Friday, November 27, 2020

Valley Courier Person of the Week

North Haven Courier

Anwar Mahmud has organized several events to give back to the community that supported him. Photo courtesy of Anwar Mahmud

Giving Back to a Community that Helped a Family in Time of Need

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

Though 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Anwar Mahmud’s most trying times began years ago when his family received word that his wife was to be deported.

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North Haven Courier

John Tibor has been volunteering with the North Haven Church Food Pantry for more than 20 years. Photo courtesy of John Tibor

Holiday Food Drive Seeks Volunteers and Donations with Help of People Like John Tibor

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

When John Tibor moved to North Haven 20 years ago, he and his wife joined the North Haven Congregational Church, quickly becoming involved with the Churches of North Haven Community Food Pantry.

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North Haven Courier

Megan Pereira’s love for animals has grown into Road to Refuge, an animal sanctuary that revolves around rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing animals.

Photo courtesy of Megan Pereira

Megan Pereira’s Lifelong Passion for Animals Paves Road to Refuge

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

Growing up in Naugatuck, Megan Pereira wasn’t exactly raised in a farming community, but when she started riding horses at age 8, she found her passion.

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North Haven Courier

Being inspired by another Facebook group, Christen Quijano created the Clean Up North Haven” page to organize cleanups throughout town and spread environmental awareness. Photo courtesy of Christen Quijano

Christen Quijano Wants to Work Together to Clean Up North Haven

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

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup at Tidal Marsh Trail on Saturday

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North Haven Courier

Officer Jon Dahlstrom began training with K9 Cyrus at the Connecticut State Police K9 Unit earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Jon Dahlstrom

Officer Dahlstrom and Cyrus Begin K9 Training with State Police

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

Jon Dahlstrom has enjoyed serving his hometown of North Haven as a police officer for the past 6 ½ years, working in the patrol division. Over the summer, though, when a K9 position was posted, he knew he wanted to pursue the opportunity.

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North Haven Courier

Dr. Listy Thomas, associate professor of medical sciences and assistant dean for simulation at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, recently earned the American Medical Association’s Inspiration Award. Photo by Autumn Driscoll

QU’s Dr. Listy Thomas Honored with Inspiration Award

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

Ever since she was little, Listy Thomas had two dreams about what she wanted to be when she grew up: a teacher and a doctor.

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North Haven Courier

Attorney John Lambert grew up in California and has lived in North Haven for the past 40 years, serving the town in a number of ways throughout that time. 

Photo courtesy of John Lambert

‘Newcomer’ John lambert Dedicates Years of Service to North Haven

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

While John Lambert may have lived in North Haven longer than many people in town, having moved here 40 years ago, he still refers to himself as a “newcomer.” John came to town in 1980, moving to be with his new wife’s father, who was in failing health after his mother-in-law passed away.

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North Haven Courier

Matthew Puzycki, who grew up in North Haven, recently self-published his first book, Forming the Javelin, while working full-time as a social worker.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Puzycki

Matthew Puzycki Realizes Longtime Dream of Publishing a Book

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

Matthew Puzycki can remember the first time he though he might want to be a writer. He had completed an English assignment at North Haven Middle School, writing a short thriller.

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North Haven Courier

For the past 19 years, Martha Butterworth has worked with the technology department for North Haven Public Schools, starting as an aide in the computer lab and now is a senior technician and the interim assistant director of technology.

Photo courtesy of Martha Butterworth

Martha Butterworth Sees NHPS Technology Department Through Changes and Challenges

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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North Haven Courier

Frank Landino enjoys giving back to the community and helping his clients navigate the Medicare system. Photo courtesy of Frank Landino

Helping the Community is a Priority for Frank Landino

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

Though Frank Landino grew up in New Haven, he has worked in North Haven for more than 20 years, including the last 10 as a partner at Health Insurance Associates, LLP. Frank and his family moved to North Haven, his wife’s hometown, five years ago.

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North Haven Courier

J. Stacey Yarbrough has been elected as the town clerk/tax collector/registrar of vital records for the Town of North Haven since 2009. Photo courtesy of J. Stacey Yarbrough

Town Clerk J. Stacey Yarbrough Loves Helping Residents Participate in Government

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

Growing up in a “very political family” in Mississippi, J. Stacey Yarbrough always dreamed of becoming an attorney.

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North Haven Courier

Rita Cretella enjoys giving back to North Haven through different events, including the upcoming Night at the Pumpkin Patch. Photo courtesy of Rita Cretella

Rita Cretella: Nurturing the Community

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

Rita Cretella has always looked for ways to give back to the community. As she raised her daughter as a single mother, she tried to volunteer whenever she could.

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North Haven Courier

Christopher Zullo, the co-founder and director of Spotlight Stage Company, is looking forward to bringing a live production to the North Haven Green after months away from live performances due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Christopher Zullo

Christopher Zullo Seeks to Bring Live Entertainment to the Green After COVID Hiatus

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

Spotlight Stage Company to Perform Songs for a New World Oct. 16 & 17

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North Haven Courier

Jane Iannone of the North Haven Historical Society and Museums is excited about the continued renovation of the museums. In the background is a mural by the late Alfred Tulk, a local artist and former society member. Photo by Jason J. Marchi

Jane Iannone: Renovating North Haven’s History Museums

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

For nearly 24 years, Jane Iannone taught elective business courses at North Haven High School: accounting, word processing, and use of office machines of the time—like the Dictaphone.

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North Haven Courier

For the past 23 years, lifelong town resident Federico Fiondella has been a teacher for North Haven Public Schools, also spending some time coaching soccer.

Photo courtesy of Federico Fiondella

Federico Fiondella Named 2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year

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

Federico Fiondella, a teacher at North Haven High School, has been named the 2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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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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North Haven Courier

Howard Wardlow is the new director of finance, operations, and human resources for the North Haven Board of Education. Photo courtesy of Howard Wardlow

Howard Wardlow Brings Corporate America Experience to North Haven Schools

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

After years working in corporate America, Howard Wardlow was looking for a change. He wanted to find a way to use the experience he gained throughout his career to help his community.

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North Haven Courier

Sal Rizzo is heading into his fifth year as the director of dining services for North Haven schools. Photo courtesy of Sal Rizzo

Sal Rizzo Serves Up Food with Culinary Twist as NHPS Food Service Director

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

Sal Rizzo is no stranger to food service, but after graduating from North Branford High School, he went to Quinnipiac University to study marketing and communication.

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North Haven Courier

Teisha Pittman was pinned in a ceremony at Gateway’s North Haven Campus, not only earning her nursing degree but also Student of the Year honors.

Photo courtesy of Gateway Community College

Pittman Achieves Lifelong Goal Despite Struggles

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

Rahteisha “Teisha” Pittman recently realized a lifelong goal of becoming a nurse, upon her graduation and pinning ceremony at the Gateway Community College (GCC) North Haven campus.

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North Haven Courier

Pat Nuzzolillo has served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for more than a decade. Photo courtesy of Pat Nuzzolillo

Pat Nuzzolillo Continues to Serve

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

For the past 12 years, Pasquale “Pat” Nuzzolillo has served as the chairman of North Haven’s Board of Fire Commissioners.

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The Sound

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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North Haven Courier

Soon after Shauna DeStefano stepped up to the position of assistant director of library services at the North Haven Memorial Library, the COVID pandemic threw everything into chaos. She and her colleagues have been finding creative ways to keep connected and useful to the community ever since. Photo courtesy of Shauna DeStefano

Shauna DeStefano: Meet the New Assistant Director

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

Earlier this year—shortly before word of the COVID pandemic began hitting the news—positive changes were quietly taking place at the North Haven Memorial Library.

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East Haven Courier

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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North Haven Courier

North Haven mom Monica Hatton has applied her experience and commitment to forming the Special Needs Advisory Group, which is dedicated to supporting kids with special needs and their families. Photo courtesy of Monica Hatton

Monica Hatton: Community-Wide Help for Special Needs

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

When Monica Hatton moved to North Haven a little over a year ago, she quickly learned the town was missing something when it came to helping special needs children.

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North Haven Courier

An avid runner and a physician assistant at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in North Haven, Tara Anderson devised a way to continue running with friends even in the days of COVID-19. She started a touchless 15K relay, a virtual race that doesn’t use batons or hand slaps but goes on relay routes in Madison and requires runners to take an image of their watches to keep time. Photo courtesy of Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson: Hurdling Challenges Despite a Pandemic

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

One might say that Tara Anderson likes to run the extra mile.

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North Haven Courier

As an owner of two local businesses, Melissa Kieslich wants to grow a Facebook group of North Haven business owners to offer each other advice and support.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Kieslich

Melissa Kieslich Seeks to Bring North Haven Business Owners Together

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

For 14 years, Melissa Kieslich has been involved in running her family’s two small businesses in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven booster John Bimonte didn’t want to let 2020 past without giving the North Haven High School Class of 2020 a chance at some sort of prom.

Photo courtesy of John Bimonte

John Bimonte Delivers Socially Distant Prom to NHHS Seniors

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

On May 15, John Bimonte realized how upset he was about not serving as D.J. at the North Haven High School senior prom that night as it was canceled due to COVID-19.

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North Haven Courier

Debbie Volain is retiring after having been actively involved in North Haven’s theater scenes for more than two decades. Photo courtesy of Debbie Volain

Curtain Closes on Debbie Volain’s Time with North Haven Theater

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

Debbie Volain has created her last set for productions at North Haven High School and North Haven Middle School as, after more than two decades of service, she is giving up her volunteer work to spend more time with her grandson Ethan and soon-to-be born granddaughter.

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North Haven Courier

Joe LaDore created the Virtual Concert Series supporting Local Businesses Facebook page to not only entertain people during social distancing but support restaurants and other small shops during this time. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Joe LaDore Uses Music and Facebook to Give Back to Local Businesses

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

As a part-time musician for more than 20 years, Joe LaDore has spent his fair share of time performing gigs in restaurants and bars. Through his music, he has made many friends in the industry from restaurant owners to bartenders and waitresses to customers and fans.

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North Haven Courier

Sandy Mascia is a co-founder and the director of sales and community engagement for Spotlight Stage Company. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mascia

Sandy Mascia’s Passion for Theater Leads to Founding of Spotlight Stage Company

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

For more than a decade, Sandy Mascia has volunteered her time in different capacities in town, from theater to Girl Scouts to dance as her daughter, Juliana, explored her interests.

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