Thursday, March 04, 2021

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East Haven Courier

Cindy Genzano led the expansion and success of the North Branford High School (NBHS) drama program for more than 36 years, until a pandemic scene stealer brought down the curtain. Photo courtesy of Cindy Genzano

A Well-Deserved Curtain Call for Cindy Genzano

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

Cindy Genzano led the expansion and success of the North Branford High School (NBHS) drama program for more than 36 years, until a pandemic scene stealer brought down the curtain—and dimmed the lights on the opportunity for Cindy’s fans and friends to congratulate her and send her off on her retirement with a well-deserved curtain call—and an encore of sorts in East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Andy Perrone has volunteered at the East Haven Food Pantry since 2009, serving as treasure for the past five years. Photo courtesy of Andy Perrone

Andy Perrone Finds Fulfillment in Volunteering

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

When the company for which Andy Perrone worked was reorganized in 2009, he lost his job. While he looked for a new position, he found himself with extra time on his hands and wanted to give back.

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East Haven Courier

Vinnie Borzillo, known as “Mr. Vinnie” to the students at Momauguin Elementary School where he serves as custodian, loves his job and giving back to the community. 

Photo courtesy of Vinnie Borzillo

‘Mr. Vinnie’ Borzillo Loves the Community at Momauguin Elementary

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

Vinnie Borzillo had worked as a substitute custodian a few years back and when a full-time custodian retired from Momauguin Elementary School, he jumped at the opportunity.

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East Haven Courier

Pat Doolan started running in order to combat his diabetes, but he has found a new passion in the sport. Photo courtesy of Pat Doolan

Pat Doolan Runs Toward Healthier Lifestyle, Encouraging Others to Do the Same

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

As someone living with diabetes, Pat Doolan has always been aware of his health and the importance of exercise for combating the disease. In addition to trying to eat right, Pat has always focused on working out at the gym, but when COVID hit, a number of factors led to a rise in his numbers.

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East Haven Courier

Bill Richardson, a lifelong East Haven resident, participated in Pfizer’s clinical trials to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson’s Love of Science Leads Him to Vaccine Trial

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

Throughout the many years that Bill Richardson has called East Haven home, he has given back to the community in a number of ways.

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East Haven Courier

Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan, an East Haven resident and chief of outreach and access for Area Cooperative Education Services in North Haven, is honored with the Quinnipiac Chamber’s Excellence in Advocacy distinction. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan

East Haven’s Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan of ACES Earns Excellence in Advocacy Award from Quinnipiac Chamber

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

Growing up in New Haven, Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan was always interested in the many aspects of education and communication. She loved poetry, learning new languages, connecting with people, and raising awareness for various causes.

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East Haven Courier

Joe Ciscone has served the Town of East Haven as a firefighter in different capacities for more than three decades. Photo courtesy of Joe Ciscone

Joe Ciscone Fulfills Childhood Dream of Becoming a Firefighter

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

Ever since he can remember, Joe Ciscone has been drawn to firefighting.

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East Haven Courier

Growing up in East Haven, Giana Fazzino is excited to return to her childhood alma maters as a social worker. Photo courtesy of Giana Fazzino

EHPS Social Worker Giana Fazzino Returns to Her Roots

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

Giana Fazzino has always loved school, reading, and writing. She has fond memories of her early years at Carbone Elementary School (now East Haven Academy) and East Haven Middle School.

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East Haven Courier

Eric Casner, aka DJ Cassinova, brought his love of music to others as a quarantine DJ in the early COVID days and has recently seen a return of community support in a time of need. Photo courtesy of Eric Casner

Eric Casner Sees Community Giving Come Full Circle

Published Jan. 06, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Eric Casner has always made helping others a priority and whenever he could lend a hand to those in need, he took the opportunity. Having recently had an accident that resulted in two surgeries and nerve damage throughout his leg, Eric has seen that community support come back to him and his family.

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East Haven Courier

Inspired by her mother’s cancer treatments and the other women met at the hospital, Gianna Kasynak organized a fundraiser to benefit Yale’s Breast Cancer Awareness floor. Photo courtesy of Gianna Kasynak

Gianna Kasynak Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

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

Over the past few years, Gianna Kasynak’s family has faced a number of health challenges.

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East Haven Courier

Mayor Joe Carfora recently appointed Tom Murtagh to the East Haven Board of Education. Photo courtesy of Tom Murtagh

Tom Murtagh Looks Forward to Giving Back on BOE

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

When a seat recently opened on the East Haven Board of Education (BOE), Mayor Joe Carfora reflected on the mission of the BOE, the future of East Haven schools, and the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19 as he decided who would be appointed.

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East Haven Courier

Paul Cicarella plans to bring hard work, honesty, accessibility, and dedication to the constituents in the 34th District as the newly elected state senator. Photo courtesy of Paul Cicarella

Paul Cicarella, Jr., Excited to Get to Work as District 34 State Senator

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

Though state senator-elect Paul Cicarella always knew he wanted to serve the community, he had never imagined that he might one day do so as an elected official

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East Haven Courier

Catherine Gill, who grew up in East Haven as Katie D’Onofrio, just released her third book, a vegan cookbook. Photo courtesy of Catherine Gill

East Haven Native Catherine Gill Publishes Third Vegan Cookbook

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

Catherine Gill has followed her conscience when it comes to her diet since she was a young girl growing up in East Haven. That decision has since inspired her career with a longtime blog, thedirtyvegan.com, and having recently published her third cookbook with her fourth on the way.

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East Haven Courier

On Saturday, Nov. 28, Daniel Trickett, Sr., will travel around town spreading holiday cheer. For updates on his location, see The Good Things About East Haven Facebook page. Photo courtesy of Daniel Trickett, Sr.

Daniel Trickett, Sr.: Ready to Deliver Christmas Cheer

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

Daniel Trickett, Sr., is taking to the streets of East Haven on Saturday, Nov. 28 as he did this past spring, though this time around he will be spreading holiday cheer.

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East Haven Courier

Kristina Nigro has been painting rocks and placing them throughout town hoping to brighten people’s days and recently started a Facebook page, Kindness Rocks of EH.

Photo courtesy of Kristina Nigro

Kristina Nigro Uses Kindess Rocks to Spread Joy

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

When Kristina Nigro was laid off due to COVID, she immediately began looking for another job. The job hunt, however, was stressful and with very few places hiring, she was looking for a creative outlet.

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East Haven Courier

Michelle Benivegna is the assistant director of administration and management for the Town of East Haven. Photo courtesy of Michelle Benivegna

Michelle Benivegna Is Honored to Work for East Haven

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

It has been nearly a year since Michelle Benivegna took over the roles of assistant director of administration and management and director of human resources for the Town of East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Ever since she was young, Kimberly Coppola has made giving back to the community a priority. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Coppola

Kimberly Coppola Finds Sense of Community by Giving Back

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

Growing up, Kimberly Coppola has seen her mother and godmother give back by volunteering with the East Haven Food Pantry (EHFP).

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East Haven Courier

Lifelong East Haven resident Stephen Marsico recently transferred from Stamford to East Haven to serve as a police officer in his hometown. Photo courtesy of Stephen Marsico

Officer Stephen Marsico Is Proud to Serve His Hometown

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

When he was just a little boy, Stephen Marsico listened to his grandfather’s stories about his days as a police officer. Ever since then, Stephen knew that was what he wanted to do.

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East Haven Courier

Anna DelRosso Looking Forward to Serving Residents as New Tax Collector

Published Oct. 21, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Anna DelRosso retired as the Town of Branford’s assistant tax collector in February, she’d had big plans for her year.

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East Haven Courier

Patrick Kelaher has been volunteering at the Haunted Isle for more than 10 years, starring in recent years as Happy the Clown. The Haunted Isle is running Friday and Saturday nights (except Halloween) through October at the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Kelaher

Patrick Kelaher Is Happy to Give People a Scare at Haunted Isle

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

Growing up, Patrick Kelaher was “terrified of everything.” It didn’t help that his sister and grandmother jumped at every chance they could to give him a scare. That all changed in middle school, though. Patrick remembers watching Creepshow 2 and being intrigued instead of terrified.

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East Haven Courier

Sean Mumford returned to the school district he attended when he was younger and is now a 4th-grade teacher at Momauguin Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Momauguin Elementary School

Sean Mumford Returns to His Roots as East Haven Teacher

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

Though he didn’t take a direct path to get there, Sean Mumford is excited to be a 4th-grade teacher at Momauguin Elementary School.

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East Haven Courier

Frank Tupka, a history teacher at Foran High School where he was named teacher of the year, has had a lifelong love of cars.

Photo courtesy of Frank Tupka

Tupka’s Love of Cars Drives Success

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

Martha Butterworth has seen the North Haven Public Schools Technology Department through many changes over the nearly two decades she has worked with the schools.

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East Haven Courier

Randel Osborne has been the technology director for East Haven Public Schools for the past 26 years. Photo courtesy of Randel Osborne

Randel Osborne Leads EHPS Tech Department through Many Changes

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

As the technology director for East Haven Public Schools, Randel Osborne has seen many changes throughout his 26 years with the district. When he first started, he focused on how to integrate technology and computers into the classroom.

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East Haven Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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 Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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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East Haven Courier

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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