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Guilford Courier

After serving the town for many years as chair of its Human Services Council, followed by six years as a member of the Guilford Foundation Board, Delaney “Dee” Lundberg and her husband, Bruce, have left a lasting gift to their hometown that will contribute to the future success of the foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Guilford Foundation and More: Dee Lundberg

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

If anyone understands the exceptional work of the Guilford Foundation, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary in...

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Guilford Courier

Tyler Jarvis is bringing his enthusiastic and welcoming spirit to Guilford’s Christ Episcopal Church, where he has been hired to serve as its new director for Children & Youth Ministries. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Tyler Jarvis Brings Youthful Enthusiasm to Christ Episcopal Church

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

He grew up enjoying—and leading—Texas-based Church of Christ youth ministry programs

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Guilford Courier

Growing up in Guilford, Robert Iovanna began formal vocal training as a child. He now shares his talent—and rare style of classical singing—in his work as a highly sought shoreline instructor and as a Branford police office who lends his voice to support charitable police causes. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Man of Many Talents: Classical Tenor (and Cop) Robert Iovanna

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

When Guilford native Robert Iovanna joined the Branford police force about three years ago, he brought 17 years of big-city law enforcement experience and his reputation as “The Singing Hartford Cop.”

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Guilford Courier

North Guilford resident Geralyn Nelson’s 3rd-grade classroom in East Haven is so engaging, she was selected as Teacher of the Year for 2019. Photo courtesy of Geralyn Nelson

Guilford’s Geralyn Nelson is a Teacher of the Year

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

When Geralyn Nelson and her husband John were deciding on a place to live and raise their children, Guilford seemed an ideal spot.

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Guilford Courier

In addition to placing and tending public menorahs on town greens in Guilford, Branford, and East Haven, Rabbi Yossi Yaffe of Chabad of the Shoreline and his wife, Rochel Baila Yaffe, will host family-friendly Menorah Lighting celebrations in Branford on Sunday, Dec. 22 and Guilford on Sunday, Dec. 29 to help share the message of this Jewish holiday. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Sharing and Celebrating the Message of Chanukah

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

To celebrate and share the message of Chanukah, Rabbi Yossi Yaffe of Chabad of the Shoreline will successively light the candles of public menorahs on town greens in Guilford, Branford and East Haven over the eight nights of the Jewish holiday this year, from Sunday to Sunday, Dec. 22 to 29.

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Guilford Courier

Joe Landry-McWilliams, 17, is shown here during a recent Guilford Youth & Family Services Youth Board meeting, where members discussed plans for the 18th annual Teen Gift Drive, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Guilford Walmart.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Kids Helping Kids: Landry-McWilliams’ Years of Service Assists GY&FS Youth Board

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

What’s the best way to connect with youth? Give them a chance to get involved.

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Guilford Courier

Artist and therapist Sarah Guercia uses art as a universal language that can help people express feelings that are difficult to put into words. Photo courtesy of Sarah Guercia

Sarah Guercia Is All About Art and Therapy

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

Combining her love of art with a desire to make a positive change in the world, Sarah Guercia is helping other women tap into their creative abilities to free themselves from negative thoughts.

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Guilford Courier

In August, Dave Rettig co-chaired a golf tourney that raised seven times the goal—more than $380,000—to benefit non-profit Cure Rare Disease (CRD). Rettig got involved with the tourney as a manager with East River Energy of Guilford and as a lifelong friend of company owner Don Herzog and his wife, Nancy, who have a grandchild impacted by a rare disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Photo courtesy of Lynn DeJoseph

Part of the Team: Rettig Helps Raise $380K to Benefit Cure Rare Disease

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

Dave Rettig will tell you he’s just part of a team that’s supporting a very important effort, but his friends and co-workers say otherwise.

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Guilford Courier

For 30 years, with Suncatchers before and after school and summer programs for K-8 kids, founder Kathy Scott has been giving kids a safe, nurturing space to play and learn some “lost art” life skills with fun projects (some projects in progress can be spotted behind her). Kathy says the key is letting them choose to do what they’d like among many enriching activities offered. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

30 Years of Suncatchers: Scott Blends Fun with Life Skills for Kids

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

Having fun together and coming away with skills other generations took for granted—sewing, simple woodworking, baking, or even toy-making—are two take-aways Kathy Scott built into Suncatchers, from the very start.

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Guilford Courier

Noah Ehlert was an at-risk kid when a bike was given to him, and changed his life. The Guilford resident now plans to ride from California to Florida between Feb. 1 — April 1, 2020, on his ‘Discover Your Path Tour.’ Along the way, he plans to stop at more than 30 group homes, where he’ll give motivational talks to at-risk youth. Photo by Tiny Human Photography

Hope Arrives by Bike: Ehlert’s Mission to Help At-Risk Youth ‘Discover Your Path’

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

When Noah Ehlert was a troubled kid, someone gave him a bike – and it changed his life. Now, he’s planning to ride his bike across the country – and give hope and motivation to hundreds of at-risk youth he’ll be talking to along the way.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford psychotherapist Lianne Escher, MSW celebrates her new book, A Mythic Sisterhood: The Goddess Way to Courage, Clarity and Grace. Photo courtesy of Lianne Escher

Escher Encourages Women to Embrace Their Inner Goddesses

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

For psychotherapist, artist, and author Lianne Escher, women coping with significant—and often troublesome—life transitions need to consider embracing their inner goddesses. Seven of them, to be exact.

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Guilford Courier

Though Rachael Allen is new to town, the new director of choral ensembles at Guilford High School has long been familiar with the program’s reputation. 

Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Rachael Allen: Hitting the Ground Singing

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

Rachael Allen is no stranger to fast starts. She began her first music teaching job 48 hours after graduating college, she says, and has never looked back.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) new resident potter, Megan Mayall, brings plenty of experience to share with students, and is also enjoying learning from others in GAC’s pottery community. Mayall is GAC’s fifth resident potter and will be in residence through August 2020. She holds a BFA in ceramics (May, 2018) from the Alfred University College of Art & Design, located in her home state of New York. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

GAC Offers Artful Opportunities for New Resident Potter Megan Mayall

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

It’s a busy day in the Guilford Art Center (GAC) ceramics studio practice space, and that’s just how GAC’s new resident potter, Megan Mayall, likes it.

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Guilford Courier

Rob Oman is a managing partner of The Stone Agency Insurance, which is showing its support of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) by hosting the SAA Guild’s Costumes & Cocktails at the agency’s expansive home and beautiful grounds on Goose Lane on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Oman Helps to ‘Insure’ a Great Night for SAA’s Costumes & Cocktails

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

Believe it or not, ice hockey played a part in building a great partnership of support between Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) and The Stone Agency Insurance.

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Guilford Courier

As the new assistant superintendent of Guilford Public Schools (GPS), Annine Crystal started the new school year by sharing with the town’s teachers a bit of her own story: how reading books with her dad as a very young child inspired her to learn. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

As GPS Assistant Superintendent, Crystal Adds New Chapter to Her Story

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

Before starting her 10th year with Guilford Public Schools (GPS) in her brand-new role as assistant superintendent, Annine Crystal spent nine years working among the district’s elementary schools as a literacy coach

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Guilford Courier

Jennifer Cruet knew Women Recreating Retirement was taking off at Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) when so many women showed up for a meeting, it had to be held outside. Jennifer will be honored on Sunday, Oct. 20 at WFLC’s Men Who Cook fundraising gala with WFLC’s 2019 Cut Above Award. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Jenn Cruet: Honored to Lead WFLC’s Women Recreating Retirement

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

When did Jennifer Cruet know Women Recreating Retirement (WRR) was taking off? The day she couldn’t find parking for a WRR meeting that was so packed, it had to take place in the backyard at Women & Family Life Center (WFLC).

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Melanie DeCaprio is helping North Branford’s Caruso/Bode family spread the word into Guilford about a fun, fundraising event—Loving Life: A Night of Kindness and Friendship, set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. The celebration will raise funds for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Loving Life: DeCaprio Invites All to a Celebration Supporting FARA

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

Guilford resident Melanie DeCaprio was still studying nursing when she first offered to help out brother and sister Sam and Alex Bode and their mom, Mary Caruso.

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Guilford Courier

Volunteer course designer and semi-pro player Craig Smolin takes a spin from the first tee at Guilford’s new Rick B. Maynard Disc Golf Course at Bittner Park. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Smolin’s Passion for Disc Golf Delivers Design for Guilford’s New Course

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

About 15 years ago, Craig Smolin first flew a spinning disc into the basket “hole” on a disc golf course, and was hooked.

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Guilford Courier

Bishop’s Orchards may be best known for apples, but co-CEO Keith Bishop is also winemaker for the company. Now proprietor of Connecticut’s only commercial cranberry bog, located in Killingworth, the winery and market can also add home-grown cranberries to its ingredients list. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Bearing Fruit: Keith Bishop Expands the Family Orchards

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

Mention the Bishop name and locals will likely think of Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford.

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Guilford Courier

Following its successful 2017 debut, the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival is bringing in more performers to more venues, adding a new teaching component, and creating a central location with a new main tent on the town green. Those are just a few of many reasons why Peter Hawes, the festival’s vice chairman and head of programming and marketing, is excited about the return of this biennial event from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter Hawes Helps Build Excitement for Guilford Performing Arts Festival

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

After the success of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival two years ago, the small group of volunteers who dared to dream of filling churches, community buildings, shops, and restaurants with a packed schedule of free performances by brilliant artists got to work planning the next.

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Guilford 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 GHS Class of 2017 graduate plans to go on to become an airline pilot. She’s studying—and flying—at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she’s just started her junior year. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

Published Aug. 28, 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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Guilford Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez, (now 17 and an incoming Guilford High School senior), founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links Guilford 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. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up 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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Guilford Courier

A giant waterslide on the Baldwin Middle School hillside Aug. 9 highlights just one small area of the many public and park spaces and fields maintained through the work of Guilford Park Foreman Tony Annicelli and his team. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Teamwork Helps Tony Annicelli Maintain Guilford’s Parks, Playing Fields, and More

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

What do Guilford’s town green, parks, playing fields, school athletic fields, lakes, beaches, town government building landscapes, and even Town of Guilford trash receptacles have in common?

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Guilford Courier

On July 31, Guilford Police Department (GPD) Sergeant Sandy Brooks was celebrated by her peers upon her retirement after 20 years serving with GPD. She says she will continue to find ways to help others, as well as continuing to be a part of her hometown of Guilford, a community which supported her and helped her to succeed. Photo courtesy of Sandra Brooks

Thank You, Sarge: Sandy Brooks Retires from GPD

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

Two decades ago, Sandy Brooks told her family she was going to become a police officer. The response?

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Guilford Courier

Right after graduating with the GHS Class of 2019, musical performer and actor Jake Gladwin, 17, spent much of his summer starring as one of four leads in an independent feature film shot around Connecticut, The Dangerfields Class of ’64. Photo by William Battle

For Performer Jake Gladwin, Filming Wraps Up a Perfect Summer

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

Exactly one week after Jake Gladwin graduated with the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2019, he went back to high school—and back in time—as one of four leads starring in The Dangerfields Class of ’64.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford teen, incoming Notre Dame High School senior, and aspiring future public servant Dan McDermott was one of 30 high school juniors selected nationwide to serve as a U.S. Senate Page interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from January to May 2019.

Photo courtesy of Dan McDermott

He’ll Be Back: McDermott Inspired by U.S. Senate Page Experience

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

Dan McDermott won’t turn 18 until March, but that didn’t stop him from serving in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. for five months earlier this year—as a Senate page, that is.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Sept. 7, board member and event co-chair Linda Reich invites all to attend Evening in White, a garden dinner party to benefit non-profit Hyland House Museum, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $50, are on sale now.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Magical ‘Evening in White’ to Celebrate, Support Hyland House

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

Linda Reich knows the transformative magic of a visit to the Hyland House and its grounds—after all, she was the lady who showed scads of kids how to make a bandage from a leaf in the herb garden.

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Guilford Courier

Mary Young is the outgoing president of Valley Shore Toastmasters and now takes on the role of vice president of education for the group. Photo courtesy of Mary Young

Mary Young: Well Spoken, Well Practiced

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

When it comes to her time with the Toastmasters, Mary Young does have one regret—that she didn’t join the group even earlier.

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Guilford Courier

Winnie Seibert helped bring Rhythms of Grace, a service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the Autism spectrum, and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, to Christ Episcopal Church. She welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor summer service at Jacobs Beach, under the pavillion, on Sunday, July 14. Photo courtesy of Winnie Seibert

Seibert Helps ‘Rhythms of Grace’ Provide Comfort, Connection for All Faiths and Needs

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

On Sunday, July 14, a Christ Episcopal Church service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the autism spectrum and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor service at Jacobs Beach.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford High School Class of 2019 valedictorian Katie Hooker, who will be among the next generation of incredible women making their mark in STEM fields, encourages her classmates to seize opportunities and follow their passions. Photo courtesy of Katie Hooker

STEM Stand Out: Katie Hooker, GHS 2019 Valedictorian

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

For Guilford High School (GHS) valedictorian Anne Katherine “Katie” Hooker, there’s no time like the present to take her academic ability into the world of scientific research, and make her mark.

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