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Herald/Press: Stories of the Week

Herald/Press: Stories of the Week

By New Britain Herald and Bristol Press
Every Thursday, New Britain Herald and Bristol Press reporters Catherine Shen and Matt Hornick will give you a closer look at one of the newspaper's biggest stories from the previous week. You will meet reporters from across our newsrooms to bring you greater insights into how these stories come together as well as information that did not make the final deadline.

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Episode 17: Senator Richard Blumenthal
The second part of the series about the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 is an interview with Sen. Richard Blumenthal. He shares his experience inside the Capitol that day, the importance of understanding what led to this event and what comes next now that the president was impeached. 
January 15, 2021
Episode 16: U.S. Congressman John Larson
This episode is the start of a three-part series in which Catherine and Matt will speak with members of the United States' Congress from Connecticut about their experiences last week during the insurrection at the Capitol. The first conversation is with Representative John Larson of Connecticut's first district. He shares what his day looked like Jan. 6 and what he wants done in response to this attack on democracy.
January 14, 2021
Episode 15: Newington Police Chief Stephen Clark addresses the increase in local automotive thefts
With the extreme spike in car-related thefts in the local area, Matt and Catherine are joined by Newington Police Chief Stephen Clark to discuss the factors causing this increase and what everyone can do to ensure they are not the next victim. Clark shares ideas on how to combat this issue long-term and what he would like to see from his elected officials to enhance this. DON'T FORGET TO RATE, SUBSCRIBE AND REVIEW! For more coverage, make sure to visit and Local communities see spike in car thefts:
January 7, 2021
Episode 14: What you need to know about the Covid-19 Vaccines w/Albert Peguero
Bristol Health's Albert Peguero returns to the podcast to give you a basic understanding of the coronavirus vaccines. He explains the safety of getting vaccinated and how the vaccines will be distributed over the coming months. Please subscribe, rate and review and if you want more information on the vaccines, make sure to visit and
December 31, 2020
Episode 13: Major Gregory Hartshorn of the Salvation Army
Matt and Catherine are joined by Major Gregory Hartshorn of the Salvation Army of Connecticut and Rhode Island to give an update on how the organization is handling the Holiday Season amid a pandemic. He provides a variety of ways to contribute and shares the story of a very special donation someone made in one of the kettles in New Britain. Please don't forget to rate, subscribe and review! Resident anonymously drops gold coin in Salvation Army kettle:
December 24, 2020
Episode 12: Coaches Bunty Ray and Matt Lance discuss how the pandemic has impacted their seasons
Matt hosts this week podcast solo and speaks with Innovation coach Matt Lance and Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central coach Bunty Ray about their experiences as coaches during all three sports seasons. They share how they maintain strong relationships with their student-athletes as well as some plans and hopes for the upcoming winter season. Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review!
December 16, 2020
Episode 11: Protecting your mental health this holiday season w/Lisa Coates of Bristol Hospital
Catherine and Matt speak with Lisa Coates, Operations Manager of the Bristol Hospital Counseling Center about ways to stay high-spirited this holiday season when you can't see your family and behave as you normally would. Coates provides advice and resources for anyone who might be in need of emotional help as well as how to offer help to someone you think could be struggling.
December 10, 2020
Episode 10: The Future of New Britain's Christopher Columbus Statue
Matt and Catherine are joined by Alicia Strong of the New Britain Racial Justice Coalition and Frances Calzetta of the Italian American Women of New Haven to discuss the meaning of Christopher Columbus to ethnic groups around the world and how that impacts whether or not the statue of Columbus in New Britain needs to be removed. 
December 3, 2020
Episode Nine: Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu reflects on the past year
Matt and Catherine spoke with Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu about what she learned from the first year of her second term, guidelines for how to navigate the holiday season in a pandemic and what she is looking forward to in the coming year.  Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review!
November 26, 2020
Episode Eight: CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lugarini discusses the future of the winter sports season
Just one day after announcing all winter sports activities will not start until Jan. 19, CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lugarini spoke with Matt and Catherine about the factors that led to the decision, what needs to change to make a winter season possible for all sports and the impact this news will have over the next two months.  Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! CIAC elects to postpone winter sports season until Jan. 19:
November 18, 2020
Episode Seven: A Conversation with Albert Peguero from Bristol Hospital
Matt and Catherine sit down this week with Albert Peguero from Bristol Health to discuss Connecticut's increase in coronavirus cases and how the hospital is preparing itself to proceed. Peguero explains what they learned early on in the pandemic and how it helps them moving forward if the pandemic continues to worsen locally. Catherine and Matt also provide you with an update on the presidential election. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! This week's top stories: Bristol, New Britain deal with Red Alert status: Residents give their opinions on the Presidential Election:
November 11, 2020
Episode Six: Election Week
Catherine and Matt break down election results at all levels in the local area, as well as what election day was like for voters and how the state processed its absentee ballots. Please make sure to rate and subscribe! Election Stories:  Bristol favors incumbents on Election Day: Bristol republicans celebrate as results go in their favor: Newington voters have re-elected a democratic slate: Democratic candidates celebrate victories in New Britain: Bristol, New Britain seeing thousands turn out at polls: Bysiewicz visits polling station in New Britain:
November 5, 2020
Episode Five: Connecticut's Increase in Covid-19 Cases and How it Was Impacted by the Reopening of Schools
Matt and Catherine sit down to discuss Connecticut's recent uptick in positive coronavirus cases and how much of that is a result of schools reopening. They explain how local school districts are handling positive cases as well as what the expectations are going forward. This week's other top stories include a look at a conflict between New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and the Common Council over the hiring of a former school official and new restaurants coming to Bristol. Please make sure to rate and subscribe! This Week's Top Stories: State moves New Britain, Plainville, Bristol into Orange Alert status: Police arrest two people after alleged intoxicated driver in New Britain: Democrats say Stewart is attempting to illegally hire former school official: Little Poland flower shop has a part in TikTok celebrity's reality show: New Asian restaurant opens on Farmington Ave. in Bristol: Popeyes opens new drive-through location on Route 6:
October 28, 2020
Episode Four: A Guide to Voting in the Upcoming Election
Matt and Catherine are joined by colleague Susan Corica to break down everything you need to know about how to properly and safely vote in the Nov. 3 election. They discuss both in-person and absentee voting and how to ensure your vote is counted. This week's other top stories include the vote increase the pay of elected official in New Britain and how to ensure you can safely participate in trick-or-treating this year. Please make sure to rate and subscribe! This weeks stories: Looking at how to vote during the pandemic: Bristol school district issued tablet reportedly burns through child's backpack: New Britain mayor, five other elected officials approved for 13% raises: Bristol going ahead with Halloween celebrations: New Britain brings program to help families buy home with city's assistance:
October 22, 2020
Episode Three: Enlighten Me
Catherine is this week's guest on the podcast to share her experience telling the story of Shante Smith and the founding of her company Enlighten Me, which aims to help teenagers and adolescents with their mental health. Matt and Catherine also provide updates on the Citizen's Review Board in New Britain and how restaurants are doing one week after Connecticut began phase three of its reopening. Don't forget to rate and subscribe! This week's stories: New Britain woman starts own company to help empower area youth: Many area restaurants still struggling to get by: Proposed civilian review board in New Britain rejected: Bristol public schools to get $1.2 million to help costs associated with reopening: A new Vietnamese restaurant, opening on Berlin Turnpike: Berlin fitness center moves into new, larger space in town:
October 15, 2020
Episode Two: The Return of High School Sports in Connecticut
Matt and Catherine are joined by sports reporter Ryan Chichester to discuss the new fall sports season that began in Connecticut on Oct. 1 and everything that happened over the summer leading up to it. They also provide an update on positive coronavirus cases at local schools as well as other top stories from the past week.  Don't forget to rate and subscribe!  This week's stories: Sports begin seasons after long wait: New Britain elementary school has positive coronavirus case: Bristol resident named Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year: Coalition to bring Halloween treats to city children: Foodies opens in Bristol:
October 8, 2020
Episode One: An Open Letter to Newington High School, and other top stories from the week
For the first episode Herald/Press: Story of the Week, Matt and Catherine welcome reporter Erica Drzewiecki to discuss her story about a Newington High School graduate's sexual assault allegations towards a former teacher. This episode also provides an update on absentee voting, coronavirus data in New Britain and other top stories. Please listen, rate and subscribe! Links to this week's stories: Former student goes public with sexual assault allegation: One additional residential student tests positive for coronavirus at CCSU: New Britain officials learned from primary voting process: Bristol's registrars of voters prepare for Election Day: New Britain native opens convenience store: New pump park, gear shop coming to Rockwell Park:
October 1, 2020