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“Dancing With The Stars” CRIS Style

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cris12 (2)It was a hot night with some sassy dancing at the Bond Ballroom Saturday as CRIS Radio held its annual “Night to Remember, Dining and Dancing in the Dark” fundraiser.

The spotlight was on several well-known Hartford-area people who have spent the past several months taking dance lessons donated by the Arthur Murray studio near Westfarms in preparation for the contest and the chance to win Hartford’s version of the coveted “mirror” ball of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.

And the dancers did not disappoint.

cris99Winners were the not-so-amateur amateurs, Miss CT Kaitlyn Tarpey who danced with Arthur Murray pro Moises Guerrero and Broadway actor/director Billy Johnstone who danced with studio pro Sally Nasatka, marking the first time in the history of the event that there have been two teams with perfect scores.

But it was the real amateurs, Bushnell’s Paul Marte, Hartford Public Access television’s Jose Vega, WFSB reporter Courtney Zieller and NBC Ct’s Todd Piro, who stole the show.

While all landed solid scores from judges FoxCt/WTIC Joe Furey, ballroom dancer/instructor Heather Leyden and Java, Piro got an extra nod for going above and beyond. He waxed his chest for the competition.

“I did it for you,” he told judges dancing in a costume that included an “unbuttoned-down-to-cris11 (2)there” shirt, making man-scaping a must.

cris98Emceed by Scot Haney, the WFSB weather guy had just learned a few days before the competition that his longtime ex, Marte, would be dancing to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

“All I can say,” joked Haney after watching a dapper, dressed- as-a-groom Marte perform with dressed-as-a- bride Lacey Escobales,  “he never danced like that when we were together.”

Ron’s Run A Derby Success

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kentucky3If you happened to drive to Folly Farm in Simsbury Saturday for the annual “Ron’s Run for the Roses,” it was not your imagination — the tent was bigger.

Bigger because what started as a backyard picnic eight years ago, turned into a record-breaking crowd of more than 400 this year for an event that uses Kentucky Derby Day to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer.

 “We are thrilled,” said Barbara Foley, who, with friends began the annual event in her backyard shortly after her husband, the late Travelers exec Ron Foley, died from the disease in 2005. Proceeds from the event go to the Ron Foley Foundation and are used for research and financial assistance to help for victims and their families.

kentucky2Ron would say ‘you are embarrassing me’ if he saw all this,” said Foley, now remarried, as she looked around the crowded tent full of women in exotic Derby day hats and men in seersucker suits. “But he’d be glad it’s a party,” she said, “and all the good the proceeds will do.”

In between mint juleps and appetizers, guests were all about those hats. And once again, Dee Romejko showed the rest of the crowd what a winner looks like.  

“Made it myself,” she said about the lime green and turquoise flowered picture hat she wore. Romejko has won “best hat” awards year after year and this was no exception. Again she took home the “best hat” prize.

010Also an award winner was Diane Abate, whose canary yellow cloche, made from a glossy yellow paper bag and purchased in Mystic, was deemed another crowd favorite.

Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks was honorary chair and sported his own hat for the event. Emcee duties were handled by Fox CT/WTIC meteorologist Joe Furey. 

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Interval House Holds Annual Gala

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ih1Interval House’s mission, to provide help to victims of domestic violence, is a lifeline for those who have nowhere to turn when life becomes sad and fearful.

But on Saturday night at The Society Room in Hartford it was all about smiles as supporters of the non-profit turned out for its “Step Up and Sept Out 2013” annual gala.

The tone was set with a welcoming, celebrity-style red carpet that had even executive director Cecile Enrico giddy.

“I just want to walk down that red carpet with my son,” said fellow staffer, Rosemary Padin, heading back outside for the strut after tending to last-minute arrangements inside. “I can’t wait to walk the red carpet together.”

ih3There were a slew of local personalities to make the red carpet walk worthwhile including Fox Ct/WTIC Joe Furey, NBC Connecticut’s Brad Drazen, WFSB’s Dennis House and Kara Sundlun, and WTIC’s Joe D’Ambrosio.  And home from Washington D.C. was U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal, one of the founders of Interval House’s Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign.

And while he is happy with the progress of his Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, there are other matters in Washington, not so much.

ih2“I am frustrated beyond words,” he said about the federal budget gridlock. “Just frustrated.”

The evening included an auction, dancing and dinner and for most at the black-tie event, it was a night to have fun while benefiting a worthy organization.

“I can’t image in women and children who live in fear of a husband or boyfriend,” said Melody Ricard, an Old Saybrook wife and mother who attended the function for the first time. “There should always be help for people in that situation. How fortunate we can make sure they have somewhere to go for help.”


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Irish Celebrate Upcoming Parade Honorees

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grazIt was one very happy Irish crowd at the Irish American Home Society Sunday, even if they weren’t Irish.

It was the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee’s annual reception for the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees and as the Guinness and the speeches flowed, so did the enthusiasm.

“Top hat and tails, that’s what I’ll be be wearing when I lead the parade,” said a very happy 2013 Parade Grand Marshal Jim Mulcahy. “That’s tradition.”

“I can’t explain how excited I am,” said Mulcahy, characterized as “the embodiment of the Irish spirit” by a host of speakers who lauded him for his work on behalf of others.

And that oversized “I’m a leprechaun” button he sports each year at the parade? He will be a’wearin it for sure at the March 9 parade, he promised.

The last name of the committee’s Person of the Year winner may not sound Irish but he is. Rich Graziano, publisher, president and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV advised the sold-out crowd that he is indeed one of the them.

“My mother was Irish,” he explained, emphasizing his Boston roots and his education that included Boston College.

“I have never been in a parade before,” admitted Graziano after all the speeches and awards were presented. “It’s exciting to be chosen for the award and exciting to look forward to being in the parade.”

Deputy Marshals honored at the reception were Sheila Dupuis-Green of Glastonbury, Kathy Saimininkas of East Hartford, Todd Barry of Marlborough and Dan O’Connell of East Hartford.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be televised live on FOX CT on March 9 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. March 9, will be televised live on FOX CT.


FOXCT Launches News At 5 Monday With Terzi/Morris

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terzi[1]There is new news at Fox Ct…literally.

The Hartford-based station is adding a daily one hour  5 p.m. newscast beginning Monday, Jan. 28.

“This makes FOX CT news the only station in the market bringing viewers 52
hours of local news programming every week, almost 50% more than any other local news station”, said Richard Graziano, vice president and general manager
of FOX CT/WCCT-TV and publisher, president & CEO of the Hartford Courant.
“We’re proud to be a station that is growing and expanding to serve the ongoing
viewing needs of our audience.”

Al Terzi and Alison Morris will anchor the show, joined by meteorologist Rachel
Frank and sports director Rich Coppola.

FOX CT’s “The Real Story” anchor and award-winning reporter, Laurie Perez will
join Brent Hardin at the anchor desk during the FOX CT News at Four, along with
meteorologist Rachel Frank.

“Viewers are turning to us because our team works 24/7 to be relevant,” said
FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren. “We care about protecting and informing
viewers so they are constantly aware of all local news and weather events.”

TV News Update Including Double Terzi At FoxCT

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terzitterzi[1]For those who think they are occasionally seeing double when it came “Terzi” on Fox Ct, you are.

Anchor and “The Real Story” co-host,   Al Terzi,  is on FoxCt and now so is his son, Tony.

The younger Terzi, a sports anchor for 12 years at WTIC Fox 61 (pre- Fox Ct)  explained he is doing some freelance work at his father’s place these days.

Terzi, who also does a WDRC Saturday show with his dad,  admitted he has some “catching up” to do when it comes to new tv technology. He is liking the reunion with his old station friends, he reports. His schedule includes reporting for either the Fox Ct morning news or the 4 p.m. news.

In other Fox Ct news, meteorologist Rachel Frank is sparkling and it has nothing to do with the sun. She’s engaged and getting married in September.

frank1She shares she said “yes” to  Aram Bolduc while the two were visiting her grandparents in Las Vegas recently. The two met at a Crossfit gym . The groom -to-be is an East Coast sales manager for a tech company.

Lots of changes over at WTNH.

Erin Logan has been named weekend evening anchor at WTNH. She joined the station in 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

So where does that leave veteran tv personality and weekend anchor, Don Lark?

Lark will apparently be the “fill-in” anchor weekdays and weekends.

Also at the New Haven station, Nneka Nwosu is a new reporter. Most recently working in Providence,  she also worked for News 10 in New York. She began her journalism career as an intern for the late Peter Jennings.

Osweeneyver at NBC Connecticut, Darren Sweeney deserves a pat on the back or a new pair of running shoes. He reports he completed his first half marathon at Disney, raising more than $3,500 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. “My mom was recently diagnosed and I wanted to jump in and see if I could help the fight,” he explained.

And speaking of NBC CT, station alum Diana Perez , has been tapped as  the new co-anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning” working alongside Rob Nelson.




LUPA Names 2012 “Top 50″ Latinos”

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A FoxCt show host  and a Hartford Courant reporter have been named to the Latinos for Professional Advancement (LUPA) “50 Most Influential Latinos in the Greater Hartford Area” list for 2012.

Laurie Perez, co-host of “The Real Story” and Hartford reporter Vanessa de la Torre are among those who have been included on LUPA’s first annual list.

The list includes Latinos from various ethnic backgrounds, various ages, those in the private and public sector, musicians, military, media nonprofit organizations and business owners.

Others on the list include Marilyn Alverio, founder and producer of the Latinos in Power Symposium, well-known musician Ray Gonzalez, Hartford Supt. of Schools Christina Kishimoto, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, and Universal Health Foundation president, Frances Padilla. Also author and poet Bessy Reyna,  Capital Community College president, Wilfredo Nieves, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving officer, Pete Rosa and Joe Rodriguez, outreach aid to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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