We’re kicking off the Year in Review with our Top Videos of 2012. The following videos were chosen from among a variety of stories.
Patrolling Lake Zoar
White clouds dotted the deep blue sky over Lake Zoar as motor boats roared along the water — some pulling people on skis. A few jet ski riders bounced along the waves and others paddled in canoes. The beaches along the shore began to fill up with sunbathers and visitors intent on cooling off with an afternoon swim.
Not everyone on the lake was there for fun in the sun on Independence Day. A white, 21-foot boat with "L.Z.A. Marine Patrol" in dark blue letters on the side patrolled the waters. Bill Cannon of Ansonia was at the controls and Monroe Police Officer Mark Caufield shared his holiday shift.
Biggest Loser Gets a Makeover
Hairdresser Breanne Milyo colored, cut and styled Theresa Lungarini's thick head of blonde hair and also applied her makeup in a free makeover at Salon DARIN, 435 Main Street.
Lungarini has been working out at H.E.A.R. Fitness Studio, 887 Main Street, for 12 weeks as a participant in its fifth annual Monroe's Biggest Loser Contest. She not only exceeded her goal in lost body fat, she won the contest outright. The grand prize is $450 and a free makeover at Salon DARIN.
Dr. Robyn Gangi led the Masuk Choir in the show Carmina Burana inside the packed high school auditorium and played the piano for outgoing seniors in a show that ended with the song "O'Fortuna". Then Gangi took a final bow to thunderous applause.
Masuk's "Maestro" retired after a 21-year-career which included countless shows and class trips to Italy — taking his students right to the music's roots.
Rising from the Ashes
The Monroe Economic Development Commission and Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand re-opening of The Rustic Grille. An act of arson on Aug. 8 had closed down the restaurant for several months before owners, husband and wife, John and Sandy Kantzas were able to open its doors again.
Talkin' 'Bout a Roundabout
First Selectman Steve Vavrek and State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112) describe the problems at the intersection of routes 110 and 111 and the Connecticut Department of Transporation's proposal for a roundabout. And two people from the community weigh in on the issue.
Minds In Motion
Two hundred children participated in Minds in Motion at Masuk High School. The event features fast paced, hands on projects ranging from art, science and healthy cooking to hip hop dancing and a mock archaeological dig.
Karen Burnaska: Citizen of the Year
A reception was held at Monroe Town Hall before a ceremony honoring former first selectman Karen Burnaska as the Monroe Citizen of the Year for 2012.