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The Source

A longtime teacher in Madison, Linnea Page enjoyed shaping the minds and inspiring the hearts of young children. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Linnea Page’s School of Thought

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a young child, Linnea Page knew what she wanted to be: a school teacher. She pursued that career choice and became a lifelong teacher of young children. A longtime resident of Madison, she formed the minds and inspired the hearts of 3rd-grade students at Island Avenue School

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Guilford Courier

A giant waterslide on the Baldwin Middle School hillside Aug. 9 highlights just one small area of the many public and park spaces and fields maintained through the work of Guilford Park Foreman Tony Annicelli and his team. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Teamwork Helps Tony Annicelli Maintain Guilford’s Parks, Playing Fields, and More

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What do Guilford’s town green, parks, playing fields, school athletic fields, lakes, beaches, town government building landscapes, and even Town of Guilford trash receptacles have in common?

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The Sound

Coming up on his first anniversary as Branford Public School’s director of dining/executive chef, John Turenne of Chartwells says the program’s success is due his talented and dedicated dining team staff and the support of community stakeholders. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

John Turenne: Proud to be Part of the BPS Dining Service Team

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Chartwells’ John Turenne was hired last September as Branford Public Schools’ director of dining services/executive chef, he had to hit the ground running—and he’ll never forget the support he received from his team, the district, and the community to help him.

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Harbor News

A transplant from New York City, Jodi Kelly moved to Old Saybrook for a greater sense of community and has become part of the fabric of that community through her work with Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services and youth theater. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Sharing Skills, Building Community

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Erie, Pennsylvania—a city of around 100,000—and having spent most of her life in New York City, Jodi Kelly first found life in a small town to be an adjustment.

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North Haven Courier

Justin Hoffman, a 2010 North Haven High School alum, recently completed a nearly 3,600 mile bicycle trip across the U.S. to raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Photo by Aviva Luria/The Courier

A Ride from Sea to Shining Sea

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Of those who’ve never done a long-distance bike ride, few would choose to start off with a nearly 3,600 mile trek across the country.

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Valley Courier

The fire department’s only currently licensed drone operator, Essex Fire Marshal John Planas explains that gear like the drone and the recently approved new fireboat can make a major difference in rescues and fire suppression. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

John Planas: Fired Up About Safety

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

John Planas, the Essex fire marshal, had some very good news last week.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native Bill Barker is the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, an organization that has supported a variety of community organizations and scholarships over its 26 years. Photo courtesy of Tammy Boris

Bill Barker: Giving Back Through Madison Hoop Dreams and More

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in on the shoreline—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of the Slamma Jamma basketball camps, which he has run for 26 years, as well as a member of a number of other charitable groups and organizations.

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The Source

Lisa Brown, a graphic designer who moved to Madison 11 years ago, has used her skills to help different organizations in town, including the bags given away by the First Congregational Church at the farmers market. Photo courtesy of Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown: Putting the Community’s Best Face Forward

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

You may not immediately recognize Lisa Brown, but if you’ve spent time in Madison over the past decade, you’ve most likely seen her stamp on the town.

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The Sound

Entering college, Kari Collins was certain she would study acting. A course on directing quickly changed that, and she’s now helping North Branford and East Haven teens find their ideal spot on the stage. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Kari Collins: Encouraging Teen Performers to Go Big

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

For six years, Kari Collins has been directing young North Branford and East Haven performers for the East Haven Arts Commission (EHAC).

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North Haven Courier

A life of travel based on compassionate causes has given Alden Mead a wealth of memories—and often keepsakes—from around the globe. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Alden Mead: Headed Where He’s Needed

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

The first time Alden Mead traveled was as a soldier heading to Vietnam. That experience led to a life of world travel, mostly conducting medical research but also working to end whaling practices, among other efforts.

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Guilford Courier

On July 31, Guilford Police Department (GPD) Sergeant Sandy Brooks was celebrated by her peers upon her retirement after 20 years serving with GPD. She says she will continue to find ways to help others, as well as continuing to be a part of her hometown of Guilford, a community which supported her and helped her to succeed. Photo courtesy of Sandra Brooks

Thank You, Sarge: Sandy Brooks Retires from GPD

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Two decades ago, Sandy Brooks told her family she was going to become a police officer. The response?

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East Haven Courier

Hands-on learning takes new meaning for students in Mike Iavarone’s East Haven High School technology classes.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Real World Skills for Mike Iavarone’s Students

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

This school year, Mike Iavarone starts his fifth year teaching automotive and wood technology classes at East Haven High School (EHHS) where he’s been leading students into the future by teaching both old-school mechanical skills along with the latest in computer-programmed machining.

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Valley Courier

Ready for the road: Joe Urso and his wife Cheryl will make an eight-day motorcycle ride from Florida to Farmington this month to raise funds for Special Olympics CT.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Joe Urso: On the Road Again

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Joe Urso drove to Florida 20 years ago. He vowed he would never do it a second time, but he will break that vow this month. He will be doing the route again but in the other direction, south to north, starting in Florida and returning to Connecticut. What’s more, this time he will do it on a motorcycle and his wife Cheryl will be riding on the back.

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Harbor News

Clinton Town Clerk Sharon Uricchio compares her office to a pawn shop: “You never know what’s going to walk in the door.”

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Sharon Uricchio: Keeping Tabs on Everything

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Anyone who has ever needed access to any licenses or documents in town has probably run into Sharon Uricchio, Clinton’s town clerk.

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Harbor News

Longtime Henry Carter Hull librarian Lisa Gugliotti is making the most of her last month working in a community she has grown to love. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lisa Gugliotti: Tackling the Technical at HCH

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Gugliotti fondly recalls trips to the Silas Bronson Library during her youth in Waterbury.

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The Sound

In his daily work and through special projects and programs, Town of Branford Department of Inland Wetlands and Natural Resources staffer David McCarthy is working to provide more connections to the community to support an environmentally conscious Branford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

McCarthy Hopes to Foster Community Stance on Environmental Stewardship

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

David McCarthy has only been working at Town Hall for six months, but he’s already making strides toward connecting with the community to create a more environmentally conscious Branford.

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Valley Courier

What goes around has come back around for Michael Hammond, who is returning to the Essex Library Board of Directors after a hiatus of more than a decade—and he’s bringing some new ideas. Photo by Julia Hammond

Michael Hammond: An Advocate for Libraries

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Michael Hammond is doing it again, serving once more after an 11-year break on the board of trustees of the Essex Library Association.

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East Haven Courier

Entering college, Kari Collins was certain she would study acting. A course on directing quickly changed that, and she’s now helping East Haven teens find their ideal spot on the stage. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Kari Collins: Going Big with the East Haven Arts Commission

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For six years, Kari Collins has been directing shows for the East Haven Arts Commission (EHAC). It’s all about getting bigger and bigger performances.

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The Source

Madison resident Timothy K. Smith shares his recently released book about D-Day with his daughter Lucy. Photo courtesy of Tim Smith

Tim Smith Co-Pens Never-Told D-Day Story in New Book

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Tim Smith’s most recent project, co-authoring a book about a secret mission during World War II’s D-Day, brought together a host of his interests and past experiences.

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North Haven Courier

Faye Clarke has spent a lifetime caring for others through nursing, through political advocacy, and most of all through teaching. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Faye Clarke: A Career of Caring About People

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In her nearly 63 years as a North Haven citizen, Faye Clarke has focused on nursing and politics. But above all, Faye has dedicated her life to teaching.

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Guilford Courier

Right after graduating with the GHS Class of 2019, musical performer and actor Jake Gladwin, 17, spent much of his summer starring as one of four leads in an independent feature film shot around Connecticut, The Dangerfields Class of ’64. Photo by William Battle

For Performer Jake Gladwin, Filming Wraps Up a Perfect Summer

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Exactly one week after Jake Gladwin graduated with the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2019, he went back to high school—and back in time—as one of four leads starring in The Dangerfields Class of ’64.

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The Sound

Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter commissioner Stephanie Malkin hopes to see plenty of pet owners and others who care about showing compassion and kindness come out to enjoy the sixth annual Woofstock on the Branford Town Green on Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The day of peace, music, and much more kicks off following the annual Woofwalk at 11 a.m. Both events benefit animals served by the no-kill Branford/North Branford municipal shelter. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Assisting Animals in Need: Shelter Commissioner & Woofstock Co-Chair Stephanie Malkin

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a commissioner for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, Stephanie Malkin is grateful for the chance to make a difference by putting her passion for assisting animals into practice.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford teen, incoming Notre Dame High School senior, and aspiring future public servant Dan McDermott was one of 30 high school juniors selected nationwide to serve as a U.S. Senate Page interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from January to May 2019.

Photo courtesy of Dan McDermott

He’ll Be Back: McDermott Inspired by U.S. Senate Page Experience

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dan McDermott won’t turn 18 until March, but that didn’t stop him from serving in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. for five months earlier this year—as a Senate page, that is.

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East Haven Courier

Drawing from local history and a career in dramatic productions, playwright Toby Armour has become known for crafting plays that tell the story of the town in which they are staged, such as last weekend’s Three Tales of East Haven at Christ and the Epiphany Church. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Toby Armour: Bringing Tales of the Past to East Haven

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In her career as a playwright, Toby Armour has written about Susan B. Anthony, freed slaves, and railroads with partners including town historians, aspiring writers, and prisoners.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Land trust member Heidi Boettger preserves important habitats from her own home by growing milkweed, an important source of food for monarch butterflies, which are known to rest in the area on their long migration south. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Heidi Boettger: Protecting Open Spaces

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a past president of the North Haven Land Trust (NHLT), Heidi Boettger says her goal is to preserve the town’s open spaces. Though many people may not know where the NHLT preserves public land, she says it’s all about saving important habitats and contributing to the character of the town.

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Harbor News

Throughout his career as a teacher and administrator in local schools, Dave Russell has kept his oar in the water as a member of the Westbrook Marine Patrol. 

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Dave Russell: Education is the Key

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Russell was born in a city located at the confluence of three rivers, but it was in Westbrook that he became a boater.

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The Source

Mike Reilly, the longtime head custodian at Killingworth Elementary School, dedicates much of his time to the Killingworth Lions. Photo courtesy of the Killingworth Elementary School

Mike Reilly: Proud to Call Killingworth Home and Give Back to Community as a Lion

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in Meriden, Mike Reilly remembers hearing about the ways the local Lions Club gave back to the community.

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Valley Courier

A native Texan, Margaret Paulsen has found a welcoming home in New England, and in particular at the Deep River Congregational Church, for which Margaret is organizing the annual Rummage Sale coming Saturday, Aug. 17. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Margaret Paulsen: A Bargain Isn’t Always in the Basement

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Need a chair? A sled? A music stand? A pet carrier? Or maybe something more exotic like an antique Swedish birthing chair?

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The Source

Bill Barker is the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, an organization that has supported a variety of community organizations and scholarships over its 26 years.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Boris

Bill Barker: Giving Back Through Madison Hoop Dreams and More

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in Madison—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, which he has run for 26 years, as well as a member of a number of other charitable groups and organizations.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Sept. 7, board member and event co-chair Linda Reich invites all to attend Evening in White, a garden dinner party to benefit non-profit Hyland House Museum, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $50, are on sale now.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Magical ‘Evening in White’ to Celebrate, Support Hyland House

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Linda Reich knows the transformative magic of a visit to the Hyland House and its grounds—after all, she was the lady who showed scads of kids how to make a bandage from a leaf in the herb garden.

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