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Obituaries • Published Dec. 13, 2018 11:08 a.m.

Michael Andrew Ellesio

Michael Andrew Ellesio, 75, of Guilford passed away peacefully on Dec. 1 with his family by his side. Known as Mike, Dad, Granddad, GrandMike, Uncle Mike, and Mr. Mike, his quiet and calming...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 13, 2018 10:56 a.m.

Austin Louis Joyner

Austin Louis Joyner, age 80, husband of Marika Bollen Joyner, passed away after a long illness on Dec. 5 with his family by his side. Al was born on Nov. 14, 1938, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to the...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 13, 2018 10:39 a.m.

Louis A. Labanara, Sr.

On Nov. 23 Louis A. Labanara, Sr., 99, of Madison passed peacefully at Connecticut Hospice. Born in New Haven Nov. 8, 1919, Lou was the son of Archille and Julia Labanara. He was predeceased by...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 13, 2018 10:16 a.m.

Ralph Louis DePonte

Ralph Louis DePonte, 87, born on March 1, 1931, in New Haven, died peacefully on Nov. 23 at his home in Killingworth.Ralph is survived by his beloved wife Carol Burdick DePonte of 62 years. ...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 06:39 p.m.

James Craig Griffin, Ph.D.

James Craig Griffin, Ph.D., of Deep River, passed away on Dec. 9 of natural causes at the age of 70. Jim was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 4, 1948, and was the only child of J.C. and Mary...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 06:13 p.m.

Michael Rayner

Michael Rayner passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Nov. 26 at the age of 64.Michael was born in 1954, the fourth of eight children, to Charles and Mary Rayner of Deep River. He...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 05:53 p.m.

Troy Arthur Hoelzen

Troy A. Hoelzen passed on Dec. 1 at age 54.A photographer, he used his camera to share his vision of the world as it was and as it could be. He loved to walk, camera in hand, capturing with ...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 05:42 p.m.

Louis M. Albarella

Louis M. Albarella, 101, of Sun City, Florida, formerly of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Nov. 30 at his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Weber Albarella. Louis was...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 05:32 p.m.

Georgianne Fastaia

Georgianne Fastaia passed away on Nov. 25 at the age of 54 in Fremont, California.She spent her formative years in Vernon and graduated Rockville High School in 1982. She moved to San...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 05:16 p.m.

Carl Barone

Carl Barone, 69, of Westbrook, loving husband of Priscilla “Penny” (Lawton) Barone for 32 years, died Dec. 5 at Middlesex Hospital. He was born in New Britain, son of the late Louis...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 05:06 p.m.

Salvatore J. Perruccio

Salvatore J. Perruccio, 89, devoted husband of Sophia Perruccio for 66 years and lifelong resident of Old Saybrook, passed away on Dec. 6 after a long illness. Salvatore (Sal) was born April 18,...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 04:48 p.m.

Joseph ‘Joe’ J. Federation

Joseph “Joe” J. Federation of East Haven passed away at age 82 on Dec. 7 in New Haven. Joe was a devoted and loving family man. He is survived by his wife Carole (Mack) Federation;...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 12, 2018 04:38 p.m.

Roger Wehage

Roger Wehage of Atlantic Drive, Old Saybrook, passed away Dec. 7. He was predeceased by both his birth and adoptive parents. Born Jan. 27, 1937, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Woodrow Smith and Lenora...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Colleen Wall: Caring for Kids at MJS

It’s not even halfway through the school year, but Colleen Wall’s office at Melissa Jones School (MJS) is already displaying plenty of heartfelt notes from students and classroom...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Nick Giordano: Cracking the Gingerbread Code

What do gingerbread, baseball, and murder mysteries have in common? Nick Giordano might say it’s the puzzle involved.At an upcoming scholarship fundraiser, Nick will be providing a...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Suzanne Burns: Telling the River’s Story

What links Pittsburg, New Hampshire, a town with a population of 813 at the Canadian border, and the valley shore area of Connecticut? Even if the New Hampshire town is not a familiar name, there...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Jan Lougal: Staying Vital Amid Changes

Jan Lougal carries the title of director of East Haven’s senior center, but she and her dog Pepper are both longtime professional caregivers.“When people come in...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Mark Segal: Traveling West to Discover the East

Distinct Realms, a solo art exhibit with works by Connecticut artist Mark Segal, opens on Thursday, Dec. 13 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Madison Art Cinemas. The exhibit features Chinese...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

As an educator and a musician, Katie Trainer always strives to find new ways to bring people and music together. She started with music at a young age and soon decided to make a career of it....

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Making Connections in a Caring Community

Abby Roccapriore has lived—and been an active participant—in Clinton for more than a decade, though she’s not likely to ever escape her regional roots. Abby is part of the...

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Local News • Published Dec. 12, 2018 07 a.m.

Holiday Tradition Fills Chester Center During First Friday

Chester held its annual holiday tree and menorah lighting on Dec. 7. The event also included caroling, a visit from Santa, music, and more. Here, Dylan Gosnell take in the sights from dad...

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Local News • Published Dec. 12, 2018 09 a.m.

Valley Regional High School Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Program

It’s official: Valley Regional High School (VRHS) is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) High School, the first public high school in Middlesex County to achieve this prestigious ...

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Local News • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Essex Reaches Sustainability Goals, Adopts New Initiative

During the fiscal year 2017-’18, the Town of Essex has made impressive progress toward its goals of making Essex a more sustainable community:Goal 1: Reduce municipal electric...

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Local News • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Essex Garden Club Recognized for Civic Work

The Essex Garden Club (EGC) was recently recognized by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut for its civic work maintaining parks, traffic islands, and especially the fundraising used for the...

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Local News • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

People in the News

Dean’s List• Meagan Sticht of Deep River was named to the Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University for the spring semester, 2018.• Sara...

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