Category Archives: Features


Almost showtime for drama club

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck High School drama club will christen the stage in the school’s new auditorium with stories of love and loss. The club’s production of “Almost, Maine” opens…


Theater to present ‘Twelfth Night’

NAUGATUCK — The Phoenix Stage Company will present three performances of Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night (Or What You Will)” this weekend. The production is in the style of the 1930’s…


Letter: Gun club is best kept secret

To the editor, Calling all Prospect residents. The club is looking for men and women that are interested in joining Prospect’s best kept secret. Did you know that Prospect has…

Carolyn Laurentus

Exchange Club to honor Community Champions

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Exchange Club will recognize four outstanding members of the community at its 13th annual Community Champions Dinner. The annual dinner will be held March 11 at…

Naugatuck High School students Preston Bogan, left, as the Scarecrow, and Alex Hernandez, as Dorothy, rehearse their lines from Wizard of Oz Feb. 4 at the high school. The drama clubs from the high school and Western Elementary School have team up to present the Wizard of Oz Feb. 21 and Feb 22 at Naugatuck High. –LUKE MARSHALL

Dramatic collaboration

Naugatuck High, Western students to present the Wizard of Oz NAUGATUCK — High school students, elementary school students and a musical. Oh, my! The Naugatuck High School and Western Elementary…

President and CEO of Ion Bank Charles Boulier III, right, talks as he holds a novelty check for $100,000 Feb. 7 during an event to kickoff the Treasure the Y capital campaign in the Neary Ballroom Room on Church Street as Naugatuck YMCA CEO Susan Talbot, left, and Campaign Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick look on. The campaign is seeking to raise $850,000 for infrastructure improvements to the YMCA. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

YMCA kicks off capital campaign

NAUGATUCK — Standing in the Neary Ballroom Room on Church Street Feb. 7, Naugatuck YMCA CEO Susan Talbot told supporters of the organization she treasures the Y because it’s a…

Woodland junior Ewelina Lemansky works at the video production switcher in the high school’s new TV studio Jan. 31. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

A studio to call home

BEACON FALLS — Woodland Regional High School digital media teacher Ralph Riello used to always tell his students that one day the high school would have its own TV studio….

Naugatuck High School junior Sabrina Barbosa, left, practices the basics of Filipino Kung Tao with physical education teacher Anthony Loomis Jan. 24 during class. Loomis was named the 2014 Northeast region high school physical education teacher of the year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America. –LUKE MARSHALL

Getting physical

NHS P.E. teacher receives regional honor NAUGATUCK — Anthony Loomis got his start at Naugatuck High School 10 years ago as a long-term substitute. A decade later, Loomis has been…

David Wilde, of Naugatuck, cooks bacon Jan. 18 in preparation for the weekly Saturday luncheon at the Naugatuck Elks Lodge, 758 Rubber Ave. Wilde was selected by the lodge as the 2014 Elk of the Year. He will be honored during a dinner Feb. 22. –LUKE MARSHALL

Wilde named Elk of the Year

NAUGATUCK — Playing cards first attracted David Wilde to the Naugatuck Elks Lodge 11 years ago. Since then, the borough native has played his cards right. The Naugatuck Elks Lodge…

Hillside Intermediate School sixth-grader Jordyn Hunt takes a math quiz Jan. 13 at the school in Naugatuck. Over the past four years, Hillside has risen from being labeled a failing school under the federal No Child Left Behind act to the top performing school in the district. –LUKE MARSHALL

Hillside moves to head of the class

NAUGATUCK — A local school with a history of poor performance on standardized tests has risen to become the district’s shining star. Hillside Intermediate School, which was labeled a “failing”…