Wednesday, August 04, 2021

The Source Person of the Week

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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The Source

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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The Source

Killingworth native Bailey Cornell recently published a children’s book, which was inspired by the story of Major, the first rescue dog in the White House. 

Photo courtesy of Bailey Cornell

Creativity, ‘Corny’ Jokes, and Dogs Combine in New Children’s Book About ‘First Dog’

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

When it was announced that Joe Biden would be heading to the White House and bringing the first shelter dog, Major, along with his sibling Champ, Killingworth native Bailey Cornell was intrigued.

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The Source

In a year of adjustment for everyone, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health CEO Marna Borgstrom has overseen one of the most significant medical responses in a century. Photo courtesy of Marna Borgstrom

Marna Borgstrom: Heading Yale New Haven Health

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

Marna Borgstrom, the chief executive officer of Yale New Haven Hospital and of Yale New Haven Health, remembers the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic in this country.

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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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The Source

A nurse by profession, Ivette Medina has formed a community of curious outdoors enthusiasts through her Facebook page Shoreline Art Rocks. Photo courtesy of Ivette Medina

Creative an Active Community—Through Rocks

Published Jan. 27, 2021 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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The Source

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. 20, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Thayer Talbott gets to do something special at work: Give away money. Now, wait a minute; that’s not to just anyone.

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The Source

Cooper Schwartz is making a difference through his socially conscious company, Hedgehog Beanies, with each sale adding up to give another cozy cap, as well as warm socks and gloves, to homeless folks enduring New England’s winter cold.

Photo courtesy of Cooper Schwartz

Heads Up: Schwartz’s Hedgehog Beanies Help the Homeless

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

In the heat of the summer, Cooper Schwartz was sweating the details on launching his socially conscious company, Hedgehog Beanies.

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The Source

Captain Eva Van Camp’s U.S. Coast Guard career has taken her from the Pacific to the Deepwater Horizon response in the Gulf of Mexico and now to serving as commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Capt. Eva Van Camp Takes on the Hardest Jobs as Coast Guard Leader, Trailblazer

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

Strength and service. That’s what U.S. Coast Guard Captain Eva Van Camp, who oversees hundreds of miles of dangerous waters along the Connecticut and Long Island shoreline, spoke of from her New Haven office along the harbor.

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The Source

With enthusiastic assistance from artist Eileen Eder, Shoreline Arts Trail (SAT) ‘20 Virtual Open Studios is currently at the fingertips of art lovers as an online gallery sharing unique works to view and purchase now through Thursday, Dec. 31 at shorelineartstrail.com.

Photo courtesy of Eileen Eder

Eder Shares Shoreline Arts Trail ‘20 Virtual Open Studios

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

With enthusiastic assistance from artist Eileen Eder, Shoreline Arts Trail (SAT) ‘20 Virtual Open Studios is currently at the fingertips of art lovers as an online gallery sharing unique works to view and purchase now through Thursday, Dec. 31 at shorelineartstrail.com.

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The Source

Deborah Gilbert brings her appreciation of and insight into the local arts scene through her VSCTV program Arts and Entertainment with Deborah Gilbert. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/The Source

Deborah Gilbert is Celebrating the Local Arts Scene

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

Deborah Gilbert developed a love of the performing arts at an early age growing up in Madison and North Branford.

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