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Dress For Success Hosts Annual Capital Catwalk

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dressfor55There were the usual big names at the Dress for Success 9th annual Capital Catwalk fundraising fashion show at Hartford Stage Monday.

But it was the youngest participant who stole the runway.

The nearly seven-month-old William “LB” Petit III, son of Christine Paluf Petit and Dr. Bill Petit was the clear star, curls and all.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” said Windsor resident Mavis Langley, part of the sold-out crowd who oohed and ahhed over the baby decked out in a summer madras outfit and hat for the show that also featured his mom as one of the models.  “I am so happy for all of them.”

Dr. Petit lost his wife and two daughters in a deadly home invasion in 2007. He married Paluf Petit in 2012.

There were other well-knowns on the  runway including Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, WFSB personalitiesdressfor22 including Mark Dixon, Klarn DePalma, Dennis House, Scot Haney, Kara Sundlun, and Denise D’Ascenzo , Hartford leaders including Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Deputy Police Chiefs Neville Brooks and Brian Foley, and radio celebs including Chaz and AJ from WPLR and WTIC’s Christine Lee.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” said the not-usually fashion-forward Chaz, who was decked  out in summer Bermuda shorts with a martini shaker pattern and lime green pullover. “Same for me, first time,” said on-air sidekick AJ, who was done up in a coral summer outfit.

dressfor10Another star of the show was Dress for Success client, Nancy Guerard, who credited the organization that provides support and clothes for women seeking jobs, with helping her get back on her professional feet.

“The help was priceless,” said Guerard who lives in Wethersfield and now works for Lincoln Financial Group. “I lost my job after 18 years and Dress for Success provided me with the skills and support I needed to find a new job.”


“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.”

Hartford Area Non-Profits Celebrate WFSB’s Haney

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scottyscot1The estimate is that since he arrived on the Connecticut scene in 1998, WFSB meteorologist and show host Scot Haney has either emceed and/or served as auctioneer at over 1,500 non-profit fundraisers, golf tournaments and galas.

His celebrity presence is a sure draw and the dozens of non-profits that have him on the program know it and are grateful. On Tuesday, the organizations joined together to surprise Haney onscot2 his 50th birthday and to say thank-you for his volunteer efforts.

“I am in shock, I don’t even know what to say,” said Haney as his eyes filled tears when he realized the luncheon was not the business meeting he had expected, but rather a room full of agency and organization heads who wanted to fete the guy who has helped them raise money for the past 15 years.

Nearly every major non-profit from the area from Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sisters, Fidelco Guide scot3Dog Foundation and the Bridge, to Foodshare, The Intensive Education Academy and the Petit Family Foundation was represented at the luncheon held at Max Downtown.

“He never asks for anything,” said St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church pastor Father Tom Gallagher, who explained Haney serves each year as the auctioneer for the annual church golf tournament. “He comes in quietly, he gets loud and gets the job done and then leaves quietly.”

“He knows the need out there,” said Sister Helen Dowd of the Intensive Education Academy. “And he steps up to help.”

Besides an interesting assortment ofmugs and tee shirts form the agencies and organizations, Haney was also presented proclamations from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal.

A Birthday Party For WFSB’s Scot Haney

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scotcakeLots of special birthdays the past week and we plan to get to all of them but first, let’s tune in to  WFSB personality Scot Haney’s Saturday night bash at Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

Intended to be a fundraiser for the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the night, dubbed “Party Like It’s 1964″  was also a special one for the birthday boy (who turns 50 on March 27) for a couple of reasons.

Two of his favorite people were there,  his mom, Marlene,  and his “ex,” Bushnell guy Paul Martescot10

“I really am so blessed and so humbled,” said Haney as he juggled greetings from well-wishers, co-workers and fans seeking pictures with the popular meteorologist and show host.

“He wasn’t due until April but came a month early,” Marlene Haney explained.

And how wonderful a child was he?

“He was good when he was sleeping,” she joked.

Marte dashed out of his own gig at the Bushnell “Ovations” gala as soon as he could,  arriving atscot11 the party just before dinner. Marte joined Scot and the family which also included brothers Rick and Jeff  at the head table for the evening. The festivities also included a “roast” of the popular personality and an auction led by WDRC personality and a fellow birthday boy, Brad Davis who flew up from Florida to attend. But we’ll get to his 80th birthday story later!

And while the party was an altruistic event, we just had to ask Haney if there was something he would like for his birthday.

“I want to make more time to relax and more time for family and I’d like to find somebody,”he said.

And as far as a cake?

“I want strawberry shortcake,” he said. “It’s my favorite.”








Stepanova Headed To Boston

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oles WFSB is losing one of its morning team.

Traffic reporter  and then some Olessa Stepanova is going to Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB.

Stepanova came to Connecticut  and WFSB just about three years ago from NEWS 12 in New York. Besides her traffic duties, she was also a sometimes news and features reporter at the station.

She is on the station’s morning show with Scot Haney, Irene O’Connor and Eric Parker.

Haney’s House For Sale At Bridge Family Center Ball

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bridge3 The snow stayed away, the auction donations were plentiful (and in some cases, a little out of the ordinary) and the turnout was grand at The Bridge Family Center’s annual “Children’s Charity Ball” Saturday at the Hartford Golf Club.

“Every year we are watching the weather but over the years we have been pretty lucky,” said Judy Bierly, who has headed up the mid-winter event for 14 years. “But a few years ago we had a very bad storm and while we canceled the band and about 100 people couldn’t make it, we still managed to make more money than the year before,” she said. “But we are still glad we have good weather tonight.”

bridge5There was some concern about how much money would be raised at this year’s event as one of its most popular live auction items, dinner or a cocktail party at WFSB personality Scot Haney’s house, was not offered this year.

bridge1Haney (who each year serves as auctioneer for the non-profit fundraiser) and his longtime partner, the Bushnell’s Paul Marte (who accompanied Haney to Saturday’s ball) split last year, marking the end of the very coveted auction item not offered to many.

But the popular meteorologist made good in another way. He donated $5,000 of his own money to the event with a match of $5,000 from WFSB to make up for the lost auction item. And then he went into real estate agent mode.

haneyhouse (2)“We’ll make it $20,000 if someone buys my house,” he said, but alas no takers.

Haney has put his impressive Canton home on the market for $564,000 as of Monday, as he prepares to move to Hartford and he’s anxious for a sale.

“As the clouds in the sky move from west to east, so must Scot Haney!” he quipped. “I’m moving closer to work.”


P.S. NBC CT’s weather guy Bob Maxon  also has some real estate to sell…

“In the interest of equal time…my house has been on the market as well! In West Simsbury, a 4 bedroom Vintage Colonial, built in the late 1700’s! Plus a carriage house and gardens! All yours for just $259,900!!”


Bob Maxon, NBC CT


2012, What A Java Year It Was!

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sandyhookThere are no words to sum up the tragic end to 2012 in Connecticut. The shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who then killed himself, is the story that will be etched in everyone’s minds as one year closes and another begins.

And while the tragedy will forever define 2012 for most of us, there were others. And in the case of this column, these were some of the stories that proved most popular in 2012 for  those who stopped for a daily dose of  Java.

The Break-ups and Hook-Ups

haneyMany were stunned in the spring when WFSB personality Scot Haney and partner, the Bushnell’s Paul Marte parted ways. The two, together for 19 years, were a well-known couple who helped raise awareness and money for many Hartford area organizations in many ways including the coveted dinners at their Canton home.

There was another sad parting of the ways a few weeks later when foodie and NPR personality Faith Middleton and her wife, public relations agent Fern Berman, divorced. The two were married in October, 2002 at Manhattan’s Le Cirque 2000, a wedding that merited space in the New York Times.

petit_and_gf_20120105162039_320_240[1]One of the happiest hitches in 2012 was the wedding of Dr. William Petit Jr. and professional photographer Christine Paluf. Petit lost his wife and two daughters in a brutal home invasion attack in 2007. He later met Paluf, when she began doing the photo work at benefit events for the Petit Foundation, set up in memory of the family.

davidido2 (2)Also saying “I do” was former UTC powerhouse, multi-millionaire George David. David, an avid sailor,  married girlfriend Wendy Touton in Bermuda after the two and the crew shattered the race record in the New York Yacht Club Race. David you might remember, was a reluctant headline-maker a few years ago when he and former wife, countess Marie Douglas David, tangled quite publicly in a messy and very provocative divorce.

Also saying “I do” were  WFSB chief meteorologist DePrest, who married Cheryl McGinnis. And well-known Hartford artists, Tao LaBossiere and Amy Mielke, gave their friends a surprise when they staged a surprise wedding in February at the ArtSpace Gallery

Making the decision to take the trek to the altar is WTNH traffic reporter Teresa LaBarbera, who said “yes” to business owner Brandon Dufour when he asked her to marry him on Thanksgiving Eve. A 2013 wedding is planned.

Media Coming and Goings

mel1_optIt was a sad goodbye to weather icon, Dr. Mel Goldstein. The 66-year-old longtime WTNH meteorologist died 16 years after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It was an equally poignant goodbye to longtime sportscaster Arnold Dean, longtime host of WTIC’s “SportsTalk” radio program.

Former WFSB anchor Al Terzi jumped ship and joined Fox CT. The tv veteran serves as an anchor as well as co-hosting the station’s political program, “The Real Story.” Also joining FoxCt was Tom Dudchik, who turned his Capital Report blog into a weekly tv program called “CT Capitol Report.”

At WDRC,  it was deliberate goodbye to talk show host Dan Lovallo while at WTIC, Will Marotti, pastor of New Life Church of Meriden, announced his departure from the WTIC radio talk show, “State and Church,” a program he shared with former governor John Rowland.

At NBC Connecticut, news co-anchor and show host Yvonne Nava left after five years to return to Texas to be near family. WTNH weather reporter Erica Grow left her post to head to Washington, D.C.

Openings and Closings

gmillThe Grist Mill and the Millrace Book Store in Farmington unfortunately closed in 2012. Miss Porter’s School purchased the historic mill on the Farmington River for its own purposes, forcing the book store to close and the relocation of The Grist Mill to the former Carmen Anthony’s space in Avon.

Also closing in 2012 was famous Farmington restaurant and party spot, Murphy & Scarletti’s.

The news was good when Hartford welcomed its Spotlight Theatres and the accompanying Front Street Bistro in the emerging Front Street Entertainment district. It also became official that the famed Capital Grille steakhouse would be opening a location in Hartford in 2013.

noel_optFormer “Chopped” tv reality show star , Tyler Anderson, a star in his own right at Copper Beech Inn, finally opened his own place, Millwright’s, in Simsbury. In the meantime, famed chef Noel Jones called it quits at On20 in Hartford and moved on to Anderson’s spot at the Ivoryton Inn and its Brasserie Pip.

The People And The Events

SpaghettiThe Hartford area said goodbye to Mark Twain House & Museum’s Jeffrey Nichols, who left his executive director job in Hartford to take a similar position at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s historic plantation retreat in Virginia . Hill-stead Museum’s Sue Sturtevant, credited with initiating several new programs there, stepped down. At TheaterWorks in Hartford, artistic director Steve Campo resigned and  Rob Ruggiero was named producing artistic director of the downtown Hartford theater. The theater also gained some pleasant notoriety when Mark Twain House & Museum’s Jacques Lamarre, premiered his play “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” there.

Fifty Shades of GreyR.J. Julia’s Roxanne Coady had the coup of the season when she lured “Fifty Shades of Grey” author, E.L. James (Erika Leonard) to come to Connecticut to talk about her naughty and record-setting “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. More than 1,000 people, mostly women, dashed to the
Omni Hotel in New Haven to listen to the saucy English author talk about her very steamy books featuring the rich and experienced main character, Christian Grey. The story line, interestingly enough, includes a mention of the Paier School of Art in Hamden, chosen for inclusion by James because a friend of hers once attended classes there.

Parties and Stars

mraz8Connecticut had more than its fair share of celebs coming to town including former President Bill Clinton, who was the guest speaker at the Ct. Forum’s 20th anniversary program. Actress/singer Vanessa Williams and her mother, Helen, graced the Amistad Center’s anniversary luncheon, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz pitched in at a clean-up at Burns School, actress and author, Meredith Baxter, spoke at the Mandell Jewish Community Center’s “An Evening of Thriver Spirit” program while Archie Manning talked football, fatherhood and famous sons at the “YMCA Celebrates Champions” dinner. Author, blogger and syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington was the draw at the Hartford Public Library’s One Big Summer Night. ESPN in Bristol hosted a stellar list of A-list celeb visitors including actors Billy Crystal, Liam Neeson, Dax Shepard and celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse.

hal6The Mark Twain House welcomed actor Hal Holbrook, renaming its Great Hall in honor the veteran showman and Mark Twain impersonator, authors R.L. Stine, Sandra Brown and Steve Berry , and reality show stars, The Fabulous Beekman Boys to events and parties there.

mball1_optThe parties never ended in Hartford starting with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s inaugural ball. The Goodspeed welcomed “The Good Wife” actor and Broadway star Alan Cumming and Hartford Hospital’s Black and Red ball featured singer Chris Botti. Hartford Stage’s then-new artistic director Darko Tresnjak showed he had what it takes when it came to throwing a wowsa soiree that include trapeze artists at the stage’s annual “Party in the Paint Shop.” The Gay and Lesbian Health Collective moved its annual “One Big Event” fundraiser over to the Connecticut Convention Center to accommodate a larger crowd. The CT AIDS Resource Coalition also need more space, moving its annual Oscar Night Hartford party over to Real Art Ways in 2012.

Noteworthy Winners

rich_graziano-345x517[1]Richard Graziano, who heads FOX CT and the Hartford Courant, was named the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Humanitarian of the Year. Steve Abrams, Ryan Jones and Linda Sample were honored by the Ct Restaurant Association. Connecticut Democrat, Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes made the Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list and Christian Kim, a 26-year-old Yale master’s student and professional violinist was named to Cosmo’s “Bachelors 2012” list.