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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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The Sound

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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The Sound

After 29 years as North Branford High School’s nurse, Joanne Palmieri, NBHS Class of ‘67, retires at the end of this school year. Joanne has also served as North Branford Public Schools’ nurse supervisor for the past five years. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Palmieri’s 29 Years of NBHS Nursing: She Kept Them Healthy; They Kept Her Young

Published May 16, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Even before Joanne Palmieri (née McNamara) graduated from North Branford High School (NBHS) in 1967, she knew she wanted to be a nurse.

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The Sound

After a very brief retirement from a career as a global agricultural manufacturing executive and business development professional, Roger Salway is looking forward to assisting North Branford as the town’s new economic development coordinator. Roger started his first day on the job at Town Hall last week. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Perfect Timing: Roger Salway is North Branford’s New Economic Development Coordinator

Published May 09, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Last year, state budget worries pushed off plans to hire a part-timer as North Branford’s first economic development coordinator.

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The Sound

On Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m., Frank B. Connolly will be at Edward Smith Library in Northford to talk about his new book, Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall. The novel tells a tale of a small town embroiled in a controversial land development plan. A Connecticut native, Frank served as town manager for three Connecticut towns over a span of more than 25 years. He resided in Northford while serving as North Branford’s town manager from 1991 to 2001. Photo courtesy of Frank B. Connolly

Former North Branford Town Manager Frank Connolly Pens ‘Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall’

Published May 02, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to discussing hidden agendas and the cast of players involved with controversial town decisions, former North Branford town manager Frank B. Connolly could write a book. In fact, he has.

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The Sound

Shown here after surviving 24 hours in a life raft, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner authored a water safety book and founded non-profit Water Emergency Training (WET), Inc. with the sole mission of preventing drownings. On Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Willoughby Wallace Library in Stony Creek, Ben will share important hands-on information and simple skills to help save lives. 

Photo courtesy of WET, Inc.

To Prevent Drowning: Water Safety/Survival Expert Rayner at Willoughby Wallace Library May 10

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

Before the next warm day tempts you to head out on a boat, take a swim, or otherwise experience the water, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner wants to arm you with information that can prevent drowning.

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The Sound

In March, Susan Kocaba was named Teacher of the Year Award by the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education for her dedicated service as the English as a Second Language coordinator at East Shore Region Adult & Continuing Education. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Sound

Susan Kocaba: Welcoming the World to the Shoreline

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

At 28, Susan Kocaba was standing at a food market in a small Polish town using her limited knowledge of the native language to ask for walnuts, a key ingredient in her mother’s banana bread recipe.

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The Sound

On March 22 during a recognition event at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, North Branford’s Steve Kenning (left) was honored by the Connecticut Federation of Planning and Zoning Agencies (CFPZA) for his 23 years of continuous service on North Branford’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). To date, Steve has served as ZBA chair for the past 17 years of his 23 years of appointed service. Shown congratulating Steve is CFPZA’s Steve Byrne (right). Photo courtesy of Tom Hogarty

Hearing Hardships, Helping Neighbors: ZBA’s Kenning Recognized for 23 Years of NB Service

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

When it comes to hearing about hardships, perhaps no North Branford town-appointed official has heard more of them than Steve Kenning.

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The Sound

Blackstone Board of Trustees president Andy McKirdy helped prepare, plan, and reach the successful goal of receiving the town’s $5.2 million commitment for the library’s new renovation and expansion project. The community can continue to show its support by contributing to the trustees’ capital Campaign for the Blackstone, which is closing in on its $800,000 goal to help defray town project costs.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Andy McKirdy: Helping Lead Blackstone Library Into the Future

Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In terms of helping lead Branford’s Blackstone Library into the future, it’s been an eventful eight years for Andy McKirdy and the Blackstone Library Board of Trustees.

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The Sound

 When it comes to volunteering and sharing with others, Joanne Fresco has given more than 40 years—and still has much more to give—to her church, school and community. Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s School

Helping Her Church, School, and Community: Joanne Fresco

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

This is a busy time of year for Joanne Fresco, but that is true all year round for this Branford resident, who is a supporter of both St. Mary Church and St. Mary School.

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The Sound

 Tom Cherry (shown here with Nym) has high praise for the officers and volunteers at Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, where he also pitches in to help as a volunteer. The Madison attorney is also one of the state’s first court-appointed pro-bono animal advocates under Connecticut’s new Desmond’s Law. Photo Courtesy Tom Cherry

Supporting Animal Advocacy at Dan Cosgrove Shelter

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

If you visit Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter on Wednesday afternoons, you might come across Tom Cherry quietly going about his volunteer work to assist an organization he feels is full of heroes. What you may not know is this volunteer is a bit of a champion for animals, in his own right.

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The Sound

Sean Jeffery first became involved in Tabor’s art programming outreach thanks to his daughter, Emilia, pictured here, who’s been with Tabor’s youth musicals for seven years, including the upcoming production of Peter Pan, Jr..

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Sean Jeffery: Shining a Spotlight on Tabor Arts

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

Offering shoreline kids and adults options to participate in skillfully-led productions, creative camps, and crowd-pleasing cabarets—those are just a few of the many reasons Sean Jeffery is proud to shine a spotlight on the energized programming of Tabor Arts in Branford.

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The Sound

Branford’s Bridget Judd, 2018 New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, is escorted by her dad, Tim Judd, at the annual New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on March 3. Photo courtesy of Bridget Judd

Branford’s Judd is Queen of New Haven’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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

When she’s not shutting down opponents on Gaelic football fields or soccer fields, Branford’s Bridget Judd leads a busy life, as a para-professional educator at her hometown’s Sliney Elementary School and assistant coach of girls’ soccer for Branford High School (BHS).

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The Sound

As Area Cooperative Education Services (ACES) executive director of 32 years, Branford resident Peter C. Young was a groundbreaking leader who fostered the growth and progress of the organization. In retirement, he continues to assist as a board member of the ACES Education Foundation. On Thursday, March 22, Young will be honored at the 15th anniversary ACES Education Foundation Celebration at Woodwinds of Branford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Peter C. Young: Helping ACES Help Children

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

As the longest-serving executive director of Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) and now, in retirement, a pivotal member of the ACES Education Foundation board, Peter C. Young has dedicated himself to helping ACES help children.

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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 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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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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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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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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