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Harbor News

Opera Theater of Connecticut Artistic Director Alan Mann has toured the globe, but found a home in Clinton not only for himself and his family, but for the opera he shares with the community. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Alan Mann: Making a Home for Opera on the Shoreline

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

Alan Mann was born in Montreal, lived in New York and London, but for almost four decades he has called Clinton home.

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Harbor News

A CPA by trade and training, Valley Shore YMCA Controller Debbie Quinn has helped her community flourish through projects like the Y’s Community garden, which provides fresh produce for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries as well as a chance for locals to get involved. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Debbie Quinn: Helping her Community Grow

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

Debbie Quinn is not a gardener.

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Harbor News

Some in Clinton best know Dara Onofrio as the person who accompanies Jessie the therapy dog (at right) at The Morgan School and Maggy (left) and Jessie around town, though she’s also taken a prominent role in town government as chair of the Board of Finance. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dara Onofrio: A Quick Connection to Clinton

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

“It was probably one of the most terrifying moment of my life,” says Dara Onofrio.

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Harbor News

Paul Orsini became an active member of the Clinton business community when he and his wife Jane opened Doc’s Bar and Grill in 2014, and he’s now stepped up his involvement as executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, which has a summer full of events scheduled. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

A Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

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

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the business community within the town, as well as hosting various events geared toward celebrating and entertaining the town as a whole. As the chamber’s new executive director, Paul Orsini is responsible for making sure the chamber meets those two goals.

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Harbor News

Summer Plans? For Kathy Cobb and her crew of volunteers, summer means providing free, nutritious lunches to Old Saybrook kids, thanks to the support of local restaurants and other community organizations. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

When it Comes to Kids’ Nutrition, Kathy Cobb Doesn’t Quit

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

Kathy Cobb isn’t one to give up when faced with adversity. A registered dietician and nutritionist, she has run the Old Saybrook free children’s summer lunch program, Kidz Summer Lunch Bunch, since 2015, when it was first implemented.

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Harbor News

Clinton Harbor Master Wayne Church’s commitment to the town’s waterfront doesn’t end with moorings and channel dredging. He has also been a key contributor to reopening the town’s storied shellfish beds. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Wayne Church: On the Waterfront

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

One day nearly 20 years ago, Wayne Church went to Clinton’s town hall to ask for a shellfish license.

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Harbor News

To help empower a new generation, Lorrie Milton founded She’s Speaking, an advocacy group that supports local high school and middle school girls as they learn from women in leadership roles. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Lorrie Milton: Speaking of Speaking Up

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

Lorrie Milton wants to get the word out to young women: You can speak up; you can make a difference; don’t buy into a lesser opinion of yourself. That’s what she hopes the new organization she heads, She’s Speaking, will do: Challenge the barriers that can define women’s professional and personal lives.

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Harbor News

Lynn Davis, an active member of the Clinton Tree Committee and several historical societies, is preparing to add published author to her titles with the upcoming A Frog Hollow Childhood: A Memoir of Hartford. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lynn Davis: On the Importance of Trees—and Roots

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

Clinton resident and Tree Committee member Lynn Davis describes her interest in the committee simply: “I was always a lover of trees. Several years ago, I became a member.”

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s John Rie is drawn to the water—and has been drawn into helping manage the town’s waterways to the benefit of all.

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

On the Waterfront with John Rie

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

It’s not often these days one hears the term “Renaissance man,” but it might be an apt way to describe John Rie.

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Harbor News

Clinton pride is something Dave Elder is proud to show, and he’s now doing just that from the head of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Clinton Chamber Chair Sees Good Changes Coming

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

Dave Elder has been in Clinton for about 12 years and started a local business soon after. His involvement in the community has grown ever since and last month, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors selected him as chairman. He’s taking the helm at an exciting time for the organization.

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Harbor News

Clinton resident Robert LaFrance enjoys getting out on the Indian River for birdwatching trips, a fitting endeavor for the new director of policy for Audubon Connecticut. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Blending an Interest in Economics and Environment

Published April 10, 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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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

Westbrook Garden Club member Carolyn Fish isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in her efforts to keep Westbrook beautiful. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Carolyn Fish: Sharing the Art of the Garden

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

Carolyn Fish has fond memories of summer visits to her grandparents’ summer home, which they purchased in Westbrook’s Old Kelsey Point Association in 1920.

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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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Harbor News

Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

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

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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Harbor News

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 vet academy. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

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

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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Harbor News

Abraham Pierson School music teacher Gina Nedderman is preparing her charges for their final Pierson theater production, Mary Poppins Junior, in May. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Gina Nedderman: Finding the Elements of Fun

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

Eleven years ago, music teacher Gina Nedderman was talking with some students in the Abraham Pierson School about theater productions in other venues when one of the kids asked, “Mrs. Nedderman, why don’t we do something here?”

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Harbor News

Frank Boccia and his wife Debra restored a historic wooden boat from England in their Westbrook garage, and can now be seen making the most of the summer aboard Tinker Bell. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Frank Boccia Has a Belief in Boats

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

The Connecticut shoreline offers locals some exceptional scenery. For shore-goers in Westbrook, a trip to the water may mean catching a glimpse of Frank Boccia and his wife Debra cruising past aboard Tinker Bell, their 20-foot antique wooden boat.

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Valley Courier

A longtime veteran of sports broadcasting, Al Jaffe now brings his skills to a different arena: local theater. He’s a member of the Ivoryton Playhouse Board of Trustees and is helping the theater host four one-act plays staged at the upcoming Women Playwrights Initiative on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Al Jaffe: A Seat on the Aisle

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

Al Jaffe loves theater and now he has a theater to love. Al has recently become the president of Board of Trustees of the Ivoryton Playhouse.

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Harbor News

As an assistant librarian at the Westbrook Public Library, Brittany Person has had the opportunity to work with a range of ages and interests. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Brittany Pearson: Opening New Doors at the Library

Published Feb. 20, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Brittany Pearson wishes teens would read more. Not just for school, not because they have to, but for pure pleasure.

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Harbor News

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

Joan McPherson: An Artist’s Eye

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

Clinton Art Society member Joan McPherson 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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Harbor News

The Morgan School history teacher Emily Russell has taken on integral roles with the school’s Model United Nations and debate teams, which she sees as great opportunities for students to gain real-world experience. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Emily Russell: Helping Students State Their Case

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

In January, the 11 students who make up the Model United Nations (UN) team at The Morgan School took part in the annual Model UN conference held at Yale.

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Harbor News

Paul Egan of Clinton is better known as The Bike Guy in some circles. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Paul Egan Uses Love for Tinkering, Biking to Help Community

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

Two years ago, Paul Egan and his wife Liz were watching Jeopardy. During the portion of the show when the contestants introduce themselves, one of them described herself as a community volunteer, which caught Paul’s attention.

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Harbor News

Since coming on as emergency management director for Westbrook shortly before Tropical Storm Irene and then Superstorm Sandy bashed the shoreline, Don Izzo has worked on adding layers of redundancy and engaged new volunteers to ensure the town weather the next disaster as smoothly as possible. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Don Izzo: Ensuring the Best in the Worst Conditions

Published Jan. 23, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Westbrook Emergency Management Director Don Izzo refers to the main room of the Emergency Management Center as a fortress.

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Harbor News

His efforts on the Water Pollution Control Commission aren’t the most glamorous int town, but Matt Kennedy and his fellow commissioners’ work is helping clean Clinton waterways and improving water quality in areas like Rocky Ledge. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

A Geologist Sets Deep Roots in Clinton

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

“I’m a husband, dad, geologist, licensed environmental professional, and one of those goofy Yankees, Celtics, and Steelers fans.”

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Harbor News

Outside the Saybrook Stage Company’s Westbrook Ambulance Association rehearsal space, Jim Hile takes a break from preparing for the upcoming production of Other Desert Cities, a play coming to The Kate Thursday to Sunday, Jan. 17 to 20. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jim Hile: For Love of Theater

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

When Jim Hile was 21, his sister was participating in a musical called The Boyfriend. At the time, Jim was “more interested in the technical aspects of shows, such as the lighting,” than performing. You can imagine Jim’s surprise, then, when he received a call asking him to audition for the play.

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Harbor News

Connecticut Cancer Foundation (CCF) CEO and President Jane Ellis has spent more than three decades helping those with cancer cope with everyday expenses, honoring and growing the commitment made by her husband John Ellis. The foundation, first established as the Connecting Sports Foundation, operates out of its newly outfitted Old Saybrook headquarters, complete with a Hall of Fame. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Uniting Heroes, Large and Small, to Aid Cancer Patients

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

More than 30 years ago, John Ellis, an entrepreneur and former Major League Baseball player, made a promise: If he beat cancer, he would devote his life to helping others facing cancer diagnoses. He may not have realized that his wife, Jane Ellis, would devote herself to fulfilling that promise, too. But she has.

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Harbor News

The last of her line: Where other shoreline first selectmen begin the new year considering campaign for re-election, that’s one worry Clinton First Selectman Christine Goupil doesn’t have. With town government transitioning to a town manager/town council format at the end of her term, she’s staying focused on a few priorities as the town’s last first selectman. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Christine Goupil: The Last First Selectman

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

A few days ago while in her office in Town Hall, an acquaintance pointed out to First Selectman Christine Goupil the pictures of the former First Selectmen that hang in Town Hall, and the fact that Christine could very well be the last person to hold that title in Clinton.

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Harbor News

One of Abby Roccapriore’s favorite facets of serving on Clinton’s Human Services Board is seeing how quickly members of the community reach out to their neighbors in need.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Making Connections in a Caring Community

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

Abby Roccapriore has lived—and been an active participant—in Clinton for more than a decade, though she’s not likely to ever escape her regional roots. Abby is part of the Waterhouse family, which helped found the Town of Chester.

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Harbor News

Old Saybrook’s Mary Kennedy played a large local role in John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president, her political activism started earlier and remains a focus today. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Mary Kennedy Remains a Tireless Public Servant, Volunteer

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

It’s no wonder Mary Kennedy has been dubbed the “Energizer Bunny” of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee. At 90 years old, she is long since retired from her career as a nurse, but remains a tireless public servant and volunteer for local candidates.

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