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The Sound

As local schools were shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or fry, being fostered in Trout in the Classroom tanks, including those in North Branford and Branford public schools. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works with Local Schools to Sustain Trout in the Classroom

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As local schools were announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including those in four tanks spread out at public schools in North Branford and Branford.

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The Sound

Harold Shapiro’s Luminous Instruments solo exhibit currently lights up the main gallery at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. The North Branford native was first inspired to tinker with lights and lighting growing up on his family farm, while his roots in photography and music are tied to his school years in town. Photo by Harold Shapiro

Shapiro’s Eye Captures Music in Motion

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With Luminous Instruments, Harold Shapiro marries his remarkable musicianship, passion for photography, and love of light. The result? Breathtaking images of instruments captured in a dance of light and dynamic motion.

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The Sound

Shown here helping 4th grade girls cross the finish line at the 2019 Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR) 5K Fun Run, Tara Henry (right) has experienced the empowerment of the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) program in all of its stages—as a 4th-grade participant, an 8th-grade coach-in-training, and high school head coach. GRGC is now branching out to Branford, where Tara will be the head coach for a group that will meet at Tisko Elementary School beginning in April. Photo courtesy of the Women & Family Life Center

Sharing the Empowerment of ‘Girls Coach, Girls Run’

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If anyone understands the empowerment of the ages and stages of Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR), it’s Tara Henry.

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The Sound

Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo has had a long career in law enforcement, one that started shortly after his stint in the Navy and that continues today through service as a school resource officer in North Branford. Photo courtesy of Ronald Denuzzo

Ron DeNuzzo: A Desire to Serve

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As an individual who served in the U.S. military, had an extensive career in law enforcement and is now a school resource officer in North Branford, Ronald “Ron” DeNuzzo understands what it means to put the larger goals of an organization before his own interests.

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The Sound

Branford artist Jean Polka, shown her with her brown pelican painting that’s featured on her calling card, has helped the Blackstone Library by donating her art. Most recently, she helped to put together an homage to the town, its history, locales and lore, as a pivotal member of the Branford 375th Anniversary Commemorative Map Committee. 

Photo courtesy of Jean Polka

Jean Polka’s Artful Assist to Branford and the Blackstone Library

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With seemingly boundless energy and a special talent as a watercolor and sketch artist, Jean Polka has been very generous in giving back to her hometown of Branford.

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The Sound

As a benefactor, volunteer and board member of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and encourage all to join the krewe (Mardi Gras lingo for the organization that puts on a parade or ball during Carnival season) at this year’s SAA Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

King-Sized Support for Shoreline Arts Alliance

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

To benefit and support the artistic talents of students from Branford, North Branford, and 22 other shoreline towns between East Haven and Lyme, Steve Kops will happily don the king’s crown and join his krewe and many revelers at this year’s Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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The Sound

Now employed by Shoreline Prime Meats & Deli in Branford, Sky Bussey got his start with vocational training offered by Community Dining Room (shown here). Now, he’s hoping his story will inspire other organizations and businesses to connect with school district programs such as the one he experienced through Branford Public Schools’ ‘Access Transition’ program. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Sky Bussey Hopes More Will Offer ‘Access’ to Success

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

By offering him a variety of vocational training, some local groups and businesses have made a huge difference in Sky Bussey’s ability to nail down a great job.

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The Sound

Daniel Hand High School Assistant Principal Melanie Whitcher previously worked as a math coordinator for the school and as a math teacher and coach in Branford. The North Branford resident has a master's degree in teaching and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Sound

Melanie Whitcher: Math Smarts + People Skills = Career in Education

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Melanie Whitcher's career path to become Daniel Hand High School's new assistant principal began in a rather unusual place—in college as a business major with a focus on accounting.

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The Sound

Shoreline Community Church (SCC) Special Events Coordinator Rachel Kalman says there’s a big team to thank for bringing Night to Shine to this area on Feb. 7, including SCC Pastor Paul Allen and event co-lead (and church secretary) Vanessa Fleming-Redd as well as many other church members and community members and businesses. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

For Kalman, Teamwork Makes SCC’s Night to Shine

Published Jan. 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

It’s nearly time to roll out the red carpet for the shoreline’s first-ever Night to Shine, and Rachel Kalman says it’s all coming together thanks to some incredible teamwork and community support.

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The Sound

Among his other community connections, Dan Armin is a board member of Community Dining Room (CDR) who helped spearhead the recent expansion of CDR’s North Branford/Northford home delivery service, which is now operating out of a new satellite location at St. Andrews Church in Northford. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Armin Helps CDR Home Delivery Grow in North Branford

Published Jan. 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With a great track record of helping his hometown and helping others, Dan Armin is the perfect person to spearhead the expansion of the North Branford homebound home meals delivery program for Branford-based Community Dining Room (CDR).

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The Sound

North Branford’s Alex DeFrancesco, proprietor and head brewer of Stewards of the Land Brewery, has brought a “true Connecticut farm brewery” to his hometown, while also serving up a special place to create community. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Alex DeFrancesco: A True ‘Steward of the Land’

Published Jan. 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Long before opening Stewards of the Land Brewery in North Branford on Nov. 1, 2019, Alex DeFrancesco was brewing up ideas to bring a “true Connecticut farm brewery” to his hometown, while also serving up a special place to create community.

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The Sound

Since 1999, Rabbi Yossi Yaffe has led Chabad of the Shoreline. Together with his wife, Rochel Baila Yaffe, he has helped to foster, educate, and celebrate the heritage of the area’s Jewish community, as well as working to bolster that identity by offering special programs. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Sharing the Spirit of Chabad

Published Jan. 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Just as he has done for several years, every night during Chanukah (celebrated Dec. 22 to 29 in 2019), Rabbi Yossi Yaffe of Chabad of the Shoreline successively lit the candles of large, public menorahs on the Branford, Guilford, and East Haven town greens

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The Sound

Classical tenor and Branford police officer Robert Iovanna joined the force about three years ago with 17 years of experience as an officer in Hartford, where he was also known as “The Singing Hartford Cop.” Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

A Man of Many Talents: Branford Cop and Classical Tenor Robert Iovanna

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Branford Police Officer Robert Iovanna joined the force about three years ago, he brought 17 years of big-city law enforcement experience and his reputation as “The Singing Hartford Cop.”

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The Sound

Sal Annunziato, founder of Branford-based Love Tribe Open Hearts Arts Life Center, opens the center to the public on Sunday, Dec. 22 to host Holiday Memories, an open mic event. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Healing Hearts: Annunziato Offers ‘Holiday Memories’ at Love Tribe Center

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sal Annunziato hopes those missing a loved one this holiday season will gather for Holiday Memories to help one another heal.

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The Sound

When Bill O’Brien isn’t busy giving back to Branford and beyond, he cherishes the time he can spend following (and photographing) the sports play progress of local teams including those of his three grandchildren (left to right) Mikella, Jamison, and Ethan O’Brien.

Photo courtesy of Bill O’Brien

Bill O’Brien: Everybody Knows His Name

Published Dec. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

There’s a certain song about a place “where everybody knows your name.” If your name is Bill O’Brien, that place is Branford.

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The Sound

Branford’s Jason Corrado helps train middle school students for the National History Bee. Photo by Eric O’Connell/The Sound

Jason Corrado Helps Bring the World to His Students

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jason Corrado remembers being a high school kid, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.

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The Sound

In August, Branford resident Dave Rettig co-chaired a Branford golf tourney that raised more than $380,000 to benefit non-profit Cure Rare Disease (CRD). Boston-based CRD works to support the development of life-saving therapeutics for children impacted by rare disease. Photo courtesy of Lynn DeJoseph

Part of the Team: Rettig Helps Raise $380K to Benefit Cure Rare Disease

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Rettig will tell you he’s just part of a team that’s supporting a very important effort, but his friends and co-workers say otherwise.

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The Sound

After serving as Branford’s Republican Registrar of Voters for 37 years, Marion Burkard officially stepped down as of June 30, 2019. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Burkard Tallies Up Decades of Knowledge for Branford

Published Nov. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As Branford residents were voting in the Nov. 5 municipal election, Branford registrars of voters Dan Hally (D) and Darren Lawler (R) were operating with an ace on their side—Marion Burkard.

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The Sound

On Saturday, Dec. 14, which is Wreaths Across America Day, Mark Hally will head up an effort to place wreaths on graves of Branford’s veterans. The 15-year-old Branford resident is organizing the mammoth effort as his Eagle Scout project. Photo by Bill O’Brien

Hally Hopes to Honor Branford Veterans’ Graves with Wreaths Across America

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When a segment of the impressive Wreaths Across American (WAA) convoy stopped for a local ceremony honoring deceased veterans at Branford Fire House last December, part of the inspiring message shared that day was not lost on Mark Hally.

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The Sound

Tikso families may recognize Sarah Nelson due to her work as a full-time pre-K paraprofessional, but she’s also the creative force behind the costumes that will transform Tabor Arts Branford’s youthful players into the iconic cast of that forever kid-friendly musical, Annie Jr., during four performances Friday to Sunday, Nov. 15 to 17. Photo courtesy of Sarah Nelson

Nelson Gets Creative to Assist Tabor Arts Branford’s ‘Annie Jr.’

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

If there’s anyone in town who knows that “...you’re never fully dressed without a smile,” it’s got to be Sarah Nelson, the creative costumer transforming Tabor Arts Branford’s youthful players into the iconic cast of Annie Jr., coming Friday to Sunday, Nov. 15 to 17 to the Tabor stage.

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The Sound

As an airman first class, Bob Russell provided key military intelligence during a classified mission of the Vietnam War. The past commander of Branford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12106 will provide this year’s talk during Branford’s 2019 Veterans Day Ceremonies and Parade, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Town Green on Sunday, Nov. 10. Photo by Bill O’Brien

Russell Heads Up Branford’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Parade Nov. 10

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, when former Branford VFW Post Commander Bob Russell heads up this year’s Branford Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade, the former U.S. airman, first class will be carrying more computer power in his smartphone than all of the technology he used to track movements of weapons and troops on the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War.

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The Sound

Joe Mooney has brought his wealth of financial oversight experience to assist Connecticut Hospice as its chief operating officer/chief financial officer.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Joe Mooney Lends His Financial Expertise to Connecticut Hospice

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Joe Mooney had only recently retired as deputy commissioner for Connecticut’s Department of Revenue Services when he was snapped up for a new leadership position as Connecticut Hospice Inc.’s chief operating officer/chief financial officer (COO/CFO) this past spring.

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The Sound

For the past five years, North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques has covered a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles. But on Sunday, Nov. 3, she’ll cover 26.2 miles, running the famed New York City Marathon. Inspired by a friend’s seven-year-old son who lives with a rare disease, Carey is running with a team to raise funds for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques Covers Many Miles

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As North Branford’s Town Planner, Carey Duques covers a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles.

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The Sound

Karen McMinn TenBroeck stands at Branford Early Learning Center’s (BELC) Wall of Fame, where photos include hundreds of children she’s taught in her 40 years as a BELC educator. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

McMinn TenBroeck Celebrates 40 Years, and Counting, at BELC

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

More than four decades of annual class photos fill the Wall of Fame at Branford Early Learning Center (BELC), and teacher Karen McMinn TenBroeck is in just about every one of them.

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The Sound

Samantha Smith has brought her Branford hometown Gather, a space located along the Branford Green where unique events, programs, and projects are popping up. She hopes Gather will also help build community connections and inspire others to stay curious and live what she terms a “passionate, intentional life.” Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

At Gather, Smith Offers a Place for Community and the Curiosity Factor

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At Gather, you never know what will pop up. That’s the tag-line that summarizes this unique, community-driven, changeable event and gathering space conceived by Branford native Samantha Smith.

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The Sound

Melanie DeCaprio is helping North Branford’s Caruso/Bode family organize a fun, fundraising event—Loving Life: A Night of Kindness and Friendship, set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. The celebration (will raise funds for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Loving Life: DeCaprio Invites All to a Celebration Supporting FARA

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Melanie DeCaprio was still studying nursing when she first offered to help out brother and sister Sam and Alex Bode and their mom, Mary Caruso.

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The Sound

Chris Lemieux, shown here on the set of Peter and the Starcatcher, has brought a sense of play—and a unique interpretation—to the production he’s directing for Shoreline Theatre Company (STC). Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

A Sense of Play: Lemieux Directs STC’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As someone who embraces the spirit of Peter Pan, Chris Lemieux has brought a sense of play to directing Shoreline Theatre Company’s (STC) first play, Peter and the Starcatcher.

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The Sound

Branford Fire Police is a volunteer affiliate of the Branford Fire Department (BFD). As captain of Branford Fire Police, Buzz Johnson is putting out a call to the public: This small but very important group needs more volunteers. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Putting Out the Call for Branford Fire Police Volunteers

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

You’ve likely come across a member of Branford’s volunteer Fire Police on the scene of an emergency response—but you just didn’t know it.

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The Sound

At Read to Grow’s headquarters in Branford, Executive Director Kyn Tolson and a small staff, together with many volunteers, spread the non-profit’s mission of promoting early childhood literacy statewide. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Kyn invites the public to support Read to Grow by attending its 20th anniversary celebration honoring the vision and leadership of founder Roxanne J. Coady. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

20 Years, 2 Million Books: Tolson Invites All to Celebrate with Read to Grow

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It all started in Branford in 1999. Now, 20 years and more than two million books later, Read to Grow has grown into a statewide non-profit supporting the importance of developing early childhood literacy.

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The Sound

As treasurer of Feed Branford Kids (FBK), Renee Pantani hopes to help grow local support provided by the non-profit founded by her late mother-in-law, Johanne Pantani. She invites supporters to help by purchasing tickets to Onofrio Total Construction’s annual FBK benefit, a Murder Mystery Fundraiser, set for Friday, Sept. 20 at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. Photo courtesy Renee Pantani

Continuing a Family Legacy by Serving Feed Branford Kids

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Back to school is a busy time for Feed Branford Kids (FBK), but this year, the Branford non-profit hopes to serve more kids than ever before, says Renee Pantani.

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