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The Sound

BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) Director Esperina Stubblefield shares word of support programs and services available to victims in 19 towns, including Branford and North Branford. Community members can show their support by joining in the 30th annual Bowl-2-Benefit BHcare’s UCDVS at Bowlero in Milford on Saturday, March 10. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Close to Home: BHCare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Even as domestic violence is making national news, “domestic violence is not new; it’s always happening,” says Esperina Stubblefield, director of BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS).

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The Source

Roberta Lombardi of Madison is a cancer survivor who is dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of other people diagnosed with the disease. She has created a nonprofit organization, Infinite Strength, and is organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Roberta Lombardi: Shining the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Roberta Lombardi is a successful businessperson, a loving wife, and a proud mom. She’s also a cancer survivor. Now, the professional event planner from Madison is busy organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for those still fighting for their lives.

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Valley Courier

Deep River native Rhonda Forristall’s career was in nursing, but she’s found a successful second act as curator of the Deep River Historical Society.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Rhonda Forristall: Making History Come Alive

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Once Billy Winters was one of the best-known residents of Deep River.

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North Haven Courier

As principal at ACES Village School, Ginny Tagliatela celebrates her students’ overcoming challenges, large and small. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Virginia Tagliatela: A Passion for Special Education

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As a high school freshman at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Virginia “Ginny” Tagliatela began volunteering at a school and an adult facility for individuals with disabilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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East Haven Courier

Steve Robillard grew up at a time when a kid could easily learn about technology by disassembling and (hopefully) reassembling the objects in his or her home. He’s helping share that hands-on curiosity today through several maker programs at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Steve Robillard: Sharing the Knowledge

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

It all started with a Raspberry Pi—Steve Robillard had an old one sitting in a box, and thought he’d donate it to the Hagaman Memorial Library with the intention that someone would be able to use it there.

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Harbor News

Fire Chief Joe Johnson stands next to the brush truck that department fundraising allowed the department to buy and then donate back to the town for Fire Department use. The military vehicle can drive through water up to five feet deep, a helpful feature should water and storm surge in the future again inundate town neighborhoods. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Johnson is Old Saybrook’s New Fire Chief

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Joe Johnson was a junior at Old Saybrook High School, he already knew he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter in the Old Saybrook Fire Department. A broken wrist in gym class just moved up his timetable a bit.

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The Source

Retirement is anything but dull for Tina Bascom of Madison, who spends 40 hours a week volunteering with the local diaper bank she co-founded, Bare Necessities.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Bascom: Taking Care of the Bare Necessities

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Tina Bascom has a very unusual item on her monthly shopping list: 9,000 diapers.

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Guilford Courier

SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry (far right) is guiding the agency into the future while honoring a legacy fostered by retired executive director Patricia Bourne (left) and dedicated lifelong supporters such as Diana Morris (center). Photo courtesy of SARAH, Inc.

Henry Leads Proactive, Person-Centric SARAH, Inc.

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Proactive and person-centric. Those are two words you’ll hear often from SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry.

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The Sound

Mike Martone, Jr., Branford High School (BHS) Class of 2001, is back at BHS to lead the next generation of students as music teacher, choral director, and co-director of the BHS spring musicals, while also helping to bring some new ideas to town.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Molded by BHS Music Programs, Martone Leads the Next Generation

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Mike Martone, Jr., was a student at Branford High School (BHS, Class of 2001), “I was one of those few people who thought, ‘I would love to teach music in a high school, but not just in a high school—my high school.’”

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East Haven Courier

Tony DeCaprio is dedicated to putting his life philosophy into practice: “Everything given to me in life is a gift from God to be shared with others.”

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Tony DeCaprio: Giving is Easy

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

To a friend or neighbor who needs a helping hand, Tony DeCaprio is a Knight of Columbus in shining armor.

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Valley Courier

Arlene Pressman was born in Brooklyn, came to Deep River to help her husband Alan found the Community Pharmacy, her first response was, “Where are you bringing me?” Approaching six decades later, she’s past of the fabric of the community.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Arlene Pressman: Speak Up!

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Arlene Pressman froze in front of the audience when she had to give a speech in high school.

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North Haven Courier

Bob Bishop enjoyed a long and happy career at Pratt & Whitney and has donated pictures and memorabilia from the company to the Town of North Haven. Here, Bob is wearing the watch he received for 30 years service, and the ring for 35 years service, at Pratt & Whitney. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bob Bishop Talks Growing Up at Pratt & Whitney

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For decades, Pratt & Whitney was an important name in North Haven—not only for the money it generated for the town as the largest employer, but also for the memories of the many local people it employed.

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Harbor News

Though a recent addition to the shoreline community, Lori Fritzer has quickly embraced opportunities to help, such as the Sunday, March 4 Oscar Party, an elegant, red carpet event at The Kate. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lori Fritzer: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In 2013, Lori Fritzer had just retired and she and her husband Steve had recently moved to Westbrook from their home in Danbury.

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Guilford Courier

Fran Wainer is co-chairing the Guilford Community Fund’s Valentine Dance on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Proceeds will help GCF send out its annual community appeal, now underway, which helps support 22 shoreline agencies each year. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Wainer Puts Her Heart into Helping

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

More than 60 years ago, volunteers like Francine “Fran” Wainer would have been out knocking on neighbors’ doors to raise money for the Guilford Community Fund (GCF).

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The Source

Eddie Carroll of Madison was inspired by his fellow student artists to establish College Collections, a digital gallery connecting emerging artists with an appreciative audience.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Eddie Carroll: The Business of Art

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Most successful businesses start with a great idea and a good story.

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The Sound

Jennifer Sylvia, shown here in the cramped space of Branford Counseling Center (BCC)’s in-house diaper provision closet, has helped BCC join with Community Dining Room (CDR) and Branford Early Learning Center to create the new Branford Diaper Bank. The bank, located at CDR, launches its first distribution night on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to supplement disposable diaper supplies for Branford families in need. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Sylvia Helps Launch Branford Diaper Bank

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Even though she helped provide supplemental diapers to families through Branford Counseling Center (BCC), it wasn’t until Jennifer Sylvia became a new mom that she truly recognized the importance—and the sheer number—of disposable diapers affecting a child’s health and happiness, and the family budget bottom line.

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Valley Courier

Old Saybrook native Marla Bogaert is involved in several community organizations, including the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, which holds its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Marla Bogaert: Soup’s On

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Marla Bogaert’s first association with the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) came through her then young son.

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North Haven Courier

“Comedian-slash-mother” Lisa Donnan has a growing following on Twitter, and is making a new career for herself in stand-up. Whether online or on stage, she relishes making a connection with her audience. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Lisa Donnan: Make ’em Laugh

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Carol Burnett once described comedy as tragedy, plus time.

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East Haven Courier

A fourth-generation East Havener, Noreen Clough has found several ways to stay engaged with her community, most notably on the Board of Finance and volunteering with the fall Festival. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Noreen Clough: Numbers Come Easy

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Throughout her life, Noreen Clough watched her father, Jack Brereton, as he participated in town government and organizations in countless ways.

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Valley Courier

Former state trooper and current Deep River volunteer fireman Peter Terenzi has been selected as Old Saybrook’s new fire marshal, and he couldn’t be happier. 

Photo by Becky Coffey/The Courier

Terenzi Named the New Saybrook Fire Marshal

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Deep River’s Peter Terenzi, recently appointed Old Saybrook’s new permanent fire marshal, is a man who truly loves his job.

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The Source

A Place Called Hope co-founder Todd Secki says it’s important to be “100 percent into what you’re doing,” and his commitment to the wildlife rescue center he co-founded with his wife Christine shows he’s living up to that standard. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Todd Secki: Enjoying a Bird’s Eye View

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For most people, the thought of scaling 60 feet up a dead tree tied to a single rope makes the heart race and the palms sweaty.

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East Haven Courier

As a professional photographer, Bob Consolatore is often behind the lens and behind the scenes, but he’s also front and center at the DiLungo Ice Rink when he laces up as a skate guard for the town. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bob Consolatore: Capturing Memories of East Haven

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Ice skaters know there’s nothing quite like being the first out on the ice after it’s been cleaned up between sessions—the surface is perfectly smooth; each kick forward tracks a fresh trail onto the pristine surface. As good as that is, Bob Consolatore can top it.

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The Sound

In addition to overseeing Murphy & Company LLC of Branford, Guilford’s Camille Murphy has given decades of volunteer service, sharing her accounting and finance expertise and talent with state and local organizations. In January, Murphy was named 2018 chairman of the board of Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and also became a new member of the board of Guilford Savings Bank. Photo by Amy Etra

Camille Murphy: Volunteering a Wealth of Valuable Community Commitments

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Running a CPA organization during tax season might seem like enough of a challenge; but with her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm, Camille Murphy has ramped up her volunteer workload to offer a wealth of valuable commitments to her community.

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Harbor News

As the Connecticut-born wife of a third-generation Italian winemaker, Westbrook’s Renée Angelini has had the chance to pick up a lot of Italian culture. When it comes to the Italian art of cheese rolling, however, she says she has gained more of an appreciation than a mastery. That contention will be put to the test on Saturday, Feb. 10 when Angelini Wines hosts the Italian Cheese Rolling and Taste of Italy to benefit the Community Music School.

Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Renee Angelini: A Cheese Whiz?

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

So, what did a girl who would marry an Italian winemaker drink when she was single?

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North Haven Courier

The North Haven Historical Society’s mission is bringing an appreciation of local history to life, and member Kathy Prentiss does her part through her engaging displays at the library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kathy Prentiss Displays Love of History

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Several fun and informative displays by the local historical society greet visitors in the foyer of the North Haven Memorial Library. These impressive exhibits are the work of avid library member

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The Sound

Through North Branford Public Schools’ School to Work program, Megan Johns is gaining vocational and life skills while happily helping out at several local businesses and organizations, such as Community Dining Room in Branford (shown here).

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Gaining Skills Through Service with a Smile

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Watch Megan Johns at work and you’ll see a young woman who has elevated the phrase “service with a smile” to new heights.

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Guilford Courier

After 11 years helping to foster and grow Guilford Fund for Education (GFEE) Adult Spelling Bee into one of the community’s favorite fundraising events, Karen Bergantino is looking forward to seeing what the next generation of bee leadership will produce. The 12th annual GFFE Adult Spelling Bee takes place Friday, March 2 at Guilford High School.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

GFFE Thanks Bergantino for 11 ‘Un-Bee-lievable’ Years of Support

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She may not understand what all the buzz is about, but after 11 “un-Bee-lievable” years as an essential part of the Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Adult Spelling Bee, Karen Bergantino is stepping down, and she will be missed.

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The Source

Madison Winter Club President Marty Triola is excited to open the doors of the members club, welcoming the community to its lecture series and the opportunity to learn more about the social group. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Marty Triola: A Warm Winter Welcome

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Madison is famous as a summer destination, but when the weather turns cold and the vacationers leave, that’s when the fun begins at the Madison Winter Club.

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North Haven Courier

A digital analytics implementation expert by day, Amanda Gabriele is invested in ensuring all kids have opportunities to learn, locally through her work on the Board of Education and PTA, and internationally through volunteering with People Investing in People.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Amanda Gabriele: Having Fun While Serving the Community

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Amanda Gabriele’s parents stressed to her that civic involvement isn’t optional, it’s necessary. One can see that she’s applied that in her life now, as she was recently elected to the Board of Education (BOE) in November and even brought a former White House deputy chief of staff to town.

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Valley Courier

As the Connecticut-born wife of a third-generation Italian winemaker, Renée Angelini has had the chance to pick up a lot of Italian culture. When it comes to the Italian art of cheese rolling, however, she says she has gained more of an appreciation than a mastery. That contention will be put to the test on Saturday, Feb. 10 when Angelini Wines hosts the Italian Cheese Rolling and Taste of Italy to benefit the Community Music School.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Renee Angelini: A Cheese Whiz?

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

There will be all varieties of Angelini for drinking at the upcoming Italian Cheese Rolling and Taste of Italy on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Angelini headquarters in Centerbrook.

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