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Thank you from Raymour & Flanigan

Thank you to everyone from Kirk Peterson, store manager at Raymour & Flanigan: The car cruise-in this afternoon was absolutely outstanding and we are so glad we could be a part of it!!!! Money raised to support Homes For The Brave: Total of funds raised $611.00 We feel privileged to be involved with two very involved organizations today in The Brass City Cruisers and Homes for The Brave…Thank you both for your commitment to the event today. The added bonus to be allowed to take part in judging the cars today was truly an added bonus and we enjoyed it more than you can...

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Calling All Cruisers: Help for Billy Summers

Billy Summers of the Ghostworx Garage in Waterbury, and friend of the Brass City Cruisers, was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Coupled with an infection, Billy is currently in Yale New Haven Hospital receiving treatments to cure the infection, then to shrink the tumor, and then faces surgery to remove the tumor. Doctors have informed Billy that this is one of the most dangerous and complex surgeries in their field and he is expected to be out of work for several months. This is all on top of mounting medical bills that will no doubt be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Please consider making a donation to Billy’s Go Fund Me Page today at www.gofundme.com/billysummers and help a guy out. With all of the bad news around us, let’s try to make a difference in this case. Remember, every little bit helps and he is one of us – a classic car nut and fellow...

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Michael J. DiPietro – 1946 – 2016 – longtime car cruiser and member of the Oil Can Boys Car Club

WATERBURY — Mike DiPietro, 69, of Waterbury, CT, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, after a long illness. Mike was born in Norwalk, CT, the son of the late John and Antonette (Marotto) DiPietro. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 38. He was the president of Yankee Cruisers Car Club for 10 years. He loved going to car cruises and car shows. He was most...

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Death of longtime cruiser and friend Mike DiPietro

It is with heavy hearts this morning that we pass along to everyone the passing of Mike DiPietro. Mike passed away last evening after several months of serious health issues. Despite these issues, he continued to cruise with us and most recently came to our Walmart show on Friday. Mike was a good and faithful friend to the Brass City Cruisers. Mike, as a member of the Yankee Cruisers, ran several cruises and shows in the Woodbury area. These...

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Juan Luis Soler – 1975 – 2016 – owner of Classic Auto Body Inc.

WATERBURY — Juan “Lupito” Luis Soler, age 40, passed away on Thursday June 16, 2016. He was born on Aug. 7, 1975, in Newark, N.J. He was a longtime resident of Waterbury and was an important part of our community. He is survived by his wife, Casandra Roman; six children, Sebastion, Skye, Juliana, Anthony, Juan and Kristal; parents, Juan Tomas Soler and Carmela Soler; two loving sisters, Cynthia Medvec (Michael) and Ana Maria Soler; brother, Sandro Soler; one niece...

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Cars Keyed at Wendy’s Cruise?

Recently it came to our attention from several “sources” that several vehicles were keyed at the cruise night at Wendy’s in Waterbury on May 21. A cruiser that was there that night heard it from someone at the cruise in North Haven the following Monday. The rumor is that it was between 15-20 vehicles that were keyed. To confirm: No vehicles were keyed at Wendy’s. The May 21 cruise was very overcast with a lot of clouds and rain...

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Gloria Vespoli – 1929 – 2016 – widow of longtime cruiser Tony Vespoli

MANCHESTER — Mrs. Gloria (Muscio) Vespoli, age 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Manchester Manor. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tony” Vespoli. Mrs. Vespoli was born on April 27, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Domenic and Delia (Pafundi) Muscio. Gloria was a graduate of Wilby High School, Class of 1946. She worked for Redwood Furniture as a Bookkeeper for 20 years before starting her family. Later she worked as...

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James K. Norman – 1953 – 2016 – avid car enthusiast and drag racer

James K. Norman, 62, of Middlebury, passed away on Tuesday May 10, 2016, at Waterbury Hospital in the presence of his loving wife after a courageous battle with his illnesses. He was the beloved husband of Donna G. (Mansfield) Humphrey Norman. Jim was born in Waterbury on September 30, 1953, son of the late Edward C. and Josephine (Mariano) Norman Sr. He graduated from Crosby High School Class of 1972, attended Mattatuck Community College and completed the GMC Auto...

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Anna Kasidas – 1912 – 2016 – mother of Ray Kasidas Sr.

Anna Paulikonis (Kachergis) Kasidas, Waterbury, 104 years of age, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2016, at Abbott Terrace Health Care, in Waterbury; she was the wife of the late Raymond C. Kasidas. She was born in Waterbury, January 18, 1912, the daughter of the late, Jonus and Marcella (Paulikonis) Kasidas, and she lived to be 104 years old. Anna attended Saint Joseph’s grammar school, where she was called, Anna paul by her teachers, she also graduated Wilby High...

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2016 Cruising Calendar – Updated May 13, 2016

The 2016 car cruise season is upon us. Some of the local car cruises happening in the Greater Waterbury area include the following. All available flyers may be accessed through our Flickr account link (right side of the home page) or from the top of our home page under “Event Flyers.” Monday Mark’s Auto Parts Cruise Night – 22 Russell Road – East Granby, CT. Every Monday night starting May 2 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm No cruise...

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Joy Hartmann – 1943 – 2016 – mother of Jason Hartmann

WATERTOWN – Mrs. Joy P. Hartmann, age 72 of Watertown and formerly of Wanaque, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Monday April 25, 2016 at the Vitas Innovative Healthcare at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She was the beloved wife of Arthur P. Hartmann. Joy was born on July 25, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in Little Falls, NJ, the daughter of the late Frederick and Josephine Reichel Diestler. She was employed at ACR Chemical and...

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Marlene Kasidas – 1942 – 2016 – wife of Ray Kasidas Sr.

Mrs. Marlene C. (Charette) Kasidas, 74, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2015 at Waterbury Hospital after a six month courageous battle with Leukemia. She was the beloved wife of Raymond J. Kasidas Sr. Marlene was born in Waterbury, daughter of the late Alcide and Antoinette (Boucher) Charette. She graduated from Wilby High School. She was employed as an office manager for Charette, Makowski & Company accounting firm where she has worked for over 35 years. She...

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