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Perez Leaving Fox CT , Bernstein Arriving

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Connecticut native Jennifer Bernstein will be returning as an anchor/reporter to Fox Ct on Aug. 4.


Bernstein will replace veteran anchor and show host Laurie Perez who leaves the stationlaurie_perez on July 25.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez said.

“I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

The award-winning journalist said she is ready for the new adventure.

“I grew up, personally and professionally, here at Fox,” the South Windsor native said. As excited as I am for this new adventure, I’ll miss more people than I can possibly name,” she said. “My thanks to everyone for helping make the last decade plus a great ride.”

“Laurie has been an outstanding reporter and anchor,” said station news director Coleen Marren. “Her dedication and commitment will be missed by our viewers and the Fox Ct team.”

Bernstein will step into Perez’s jobs as anchor FOX CT News at 4, covering Connecticut politics and co-anchoring “The Real Story” with Al Terzi.

Bernstein was a reporter for FOX CT news from 2010-2012, where she worked as the station’s first  multimedia journalist. She most recently worked as a reporter at KYW, Philadelphia’s CBS affiliate. 


“We are thrilled Jenn is rejoining our team,”  said  Marren.
“As a Connecticut native, she knows the state well and I’m sure our viewers will be happy to know such a talented journalist and multimedia innovator is back in our newsroom,” 

Stepping Up For Interval House

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interv1The reason Interval House exists is devastating, but the upside is there has been decades of help for women who are victims of domestic abuse.

And the fact it’s there, is the reason the non-profit and its supporters did some celebrating Saturday night in Hartford.

It was its annual “Step Up and Step Out” gala, and there was plenty of stepping out in high heels and beyond at the gala at The Society Room. Longtime executive director Cecile Enrico, herself once a victim of domestic violence, along with WTIC radio and Fox Ct meteorologist Joe Furey got the party started by hosting the red carpet welcome to the event.

And once inside, there were a lot of smiles as those who attended helping raise the $100,000 the non-profit was hoping to net from the fundraiser that include dinner, dancing and auctions.

Among those at the party were special guests including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra,  WFSB’s Joe Zone, NBC Ct’s  Brad Drazen and WTIC radio’s Joe D’Ambrosio.

And then there were the Connecticut Calendar Girlz, “broads” who go above and beyondinterv2 when it comes to supporting Interval House each year.

The “girlz” put together a calendar every year to benefit the non-profit, a calendar with volunteer models putting their best foot, and some other body parts, forward in outfits reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s.

“This is our third year for a calendar,” said member Pia O’Halloran, noting the call for monthly pin-ups will soon be going out for the 2015 edition. “It’s our way of doing something more.”

For more pictures go here.



NBC Ct Keisha Grant & Husband Welcome Arabella

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kishaNBC CT’s Keisha Grant and hubby, Fox Ct’s Garrett Allison,  have welcomed a daughter.

Arabella Ruth Allison arrived Wednesday, just hours after mom anchored the 6 p.m. news and then headed to the hospital.

“Everyone is well and we are in love,” gushed the new mom to Java, a few hours after the 8 pound, 5 ounce, 201/2 inch long “Bella” arrived.

Congratulations to all.


New Reporter At Fox CT

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Laurenvictory Lauren Victory  has joined Fox CT as a General Assignment Reporter.

Victory comes from WPTZ in Burlington, VT where she worked as a video Journalist/Reporter for the past three years.

“Lauren is a talented reporter and will be a strong addition to the FOX CT news team. Her solid reporting and passion for storytelling will be a benefit to our viewers,” FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren noted.

Victory graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a degree in Journalism and Political Science.

CCSU Alumnus Joins FOX CT

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krafcikThere’s a new reporter on Fox Ct and you might recognize him from years gone by.

Mike Krafcik has joined Fox Ct and is definitely not new to the state.

Raised in Burlington, he received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University.

In 2007,  he was an intern in the sports department at the then-known-as WTIC Fox 61.

He comes back to Connecticut from  WATE the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.


FOX CT Terzi Stepping Down From Anchor Desk

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terziFOX CT anchor Al Terzi, dubbed “the dean of Connecticut news,” is stepping down from the anchor desk effective March 31.

The 72-year-old award-winning television personality isn’t exactly retiring however, but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.

“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” he said, referring to the Sunday morning show he co-hosts with FOX CT’s Laurie Perez. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”

Terzi said he plans to continue teaching at the CT School of Broadcasting and is exploring teaching jobs at some area colleges and universities as well.

“I don’t think you can say I’m retiring, just retiring from the anchor desk,” he said.

Terzi said he began thinking about scaling back his career a few months ago when he and his wife Carolyn began making travel plans for their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

“She talked about a trip to Europe and cruise for three weeks and I said half-kiddingly, ‘maybe now is the time for me to step back from the day-to-day work,” Terzi said.

Terzi, who began his career as a radio deejay in 1960, made the move to television in 1967 as a weatherman. He worked at WTNH and WFSB before joining FOX CT in July, 2012.

“He is truly one of a kind,” said FOX CT news director Coleen Marren.

Marren said there will be a launch for his successor soon.

Tarantal to Boston, Ripley to Tokyo

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erikaripley Some tv world blasts from the past updates:

Former WVIT NBC Connecticut reporter Erika Tarantal has joined Hearst’s ABC Boston affiliate WCVB as an anchor and reporter.

And former Fox Ct student news program reporter Will Ripley, a 1999 graduate of Manchester High School, has been named CNN’s Tokyo-based correspondent.

And speaking of tv,  current WFSB anchor Dennis House will celebrate his 50th birthdahouse (4)y helping  Interval House.

House actually turned 50 in December but will celebrate publicly  on Feb. 27 at the party which will be held at Hartford City Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Hartford non-profit that provides help to victims of domestic violence.

Tickets are $50. Information: 860-246-9149, extension 337.


Great ’40 Under 40′ Celebs? Java Knew That!

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Just  got the chance to finally peruse Connecticut Magazine’s 2014  ’40 under 40′ list and forty (2)there were certainly some familiar names listed among the ‘best and brightest among Generation Next.’

Familiar because they were people Java had written about long before the new list and long before they were inching their way toward the big ’4 0.’  Java just knew they were going to make gere positive marks in life.

Among them, 38-year-old David Gere, the Cromwell actor who is tearing up the world with projects including his own business, Shadow Films, an acting career that includes parts in movies and music videos and that little club of his, Blue Cafe & Ultra Lounge in Danbury.

And then there is Thea Montanez, one of Java’s first interviews way back when she was in her thea20s.  We knew she was going on to bigger and better things as she balanced a career with volunteer efforts. After working at the Hartford Financial Services Group, the now 34-year-old  has gone on to open her own philanthropy design and management firm while also serving as president of the Hartford Public Library.

Tyler Anderson, that 36-year-old celebrity chef who went rock star after appearing on reality television, is another name and face very familiar to Java readers. Formerly at the Copper Beech Inn, Anderson opened his own restaurant, Millwright’s , in SiDAYM DROPSmsbury, and is well-known for his philanthropic work as well as his culinary expertise.

Java was also happy to see that bigger-than-life  Daymon “Daym” Patterson from New Britain made the grade. The 36-year-old YouTube food critic had Java  at ‘hello’ when he talked about his Travel Channel show “Best Daym Takeout”  featuring his take on fast food from across the United States.

WNPR’s Chion Wolf, a fellow ‘ville resident and 33-year-old is of course on the list because of all she does beyond her day job including judging food contests, telling stories, dressing up,  playing the trash can bass drum and selflessly serving as a champion for charity.

Other familiar names include Fox Ct anchor Erika Arias, the 36-year-old who showed everyone ariasthe real meaning of multi-tasking a job and family,   and former Courant reporter Samaia Hernandez, the 32-year-old who left Broad Street to do some heavy media lifting across the street in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office.

Also making the list from the Greater Hartford area is 19-year-old violinist Sirena Huang, 25-year-old New Britain city council member Manny Sanchez and former boxer and motivational  speaker, 31-year-old Sammy Vega.

For the entire list go here.

FOX CT’s Most Eligible Bachelor No More!!!

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loganHe’s off the most eligible bachelor list.

FOX Ct anchor Logan Byrnes is engaged!

The popular morning show personality and his new fiancée Megan Rourke  sealed the “Will you?” “Yes!” deal at midnight on New Year’s Eve on a park bench in Paris.

“She was surprised, her first response was ‘are you kidding me?’ said the clearly excited never-been-married-before Byrnes. “I had a bottle of Moet champagne in my backpack, and the ring from Lux Bond & Green and the fireworks were going off over head and we were at the park at the Louvre,” he said setting the scene. “I had figured what is the most romantic place there is and it’s Paris so that was the plan I made to ask her to marry me.”

Byrnes, a former attorney and son of actor Edd “Kookie” Byrnes,  said he met Rourke when he was doing a story segment on a laser removal business about two years ago.

“She is beautiful and so intelligent,” said Byrnes, 48,  about the 30-year-old bride-to-be who is a physician’s assistant, an Avon native who was class president and star student during her high school years there, attended University of Connecticut on a scholarship and speaks fluent French and German.

First date?

“We went on a run because I was training for a triathlon,” said Byrnes, who by the way, also dabbles in some justice of the peace duties in his spare time.

No wedding date yet because as the morning anchor explains “It’s only been eight days since we got engaged.”

And the ring?

A little less than two carats, round stone with a platinum setting, said Byrnes.

Congratulations to you both.

2013. What A Java Year It Was!

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goodspeed5stage501capgrill1It’s a day of change, one year ends and the new calendar begins and for Java, 2013 was one packed with anniversary celebrations, new babies, power weddings, celebrity visits, new places to eat and old ones that closed and media comings and goings that kept the buzz factor high.

Anniversaries (and the celebratory galas that marked most of them) were the big news as some of the area’s most prominent arts venues and non-profits celebrated noteworthy milestones. Among them, the Goodspeed, CPTV and Hartford Stage marked “gold” with 50th anniversaries. Hartford Symphony Orchestra marked its 70th year while Mercy Housing celebrated its 30th and Infinity Hall (which opens a second location in Hartford in the spring) celebrates its fifth anniversary. When it came to eating, Carbone’s, an iconic landmark in Hartford’s South End marked its 75th anniversary and downtown’s Bin 228 marked 10 years in the business.

Speaking of food, the anxiously awaited Capital Grille arrived in Hartford and Salute’s Jimmy Cosgrove was named restaurateur of the year by the CT Restaurant Association. Manolo Blahnik execs George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis opened their chic Arethusa al Tavolo eatery in Bantam and Chris Prosperi moved his Metro Bis restaurant into the historic 1820 House in Simsbury. Dan Keller and Billy Carbone added to their dining dynasty, opening Sorella across the street from their DISH restaurant in downtown Hartford while West Hartford’s Dorjan Puka, well-known owner/chef, opened a second restaurant, Avert, just around the corner from his TREVA rsilo (2)estaurant there.

Gary Santorso of Silo restaurant family fame got back in the business after a brief hiatus, opening his own place, 150 Central in Bristol’s Forestville Center.

Well-known eateries, Rainforest Café at Westfarms Mall and Prospect Café in West Hartford closed, as did Mortensen’s, the family friendly haven on the Berlin Turnpike. Carmen Vacalebre also closed his Carmen Anthony’s Fishhouse on the turnpike.

Wedding bells were loud and impressive with some power couples hooking up during the year. Hartford Public Library’s President/CEO and Hartford Board of Education chairman Matt Poland and Cigna exec Jeff Capelle said “they did” at a ceremony at the Wadsworth Atheneum. The Hartford residence of wedding guests Gov. Dannel P. and Cathy Malloy served as the backdrop for the nuptials of former legislative heavyweight and now deputy OPM secretary for criminal justicelawlor (2), Mike Lawlor and David Zakur, as well as that of former Malloy political advisor Roy Occhiogrosso and Meagan Cowell.

Also saying “I do” in 2013 were FoxCT’s Rachel Frank and Laurie Perez and WTIC 96.5 FM radio’s Damon Scott.

And hours before a new year begins, WTNH personality Teresa LaBarbera plans to tie the knot with Brandon Dufour.

Babies made the news when Dr. William Petit and wife, Christine Petit, welcomed new son William Petit III into the world. WTNH anchor Anne Craig and her husband also welcomed a baby daughter while FoxCT’s  Rachel Lutzker and her husband welcomed a new son.

Tallison-demers-feat[1]here were lots of comings and goings on radio and TV during the year. Among them, WTNH’s Sonia Baghdady left that station as did Jamie Muro. WFSB’s Olessa Stepanova headed to Boston while former NBC CT/WVIT General Manager Dave Doebler headed to Chicago. WDRC FM’s Jerry Kristafer was shown the door but walked through another at WJMJ. WDRC AM’s Mary Jones retired and WRCH’s Allison Demers also left the business. Veteran radio personalities stepped up. Mary Scanlon joined WRCH and Kim Zachary joined WDRC. WCCC had a bit of a ruckus during the year with a change in music format and an unwilling departure by Mike Picozzi.

Truthhe stars hone bright in the area, the biggest and shiniest being Prince Harry’s spring trip to Greenwich where he played polo and hobnobbed with VIP guests at the Greenwich Polo Club. Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra, supermodel Kathy Ireland, sports greats Tim Wakefield and Tony Dorsett, and others including Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Justin Bieber, Jillian Michaels, Tabatha Coffey, Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen King, Jimmie Johnson, Nick Cannon and Steve Carell were all out and about the Hartford area, with some doing special guest shots at Bristol’s ESPN.

king1Hill-stead Museum’s Sue Sturtevant left the executive director’s job there and was replaced by Susan Ballek. Rob Ruggiero officially took over as producing artistic director at Theaterworks, while at Mark Twain House & Museum, Cindy Lovell took over as the new executive director. At the Bushnell, Mike Fresher left his COO job to take a post in San Antonio.

Connecticut had a couple of ‘beauty and brains’ firsts. West Hartford native Ashley Wilson became the state’s first Playboy centerfold in 2013.  Miss Connecticut, accountant and Glastonbury resident Erin Brady was crowned Miss Connecticut and went on to win the Miss USA pageant, a first for a Connecticut contestant. She represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant in Russia a few weeks ago, placing in the top 10 in the international competition.Erin Brady poses at a news conference after being crowned Miss USA 2013 in Las Vegas

When it came to reality shows, Connecticut did okay in 2013. The New Haven-based 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra did the state proud as it advanced on the “America’s Got Talent.” And East Hartford’s Ashlee Feliciano was equally impressive as one of contenders on “American Idol.”