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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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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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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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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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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Guilford Courier

At JavaHut on Church Street, Guilford photographer Peter Otis shares six incredible photographs from among hundreds of gorgeous images he’s captured while visiting a plethora of sites. The images are displayed in a unique gallery that’s lighting up the walls through May 11. Here, he enjoys some java in front of his photo Garden Pool. Photo by Bobbe Otis

Otis Captures Images to Share at JavaHut’s Unique Wall Gallery

Published March 31, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When you’ve visited dozens of national parks and many more state and local gems—and photographed them all—figuring out how to represent the lot in six pictures might sound like an impossible task.

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The Source

As an attorney and an instrument-rated small airplane pilot, Guilford resident Jenifer Sills Yoxall has been charting new territory as one of the few local attorneys familiar with drone laws, and hopes to help others navigate some of the more important aspects of drone operation. She’s shown here with her plane on Block Island, Rhode Island during a family trip. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sills Yoxall

Attorney Jennifer Sills Yoxall Hopes to Help Operators Navigate Drone Law

Published March 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As an attorney and an instrument-rated small airplane pilot, Guilford resident Jenifer Sills Yoxall has been charting new territory as one of the few local attorneys familiar with drone laws, and hopes this story will help recreational and commercial drone flyers navigate current and evolving regulations and other important aspects tied to drone operation.

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Guilford Courier

Adrian Price, president of non-profit Guilford Community Fund (GCF), stands at the familiar saltbox house at the corner of Whitfield and Boston streets, reminding all Guilford neighbors it’s time to support GCF’s annual appeal. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Community Fund

Price Sparks Support for Guilford Community Fund

Published March 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

For several months each year, non-profit Guilford Community Fund’s (GCF) familiar saltbox house resumes its Town Green address on the corner of Whitfield and Boston streets, reminding all Guilford neighbors it’s time to support GCF’s annual appeal. For more than 60 years, the appeal and all GCF efforts have been powered by volunteers like GCF President Adrian Price.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Juliana “Julie” Harris, a prolific poet, novelist, actress, and singer, has just published Murder at the Tavern: A Guilford Mystery while also keeping up her work to support Guilford Poets Guild (GPG) as its president. Photo courtesy of Julie Harris

Two Names, Prolific Talent: Guilford’s Julie Harris

Published March 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Have you ever met a true storyteller? That person who can transport you to stand next to her and witness the very thing she’s describing, in spoken word or writing?

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Guilford Courier

High school music teacher Jeremy Taylor of Guilford is part of a team intent on giving students a chance to keep the music going during the pandemic. Photo by Jeremy Milton

Jeremy Taylor: Making Sure The Music Plays On

Published Feb. 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented particular challenges for teaching music in schools, but music instruction has continued, thanks to the seriousness with which its teachers have taken the health risks.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Dr. Daniel Spielman was recently awarded the National Academy of Sciences’ Held Prize for his work on the team that answered a mathematical query more than 50 years old. Photo by Kenneth Gabrielsen

Daniel Spielman: Prized Possessions

Published Feb. 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Daniel Spielman has just done something that he is getting increasingly good at: He has won another prestigious prize.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Chair Veena Kapadia is helping to build the buzz for GFFE’s Virtual Trivia Bee, coming to phones and screens across town Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Families can register now at GFFE’s website, www.gffe.org to join the live Zoom event emceed by State Representative Sean Scanlon (D-98). Players will buzz in with their answers using a kid-friendly app, Kahoot! Photo courtesy of Veena Kapadia

Kapadia Invites Guilford to Buzz In at GFFE’s Virtual Trivia Bee

Published Feb. 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Veena Kapadia is helping to build the buzz about Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Virtual Trivia Bee, coming to phones and screens across town Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

In a year of adjustment for everyone, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health CEO Marna Borgstrom has overseen one of the most significant medical responses in a century. Photo courtesy of Marna Borgstrom

Marna Borgstrom: Heading Yale New Haven Health

Published Feb. 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Marna Borgstrom, the chief executive officer of Yale New Haven Hospital and of Yale New Haven Health, remembers the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic in this country.

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Guilford Courier

With hard work, determination, and the help of free courses offered through Shoreline Adult Education (SAE), Antonio Villanueva achieved his dream of learning to speak English, becoming an American citizen, and voting, for the very first time, in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election. He’s shown here on the day he voted. 

Photo courtesy of Antonio Villanueva

Living the American Dream, With Help from SAE

Published Jan. 27, 2021 08:30 a.m.

It took five years, a lot of work and determination, and some very valuable help from free programs of Shoreline Adult Education (SAE), but Antonio Villanueva has now achieved his dream of learning to speak English, becoming an American citizen, and voting, for the very first time, in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Guilford Courier

Noemi Zelanski Kearns, a Guilford mom of three and founding principal and creative director of Ink&Pixel (formerly How2Designs) of Guilford, is giving back to her community by providing the pro bono services of her agency to create and brand Guilford High School’s (GHS) new Grizzlies mascot, and develop a plan so school-based sales of official sports merchandise will channel back to GHS to offset costs for new uniforms and more.Photo by Lanny Nagler Photography

Kearns Gives New GHS Grizzlies Mascot a Creative Assist

Published Jan. 20, 2021 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to navigating the needs of creating and branding Guilford High School's (GHS) new Grizzlies mascot, and developing a plan so school-based sales of official sports merchandise will channel back to GHS to offset costs for new uniforms and customizing a gym floor graphic, perhaps there's no better person for the job than Noemi Zelanski Kearns.

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The Source

Cooper Schwartz is making a difference through his socially conscious company, Hedgehog Beanies, with each sale adding up to give another cozy cap, as well as warm socks and gloves, to homeless folks enduring New England’s winter cold.

Photo courtesy of Cooper Schwartz

Heads Up: Schwartz’s Hedgehog Beanies Help the Homeless

Published Jan. 13, 2021 08:30 a.m.

In the heat of the summer, Cooper Schwartz was sweating the details on launching his socially conscious company, Hedgehog Beanies.

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The Source

With enthusiastic assistance from artist Eileen Eder, Shoreline Arts Trail (SAT) ‘20 Virtual Open Studios is currently at the fingertips of art lovers as an online gallery sharing unique works to view and purchase now through Thursday, Dec. 31 at shorelineartstrail.com.

Photo courtesy of Eileen Eder

Eder Shares Shoreline Arts Trail ‘20 Virtual Open Studios

Published Dec. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With enthusiastic assistance from artist Eileen Eder, Shoreline Arts Trail (SAT) ‘20 Virtual Open Studios is currently at the fingertips of art lovers as an online gallery sharing unique works to view and purchase now through Thursday, Dec. 31 at shorelineartstrail.com.

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Guilford Courier

Clinton Teacher of the Year and Presidential Excellence winner Stephanie Quarato of Guilford is, like her colleagues across the nation, keeping classes moving ahead despite the current COVID-related challenges. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Quarato

Stephanie Quarato is Making the Grade and More

Published Dec. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Guilford resident Stephanie Quarato wasn’t a big fan of math class when she was a middle school student. In fact, it was one she struggled with.

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Guilford Courier

As non-profit Guilford Keeping Society (GKS) Building and Grounds chair, master craftsman Steven VanDerMaelen has been particularly hard at work in the volunteer role, with several restoration projects now complete or nearly complete at GKS’s historic museums, the Medad Stone Tavern and Thomas Griswold House. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

In Good Hands: VanDerMaelen’s Skill Helps GKS Preserve the Past

Published Dec. 09, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If you scour the planes and angles of a restored historic window, woodwork detail, or other antique aspect of a building where master craftsman Steven VanDerMaelen has been at work, perhaps the highest compliment to pay is noting how the restoration dovetails so neatly with the original, it’s like nothing’s been done at all.

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Guilford Courier

Heather Arcovitch, senior minister at North Madison Congregational church, and her partner Barb McDaniel Black recently won the Gala of the Stars: Dancing for a Cause benefiting Raise the Roof. Photo courtesy of Heather Arcovitch

NMCC Pastor Heather Arcovitch Finds Community Connections While Dancing for a Cause for Raise the Roof

Published Dec. 02, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Heather Arcovitch and her partner Barb McDaniel Black were nominated to participate in the Gala of The Stars: Dancing for a Cause, she was excited for many reasons, including having an opportunity to expand on the ballroom dance class she had taken years ago in college, having a fun hobby to enjoy with her partner during COVID, meeting new people as the couple had recently moved back to the shoreline, and raising money for a local non-profit that the church where she has been a minister has supported since its inceptions.

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Guilford Courier

Whitney Lorenze is curating Future VOICES, Shoreline Arts Alliance’s (SAA) newest opportunity for artists across the spectrum and of all skills to have work with topical themes, particularly those concerning social activism and COVID-19, published on the SAA website during a three-month public exhibit, which opens Thursday, Dec. 10.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Lorenze

The Time is Right for SAA’s Future VOICES

Published Nov. 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With the copious gallery space of the Internet, Shoreline Arts Alliance [SAA] is working to draw artists from across the spectrum, and all levels of ability, to enter pieces inspired by today’s topical themes—from COVID to social activism—into Future VOICES.

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The Source

A nurse at Connecticut Hospice and longtime Madison resident, Karen Miller volunteers much of her time to the ministries of the North Madison Congregational Church. 

Photo courtesy of Karen Miller

Karen Miller: Knowing Her Values and Living Them

Published Nov. 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Karen Miller lived in a multifamily house with her cousins.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Art Center (GAC) volunteer, teacher, and artist Amy Peters is helping to piece together artful fabric bags that will be packed with take-out containers of soup and more for participants of Soup for Good TO GO on Sunday, Dec. 6. Peters is hard at work with her friend and co-GAC volunteer Ellen Cordes to build enough bags as a way to give a gift of art to supporters during year when COVID-19 restrictions have made some changes to the annual fundraising event. Proceeds benefit non-profit GAC and non-profit Community Dining Room of Branford. Photo courtesy of Amy Peters

It’s in the Bag: Creative Support for GAC’s Soup for Good TO GO

Published Nov. 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“It’s a beloved event that’s reinvented for this year, and we hope that its equally beloved this way,” says Amy Peters of Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) Soup for Good TO GO, set for Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at GAC.

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The Sound

As growth director of member-supported, non-profit SAIL LAST, Harland Christofferson spent the summer on Branford waters helping junior and collegiate sailors gain instruction in the sustainable, environmentally responsible sport of keelboat racing while also building STEM skills. Photo courtesy of Harland Christofferson

A Year of Firsts for SAIL LAST

Published Nov. 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

You could say 2020 has been a year of firsts for member-supported, non-profit SAIL LAST. With its first boat, a donated Henderson 30, SAIL LAST capped a summer’s worth of keelboat racing with Branford’s Around the Buoys with the wind in their sails and high expectations for the future.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Interfaith Volunteers (GIV) Executive Director Marta Slattery will miss serving her hometown after she moves to Oregon in December. She’s provided years of community service through her volunteer and professional work with GIV, as well as her service as a board member of Guilford Foundation and vice president of the board of Guilford Free Library. Her last week with GIV will arrive at the end of November. Photo by Jim Slattery

Slattery Has Enjoyed Sharing Strong Support for Guilford

Published Oct. 28, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“I was talking with Tammy DeFrancesco, and she said they needed someone strong to pick up the food at the Connecticut Food Bank. I said, ‘I have a strong back, so I’ll be happy to do it,’” says Marta Slattery. “And that’s how I first got involved with Guilford Interfaith.”

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The Sound

Guilford home cook and well-known Branford retired educator Virginia ‘Ginny’ Baltay has just unlocked the lid on her new cookbook, 'A Steamy Affair with a Pressure Cooker: Recipes, Stories & Saucy Suggestions.' She also plans to share her passion for pressure cooking during three Zoom-connected Shoreline Adult Education evening classes. Photo courtesy of Virginia Baltay

Baltay Uncovers 'A Steamy Affair with a Pressure Cooker: Recipes, Stories & Saucy Suggestions'

Published Oct. 14, 2020 08:30 a.m.

'When you mention the word ‘pressure cooker,’ people really turn off. But if you talk about in a saucy way, they get a kick out of it,' says Virginia 'Ginny'Baltay.

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Guilford Courier

Supported by Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF), Guilford author/actress Julie Fitzpatrick’s spoken word piece All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story is taking shape right now and will premiere at the next festival, scheduled for September 2021. She is one of six Connecticut performing artists just named a recipient of GPAF’s 2020 Artists’ Awards. Photo by Alana Range

Inspiration in a Pandemic: Fitzpatrick Pens ‘All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story’

Published Oct. 07, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Inspired in a pandemic and supported by Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF), Guilford author/actress Julie Fitzpatrick’s spoken word piece All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story is taking shape right now and will premiere at the next festival, scheduled for September 2021.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford author Milton Brasher-Cunningham’s new book, ‘The Color of Together: Mixed Metaphors of Connectedness,’ will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m., when Breakwater Books presents a special, outdoor book signing event (pre-registration required) at the barn at 19 Church Street, Guilford.

Photo Courtesy Milton Brasher-Cunningham

Brasher-Cunningham Shares Hope with ‘The Color of Together’

Published Sep. 30, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“I was two years late on my deadline for my book submission. Sometimes you miss a moment, and sometimes, you land in one you didn’t know you were preparing for.”

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Alexandra Demitrack is shown here at a prolific vegetable garden, which she also helps to maintain, at her place of employment, Branford Fire Department (BFD). The Branford firefighter/paramedic is putting her organic gardening experience to work to help BFD establish organic pollinator pathway gardens on the grounds of the firehouse. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Demitrack

A Growing Effort to Support Pollinator Pathways

Published Sep. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

This Guilford resident spent part of the summer nurturing and growing a native, sustainable, and all-organic pollinator pathway garden on the grounds where she works.

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Guilford Courier

Marie Mordarski has taken on the role of volunteer/program coordinator for non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR), which serves the shoreline including Guilford. CDR has just announced it will resume in-person volunteer training with a special session on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. at CDR, 30 Harrison Avenue in Branford. 

Photo courtesy of the Community Dining Room

During a ‘New Normal,’ Mordarski Helps CDR Volunteers Make a Difference

Published Sep. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

At a time when programming and in-person volunteering looks quite different at many non-profits, Marie Mordarski has taken on the role of volunteer/program coordinator for non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR).

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