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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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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 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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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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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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The Source

A staffer at the Madison Senior Center, Cynthia Barker has made an impact by spearheading programs and groups such as Masks for Madison, a community effort that sewed and gave out some 1,500 face masks; Nimble Thimble, a group of needlepoint crafters; and The Girls, a small circle of women near or well into their 90s who now share a friendship.

Photo by Maria Caulfield

Cynthia Barker: Sewing Up Friendships

Published July 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Cynthia Barker, a part-time staffer at the Madison Senior Center, began sewing protective face masks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she quickly realized that the effort can multiply exponentially if many more hands were involved in the work.

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The Source

An avid runner and a physician assistant at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in North Haven, Tara Anderson devised a way to continue running with friends even in the days of COVID-19. She started a touchless 15K relay, a virtual race that doesn’t use batons or hand slaps but goes on relay routes in Madison and requires runners to take an image of their watches to keep time. Photo courtesy of Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson: Hurdling Challenges Despite a Pandemic

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

One might say that Tara Anderson likes to run the extra mile.

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The Source

Adam Coppola is a professional photographer who launched the COVID Superhero project, a social media campaign that puts the focus on health care professionals who work to their human capacity to treat and save COVID-19 patients, and essential workers who risk their safety to provide vital services to the community. Photo courtesy of Adam Coppola

Adam Coppola: Focused on Photography

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

What young child hasn’t dreamt of saving the world as Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman?

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The Source

Betsy Himmelman is proprietor of Promethea Pottery and an art teacher at the Haddam-Killingworth High School. She now teaches art remotely and sews masks for those in need of protection from the coronavirus outbreak. Photo courtesy of Betsy Himmelman

From Clay to Cloth: Betsy Himmelman Creates Art

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The ceramic pots Betsy Himmelman creates are nature-inspired and eye-catching.

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The Source

As owner of Angie-Lu Tailor in Madison, Lina Demasi is known for her skillful alterations and redesigns of elegant bridal gowns, modern men’s apparel, and more. In recent weeks, she has been sewing face masks to help health care professionals and anyone in need of hard-to-find protective gear. Photo courtesy of Lina Demasi

Lina Demasi Spreads Fashion, Creativity, and Charity

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

As a master tailor specializing in bridal couture and formal apparel, Lina Demasi redesigns and customizes elegant dresses and gowns that make her clients satisfied with her service.

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The Source

With the help of his chefs, family members, and friends, Francesco Lulaj, owner of La Foresta Restaurant & Wine Bar, cooked and delivered meals to feed 600 members of a 55-plus community in Killingworth. Photo from Francesco Lulaj

Francesco Lulaj Delivers Food Seasoned with Kindness

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

Francesco Lulaj’s food shopping list was not for a typical household: 200 pounds of pasta, 150 pounds of meatballs, and 25 gallons of pomodoro sauce.

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The Source

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.When she and her husband, Mark, moved into their 18th-century...

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The Source

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does not let the barrage of bad news faze her.

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East Haven Courier

Linda Niccolai is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She also holds two other positions: director of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the HPV Vaccine Working Group, also at Yale. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Linda Niccolai Gives Perspective on COVID-19

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

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The Source

Nathan Bayreuther is the director of music ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison. He says that music “can be a very spiritual avenue to learning more about God,” and the ability of music to move an audience can be both emotional and visceral. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Nathan Bayreuther: A Life of Music

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The office of Nathan Bayreuther has a few distinct items not common in most work areas.

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The Source

A gastroenterologist at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, Dr. Wayne Panullo campaigns against colorectal cancer and encourages the public to get screened for the disease. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Wayne Panullo: A Fight Against Cancer

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Wayne Thomas Panullo has a challenge on his hands.

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The Source

Joan Walker serves Madison in dual roles: She chairs the Democratic Town Committee and heads the team of 200 volunteers who work to ensure the success of Nite in Hand, a traditional celebration held every year on graduation night to honor Daniel Hand High School seniors. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Joan Walker Gives Graduating Seniors a Nite to Remember

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The Iron Throne fashioned from a thousand swords sits in a dusky room lit only by the scant light from a few candles and the backdrop of a window with an iconic star.

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The Source

Kate Blais's dedication to the elderly and those with mental-health challenges is unmistakable: as a registered nurse and director of the Strong House, she treats them with compassion and honors them with a Person of the Month feature in the facility's newsletter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kate Blais: Dignity and Grace at the Strong House

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Kate Blais welcomes visitors to her office on the second floor, a large room that looks more like a bedroom with high ceilings, spotless carpeting, large windows, and a brick fireplace.

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The Source

Andrea Aron taught art for 44 years and garnered awards for her enameling and jewelry making. Today, she advocates for the arts through the Future Choices program at the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Andrea Aron Makes Art Her Life's Work

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As a young girl in the Bronx, Andrea Aron had her first foray in art when she would open up her easel and paint with her father.

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The Source

At the Madison VFW Post 2096, Larry Brundrett serves veterans and their families as commander, the highest officer in a local post. “It's given me a sense of service to my fellow veterans,” he says about helping his military comrades. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Larry Brundrett: In Service of Country and Comrades

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

We hear the lyrics every time the United States anthem is sung: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School Assistant Principal Melanie Whitcher previously worked as a math coordinator for the school and as a math teacher and coach in Branford. She has a master's degree in teaching and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Melanie Whitcher: Math Smarts + People Skills = Career in Education

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

Melanie Whitcher’s career path to become Daniel Hand High School’s new assistant principal began in a...

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The Source

Margaret Diglio makes charitable work a large part of her life. With her husband, Vincent, she volunteers her time to run the food programs at the Community Services of Madison and, more recently, to work with an organization called Niños Adelante to teach students in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, how to speak English. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Margaret Diglio: Charity that Knows No Bounds

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

To Margaret Diglio and Vincent, her husband of 55 years, volunteering is not an activity done on the side. It is,...

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The Source

Peggy Lyons combines her knowledge in the financial and investment banking industry, her volunteer experience in various town services, and a global perspective to her position as first selectman for the Town of Madison. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

From Global to Local: Peggy Lyons Shifts Her Purpose

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

As newly elected first selectman serving as the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the Town of Madison, Peggy Lyons will be focused on details large and small of small-town government.

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The Source

Ralph Buonocore plays Bill Ray in Saybrook Stage Company's upcoming theater rendition of On Golden Pond from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Ralph intends to pursue his passion in the performing arts as much as he possibly can. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Ralph Buonocore Talks Movies, Plays, and Musicals

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

When Ralph Buonocore had two separate opportunities to work as an extra in Hollywood movies starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, he did what any aspiring actor would do.

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The Source

Upon his retirement in 2013 from Liberty Bank where he worked for 16 years, Calvin Price immersed himself in volunteer work at several nonprofit organizations, including the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), the Boys and Girls Club, the North Madison Congregational Church, and the Partnership for Strong Communities. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

The Invaluable Words of Calvin Price

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“Own your own destiny. Own your own future.”

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The Source

Alisha McNamara sees the future in the faces of her children, spurring her to work for the Playground Committee at the Killingworth Elementary School and for Dylan's Wings of Change and Sandy Hook Promise, which were both founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alisha McNamara: Focused on the Future of Children

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Alisha McNamara is a woman with a mission.

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The Source

As director of Circle Nursery School in North Madison, Kathy Niejadlik enjoys the combination of administrative and early childhood development responsibilities that come with the job. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kathy Niejadlik: Teaching the Next Generation and Loving it

Published Dec. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Niejadlik is proud of her children—all 50 of them.

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The Source

Killingworth Library Children's Librarian Gayle Byrne holds up her first book, Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas: Not Mommies and Daddies. She has written and released a second book, and a third one is with the publisher. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Gayle Byrne: Beyond Book Smart

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How can a full-time librarian be even more involved with books?

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The Source

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn, Laurie Heflin founded the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a discretionary fund within the Madison Foundation that responds to the financial and material crises faced by Madison residents and serves as a safety net for Madison families when other resources are not available. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Laurie Heflin: A Neighbor Who Helps Neighbors

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It happens repeatedly, albeit with one variation or another: An elderly woman realizes she needs to keep the heat going but lacks the money to make sure her home stays warm throughout winter.

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The Source

Leigh Curtis Higgins has spent years helping the vulnerable, even volunteering to work in Niger for the Peace Corps; today she works at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and volunteers her time as vice president of the board of directors for The Madison Foundation. Photo courtesy of of Leigh Curtis Higgins

Leigh Curtis Higgins: A Life of Helping the Vulnerable

Published Nov. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Helping one person at a time, one day at a time, one endeavor at a time can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

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