Saturday, October 23, 2021

Person of the Week

The Source

Mike Penders draws on a proud history of volunteer service as fire chief of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company. Photo courtesy of Mike Penders

Mike Penders: Proud to Lead the NoMads

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

Even in a town devoted to community service, the volunteers of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company and their Fire Chief Mike Penders stand out. Many residents may not realize that the fire personnel in Madison are volunteers, but that doesn’t mean they’re unprepared.

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Guilford Courier

The public is invited to join Mark Sullivan for his solo organ recital, “Fall Bach,” coming Sunday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. to Guilford’s Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park Street, where Sullivan is music director. Photo by Donna LaFata

‘Fall Bach’: Sullivan Shares Bach Organ Recital at Christ Church Nov. 7

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

For Mark Sullivan and the church leadership, a bit of a playful tone threads the program name of his solo public organ recital, “Fall Bach,” coming Sunday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. to Guilford’s Christ Episcopal Church, where Mark is music director.

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East Haven Courier

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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The Sound

Since 1997, Branford has been at the forefront of regulating lighting that promotes “dark skies” town wide, through fixture shielding and other simple practices; thanks in no small part to Branford native Bob Crelin. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., Crelin will give a free Zoom lecture, “Night, Light & Sight: The Importance of Dark Skies,” presented by Living Wisely and Well on Planet Earth of Branford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

‘Night, Light & Sight’: Crelin Shares the Importance of Dark Skies

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

There’s a rather ominous moniker to a beneficial concept Bob Crelin has been promoting for the past 24 years: “dark skies.”

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Harbor News

Christa Maynard is the new member services manager for the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Christa Maynard: At the Center of Chamber Action

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

Promoting the places to be and things to do in Old Saybrook is nothing new for Christa Maynard.

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North Haven Courier

Caitlin Hyatt is chairing Vox Church’s Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of Caitlin Hyatt

Hyatt Building Connections as Vox’s Director of Community Outreach

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

After joining Vox Church in March, Caroline Hyatt immediately got involved as a member of VoxKids, helping the VoxKids director. Soon Caitlin began asking about different community outreach opportunities and learned that the former director was unable to continue the role.

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Valley Courier

Moving from Essex to Chester, Overabove CEO John Visgilio says he’s long been a fan of the Chester vibe. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

John Visgilio: Advertising in the Digital Age

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

John Visgilio is back where he started out after college: Chester. John had a freelance job with Chester resident Peter Good. Good and his wife Jan Cummings are nationally known graphic designers.

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The Sound

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. 13, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Deane is working to prevent others from suffering the same fate.

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Guilford Courier

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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The Source

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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North Haven Courier

Lil Cooney has worked in the bussing industry for more than 30 years and is now a dispatcher for M&J Bus Inc. in North Haven. Photo courtesy of Lil Cooney

Lil Cooney Puts Puzzle Pieces Together as M&J Dispatcher

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

Throughout Lil Cooney’s 31-year career in the busing industry, the past 18 months have proved to be the most challenging of any time she has ever seen. Lil is a dispatcher for M&J Bus, Inc.’s North Haven location and every day seems to bring new challenges.

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East Haven Courier

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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Valley Courier

Region 4 Superintendent of Schools Brian White joined the district shortly before what would become a particularly challenging time for schools, due to COVID-19. He says the skill and dedication of the faculrty and staff made the transition as smooth as possible. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Brian White: When School is Never Over

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

Most adults in the United States have one cell phone; Brian White has two, one for school business and one for personal calls. And there is a lot of school business because Brian is the superintendent of schools of Regional District 4, comprising Essex, Deep River, and Chester.

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Harbor News

It’s not too soon to decorate the tree when you’re designing 12 trees to be auctioned off for charity. Tess Taft Cowan Edge of Clinton has joined with Roxanne Seifert Eurto, Sue Melchior, Sue Engel, and Becky Eliot Keating to form the the Semper Humanitas 12 Trees of Kindness effort. Photo courtesy of Tess Taft Cowan Edge

Tess Taft Cowan Edge Hopes to Spread Holiday Cheer

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

Serving others has something that has long been important to Clinton native Tess Taft Cowan Edge. Now, Tess is hoping to spread some holiday cheer and kindness with her 12 Trees of Kindness auction.

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The Source

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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Guilford Courier

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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North Haven Courier

Sam Richardson is enjoying settling into her role as the technical services librarian at North Haven Memorial Library. Photo courtesy of Sam Richardson

Check Out Sam Richardson: North Haven Library’s New Technical Services Librarian

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

Sam Richardson is a first-generation college graduate, though it didn’t always look like college would be her path. After graduating from Bristol Central High School in 1994, Sam got a job in health insurance that took her to New Orleans and then San Diego.

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Valley Courier

Good friends—and an ease in asking them for money—helps Joshua Janson in his fundraising success. His current project is Memento Vivere: A Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Joshua Janson: The Art of the Benefit

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

It was serendipity. Joshua Janson saw the story in the back of a magazine, a real estate feature called Steal of the Week; it was a house in Middletown.

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The Sound

From flying C-47s in World War II to keeping his pool game sharp today, North Branford resident and Madison native Bob Hart, 99, is a remarkable man who has lived a remarkable life. While he matter-of-factly notes he’s outlived many he’s known, Hart has made new friends at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, his home of nearly five years. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Sound

Nearly 100, Bob Hart Reflects on His Remarkable Life

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

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

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East Haven Courier

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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Harbor News

Terry Hathaway and her husband Doug have created a Halloween tradition at their extensively decorated Alden Drive home in Clinton. Photo courtesy of Terry Hathaway

Terry Hathaway: A Tradition of Raising Spirits

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

What’s Halloween in Clinton without a drive by the Halloween house? You know the house—the one at 9 Alden Drive with enough decorations outside that you can see it a mile away.

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The Sound

When it comes to producing “Nightmare in North Branford,” an outdoor haunted trail coming Saturday, Oct. 23 to Totoket Valley Park, the spirits could not have possessed a more perfect person for the job than volunteer organizer Mary-Elissa Giovanni. 

Photo courtesy of Mary-Elissa Giovanni

Giovanni’s Halloween Dream is ‘Nightmare in North Branford’

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

When it comes to producing Nightmare in North Branford, an outdoor haunted trail coming Saturday, Oct. 23 to Totoket Valley Park, the spirits could not have possessed a more perfect person for the job than Mary-Elissa Giovanni.

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Guilford Courier

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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North Haven Courier

Despite his hectic schedule, Ed Cohen makes time to give back to the community as president of the North Haven Lions Club. Photo courtesy of Ed Cohen

Cohen Enjoys Giving Back to Community as Lions President

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

Ed Cohen has been involved with the Lions Club since 2008 and currently serves as president of the North Haven Lions Club. Ed has only been involved in North Haven since he moved back to the area in October 2019.

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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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Valley Courier

Now a senior partner with Centerbrook Architects, Cassie Archer is the designer behind Chester Elementary School’s new open-air meeting space. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Cassie Archer: The Great Outdoors

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

When Chester Elementary School students sit in the new open-air meeting space adjacent to Chester Elementary School, they aren’t thinking about Cassie Archer.

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Harbor News

Tricia Carlin is the new children’s librarian for the Westbrook Public Library, a place she’s already found very welcoming. Photo courtesy of Tricia Carlin

Barks Yes, Shushes No: Westbrook Welcomes New Children’s Librarian

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

Earlier this year Mary Nyman, the longtime children’s librarian at Westbrook Public Library (WPL), retired, leaving a hole in the library community. Tricia Carlin has stepped in to fill the void as the new children’s librarian.

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East Haven Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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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Harbor News

Clinton resident Lourdes Rojas has dedicated time to her senior neighbors through the Clinton Community Assistance Team, among many other volunteer roles. 

Photo courtesy of Lourdes Rojas

Lourdes Rojas: Changing the Mood Through Helping Others

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

Earlier this summer Clinton started a new program aimed at helping seniors’ citizens with easy tasks around the house by utilizing volunteers. One of the first volunteers to sign up was Lourdes Rojas.

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