Monday, October 18, 2021

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Robyn Wolcott, who continues to support Guilford programs with which she connected during her years with Shore Publishing Newspapers, was presented with a 2021 Women of Excellence Award by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce (Guilford, Branford, and North Branford) and Madison Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Bill Wolcott

Network of Support Leads Robyn Wolcott to Success

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

A reason many shoreline towns including Madison are such an attraction to families, is not just because of the small-town water view locales and quiet streets, but because of their stellar school systems.

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In a recent photo, Nicole Ginzburg shares an excited smile as gigantic, yellow, and black polka dot sculpture undulates joyfully in the distance. Now, the photo appears at the Guilford Art Center (GAC) website, helping to introduce Nicole as GAC’s new resident potter. Non-profit GAC has offered the annual residency to talented individuals each year since 2015.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Ginzburg

Beautiful Ideas: Ginzburg Joins GAC as Resident Potter

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

In a recent photo, Nicole Ginzburg shares an excited smile as gigantic, yellow and black polka dot sculpture undulates joyfully in the distance. Now, the photo appears at the Guilford Art Center (GAC) website, helping to introduce Nicole as GAC’s new resident potter.

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After retiring as a Guilford High School history teacher in 2017, Jim Powers has gone on to further his second career as a prolific author and often gives lectures and talks on his books. His two latest books are Shadows Over Dawnland and Earth Spirit: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Hope. Photo courtesy of James T. Powers

Power of the Pen: Powers Shares Lessons of Native Americans

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

Jim Powers spent nearly 40 years teaching history at Guilford High School (GHS) before he retired in 2017 to focus on his work as James T. Powers, a prolific author of local history.

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The practice that brought Dr. Don Mullen to Guilford is same one he’s leaving in good hands when he retires Nov. 19. Don’s last day will wrap up 43 years of providing compassionate care to shoreline pets and their families at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. Photo courtesy of Guilford Veterinary Hospital

After 43 Years, A Fond Farewell from GVH’s Dr. Don Mullen

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

The practice that brought Dr. Don Mullen to Guilford is the same one he’s leaving in good hands when he retires Don’s last day on Nov. 19 will wrap up 43 years of providing compassionate care to shoreline pets and their families at Guilford Veterinary Hospital (GVH).

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Rosie Riccio is excited to see just how many cool cars and caring folks come out on Saturday, Oct. 9, when the Edward Riccio Foundation revs up Headlights & High Beams, a car show and family fun event at the Guilford Fairgrounds to benefit Smilow Breast Cancer Center’s mammography van services. The Guilford resident is founder and director of the Edward Riccio Foundation, named in honor of her dad, who passed away in 2008 due to cancer. Photo courtesy of Rosie Riccio

Riccio Revs Up ‘Headlights & High Beams’ to Benefit Smilow Mammography Van

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

Rosie Riccio is excited to see just how many cool cars and caring folks come out on Saturday, Oct. 9, when the Edward Riccio Foundation revs up Headlights & High Beams, a car show and family fun event at the Guilford Fairgrounds benefiting Smilow Breast Cancer Center’s mammography van service.

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As the new director of Youth & Family Ministries, Dorota Xeller invites the community to come out to Christ Episcopal Church of Guilford on Sunday, Sept. 12 for Welcome Back Sunday. The morning’s worship at 10 a.m. will be followed by a celebration 11:30 a.m. featuring food, music, fellowship and a chance to learn more about programs she helps to oversee. 

Photo courtesy of Dorota Xeller

Xeller’s Talents Support Youth & Family Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church

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

Dorota Xeller invites the community to come out to Christ Episcopal Church of Guilford on Sunday, Sept. 12 for Welcome Back Sunday at the iconic stone building in the town center, 11 Park St.

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Kathryn Contessa, founder and director of Shoreline Ballet, is also a Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) board member who is leading GPAF’s production effort to bring six world-premiere, free performances to the Guilford Green on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, as well as 13 workshops connected to the festival. Photo by Joeline Connellan Photography

Contessa Helps Set the Stage for GPAF

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

Each September, it’s a delicate dance for Kathryn Contessa—welcoming eager dance students back to her dance school, Shoreline Ballet, while preparing her four daughters to head back to school.

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Steve DePalma has happily—and handily—headed up the fried dough pizza booth at St. George Men’s Group Italian Festival since its inception. After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, the 2021 Italian Festival is back to make a saucy splash this Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 behind St. George Church in downtown Guilford, 33 Whitfield Street. (weather permitting). All festival proceeds will benefit non-profit Community Dining Room of Branford. Photo courtesy of Steve DePalma

DePalma Helps St. George Men’s Group Cook Up CDR Support, Italian Style

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

As a member of St. George Men’s Group (SGMG), Steve DePalma has happily—and handily—headed up the fried dough pizza booth at SGMG’s Italian Festival since its inception.

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Shown here in 2012, dressed for the role of an 19th century lightkeeper and sharing tales of Guilford’s Faulkner’s Island Lighthouse, Michael A. McBride has officially retired as curator and site administrator of the Henry Whitfield State Museum after 32 years. Visit www.zip06.com to see more photos through the years. Photo courtesy of Michelle Parrish

McBride Completes Historic Career at Henry Whitfield Museum

Published Aug. 16, 2021 08:14 a.m.

When you spend 32 years as curator and site administrator for an historic museum, you’re bound to mark milestones, and even make a little history along the way.

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Retiring after 40 years in one business is a significant milestone for anyone, but more so for Lee-Ellen Magna,  who will also close the doors on Myers Flowers in Branford after 108 years in business. Photo courtesy of Lee-Ellen Magna

On Eve of Retirement, Lee-Ellen Magna Looks Back on 108 Years of Flowers

Published Aug. 11, 2021 08:30 a.m.

After 108 years in business, Myers Flowers in Branford is closing its doors on Saturday, Aug. 14 and owner Lee-Ellen Magna, who turns 71 this month, is retiring after 40 years there.

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Guilford photographer Bob Gundersen is amassing an astounding digital archive for Madison Historical Society (MHS) on Flickr, in his role as MHS Collections chair. Photo by Bob Gundersen

Bob Gundersen’s Photos Grab Historic Numbers for MHS

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

Michele Auger became accustomed to the unmistakable sounds of military field music—the short, quick taps of a stick on a snare drum, the sharp notes of a fife, and the steady beat of a bass drum—as a young child.

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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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Patrick W. Smith is the author of Pickled: The Official Unofficial History of the Birth of Pickleball. Photo courtesy of Patrick Smith

‘A Game the Whole Family Can Enjoy’: Patrick Smith and the Hidden History of Pickleball

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

The official history of the game of pickleball—a rather odd amalgamation of tennis and badminton—says that in 1965, Washington Congressman Joel Pritchard and local businessman Bill Bell improvised it one summer afternoon when their families were bored and didn’t have the equipment for either tennis or badminton.

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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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Thanks to Debbie Peluse, the 2021 Guilford Fair Parade is back on, set for Saturday, Sept. 18, rain or shine. Peluse and a steering committee of friends and co-parade lovers, assisted by the organizational efforts of past parade organizer Nancy Bishop of Guilford Rotary, are excited to share the news and offer opportunities to volunteer, march or support the parade, which has been given the theme name, ‘Moving Ahead to the Future.’

Photo courtesy of Catherine Kiernan/Kiernan Photography

‘Moving Ahead to the Future:’ Peluse Continues Tradition of Guilford Fair Parade

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

Back in April, Debbie Peluse couldn’t have felt more dismay than when she read the news that the Guilford Fair Parade was to be canceled, for the second year in a row – so she made the effort to make sure that wouldn’t happen. And it worked.

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After 20 unforgettable years at Guilford High School (GHS), T. Thomas Boates III has left the stage, retiring as GHS Music Department chair, director of the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and instructor of several music classes. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Leaving the GHS Stage: Boates Retires from GHS Music Department

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

After 44 remarkable years in music education, including 20 unforgettable years with Guilford High School (GHS), T. Thomas Boates III has left the GHS stage, retiring as GHS Music Department chair, director of the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and instructor of AP Music Theory, Music Theory, Improvisation, and Basic Musicianship through Guitar.

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Katie Coleman had been wielding a blacksmith’s hammer when she decided to try leatherworking. Now, she’s excited to lead a number of leatherworking workshops and classes for kids, teens, and adults this summer at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

Photo courtesy of Katie Coleman

Learning to Love Leatherworking with Katie Coleman

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

Katie Coleman had been wielding a blacksmith’s hammer when she decided to try her hand at leatherworking

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Kate Summerlin is organizing North Madison Congregational Church’s Goodness Grows: Garden Walks to Nurture the Soul on Saturday, June 12. Photo courtesy of Kate Summerlin

Kate Summerlin: Growing Flowers and Cultivating Spirituality

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

Kate Summerlin likes, and lives by, a quote from Cicero: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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Guilford’s Tori Timmins is the perfect person to discuss fashion through the centuries for Madison Historical Society (MHS)’s virtual lecture series, “Madison and the Evolution of Style” based on the society’s textile collection at its Allis-Bushnell House. The three-part Zoom lecture kicks off Sunday, May 23. Photo courtesy of Tori Timmins

Fashion Forward: Timmins Talks Fashion Through the Centuries for MHS

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

If you turned back the clock to Madison’s earliest days, Tori Timmins could tell you the origin story of every stitch of clothing worn by the town’s frugal, practical, and puritanical colonists.

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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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Allen ‘Al’ Jacobs has done much for Guilford, including helping The Guilford Foundation (TGF) partner with Guilford Rotary’s Interact Club to create TGF’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) in 2011. Since then, the YAGgies have fundraised and helped TGF award 71 grants to community organizations totaling just under $108,000. This month, the group brought the latest round of YAG-recommended community grants to the TGF Board for approval. Jacobs has served the town as a volunteer in many other capacities, and also co-founded his companies, Sunset Creek Development and Sunset Creek Realty in Guilford.

Photo Courtesy Allen Jacobs

Al Jacobs: A Go-to-Guy for the ‘YAGgies’ and for Guilford

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

Back in 2011, Tim Geelan rang up Allen ‘Al’ Jacobs to see if Al would help shepherd an innovative idea to put philanthropy in the hands of Guilford youth. Of course, Al answered the call.

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Guilford’s Tori Timmins is the perfect person to discuss fashion through the centuries for Madison Historical Society (MHS)’s virtual lecture series, “Madison and the Evolution of Style” based on the society’s textile collection at its Allis-Bushnell House. The three-part Zoom lecture kicks off Sunday, May 23. Photo courtesy of Tori Timmins

Fashion Forward: Timmins Talks Fashion Through the Centuries for MHS

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

If you turned back the clock to Guilford’s earliest days, Tori Timmins could tell you the origin story of every stitch of clothing worn by the town’s frugal, practical and puritanical colonists.

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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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Longtime Guilford Sideliners member Brian McGlone, who retired in 2020 from his role as Guilford economic development manager, is currently hard at work to help support the Sideliners’ successful return of the John F. Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament to the links at Portland Golf Club on Friday, June 25. Photo courtesy of Brian McGlone

Off the Sidelines: McGlone Helping Guilford Sideliners’ Annual Golf Tourney Return June 25

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

Although Guilford Sideliners had to sideline its annual fundraising event in 2020, luckily, they have Brian McGlone to help bring it back on-line in 2021.

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Marisa Bass is an art historian who’s just made history. The Guilford resident and Yale faculty member has been awarded an inaugural 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in Early Modern Studies, in recognition of her current book project, The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic. Photo by Cindy Ringer of LJR Images

Making History: Art Historian Bass Wins Inaugural Guggenheim Fellowship

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

Marisa Bass is an art historian who’s just made history.

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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 21, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When 16-year-old Luke Izzo first joined the New York/Connecticut/Massachusetts Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group to see if he could help others, his efforts got noticed. Within a few weeks, the New Haven Academy student was asked to become the youngest moderator of the page, which is currently some 24,000 members strong and growing.

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Guilford’s Yanli Muhs is showing strong support for other young women with a swift start in the social justice world. The teenager is co-founder of a non-profit, Poetreef Summer Term, aimed to break down barriers facing young Jamaican women and allow for meaningful international exchange experiences for American teen counselors. The Guilford High School junior also co-leads two female-forward local groups in her hometown. 

Photo courtesy of Yanli Muhs

Muhs Shares Strong Support for Young Women

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

At just 16, Yanli Muhs is showing strong support for other young women with a swift start in the social justice world. Yanli has co-founded a non-profit, Poetreef Summer Term, aimed to break down barriers facing young Jamaican women and allow for meaningful international exchange experiences for American teen counselors. She also co-leads two female-forward local groups in her hometown of Guilford.

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Terri Cain is now in her 12th year managing all-volunteer, non-profit Guilford Community Garden HUB, which she helped co-found in 2009, and has been chairing the Sustainable Guilford Task Force since it was established by the Board of Selectmen in 2018. File photo by Richard Esposito/The Courier

In Many Ways, Cain Contributes to Sustainable Living in Guilford

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

When Terri Cain volunteered to co-found and manage Guilford Community Garden HUB (GCGHUB), one of her hopes was to help inspire others in the community to embrace some sustainable practices.

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At JavaHut on Church Street, Guilford photographer Peter Otis shares six incredible photographs from among hundreds of gorgeous images he’s captured while visiting a plethora of sites. The images are displayed in a unique gallery that’s lighting up the walls through May 11. Here, he enjoys some java in front of his photo Garden Pool. Photo by Bobbe Otis

Otis Captures Images to Share at JavaHut’s Unique Wall Gallery

Published March 31, 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.

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