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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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East Haven Courier

Joe Carfora is proud to serve his East Haven friends and neighbors on the Town Council, and will donate his stipend back to local veterans and local causes close to him.

Photo courtesy of Joe Carfora

Joe Carfora: A Truckload of Love for East Haven

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

Elected to the Town Council in November 2017, Joe Carfora says he thought hard about giving back to the community when he was approached about the opportunity to run.

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East Haven Courier

Smaller steps have led to greater involvement for Kathy Umlauf, who, when presented with an opportunity to help, tends to raise her hand. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kathy Umlauf: Volunteering Makes Your Day

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

Kathy Umlauf says it started two years ago when Lent began. Instead of giving something up, she wanted to give something by volunteering somewhere, and noticed a bulletin at her church that the East Haven Food Pantry was looking for a driver to pick up leftover breads, pies, and cakes from ShopRite every Saturday morning and bring them back to the pantry.

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East Haven Courier

Steve Robillard grew up at a time when a kid could easily learn about technology by disassembling and (hopefully) reassembling the objects in his or her home. He’s helping share that hands-on curiosity today through several maker programs at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Steve Robillard: Sharing the Knowledge

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

It all started with a Raspberry Pi—Steve Robillard had an old one sitting in a box, and thought he’d donate it to the Hagaman Memorial Library with the intention that someone would be able to use it there.

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East Haven Courier

Tony DeCaprio is dedicated to putting his life philosophy into practice: “Everything given to me in life is a gift from God to be shared with others.”

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Tony DeCaprio: Giving is Easy

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

To a friend or neighbor who needs a helping hand, Tony DeCaprio is a Knight of Columbus in shining armor.

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East Haven Courier

A fourth-generation East Havener, Noreen Clough has found several ways to stay engaged with her community, most notably on the Board of Finance and volunteering with the fall Festival. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Noreen Clough: Numbers Come Easy

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

Throughout her life, Noreen Clough watched her father, Jack Brereton, as he participated in town government and organizations in countless ways.

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East Haven Courier

As a professional photographer, Bob Consolatore is often behind the lens and behind the scenes, but he’s also front and center at the DiLungo Ice Rink when he laces up as a skate guard for the town. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bob Consolatore: Capturing Memories of East Haven

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

Ice skaters know there’s nothing quite like being the first out on the ice after it’s been cleaned up between sessions—the surface is perfectly smooth; each kick forward tracks a fresh trail onto the pristine surface. As good as that is, Bob Consolatore can top it.

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East Haven Courier

Finding big shoes to fill: Attorney Joe Coppola has jumped into the position of assistant director of administration and management in Town Hall, taking on the duties of recently retired Frank Gentilesco, Jr. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Joe Coppola Brings Experience and Knowledge to Town Hall

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

When Frank Gentilesco, Jr. announced his retirement from the role of assistant director of administration and management in the Mayor’s Office in November, it left a lot of people wondering who would fill the major role Gentilesco seemed to play in just about every public aspect of town government.

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East Haven Courier

Longtime Town Council member Ken McKay is back in the chairman’s role, and he’s looking forward to leading a transparent council. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Ken McKay Looks to Help Town as Town Council Chairman

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

The new year brings some new changes around town, and one of them is a new Town Council chairman. After being re-elected to the council in November 2017, Ken McKay was elected chairman in December.

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East Haven Courier

Samantha Parlato is a familiar name to East Haven, with her work as a justice of the peace, Chamber of Commerce vice-chair, and her new role on the Board of Education keeping her busy. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Samantha Parlato: The Business of Saying ‘I Do’

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

As a justice of the peace (JP), Samantha Parlato loves marrying people. She’s wedded friends and strangers, she’s wedded people in foreign countries and in her parents living room—she’s even married a lobster and mermaid.

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East Haven Courier

Social worker and East Haven Board of Education member Lisa Geraci-Anastasio seeks to serve as a voice for kids and families. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Lisa Geraci-Anastasio: Serving Children and Families

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

Re-elected to the Board of Education (BOE) in November 2017, Lisa Geraci-Anastasio hopes to continue helping parents and children in the district, in any way she can.

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East Haven Courier

Teacher by day, writer by night, Paul Albano is committed to getting it all on the page as a novelist. His recently discussed his first novel, Since My Last Confession, at his hometown’s Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Paul Albano Hopes to Become Successful Author

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

With writing as his passion, Paul Albano hopes to turn it into a successful career.

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East Haven Courier

Margaret Lifton keeps things organized at the Good Shepherd Thrift Store. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Margaret Lifton: Helping Everyone Make a Good Impression

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

With a love and passion for helping people, it’s no surprise that Margaret Lifton is the lead volunteer for The Good Shepherd Thrift Store, which is located inside Christ and the Epiphany Church by the Town Green.

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East Haven Courier

Ron Celentano (aka Ron Zombie) keeps his hometown in his heart and frequently in his travels as a professional wrestler and heavy metal guitarist. 

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Ron Celentano Shares Stories About East Haven, Wrestling, and Music

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

Some in East Haven may know the name Ron Celentano, but others may know him as “Ron Zombie,” his moniker in the wrestling world.

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East Haven Courier

Frank Gentilesco has been a motivating force behind many of the good things going on in East Haven in the past two decades. Though he retired from his Town Hall position as assistant director of administration and management on Nov. 24, he intends to remain active in the East Haven community. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/ The Courier

Frank Gentilesco Retires from Position in Mayor’s Office

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

After more than 15 years of helping residents, businesses, and fellow town employees, Frank Gentilesco, Jr., has decided to retire from his position as assistant director of administration and management effective Nov. 24.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven resident Dorothy Goldberg is a volunteer with the Disaster Action Team for the Red Cross. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Goldberg

Dorothy Goldberg Brings Comfort to Others, Supports Puerto Rico

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

East Haven resident Dorothy Goldberg witnessed a car accident in the Short Beach area of Branford last year.

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East Haven Courier

Kim Glassman created the East Haven Progressives group to strengthen local support for raising the minimum wage and closing the income gap between the wealthy and the poor. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kim Glassman: Dedicated to Fairness and Equality

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

Whether she’s helping workers get fair wages or spreading the word about how state issues affect East Haven residents, Kim Glassman is committed to seeking equality and fairness for all.

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East Haven Courier

Alison Tylisczak is organizing the shoreline’s biggest baby shower and all new and expecting parents are on the invitation list. Photo courtesy of Alison Tyliszczak

Alison Tyliszczak Hosts the Shoreline’s Biggest Baby Shower

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

While many people organize a baby shower for their sister or their best friend, Alison Tyliszczak is planning the shoreline’s biggest baby event.

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East Haven Courier

Rev. Charles Kamano has traveled from his African homeland to East Haven in a unique religious journey from Muslim to Catholic to Episcopalian faiths.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Charles Kamano: A Unique Spiritual Journey

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

Following a fascinating journey from his African homeland to East Haven, Reverend Charles Kamano celebrated his first worship services at Christ and the Epiphany Church on Oct 1.

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