scinto is Shelton's biggest municipal taxpayer, with commercial real estate valued at $249 million. His total assessment is worth more than four times the second-place taxpayer. State law requires municipalities to revalue taxable real estate and personal property every ve years. The last property revaluation was approved for the 2006 Grand List. Real estate in Shelton is assessed at 70% of its fair market value. Shelton is scheduled for another property revaluation this year. The appraisal and assessment of residential property in Shelton is the responsibility of the Assessor's ofce.

Who is the city's biggest taxpayer?

When is city property revalued?

Who determines the assessed value of my home?

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A taxpayer who disagrees with his home's tax assessment should rst contact Tax Assessor Gloria Kovacs, because it might be the result of a clerical or calculation error. If the taxpayer still disagrees, he or she may appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals, a three-member board appointed by the Board of Aldermen. The Board of Assessment Appeals meets only in March to hear appeals on assessments certied for the Grand List in January. If the assessor receives a one-month extension, the board meets in April instead. If the taxpayer still disagrees with the assessment, he may le an appeal in court.

What if I disagree with my home's assessment?

The Tax Collector's ofce in City Hall collects real estate, motor vehicle and personal property taxes, sewer use fees, water main assessments and sewer assessments. Taxes support schools, police, road improvements, debt payments and all other city services. A detailed accounting of how collected taxes are spent is included in the annual town report. Members of the public are also entitled to view the city budget at the City/Town Clerk's ofce or obtain a copy. Taxpayers are charged a penalty of 1.5% each month on the delinquent balance if they fail to pay their taxes on time. This rate works out to 18% per year. Payment plans may be developed for those having difculty paying their taxes.

Where and when do I pay my city taxes?

What do I pay my taxes for?

Bridge to Early Learning

What happens if I don't pay my taxes on time?

Does the city ever foreclose on a delinquent taxpayer?

It has happened, but this action is taken only rarely and in extreme cases when the taxpayer refuses to work with the city. Usually, the Assessor's ofce les a tax lien and the taxpayer works out a payment plan to repay his delinquent taxes. State and local tax relief programs are available for veterans, totally disabled, blind and elderly homeowners and renters. Contact the Assessor's ofce at 924-1555, extension 14 for information.

Is anyone eligible for a property tax break?

Who determines how much I pay for car taxes?


They are based on the book value.

The Department of Motor Vehicles keeps vehicle ownership records, which it forwards to the city Assessor's ofce to maintain the motor vehicle Grand List. The DMV will continue to send ownership reports to the city on a vehicle until the license plates are turned in. To remove a car from the tax rolls, cancel your registration, return the plates to a DMV ofce and take the return receipt to the Assessor's ofce.

If I sell my car, how do I get it off the tax rolls?

Ongoing Enrollment
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Refuse & Recycling


Shelton has municipal trash and recycling collection, regularly scheduled on weekdays. Refuse collection is once a week, and recycling is every two weeks. Material for collection should be left by the curb the evening before the collection day. Garbage cans must be 20 to 35 gallons in capacity and weigh no more than 60 pounds. Refuse must also be packed in plastic sacks that weigh no more than 35 pounds. Complete requirements for trash and recycling collections, the disposal of furniture and appliances and other types of bulky waste, hazardous waste and other materials may be found online at cityofshelton.org/publicwrks/ sanitation.htm. The city discontinued this service due to lack of interest. Residents are advised to take yard waste to Greencycle-Grillo, 1183 Oronoque Road, Milford, CT 06460, or mulch and compose it themselves.

Is there municipal trash collection and recycling?

types of hazardous materials, which require special handling and disposal, are accepted only during Hazardous Waste Day collections that are scheduled during the year.

Must I notify someone if I rent a container for refuse or construction waste?

Not at the present time, but in the near future the Planning & Zoning may amend the zoning regulations to require a permit.

May I burn leaves on my property?

Does the city collect yard waste?

Burning leaves is discouraged, but the Fire Marshal will allow it in some situations, such as in an agricultural setting.

Health services
New private water wells or wells that have been repaired, deepened or altered must be tested by the Health Department in accordance with the public health code to make sure they meet state water quality standards. In Shelton the Health Department is the Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT; 203-881-3255, FAX 203-881-3259, WIC 203-8881271. It is suggested that well water should be tested every ve years, or if you suspect the well has been damaged or contaminated, or if the water has a strange taste, odor or discoloration.

Does the city pick up leaves?

The city schedules leaf collections twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The collections are usually announced in local newspapers and posted on the city Web site at cityofshelton. org.

Should I have my well water tested?

Does the city collect any other types of waste?

The city accepts many other types of household waste if brought to the Highways and Bridges Department, 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton, or to the Shelton Transfer Station, 866 River Road, Shelton. Complete instructions are found on the city Web site at cityofshelton.org, under the Public Works tab. Residents can bring their household refuse to the city's transfer station Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The transfer station, which is located at 866 River Road, is closed on most holidays. Christmas trees, corrugated cardboard, construction waste, furniture, garden furniture, gas grills, mattresses, play sets, and tires (a maximum of four per year per registered vehicle, and no large truck or tractor trailer tires). The Transfer station also has a Swap Shed where residents can leave items they no longer need but that might be useful to someone else. Items like a childs bicycle, desks and more have been left at the shed. The station has a closed recycling container for items like paper, cans and bottles. Tree branches can also be brought to the station to be mulched. Anti-freeze, automobile batteries, dehumidiers, motor oil, propane gas tanks and some other types of hazardous materials are accepted at the Highways and Bridges Department, 41 Myrtle Street, Shelton. Ammunition is accepted at the Police Department, Wheeler Avenue, Shelton. Paint, ammable fuels, herbicides, insecticides, mercury thermometers, orescent light bulbs, computer equipment and other

Can I bring my household refuse to dump myself?

Will the city check my well to see if the water is safe to drink?

The Naugatuck Valley Health District performs water quality inspections for drinking water wells in Shelton.

How can I locate my sewer lines or septic tank?

What else can I take to the transfer station?

The Naugatuck Valley Health District maintains les of septic system and well locations. The health district suggests that you have your septic tank inspected by a licensed septic system installer if you suspect that your system may not be operating properly.

How do I take care of my septic tank?

What should I do if my neighbor's septic tank is leaking on my property?

How do I dispose of hazardous materials?

Contact the Naugatuck Valley Health District at 203-8813255.

What is radon gas?

Radon gas is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas formed as a decay product of uranium and other radioactive elements that occur naturally in the subsurface bedrock. Some soil and rock conditions may contain high levels of radon that can enter a house through the foundation or combined with well water. Exposure to high levels of radon increases the risk of developing

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lung cancer, especially when combined with smoking or breathing second-hand tobacco smoke. Test kits for radon are available at hardware stores or department stores, or they may be purchased inexpensively by calling the Radon Hotline at 1-800-SOS-RADON.

How do I test for radon gas?

Emergency services
What kind of public ambulance service does Shelton have?
The Echo Hose Ambulance Service is a volunteer ambulance service

How can I join the ambulance service?

Contact the Echo Hose Ambulance Corps, 100 Meadow Street, Shelton; 203-924-9211, echohoseambulance.org.

When should I dial 911 in the case of an emergency?

Only emergency calls should be made to 911, such as to report a re, medical crisis, motor vehicle accident, a police emergency such as an intruder, or another life-threatening situation. Do not call 911 for road conditions, routine services or non-emergency occurrences. Routine calls for the Police Department should be made to 203-924-1544.

Who answers a 911 call in Shelton?

Calls in Shelton to 911 for a police, re or medical emergency are answered at the emergency dispatch center at Shelton Police Headquarters.

Where are the nearest hospital emergency rooms?

The nearest hospital emergency rooms are: Grifn Hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby; Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, Bridgeport; and St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport.

The Echo Hose Ambulance Service, 100 Meadow Street, provides ambulance service in Shelton. The Valley EMS provides paramedic services regionally to Shelton and the other neighboring communities in the Valley. The rst choice is to Grifn Hospital in Derby. But for very serious types of injuries or medical conditions, or if Grifn Hospital's emergency room is full, the Echo Hose Ambulance Service will take a patient to St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, or the Veterans Administration hospital in West Haven. The cost for ambulance transportation is set by the state, and it increases the longer the distance to the hospital.

Who runs the city's ambulance service? Paramedic service?

Where will the ambulance take the patient?

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How much does it cost to call an ambulance?

Ambulance calls are not cheap. The state has an approved rate for various types of calls. Any call requiring transportation to a hospital may cost $500 or more. If a paramedic is needed, the fees increase. The Echo Hose Ambulance Service is always seeking new members. It requires members to contribute at least 12 hours a month riding shifts. The service provides training, and members receive free uniforms, apparel, social events and trips. To inquire about joining, contact Assist. Chief Joe Laucella at 9249211, extension 6, or jlaucella@sheltonems.com. The Shelton EMS Commission, consisting of ve members appointed by the Board of Aldermen and conrmed by the mayor, oversees the ambulance service.

also conduct annual fund-raising to help purchase equipment. Not all false alarms are malicious. Some are accidental, resulting from faulty burglar or re alarms. There is no ne for the rst false alarm in a calendar year. The second results in a warning. A ne of $100 each is charged for each additional false alarm. The start of a new calendar year starts this over again. There is also an appeals process if the homeowner or business owner feels he is not at fault.

Is there a ne for false alarms?

How do I join the volunteer ambulance service?

Who oversees the ambulance service?

The Shelton Fire Marshal's ofce is responsible for inspecting businesses, schools, and rental apartments for compliance with the re code. The Fire Marshal's ofce also investigates the causes of res, hazardous materials spills and other emergencies, and issues blasting permits. The Fire Prevention Bureau, part of the Fire Marshal's ofce, provides re safety education programs for school children, and also conducts an annual poster and essay contest in the local public and parochial schools on re safety. The Fire Marshal's ofce also advises homeowners on home escape plans, placement and use of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and operation of re extinguishers.

Who checks businesses, schools and other places for safety?

What kind of Fire Department does Shelton have?

Who offers re safety education?

A volunteer re department comprised of the Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock and White Hills re companies. Contact your local volunteer re company. Membership applications are available at the rehouses and at the re company Web sites: Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company 1, 379 Coram Avenue, echohosefd.com Huntington Fire Company 3, 44 Church Street, huntingtonre.com Pine Rock Park Fire Company 4, 722 Long Hill Avenue, pinerockfd.com/2009/main.asp White Hills Fire Company 5, 2 School Street, whitehillsreco. org.

How can I become a volunteer reghter?

Where is the Shelton Police Department?

Police Headquarters is located at 85 Wheeler Street.

Where are Shelton's rehouses?

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1: 379 Coram Avenue Huntington Fire Co. 3: 44 Church Street Pine Rock Park Fire Co. 4: 722 Long Hill Avenue White Hills Fire Co. 5: 2 School Street

When will the Fire Department respond in an emergency?

Fireghters will respond to structure, brush and vehicle res; motor vehicle accidents; water, ice and conned space rescues; hazardous materials incidents; carbon monoxide emergencies, and a variety of other technical rescues.

Who oversees the Fire Department?

The Board of Fire Commissioners oversees the policies of the Fire Department with the assistance of the Ofcer's Council. The assistant chiefs and line ofcers oversee the operations of the Fire Department. The Fire Marshal's ofce is in charge of re investigations and re prevention duties.

Will I be billed if I call the Fire Department to put out a re?

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Do the police offer ngerprinting services?

Yes, at a charge of $5.00 per card. Fingerprinting is free for the Board of Education, for teachers, tutors, aides and substitute teachers. The charge for ngerprinting is included in the cost for a rearms permit.

Are there special programs to help special needs children in an emergency?

If the Police Department is notied, a notation can be put in the dispatching computer informing police and reghters that a special needs child lives in a residence. The notation may also include special instructions for the emergency responders. This may also be done for other persons with medical conditions, such as diabetes.

A national number, 1-800-222-1222, will link callers from anywhere in the country to medical experts at local poison control centers. The telephone number is funded by the federal government. The number for the state poison control center is 1-800-3432722 and is still operational. The state center is associated with the University of Connecticut Medical Center and will answer questions about poisons found in the house or about spider or snake bites. When fast medical assistance is needed in an emergency, call 911 and describe the problem to the dispatcher.

How do I reach poison control?

Culture & Learning


Norwalk Community College (203-857-7000, nctc.comnet. edu) and Housatonic Community College (203-332-5200, hcc. comnet.edu) offer two-year degree programs. Southern Connecticut State University (888-500-SCSU, southernct.edu) in New Haven, Sacred Heart University in Faireld (203-371-7999, sacredheart.edu), the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport (203576-4552, bridgeport.edu) and Faireld University in Faireld (203-254-4000, faireld.edu) offer graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Is there a city emergency department?

The Shelton Ofce of Emergency Management coordinates local, regional, state and federal emergency response agencies and other organizations on a local level in the event of a natural, industrial or homeland security emergency. Stock ashlights and extra batteries, candles, a battery-powered radio, water, nonperishable food and other supplies for use during a power outage. Don't use a gas stove or charcoal re indoors for heat or illumination. Unplug or switch off electrical appliances to avoid a power surge when power is restored. Stay away from downed power lines. Call the United Illuminating Company at 499-3333 to report the power outage.

Where can I take college courses nearby?

What should I do if the power goes out in a storm?

Is there an art school nearby?

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Children's Studio for the Performing Arts, 509-C Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT 924-1343 Step by Step Dance Academy, 476 River Road, Shelton, CT 922-8178 That's Showbiz Dance Theatre School, 59 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 922-9989 Several orchestras are headquartered nearby: Greater Bridgeport Symphony (bridgeportsymphony.org), Norwalk Symphony (203-847-8844, norwalksymphony.org), and Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (203-459-4249, gbyo.org) The Shelton Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a summer concert series. The series includes a musical performance at the Riverwalk prior to the Shelton reworks and weekly performances on the Huntington Green from late-June through August featuring rock, jazz, folk, blues and big band music.

Is there a dance school nearby?

Center, 70 Ripton Road, a half mile from the Huntington Green. The Center includes a collection of historical artifacts and documents from the city's past (Three Centuries of Shelton: From Farming to Industry and Beyond), and three restored historic structures - the Brownson House (c. 1820), the Wilson barn (c. 1860) and the Trap Falls School (c. 1872), a one-room school house. There are many opportunities for volunteering in Shelton. Children and teenagers can nd opportunities through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, at Shelton High School and at the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley (One Positive Place, Shelton; 924-7462). The Shelton Anti-Litter Committee runs an all-volunteer city clean-up each April in observance of Earth Day. The Shelton Trails Committee (924-1555, extension 315) needs volunteers to help maintain hiking trails in the city's open space areas. Adults can also volunteer through many civic organizations and churches. The Valley United Way operates a Volunteer Center (3 Corporate Drive, Suite 501, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-926-9478, volu nteer@valleyunitedway.org) to match the skills and interests of adult and youth volunteers with the needs of nonprot agencies in the Valley.

Are there opportunities to do volunteer service?

Are there any local orchestras?

Are there any free concerts?

Is there a local live theater company?

Center Stage, Lafayette School, 54 Grove St., is run by Gary and Francesca Scarpa. They also lead the Youth CONNection program, which stages a hit Broadway musical each summer. It can be reached at 203-225-6079.

Clubs & social groups


Are there service clubs in Shelton?
The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club (P.O. Box 224, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-567-0252) meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Avenue, Shelton. Shelton Jaycees (P.O. Box 2334, Shelton, CT 06484) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Pine Rock Firehouse, 722 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton. Shelton Community Lions Club 203-925-1777 Yes. The Shelton Newcomers and Neighbors Club is a women's club open to all residents of Shelton, new or longstanding. The group aims to initiate and foster friendships in the community. Regular meetings include a monthly potluck lunch, couples' game nights and outings, monthly eld trips for the tiny tots and more! For more information, email sheltonnewcomers@gmail. com or nd us on Facebook at Newcomers & Neighbors of Shelton. There is also the The Welcome Wagon of Shelton, President Betsy Hermann, 1 Meghan Lane, Shelton, CT 06484; 9297434.

What museums are in Shelton?

The Shelton Historical Society operates the Shelton History

Is there a Newcomers Club in Shelton?

Are there women's organizations in Shelton?

The Shelton Women's Club, P.O. Box 2123, Shelton, CT 06484. There is also a local chapter of the MOMS Club, a nonprot support group specically for mothers who have chosen to stay home with their children. The group has monthly meetings and plans playdates and outings for families. For more information, contact Kelly Pietro at 203-954-8434, kellyapietro@gmail.com or Kadie Conklin at 203-513-2092, kadie233@att.net.

Are there gardening clubs in Shelton?

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203-926-8467) meets at the Plumb Memorial Library.

Are there veterans' organizations in Shelton?

The American Legion, Sutter-Terlizzi Post 16, 295 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484; commander@legionctpost14.org, 203-924-9887. Military Order of the Purple Heart, Shelton/Derby Chapter #1, 203-929-3115.

What organizations focus on the environment?

Shelton Land Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 2276, Shelton 06484; 203 929-6829

Libraries
The Plumb Memorial Library is the city's main library. It is located at 65 Wooster Street, at the intersection of Coram Avenue. The main telephone number is 203-924-1580; Reference 203924-1581; Children 203-924-9461. E-mail: elydon@biblio.org. Web site: plumblibrary.org. It is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Huntington Branch Library is located in the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street, in Huntington Center. Telephone: 203-926-0111. It is open Monday, noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where are the Shelton libraries and when are they open?

One of the many programs offered for free at the Huntington Branch Library this year celebrated Polish culture.
The libraries have many special programs. There are book discussion groups for children and adults, craft programs for children and adults, gardening discussions, a writers' group (the South West Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association), a creative writing group for grade 3-4 children, a multiple sclerosis support group, and many others. Get a copy of the libraries' quarterly newsletter at the circulation desk or online at plumblibrary.org/Newsletters/Fall%202009%20Newsletter.pdf. The libraries are supported by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries organization. The Friends help by conducting fundraising to add to the collection, support the libraries' budget requests, and run programs and activities for patrons. Members receive discounts during book sales. Join online at plumblibrary. org/picts/Friends%20Memb%20Brochure%20nal.pdf. The Plumb Memorial Library has book sales twice a year and the Huntington Branch Library has book sales monthly, but patrons can browse the used books and purchase one anytime. The cost is one dollar for paperbacks and two dollars for hardcover books.

What special activities do the libraries have?

Built of brownstone in 1894 and designed by architect Charles Beardsley Jr. of Bridgeport, the Plumb Memorial Library is considered to be an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture. The modern addition was completed in 1974.

What style of architecture is the Plumb Memorial Library?

Do the libraries use volunteers?

How may I get a library card?

Come to either library and bring proof of Shelton residency, such as your driver's license or your electric bill. Library cards are free. With a library card, patrons can borrow books, CDs, DVDs, videos, magazines and other items in the collection. There are public computers so patrons can surf the Internet or use Microsoft Ofce programs. Patrons can also read many local and state newspapers and borrow free passes for a dozen popular destinations, such as the Peabody Museum and the Mystic Aquarium. The library gives patron access to the state library databases and the ability to request materials free from other libraries around the state. The library also subscribes to about a dozen paid databases and gives patrons access for free, including Business Info USA for job seekers, Chilton's Car Repair, language databases to learn nine languages, and test prep courses for the SAT and numerous professional tests. Patrons can also use their home computers to access these services and many other online materials.

Do the libraries have any book sales?

What services do the libraries offer?

Shopping & Dining


The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1964 to provide leadership and promote economic growth, development, prosperity and quality of life in the region encompassing Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford and Beacon Falls. The Chamber has 650 members representing manufacturing, retail, service and corporate businesses. Its ofce is located at 900 Bridgeport Avenue, 2nd oor, Shelton, CT 06484; 203925-4981.

What does the Chamber of Commerce do?

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Is there a group that helps people nd a job?

The Plumb Memorial Library has a subscription database to help job seekers nd a job. All you need is a library card, which is free. Southwestern CTWorks operates two job assistance centers nearby: Valley CTWorks at 33 Elizabeth Street, Derby (203734-3443), and Bridgeport CTWorks at 2 Lafayette Square, Bridgeport (203-333-5129). CTWorks has a toll-free phone number 866-859-8818, and a Web site at ctworkssw.org/MainSite/CentersLocation.asp. Diversied employment services Inc., 63 Center Street, Shelton (203-924-8364), provides temporary employees in areas including accounting, clerical and general ofce, customer service, data entry, secretarial and administration, light industrial and warehouse work. Manpower Inc., 2 Corporate Drive, Shelton (203-925-1833), provides temporary employees in areas including administrative support, business operations, contact center, nance and accounting, healthcare support, human resources, industrial, legal support, operations and logistics, sales and marketing, and skilled trades. The Shelton Post Ofce, 83 Bridge Street (located off Coram Avenue): Lobby hours Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Window hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The Huntington Post Ofce, 41 Church Street (in the Shelton Community Center): Window hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 1:30-2:30 p.m.), Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Where can I buy stamps?

The Shell service station at 99 Bridgeport Avenue operates a U.S. Postal Service Contract Unit, where patrons can buy stamps and mail packages. It is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sunday. Stamps can also be purchased at the customer service centers at local supermarkets and online at the Web site of the United States Postal Service (usps.com). The Shelton Economic Development Corporation includes much of this information on its Web site at shelton-ct-life.org/ index.html. The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce includes a business directory on its Web site at greatervalleychamber.com. You must be 21 to purchase and possess alcohol in Connecticut. Beer is available at most grocery stores and supermarkets. Wine and liquor are sold at liquor stores. Liquor stores in Shelton include: Adro Liquor Store, 443 River Road (203-924-0272) Cleto's Wine & Spirits, 402 Howe Avenue (203-924-8407) Cork & Keg, 515 Bridgeport Avenue (203-925-1133) Huntington Package, 54 Huntington Street (203-929-0563) Last Call II Wine & Spirits, 813 River Road (203-929-6819) Mega Wine & Spirits, 350 Bridgeport Avenue (203-2259001) White Hills Wine & Spirits, 206 Leavenworth Road (203925-9463) Hunts Wine Castle & Spirits, 528 Shelton Avenue (203-9291224) The Wine Emporium, 704 Bridgeport Avenue (203-9299600) Wine & Liquor on the River, 495 River Road (203-9221825)

Is there an online business directory?

Where can I nd an ofce temp?

Where and when can I buy alcoholic beverages?

What are the hours of the local post ofce?

Are there any coffee shops in town?


Dunkin Donuts, 427 Howe Avenue Dunkin Donuts, 484 Bridgeport Avenue Dunkin Donuts, 198 Leavenworth Road Huntington Street Caf, 90 Huntington Street Starbuck's Coffee, 504 Bridgeport Avenue Panera Bread, 850 Bridgeport Avenue Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, 817 Bridgeport Avenue Dunk This Donut & Coffee, 30 Huntington Street Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, 817 Bridgeport Avenue Royal Bakery, 34 Huntington Street Stockbridge's Gourmet, 509 Howe Avenue Shelton Portuguese Bakery, 55 Bridge Street Dunkin Donuts, 427 Howe Avenue Dunkin Donuts, 484 Bridgeport Avenue Dunkin Donuts, 198 Leavenworth Road Oronoque Farms, 188 Leavenworth Road Panera Bread, 850 Bridgeport Avenue The Ice Cream Shoppe, 59 Bridgeport Avenue Wells Hollow Creamery, 656 Bridgeport Avenue Addeos Italian Ice, 97 Center St.

Where can I nd baked goods?

What about ice cream or Italian ice?

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Where can I nd a catering service in Shelton?

Amici's, 500 Howe Avenue (203-926-1809) Al Disotto Restaurant, 66 Huntington Street (203-929-6222) Carmine's Ristorante Italiano, 376 River Road (203-9221233) David M. Grant Caterers, 458 River Road (203-924-2623) Gourmet Express, 4 Research Drive (203-944-0551) John Matthew Caterers, 11 Courtland Road (203-929-1200) Center Deli, 4 Huntington Street (203-929-0269) Smergalino's, 100 Beard Saw Mill Road (203-225-6002)

What food markets are in town? Do they deliver?

Cumberland Farms Food Store, 464 River Road (203-9242617) Howe Convenience Food, 456 Howe Avenue (203-924-2444) ShopRite, 875 Bridgeport Avenue Stop and Shop, 898 Bridgeport Avenue (203-929-7516) Beechwood Market, 40 Huntington St. (203-929-1212) The Shelton farmers' market is open on Canal Street at the Riverwalk Park from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday and on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. from April to November. Stone Garden Farm, 83 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton, grows and sells farm fresh produce, and also sells Community Supported Agriculture shares, which entitle the purchaser to a box of produce fresh from the eld each week. Visit their Web site at stonegardensfarm.com. The Jones Family Farms on Walnut Tree Hill Road offers seasonal opportunities to pick your own blueberries, strawberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. The Jones farm, in fact, is very well known for Christmas trees, and attracts Yule tree customers from as far away as New Jersey. Visit their Web site at jonesfamilyfarm.com. The Beardsley Cider Mill & Orchard at 278 Leavenworth Road offers seasonal apple picking. It also has apples and baked good for sale in its store. Visit their Web site at beardsleycidermill.com. The Fairview Tree Farm at 484 Walnut Tree Hill Road is another location for Christmas trees. Visit their Web site at fairviewtreefarm.com.

Where can I buy farm fresh produce?

Where can I pick my own fruits and vegetables?

Is there a winery in Shelton?

Yes. Jones Farms Winery at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, offers award-winning wines made with grapes and fruit grown at the farm.

Is there a bookstore in Shelton?

The Written Words Bookstore is located at 194 Leavenworth Road, in the White Hills Shopping Center.

What malls are in the area?

Westeld Trumbull, 5065 Main Street, Trumbull, has about 170 retail stores. The Connecticut Post Mall in Milford and the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury are two other large shopping malls.

Is there a dry cleaner in Shelton?

Simonetti's 1-Hour Cleaners, 70 Center Street (203-924-

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7868) Simonetti's Cleaners, 1 Corporate Drive (203-944-1602) White Hills Cleaners, 214 Leavenworth Road (203-9298008) Zoots Corporation, 515 Bridgeport Avenue (203-926-9596) Zoots Corporation, 90 Huntington Street (203-926-0514)

EPISCOPAL St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., 203-929-1722; Rector: Rev. Janet Waggoner; stpauls@stpaulsct.org; stpaulsct. org; Services: Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 186 Coram Ave., 924-8050; Pastor: Rev. Ballard Dorsee; goodshepherdct@att.com; goodshepherdct.org; Holy Eucharist and Healing: Wednesday, noon; Services: Sunday, 10 a.m. CHARISMATIC EPISCOPAL Church of the Archangels, meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Ave., 334-4600; Pastor: Fr. Matthew Mirabile; archangelschurch.com; Services: Sunday, 3 p.m. HINDU Hindu Cultural Center of Connecticut, a non-prot organization founded in 2001, meets twice a month at the Unitarian Church, 96 Chapel St., Stratford. Information: hinduculturalcenter.org; hinduculturalcenter@yahoo.com JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES Jehovah's Witnesses, Shelton Congregation, 1 Platt Road, 203-924-9296. JUDAIC Conservative - Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull, 203-268-6940; Rabbi Colin Brodie; info@bnaitorahct. org; bnaitorahct.org; Shabbat: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Minyan 8:30 a.m. Congregational Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 203-334-0159; Rabbi: David Cantor; cong.rodeph.sholom@snet. net; Services: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Is there a tailor in Shelton?

Center Services, 8 Huntington Street (203-926-9442)

Religious services
Where can I nd a house of worship?
BAPTIST First Baptist Church, 178 Leavenworth Road, 203-929-7704; Pastor: Rev. Kenneth Smith; fbcshelton-ofce@sbcglobal.net; Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. CONGREGATIONAL Huntington Congregational Church, 19 Church St., 203-9291223; Pastor: Rev. Lucille Fritz W. Collins; HCC@snet.net; huntingtonucc.org; Services: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Shelton Congregational Church, 259 Coram Ave., 203-9245724; Pastor: Rev. Shepard Parsons; scchurch01@snet.net; sheltoncongregational.org; Services: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

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Congregation Ahavath Achim, 1571 Strateld Ave, Faireld, 203-372-6529; Rabbi: Mitchell Rocklin; ofce@AhavathAchim. org; ahavathachim.org; Services: Call for times Reformed - Congregation B'Nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 203-336-1858; Rabbi: James Prosnit; congrenationb'naiisrael.org; Services: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. LUTHERAN Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Ave., 203-924-4128; Pastor: Rev. Jack R. Whritenour; JRWnCAW@aol.com; trinitylutheranchurchonline.org; Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (Holy Eucharist), 11:45 a.m. (fellowship hour); Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Holy Eucharist), 7:45 p.m. (Bible study). METHODIST First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road, 203929-3537; Pastor: Heather McClendon Sinclair; heathersinclai r@umcshelton.org; gbgm-umc.org/sheltonumc; Services: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. (worship service with Holy Communion); 10:45 a.m. (fellowship). Huntington United Methodist Church, 388 Walnut Tree Hill Road, 203-929-5545; Pastor: Rev. Timothy B. Hare; huntingtonUMC@yahoo.com; huntingtonumc.org; Services: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. (service of prayer and Communion), 10 a.m. (traditional service) ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Joseph Church, Parish Ofce: 50 Fairmont Place, 203-9248611; School: 430 Coram Ave., 203-924-4669; Parish Nurse: 50 Fairmont Place, 203-924-7885; Pastor: Msgr. Christopher J. Walsh; stjoseph.rectory@sbcglobal.net; sjcshelton.org; Confession: Saturday, 3 p.m.; Services: Saturday, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), 12:15 and 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 7 a.m., 12:05 p.m. (no 12:05 p.m. Mass on Tuesday and Thursday during July and August). St. Lawrence Church, Rectory: 505 Shelton Ave., 929-5355; School: 503 Shelton Ave., 929-4422; Pastor: Rev. Michael K. Jones; stlawrpar1@aol.com; diobptstlawrenceparish.net; Services: Monday-Friday, 7 and 9 a.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m., 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. St. Margaret Mary Church, 380 Long Hill Ave., 924-4929; Pastor: Monsignor Thomas J. Whalen; stmarmar380@sbcglobal. net; bridgeportdiocese.com/shelton.shtml; Confession: Saturday, 3-3:40 p.m.; Services: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m NON-DEMONINATIONAL/ INDEPENDENT Grace Bible Church, 549 Howe Ave., 922-8211, Pastor: Rev. Lou Santoro; Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m. (prayer service). Harvest Christian Center, 302 Soundview Ave., 924-4655; Pastors: Louis Mauri and James Bair, Elder; Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Bible study).. The Huntington Chapel, 117 Ripton Road, 929-1222; Pastor: Rev. Douglas Steeves; administrator@thehuntingtonchapel.org; huntingtonchapel.org; Services: Sunday, 9 and 10:30 a.m.

UNITARIAN Unitarian Universalist Church, 96 Chapel St., Stratford, 3781020; ofce@uucgb.org; Pastor: Rev. Julie-Ann SilbermanBunn; uucgb.org; Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. HIGHER GROUND The Huntington Chapel, Non-denominational ministry for those with problems with alcohol, substance abuse or compulsive behavior; 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Pets & Wildlife


Where do I get a dog license?
Dog licenses are obtained at the City/Town Clerk's ofce in City Hall. All dogs at least six months old must have a license. Dog licenses must be renewed in June. You may apply for a dog license in person or by mail.

Do I need to get a license for my cat?

No, you don't have to get a license for your cat.

Must my pet be immunized for rabies?

A valid rabies vaccination certicate is required for a dog license.

Am I required to have my dog spayed or neutered?

No, but the license fee is only $8 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $19 for an unaltered dog.

Are there animal hospitals in Shelton?

Countryside Veterinary Hospital, 374 Leavenworth Road (203-929-0500) Huntington Animal Hosital, 194 Mohegan Road (203-9296303) Shelton Veterinary Center, 560 Huntington Street (203-9297297) Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, 895 Bridgeport Avenue (203-929-8600)

Where can I take my pet in an emergency?

Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, 895 Bridgeport Avenue (203-929-8600) City ordinance requires dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash when off their own private property. Dogs are not permitted to roam free off the owner's property. Violators are subject to a ne. Yes. The Shelton Dog Park at Shelton Avenue and Nells Rock Road provides a large, fenced-in area where dogs can go offleash. It opened in early 2011 and has been a popular place for pets and owners. It is maintained by the city and some volunteers. The Friends of the Shelton Dog Park regularly hold events and fund-raisers. To learn more, see FOSdogpark.org.

What is the law regarding loose or roaming dogs?

Is there a dog park in Shelton?

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Are dogs allowed on Shelton municipal trails?


Yes, but they should be kept on a leash.

ments for paddocks and barns, and sanitation requirements. Chickens are allow anywhere, but not roosters, which tend to be noisy and may disturb neighbors.

A new public ordinance gives local police and the Shelton animal control ofcer wider authority to deal with aggressive dogs. Police can now issue violations with penalties up to $250 for dogs that attack other animals, and can order dog owners to take steps to control their dogs. There is a so-called pooper-scooper ordinance in Shelton, which says no owner, keeper or attendant of any dog shall permit said dog to defecate on any public or private sidewalk or property of another. It requires the owner, keeper or attendant to immediately remove said business from said place and dispose of it in an appropriate manner. Violators may be ned $25 for a rst offense and $50 for each subsequent violation.

Is there a vicious dog law?

Are any animals considered illegal pets?

Connecticut law prohibits keeping most exotic animals as pets without special permission. The emergency number for the state Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division is 860-424-3333. Wildlife in Crisis (203-544-9913/wildlifeincrisis.com) helps rehabilitate orphaned, sick and injured creatures. The organization is always looking for volunteers and donations. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1246, Weston, CT 06883. Statewide Wildlife Rescue (877-572-2666, statewidewildliferescue.com) is a licensed and insured wildlife rehabilitator. Also in the area is Back to the Wild Rehabilitation Inc. (203438-0618), which specializes in birds, primarily raptors (hawks, eagles) and owls. The organization will also work with abandoned non-wildlife, such as ducks, geese, parrots and peacocks.

Is there an emergency wildlife number?

Is there a pooper-scooper law?

Are there any wildlife rehabilitators nearby?

If I nd a lost dog or cat at my house, whom do I call?


Contact the Animal Control Ofcer at 203-924-2501.

Where can I adopt a dog or cat?

The Shelton Animal Shelter offers homeless dogs for adoption. Call 203-924-2501. Compassion for Cats offers homeless cats for adoption. Call 203-929-7909. H3 Pet Supply at 350 Bridgeport Avenue has information about pet adoptions. Call 203-929-7575.

What do I do if I hit a dog with my car?

Call the Shelton Police at 203-924-1544. It is illegal to leave the animal until help arrives.

Sometimes healthy raccoons are active during the day, especially in spring and early summer when they are taking care of their young. If the animal appears to be sick, acting aggressively, stumbling, disoriented or showing signs of paralysis, it might mean it has rabies. Call the local police or animal control ofcer, do not touch the aficted animal and keep your pets and children away from it. If it is an emergency and the police cannot respond, call DEP emergency dispatch at 860-424-3333 to reach a conservation ofcer. Coyotes live and breed in every town across Connecticut. They are extremely adaptable and comfortable living close to residential areas. They are usually not a threat to humans. Coyotes may attack pets, however, especially cats and small dogs. Keep dogs on a leash while hiking, and don't pick up your dog if coyotes approach and don't run away. To scare off coyotes, act aggressively toward them, yell and make noise. Coyotes eat a variety of foods, including rodents, birds, fruit and berries. They will also eat food left out by people, including bird seed and table scraps in compost piles, pet food, or unsecured garbage. If you live in an area where coyotes have been sighted, do not leave cats or small dogs outdoors unsupervised. Keeping pets indoors or limiting their time outdoors, especially during at night when coyotes are most active, is recommended. For information about coyotes, call the DEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-8130 or 860-424-3011.

Should I be concerned if I see a raccoon during the day?

What do I do if my dog dies at home?

What should I do if I see a coyote in my yard?

Most veterinarians will assist in sending the dog for burial or cremation. The Department of Highways & Bridges picks up dead animals on town property or roads. To report a dead animal call 203-924-9277.

Who do I call about a dead animal near my house?

May I run a kennel from my home?

Contact the Planning & Zoning Department in City Hall at 203-924-1555, extension 18.

Is there a limit to the number of pets I can own?

No, but an excessive number might create a public health violation.

May I keep horses, chickens or other livestock?

There appears to be an abandoned fawn on my property. What should I do?

Yes, but you must follow Section 45.8 of the Zoning Regulation. For livestock, you are required to have a builder's acre (40,000 square feet) for your dwelling and an additional builder's acre for your rst animal, and half a builder's acre (20,000 square feet) for each additional animal. There are also setback require-

Denitely do not touch it or move it, because your scent will scare off the fawn's mother, which may be hiding nearby or out looking for food. Nearly all fawns people think are abandoned are actually not abandoned. Such fawns have been found by well-meaning people in Shelton, and attempting to help them usually results in their permanent separation from their mother

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doe. Fawns are born from late May through June. Often, deer give birth in the middle of the night and leave the fawn during the day, particularly if people are around. The fawn's camouage helps protect it from predators. The doe will return to the fawn after dark, though it may take the doe as long as 24 hours until it feels safe to do so. For the rst ve days after birth, fawns will not run when approached. Instead they will lie still. From the seventh day on, they will exhibit ight behavior, but will not venture out to browse with the mother until they are a month old. If there is a dead doe nearby, the fawn may be orphaned. Call the DEP at 860-424-3011 or Wildlife in Crisis at 203-544-9913. Black bears sightings are becoming more common in this area every year. Bears are attracted to garbage, pet food, garbage in compost piles, fruit trees and bird feeders. To discourage bears from hanging around your home, the state Department of Environmental Protection advises people to discontinue use of bird feeders from late March to November, keep garbage cans inside a garage or shed, clean and store barbecue grills after use, don't leave pet food outdoors overnight, and don't add meat or sweets to a compost pile. Above all, don't intentionally feed bears. Aggression by bears toward humans is very rare. But when hiking, it is a good idea to keep dogs on a leash. A bear may view a roaming dog as a threat. If you see a bear from a distance, make your presence known by making noise and waving your arms. If you surprise a bear, walk away slowly. To report a bear sighting, call the Shelton Police at 203-924-1544, or the DEP at 860-675-8130, or go online to dep.state.ct.us.

tion hotline at 203-331-4120. When schools are closed because of the weather, all recreation programs held in the schools are also closed that evening.

What local parks are in Shelton?

What should I do if I see a bear?

Indian Wells State Park, Indian Well Road (off Leavenworth Road) Huntington Green, Huntington Center Shelton Dog Park, Nells Rock Road East Village Park, East Village Road Nike Site Recreation Facility, Mohegan Road Capewell Park, Nichols Avenue Nells Rock Reservoir picnic area, Nells Rock Road Constitution Park, corner of Constitution Boulevard and Long Hill Avenue Pine Rock Park, corner of Long Hill Avenue and Mohawk Trail Riverview Park, Howe Avenue Riverwalk Park, Canal Street Sunnyside Park and Boat Ramp picnic area, River Road South Bank Park, River Road

Does Shelton have a skateboarding park?

Yes, on Riverdale Avenue under the Route 8 overpass adjacent to the Riverwalk park. Yes, state Department of Environmental Protection instructors give the state safe boating course in March and April at the Community Center. Swimming is permitted seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Indian Well State Park, off Leavenworth Road. Shelton has a public swimming pool at the Community Center with open swimming times available every day of the week. Admission is by the presentation of a Community Center membership card or payment of $4 a day Monday-Saturday, $2 on Sunday. There is no charge for children under age ve. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The schedule of open and adult swim times and rules for swimmers is available at the Community Center ofce or online at cityofshelton.org/ community/reccenter.htm. The Shelton-Monroe Swim Team swims at the Shelton Community Center pool and the Masuk High School pool in Monroe. The team for youth only is a private organization, not sponsored by the city Parks and Recreation Department. It engages in amateur swim team competitions. Information is available at the Community Center or online at smstrapids.org. There are may opportunities for youth sports in Shelton, besides the interscholastic sports at Shelton High School and Shelton Intermediate School. Most youth sports organizations are independently run by parents and volunteers, but they receive support services such as eld maintenance from the city. Youth sports include: Little League (Americans: 203-925-9785, 203-929-7104, sheltonamerican.com; Nationals: 203-924-2403, 203-209-6137, sheltonnational.org) Babe Ruth Baseball (203-924-2403, sheltonbaberuth.com)

Does Shelton offer the safe boating course?

What other notable wildlife has been spotted in Shelton?

Bobcats, turtles, snakes, foxes, turkeys, owls and hawks have been spotted. This year, a Mountain Lion was spotted in nearby Milford and later hit by a car. Wildlife authorities said it traveled from South Dakota.

Where can I go swimming?

Parks & Recreation


Yes, located at 41 Church Street in Huntington Center. Membership is open to Shelton residents and non-residents. The center offers a wide variety of tness, recreation and enrichment programs and facilities, and also houses the Huntington Branch Library and the Shelton swimming pool, which is open yearround, seven days a week, except on holidays. Rooms can also be rented for meetings or other activities. Membership costs $150 for families (parents, children 21 and under), $70 for an adult individual, $60 senior citizen, $50 child under 18, $50 handicapped individual, $25 resident college student for June to August. Membership fees for non-residents are 2.2 to 2.5 times the resident fees. Membership fees for non-residents that work in Shelton are about 50% higher than the resident fees. Information about membership, programs and schedules is available at the Community Center or online at cityofshelton.org/community/reccenter.htm.

Does Shelton have a Community Center?

Are there any swimming teams?

Who offers youth sports?

How can I nd out if a recreation program is canceled because of inclement weather?

The Shelton Parks and Recreation Department has a cancella-

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Girls Fast Pitch Softball (203-924-2403) Girls Slow Pitch Softball (203-926-0560) Shelton Youth Soccer Organization (203-926-9808, 203-9440011, sysonet.org) Boys Biddy Basketball (cityofshelton.org/community/biddybb) Bob Cousy Basketball (203-929-6215); Girls Basketball (203913-7465) Boys Flag Football (sfonline.org) Pop Warner Football (www.eteamz.com/SheltonPopWarner/, 203-394-2546, 203-513-1115) Pop Warner Cheerleaders (www.eteamz.com/SheltonPopWarner/) Shelton Youth Football and Cheer (sheltonyouthfootball.org,) Shelton Youth Lacrosse (203-925-8305, 203-258-0618, sheltonyouthlacrosse.com) Rapids Shelton/Monroe Swim Team (203-924-7476, smstrapids.org).

Stratford (203-381-9156) Seymour Cinema 12, 814 Derby Avenue, Seymour (203-7342000) Strand Theater, 165 Main Street, Seymour (203-881-5025) Connecticut Post 14 Cinema De Lux, 1201 Boston Post Road, Milford (203-878-8795)

Trails & Conservation


The Paugussett Trail, part of the state blue dot trail system (because they are marked by blue blaze marks), starts at Indian Well State Park and travels 8.7 miles on moderate-to-difcult trails to East Village Road in Monroe. Shelton has an extensive system of local trails. The most notable section is the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path. Maps and descriptions of the Shelton trails are available online at SheltonTrails.org, and at City Hall. The Shelton Trails Committee works to develop and maintain Shelton's municipal system of hiking trails. The committee has its own Web site at sheltontrails.org, which contains: information about the location of trails; trail maps; rules for hiking, biking, horse riding and other use of the trails; information about owers, trees and wildlife along the trails; news about trail development and ongoing projects; opportunities to serve as a trail maintenance volunteer; and hiking social events. The Shelton Trails Committee also has its own blog, In the Field, at sheltontrails.blogspot.com. Canoeing and shing are allowed on all Shelton waterways except those reservoirs managed by the Aquarion Water Company (Trap Falls, Means Brook and Isinglass reservoirs). Motorized boats are allowed on the Housatonic River. Popular Shelton shing locations include Hope Lake on Nells Rock Road and the Farmill River, which runs across Huntington from Monroe to the Housatonic River. Both are stocked with trout for shing season and also contain bass and sunsh (bluegills). Pine Lake contains bass and sunsh, and Silent Waters contains pickerel, bass and sunsh.

Where can I go hiking in Shelton?

Does Shelton offer adult sports?

The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors numerous adult leagues, including men's and women's softball, men over 35 basketball, men over 18 basketball, men's summer basketball, men's, women's and co-ed volleyball, aerobics, yoga, tai chi and many other recreation programs and leagues. For information call 203-925-8422.

What is the Shelton Trails Committee?

How can I nd a list of Parks and Recreation programs online?

Go to huntingtonherald.com, click on Community and scroll down for Recreation Notes. The Sports Center of Connecticut, at 784 River Road (203929-6500, sportscenterct.com), has an ice skating rink. There are times when individuals can come and skate, ice skating lessons, gure skating programs, hockey and gure skating summer camps, and a speed skating program.

Is there ice-skating in Shelton?

Where can I go boating and shing in Shelton?

What public golf courses are there in the area?

The Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Avenue (203929-0555), and the Highland Golf Club, Wooster Street (203924-9754), are both members-only golf courses. Stratford, Bridgeport, Trumbull and Faireld have municipal golf courses. There are two public other public golf courses in the area: Golf Club at Oxford Greens, 99 Country Club Drive, Oxford (203-888-1600) Osbornedale State Park in Derby (take Route 8 to Derby, take exit 18, take a left on Division Street and drive three-quarters of a mile to the park) is the location of the Kellogg Environmental Center, which offers nature walks, workshops, exhibits, activities and lectures for the general public on birding, wildlife monitoring, and a variety of other nature and environmental topics.

Is there a Nature center nearby?

Off-road bicycling is allowed on a 1.25-mile section of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path. The path crush stone surface is level and suitable for young children on bicycles or families with bicycles towing child trailers. The Derby Greenway, Pequonnock River Greenway in Trumbull, and the Housatonic Rail-Trail in Monroe are other options.

Where can I go biking?

What is the Shelton Community Garden?

Where are the nearest movie theaters?

Bow Ties Cinema Marquis 16, 100 Quarry Road, Trumbull (203-365-6500) Regal Cinemas Stratford Stadium 14, 411 Barnum Avenue,

In 2010, the city opened its rst community garden on the city-owned Klapik Farm property. For a $20 fee, city residents can rent a 20-foot-by-20-foot plot and grow their own vegetables or owers. The Shelton Community Garden Committee opened second garden at 279 Soundview Avenue in 2011. To add your name to the waiting list for a plot, contact the Conservation Agent, 203-924-1555, extension 315, in City Hall.

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Index
Absentee ballots ...................................................8 After-school programs ........................................26 Ambulance ...........................................................34 Animal control ofcer .........................................18 Art, dance, music ............................................36,38 Blasting ................................................................20 Board of Aldermen .......................................11, 15 Board of Education .............................................22 Bookstore ............................................................41 Churches ..............................................................42 Clubs, service organizations ...............................38 City budget ..........................................................30 City tax rate .........................................................30 Coffee shops ........................................................40 Dog park ..............................................................43 Economic development ......................................11 Ethics Commission ..............................................11 Farm fresh produce .............................................41 Federal Government ...........................................12 Fire Department ..................................................35 Fire marshal .........................................................16 Fishing ..................................................................46 Governor .............................................................12 Food bank ..............................................................7 Grand List ............................................................30 Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce ..............39 Hazardous waste disposal ..................................32 Hiking ...................................................................46 Justices of the Peace ...........................................19 Kindergarten .......................................................23 Libraries ...............................................................39 Local parks ...........................................................45 Marriage license ....................................................6 Mayor ...............................................................9, 15 Newcomers Club ................................................38 Nursery schools ....................................................26 Pay to participate fees ........................................26 Points of interest ....................................... map, 24 Poison Control ......................................................36 Police Department ..............................................35 Population .............................................................6 Public schools ......................................................22 Refuse and recycling ...........................................32 School hours ........................................................23 Shelton Community Center ................................45 Shelton history ......................................................5 Sports programs, youth and adult ...............45,46 State Legislature .................................................11 Swimming ............................................................45 Transportation ......................................................14 United Way .............................................................7 Veterinarians .......................................................43 Volunteering ........................................................38 Voter registration ..................................................8 Wildlife ................................................................43 Zoning permits ....................................................20

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A.J. Klein Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Baybrook Remodelers Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Benedicts Home & Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Brainards Fuel Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Bridge to Preschool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 31 Brownson Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Carrolls Home Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Center Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 DiMatteo Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Downtown Shelton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Dr. James Pinke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Glen B. Blair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Hunan Pan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Huntington Paint & Wallpaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Il Palio Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 J. Cuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Kidstop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Life Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Liquid Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 M&M Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Medicine Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 New Day Hair & Skin Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Pedicare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Performing Arts Center of CT, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Physical Therapy of Southern CT . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Precision Tune. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Professional Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Pumpkin Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 St. JosephsSchool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Stockbridges Cheesecakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Studio Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Teds Appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Trattoria Roma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 United Methodist/Wesley Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Womens Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Y.Z. Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 9

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