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North Haven Courier

Diversity is important to Isabel Alvarez Galeano. That’s partly why she helped connect the North Haven Rotary Club to her hometown in Colombia.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Isabel Alvarez Galeano: Making It Happen

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

For Isabel Alvarez Galeano, joining the Rotary Club four years ago felt like coming home.

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North Haven Courier

A self-described people person, Apryl Thomas puts her skills to full use as a mother and a banker. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Apryl Thomas: Taking It All Seriously

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

As the supervisor of the Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and DMV Express location on Washington Avenue, Apryl Thomas is working hard to adapt to the changing business landscape and raise her two kids.

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North Haven Courier

Jack Frank, the North Haven High School valedictorian, says he learned many life lessons while in high school, both in and out of the classroom. Photo courtesy of Chris Kirby

Jack Frank Takes Leadership Skills to Georgetown

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

With qualities of leadership and teamwork learned from North Haven High School (NHHS), valedictorian Jack Frank has accepted an offer to attend Georgetown University in the fall, where he plans to study business.

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North Haven Courier

Nick Casella lost his son, Marc, in 2008. Though it’s not been easy, Nick says he’s focused that loss into something positive. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nick Casella: Helping When and Where it’s Needed

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

At work and on his own time, Nick Casella is working to find aid for families and organizations concerned with helping chronically ill children.

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North Haven Courier

A lifelong appreciation of teachers led Laura Landino to lead her own hairdressing academy—and to ensure local youngsters have opportunities to learn.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brightening the Days of Clients and Students, Too

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

For Laura Landino, making people feel good is just as important as making them look good.

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North Haven Courier

Emigrating from Ireland at age 21, Brendan McCaffery found a welcoming community at the Irish American Community Center and has been helping the organization ever since, including his work on the upcoming Connecticut Irish Festival on the North Haven fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and June 23. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brendan McCaffery: Keeping his Culture Alive

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

Brendan McCaffery has contributed to New Haven county’s oldest Irish festival for many years. He says it takes a huge group effort to put together the cultural display coming soon to the North Haven Fairgrounds.

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North Haven Courier

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

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

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter on Mill Road, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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North Haven Courier

Monica Hatton’s new Special Needs Advocacy Group (SNAG) is a public resource on Facebook for parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Monica Hatton: Connecting and Empowering Parents

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

Monica Hatton says that the best way for families of children with special needs to succeed is to understand their weaknesses.

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North Haven Courier

The ninth annual fashion show put on by the North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2805 raised $1,000 for Camp Disocvery. Chairperson Regina Najarian hopes this year’s show will be as successful. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Regina Najarian: Fashion and Fun for a Cause

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

For Regina Najarian, raising money with the North Haven branch of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is personal.

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North Haven Courier

Sheryl Holle says that keeping kids interested in their studies helps them to learn. She teaches 4th and 5th graders in Ridge Road Elementary School’s Integrated Day program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sheryl Holle: Teaching a New Generation of Researchers

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

Sheryl Holle has been teaching in the Integrated Day (ID) program for most of her last 17 years in the North Haven School District, but her familiarity with the 45-year-old program goes back farther than that— she started out right where her kids are today.

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North Haven Courier

After 44 years as a teacher, the last 29 at North Haven High School, Kristine Blauvelt will retire with the Class of 2019. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Kristine Blauvelt Asks: How Are You Smart?

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

High school students aren’t the only graduates of Kristine Blauvelt’s classroom at North Haven High School (NHHS)—cats, skunks, and squirrels have also been through the classroom.

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North Haven Courier

Fire Commissioner Peter Criscuolo (left) gets a lift from firefighter Dan Spetland to test the 100-foot reach on the North Haven Fire Department’s new tower truck.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

His Greatest Honor: Fire Commissioner

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

Throughout his career, Peter Criscuolo has been a state marshal and a political campaigner, but he says that his greatest honor has been his long tenure on the North Haven Board of Fire Commissioners.

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North Haven Courier

The fourth annual Big Mike Car Show held at Masonicare in Wallingford on Saturday, May 4 will support the Connecticut Police Academy. Those interested in donating or seeking more information should contact Darrin Magro at bigmikefund@gmail.com.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Darrin Magro: Getting Geared Up for 4th Annual Car Show

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

Retired state trooper Darrin Magro is using his love of cars to honor a fallen friend and help the police by...

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North Haven Courier

Christine Reardon’s work with the Workforce Alliance will bring Amazon’s first hiring event to town in June ahead of their new distribution center’s opening.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Chris Reardon is Focused on the Jobs of the Future

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

It’s Christine Reardon’s job to see the future. She is the manager of strategic development at Workforce Alliance, which connects employers in south central Connecticut with skilled workers

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North Haven Courier

Sarah Iadorola is the director of an award winning choral program at North Haven High School. Soon, they’ll all be traveling to the nation’s capital in an effort to repeat last year’s superior performance. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sarah Iadorola Teaches Students to Love Music and Win Competitions

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

Choral Director Sarah Iadorola has high goals; the highest goals possible, actually.

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North Haven Courier

Earth Day is April 22, but this year Sue Dannenhoffer and her fellow North Haven Conservation Commission members are celebrating early to bring environmental education to as many people as possible. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sue Dannenhoffer: Making Every Day Earth Day

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

While Sue Dannenhoffer thinks every day should be Earth Day, she’s especially focused on Saturday, April 6 when the Conservation Commission will hold its 11th annual Earth Day fair at North Haven High School.

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North Haven Courier

Betsy Titus says that art, running, and music all contribute to her teaching style at North Haven Middle School where she has recently started working with kids in the Therapeutic Learning Services program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Betsy Titus: Teaching Everyone to be an Artist at NHMS

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

Betsy Titus insists that anyone can be an artist. At North Haven Middle School (NHMS), she’s out to prove that not only can anyone make art, everyone should.

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North Haven Courier

“Coach Joe” DeFrancesco will be coaching teens to success in a new Teen Advisory Board at the North Haven Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, March 26.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Coach Joe Promotes Teen Involvement at the Library

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

In his previous corporate career, Joe DeFrancesco might have felt a bit of pressure going before the board.

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North Haven Courier

It’s been two years since Stacey O’Connor brought the Color Run to town to benefit public schools. Now, Megin Kelly is helping the PTA go its own way.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Megin Kelly: Keeping it Local

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

Golf pro and Clintonville PTA President Megin Kelly is taking a swing at big changes for the North Haven PTA Road Race, the annual road race fundraiser. The Color Run fundraiser first came to town two years ago. Now it’s being rebranded for a more local flavor.

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North Haven Courier

Quinnipiac University nursing student Alexandra Ford is helping to sutport the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s oncology ward by planning the QTHON 10-hour dance marathon (which isn’t just dancing, she promises) on Saturday, March 23.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Alexandra Ford: Combining Nursing and Fundraising at Quinnipiac

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

While still a student at Quinnipiac Unniversity, Alexandra Ford has merged her studies in nursing with her job as a patient care assistant at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for a yearlong fundraising event to benefit the center’s oncology ward.

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North Haven Courier

Andrew Bevilacqua has been a civil engineer for more than 30 years. With that banked experience, it was time for him to take on the new challenge of the town engineer post in North Haven. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Andrew Bevilacqua: Solving Problems and Building Bridges

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

Andrew Bevilacqua came on as town engineer at the end of September 2018, but he says North Haven has already become a second home to him in his 30-plus years of civil engineering.

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North Haven Courier

After his father died in 2015, Erik Golinowski was left to tend the store. It was a difficult transition, but The Only Game in Town is moving ahead. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Erik Golinowski: A Fresh Face for the Family Business

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

The Only Game in Town will have been in North Haven for 32 years this year, and has been the Golinowski family business since 2008, when Olek Golinowski took over the business.

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North Haven Courier

When Laurie-Jean Hannon started with Special Olympics Connecticut in the ‘90s, North Haven hosted Special Olympics athletes for the 1995 World Games. Now, she’s going full circle as a sports manager to the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Games this March.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

A Woman for All Seasons: Laurie-Jean Hannon Guides Special Olympians in Winter, Summer, and World Competitions

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

Town Treasurer Laurie-Jean Hannon may have packed away her skis some time ago, but with her help Connecticut’s 2019 Special Olympic Winter Games will be a success.

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North Haven Courier

Lynn Sadosky has seen bigger and bigger projects in her 10 years as North Haven’s director of Public Works. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Lynn Sadosky: Building on the Big Picture

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

After 10 years on the job, Director of Public Works Lynn Sadosky has seen all manner of projects come through her department. She says watching the town develop is one of the best parts of her job.

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North Haven Courier

Sally Brockett is the president of the Daytime Gardeners of North Haven, a group which strives to teach about the importance of gardening and conservation.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

From Birds to Gardens, Sally Brockett is Educating North Haven

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

In her time as a birdwatcher, Sally Brockett has seen 493 different bird species - and that’s only North American birds. In February, she’ll bring her knowledge to the upcoming presentation the “Amazing Abilities of Birds.”

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North Haven Courier

Frank P. Muzio, Jr., was born into farm life, and he’s continuing the tradition on the Hartford Turnpike family farm. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Frank Muzio: Returning to His Roots

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

Though farming has always been a part of his life, 10 years ago, Frank P. Muzio, Jr., converted his farm on Hartford Turnpike to an organic operation and has since been finding natural solutions for all of a farmers problems.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven native Joseph Murgo is now a police lieutenant serving as public information officer for the East Haven Police Department. The creator of the “You’re probably from North Haven, CT if…” Facebook page, he has also used that social media savvy to keep the public informed about his department’s successes and challenges.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Murgo

Joe Murgo: Protect, Serve, and Inform

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

With lessons learned in North Haven, Lieutenant Joseph Murgo helps to tell the East Haven Police Department’s news in a changing world as its public information officer.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven High School grad and Wheaton College history major Marisa Hexter recently gave a presentation on five forgotten women from North Haven’s history at the North Haven Memorial Library. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Marisa Hexter: Sharing North Haven’s Hidden History

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

Marisa Hexter is bringing the unexpected and unacknowledged women out of North Haven’s historical archives and back into the public eye. Exploring lost histories is a part of her studies as a history major.

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North Haven Courier

At 88, Fran Bartlett has spent 62 years in town and she’s never stopped being involved in one way or another. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Active Hands, Active Mind, Active Life

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

“I’m not one of these people that worries about the age. To me, it’s a number,” Fran says. “I’m just an active person.”

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North Haven Courier

Bethany Zemba is Quinnipiac’s new vice president and chief of staff. She brings 15 years of experience at Yale to the brand new position. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bethany Zemba Takes a New Job in an Old Role at Quinnipiac University

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

Bethany Zemba has experienced a lot of new roles in her life, including mother, coach, and educational professional. Now, after 15 years at Yale University, Bethany has another new role: vice president and chief of staff at Quinnipiac University.

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