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Katie Trainer, music teacher at the North Branford High School, is the winds instructor for the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op Marching Band. The marching band recently took home a second win in the state-wide and New England championships.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

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

As an educator and a musician, Katie Trainer always strives to find new ways to bring people and music together. She started with music at a young age and soon decided to make a career of it.

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The Sound

Standing beside one of the Main Street planters she recently filled with holiday greens as a member of Branford Garden Club (BGC), Pat Sanders has high praise for the many civic contributions of the all-volunteer group, which she will lead for the next two years as BGC president, beginning Friday, Dec. 7. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Breaking New Ground: Sanders is Incoming BGC President

Published Dec. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She’s broken glass ceilings here and abroad; now, Patricia “Pat” Sanders is about to break new ground as incoming president of Branford Garden Club (BGC). Pat will be inducted to the BGC post for a two-year term on Friday, Dec. 7.

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The Sound

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard loves collaborating with Guilford’s Roots4Relief on the charity’s annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive. Donations are being accepted now to help provide brand-new Zane’s Cycles kids’ bikes (foreground). Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Helping Zane’s Cycles Support Roots4Relief’s ‘Wishing Wheels’

Published Nov. 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard has helped tie the Branford-based company into plenty of feel-good events.

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The Sound

Elf Mother Jill DeChello of Winc Promotions of North Haven rounds up some final touches to bring to the shoreline’s Magical Elf House in Guilford. Photo courtesy of Jill DeChello

Ready for the Big Reveal: Magical Elf House Coming to the Shoreline

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

Once upon a time, there were three very creative Christmas Fairies—let’s call them Judi, Jennifer, and Ramona—and one very busy Elf Mother—let’s call her Jill. For two years, they’ve been planning a very special event, and now, it’s nearly time for the big reveal.

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The Sound

With ever-expanding programs and holiday needs right around the corner, Community Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg welcomes volunteer help, donations, and other assistance from individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Gathering Volunteers, Donations for Community Dining Room

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

Somehow, Community Dining Room (CDR) Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg never fails to rise to the challenge of rounding up enough volunteers to staff and/or help donate to ever-expanding programs; fill CDR’s kitchen crew with prep, cook, service, and clean up volunteers dishing up 50 to 90 meals per day (365 days a year); and line up drivers for 70 to 75 home deliveries sent out several days a week.

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The Sound

U.S. Navy veteran Donald Langlois, Sr., has been selected by the Branford Veterans Day Parade Committee to be Branford’s 2018 Veterans Day Parade marshal. In addition to leading the parade that will march down Main Street at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, Don will take part in the Veterans Parade Ceremonies at 1 p.m. on the Branford Town Green. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be moved to Branford High School, 185 East Main Street. Photo by Bill O’Brien

An Honor to Serve: Donald Langlois Sr. is Branford Veterans Day Parade Marshal

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

In October 1962, just months after graduating high school, Radioman First Class Don Langlois found himself in the middle of the Atlantic blockade of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Don’s main job was fielding top-secret clearance communications aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain.

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The Sound

Resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC) Dana Lofink is shown here throwing one of many bowls she’s crafted to help a great cause, Soup for Good. Proceeds from the hearty soup supper, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at GAC, will support non-profit, Branford-based Community Dining Room as well as non-profit GAC. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

Lofink Goes Hands-On to Help ‘Soup for Good’

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

As the new resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC), Dana Lofink is going hands-on to help a great cause, GAC’s sixth annual Soup for Good. She’s had a hand in making many of the unique pottery bowls that will be given away as part of the event.

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The Sound

Shown here at a recent Don’s Hat Rack ride with his daughter, Deanne, Northford’s John Heine has been selected to receive a Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) Bring It Home Award sponsored by Eversource. Photo courtesy of John Heine

One for the Books: Heine Recognized with CTCSB ‘Bring It Home’ Award

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

John Heine has built an impressive career at Yale University’s collegiate printing facility, but not even he could have predicted the award that came his way this week. Let’s just say it was one for the books.

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The Sound

Successful pets’ rights lobbyist, non-profit founder/president, author, and talented singer/songwriter Lori Nicholson is reaching out to ask shoreline residents to help her new YouTube music video, “Thank God for Dogs,” go viral to bring attention to her efforts to help establish the nation’s first pet Health Metrics data base program.

Photo courtesy of Lori Nicholson

Nicholson Hopes ‘Thank God for Dogs’ Video Goes Viral to Save Pets’ Lives

Published Oct. 17, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every time a pet goes to the vet, valuable information could be gathered and shared to help save other pets’ lives. It’s happening now in the United Kingdom (UK), yet no nationwide surveillance exists in the United States.

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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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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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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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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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The Sound

Anthony “Tony” Terry says the upcoming Party at the Pond on Saturday, Sept. 22 will celebrate 90 years of Branford Rotary Club and 50 years of the Branford Rotary Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Planning to Make a Splash with ‘Party at the Pond’

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

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Branford Rotary Foundation is set to make a splash with its first major event, Party at the Pond. Proceeds will benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital and Branford Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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The Sound

Beginning Friday, Sept. 7, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, opens his new practice, Lakes Veterinary Services, at 201 East Main Street in Branford. The business name is an homage to his native Lake state in the Republic of South Sudan and to his American home in the Guilford Lakes area. Photo courtesy of Dut Malek

From South Sudan to Success: Dr. Dut Malek Opens Veterinary Clinic

Published Sep. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Twenty years after he first came to America, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, is about to realize a dream: opening his own veterinary clinic.

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The Sound

With the high energy of a marathon runner and a nutritional outlook gained as a kitchen professional versed in health sciences, Mary Johnston oversees 50,000 meals a year as Community Dining Room’s kitchen coordinator, assisted by 150 volunteers and much-appreciated donations and contributions. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Johnston Keeps CDR’s Kitchen Running

Published Aug. 29, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If you’re coordinating 50,000 nutritious, delicious meals a year served up by an all-volunteer crew seven days a week, it helps to be organized, to be educated in health sciences, to hold a bakery and pastry certification, and have decades of kitchen experience.

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The Sound

As a Public Health Educator for East Shore District Health Department, Barbara Naclerio works to provide information and assistance based on community needs of some 72,000 residents in Branford, North Branford, and East Haven to help all live healthier lives and enjoy a greater quality of life. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Putting Public Health First: ESDHD’s Barbara Naclerio

Published Aug. 22, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As someone who makes it her job to assess and address the public health of Branford, North Branford, and East Haven, Barbara Naclerio was tuned in more than most last week when an outbreak of at least 76 overdoses hit drug users on the New Haven Green in a single, 24-hour period.

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The Sound

As co-chair of the Missions Committee, Diane Powers proudly shares recognition and honors recently received by North Guilford Congregational Church (NGCC) for its mission efforts. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Powers will help staff NGCC’s North Guilford Country Fair and Auction, which will give 10 percent of the day’s profits to assist The Small Things, a non-profit serving orphaned children in Tanzania founded by Branford resident Bekka Ross Russell. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

The Small Things: Powers, NGCC Fair Help Branford Resident’s Non-Profit

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

You could say 10 percent of every peach Diane Powers peels in the wee hours of Saturday, Aug. 18 will make an impact across the world, in Tanzania.

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The Sound

Founder and president of non-profit Smile Anyway, Amy Johansson invites shoreline residents to come out and enjoy the Love is Louder music festival on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit efforts of Smile Anyway, which has a goal of establishing a local transitional facility where young adults can join a community providing a continuum of post-rehabilitation support. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

‘Love is Louder:’ Johansson Gathers Music Fest in Support of Young Adults Battling Addiction

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Amy Johansson’s son needed a local transitional facility where young adults could receive comprehensive, supportive post-rehabilitation assistance for their new, sober lifestyle, there was none to be found.

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The Sound

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Anna Martino invites dog lovers to bring their pups (leashed and vaccinated) out to join her and other volunteers of Desmond’s Army as they head up the Woofwalk on the Branford Green at 11 a.m. Proceeds from Woofwalk registration ($25 per walker) goes to support homeless animals assisted by the shelter, including a medical fund for surgeries, medicines, and special diets. The walk also serves as the kickoff to Woofstock on the Branford Green on Aug. 11, a day of peace and live music from noon to 6 p.m.) to benefit the shelter. Photo courtesy of Anna Martino

Helping Woofwalk, Desmond’s Army, and ‘All Creatures, Great and Small’

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Whether she’s out tracking bobcats, home rehabilitating foundling gray squirrels, traveling highways and back roads to transport animals of all stripes, or advocating for animal rights with Desmond’s Army, Anna Martino will answer any call to help all animals.

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The Sound

For 12 years, volunteer Rich Denardis has been helping out behind the scenes in the popular Potato and Corn tent at North Branford’s PoCo, coming to Augur’s Field from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 3 to 5. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Hot Potato: Denardis Lends a Helping Hand at PoCo

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Think about this: Almost every baked potato or ear of corn consumed at North Branford’s Potato and Corn (PoCo) Festival arriving piping hot or freshly roasted will be thanks to volunteer Rich Denardis.

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The Sound

After 10 years in Branford, and more than 50 years as a nun, Sister Carolyn Severino is about to embark on a new mission. She’s leaving St. Mary’s Church and the St. Bosco Parish for Ireland’s Waterford Diocese, where she will undertake mission work. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

A New Mission for Sister Carolyn

Published July 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

After a lifetime in religion, including 57 years as a nun, 10 years with St. Mary’s Church, and also serving with the new St. Bosco Parish, Sister Carolyn Severino is...not retiring.

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The Sound

Branford resident Denise Isaac is helping the Guilford Art Center gear up for its Seaside Benefit Party, a classic summer party set for Friday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Owenego Beach & Tennis Club in Branford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Denise Isaac: A Model Volunteer for GAC

Published July 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If the creative minds at Guilford Art Center (GAC) could craft a model volunteer to help the non-profit inspire and promote community participation in the visual arts, they’d design someone just like Denise Isaac.

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The Sound

After serving with Branford Community Foundation (BCF) for six years, Pat Bloomquist has completed her tenure with the BCF board, but will continue supporting the community and BCF with efforts such as Hometown Harmonies, a community celebration with food trucks, fabulous live performances, and special guests to benefit and honor the work of BCF, coming to the Owenego on Friday, July 13. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Pat Bloomquist: Celebrating Community Connections

Published July 03, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Pat Bloomquist may be newly retired from her six years serving as a pivotal member of the Branford Community Foundation (BCF) board, but her passion to help community causes, and build community among Branford residents, continues.

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The Sound

Community Dining Room intern Cody Walston is getting a world of experience while helping bring the community together for Tuesday Dinners on the Green in Branford. The free program, open to all, runs through Aug. 21. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Walston Helps CDR Serve Up Tuesday Dinners on the Green

Published June 27, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Community Dining Room (CDR) intern Cody Walston has already clocked 100 hours of service, and not a minute has been wasted.

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The Sound

Caroline Erickson shares a smile moments after being named Branford High School Class of 2018 valedictorian during commencement ceremonies on the town green June 12. Caroline will attend Yale University in the fall. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

BHS Valedictorian Caroline Erickson: ‘Be in the Moment’

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every year at graduation time, a bit of wisdom is imparted by valedictorians in speeches to their graduating class.

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The Sound

After four amazing years, North Branford High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Zelda Galdenzi will attend Wesleyan University in the fall to study biology and neuroscience. She’ll share some words of wisdom with her classmates during the valedictorian’s speech at the NBHS Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 15 at the school field. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

NBHS Valedictorian Galdenzi Encourages Classmates to ‘Use Your Voice’

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She may consider herself a bit shy, and her academic style bends toward hard work done with quiet effort, but on June 15, Zelda Galdenzi is going to be heard, loud and clear.

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The Sound

Race Director Dan Montgomery invites area residents to participate in the first annual #SongStrong5K and Kids Fun Run. The “Keep Kids Safe” event features a 5K run/walk and kids fun run on the morning of Saturday, June 9 at Guilford fairgrounds. All event proceeds benefit causes and programs developed and supported by the Ethan Miller Song Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Dan Montgomery Helps Chart a Course for #SongStrong5K

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As Dan Montgomery will tell you, “Runners run.” It’s a mantra he shares with friend and running buddy Mike Song. In the past four months, it’s helped strike a bit of a balance, especially in a world suddenly without Mike’s son, Ethan.

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With the backdrop of the Branford Town Green and a view from Town Hall where the main stage will rise, Festival Chairman Kris Klarman welcomes all to enjoy—and support—the 34th annual Branford Festival this year. The 2018 Branford Festival comes to town Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Kris Klarman: Counting Down the Days to Branford Festival 2018

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As 2018 Branford Festival chairman, Kris Klarman is actually counting the days until the ‘fest gets here—and keeping track of what it takes to bring Branford’s biggest, most beloved community celebration to the Branford green from Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17.

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The Sound

At St. Mary’s School, nationally and internationally recognized percussionist and instructor Brendan Mason (center) is the founding director of the SMS Fife & Drum Corps, including veteran 2018 players (from left) Joshua Joby, Desmond Shannon, Emilie Agamie, Giovanni Colavolpe, and Nathan Correia. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Brendan Mason: Striking a Chord with St. Mary’s School Fife & Drum Corps

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Brendan Mason is one of those teachers who doesn't mind a noisy classroom.

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