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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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East Haven Courier

Cheryl D’Argento is part of a support group meeting for family members of kids with autism held at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Cheryl D’Argento: Helping Families Address ASD

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

Thanks to Cheryl D’Argento, the Hagaman Memorial Library hosts a support group for families dealing with autism.

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East Haven Courier

At 101, Annie Diglio is the East Haven Senior Center’s oldest member, and she’s still active, attending the center twice a week. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Annie Diglio: A Second Century

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

The oldest member at the East Haven Senior Center is currently working on her second century.

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East Haven Courier

Sarah Koster is new to East Haven, but after just eight months, she’s already providing new East Haven families with an easier way to enroll their children in school. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

A Welcoming Place to Start

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

Just eight months into her job as secretary for the Board of Education (BOE), Sarah Koster is helping out new residents get a foothold in town.

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East Haven Courier

Tina Masciangelo started her nursing career in the kitchen of a care facility in New Haven. She now takes on a new role as Whispering Pines’ director of admissions and marketing.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Tina Masciangelo: Nursing A Desire to Help

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

In one way or another, Tina Masciangelo has been working in the care industry since she was 17.

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East Haven Courier

Principal and former school psychologist Phyllis Savo is an advocate for special education at Deer Run Elementary School. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Phyllis Savo: Helping Kids and Building Relationships

Published Jan. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Of all the lessons she’s learned in her career as a school administrator, Deer Run Elementary School Principal Phyllis Savo has held on to one she learned as a school psychologist.

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East Haven Courier

Liz Franco-Spano says education is more than math and reading, but all subjects have a place in her physical education classes at East Haven’s elementary schools. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Learning Life (and Math) Lessons in the Gym

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

Liz Franco-Spano teaches physical education in East Haven schools, but that doesn’t stop her from bringing math and even language arts to her gymnasium. As with everything she does, teaching is a collaborative effort.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven Public Information Officer Lieutenant Joseph Murgo was one of the officers behind the department’s lip-sync battle in 2018. Throughout the year, he wants to inform and serve the public as best as he can. Photo courtesy of Joseph Murgo

Joe Murgo: Protect, Serve, and Inform

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

As the public information officer for the East Haven Police Department (EHPD), Lieutenant Joseph Murgo helps to tell the department’s news in a changing world.

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East Haven Courier

Nancy Salk and her dog Friday will go to the Westminster dog show in February—but showing dogs isn’t just about winning, she notes. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

For the Love of Dogs

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

Nancy Salk has been showing dogs since she was five years old. Now, her dachshund Friday is going to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the biggest dog show of the year.

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East Haven Courier

Kirsten Dudley joined the local Shoreline Greenway Trail team shortly after moving to town. Now, she runs the group’s Facebook page and helps to maintain the trails and take residents on guided walks. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

With the Shoreline Greenway Trail, Kirsten Dudley is Clearing a Way Forward

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

For Kirsten Dudley and the Shoreline Greenway Trail, it’s all about moving forward and making connections. The group is clearing trails from New Haven to Madison to make the shoreline area a more walkable place.

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East Haven Courier

Jan Lougal—and her dog, Pepper—are prepared for the holiday season at the East Haven senior center. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Jan Lougal: Staying Vital Amid Changes

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

Jan Lougal carries the title of director of East Haven’s senior center, but she and her dog Pepper are both longtime professional caregivers.

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East Haven Courier

Katie Trainer, music teacher at the North Branford High School, is the winds instructor for the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op Marching Band. The marching band recently took home a second win in the state-wide and New England championships.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

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

Katie Trainer is Bringing Music Students Together

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East Haven Courier

Susan Longmire and her sister, Cheryl, will again bring gingerbread decorating to the library. It’s part of her own family’s tradition.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Combining Food and Learning at the Library

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

On Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Hagaman Memorial Library holds its second annual Gingerbread House Workshop, a group of East Haven kids will get the chance to decorate their own candy creations with their parents. The event was born out of Susan Longmire’s family traditions.

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East Haven Courier

Rich Anania has held several key roles in the East Haven community, ranging from an elected ember of the Town Council to president of both the Rotary Club and Foxon Recreational Baseball League. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

From Schools to Town Hall to Behind the Plate

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

Even with his yearlong term as president of the Rotary Club recently ended, Rich Anania has stayed active with the club, giving back to East Haven through many different avenues, including his service as a Town Council member. With the holidays quickly approaching, Rotary is preparing for an array of events to celebrate the season.

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East Haven Courier

Christine Sandford is a longtime volunteer at the East Haven Food Pantry, serving 300 families as the busy holidays approach.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Christine Sandford: Finding her Niche

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

If you ask her, Christine Sandford will tell you the East Haven Food Pantry is where she is supposed to be. She’s been volunteering for there for 25 years now.

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East Haven Courier

Stacy Gravino has served as town clerk for eight years, using her analytical science background to help the town’s citizens, human and animal alike. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

The Art and Science of Town Government

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

When she started out, Stacy Gravino was interested in science. Now, she’s the East Haven town clerk, and she’s found her earlier career has been helpful.

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East Haven Courier

Marie Sunderland has spent her life as an educator, a social worker, and a volunteer for St. Clare’s Church, a church she has known since its founding. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Marie Sunderland: Nearly a Century of Ongoing Service

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

With the help of her education and her faith, Marie Sunderland, 98, has spent her adult life helping other people.

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East Haven Courier

José Rios offered free haircuts to East Haven students as part of an event to cut down on bullying, a subject he worries about for his own family.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

When a Haircut is More than a Haircut

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

José Rios has a long history of using his barbering skills to better the community.

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East Haven Courier

Marie Connors communicates through cards the way some kids talk through texts—and with the same regularity. Photo by Nathan Hughart/ The Courier

Marie Connors Customizes Relationships through Communication

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

Marie Connors never wastes a day. For her, life is all about connecting with the people around her and building special relationships.

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