Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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After 18 years supporting North Branford’s treasured senior population, Senior Center Program Coordinator Kathy Poston recently switched over from full-time to part-time senior program coordinator, and is now working collaboratively with the center’s new full-time program coordinator, Sarah Brown. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Kathy Poston Switches Posts, But Still Serves North Branford’s Seniors

Published Aug. 04, 2021 08:30 a.m.

After 18 years supporting North Branford’s treasured senior population, “now, I could be a senior in my own senior center!” says Senior Center Program Coordinator Kathy Poston, with a smile.

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Danny Moss, the new rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah, believes that what most people are looking for from a faith leader is someone who provides love and understanding no matter where someone is in their life. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Rabbi Danny Moss: ‘Not Your Grandparent’s Shul’

Published July 28, 2021 08:30 a.m.

The hallway leading to Rabbi Danny Moss’s office is a work in progress. Framed photographs lean against the walls. A padded chair holds an unplugged coffee machine.

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Ellen Carucci has served as Shoreline Chamber of Commerce (SCC) program director since November 2020, bringing decades of experience in sales and marketing combined with an innate understanding of what it takes to help local businesses succeed. Non-profit SCC serves the Branford, North Branford and Guilford area. Photo courtesy of Ellen Carucci

Carucci Supports SCC as Program Director

Published July 21, 2021 08:30 a.m.

With seemingly endless energy, Ellen Carucci is supporting Shoreline Chamber of Commerce (SCC) as its program director.

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At the end of this month, Branford native Diane Arnold will take the helm of the Essex Savings Bank, taking over for retiring bank president Greg Shook.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Sound

Diane Arnold Blazes a Trail in Local Banking

Published July 14, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As part of the process of choosing the Dali Lama, a team of worthies visited a young Tibetan boy who had a series of objects placed in front of him and they determined on the basis of what the child reached for, that he would be the next Dali Lama.

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On Wednesday, July 14, Lela Stokes is hosting a free Ladies’ Night Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at her Guilford business, The Car Care Clinic, to teach other women from around the shoreline the basics of car repairs and maintenance. Stokes has also built a benefit raffle into the event, with all proceeds going to support Women & Family Life Center (WFLC). The non-profit center provides resources and education for women and all families in crisis in towns all along the shoreline, including Branford and North Branford.

Photo by Catherine Kieran/Kiernan Photography

Roll Up Your Sleeves: Stokes Offers Free ‘Ladies Night’ Auto Basics to Benefit WFLC

Published July 07, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to empowering women, Lela Stokes is ready to roll up her sleeves. On Wednesday, July 14, Lela is hosting a free Ladies’ Night Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at her Guilford business, The Car Care Clinic, to teach other women from around the shoreline the basics of car repairs and maintenance.

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On June 22, community leaders gathered to congratulate 13-year-old Leandro Rameriz (center, holding prize envelope) for creating the winning BCTV-Keep Branford Healthy Youth PSA Contest video encouraging his peers to get their COVID vaccine. L-r: Peter Cimino (Keep Branford Healthy/Branford Counseling & Community Services), Branford State Representative Robin Comey, Branford Parks & Recreation Director Alex Palluzzi; East Shore District Health Dept. Director Michael Pascucilla, Rameriz (with mom Iraci Martins and younger brother Lucas Rameriz); BCTV board member Susan Dahill, Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Speaking to His Peers: Ramirez Wins Covid-Vax PSA Contest

Published June 30, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When community leaders challenged the town’s youth to help alert their peers to the importance of getting a COVID vaccination, 13-year-old Leandro Ramirez answered the call with a winning video.

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Among many plans she has to assist non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR), CDR’s new Volunteer/Program Coordinator Andrea Savino is excited for Tuesday, July 6, when she’ll help CDR kick off seven fun weeks of free Summer Meal Tuesday Night Take -Out and Activities. The food and fun is free for families and will be set up at the spacious CDR parking lot at 30 Harrison Avenue from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Savino Brings Much to the Table for CDR

Published June 23, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As Community Dining Room’s (CDR) part-time Volunteer/Program coordinator, you could say Andrea Savino brings much to the table.

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Ranked number one out of 141 academic classmates, Caroline Shadman is the North Branford High School Class of 2021 valedictorian. She plans to attend UConn as a music education major. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Shadman Proud to be Valedictorian of ‘Resilient’ NBHS Class of 2021

Published June 16, 2021 08:30 a.m.

North Branford High School (NBHS) Class of 2021 Valedictorian Caroline Shadman recalls exactly what she was thinking at the start of her first day of high school four years ago.

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North Branford resident Marilou Elles creates tiny bereavement gowns to give hope to those enduring loss, as a volunteer with Connecticut-based Hope After Loss. On June 2, Elles was honored by Hope After Loss during its Compassionate Care Awards at Woodwinds in Branford. To date, she has crafted no less than 150 heartbreakingly tiny white garments, as well as two heart shaped mementos of the same fabric—one for the wedding gown donor and one for the family of the child—with each gown. A photo of her work appears with this story at www.zip06.com. Photo courtesy of Marilou Elles

Elles Shares Her Talents to Help Give ‘Hope After Loss’

Published June 09, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Working patiently with donated wedding gowns of silk, satin, and lace, Marilou Elles creates tiny bereavement gowns to give hope to those enduring loss.

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Chris Rucinski grew up in Branford and now works in Los Angeles as a film editor (including Ford v Ferrari). But when it came time to craft his first feature film, Northern Shade, Chris knew there was no place like home. Residents of the shoreline, where many of the scenes were shot, can help him raise the final $20,000 needed to complete postproduction of the indie action drama. Photo courtesy of Chris Rucinski

Rucinski Grateful for Shoreline Support of Indie Film ‘Northern Shade’

Published June 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Chris Rucinski grew up in Branford and now works in Los Angeles as a film editor (including Ford v Ferrari). But when it came time to craft his first feature film, Northern Shade, Chris knew there was no place like home.

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On Monday, May 31, Richard “Dick” Greenalch, Sr., will be honored by the Branford Veterans Parade Committee and the Town of Branford as grand marshal of the 2021 Branford Memorial Day Parade. He will be the featured speaker at Memorial Day ceremonies on the Town Green at 10 a.m. before leading the parade, which steps off at 10:30 a.m. Photo by Bill O’Brien

For Community and Country: Greenalch Honored as Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Published May 26, 2021 08:30 a.m.

An active octogenarian and veteran who still serves his hometown, Richard “Dick” Greenalch, Sr., is humble, yet proud, of his service to his country during the Korean War era.

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Emma Schreiber, a recent graduate of North Branford High School and former member of the East Haven High School Co-Op Marching Band, is now a volunteer instructor with the co-op band. Photo courtesy of Emma Schreiber

Emma Schreiber Brings Lifelong Love of Music as Volunteer Instructor of EHHS Co-Op Marching Band

Published May 19, 2021 08:30 a.m.

For as long as she can remember, Emma Schreiber has been interested in music.

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Soundview YMCA Youth & Family Director Lynn Wheeler is prepared—and thrilled—to meet this summer’s pent-up demand for the Y’s weekly in-person kids’ day camps, which serve kids from East Haven to Madison. Weekly camps will begin June 21 and run through August at the Y’s Branford location. Photo courtesy of Lynn Wheeler

Wheeler Offers Summer Camp Thrills at Soundview YMCA

Published May 12, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Last year at about this time, Soundview Family YMCA was one of this area’s only organizations gearing up to offer in-person, COVID-conscious kids’ day camps throughout the summer of 2020.

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On Sept. 11, Lisa (Esposito) Selmquist will take part in her third Closer to Free ride as she began her own team, Pedaling for Pop Pop, in honor of her dad, Joe Esposito of Branford. Photo courtesy of Lisa Selmquist

Lisa Selmquist to Ride in Closer to Free for Dad, Joe Esposito

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Though this is the third year that Lisa Selmquist, née Lisa Esposito, has participated in Closer to Free, this year’s event hits closer to home as she will ride in honor of her father, Joe Esposito, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2020

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Jessica Cave is being thanked by many for being a huge help with helping seniors receive vaccines, in her work as North Branford Recreation and Senior Center secretary, a job she’s been in for four years. She found her office “family” thanks to volunteering her graphic design skills to help the town’s Economic Development Commission develop the first “North Branford-Northford Grown” farm brochure, shortly after moving to town in 2015 with her husband, Rob, as the new proprietors of Totoket Tree Farm. Photo courtesy of Jessica Cave

Cave is Happy to Help Out in Her Hometown

Published April 28, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Back in 2015, Jessica Cave and her husband, Rob, were on the hunt for a unique farm property and came upon the Forte family’s Totoket Tree Farm on Mill Road, which was up for sale.

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In just three years’ time, Amos Parker has brought so much to Community Dining Room (CDR) as a volunteer that CDR has just created a new position, volunteer kitchen assistant, with Parker at the post. Amos brings years of experience with food rescue and community-supported agricultural farms at a time when CDR is serving more people and expanding strategies to support its health and nutrition plans and its go-green initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Community Dining Room

Parker Brings a Passion for Food Rescue to CDR

Published April 21, 2021 08:30 a.m.

With years of experience in food rescue and community-supported agricultural farms, Amos Parker has brought so much to Community Dining Room (CDR) as a volunteer that CDR has just created a new position, volunteer kitchen assistant, with Amos at the post.

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Northford resident Luke Izzo, 16, is the youngest moderator of the 24,000-strong NY/CT/MA Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group, for which he’s also established a hotline for non-English speaking folks in need of assistance with lining up their vaccinations. Photo courtesy of Luke Izzo

A Vaccine Hunter and Angel: Izzo Assists His Community and Beyond

Published April 14, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When 16-year-old Luke Izzo first joined the New York/Connecticut Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group to see if he could help others, his efforts got noticed.

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Photographer Peter Otis shares six photographs from among hundreds he’s captured while visiting a plethora of sites. His exhibit, A Treasure of Beauty, is featured now in a gallery that’s lighting up the walls of JavaHut in Guilford through Tuesday, May 11. 

Photo by Bobbe Otis

Otis Shares ‘A Treasure of Beauty’ with Your Java

Published April 07, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When you’ve visited dozens of national parks and many more state and local gems—and photographed them all—figuring out how to represent the lot in six pictures might sound like an impossible task. Somehow, photographer Peter Otis, who also regularly puts his talent on loan to assist his church, Branford’s Trinity Episcopal, has managed to do just that.

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Tania Abbatello credits growing up in Northford—and early readings of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax—with her lifelong interest in environmentalism. She combines her biology background and her business experience when serving on the Clinton Sustainability Committee and as an alternate for the Inland Wetlands Commission. Photo courtesy of Tania Abbatello

Tania Abbatello: Merging Biology and a Business Background

Published March 31, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Tania Abbatello credits growing up in Northford—and early readings of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax—with her lifelong interest in environmentalism. Since then, Tania’s involvement with various organizations has increased as she seeks to improve her new hometown of Clinton as well as the state.

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Branford resident and UConn Master Gardener Malaine Trecoske’s talk, Plant It and They Will Come: Gardening from a Native Bee’s Perspective, will be given as a free online presentation on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. presented by the Branford chapter of Living Wisely and Well on Planet Earth. Photo by Catherine Kiernan/Kiernan Photography

‘Plant it and They Will Come:’ Trecoske Will Share Ways to Support Native Bees

Published March 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Have you heard the buzz? The earliest of the area’s native bees, that fuzzy bumble bee, will be headed to your backyard soon—and it’s one of 340 native bee species in Connecticut that needs your help to survive.

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At his studio in North Branford, artist Marc Potocsky displays the original canvas of the image he’s created for the Clara Barton Red Heart Medal honoring medical frontline heroes during COVID-19. Now, he’s planning to launch a crowdfunding page to raise funds to not only help produce a decal of the image that will initially be offered to some 15,000 Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) health care heroes, but also to raise money to assist with important support programs at YNHH for nurses, doctors, and other health care workers impacted by the trauma of working to save lives during COVID-19. Look for the launch of fundraiser to be announced soon at www.facebook.com/marc.potocsky. Photo courtesy of Marc Potocsky

Potocsky Puts His Art and Heart into Creating the ‘Clara Barton Red Heart Medal’

Published March 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

In the heart of the pandemic last spring, artist Marc Potocsky was praying for inspiration to find a way to honor the brave men and women healthcare workers putting their lives on the line to help others. His prayers were answered with an image he quickly captured on canvas.

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With decades of service to veterans, the Branford community, and in the military, Dennis Flanigan was selected to receive the Branford Elks’ Lodge #1939 Veteran of the Year Award. Dennis was presented with the award on Feb. 20. Photo by Lisa Arpin

Branford Elks Recognize Flanigan as Veteran of the Year and For His Service to Town

Published March 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

With decades of service to veterans, his community in Branford, and in the military, Dennis Flanigan was selected to receive the Branford Elks’ Lodge #1939 Veteran of the Year Award.

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Mike Mullen rose through the ranks of Indian Neck/Pine Orchard Volunteer Fire Co. 9 over the decades, first serving as an officer in the rescue squad, and then, at age 22, as lieutenant of Co. 9. In 1986, he was elected Co. 9 captain, the same post once held by his dad, former Branford Fire Chief Peter Mullen. Mike Mullen served as Co. 9 captain until January, 2021, when he officially retired. Photo by Sandy Hawthorne

Many Milestones with Co. 9 for Newly-Retired Captain Mike Mullen

Published March 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Mike Mullen was 16 years old when he joined up with Indian Neck Volunteer Fire Co. 9 in 1974, and for a pretty good reason: His dad, the late Peter Mullen, captained Co. 9 at the time (and went on to serve as Branford’s fire chief, for many years, in the years the followed).

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Since October 2020, the first Saturday of every month at Cynthia’s Flower Shop in Branford is Solidarity Saturday, when owner Cynthia Purcell offers small, stunning floral arrangements designed with a local charitable organization in mind. She gives 100 percent of the funds from every Solidarity Saturday arrangement sold to the month’s selected local non-profit group. So far, the program has pumped $3,625 into local programs supporting those impacted by the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Purcell

Cynthia’s Flower Shop Keeps Contributing to the Community

Published Feb. 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Contributing to the community has been a constant theme at Cynthia’s Flower Shop since owner Cynthia Purcell first opened her Branford business in 1992

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Cindy Genzano led the expansion and success of the North Branford High School (NBHS) drama program for more than 36 years, until a pandemic scene stealer brought down the curtain. Photo courtesy of Cindy Genzano

A Well-Deserved Curtain Call for Cindy Genzano

Published Feb. 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Cindy Genzano led the expansion and success of the North Branford High School (NBHS) drama program for more than 36 years, until a pandemic scene stealer brought down the curtain—and dimmed the lights on the opportunity for Cindy’s fans and friends to congratulate her and send her off on her retirement with a well-deserved curtain call.

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For 14 years, Karen Miller has been providing supportive care as a nurse at Connecticut Hospice in Branford in addition to volunteering with several supportive programs along the shoreline, including SARAH Tuxis Residential & Community Resources, which provides support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in multiple towns including Branford and North Branford.

Photo courtesy of Karen Miller

Karen Miller: Knowing Her Values and Living Them

Published Feb. 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Karen Miller lived in a multifamily house with her cousins. The older cousin was a nurse and Karen admired her.

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Keeping a schedule is no problem for Community Dining Room (CDR) volunteer delivery driver Leo Whelan, who drove trains for 40 years before retiring from the job nine years ago. The Branford resident began volunteering with CDR 15 years ago as a homebound meal delivery driver and was trained by the program’s founder, the late Betsy Klarman.

Photo courtesy of Leo Whelan

Whelan’s Volunteer ‘Drive’ Helps CDR

Published Feb. 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to volunteering to drive meals to the homebound for Community Dining Room (CDR), you might say Leo Whelan is “driven” to help—and that he learned from the best: CDR Home Delivery founder Betsy Klarman, for whom the program was named, posthumously, in 2019.

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Reaching out through social media, Jackie Ford recently hosted a virtual collection drive help donors purchase and drop-ship new, life-like baby dolls to give to those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s while receiving assistance from Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center in Branford. It’s one of many different volunteer efforts spearheaded by Jackie, who is also an active member of Branford social media volunteer group #Volunteer-ItsWhatWeDo. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ford

Baby Dolls and Beyond: Ford Makes Connections to Help Others

Published Jan. 27, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As a member of Branford social media group #Volunteer-ItsWhatWeDo and through her own efforts to help others during the pandemic, Jackie Ford found a way to bring baby dolls, comfort, and joy to non-profit Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center in Branford.

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Branford’s James Blackstone Library presents a new lecture series, Awakening to Change, which kicks off Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. with a talk by Debby Irving, author of Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. To register and receive a meeting link, visit blackstonelibrary.org. Photo courtesy of Debby Irving

‘Waking Up White’ Author Debby Irving Kicks Off Blackstone’s ‘Awakening to Change’ Series

Published Jan. 20, 2021 08:30 a.m.

“I was age 48 when I started really waking up. How did I go half a century like that?” asks racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving, author of the award winning book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

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With hard work, determination, and the help of free courses offered through Shoreline Adult Education, Branford’s Antonio Villanueva achieved his dream of learning to speak English, becoming an American citizen, and voting, for the very first time, in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election. He’s shown here outside Branford Town Hall on the day he voted. Photo courtesy of Antonio Villanueva

Living the American Dream, With Help from SAE

Published Jan. 13, 2021 08:30 a.m.

It took five years, a lot of work and determination, and some very valuable help from free programs of Shoreline Adult Education (SAE), but Branford’s Antonio Villanueva has now achieved his dream of learning to speak English, becoming an American citizen, and voting, for the very first time, in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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