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David Anderson: Making the Most of Madison

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The work of a town planner is not your typical desk job. More and more town planners are looking at ways to grow towns, both economically and demographically.

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Finding a calling early in life is lucky, but finding a calling and an ideal place to practice it is serendipity. That’s the story for special education teacher Linda Wade, who got her first job out of college working for Madison Public Schools 35 years ago. Photo courtesy of Linda Wade

Linda Wade: Teaching and Learning for more than 35 Years

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

The start of a new school year always brings a little bit of excitement, no matter how many years you have been going to school.

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Madison Director of Finance Stacy Nobitz has an unusual position, heading up finances for both the town and schools district. Photo courtesy of Kim Seegert

Meet Stacy Nobitz, Madison’s Financial Expert

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

Frequent attendees at Board of Selectmen (BOS), Board of Finance (BOF), or Board of Education (BOE) meetings, particularly during budget season, will find the following scene familiar: An item regarding town or BOE finances comes up on the agenda, board members introduce the item, and then a board member inevitably turns to the woman siting in the audience surrounded by binders and notebooks and says something to the effect of, “and now Stacy is going to explain this to us.”

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Killingworth’s Joan Gay has put in years of hard work to help bring the first ever fixed-route public transportation to town. 

Photo by Zoe Roos/The Source

Joan Gay: Bringing a Bus to You

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

A few years ago, Killingworth First Selectman Cathy Iino was considering appoint Joan Gay to a committee in town. When she brought the idea to a fellow selectman at the time, Fred Dudek, his response was rather extraordinary—“The Joan Gay?”

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Madison Animal Control Officer Liz Amendola sits with Sasha, a 10 plus-year-old pitbull her daughter recently adopted from a shelter. Photo by Zoe Roos/The Source

Liz Amendola: Madison’s Own Dr. Dolittle

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

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Killingworth Director of Emergency Management Donald McDougall, a longtime volunteer in town, will be honored by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County as an Outstanding Volunteer during the foundation’s 2018 Local Leaders Local Legends Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 22. Photo by Elio Gugliotti/The Source

Donald McDougall: Responding to the Call

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

Forty-seven years have passed since Donald McDougall responded to his first call as a volunteer with the Killingworth Ambulance Association.

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Rebecca Frost has agreed to move up from her position as Polson Middle School assistant principal to serve as Island Avenue’s principal during its final year.

Photo courtesy of Madison Public Schools

Rebecca Frost: Holding Down the Fort for One Last Year

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

After the decision was made by the Madison Board of Education to close Island Avenue Elementary School following the 2018-’19 school year, former principal Doreen O’Leary resigned and Polson Middle School Assistant Principal Rebecca Frost was chosen step in to pick up the slack.

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Pedestrian of the Week: Ellen Weiss

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

From her front porch, Ellen Weiss can watch pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars go by on her road near the beach.

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Daniel Hand High School alum and current UConn School of Medicine student Christine Donat is partway through a coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise funds for Mental Health Connecticut, Inc. She’s shown here during a training ride in Farmington in April. 

Photo courtesy of Jason Simms

Christine Donat Rides Across the Country to Raise Money for Mental Health

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

Daniel Hand High School alum and current UConn School of Medicine student Christine Donat is partway through a coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise funds for Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.

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Killingworth Ambulance Association EMT Lisa Anderson responded to the highest number of calls in the department in 2017.

Photo courtesy of the Killingworth Ambulance Association

Lisa Anderson: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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

When Lisa Anderson first moved to Killingworth back in 2012, she found herself struggling a bit to find her place in the community.

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Laurie West Prichard, the new director at Killingworth Library, is welcoming more people through the doors with extended summer hours and warm weather to enjoy the Reading Garden. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Laurie West Prichard: The Joy of Reading

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

When Laurie West Prichard saw an advertisement for the top job at Killingworth Library, she took a trip to the library.

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Dr. Stuart Campbell is a familiar face in Madison elementary and middle schools, sharing his cardiac research with students and inspiring a love of science in local young people. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dr. Stuart Campbell: Science from the Heart

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

When Dr. Stuart Campbell was 19 years old, he debated whether to pursue a career as a musician or become a scientist.

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Tina Phelan is a very familiar face around Madison, known for her volunteer work in local schools and Madison Little League as well as her professional role as an early childhood teacher at St. Andrew’s School. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Phelan: A Familiar Face with Helping Hands

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

Sitting in a downtown Madison coffee shop, Tina Phelan waves back to two very excited young school children who recognize their former preschool teacher, spots her daughter’s softball coach, and chats to a PTO friend who stops by to share her high praise for her colleague.

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Mary Solera leads a team of happy volunteers in the community garden at Parmelee Farm, growing fresh produce to given away free at the fifth annual Shared Harvest market this summer. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mary Solera: Growing a Strong Community

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

Every Monday and Thursday morning from April to October, Mary Solera and her dedicated team of volunteer gardeners roll up to Parmelee Farm in Killingworth, armed with their buckets of tools and Mary’s work plan of the day.

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A board member of Vista Life Innovations, Ed Riley organizes the volunteer manpower at its annual Tour de Shore fundraising ride. The whole community is invited to attend the event’s kickoff party on Thursday, June 28 and get inspired to start training for the big ride on Sunday, Oct. 14. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Riley: Gearing Up for a Great Ride

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

Ed Riley is a great guy to know–and if you participate in Madison’s big community charity events, chances are you probably do. A life-long community volunteer, Ed’s always eager to rally his troops and bring many hands to make the event a success.

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Scranton Memorial Library Futures Campaign Co-chair Nicole Wiles hopes that residents will be inspired to Be M.E., following the generous example of Mary Eliza Scranton, who donated the library building in 1900. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Nicole Wiles: Writing a New Chapter for the Scranton Library

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

When Nicole Wiles moved to Madison one of the first places the stay-at-home mom took her two young children was the local library.

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Which way to the Gardens by the Sea? Committee Co-chair Dee Mulqueen leads the way to the Women’s Club of Madison’s annual open gardens event on Sunday, June 3. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dee Mulqueen: Growing a Strong Community

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

“We are not known so much by what we keep, but by what we share.”

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Kim Stroud of Madison was recently honored with the 2018 Arts Hero Award for her work inspiring and mentoring young artists as the director of the arts at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kim Stroud: An Artistic Life-or Two

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

As the principal soloist in a international dance company, Kim Stroud of Madison has danced on famous stages around the world.

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A main stay on Wall Street, Betty Lou Morawski has spent 38 years running The Nosey Goose from behind its antique service counter. This month, she will retire and close the iconic local store. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Betty Lou Morawski: Saying Goodbye to the Nosey Goose

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

The big, red Retirement Sale sign is hung from the porch and many of the vintage display shelves are bare, heralding the final days of a Madison retail favorite, The Nosey Goose.

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Madison born and raised, Kim Yahara is a familiar face at the Summer Hill Catering table, and the co-market master, at the Madison Farmer’s Market. The popular event returns to the town green on Friday, May 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kim Yahara: To Market She Goes

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

It’s been a long, long winter, but hope springs eternal with the return of a beloved warm weather tradition: The Madison Farmers’ Market is back on the Town Green on Friday, May 4.

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Madison Newcomers Club Board Member Courtney Kelly is busy organizing the club’s 10th annual Touch a Truck, a popular family event at the Madison Surf Club at Sunday, May 6. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Courtney Kelly: Planning a Family Favorite

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

In the age of technology, it’s easy to think that children just want to play video games or watch Netflix on an iPad, but there’s one special experience that has stood the test of time: getting up close with the flashing lights and the loud sirens of those big, shiny trucks.

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Killingworth Women’s Organization President Andrea Freibauer is leading preparations for the second annual Earth Day Celebration at Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm on Saturday, April 28. Participants will learn all about enjoying a local and sustainable lifestyle, with all proceeds to benefit The Killingworth Library. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Andrea Freibauer: Celebrating the Earth

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

As president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization (KWO), Andrea Freibauer is busy heading preparations for its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 28—but she’s never too busy to bring the cookies.

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In March, Susan Kocaba of Madison 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 Source

Susan Kocaba: Welcoming the World to the Shoreline

Published April 11, 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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Mike DiGiorgio presents his illustrations and paintings of birds from around the world in his exhibit, From Field to Frame: The Avian Art of Michael DiGiorgio, at the Connecticut River Museum through Thursday, May 3. At the museum, Mike stands in front of a mural he painted depicting nature in three seasons on the Connecticut River. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michael DiGiorgio: Illustrating the World of Birds

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

Growing up, Michael (Mike) DiGiorgio spent his weekends lost in the woods near his hometown of Schenectady, New York, with just a sketchbook and pencil for company.

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Jon Leiberman of Madison is a seasoned broadcast journalist who is excited to give back to his new home community as the board president of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT, Inc. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Jon Leiberman: Straight to the Heart of the Story

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

A true crime reporter, a television producer, a radio host–Jon Leiberman of Madison has earned many professional titles, but at the heart, he is a storyteller.

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Nite in Hand Senior Auction Chair Michele Freund is busy coordinating the annual community event to raise fund for the Nite in Hand graduation celebration. More than 90 items will be auctioned and all proceeds will help Daniel Hand High School seniors say a fond farewell to their school years. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michele Freund: Giving Young People A Boost

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

Spending an entire night at school sounds like every student’s nightmare, but the Nite in Hand graduation celebration at Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) is no ordinary night.

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As the chairman of the Madison Exchange Club’s Leprechaun Run, Dennis Crowe encourages the community to shake off the winter blues with the Five Mile Run, Two Mile Walk, or Kid’s Fun Run on Sunday, March 18 at the Madison Surf Club. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dennis Crowe: As Lucky as a Leprechaun

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

When Dennis Crowe retired in 2016, life didn’t slow down, in fact it got busier. In between days spent cycling, and playing senior softball and cribbage, he is also an active member of the Madison Exchange Club, American Legion, and the Republican Town Committee

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As the president of Gowrie Group insurance company, Ed Gumbrecht is proud to lead a business that supports community engagement and involvement among its staff, clients, and local business leaders, including raising $1.5 million for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Gumbrecht: Leading with Heart

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

Surviving a deadly storm, a catastrophic flood, or a house fire is a life-changing event. While the insurance business may seem like a world of numbers and reports, for Ed Gumbrecht, it’s about helping clients, friends, and neighbors rebuild their lives following tragedy.

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Roberta Lombardi of Madison is a cancer survivor who is dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of other people diagnosed with the disease. She has created a nonprofit organization, Infinite Strength, and is organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Roberta Lombardi: Shining the Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

Roberta Lombardi is a successful businessperson, a loving wife, and a proud mom. She’s also a cancer survivor. Now, the professional event planner from Madison is busy organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for those still fighting for their lives.

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Retirement is anything but dull for Tina Bascom of Madison, who spends 40 hours a week volunteering with the local diaper bank she co-founded, Bare Necessities.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Bascom: Taking Care of the Bare Necessities

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

Tina Bascom has a very unusual item on her monthly shopping list: 9,000 diapers.

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