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The Sound

For the past five years, North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques has covered a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles. But on Sunday, Nov. 3, she’ll cover 26.2 miles, running the famed New York City Marathon. Inspired by a friend’s seven-year-old son who lives with a rare disease, Carey is running with a team to raise funds for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques Covers Many Miles

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As North Branford’s Town Planner, Carey Duques covers a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles.

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Guilford Courier

Rob Oman is a managing partner of The Stone Agency Insurance, which is showing its support of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) by hosting the SAA Guild’s Costumes & Cocktails at the agency’s expansive home and beautiful grounds on Goose Lane on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Oman Helps to ‘Insure’ a Great Night for SAA’s Costumes & Cocktails

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Believe it or not, ice hockey played a part in building a great partnership of support between Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) and The Stone Agency Insurance.

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The Source

Rachel Schemmerling is co-chair of Preservation 2020, a fundraising campaign to restore The Congregational Church in Killingworth, a 200-year old landmark church. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Clear as a Bell: Preserving a Landmark Church is Rachel Schemmerling’s Calling

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Restoring and preserving a 200-year-old church is undoubtedly a formidable task. Volunteering for the job while managing a business, raising a teenager and a kindergartner, and battling multiple sclerosis is downright daunting.

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East Haven Courier

Chris Sanchez is the captain of Riverside Fire Company 6, an all-volunteer department serving East Haven. Photo courtesy of Chris Sanchez

Chris Sanchez Brings Decades of Firefighting Experience to Company 6

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For nearly four decades, Chris Sanchez has been involved in firefighting and emergency services.

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Harbor News

When George Reid-Perry joined the staff at SARAH, Inc., he found close-knit communities in both his job and along the shoreline. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

George Reid-Perry: Giving Support Where It’s Needed

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

George Reid-Perry talks at a fast clip, one sentence tumbling into the next, yet his manner is full of warmth and sincerity. He’s confident but not off-putting.

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North Haven Courier

Scott Ward’s bat expertise will be shared with attendees at the Tuesday, Oct. 22 Daytime gardeners meeting, which is open to the public. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Scott Ward Hopes to Dispel Bats Myths

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Halloween may conjure images of bats as a scary species, but they are anything but dangerous to people, according to bat rehabilitator Scott Ward.

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Valley Courier

It’ safe to say Peggy Winkley knows how to be a good neighbor. She and her family lived in many of the homes she’s renovated for use by adults with mental and emotional challenges as part of Brian House, for which she serves as executive director. 

Photo courtesy of Peggy Winkley

Peggy Winkley: Making a House into a Home

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Thirty-five years ago, Peggy Winkley and her late husband Mal had an idea.

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The Sound

Karen McMinn TenBroeck stands at Branford Early Learning Center’s (BELC) Wall of Fame, where photos include hundreds of children she’s taught in her 40 years as a BELC educator. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

McMinn TenBroeck Celebrates 40 Years, and Counting, at BELC

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

More than four decades of annual class photos fill the Wall of Fame at Branford Early Learning Center (BELC), and teacher Karen McMinn TenBroeck is in just about every one of them.

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Guilford Courier

As the new assistant superintendent of Guilford Public Schools (GPS), Annine Crystal started the new school year by sharing with the town’s teachers a bit of her own story: how reading books with her dad as a very young child inspired her to learn. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

As GPS Assistant Superintendent, Crystal Adds New Chapter to Her Story

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Before starting her 10th year with Guilford Public Schools (GPS) in her brand-new role as assistant superintendent, Annine Crystal spent nine years working among the district’s elementary schools as a literacy coach

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East Haven Courier

Jim Comiskey is a longtime East Haven resident who volunteers with many organizations in town. Photo courtesy of Jim Comiskey

Comiskey Volunteers for Love of East Haven Community

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jim Comiskey has always served his community. He grew up in New Haven before his family moved to Hamden where he graduated from Hamden High School.

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Valley Courier

Howard Tuttle will do just about anything for the library, including opening his home for the Friends of the Essex Library’s Festival of Dinners on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Howard Tuttle: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Howard Tuttle doesn’t know the menu yet but he does know he and his wife Peggy will be having a dinner party on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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North Haven Courier

Lifelong North Haven resident Sandy Stetson is one of the forces behind the upcoming forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium on Thursday, Oct, 17. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Sandy Stetson Brings Worldwide Environmental Issue Home

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Sandy Stetson will be rewarded for bringing public awareness to an issue that’s of great importance to her personally and as secretary of the North Haven Conservation Commission. With Sandy’s help, the commission will host a forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Harbor News

Since first finding success staging a student musical fundraiser 35 years ago, Tony Raucci has helped other organizations raise funds for the St. Jude’s Children’s research Center through the St. Jude’s Connecticut Network. Next up is “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Tony Raucci: Putting Kids’ Health Center Stage

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook will host “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book,” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., a Broadway-style production with the funds raised going to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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The Source

Joan O’Neill worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Madison Land Conservation Trust and the Scranton Library Friends, holding the position of president in both organizations and making significant contributions to land preservation and library funding.

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Joan O’Neill: Giving Nature and Future Generations a Chance

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Joan O’Neill shuns the spotlight. An unassuming, soft-spoken woman, she prefers to stay in the background and let others take the attention and the credit. But what people close to her know is that she works with a tenacity and firmness of purpose that impress many.

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Guilford Courier

Jennifer Cruet knew Women Recreating Retirement was taking off at Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) when so many women showed up for a meeting, it had to be held outside. Jennifer will be honored on Sunday, Oct. 20 at WFLC’s Men Who Cook fundraising gala with WFLC’s 2019 Cut Above Award. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Jenn Cruet: Honored to Lead WFLC’s Women Recreating Retirement

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When did Jennifer Cruet know Women Recreating Retirement (WRR) was taking off? The day she couldn’t find parking for a WRR meeting that was so packed, it had to take place in the backyard at Women & Family Life Center (WFLC).

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The Source

Cristal DePietro finds fulfillment helping individuals and families in her position as the social services coordinator for Madison Youth & Family Services and enjoys working with young people as prevention coordinator with the Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Cristal DePietro: Serving Families and Youth with Energy and Enthusiasm

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Zealous. Passionate. Dedicated. Even a little gutsy.

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The Sound

Samantha Smith has brought her Branford hometown Gather, a space located along the Branford Green where unique events, programs, and projects are popping up. She hopes Gather will also help build community connections and inspire others to stay curious and live what she terms a “passionate, intentional life.” Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

At Gather, Smith Offers a Place for Community and the Curiosity Factor

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At Gather, you never know what will pop up. That’s the tag-line that summarizes this unique, community-driven, changeable event and gathering space conceived by Branford native Samantha Smith.

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East Haven Courier

Sergeant Joe Mulhern, East Haven Police Department’s daytime road supervisor, is a proponent of community policing. Photo courtesy of Joe Mulhern

Joe Mulhern Encourages Positive Policing in the Community

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

While having careers in law enforcement ran in Joe Mulhern’s family, it wasn’t until his mid-30s that Joe joined what he now thinks of as a “brotherhood.”

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Harbor News

The Morgan School Teacher of the Year Emily Lisy is eager to share her enthusiasm for both the sciences and field hockey at her high school. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Protecting the Environment through Education

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Emily Lisy always knew she’d have a career in the sciences, but it wasn’t until she was responsible for helping other scientists share their knowledge and passion that she realized she wanted to teach.

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Valley Courier

Deb Smith joined the Essex Library as executive director in July and has since immersed herself in the library and the community. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Deb Smith: Creating Community Through Books

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Coming to Essex with an impressive résumé, Deb Smith brings a strong sense of excitement and verve to her new job as executive director of the Essex Library Association. Smith hit the ground running on July 1, the first official day of her job, and she hasn’t stopped yet.

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North Haven Courier

Artist Alan James was recently filmed for an episode of Put Some Colour in your Life in his studio. Photo courtesy of Alan James

Bringing Art from Connecticut to Australia

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

With the click of a button on his computer’s keyboard, award winning impressionist watercolor artist and North Haven native Alan James was able to fulfill one of his bucket list experiences.

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The Sound

Melanie DeCaprio is helping North Branford’s Caruso/Bode family organize a fun, fundraising event—Loving Life: A Night of Kindness and Friendship, set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. The celebration (will raise funds for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Loving Life: DeCaprio Invites All to a Celebration Supporting FARA

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Melanie DeCaprio was still studying nursing when she first offered to help out brother and sister Sam and Alex Bode and their mom, Mary Caruso.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Melanie DeCaprio is helping North Branford’s Caruso/Bode family spread the word into Guilford about a fun, fundraising event—Loving Life: A Night of Kindness and Friendship, set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. The celebration will raise funds for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Loving Life: DeCaprio Invites All to a Celebration Supporting FARA

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Guilford resident Melanie DeCaprio was still studying nursing when she first offered to help out brother and sister Sam and Alex Bode and their mom, Mary Caruso.

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The Source

Kent Sprague’s love for sports led him to volunteer for 35 years as the play-by-play announcer for the Daniel Hand Tigers, Madison’s high school football team. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kent Sprague: The Eye of the Tigers and the Voice of Reason

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kent Sprague likes to call it the way it is.

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Valley Courier

Gary Nash, Jr., a movable bridge project manager, felt the need to get the hands-on experience as an ironworker to do his job well. He’s taking that same attitude toward learning as the cubmaster of the newly formed Tri-Town Cub Scout Pack 13, which serves boys and girls in Chester, Deer River, and Essex. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Gary Nash, Jr.: Leader of the Pack

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Here’s a riddle: What is blue and yellow and runs in packs? Answer: Cub scouts.

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North Haven Courier

Maria Carofano, an Animal Haven volunteer and board member, is one of the organizers of Dogtoberfest, an event to be held on the North Haven Green on Sunday, Oct. 6. 

Photo courtesy of Maria Carofano

Love of Animals Leads to Volunteer Opportunities for Maria Carofano

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Until very recently, Maria Carofano was afraid of dogs. Now she is one of the key organizers of Dogtoberfest, a fundraiser for The Animal Haven that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. on the North Haven Green.

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East Haven Courier

Emily Kalotai is looking forward to getting to know local teens through programming at the Hagaman Library where she was hired as the teen services and young adult librarian. Photo by Fawn Gillespie

Kalotai Joins Hagaman Library as New Teen Services and YA Librarian

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Emily Kalotai studied anthropology at the University of Connecticut, but upon graduating, she realized that was not where she wanted to build her career.

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Harbor News

Among her many community efforts, Mike Neville runs the Artist of the Month program at the Estuary Council of Seniors. She’s shown here with the work of current Artist of the Month Dominic Massa. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

An Interesting Name, an Interesting Life

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Mike Neville is a well-known presence at the Estuary Council of Seniors, where she not only participates in exercise classes and other activities, but oversees the Artist of the Month program, helps to organize the annual craft fair, and has served on its Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

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The Source

Alyssa Ingram is a newly elected member of the board of the Madison Art Society and the owner of The Frame Shop on Wall Street where she displays some of her art work and takes care of her clients’ picture framing needs. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alyssa Ingram: Framing Art and Life

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Painters and illustrators are creative people with an artistic frame of mind. For Alyssa Ingram, that’s particularly true, both figuratively and literally.

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Guilford Courier

Volunteer course designer and semi-pro player Craig Smolin takes a spin from the first tee at Guilford’s new Rick B. Maynard Disc Golf Course at Bittner Park. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Smolin’s Passion for Disc Golf Delivers Design for Guilford’s New Course

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

About 15 years ago, Craig Smolin first flew a spinning disc into the basket “hole” on a disc golf course, and was hooked.

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