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Guilford Courier

A shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin debuts the first comprehensive exhibition of his artwork at Guilford Art Center with a sold-out opening celebration on Friday, June 21, after which The Artistry of Jacques Pepin will be on display in the center’s Mill Gallery through Sunday, July 21 as a free exhibit available for the public to view. Photo by Tom Hopkins

‘The Artistry of Jacques Pepin’ Debuts at GAC

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin is delighted to debut the first comprehensive exhibition of another passion, his artwork, at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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North Haven Courier

A lifelong appreciation of teachers led Laura Landino to lead her own hairdressing academy—and to ensure local youngsters have opportunities to learn.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brightening the Days of Clients and Students, Too

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Laura Landino, making people feel good is just as important as making them look good.

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The Source

Artist, retired executive, and World War II veteran Janet Lee continues at 96 to lead a remarkable and interesting life. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Source

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How long ago is long ago? That depends on your vantage point. For most people, D-Day, June 6, 1944, is much too long ago for personal memories.

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The Sound

North Branford High School (NBHS) Class of 2019 president Allie Augur capped an incredible career at NBHS by being named 2019 valedictorian and bringing national attention to town as a twice-named All American soccer goalie. Next fall, she’ll attend Boston College (BC), where she’ll play soccer. She committed to BC in the summer of her freshman year at NBHS. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Hometown Support Behind Augur’s Successful Years at NBHS

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She may be following in her sibling’s footsteps—both her brother and sister were also class presidents—but it’s a pretty safe bet that North Branford High School (NBHS) may not see another spectacular student like Allie Augur for some years to come. She says her success is due to the support of her hometown.

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East Haven Courier

After a childhood and teen years full of good memories of the Hagaman Memorial Library, Bruno Lieto is back among the stacks helping to ensure another generation has a reason to love libraries. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bruno Lieto: Always a Book in Hand

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Bruno Lieto started working with the Hagaman Memorial Library as a teen volunteer, but he’s stuck around to help run the program on his way to a teaching career.

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Harbor News

Opera Theater of Connecticut Artistic Director Alan Mann has toured the globe, but found a home in Clinton not only for himself and his family, but for the opera he shares with the community. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Alan Mann: Making a Home for Opera on the Shoreline

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Alan Mann was born in Montreal, lived in New York and London, but for almost four decades he has called Clinton home.

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Valley Courier

For this year’s Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade—the 14th for the village—Lorraine Donovan has the unenviable job of parking czar, but she’s also had the pleasure of helping to plan this small-town event. She also helps organize the village’s Ivoryton Illuminations in winter. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lorraine Donovan: On Duty on the Fourth

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

If Lorraine Donovan talks to you while she is volunteering at the Ivoryton Fourth of July parade, she may utter one of the most feared sentences in the English language: You can’t park here.

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The Sound

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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Guilford Courier

On Sunday, June 23, The Witness Stones Project of the Guilford Preservation Alliance and the Hyland House Museum present the second annual Juneteenth. This year’s event, Juneteenth–A Garden Party, includes a day of civic engagement, refreshments, music, and remembrance of those enslaved in Guilford’s past, chaired by Stephanie Little Brown at the historic Hyland House, 84 Boston Street, from 4 to 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Witness to History: Brown Chairs Witness Stone’s ‘Juneteenth’ at Hyland House

Published June 12, 2019 07:00 a.m.

“When we did the first Juneteenth last year, the first question we asked the audience was, ‘How many people know what Juneteenth is?’” recalls Stephanie Little Brown.

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The Source

Since moving to Madison six years ago, Keiler Snow has volunteered in bringing Nite in Hand’s theme to life for graduating seniors. Photo courtesy of Keiler Snow

Keiler Snow: Ready to Unveil Theme for 2019 Nite at Hand on June 14

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2012, Keiler Snow’s oldest son, who is now in college, was just beginning his freshman year at Hand and one of Keiler’s friends invited her to a meeting for Nite in Hand.

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Valley Courier

Artist, retired executive, and World War II veteran Janet Lee continues at 96 to lead a remarkable and interesting life. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Brendan McCaffery has contributed to New Haven county’s oldest Irish festival for many years. He says it takes a huge group effort to put together the cultural display coming soon to the North Haven Fairgrounds.

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North Haven Courier

Emigrating from Ireland at age 21, Brendan McCaffery found a welcoming community at the Irish American Community Center and has been helping the organization ever since, including his work on the upcoming Connecticut Irish Festival on the North Haven fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and June 23. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brendan McCaffery: Keeping his Culture Alive

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Brendan McCaffery has contributed to New Haven county’s oldest Irish festival for many years. He says it takes a huge group effort to put together the cultural display coming soon to the North Haven Fairgrounds.

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Harbor News

A CPA by trade and training, Valley Shore YMCA Controller Debbie Quinn has helped her community flourish through projects like the Y’s Community garden, which provides fresh produce for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries as well as a chance for locals to get involved. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Debbie Quinn: Helping her Community Grow

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Debbie Quinn is not a gardener.

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East Haven Courier

Lindsay Martus, a Yale EMS Telecommunicator of the Year, is right here in East Haven, dispatching emergency help in the town in which she grew up.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Lindsay Martus: Keeping the Lines Open

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When you call for emergency services in town, Lindsay Martus is among the voices you might hear on the other end of the line.

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The Source

Lee Tobin has been involved in the Empty Nesters Club for more than three decades.

Photo courtesy of Lee Tobin

Lee Tobin: Filling Her Heart Through the Empty Nesters Club

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Wherever she has lived, Leonora Tobin has always made a point of getting involved in the community, joining organizations, and making connections. Now in her 80s, Leonora, who is known to most as Lee, has been a member of the Madison Empty Nesters Club since 1985.

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The Sound

2019 Branford Festival chair Melissa Nicholson is excited and honored to lead a dedicated group of volunteers who will bring the 35th annual Branford Festival to the Branford Town Green Friday to Sunday, June 14 to 16. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

The Best of Branford: Nicholson Chairs 2019 Branford Festival

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Between Friday and Sunday, June 14 and 16, the 2019 Branford Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary while also recognizing Branford’s 375th birthday and the 40th run of the Branford Road Race.

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North Haven Courier

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter on Mill Road, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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Harbor News

Some in Clinton best know Dara Onofrio as the person who accompanies Jessie the therapy dog (at right) at The Morgan School and Maggy (left) and Jessie around town, though she’s also taken a prominent role in town government as chair of the Board of Finance. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dara Onofrio: A Quick Connection to Clinton

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“It was probably one of the most terrifying moment of my life,” says Dara Onofrio.

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Valley Courier

A fifth-generation local, Charlene Doane is helping others learn about their neighbors (and raise funds for the Ivoryton Library) with the Through the Garden Gate tour of historic homes and gardens in Ivoryton and Centerbrook on Saturday, June 15.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Charlene Doane: The Allure of the Tour

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Why do people do it? Maybe an interest in horticulture? Or, maybe interior decorating?

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East Haven Courier

This year, former Air Force sergeant Jim Coady was East Haven’s honored veteran at their annual Memorial Day celebrations. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Jim Coady: An Honored Veteran Reflects on Service

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jim Coady has served his country in the Air Force and his hometown as a fire fighter.

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Guilford Courier

Diana Clark found her passion in her second career and now helps family members of those battling substance abuse get the support they need. Photo courtesy of Turnbridge

Diana Clark: Providing Support to Families of Those Battling Addiction

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Diana Clark always knew that she wanted a job that would allow her to help people.

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Harbor News

Paul Orsini became an active member of the Clinton business community when he and his wife Jane opened Doc’s Bar and Grill in 2014, and he’s now stepped up his involvement as executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, which has a summer full of events scheduled. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

A Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the business community within the town, as well as hosting various events geared toward celebrating and entertaining the town as a whole. As the chamber’s new executive director, Paul Orsini is responsible for making sure the chamber meets those two goals.

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Valley Courier

Following in the footsteps of Sosse and the late Jack Baker, Nancy Pinney is running the Chester Gallery and making her own connections to the Chester community.

Photo by Jim Wallis

Nancy Pinney: New Face at the Chester Gallery

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sometimes people work hard to find the perfect solution to a problem. Sometimes, it just falls into their laps.

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North Haven Courier

Monica Hatton’s new Special Needs Advocacy Group (SNAG) is a public resource on Facebook for parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Monica Hatton: Connecting and Empowering Parents

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Monica Hatton says that the best way for families of children with special needs to succeed is to understand their weaknesses.

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East Haven Courier

Quinnipiac University media studies professor Lisa Burns says that, despite an evolving job market, “It’s a great time to do media.”

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Preparing Students for a Changing Media Landscape

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As the media continues to be a dominant force in the country and the world, Quinnipiac University (QU) media studies professor and East Haven resident Lisa Burns says her department is more important than ever.

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The Source

Diana Clark found her passion in her second career and now helps family members of those battling substance abuse get the support they need. Photo courtesy of Turnbridge

Diana Clark: Providing Support to Families of Those Battling Addiction

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Diana Clark always knew that she wanted a job that would allow her to help people.

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Guilford Courier

As part of its summer youth programming, Guilford Art Center is offering five consecutive days of hands-on exploratory filmmaking classes with Guilford resident and award-winning filmmaker and editor Jeff Reilly. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reilly

Sharing the Craft: GAC Summer Program Connects Award-Winning Filmmaker Jeff Reilly with Local Teens

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Jeff Reilly attended Guilford High School (GHS) in the early ‘90s, he didn’t have access to filmmaking equipment. And smartphones, today’s go-to tech for aspiring filmmakers, weren’t even a thing.

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The Sound

Branford’s own Alyssa Sachs, 21, is the current Miss Shoreline and could win the title of Miss Connecticut on Friday, June 7. She says her time as Miss Shoreline has already given her a great opportunity to share her ‘Kids are Kids’ platform with others. 

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Sachs

For Kids: Branford’s Alyssa Sachs Competes for Miss CT Crown June 7

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As Miss Shoreline 2019, Branford’s own Alyssa Sachs could win the title of Miss Connecticut on Friday, June 7—and her ticket to be in the running to become Miss America.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native Nikki Travaglino is helping to find homes for the heroes who have served the country and the community through her work as a realtor.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nikki Travaglino: Ensuring Homes for Heroes

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Nicole Travaglino has long been active in fundraising with the community. With her daughter joining the military, however, she’s found a new way to combine her business with helping those who serve others.

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North Haven Courier

The ninth annual fashion show put on by the North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2805 raised $1,000 for Camp Disocvery. Chairperson Regina Najarian hopes this year’s show will be as successful. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Regina Najarian: Fashion and Fun for a Cause

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Regina Najarian, raising money with the North Haven branch of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is personal.

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