Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Person of the Week

Valley Courier

When outdoor tennis season winds down, Kevin Joyce switches gear (and strategy) by shifting to paddle tennis. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kevin Joyce: Paddle Tennis Anyone?

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

Do what your physician recommends: exercise. But how to do it in the era of COVID-19, especially with warm weather dissolving into fall and winter? Kevin Joyce has a suggestion. Play paddle tennis.

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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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The Source

A wife, mother to two young children, and real estate professional, Cindy Breckheimer worked to find a solution to a childcare problem for many families by starting a fund and linking her efforts with Neighbor to Neighbor. Photo courtesy of Cindy Breckheimer

Cindy Breckheimer Talks About Homes, Families, and Childcare

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

Ask any working young parent about childcare arrangements and you’ll likely get the same answer—finding and affording reliable childcare is a constant headache.

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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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Harbor News

Clinton’s Deborah Gilbert brings her appreciation of and insight into the local arts scene through her VSCTV program Arts and Entertainment with Deborah Gilbert. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Deborah Gilbert is Celebrating the Local Arts Scene

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

Deborah Gilbert developed a love of the performing arts at an early age. During a recent chat, Deborah recalls the feeling of excitement she got when she would get on stage in elementary school plays or singing in the chorus.

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The Sound

Four years ago, Northford resident Kim Mucha began meeting friends in the crafting community at fairs and other events, where she set up to sell items from her company, Second Time Around. Now, she’s organizing a craft show to help many of them connect with customers after months off the circuit due to COVID-19 cancellations.

Photo courtesy of Kim Mucha

For Crafters and Community: Mucha Helps Organize Branford Hill Craft Fair Sept. 27

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

Think about it: When was the last time you browsed a booth at a local artisan craft fair?

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Guilford Courier

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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Harbor News

From his tiny house in Clinton, Mark Kimball Moulton lives a very large life.

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Mark Kimball Moulton: Embracing New Challenges

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

For those inclined to believe in reincarnation, Mark Kimball Moulton seems to have lived many lives in one.

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Guilford Courier

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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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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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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The Sound

Lisa Hughes hopes to hit a technical homerun for Guilford Agricultural Society and the shoreline 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. 09, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Send up that drone for a spectacular shot of your 500-pound pumpkin.

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Valley Courier

Though Charlene Voyce is relatively new to Deep River, she’s committed to the town. She actually joined the community as a volunteer at The Nest before becoming a resident. 

Photo courtesy of Charlene Voyce

Charlene Voyce: Lighting the Night

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

Once it was so simple nobody thought about it. Now it is one of the questions COVID-19 makes us grapple with every day: how to connect with people?

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The Source

An assistant principal at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Brian Bodner says his career as a teacher and administrator has been “extremely rewarding.” 

Photo courtesy of Brian Bodner

Brian Bodner: By Way of Education

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

After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from Quinnipiac University, Brian Bodner went back to high school—well, that is, to teach students.

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The Sound

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. Photo courtesy of Leonard Wyeth

Wyeth Crafts Creative Solutions

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

When non-profit Legacy Theatre CT and its supporters recently celebrated “topping off” the renovated structure of the historic Stony Creek theater building on Aug. 21, they were also applauding the work of Chester-based architect Leonard Wyeth, a man of many talents.

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Guilford Courier

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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Valley Courier

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have put the brakes on the traditional Boston Marathon, Loriann Mancuso will complete the race locally, her fourth marathon with the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, as the beneficiary. Photo courtesy of Loriann Mancuso

Loriann Mancuso: On the Run

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

Loriann Mancuso is running the Boston Marathon—in Essex and Old Saybrook.

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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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Harbor News

Catherine Zamecnik is dedicated to sharing her appreciation of the natural world with new generations. Photo courtesy of Catherine Zamecnik

Catherine Zamecnik Works Toward a More Connected and Stable Environment

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

Catherine Zamecnik has always been interested in the outdoors. Growing up in West Haven, Catherine has fond memories of her childhood running around on the beach with her friends. That love of the outdoors continues in her current role as the chair of Clinton’s Conservation Commission.

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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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The Source

Adrian Bassett is a 100-year old Madison resident who served as chief of the Madison Fire Department. Adie, as everyone calls him, still does his own grocery shopping, mows his own yard, and recalls world events with vivid detail. Photo courtesy of Clay Bassett

Adrian Bassett Shares Stories from the Last 100 Years

Published Sep. 02, 2020 08:33 a.m.

When Adrian Bassett was born, the League of Nations was just in its infancy. Its successor, the United Nations, was still a few years away from being created.

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The Sound

During this time of pandemic and “new normal” Marie Mordarski has taken on the role of volunteer/program coordinator for non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR), based in Branford. Photo courtesy of the Community Dining Room

During a ‘New Normal,’ Mordarski Helps CDR Volunteers Make a Difference

Published Aug. 26, 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 the non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR), based in Branford.

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Guilford Courier

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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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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Valley Courier

Chester’s Chris Groat is the Chris in Chris’ Dogs, which has been busy all through pandemic and power outages at its spot by the Deep River-Essex border. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Chris Groat: Going to the Dogs

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

President Franklin Roosevelt served them to the King and Queen of England on their only visit to the United States in 1939.

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Harbor News

Clinton PTA President Heather Moore has taken the reins of a very active organization at a time when every bit of help is needed. Photo courtesy of Heather Moore

Heather Moore: Leading Through a Time of Uncertainty

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

As the new school year gets ready to start, big changes are also coming to the Clinton PTA.

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The Source

Peter Gulick is a longtime member of the Madison Hose Company No. 1, a volunteer job he finds personally rewarding. He is also a professional restorer of historical and contemporary houses. Photo courtesy of Peter Gulick

Peter Gulick: Preserving the Past for the Future

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

If only the walls of historical houses could talk, what treasure trove of stories and lessons would we hear?

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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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The Sound

North Branford’s new recreation director, Jessie Caetano, has been on the job since June 15. She looks forward to the day when she can welcome community members and seniors to a freshened-up Stanley T. Williams Community Center and is inspired by the creativity, innovation, and energy her team has put into programming and special events during the pandemic and those planned for the future. Photo courtesy of Jessie Caetano

Finding Silver Linings in Pandemic Clouds: North Branford’s New Recreation Director, Jessie Caetano

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

Due to COVID-19, North Branford’s Stanley T. Williams (STW) Community Center still awaits the go-ahead to reopen safely, but that’s not stopping the town’s new recreation director, Jessie Caetano, from finding silver linings in the pandemic clouds.

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Guilford Courier

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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