Monday, January 17, 2022

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Harbor News

In addition to rehabilitating birds of prey and crows, A Place Called Hope also conducts educational outreach program with birds that cannot be returned to the wild. Here, Christine Cummings introduces a class to one of the facility’s bald eagles. Photo courtesy of Christine Cummings

Christine Cummings: Rescue, Rehabilitate, Return

Published Jan. 12, 2022 08:30 a.m.

With A Place Called Hope serving for more than a decade as the region’s primary raptor rehabilitator, most people know that when they find an injured owl or hawk, Christine Cummings and her husband Todd Secki are the people to call.

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The Source

When the pandemic separated choir members, local engineer Scott Chassé put his musical and technological savvy together to help keep the singers—and church community—connected. Photo courtesy of Scott Chassé

Scott Chassé: Keeping Voices Connected in Song

Published Jan. 05, 2022 08:30 a.m.

Many area religious institutions were hit doubly hard by the pandemic. Not only were services canceled or modified, but many events and choir singing were also canceled.

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The Source

Madison’s Dr. Denver Fowler is working on preparing the nation’s next generation of educational leaders as department chair in the College of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. Photo courtesy of Denver Fowler

Denver Fowler: Setting Up Educational Leaders for Success

Published Dec. 22, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Denver Fowler has a long and quite impressive résumé of serving higher education that has just gotten even more so, after his appointment as department chair in the College of Education at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).

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The Source

Choosing Madison as a home base from halfway across the globe, Robin Miller has settled in and is serving the town and the world through the Rotary Club. 

Photo by Ben Rayner/The Source

Robin Miller Settles In for Community Service

Published Dec. 15, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Robin Miller moved to Madison from Hawaii before ever even setting foot here because of the town’s reputation for great schools and relaxing living on the Sound. What she found here was a community of kindred spirits dedicated to principles of generosity and public service.

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The Sound

Dawn Carafeno and members of Moms Demand Action-CT Shoreline hope residents will help New Haven area kids and teens in crisis, by bringing unwrapped gifts and/or gift cards and monetary donations to the group’s Holiday Gift Drive on town greens in Branford, Guilford, Madison, and East Haven on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Photo courtesy of Dawn Carafeno

Carafeno Leads Moms Demand Action-CT Shoreline Holiday Gift Drive

Published Dec. 08, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Dawn Carafeno and members of Moms Demand Action—CT Shoreline hope residents will help New Haven area kids and teens in crisis, by bringing unwrapped gifts and/or gift cards and monetary donations to the group’s Holiday Gift Drive on the Branford Green on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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The Source

Longtime Madison Human Resources Director Deb Milardo is stepping down from her post, but hopes she has left a lasting impact on her colleagues. Photo by Ben Rayner/The Source

Deb Milardo: Focusing on the Human Factor

Published Dec. 01, 2021 08:30 a.m.

“There are going to be some big shoes to fill”—that was the quote from last week’s Board of Selectman meeting by First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons when announcing the retirement of the town Human Resources Director Deb Milardo. Deb has dedicated her entire professional life to public service. She’s now moving on, but she has left an indelible mark on the town’s workforce.

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The Source

Oakley Walker is one of the organizers of Madison’s annual Pride Festival and hopes the tradition continues to gather strength. Photo courtesy of Oakley Walker

Oakley Walker: Fostering Pride in Madison

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

Of the many reasons for residents to feel Madison pride, such as the town’s history or its parks and shoreline, another is Oakley Walker. This recent graduate has been an important voice in the town’s LGBTQ+ community and hopes that tradition continues now that they have begun tackling college duties.

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The Source

A lifetime of health challenges has led Faith Tremblay to see the value in showing young patients some support. Her effort, Faith’s Annual Toy Drive, collects toys and raises funds for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy of Faith Tremblay

Faith Tremblay Pays It Forward with Toy Drive

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

The gift of generosity and the blessing of kindness for others can be inherited, and can sometimes be learned from hard experience. Faith Tremblay has both—and her annual Toy Drive for children who have survived critical medical crises like her is set for a record year.

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The Source

Write-in candidate Dylan Stella won a seat on the Madison ZBA and, at age 18, is the youngest elected official in recent memory. Photo courtesy of Dylan Stella

Stella Is Eager to Serve in Public Office

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

Don’t let Dylan Stella’s youth fool you. This dedicated college student just won a seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals as an alternate, and that win is just part of his goal to give back to his home town.

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Having struggled as a young widower raising four children, Bruce McIntyre learned the importance of addressing the grieving process, which led to him becoming on e of the founders of The Cove Center for Grieving Children. Photo courtesy of Bruce McIntyre

Bruce McIntyre: Triumph Over Tragedy

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

Simply listing, even without any description details, the number of organizations Bruce McIntyre and his wife Renee have devoted time, to would take up an entire issue of The Source.

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As a history and geography teacher, Nancy Addorisio has guided generations of young learners, but her work with the mock trial teams at the former Our Lady of Mercy School and now at East Shoreline Catholic Academy is one that many students say shaped their educational experience. Photo courtesy of East Shoreline Catholic Academy

Nancy Addorisio: Making a Mark Through Mock Trial

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

When you’ve been teaching for 40 years, it can be hard to define a single element that has had the most impact, but to numerous students at East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA), and the former Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison (OLM), Nancy Addorisio’s strength is easy to appreciate.

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Mike Penders draws on a proud history of volunteer service as fire chief of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company. Photo courtesy of Mike Penders

Mike Penders: Proud to Lead the NoMads

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

Even in a town devoted to community service, the volunteers of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company and their Fire Chief Mike Penders stand out. Many residents may not realize that the fire personnel in Madison are volunteers, but that doesn’t mean they’re unprepared.

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The Source

Elisa Brako credits “intrinsic curiousity” with allowing her to successfully share her passion for science with her students at Daniel Hand High School. Photo courtesy of Elisa Brako

Elisa Brako: Passing On a Sense of Wonder

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

A reason many shoreline towns including Madison are such an attraction to families, is not just because of the small-town water view locales and quiet streets, but because of their stellar school systems.

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Lisa Deane with her son Joe in happier times. Joe was a star athlete, brother, son, cousin and friend. He sadly became a statistic in 2018 when he unknowingly used street drugs laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl. Photo courtesy of Lisa Deane

‘Finding Hope’ a Way to Get Word Out on Fentanyl

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

Words simply cannot convey what a parent experiences with the loss of child. The grief and pain and anger can often lead to a spiral of defeat not just for parents, but for an entire family unit.

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Keeping up to 50 book clubs running smoothly is all in a day’s work for Clara Flath, the E.C. Scranton Library inter-library loan librarian. Photo courtesy of Clara Flath

Clara Flath: Feeding Madison’s Literary Need

Published Sep. 29, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Long before the dramatic and beautiful renovation to the E.C. Scranton Library, Clara Flath has been an integral part of the library’s dedication to the community.

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The Source

Craig Cooke came to the Madison Public School District last fall as a new superintendent during the biggest challenge to teaching in recent memory. He says the preparation and dedication for the district staff made it all work out. Photo by Ben Rayner/The Source

Craig Cooke: A Time to Rely on Teamwork

Published Sep. 22, 2021 08:30 a.m.

At a time when even long-term educators and administrators were scrambling to deal with school systems thrown into COVID chaos, Madison Public Schools’ new superintendent, Craig Cooke, was in the thick of the struggle to get students back in class.

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Robyn Wolcott of East Haven will be presented with a 2021 Women of Excellence Award by the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce. Photo by Bill Wolcott

Network of Support Leads Robyn Wolcott to Success

Published Sep. 15, 2021 08:30 a.m.

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Robyn Wolcott was ready to celebrate with a backpacking trip in Europe with a friend. Though she was excited, she began to wonder what she was going to do with her English degree when she got back. Knowing that a friend from a neighboring town had just started a weekly newspaper, the Higganum native reached out to James Warner.

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From flying C-47s in World War II to keeping his pool game sharp today, Madison’s Bob Hart, 99, is a remarkable man who has lived a remarkable life. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source

Nearly 100, Bob Hart Reflects on His Remarkable Life

Published Sep. 08, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Flying C-47s, Marrying a Spanish Woman, Owning a Successful Business Among the Highlights

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Kathryn Contessa, founder and director of Shoreline Ballet, is also a Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) board member who is leading GPAF’s production effort to bring six world-premiere, free performances to the Guilford Green on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, as well as 13 workshops connected to the festival. Photo by Joeline Connellan Photography

Contessa Helps Set the Stage for GPAF

Published Sep. 02, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Each September, it’s a delicate dance for Kathryn Contessa—welcoming eager dance students back to her dance school, Shoreline Ballet, while preparing her four daughters to head back to school.

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Harbor News

Evan Kamoen, along with fishing buddies Luke Voegeli and Ryan Kelly, were in the right place at the right time—and most important, with the right safety training—to help rescue five boaters off Clinton this summer. Photo courtesy of Evan Kamoen

Evan Kamoen: From a Life on the Water to Lifesaving

Published Aug. 25, 2021 08:30 a.m.

“It’s a ‘We’re just a couple of teenagers’ kind of deal,” is how Evan Kamoen nonchalantly describes himself along with his friends Luke Voegeli of Guilford and Ryan Kelly of Stonington. What these couple of average teenagers did was save the lives of five boaters off the coast of Clinton in June.

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The Source

Following the departure of Madison Happiness Club founder Tina Garrity, certified coach, positive psychology consultant, speaker, and trainer Dana Hilmer will help guide the group forward with her business partner Wendy Perrotti. Photo courtesy of Dane Hilmer

Dana Hilmer is Helping Madison Residents Find Happiness

Published Aug. 18, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Dana Hilmer has a voice for radio and podcasts. It’s smooth and soothing. She has used her voice in the past as a featured speaker at meetings of the Madison Happiness Club, having been invited by her friend Tina Garrity, the club’s facilitator of about 15 years.

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Linda Fuller’s lifelong studies of women in sports gives her some interesting insight on the Summer Olympics. Photo courtesy of Linda Fuller

Linda Fuller on Women and the Language of Sport

Published Aug. 04, 2021 08:30 a.m.

During a 45-minute phone conversation, Linda Fuller’s energy doesn’t flag once. She picks up a thread of conversation and follows it eagerly until another thread dangles in her peripheral vision, and then she follows that one.

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Guilford photographer Bob Gundersen is amassing an astounding digital archive for Madison Historical Society (MHS) on Flickr, in his role as MHS Collections chair. Photo by Bob Gundersen

Bob Gundersen’s Photos Grab Historic Numbers for MHS

Published Aug. 04, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Michele Auger became accustomed to the unmistakable sounds of military field music—the short, quick taps of a stick on a snare drum, the sharp notes of a fife, and the steady beat of a bass drum—as a young child.

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Danny Moss, the new rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah, believes that what most people are looking for from a faith leader is someone who provides love and understanding no matter where someone is in their life. Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Rabbi Danny Moss: ‘Not Your Grandparent’s Shul’

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

The hallway leading to Rabbi Danny Moss’s office is a work in progress. Framed photographs lean against the walls. A padded chair holds an unplugged coffee machine.

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Madison native Denise Dudak originally started studying to be a nurse, which led to a career in occupational safety and now proprietor of her own construction firm. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Denise Dudak: Do Lions Eat Lobster?

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

Do lions eat lobster? Maybe not on the plains of Africa but in here in Connecticut they will, at least, be cooking lobsters on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Essex Lions Annual Lobster Bake.

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The Sound

At the end of this month, Branford native Diane Arnold will take the helm of the Essex Savings Bank, taking over for retiring bank president Greg Shook.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Sound

Diane Arnold Blazes a Trail in Local Banking

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

As part of the process of choosing the Dali Lama, a team of worthies visited a young Tibetan boy who had a series of objects placed in front of him and they determined on the basis of what the child reached for, that he would be the next Dali Lama.

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Daniel Hand High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian Kyle Northrup says following his interests was a key to his academic success. He’ll attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. Photo courtesy of Kyle Northrup

DHHS Valedictorian Kyle Northrup Shares What it Takes to be Number One

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

When Kyle Northrup got an email in March asking him to meet virtually with Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) Principal...

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As a longtime member of the shoreline chamber community, Michele Call is ready to step up as executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. 

Photo courtesy of Michele Call

New Chamber Director Michele Call Has ‘Dream Job’ Supporting Local Businesses

Published June 23, 2021 08:30 a.m.

How many people can confidently say they have their dream job? Michele Call, for one.

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Madison Economic Development Commission Chair (and founding co-publisher of The Source) Ryan Duques is being honored as Madison Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for the commission’s efforts to “Light Up Madison” during the otherwise dark COVID winter. Photo by Analise Duques

Ryan Duques: A Longtime Local Luminary

Published June 16, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Ryan Duques, a fourth-generation Madison resident, is a familiar face around town and at this newspaper—Ryan co-founded The Source 25 years ago with his friend James Warner, and Ryan says it was his idea to bring the Person of the Week feature to the Shore Publishing newspapers.

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Guilford Courier

Kate Summerlin is organizing North Madison Congregational Church’s Goodness Grows: Garden Walks to Nurture the Soul on Saturday, June 12. Photo courtesy of Kate Summerlin

Kate Summerlin: Growing Flowers and Cultivating Spirituality

Published June 09, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Kate Summerlin likes, and lives by, a quote from Cicero: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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