Tuesday, September 22, 2020

East Haven Courier Person of the Week

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Sylvia Curcio has always made time to volunteer in various ways in the community, while also making family time a priority. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Curcio

Sylvia Curcio Loves Giving Back to Family and Community

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

Though Sylvia Curcio grew up in Canada and lived in Michigan with her husband, they have called the Connecticut shoreline home for more than three decades.

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Renee Arenas has been the assistant town clerk for the Town of East Haven for nearly four years. Photo courtesy of Renee Arenas

Renee Arenas Enjoys Connection with Residents as Assistant Town Clerk

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

While Renee Arenas has worked as the assistant town clerk in the Town Clerk’s Office at East Haven Town Hall for nearly four years, this year has proven to be the most challenging yet.

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After 1,500 hours of work, Bob Gentile completed his one-twentieth-scale model of Old Stone Church. Photo courtesy of Bob Gentile

Bob Gentile Recreates Old Stone Church

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

Ever since he was a little boy, Bob Gentile has loved trains and model buildings. His fascination began with the train his family would set up every year at Christmastime and while his six siblings lost interest, Bob never did.

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East Haven’s new chief administrative officer and director of economic development Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr., may be new to town, but not to town government. He’s a former four-term first selectman in his hometown of Trumbell. 

Photo courtesy of Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr.

Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr.: New to Town, But Not Town Government

Published Aug. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Since Aug. 3, Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr., has been serving as the interim chief administrative officer and director of economic development for the Town of East Haven.

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Norleen Ponte is the found of the Madi Ponte Foundation, which she started in memory of her daughter who passed away in 2007. The foundation helps families with children in the Yale NICU and more. Photo courtesy of Norleen Ponte

Norleen Ponte Remembers Late Daughter Through Madi Ponte Foundation

Published Aug. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When lifelong East Haven resident Norleen Ponte and her husband, Norbert, were expecting their first child, they started a college fund. At 17 weeks in utero, though, their daughter Madi was diagnosed with a number of medical complications and she was not expected to live through the pregnancy.

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Jackie O’Neill St. Peter is the area director for Business Network International and involved in many different ways of helping others. Photo courtesy of Jackie O’Neill St. Peter

For Jackie O’Neill St. Peter, It’s About Helping Others and Family

Published Aug. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Jackie O’Neill St. Peter has always looked for ways to help people. She and her husband grew up in East Haven where many in her family still live.

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Robyn Genzano is an active volunteer with the East Haven Arts Commission, which is hosting virtual classes this summer. Photo courtesy Robyn Genzano

Robyn Genzano Carries on Passion for Theater

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up watching her mother Cindy Genzano direct shows at North Branford High School (NBHS), Robyn Genzano has fond memories of watching rehearsals, interacting with students, and seeing the production come together.

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Davin Garamella will be honored by the East Haven Fire Department for his role in saving a man from drowning. Photo courtesy of Dave Garamella

Davin Garamella’s Quick Thinking Saves Man’s Life

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Having lived near the beach in East Haven for his whole life, 14-year-old Davin Garamella spends time on the beach, and in the water, swimming, kayaking, sailing, or fishing. Then, on July 19, Davin went to the beach and saved a man’s life.

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Born and raised in East Haven, Tammy still is very involved in East Haven through work and volunteering, but now living in Guilford, she also gives back to her new hometown.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Mazzucco Afragola

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola Spreads Her Roots to Two Communities

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola has deep ties to both East Haven and Guilford. She grew up in East Haven, now teaches at East Haven’s Deer Run Elementary School, and is an active member of the East Haven Rotary.

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Venice Garner Moore made the leap to begin her own practice, Embrace Your Difference, and is sharing the importance of the concept, self career, and more in a column throughout July in honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Venice Garner Moore

Venice Garner Moore Shines Light on Minority Mental Health Awareness

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

At a peaceful protest in Madison, Venice Garner Moore—a therapist, life coach, author, and motivational speaker—met an editor from the Courier, and Venice suggested a story highlighting Minority Mental Health Awareness.

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A cancer survivor herself, Jamie Torello has focused her energies on fundraising for a cure following the loss of her mom to the disease last summer. She’s also discovered a flair for crafting unique wreaths. Photo courtesy of Jamie Torello

Jamie Torello: Fundraising for Cancer in Mom’s Memory

Published July 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Not a day goes by in which East Haven native Jamie Torello doesn’t think about her mom, who passed in July of last year from lung cancer.

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Some make masks, others donate food. For photographer Jennifer Schatz, her way to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic has been to take family and graduate photos. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Schatz

Jennifer Redente Schatz: Capturing Miraculous Moments During Distancing

Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words, especially when that picture captures the love of family in the midst of stressful times.

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David Emerman has been recognized as a leader soon after he joined the East Haven Police Department in 2004, and his latest move will be a promotion to captain alongside fellow lieutenant (and recent Person of the Week) Joseph Murgo.

Photo courtesy of David Emerman

David Emerman: Rising in the Ranks

Published June 17, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Lieutenant David Emerman of the East Haven Police Department is moving up to the rank of captain, thanks to his good work and 16 years of dedication to the town of East Haven. Dave will assume his new post on July 1.

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A 14-year-old DJ, Tory Teto can be spotted spinning tracks from the back of his dad’s pickup as they travel through East Haven, brightening moods and raising funds for those in need of assistance or support. Photo courtesy of Chris Teto

Tory Teto: Raising Spirits—and Money—for Food Pantry

Published June 10, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Tory Teto, 14, has been helping others through the coronavirus pandemic and bringing joy to the town of East Haven by DJing in the back of a white pickup truck to lift the community’s spirits while also collecting money to support the local food pantry and essential workers, including first responders.

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Local business owner John Giordano, who has a history in serving in town politics, will be recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Award when he is inducted into the East Haven High School Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Stephen Narracci

John Giordano: Welcome to the EHHS Hall of Fame

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

While wintering in Naples, Florida, East Haven’s John Giordano received some good news from home.

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Eric Ciolino loves coffee and loves bikes, which makes the free local delivery service his shop One World Coffee Roasters is offering during the pandemic a win for him and his customers. Photo courtesy of Eric Ciolino

Eric Ciolino: Creating Community through Coffee

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For Eric Ciolino, coffee started as a warm wakeup call on chilly mornings ahead of a landscaping shift. Over time though, it became a much larger fixture in his life.

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Matt LaPrino no doubt had a bit of a different vision of what his first day serving as the executive director of Soundview Family YMCA would be like. But that didn’t stop him from charting a new course to bring community connections and services to members and residents in the towns of Branford, North Branford, East Haven, Guilford and Madison during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Matt LaPrino

LaPrino’s Leadership Charts Course for Soundview Y COVID-19 Community Assistance

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“Monday, March 23, was my first official day. That was the day that the governor shut down non-essential businesses like the YMCA, because it’s considered a gym. But the Y is so much more than that.”

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Thursday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of Mike Milici taking the job as the assessor for the Town of East Haven. The Branford resident, who met his wife, Trista, an employee of Branford Town Hall, also supports his hometown as an alternate member on the Board of Assessment Appeals. Photo courtesy of Trista Milici

Mike Milici: A Tale of Two Town Halls

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Mike Milici know when he was growing up in West Haven or getting a degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University that he would become a town assessor, much less work at the same post for three decades.

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Michael Roy has not only been traveling town with his East Haven Proud USA Truck and patriotic music, but he has also been donating to a number of initiatives in town. Photo courtesy of Michael Roy

Roy Lifting Spirits and Giving Back with East Haven Proud USA Truck

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As someone who suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome and the repercussions of a traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb while serving in the Marines in Ramadi, Iraq, Michael Roy knows the importance of staying connected and keeping spirits high.

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Thursday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of Mike Milici taking the job as the assessor for the Town of East Haven. Photo courtesy of Trista Milici

Mike Milici Celebrates Three Decades as East Haven Assessor

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Mike Milici know when he was growing up in West Haven or getting a degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University that he would become a town assessor.

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Mandy Nacca, a surgical tech at Yale and lifelong East Haven resident, recently became an administrator on The Good Things About East Haven Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Mandy Nacca

Nacca Helps Community Stay Positive via The Good Things About East Haven

Published April 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Like many people, Mandy Nacca has spent more time on social media since social distancing started.

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As emergency preparedness coordinator/health educator for East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), and Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Region 2 lead (as well as heading MRC’s Shoreline Unit), Daisy Hernandez oversees some key COVID-19 crisis-focused efforts supporting public health and medical needs in this area.

Photo courtesy of Daisy Hernandez

Hernandez Helps Keep Shoreline Prepared in a Pandemic

Published April 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she started working in emergency preparedness, Daisy Hernandez’s main focus has been mostly training to prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.

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Len Fasano recently announced that he would not seek re-election after serving as state senator for the 34th District since 2003. Photo courtesy of Len Fasano

Len Fasano Honored to Have Served as State Senator for 18 Years

Published April 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In his ninth term in office as 34th District state senator representing East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford, and Durham, Len Fasano announced that he would not seek re-election in 2020.

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Last month Fred Sego and Mack completed their training and started patrolling the Town of East Haven. Photo courtesy of Fred Sego

Fred Sego and K9 Mack Are Third K9 Team to Hit the Road for EHPD

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

Growing up in Naugtuck, Fred Sego remembers watching when his neighbors, two police officers, got their first police dogs.

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Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does...

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Vin Mauro has been involved with Riverside Volunteer Fire Department for 39 years. He’s also served in town government. Photo courtesy of Vin Mauro

Vin Mauro Volunteers for Nearly Four Decades with Riverside Fire Department

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

For as long as he can remember, Vin Mauro has been interested in the fire department. He remembers perking up when he heard the sirens as a young child growing up in East Haven.

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Linda Niccolai is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She also holds two other positions: director of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the HPV Vaccine Working Group, also at Yale. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Linda Niccolai Gives Perspective on COVID-19

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

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

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Officer Donato (Danny) Palma is in the midst of training East Haven Police Department’s newest K9, Enzo, at Superior Tactics. Photo courtesy of the East Haven Police Department

Officer Palma and K9 Enzo, Bonding and Learning through Academy

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

In late January, Donato Palma’s routine changed drastically over the course of a weekend.

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Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo has had a long career in law enforcement, one that started shortly after his stint in the Navy and that continues today through service as a school resource officer in North Branford. Photo courtesy of Ronald Denuzzo

Ron DeNuzzo: A Desire to Serve

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

As an individual who served in the U.S. military, had an extensive career in law enforcement and is now a school resource officer, Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo understands what it means to put the larger goals of an organization before his own interests.

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As a benefactor, volunteer and board member of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and encourage all to join the krewe (Mardi Gras lingo for the organization that puts on a parade or ball during Carnival season) at this year’s SAA Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

King-Sized Support for Shoreline Arts Alliance

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

To benefit and support the artistic talents of students from East Haven and 23 other shoreline towns from here to Lyme, Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and join his krewe and many revelers at this year’s Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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