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Valley Courier

Historical fiction author Loretta Goldberg found many of the same social concerns in Elizabethan England as she sees in modern life when researching for her novel The Reversible Mask. Photo courtesy of Loretta Goldberg

Loretta Goldberg: Playing the Espionage Game

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Loretta Goldberg sees connections between what appear to be very dissimilar careers. She started out as a serious...

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Harbor News

As administrator for Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health, Caroline Mullaney is better prepared than most for the COVID-19 pandemic—and her first reaction was to get her crew prepared. Photo courtesy of Caroline Mullaney

Caroline Mullaney: Putting her Training to Use

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Caroline Mullaney, administrator of the Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health (generally referred to...

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The Source

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.When she and her husband, Mark, moved into their 18th-century...

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East Haven Courier

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does...

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North Haven Courier

Joe Whitmore, one of the founding members of the North Haven Camera Club, now serves as the club’s president. Photo courtesy of Darlene Whitmore

Joe Whitmore Enjoys Sharing Love of Photography as President of North Haven Camera Club

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nearly 10 years ago when Joe Whitmore was working part-time at Brandfon Honda in Branford, he responded to an ad in...

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The Sound

When the state’s gyms were ordered closed on March 16, Branford resident Lisa Peterson, the leader and trainer of Lisa’s Bike & Bootcamp Studio, loaned out all of her studio equipment to keep her family of 300-plus clients on track with exercise and training routines they can do with her from home, following daily videos she produces online.

Photo by Gabby Peterson

Lisa’s Bike & Bootcamp Rolls Out Support for Members

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Governor Ned Lamont ordered all gyms closed as of March 16 to help slow community spread of COVID-19, Lisa...

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Guilford Courier

By contributing her social media marketing skills, Nicole White put her head together with friends Catherine Kiernan, Meghan McCartan ,and Amy Stefanowski to launch The Gift Card Project in Guilford and Madison, at www.thegiftcardproject.com. The Gift Card Project allows community members help small businesses while also giving back locally to those in need or on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Brian White

White Helps Host The Gift Card Project

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When four local women wanted to do something, fast, to help neighbors, local heroes, and small businesses affected...

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The Sound

As local schools were shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or fry, being fostered in Trout in the Classroom tanks, including those in North Branford and Branford public schools. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works with Local Schools to Sustain Trout in the Classroom

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As local schools were announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including those in four tanks spread out at public schools in North Branford and Branford.

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Guilford Courier

As schools began announcing closings in response to COVID-19, Guilford native Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works to Sustain ‘Trout in the Classroom’

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As schools began announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School (GHS).

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Valley Courier

As health director for the Town of Essex, Lisa Fasulo has been helping keep the community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by David Fasulo

Lisa Fasulo: Busy Times

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Fasulo, the director of the Essex Health Department and a registered sanitarian, was following her own advice. She was maintaining social distancing with a reporter—in fact, extreme social distancing.

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Harbor News

After a career in health, Cathy Weiss returned in earnest to a lifetime pursuit of creating art. Photo courtesy of Cathy Weiss

Cathy Weiss: From Quiet Reflection to Artistic Fruition

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Cathy Weiss has what she calls “a serious hobby—something I pursue passionately.” That passion is art, and Cathy has been fortunate to find time to do it later in life.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Christina Karasinski has been involved in helping backstage at plays at both North Haven Middle School and North Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Christina Karasinski

Christina Karasinski’s Passion for Theater Grows Through Volunteer Work

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Christina Karasinski know what a big difference one form brought home from school could make in her life. When her son Tyler, who is now a senior, was in 5th grade, the middle school drama club sent flyers to the elementary schools seeking extras.

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East Haven Courier

Vin Mauro has been involved with Riverside Volunteer Fire Department for 39 years. He’s also served in town government. Photo courtesy of Vin Mauro

Vin Mauro Volunteers for Nearly Four Decades with Riverside Fire Department

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For as long as he can remember, Vin Mauro has been interested in the fire department. He remembers perking up when he heard the sirens as a young child growing up in East Haven.

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The Source

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does not let the barrage of bad news faze her.

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Valley Courier

When growing up, Anne Bishop frequently heard the statement “Make yourself useful” from her father. It’s a message she’s taken to heart. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Anne Bishop: Useful is the Word

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Most adults have only dim recognition of childhood babysitters, but not Anne Bishop. That’s because one of her sitters is now enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Carl Yastrzemski.

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East Haven Courier

Linda Niccolai is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She also holds two other positions: director of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the HPV Vaccine Working Group, also at Yale. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Linda Niccolai Gives Perspective on COVID-19

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

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For Calvin Price, volunteering for Hope Partnership, Inc., and other community service organizations is a way to bring his banking experience to bear for those in need. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/Harbor News

Calvin Price: Doing Good Feels Good

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Volunteers don’t always have the time to do good for others. They just make time.

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Guilford Courier

A gastroenterologist at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, Dr. Wayne Panullo campaigns against colorectal cancer and encourages the public to get screened for the disease. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Dr. Wayne Panullo: A Fight Against Cancer

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Wayne Thomas Panullo has a challenge on his hands.

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The Sound

Harold Shapiro’s Luminous Instruments solo exhibit currently lights up the main gallery at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. The North Branford native was first inspired to tinker with lights and lighting growing up on his family farm, while his roots in photography and music are tied to his school years in town. Photo by Harold Shapiro

Shapiro’s Eye Captures Music in Motion

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With Luminous Instruments, Harold Shapiro marries his remarkable musicianship, passion for photography, and love of light. The result? Breathtaking images of instruments captured in a dance of light and dynamic motion.

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East Haven Courier

Officer Donato (Danny) Palma is in the midst of training East Haven Police Department’s newest K9, Enzo, at Superior Tactics. Photo courtesy of the East Haven Police Department

Officer Palma and K9 Enzo, Bonding and Learning through Academy

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In late January, Donato Palma’s routine changed drastically over the course of a weekend.

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Guilford Courier

Through April 9, Harold Shapiro’s Luminous Instruments solo exhibit lights up the main gallery at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. The Guilford resident is well-known for his photography, musicianship, and volunteerism. Click on the arrows to view more pictures of his work. Photo by Harold Shapiro

Shapiro’s Eye Captures Music in Motion

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With Luminous Instruments, Harold Shapiro marries his remarkable musicianship, passion for photography, and love of light. The result? Breathtaking images of instruments captured in a dance of light and dynamic motion.

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Harbor News

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.

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North Haven Courier

Maribel Carrion has been with the Quinnipiac Chamber for more than two decades, helping plan countless events and supporting local businesses. Photo courtesy of Maribel Carrion

Maribel Carrion Enjoys Family Atmosphere in Working with Quinnipiac Chamber

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nearly 21 years ago, Maribel Carrion was hired at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, which supports businesses in North Haven and Wallingford.

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Valley Courier

After a decade of service on the Essex Parks & Recreastion Commission, including five years as chair, Bob Russo will be sent off in style as grand marshal of the Essex Go Bragh parade on Saturday, March 21. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Bob Russo: On St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone is Irish

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Some people are Irish all year; others, like Bob Russo, are Irish only on St. Patrick’s Day.

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The Sound

Shown here helping 4th grade girls cross the finish line at the 2019 Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR) 5K Fun Run, Tara Henry (right) has experienced the empowerment of the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) program in all of its stages—as a 4th-grade participant, an 8th-grade coach-in-training, and high school head coach. GRGC is now branching out to Branford, where Tara will be the head coach for a group that will meet at Tisko Elementary School beginning in April. Photo courtesy of the Women & Family Life Center

Sharing the Empowerment of ‘Girls Coach, Girls Run’

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If anyone understands the empowerment of the ages and stages of Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR), it’s Tara Henry.

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The Source

Nathan Bayreuther is the director of music ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison. He says that music “can be a very spiritual avenue to learning more about God,” and the ability of music to move an audience can be both emotional and visceral. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Nathan Bayreuther: A Life of Music

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The office of Nathan Bayreuther has a few distinct items not common in most work areas.

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Guilford Courier

Shown here helping 4th grade girls cross the finish line at the 2019 Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR) 5K Fun Run, Tara Henry (right) has experienced the empowerment of the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) program in all of its stages—as a 4th grade participant, an 8th grade coach-in-training, and high school head coach. Photo courtesy of the Women & Family Life Center

Sharing the Empowerment of ‘Girls Coach, Girls Run’

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If anyone understands the empowerment of the ages and stages of Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR), it’s Tara Henry.

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East Haven Courier

Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo has had a long career in law enforcement, one that started shortly after his stint in the Navy and that continues today through service as a school resource officer in North Branford. Photo courtesy of Ronald Denuzzo

Ron DeNuzzo: A Desire to Serve

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As an individual who served in the U.S. military, had an extensive career in law enforcement and is now a school resource officer, Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo understands what it means to put the larger goals of an organization before his own interests.

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The Sound

Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo has had a long career in law enforcement, one that started shortly after his stint in the Navy and that continues today through service as a school resource officer in North Branford. Photo courtesy of Ronald Denuzzo

Ron DeNuzzo: A Desire to Serve

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As an individual who served in the U.S. military, had an extensive career in law enforcement and is now a school resource officer in North Branford, Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo understands what it means to put the larger goals of an organization before his own interests.

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Valley Courier

The Reverend Timothy Haut is celebrating 40 years as pastor of the Deep River Congregational Church, and in return, the church is inviting the wider community in to celebrate him on Saturday, March 14. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Tim Haut: Going Strong

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Here are some highlights from 1980: The Winter Olympics were in Lake Placid New York; Ronald Reagan Defeated Jimmy Carter in the presidential election; the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fourth Super Bowl; and Tim Haut became the minister of the Deep River Congregational Church.

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