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The Sound

An arts appreciator who loves her hometown of Branford, Jeanette Mobeck is making a difference as a board member of all-volunteer, non-profit Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA). She invites her neighbors to help support BACA’s mission during BACA at the Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stony Creek Brewery. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Mobeck is Building Excitement -- and a Crowd -- for ‘BACA at the Brewery’

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Call it a full-circle moment. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA) invites appreciators of local art, music, and craft beer to come out and enjoy BACA at the Brewery at the Stony Creek Brewery (SCB), 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

Celebrity Chef Ric Orlando returns to emcee and judge the 24th annual Men Who Cook to benefit programs of non-profit Women & Family Life Center on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Guilford Yacht Club. Photo by Franco Vogt

Chef Ric Orlando: A Champion for Good Causes

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

He beat Bobby Flay and is a two-time Chopped champion, but when it comes to putting his star power where his heart is, Chef Ric Orlando chooses serving a good cause every time.

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North Haven Courier

A longtime volunteer and first responder, Tom Muir plans to return to his duties with the fire police for more years of service as soon as he is able.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Tom Muir: Dedicated to Serving North Haven

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As a lifelong North Haven resident and a veteran of several facets of public safety, Tom Muir is a dedicated member of the community. He’s worked as an ambulance technician, a member of the fire-police, and is today a certified pistol and shotgun instructor.

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Valley Courier

Fritz Jellinghaus’s lifetime of efforts to promote the arts in civic life have long been appreciated and sometimes even applauded, such as with his recent Governor’s Patron of the Arts Awards for his commitment to the Connecticut Arts Council. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Fritz Jellinghaus: The Art of Supporting the Arts

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Life, as its practitioners know, has its good days and some days with far more challenging moments

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East Haven Courier

For East Haven High School art teacher Matt Stevens, art isn’t just a subject, it’s also a second career—and a way for his students to see and interpret the image-driven world around them. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Matt Stevens: Teaching Tools to Interact with a Visual World

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As one of three art teachers at East Haven High School, Matt Stevens is tasked with teaching his students to create art and navigate our increasingly digital world.

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The Source

Becky Coffey: Bringing a New Set of Stories to Life

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Becky Coffey is known for many talents.

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Harbor News

Dave Melillo is settling in nicely in his office in the Clinton Town Hall Annex. He’s the town’s new director of youth services, and he brings 33 years of experience filling the same role in Madison. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

An Advocate for the Community’s Youth, and for the Community

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

David Melillo has only been the director of human services in Clinton since June, but he’s no stranger when it comes to the role.

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Guilford Courier

As a volunteer with Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Rose Marie Cushing is committed to answering the call to help with SAA’s mission to transform lives through the arts, with support from events like Costumes & Cocktails, offering Halloween fun for grown-ups on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

From Shakespeare to Costumes & Cocktails, Cushing Supports SAA

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) brought Legacy Theatre’s production of Hamlet to Guilford for five nights in August, Rose Marie Cushing was at every show, passing the hat among blanket-to-blanket crowds to support non-profit SAA.

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The Source

As a volunteer with Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Rose Marie Cushing is committed to answering the call to help with SAA’s mission to transform lives through the arts, with support from events like Costumes & Cocktails, offering Halloween fun for grown-ups on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Source

From Shakespeare to Costumes & Cocktails, Cushing Supports SAA

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) brought Legacy Theatre’s production of Hamlet to Guilford for five nights in August, Rose Marie Cushing was at every show, passing the hat among blanket-to-blanket crowds to support non-profit SAA.

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North Haven Courier

Intervention specialist Liam Callahan displays his classroom refrigerator door in North Haven Middle School. In Liam’s classroom, when a student completes praise-worthy work, it goes up on the class fridge. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Callahan Makes Connections at NHMS

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Liam Callahan has a quote on the whiteboard in his classroom at North Haven Middle School (NHMS) from Maya Angelou.

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Valley Courier

The Chester Fife & Drum Corps 150th Anniversary Muster on Sept. 22 was bittersweet for Frenchy Cordeau, who made the major gathering something of a personal milestone, retiring as drum major and business manager of the corps.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Frenchy Cordeau: A Major Decision

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

C’mon, admit you may have imagined it: leading the parade, marching as the drum major with hat and baton at the head of, well, 76 trombones.

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The Sound

On July 1, Rachel Sexton joined Branford Public Schools as the district’s new assistant superintendent of schools. She brings experience and talent to a role that oversees the pre-k to 12 academic program while also serving as part of the district’s executive leadership team. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Rachel Sexton: Branford’s New Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

“One of my favorite graphics is a picture of a kitten looking into a mirror and seeing a lion reflected back,” says Rachel Sexton, Branford’s new assistant superintendent of schools.

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East Haven Courier

A product of New Haven’s Wooster Street area, Theresa Carrano Argento is dedicated to preserving the memories and heritage of her former neighborhood.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Theresa Argento Celebrates Italian Heritage on Wooster Street

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Theresa Carrano Argento comes from a family of seven with ties to Amalfi, Italy and a long history in New Haven, particularly in the Wooster Square community. It’s a heritage that has helped to guide her life.

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Harbor News

Stepping Up for Art: Pavlos Named Lyme Art Association Executive Director

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Pavlos Named Lyme Art Association Executive Director

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The Source

Ann Nyberg is more than just one of Madison’s most recognizable residents, she’s also one of the most engaged in the community. In 2018, author, philanthropist, shop owner, and 30-plus year journalist at WTNH was given the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg: ‘Woman of the Year’

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Each year the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook bestows the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award to an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary four-time Academy Award winning actress.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford native, radio and DJ icon, and community service volunteer extraordinaire John “Cadillac” Saville will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a Beacon Award for all that he does to assist and inspire others. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Courier

John Saville: A Guilford Gift that Keeps on Giving

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If you Google Guilford events, it’s highly likely that John “Cadillac” Saville will pop up in the content, and for good reason—this guy just keeps on giving back to his hometown.

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The Sound

As co-chair of The Sound and the Flora of Stony Creek, Doreen Larson Oboyski invites all to come out and enjoy Branford Garden Club’s flower show, taking place at properties in and around the village of Stony Creek on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Helping Bring in ‘The Sound and the Flora of Stony Creek’

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

There’s no simple way to describe the divisions, displays, education, delights, and surprises being readied for an exclusive tour of gardens, flower displays, and more for the The Sound and The Flora of Stony Creek—but if anyone had to attempt, Branford Garden Club (BGC)’s Doreen Larson Oboyski is the best person for the job.

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North Haven Courier

Eileen Pettit retired to Florida after a 30 years in the North Haven Recreation Department filled with concerts, tree lightings, and summer camps. Photo courtesy of Eileen Pettit

Eileen Pettit: Three Decades of Concerts, Camps, and Community

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In May, Eileen Pettit retired from her position as assistant director of recreation, leaving a busy schedule of summer camps and concerts after 30 years in the department.

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East Haven Courier

Former East Haven Fire Chief joined the Shore Line Trolley Museum after leaving his position at the state level. Now, he works at the University of New Haven teaching the next generation of emergency responders and serves as president of the museum to help preserve the past. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Wayne Sandford: Preserving and Protecting

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Whether it’s as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security or as president of the East Haven Trolley Museum, former East Haven fire chief Wayne Sandford is committed to preservation and safety.

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Valley Courier

Tom Wilcox has stepped up to serve as an interim director of the Connecticut River Museum (CRM) as the museum board seeks a permanent director. With a background directing a Maine maritime museum and long service (in two stints) to the CRM Board of Directors, it’s a role he’s ready to fill. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Tom Wilcox: New Man River

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Tom Wilcox once thought he was retired. But that was then. This is now.

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Harbor News

Attorney Terry Lomme doesn’t wear his affection for cars on his sleeve—instead he displays it throughout his Essex office. Terry recently retired as the probate judge for the Old Saybrook District. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Terry Lomme: He’s Got Will Power

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Where there’s a will, there’s a…relative. Just ask Terry Lomme, the recently retired judge of probate in the Old Saybrook District, which includes nine towns: Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton, Killingworth, Lyme, and Haddam.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Oct. 6, join Peter Mousch at the Thomas Griswold House Museum, where the Guilford Keeping Society will launch its Mystery Buildings Tour II from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The downtown tour offers a rare glimpse behind the doors of some of Guilford’s most interesting 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century outbuildings and other structures. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Just the Man for the Job: Mousch Helps GKS Reveal Mystery Buildings Tour II

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Peter Mousch was growing up, some of downtown Guilford’s most remarkable historic homes and outbuildings were simply places were kids could play—including a Broad Street home with a Victorian-era bowling alley on the property.

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The Source

David Anderson: Making the Most of Madison

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The work of a town planner is not your typical desk job. More and more town planners are looking at ways to grow towns, both economically and demographically.

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The Sound

A Branford native and charter volunteer board member of Feed Branford Kids (FBK), Carol Stewart and the FBK board are helping Onofrio’s Total Construction plan its annual fundraiser to benefit FBK, a Murder Mystery Night coming Friday, Sept. 28 to Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

No ‘Mystery’ to Why Stewart Helps Feed Branford Kids

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She may be a college professor by day, but on the evening of Friday, Sept. 28, Carol Stewart will put on a flapper outfit and pull out all the stops to help Feed Branford Kids (FBK).

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East Haven Courier

Cleo Northrop has moved around a lot in her life, but music and art has always been a part of it. Her art will be on display in the Hagaman Memorial Library through the month of September. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

From Astronauts to Architects to her Own Art

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Try as she might, it wasn’t easy for Cleo Northrop to settle down in one place. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Cleo spent much of her life between Connecticut and Florida, working all sorts of jobs in between.

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North Haven Courier

Emily Jenkins has been North Haven’s children’s librarian for three years and is gearing up for a very busy Halloween season. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Finding her Way to Help Kids

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Emily Jenkins always knew she wanted to work with kids, but it took her a while to figure out just how she wanted to do it.

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Valley Courier

Attorney Terry Lomme doesn’t wear his affection for cars on his sleeve—instead he displays it throughout his Essex office. Terry recently retired as the probate judge for the Old Saybrook District. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Terry Lomme: He’s Got Will Power

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Where there’s a will, there’s a…relative. Just ask Terry Lomme, the recently retired judge of probate in the Old Saybrook district, which includes nine towns: Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton, Killingworth, Lyme, and Haddam. Terry, who was required to retire at the mandatory age of 70, is a longtime Essex resident.

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Harbor News

Chuck Hill, an EMT by day and captain of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but what little he has of it, he spends hiking with his dog Molly. Thanks to the generosity of his friends Dan and Wendy Lewis, who met Chuck at a rest stop along the trail with Molly, Chuck got to finish the Trailblaze Challenge alongside his usual hiking partner. Photo courtesy of Chuck Hill

Blazing a Trail for Make-a-Wish

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Chuck Hill loves to hike.

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Guilford Courier

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Ron Rosa, together with other members of the Rosa family, mark the continuation of his father’s tradition of giving back to the community with the 25th annual Bill Rosa Memorial Golf Tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Rosa

Continuing a Legacy of Giving Back to the Community

Published Sep. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When the late Bill Rosa founded an annual golf tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund (GCF), it was just one more way he felt he could give back to a community that had supported his family and his business, the Guilford Food Center.

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The Source

Finding a calling early in life is lucky, but finding a calling and an ideal place to practice it is serendipity. That’s the story for special education teacher Linda Wade, who got her first job out of college working for Madison Public Schools 35 years ago. Photo courtesy of Linda Wade

Linda Wade: Teaching and Learning for more than 35 Years

Published Sep. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The start of a new school year always brings a little bit of excitement, no matter how many years you have been going to school.

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