Freezin’ for a Reason Happens this Weekend

Colchester residents Fred Brown, Rob Suchecki, Walter Cox and Greg Cordova will spend this weekend on the Town Green raising money for the Colchester Fuel Bank.

These four men will be accepting donations from Friday, Feb. 8 at p.m., until Sunday, Feb. 10, at noon. Checks can be made out to Freezin’ for a Reason. If you can’t make it to the green, any branch of United Bank is accepting donations and you can use Paypal, with’the email to donate online.

This annual event started in 2010 and was originally called “Three Men in a Tent.” The inaugural cast of characters in that tent were First Selectman Gregg Schuster, Realtor Jack Faski, and Charity Founder Fred Brown.

The three men spent Friday through Sunday on the Colchester Town Green, accepting donations from anyone who happened to stop by. The three did their best to keep warm over a 55-gallon “burn barrel.”

The first year the trio raised approximately $5,000. The next year, 2011, brought similar results.

The event has since morphed into Freezin’ for a Reason, and the “lucky” participants are now local police officer Rob Suchecki, Hayward Fire Department Chief Walter Cox, M & J Bus Inc. Dispatch Manager Greg Cordova, and Brown.

“We are a visual reminder of all those in need of heating assistance,” Suchecki said.

Year-to-date, “Freezin’ for a Reason” has donated approximately $86,000 to the Colchester Fuel Bank.

Please visit the 2019 Freezin’ for a Reason fundraiser on the Colchester Town Green from 2:00 pm Friday, Feb. 8 to noon on Sunday, Feb. 10 and drop a few dollars into their bucket. If you can’t make it to the Green, visit any United Bank location and deposit to their (Freezin’ for a Reason) account. If you can’t do that, please use PayPal and use the email address to donate.

Paranormal Researcher Coming to a Connecticut bookstore

John Brightman, founder of New England Paranormal Research, will be appearing at Books & Boos bookstore on Tuesday, April 16 from 6 – 8 PM.

Brightman has been investigating haunted places and unexplained events for nearly a decade. His outstanding research and state-of-the-art precision to gather evidence has lead him to being featured on the Travel Channel and Bio Channel, and international shows in over a dozen countries world-wide.

Additionally, he has taken part in several paranormal documentary productions, as well as his own historically haunted film project.Brightman recently wrote a book, Dark Gift, based on haunted Bridgewater Triangle in Massachusetts. He and his co-author, T.L. Jones, a member of East Texas Paranormal, will discuss the case on which the book is based, and participate in a Q & A session with the audience about their experiences.This event is free to the public.

Books & Boos is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM. The store, located at 514 Westchester Road in Colchester (across from Valero’s gas station) is staying open late for this special event.