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The Register Citizen will unveil a number of improvements to its Sunday paper, including a major expansion in the space and number of pages devoted to local news coverage, effective with this week’s edition on Aug. 9.

“We are committed to continual improvement,” said Register Citizen Publisher Matt DeRienzo, “and after a year in which we significantly expanded local news coverage in the daily paper, we felt that adding more to the Sunday edition was long overdue. The Sunday paper should stand out from the rest of the week, as readers have time to enjoy more extensive and in-depth articles and features.”

Changes include an expansion of the number of pages devoted to local news coverage, and the launch of a new, second local news section of the paper called “Northwest Connecticut.” It will contain local news articles, a new weekly human interest story on remarkable people from Northwest Connecticut, and the popular “Notebook” feature and local crossword and word search puzzles that were launched earlier this year.

One of the most significant additions to the Sunday paper will be a feature of the “Northwest Connecticut” section that will include news items every week for every one of the 26 towns in Litchfield County.

The paper will reintroduce the popular “A Life Remembered” feature each Sunday on the life of a local resident who has recently passed away.

A new feature called “It’s My Job,” detailing the workplace experiences of local people, will anchor the Sunday business page.

Space will be added to provide a more comprehensive roundup of news from across the nation and world, and a new section will feature advice, lifestyle and feature articles.

The Sunday sports section will also see improvements this week, with the addition of a “Coach’s Corner” feature sharing the wisdom and techniques of local coaches, a “Where are they now?” feature on how local high school athletes are faring in college athletic programs and beyond, a weekly notebook feature on UConn sports, and the introduction of three new opinion columns on local, state and national sports, respectively.

Also with this Sunday’s newspaper, The Register Citizen will re-launch a weekly TV listings book. The 24-page tabloid will be far more extensive than the one discontinued by the paper last year, published with color throughout, seven days’ of listings and articles, features, editors’ picks, celebrity news and puzzles. It will be included free in the Sunday Register Citizens of Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, and then offered for an additional 50 cents a week to any home delivery subscriber who would like to continue getting it.

“We think these new features, combined with continuing Sunday favorites such as our Owen Canfield, Mike Driscoll and the Garden Goddess columns, color comics, coupons, department store fliers, Parade magazine, local history features and more, will make the Sunday paper an even better bargain for our readers throughout Northwest Connecticut,” DeRienzo said.

For more information about these changes, contact Publisher Matt DeRienzo at or 860-489-1877, or Editor Jordan Fenster at or 860-489-3121, ext. 333.


Written by mattderienzo

August 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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  1. >as always sir , you are trying to add to the already great content of the newspaper. I for one,love to see and want you to know it does not go unnoticed.The newspaper has had great strides of success under your reign and may it continue for years to come, again I thank you,med


    August 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

  2. >I have tried contacting you through your regular email and sent information to your "tips" email as well about the issue below. I have gotten no response what so ever, so forgive me if I do not believe your features will be anything more than the same as they have been in the past.I hope that this contact will not be ignored. I have contacted your paper several times about the foreclosure facing HORSE of CT in Washington CT ( This local rescue has worked to rescue countless equines over the past 27 years under the watchful eye of Patricia Wahlers. Its possible foreclosure is news that I have reported several times to your newspaper and the paper has yet to cover this story which aptly shows how the economic decline in the country and this area has had repercussions on non-profit organizations. It saddens me deeply to think that a newspaper in Litchfield county would not find the story news-worthy. This organization is 100% volunteer run. There are NO salaries paid to any person or persons involved with HORSE. They need to raise funds for a new mortgage and are trying to do so through small fundraisers, a classic car raffle (drawing on August 15th) and through private donations. This organization is needed in these times, perhaps more so, than at any other time in our past because of the economic problems facing pet owners. I am very disappointed that the Register/Citizen has done nothing to help get the word out about this fine group of individuals and its organization. I hope that at the very least a reporter and photographer will come to the car drawing to report on the event itself at 43 Wilbur Rd in Washington on Saturday, August 15th at 4pm. It is too bad that the Register/Citizen could not have promoted the event before hand in order to help the organization with ticket sales, but, at this juncture, it appears to late to do so. I am hoping that coverage of the raffle drawing will draw some support from the community as a whole.

    Dawn Hill

    August 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  3. >Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today…. anyhow thanks for the good read!


    December 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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