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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.”

Matt Scott Joins Fox CT

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mscottThe weather is changing over at Fox Ct. As in a new weatherman.

Former WTNH meteorologist Matt Scott has joined the Hartford-based station and will be giving out sun, rain,snow, sleet and whatever weather news.  

Here’s the scoop:

“FOX CT announces that Matt Scott will be joining the station as a Meteorologist starting today.

Matt brings more than 20 years of broadcasting experience to the FOX CT team, spending the last 11 years working as a meteorologist in Connecticut, most recently at News 12. He has also worked in West Virginia, Mississippi, Charlotte and Boston.  Originally from New York City, Matt attended the University of Maryland and Mississippi State University

 “We are excited to have Matt join our terrific weather team. Our viewers will appreciate his previous meteorology experience coupled with his knowledge of Connecticut, and of course, his positive energy,” said FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren.

TV Personalities In The News, Hell’s Kitchen Looking for Chefs!

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Fox Ct co-anchor Laurie Perez was one of 37 women honored Wednesday by the New Britain YWCA at its 15th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon.

Perez, who is also co-host of FOX CT’s weekly political show “The Real Story”, and five others, were inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders at the luncheon.

The event recognizes women in central Connecticut who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and outstanding achievements.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Laurie. She works as an anchor, hosts a political show, reports on major news stories yet finds time to help other women through her volunteerism and mentoring. We are proud that she is a member of the FOX CT News team,” said Coleen Marren, FOX CT News Director.

Other women inducted in the academy were State Rep. Elizabeth Boukus, Central Connecticut State University professor Carolyn Fallahi, Coram Deo Recovery case manager Theresa Leonard, New Britain High School Academy for Health Professions and Hospital for Special Care consultant Maria Pietrantuono and Career Development Specialist at the Connecticut Department of Labor, Diana Ryan.

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin was the guest speaker. FOX CT anchor Alison Morris emceed the event.

An additional 31 women were also honored for their community service and outreach efforts at the luncheon at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

And at WFSB…

Dan Kain may have not been feted recently but he surely will be in the next few weeks. He is retiring.

Kain, who has worked at WFSB for 25 years, will step down on June 7.

As far as naming a replacement to the story-telling beat?

“Hard to say,”said news director Dana Neves. “Dan is really and truly irreplaceable!!”

And speaking of tv, do you want to be on it?

Gordon_Ramsay[1]Fox TV is looking for chefs/cooks who want to be on “Hell’s Kitchen” with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

The reality show pits one cook against another and ultimately ends with someone being chosen by the hot-headed Ramsay to oversee the kitchen at one of his world-famous restaurants.

If you are interested, send an email to HKCasting2013@gmail.com

In the subject line put your name and the city and state where you live. In the body of the email include your name, where you live, your address, you present occupation, a photo of yourself, contact information and a little about your culinary experience and why you think you would be a good fit for the show.

New Reporter At Fox CT

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CrystalPicFOX CT announced today that Crystal Hall will be joining its team as a general assignment reporter.

Hall joins the station from KAUZ, the CW affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she served as the weekend anchor/reporter for three years. In 2011 she was honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as the Best Reporter (Division 4).

Hall will serve as a multi-media journalist reporting on general assignment stories for FOX CT News at Ten, Connecticut’s #1 late-night newscast, which is anchored by Brent Hardin and Alison Morris.

“Crystal adds strength to our team. Her previous reporting experience will be put to good use here in Connecticut with all the economic and security issues facing our communities,” said FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren.

Hall is a University of Texas at Austin graduate.