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Harbor News

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam era, Tom Kehoe is an active member of both VFW Post 9918 and the American Legion. Photo courtesy of Tom Kehoe

Tom Kehoe Keeps Finding Ways to Serve

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

More than 10 years ago, Tom Kehoe was asked to join VFW Post 9918 in Clinton.

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s Elizabeth Rieder is a senior research scientist at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elizabeth Rieder Fights Disease by Day, Supports Community at Night

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

Everybody knows about foot-in mouth-disease. Who hasn’t said something they immediately wish they could take back?

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Harbor News

Westbrook native Kathleen Cartwright got her start at the Henry Carter Hull Library before heading off to other adventures, but she’s now back and helping guide the library through the tumult of the COVID pandemic. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cartwright

Kathleen Cartwright: A Place for People as Well as Books

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

It was some well-timed advice from her sister that set Kathleen Cartwright on her eventual career path.

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Harbor News

For almost 20 years, Bob Eburg has been a stalwart volunteer for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo courtesy of Bon Eburg

Bob Eburg: Keeping the Pantries Stocked

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

Bob Eburg said he recently learned how to search his emails so he went back trying to find one old message in particular.

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Harbor News

When she realized how confusing vaccine registration could be for some, Barbara Oefinger reached out to her neighbors to offer assistance that grew from registration help to rides to clinics. Photo courtesy of Barbara Oefinger

Barbara Oefinger Helps Neighbors Navigate COVID Vaccination Process

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

After facing challenges registering herself for the COVID-19 vaccine, Barbara Oefinger went to work helping her senior neighbors get registered and vaccinated.

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Harbor News

After feeling called to nursing as a child, Diane Aldi DePaola spent a lengthy career in psychiatric nursing and continues to help looking after her community in retirement.

Photo courtesy of Diane Aldi DePaola

Diane Aldi DePaola is All About Volunteering

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

From a very young age, Diane Aldi DePaola—chair of the Old Saybrook Public Health Nursing Board (PHNB) for 18 years, member of the Historic District Commission, artist, retired nurse, and proud grandmother—was taught by her mother to contribute to her community.

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Harbor News

Tania Abbatello 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 24, 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.

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Harbor News

Since arriving in Clinton in 2001, Mary Jo Phelps has gotten involved in town government in several ways. Photo courtesy of Mary Jo Phelps

Mary Jo Phelps: A Deep Commitment on Many Fronts

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

Whether it’s helping shepherd in a new form of government, working to balance economic growth and environmental protection, or helping educate students, you can say Mary Jo Phelps has her hand in every facet of life in Clinton.

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Harbor News

Noreen Saunders, a physical therapist and rehab supervisor for Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health, says successful contact tracing relies less on medical knowledge and more on empathy. Photo by Rebecca Kieran

Noreen Saunders: Making Contact in the COVID Era

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

When it comes to contact tracing for COVID-19 in Westbrook, Noreen Saunders is pretty much a one-woman show.

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Harbor News

As a photographer, Amy Trahant has been there for many important moments for area residents, including fundraiser photo shoots during the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Amy Trahant

Amy Trahant: Seeing the Good in People

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

When Amy Trahant was in college, she considered signing up for a photography class but was talked out of it by a friend.

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Harbor News

For Alan Kravitz, one of the best ways to be involved in the community is helping guide its development. Photo courtesy of Alan Kravits

Alan Kravitz: A Man with a Plan

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

The Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) is the entity in Clinton charged with monitoring developments and land use in any town.

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Harbor News

Old Saybrook High School music teacher Jeremy Taylor is part of a team intent on giving students a chance to keep the music going during the pandemic. Photo by Jeremy Milton

Jeremy Taylor: Making Sure The Music Plays On

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented particular challenges for teaching music in schools and Old Saybrook is no exception.

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Harbor News

With a background in book publishing as well as libraries, Allison Murphy is no adapting quickly to her new home in Clinton and new role as head of public services for the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy

New Job, New Building, New Town

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

“Everything I’ve done in my past has led to this,” Allison Murphy says.

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Harbor News

Stained glass artist Eileen O’Donnell has branched out into sculpture, both as an artist and a supporter of the Hollycroft Foundation’s efforts to bring large-scale sculptures to the shoreline. Photo courtesy of Eileen O’Donnell

Eileen O’Donnell: Putting Art Front and Center

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

One day Eileen O’Donnell was cleaning and she found her report cards from when she was growing up as a young girl on Long Island. No matter the subject, and no matter the grade she received, Eileen saw that every teacher in every grade had the same comment.

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Harbor News

Kristina Martineau, Westbrook’s new superintendent of schools, says she’s excited about the direction the district is taking. Photo courtesy of Westbrook Public Schools

Martineau Takes the Lead for Westbrook Schools

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

As a child, Kristina Martineau loved to play school but, perhaps counterintuitively, preferred the role of student.

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Harbor News

Some people just know how to put on a show. For Clinton’s Sam Reed, that includes the annual holiday light show he creates at his family home each winter, as well as his passion for theater end music. Photo courtesy of Sam Reed

Thriving In—and Adding to—the Creative Community

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

During this holiday season did you take time to drive by the light show at Frederick Place in Clinton?

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Valley Courier

As vice president for programs and operations at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Thayer Talbott has seen the community step up to help neighbors in need during the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Thayer Talbott

Thayer Talbott: It’s All About Community

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

Thayer Talbott gets to do something special at work: Give away money.

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Harbor News

Gardener extraordinaire for the Old Saybrook Historical Society, Bonnie Penders wants to share her enthusiasm and hard-won experience with others.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Penders

Bonnie Penders: A Wise Yet Modest Gardener

Published Jan. 06, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Old Saybrook Historical Society’s celebrated gardener Bonnie Penders is an advanced master gardener, a certified Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut (FGCC) landscape design consultant, and the 2020 recipient of the FGCC’s prestigious Ellen Carder Memorial Award for noteworthy horticulture achievement.

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Harbor News

Clinton nurse Ivette Medina is taking healthcare talents outside the hospital through a rock-painting initiative aimed at getting people outside and engaged in the community. Photo courtesy of Ivette Medina

Creative an Active Community—Through Rocks

Published Dec. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“There was a big sense of fear and rightfully so, because we didn’t know a lot when it started,” Ivette Medina recalls about the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the shoreline area.

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Harbor News

Faced with the prospect of another canceled graduation event, Kristin Cafferty stepped up to ensure The Morgan School Class of 2021 will have something to celebrate—safely. Photo courtesy of Kristin Cafferty

Planning a Safe Celebration for the Class of 2021

Published Dec. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of all the school activities that were canceled as a result of COVID-19 such as prom, sports games, and school itself, one event might have been overlooked: Clinton’s Project Graduation.

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Harbor News

Bill Fish has been able to put his finance skills to work for the Westbrook Energy Committee, helping the town save significant money through energy efficiency investments over the past eight years. Photo courtesy of Bill Fish

Bill Fish: A Bright Light in Westbrook

Published Dec. 09, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When retiring from an eight-year stint on a town committee, it’s nice to be able to say your work will save the town a million dollars.

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Harbor News

In 2019, John May joined the Clinton Economic Development Commission and the former teacher has helped hone its focus on generating opportunities for youth entering the manufacturing fields. Photo courtesy of John May

Finding Ways to Make a Difference

Published Dec. 02, 2020 08:30 a.m.

From a recent political campaign to working with the town’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), John May is a name that people in Clinton are getting used to hearing regularly. How John got to Clinton is anything but a typical story.

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Harbor News

Helping ensure all her neighbors can celebrate the holidays is a key part of Dee Tully’s involvement in the Rotary Club of Clinton. Photo courtesy of Dee Tully

Dee Tully: The Drive Behind the Food Drive

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

Every year since 2008, the Clinton Rotary Club and Liberty Bank have partnered for the Rotary/Liberty Bank Thanksgiving Dinner Drive to raise money for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantry. Each year, Dee Tully has been instrumental in making that drive run smoothly.

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Harbor News

Old Saybrook history buff Laura Parker Gray stands in front of the 1853 map of Saybrook (which then included Essex and deep River) at Town Hall. Photo by David Gray

Laura Parker Gray: Using Her Voice for the Voiceless

Published Nov. 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Asked how she has time for everything she does, Laura Parker Gray explains that she doesn’t watch television.

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Harbor News

The Little Free Pantry in Clinton came about thanks to Christine Baker and, as she puts it, “the whole neighborhood.” Photo courtesy of Christine Baker

Christine Baker: ‘It’s About the Neighborhood’

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

About two months ago, Christine Baker was watching Channel 3 news when a story about something in Windsor called a Little Free Pantry caught her eye.

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Harbor News

Geraldine Brown Giomblanco had been collecting a lifetime of stories in her head, but it was a chance meeting of her future husband at a marina that led to her authoring Geraldina & the Compass Rose: One Woman’s Faith-Filled Journey to Find Love. A Memoir. Photo courtesy of Geraldine Brown Giomblanco

For Geraldine Brown Giomblanco, It’s About the Journey

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

Geraldine Brown Giomblanco may be a relatively new resident of Clinton, but pretty soon her story will be well known. Geraldine wrote an award-winning book published in 2019 that is in the process of being turned into a film by a production company.

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Harbor News

The shoreline’s first build by Middlesex Habitat for Humanity is going well in Westbrook, thanks to volunteers overseen by Construction Site Manager Jonathan Good. 

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Jonathan Good: Building for the Good of Community

Published Oct. 28, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity works from the premise that affordable housing is the foundation on which stable families and communities are built.

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Harbor News

Justin Teague, a software consultant by day, also volunteers on the Clinton Sustainability Committee and pursues his hobbies through his downtown shop Akiba Underground and travel. This picture was taken during a trip to Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Justin Teague

Helping his Hometown Thrive

Published Oct. 21, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Justin Teague has long appreciated Clinton’s natural beauty, in particular the marshes and bird sanctuaries by the rivers.

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Harbor News

Clinton Teacher of the Year and Presidential Excellence winner Stephanie Quarato is, like her colleagues across the nation, keeping classes moving ahead despite the current COVID-related challenges. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Quarato

Stephanie Quarato is Making the Grade and More

Published Oct. 14, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Stephanie Quarato wasn’t a big fan of math class when she was a middle school student. In fact, it was one she struggled with.

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Harbor News

Since arriving in town six years ago, Michael Hornyak has served on numeorous boards and committees, including the Charter Revision Committee that proposed the successful adoption of a new form of town government. Photo courtesy of Michael Hornyak

Michael Hornyak: A Newcomer at the Center of the Action

Published Oct. 07, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Though he has only lived in Clinton for six years, Michael Hornyak has quickly made a name for himself in Clinton.

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