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The Source

Arlene Burke of Madison recently retired from the Madison Racquet & Swim Club and looks forward to a retirement filled with family, travel, and sports. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Arlene Burke: From Racquets to Retirement

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

Arlene Burke of Madison recently retired from the Madison Racquet & Swim Club, leaving behind a legacy of diligence, care, and devotion to an active lifestyle to pursue lifelong passions and discover new ones.

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The Source

Lisa Landa of Madison, known for her career as a Daniel Hand English teacher, devotes her retirement to teaching college freshmen and volunteering. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Lisa Landa: Education and Empathy

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

Lisa Landa of Madison is known throughout the community for her contributions as an educator, but since retirement from Daniel Hand High School, she’s continued to teach and now volunteers with both Connecticut Hospice and Bare Necessities, a diaper bank.

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The Source

C.J. Gladstone of Madison began her work with A Better Chance as a host parent. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

C.J. Gladstone: From Host Family to Mentor Advisor and More

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

C.J. Gladstone began her work with Madison’s A Better Chance, or ABC, as a host family, but now she works to ensure both the program’s scholars and host families maximize the benefits of participating in the program.

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The Source

With the end of 2018, Branford resident Ted Kennedy, Jr., concludes four years as District 12 state senator. He recently met with the The Sound at Branford’s Parthenon Diner to talk about his work on behalf of the district and the state, and what’s ahead for him next. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Two Terms, Many Accomplishments: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., Concludes District 12 Legislative Service

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

Following a productive four years as a state senator, Ted Kennedy, Jr., says his decision to step away from Connecticut’s legislative landscape at the end of 2018 was difficult, but allows him to fully focus on helping to protect disability rights at very critical point in the nation’s history.

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The Source

While studying painting in Perugia, Italy, Mark Segal came across an unexpected style, courtesy of his fellow students: Chinese brush paintings. He’ll exhibit some of his works in the show Distinct Realms at Madison Art Cinemas through Feb. 6, 2019. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Mark Segal: Traveling West to Discover the East

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

Distinct Realms, a solo art exhibit with works by Connecticut artist Mark Segal, opens on Thursday, Dec. 13 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Madison Art Cinemas. The exhibit features Chinese brush paintings in a collection that’s as global as the artist himself.

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The Source

Field House Farm owner Stephanie Lesnik grows organic foods, raises livestock, and offers educational programs. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Stephanie Lesnik: Getting Back to The Land

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

Stephanie Lesnik and her family have returned the circa 1720 Field House Farm property on Green Hill Road to farming. Stephanie approaches living off the land with a community mission: to refamiliarize members of the community with their food.

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The Source

Madison Board of Education Chair Katie Stein recently returned from a week-long deployment to Florida to put her expertise to work assisting children displaced by Hurricane Michael. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Katie Stein: Caring for Kids After Disaster

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

Katie Stein, known locally for her work on the Madison Board of Education and as a child life specialist at Yale, recently returned from volunteering to help displaced children in the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida in early October.

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The Source

Rather than stick with the status quo, Assistant Town Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Russo is looking for ways to engage Madison students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) aspects of his duties.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Robert Russo: Engineer and Educator

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

The “T” in STEM might stand for technology, but for Robert Russo, assistant town engineer and deputy director of public works, it also stands for teamwork. Robert is using his STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge to not only improve Madison, but also to enhance the educational opportunities accessible to Madison’s youth.

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The Source

Many Madison residents are familiar with Chris Jennings Penders as a longtime staffer at the E.C. Scranton Public Library, or accompanied by a camera as he photographs local events and sights. Now they can add his name on their bookshelves with the upcoming publication of two books, which he’ll launch at a release party, open to all, on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Chris Jennings Penders: Called to Creativity

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

Most residents probably know Chris Jennings Penders from his work as a photographer, or from Scranton Memorial Library, where he’s worked since 1996. Chris, however, is also a writer, and on Tuesday, Nov. 20, he’ll celebrate the release of not one, but two books.

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The Source

Tim Gannon is one of the volunteers making things happen at Killingworth’s Parmelee Farm. The crew’s latest accomplishment is building this sugarhouse, which will be ready for business in 2019. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Tim Gannon: Enjoying Volunteering’s Sweet Successes

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

Tim Gannon, chairman of the Parmelee Farm Steering Committee in Killingworth, is looking forward to the farm’s first season making maple syrup in its new sugarhouse. The result of collaboration between the farm’s volunteers, local contractors, and the steering committee, the sugarhouse is almost complete.

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The Source

With her decades of work in prevention of substance abuse and empowerment of teen leaders, Catherine Barden is steering MADE into a multi-faceted, and necessary, community entity. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Catherine Barden: A Focus on Prevention

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

Since November 2011, Catherine Barden and the Madison Alcohol & Drug Education (MADE) Coalition have been working to give teens a voice, give teens a choice, and give parents the tools they need to help children stay healthy. Catherine’s dedication to her community began long ago, however.

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The Source

The Reverend Sarah Vetter is the new minister of community life at the First Congregational Church (FCC) in Madison. Working alongside her husband, Reverend Todd Vetter, Sarah hopes to help bring the community together to “recognize that we belong to each other.” Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Putting Community and Conversations to the Fore

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

When Reverend Sarah Vetter began her work as the minister of community life at the First Congregational Church (FCC) in Madison, her hope was to connect with the community.

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Guilford Courier

Through statewide organizations like The Cove and Camp Erin and local groups like the Madison and Guilford ABC programs, Renée McIntyre has been a vital resource for kids dealing with grief and transition. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Source

Renée McIntyre: Going with the Hope

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

Asked about her work or various volunteer activities, at some point Renée McIntyre will say, “It’s a privilege” about each thing she does.

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The Source

Becky Coffey: Bringing a New Set of Stories to Life

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

Becky Coffey is known for many talents. At her church, she’s appreciated as a talented cantor and choir member.

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The Source

Becky Coffey: Bringing a New Set of Stories to Life

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Becky Coffey is known for many talents.

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The Source

As a volunteer with Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Rose Marie Cushing is committed to answering the call to help with SAA’s mission to transform lives through the arts, with support from events like Costumes & Cocktails, offering Halloween fun for grown-ups on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Source

From Shakespeare to Costumes & Cocktails, Cushing Supports SAA

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) brought Legacy Theatre’s production of Hamlet to Guilford for five nights in August, Rose Marie Cushing was at every show, passing the hat among blanket-to-blanket crowds to support non-profit SAA.

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The Source

Ann Nyberg is more than just one of Madison’s most recognizable residents, she’s also one of the most engaged in the community. In 2018, author, philanthropist, shop owner, and 30-plus year journalist at WTNH was given the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg: ‘Woman of the Year’

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Each year the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook bestows the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award to an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary four-time Academy Award winning actress.

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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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The Source

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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