Tuesday, November 19, 2019

29 receive free prostate cancer screenings at Griffin Hospital in Derby

Dr. Joseph Cardinale, center, led a team of physicians at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in providing free prostate cancer screenings to the community. 
He is pictured with Tracy Volpe, RN, on left, and Griffin Health Patient Navigator Catherine Voccia, RN, BSN, CN-BN./ Contributed photo

DERBY - The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital recently provided 29 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease and to increase men’s health awareness.

Participating physicians included Dr. Joseph Cardinale, of the Center for Cancer Care, and Dr. Joseph Camilleri, of Griffin Faculty Practice Urology, and resident physicians at Griffin

The event was sponsored by the Health Initiative for Men (HiM). As a result of the screenings, two men were referred for further testing.
This is the third year Griffin and HiM has offered these free screenings to the community. Overall, 83 men have been screened and more than six men were referred for further testing.

“Being screened for prostate cancer is a critical part of men’s health,” said HiM Co-founder Judy Michaud. “Prostate cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in men, however it can be
successfully treated if caught early. We hope the men who took part in this screening go home and encourage others to get tested.”

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African-American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. 

Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should be tested at age 40.

About The Health Initiative for Men (HiM)
In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the Health Initiative for Men (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort. The goal of the HiM is to influence men to see their physician annually, and to be screened for various diseases that respond better to treatment if detected early. 

For more information about men’s health, including a “check-up list” for screenings visit Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men website, griffinhealth.org/him.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Logan to help collect food for Little Free Pantry on Church in Ansonia

Salvation Army in Ansonia seeks volunteers to distribute Thanksgiving food

ANSONIA - The Salvation Army Greater Valley Corps, 26 Lester St., is seeking volunteers to help with the Thanksgiving food pantry event.
Volunteers are needed at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22 to offload food from a truck and prepare Thanksgiving bags.
At noon on Nov. 25 volunteers are sought to hand out turkeys and bags of Thanksgiving groceries.

Members of the Ansonia Chargers football team are scheduled to be on hand Friday to help.
Salvation Army Majors Caroline and Juan R. Ramos are coordinating the event.

Cultural Commission readies annual tree lighting ceremony on Derby Green

Holiday concert to fill Assumption Church in Ansonia with Valley Soul

ANSONIA - Griffin Health invites the community to a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, this-couldn’t-possibly-be-Naugatuck-Valley concert of traditional and contemporary gospel and holiday music Dec. 11 at Assumption Church, 61 North Cliff St.

The Griffin Hospital Annual Holiday Concert will feature Valley Soul, a choir of volunteer singers under the direction of recording artist and music industry veteran Angela Clemmons. 
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

This can’t-miss gospel performance will feature choir members from faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, foundations, and other grassroots organizations, serving as a metaphor for the “choir of caring” that collectively wraps its arms around the residents of the Valley. 

This event is sponsored by the President’s Fund at Griffin Hospital as a thank you to Griffin’s sponsors and the community, and as a celebration of Griffin’s family of employees, medical staff, volunteers, corporators, and trustees for their dedication, compassion, and expertise.
The event is free and open to all. No reservations needed. 
Seating is general admission on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund, 203-732-7504 or development@griffinhealth.org.

This is a press release from Griffin Hospital.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

YA Wednesdays slated in December at Derby Public Library

DERBY - Derby Public Library invites all young adults ages 12 to 17 to join the fun of YA Wednesdays in December. The sessions run from 6-7:30 p.m. 

Sony Play Station Four (PS4), Nintendo Wii, board games, and Legos will be available. 
Light refreshments will be provided. 
For more information stop by the Library, 313 Elizabeth St., call 203-736-1482, or visit www.derbypubliclibrary.org.

This is a press release from Tony DeLos, young adult librarian, Derby Public Library.

Star 99.9 to collect food, monetary donations at Market 32 in Oxford

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Market 32, 300 Oxford Road, Oxford.