Saturday, October 23, 2021

East Haven Courier Person of the Week

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Anthony Iovene began volunteering with the East Haven Fire Department as soon as he turned 18 in 2003 and has been volunteering ever since. Photo courtesy of Anthony Iovene

Iovene Volunteering with EHFD for Nearly Two Decades

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

One of Anthony Iovene’s earliest memories in school was watching local firefighters do fire prevention presentations. He remembers thinking it was “cool” and his interest grew over the years. By his junior year, Anthony spoke to his guidance counselor about ways to pursue his interest.

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Beth Cohen has owned B and B Transportation with her husband Brad since 1989 with their company taking over East Haven Public Schools’ transportation contract this past July.

Photo courtesy of Beth Cohen

Cohen Brings Family-Owned Bussing to East Haven

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

Beth and Brad Cohen had no idea that when they started their bus company—B and B Transportation—in 1989 with one bus and one route that it would one day grow to more than 150 buses and more than 160 employees.

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Nicole Lee recently volunteered to lead cleanup and beautification efforts in front of Tuttle School. Photo courtesy of Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee Makes Community Service a Priority in Her New Hometown

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

Even though Nicole Lee has only lived in East Haven since late 2019, she is already finding ways to give back to her new hometown. The Texas native recently initiated and organized a cleanup at Tuttle School, which is down the road from her home.

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Tony Maresca of American Iron Works, LLC, recently built and assembled the new archway on the East Haven Town Green. Photo courtesy of Tony Maresca

Maresca Calls on Generations of Metal Work in Creating New Arch on Green

Published Sep. 29, 2021 08:30 a.m.

The East Haven Town Green has been undergoing various renovations and upgrades for the past two years spearheaded by the Beautification Committee.

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John Scilipote recently retired as a maintenance aid from the Town of East Haven and was honored with a plaque installed in honor of his 44 years of service. Photo courtesy of Anne Vollero

John Scilipote Honored for 44-Year Career with Town of East Haven

Published Sep. 22, 2021 08:30 a.m.

For more than four decades, John Scilipote worked for the Town of East Haven as a maintenance aid. He recently retired after 44 years in his position and John was honored with a celebration at Town Hall and the installation of a plaque.

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Robyn Wolcott of East Haven will be presented with a 2021 Women of Excellence Award by the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce. Photo by Bill Wolcott

Network of Support Leads Robyn Wolcott to Success

Published Sep. 15, 2021 08:30 a.m.

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Robyn Wolcott was ready to celebrate with a backpacking trip in Europe with a friend. Though she was excited, she began to wonder what she was going to do with her English degree when she got back. Knowing that a friend from a neighboring town had just started a weekly newspaper, the Higganum native reached out to James Warner.

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Paul Garneau is the treasurer of the East Haven Historical Society, which will be welcoming guests into the Leveret Bradley House. Photo courtesy of Paul Garneau

Paul Garneau Ready to Greet Visitors to Historical Society Museum During Fall Fest

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

Though Paul Garneau has always had an interest in history, it wasn’t until he visited his nephew in Framingham, Massachusetts, that he realized there were local ways to make connections to the past.

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Kristina Torre, a Branford resident, is looking forward to getting to know the staff and families of East Haven Academy, where she was recently hired as principal. 

Photo courtesy of Kristina Torre

Kristina Torre Ready to Rock Her New Role as EHA Principal

Published Sep. 02, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Even before graduating from North Branford High School in 1992, Kristina Torre resigned herself to her second-choice career after realizing that her dream of becoming an MTV veejay was not realistic.

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Charlie Coyle is the superintendent of operations for the Town of East Haven’s Public Works Department. Photo courtesy of Tina Hedley

Charlie Coyle Proud to Take Care of His Hometown as Public Works Director

Published Aug. 25, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Charlie Coyle is never quite sure what his days will bring. As the superintendent of operations for the Town of East Haven Public Works Department, there is an endless list of things that Charlie is responsible for, but when a hurricane is predicted, that list of tasks has to get put on hold to prepare for storm response.

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Judy Sittnick volunteers with several entities in town, including the East Haven Road Race, which she founded with her husband Ken. Photo courtesy of Judy Sittnick

Love of East Haven and Friendships Inspires Judy Sittnick to Continue Volunteering

Published Aug. 11, 2021 10:33 a.m.

Nearly three decades ago, Judy Sittnick and her husband Ken approached then-mayor Hank Luzzi about forming a road race in town.

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Mike Hildreth volunteers with a goal of enhancing the visitor experience at the Shore Line Trolley Museum, which is hosting its Museum in Motion event on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Photo courtesy of Mike Hildreth

Hildreth Helps Enhance Visitor Experience at Trolley Museum

Published Aug. 06, 2021 09:44 a.m.

Museum in Motion Comes to Life on Aug. 14

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With five decades of experience in theater, Bob Genzano is looking forward to East Haven Art Commission’s upcoming production of Catch Me If You Can from Aug. 12 to 14. Photo courtesy of Bob Genzano

For Bob Genzano, It’s About Enriching the Community Through the Arts

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

For nearly 50 years, Bob Genzano has been in “continuous production” of countless theatrical performances.

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East Haven’s new Youth Services Bureau coordinator, CJ Cofrancesco, has a long service of history in town and now brings experience from Sacred Heart University’s sports programs to town. Photo courtesy of CJ Cofrancesco

Bringing Youthful Experience to East Haven Youths

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

Whether it’s being a founding member of the East Haven’s Human Services Commission or in his role as Youth Services Bureau coordinator, helping East Haven’s youth has always been a focus for CJ Cofrancesco.

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Kyle Miller is carrying on his family’s tradition of giving back to the community through his volunteer work with both the East Haven Chamber of Commerce and the East Haven Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller Continues Family Tradition of Community Service with Fall Fest and Chamber

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

Having been born and raised in East Haven, Kyle Miller says the Fall Festival has always been one of his favorite town traditions. As a small child, he remembers the thrill of the carnival rides.

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Pastor Mark Pilletere is looking forward to becoming further ingrained in both the church community and the Town of East Haven as COVID restrictions begin to ease more than a year after he began work with the Old Stone Church. Photo courtesy of the Old Stone Church

Rev. Mark Pilletere Installed as New Senior Pastor of Old Stone Church

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

Even though Mark Pilletere has served in ministry for the past 20 years, the past 18 months have been full of firsts for both Mark and the church he now serves, First Congregational Church of East Haven, which is best known as the Old Stone Church.

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Tina Hedley enjoys combining her IT experience with her passion for helping residents of her hometown in her position as executive administrative assistant to the mayor. 

Photo courtesy of Tina Hedley

Town Hall Positions Combines Many Interests for Tina Hedley

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

As a lifelong East Haven resident, Tina Hedley had never had aspirations of working at Town Hall, though when the opportunity presented itself, she decided to make a change. Since November 2019, Tina has been an executive administrative assistant to Mayor Joe Carfora at East Haven Town Hall.

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East Haven resident Maria Rivera recently published her first novel, Chasing the Wind, inspired by her experiences growing up in Washington Heights, her family, and mission trips with Hope Christian Church in North Haven. Photo courtesy of Maria Rivera

Lifetime of Experiences Come Together in Maria Rivera’s First Novel

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

Even though Maria Rivera has always loved reading and writing—she has now been teaching English for more than 25 years—it wasn’t until this year that she finally shared her own writing with the world.

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Susan Harkins is retiring after working at East Haven High School for nearly 40 years, serving the last seven as assistant principal. Photo courtesy of Susan Harkins

Harkins Excited to End Lifelong History with EHPS in a ‘Somewhat Normal’ Way

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

East Haven Public Schools has been a part of Susan Harkins’s life since she began her education. She attended school in East Haven, graduating in 1978 and then after graduating from college, she was hired as a teacher at East Haven High School (EHHS). She has served as assistant principal for the past seven years and recently announced her retirement.

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Ashley Lynch was named valedictorian of East Haven High School’s Class of 2021.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Lynch

Ashley Lynch Earns Valedictorian with Hard Work and Determination

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

Ever since she was in kindergarten, Ashley Lynch pushed herself to excel when it came to academics. When she got to high school, she set a goal of graduating as one of the top 10 students in East Haven High School’s (EHHS) Class of 2021. Recently named valedictorian, Ashley says she exceeded her expectations.

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Maureen Scalia recently received the East Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Educator of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Maureen Scalia

Love of Teaching Spans More Than Four Decades for Maureen Scalia

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

Maureen Scalia always knew she wanted to be a teacher and has been working the field for the past 42 years, spending the last 26 in the East Haven school district. She was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the East Haven Chamber of Commerce.

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Carmine Riccitelli, Jr., known to some as Ricky, recently received the East Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Carmine Riccitelli, Jr.

Carmine Riccitelli, Jr., Awarded Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Published June 03, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Even though Carmine Riccitelli, Jr.—who’s also known as Ricky to many in his hometown of East Haven—has been volunteering for decades, he was still surprised when he received a phone call from the East Haven Chamber of Commerce that he was nominated for Volunteer of the Year.

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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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Wendy Bellmore, who served nearly two decades as a nurse with the U.S. Army Medical Department, will be honored as part of the Town of East Haven and East Haven Veterans Council’s Memorial Day services. Photo courtesy of Wendy Bellmore

Wendy Bellmore to Be Recognized as East Haven’s 2021 Honored Veteran on Memorial Day

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

On May 31, the East Haven Veteran’s Council in conjunction with Mayor Joseph Carfora will honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a Memorial Day procession and ceremony.

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East Haven resident Jill Anderson Perez has found a second hometown in North Haven through her involvement with the North Haven Fair. Photo courtesy of Jill Anderson Perez

Jill Anderson Perez Prepares to Bring a Taste of Fairs to Summer

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

Jill Anderson Perez would have never imagined that the local fair and festival scene would become a big part of her life. Now the lifelong East Haven resident is not only coordinating the Fair Food Festival on the North Haven Fairgrounds this summer, but organizing several other events as well, all while also working full-time in the healthcare industry and raising her three children—nine-year-old Stefan, six-year-old Summer, and two-year-old Grayson—with her husband Felipe.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Selmquist

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

Published April 28, 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. Her dad recently had surgery and the doctors have said that he is now cancer-free, but Lisa has seen the challenges firsthand.

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As chair of the Shoreline Greenway Trail East Haven Committee, Barbara Brow finds ways to weave the trail and responsible land stewardship throughout the town. Photo courtesy of Barbara Brow

Barbara Brow: A Picture of Patience and Perseverance

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

Barbara Brow of East Haven has been involved with the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) since the group behind it formed in 2002.

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Chris Brown loves giving back to the community as a member of the library board and principal of Tuttle School where he’s always striving to be a superhero. 

Photo courtesy of Chris Brown

Chris Brown Counts on Community to Help in Hero’s Quest

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

Chris Brown dons a superhero T-shirt under his dress shirt every day as principal of Tuttle School. As someone who has always loved superheroes and considers the teaching profession as “fairly heroic,” he is constantly looking for ways to be of service to his students.

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As the administrative assistant at the East Haven’s Mayor’s Office, Regina Araujo has helped to spearhead the vaccine clinic efforts in past months.

Photo courtesy of Regina Araujo

Regina Araujo: Connecting to the Community

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

With the youngest of her four children now a senior in high school and a change of ownership at her last job, Regina Araujo was looking for a new career opportunity.

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Over the past 10 years, Cheryl Criscuolo has become more and more involved in the East Haven Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, serving as president for the past four years. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Criscuolo

Cheryl Criscuolo Serves Community as President of EHFD Ladies Auxiliary

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

For the past decade, Cheryl Criscuolo has volunteered with the East Haven Fire Department (EHFD) Co. 1 Ladies Auxiliary. She joined at the urging of her husband’s cousin, who was then serving as the president.

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With a new lodge in the works in North Haven, the Elks Lodge #25 is growing its efforts to grow the community, thanks in part to its exalted ruler, Paul Salisbury of East Haven.

Photo courtesy of Paul Salisbury

Paul Salisbury Excited to Continue Weaving Elks Into the Fabric of Community

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

While Paul Salisbury has been involved with the Elks for more than three decades, he still carries the same passion for the group as he did when he first started.

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