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East Haven Courier

Tim Anderson is the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 3300. Photo courtesy of Maria Anderson

Grand Knight Tim Anderson Gives Back to Community and Church

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A bit more than 12 years ago, Tim Anderson and his family were looking to buy a home.

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East Haven Courier

Read to Grow Executive Director Kyn Tolson and a small staff, together with many volunteers, spread the non-profit’s mission of promoting early childhood literacy statewide, such as the group’s book place in East Haven at the Overbrook Early Learning Center. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

20 Years, 2 Million Books: Tolson Invites All to Celebrate with Read to Grow

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It all started on the shoreline in 1999.

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East Haven Courier

In July, at age 20, Anne-Marie Frattini earned her commercial pilot’s license. As one of only a fraction of female commercial pilots in the country, the former Robinson Aviation student plans to go on to become an airline pilot. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In July, 20 year-old Anne-Marie Frattini got behind the controls, kicked on the engine of a single-prop Cessna in Daytona Beach, Florida, and took off into the sky.

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East Haven Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links shoreline kids with New Haven English language learner (ELL) elementary students to help close language, culture, and diversity gaps. To date, she has connected 25 mentors with 37 ELL kids. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garcia-Perez

Garcia-Perez: Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference with CIMP

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up in East Haven speaking Spanish and English. That’s why she knew she could help when, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, sending many Spanish-speaking families seeking refuge to New Haven.

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East Haven Courier

Gina Marenna, a longtime East Haven resident, just released the first book in a series she has written under the name Gina Marie Martini. Photo courtesy of Gina Marenna

Gina Marenna Brings Stories to Life in New Book Series

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she was young, Gina Marenna has been creating stories. She remembers recording her first stories at around 10 years old. She grew up in Meriden but after getting a job at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield when she was 19, she moved to East Haven.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native 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 Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in on the shoreline—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of the Slamma Jamma basketball camps, 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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East Haven Courier

Hands-on learning takes new meaning for students in Mike Iavarone’s East Haven High School technology classes.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Real World Skills for Mike Iavarone’s Students

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

This school year, Mike Iavarone starts his fifth year teaching automotive and wood technology classes at East Haven High School (EHHS) where he’s been leading students into the future by teaching both old-school mechanical skills along with the latest in computer-programmed machining.

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East Haven Courier

Entering college, Kari Collins was certain she would study acting. A course on directing quickly changed that, and she’s now helping East Haven teens find their ideal spot on the stage. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Kari Collins: Going Big with the East Haven Arts Commission

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For six years, Kari Collins has been directing shows for the East Haven Arts Commission (EHAC). It’s all about getting bigger and bigger performances.

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East Haven Courier

Drawing from local history and a career in dramatic productions, playwright Toby Armour has become known for crafting plays that tell the story of the town in which they are staged, such as last weekend’s Three Tales of East Haven at Christ and the Epiphany Church. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Toby Armour: Bringing Tales of the Past to East Haven

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

In her career as a playwright, Toby Armour has written about Susan B. Anthony, freed slaves, and railroads with partners including town historians, aspiring writers, and prisoners.

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East Haven Courier

What started as fulfilling a family commitment to the annual Our Lady of Pompeii carnival has grown into much more for Ric Raffone. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Living a Legacy Through the Our Lady of Pompeii Carnival

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

Ric Raffone spells his first name the way he does out of a sense of tradition, necessity, and a family legacy—the same family that has contributed to the Our Lady of Pompeii parish carnival since its earliest days.

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East Haven Courier

Dave Torello retired from the East Haven Police Department in June, though you’ll likely still see him in uniform around town working as a part time officer with the department. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Dave Torello: More Than Just a DARE Officer

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

Recently retired police officer Dave Torello only spent four of his 26 year career as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in East Haven schools, but he says it was a big part of his time in the department.

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East Haven Courier

Valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is off to represent East Haven High School at the University of Connecticut, where she will bring lessons learned from pain and triumphs at school.

Photo courtesy Cameron Cordaway

Cameron Cordaway Takes EHHS Lessons to UConn

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

East Haven High School (EHHS) valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is taking lessons of love, pain, and patience to the University of Connecticut. She plans to study chemistry on the pre-med track, with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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East Haven Courier

In her retirement, Deb DeFelice has stepped up her accounting skills to first volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program to now coordinating the volunteer counselors who help fellow residents complete their taxes. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Deb DeFelice: By the Numbers

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

Deb DeFelice didn’t have much accounting experience when she agreed to give free tax help at the Hagaman Memorial Library.

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East Haven Courier

After a childhood and teen years full of good memories of the Hagaman Memorial Library, Bruno Lieto is back among the stacks helping to ensure another generation has a reason to love libraries. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bruno Lieto: Always a Book in Hand

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

Bruno Lieto started working with the Hagaman Memorial Library as a teen volunteer, but he’s stuck around to help run the program on his way to a teaching career.

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East Haven Courier

Lindsay Martus, a Yale EMS Telecommunicator of the Year, is right here in East Haven, dispatching emergency help in the town in which she grew up.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Lindsay Martus: Keeping the Lines Open

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

When you call for emergency services in town, Lindsay Martus is among the voices you might hear on the other end of the line.

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East Haven Courier

This year, former Air Force sergeant Jim Coady was East Haven’s honored veteran at their annual Memorial Day celebrations. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Jim Coady: An Honored Veteran Reflects on Service

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

Jim Coady has served his country in the Air Force and his hometown as a fire fighter.

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East Haven Courier

Quinnipiac University media studies professor Lisa Burns says that, despite an evolving job market, “It’s a great time to do media.”

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Preparing Students for a Changing Media Landscape

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

As the media continues to be a dominant force in the country and the world, Quinnipiac University (QU) media studies professor and East Haven resident Lisa Burns says her department is more important than ever.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven native Nikki Travaglino is helping to find homes for the heroes who have served the country and the community through her work as a realtor.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nikki Travaglino: Ensuring Homes for Heroes

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

Nicole Travaglino has long been active in fundraising with the community. With her daughter joining the military, however, she’s found a new way to combine her business with helping those who serve others.

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East Haven Courier

Carol Silva has been working in religious education for nearly 25 years. As the director for the newly combined Parish of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, she’s trying to do things differently. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Carol Silva is Bringing Religious Education Into the Modern Era

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

Ever since East Haven’s Catholic churches merged into the Parish of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, things have changed. For Carol Silva, now the director of religious education for the whole parish, it has been “a year of change.”

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East Haven Courier

After years of professional photography, Mike Dabbraccio went through his work and presented 50 of his portraits in New Haven. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Michael Dabbraccio: Gaining New Perspective

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

In his career, Michael Dabbraccio has worked as a professional photographer for the New Haven Register, St. Raphael’s Hospital, and at private events. Now, in his retirement, he’s beginning to show the work he’s created for himself.

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East Haven Courier

With the Loaves and Fishes Kid’s Corner in need of an upgrade, Timesha Conyers says the sisterhood of women volunteers is ready to help. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Timesha Conyers: A Safe Foundation for Sisterhood

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

Timesha Conyers says that she’s a “community girl.” So she founded Fiercely Free to establish a community amongst women.

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East Haven Courier

In her office at ShopRite’s East Haven location, Anna Marie Luzzi keeps collages of photos from the many events she’s helped to plan during her last four years as the organization’s event coordinator. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Anna Marie Luzzi: Reaching Out to Kids, Pets, and Vets

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

When Anna Marie Luzzi took a part-time job at ShopRite upon retiring from a long career in the medical field, it wasn’t long before she made a new position for herself as ShopRite’s event coordinator where she works to make the store a community resource.

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East Haven Courier

An East Haven resident since 1944, Henry Grehl celebrated his 104th birthday on April 17. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

The Secret to a Long Life: Do Everything

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

Henry Grehl has found the secret to a long life.

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East Haven Courier

At home in the East Haven High School library, Juliet Goraieb is running dynamic programs that move students beyond the reference desk into real-life experiences.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Juliet Goraeib Teaches Life Skills at the EHHS Library

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

You might think you know what a school librarian’s job is like, but you haven’t met Juliet Goraeib.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven Lions Club member Sue Vigorito promises a fun night for all at the club’s Friday, May 10 military whist fundraiser. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sue Vigorito Keeps on Going

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

Be it boards or marketing or Lions Club fundraisers, Sue Vigorito is keeping herself busy.

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East Haven Courier

New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School’s dance program turns 40 years old this year. Tracey Albert has been there for the last 20 years, growing the collaborative dance program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Tracey Albert Turns Ideas into Movement at the Neighborhood Music School

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

Learning dance can be empowering, especially when the student has a say in the final product. In her 20 years at the Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven, Tracey Albert has pioneered collaborative learning practices for all ages.

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East Haven Courier

For her work with Goodspeed Musicals, Alexandra Olinyk became the first recipient of the Andrew A. Isen Prize, a grant that she says will take her back to school and advance her theater career. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Olinyk

Alexandra Olinyk: From an East Haven Academy Play to a National Tour

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

Ally graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater, but she also picked up a lot of experience for the technical side of stage production.

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East Haven Courier

Don Johnson helped build the software for the real life Top Gun system, but he’s also written about the lives of servicemen and will present a talk on one of them on Wednesday, March 27. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Don Johnson Gives Military History from a First-Person Perspective

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

Don Johnson’s military life began in the Navy, but it continued through to 2009 as a computer programmer developing aviation training technology.

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East Haven Courier

Madelyn Murano started her career in nursing during World War II, but while her field changed over time, her love of caring for others has remained.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Madelyn Murano: A Lifetime of Nursing

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

Even at age 93, with her nursing career in the past, Madelyn Murano is still taking care of people as best she can.

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East Haven Courier

Andy Serio displays a photo of his uncle, U.S Army Corporal Frank DiPino. After 70 years, Andy and his family’s inquiries into his uncle’s Korean War disappearance may have finally been answered. Andy has prepared a talk on the first year of the Korean War for the Military and Veterans History Group at the Hagaman Memorial Library. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Andy Serio: Searching for Corporal Frank DiPino

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

In his search for the fate of his missing uncle, Andy Serio learned a lot about the Korean War and soon, he may have a definitive answer about what happened.

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