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The Sound

Robyn Genzano, a North Branford resident, is an active volunteer with the East Haven Arts Commission, which is hosting virtual classes this summer. Photo courtesy Robyn Genzano

Robyn Genzano Carries on Passion for Theater

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up watching her mother Cindy Genzano direct shows at North Branford High School (NBHS), Robyn Genzano has fond memories of watching rehearsals, interacting with students, and seeing the production come together

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Valley Courier

Though the COVID pandemic has wrought havoc on summer plans, summer day camp is still going strong at Camp Hazen YMCA in Chester, which means Food Services Director Alex Welch and his kitchen crew are busy feeding healthy meals to their young charges. Photo courtesy of Camp Hazen YMCA

Alex Welch: Food, Glorious Food

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Now, here is some real news: Kids are not only eating Brussels sprouts, they are even asking for seconds—at least at Camp Hazen YMCA in Chester.

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North Haven Courier

Howard Wardlow is the new director of finance, operations, and human resources for the North Haven Board of Education. Photo courtesy of Howard Wardlow

Howard Wardlow Brings Corporate America Experience to North Haven Schools

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After years working in corporate America, Howard Wardlow was looking for a change. He wanted to find a way to use the experience he gained throughout his career to help his community.

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Harbor News

Though it took until retirement for Karen Nourse to achieve her dream, the Clinton author is now on a tear publishing children’s books. Photo courtesy of Karen Nourse

Living the Dream as a Children’s Book Author

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Most people can remember the first career they seriously wanted to pursue when they were a teenager, but how many people can say they actually gave that career a shot, let alone decades later?

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The Source

In different capacities and for various scientific research projects, Amy Cornell worked at Stanford University, Yale University, and the NASA Ames Research Center. She now teaches science at The Country School in Madison but took a leave of absence to work for Homodeus on a new and better COVID-19 test expected to be available to the public after FDA approval. Photo courtesy of Amy Cornell

Amy Cornell: Discovering More Through Science

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The long lines for COVID-19 testing will soon be a thing of the past. So will the anxious wait times for results.

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East Haven Courier

Robyn Genzano is an active volunteer with the East Haven Arts Commission, which is hosting virtual classes this summer. Photo courtesy Robyn Genzano

Robyn Genzano Carries on Passion for Theater

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up watching her mother Cindy Genzano direct shows at North Branford High School (NBHS), Robyn Genzano has fond memories of watching rehearsals, interacting with students, and seeing the production come together.

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Guilford Courier

Born and raised in East Haven, Tammy still is very involved in East Haven through work and volunteering, but now living in Guilford, she also gives back to her new hometown. 

Photo courtesy of Tammy Mazzucco Afragola

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola Spreads Her Roots to Two Communities

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola has deep ties to both East Haven and Guilford.

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North Haven Courier

Sal Rizzo is heading into his fifth year as the director of dining services for North Haven schools. Photo courtesy of Sal Rizzo

Sal Rizzo Serves Up Food with Culinary Twist as NHPS Food Service Director

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Sal Rizzo is no stranger to food service, but after graduating from North Branford High School, he went to Quinnipiac University to study marketing and communication.

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East Haven Courier

Davin Garamella will be honored by the East Haven Fire Department for his role in saving a man from drowning. Photo courtesy of Dave Garamella

Davin Garamella’s Quick Thinking Saves Man’s Life

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Having lived near the beach in East Haven for his whole life, 14-year-old Davin Garamella spends time on the beach, and in the water, swimming, kayaking, sailing, or fishing. Then, on July 19, Davin went to the beach and saved a man’s life.

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Guilford Courier

The young organizers of grassroots Guilford Racial Equality Project (GREP), including Co-president Yanenash Ayele Munoz, are ready to bring GREP’s first awareness-raising event to town, Drive-In for Justice on Monday, Aug. 10, at 8:15 p.m. behind St. George’s Catholic Church. Photo courtesy of Yanenash Ayele Munoz

Helping Guilford Racial Equality Project Raise Awareness in the Community

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The young organizers of grassroots Guilford Racial Equality Project (GREP) are ready to bring the group’s first awareness-raising event to town, Drive-In for Justice.

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The Sound

As Branford’s first sustainability and compliance manager, Diana McCarthy-Bercury is ready to take sustainability to the next level for the town. Her role is the next evolution of the town’s former solid waste supervisor position. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

McCarthy-Bercury’s New Role Supports a More Sustainable Branford

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Diana McCarthy-Bercury is a new face at Branford Town Hall and an ideal person to fill an open position that, with its new title, takes sustainability to the next level for the town.

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Valley Courier

As president of the Goodspeed Musicals Board of Trustees, Hila Rosen is helping to shape the regional treasure during a time of uncertainty. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Hila Rosen: Expecting the Unexpected

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

To say that this year has not turned out the way Hila Rosen expected it to is an understatement. Still, it is the place to begin.

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Harbor News

When disaster strikes—whether it’s a sudden storm or the relentless creep of sea level rise—Doug McCracken knows the importance of having a plan.

Photo courtesy of Doug McCracken

McCracken Knows the Need to Be Ready

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After Tropical Storm Irene whipped across Connecticut on the last Sunday in August in 2011, followed that autumn by the bizarre “Snowtober,” a nor’easter that downed power lines, dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in various towns, and canceled Halloween celebrations, Doug McCracken started a new position: director of emergency preparedness for Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P).

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The Source

Catherine King is a professional photographer who uses her skills to help organizations such as the Madison Newcomers, Kisses for Katie, and New Reach. Kat, as she is known to her friends, learned to convey a story and capture emotions, especially through images of newborns and families. Photo courtesy of Catherine King

Kat King: On Newborns, Newcomers, and New Reach

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In her photography, Catherine King focuses on newcomers, whether they are infants or adults who have arrived in the community.

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The Sound

Shown here at Branford Fire Department’s (BFD) prolific vegetable garden, which she also helps to maintain, Branford Firefighter/ Paramedic Alexandra Demitrack is putting her organic gardening experience to work to help BFD establish organic pollinator pathway gardens on the grounds of the firehouse on North Main Street. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Demitrack

Demitrack Helping BFD Pollinator Pathway Grow into Reality

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Branford Fire Chief Thomas Mahoney’s idea and effort to install a native, sustainable, and all-organic pollinator pathway garden on the grounds of the firehouse is rapidly growing into reality with the help of project leader and Branford Firefighter/Paramedic Alexandra Demitrack.

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Guilford Courier

The New York Times (NYT) has bestowed an honorable mention on Camilo Carmona’s convincing editorial, “COVID-19 Unmasks Our Broken Healthcare System,” in seventh annual NYT Student Editorial Contest, which had more than 7,300 student entries. Carmona is a rising senior at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Camilo Carmona

New York Times Takes Note of Student Editorialist Camilo Carmona

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Recently, The New York Times (NYT) sat up and took notice of Camilo Carmona’s convincing editorial, “COVID-19 Unmasks Our Broken Healthcare System,” selecting it from more than 7,300 nationwide entries and kicking it upstairs to be considered as a finalist in the seventh annual NYT Student Editorial Contest.

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North Haven Courier

Teisha Pittman was pinned in a ceremony at Gateway’s North Haven Campus, not only earning her nursing degree but also Student of the Year honors.

Photo courtesy of Gateway Community College

Pittman Achieves Lifelong Goal Despite Struggles

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Rahteisha “Teisha” Pittman recently realized a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse, upon her graduation and pinning ceremony at the Gateway Community College (GCC) North Haven campus.

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Valley Courier

Coping with stress is a challenge in the best of times. Licensed counselor Samantha Steinmacher knows these are not the best of times, but she has some excellent ideas to share. Photo courtesy of Samantha Steinmacher

Samantha Steinmacher: Did You Say Stress?

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Samantha Steinmacher knows stress. In fact, stress is her business and with all the complications of COVID-19, stress has not been in short supply.

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The Source

Charlie Corso became the new commander of American Legion Griswold Post 79 last June. As commander, he is embarking on a fundraising effort for the renovation of the Legion post building at 43 Bradley Road, Madison. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Charlie Corso: A New Commander Serves Madison

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As the new commander of the American Legion Griswold Post 79, Charles Corso keeps his eye on a new sign installed outside the post at 43 Bradley Road, Madison.

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East Haven Courier

Born and raised in East Haven, Tammy still is very involved in East Haven through work and volunteering, but now living in Guilford, she also gives back to her new hometown.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Mazzucco Afragola

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola Spreads Her Roots to Two Communities

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola has deep ties to both East Haven and Guilford. She grew up in East Haven, now teaches at East Haven’s Deer Run Elementary School, and is an active member of the East Haven Rotary.

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Valley Courier

Through her role as vice president of the Chester Library Board of Trustees, Karin Badger has helped foster the metamorphosis of the 100-plus-year-old facility while it has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Karin Badger

Karin Badger: Re-Decoration Day

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

It’s a familiar decorating story: Paint the ceiling and the walls look so drab, you decide to paint them, too.

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The Source

Jack Davis is one of only two recipients of this year’s Don Rankin Community Service Award, an honor bestowed on individuals who have devoted extraordinary efforts for the betterment of Madison. He and his wife Helen have made a positive impact in town in the areas of education, housing, religion, recreation, and the arts.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Davis

Jack Davis: A Lifetime of Achievement

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

On July 18, Jack Davis celebrates his birthday. Nothing unusual about that, except two days later, he’ll legitimately celebrate it again.

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Harbor News

Clinton’s Robert “Woody” Wilkins founded Dances with Wood more tan two decades ago and continues to expand the mission of helping improve lives through hand-crafted projects. Photo courtesy of Woody Wilkins

Still Dancing with Wood—and More

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“I always tell people the worst compliment you can give me is to call me perfect,” says video storyteller Pat Lore.

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Guilford Courier

When the pandemic closed in and shut down businesses in March, Pat Lore, a Guilford resident, seasoned TV reporter, and video production expert, found a new niche and a new way to help others by sharing her pro tips on marketing themselves or their business or organization via video and live camera. Photo courtesy of Pat Lore

‘Lights, Camera, Connection’: Lore Produces Live Video Support for Locals

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“I always tell people the worst compliment you can give me is to call me perfect,” says video storyteller Pat Lore.

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North Haven Courier

Pat Nuzzolillo has served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for more than a decade. Photo courtesy of Pat Nuzzolillo

Pat Nuzzolillo Continues to Serve

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For the past 12 years, Pasquale “Pat” Nuzzolillo has served as the chairman of North Haven’s Board of Fire Commissioners.

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The Sound

Natalia Imperato joined the Orchard House staff a little more than three years ago and is a much-loved certified nursing assistant, but she has also found many other ways to contribute her time and talent to assist this non-profit organization, such as coming in to the Orchard House kitchen during the pandemic, as shown here, to cook meals for client deliveries. Photo courtesy of Natalia Imperato

Imperato Adds Hands-on Help to Further Assist Non-Profit Orchard House

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If you’re looking for Natalia Imperato, you’ll probably find her doing everything she can to help Orchard House Adult Medical Day Care in Branford.

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Harbor News

Wendy Mill enjoys giving back to her community as part of Old Saybrook’s Youth & Family Services. Photo courtesy of Wanda Barnes

Wendy Mill: A Sense of Community, Support for Youth

Published July 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For Wendy Mill, her 13 years at Old Saybrook’s Youth & Family Services (YFS) brings together many threads of her life and weaves them together.

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The Source

With his wife Amy, some key helpers, and an army of volunteers, Bob Stefanowski successfully led Masks for Heroes and Masks for CT, twin programs that procured and distributed 1.2 million masks for health care professionals, essential workers, and anyone in Connecticut who needed them. Photo courtesy of Bob Stefanowski

Bob Stefanowski: A Mask Crusader for CT

Published July 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Robert Stefanowski—or Bob, as he’s known to everyone—is not the kind of person who waits for someone else to act when there’s a need. When he sees a problem, he takes it upon himself to find a solution.

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Valley Courier

After 50 years serving as a volunteer firefighter, John Divis remains an active member of the Chester Hose Company. Photo courtesy of John Divis

John Divis: Where’s the Fire?

Published July 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

John Divis didn’t want to, but he has had to change his Monday night schedule.

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The Sound

Venice Garner Moore made the leap to begin her own practice, Embrace Your Difference, and is sharing the importance of the concept, self career, and more in a column throughout July in honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Venice Garner Moore

Venice Garner Moore Shines Light on Minority Mental Health Awareness

Published July 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

At a peaceful protest in Madison, Venice Garner Moore—a therapist, life coach, author, and motivational speaker—met an editor from the Courier, and Venice suggested a story highlighting Minority Mental Health Awareness.

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