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Harbor News

After a decade serving his parish at the United Methodist Church of Clinton, Reverend Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons will retire, though he plans to remain active in the curch.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Rev. Fitzsimmons Retiring after Four Decades’ Service

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

On Father’s Day 2018, Reverend Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Clinton, will retire from pastoral life after 10 years as the pastor in Clinton.

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Valley Courier

Jane Bolles got involved with the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding center more than 30 years ago when one of her daughters started as a client. Today, the co-owner of the Saybrook Country Barn is on the riding center’s board and is helping organize the upcoming How Sweet It Is High Hopes gala. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Jane Bolles: There’s Always Hope

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Here’s what you will need: 4,300 bales of hay, 91,250 gallons of water, and 18,750 pounds of grain. Here’s what you will get: 25 well fed horses—more precisely, the 25 horses used by High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.

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Harbor News

Known by a generation simply as “Mr. D” for his time coaching youth football, Dennis Donovan is no longer coaching but is still the voice of the Huskies football team. Also active in local government, Dennis is now working on the town’s second effort at charter revision in as many years. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dennis Donovan Stays Active in Town Government, Youth Football

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

If you’ve followed the news in Clinton over the last two years, you’re probably familiar with the saga involving proposed changes to the town’s charter.

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Harbor News

Evan Matthews is executive director of the Connecticut Port Authority, a quasi-public state agency based in Old Saybrook. 

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Matthews Sees Strong Ports Aiding Connecticut Business

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

The State of Connecticut is planning a maritime renaissance at its three deepwater ports, and to put that plan into action created the Connecticut Port Authority, basing the operation in Old Saybrook and naming Evan Matthews, an experienced port manager, its executive director in 2016.

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s Gregg Prevost has made a career of public safety. in return, it has given him a second family. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Gregg Prevost: A Public Safety Pro

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

“Twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week for the last 30 years.”

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Harbor News

Since 1998, the Clinton Tree Committee has been advocating for the town’s treescape. Carol Geiser was a founding member of the committee and remains a driving force for many of the committee’s actions in town. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Carol Geiser: Speaking for the Trees

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

Two dates that pop into the mind when people think of the arrival of spring are Earth Day and Arbor Day.

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Harbor News

Lisa LeMonte of Old Saybrook is committed to strengthening local non-profit organizations. She serves on five non-profit boards. Her she holds ons of her beloved Ebony Oriental cats, Geechee. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Lisa LeMonte Brings her Skills to Non-Profit Boards

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

Every non-profit organization has a story to tell—it’s what inspires volunteers, donors, and supporters to become part of that story and help advance the group’s mission. But how do non-profit groups make sure the story they tell remains relevant?

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Harbor News

In March, Susan Kocaba 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/Harbor News

Susan Kocaba: Welcoming the World to the Shoreline

Published April 25, 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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Harbor News

As a long-time volunteer at The Kate, Vivian Partridge has had the chance to see many talented performers take the stage. On Thursday, May 10, she’s taking her time in the spotlight with “One Moment in Time.” Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Vivian Partridge: Making the Most of a Moment

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

Vivian Partridge loves the performing arts and says she has always wanted to do a real show with on a real stage with professional lights and talented performers.

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Harbor News

Tom Makowicki is Old Saybrook’s new building official. Here he stands in front of shelves in the Building Department where old blueprints and drawings from building permit applications are stored. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Tom Makowicki: Building a Future in Old Saybrook

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

When Tom Makowicki started as Old Saybrook’s new town building official on Sept. 5, 2017, about 5,000 building permits in town files were open. By last week, 3,000 of those open permits had been closed.

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Harbor News

Since joining the First Congregational Church of Westbrook in 2015, Reverend Dr. Jan Gregory-Charpentier has helped to keep the church engaged with the larger community, organizing a soup kitchen in the church and working on a new, town-wide fall festival. 

Photo courtesy of Jan Gregory-Charpentier

Reverend Jan Gregory-Charpentier: Serving a Greater Community

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

“From the earliest age I’ve been volunteering,” says Reverend Dr. Jan Gregory-Charpentier, the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westbrook.

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Harbor News

Clinton’s Patrick McAllister has taken his experience as a teen diagnosed with type I diabetes and turned it into guide for other kids facing the same challenge. His first book, Highs & Lows of Type 1 Diabetes: The Ultimate Guide for Teens and Young Adults, was published last month. Photo courtesy of Patrick McAllister

Patrick McAllister: Helping Teens Navigate Diabetes

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

Patrick McAllister was closing in on his 13th birthday when he went to the doctor for a routine checkup. That routine appointment had a surprising result: Soon after he was informed he had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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Harbor News

Named as Acton Public Library’s new Director in January, Selma Dautefendic started working in Old Saybrook on Feb. 12. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Selma Dautefendic: From War to Peace

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

Growing up in a small town in what is now Bosnia-Herzogovina, the neighborhood public library across the street was Selma Dautefendic’s home away from home. Her parents knew that if they couldn’t find her at their home, the library is where they’d find her.

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Harbor News

Regular visits to India have helped shape Bethany Knight’s perspective in many ways—an appreciation for the practice of yoga is one of the most obvious.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Bethany Knight: Global Thought, Local Action

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

In 1970, 18-year-old Bethany Knight won a three-month trip to India as a Kalamazoo, Michigan community ambassador. Now, 48 years later, Bethany is still in love with India.

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Harbor News

Melissa Vazquez-McCoy is the new English-learner (EL) teacher for EL students in Old Saybrook and Westbrook schools. She divides her time between the two districts, spending three days in one week in Old Saybrook and two in Westbrook and then flipping that pattern the following week. The two districts also share the costs of her salary and benefits.

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Vazquez-McCoy Instructs English Learners in Westbrook, Old Saybrook Schools

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

Melissa Vazquez-McCoy may be new to the Westbrook and Old Saybrook school districts, but she’s not new to her chosen career teaching students who are English learners (EL).

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Harbor News

Sarah Borgnis-Tobin has turned her childhood love of her hometown library into an enjoyable career as the Adult Program Coordinator at the Henry Carter Hull Library.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Sarah Borgnis-Tobin: Life Happens at the Library

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

As a child growing up in Clinton, Sarah Borgnis-Tobin’s favorite place to visit was the local library. Years later, making it her workplace was a dream come true for Henry Carter Hull Library’s Adult Program Coordinator.

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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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