Sunday, May 09, 2021

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Guilford Courier

Longtime Guilford Sideliners member Brian McGlone, who retired in 2020 from his role as Guilford economic development manager, is currently hard at work to help support the Sideliners’ successful return of the John F. Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament to the links at Portland Golf Club on Friday, June 25. Photo courtesy of Brian McGlone

Off the Sidelines: McGlone Helping Guilford Sideliners’ Annual Golf Tourney Return June 25

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Although Guilford Sideliners had to sideline its annual fundraising event in 2020, luckily, they have Brian McGlone to help bring it back on-line in 2021.

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Harbor News

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam era, Tom Kehoe is an active member of both VFW Post 9918 and the American Legion. Photo courtesy of Tom Kehoe

Tom Kehoe Keeps Finding Ways to Serve

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

More than 10 years ago, Tom Kehoe was asked to join VFW Post 9918 in Clinton.

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Valley Courier

Essex Library Board of Trustees President Kathy Bonomi wants to know what residents really think about their library. Photo courtesy of Kathy Bonomi

Kathy Bonomi: RSVP Please!

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Bonomi is looking for some answers. Kathy, president of the Essex Library Board of Trustees, is eager for Essex residents to respond to the brief community survey that is part of the Essex Library’s strategic planning process.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven resident Jill Anderson Perez has found a second hometown in North Haven through her involvement with the North Haven Fair. Photo courtesy of Jill Anderson Perez

Jill Anderson Perez Prepares to Bring a Taste of Fairs to Summer

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Jill Anderson Perez would have never imagined that the local fair and festival scene would become a big part of her life. Now the lifelong East Haven resident is not only coordinating the Fair Food Festival on the North Haven Fairgrounds this summer, but organizing several other events as well, all while also working full-time in the healthcare industry and raising her three children—nine-year-old Stefan, six-year-old Summer, and two-year-old Grayson—with her husband Felipe.

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The Sound

On Sept. 11, Lisa (Esposito) Selmquist will take part in her third Closer to Free ride as she began her own team, Pedaling for Pop Pop, in honor of her dad, Joe Esposito of Branford. Photo courtesy of Lisa Selmquist

Lisa Selmquist to Ride in Closer to Free for Dad, Joe Esposito

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Though this is the third year that Lisa Selmquist, née Lisa Esposito, has participated in Closer to Free, this year’s event hits closer to home as she will ride in honor of her father, Joe Esposito, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2020

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The Source

For almost 20 years, Bob Eburg has been a stalwart volunteer for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo courtesy of Bon Eburg

Bob Eburg: Keeping the Pantries Stocked

Published May 05, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Bob Eburg said he recently learned how to search his emails, so he went back trying to find one old message in particular.

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The Sound

Jessica Cave is being thanked by many for being a huge help with helping seniors receive vaccines, in her work as North Branford Recreation and Senior Center secretary, a job she’s been in for four years. She found her office “family” thanks to volunteering her graphic design skills to help the town’s Economic Development Commission develop the first “North Branford-Northford Grown” farm brochure, shortly after moving to town in 2015 with her husband, Rob, as the new proprietors of Totoket Tree Farm. Photo courtesy of Jessica Cave

Cave is Happy to Help Out in Her Hometown

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

Back in 2015, Jessica Cave and her husband, Rob, were on the hunt for a unique farm property and came upon the Forte family’s Totoket Tree Farm on Mill Road, which was up for sale.

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Guilford Courier

Marisa Bass is an art historian who’s just made history. The Guilford resident and Yale faculty member has been awarded an inaugural 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in Early Modern Studies, in recognition of her current book project, The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic. Photo by Cindy Ringer of LJR Images

Making History: Art Historian Bass Wins Inaugural Guggenheim Fellowship

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

Marisa Bass is an art historian who’s just made history.

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The Source

Madison Exchange Club President-elect Christine Beirne is also active with the E.C. Scranton Library Board. Photo courtesy of Christine Beirne

Christine Beirne: Making the Most of Opportunities

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

Christine Beirne is the daughter of Irish immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1950s. As a first-generation American married to Brian, who came here from Ireland as a kid, Christine developed pride in both her parents’ homeland and her own

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North Haven Courier

Kathy Farrelly is captain of the Two Wheels for Hope/Smilow North Haven Closer to Free team and will ride in honor of her mom among others. Photo courtesy of Kathy Farrelly

Kathy Farrelly Ready to Ride as Team Captain for Closer to Free

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

Kathy Farrelly knew she wanted to be a nurse from a young age. She was inspired by the stories her grandmother told about the people she took care of in her days as a nurse’s aid.

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East Haven Courier

On Sept. 11, Lisa (Esposito) Selmquist will take part in her third Closer to Free ride as she began her own team, Pedaling for Pop Pop, in honor of her dad, Joe Esposito.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Selmquist

Lisa Selmquist to Ride in Closer to Free for Dad, Joe Esposito

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

Though this is the third year that Lisa Selmquist, née Lisa Esposito, has participated in Closer to Free, this year’s event hits closer to home as she will ride in honor of her father, Joe Esposito, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2020. Her dad recently had surgery and the doctors have said that he is now cancer-free, but Lisa has seen the challenges firsthand.

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s Elizabeth Rieder is a senior research scientist at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elizabeth Rieder Fights Disease by Day, Supports Community at Night

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

Everybody knows about foot-in mouth-disease. Who hasn’t said something they immediately wish they could take back?

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Valley Courier

Deep River artist Lesa Marino learned long ago never to say “No” to an opportunity, which goes a long way to explaining how Deep River Elementary School now has a mascot. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lesa Marino: Meet the Mascot

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

Lesa Marino couldn’t have anticipated what would come from ringing Lauren Feltz’s doorbell last fall. All she planned was a welcoming gesture to a new resident of the neighborhood.

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North Haven Courier

As vice president of the Peter’s Rock Association Board, Joanne Chvisuk is ideally placed to help share her love of the outdoors with the community. Photo courtesy of Joanne Chvisuk

Joanne Chvisuk: Sharing Her Love of the Great Outdoors

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

Joanne Chvisuk grew up in New Haven. Since she moved to North Haven almost 20 years ago, this active outdoors lover has found plenty of ways to enjoy and preserve nature in the area.

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The Source

Marlene Beckman has made a comfortable home in North Madison for 50 years, but not before two whirlwind years of entertaining on the road with the Ice Follies. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Source

Marlene Beckman: A Dazzling Moment in Time as an ‘Ice Folliette’

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

The “Vermont of Madison” is how Marlene Beckman describes the North Madison home she and her husband, Chuck, have owned the house for more than 50 years. But just a few years prior to buying that house, Marlene’s life was about to take a turn in a radically different direction, entertaining crowds of hundreds and even thousands at some of the largest and most prestigious venues around the country: The Ice Follies.

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The Sound

In just three years’ time, Amos Parker has brought so much to Community Dining Room (CDR) as a volunteer that CDR has just created a new position, volunteer kitchen assistant, with Parker at the post. Amos brings years of experience with food rescue and community-supported agricultural farms at a time when CDR is serving more people and expanding strategies to support its health and nutrition plans and its go-green initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Community Dining Room

Parker Brings a Passion for Food Rescue to CDR

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

With years of experience in food rescue and community-supported agricultural farms, Amos Parker has brought so much to Community Dining Room (CDR) as a volunteer that CDR has just created a new position, volunteer kitchen assistant, with Amos at the post.

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Guilford Courier

Luke Izzo, 16, is the youngest moderator of the 24,000-strong NY/CT/MA Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group, for which he’s also established a hotline for non-English speaking folks in need of assistance with lining up their vaccinations. 

Photo courtesy of Luke Izzo

A Vaccine Hunter and Angel: Izzo Assists His Community and Beyond

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

When 16-year-old Luke Izzo first joined the New York/Connecticut/Massachusetts Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group to see if he could help others, his efforts got noticed. Within a few weeks, the New Haven Academy student was asked to become the youngest moderator of the page, which is currently some 24,000 members strong and growing.

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East Haven Courier

As chair of the Shoreline Greenway Trail East Haven Committee, Barbara Brow finds ways to weave the trail and responsible land stewardship throughout the town. Photo courtesy of Barbara Brow

Barbara Brow: A Picture of Patience and Perseverance

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

Barbara Brow of East Haven has been involved with the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) since the group behind it formed in 2002.

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Valley Courier

Essex Rotary member Elizabeth Rieder is a senior research scientist at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elizabeth Rieder Fights Disease by Day, Supports Community at Night

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

Everybody knows about foot-in mouth-disease. Who hasn’t said something they immediately wish they could take back?

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Harbor News

Westbrook native Kathleen Cartwright got her start at the Henry Carter Hull Library before heading off to other adventures, but she’s now back and helping guide the library through the tumult of the COVID pandemic. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cartwright

Kathleen Cartwright: A Place for People as Well as Books

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

It was some well-timed advice from her sister that set Kathleen Cartwright on her eventual career path.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Yanli Muhs is showing strong support for other young women with a swift start in the social justice world. The teenager is co-founder of a non-profit, Poetreef Summer Term, aimed to break down barriers facing young Jamaican women and allow for meaningful international exchange experiences for American teen counselors. The Guilford High School junior also co-leads two female-forward local groups in her hometown. 

Photo courtesy of Yanli Muhs

Muhs Shares Strong Support for Young Women

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

At just 16, Yanli Muhs is showing strong support for other young women with a swift start in the social justice world. Yanli has co-founded a non-profit, Poetreef Summer Term, aimed to break down barriers facing young Jamaican women and allow for meaningful international exchange experiences for American teen counselors. She also co-leads two female-forward local groups in her hometown of Guilford.

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The Source

Eileen Unger-Pleines has combined her concern for her community and her patience to help hundreds of people, from locals to those she’s never met, successfully get a vaccination. Photo courtesy of Eileen Unger-Pleines

Eileen Unger-Pleines Is Happy to Get You a Vaccine (If You Want)

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

Killingworth resident Eileen Unger-Pleines calls it selfishness, which to many might seem odd. After all, she’s independently volunteered hundreds of hours of her own time over the last three months repeatedly going through the arduous process of signing up for the coronavirus vaccine to help people all over the area get their shot—hardly the behavior of someone who is only thinking about herself.

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Harbor News

For almost 20 years, Bob Eburg has been a stalwart volunteer for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo courtesy of Bon Eburg

Bob Eburg: Keeping the Pantries Stocked

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

Bob Eburg said he recently learned how to search his emails so he went back trying to find one old message in particular.

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North Haven Courier

As a lifelong artist, Stef Munzi-Logus is using her talents to write and illustrate a book inspired by her son and educate the public about his hearing loss. Photo courtesy of Stef Munzi-Logus

Stef Munzi-Logus Uses Art to Bring Awareness to Hearing Loss

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

Stef Munzi-Logus has loved drawing and art for as long as she could remember. She has not only been able to channel her passion into her career—she’s a high school art teacher in Hartford—but is now using her talent to raise awareness for microtia and atresia, a hearing loss condition that affects her 13-month-old son Joseph.

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East Haven Courier

Chris Brown loves giving back to the community as a member of the library board and principal of Tuttle School where he’s always striving to be a superhero. 

Photo courtesy of Chris Brown

Chris Brown Counts on Community to Help in Hero’s Quest

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

Chris Brown dons a superhero T-shirt under his dress shirt every day as principal of Tuttle School. As someone who has always loved superheroes and considers the teaching profession as “fairly heroic,” he is constantly looking for ways to be of service to his students.

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The Sound

Northford resident Luke Izzo, 16, is the youngest moderator of the 24,000-strong NY/CT/MA Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group, for which he’s also established a hotline for non-English speaking folks in need of assistance with lining up their vaccinations. Photo courtesy of Luke Izzo

A Vaccine Hunter and Angel: Izzo Assists His Community and Beyond

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

When 16-year-old Luke Izzo first joined the New York/Connecticut Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group to see if he could help others, his efforts got noticed.

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Valley Courier

Noting the disruption that the Class of 2021 has endured, Sarah Waterhouse is proud to chair the Safe Graduation Party Committee that will ensure Valley Regional High School’s graduates have a fun (and safe) way to celebrae. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Sarah Waterhouse: Planning the Party

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

Sarah Waterhouse is working very hard planning a party for more than 100 people, but she won’t even be a guest. Sarah is chair of the committee planning the Safe Graduation Party that follows the graduation ceremony at Valley Regional High School.

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Guilford Courier

Terri Cain is now in her 12th year managing all-volunteer, non-profit Guilford Community Garden HUB, which she helped co-found in 2009, and has been chairing the Sustainable Guilford Task Force since it was established by the Board of Selectmen in 2018. File photo by Richard Esposito/The Courier

In Many Ways, Cain Contributes to Sustainable Living in Guilford

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

When Terri Cain volunteered to co-found and manage Guilford Community Garden HUB (GCGHUB), one of her hopes was to help inspire others in the community to embrace some sustainable practices.

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The Source

As parent support counselor at Madison Youth & Family Services, Frankie Esposito is in a unique spot to help parents and kids during a unique time. 

Photo courtesy of Frankie Esposito

Frankie Esposito Brings Full-Service Care to Families

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

Anyone with kids knows that the energy and time required, along with the skillset and expertise needed to raise children easily rivals many high-skilled professions.

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East Haven Courier

As the administrative assistant at the East Haven’s Mayor’s Office, Regina Araujo has helped to spearhead the vaccine clinic efforts in past months.

Photo courtesy of Regina Araujo

Regina Araujo: Connecting to the Community

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

With the youngest of her four children now a senior in high school and a change of ownership at her last job, Regina Araujo was looking for a new career opportunity.

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