Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti tapped for 3rd term

ANSONIA >> Joan Radin, a longtime fixture in the city’s Republican Party, and Martin Dempsey, the St. Joseph’s High School dean of students, failed to get the party’s nomination to run again as aldermen this fall – but there again will be two Cassettis on the ballot. Mayor David Cassetti was the party’s only choice to run for what could be a record-setting term for a Republican. Read more of  Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti tapped for 3rd term

Democrats tap political newcomer to oppose Cassetti

ANSONIA — Democrats, looking to unseat popular Republican Mayor David Cassetti, on Thursday tapped Tarek Raslan to be the party’s candidate in the next mayoral election. Raslan, 31, a newcomer to the political scene and eager to offer a fresh perspective, will use an “honest, innovative and new” approach in his quest to unseat Cassetti, who received the nod from the GOP Thursday to seek a third term. Soon after buying three rundown houses, flipping them and restoring them to their historic heyday, Raslan took a grassroots approach to revitalizing Read More …

Radin, Dempsey out, Rivers, Norman in, as Ansonia Republicans vote

ANSONIA — Joan Radin, a longtime fixture in the city’s Republican party and Martin Dempsey, the St. Joseph’s High School dean of students, failed to get the party’s nomination to run again as aldermen this fall. The mayor was nominated by Lorie Vaccaro, a 2nd Ward alderman and retired state probation officer. “Now is not the time to look back,” Vaccaro told the nearly 85 people gathered in the gym at the sweltering Ansonia Armory Thursday night. The failed policies of endless tax increases, anti-business attitudes and political patronage must Read More …

Ansonia Democrats tap newcomer Raslan to target mayor’s seat

ANSONIA >> Democrats, looking to unseat popular Republican Mayor David Cassetti, on Thursday tapped Tarek Raslan to be the party’s candidate in the next mayoral election. Raslan, 31, a newcomer to the political scene and eager to offer a fresh perspective, will use an “honest, innovative and new” approach in his quest to unseat Cassetti, who received the nod from the GOP Thursday to seek a third term. Read more of  Ansonia Democrats tap newcomer Raslan to target mayor’s seat

It’s Cassetti Versus Raslan In Ansonia

{media_1}Both major political parties in Ansonia held nominating conventions Thursday and their slates of candidates for this November’s municipal elections feature some new faces. Click here to read about the Ansonia Democrats’ nomination of a 31-year-old newcomer for the mayor’s race. And click here to read about the Republicans’ slate, which includes several new candidates in addition to two-term incumbent Mayor David Cassetti. Read more of  It’s Cassetti Versus Raslan In Ansonia

Ansonia GOP Nominates Cassetti For Third Term

{media_1}Ansonia Republicans nominated Mayor David Cassetti Thursday to lead another slate of candidates into the November municipal elections. After being nominated by Second Ward Alderman Lorie Vaccaro, the mayor told about 75 Republicans in the Ansonia Armory that he’ll follow more of the same policies that led the GOP to power in 2013 and to a landslide re-election in 2015 — albeit with some longtime party stalwarts no longer on the slate. Read more of  Ansonia GOP Nominates Cassetti For Third Term

Political Newcomer Eyes Mayor’s Seat in Ansonia

{media_2}The Ansonia Democratic Town Committee nominated a 31-year-old political newcomer to run for mayor Thursday in a move party leaders say is infusing new energy into their ranks. Tarek Raslan accepted the nomination at the town committee’s caucus at Hilltop Hose Co. in a speech highlighting the potential he sees in Ansonia. “What inspired me to run for mayor is looking into the future, and trying to figure out how small cities like ours might have a shot at competing with cities around the world,” Raslan said. Read more of  Political Newcomer Read More …

Greenwich firm bids $110,000 for 38-acre Ansonia factory site

[…] that’s because the city may now jump in and take the property in lieu of the owed $1.5 million in taxes and Water Pollution Control Authority fees. Additionally British Petroleum which once owned the site before it became Ansonia Copper and Brass, is liable for a portion of the clean-up costs, said Sheila O’Malley, the city’s economic development director. When its combined with adjacent the Farrel Corporation plant and SHW Casting Co. it spans 60 acres from Liberty Street through Maple and Riverside Drive up to Wakelee Avenue and Read More …

Milford man arrested after allegedly piloting plane with marijuana inside

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Milford man is being accused of piloting a small plane to California and then bringing 400 kilograms of marijuana back to Connecticut. According to the U.S. Attorney, 59-year-old Donald Burns made a number of stops in the plane before returning to Sikorsky Airport. At the airport, a search turned up the drugs. Officials also arrested 31-year-old Robert Capelli of Milford and 38-year-old Scott Bodnar of Ansonia. Investigators say the marijuana was being delivered to those two men. Read more of  Milford man arrested after allegedly piloting plane Read More …

High flying marijuana trio from Ansonia and Milford busted by feds

[…] a federal grand jury in New Haven has indicted Donald Burns, 59, of Milford, the pilot and two alleged distributors Robert Capelli, 31, and Scott Bodnar, 38, of Ansonia with trafficking at least 2,200 pounds of marijuana by airplane. Shortly after Burns landed his Piper-single engine aircraft June 29 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, law enforcement agents searched the plane and discovered a duffel bag containing 880 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages. The Federal Aviation Administration began investigating Burns in 2016 after becoming aware that his Read More …

Ansonia Man Charged With Trafficking Pot From California

{media_1}Federal prosecutors say an Ansonia man was involved with a scheme that trafficked thousands of pounds of marijuana to the state over the past three years. The feds say the plot came to an end last month when 39-year-old Scott “Pep” Bodnar and an alleged accomplice from Milford took delivery of more than 800 pounds of pot in a duffel bag at a location in Derby. Read more of  Ansonia Man Charged With Trafficking Pot From California

3 men from Milford, Ansonia accused of trafficking thousands of pounds of marijuana by plane

NEW HAVEN >> Three men were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly trafficking large amounts of marijuana into the state by plane. Robert Capelli, 31, of Milford; Scott Bodnar, 38, of Ansonia and Donald Burns, 59, of Milford, were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, an offense that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read more of  3 men from Milford, Ansonia accused of trafficking thousands of pounds Read More …

3 from Milford, Ansonia accused of trafficking a ton of marijuana

NEW HAVEN >> Three men were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly trafficking more than a ton of marijuana into the state by plane. Robert Capelli, 31, of Milford; Scott Bodnar, 38, of Ansonia; and Donald Burns, 59, of Milford, were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, an offense that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read more of  3 from Milford, Ansonia accused of trafficking a ton Read More …

DiCenso tops Dugatto in Derby Dems’ decision

DERBY — Two-term mayor Anita Dugatto is not the Derby Democratic Town Committee’s choice to run in November, at least for now. Dugatto, the downtown dentist who became the city’s first female mayor in her 2013 upset victory of incumbent Republican Anthony Staffieri, lost the town committee vote Tuesday night to Carmen DiCenso. DiCenso is the Board of Aldermen president and was the top vote-getter in the last three municipal elections. DiCenso is a former Derby football coach who owned B&L Men’s and Boys’ Clothing store in Ansonia for decades. Read More …

New Indian restaurant joins Fairfield dining scene

Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/35 Caption Close Image 1 of 35 Finto Antony, co-owner of the new Taj Fairfield Indian Cuisine at 1879 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Finto Antony, co-owner of the new Taj Fairfield Indian Cuisine at 1879 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, Conn. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 2 of 35 The new Taj

Ansonia baseball coach Vacca retires

Photo: Mark Conrad / For Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Ansonia High School head coach Mike Vacca prior to the start of a baseball game against Oxford High School played at Nolan Field, Ansonia, CT. Wednesday May 10, 2017. Ansonia High School head coach Mike Vacca prior to the start of a baseball game against Oxford High School played at Nolan Field, Ansonia, CT. Wednesday May 10, 2017. Photo: Mark Conrad / For Hearst Connecticut   Read more of  Ansonia baseball coach Vacca retires

Baseball: After five decades, Mike Vacca calls it a career as Ansonia coach

Ansonia baseball coach Mike Vacca (center), along with his wife, Susan, is honored for winning his 500th game during a ceremony at Nolan Field on May 10, 2017. Peter Wallace/GameTimeCT Ansonia baseball coach Mike Vacca won his 500th career game Monday against Torrington. Mike Vacca, who coached generations of Ansonia baseball players and won 500 games and a state championship over five decades, has decided to retire as head coach. Vacca grew up in Ansonia and played three sports at the high school. His coaching career there began in 1971 Read More …

Derby Dems to select their mayoral candidate tonight

The 36-member town committee meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall on the corner of Seymour Avenue and Atwater Street. DiCenso, a 67-year-old former football coach who once owned B&L Boys and Mens Shop in Ansonia, currently works as the maitre d at the Italian Pavilion Restaurant on Pershing Drive. Whoever wins the Democratic primary will face Rich Dziekan, a retired Hamden police officer and lifelong Derby resident.   Read more of  Derby Dems to select their mayoral candidate tonight

CT Politics: Speeding ticket written off as political expense

[…] when Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Chris Mattei reimbursed a junior-level aide last month for a $94.02 ticket using political contributions, it stupefied friends and foes alike. “Given anybody’s background that’s in the public arena, they should know that’s a personal situation and it should be handled personally,” said Mark Lauretti, a Republican gubernatorial candidate and Shelton mayor. The creator of the popular news aggregation site ctcapitolreport.com has been known to have politicians beg him to change a gotcha headline, placement of stories or unflattering photographs — old images can come Read More …

Derby Democrats split on mayoral candidate.

Other whiteboards already have dates and times that volunteers have committed to make phone calls and home visits. […] this year Dugatto, who lives and works downtown not just as mayor but as a practicing dentist, is in a fight for her political life. Earlier this year, Carmen DiCenso, a fellow Democrat who serves as the Board of Aldermen president, announced he’s seeking the nomination. […] DiCenso, brings with him years of recognition as a football coach, owner of B & L Mens and Boys clothing store in Ansonia, maitre’d Read More …

Puppeteer, singer to perform at nature center

ANSONIA — Puppeteer and singer Chris Rowlands will perform a kid-friendly presentation at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Lane. Rowlands is an award-winning singer and songwriter who brings animals to life through song, dance, puppets, and colorful props, to teach children about animals and their habitats. The Environment Magazine has honored Chris with its first E Award for his environmental education programs. To register, call 203-736-1053   Read more of  Puppeteer, singer to perform at nature center

In 71st season, Brakettes again looking for sponsor

Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1of/23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 Brakette’s Manager John Stratton huddles with the team before going up against Rock Gold for softball action at DeLuca Field in Stratford, Conn., on Saturday July 15, 2017. Brakette’s Manager John Stratton huddles with the team before going up against Rock Gold for softball action at DeLuca Field in Stratford, Conn., on Saturday July 15, 2017. Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media   Read more of  In 71st season, Brakettes again looking for sponsor

Ansonia Hilltop burglar admits guilt, faces 5 years in prison

ANSONIA >> His overnight activities terrorized hundreds of Ansonia and Derby hilltop residents during a month-long period during the summer of 2015. Screens were cut, air conditioners pulled out and sliding doors popped open occasionally awakening sleeping residents who caught a glimpse of a hooded figure rummaging through their homes, grabbing laptops, cameras, tablets and game systems before fleeing into the darkness. Read more of  Ansonia Hilltop burglar admits guilt, faces 5 years in prison

Communities clean up after Thursday’s storm

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– You will likely hear plenty of chainsaws around Connecticut Friday. Many communities around the state are cleaning up and Mother Nature’s fury Thursday. With light in the sky, we can see just how much damage was done by one tree in Milford. It is a big tree brought down by high winds Thursday afternoon. It caved in the roof and buckled an outer wall as well. Here’s the ultimate irony, though. The homeowner tells us they just finished putting a brand new roof on this house as Read More …

Heavy winds and rain cause damage in Ansonia

ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Service crews are already on the scene in Ansonia trying to clean up the mess caused by Thursday’s storm. High winds and heavy rain brought down trees and power cables along Prospect Street. Power crews are working to get the lights back on, as two to three dozen homes are without power. Related Content: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Connecticut until 9:00 p.m. “My first concern was, ‘is everything okay in my home?’” stated Ansonia resident David Patton. “Hopefully there’s no one hurt down there.” Several Read More …