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Harbor News

Jason Corrado, a teacher at Jared Eliot Middle School in Clinton, helps train students for the National History Bee. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jason Corrado Helps Bring the World to His Jared Eliot Middle School Students

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

Jason Corrado remembers being a high school kid, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s new youth program coordinator, David Fernandes, isn’t new to town—he’s a native who made a name for himself on the Westbrook High School soccer pitch. Now working with the Parks & Recreation Department, he’s dedicated to giving residents of all ages a chance to be active and engaged. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

David Fernandes: Back Home and Loving It

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Just over a month ago, Westbrook Parks & Recreation hired a new youth program coordinator, Westbrook native son David Fernandes.

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Harbor News

A member of the Henry Carter Hull Library Board of Trustees, Phylllis McGrath also answered the call when the town was forming its Senior Citizen Task Force.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Phyllis McGrath: Centering in on Senior Needs

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In late 2018 the Clinton Board of Selectmen (BOS) created the Senior Citizen Task Force to help gauge the needs and interests of Clinton’s senior population. The person chosen to co-chair the task force was Phyllis McGrath.

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Harbor News

A familiar face at Planning & Zoning Commission, former commission clerk Kathy King is taking over as Clinton’s new zoning enforcement officer.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Kathy King: A New Role in a Familiar Agency

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sitting on a couch in the lobby of Clinton Town Hall, Kathy King recalls how she got her start in working in land use: She saw a friend in the parking lot of the Old Saybrook Town Hall and made small talk with her.

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Harbor News

Chet Bialicki, Westbrook High School’s teen leadership coordinator, says he’s in awe of what his students have been able to accomplish in increasing understanding of school climate issues. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Chet Bialicki: Taking Those Important Steps for School Climate

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For six years now, Chet Bialicki and students at Westbrook High School (WHS) have been addressing school climate in innovative ways.

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Harbor News

When George Reid-Perry joined the staff at SARAH, Inc., he found close-knit communities in both his job and along the shoreline. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

George Reid-Perry: Giving Support Where It’s Needed

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

George Reid-Perry talks at a fast clip, one sentence tumbling into the next, yet his manner is full of warmth and sincerity. He’s confident but not off-putting.

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Harbor News

Since first finding success staging a student musical fundraiser 35 years ago, Tony Raucci has helped other organizations raise funds for the St. Jude’s Children’s research Center through the St. Jude’s Connecticut Network. Next up is “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Tony Raucci: Putting Kids’ Health Center Stage

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook will host “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book,” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., a Broadway-style production with the funds raised going to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Harbor News

The Morgan School Teacher of the Year Emily Lisy is eager to share her enthusiasm for both the sciences and field hockey at her high school. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Protecting the Environment through Education

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Emily Lisy always knew she’d have a career in the sciences, but it wasn’t until she was responsible for helping other scientists share their knowledge and passion that she realized she wanted to teach.

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Harbor News

Among her many community efforts, Mike Neville runs the Artist of the Month program at the Estuary Council of Seniors. She’s shown here with the work of current Artist of the Month Dominic Massa. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

An Interesting Name, an Interesting Life

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

Mike Neville is a well-known presence at the Estuary Council of Seniors, where she not only participates in exercise classes and other activities, but oversees the Artist of the Month program, helps to organize the annual craft fair, and has served on its Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

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Harbor News

One of a growing group that sees Clinton as poised for positive growth, Steve Van Ness has stepped up to lead the newly formed Clinton Arts Council. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Giving Clinton a Framework for Arts Growth

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

In an effort to support Clinton’s art scene as well as hopefully attract new visitors, the town recently formed its own arts organization, the Clinton Arts Council (CAC). The council will be led by its president, Steve Van Ness.

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Harbor News

Clinton native Jack Kavanagh has created a modern circus performance that commemorates the Hartford circus fire of 1944. The show comes to Andrews Memorial Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 20. Photo courtesy of Jack Kavanagh

When a Circus Reflects on Tragedy

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

Jack Kavanagh recalls being on his family’s sailboat and gazing from where the boat was anchored to the Clinton Town Hall.

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Harbor News

Acton Public Library Director Amanda Brouwer came in to the position at a turbulent time for the library, but has spent the past year finding talented new staff and moving the library ahead. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Amanda Brouwer Sees Libraries as Favorite Places

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

Starting a new job at a new place of work is a major life transition. When that job is a position of leadership, the stress level might be even higher.

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Harbor News

Christy Pontillo has combined a lifelong love of history and a life in Clinton together to help the Clinton Historical Society, most recently as its president.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Christy Pontillo: A Life in History

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s no stretch to say that Clinton Historical Society President Christy Pontillo lives and breathes Clinton history.

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Harbor News

Longtime Clinton Public Works staffer Todd Hajek now spends more time behind the desk than before as director of the department where he’s worked for almost 28 years.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Todd Hajek: Building on Clinton’s Successes

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Department of Public Works (DPW) is the town agency responsible for making sure the town facilities are kept in the best possible shape

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Harbor News

A transplant from New York City, Jodi Kelly moved to Old Saybrook for a greater sense of community and has become part of the fabric of that community through her work with Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services and youth theater. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Sharing Skills, Building Community

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Erie, Pennsylvania—a city of around 100,000—and having spent most of her life in New York City, Jodi Kelly first found life in a small town to be an adjustment.

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Harbor News

Clinton Town Clerk Sharon Uricchio compares her office to a pawn shop: “You never know what’s going to walk in the door.”

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Sharon Uricchio: Keeping Tabs on Everything

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Anyone who has ever needed access to any licenses or documents in town has probably run into Sharon Uricchio, Clinton’s town clerk.

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Harbor News

Longtime Henry Carter Hull librarian Lisa Gugliotti is making the most of her last month working in a community she has grown to love. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lisa Gugliotti: Tackling the Technical at HCH

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Gugliotti fondly recalls trips to the Silas Bronson Library during her youth in Waterbury.

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Harbor News

Throughout his career as a teacher and administrator in local schools, Dave Russell has kept his oar in the water as a member of the Westbrook Marine Patrol. 

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Dave Russell: Education is the Key

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Russell was born in a city located at the confluence of three rivers, but it was in Westbrook that he became a boater.

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Harbor News

With a background in counseling and a knack for bringing groups together, Jill Paglino has found a welcoming home in the Clinton Youth & Family Services Department. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jill Paglino: Empowerment for All Ages

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Clinton’s Youth & Family Services Department hosts numerous programs geared toward all age groups in the community. The person behind many of those programs is Program Coordinator Jill Paglino.

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Harbor News

Clinton Rotary Club President Andrew Marzano shares his love of water with his students in the Navigator Program at Hamden Middle School. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Andrew Marzano: Teaching Life Navigation Skills

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Andrew Marzano is quite fond of the water, and he’s sharing that appreciation with a new audience each year.

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Harbor News

Steve Mazeau and Daisy Ingraham Principal Ruth W. Rose with Mr. Sullivan’s first-grade class. Photo by Jeffrey Sullivan

Longtime Volunteer Honored for Community Work

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In fifth grade, Steve Mazeau took up drums at school. But he was so shy, he couldn’t bring himself to participate in his first school band concert.

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Harbor News

A career in environmental science transformed to one in environmental education and now elementary education for Dana Skidmore, but the Clinton teacher has brought her science background and enthusiasm with her the whole way. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dana Skidmore: Sharing a Love and Understanding of Nature

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Though teaching at the Abraham Pierson School in Clinton since 2008, Dana Skidmore says that “teaching was for sure a second job for me.”

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Harbor News

Opera Theater of Connecticut Artistic Director Alan Mann has toured the globe, but found a home in Clinton not only for himself and his family, but for the opera he shares with the community. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Alan Mann: Making a Home for Opera on the Shoreline

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Alan Mann was born in Montreal, lived in New York and London, but for almost four decades he has called Clinton home.

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Harbor News

A CPA by trade and training, Valley Shore YMCA Controller Debbie Quinn has helped her community flourish through projects like the Y’s Community garden, which provides fresh produce for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries as well as a chance for locals to get involved. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Debbie Quinn: Helping her Community Grow

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Debbie Quinn is not a gardener.

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Harbor News

Some in Clinton best know Dara Onofrio as the person who accompanies Jessie the therapy dog (at right) at The Morgan School and Maggy (left) and Jessie around town, though she’s also taken a prominent role in town government as chair of the Board of Finance. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dara Onofrio: A Quick Connection to Clinton

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“It was probably one of the most terrifying moment of my life,” says Dara Onofrio.

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Harbor News

Paul Orsini became an active member of the Clinton business community when he and his wife Jane opened Doc’s Bar and Grill in 2014, and he’s now stepped up his involvement as executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, which has a summer full of events scheduled. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

A Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the business community within the town, as well as hosting various events geared toward celebrating and entertaining the town as a whole. As the chamber’s new executive director, Paul Orsini is responsible for making sure the chamber meets those two goals.

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Harbor News

Summer Plans? For Kathy Cobb and her crew of volunteers, summer means providing free, nutritious lunches to Old Saybrook kids, thanks to the support of local restaurants and other community organizations. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

When it Comes to Kids’ Nutrition, Kathy Cobb Doesn’t Quit

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Cobb isn’t one to give up when faced with adversity. A registered dietician and nutritionist, she has run the Old Saybrook free children’s summer lunch program, Kidz Summer Lunch Bunch, since 2015, when it was first implemented.

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Harbor News

Clinton Harbor Master Wayne Church’s commitment to the town’s waterfront doesn’t end with moorings and channel dredging. He has also been a key contributor to reopening the town’s storied shellfish beds. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Wayne Church: On the Waterfront

Published May 15, 2019 08:30 a.m.

One day nearly 20 years ago, Wayne Church went to Clinton’s town hall to ask for a shellfish license.

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Harbor News

To help empower a new generation, Lorrie Milton founded She’s Speaking, an advocacy group that supports local high school and middle school girls as they learn from women in leadership roles. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Lorrie Milton: Speaking of Speaking Up

Published May 08, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Lorrie Milton wants to get the word out to young women: You can speak up; you can make a difference; don’t buy into a lesser opinion of yourself. That’s what she hopes the new organization she heads, She’s Speaking, will do: Challenge the barriers that can define women’s professional and personal lives.

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Harbor News

Lynn Davis, an active member of the Clinton Tree Committee and several historical societies, is preparing to add published author to her titles with the upcoming A Frog Hollow Childhood: A Memoir of Hartford. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lynn Davis: On the Importance of Trees—and Roots

Published May 01, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Clinton resident and Tree Committee member Lynn Davis describes her interest in the committee simply: “I was always a lover of trees. Several years ago, I became a member.”

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