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North Haven Courier

As an owner of two local businesses, Melissa Kieslich wants to grow a Facebook group of North Haven business owners to offer each other advice and support.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Kieslich

Melissa Kieslich Seeks to Bring North Haven Business Owners Together

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For 14 years, Melissa Kieslich has been involved in running her family’s two small businesses in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven booster John Bimonte didn’t want to let 2020 past without giving the North Haven High School Class of 2020 a chance at some sort of prom.

Photo courtesy of John Bimonte

John Bimonte Delivers Socially Distant Prom to NHHS Seniors

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

On May 15, John Bimonte realized how upset he was about not serving as D.J. at the North Haven High School senior prom that night as it was canceled due to COVID-19.

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North Haven Courier

Debbie Volain is retiring after having been actively involved in North Haven’s theater scenes for more than two decades. Photo courtesy of Debbie Volain

Curtain Closes on Debbie Volain’s Time with North Haven Theater

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Debbie Volain has created her last set for productions at North Haven High School and North Haven Middle School as, after more than two decades of service, she is giving up her volunteer work to spend more time with her grandson Ethan and soon-to-be born granddaughter.

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North Haven Courier

Joe LaDore created the Virtual Concert Series supporting Local Businesses Facebook page to not only entertain people during social distancing but support restaurants and other small shops during this time. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Joe LaDore Uses Music and Facebook to Give Back to Local Businesses

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As a part-time musician for more than 20 years, Joe LaDore has spent his fair share of time performing gigs in restaurants and bars. Through his music, he has made many friends in the industry from restaurant owners to bartenders and waitresses to customers and fans.

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North Haven Courier

Sandy Mascia is a co-founder and the director of sales and community engagement for Spotlight Stage Company. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mascia

Sandy Mascia’s Passion for Theater Leads to Founding of Spotlight Stage Company

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than a decade, Sandy Mascia has volunteered her time in different capacities in town, from theater to Girl Scouts to dance as her daughter, Juliana, explored her interests.

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North Haven Courier

Nicole Mele of Nicole Mele Photography has been photographing families in town as part of the Front Porch Project to raise funds for the town’s Community Services. 

Photo courtesy of Nicole Mele

Say ‘Cheese’: Nicole Mele Gives Back to Community Services through Front Porch Project

Published April 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Just a couple weeks into quarantine, one of Nicole Mele’s friends suggested she look into the Front Porch Project that she had seen a friend doing in Massachusetts.

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East Haven Courier

As emergency preparedness coordinator/health educator for East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD), and Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Region 2 lead (as well as heading MRC’s Shoreline Unit), Daisy Hernandez oversees some key COVID-19 crisis-focused efforts supporting public health and medical needs in this area.

Photo courtesy of Daisy Hernandez

Hernandez Helps Keep Shoreline Prepared in a Pandemic

Published April 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she started working in emergency preparedness, Daisy Hernandez’s main focus has been mostly training to prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.

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East Haven Courier

Len Fasano recently announced that he would not seek re-election after serving as state senator for the 34th District since 2003. Photo courtesy of Len Fasano

Len Fasano Honored to Have Served as State Senator for 18 Years

Published April 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In his ninth term in office as 34th District state senator representing East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford, and Durham, Len Fasano announced that he would not seek re-election in 2020.

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North Haven Courier

Lou Coppola and members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have helped organize food distribution and pickup for the North Haven Food Pantry.

Photo courtesy of Lou Coppola

Lou Coppola and CERT Team Called Upon to Help During COVID Crisis

Published April 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than two decades, Lou Coppola has run a construction business in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Joe Whitmore, one of the founding members of the North Haven Camera Club, now serves as the club’s president. Photo courtesy of Darlene Whitmore

Joe Whitmore Enjoys Sharing Love of Photography as President of North Haven Camera Club

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nearly 10 years ago when Joe Whitmore was working part-time at Brandfon Honda in Branford, he responded to an ad in...

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Christina Karasinski has been involved in helping backstage at plays at both North Haven Middle School and North Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Christina Karasinski

Christina Karasinski’s Passion for Theater Grows Through Volunteer Work

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Christina Karasinski know what a big difference one form brought home from school could make in her life. When her son Tyler, who is now a senior, was in 5th grade, the middle school drama club sent flyers to the elementary schools seeking extras.

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East Haven Courier

Linda Niccolai is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She also holds two other positions: director of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the HPV Vaccine Working Group, also at Yale. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Linda Niccolai Gives Perspective on COVID-19

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

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North Haven Courier

Maribel Carrion has been with the Quinnipiac Chamber for more than two decades, helping plan countless events and supporting local businesses. Photo courtesy of Maribel Carrion

Maribel Carrion Enjoys Family Atmosphere in Working with Quinnipiac Chamber

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nearly 21 years ago, Maribel Carrion was hired at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, which supports businesses in North Haven and Wallingford.

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North Haven Courier

Since joining the North Haven School System in 2012, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Melinda McKenna has helped form a strong team of educators as she works on developing the district’s ever-evolving curriculum. Photo courtesy of Melinda McKenna

Melinda McKenna: An Advantageous Resource

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

With a focus on consistency and teamwork, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Melinda McKenna strives for student success in the North Haven School District.

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North Haven Courier

Dancer Tyler Duboys is bringing his expertise and enthusiasm to the new North Haven Arts Alliance. Photo by Travis Magee

Tyler Duboys: Sharing a Passion for the Arts

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Tyler Duboys is committed to sharing his love for the arts with North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

After a career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Marlene Thorp has combined her results-oriented expertise and her creative skills to keep her elders engaged through her role as program coordinator at the North Haven Senior Center. 

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Marlene Thorp: A Creative Flair and Seamless Planning for Seniors

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Scientific theorists once believed that humans were either “right-brained” or “left-brained,...

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East Haven Courier

Alex Blank and his partners—his wife Bridget Blank and company founder Brian Ewing—are giving new brewers a chance to reach wider markets through the Twelve Percent Beer Project. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Alex Blank: Making Complex Beers Look Simple

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Alex Blank is one of the masterminds behind a unique business model—Twelve Percent Beer Project—with a brewery and tap room that opened in North Haven on July 1 of last year.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Donna Meador has volunteered at The Animal Haven walking dogs and training volunteers. Photo courtesy of Donna Meador

Donna Meadors Pays It Forward at The Animal Haven

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Donna Meadors and her golden retriever, Shane, spent years taking a daily two-mile walk.

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North Haven Courier

Jim Stenqvist has worked with the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force for the past three years. Photo courtesy of Jim Stenqvist

Jim Stenqvist Helps North Haven Go Green and Save Money

Published Jan. 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For the past three years, Jim Stenqvist has been involved in the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force.

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North Haven Courier

For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen has been involved in planning the Mayflower Society’s annual banquet, which will be held on Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of Lynn Fredricksen

Lynn Fredricksen Continues Mayflower Society Tradition as Toastmaster

Published Jan. 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

This weekend marks the Mayflower Society’s 125th annual banquet. For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen ...

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North Haven Courier

For Patryce Murphy Cintron, skiing (and snowboarding) are more than sport—they’re family traditions she’s actively working to share with others.

Photo courtesy of Patryce Murphy Cintron

Patryce Murphy Cintron Continues Family Skiing Tradition

Published Jan. 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Patryce Murphy Cintron has been skiing since she was a young child—and she’s hoping to entice others into it, as vice president of the North Haven Ski Club.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven filmmaker Ashley Brandon is making her second trip to the Sundance Film Festival as an exhibitor later this month.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Brandon

Brandon Heads Back to Sundance

Published Jan. 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Since arriving in North Haven in 2017 after taking a position as assistant professor of film, television, and media arts at Quinnipiac University, Ashley Brandon quickly cast her filmmaker’s eye around her new environs and found a local music and culture program that inspired her to co-direct a short documentary, which was recently selected to make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 2 in Utah.

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North Haven Courier

Helping find pathways to success has been a passion for Ray Degnan, whether it be in the classroom or on the field. Photo courtesy of Ray Degnan

Ray Degnan: Building Community On and Off the Field

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Raymond “Ray” Degnan III enrolled at Boston College for his bachelor’s degree, “I was dead set on becoming an attorney,” he says.

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North Haven Courier

Robert Snurkowski is happily settling into his role as community services senior clerk for the Town of North Haven, coordinating stock at the food pantry (shown here) as well as helping neighbors in need address heating needs for the winter season.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

North Haven’s Food Bank Program in Good Hands

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

In the short time that he has held the position of community services senior clerk, Robert Snurkowski’s professional and up-beat personality has already made a difference in the lives of hundreds of residents in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Longtime North Haven resident and dance studio owner Michelle Bonavena is invested in bringing arts lto life in her hometown. Her latest project is choreographing The New Year Nutcracker, a new twist on the classic that will run Saturday, Jan. 4 at the High Lane Club.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Michelle Bonavena Brings ‘The New Year Nutcracker’ to North Haven

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

Michelle Bonavena’s passion for the arts has enabled a host of talented individuals and groups to come together to perform a new rendition of a beloved Christmas classic, titled The New Year Nutcracker, which will run Saturday, Jan. 4 at the High Lane Club, 40 High Lane, North Haven at 5 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Since age 14, Lisa Gilmore has been involved with staging the Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., annual Makin’ It Special Christmas Show, which this year comes to the North Haven High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 7. Photo courtesy of Lisa Gilmore

Lisa Gilmore: ‘Makin’ It Special’ for Kids

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

Each year, Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., hosts the annual Makin’ It Special Christmas Show, collecting unwrapped toys for children in need in the area. Since the show started just a few years after the organization was founded in 1994, Lisa Gilmore has had a hand in making it special.

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North Haven Courier

You may know Justin Appi as Sir Knight Justin Appi, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Through the Knights’ Father James F. Donaher Council 3733 in North Haven, Justin works to give back to the community and country he loves. Photo courtesy of Justin Appi

Justin Appi: What It Means to Be a Knight

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

Justin Appi doesn’t take anything for granted.

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North Haven Courier

Scott Martus has been North Haven’s deputy fire chief of operations since 2017.

Photo by Elizbeth Reinhart/The Courier

Scott Martus’ Passion for Firefighting and Excellence in Training Burns Bright

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

As Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, Scott Martus ensures that North Haven firefighters have the skills they need to offer aid to the public

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North Haven Courier

Janelle Chiasera hit the ground running as new dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University last month. Photo by Lisa Consorte

New Dean at Quinnipiac, Janelle Chiasera, Is Committed to Excellence

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

Though a newcomer to North Haven, Janelle Chiasera is already making a difference.

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North Haven Courier

Walter Brockett’s hand-crafted bat box was a big hit at a recent Daytime Gardeners meeting. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Family’s Legacy in North Haven Lives On Through Walt Brockett

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

For most Americans in 1957, the Russian’s launch of Sputnik was a historical event that altered the global political and scientific climate.

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