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The Source

Potter and Madison resident Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Madison resident and potter Robert Parrott’s sunset-shoreline-desert-mountain design adorns plates, teapots, canisters, and more—and proves the power of the eye of the beholder.

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Harbor News

Dr. Michelle West with two of the Shoreline Vet Academy’s patients, who will stand in for real pets at the Shoreline Animal Hospital’s vet academy. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Michelle West, DVM of Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton is encouraging future veterinarians and veterinary technicians with the hospital’s upcoming Shoreline Vet Academy for children.

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East Haven Courier

For her work with Goodspeed Musicals, Alexandra Olinyk became the first recipient of the Andrew A. Isen Prize, a grant that she says will take her back to school and advance her theater career. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Olinyk

Alexandra Olinyk: From an East Haven Academy Play to a National Tour

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ally graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater, but she also picked up a lot of experience for the technical side of stage production.

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North Haven Courier

“Coach Joe” DeFrancesco will be coaching teens to success in a new Teen Advisory Board at the North Haven Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, March 26.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Coach Joe Promotes Teen Involvement at the Library

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In his previous corporate career, Joe DeFrancesco might have felt a bit of pressure going before the board.

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The Sound

North Branford Totoket Valley Elementary School (TVES) 5th-grade special education teacher Jackie Thurston is a national Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program grant winner. This summer, she’ll use tech to take students and the community with her to teach in India. She’s also helping TVES kids develop their own ideas to make the world a better place, based on 17 Global Goals set by the United Nations. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Think Globally, Act Locally: North Branford’s Thurston Named Fulbright Global Classrooms Teacher

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jackie Thurston is about get North Branford thinking globally and acting locally.

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Guilford Courier

In addition to her innovative classroom work, Guilford resident Stephanie Johnson (far left, holding award) is one of two coaches for The Country School’s competitive robotics program. She’s shown here at the 2018 fall regional First Lego League Robotics Tournament, where her team qualified once again for the state championship, and Johnson was named Best Mentor. Now, Johnson has been named a Women of Innovation finalist by the Connecticut Technology Council. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Johnson

A Woman of Innovation: Johnson’s Teaching Inspires the Next Generation

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Well before most educators were talking about STEM learning, Stephanie Johnson was learning to teach with a new educational approach, “constructivist teaching.”

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Valley Courier

This time of year, you’ll usually find RiverQuest Captain Mark Yuknat out on the water, tracking down bald eagles and other fauna of the lower Connecticut River.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Mark Yuknat: The Eagle has Landed

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It was blustery day, temperature in the 20s, winds blowing at between 12 and 15 miles an hour, with a wind chill that made it feel like 11 degrees, but the people disembarking from RiverQuest at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex were smiling as they made their way up the gangplank. They had seen what they came for: eagles.

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East Haven Courier

Don Johnson helped build the software for the real life Top Gun system, but he’s also written about the lives of servicemen and will present a talk on one of them on Wednesday, March 27. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Don Johnson Gives Military History from a First-Person Perspective

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Don Johnson’s military life began in the Navy, but it continued through to 2009 as a computer programmer developing aviation training technology.

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The Source

Long-time Killingworth resident and Lions Club member Greg Wind strives to foster collaboration in order to help those who need it most. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Greg Wind: Serving Killingworth’s Youth

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Greg Wind has been a Lion for a decade; his top community service priority is helping the youth of Killingworth.

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North Haven Courier

It’s been two years since Stacey O’Connor brought the Color Run to town to benefit public schools. Now, Megin Kelly is helping the PTA go its own way.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Megin Kelly: Keeping it Local

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Golf pro and Clintonville PTA President Megin Kelly is taking a swing at big changes for the North Haven PTA Road Race, the annual road race fundraiser. The Color Run fundraiser first came to town two years ago. Now it’s being rebranded for a more local flavor.

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Harbor News

Abraham Pierson School music teacher Gina Nedderman is preparing her charges for their final Pierson theater production, Mary Poppins Junior, in May. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Gina Nedderman: Finding the Elements of Fun

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Eleven years ago, music teacher Gina Nedderman was talking with some students in the Abraham Pierson School about theater productions in other venues when one of the kids asked, “Mrs. Nedderman, why don’t we do something here?”

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The Sound

Volunteer Jackie Crosby meets Frisco, a newly arrived one-year-old domestic rabbit at Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. One way Jackie assists the shelter is by sharing her prolific knowledge of bunnies, which she has been raising as pets since the early 2000s. Another way Jackie helps out is by assisting with shelter fundraising events. Tickets are on sale now for the shelter’s annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser, set for Sunday, March 31.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

From Raising Rabbits to Raising Funds, Crosby Helps Cosgrove Shelter

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She’s on the books to volunteer once a week at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, but that’s never stopped Jackie Crosby from coming in to help four afternoons a week, every week.

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Guilford Courier

At Melissa Jones School, physical education teacher Derek DeLucia pumps kids up with Fitness Fridays and other fitness fun that helps keep them healthy and motivated to learn. He’s shown here after a session with kindergarteners in the classroom of teacher Shauna Panella. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

DeLucia Puts the Fun in Fitness at Melissa Jones School

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

He’s the star of Fitness Fridays, the mind behind some stellar physical education grants, the father of an annual family fitness fundraiser, and the ringmaster of a circus-based student experience.

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The Source

President of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, Heather Temple is spending spring getting ready for the annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27 at The Chatfield Hollow Inn. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Heather Temple: Giving Back with the Killingworth Women’s Organization

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Heather Temple of Killingworth, president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, looks forward to the third annual Earth Day Celebration, held at the Chatfield Hollow Inn.

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Valley Courier

John Heiser was named the co-grand marshal alongside his wife Judy of the upcoming Essex Go Bragh Parade to be held Saturday, March 9. Photo courtesy of John Heiser

John Heiser: Ready for a Grand Time at Essex Go Bragh Parade

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For 52 years, John Heiser has lived in the same house in Ivoryton with his wife Judy.

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Harbor News

Frank Boccia and his wife Debra restored a historic wooden boat from England in their Westbrook garage, and can now be seen making the most of the summer aboard Tinker Bell. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Frank Boccia Has a Belief in Boats

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Connecticut shoreline offers locals some exceptional scenery. For shore-goers in Westbrook, a trip to the water may mean catching a glimpse of Frank Boccia and his wife Debra cruising past aboard Tinker Bell, their 20-foot antique wooden boat.

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East Haven Courier

Madelyn Murano started her career in nursing during World War II, but while her field changed over time, her love of caring for others has remained.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Madelyn Murano: A Lifetime of Nursing

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Even at age 93, with her nursing career in the past, Madelyn Murano is still taking care of people as best she can.

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North Haven Courier

Quinnipiac University nursing student Alexandra Ford is helping to sutport the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s oncology ward by planning the QTHON 10-hour dance marathon (which isn’t just dancing, she promises) on Saturday, March 23.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Alexandra Ford: Combining Nursing and Fundraising at Quinnipiac

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

While still a student at Quinnipiac Unniversity, Alexandra Ford has merged her studies in nursing with her job as a patient care assistant at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for a yearlong fundraising event to benefit the center’s oncology ward.

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Guilford Courier

As co-chair of Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG) restaurant fundraising events, Kelley McDevitt-Hooker is busy drumming up support for Silent Auction and raffle prizes for GHSPG’s Wednesday, March 20 fundraising night at Guilford Mooring restaurant. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Project Graduation’s Community Support Carry Over

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

After two years volunteering to assist Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG), if Kelley McDevitt-Hooker had one take-away she could share with parents of Guilford Public School (GPS) students, it would be this:

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East Haven Courier

Andy Serio displays a photo of his uncle, U.S Army Corporal Frank DiPino. After 70 years, Andy and his family’s inquiries into his uncle’s Korean War disappearance may have finally been answered. Andy has prepared a talk on the first year of the Korean War for the Military and Veterans History Group at the Hagaman Memorial Library. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Andy Serio: Searching for Corporal Frank DiPino

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In his search for the fate of his missing uncle, Andy Serio learned a lot about the Korean War and soon, he may have a definitive answer about what happened.

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The Sound

Branford High School senior Sophia Irzyk is relatively new to creating watercolor paintings and low-relief sculpture, but her work in both mediums has just won notable awards in the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Exhibition (including a Gold Key, which carries an $80,000 scholarship to Hartford Art School) and Shoreline Art Alliance’s Future Choices High School Art Competition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

A Year of Artistic Firsts for Irzyk

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She only started working in watercolors about a year ago, and took up low-relief sculpting with cardboard as a challenge for the first time last fall.

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Valley Courier

A longtime veteran of sports broadcasting, Al Jaffe now brings his skills to a different arena: local theater. He’s a member of the Ivoryton Playhouse Board of Trustees and is helping the theater host four one-act plays staged at the upcoming Women Playwrights Initiative on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Al Jaffe: A Seat on the Aisle

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Al Jaffe loves theater and now he has a theater to love. Al has recently become the president of Board of Trustees of the Ivoryton Playhouse.

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The Source

Dr. Michelle West with two of the Shoreline Vet Academy’s patients, who will stand in for real pets at the Shoreline Animal Hospital’s first vet academy on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Killingworth resident Dr. Michelle West, DVM of Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton is encouraging future veterinarians and veterinary technicians with the hospital’s upcoming Shoreline Vet Academy for children.

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North Haven Courier

Andrew Bevilacqua has been a civil engineer for more than 30 years. With that banked experience, it was time for him to take on the new challenge of the town engineer post in North Haven. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Andrew Bevilacqua: Solving Problems and Building Bridges

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Andrew Bevilacqua came on as town engineer at the end of September 2018, but he says North Haven has already become a second home to him in his 30-plus years of civil engineering.

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Valley Courier

Since moving to the area six years ago, Rob Stack  has been engaged in his community through organizations like the Essex Rotary Club and the Essex Community Foundation, which holds its second annual Cheers for Charity Beerfest on Saturday, March 9.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Rob Stack: Brewing Up Some Fun

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As long as you’re over 21, Rob Stack would like you to have a drink, albeit a very small one: two ounces of beer in a plastic cup. But there’s catch: you can fill up that two-ounce cup up again, again, and again.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Poets Guild (GPG) President David Cundy is helping the members of GPG celebrate the guild’s 20th anniversary in 2019 with a full calendar of events. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Carrying On the Craft and Community Contributions: Cundy Helps Guilford Poets Guild Celebrate 20 Years

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Finding a way to both recognize 20 years of Guilford Poets Guilford (GPG) and carry on the craft and cause of GPG’s founders is no small effort.

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The Sound

Notable artist Arthur Guagliumi of Northford shares some of his remarkable watercolors in a special exhibit on view throughout the month of February at the Edward Smith Library in Northford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Part of the Process: Guagliumi Shares His Art

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A beautiful collection of watercolors on display at Northford’s Edward Smith Library frame is just a tiny segment of the vast creative inventory generated by artist Arthur Guagliumi. The display is on view through the month of February at the Smith Library.

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North Haven Courier

After his father died in 2015, Erik Golinowski was left to tend the store. It was a difficult transition, but The Only Game in Town is moving ahead. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Erik Golinowski: A Fresh Face for the Family Business

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Only Game in Town will have been in North Haven for 32 years this year, and has been the Golinowski family business since 2008, when Olek Golinowski took over the business.

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East Haven Courier

Cheryl D’Argento is part of a support group meeting for family members of kids with autism held at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Cheryl D’Argento: Helping Families Address ASD

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Thanks to Cheryl D’Argento, the Hagaman Memorial Library hosts a support group for families dealing with autism.

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The Source

Lydia Holland, children’s librarian at Scranton Memorial Library, enjoys the magical thinking Madison’s younger patrons employ. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Lydia Holland: Making Magic at Scranton Memorial Library

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Lydia Holland joined the Scranton Library staff in November 2017, and worked with then-children’s librarian Jane Ash, who developed and implemented programming for decades. Following Ash’s recent retirement, Lydia has taken the helm, and enjoys the magic of serving Madison’s youngest patrons.

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