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Sunday: The Shelton Jaycees, a local non-profit community group, held their Annual Best Pizza in Shelton Open-house.  The event was held at Pinerock Firehouse in Shelton.  Almost thirty people helped choose the Best Sausage, Best Pepperoni, Best Vegetable, Best Cheese and Best Overall Pizzas.

Ten local pizza establishments each donated and delivered a pie for each category.  They were delivered in identical generic pizza boxes to hide the identity of the restaurant.  Participants tasted small pieces of each pie and voted for the letter code assigned by a non-judge.

The voting was very close in each of the categories.

  • The Best Sausage Pizza winner was Basil’s Pizza – (203) 926-6848 located at 725 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Vegetable Pizza winner was Lia’s Pizza – (203) 924-7009 located at 425 River Road.
  • The Best Cheese Pizza winner was Giove’s Pizza – (203) 225-6000 located at 494 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Pepperoni Pizza winner was Captain’s Pizza – (203) 929-6377 located at 335 Bridgeport Ave.
  • The Best Overall Pizza winner was Basil’s Pizza. They finished a close second in the cheese category and won the sausage category to give them the most votes for Best Overall Pizza in Shelton!

For special recognition the project committee members chose:

  • Antonio’s Italian Style Pizza for Best Toppings (203) 924-7499 located at 151 Center Street.
  • The Little Tomato for Best Crust (203) 922-1717 located at 503 Howe Ave.
  • Villa Pizza & Restaurant for Best Sauce (203) 929-1155 located at 888 Bridgeport Ave.
  • Planet Pizza for Best Toppings Runner-Up (203) 925-0003 located at 350 Bridgeport Ave.
  • Artan’s Pizza for Best Crust Runner-Up (203) 924-7514 located at 19 Kneen Street.
  • Vincent’s Italian Restaurant for Best Sauce Runner-Up (203) 929-9104 located at 526 Shelton Ave.


The purpose of the event was to increase the Jaycees visibility in the community and attract new members.  Project Chairman Jim Nissen said “There are so many quality pizzas to choose from right here in town.  SHELTON, NOT New Haven, should be considered the Pizza Capitol of Connecticut!”

The Jaycees offer opportunities for people 21-40 to meet people and volunteer.  Their purpose is to provide hands on leadership experience and training, over and above what’s available through employers and other organizations.  They run dozens of community events each year and members volunteer as much or as little as they like based on their interest in the event.

Because the membership’s interests are so varied, this creates a huge variety of events. Their best known project is their Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, always the first Sunday in June, on the Huntington Green.  They also run a very large Car Show & Bazaar at Riverwalk Park at the end of August.  They run fundraising events and support charities like the BGHS Umbrella program for Victims of Domestic Violence.  Members share personal and professional skills at events like an Online Networking Seminar, and a Professional Poker Seminar.  They also run hands on events like an Earth Day Clean Up along the Far Mill River and Pink Ribbon Kite flying at the Breast Cancer Walk.

For a more detailed list of Shelton Jaycees events and to learn how you can get involved come to a meet-up or visit

Vote for the Best Pizza in Shelton!

Under 41 & Over 21?

On Saturday Oct. 23rd the Shelton Jaycees are running a Best Pizza in Shelton Open House where attendees can learn more about the Shelton Jaycees and help choose The Best Pizza in Shelton.

Judging will be in 5 categories: Best Pepperoni, Best Sausage, Best Veggie, Best Cheese & Best Overall. RSVP required. Space is limited to the first 64 prospective members. Call event chairman, Jim Nissen, at 203-521-2498 in advance to reserve your ballot.

Event takes place at 6 PM at Pine Rock Firehouse 722 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton.  All ages are welcome however membership is available only to people between 21 and 40.

The Shelton Jaycees offer opportunities to meet people and volunteer.

Chapter President Kate Jager states “Members volunteer as much as they’d like and only at activities that interest them.”  It’s hands-on leadership training through community action beyond what’s available through employers and other civic organizations.

The Shelton Jaycees are a local non-profit service organization making a difference in Shelton and surrounding communities since 1954. They are most known for their annual Arts and Crafts Fair that has been run for 46 years at the Huntington Green in early June.  They are also well known for their Annual Car Shows.

Contact project chairperson, Jim Nissen @ 203-521-2498 and check out the event calendar listing.

Food Drive Tops Charts

connecticut-food-bank-green-logo Tuesday November 21: The Shelton Jaycees run Food Drive to benefit CT FOOD BANK tops efforts throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. As part of STAR 99.9 & CT Food Banks “Thanksgiving for All” food drives, donations were collected in front of Stop & Shop supermarkets in Westport, Shelton, Milford & Danbury. The magnificent work of the Shelton Jaycee in promotion, road signs, and day of volunteers, helped deliver an 11% increase in cash and a 16% increase in food donations this year. The Shelton drive topped the list with 252 frozen turkeys, and finished second with 4,782 pounds of food, and $3,473 of cash collected. Project Chairman, Jim Nissen says “This year we beat Westport by 65 Turkeys! We were only 10% behind Westport in food donations. Next year we’re going for best 2 out of 3!” With the help of donations throughout the 2006 holiday season CT Food Bank was able to provide over 350,000 meals. Donations can be made to the CT Food Bank by visiting their website

Hope Starts Here

Sunday October 15:
The Shelton Jaycees, a local non-profit community group, helped make the American Cancer Society�s 13th annual Westport Making Strides against Breast Cancer a huge success! This year�s walk was amazing in many ways. The event raised over $502,000 to help fund research, education, advocacy efforts, and support services for breast cancer patients and their families. Participants celebrated cancer survivorship with more than 260 survivors, honoring them with a celebratory breakfast prior to the walk. This show of support and encouragement means the world to people who have fought, or are currently fighting, the battle against cancer. Thank you does not begin to express the deep appreciation and gratitude felt. All of this could not have been done this without the tremendous dedication and support of the community, the volunteers, the participants, and the sponsors. Donations can still be made on the walk�s Web site. Participants, if you have additional cash, checks, or company match forms please, please mail them to:
American Cancer Society – MSABC
372 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897

IN SPITE OF A RAIN-OUT ON ORIGINAL SHOW DATE – SPIRITS NOT DAMPENED Sunday Sept. 10th: The Shelton Jaycees, a local non-profit community group, held their 18th Annual Car Show. Although the original August 27th event date was rained out, their Car Show held on Sunday September 10th was a great success. Over a hundred Show Cars attended and hundreds of dollars were raised for the Shelton Jaycees community fundraiser.

The ‘Best in Show‘ winner was Ken Stebbins’ 1942 Packard Convertible.

Best in Show

The ‘Frank Eldredge Best Unrestored Original‘ was Paul Mcloughlin’s 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe.

Frank Eldredge Best Unrestored Original

The ‘Peoples Choice‘ award winner was Bill George’s 1990 Chevrolet Corvette.

Poeple's Choice

The ‘Car Owners Choice‘ award winner was Mike Carrafallo 1967 Chevelle Super Sport.

Car Owner's Choice

Celebrating 52 Years of Community Service, The Shelton Jaycees offer men and women 21 – 40 an opportunity to make a difference, and develop contacts and friendships that last a lifetime. Members volunteer as much or as little as they want, and only at activities that interest them. Call (203) 261-8185 or visit us on the web at ### The Jaycees are also known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Started in 1920 in St. Louis MO, the organization has grown to involve millions of people around the world. There are currently 20 local chapters in CT and each one develops their own program of events based on local interests and needs. We provide people between the ages of 21 and 40, an opportunity for personal and professional development through community service and organizational involvement. Members network with other aggressive young people, take part in worthwhile projects, fulfil a need for personal growth, and contribute to society. For more about the history of the Jaycees, look for us on the web at

Sponsor Your Business

The new site will have the ability to add sponsors. Local businesses in Shelton may be willing to be a sponsor, having their image and a link to their site would basically let the site pay for itself.