Thursday, September 24, 2020

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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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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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Guilford Public Health Director Dennis Johnson retires after 20 years of shepherding the community through changing public health needs including its response to COVID-19. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

From the Heart: Johnson Grateful for 20 Years Overseeing Guilford’s Public Health

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

He’s shepherded Guilford’s public health through the rise of rabies, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Triple E, H1N1, and even bioterrorism emergency preparedness and training.

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Lisa Hughes hopes to hit a technical homerun for Guilford Agricultural Society and the community with the Virtual Guilford Fair, coming to Facebook (@guilfordagsociety) Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 20. She says the key will be driving in plenty of exhibitors who will post their photographed entries in departments of their choice beginning Saturday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Photo courtesy of Lisa Hughes

Hughes Helps Tech Meet Tradition with Virtual Guilford Fair

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

Lisa Hughes hopes to hit a technical homerun for Guilford Agricultural Society and the community with the Virtual Guilford Fair, coming to Facebook (@guilfordagsociety) Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 20.

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When the pandemic closed the sanctuary doors at Guilford’s First Congregational Church, there was a built-in millennial minister to help open quite a few digital windows—the Reverend Jake Miles Joseph. Photo courtesy of First Congregational Church

A Millennial Minister: Rev. Jake Miles Joseph

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

Luckily for Guilford First Congregational Church, when the pandemic closed the sanctuary doors, there was a built-in millennial minister to help open quite a few digital windows—Reverend Jake Miles Joseph.

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In different capacities and for various scientific research projects, Amy Cornell worked at Stanford University, Yale University, and the NASA Ames Research Center. She now teaches science at The Country School in Madison but took a leave of absence to work for Homodeus in Guilford on a new and better COVID-19 test expected to be available to the public after FDA approval. Photo courtesy of Amy Cornell

Amy Cornell: Discovering More Through Science

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

The long lines for COVID-19 testing may soon be a thing of the past. So will the anxious wait times for results.

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Architect Leonard Wyeth is the design mind at work on the restoration of Stony Creek’s historic Legacy Theatre, the founder and creative force behind Guilford’s renowned Acoustic Music and acousticmusic.org, and now promoter of a newly-launched weekly YouTube series featuring local musicians. He’s also president of Connecticut Passive House. Photo courtesy of Leonard Wyeth

On Another Note: Wyeth Crafts Creative Solutions

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

Perhaps you’ve heard that Chester-based architect Leonard Wyeth is the design mind at work on the restoration of Stony Creek’s historic Legacy Theatre. But did you know he’s also the founder and creative force behind Guilford’s renowned Acoustic Music fine guitar shop, the father of AcousticMusic.Org, and now promoter of a newly launched weekly YouTube series featuring local musicians?

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

Tammy Mazzucco Afragola has deep ties to both East Haven and Guilford.

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The young organizers of grassroots Guilford Racial Equality Project (GREP), including Co-president Yanenash Ayele Munoz, are ready to bring GREP’s first awareness-raising event to town, Drive-In for Justice on Monday, Aug. 10, at 8:15 p.m. behind St. George’s Catholic Church. Photo courtesy of Yanenash Ayele Munoz

Helping Guilford Racial Equality Project Raise Awareness in the Community

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

The young organizers of grassroots Guilford Racial Equality Project (GREP) are ready to bring the group’s first awareness-raising event to town, Drive-In for Justice.

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The New York Times (NYT) has bestowed an honorable mention on Camilo Carmona’s convincing editorial, “COVID-19 Unmasks Our Broken Healthcare System,” in seventh annual NYT Student Editorial Contest, which had more than 7,300 student entries. Carmona is a rising senior at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Camilo Carmona

New York Times Takes Note of Student Editorialist Camilo Carmona

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

Recently, The New York Times (NYT) sat up and took notice of Camilo Carmona’s convincing editorial, “COVID-19 Unmasks Our Broken Healthcare System,” selecting it from more than 7,300 nationwide entries and kicking it upstairs to be considered as a finalist in the seventh annual NYT Student Editorial Contest.

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When the pandemic closed in and shut down businesses in March, Pat Lore, a Guilford resident, seasoned TV reporter, and video production expert, found a new niche and a new way to help others by sharing her pro tips on marketing themselves or their business or organization via video and live camera. Photo courtesy of Pat Lore

‘Lights, Camera, Connection’: Lore Produces Live Video Support for Locals

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

“I always tell people the worst compliment you can give me is to call me perfect,” says video storyteller Pat Lore.

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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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Camp Menunkatuck Director Megan Wallace is overseeing this summer’s carefully planned program, which follows all COVID-19 safety protocols while still delivering the fun factor for kids. This year, Guilford Parks & Rec’s eight weeks of summer camp is based at Guilford High School. Photo by Matt Landry-McWilliams

Keeping Kids Safe & Happy at Camp Menunkatuck 2020

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

While Megan Wallace has led Guilford Parks & Recreation’s Camp Menunkatuck for many years, this summer, Megan, together with her assistant director Matt Landry-McWilliams and a team of six counselors, are working especially hard to keep campers safe and happy.

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Shown here pictured at last year’s SARAH Gala, a major fundraiser that has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, SARAH Foundation’s Kim Vigliotti is hoping the shoreline will rise to support the virtual Summer Breeze Challenge fundraising event benefiting SARAH. The program’s traditional one-day cycling event has been re-imagined for participants who can enter online, log miles with a recreational activity of their choice, and raise pledges toward completing their goals anytime between July 1 to 31.

Photo courtesy of Kim Vigliotti

Vigliotti Hopes Many will Rise to the Summer Breeze Challenge for SARAH

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

With some major fundraisers set aside due to COVID-19 this year, SARAH Foundation’s Kim Vigliotti is hoping the shoreline will rise to the challenge—the virtual Summer Breeze Challenge, that is.

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On March 16, 2020, A’s Unique Boutique was poised for owner Kara Engstrom’s peak prom gown sales weekend, when COVID-19 restrictions shut down her store. From that point until this moment, staying in business has been a matter of connectivity, creativity, and community support. Photo courtesy of Kara Engstrom

Engstrom Grateful for Creativity, Connectivity, Community Support

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

On March 16, A’s Unique Boutique was poised for a peak prom gown sales weekend when COVID-19 restrictions shut down the store. From that point until this moment, staying in business has been a matter of connectivity, creativity and community support for owner Kara Engstrom.

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Heather Mackenzie, treasurer of all-volunteer Project Graduation, says parents, local businesses, and the community are making special efforts to help ensure the Guilford High School Class of 2020 will feel celebrated and supported by their town on graduation night. Photo courtesy of Heather Mackenzie

Helping Project Graduation Celebrate the GHS Class of 2020

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

For the first time in the history of Guilford’s all-volunteer Project Graduation program, there will be no all-night, substance-free party for the graduating class.

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After 13 years of leadership as principal of Guilford High School, Rick Misenti retires with the end of the school year. He’s grateful to have been a part of an extraordinary school system and community. Photo courtesy of Guilford Public Schools

Rick Misenti: Grateful for 13 Extraordinary Years in Guilford

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

When this extraordinary school year comes to a close, it will also mark the end of an extraordinary 13 years at Guilford High School (GHS) led by Principal Richard “Rick” Misenti, who will retire.

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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 Guilford, Branford, North Branford, East Haven, 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 27, 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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As he graduates among the top of the Quinnipiac University (QU) Class of 2020, with a full scholarship to attend The School of Law at QU in the fall, Lucas Sundwall credits his road to academic gains to significant support given to him by Guilford Public Schools, from 1st grade through graduation. Photo courtesy of Lucas Sundwall

Sundwall’s Academic Success Story Started with Guilford Public Schools

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

Many in the Guilford community first got to know Lucas Sundwall during a difficult time in his boyhood.

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At at time when she should have been studying abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, 19-year-old Keely Greiner of Guilford is instead serving on the frontlines as a COVID-19 medical volunteer. Photo courtesy of Keely Greiner

Time Well Spent: Greiner Volunteers as COVID-19 Medical Frontliner

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

After COVID-19 canceled her plans for a college semester of study in Japan, Keely Greiner could have coasted along for a few months until her classes started up again.

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Guilford native Kimber Kristy has debuted her original song, “Hard Times” released as a music video on YouTube. The video stars dozens of photos of healthcare workers, first responders, essential job workers, and other local heroes, mixed in with hometown signs of support. It includes workers in New Haven county and “Thank You” signs posted around Guilford. Photo courtesy of Kimber Kristy

Kristy Debuts ‘Hard Times’ COVID-19 Heroes Tribute

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

What do you do if you’re a singer/songwriter in the time of COVID-19? Guilford native and Los Angeles-based musician Kimber Kristy’s response is sharing her original song, “Hard Times,” as a tribute to COVID-19 heroes.

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Guilford Lakes School Nurse Maggi Paulsen has always been willing to be on the front line of service to those in need. Here, she holds up message to students for her part in a recent video slideshow put together by a Guilford Lakes School teacher, sharing photos and messages from all staff members to send to students. Photo courtesy of Maggi Paulsen

A Heart for Nursing at Guilford Lakes

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

School facilities may be closed indefinitely, but Guilford Lakes School (GLS) Nurse Maggi Paulsen’s love and concern for the kids in her care hasn’t left the building.

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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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Chris Ruser, MD, has led Veterans Administration CT (VACT) Healthcare System’s primary care program for 10 years. Over the past two months, the Guilford resident’s focus has largely shifted to his involvement in VACT’s COVID Response Team.

Photo by Susan Kashaf

Ahead of the Curve: Ruser Helps VACT Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

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

Well before the COVID-19 crisis forced medical professionals to convert to “virtual care” by flipping in-person visits to phone or video conferencing, the systems were in place at Veterans Administration CT (VACT) Healthcare System, which serves 50,000 veterans statewide.

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Dr. Urania Magriples has regularly taught OB/GYN residents in Rwanda, and has now found another benefit to her outreach: The colorful masks she brought back with her are being modified and issued to healthcare professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Urania Magriples

Coming Together to Make Masks for Yale Health Professionals

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

Across the country, hospitals and health care workers have been forced to work with limited or inadequate protection equipment as they lead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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By contributing her social media marketing skills, Nicole White put her head together with friends Catherine Kiernan, Meghan McCartan ,and Amy Stefanowski to launch The Gift Card Project in Guilford and Madison, at www.thegiftcardproject.com. The Gift Card Project allows community members help small businesses while also giving back locally to those in need or on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Brian White

White Helps Host The Gift Card Project

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

When four local women wanted to do something, fast, to help neighbors, local heroes, and small businesses affected...

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As schools began announcing closings in response to COVID-19, Guilford native Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works to Sustain ‘Trout in the Classroom’

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

As schools began announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School (GHS).

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A gastroenterologist at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, Dr. Wayne Panullo campaigns against colorectal cancer and encourages the public to get screened for the disease. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Dr. Wayne Panullo: A Fight Against Cancer

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

Dr. Wayne Thomas Panullo has a challenge on his hands.

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Through April 9, Harold Shapiro’s Luminous Instruments solo exhibit lights up the main gallery at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. The Guilford resident is well-known for his photography, musicianship, and volunteerism. Click on the arrows to view more pictures of his work. Photo by Harold Shapiro

Shapiro’s Eye Captures Music in Motion

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

With Luminous Instruments, Harold Shapiro marries his remarkable musicianship, passion for photography, and love of light. The result? Breathtaking images of instruments captured in a dance of light and dynamic motion.

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Shown here helping 4th grade girls cross the finish line at the 2019 Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR) 5K Fun Run, Tara Henry (right) has experienced the empowerment of the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) program in all of its stages—as a 4th grade participant, an 8th grade coach-in-training, and high school head coach. Photo courtesy of the Women & Family Life Center

Sharing the Empowerment of ‘Girls Coach, Girls Run’

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

If anyone understands the empowerment of the ages and stages of Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR), it’s Tara Henry.

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