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East Haven Courier

Cleo Northrop has moved around a lot in her life, but music and art has always been a part of it. Her art will be on display in the Hagaman Memorial Library through the month of September. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

From Astronauts to Architects to her Own Art

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

Try as she might, it wasn’t easy for Cleo Northrop to settle down in one place. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Cleo spent much of her life between Connecticut and Florida, working all sorts of jobs in between.

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East Haven Courier

Erica Santiago, elected to the Board of Education in November 2017, also serves as the president of Momauguin School’s PTO and works with the Rotary Club. 

Photo courtesy of Erica Santiago

Family Tied to Civic Life for Erika Santiago

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

Erika Santiago grew up in East Haven with a civic-minded family that has influenced her career and her life in town.

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East Haven Courier

Liz Esposito takes over management of the Fall Festival’s craft fair for her first year. The Fall Festival runs from Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

A Fall Festival All-Star

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

Since she moved here 35 years ago, Liz Esposito has been in the middle of everything in East Haven

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East Haven Courier

As a public health educator for East Shore District Health Department, Barbara Naclerio works to provide information and assistance based on community needs of some 72,000 residents in East Haven, Branford, and North Branford to help all live healthier lives and enjoy a greater quality of life. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Putting Public Health First: ESDHD’s Barbara Naclerio

Published Aug. 29, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As someone who makes it her job to assess and address the public health of East Haven, Branford, and North Branford, Barbara Naclerio was tuned in more than most when an outbreak of at least 76 overdoses hit drug users on the New Haven Green in a single, 24-hour period earlier this month.

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East Haven Courier

Through faith and music, Louis Pacelli has served East Haven as a member of the Board of Education, chairman of the Recreation & Athletic Complex Commission, and now on Town Council. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

For Louis Pacelli, Music and Politics Work in Harmony

Published Aug. 22, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For Louis Pacelli, civic life is tied to music. It started with local guitar lessons at 14 and grew into a performing life that his informed his career in politics and in charity.

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East Haven Courier

Sal Brancati returned from retirement to work in East Haven. After four years on the job, he’s proud of the work that’s been done. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sal Brancati: Embracing New Challenges in East Haven Development

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In the ’80s, Sal Brancati stumbled into a New Haven economic development job. Four mayors and one town over, he finds himself again offering his services, this time to the town of East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Local musician Vinnie Carr will be on the Town Green twice this month, performing on Senior Day on Saturday, Aug. 18 and closing out the East Haven Summer Concert Series on Sunday, Aug. 26. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Local Legend Vinnie Carr Returns to East Haven Senior Day

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

Vinnie Carr has been a serviceman, a New Haven police officer, and, for most of his life, one of the shoreline area’s prominent entertainers. He’s also a perennial feature at East Haven’s Senior Day.

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East Haven Courier

Joe Albe holds a prized dinosaur skull, one of the many fossils that he’s excavated from the Black Hills of South Dakota. A sampling of his collection is now on display at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Amateur Fossil Hunter Joe Albe Lends His Treasures to the Hagaman Memorial Library

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Dinosaur fever has been raging since Jurassic Park first hit theaters in 1993. For some, maybe it started in 1988 with Steven Spielberg’s animated film The Land Before Time.

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East Haven Courier

Longstanding East Haven resident Nettie Picone celebrated 90 years on June 28. She enjoys her memories of years of service in town, from her produce store to the Ladies’ Guild at Our Lady of Pompeii. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nettie Picone Recalls Decades of Service to East Haven

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Maybe you’ve met her at Our Lady of Pompeii’s Christmas Fair or at the food tent of their Summer Carnival. Maybe you remember her from Picone’s Fruit Stand. If you’ve lived in East Haven for long, you’ve probably met Antoinette Picone.

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East Haven Courier

Former North Haven High School hockey coach Brian Savo (right) has been an advocate for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) since shortly after his diagnosis 10 years ago. He’s shown here serving as honorary co-chair of the 2016 Travelers Championship with the late Jay Fishman, former Travelers chief executive. Photo courtesy of Brian Savo

Brian Savo: Keep Your Head Up

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

Brian Savo, father of two, husband, local business owner has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), but ALS does not have him.

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East Haven Courier

Denise Serio has retired from Joseph Melillo Middle School after 25 years of teaching, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and community service. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Denise Serio: A Teacher for the Community

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

For 25 years, Denise Serio has taught in East Haven from second grade to GED courses, but her dedication to education has never been easy.

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East Haven Courier

Brian Savo (right) has been an advocate for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) since shortly after his diagnosis 10 years ago. He’s shown here serving as honorary co-chair of the 2016 Travelers Championship with the late Jay Fishman, former Travelers chief executive.

Photo courtesy of Brian Savo

Brian Savo: Keep Your Head Up

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

Brian Savo, father of two, husband, local business owner has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), but ALS does not have him.

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East Haven Courier

Eileen Parlato, a firefighter battalion chief, has been recognized for her contributions to the East Haven community, as one of the recipients of the annual Joseph Buonome Memorial Public Safety Awards. Photo courtesy of Eileen Parlato

Eileen Parlato: No Higher Honor

Published July 03, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Eileen Parlato is the daughter of two East Haven Merit Award Recipients, Fred and Noreen Parlato.

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East Haven Courier

Town Attorney Joe Zullo likes to spend time out of the office an in the community, such as taking part in the Momauguin School Field Day festivities—he’s shown here with Logan Mendez and Nicholas Johnson. Photo courtesy of Joe Zullo

Joe Zullo: Involved in ‘All Things East Haven’

Published June 27, 2018 08:00 a.m.

East Haven Town Attorney Joe Zullo has been a town resident and enthusiast for nearly his entire life

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East Haven Courier

Board of Education Chair Michele DeLucia is dedicated to sharing and expanding the success of East Haven’s public schools. Photo courtesy of Michele DeLucia

Michele DeLucia is Invested in Education

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Not even the allure of Florence, Italy could keep wife, mother of three, college professor, and chair of the East Haven Board of Education Michele DeLucia, away from what she loves most: family and the town of East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Renee McIntyre will soon say goodbye to her 2nd-grade classroom at Deer Run School, home to song, dance, and the Dinosaur Expo. Photo courtesy of Renee McIntyre

Renee McIntyre: 19 Years in Second Grade

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

Renee McIntyre has taught 2nd grade at Deer Run School ever since the school opened its doors to 2nd-graders eight years ago. But she was teaching long before that, too.

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East Haven Courier

Karen Olson writes 1,000 words a day. The prolific mystery author says a book typically takes about three months. Photo courtesy of Karen Olson

Karen Olson: 1,000 Words a Day

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

Karen Olson has written a dozen novels—but none of them are the novel she would have pictured herself writing back when she was an English major at Roanoke College.

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East Haven Courier

Lou Cinque has spent much of his time over the last few years volunteering with the East Haven Food Pantry. Photo by Jenn McCulloch

Lou Cinque: Dedicated East Haven Food Pantry Volunteer Loves Keeping Busy

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

Lou Cinque: Dedicated East Haven Food Pantry Volunteer Loves Keeping Busy

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East Haven Courier

Joyce Hollenbeck is a familiar face in East Haven Town Hall. She has spent the majority of the past 20 years as the mayor’s executive assistant. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hollenbeck

Joyce Hollenbeck: Every Day is Different

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

When Mayor Joe Maturo. Jr., took office in 1998, he was looking for a secretary. Joyce Hollenbeck had recently left a job and one of her friends suggested she apply.

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East Haven Courier

Jim Oca, a battalion chief of the East Haven Fire Department, was recognized at the Exchange Club of Branford’s “Honor Our Shoreline Heroes” reception on May 1.  Photo courtesy of Jim Oca

Jim Oca: Longtime EHFD Battalion Chief Honored as Shoreline Hero

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

For more than three decades, Jim Oca has been a fixture of the East Haven Fire Department (EHFD). The lifelong resident started his career with the EHFD in 1985 as a volunteer firefighter with Company 1 before becoming a full-time firefighter and EMT in 1987.

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East Haven Courier

SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry (far right) is guiding the agency into the future while honoring a legacy fostered by retired executive director Patricia Bourne (left) and dedicated lifelong supporters such as Diana Morris (center).

Photo courtesy of SARAH, Inc.

Henry Leads Proactive, Person-Centric SARAH, Inc.

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

Proactive and person-centric. Those are two words you’ll hear often from SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry.

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East Haven Courier

Kevin Klarman, a Branford native and police officer with the East Haven Police Department, was honored at the Exchange Club of Branford’s “Honor Our Shoreline Heroes” dinner on May 1. Photo courtesy of Kevin Klarman

Kevin Klarman: A Hero Among EHPD and the Shoreline

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

On May 1, the Exchange Club of Branford hosted the Honor Our Shoreline Heroes event, recognizing “eight of the finest and bravest serving the towns of East Haven, Branford, North Branford, and Guilford,” including Sergeant Kevin Klarman of the East Haven Police Department.

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The Sound

Shown here after surviving 24 hours in a life raft, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner authored a water safety book and founded non-profit Water Emergency Training (WET), Inc. with the sole mission of preventing drownings. On Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Willoughby Wallace Library in Stony Creek, Ben will share important hands-on information and simple skills to help save lives. 

Photo courtesy of WET, Inc.

To Prevent Drowning: Water Safety/Survival Expert Rayner at Willoughby Wallace Library May 10

Published April 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Before the next warm day tempts you to head out on a boat, take a swim, or otherwise experience the water, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner wants to arm you with information that can prevent drowning.

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East Haven Courier

Ronald Whitney, a member of the Board of Trustees at the Hagaman Memorial Library, is preparing for the library’s participation in The Great Give, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2. Photo courtesy of Ronald Whitney

Ronald Whitney: All In for the Great Give

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

As a lifelong East Haven resident, Ronald Whitney has always enjoyed spending time at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Throughout his childhood and time in East Haven schools, he spent much of his time at the library.

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East Haven Courier

BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) Director Esperina Stubblefield shares word of support programs and services available to victims in North Haven and 18 neighboring towns. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Close to Home: BHCare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services

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

Even as domestic violence is making national news, “domestic violence is not new; it’s always happening,” says Esperina Stubblefield, director of BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS).

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East Haven Courier

As volunteer program manager for the Agency on Aging, Cherie Strucaly is a familiar face in East Haven, linking volunteers looking for an opportunity to help with seniors in need.

Photo courtesy of Cherie Strucaly

Cherie Strucaly, Linking Senior to Senior

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

Cherie Strucaly was introduced to volunteering by her mother and grandmother as a child and now, the community service piece of her life is the one she is most passionate about.

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East Haven Courier

Sergeant Justin Brochu is the president of the newly formed East Haven Police Athletic League. Photo courtesy of Justin Brochu

Justin Brochu: An EHPD PAL for East Haven Youth Leading New Athletic Program

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

Justin Brochu was always drawn to public service. He grew up in the Hartford area and upon graduating from high school, he joined the United State Marine Corps, serving from 1999 to 2003 with much of his service spent overseas in Iraq and throughout Europe.

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East Haven Courier

From the short-lived Café Cave project of the early oughts to the thriving Musical Intervention studio, Adam Chistoferson has been dedicated to using music to make all members of the community feel valued. Photo courtesy of Adam Christoferson

Adam Christoferson: Making Musical Connections to Boost Community

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

Adam Christoferson has had many ventures, all with the same goal in mind: helping others. Music has been at the core of many of these endeavors.

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East Haven Courier

As Area Cooperative Education Services (ACES) executive director of 32 years, Peter C. Young was a groundbreaking leader who fostered the growth and progress of the organization. In retirement, he continues to assist as a board member of the ACES Education Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter C. Young: Helping ACES Help Children

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

As the longest-serving executive director of Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) and now, in retirement, a pivotal member of the ACES Education Foundation board, Peter C. Young has dedicated himself to helping ACES help children.

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East Haven Courier

Former professional wrestler Paul Centopani-better known by his ring name, “Pretty Paul Roma,” is enjoying his new role teaching aspiring young wrestlers at Paradise Pro Alley Wrestling in East Haven. Photo courtesy of Paul Centopani

Paul Centopani: Teaching the Next Generation of Pro Wrestlers

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

Former professional wrestler Paul Centopani, 58, best known by his ring name, Paul Roma, is enjoying his new role as the head instructor at Paradise Pro Alley Wrestling in East Haven.

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