August 8, 2020
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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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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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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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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

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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North Haven Courier

Soon after Shauna DeStefano stepped up to the position of assistant director of library services at the North Haven Memorial Library, the COVID pandemic threw everything into chaos. She and her colleagues have been finding creative ways to keep connected and useful to the community ever since. Photo courtesy of Shauna DeStefano

Shauna DeStefano: Meet the New Assistant Director

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

Earlier this year—shortly before word of the COVID pandemic began hitting the news—positive changes were quietly taking place at the North Haven Memorial Library.

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East Haven Courier

Some make masks, others donate food. For photographer Jennifer Schatz, her way to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic has been to take family and graduate photos. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Schatz

Jennifer Redente Schatz: Capturing Miraculous Moments During Distancing

Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words, especially when that picture captures the love of family in the midst of stressful times.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven mom Monica Hatton has applied her experience and commitment to forming the Special Needs Advisory Group, which is dedicated to supporting kids with special needs and their families. Photo courtesy of Monica Hatton

Monica Hatton: Community-Wide Help for Special Needs

Published June 17, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Monica Hatton moved to North Haven a little over a year ago, she quickly learned the town was missing something when it came to helping special needs children.

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North Haven Courier

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 10, 2020 08:30 a.m.

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

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North Haven Courier

As an owner of two local businesses, Melissa Kieslich wants to grow a Facebook group of North Haven business owners to offer each other advice and support.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Kieslich

Melissa Kieslich Seeks to Bring North Haven Business Owners Together

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

For 14 years, Melissa Kieslich has been involved in running her family’s two small businesses in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven booster John Bimonte didn’t want to let 2020 past without giving the North Haven High School Class of 2020 a chance at some sort of prom.

Photo courtesy of John Bimonte

John Bimonte Delivers Socially Distant Prom to NHHS Seniors

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

On May 15, John Bimonte realized how upset he was about not serving as D.J. at the North Haven High School senior prom that night as it was canceled due to COVID-19.

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North Haven Courier

Debbie Volain is retiring after having been actively involved in North Haven’s theater scenes for more than two decades. Photo courtesy of Debbie Volain

Curtain Closes on Debbie Volain’s Time with North Haven Theater

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Debbie Volain has created her last set for productions at North Haven High School and North Haven Middle School as, after more than two decades of service, she is giving up her volunteer work to spend more time with her grandson Ethan and soon-to-be born granddaughter.

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North Haven Courier

Joe LaDore created the Virtual Concert Series supporting Local Businesses Facebook page to not only entertain people during social distancing but support restaurants and other small shops during this time. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Joe LaDore Uses Music and Facebook to Give Back to Local Businesses

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

As a part-time musician for more than 20 years, Joe LaDore has spent his fair share of time performing gigs in restaurants and bars. Through his music, he has made many friends in the industry from restaurant owners to bartenders and waitresses to customers and fans.

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North Haven Courier

Sandy Mascia is a co-founder and the director of sales and community engagement for Spotlight Stage Company. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mascia

Sandy Mascia’s Passion for Theater Leads to Founding of Spotlight Stage Company

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than a decade, Sandy Mascia has volunteered her time in different capacities in town, from theater to Girl Scouts to dance as her daughter, Juliana, explored her interests.

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North Haven Courier

Nicole Mele of Nicole Mele Photography has been photographing families in town as part of the Front Porch Project to raise funds for the town’s Community Services. 

Photo courtesy of Nicole Mele

Say ‘Cheese’: Nicole Mele Gives Back to Community Services through Front Porch Project

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

Just a couple weeks into quarantine, one of Nicole Mele’s friends suggested she look into the Front Porch Project that she had seen a friend doing in Massachusetts.

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East Haven Courier

As emergency preparedness coordinator/health educator for East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), and Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Region 2 lead (as well as heading MRC’s Shoreline Unit), Daisy Hernandez oversees some key COVID-19 crisis-focused efforts supporting public health and medical needs in this area.

Photo courtesy of Daisy Hernandez

Hernandez Helps Keep Shoreline Prepared in a Pandemic

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

Ever since she started working in emergency preparedness, Daisy Hernandez’s main focus has been mostly training to prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.

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East Haven Courier

Len Fasano recently announced that he would not seek re-election after serving as state senator for the 34th District since 2003. Photo courtesy of Len Fasano

Len Fasano Honored to Have Served as State Senator for 18 Years

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

In his ninth term in office as 34th District state senator representing East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford, and Durham, Len Fasano announced that he would not seek re-election in 2020.

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North Haven Courier

Lou Coppola and members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have helped organize food distribution and pickup for the North Haven Food Pantry.

Photo courtesy of Lou Coppola

Lou Coppola and CERT Team Called Upon to Help During COVID Crisis

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

For more than two decades, Lou Coppola has run a construction business in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Joe Whitmore, one of the founding members of the North Haven Camera Club, now serves as the club’s president. Photo courtesy of Darlene Whitmore

Joe Whitmore Enjoys Sharing Love of Photography as President of North Haven Camera Club

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

Nearly 10 years ago when Joe Whitmore was working part-time at Brandfon Honda in Branford, he responded to an ad in...

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Christina Karasinski has been involved in helping backstage at plays at both North Haven Middle School and North Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Christina Karasinski

Christina Karasinski’s Passion for Theater Grows Through Volunteer Work

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

Little did Christina Karasinski know what a big difference one form brought home from school could make in her life. When her son Tyler, who is now a senior, was in 5th grade, the middle school drama club sent flyers to the elementary schools seeking extras.

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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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North Haven Courier

Maribel Carrion has been with the Quinnipiac Chamber for more than two decades, helping plan countless events and supporting local businesses. Photo courtesy of Maribel Carrion

Maribel Carrion Enjoys Family Atmosphere in Working with Quinnipiac Chamber

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

Nearly 21 years ago, Maribel Carrion was hired at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, which supports businesses in North Haven and Wallingford.

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North Haven Courier

Since joining the North Haven School System in 2012, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Melinda McKenna has helped form a strong team of educators as she works on developing the district’s ever-evolving curriculum. Photo courtesy of Melinda McKenna

Melinda McKenna: An Advantageous Resource

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

With a focus on consistency and teamwork, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Melinda McKenna strives for student success in the North Haven School District.

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North Haven Courier

Dancer Tyler Duboys is bringing his expertise and enthusiasm to the new North Haven Arts Alliance. Photo by Travis Magee

Tyler Duboys: Sharing a Passion for the Arts

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

Tyler Duboys is committed to sharing his love for the arts with North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

After a career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Marlene Thorp has combined her results-oriented expertise and her creative skills to keep her elders engaged through her role as program coordinator at the North Haven Senior Center. 

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Marlene Thorp: A Creative Flair and Seamless Planning for Seniors

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

Scientific theorists once believed that humans were either “right-brained” or “left-brained,...

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East Haven Courier

Alex Blank and his partners—his wife Bridget Blank and company founder Brian Ewing—are giving new brewers a chance to reach wider markets through the Twelve Percent Beer Project. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Alex Blank: Making Complex Beers Look Simple

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

Alex Blank is one of the masterminds behind a unique business model—Twelve Percent Beer Project—with a brewery and tap room that opened in North Haven on July 1 of last year.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Donna Meador has volunteered at The Animal Haven walking dogs and training volunteers. Photo courtesy of Donna Meador

Donna Meadors Pays It Forward at The Animal Haven

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

Donna Meadors and her golden retriever, Shane, spent years taking a daily two-mile walk.

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North Haven Courier

Jim Stenqvist has worked with the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force for the past three years. Photo courtesy of Jim Stenqvist

Jim Stenqvist Helps North Haven Go Green and Save Money

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

For the past three years, Jim Stenqvist has been involved in the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force.

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North Haven Courier

For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen has been involved in planning the Mayflower Society’s annual banquet, which will be held on Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of Lynn Fredricksen

Lynn Fredricksen Continues Mayflower Society Tradition as Toastmaster

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

This weekend marks the Mayflower Society’s 125th annual banquet. For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen ...

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North Haven Courier

For Patryce Murphy Cintron, skiing (and snowboarding) are more than sport—they’re family traditions she’s actively working to share with others.

Photo courtesy of Patryce Murphy Cintron

Patryce Murphy Cintron Continues Family Skiing Tradition

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

Patryce Murphy Cintron has been skiing since she was a young child—and she’s hoping to entice others into it, as vice president of the North Haven Ski Club.

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