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East Haven Courier

On Thanksgiving Day about 230 people in East Haven will receive a full-course turkey dinner. Rotarian Beth Capotorto is one of the volunteers helping ensure a holiday meal is available for all in need. Photo courtesy of Beth Capotorto

Thanksgiving Made Easy with the Help of Beth Capotorto

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

On Thanksgiving Day, about 230 people in need of assistance will have a full-course turkey dinner provided to them, available for pick-up at the East Haven Senior Center or delivered to their home.

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East Haven Courier

Elizabeth “Betty” Hauser has a century of memories to share about the East Haven community. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Born in 1917, Betty Hotchkiss Offers Tips on Longevity

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

The United States had just entered World War I in 1917, the year that Elizabeth “Betty” Hauser was born.

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East Haven Courier

After being sidelined by Lyme disease, Porsha Amodio found she needed to re-launch her career, leading to a new mission of helping like-minded women in business hone their professional skills. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Porsha Amodio: Authenticity in Business and Perseverance in Life

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

Long-time East Haven resident Porsha Amodio exudes a warmth and authenticity that enables her success in business and in life.

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East Haven Courier

Noted pharmacologist King Lee made North Haven his pick when moving to the state two decades ago. Photo courtesy of King Lee

Lee’s Spark for Innovation in Pharmacology Contributes to North Haven Community

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

When King Lee was an undergraduate student in premedical sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, he couldn’t wait to leave that state’s rural farmland to return to the hustle and bustle of his native city, Hong Kong.

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East Haven Courier

For more than three decades, Carol Richards has been involved in Girl Scouts, spending most of that time as a troop leader. Here, she’s standing with a statue of Juliette Gordon Lowe in Savannah, Georgia, on a tour of the birthplace of Girl Scouts. 

Photo courtesy of Carol Richards

Carol Richards Continues to Serve East Haven Girl Scouts

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

Growing up, Carol Richards had a brief experience with Girl Scouts of the USA, participating as a brownie in a local troop.

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East Haven Courier

The Old Stone Church’s distinctive 1894 Johnson pipe organ will be in full song for a Sunday, Nov. 17 recital led by organist and choir director Jonathan Budd. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

New Minister of Music Jonathan Budd Revives Programming at Old Stone Church

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

“A well-trained organist plays with both their hands and their feet,” says Jonathan Budd, organist and choir director at East Haven’s Old Stone Church.

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East Haven Courier

Chris Sanchez is the captain of Riverside Fire Company 6, an all-volunteer department serving East Haven. Photo courtesy of Chris Sanchez

Chris Sanchez Brings Decades of Firefighting Experience to Company 6

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

For nearly four decades, Chris Sanchez has been involved in firefighting and emergency services.

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East Haven Courier

Jim Comiskey is a longtime East Haven resident who volunteers with many organizations in town. Photo courtesy of Jim Comiskey

Comiskey Volunteers for Love of East Haven Community

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

Jim Comiskey has always served his community. He grew up in New Haven before his family moved to Hamden where he graduated from Hamden High School.

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East Haven Courier

Sergeant Joe Mulhern, East Haven Police Department’s daytime road supervisor, is a proponent of community policing. Photo courtesy of Joe Mulhern

Joe Mulhern Encourages Positive Policing in the Community

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

While having careers in law enforcement ran in Joe Mulhern’s family, it wasn’t until his mid-30s that Joe joined what he now thinks of as a “brotherhood.”

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East Haven Courier

Emily Kalotai is looking forward to getting to know local teens through programming at the Hagaman Library where she was hired as the teen services and young adult librarian. Photo by Fawn Gillespie

Kalotai Joins Hagaman Library as New Teen Services and YA Librarian

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

Emily Kalotai studied anthropology at the University of Connecticut, but upon graduating, she realized that was not where she wanted to build her career.

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East Haven Courier

Tim Anderson is the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 3300. Photo courtesy of Maria Anderson

Grand Knight Tim Anderson Gives Back to Community and Church

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

A bit more than 12 years ago, Tim Anderson and his family were looking to buy a home.

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East Haven Courier

Read to Grow Executive Director Kyn Tolson and a small staff, together with many volunteers, spread the non-profit’s mission of promoting early childhood literacy statewide, such as the group’s book place in East Haven at the Overbrook Early Learning Center. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

20 Years, 2 Million Books: Tolson Invites All to Celebrate with Read to Grow

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

It all started on the shoreline in 1999.

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East Haven Courier

In July, at age 20, Anne-Marie Frattini earned her commercial pilot’s license. As one of only a fraction of female commercial pilots in the country, the former Robinson Aviation student plans to go on to become an airline pilot. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

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

In July, 20 year-old Anne-Marie Frattini got behind the controls, kicked on the engine of a single-prop Cessna in Daytona Beach, Florida, and took off into the sky.

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East Haven Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links shoreline kids with New Haven English language learner (ELL) elementary students to help close language, culture, and diversity gaps. To date, she has connected 25 mentors with 37 ELL kids. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garcia-Perez

Garcia-Perez: Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference with CIMP

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

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up in East Haven speaking Spanish and English. That’s why she knew she could help when, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, sending many Spanish-speaking families seeking refuge to New Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Gina Marenna, a longtime East Haven resident, just released the first book in a series she has written under the name Gina Marie Martini. Photo courtesy of Gina Marenna

Gina Marenna Brings Stories to Life in New Book Series

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

Ever since she was young, Gina Marenna has been creating stories. She remembers recording her first stories at around 10 years old. She grew up in Meriden but after getting a job at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield when she was 19, she moved to East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native Bill Barker is the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, an organization that has supported a variety of community organizations and scholarships over its 26 years. Photo courtesy of Tammy Boris

Bill Barker: Giving Back Through Madison Hoop Dreams and More

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

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in on the shoreline—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of the Slamma Jamma basketball camps, which he has run for 26 years, as well as a member of a number of other charitable groups and organizations.

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East Haven Courier

Hands-on learning takes new meaning for students in Mike Iavarone’s East Haven High School technology classes.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Real World Skills for Mike Iavarone’s Students

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

This school year, Mike Iavarone starts his fifth year teaching automotive and wood technology classes at East Haven High School (EHHS) where he’s been leading students into the future by teaching both old-school mechanical skills along with the latest in computer-programmed machining.

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East Haven Courier

Entering college, Kari Collins was certain she would study acting. A course on directing quickly changed that, and she’s now helping East Haven teens find their ideal spot on the stage. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Kari Collins: Going Big with the East Haven Arts Commission

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

For six years, Kari Collins has been directing shows for the East Haven Arts Commission (EHAC). It’s all about getting bigger and bigger performances.

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East Haven Courier

Drawing from local history and a career in dramatic productions, playwright Toby Armour has become known for crafting plays that tell the story of the town in which they are staged, such as last weekend’s Three Tales of East Haven at Christ and the Epiphany Church. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Toby Armour: Bringing Tales of the Past to East Haven

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

In her career as a playwright, Toby Armour has written about Susan B. Anthony, freed slaves, and railroads with partners including town historians, aspiring writers, and prisoners.

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East Haven Courier

What started as fulfilling a family commitment to the annual Our Lady of Pompeii carnival has grown into much more for Ric Raffone. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Living a Legacy Through the Our Lady of Pompeii Carnival

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

Ric Raffone spells his first name the way he does out of a sense of tradition, necessity, and a family legacy—the same family that has contributed to the Our Lady of Pompeii parish carnival since its earliest days.

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East Haven Courier

Dave Torello retired from the East Haven Police Department in June, though you’ll likely still see him in uniform around town working as a part time officer with the department. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Dave Torello: More Than Just a DARE Officer

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

Recently retired police officer Dave Torello only spent four of his 26 year career as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in East Haven schools, but he says it was a big part of his time in the department.

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East Haven Courier

Valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is off to represent East Haven High School at the University of Connecticut, where she will bring lessons learned from pain and triumphs at school.

Photo courtesy Cameron Cordaway

Cameron Cordaway Takes EHHS Lessons to UConn

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

East Haven High School (EHHS) valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is taking lessons of love, pain, and patience to the University of Connecticut. She plans to study chemistry on the pre-med track, with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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East Haven Courier

In her retirement, Deb DeFelice has stepped up her accounting skills to first volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program to now coordinating the volunteer counselors who help fellow residents complete their taxes. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Deb DeFelice: By the Numbers

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

Deb DeFelice didn’t have much accounting experience when she agreed to give free tax help at the Hagaman Memorial Library.

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East Haven Courier

After a childhood and teen years full of good memories of the Hagaman Memorial Library, Bruno Lieto is back among the stacks helping to ensure another generation has a reason to love libraries. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bruno Lieto: Always a Book in Hand

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

Bruno Lieto started working with the Hagaman Memorial Library as a teen volunteer, but he’s stuck around to help run the program on his way to a teaching career.

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East Haven Courier

Lindsay Martus, a Yale EMS Telecommunicator of the Year, is right here in East Haven, dispatching emergency help in the town in which she grew up.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Lindsay Martus: Keeping the Lines Open

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

When you call for emergency services in town, Lindsay Martus is among the voices you might hear on the other end of the line.

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East Haven Courier

This year, former Air Force sergeant Jim Coady was East Haven’s honored veteran at their annual Memorial Day celebrations. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Jim Coady: An Honored Veteran Reflects on Service

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

Jim Coady has served his country in the Air Force and his hometown as a fire fighter.

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East Haven Courier

Quinnipiac University media studies professor Lisa Burns says that, despite an evolving job market, “It’s a great time to do media.”

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Preparing Students for a Changing Media Landscape

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

As the media continues to be a dominant force in the country and the world, Quinnipiac University (QU) media studies professor and East Haven resident Lisa Burns says her department is more important than ever.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native Nikki Travaglino is helping to find homes for the heroes who have served the country and the community through her work as a realtor.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nikki Travaglino: Ensuring Homes for Heroes

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

Nicole Travaglino has long been active in fundraising with the community. With her daughter joining the military, however, she’s found a new way to combine her business with helping those who serve others.

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East Haven Courier

Carol Silva has been working in religious education for nearly 25 years. As the director for the newly combined Parish of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, she’s trying to do things differently. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Carol Silva is Bringing Religious Education Into the Modern Era

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

Ever since East Haven’s Catholic churches merged into the Parish of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, things have changed. For Carol Silva, now the director of religious education for the whole parish, it has been “a year of change.”

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East Haven Courier

After years of professional photography, Mike Dabbraccio went through his work and presented 50 of his portraits in New Haven. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Michael Dabbraccio: Gaining New Perspective

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

In his career, Michael Dabbraccio has worked as a professional photographer for the New Haven Register, St. Raphael’s Hospital, and at private events. Now, in his retirement, he’s beginning to show the work he’s created for himself.

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