February 26, 2020
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Local News • Published Feb. 26, 2020 07 a.m.

Madison Arts Barn Holds Fifth Grade Night

Emma Conners (in glasses) busts a move on the dance floor with friends during the Madison Arts Barn’s 5th Grade Night held on Feb. 21. The night included games, music from DJ Bry,...

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Local News • Published Feb. 25, 2020 02:27 p.m.

Watershed Signs Raised Courtesy of DHHS Interns

The work of two Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) Conservation Commission interns has borne further fruit, as the town last week installed a handful of street signs designed and based on the two...

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Local News • Published Feb. 25, 2020 12:38 p.m.

Madison BOS Sets Date for School, Academy Referenda Despite Republican Objections to Procedure

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) officially adopted a timeline for a referendum concerning the school renewal plan and the Academy community center project on Feb. 24, aiming for a stand-alone vote in ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 25, 2020 03:35 p.m.

General’s Residence Proposal Raises Objections

The new owners of the iconic (if dilapidated) General’s Residence in the town center is proposing a very specific addition to the town’s zoning regulation that the developer said...

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Sports • Published Feb. 24, 2020 12:49 a.m.

Hand Girls’ Hoops Advances to SCC Semis; Wrestling Competes at State Meet

Girls’ BasketballThe Hand girls’ basketball team kicked off the postseason by beating North Haven in an SCC Tournament quarterfinal contest last week. The...

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Sports • Published Feb. 23, 2020 06:30 p.m.

Tigers Surging Down the Stretch This Winter

There’s no doubt that the Hand boys’ ice hockey team is one of the top squads in the Division II ranks right now. The Tigers have been dominating the opposition all year and are...

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Sports • Published Feb. 22, 2020 02:27 a.m.

Shoreline Golf Society Presents Annual Awards

The Shoreline Golf Society (SGS) recently presented awards to some of its top performers from the 2019 season when the organization held its annual meeting. Sue Bobbin of Guilford was named the...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 20, 2020 01:54 p.m.

Travisano’s a Cornerstone for the Tigers

Mike Travisano has made a multitude of contributions to the Hand boys’ basketball team throughout the past two seasons. A 6-foot-5 junior, Mike is a defensive stopper for the Tigers...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 20, 2020 11:42 a.m.

Nancy Pauline Bartnett

Nancy Pauline Bartnett, 88, of Madison passed away peacefully on Feb. 10. Born on March 26, 1931, in Guilford, Nancy’s heritage is deeply rooted in Clinton, where her father and mother,...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 18, 2020 03:25 p.m.

Kevin Burke Dalton

Kevin Burke Dalton of Madison took his own life Feb. 6. That he did so will always be a grievous shock, if not quite a complete surprise, to his family and all of those who loved him. Kevin was...

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Local News • Published Feb. 18, 2020 02:45 p.m.

Mastroianni Resigns as Tigers’ Football Coach, Placed on Leave at Hand

Following a three-season tenure, Dave Mastroianni resigned as head coach of the Hand football team on Feb. 11 and has since been placed on administrative leave from his position as a social...

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Local News • Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:27 a.m.

Government Studies Committee Appointed, Will Soon Conduct Resident Survey

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) has named seven members to the Ad-Hoc Government Study Committee. The committee is charged with examining Madison’s fundamental form of government over the next ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 18, 2020 03 p.m.

DHHS VIBE Floods the Competition with Unique Noah’s Ark Presentation

The Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) VIBE show choir has been on another successful tear this year, bringing home three consecutive first-place finishes, with a chance to defend its national...

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Local News • Published Feb. 18, 2020 02:44 p.m.

Lyons Hopes to Streamline Town’s Communication Strategy

First Selectman Peggy Lyons is in the process of consolidating a wide-ranging new communications plan intended to both spark participation in town government as well as keep residents abreast of...

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Local News • Published Feb. 20, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Friends Offer Challenge as Library Approaches Finish Line

Our Madison community—friends, neighbors, business people, and corporations—have all watched with interest and amazement since we voted to make our library newer, bigger, and...

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Local News • Published Feb. 18, 2020 01:37 p.m.

Shore Takes Top Prizes at New England News Awards

The Shore Publishing news, design, and sales team was recognized with six major awards for 2019’s New England Better Newspaper Competition given at the New England Newspaper and Press...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Kate Blais: Dignity and Grace at the Strong House

Kate Blais welcomes visitors to her office on the second floor, a large room that looks more like a bedroom with high ceilings, spotless carpeting, large windows, and a brick fireplace. She speaks ...

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Letters • Published Feb. 19, 2020 08 a.m.

A Lifelong Cost

Half a million dollars— $567,250 to be exact! That’s the yearly operating costs of the proposed Community Center at Academy. That’s the cost now, not 10 years from now....

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Letters • Published Feb. 19, 2020 08 a.m.

Consistency and Predictability

The Board of Finance (BOF) endeavors to ensure that we maintain consistency and predictability in Madison’s taxes. To that end, the board recently adopted an internal regulation that will...

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Local News • Published Feb. 17, 2020 05:21 p.m.

Island Committee Members Named, Will Find Future Use for School Building

As the town moves forward with negotiations on a second, likely short-term lease with Our Lady of Mercy Preparatory Academy (OLMPA) for the Island Avenue School building, a citizens committee has...

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Local News • Published Feb. 17, 2020 03:51 p.m.

Sen. Cohen & Legislature’s Bioscience Caucus Briefed on Connecticut Job-Growth Possibilities

State Senator Christine Cohen (D-12) and the state legislature’s Bioscience Caucus were briefed last month by a private-sector bioscience industry advocate and by the commissioner of...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 17, 2020 03:21 p.m.

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ M. Wimmer

Gertrude “Trudy” M. Wimmer, 90, of Guilford, wife of the late Rev. Dr. Harold R. Wimmer, passed away Feb. 12 after a brief illness. Trudy was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on May 19,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 17, 2020 03:19 a.m.

Tigers’ Boys’ Track Places 3rd in Class L;

Girls’ Hoops Wins Division Title

Boys’ Indoor TrackThe Hand boys’ indoor track team continued its excellent postseason run by taking third place at the Class L State Championship at Floyd Little...

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Sports • Published Feb. 16, 2020 09:09 p.m.

Hand Gymnastics Takes 3rd Place at SCCs

Hand gymnastics Head Coach Kelly Smith had some big expectations for her squad entering the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship. After all, the Tigers had taken first place in SCCs for 10 ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 15, 2020 09:08 p.m.

Mastroianni Resigns as Tigers’ Coach, Filippone Takes Over

Following a three-season tenure, Dave Mastroianni resigned as head coach of the Hand football team on Feb. 11. Mastroianni stepped down due to health concerns, according to the Hand athletic...

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