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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A Woman for All Seasons: Laurie-Jean Hannon Guides Special Olympians in Winter, Summer, and World Competitions

Town Treasurer Laurie-Jean Hannon may have packed away her skis some time ago, but with her help Connecticut’s 2019 Special Olympic Winter Games will be a success.She got started as...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Joan McPherson: An Artist’s Eye

Joan McPherson of Madison recently won the Golden Art Materials Award in the New England Watercolor Society’s 2019 Signature Member Show in Boston for her watercolor painting View from the...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Carolyn Blicharz: It’s Time

Carolyn Blicharz has found a way to be a part of a public speaking contest without having to open her mouth. She is the timekeeper at the upcoming Four-Way Test Contest sponsored by the Rotary...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kerr Wins 2019 CT VFW Patriot’s Pen State Prize

Seventh-grader Nathaniel “Nathan” Kerr has already done much to make East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) proud of this remarkable student in recent months. But on Jan. 13, school...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 12:54 p.m.

East Haven Shoplifter Arrested After Trying to Get Into Passing Motorist’s Vehicles

A shoplifter from Home Depot was arrested after 911 calls began coming in reporting a male disrupting traffic on Frontage Road.On Feb. 9, officers were dispatched to the area of Frontage...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 03:03 p.m.

Madison Recognizes Artist of James Madison Portrait

Those who have been to the Madison Town Campus are likely familiar with the impressive James Madison portrait that hangs in the main meeting room. While the portrait is well known, until now, not...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 01:20 p.m.

A Road to Referendum: Academy School Community Center Planning Goes to Committee

A poll was conducted, residents weighed in, and the results favored a community center use over private development for the Academy School building. So what happens now?On Feb. 11, the...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 12:13 p.m.

Madison Officials Approved Temporary Tax Deferment Program

In an effort to help those local federal employees altered by the recent federal shutdown, the Madison Board of Selectmen (BOS) adopted a specific tax deferment program for those employees at a...

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Polson Students Compete in Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Kate Fiorelli, a 7th grade student at Polson Middle School, is this year’s first place winner in the annual Peace Poster competition sponsored by the Madison Lions Club. Fiorelli and 68 of...

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Banisch: No Lines at the Gate

Summer is just around the corner (I hope!) and so it will soon be time to get your beach pass. We’re making some improvements to the system to address problems and complaints we’ve...

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

DHHS Students Prepare for the Business World

On Jan. 11, in conjunction with Junior Achievement, the On Your Own Class at Daniel Hand High School was interviewed by business members of the community to prepare them for the business world....

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

American Legion Post 48 Installs Officers

American Legion Post 48 recently held its 99th officer installation ceremony. The new officers are Commander Ron DeMartino, Senior Vice Commander Remington Katon, Adjutant John Wygmans, Service...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 02:58 p.m.

Guilford Land Conservation Trust Receives $20,000 Bequest

The Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) started 2019 with an unexpected and generous gift. In January, the GLCT received a $20,000 bequest from the estate of Barbara Jane (Brewer) VanDerMaelen....

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 471 Members Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

Five members of Boy Scout Troop 471 in Guilford recently achieved the rank of eagle scout.Cliff Mackowiak built a GaGa Pit; Oscar Scott built picnic tables at Lake Quonnipaug; Owen Dray...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 12:11 p.m.

Proposed Town and Schools Budgets, Up 3.43%, Move to BOF

On Feb 7, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved a proposed $30,607,971 town operating budget for fiscal year 2019-’20, an increase in spending over last year of $1,140,993 or 3.87 percent....

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Housing Improvement Funds Now Available for Guilford Residents

In Dec. 2018, Guilford received $442,000 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program. The program allows low- to moderate-income Guilford residents apply for funds...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 07 a.m.

Open Mic Nights for All at SUUS

Lacy Joy Whitefeather on guitar, Jill Alexander on vocals, and Howard Rubin on bass were among the performers at the Open Mic for All at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society (SUUS) on Feb. 8....

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 07 a.m.

Family Fitness Night Returns to Melissa Jones Elementary School

Sophia Delong, 7, makes her way through the obstacle course at the Melissa Jones Elementary School fourth annual Family Fitness Night held Feb. 8. The evening provided a variety of activities...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 07 a.m.

Chester Library Holds Comic Book Workshop for Kids

The Chester Public Library held a create-your-own graphic novel or comic strip workshop on Feb. 9, led by Karen Schumann, the children’s event coordinator for R.J. Julia Booksellers. Here,...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 09 a.m.

2019 Off to a Good Start for Essex Lions Club

Most visible for its traditional late summer lobster bake fundraiser, the Essex Lions Club does a lot more than just cook up tasty tidbits. Most recently the club, which has approximately 50...

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Local News • Published Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Welcome, Valerie Ellen Monette!

Christopher and Stephanie Monette welcomed a daughter, Valerie Ellen Monette, Aug. 22, 2018. She was also welcomed by her brother Liam Monette, maternal grandparents Dan and Cindy Wilcox of Essex, ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 01:15 p.m.

Essex Named ‘The Most Charming Small Town in Connecticut’

Known for its nautical history, small town charm, status on the National Register of Historic Places, and quintessential New England ambiance, Essex has recently been recognized by the Travel...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Stressed Out? Learn How to Choose Love

Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, will be speaking and spreading the word about how to choose love at John Winthrop Middle School on Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 8...

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Local News • Published Feb. 12, 2019 11:59 a.m.

A New Face in the Chester Tax Office

January is a busy time in the Tax Collector’s Office, and Chester residents stopping by may have noticed a new face in the office: Susan Shrack.Shrack, a Connecticut native, recently ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2019 07 a.m.

Fight Like a Girl: Valley Shore YMCA Holds Women’s Self Defense Class

The Valley Shore YMCA held its Fight Like a Girl Women’s Self Defense Class on Feb. 9. The class is designed to give women the skills and confidence to keep themselves safe from personal...

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