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The Source

Bill Barker is the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, an organization that has supported a variety of community organizations and scholarships over its 26 years.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Boris

Bill Barker: Giving Back Through Madison Hoop Dreams and More

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in Madison—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, which he has run for 26 years, as well as a member of a number of other charitable groups and organizations.

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The Source

Mary Young is the outgoing president of Valley Shore Toastmasters and now takes on the role of vice president of education for the group. Photo courtesy of Mary Young

Mary Young: Well Spoken, Well Practiced

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to her time with the Toastmasters, Mary Young does have one regret—that she didn’t join the group even earlier.

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The Source

Matt Link of Killingworth founded the Unified Sports program in Madison and has been running it for the past 15 years. Photo courtesy of Matt Link

Matt Link: Bringing Athletic Opportunities to Students of Every Ability through Unified Sports

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Matt Link has worked with many children in Madison over the past two decades. He has been a middle school physical education teacher in Madison since 1995.

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The Source

A shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin debuts the first comprehensive exhibition of his artwork at Guilford Art Center with a sold-out opening celebration on Friday, June 21, after which The Artistry of Jacques Pepin will be on display in the center’s Mill Gallery through Sunday, July 21 as a free exhibit available for the public to view. Photo by Tom Hopkins

‘The Artistry of Jacques Pepin’ Debuts at GAC

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a Madison resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin is delighted to debut the first comprehensive exhibition of another passion, his artwork, at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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The Source

Artist, retired executive, and World War II veteran Janet Lee continues at 96 to lead a remarkable and interesting life. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Source

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How long ago is long ago? That depends on your vantage point. For most people, D-Day, June 6, 1944, is much too long ago for personal memories.

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The Source

Since moving to Madison six years ago, Keiler Snow has volunteered in bringing Nite in Hand’s theme to life for graduating seniors. Photo courtesy of Keiler Snow

Keiler Snow: Ready to Unveil Theme for 2019 Nite at Hand on June 14

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2012, Keiler Snow’s oldest son, who is now in college, was just beginning his freshman year at Hand and one of Keiler’s friends invited her to a meeting for Nite in Hand.

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The Source

Lee Tobin has been involved in the Empty Nesters Club for more than three decades.

Photo courtesy of Lee Tobin

Lee Tobin: Filling Her Heart Through the Empty Nesters Club

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Wherever she has lived, Leonora Tobin has always made a point of getting involved in the community, joining organizations, and making connections. Now in her 80s, Leonora, who is known to most as Lee, has been a member of the Madison Empty Nesters Club since 1985.

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The Source

Diana Clark found her passion in her second career and now helps family members of those battling substance abuse get the support they need. Photo courtesy of Turnbridge

Diana Clark: Providing Support to Families of Those Battling Addiction

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Diana Clark always knew that she wanted a job that would allow her to help people.

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The Source

A career to look forward to: that’s Mary Hambor’s hope for each graduate she helps gain an internship or other Capstone project at Valley Regional High School.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Source

Mary Hambor: A Turn for Every Intern

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Young, eager, and enthusiastic, just needs some job experience. Everybody was there once.

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The Source

Robert LaFrance is the new director of policy for Audubon Connecticut. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/The Source

Blending an Interest in Economics and Environment

Published May 15, 2019 08:30 a.m.

You may not associate watching bear and bull markets with watching birds, but former stockbroker Robert LaFrance is combining his interests as the new policy director for Audubon Connecticut.

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The Source

Divinna Schmitt, president of NAMI Shoreline, is certified in Collaborative Problem Solving through Think:Kids. Photo courtesy of Divinna Schmitt

Divinna Schmitt: Supporting Those in Need through NAMI Shoreline and Think:Kids

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

Divinna Schmitt’s career was focused on children for many years before she retired in 2002. She spent many years working as a teacher at various schools and also worked in the children’s theater field.

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School student Dvora Redlich will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall after receiving the Gold Key award for her portrait of a friend.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Dvora Redlich: Gold Key Award-Winning Artist

Published May 01, 2019 08:30 a.m.

While the old joke—How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

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The Source

Sandy Allard is helping to make a move to Killingworth even easier with the formation of a Newcomers Club. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Sandy Allard: A Home for Newcomers

Published April 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Killingworth is a great town in part because it’s a small town, says Sandy Allard, but she also knows the difficulty with moving to a small town can be meeting the other community members.

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The Source

Fred Muzer taught Madison’s youth for 30 years, and he’s still giving back to the community; he’ll be honored at Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Fred Muzer: Made in Madison

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Fred Muzer of Madison will be honored at the Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27, and it’s no wonder why: After a career of educating Madison youth, Fred is still giving back to the community.

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Harbor News

Helen Bosch, chief executive officer of Vista Life Innovations, has devoted her career to helping Vista members become active members of the community; now she’s looking toward the future. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Helen Bosch: Affecting Positive, Direct Change

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Helen Bosch of Madison always wanted to pour her energy into something that could affect change and help people in a direct way, and for 28 years, she’s done just that as the chief executive officer of VISTA Life Innovations.

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Harbor News

Paula Chabot taught Latin to Madison students for more than 40 years; now she’s helping shoreline residents learn English, among her many other volunteer activities. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Paula Chabot: For the Love of Language

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For 44 years, Paula Chabot taught at Daniel Hand High School in Madison; after she retired in 2014, she turned her attention toward giving back to her community in new ways.

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Valley Courier

Barbara Nair, director of Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery, looks forward to future growth for her arts organization./Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Barbara Nair: From Town to Country

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

Barbara Nair had no clue that her weekend house in Killingworth would launch an art center, gallery, store, and more: an organization that has become a beacon for arts, artisans, and art appreciators.

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The Source

Potter and Madison resident Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

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

Madison resident and potter Robert Parrott’s sunset-shoreline-desert-mountain design adorns plates, teapots, canisters, and more—and proves the power of the eye of the beholder.

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The Source

Long-time Killingworth resident and Lions Club member Greg Wind strives to foster collaboration in order to help those who need it most. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Greg Wind: Serving Killingworth’s Youth

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

Greg Wind has been a Lion for a decade; his top community service priority is helping the youth of Killingworth.

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The Source

President of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, Heather Temple is spending spring getting ready for the annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27 at The Chatfield Hollow Inn. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Heather Temple: Giving Back with the Killingworth Women’s Organization

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

Heather Temple of Killingworth, president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, looks forward to the third annual Earth Day Celebration, held at the Chatfield Hollow Inn.

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The Source

Dr. Michelle West with two of the Shoreline Vet Academy’s patients, who will stand in for real pets at the Shoreline Animal Hospital’s first vet academy on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

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

Killingworth resident Dr. Michelle West, DVM of Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton is encouraging future veterinarians and veterinary technicians with the hospital’s upcoming Shoreline Vet Academy for children.

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The Source

Lydia Holland, children’s librarian at Scranton Memorial Library, enjoys the magical thinking Madison’s younger patrons employ. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Lydia Holland: Making Magic at Scranton Memorial Library

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

Lydia Holland joined the Scranton Library staff in November 2017, and worked with then-children’s librarian Jane Ash, who developed and implemented programming for decades. Following Ash’s recent retirement, Lydia has taken the helm, and enjoys the magic of serving Madison’s youngest patrons.

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The Source

Joan McPherson loves to paint en plein air, but she also paints from home, in her bright, airy guest bedroom. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Joan McPherson: An Artist’s Eye

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

Joan McPherson of Madison recently won the Golden Art Materials Award in the New England Watercolor Society’s 2019 Signature Member Show in Boston for her watercolor painting View from the Farnsworth Museum’s Gift Shop.

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The Source

Madison potter Anita Griffith's work is characterized by facial representation, color, and whimsy. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Anita Griffith: The Creative Journey

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

Anita Griffith is a professional potter and teacher, infusing the shoreline and beyond with the whimsy of her creations. She shares studio space with her husband and fellow ceramics artist, Bob Parrott, in Madison, where the couple also houses its wares.

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The Source

Hilary Kumnick of Killingworth, now retired, devotes his time to his community and to Lions Clubs International. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Hilary Kumnick: Lion of Killingworth

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

Hilary Kumnick of Killingworth has always believed in the power of volunteering to serve his community, and now he's teaching others the leadership skills they need to do the same.

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The Source

Bill Bendig, now 91 years old, created The Madison Mile over 25 years ago; Bill will be honored as The King of Mardi Gras at the Shoreline Arts Alliance Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Bill Bendig: A Legacy of Art

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

At 91 years old, Bill Bendig is facing down cancer with courage, and celebrating the legacy he leaves behind: a passion for the arts.

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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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