Getting it all cut off for a cause in Shelton

Members of the Huntington Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 and some others now have a little less hair on top of their heads. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

They agreed to get all the hair on their heads cut off as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund-raiser Saturday, held at Hirschbeck’s Bar and Grill, on lower Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton.

“I’ve been waiting all year for this,” said Huntington firefighter Rob Cummings, who was one of those who left with a shaved head. Cummings helps organize the event with fellow Huntington firefighter Joey Tassitano.

It was the third year the fire company has put together the charity event, which helps fight childhood cancers.

Tassitano said he had gone three months without a haircut to prepare for the event. “It’s the longest it has ever been,” he said just before getting a haircut. “I’m going from one extreme to another.”

Huntington Fire Capt. Ryan Mattioli also got a haircut. “It’s a great fund-raiser,” Mattioli said. “We just want to help out so they can fund the best research for children’s medical issues.”

The goal was to raise $5,000 at the Shelton event. People whose heads get shaved collected pledges to generate the money.

Handling the cuts this year was Tina Tassitano, Joey’s sister, who works at Intrigue Hair Salon in Fairfield.

Organizers wanted to thank donors as well as Hirschbeck’s for hosting the event. Hirschbeck’s, at 882 Bridgeport Ave. next to the Stop & Shop, has sponsored the Huntington Fire Company softball team.

Raising many millions for research

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has provided more than $127 million in grants to childhood cancer research projects since 2006 — making it the largest funder of such work besides the U.S. government.

Most of the money is raised at head-shaving events intended to encourage participants “to get bald in solidarity with children fighting cancer.” Learn more at