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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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East Haven Courier

Artist TJ Martone creates works that seek to be healing as well as visually engaging. He’s pictured here beneath a work he created for the Holistic Health and Healing Center in East Haven. Photo courtesy of TJ Martone

Thomas Martone: Bringing Energy and Healing through Art

Published Oct. 25, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Whether people know him as Thomas “TJ” Martone or by his artist name Thomas Edwardd, TJ’s mission is to bring positive energy and to heal to others through his unique artwork.

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East Haven Courier

Gail Nettleton was honored with the 2017 Merit Award for her many years of dedicated service to the East Haven United Community Kitchen, among other community efforts.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Merit Award Winner Gail Nettleton Serves Those in Need

Published Oct. 18, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Gail Nettleton has dedicated much of her life to helping her fellow friends and neighbors in East Haven, and her valuable contribution was recently recognized with the 2017 Merit Award.

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East Haven Courier

It’s on! Michael Banks is organizing WrestleJam, a fundraiser in honor of Ferrara Elementary School student Lynette Ely, with chilhood cancer charity Mikey’s Way as beneficiary. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Michael Banks: Fighting Childhood Cancer with Wrestling

Published Oct. 11, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Last year, Ferrara Elementary School student Lynette Ely was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. Having known the young girl and her family for about six years, Michael Banks proposed staging a wrestling fundraiser to help pay for her medical bills.

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East Haven Courier

Growing up in East Haven, brothers Steven (left) and Rob Fernicola did everything together; now, with Steven battling brain cancer, Rob is again at his side, helping however he can. Photo courtesy of Rob Fernicola

Rob Fernicola Helps his Brother Battle Cancer

Published Oct. 04, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When East Haven resident Steven Fernicola was diagnosed with cancer, his brother Robert (Rob) helped take action by not only helping organize a motorcycle ride fundraiser, but also doing anything he can for his brother while he fights against the disease.

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East Haven Courier

New East Haven Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli is bringing his more than two decades experience with the New Haven Fire Department to bear with his former neighbors and current colleagues in East Haven’s firehouses. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Chief Marcarelli’s Enjoying Working With and For East Haven

Published Sep. 27, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Matthew “Matt” Marcarelli was officially sworn in April 20, and he’s made strides to improve the department and continue its success.

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East Haven Courier

At 92, Herman Bershtein has completed 19 marathons and recently crossed the finish line to a cheering crowd at the East Haven Community Classic 5K Road Race. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Herman Bershtein: Still Running at 92

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

Among the crowds of people crossing the finish line at this year’s East Haven Community Classic 5K Road Race was a memorable face: 92-year-old Herman Bershtein.

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East Haven Courier

East Haven Schools’ Truancy Officer Dan Montesi wants families to know he’s available to help on a wide range of issues. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Dan Montesi is Gaining Trust, Reducing Truancy

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

A former Department of Children and Families (DCF) juvenile parole officer, East Haven Public Schools Truancy Officer Dan Montesi now uses his experience, contacts, and his access to programs, to help get kids into school and know school is a safe place.

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East Haven Courier

With six months’ effort, Ralph Milione completed this painting of Michaelangelo’s sculpture Pietà. He’ll display it at the upcoming East Haven Fall Festival (Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 11) with the hope that thosed touched by his art will also support another of his passions, helping those battling cancer. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Ralph Milione Shares Sacred Art, Supports Care for the Living

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

Having served in World War II and being a pharmacist for many years are just a few of the noteworthy things Ralph Milione has done throughout his life

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East Haven Courier

East Haven resident and retired children’s librarian Phyllis DaCorte was a little library fan as a kid; she still shares her love of children’s books as a volunteer with the Shoreline Trolley Museum and Willoughby Wallace Library. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

DaCorte Shares Her Love of Children’s Books

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

She grew up reading at the Blackstone Library, got her first job there, and within those marbled walls was inspired to pursue her master’s degree and become a children’s librarian.

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East Haven Courier

Jamil Abdullah is an accomplished poet, singer, and artist who has dedicated his life to sharing his passions with as many people as possible. Behind him is a photo of him dancing in front of seniors at the former Jewish Home for the Aged in New Haven where he worked as a certified nursing assistant for 18 years. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Jamil Abdullah: Life is a Gift

Published Aug. 23, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Jamil Abdullah is dedicated to his mission in life: to touch as many lives as possible through his music, poetry, art, and spirituality. He has always prided himself on being the life of the party, and now he spends his days spreading joy at his home, Apple Rehab Laurel Woods.

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East Haven Courier

Through PTOs and public service like helping organize East Haven’s annual Tree Lighting, Renae Voira is committed to helping raise the next generation of happy, healthy children. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Renae Voira Helps Kids and the Community from the Heart

Published Aug. 16, 2017 08:30 a.m.

People in town may have heard the name Renae Voira, which should come as no surprise based on the volunteer work she has done throughout the town.

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East Haven Courier

Ernie Votto, who’s closing in on a century of life, has made a major impact in East Haven, in particular through his involvement with scouting, which he still recommends highly.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

98 Years of Memories with Ernie Votto

Published Aug. 09, 2017 08:30 a.m.

After recently celebrating his 98th birthday, longtime East Haven resident Ernie Votto shared memories of his life and the town, including his years with scouts and living near “The Pit” baseball field.

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East Haven Courier

Jack Stacey’s working to keep history alive—and lively—through teaching at the High School in the Community and through talks like his recent Vietnam War discussion at the Hagaman Memorial Library. He’s also committed to pitching in wherever needed, from his church to the East Haven Fall Festival. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Jack Stacey: Sharing History and Purpose with a New Generation

Published Aug. 02, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Vietnam veteran and East Haven resident Jack Stacey recently held a discussion at Hagaman Memorial Library about his experiences in the military as well as bringing The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. designed to travel through communities in the United States, to East Haven in 2005.

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East Haven Courier

Mike Turcio’s commitment to his patients and his crew at American Medical Response, combined with his outreach to fellow veterans of military service, helped make him one of the American Ambulance Association 2017 Stars of Life. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Mike Turcio Gives Support to Veterans and Community

Published July 26, 2017 08:30 a.m.

East Haven resident and Army veteran Mike Turcio’s service to his community through his work for the American Medical Response (AMR) and his efforts to help fellow service veterans have singled him out as a 2017 Star of Life award winner by the American Ambulance Association.

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East Haven Courier

From music to comedy and back again, Louis “Louie Dee” DeAngelo loves to see audiences appreciate a good performance.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Louie Dee: Singing, Laughing, and Helping Others

Published July 19, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Ahead of a Friday, Sept. 22 performance at the Country House Restaurant, musician, comedian, and East Haven resident Louis “Louie Dee” DeAngelo shared stories and memories about his career from the beginning to where he’s at now.

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East Haven Courier

Throughout all the challenges life has sent his way, Will Chils has found art to be a stabilizing force. His latest commission is a large mural gracing a local veterinary hospital. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Will Chils Shares Love of Art and Animals

Published July 12, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Local artist Will Chils says he first picked up a pencil at two years old, and has always been infatuated with drawing.

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East Haven Courier

Thanks to Karyn Putney and her family, East Haven now has its own Little Free Library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Little Free Library Comes to Town Thanks to Karyn Putney and Family

Published July 05, 2017 07:00 a.m.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading and build community by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world, and thanks to Karyn Putney and her family, East Haven now has its own Little Free Library (LFL).

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East Haven Courier

Former banker Sal Anastasio rekindled a career in music after an early buyout offer left him seeking a new direction. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Sal Anastasio: From Banker to Entertainer

Published June 28, 2017 07:00 a.m.

After leaving a career in the banking business, Sal Anastasio wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next.

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East Haven Courier

Longtime community volunteer Lauri Kikosicki is preparing to reluctantly enter the spotlight as a 2017 inductee into the East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Lauri Kikosicki Gives Back to Make a Difference

Published June 21, 2017 04:00 a.m.

In addition to her job at Medtronic in North Haven, Lauri Kikosicki has been involved her hometown for many years, and those efforts are one of the reasons she’s getting inducted into the East Haven High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in November.

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East Haven Courier

Author and former Connecticut poet laureate Marilyn Nelson has made East Haven her home. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Award Winning Poet Shares Memories, Challenges, and Rewards of Her Career

Published June 14, 2017 08:30 a.m.

After many different experiences over many years in her craft, award winning poet and author Marilyn Nelson is still going strong.

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