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Harbor News

Fire Chief Joe Johnson stands next to the brush truck that department fundraising allowed the department to buy and then donate back to the town for Fire Department use. The military vehicle can drive through water up to five feet deep, a helpful feature should water and storm surge in the future again inundate town neighborhoods. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Johnson is Old Saybrook’s New Fire Chief

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

When Joe Johnson was a junior at Old Saybrook High School, he already knew he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter in the Old Saybrook Fire Department. A broken wrist in gym class just moved up his timetable a bit.

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Harbor News

Though a recent addition to the shoreline community, Lori Fritzer has quickly embraced opportunities to help, such as the Sunday, March 4 Oscar Party, an elegant, red carpet event at The Kate. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lori Fritzer: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

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

In 2013, Lori Fritzer had just retired and she and her husband Steve had recently moved to Westbrook from their home in Danbury.

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Valley Courier

Old Saybrook native Marla Bogaert is involved in several community organizations, including the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, which holds its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Marla Bogaert: Soup’s On

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

Marla Bogaert’s first association with the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) came through her then young son.

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Harbor News

As the Connecticut-born wife of a third-generation Italian winemaker, Westbrook’s Renée Angelini has had the chance to pick up a lot of Italian culture. When it comes to the Italian art of cheese rolling, however, she says she has gained more of an appreciation than a mastery. That contention will be put to the test on Saturday, Feb. 10 when Angelini Wines hosts the Italian Cheese Rolling and Taste of Italy to benefit the Community Music School.

Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Renee Angelini: A Cheese Whiz?

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

So, what did a girl who would marry an Italian winemaker drink when she was single?

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Harbor News

Old Saybrook has selected Peter Terenzi as its new fire marshal, and the former state trooper and current volunteer fireman couldn’t be happier.

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

December Vote Named Terenzi the New Saybrook Fire Marshal

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

Peter Terenzi, the town’s new permanent fire marshal, is a man who truly loves his job. Making sure that public places— where people eat, shop, see a show, or stay overnight—comply with life safety code rules is his mission.

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Harbor News

The students and staff at Westbrook Middle School started the school year without a leader, but new principal Taylor Wrye took office soon after and has been busy getting to know the community. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Taylor Wrye: A New Leader for Westbrook Middle School

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

When Westbrook Middle School started its school year in the fall of 2017, it did so without a principal in place. In October, the school announced it had hired Taylor Wrye, who has found a supportive and welcoming community in the shoreline town.

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Harbor News

A former TV producer in New York City, Joe Macrino is finding renewed success—and even some fame—as the assistant principal of Clinton’s Lewin G. Joel School, a job for which he has won the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Assistant Principal of the Year award. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Joe Macrino is Back in the Limelight

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

The Lewin G. Joel School in Clinton can now boast of having a winner of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Assistant Principal of the Year award.

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Harbor News

New Old Saybrook Middle School Principal Krista Bauchman brings STEM teaching experience and a love for the middle school age group to her new post as school principal. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Krista Bauchman is Old Saybrook’s New Middle School Principal

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

Arriving on Oct. 2 as the new principal of Old Saybrook Middle School, Dr. Krista Bauchman spent the last two months getting to know staff, parents, and children, and learning more about the school and its programs. She’s excited by what she’s seen so far.

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Harbor News

Phil Williams’s commitment to the education of children didn’t expire with his term on the Board of Education. His current involvement with the Connecticut Invention Convention helped his former colleagues on the board name him the Board of Education’s Person of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Phil Williams

Phil Williams: Never Stop Learning

Published Dec. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

In October, Phil Williams was awarded the Board of Education’s Person of the Year Award at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual award dinner.

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Harbor News

Mary Schettino has now assisted three town leaders in her role as administrative assistant in the Clinton First Selectmen’s Office. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Mary Schettino: Providing Answers and Consistency in Town Hall

Published Dec. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Anyone who has ever called the Clinton Town Hall looking for an answer to a question but wasn’t quite sure who to ask has probably spoken with Mary Schettino, the administrative assistant in the First Selectmen’s Office.

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Harbor News

After 30 years at Grace Episcopal Church, The Rev. Canon Doctor Ellendale Hoffman, LMFT, is retiring at the end of this year. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Old Saybrook’s Grace Church Interim Rector Hoffman Retires

Published Dec. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

In 2013, the Rev. Canon Doctor Ellendale Hoffman, LMFT, stepped into a full-time role at Grace Episcopal Church serving as the interim rector. Now, with a new permanent rector, Charlie Hamill, starting at Grace Church in January 2018, Ellendale is ready to move on to life’s next chapter.

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Valley Courier

For Rick Cortellessa, there are few things as satisfying as taking the stage, as he will this weekend as part of the Ivoryton Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Rick Cortellessa: A Stage of Life

Published Nov. 29, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Rick Cortellessa has been the father of a bride, but never like the father he plays in the upcoming Ivoryton Players production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.

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Harbor News

Michael Cuoco was awarded the Clinton Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 29 years of service to the organization and the town.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Michael Cuoco: A Lifetime of Service to the Chamber

Published Nov. 22, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Michael Cuoco was informed that he’d be accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinton Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Awards Dinner last month, he was “surprised and humbled...and honored.”

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Harbor News

Leah Saunders created the “All Things Clinton...” Facebook page, giving local people a forum to share news and discuss town issues. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Leah Saunders Loves ‘All Things Clinton’

Published Nov. 15, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Over the last several years as social media has become more prominent in people’s lives, town-specific groups on Facebook have been created to keep residents informed on local developments. For Clinton residents, that group is called “All Things Clinton…” and it was created by resident Leah Saunders.

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Harbor News

Gillian Carroll, Old Saybrook’s new environmental planner and wetlands enforcement officer, has deep roots in the shoreline. She grew up in Guilford, graduating from Guilford High School; lives in Branford; and now works in Old Saybrook. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Gillian Carroll Joins Old Saybrook Town Staff

Published Nov. 08, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in Guilford, Gillian Carroll spent as much time as she could outside. Her father was a fireman at Eagle Hose in Guilford and her mother had a florist business in Guilford. Many times she remembers going to the docks for family picnics, exploring Grass Island, fishing, and taking hikes.

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Harbor News

Painter Barbara Helander is coming up on 50 years of service with the Westbrook Land Conservation Trust. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Barbara Helander Celebrates Half-Century of Stewardship

Published Nov. 01, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Barbara Helander, one of the founding members and the current vice president of the Westbrook Land Conservation Trust (WLCT), says the idea for the trust started among friends in 1968 as a way to preserve the natural lands along the Connecticut shoreline.

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Harbor News

Ellen Rabin is the New SSKP Director

Published Oct. 25, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Although she returned to Old Lyme to be near her 89-year old mother, the move had an unexpected and exciting upside: Ellen Rabin was selected to follow Patty Dowling as the new executive director of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries (SSKP), a non-profit organization that serves the shoreline from its home offices in Old Saybrook.

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Harbor News

Troop 55 Scoutmaster Joe Emack was recently recognized with the Unit Leader Award of Merit and the The Campaign Cover.

Photo courtesy of Joe Emack

Joe Emack: The Scouting Door is Always Open

Published Oct. 18, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Chances are that Clinton residents who either participate or know someone who has participated in the Boy Scouts in the last nine years know Joe Emack, the scoutmaster and leader of Troop 55.

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Harbor News

After a career as an engineer, Dick Campbell is still finding ways to make things work better. Locally, that means serving as Valley-Shore coordinator for Warm the Children.

Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Dick Campbell: You’re Getting Warmer!

Published Oct. 11, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Can it be time to think about winter? Already? Autumn has just arrived. No need to rush the seasons.

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Harbor News

Goodwin Elementary School’s new art teacher Sarah Bernhardson displays her 2nd-grade students’ project exploring the use of line in art, part of an integration of science, writing and social studies into her art curriculum lessons. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Sarah Bernhardson Brings STEM Skills to Art Class

Published Oct. 04, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Her classroom space is bright and airy, enhancing the saturated colors of flecks of paint here and there that are an elementary art teacher’s building blocks.

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Harbor News

It’s been a busy couple of years for Abby Gyenizs, 23. Last year, she opened her own salon and became active with the Chamber of Commerce. With that accomplishment set, she’s now looking forward to her next project: planning her wedding. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Abby Gyenizs Is Making Waves in Clinton

Published Sep. 27, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When most people think back to the months after their 21st birthday, they most likely remember their last months in college, or finally being able to do something fun like go to casinos with their friends.

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Harbor News

English teacher and golf coach Eric Bergman is also the advisor of The Morgan School Political Club, which gets students involved in local politics—and helps voters as elections approach. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Eric Bergman: Inspiring a New Generation of Voters

Published Sep. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

On Sept. 7, Clinton residents packed into The Morgan School auditorium to hear what the four candidates running for first selectman had to say.

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Harbor News

Michelle Zimberlin is thrilled to be in her second year teaching science at Old Saybrook High School. She co-taught a summer earth science course with middle school science teacher David Plotkin this summer. Each student who took the course was able to earn high school credit, allowing them to now take upper level science classes as Old Saybrook High School freshmen. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Michelle Zimberlin: A Summer of Science

Published Sep. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Finding evidence of the Big Bang theory is not something everyone does during summer vacation, but it was for a group of eager incoming Old Saybrook 9th-graders.

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Harbor News

Lisa Corrone’s dedication to her students and her community has been recognized with the 2017-’18 Clinton Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lisa Corrone, Clinton’s Teacher of the Year

Published Sep. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Corrone didn’t always want to be a teacher. When she went to the University of Saint Joseph, she initially thought of doing a different major before she chose to study in elementary education and special education.

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Harbor News

An attorney with a long history of fighting for others’ civil rights, Westbrook’s Andy Schatz was recently awarded Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek’s Philip Scheffler Pursuer of Justice Award. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Andy Schatz: Working for Social Justice

Published Aug. 30, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Andy Schatz wants people to listen to each other—and no, he’s not a doctor specializing in auditory problems, a hearing aid specialist, or a telephone repairman.

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Harbor News

Chris Bassette, market master of the Old Saybrook Farmers Market for the past 21 years and co-owner of a farm in Glastonbury, will put on the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Hart House. Photo By Becky Coffey/Harbor News

A Market Master Plans Farm to Table Feast

Published Aug. 23, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Chris Bassette Staging the Historical Society Dinner

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Harbor News

After decades of active service in her church, Lorraine Hill is gearing up to help First Church of Christ, Congregational in Clinton to celebrate its 350th birthday.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lorraine Hill: Preparing to Light 350 Candles

Published Aug. 16, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Lorraine Hill has been a dedicated volunteer for the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Clinton, for as long as she can remember, but for her, deciding to step up and help was a simple decision.

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Harbor News

Jeff Mastroianni is a man of many talents—and many commitments. He’s a husband, father of four, director of sales deployment for a national tire chain, and was recently elected chair of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. You may also know him as co-owner of Chow Food and Beverage Company. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

New Opportunities on Tap for the Clinton Chamber

Published Aug. 09, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce website states the group’s mission is to “coordinate the concerns and efforts of the business community in improving the business climate of the area.”

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Harbor News

Lt. Kevin Roche, the Old Saybrook Police Department’s public information officer, retires this month—but he’s not done with policing. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Lt. Roche Retires—and Returns to Patrol

Published Aug. 02, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Some workers long for a job that will bring them inside from the cold to a warm office. Lt. Kevin Roche, after 29 years with the Old Saybrook Police Department (OSPD), the last eight as public information officer, wants to go the other way.

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Harbor News

Lifelong sailor Tom Russell is having fun helping adults learn the ropes (or, more accurately, lines and sheets) with the Clinton Sailing Club. Photo courtesy of Tom Russell

Tom Russell: A Life at the Helm

Published July 26, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When the Clinton Sailing Club (CSC) expanded its program for the 2017 summer to include adult and family sailing lessons, it sought out an experienced instructor for the classes.

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