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Valley Courier

Following a career with the U.S. Coast Guard Band as a performer and conductor, Rick Wyman is bringing his musical and management chops to the Community Music School as the organization’s new executive director. Photo courtesy of Rick Wyman

Rick Wyman: Music Man

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

It wasn’t a new mouthpiece or new reeds that helped Rick Wyman solve one of the problems of playing the baritone saxophone.

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Harbor News

As a Clinton Historical Society member, Bob Bischoff has spoken on Clinton’s stories and mysteries. He’s also treasurer for the George Flynn Classical Concerts. Photo courtesy of Bob Bischoff

Bob Bischoff, a Steward and Supporter of Clinton

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than two decades, the George S. Flynn Concert Series has been a staple of Clinton’s artistic community.

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East Haven Courier

Local business owner John Giordano, who has a history in serving in town politics, will be recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Award when he is inducted into the East Haven High School Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Stephen Narracci

John Giordano: Welcome to the EHHS Hall of Fame

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

While wintering in Naples, Florida, East Haven’s John Giordano received some good news from home.

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The Source

An avid runner and a physician assistant at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in North Haven, Tara Anderson devised a way to continue running with friends even in the days of COVID-19. She started a touchless 15K relay, a virtual race that doesn’t use batons or hand slaps but goes on relay routes in Madison and requires runners to take an image of their watches to keep time. Photo courtesy of Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson: Hurdling Challenges Despite a Pandemic

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

One might say that Tara Anderson likes to run the extra mile.

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The Sound

When COVID-19 closed the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, Program Coordinator Amber Fearnley adapted to assist both animals and people in need during the pandemic through her work with the shelter and as a volunteer with Branford Counseling and Community Services. She’s shown here with Everest, one of her four rescue pets (she’s also adoptive mom to another dog, Remy, together with a turtle and a guinea pig). 

Photo courtesy of Amber Fearnley

Cosgrove Shelter’s Fearnley Helping People and Pets During COVID-19

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Like most who work or volunteer at an animal shelter, Amber Fearnley has adopted quite a tribe of rescues (to date, it includes a turtle, a guinea pig, and two dogs).

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Guilford Courier

Matt LaPrino no doubt had a bit of a different vision of what his first day serving as the executive director of Soundview Family YMCA would be like. But that didn’t stop him from charting a new course to bring community connections and services to members and residents in the towns of Guilford, Branford, North Branford, East Haven, and Madison during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Matt LaPrino

LaPrino’s Leadership Charts Course for Soundview Y COVID-19 Community Assistance

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“Monday, March 23, was my first official day. That was the day that the governor shut down non-essential businesses like the YMCA, because it’s considered a gym. But the Y is so much more than that.”

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Valley Courier

A self-described introvert, Georgia Male has made many friends, human and otherwise, in her role as farm manager and camp counselor at the Bushy Hill Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Georgia Male

Georgia Male: Where Animal House is a Compliment

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Everybody knows Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, to say nothing of Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen. But do you know? No, not Rudolph but Thelma, Jack, Ace, Abe, Boris, Lucy, Helen, and Greyson?

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North Haven Courier

North Haven booster John Bimonte didn’t want to let 2020 past without giving the North Haven High School Class of 2020 a chance at some sort of prom.

Photo courtesy of John Bimonte

John Bimonte Delivers Socially Distant Prom to NHHS Seniors

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

On May 15, John Bimonte realized how upset he was about not serving as D.J. at the North Haven High School senior prom that night as it was canceled due to COVID-19.

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Harbor News

Second-generation shopkeeper Paul Kozey keeps Walt’s Market on Main Street, Old Saybrook, going through good times and crises like the current pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Paul Kozey

Paul Kozey Keeps a Main Street Mainstay Vibrant

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Sixty years ago, before Paul Kozey was born, his father, Walter Kozey, established Walt’s Market on Main Street in Old Saybrook.

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The Source

Adam Coppola is a professional photographer who launched the COVID Superhero project, a social media campaign that puts the focus on health care professionals who work to their human capacity to treat and save COVID-19 patients, and essential workers who risk their safety to provide vital services to the community. Photo courtesy of Adam Coppola

Adam Coppola: Focused on Photography

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

What young child hasn’t dreamt of saving the world as Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman?

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East Haven Courier

Eric Ciolino loves coffee and loves bikes, which makes the free local delivery service his shop One World Coffee Roasters is offering during the pandemic a win for him and his customers. Photo courtesy of Eric Ciolino

Eric Ciolino: Creating Community through Coffee

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For Eric Ciolino, coffee started as a warm wakeup call on chilly mornings ahead of a landscaping shift. Over time though, it became a much larger fixture in his life.

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The Sound

Matt LaPrino no doubt had a bit of a different vision of what his first day serving as the executive director of Soundview Family YMCA would be like. But that didn’t stop him from charting a new course to bring community connections and services to members and residents in the towns of Branford, North Branford, East Haven, Guilford and Madison during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Matt LaPrino

LaPrino’s Leadership Charts Course for Soundview Y COVID-19 Community Assistance

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“Monday, March 23, was my first official day. That was the day that the governor shut down non-essential businesses like the YMCA, because it’s considered a gym. But the Y is so much more than that.”

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Guilford Courier

As he graduates among the top of the Quinnipiac University (QU) Class of 2020, with a full scholarship to attend The School of Law at QU in the fall, Lucas Sundwall credits his road to academic gains to significant support given to him by Guilford Public Schools, from 1st grade through graduation. Photo courtesy of Lucas Sundwall

Sundwall’s Academic Success Story Started with Guilford Public Schools

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Many in the Guilford community first got to know Lucas Sundwall during a difficult time in his boyhood.

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Valley Courier

Staying healthy and fit at home can be as complicated as an online spin class or as simple as soup cans, according to Stacy Meisner of Essex. Photo courtesy of Stacy Meisner

Stacy Meisner: Keeping Fit in a Crisis

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Couch potato used to mean an out-of-shape viewer sitting on a sofa with a beer and a bag of chips watching sports on television.

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Erin Hansted, an accounting manager at the VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice in Guilford and an avid photographer who joined the Killingworth Front Porch Project, has her own family front porch portrait—taken by a friend—that shows her with husband, Kevin, and their children, Emmalena, Vayda, and Carter. Photo courtesy of Erin Hansted

Erin Hansted Captures Family Front Porch Portraits

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The photographs Erin Hansted takes of families smiling on their front porches are a window into the lives of Connecticut residents as they observe the stay-at-home order and social distancing policy meant to contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak

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North Haven Courier

Debbie Volain is retiring after having been actively involved in North Haven’s theater scenes for more than two decades. Photo courtesy of Debbie Volain

Curtain Closes on Debbie Volain’s Time with North Haven Theater

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Debbie Volain has created her last set for productions at North Haven High School and North Haven Middle School as, after more than two decades of service, she is giving up her volunteer work to spend more time with her grandson Ethan and soon-to-be born granddaughter.

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Harbor News

Soon after moving to Clinton, Megan Stine joined the Clinton Historical Society and has been helping preserve the town’s—and her family’s—history ever since.

Photo courtesy of Megan Stine

Megan Stine: Preserving and Protecting Clinton’s History

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Even though her original hometown in Ohio was a long ways away from Clinton, you can still say Clinton history has always been in Megan Stine’s blood.

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The Source

Betsy Himmelman is proprietor of Promethea Pottery and an art teacher at the Haddam-Killingworth High School. She now teaches art remotely and sews masks for those in need of protection from the coronavirus outbreak. Photo courtesy of Betsy Himmelman

From Clay to Cloth: Betsy Himmelman Creates Art

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The ceramic pots Betsy Himmelman creates are nature-inspired and eye-catching.

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Valley Courier

Working out of a converted attic workshop that also doubles as a dance studio, Ron Mangano has been busily sewing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Ron Mangano

Ron Mangano: So Good to Sew

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With limited entertainment options in these days of shelter-in-place, many people are spending evenings watching reruns of everything from old baseball games to long-departed cable series.

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East Haven Courier

Thursday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of Mike Milici taking the job as the assessor for the Town of East Haven. The Branford resident, who met his wife, Trista, an employee of Branford Town Hall, also supports his hometown as an alternate member on the Board of Assessment Appeals. Photo courtesy of Trista Milici

Mike Milici: A Tale of Two Town Halls

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Mike Milici know when he was growing up in West Haven or getting a degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University that he would become a town assessor, much less work at the same post for three decades.

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Harbor News

Caring for pets hasn’t been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, so Dr. Buck Drummond has been working six days a week at the Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook. To help cat owners live more peacefully through the stay at home era, he is offering a video presentation, Cats! through the Essex Library on Thursday, May 14.

Photo courtesy of Buck Drummond

Buck Drummond: Being Catty

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

They gaze at you adoringly; they snuggle up readily; they never refuse to clean their rooms. Okay, they are not teenagers, but who are they?

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Guilford Courier

At at time when she should have been studying abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, 19-year-old Keely Greiner of Guilford is instead serving on the frontlines as a COVID-19 medical volunteer. Photo courtesy of Keely Greiner

Time Well Spent: Greiner Volunteers as COVID-19 Medical Frontliner

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After COVID-19 canceled her plans for a college semester of study in Japan, Keely Greiner could have coasted along for a few months until her classes started up again.

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North Haven Courier

Joe LaDore created the Virtual Concert Series supporting Local Businesses Facebook page to not only entertain people during social distancing but support restaurants and other small shops during this time. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Joe LaDore Uses Music and Facebook to Give Back to Local Businesses

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As a part-time musician for more than 20 years, Joe LaDore has spent his fair share of time performing gigs in restaurants and bars. Through his music, he has made many friends in the industry from restaurant owners to bartenders and waitresses to customers and fans.

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East Haven Courier

Michael Roy has not only been traveling town with his East Haven Proud USA Truck and patriotic music, but he has also been donating to a number of initiatives in town. Photo courtesy of Michael Roy

Roy Lifting Spirits and Giving Back with East Haven Proud USA Truck

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As someone who suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome and the repercussions of a traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb while serving in the Marines in Ramadi, Iraq, Michael Roy knows the importance of staying connected and keeping spirits high.

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North Haven Courier

Sandy Mascia is a co-founder and the director of sales and community engagement for Spotlight Stage Company. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mascia

Sandy Mascia’s Passion for Theater Leads to Founding of Spotlight Stage Company

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than a decade, Sandy Mascia has volunteered her time in different capacities in town, from theater to Girl Scouts to dance as her daughter, Juliana, explored her interests.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford native Kimber Kristy has debuted her original song, “Hard Times” released as a music video on YouTube. The video stars dozens of photos of healthcare workers, first responders, essential job workers, and other local heroes, mixed in with hometown signs of support. It includes workers in New Haven county and “Thank You” signs posted around Guilford. Photo courtesy of Kimber Kristy

Kristy Debuts ‘Hard Times’ COVID-19 Heroes Tribute

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

What do you do if you’re a singer/songwriter in the time of COVID-19? Guilford native and Los Angeles-based musician Kimber Kristy’s response is sharing her original song, “Hard Times,” as a tribute to COVID-19 heroes.

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The Sound

Branford Parks & Recreation Toddlers Instructor Erica McNamara has created Miss Erica’s Toddler Videos on YouTube to share stories, activities, and much more with toddlers during the pandemic. The shows features McNamara in her home’s mini-classroom with the three McNamara children (that’s Benson, 6, at work in the background). The YouTube channel now has more than a dozen Miss Erica shows, and counting—and an appreciative and growing audience tuning in for more. Image capture from YouTube

Stay Tuned for More of ‘Miss Erica’s Toddler Videos’

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When the pandemic closed the doors of the Branford Community House in March, Erica McNamara opened a digital window to her toddler classroom by creating Miss Erica’s Toddler Videos on YouTube.

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East Haven Courier

Thursday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of Mike Milici taking the job as the assessor for the Town of East Haven. Photo courtesy of Trista Milici

Mike Milici Celebrates Three Decades as East Haven Assessor

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Mike Milici know when he was growing up in West Haven or getting a degree in marketing from Quinnipiac University that he would become a town assessor.

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Valley Courier

Caring for pets hasn’t been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, so Essex resident Dr. Buck Drummond has been working six days a week at the Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook. To help cat owners live more peacefully through the stay at home era, he is offering a video presentation, Cats! through the Essex Library on Thursday, May 14.

Photo courtesy of Buck Drummond

Buck Drummond: Being Catty

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

They gaze at you adoringly; they snuggle up readily; they never refuse to clean their rooms.

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Harbor News

History buff and Navy veteran Joe Diedrich stays engaged in the community through the American Legion Post 66, VFW, and the Sailing Masters of 1812, out of Essex, for which he’s dressed here. Photo courtesy of Joe Diedrich

Joe Diedrich: Ensuring Recognition for Fellow Veterans

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Joe Diedrich had recently left the Navy after a lengthy career, and was missing the companionship of his fellow sailors. So he decided to attend a local Memorial Day parade, and then an idea struck him.

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