Kathleen Robinson shows off her first place award in sparring won Jan. 20 at a Cheezic Tang Soo Do Karate Tournament at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury. Karate students from USA Martial Arts in Naugatuck excelled at the tournament. In the sparring division Aidan Lyons, Robinson, Michele Bernardini, Noah Santoro, Maurice Myers and Javon Lopez won first place. Mitchell Sullivan and Jonathan Velasquez won second place. Emil Lizak and Lauren Mulinski won third. In the weapons division, Nathaniel Smith, Mitchell Sullivan, Javon Lopez and Neil Mascola won first place. Liz Recce came in second as Jonathan Velasquez and Noah Santoro won third place.
The Signcraft Red Bulls, of Naugatuck YMCA Little Pal, finished the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row. The team finished 8-0 and have a No. 1 seed in the playoffs which begin Feb. 16. ‘They were a great group of boys that showed much team-spirit and encouragement to each other. They were dedicated at every practice and game and I couldn’t be prouder,’ said head coach Charlie Alexander. Picture bottom row, from left, Joshua Bell, Jake Murphy, Freddie Longo, Nicholas Stefan and Connor Kane Top row assistant coach Josh Bell, Aidan Alexander, Camden Collette, Ryan McCarthy, Joel Alexander, Bryce Cegielski, David Jaworowski, coach Charlie Alexander.
The Southford Falls Quilt Guild recently donated quilts to the Lutheran Home of Southbury recently. Pictured, from left, Charity Quilts co-chair Joann Macko, of Naugatuck, Lutheran Home administrator Tom Gaertner, Charity Quilts co-chair Doree Coy, and guild 1st Vice President Margaret Eng.
American Legion Post 17 of Naugatuck presented 19 boxes of supplies to be distributed to hospitalized vets at the VA Hospital in West Haven on Jan 19. These supplies were collected at a fundraiser held at the Naugatuck Stop & Shop and included toiletries, personal hygiene products, stationery and writing implements and books. Pictured, from left, Senior Vice Commander Ron Fischer, Assistant Service Officer Nick Aprea, Commander Tom Honyotski, American Legion Department of Connecticut Commander Wayne Morgan and American Legion Department of Connecticut Auxiliary Assistant Historian Ruth Morgan.