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The Sound

As a benefactor, volunteer and board member of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and encourage all to join the krewe (Mardi Gras lingo for the organization that puts on a parade or ball during Carnival season) at this year’s SAA Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

King-Sized Support for Shoreline Arts Alliance

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

To benefit and support the artistic talents of students from Branford, North Branford, and 22 other shoreline towns between East Haven and Lyme, Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and join his krewe and many revelers at this year’s Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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Guilford Courier

As a benefactor, volunteer, and board member of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and encourage all to join the krewe (Mardi Gras lingo for the organization that puts on a parade or ball during Carnival season) at this year’s SAA Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

King-Sized Support for Shoreline Arts Alliance

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

To benefit and support the artistic talents of students from Guilford and 23 other shoreline towns between East Haven and Lyme, Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and join his krewe and many revelers at this year’s Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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East Haven Courier

A 12-year veteran in the department, Pat Tracy was appointed to deputy chief of the East Haven Police Department in September 2019. Photo courtesy of Pat Tracy

Pat Tracy Focuses on the Community as Newly Appointed Deputy Chief

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

For as long as he could remember, Pat Tracy has wanted to be a police officer. Growing up, he watched his family...

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Valley Courier

When it comes time to throw a party for the Essex Elementary School community, Carrie Comerford will be at the forefront, dressed in pajamas with her fellow organizers for Essex Elementary School Family Night on Friday, Feb. 28. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Carrie Comerford: Bingo, It’s Her!

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

A bit rusty on your masked crusaders? Feminine superheroes not your specialty? Then meet Elastigirl, or...

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North Haven Courier

After a career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Marlene Thorp has combined her results-oriented expertise and her creative skills to keep her elders engaged through her role as program coordinator at the North Haven Senior Center. 

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Marlene Thorp: A Creative Flair and Seamless Planning for Seniors

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

Scientific theorists once believed that humans were either “right-brained” or “left-brained,...

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Harbor News

Established clay artist Gloria Elliott has also mastered other art forms, including quilting, which she uses to tell her family’s story. In the foreground, a panel depicts her father, a Norwegian emigré who found a job delivering milk by horse. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Gloria Elliott: A Quiet, Creative Life

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

Perhaps those who first meet Gloria Elliott along with her husband, Tom, see her as a rather quiet, retiring person, ...

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The Source

Kate Blais’s dedication to the elderly and those with mental-health challenges is unmistakable: as a registered nurse and director of the Strong House, she treats them with compassion and honors them with a Person of the Month feature in the facility’s newsletter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kate Blais: Dignity and Grace at the Strong House

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

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.

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The Sound

Now employed by Shoreline Prime Meats & Deli in Branford, Sky Bussey got his start with vocational training offered by Community Dining Room (shown here). Now, he’s hoping his story will inspire other organizations and businesses to connect with school district programs such as the one he experienced through Branford Public Schools’ ‘Access Transition’ program. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Sky Bussey Hopes More Will Offer ‘Access’ to Success

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

By offering him a variety of vocational training, some local groups and businesses have made a huge difference in Sky Bussey’s ability to nail down a great job.

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Guilford Courier

Dr. Richard Alter DVM checks the shoulders of an adult female bald eagle, looking for any signs of breaks or dislocation following its collision with the windshield of an oncoming tractor trailer on I-95 in January. At his Guilford practice, Pet’s Friend Animal Hospital, Richard has been offering pro-bono services for three decades to assist animals in the care of local wildlife rehabilitation groups. Photo by Angela Sheaffer

Assisting Eagles, Helping Hawks: Dr. Richard Alter, DVM, Gives Back

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After an adult bald eagle collided with the windshield of an oncoming 18-wheeler on Jan. 22, police rushed the stunned bird to Killingworth’s non-profit raptor rehabilitation and rescue, A Place Called Hope.

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East Haven Courier

Alex Blank and his partners—his wife Bridget Blank and company founder Brian Ewing—are giving new brewers a chance to reach wider markets through the Twelve Percent Beer Project. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Alex Blank: Making Complex Beers Look Simple

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Alex Blank is one of the masterminds behind a unique business model—Twelve Percent Beer Project—with a brewery and tap room that opened in North Haven on July 1 of last year.

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Valley Courier

In her hometown of Ivoryton, Pat Muggleston is helping to ensure the 150-year history if the Ivoryton Library continues for another 150 years. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Pat Muggleston: Look for Her at the Library

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Pat Muggleston has heard a lot about Harry Potter. That is because her last name incorporates what wizards like Harry called people who did not possess magical powers: Muggles.

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The Source

Andrea Aron taught art for 44 years and garnered awards for her enameling and jewelry making. Today, she advocates for the arts through the Future Choices program at the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Andrea Aron Makes Art Her Life’s Work

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As a young girl in the Bronx, Andrea Aron had her first foray in art when she would open up her easel and paint with her father.

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Harbor News

Though it took two full years, Margo Valentine oversaw the story of her life move from her handwritten manuscript to finished product. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Margo Valentine: Looking Back

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If Margo Valentine had not fallen down the stairs while going to a tailor’s shop in 2016, she would not have written a book. But Margo, then 85, did fall down. And she did write a book.

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Guilford Courier

Art Beyond the Wall intern Tyler Eveland of Guilford (right) will puppeteer a 15-foot tall puppet like this one, which he helped to raise head and shoulders above the U.S.-Mexico border wall in May 2019, together with Art Beyond the Wall Executive Artistic Director and co-founder Jess Kaufman (left), at a free information sharing evening with Art Beyond the Wall at the Guilford Art Center on Friday, Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of Tyler Eveland

Eveland Helps Raise Awareness About Young Borderlanders with ‘Art Beyond the Wall’

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

At age 16, Tyler Eveland likely has had more exposure than most of his Guilford neighbors to the experiences of “borderlanders”—young people living in areas divided by the wall at the U.S. and Mexico border.

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The Source

At the Madison VFW Post 2096, Larry Brundrett serves veterans and their families as commander, the highest officer in a local post. “It’s given me a sense of service to my fellow veterans,” he says about helping his military comrades. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Larry Brundrett: In Service of Country and Comrades

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

We hear the lyrics every time the United States anthem is sung: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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East Haven Courier

Stories from his World War II-veteran grandfather started Dan Garitta’s interest in preserving military history. Now he’s a co-founder of an ongoing military discussion group at the Hagaman Memorial Library and co-author of the book A Hometown Doughboy.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Garitta

Dan Garitta: Unearthing the Common Soldier’s Story

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

As a co-founder of the military discussion group at the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, Daniel “Dan” Garitta has met numerous veterans and individuals interested in and passionate about military history.

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Valley Courier

Chester’s David Rau will deliver a talk on the Florence Griswold Museum at the Essex library on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Photo by Jenny Parsons

David Rau: Stay Healthy—Visit a Museum

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

Now here’s a prescription that you can’t fill at the drug store. For reducing stress, encouraging mindfulness and maintaining good health, visit a museum.

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The Sound

Daniel Hand High School Assistant Principal Melanie Whitcher previously worked as a math coordinator for the school and as a math teacher and coach in Branford. The North Branford resident has a master’s degree in teaching and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Sound

Melanie Whitcher: Math Smarts + People Skills = Career in Education

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

Melanie Whitcher’s career path to become Daniel Hand High School’s new assistant principal began in a rather unusual place—in college as a business major with a focus on accounting.

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Harbor News

Now once again enjoying semi-retirement, Peter Neff once again stepped up to serve Clinton when the Town Council needed an interim town manager. Photo courtesy of Peter Neff

Peter Neff: Trusted with the Town’s Transition

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

At its first ever meeting on Nov. 20, 2019 the Clinton Town Council had a big decision to make. The group was still in the process of interviewing candidates for the fulltime town manager position, but needed an interim manager.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Donna Meador has volunteered at The Animal Haven walking dogs and training volunteers. Photo courtesy of Donna Meador

Donna Meadors Pays It Forward at The Animal Haven

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

Donna Meadors and her golden retriever, Shane, spent years taking a daily two-mile walk.

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The Sound

Shoreline Community Church (SCC) Special Events Coordinator Rachel Kalman says there’s a big team to thank for bringing Night to Shine to this area on Feb. 7, including SCC Pastor Paul Allen and event co-lead (and church secretary) Vanessa Fleming-Redd as well as many other church members and community members and businesses. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

For Kalman, Teamwork Makes SCC’s Night to Shine

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

It’s nearly time to roll out the red carpet for the shoreline’s first-ever Night to Shine, and Rachel Kalman says it’s all coming together thanks to some incredible teamwork and community support.

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Guilford Courier

Ingrid Collins and her iconic Guilford business, The Village Chocolatier, is prepared for Valentine’s Day, which is also the shop’s third-best sales day of the year (Christmas tops the list, followed by Easter). Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Collins Enjoys Sweet Success at Village Chocolatier

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

Valentine’s Day may still be a couple of weeks off, but for Ingrid Collins and her iconic Guilford business, The Village Chocolatier, it’s crunch time.

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North Haven Courier

Jim Stenqvist has worked with the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force for the past three years. Photo courtesy of Jim Stenqvist

Jim Stenqvist Helps North Haven Go Green and Save Money

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

For the past three years, Jim Stenqvist has been involved in the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force.

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School Assistant Principal Melanie Whitcher previously worked as a math coordinator for the school and as a math teacher and coach in Branford. She has a master’s degree in teaching and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Melanie Whitcher: Math Smarts + People Skills = Career in Education

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

Melanie Whitcher’s career path to become Daniel Hand High School’s new assistant principal began in a...

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Valley Courier

With a clutter-free life the natural result of growing up in a military family, Eva Counter draws on her skills and inclination as professional organizer. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Eva Counter: Getting Organized

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

What do getting better organized and losing weight have in common?

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East Haven Courier

East Haven High School alum Jordyn DiNatale achieved a career goal, starring in a film directed by Martin Scorcese. Even better, that film, The Irishman, has been nominated for an Oscar. Photo courtesy of Jordyn DiNatale

Jordyn DiNatale Moves to the Big Screen

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

After getting her start on stage in New Haven and at East Haven Academy, actress Jordyn DiNatale has already achieved one of her career goals: to work with director Martin Scorsese.

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Harbor News

After a career in manufacturing, Bob Werner was looking for a way to share his skills and help his new hometown, His work on the Clinton Manufacturing Coalition fulfilled both goals. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Raising Awareness a Best Practice for Bob Werner and the CMC

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

Bob Werner has only lived in Clinton for three years, but that hasn’t stopped him from pitching in.

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The Sound

Among his other community connections, Dan Armin is a board member of Community Dining Room (CDR) who helped spearhead the recent expansion of CDR’s North Branford/Northford home delivery service, which is now operating out of a new satellite location at St. Andrews Church in Northford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Armin Helps CDR Home Delivery Grow in North Branford

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

With a great track record of helping his hometown and helping others, Dan Armin is the perfect person to spearhead the expansion of the North Branford homebound home meals delivery program for Branford-based Community Dining Room (CDR).

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Guilford Courier

After serving the town for many years as chair of its Human Services Council, followed by six years as a member of the Guilford Foundation Board, Delaney “Dee” Lundberg and her husband, Bruce, have left a lasting gift to their hometown that will contribute to the future success of the foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Guilford Foundation and More: Dee Lundberg

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

If anyone understands the exceptional work of the Guilford Foundation, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary in...

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North Haven Courier

For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen has been involved in planning the Mayflower Society’s annual banquet, which will be held on Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of Lynn Fredricksen

Lynn Fredricksen Continues Mayflower Society Tradition as Toastmaster

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

This weekend marks the Mayflower Society’s 125th annual banquet. For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen ...

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