Stories By Brian Gioiele

  • Shelton vets organize delivery of $2M to wounded troops The Operation Gift Cards Program committee, an all-volunteer program, has organized the delivery of more than $2 million in Post Exchange Service gift cards and corporate donations to wounded troops during 204 visits in the past 16 years.
  • Updated work offers more insight into Milford’s Charles Island The updated book delves into tales of a nudist colony on the island that never was and the island’s place in the history of flight.
  • Could third time be the charm for digital billboards in Milford? Owner Dominick DeMartino has tried on two occasions — in 2019 and 2020 — to get P&Z support, but both efforts were met with denial.
  • Milford P&Z OKs school bus depot on Plains Road This move gives buses a home after nearly a decade of being parked at various locations - most recently the Connecticut Post Mall.
  • Milford takes step toward local control over accessory apartments The decision, however, does not mean the board is moving to craft its own regulations to allow such units, which all agree would help meet a substantial need within the community.
  • Motorcycle ride pays tribute to Shelton sailor’s Navy service His parents have spent the past four months not only dealing with the grief of dealing with Xavier Sandor’s suicide but also fighting for answers about why it happened.
  • After 25 years, Shelton man is still touching lives John Searles was instrumental in rescuing a woman pinned under a commuter bus. A few days later, Searles received a promotion to captain.
  • Milford preps for August GOP, Democratic primaries The primary is Aug. 9, with polling locations open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that day.
  • Longtime Shelton studio owner making dance more inclusive Chase was recently honored with the New York Dance Spectrum, Inc., Service Award for not only her work with young dancers but also her dedication to community building through dance.
  • Shelton man races his way from construction to a NASCAR gig Ron Miske has taken a job with a NASCAR team, which has meant moving his family from Shelton to North Carolina.
  • Shelton preps for August GOP, Democratic primaries The primary is Aug. 9, with polling locations open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that day.
  • Milford Arts Council series offers glimpse into play development The Milford Arts Council’s Eastbound Theatre new series, Plays in Development, offers audiences chance to see new works in their early stages.
  • Shelton sees few complaints as tax bills go out “If people’s taxes have jumped significantly, it's because their values have increased significantly. That's what reevaluation does,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said.
  • Lifelong Shelton resident, Video 7 owner Robert Achille dies He is long known for owning and operating Video 7, the inside of which is filled wall-to-wall with old VHS and the most recent releases on DVD/Blu Rays.
  • Opponents make final case against Shelton farm stand zone change “This is not about farming. This is about building a commercial store in a residential zone,” said Chris Carreira, a Vistas at White Hills resident.
  • Volunteers needed for Shelton Avenue clean-up The Shelton Clean-up Project will be holding its latest trash pick-up along Shelton Avenue.
  • Shelton seeks grant for skate park reboot after petition drive The move comes months after Shelton resident Jim Mazzadra started a petition on change.org seeking others who support his call for a reopened skate park, replacing the skate park which had been located under the Route 8 bridge on Riverdale...
  • Self-storage building planned off Shelton’s Bridgeport Avenue The original approval for the Access Road site called for a gas station in the front of the property and a self-storage facility in the rear.
  • Pilot program pairs Shelton employees with security ‘pals’ Specifics of the new security system are still being worked out, as this is a pilot program, according to Alderman Cris Balamaci.
  • Shelton’s Adam’s House adds grief support for young adults The program is designed to provide peer support, knowledge, and meaningful connections for young adults as they navigate their feelings of grief and isolation.