Monday, October 18, 2021

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Elisa Brako credits “intrinsic curiousity” with allowing her to successfully share her passion for science with her students at Daniel Hand High School. Photo courtesy of Elisa Brako

Elisa Brako: Passing On a Sense of Wonder

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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Lisa Deane with her son Joe in happier times. Joe was a star athlete, brother, son, cousin and friend. He sadly became a statistic in 2018 when he unknowingly used street drugs laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl. Photo courtesy of Lisa Deane

‘Finding Hope’ a Way to Get Word Out on Fentanyl

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

Words simply cannot convey what a parent experiences with the loss of child. The grief and pain and anger can often lead to a spiral of defeat not just for parents, but for an entire family unit.

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The Source

Keeping up to 50 book clubs running smoothly is all in a day’s work for Clara Flath, the E.C. Scranton Library inter-library loan librarian. Photo courtesy of Clara Flath

Clara Flath: Feeding Madison’s Literary Need

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

Long before the dramatic and beautiful renovation to the E.C. Scranton Library, Clara Flath has been an integral part of the library’s dedication to the community.

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The Source

Craig Cooke came to the Madison Public School District last fall as a new superintendent during the biggest challenge to teaching in recent memory. He says the preparation and dedication for the district staff made it all work out. Photo by Ben Rayner/The Source

Craig Cooke: A Time to Rely on Teamwork

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

At a time when even long-term educators and administrators were scrambling to deal with school systems thrown into COVID chaos, Madison Public Schools’ new superintendent, Craig Cooke, was in the thick of the struggle to get students back in class.

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The Source

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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The Source

From flying C-47s in World War II to keeping his pool game sharp today, Madison’s Bob Hart, 99, is a remarkable man who has lived a remarkable life. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source

Nearly 100, Bob Hart Reflects on His Remarkable Life

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

Flying C-47s, Marrying a Spanish Woman, Owning a Successful Business Among the Highlights

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The Source

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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Harbor News

Evan Kamoen, along with fishing buddies Luke Voegeli and Ryan Kelly, were in the right place at the right time—and most important, with the right safety training—to help rescue five boaters off Clinton this summer. Photo courtesy of Evan Kamoen

Evan Kamoen: From a Life on the Water to Lifesaving

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

“It’s a ‘We’re just a couple of teenagers’ kind of deal,” is how Evan Kamoen nonchalantly describes himself along with his friends Luke Voegeli of Guilford and Ryan Kelly of Stonington. What these couple of average teenagers did was save the lives of five boaters off the coast of Clinton in June.

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The Source

Following the departure of Madison Happiness Club founder Tina Garrity, certified coach, positive psychology consultant, speaker, and trainer Dana Hilmer will help guide the group forward with her business partner Wendy Perrotti. Photo courtesy of Dane Hilmer

Dana Hilmer is Helping Madison Residents Find Happiness

Published Aug. 18, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Dana Hilmer has a voice for radio and podcasts. It’s smooth and soothing. She has used her voice in the past as a featured speaker at meetings of the Madison Happiness Club, having been invited by her friend Tina Garrity, the club’s facilitator of about 15 years.

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The Source

Linda Fuller’s lifelong studies of women in sports gives her some interesting insight on the Summer Olympics. Photo courtesy of Linda Fuller

Linda Fuller on Women and the Language of Sport

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

During a 45-minute phone conversation, Linda Fuller’s energy doesn’t flag once. She picks up a thread of conversation and follows it eagerly until another thread dangles in her peripheral vision, and then she follows that one.

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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

Madison native Denise Dudak originally started studying to be a nurse, which led to a career in occupational safety and now proprietor of her own construction firm. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Denise Dudak: Do Lions Eat Lobster?

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

Do lions eat lobster? Maybe not on the plains of Africa but in here in Connecticut they will, at least, be cooking lobsters on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Essex Lions Annual Lobster Bake.

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The Sound

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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The Source

Daniel Hand High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian Kyle Northrup says following his interests was a key to his academic success. He’ll attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. Photo courtesy of Kyle Northrup

DHHS Valedictorian Kyle Northrup Shares What it Takes to be Number One

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

When Kyle Northrup got an email in March asking him to meet virtually with Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) Principal...

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The Source

As a longtime member of the shoreline chamber community, Michele Call is ready to step up as executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. 

Photo courtesy of Michele Call

New Chamber Director Michele Call Has ‘Dream Job’ Supporting Local Businesses

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

How many people can confidently say they have their dream job? Michele Call, for one.

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The Source

Madison Economic Development Commission Chair (and founding co-publisher of The Source) Ryan Duques is being honored as Madison Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for the commission’s efforts to “Light Up Madison” during the otherwise dark COVID winter. Photo by Analise Duques

Ryan Duques: A Longtime Local Luminary

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

Ryan Duques, a fourth-generation Madison resident, is a familiar face around town and at this newspaper—Ryan co-founded The Source 25 years ago with his friend James Warner, and Ryan says it was his idea to bring the Person of the Week feature to the Shore Publishing newspapers.

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Guilford Courier

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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The Source

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 26, 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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The Source

After more than three decades at the Killingworth Nursery School, Mary Angus will retire as director this June. Photo courtesy of Mary Angus

Mary Angus: Celebrating a Career Caring for Kids

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

Mary Angus is retiring as director of Killingworth Nursery School (KNS) next month. She has lived in Killingworth for more than 40 years and began working at KNS in 1987 when her daughter, Jodi, was enrolled in preschool there.

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The Source

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 May 05, 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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The Source

Madison Exchange Club President-elect Christine Beirne is also active with the E.C. Scranton Library Board. Photo courtesy of Christine Beirne

Christine Beirne: Making the Most of Opportunities

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

Christine Beirne is the daughter of Irish immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1950s. As a first-generation American married to Brian, who came here from Ireland as a kid, Christine developed pride in both her parents’ homeland and her own

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Marlene Beckman has made a comfortable home in North Madison for 50 years, but not before two whirlwind years of entertaining on the road with the Ice Follies. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Source

Marlene Beckman: A Dazzling Moment in Time as an ‘Ice Folliette’

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

The “Vermont of Madison” is how Marlene Beckman describes the North Madison home she and her husband, Chuck, have owned the house for more than 50 years. But just a few years prior to buying that house, Marlene’s life was about to take a turn in a radically different direction, entertaining crowds of hundreds and even thousands at some of the largest and most prestigious venues around the country: The Ice Follies.

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The Source

Eileen Unger-Pleines has combined her concern for her community and her patience to help hundreds of people, from locals to those she’s never met, successfully get a vaccination. Photo courtesy of Eileen Unger-Pleines

Eileen Unger-Pleines Is Happy to Get You a Vaccine (If You Want)

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

Killingworth resident Eileen Unger-Pleines calls it selfishness, which to many might seem odd. After all, she’s independently volunteered hundreds of hours of her own time over the last three months repeatedly going through the arduous process of signing up for the coronavirus vaccine to help people all over the area get their shot—hardly the behavior of someone who is only thinking about herself.

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The Source

As parent support counselor at Madison Youth & Family Services, Frankie Esposito is in a unique spot to help parents and kids during a unique time. 

Photo courtesy of Frankie Esposito

Frankie Esposito Brings Full-Service Care to Families

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

Anyone with kids knows that the energy and time required, along with the skillset and expertise needed to raise children easily rivals many high-skilled professions.

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The Source

As an alum of The Country School, Devan Cowles-Garcia felt the school could do better teaching about race and equity issues. The school agreed. 

Photo courtesy of Devan Cowles-Garcia

Cowles-Garcia Retreads Activist Path at The Country School

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

It starts with the children.

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The Source

As an attorney and an instrument-rated small airplane pilot, Guilford resident Jenifer Sills Yoxall has been charting new territory as one of the few local attorneys familiar with drone laws, and hopes to help others navigate some of the more important aspects of drone operation. She’s shown here with her plane on Block Island, Rhode Island during a family trip. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sills Yoxall

Attorney Jennifer Sills Yoxall Hopes to Help Operators Navigate Drone Law

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

As an attorney and an instrument-rated small airplane pilot, Guilford resident Jenifer Sills Yoxall has been charting new territory as one of the few local attorneys familiar with drone laws, and hopes this story will help recreational and commercial drone flyers navigate current and evolving regulations and other important aspects tied to drone operation.

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The Source

Killingworth physical therapist and rehab supervisor Noreen Saunders 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 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

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

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The Source

After several years serving on the Madison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Madison beach Hotel General Manager John Mathers is preparing to step into the role of chamber president at the end of current President Rose McLaughlin’s term on July 1. 

Photo courtesy of John Mathers

Meet Madison Chamber President-Elect John Mathers

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

As the promise of spring draws near and people move to outdoor activities, John Mathers, president-elect of the Madison Chamber of Commerce says, “I haven’t seen a lot of people in a while, with the whole COVID thing.”

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The Source

The Town of Essex has a new head for a new Planning & Zoning Department, Carey Duques. Photo courtesy of Carey Duques

Carey Duques: Planning Ahead

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

When you are new to a job, you want to start to recognize familiar faces. Madison’s Carey Duques, however, has learned to recognize half faces.

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