Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Person of the Week

North Haven Courier

Chris Murray retired from the North Haven Fire Department on July 30, having worked as a career firefighter for 41 years. Photo courtesy of Chris Murray

Chris Murray Retires from NHFD After Four Decades of Service

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

Throughout his 41-year career as a firefighter, Chris Murray has seen a lot change, particularly when it comes to firefighters’ safety gear and technology. He remembers his gear included a “thick raincoat” and 3/4 rollup boots when he was hired by the North Haven Fire Department in 1980 instead of today’s full gear with air packs. He and his fellow firefighters rode on the back tailboard on trucks with open jump seats instead of today’s fully enclosed trucks.

Read More

East Haven Courier

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

With a lifetime’s experience with fife and drum corps, Michele Auger is working to re-start the Comstock Fife and Drum Corps. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Michele Auger: Music to Ivoryton’s Ears

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.

Read More

Harbor News

Through her willingness to take on new roles and genuine interest in people, Sharon Slaton has become an essential part of the Estuary Council of Seniors. Photo courtesy of Sharon Slaton

Sharon Slaton: Keeping Things—and People—Together at ECSI

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

This is how it started: Sharon Slaton’s mother-in-law was on the board of the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) and mentioned that the council could use some part-time help if Sharon was free.

Read More

The Sound

After 18 years supporting North Branford’s treasured senior population, Senior Center Program Coordinator Kathy Poston recently switched over from full-time to part-time senior program coordinator, and is now working collaboratively with the center’s new full-time program coordinator, Sarah Brown. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Kathy Poston Switches Posts, But Still Serves North Branford’s Seniors

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

After 18 years supporting North Branford’s treasured senior population, “now, I could be a senior in my own senior center!” says Senior Center Program Coordinator Kathy Poston, with a smile.

Read More

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.

Read More

East Haven Courier

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.

Read More

North Haven Courier

Sotonye Douglas has made North Haven her home while going to med school here, but her efforts are helping students of medicine, law, and more across the country. 

Photo courtesy of Sotonye Douglas

Sotonye Douglas: Finding Medicine’s Intersections of Art and Science, Ability, and Need

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

Sotonye Douglas was born in Brooklyn to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother who met after immigrating to New York. Now living in North Haven as a third-year medical student at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Sotonye has established herself as an achiever and a guiding force for others who may encounter obstacles along their journey to success.

Read More

Harbor News

With a career in the building trades since age 16, Richard Pleines is bringing his experience to Clinton as the town’s new building inspector. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Building Resources in Clinton and Beyond

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

With skills earned as a local contractor and an appreciation for working with people, Richard Pleines has signed on as the new building official in Clinton.

Read More

Valley Courier

Saturday, Aug. 7 will be a hectic but rewarding day for Denise Dudak, who is co-chairing the Essex Lions annual Lobster Bake. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Denise Dudak: Do Lions Eat Lobster?

Published July 28, 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.

Read More

Harbor News

From Lions international to the local probate court, Sharon Tiezzi has a history of stepping up to help. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Sharon Tiezzi: The Pride of Local Lions

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

Whether it’s from food service, to volunteering, to court, over the last 30 years if you’ve lived in Old Saybrook you’ve probably run into Sharon Tiezzi.

Read More

Valley Courier

Paul “Taco” Santowski is working to return a farmers’ market to Deep River.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Taco Cultivates Community Spirit In Deep River

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

Paul “Taco” Santowski is known for many things.

Read More

North Haven Courier

Inspired by an Instagram post, Jenn Cecarelli and her husband Rich launched Peace, Love, Books!, a mobile used bookshop that supports local independent booksellers and gives back to the community. Photo courtesy of Jenn Cecarelli

Cecarelli’s Peace, Love, Books! Bus Combines Passion for Reading and the Community

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

Last summer, Jenn Cecarelli was scrolling through Instagram when she was drawn in by a post @CincyBookBus, a mobile bookstore set up in a classic VW bus.

Read More

East Haven Courier

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.

Read More

The Sound

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Guilford Courier

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.

Read More

Harbor News

Clinton native John O’Connell has devoted the last three decades to keeping Andrews Memorial Town Hall in top shape. Photo courtesy of John O’Connell

John O’Connell: In the Center of It All

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

Go to any meeting, event, or referendum at Andrews Memorial Town Hall in Clinton and you may notice one person hanging out in the background every time.

Read More

East Haven Courier

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.

Read More

North Haven Courier

After working for eight years as a guidance counselor at North Haven High School, Anthony Mastriano has taken over as coordinator of counseling for grades 6 to 12 for North Haven Public Schools. Photo courtesy of Anthony Mastriano

Mastriano Strives to Create Connections with Students as NHPS Coordinator of Counseling

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

Though Anthony Mastriano has always known he wanted to work in the field of education, he wasn’t sure what path he would take in his career.

Read More

Valley Courier

At the end of this month, Diane Arnold will take the helm of the Essex Savings Bank, taking over for retiring bank president Greg Shook. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Diane Arnold: New President at Essex Savings Bank

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.

Read More

The Sound

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.

Read More

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...

Read More

Harbor News

In an effort to better showcase the life of Katharine Hepburn, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) is working on a major expansion project. One of the people helping to facilitate that work is Kimberly Keinz. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Keinz

Kimberly Keinz: Making The Museum of the Kate Even Better

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

“A Real Tribute to Katharine Hepburn” Due to Reopen Fall 2022

Read More

North Haven Courier

Steven Stellato, owner of Stellato’s Deli and Catering, will be the head chef for the upcoming farm-to-table fundraiser dinner to benefit the historical society and the Daytime Gardeners. Photo courtesy of Steven Stellato

Chef Stellato Helps Bring Farm to Table in Fundraiser for North Haven Organizations

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

Throughout his life, Steven Stellato has given back to his community in any way he could.

Read More

Valley Courier

Sally Carlson Crowell is the president of Deep River’s 60 Club, which organizes activities for its members. Photo courtesy of Sally Carlson Crowell

Sally Carlson Crowell: Shall We Dance?

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

Here’s what Sally Carlson Crowell told a representative of Congressman Joe Courtney.

Read More

East Haven Courier

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.

Read More

Guilford Courier

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.

Read More