Chorus of Boos
Treehouse-Gate in Naugatuck is very possibly the most comical public issue I’ve ever encountered (see below for other laws that are less ridiculous). Here’s the quick roundup of what’s happened so far, for those of you too far in the forest to see the trees (HAHA): Naugatuck Burgess Michael Bronko built a treehouse in his backyard woods a year ago. Somebody must have snitched because all of a sudden the Zoning Commission got involved and said the treehouse is against regulations because … well, it’s not regulated (imagine that, something in our lives that doesn’t have to be government-regulated). Somehow, adding a treehouse to the list of allowable backyard structures would take months (months!) so the Bronkos either need to appeal by Sept. 22 or start getting fined. To make this even worse (or more comical), zoning enforcement officer Steven S. Macary has ordered six treehouses taken down in the last six years! I enjoy your borough, but really, Naugatuck? Government is government, I guess, so let the trivial and invasive regulation continue.
Top Five U.S. Laws That Make More Sense Than Naugatuck’s Treehouse Ban
Connecticut: It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
Alaska: Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops.
Minnesota: A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
New York: A person may not walk around on Sunday with ice cream in his pocket.
Florida: An elephant tied to a parking meter must have its parking fee paid.
Word from the Woods
The defending Naugatuck Valley League champion began its season with a 4-2 win Tuesday at Ansonia. Adam McDonald, Nick LaPerriere, Vigan Pacuku and Pat Skroly all scored for the Hawks while Patrick Dietz, Woodland’s now-full-time goalkeeper, made seven saves. The Hawks haven’t lost in the regular season since Oct. 27, 2010. Woodland will host Sacred Heart on Friday before visiting Kennedy on Monday night at Municipal Stadium. The Hawks will also host Torrington next Wednesday.
The Woodland volleyball team also kept its regular-season winning streak alive with a sweep of Watertown on Tuesday night. The set scores were 25-22, 25-11, 25-15. Tayler Boncal led the Hawks with 10 kills, three aces and three digs, while Brianna Pacileo added six kills and five digs. Nicole Fowler chipped in with six digs and four aces, and Samantha Lee had 18 assists and four aces. Woodland hasn’t lost a regular-season match since Oct. 28, 2010. The Hawks have a pair of crucial Brass Division games this week as they host Seymour on Friday before visiting defending league champ Wolcott on Tuesday.
The Greyhounds made easy work of Sacred Heart in Tuesday’s season opener, shutting out the Hearts 5-0. Steph Lima, Katarina Gullotta, Carla Comes, Christina Janda and Kelly Koslosky each tallied a goal in the contest, while Cailah Baranowski’s two saves preserved the shutout. Naugy hosts St. Paul on Friday night before road games at Ansonia on Monday and Wolcott on Wednesday.
Naugatuck fell to Holy Cross in a 3-0 shutout Tuesday night in Waterbury. Adrianna Mihalek paced the Crusaders with 13 kills, six aces and three kills. The Greyhounds have their home opener Friday night against Kennedy before visiting Wilby on Tuesday.