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Valley Courier

Carter Gowrie is a lifelong sailor who has crafted a career around his hobby.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Carter Gowrie: On Sail!

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Some people are lucky enough to discover what they love to do when they are young—really young. In the case of Carter Gowrie, his father snuggled him in a basket and took him out in a sailboat when he was three months old. He has been sailing ever since.

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The Sound

Carla Cerino, who teaches academic writing and reading to adult English as a second language learners through ERACE, inspires her students with goals including having their stories published in a national magazine, The Change Agent. In March, five of Cerino’s students had their stories published. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Write On: ESL Writers Inspire ERACE Educator Carla Cerino

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Every semester, adult students from across the globe take Carla Cerino’s class to learn English academic reading and writing skills, but by the time they leave, they always manage to teach Carla new lessons about the human spirit.

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Harbor News

Clinton pride is something Dave Elder is proud to show, and he’s now doing just that from the head of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Clinton Chamber Chair Sees Good Changes Coming

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Elder has been in Clinton for about 12 years and started a local business soon after. His involvement in the community has grown ever since and last month, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors selected him as chairman. He’s taking the helm at an exciting time for the organization.

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East Haven Courier

An East Haven resident since 1944, Henry Grehl celebrated his 104th birthday on April 17. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

The Secret to a Long Life: Do Everything

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Henry Grehl has found the secret to a long life.

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North Haven Courier

Christine Reardon’s work with the Workforce Alliance will bring Amazon’s first hiring event to town in June ahead of their new distribution center’s opening.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Chris Reardon is Focused on the Jobs of the Future

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s Christine Reardon’s job to see the future. She is the manager of strategic development at Workforce Alliance, which connects employers in south central Connecticut with skilled workers

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The Source

Fred Muzer taught Madison’s youth for 30 years, and he’s still giving back to the community; he’ll be honored at Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Fred Muzer: Made in Madison

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Fred Muzer of Madison will be honored at the Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27, and it’s no wonder why: After a career of educating Madison youth, Fred is still giving back to the community.

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The Sound

Meghan Scanlon joined Women & Family Life Center as its first full-time director about nine months ago and has been on a mission to bring important service and support goals into focus, raise awareness and funds, and find ways to partner to expand free services for shoreline women and families in crisis or transition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads WFLC

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Meghan Scanlon first joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) as its executive director about nine months ago, she went out into the community on a fact-finding mission.

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Guilford Courier

Assisting her brother through homelessness and mental illness has helped turn author Laura Noe into an advocate who shares her story statewide to assist others and build awareness. On Saturday, April 27, Noe will be a presenter at The Big Sleep Out 2019 on the Guilford Green. Photo courtesy of Laura Noe

Noe Encourages All to Join The Big Sleepout 2019

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Last spring, Laura Noe was taking her favorite drive into Guilford along scenic Route 146 when she saw a sign that made her stop and turn around.

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Valley Courier

Barbara Nair, director of Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook and Arts Center Killingworth, looks forward to future growth for her arts organization.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Courier

Barbara Nair: From Town to Country

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Barbara Nair had no clue that her weekend house in Killingworth would launch an art center, gallery, store, and more: an organization that has become a beacon for arts, artisans, and art appreciators.

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East Haven Courier

At home in the East Haven High School library, Juliet Goraieb is running dynamic programs that move students beyond the reference desk into real-life experiences.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Juliet Goraeib Teaches Life Skills at the EHHS Library

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

You might think you know what a school librarian’s job is like, but you haven’t met Juliet Goraeib.

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Harbor News

Clinton resident Robert LaFrance enjoys getting out on the Indian River for birdwatching trips, a fitting endeavor for the new director of policy for Audubon Connecticut. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Blending an Interest in Economics and Environment

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

You may not associate watching bear and bull markets with watching birds, but former stockbroker Robert LaFrance is combining his interests as the new policy director for Audubon Connecticut.

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North Haven Courier

Sarah Iadorola is the director of an award winning choral program at North Haven High School. Soon, they’ll all be traveling to the nation’s capital in an effort to repeat last year’s superior performance. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sarah Iadorola Teaches Students to Love Music and Win Competitions

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Choral Director Sarah Iadorola has high goals; the highest goals possible, actually.

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Harbor News

Helen Bosch, chief executive officer of Vista Life Innovations, has devoted her career to helping Vista members become active members of the community; now she’s looking toward the future. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Helen Bosch: Affecting Positive, Direct Change

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Helen Bosch of Madison always wanted to pour her energy into something that could affect change and help people in a direct way, and for 28 years, she’s done just that as the chief executive officer of VISTA Life Innovations.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven Lions Club member Sue Vigorito promises a fun night for all at the club’s Friday, May 10 military whist fundraiser. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sue Vigorito Keeps on Going

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Be it boards or marketing or Lions Club fundraisers, Sue Vigorito is keeping herself busy.

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Guilford Courier

Meghan Scanlon joined Women & Family Life Center as its first full-time director about nine months ago and has been on a mission to bring important service and support goals into focus, raise awareness and funds, and find ways to partner to expand free services for shoreline women and families in crisis or transition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads W&FLC

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Meghan Scanlon first joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) as its executive director about nine months ago, she went out into the community on a fact-finding mission.

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North Haven Courier

Earth Day is April 22, but this year Sue Dannenhoffer and her fellow North Haven Conservation Commission members are celebrating early to bring environmental education to as many people as possible. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sue Dannenhoffer: Making Every Day Earth Day

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

While Sue Dannenhoffer thinks every day should be Earth Day, she’s especially focused on Saturday, April 6 when the Conservation Commission will hold its 11th annual Earth Day fair at North Haven High School.

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Harbor News

Westbrook Garden Club member Carolyn Fish isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in her efforts to keep Westbrook beautiful. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Carolyn Fish: Sharing the Art of the Garden

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Carolyn Fish has fond memories of summer visits to her grandparents’ summer home, which they purchased in Westbrook’s Old Kelsey Point Association in 1920.

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Valley Courier

After a six-year stint as musical director for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., The Reverend Benjamin Straley followed his calling to the priesthood. He has served as assistant rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex since last summer. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Benjamin Straley: Faith is Music to his Ears

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Benjamin Straley’s mother was sure he wouldn’t. But he did, even though he was a painfully shy 11-year-old boy.

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The Sound

Branford’s Matt Schell has opened Spark Cycleworks, offering electric bikes that are unique to his company. Bikes are assembled at the Spark Cycleworks “lab” at 67 North Branford Road. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

With Spark Cycleworks, Matt Schell is Going Places

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The doors to Spark Cycleworks officially opened on March 30, and the buzz is already building about Matt Schell’s unique Branford business.

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Harbor News

Paula Chabot taught Latin to Madison students for more than 40 years; now she’s helping shoreline residents learn English, among her many other volunteer activities. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Paula Chabot: For the Love of Language

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For 44 years, Paula Chabot taught at Daniel Hand High School in Madison; after she retired in 2014, she turned her attention toward giving back to her community in new ways.

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Harbor News

Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Potter Robert Parrott’s sunset-shoreline-desert-mountain design adorns plates, teapots, canisters, and more—and proves the power of the eye of the beholder.

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Guilford Courier

Ellie Wiesler is the founder and leader of a TED-Ed Student Talks club at Guilford Free Library. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

With TED-Ed Student Talks, Wiesler Shares a World of Topics

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What does “Machiavellian” really mean? How tall can a tree grow? How does the Rorschach inkblot test work? Can you solve the unstoppable blob riddle?

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The Sound

North Branford resident Jerry Begley is a multi-talented individual who gives back as a volunteer chef and a musician. Shown here cooking at Community Dining Room (CDR), Begley is helping to organize the ninth annual Arti Dixson’s Help Our People Event (HOPE) coming Sunday, April 28 to Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, where food donations will be collected to benefit CDR and several other food support programs in Connecticut. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Begley Brings HOPE to Help Fight Hunger

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Whether he’s making music or making meatballs, Jerry Begley loves to use his talents to give back to others in need.

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Valley Courier

Barbara Nair, director of Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery, looks forward to future growth for her arts organization./Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Barbara Nair: From Town to Country

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Barbara Nair had no clue that her weekend house in Killingworth would launch an art center, gallery, store, and more: an organization that has become a beacon for arts, artisans, and art appreciators.

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Valley Courier

Her subjects may range from a tropical island to a seedy back alley, but what’s consistent in Verna O’Donnell’s work is that it helps her students tell a story. A paraeducator at John Winthrop Middle School, Verna is a volunteer set painter for stage productions at both the middle and high schools. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Verna 0’Donnell: Going Home Again

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Verna O’Donnell has a question: “Who says you can’t go home again?” That’s because Verna has, both to John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School.

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East Haven Courier

New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School’s dance program turns 40 years old this year. Tracey Albert has been there for the last 20 years, growing the collaborative dance program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Tracey Albert Turns Ideas into Movement at the Neighborhood Music School

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Learning dance can be empowering, especially when the student has a say in the final product. In her 20 years at the Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven, Tracey Albert has pioneered collaborative learning practices for all ages.

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North Haven Courier

Betsy Titus says that art, running, and music all contribute to her teaching style at North Haven Middle School where she has recently started working with kids in the Therapeutic Learning Services program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Betsy Titus: Teaching Everyone to be an Artist at NHMS

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Betsy Titus insists that anyone can be an artist. At North Haven Middle School (NHMS), she’s out to prove that not only can anyone make art, everyone should.

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Valley Courier

An eye for design—and the skilled hands to see those designs to fruition—have served Matilda Yenowich Dumbril well in her career. Her latest creations, beautifully re-purposed stage curtains, are part of the Chester Historical Society’s The Red Velvet Challenge. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Matilda Yenowich Dumbrill: Clothes Call

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Every auction employs objects from Chester and requires only that participants use them in original creations in whatever way they wish. This year’s Red Velvet Challenge uses 18-inch squares of the velvet cut from what were former stage curtains at the Chester Meeting House.

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Guilford Courier

Laurie Dray is building a buzz around the 13th annual Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Adult Spelling Bee, which takes place Friday, April 5 at Guilford High School. She’s shown here outside The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, the providers of food for sale at the bee to benefit GFFE. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Laurie Dray is a GFFE Bee-Liever

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Not too many years ago, Laurie Dray answered a friend’s last-minute call to pitch in as a worker bee to help Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE)—and she’s been buzzing about GFFE ever since.

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The Sound

In 2013, North Branford resident Rebekah DeVivo was in the running to be a contestant on TV’s American Idol when a rare spinal tumor detoured that dream. Her long period of recovery led to discovering a passion for another form of artistic expression, felting. DeVivo’s unique take on the ancient textile art is on display at Northford’s Edward Smith Library during the month of March. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

From American Idol to Ancient Art Form: DeVivo’s Artistic Journey

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2013, Rebekah DeVivo’s voice launched her to Hollywood to compete in television’s American Idol. But when her journey was detoured by a battle with a rare spinal tumor that took years to overcome, she kept her faith, and found a new creative outlet in one of the world’s oldest art forms—felting.

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