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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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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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